We picked my mom up from the airport yesterday. She was in Hawaii for 2 weeks or so for work. When she got off the plane she had on flip flops and Abug saw grandma’s toenails. She said, Pretty! and then insisted that she get her toenails like grandma’s. We decided to go ahead and get pedicures and my mom needed to get her nails filled (she has fake nails).
When we got there mom got in for her fill and Abug and I went over to the pedicure station. They wouldn’t give Abug a pedicure sadly. Then she started throwing a fit that she didn’t want her toenails painted, she wanted her fingernails painted like grandma’s. After we got her toenails painted, she did everything in her power to scrape the nail polish off. Grrrrr! Needless to say I don’t think she’ll be getting her nails professionally painted for a while. Boy that fit she threw was something else…. sigh!
Oh gosh people, have you heard of Spurs and Pearls Western Show Apparel? Just look at this show jacket! If you show Western pleasure horses, this would so turn the head of the judge. Okay so the horse has to turn the head also, but come on people, when you show, you work on making yourself presentable as well!
The attention to detail is just outstanding. The flowers (is that what you’d call them) stand out with all the hand beading that has been added.
Shirt – Sonoma (last summer) // jeans – Cowgirl Tough // boots – Durango (type in FFACHAPTER to get $50 off) // necklace – Duck & Dressing // Belt Buckle – Won showing Cutting Horses! // Sunglasses – Extreme Sports Scuba
No… I’m not a fashion blogger. Far from it. I like to read fashion blogs and see how unfashionable I actually am. But when I woke up yesterday and realized it was my birthday, I decided that I wanted to dress up. Everyone commented on how I was “dressed up” too, so I decided to share my look with you in case you want to be “fashionable” just like me :).
Truthfully when it comes to fashion at all I’m so far out of the loop it isn’t even funny. I doubt anyone wants to dress like me especially right now while I’m in weird sizes trying to drop the last of this baby weight. I sure hope if I ever do that my favorite clothes I had still fit…. I’m scared!
So seasonal fashion means nothing to me either… I typically wear jeans all year round and boots. Now in the summer you may catch me in shorts or capri’s but usually it’s boots and jeans. So here’s my style…
Since I got my first dSLR in 2009 I’ve wanted a certain kind of camera bag, but to be honest with you I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted. My original camera bag came from I can’t even tell you but it was black with pink lining. It was okay and I thought I wanted it… but… eventually I wanted something different.
A friend of mine sells Thirty One and I saw that they had a cute camera bag so I went that route.
So it was okay but again, not quite what I was looking for. I must be picky… So I really wanted a purse like camera bag but didn’t find one I liked so I bought a purse last summer and tried to make a camera holder. Hmmm… still not what I was looking for so I kept on the search.
So earlier this summer I saw the Kelly Moore A Beautiful Mess Bag and thought that’s what I wanted. I saved my money up and we purchased it. We as in hubby got it for me because I was debating… and debating… and debating…
Let me say, GORGEOUS bag but it wasn’t what I thought I wanted so I contacted them about exchanging it. And then I need to scream from the roof top because I got my Camera bag in the mail and ABSOLUTELY. LOVE. IT!
Let’s just say I’m happy! Holy cow and they are awesome to deal with, especially if you have to exchange! Wow. So anyway I got the 2 Sues in Orange Sherbet. What’s cool was yesterday morning I was carrying my bag and a gal was behind me with the Indigo and we both can tell you, we Love this bag! Yup, we had a small conversation about it. Don’t worry, I took the papers off the zippers since then and put my stuff in it!
**Sorry this is wordy/picture heavy but St. Louis is REALLY COOL!
More so than I ever thought!!! Please read…**
When we woke up Sunday morning we were a bit on the lazy side, but decided we should get up and head to the Arch before everyone beat us there and we were there all day waiting to go up. We got there around 9:30 or so. When you enter the park there are gorgeous views.
And then you get to the main attraction. They say this is in the area that Louis and Clark crossed the Mississippi River into the St. Louis Area, although remember this really wasn’t St. Louis as we know it today :). This is the Gateway to the West.
