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In Saint Louis

When I was in high school, I was selected to join the honors program at Fontbonne, and I accepted. Accordingly, I was required to take at least twelve credits of honors courses offered here. I completed that after my sophomore year. However, there is one last thing that needs to be done in order to complete the honors program before I graduate. It is required to complete an honors senior project. The meaning of this is very broad and completely depends on the student and their major. It is pretty much up to the student what they want to do for the final project, as long as it is initially approved and extends beyond standard classroom work that is assigned to everyone else.

I knew that I wanted to do a project that required hands-on work because I really enjoy being crafty. The teacher of my independent study visual merchandising class connected me with a store owner named Dorothy. She recently opened her store, Bespoke, at a new location on Cherokee Street. It is a very large space with room for two window displays. Therefore, I helped Dorothy out by building a visual display that she can keep up year-round. Bespoke is not a traditional boutique or clothing store. Dorothy creates custom-made garments for people, and also sews alterations on pre-made garments. Accordingly, I wanted to incorporate tools that she uses daily, such as thread, ribbon, buttons, needles, and measuring tape. I used these items to create screens as the backdrop (and within the store), as you can see from the pictures. Maroon, gray, and tan is the color scheme of the Bespoke logo, so I continued that in the display. Finally, there are two dress forms in one of the windows that are intended to tell a story of how a garment is put together. That is why the first look is partially sewn.

I really enjoyed working on this project and getting to know Dorothy over the last couple months. It was a great learning experience having the opportunity to see her at work and hear all about her background. And like I said before, I love being crafty! Now that the project is done, I need to compile my process into a portfolio. After I turn that in, I can officially say that I completed the honors program at Fontbonne.

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Anyone that knows me knows that I am an extreme fangirl. This means that I have many celebrities that I am a huge fan of (and probably take that fandom to the next level), and tend to talk about those people a lot. And I mean a lot. It can also mean that you buy into any and all products associated with that person. My fangirling habits are why I have three major concerts to look forward to. I am excited beyond words!

First up is Ed Sheeran. He is coming to St. Louis at the Scottrade Center in May, and I have floor seat tickets for him! My cousin Katie (whom is practically my sister) and I are going together. Initially, we were fans of his because he writes songs for One Direction (our absolute all-time favorite singers). However, now Ed is becoming extremely successful with his own solo career. He is such a talented song writer, guitarist, and singer, and never seems to stop giving me chills. This show is sure to be a good one!

Following that, this summer is another round of a One Direction concert! Nothing, and I mean nothing, gets me more pumped up than One Direction. This concert is in Chicago since they are not coming to St. Louis this year. This will be the third time I have seen them perform live. The group going to this one includes my cousin Katie again, Emma, and Kara (which are sisters that I used to babysit for years). This same group of four has gone to all their concerts and movie premiers together. Any event related to One Direction brings us back together. Literally, I spend more of my free time listening to and talking about One Direction than anything else. Also, the amount of One Direction products that I own is ridiculous. Don’t even get me started on that…

And then there is Taylor Swift! She is coming to St. Louis later in September. My best friend, Brooke, and I are going to this one together. I am a huge fan of pop music. So ever since Taylor has become a full-fledged pop artist, I have loved her even more than I did before. I saw her concert in 2011, and it was very entertaining. But I have a feeling that this one will be even better! Being a fangirl, I can hardly contain my excitement with all these huge, amazing shows coming up!

#fangirl #fangirl

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In three days, I’ve been able to emerge from my shell of my residence hall and venture into the artistic delights of St. Louis.

On Friday, March 6th, on a whim, I was driving back to campus when I suddenly decided I should pop by the St. Louis Art Museum. After all, on Fridays, they are open until 9pm. So, I went, expecting a quiet night of solitude and mindful, artistic contemplation. Nope. It turns out that Friday was the opening of the SLAM’s “Art in Bloom” exhibit, where floral designers around St. Louis emulated different arrangements inspired by the works of art in the museum. So, I did not get a quiet night of solitude and mindful, artistic contemplation. I got a noisy night of joyful interactions with St. Louisans who were willing to engage with me and my mindful contemplations. I was really amazed at how willing others were eager to share their opinions with me. In fact, I made some new friends based on our mutual agreements and well-delivered disagreements. St. Louis has some very artsy people, and many who are willing to support the Arts.

On Saturday night, I joined some old Fonty friends that evening to do some Karaoke at Tom’s Bar and Grill in Central West End. For those over 21, they  have Karaoke there from 9pm – 1am. I go there often, and because it is so popular, I never get a chance to sing. Well, tonight, I was lucky- I impressed the crowd with a rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This.” My friends were proud to call me friend that night, let’s just say. But I made a lot of new friends as well, those who complimented me and were wishing for me to sing again. It’s hard to stay humble when you have a reaction like that, but again, people were friendly enough to come up to me and thank me for a solid performance. St. Louis was friendly, encouraging people, people who are willing to support each other, new or old friends.

