Local Loves: The Shack

February 26, 2015

What can be better than blueberry pancakes with your pals? How about half-priced pancakes with your pals while wearing your pj's?  We highly recommend putting this at the top of your to do list. And if you haven't been to The Shack in St. Louis, trust us, it can't be missed.

Although they don't always offer 1/2 priced food for wearing your pjs, it's definitely one of our favorite breakfast spots in town. There's something for everyone, young and old. Atticus is a fan of the classic pancakes, while Kelsey indulged in the pancakes topped with blueberries. Paula chose a Fiesta omelet, Sharon got the Do it Yourself Meg Ryan (a little bit of everything), and Shane had a Gringo Killer skillet. Kaldi's coffee is proudly served while flat screen tvs play the best sports teams (the currently number one and undefeated Kentucky Wildcats happened to be playing basketball the day we were there- gooooo Cats!). 

If fantastic flavors, a fun atmosphere, and friendly service is your jam, then you'll love the Shack baby. And if you visit, be sure to leave your mark on the wall...and see if you can find where we left ours!

Red Carpet Copycats

February 24, 2015

And the Oscar goes to....you after reading this post, for being the best dressed for a lot less! We've recreated some of our favorite red carpet looks from this past weekend's Oscars from fashionable and affordable retailers so you can feel just as elegant and effortless as the leading ladies on the red carpet. Get ready for your close up!

Rita Ora (Mod Cloth / Mod Cloth)
Reese Witherspoon (Ruche)
Joanna Newsom (ModCloth)
Jennifer Lopez (ModCloth)
Sienna Miller (ModCloth)

America Ferrera (ModCloth)

Margot Robbie (ModCloth)

Rosamund Pike (ModCloth)

Georgina Chapman (ModCloth)

Anna Kendrick (Ruche / ModCloth)

What was your favorite red carpet look?

A Week in Pictures

February 20, 2015

This week has been bitterly cold, and all we've wanted to do was stay inside and warm up by the fireside in a big giant quilted blanket with hot chocolate in BOTH hands. But this past weekend we were able to enjoy the nice-er weather as we celebrated Valentine's Day with our hubbies and got to spend time with our families.

This weekend, I, Sharon, got to take pictures of my brand new adorable baby niece. I'm a first time aunt, so this was extra special for me. Little Emma is such a doll, and my sister-in-law and brother-in-law are so lucky to have such a sweet little girl in their life!

She is just the sweetest little thing. I can't get enough of her! Valentine's Day was pretty low key for us, as usual. We usually do more for anniversaries and birthdays, so Valentine's Day sometimes gets forgotten until the day of. But when I came home from work Friday night, my husband still managed to surprise me with lovely flowers and chocolate!

And because I got home from work late, I was just planning on ordering a pizza, but my sweet husband still took me out and we got to go to Mission Taco for the first time! (Local loves post soon to come) Then we spent the rest of the evening watching Boyhood, which was so fascinating, and I highly recommend it! (And if you enjoy that and are interested in a new series to watch, check out the Seven Up Series. It is just so compelling.) And because this is busy season for me at work, I requested if we could stay in all Saturday and catch up on our shows, which we did, and it was perfectly relaxing and wonderful. Gotta love husbands who let you do what you want.

Paula here! I am a hopeless romantic, so I've always been a fan of Valentine's Day. This year was extra fun because my sweet mom drove all the way from Kentucky to be our littl
e 21 month old's Valentine so we could go out to dinner and stay in an artsy boutique hotel downtown. It was our first night away from our baby, but I knew he was in good hands with his Grammy.

We ate at Baiku sushi lounge which is attached to Hotel Ignacio, (the place we booked for the night). I got a dragon roll and my guy got stir-fry followed by an amazingly sweet chocolate dessert. We loved the unique blend of flavors: jalapeños & cilantro & avocado on a roll...& the artistic presentation. 

