Last Weekend, Destination: Fashion

This blog post comes to you straight from….Amish Country! Not exactly the capital of the fashion world (by any means) but I’m spending my Thanksgiving break away for the hub-bub of St. Louis and in the heart of Ohio with relatives. I don’t know how long this “borrowed” internet connection will hold out but I so wanted to update about last weekend.

It was another busy one! My work-weekend really started on Friday. I missed my CAD class to model at the Creve Coeur Camera Expo on Friday afternoon. I’m with a small local agency in St. Louis that hooked me up with the gig. I had the pleasure to assist an internationally-renowned photographer, David Guy Maynard, with a free class he hosted. I have to say, the logistics of photography was mostly lost on me. Photography is something I haven’t caught an interest in yet. The idea of capturing your own, beautiful images is intriguing but the costly equipment and complexity of so many electronic devices has scared me of so far. Seems like something I might delve into one day when A. I have money and B. I have time. Ha! Both are not in my immediate future.

Saturday morning started bright and early around 8:30 am with another shoot with Elizabeth Wiseman and company. Attached are some preliminary images. More to come. Ashley was a bombshell! But the look was Juniors, due to her age, so we played down her innate Victoria Secret Angel look. The shoot went great, albeit a few chilly moments for a couple city-sleek pics.

Saturday afternoon I modeled again for Maynard after the early shoot. And oh yeah, it was my anniversary weekend too! Matt, my husband, successfully surprised me for the first time ever! I’m usually pretty good at figuring out what he’s up to. And I don’t even try to find out stuff, it just happens : / So I got all fancied up and went out that night. After a scary little drive up towards North St. Louis (I’m pretty sure we saw a drug deal or two) we finally stopped at the Bissell Mansion for a fun and interactive, murder mystery dinner. The play was “It’s a Wonderful Death” and it was a great 1 year celebration!

Then on Sunday I had the opportunity to secret shop. Secret shopping is basically doing just that-secretly shopping at a store and reporting back to an agency about your experience. It wasn’t the first time for me but it was my first time to secret shop a movie theater. I highly recommend secret shopping! What is better than seeing a movie with a friend for free (after reimbursement for 2 tickets) and then getting paid an additional small fee on on top of it?!
Answer: Not much.
I’m a believer that the best things in life are cheap or free. So, I enjoyed a free afternoon Twilight showing with a good friend while Matt was working at SLU, where he is a PhD candidate. When he got home we celebrated our true anniversary (11/20/10) and popped some champagne and thawed our anniversary tier from our wedding cake. The cake was surprisingly delicious, maybe better than the first time we ate it! I have to recommend Gwenn with Exquisite Cakes in St. Louis.

Thanks for taking the time to read. I want to put up some more pictures later, including an interesting outfit I wore to Bissel and maybe some celebratory pics from the anniversary.


The Weekend Warrior: Part Une

The Wine-d Up

I’m a graduate assistant at Lindenwood University…which means I am a poor person. My school credits are paid for by my 20 hour-a-week assistantship. But with no extra stipend, constantly buying fabric, notions, books, and lab fees really add up! So for a lil’ extra cash I continue to work  promotional gigs whenever I can. I’ve actually been working through talent agencies as an Independent Contractor for marketing campaigns (aka “promo” work) for 3ish years now. When I was in my undergraduate I worked in the summers primarily. My SEMO major in Merchandising and minor in Marketing really came in handy in all the application processes. I say processes because you have to apply individually for each job and send in paperwork for each agency. I estimate that I’ve worked for at least 30 agencies and 100 promotions in the last few years. Quite possibly more. I did jobs like handing out free samples at box stores and promoting products in various ways at St. Louis events. One time I was Tony the Tiger and held babies and had geriatrics sit on my lap (both against my will, which made it the first and last time to dress up as a costumed character). People constantly ask me about how to get into this field. And I don’t blame them, because if you’re willing to wait 30-90 days after an event for payment then you can make anywhere from 2 to 5 times minimum wage, just starting out. If you’re interested and I know/like you, I might be able to hook you up.

Lately, I’ve been getting into wine demos. It’s steady work and it always seams to fit into my schedule. I market a variety of wine in stores at Dierbergs or Schnucks by giving out small, free samples. I educate the public about tasting notes and how to pair what wine with which food. It’s fun. Although I would characterize myself as a introvert, I’ve grown to really enjoy interacting one-on-one with shoppers. It’s a nice gig-I get to learn about wine, work on my people skills, and sometimes I get the remains of a bottle : )

Here’s a pic from the last gig!

If I look a little wonky, it’s because it was taken at the end of a 6 hour shift where I stood the whole time. Yeah…

Stay Tuned for Part Deux….featuring some Pakistani Haute Couture. Yes, you heard me right.