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In Saint Louis

Fall is the sign that winter is coming and summer has gone. It is a time for change. But that is not what this post is about; it is about my favorite fall activities. There are a lot of things to pick from, but for me, there are only a few great things about fall. I have my top five things I like about fall:

5) Number five is the weather. It isn’t too hot or too cold, it just stays in between. The windows can be left open for most days and nights. It saves some money when to comes to the a/c and heat bills.

4) Coming in at number four is Ohio State football. The Buckeyes return and play amazing games. Their seasons are always great to watch, even if they don’t win it is a great game.

3-1) Numbers three through one are too close to call. Bonfires heat up at number three. It is so much fun to sit back and have some soda around a fire. I enjoy talking face to face with my friends instead of texting them. There are s’mores and jokes that are shared throughout the night.

Number two is………the releasing of video games. A lot of games come out around this time of year, or as I like to call it: the era of Tim being broke. HaHa. It was great to see them in the summer, but playing them is even better.

Number one is The Walking Dead. The new seasons kick off, giving us the return of characters that we love. I love seeing where the characters end up, and how they deal with the problems or people that come along. There are parts that are used from the graphic novels, but are still made differently.

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Fontbonne University offers an amazing Fashion Merchandising major, and last semester I was able to take two classes from this program: Fashion Merchandising 101 and The Fashion Industry. I really enjoyed both courses, as they were an introduction to the fashion world’s ins and outs.

As a business major I am not only interested in finance, which is my concentration, but I also like to immerse myself in the world of fashion and look for opportunities to learn. This is the reason I volunteered for Saint Louis Fashion Week last Thursday!

At 4pm when I arrived the atmosphere at Union Station was relaxed; models were hanging out and getting their makeup done, volunteers were learning their tasks for the day and the DJ was testing the equipment. At 6pm people started arriving and that is when it turned really hectic!

The atmosphere was amazing, people were dressed to impress and they were talking and enjoying the lounge that was set up to receive all the guests. At 7:50pm we started ushering people to their seats, at 8:05pm sharp the show started.

There were three fashion designers showing that night: Yigal Azrouël, Tess Giberson and Timo Weiland. Their collections showed a wide range of pieces, from classic sweaters to edgy lace blouses, crop tops, pants, jumpsuits, etc. I was fortunate to meet Stan Herman and Fern Mallis, very influential people in the fashion world.

I really liked the experience and I learned a lot, I am looking forward to volunteering again next spring!

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The trees are finally starting to change colors and the air is getting a little more brisk- fall is here! I absolutely love fall weather and everything that goes along with it: pumpkins, apple cider, Halloween, apple orchards, and the farmers marketYesterday I went to the Soulard Farmers Market in St. Louis and it was SO much fun. The market began in 1779 as a big grassy area where farmers could come and sell their local fruit, vegetables and livestock; today, the Soulard Famers Market is one of the largest in the area and sells a wide variety of items such as candles, carpets, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, spices, scarves, and so much more!

The atmosphere of this farmers market was lively and exciting. There was a live band playing, people walking around and vendors trying to sell their products to the people passing by. Some even used little riddles, like “a tisket, a tasket, you know you want my basket!” that one lady sang regarding her basket of broccoli. I spent a few hours there while I walked around the main buildings and sipped hot apple cider. The prices were amazing too! The fruit and vegetables were very inexpensive- I want to go there from now on to do my grocery shopping! I purchased some apples, pumpkin bread, a candle, and a pomegranate. I would highly suggest going to the historical Soulard Farmers Market if you are in the St. Louis area and looking for a great time and great food!

