Fashion Week Kicks Off With The Blogger Awards!

September 30, 2014

#STLFW began Friday evening, kicked off by the Saint Louis Fashion Blog Awards! Brooke and I were both there, representing A Colorful Chaos. We missed our dear Sharon, who was soaking up the sun in Florida, but are glad that she'll be with us for all of the other upcoming fashion week events!  We were so honored to be nominated in four categories after only blogging for five short, but sweet months!  We really appreciate everyone's support and loved getting to meet so many lovely ladies who read our blog and so many other talented ladies who blog themselves.  Congratulations to all of the winners!

Our midwest weather cooperated beautifully; it was a perfect night to enjoy the new Public Media Commons  at Grand Center. We enjoyed the beats by DJ Trashtalk and eats by Michele C Catering and Events.  We were very happy with all of the vegetarian friendly options.  

The event featured a still life model fashion presentation by Craft Alliance artist-in-residence, Grace Kubilius that was completely beautiful! It is so refreshing to see such amazing talent in our city. What a great taste of all of the lovely things to come at #STLFW! We couldn't be more excited. 

What we wore:


Brooke rocked a sweet feminine cream lace dress (Target) with her favorite blue flats from H&M (Can't get enough...they just go with everything). She toughened up her look with a black leather jacket, and an edgy necklace and mini-crossbody bag from F21.

I wore a breezy jewel-toned dress from Anthropologie with wine colored Halogen heels from Nordstrom that made me (almost) as tall as Brooke!  My earrings were also from Anthro, my cuff was from Ziezo, and I never leave home without my favorite Rebecca Minkoff quilted mini-affair bag with studs. 

We hope to see you guys at more of the STLFW events in October.  Trust us, you won’t want to miss all of the talent that this beautiful city has to offer! Click here to buy tickets and see a full list of events!
xoxo - Brooke & Paula

Blog Date: Bailey's Range

It's no secret that we totally love ice cream. One of the main items on our "to do" list for our blog dates is typically: find the best ice cream. Bailey's Range, a locally owned restaurant that has the best house-made ice cream. It's totally one of our top recommendations to people who come into town or who are looking for a new place to try. 

You may find yourself wondering, do these girls do anything but eat in St. Louis? And the answer is YES, we do - you just hear most often about our foodie finds because we love two things: local treasures and AMAZING FOOD!

Bailey's Range has great burgers (and veggie options for all you non-meat eaters out there), fries and delicious shakes. They have a few sister restaurants (we'll tell you about those later) that we love visiting, and are generally just a great addition to the STL food scene. Thank you, Bailey's Range, for providing us such amazing ice cream!

Paula seriously loves ice cream. I mean, check out how big that cone is! She enjoyed this white chocolate raspberry cone with Salted Caramel ice cream. She's lives on the wild side of life. Brooke highly recommends the Triple Chocolate ice cream (to die for)(!). Sharon's always getting anything Salted Caramel, but this time she got chocolate and peanut butter. Perfect combo.

Music Monday: Big Brother Thunder and the MasterBlasters

September 29, 2014

I'm all for indie, folksy, rockin music (Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, From Indian Lakes...), you may not guess that I can also jam out to some soul jazzy music. Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield - they're totally hip too. I feel like I'm sitting in Memphis listening to some great bluesy tunes when I listen to one of our local loves - Big Brother Thunder and the MasterBlasters! (Yes, I did just compare them to Ray Charles. We have some great talent here in STL.)

They're highly praised in St. Louis; the Riverfront Times Best Funk/Soul Band of 2014. I can totally see why! This rockin' group graced the stage at Lou Fest a few weeks ago with their sweet beats - "creating an inescapably danceable sound." I'm loving their song, Genuine, right now. Give it a listen.

We're so excited that we'll get to see Big Brother Thunder and the MasterBlasters at #STLFW! They'll be playing at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund's Emerging Designer After Party on Wednesday, October 15th. You can get tickets here. We'll see you there!

Local Loves: Misty Manley, illustrator of Archibald's Next Big Thing by Tony Hale

September 25, 2014

Today on the blog, we're featuring a talented local artist named Misty Manley, who recently illustrated a new book by Tony Hale (of Arrested Development & Veep), called Archibald's Next Big Thing.

I first met Misty when we were both bridesmaids together in a friend's wedding. We bonded over our love of our sweet baby boys (mine was 2 months old at the time, and her little guy was a few months older), our matching Marc by Marc Jacobs watches, & Ray Ban sunnies. We became social media friends after that, & I enjoyed seeing pictures of her adorable baby and hearing updates about the life of a fellow working mom.

When she recently shared the big news that she illustrated Emmy-award winning actor, Tony Hale's new book, I was so excited for her & curious about the process. I asked her if she would be willing to answer a few questions for the blog, & she graciously agreed. Read on to learn how this local gal became the illustrator for this charming children's book about a chicken named Archibald and his friend, (a bee named Bee), learning to embrace and enjoy the present instead of worrying about what's next.  Something I think we can all relate to.

Paula:  Can you start off by telling me a little bit about your involvement with the book?  How long did it take?

Misty:  The project started in January of this year and began with me collaborating with illustrator, Victor Huckabee with some early stage sketches of Archibald and his chicken family.  From there, the Archibald "world" was built as well as the other characters with my illustrations.

P:  How much collaboration time did you have with Tony, if any?