To enter the Arch, you have to go through security, you know empty your pockets, put your purse on a conveyor belt, etc. By the time we got through and got up to purchase our tickets, we were there at 10:03. Our ticket time was 11:20 so we had a little over an hour to kill. They start lining you up for your time to enter about 10 minutes prior to your departure time.
While you are there, there is a fabulous museum that educates you on the Wild Wild West. This is a paddle wheel to steer one of the ships that went up and down the Mississippi. I stand 5’7″ tall so you can see how tall that wheel is. While hubby was taking this photo, there were people staring at me. See what I do for my bloggy… lol. Nah, even if I didn’t have a blog, I’d still have taken a photo like this. That’s just me :).
I was in love with the old time cameras. Side note, do you know why during the turn of the century (not 2000 either) the women stood and men sat for photos? Because it took so long to actually get the photo that the woman actually had an apparatus holding her up in one place for so long so she didn’t move and her dress would hide it vs the man’s pants. That’s also why they didn’t smile. Not sure if this is one of those types of cameras or not though… just knowledge I know :).
Here is a wall that describes all about the idea behind the Arch, the realization of the Arch and the actual architect. Now, I have been in the Arch once before but this time I guess I paid more attention (vs being a 17 year old) and I was quite surprised that the Arch wasn’t actually built until 1963. It would have been earlier as the plans were started in the early 40’s, however World War 2 struck and plans got put on hold. The monument opened to the public in 1967. Another interesting piece of history is the designer Eero Saarinen died in 1961 so he never actually got to see his design started or finished.
Once they start lining you up for your time to enter the Arch, they give you a color/number so you know which capsule you’ll enter when they call you.
Each capsule holds 5 people. One of the first things they ask you is do you have trouble navigating stairs (probably about 30ish when it’s all said and done if that) and they ask if you’re claustrophobic because these capsules are extremely small.
Then you’re up in the Arch finally :). This is the view out the West side of the Arch.
The first photo is the Church that was left on the property.
The second photo is the old Court House. There was an extremely famous case that went through this court house when a slave sued his owner, Dred Scott vs Sandford. In this court house Dred Scott won. Sandford didn’t like this answer so he took it to the supreme court where Sandford wound up winning. In front of this court house is a statue of Dred Scott and his wife Harriet.
The third photo, middle, is a panoramic view out the window.
The 4th and 5th photo is of the lawn right down from the Arch. Those are actually people in the green yard, even though it just looks like specs.
This is a panoramic view out the East side of the arch, a view of the Helicopter landing/take off site and a bridge crossing the Mississippi River.
This shows the size of the window you have to see out of the top of the Arch. And another fun piece of information is on a breezy day, the Arch will sway with the wind. It was made that way to help withstand Missouri style winds.
At the top of the Arch you are 640 feet above the ground. Now another fun fact is no building in St. Louis will be taller than the Arch, even if some look that way.
After we left the Arch, we walked like 2 blocks down to Laclede’s Landing.
So after lunch we decided to wander over to one of the Casino’s because that’s where the trolly that tours St. Louis leaves from. Ok so I absolutely LOVE history so here’s another cool thing…. In Missouri it is illegal to have casino’s, however you can have river boats that are casino’s. Now this building behind me is a Casino. You may be scratching your head because didn’t I just say it is illegal to have a building in MO that is gambling. Oh get this…. a lawyer found a loop hole and this building is actually considered a boat on the river. Say what? Yup, because they brought pipes in from the Mississippi and ran them under the building, therefore the building is set on the Mississippi River.
Oh and we tried to have a fashion show of my outfit. I’m pretty sure everyone was looking at us but whatever.
Why yes, I can hitch hike with my big toes.
And roll my tongue.
And finally the trolly bus showed up. Now a lot of big cities (Chicago, NYC as examples) have the hop on, hop off bus, however in St. Louis, instead of being built up, it was built out, so this trolly actually runs 27 miles showing off St. Louis so once you’re on, you are on for about an hour and a half.