The market is open year-round Wednesday-Saturday with the following times:

Wednesday: 8am-5pm

Thursday: 8am-5pm

Friday: 7am-5pm

Saturday: 7am-5:50pm

For more information about the Soulard Famers Market, click on the link: http://www.soulardmarket.com

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A couple months ago, an amazing opportunity came my way. I was offered to be the head shoes and accessories coordinator for St. Louis Fashion Week Fall 2014. As someone that is a fashion major and wants to pursue event planning, this was an absolutely perfect position and way to combine my passions. The past several weeks, I have participated in numerous meetings, helped with model casting, and communicated with designers, Alive Magazine (the producer of St. Louis Fashion Week), and Brown Shoe Company (the show sponsor and shoe donor).

After a lot of prep work, it was extremely exciting and rewarding to see it all finally come together. I was a part of three runway shows. The other events for St. Louis Fashion Week consisted of panel presentations and a gala, which I did not help coordinate. The first show was at Neiman Marcus at Plaza Frontenac. This featured three designers that have collections at the retailer. The second, Emerging Designer, showcased six designer collections, and was a competition for a $15,000 cash prize. Lastly, Designer Showcase, featured Tess Giberson, Timo Weiland, and Yigal Azrouel. All of these designers already have established stores and live in New York City. In fact, they have even been a part of New York Fashion Week.

Emerging Designer and Designer Showcase required the most prep work. This past week, at least 12 hours a day were spent at Union Station preparing the front and back stage areas. It was one of the most tiring, yet rewarding experiences. I met and worked with so many outstanding professionals in the fashion industry, including Elizabeth Tucker, the publisher at Alive Magazine and Fern Mallis, the producer of New York Fashion Week. Also, the director of St. Louis Fashion Week (and the one to offer the position to me in the first place), Shannon Lichti, said she would love to keep me for the shows in the spring. Also, she wants to collaborate on events outside of Fashion Week. It is extremely exciting to know that I have great job connections, especially since I’ll be graduating in May.

Because this whole experience was a dream of mine, it hardly seemed real. Especially when I got a shout-out on the runway. After the final show, I was called to the stage to receive flowers. This was a very special and touching moment. It definitely makes me realize how hard work can truly pay off. Some of my dreams are becoming a reality, and I could not be more eager for the near future ahead of me. STLFW '14

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West Lake Landfill: Toxic is Toxic

by Lauren October 20, 2014

Some weeks ago I attended an event about the West Lake Landfill crisis. Unbeknownst to me, the crisis at West Lake has a large impact on the St. Louis region. I, myself, was clueless about he goings-on in Bridgeton. My sister, a devoted advocate of the Earth, asked me to join her. The West Lake […]

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Why I love St. Louis

by Sarah Rose October 7, 2014

If someone were to ask me, why I love St. Louis, I am not too sure if I could give exactly one particular reason as to why. I can think of a few reasons though, such as the big town, small city feeling; short commutes; several forms of entertainment close in proximity; there are so […]

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Its a bird! Its a plane! No wait, is that a balloon?!

by Sarah Rose October 3, 2014

As I browsed through my various social media accounts during multiple homework breaks, I noticed so many photos from the balloon race a few weekends ago.  Sadly I was unable to participate in the festivities myself though compared to last year, my experience was quite the opposite.  Last year I entered a contest/drawing to have […]

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These are a few of my favorite things…

by Raven September 29, 2014

Okay, I’ve lived in Saint Louis my whole life, and I love my city! Wouldn’t trade it for the world. As you can imagine, I also have a list of places that I LOVE to go when I have free time. I would list them all but we don’t have a billion years to spare […]

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Root Beer and French Toast

by Taylor September 29, 2014

“Are you doing anything this weekend?” That’s a common question asked among Fonties on a Friday afternoon. Answers usually involve hanging out with friends and going somewhere around town. That “somewhere around town” usually involves food! As far as food goes, I have some personal favorites here in St. Louis! One of my favorites is […]

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St. Paul to St. Louis

by Abby Towle September 29, 2014

Without having a car here on campus I get to experience this beautiful city by foot or by bike! I am from St. Paul, Minnesota and I love being somewhere new where I don’t know where I’m going and what I am going to find. Biking around the Fontbonne University area the past few weeks […]

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