#LuckyToLiveHere in Webster Groves- St. Louis

The city of St. Louis is made up of a plethora of amazing neighborhoods that are just waiting to be explored. Each one is unique and has a something different to offer. After living in St. Charles for most of my life, then a year in Wentzville after college, I knew I wanted to get a feel for the neighborhoods closer to downtown. The first stop was living with a few of my girlfriends on the Hill. I absolutely loved living in the Italian neighborhood and being so close to so many great restaurants. Then, my fiancé and I started house shopping and we came across Webster Groves. We immediately fell in love with the close knit community, the charm of all of century-old homes and the two downtown areas that were walk-able, offering a wide-range of restaurants and shopping.

 

Today, I am giving you a peek into this gorgeous neighborhood of mine and a few of the wonderful things it has to offer. You can easily make a weekend out of enjoying Webster Groves, however if you only have a day… here are some ideas of where to eat, shop, and play!

 

Old Orchard Farmer’s Market

Thursday evenings in the summer are a breath of fresh air during my work week. The reason… the Farmer’s Market in Old Orchard waiting for me when I get home. This farmers market is open to the public every Thursday in May to October and it is truly something I look forward to each week. They have many local farmers featuring natural produce and meats, but they also have local artisans that feature unique designs and goods you can’t find anywhere else. My home is stocked with body scrubs, candles, stationary, and jewelry. All of which you will be able to find at this Farmer’s Market only in Webster Groves.

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Local Shopping at Paisley Boutique

There are many shops to keep you busy in this city for more than just an afternoon, but one of my absolute favorites has to be Paisley Boutique in Old Webster. The owner, Stacie, has mastered the art of knowing her clientele and makes you feel right at home when you walk through the door. Come to Paisley for an outfit for the work week, weekend, or a night out and you will always look put together and effortless. The store’s inventory changes daily so it’s easy to make an excuse to stop by more than once a week! I also love Paisley because of the selection of great gifts offered. Beautiful stationary, notebooks, jewelry, handbags and even small botanicals that complete any home. It’s hard to leave empty handed!

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Dinner at Olive at Oak

I have many favorites when it comes to restaurants in my town, but the newest arrival has made its way to the top of my list. Olive and Oak is located on Lockwood in Old Webster and has been the “it” place to be ever since they opened their doors. Their menu changes daily but one of my favorite appetizers is almost always on the menu. Fresh oysters in St. Louis? Sounds scary right? Not when they are flown in fresh and always from different regions of the U.S. coasts. I am also a sucker for their cocktail menu and enjoy trying new creations from their very talented mixologists. The name behind this restaurant honors the two sons that each of the owners lost tragically from congenital heart defects. The two couples have each founded organizations (The Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation and the Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation) to raise awareness of the condition and have tied the Webster community together as well. You can find red hearts on many homes within the town all supporting the foundations for the boys, Ollie Hinkle and Oakes Ortyl.

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Dessert at Serendipity

To cap off a day of a fun or maybe you just need a mid day pick me up? Serendipity is the place you want your next ice cream cone. This local ice cream parlor serves homemade ice cream the right way with fresh ingredients and all of the flavors you know growing up and then some. Like the Muppet blue ice cream called “Cookie Monster” that has mounds of cookie dough and cookies and cream through-out. And then there’s even the St. Louis classic “Gooey Butter Cake” that is one of their store favorites. Additionally, they serve up ice cream cakes, ice cream bon pops, and drumsticks that put the store bought version to shame. As their slogan says “Life is uncertain… Eat dessert first.” Don’t mind if I do!

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I hope you enjoyed this tour around my home town of Webster Groves. I feel truly #LuckyToLiveHere in a city that has so much to offer and so many wonderful neighborhoods to explore.

 

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Workday Blues

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champagne and polka dots - workday blueschampagne and polka dots - workday bluesTweed Skirt  on sale! // Button-Down Ruffle Blouse // Tory Burch Caroline Flats // Tory Burch York Tote // Floral Collar Necklace

 

Every week Monday morning comes along and it always takes a little extra motivation to get me out of bed. The cure to my Monday blues is an outfit to look forward to putting on. This one from JCrew does the trick! I love this tweed skirt and it’s even on sale! The rainbow of colors in the tweed pattern allow for endless options on top and make this skirt a no-brainer in the mornings.

 

I paired my skirt with this button-up striped ruffle blouse because I loved the play on pattern mixing. Also, how can you not love this ruffle detail on the front and on the cuffs? I also did the signature “JCrew Cuff” above the elbow to keep the sleeves in-check during the work day. This top would also look great with a pair of jeans and some white shorts for the warmer weather. Hope you all have a lovely Monday and thank you for stopping by!
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Gotta Have It Shoe

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Do you know the moment when you first set eyes on the most perfect man, puppy, or holiday escape and you just have to have it!? Well, I get that feeling about shoes. Love at first sight anyone? It’s definitely a thing for me and a pretty pair of shoes. Wait for it….

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Hope I didn’t disappoint in that build up. To say I got that warm and fuzzy feeling with these Seychelles patterned, strappy wedges is an understatement. Wedge? check. Print? check. Strappy? check! Those are all my favorite things when it comes to shoes. It’s the ultimate trifecta if you ask me. Local babes… you can find these at Paisley Boutique. All others… shop this Seychelles Strappy Wedges here.

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This colorful tote is from Mar Y Sol. Perfect for vacation or to just make a statement for summer. No beach required! Obsessed with her collection of these totes this summer. My mom took home this version and i am also loving this one.

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Sanctuary Tangerine Dress on sale!// Seychelles Strappy Wedge // Mar Y Sol Tote love this pattern and this one!

Lariat Necklace // Joya Bracelet // Tory Burch Sunglasses // Kendra Scott Tessa Earrings c/o

 

The weather in St. Louis has been changing drastically, and I have been on the lookout for a few dresses this season. Many of my girlfriends come over to my closet and borrow for weddings, graduations,  bachelorette parties, etc. When my friend Jillian asked for a “casual summer” dress, I  realized I am a little outdated in that department. Then this beautiful Sanctuary tangerine dress came into my life from Paisley Boutique.

 

If you read my blog, you may know about my obsession with Paisley. The owner, Stacie, has become a good friend of mine and I just love the range of price points in her store. The variety of clothing and age range is absolute perfection. A store that caters to my mother and myself is very hard to find, but Paisley pulls it off seamlessly. You can also find great gifts including stationary, candles, jewelry, handbags and yes… SHOES!

 

Paisley Boutique | 233 W Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119

To order: (314) 475-3443 | Email: sswederska@gmail.com

 

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