Fashioning Fun on Game Day

Is it just me, or does it seem like as soon as one major sports season ends, another one begins? Lucky me, I’m not really into the games, but my husband loves them ALL. He’s not giving up his love of sports, so I’ve decided to try to get into it. So, on game days, I tap into my reliable ingredients to make any occasion fun—fashion, color, and .

On major game days, we often have people stop by, and that’s enough reason to get casual-stay-at-home glam. And, to be honest, simply having to get dressed for game days makes ’em more fun. You know what I mean?

Frontera Wine

To toast the occasion (and whatever teams are playing), I keep my all-time favorite wine in stock—the . This particular wine is a perfect pairing for impromptu game viewing parties. It’s always a crowd-pleaser in my house too.

As a vegan, I used to feel guilty about serving vegan-only foods at my house. But, I soon realized that my guests always enjoy the foods. So, I like to offer fun vegan foods that are sure to satisfy even the meat lovers. On game days, Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a favorite. It’s like the guilt-free and even more tasty version of Buffalo wings.

They’re super easy to make too. I simply dip cauliflower florets in a mixture of flour, water, and spices before baking at a super high temperature until they start browning. I, then, add a light coat of buffalo sauce, and return to the oven to crisp.

Good wine and good food to celebrate what we can hope is a good game. Salud!

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Where to Buy Spring’s Must-Have Wrap Shirt

Poplin shirts are having a moment this spring. Before you hit the snooze button on that news, though, you should know that these aren’t the basic poplin shirts. Spring’s poplin shirt is oozing with hip details, like funky sleeves and beautiful wrap fronts in lieu of buttons. I bought one in Zara on a recent trip to New York. But, I’ve also included a few more affordable wrap shirt options at the end of this post.

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My Zara top, which is under $40, features classic blue pinstripes. The top overall, though, is everything but classic because of its subtle puff sleeves and crossover front. I especially love this wrap style because I envision getting creative when wrapping it. In today’s post, I’m wearing it as intended.

wrap shirt

The top has a bit of a cropped length and hence would be perfect with high-waisted bottoms. I’m looking forward to wearing it that way. For now, I took it for a spin with my favorite .

Location: The ruins of the National Memorial Church of God in Christ in St. Louis

Mix Prints Like a Pro This Spring

A summer dress and sandals? Isn’t it still February? It’s been uncharacteristically warm, y’all, but I’m so here for it because warm weather style is my favorite. Besides, 70 degree temperatures signal sandals weather, right? Today’s post shares a mixed print look I wore to brunch on a beautiful spring-like day.

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The entire look is anchored by the . It’s on sale online, but I found it for much less in my local Kate Spade outlet store. It was a favorite purchase last summer because the dress, with its fun dots, is so versatile. I’ve worn it with flats on a beach vacation and with heeled sandals for a night out in the city.

For brunch, I decided to do a little spring style print mixing. Want to know my secret for mastering a mix of prints? I prioritize color and scope of print. In this look, for example, both prints have a prominent color in common—white—which ties them together. This combination is seamless as well because the dots are much bolder than the smaller gingham print, which helps keep the overall look balanced.

Spring style print mixing

Location: The Grove, St. Louis

High-Fashion Hats and the Women who Made Them

This post is sponsored by .

One of the things I love about living in St. Louis is the wonderful opportunities to engage in diverse cultural experiences. And, last Tuesday, I was reminded of that when I attended press night for the  exhibit at the . This exhibition, which runs through May 7, is a celebration of high-fashion hats and the women who masterfully created them.

Magazine night brought together a varied crowd of St. Louisians, including some of my blogger friends, for an after-hours look at this . Could there be a better way to explore art?

I was most excited, though, by the reason we were there—the artwork. We essentially got a peek inside the world of high-fashion hats, seen through the eyes of Edgar Degas and a few other Impressionist artists. From the hands that created the exquisite hats to the women who wore them, the pieces in the exhibit offer a dynamic and colorful portrayal.

Degas Saint Louis Art Museum

I was first introduced to the work of Degas via his piece on the aerialist Miss La La. So, I entered this exhibition with a keen eye, looking particularly at the ways Degas chose to present the strength and perhaps vulnerabilities of women.

I was thrilled that this exhibition also features period hats that flaunt the exquisite skills of milliners. The details alone—ribbon, straw, bird carcasses, feathers, and other materials—confirm that milliners are artists in their own right.

Fellow fashion lovers will certainly enjoy this exhibition. Fellow creators will enjoy this exhibition. If you are reading this post, you’d enjoy this exhibition.

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Thanks to for the photographs.

How to Wear a Wrap Dress as a Cardigan

A few months ago, I ordered a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress on eBay, but I didn’t quite like how it looked on me. Unfortunately, it was a final sale purchase, so I was stuck with it. Since I loved the fabulous red twirl print on the dress so much, I decided to make it work. Here’s how.

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I’m wearing the wrap dress as a duster cardigan. To convert the dress into a cardigan, I simply pulled the ties inside and knotted them at the back. Of course, the ties can also be draped on the outside of the dress and tied at the back. I prefer concealing the ties, though, to allow the fabulous print to shine.

With a such a standout print, the rest of my outfit simply plays a supportive role. My white tank and  (under $30) are holding it down while the duster stands out.

Of course, I had to play with prints just a little. I’m wearing my old , which featured one of my favorite J.Crew prints of all time. The print was created in a famous Italian mill, but it reminds of a good old Caribbean batik. The print on the pumps have a hint of that red orange in the dress, and the items connect on that note while clashing beautifully.

I gave a sneak peek of this look, from the to , on . Hold up, are you following me on ? It goes down on Instagram Stories. You should totally follow me.

I’m also wearing my favorite red lip ever, with the lip pencil. This combination has been my go-to lip color lately.

Diane Von Furstenburg wrap dress

Location: The ruins of the National Memorial Church of God in Christ in St. Louis

Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress