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        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.




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 recommend either Kaldi’s on Demun, just off Clayton Rd., or Foundation Grounds on Manchester, just off Big Bend. Both shops have great coffee, breakfast and lunch items, baked goods, and a relaxed atmosphere perfect for doing homework or hanging out with friends.

If you’re willing to explore the city a bit more, there are a few different neighborhoods with great shops. The Tower Grove neighborhood has Mokabe’s and the Gelateria on South Grand, Hartford Coffee House on Hartford St., and the lesser known, Sweet Art Bakery and Cafe (a personal favorite of mine) just north of Tower Grove Park on 39th St.

In the Delmar Loop neighborhood there’s Meshuggah Cafe and Blueprint Coffee. In the Central West End there’s the Coffee Cartel, Palate Coffee Bar, and Cafe Ventana. Also, in random places around the city, you have Park Avenue Coffee in Lafayette Square, Benton Park Cafe on Arsenal and Lemp, The Mud House on Cherokee Street, and Comet Coffee on Oakland. Each establishment has something a little different to offer its patrons. I would highly recommend taking some time out to try the different, local coffee shops that St. Louis has to offer.


On September 19, 2015, the school had organized a trip to famous places in St. Louis and all students were welcome to join. Most international students were present and surely had a lot of fun.

The first stop of the trip was Forest Park. The view inside is just breathtaking.

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The following stop was the New Cathedral Church. The sun was bright but the wind was soothing.

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Highlights of the trip was the Old Court House and the Arch.

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The trip ended with a late lunch at McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden.

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We had so much fun and good memories. Hopefully there will be more of these events.



Hi everyone,

Do you know that this coming Friday is our Fontbonne Day?!!! I’m very excited to that since I just came to Fontbonne University last summer and this is my first year to experience Fontbonne Day!! This year I will have an opportunity to participate into one of the volunteering activities. I and other Fontbonne students will be going to an elementary school to decorate their walls and do a little gardening. I think it will be fun especially since the weather these days is so nice!!! 😀

Let’s spread the Fontbonne spirit in the St. Louis community!!!

– Kathy


St. Paul to St. Louis

by Abby 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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Little City, Big Perks.

by Alumni Posts September 24, 2014

The only city I have ever known is Chicago, which is HUGE. So, when I came to live in St. Louis 2.5 years ago I didn’t know where outside of Fontbonne I could call home. A place where I could go every week to distress from school and life in general. A little over a […]

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Casting Call!

by Alumni Posts September 15, 2014

Through a connection made at my internship, I was offered a position as the Shoes and Accessories Coordinator for St. Louis Fashion Week this fall. As someone about to graduate with a degree in fashion and wanting to go into event planning, this is absolutely perfect for me. The last couple years, I have helped […]

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Forest Park

by Alumni Posts June 17, 2014

If you are ever looking for somewhere to go during the summer on a nice day. I would recommend Forest Park. Forest Park is located around the corner from Fontbonne, just past Skinker Blvd. There’s the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum and so much more. The best thing about it is that everything is free! […]

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Last Few Weeks in Illinois

by Alumni Posts June 2, 2014

I just got back to STL from spending some weeks back home in Illinois. Which was my last. Illinois will no longer be my physical home come July. My parents will be living in Florida, and I will still be in STL. Its a scary thing. I have to make a decision where I am […]

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Only A Month In.

by Alumni Posts February 3, 2014

January is over! I can’t believe it! This semester is going to go by so fast just because I have so much to do. This semester is the start to my senior year of college. I feel like I just graduated high school not that long ago. It has only been a month in and […]

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