Closet Confidential: Jasmine Huda

You’ve likely seen Jasmine Huda. Between her work as a Fox 2 News 11 p.m. TV co-anchor or frequent volunteer work around St. Louis, it’s difficult to miss her – and her consistently sharp outfits. “‘Quiet confidence’ is how a colleague once put it,” explains Huda when asked about her personal style. “Not sure I’m worthy of that compliment, but I think it is fair to say that I ‘shine’ in my own way, in both my professional and personal worlds.”

IVF After Two Failed Embryo Transfers

I wasn’t surprised to learn our second embryo transfer didn’t work. After the pain of the first failed transfer—emotional, yes, but I screamed during the implantation so I quite literally mean physical pain—I went in ready for the worst. I had Lance drop me at the door for the blood test and met him back at the car. I took a nap after. When I woke up and saw “Unfortunately, the results…” in my inbox I rolled over and went back to sleep. I eventually got up and said I felt disappointed, but fine.

Your Guide to Small Business Saturday in Downtown St. Louis

Thanksgiving is upon us, and we all know what comes after the parades and food coma: holiday shopping. You may be standing in line at big-box stores on Black Friday waiting for deals, but remember to check out St. Louis’ local businesses for truly one-of-a-kind presents. Wondering where to start this Small Business Saturday? Here are five stores in Downtown St. Louis you can’t miss. Hoping to give the gift of fashion this holiday season? Downtown’s Fresh Image offers an ample boutique shopping

Distressed Denim + Dining Out: Our 3 Favorite Restaurants in NYC’s Financial District

We’re home from New York! And I’m still exhausted. (But more on the actual vacation later.) The trip was INCREDIBLY last minute, which caused me very real physical pain as I am a planner to the core and I normally schedule trips months in advance. We were gifted tickets to the BlogHer Creators Conference in NYC, and since I began feeling uninspired by blogging during IVF it seemed like the perfect time to kick start the site with some serious workshops and inspiration. Neither of us had been to

Shake Up Date Night: Downtown Dates for Every Couple

Bored with the same ordinary date night? Shake things up with an evening out that is uniquely Downtown St. Louis. The heart of the Gateway City has date-night destinations perfect for any type of couple. Take in the warm summer weather with an outdoor date. Start with a romantic walk through the ever-creatve Citygarden. Up next is dinner at Vin de Set, where you can dine on the rooftop patio overlooking the Arch. End the night with a nightcap from one of St. Louis’ best rooftop bars, Three Sixty.

Making Waves

One hundred dollars might not buy airfare to a tropical city or an evening in an oceanfront chateau, but it will cover the cost of a designer swimsuit – with enough left over for a bottle of sunscreen. Headquartered in downtown St. Louis’ T-REX building, SUMMERSALT is bringing designer swimsuits to consumers at a fraction of the traditional cost, at $95 for any suit. How? St. Louis’ reigning queen of swimwear, Lori Coulter, teamed with design pro Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin to tackle the new retail market while bringing consumers the luxe items they want at the lower price they crave.

Cheers to Traveling! | The 3 Funnest Cocktails in Orlando

In case my ample social media posts and insane amount of pre-trip excitement didn’t give me away, I love Orlando. It is such a fun vacation destination, and the cheap Frontier flights from St. Louis make it an easy place to get away. While I loved it as a kid, there is one fun feature I couldn’t experience until a few trips ago: drinking! Visiting Orlando? Here are the three funnest cocktails I’ve had in town, no theme park admission required.

Dog-Friendly Downtown: Planning the Perfect Downtown Day for Your Pup

She’s your best friend. He’s your loyal companion. If your heart belongs to your dog, bring him or her along with you Downtown for a day designed perfectly for pups. Fuel up for your Fido-filled day with a cup of coffee at a dog-friendly shop. Park Avenue Coffee (417 N. 10th St.) allows pets in the outdoor dining areas so you can sit with your pup while you finish your latte—or take your java to go and kick things off with a brisk stroll around Citygarden (801 Market St.), which is merely a fiv

Travel Cents: The Best Disney Dining for Different Price Points

Here’s an unpopular opinion: I’ve never understood everyone’s issue with the cost of a Disney vacation. Don’t get me wrong—a week at Walt Disney World is far from cheap, I’m not denying that, but attending other popular events and destinations like an NFL game or Coachella is similarly priced. These are undeniably splurges, but if you pick and choose where to spend based on what you want in a vacation the entire experience may ring up for less than you thought.

Selfies & Soul Baring: On 15 Years of Blogging

“My name is Julia and I am small,” says my old Livejournal. “I’m that red-head in the miniskirt.” Thanks to the everlasting power of the internet, I realized today that I am in my fifteenth year of blogging. While I momentarily had a Xanga account, I really got my start on Livejournal—and because reliving the awkwardness of my teen years sounded entertaining, I recently unlocked that account. My first blog post, in all its painful formatting, is pasted below.

20 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to St. Louis

Welcome to St. Louis, known as the Gateway to the West and one of the county’s “little big cities.” This historic Missouri location is full of vintage buildings, ample cultural attractions and beloved major-league teams. It’s known as a place with a low cost of living and has a booming start-up scene. It’s in the heart of the midwest and sits between the two longest rivers in the country: the Missouri and Mississippi.

Kid's health, A to Z

The FDA has approved a new treatment, dubbed the artificial pancreas, for kids with Type 1 diabetes. According to Dr. Neil White, professor of pediatrics at Washington University, the newly approved treatment will likely be available this fall and is a combination of two commonly used devices, the Medtronic 670G Pump and the Continuous Glucose Monitor, with an algorithm built in to enable the pump to be controlled by the sensor glucose reading. Simply put, this wearable device could mean no more

‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Tom Sandoval Talks River City, Style and Reality TV | MAX Magazine

Like a true Midwesterner, Tom Sandoval is polite. He doesn’t rush the conversation, despite the fact that he’ll soon head to 12-some hours of filming for “Vanderpump Rules.” He nicely offers me additional information, making sure I have everything I need and leaving time for me to write down his answers before he moves on to the next statement. He seems genuine in his consideration for others, somewhat unexpected in a reality TV star. I let him know I don’t want to disrupt his day by keeping him

A Conversation With New York Times Bestselling Graphic Novelist, Matt Kindt

Comic books bring certain images to mind: masked heroes, sound effect bubbles, pop art drawings, a decolletage-heavy damsel in distress. But that’s only the surface. Below the most mainstream of graphics sits a world of peculiar stories told through text and visuals, ranging from fantasy to full-blown horror and every genre in between. St. Louisan and New York Times bestseller Matt Kindt is a quiet master of this art. Kindt, who graduated from Webster University’s fine arts program in 1995, pub
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