This bridge was actually the monumental site for St. Louis before the Arch was built. When it was built, they couldn’t actually get people to go out on it because they didn’t feel it was safe. They finally convinced people that it would hold by walking an Elephant out on the bridge. At the time, the Elephant was thought to be a brilliant animal and wouldn’t have walked out on it if it was unsafe. Then, the road that we’re driving on (you can’t really see it in this pic) spends about 6 weeks under water every spring when the Mississippi River floods. So the Trolly sometimes has to change its route because of flooding.
This is in Forest Park. Now a lot of people have heard of Central Park in NYC which is 840 acres in size. Forest Park in St. Louis is 1,371 acres in size, so considerably bigger than Central Park. This park was the site of the 1904 World’s Fair where Waffle Cones were actually introduced/invented as well as at the same time the site of the 1904 Olympics. And something funny there, the gold medalist of the marathon cheated by getting in a vehicle around the 9th mile and riding to the 19th mile.
Oh and this is the house hubby and I are going to buy and move too… lol, just kidding but how gorgeous is it? And yes, it is for sale.
A view of the arch from the trolly.
After we were finished with the tour we went back to the hotel and chilled for a bit, then decided to walk to Union Station to check it out. There are lots of parks in St. Louis and people are encouraged to walk in the grass, play in the fountains and just enjoy the park. We saw this really cool old fire engine that had been converted into an ice cream/drink/etc station while walking through one of the parks.
Union Station was a Passenger Train terminal and one of the largest in the country, because remember St. Louis is the gateway to the west. In the 80’s it was turned into a hotel, entertainment, and shopping center.
On our walk back to the hotel, we were debating where to grab dinner when we found Caleco’s. Hubby was a bit tired of Italian since we had it for lunch, but we went there anyway to check it out.
A few weeks ago when we went to the lake for the Safari Hunt, the Friday before hubby signed us up for Scuba Diving classes. So that meant that the following Tuesday night we were headed to class at Extreme Sports Scuba, the same group who put on the Safari Hunt.
While we were down at the lake I talking to Grady and D the Man about sticking my toe straight up in the air, which just so happens to be like a thumbs up. Thumbs up means going to the surface when you’re in the water. How cool is that? So they both wanted me to do this to poor Deb, who got stuck teach our class :).
In the mean time, I thought it would be fun to paint my toes up like the Diver Flag, so not only would I give her a thumb toes up, it’d include the Diver’s Flag.
So Here’s how to paint your toes up to look like a Scuba Diver’s Flag also….:
First things first… if you have toenail polish on currently, get rid of that stuff!
You want to be working with a clean slate. Plus trim your toenails if they need it. Mine were in need.
We’ve learned that I am not a fashion blogger. But even for not being a fashion blogger, sometimes it’s fun to take pictures and believe I am one. I ran out of the house with my cell phone and handed it to my husband, here take my picture please?
I’m thinking that models and fashion bloggers don’t go around sporting the nice “Farmer’s Tan”, but that’s just the way I role. I worked hard for that tan. In fact, later that afternoon I worked on a second set of tan lines with this shirt. Later that day we were headed to the hayfield to pick up 135ish bales of Alfalfa hay. Boy it was a hot day. I think I sweat more this last weekend than I have in the last month combined. It’s been extremely humid. And a lot of people say, don’t you live in Southwest Missouri? What do you know about humidity? Let me tell ya something, we get our fair share by far. It’s absolutely crazy!
Today there is a 50% chance of rain. I’m wondering what it will do… Tuesday night there was like a 30% chance. I guess it poured up on the square at the North end of town but at the ball fields at the south end of town it spit sprinkles here and there. Once all ball games were over it picked up a bit but never poured like the North end of town received. And I promise, our town isn’t all that large.
And every post needs a Photobomber, right? Marlie just wanted her few minutes of fame.
if anyone is interested in knowing what I’m wearing…
So there we have it. My attempt at being a fashion blogger again. Not great, but whatever. Practice makes perfect right? We’ll stick with that and hope that it at least gets better someday, right??
Typically I’m not crazy about Thursday’s, I know they are the day before Friday but they are usually the longest day of the week in my opinion. But today, I have fun things planned so maybe it won’t be so bad? Next week this time Tbug will have been with us for a whole day. She’s spending extra days with us this week. Happy Thursday!