Praying for Ferguson

Black Lives Matter - Ferguson Missouri Prayer March

My heart has been incredibly heavy this week as I take in all of the events happening just north of my beloved city in Ferguson, Missouri. Since the tragic news of Michael Brown’s death on Sunday, I’ve spent most waking hours trying to learn, read and consume any and all information on the ever-changing situation in this small community in North St. Louis County.

To be honest, I’ve been heartbroken. I’ve been angry. And I’ve been scared.

I’ve been heartbroken over the loss of life and the reality of a region torn apart by issues that have long festered just below the surface.

I’ve been angry over the senseless violence, the way in which demonstrators have been treated and the misunderstanding, anger and hatred shown toward others by those in our community.

I’ve been scared. So scared. Scared for those in Ferguson. Scared for the journalists (including my husband) putting themselves in harm’s way to ensure transparency. Scared for the children whose lives have been forever altered by their surroundings. Scared for protestors, police officers, elected officials and volunteers. And scared for myself and our city. Scared of the reality that we all could have been working to better race relations in our city but instead chose to look the other way while injustices took place right in front of us.

8/16 - Ferguson Missouri Prayer MarchPhoto via Katrina Drew

Saturday, I finally made it out to Ferguson for the first time all week (and for the sake of full transparency and honesty with myself, the first time in my entire life despite living only 20 minutes away for the past two years). My friend and associate pastor, Rev. Katrina Drew, and I joined a community of neighbors and clergy as we prayed for those affected by all that is taking place.

Led by Rev. Jesse Jackson, we were encouraged to visit with those around Canfield Green Apartments and listen to their stories. Sit with them in prayer. Let them know that we care about them and want to do anything we can to help them get through these times of trial.

Rev. Katrina Drew, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rachael Powell

We spoke with a group of four 20-something men, who despite being around my age, seemed so young to have to live amongst such heartache and tragedy. They spoke of their frustrations over needing to leave for work 90 minutes early to make their way through the crowds and their concerns over a few wrongdoers shedding negative media attention on all young black men living in the area. Two of the men had just moved to the area two weeks before Michael Brown was shot. The part of the visit that struck me the most was the way they all said the same thing when asked how we could better serve them. “Be here. Listen to us. Spend time getting to know us.”

If being present with residents and neighbors is the largest obstacle we face toward improving the divide that separates our city, why haven’t we done so? What is stopping us from getting to know those from different walks of life? What stopped us from visiting Ferguson and Canfield Green Apartments before now? If I’m honest with myself, what has stopped me has been heartbreak, anger and fear.

8/16 - Ferguson Missouri Prayer MarchPhoto via Katrina Drew

Price and Style

For those somewhat new to my site, you may not know where the name Style Every Day came from. When I was in college, I was surrounded by a lot of girls who looked to high priced items for fashion. They equated price tag with style, when in reality they were just buying $200 sweatpants. Sorry, not sorry Juicy Couture ala 2006.

Striped Target Dress Dress: Target | Vest: Forever 21 | Shoes: DSW

I decided then and there that regardless of how much money I made or whether or not I could pay my rent, I would choose to show my style every day. No sweatpants. No t-shirts.

While I may spend a bit more on some special pieces now and then (hello, lovely Kate Spade watch!), I still spend a very small amount on clothes.

Green Military Vest

This outfit really reflects that. All of these items were bought from discount stores. It doesn’t get much better than that.

City Walk

I say this a lot but I love my city. Saint Louis has truly become our home over the last two years and I can’t imagine living anywhere else at this point in my life.

Striped Maxi DressDress: Target (I know! What a find!) | Scarf: c/o Cafepress.com (a client of mine!) | Bag: Olivia & Joy | Wedges: Zappos

I love that I live in a walkable neighborhood. Situated in Fox Park, our home is just over a mile from Tower Grove Park, blocks from Lafayette Square and our grocery store and just a short five minute drive to church.

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It makes it so convenient to come downtown anytime we like for work or for play.

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I could walk around my city all day. You should try it!

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All photos taken by Oh Julia Ann

Easy Summer Saturdays

There’s nothing better than a lazy Saturday. You wake up late, dress in easy items and spend the day with friends.

10297965_10152162426633226_1565735102712111467_nLindsay of Heartland Underdog | Julia of Oh, Julia Ann! | Latoya of Latoya Elnora

I recently spent a day with some of my favorite blogger gals and enjoyed mimosas at Lindsay’s house and then grabbed some Thai food in The Loop.

Jean shorts and bootsTop: Nordstrom Rack | Purse: Olivia & Joy | Shorts: The Limited | Socks: Kohl’s | Boots: Forever 21

Jean shorts, tall socks and combat boots

pink studded clutchWatch: Kate Spade | Bracelet: Dillard’s

A huge thank you to the lovely Julia of Oh, Julia Ann! for taking these photos!

The Perfect City Pool

Cortona at Forest Park
As a city girl, you all know how much I love the concrete jungle of downtown, streetscapes of urban neighborhoods and lush greenery of Tower Grove and Forest Parks. But what’s a city girl to do when the temps hit the upper 90s and all you want is a pool day?

Well, it turns out there is an urban oasis in the city featuring one of (if not the best) pool in town. The brand new complex Cortona at Forest Park recently opened its doors to new residents and to a few local bloggers to check out the space. All I can say is wow.

Although I was dressed for cocktails, all I wanted was my bathing suit and a salty marg.

Once we were done gawking at the pool, we peeked inside and were wowed again. If you’re looking for a fabulous getaway in the heart of St. Louis City, I highly recommend you check out Cortona.

Cortona STLIf you want to take a look at this lovely space for yourself, join me for ALIVE Magazine’s Hot List party at Cortona on May 31st! I’m one of the hosts this year so grab me for an Instagram selfie if you see me there!

Cortona STL Blogger Pool PartyAll of these blogger babes will be on hand for the party!

If you’re debating what to wear, don’t miss some tips from myself and four other fashionable STL bloggers on ALIVE’s blog!

Drinking My Way Through Portland In The Rain

Downtown Portland, OR

Downtown Portland, OR

One of my favorite parts of Portland was all of the beer. Yes, beer.

There are so many fantastic breweries in and around downtown Portland, all well set up for sampling your way through their wares.

DSC_0243We went to Hair of the Dog (pictured above), Lucky Labrador (great for sitting around, drinking beer and playing board games all at once!) and Cascade Brewing (I surprisingly loved their sour beers).

Although the actual brewery is about two hours from Portland, we even stopped Rogue Brewery’s retail store. Rogue is one of my all-time favorite breweries so when we came across the store I had to buy a t-shirt.

Rogue Brewery PortlandThe only downside to wandering around the city and taking in the amazing streetscapes is the rain. Seriously. In April it rains like every day. An umbrella and light jacket are required if you plan to stay dry at all. Just do it.

Portland Fashion and StyleTop: H&M | Vest: Forever21 | Umbrella: Borrowed from my friend who lives there! | Bag: Kate Spade | Jeans: INC from Macy’s | Booties: ShoeMint

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