On Sunday, to my dismay, I discovered that the Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis started at 12pm and NOT 12.30pm. Ooops. So for future reference, those who want to go there for Sunday Mass… it starts at 12pm. The Cathedral was very full when I walked in, and I had to sit at the back. You know if you’ve been there that the Cathedral is HUGE. So I concluded: St. Louis has a lot of Catholics, who are willing to support this beautiful Church, and who are willing to practice their faith and spirituality, without giving latecomers that snide look of “You’re late, go away.”

That evening, I had the unique pleasure of watching “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Fabulous Fox Theatre tonight with one of my dearest friends, Angela. I have always been on the edge with this musical. I’ve performed songs from it in High School, but I never had the urge to watch the musical or the film. However, despite this, I was still very excited to finally watch it. One cannot deny that the opportunity to watch a famous musical is utterly exhilarating. Needless to say, the musical was fantastic, and I have been singing songs from it all evening. It was much more meaningful that I was able to watch it with Angela, too. And the House was packed. all 7600 seats filled. St. Louis has a lot of people who like to watch theatre and musicals; some take it more seriously than others, but they are willing to come out on a Sunday evening and watch a timeless classic.

What am I trying to say? St. Louis just has a lot of great people who recognize the worthiness of the arts, faith, and spirituality. You’re one of them. You’re a part of this community, whether you are from Missouri or not. And that’s something that’s worth staying for. I can only hope I’ll find a similar community after I move following graduation. For now, I can revel in being a part of this vibrant community. You can too!

 

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Spring break is finally here!.. almost. For most of us, it starts as soon as classes are done today (Thursday). It seems like the semester just started but at the same time a lot of us are ready for this break. There are some challenges, however, that many of us face. I still have a work schedule to stick to, my spring break doesn’t mean I get to take off work too, and after all the bills are paid my wallet is definitely looking a little thin. That translates into a trend that’s become popular all over America, a staycation. The good news is that there is so much to do in St. Louis and a lot of it is either free or really cheap.

St. Louis has some fun places to visit and most of them are free! The art museum, history museum, science center, Grants Farm, the zoo, Cahokia Mounds (technically in IL but still close to the city), the Arch, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Forest Park, Tower Grove Park, and every other park in the city/county. There are even several things to do that don’t cost much. The Botanical Gardens only costs $4-$5 to get in, City Museum is $12 and $10 after 5pm, and STL Cinemas has a whole list of local movie theaters that don’t charge an arm and a leg for tickets (some even have student discount days).

Another plus for this spring break week is that the weather is forecasted to be beautiful! 50s-60s and sunny. It’ll be a refreshing change from all the freezing cold and snow we’ve been having. The warm weather will also be perfect for those outdoor activities like the Botanical Gardens and hiking in the parks. Some local restaurants and cafes might even open up their patios, which, as many city residence know, is always a draw when looking for a good place to eat. If you need more ideas the Riverfront Times has a lot of great events listed on their website or in their magazine (which is freely distributed all over the city). So get out there and do something fun in your area this coming week! Cheers!

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Spring Break 2k15

by Raven March 2, 2015

Well ladies and gents, salvation has finally decided to grace us. Spring break will be here before we know it, and I honestly couldn’t be happier (I mean, I’m jumping for joy over this way). The trick is, guys, I’m probably gonna be busy with homework and interning the whole break (blah). If I could […]

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Don’t Miss Schlafly Farmer’s Market This Weekend!!

by Hannah March 2, 2015

It may seem hard to believe with all this snow and cold we’ve had this week, but farmer’s market season is right around the corner!! *Happy Dance!!* Yea, I am a bit excited. To me, there is nothing better than getting to look at glorious piles of produce and shopping from local vendors! Not only […]

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Stop and Enjoy

by Dani February 26, 2015

Another day of snow, another day of leaving the house earlier than normal to go through the chore of cleaning the snow and ice off my car and warming it up for the drive to school (which will be more of a fight due to the weather). If you’ve grown up in the Midwest, or […]

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“s/o all the country folk”

by EJ February 24, 2015

It’s almost time for warm weather! I’m thinking another month and half until the climate warms up and swimming pools get uncovered, making people break out their shorts and tank tops! We all like the warmer weather, especially after seeing the crazy winter we’ve had this year. In STL, there are no beaches or movie […]

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Senior Snow Days

by Conner February 24, 2015

This being my last semester at Fontbonne, what I wanted most this spring 2015 was some winter weather. A fairly mild winter had left me missing last year’s snow storm. With snow in the forecast, I kept my fingers crossed all of Sunday. Working full time in retail eats up all of my weekends, so […]

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Plans for this Spring

by Patricia February 24, 2015

I have many plans for this spring. I’m very excited to wear items from my spring wardrobe since I’m getting really tired of wearing winter clothes. I can’t wait to go shopping for my Easter dress either. I also want to get some nice sandals, preferably with bows. I would really like to enjoy the […]

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