Thursday, October 10, 2013

feeling good about shopping

top (found at NCJW resale shop)/denim jacket (similar)/Joe's jeans (similar)/Frye Lindsay Plate boots (here)/necklace (similar)/Rebecca Minkoff cupid (here)/Rebecca Minkoff Crosby Sunglasses (here)  



Since having kids (and being forced to shop with them in tow) I've become less and less patient with large retail outlets.  Frankly, scouring racks or piles of clothing and two screaming kids don't jive. In addition, I've come to appreciate both the story behind the items I purchase as well as where my *ahem* "donations" are going. The downside of this is that often times the clothing pieces with the most interesting stories (usually designer) often have the most ridiculous prices tags.

I recently discovered the NCJW (National Counsel of Jewish Women) Resale shop, in St. Louis, which has held its annual Couturier Sale since 1964. Throughout the year, NCJW collects donations at their store of some great designer items and sells their favorites at this event. The proceeds from this sale and from the resale shop go to fund vital projects in the community such as The back to School Store, Kid Community Closet, Healing Hearts Bank and Wife-Widow-Woman. (See here for an explanation of each project.)

I prefer when blogs keep it short so, in closing, great prices on great gently used designer items AND you're shopping for a good cause. Win-win-win. See the details for this event below and if you live in St. Louis swing by the store during the sale. See the information for the sale below.

xo Ellen
ps. I'm linked up with Spotlight Weekly, Transatlantic Blonde,  The Pleated Poppy, and Three-fer Thursday



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mister (or Miss) Guy! Want to enter a giveaway?


I love fashion boutiques as much (or more) than the next gal so when Mister Guy, a local boutique in St. Louis, asked me to participate in a collaboration along with 9 other bloggers I jumped at the chance.

Mister Guy has been in St. Louis almost 37 years and it's no wonder. They are overflowing with eye candy from high end designers such as Minnie Rose, MaxMara, Marchesa Voyage and Pink Tartan. In addition, they carry staples from designers like Michael Stars, Lila P, Free People and DL 1961. Most of their pieces are timeless classics that are anything but boring.

I recently stopped by Mister Guy and was really impressed with the entire store (including the super friendly and knowledgeable employees) but was immediately drawn to the amazing sparkle dazzling from the center of the store. Mister Guy is the only brick and mortar location to carry the handmade jewelry of CZ Burnes. This amazing Jewelry is created by a former St. Louisan who now resides in Conneticut. All of the pieces are unique and are crafted out of vintage metal and stones. Pretty amazing.

Even more amazing is that Mister Guy is giving away one of CZ Burnes' cuff bracelet valued at $300.00 (see THE actual bracelet in the pic above) and a $50 gift card to Mister Guy. To enter the contest (and you should - just my personal opinion) you must like Mister Guy's facebook page (here), like Everyday Fancy on facebook (here) and submit your official entry through Rafflecopter (below after a few more pics...) The drawing will take place on Friday October 11, 2013



a Rafflecopter giveaway

xo Ellen


Disclosure: ALIVE Magazine and Mister Guy invited me to participate in the Mister Guy Women’s Store giveaway. All images and opinions are my own.



Monday, October 7, 2013

Industry Wear


Eva Franco top (here)/Joe's Jeans (similar)/Vince Camuto heels (similar)/pave disco necklace (here)/Bonnie Jonas necklace (similar)(on sale!)/Rebecca Minkoff 5 Zip mini (here) 




Last Thursday I was invited to participate in St. Louis Fashion Week Industry night. Since this is my first STLFW I wasn't sure what to expect or what to wear. As for expectation - all mine were blown away by the amazing show and as for what to wear I went with what seemed to be my most "modish" attire. It was not until the night was over and I was at home hanging up my top that I realized I had been wearing an Eva Franco top. Why is this important? Ms. Franco was one of the 5 fabulous designers that had been showcased on the runway earlier that night. Major accidental pat on the back for me. Other designers featured on the runway that night included Samantha Pleet, Jennifer Chun, Laura Kathleen and Wai Ming.

The event took place at Windows on Washington, which was the perfect venue for the event. I could go on and on about the evening but my words wouldn't do the experience justice. Takeaway: next time industry night rolls around during STLFW, go! Here are my favorite looks from the evening. All of the photographs below were taken by Mark Schwigen for ALIVE magazine and St. Louis Fashion Week. Enjoy.

xo Ellen
ps. Im linked up with Style Elixir and Totally Posted

Wai Ming
Wai Ming
Wai Ming
Eva Franco
Eva Franco
Eva Franco
Eva Franco
Laura Kathleen