We were impressed with our hotel too. It was voted one of the most romantic places to stay in STL by the RFT and our room was so chic & cozy. When we checked in, some lovely flowers were waiting for me.

We ended up getting each other the same exact card unknowingly, and I also got a box of Bissinger's chocolate truffels...my absolute favorite!

The next morning we slept in for the first time in almost 2 years and had breakfast from Triumph Grille which is also attached to the hotel. I'm still dreaming about the Tahitian vanilla French toast that I had. After breakfast, we went home so my mom could get back to Kentucky before the giant snow storm of the year hit. Luckily she made it there right before they got buried in over a foot of snow!

I had President's Day off since I'm a teacher, and Kelsey got a snow day, so Monday we all got to spend the day together playing in the snow. Then the rest of the week was business as usual. We're looking forward to our double date night with Shane & Sharon at Salt & Smoke tonight. Look for a local loves post about that soon. Hope you all had a lovely week too! Happy Fri-yay!

Friday Favorites: Sweet Nothings

February 13, 2015

Happy Friday, and happy Valentine's Eve! You still have one more day to find something sweet for your sweetheart. Chocolates, flowers, and jewelry are fine, but you can't forget a card for your Valentine! Here are a few of our favorite designs. Which one makes your heart skip a beat?










1. Heart Bandit Card by Rifle Paper Co.

Local Loves: Valentine's Day in St. Louis

February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and whether you have a special valentine or like to celebrate your own version of Galentine's, there's plenty to do around St. Louis this Valentine's Day weekend. We thought we would share some Valentine's Day events going on here in our city for you and your loves to enjoy!

(Source: Equivocality)

Ted Drewes  - For those of you born and raised in good ol' STL, Ted Drewes is most likely your favorite frozen custard. Although it is closed for the winter time, it opens just in time for Valentine's Day, so enjoy one of your favorite frozen custard treats, or get into the holiday spirit and get a Cardinal Sin Sundae topped with cherries and hot fudge or a Strawberry Shortcake Sundae!

Run for the Chocolate - For those of you who enjoy running, this 5K could not be sweeter, literally! After you have accomplished the remarkable task of completing a 5K, you get to reward yourself by indulging in chocolate! Once you cross the finish line, you'll be rewarded a goodie bag of Bissinger's chocolate. If you can't make up your mind, you have up until race day to register! Don't miss out!

Lemp Mansion - Lemp Mansion is having a special Valentine's Day dinner for two for those lovebirds who enjoy romantic evenings in a historic home with beautiful vintage decor.

Botanical Gardens Orchid Show - The Missouri Botanical Gardens' annual orchid show draws large crowds during the Valentine's Day season. If you love flowers, florals, and especially orchids, be sure to stop by Botanical Gardens and be swept away by their exquisite collection or orchids.

(Source: Michael Miles)

Valentine's Night Hike at Shaw Nature Reserve - For you nature-loving, night owls, this would be the perfect way to spend your Valentine's Day. This Friday, Shaw Nature Reserve is hosting a Valentine's Night Hike where you can enjoy a romantic evening of star gazing and enjoying hot chocolate with your Valentine. Be sure to register in advance!

What do you have planned for Valentine's Day??

Trending Tuesday: #XOXO

February 10, 2015

This week, we are gearing up for Valentine's Day and spreading the love, hearts, hugs, and everything red and pink. We love love, what can we say, and we love spreading love in the littlest ways. Here are some of our favorite love-ly things!

Print from Anthropologie

Cheese plate from Ruche

Skirt from Ruche

iPhone case at Anthropologie

Wink Clutch by Kate Spade New York

Heart Beat Button Down Shirt from Madewell

Tea Towel at Anthropologie

Sweater by Ruche

Heart Umbrella by Ban. Do.

Sweater by Ruche

Heart to Heart Tights at Anthropologie

Apron at Anthropologie

Boots by Seychelles

Mug from Paper Source