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In Saint Louis


        As some of you have heard, Fashion Week was last week in Saint Louis. Many designers showed their newest collections and new designers faced off in several competitions. ALIVE Magazine and SIBA put on amazing events and the whole week was a success. I wanted to take a moment to discuss how important fashion is, not just in all of the big cities who have their own fashion weeks.

            Fashion is everywhere and in everything that we wear. If you want to wear something exactly as a store has it on display, go for it. If you want to wear stripes and polka dots, go for it. You should wear what makes you feel good and gives you the most confidence. If you feel your most successful in leggings and an oversized sweater, or a tight skirt and a tailored jacket, wear what makes you the best version of yourself.

            The worst thing is feeling uncomfortable in your own clothes, or trying to make something your own just because it is the latest trend. As I have said before and will continue to say, trends are not investment pieces. You should buy trend pieces from places like H & M and Forever 21 for a lesser price before deciding to spend the big bucks. For example, you may love the look of a suede skirt, but you’re not sure if it’s the right look for you. Buy the cheaper version and if you fall in love with it, make it a staple in your wardrobe and go spend the proper amount of money on a good quality suede skirt. Always give things a test drive before you spend a great deal of money on a single item.

            As my father always says, “If you buy quality, you won’t be disappointed.” By spending the money later on a piece you really enjoy, you will be able to ensure that the piece lasts enough time for you to get all the wears out it before you decide to sell or re-purpose it; hello suede jean patches.

            Remember, you do not have to be walking in or attending Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan, or even Saint Louis to be the Fashionista that you want to be. Wear what makes you happy and makes you feel beautiful.






by Patricia on October 28, 2015

in In Saint Louis

I’m really excited for Halloween. So far I have made witch’s broomstick cookies, monster brownies, and sugar cookies. I’m in the process of making cupcakes! I have also visited some haunted houses. On the way home I have been listening to Halloween music and watching movies at home.  I also decorated my porch and carved pumpkins. I will also carve another pumpkin and I look forward to going to Ghouling pianos this Friday!


Of all the seasons in the midwest, I have to say that autumn is hands down my favorite one. The weather has cooled down from the hot weather of summer, but hasn’t hasn’t become the unbearable cold of winter. Everything is crisp and there’s a riot of color everywhere. One of my favorite activities in autumn is to go for long walks around my neighborhood, in the parks, and hiking out on the trails. The changing leaves make for a beautiful landscape and the weather lends itself well to wearing hoodies and drinking hot beverages.

My favorite park to walk in is Tower Grove (mostly because it’s so close to my house), but there are tons of parks in the city from which to choose. Forest Park is probably the best known one, and Lafayette Square park is small but so full of color it’s worth going to. I’m also a huge fan of Castlewood Park in the county for some excellent hiking, the trail is good and there are look out points on the top of a giant hill where you can see for miles. Laumeier Sculpture park offers a beautiful landscape and some really cool sculptures all throughout the grounds.

There are so many more awesome places to visit in the city and out in the county, I recommend taking some time to explore the area and enjoy the autumn colors!




Fall is my favorite season in Saint Louis. Although this is very stereotypical, you really cannot beat a Saint Louis fall. It is not too cold and not too hot. It is a nice mix of switching back and forth between shorts and jeans and each day is a new adventure when trying to figure out what to wear. I wanted to share with you some fun and fall activities you and your friends can participate in this fall at Fontbonne.

The first thing is to just go explore Forest Park. It is beautiful to just be outside and watch the leaves change colors all around you. I am more than sure that you will be joined by lots of people walking dogs and enjoying the fall weather. Walking or paddle boating by Art Hill will allow you to see all of the beautiful colors.


Another way to explore fall around Fontbonne is to go shopping and/or out to eat in the Loop. It is nice to walk up and down Delmar when it is this nice outside.


Lastly, take a trip to the zoo. Although not every animal enjoys the fall weather as much as this human does, it is nice to be able to walk around the zoo and see the animals that are out and not break a sweat. A nice cup of coffee and walking around to see the animals seems like the perfect way to spend an afternoon.


Whether you’re looking for nature, food, fun, or animals, Saint Louis has a fall activity for you!




Fall Fun

by Patricia October 23, 2015

During fall, I really have fun getting in the spirit of Halloween. I’m making Halloween treats as well as going in haunted houses. This weekend I went to Six Flags with some friends and went in the haunted houses. One of them had us step in a cage that shook! I also love listening to Halloween […]

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Favorite Fall Activity

by Quinn October 23, 2015

During the autumn season there are not too many activities that I have done specifically oriented to the season other than the seasonal sport I was involved in throughout high school: football. My days of playing football are now over but I still deeply enjoy going to football games during the fall. I still go […]

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Local Coffee Shops

by Dani October 19, 2015

Maybe I’m broaching a subject that has already been done, or perhaps more than a bit stereotypical? But it’s near and dear to my heart. St. Louis offers up some awesome local coffee shops to fulfill the caffeine needs of any student. If you’re looking for something relatively close to Fontbonne I would have to […]

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Crushed Red is Crushing it!

by Claire October 19, 2015

Although I have been quite a few times before, I thought I would let you all know of an amazing restaurant that I attended this past weekend. Crushed Red, located at 8007 Maryland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105, is an “urban bake and chop shop” that serves cuisine that is fresh and delicious. The food […]

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Giving Back

by Dani October 12, 2015

As the fall semester here at Fontbonne is halfway through, I’ve finally had a chance to start my volunteer service at St. Mary’s Hospital. I have to admit, when I first started the process to become a volunteer I felt a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information and a little unsure whether I could […]

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A Little About Valerie

by Valerie Kathryn September 22, 2015

Hey there! As you should know by now, my name is Valerie Amerlan. I am a returning sophomore here at Fontbonne University. I love being social and interacting with others, however I am much better at this in person, rather than blogging. But I am also up for new things, so I thought why not give […]

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