M:  Tony was involved every step of the process.  Every minute detail in the book was carefully critiqued and had input from Tony as well as the publishing team here at Boxing Clever (where Misty has worked for 3 years as art director).

P:  Has Boxing Clever published any other books?

M:  This is Boxing Clever's first venture as a publisher (Boxing Clever Publishing) and we plan on this just being the beginning.

P:  Awesome!  Were you a fan of Tony's before the book?  How did you get hired to work on the project?

M: I was a huge fan and created Arrested Development fan art for out website, so it was absolutely amazing.  Tony was awesome to work with and is totally down to earth.  The relationship was through the other author, Tony Biaggne, who was a friend of ours and he and Tony already had the idea churning!

P:  That's so cool! Are you working on any other books, or would you like to in the future?  Does Tony have plans for a follow-up? In other words, what's the next big thing?  ;)

M: I am not currently, and Tony would love to release more books as part of an Archibald series, but no concrete plans yet.


I guess we'll all just have to take a lesson from Archibald and be happy enjoying the present awesome book.  If you would like to purchase a copy, you can do so here, or if you're lucky enough to be a local, you can grab a signed copy from Tony and Misty this weekend at two different locations:

on Saturday, 9/27/14, he'll be at The Happy Up Toy Store in Edwardsville at 1:30 PM.

and on Sunday, 9/28/14, he'll be doing a Q&A at the Art Museum at 2:00 PM.

Bee there, or bee square!! 

Fall Dreams & Maple Spice Lattes

September 24, 2014

Fall seems to be the weather sweetheart of the world. Everyone loves summer, but when there's a chill in the air suddenly everyone seems to be saying that fall is their "favorite time of year." I'm no exception to the rule; I truly do love fall.

All of a sudden here in the Lou, autumn was here and we were all celebrating. It's been cool and breezy and I can't get enough maple spice lattes. I'm drinking them like it's my last day on earth. There is an 80 degree day on the forecast for this week, so this weather feels like a tease - or a taste of the lovely months ahead of us!

I love the sun, and I dragged my sweet husband off the sidewalk to get some shots of me with this beauty of a brick wall. The sun was possibly too bright, but we caught the moment and that's what matters.

Sweaters and H&M are totally my addition. Plus I got this adorable mini purse (I'm talking TEENY tiny) and I had to share the cuteness with ya'll!

Also, my new trademark blue shoes make another appearance. They're too comfortable and cute not to pair with every single outfit.

Sweater, tank, shoes: H&M. Jeans: AE. Crossbody Mini: F21

I'm off to buy pumpkins and eat chili...can we all agree that fall is totally the best time of year?

A Colorful Chaos Giveaway Winner!

September 22, 2014

Congratulations to Monica!

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September 18, 2014

Don't forget to enter our giveaway here for the chance to win a Just Liv original dreamcatcher necklace! Giveaway is open until tomorrow at midnight. Don't miss it!!

Local Loves: Gringo in the CWE

If you're like me, & love eating tacos with your amigos that are quite delicioso, you should try Gringo! 

Located in the "Left Bank"of St. Louis, the chic Central West End, they serve Baja inspired Mexican cuisine that will transport you from the Midwest to the coast with each bite.  

Gringo's littlest fan, Atticus, loved the chicken quesadillas, while my fellow vegetarian friend Amanda & I chose the chinga-linga tacos made with spring vegetables, avocado, poblano rajas, chopped lettuce, epazote salsa, and tajin. Luckily for the boys & Sharon, they had plenty of options for meat lovers too, and the gringo fries were to die for! Potato wedges tossed with queso cotija, parsley, and chili flakes, with a side of Gringo ketchup and cilantro-buttermilk dressing. They put all other fries to shame. 

If fresh, local, flavorful food in an amazing location is on your to do list, then Gringo can't be missed!

Falling in love with Fall fashion in the Central West End: birthday edition

September 17, 2014

Ahh...Fall fashion. The tights & cardigans & boots & cozy sweaters. Dressing for cooler weather is just better. That's one of the many reasons why I love that I have a September birthday. When the sticky 100 plus temperatures dissolve into 60 degrees & you are welcomed with the promise of change by a cool breeze, I can't help but be ready to shed my summer skin & be happy for a new season of my life to begin.

I kicked off my birthday celebration early this year starting on Friday night. My friends Sharon, Shane, Ryan, & Amanda met my boys and I at my favorite Mexican restaurant in St. Louis called Gringo (come back for a local loves post about that tomorrow). 

Sharon just got a new camera for her birthday & snapped lots of pictures of the evening! I'm so glad she was there to capture all of the fun!  The girls & I managed to sneak away & get a few photos of my outfit before our food arrived. The Central West End provided a lovely backdrop for our spur of the moment shoot & the weather couldn't have been better! Happy Fall, y'all!

Outfit details:
Hat, black cardigan, blush shirt, skirt, and tights: all H&M
Gold necklace: Ziezo (RIP)
Rose gold watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Limited edition Eternity Rose gold heels: Seychelles

Trending Tuesdays: #DoggyHeaven

September 16, 2014

Sharon and Paula here! Now, we all know how much Brooke is in love with kitties, and while we think kitties are cute too, we are dog people, and can't get enough of all these little pooches! So here's our chance to show some of our favorite doggy things!

Print by Red Gate Arts

Dish towel by Anthropologie

Rainboots by Ruche

Sweater by Burberry Brit

Greeting Cards by Rifle Paper Co.

iPhone case by Anne Was Here

Print by Hanna Melin