Valerie Steele in the STL =Fashion Heaven!

So this past weekend, I had the honor of meeting Dr. Valerie Steele, Fashion Curator for FIT in New York and also named the most brainiest woman in fashion. She is also listed as one of Fashion’s 50 most powerful by the New York Daily News.
Dr. Steele was in St. Louis, MO last Friday night for a Gala and she gave a lecture at Washington University the following day. Craft Alliance was responsible for bringing Dr.Valerie Steele here and I am so glad that they did!
I was able to attend the FGI (Fashion Group International) meet and greet, as well as the lecture that Saturday.  Valerie talked with us and answered questions regarding her life, her career, and what she sees in the future for fashion.
The lecture that she gave was called ” The Art of Fashion” where she talked about the century debate of whether or not Fashion is considered Art. The lecture was insightful, informative, inspiring and FUNNY! Valerie ended the lecture by saying “Fashion is Art..If you believe it”
I had a fabulous time talking with Dr. Valerie Steele, and I found her to be an exceptionally nice, not to mention super stylish woman! Check out her outfit!
Me and Dr. Valerie Steele!
Me, FGI President Emily and STL MAG Style editor Jan 
Me and Saskya Byron of Craft Alliance

The Lecture
Valerie’s New book!
For more info on Valerie Steele. ..check out her website
Here’s a look at some of her work!

DIY: Spring/Summer clutch!

So it’s getting warmer outside and that means LESS CLOTHES whoohoo, but to me that also means smaller accessories. In the spring and summer I don’t really like lugging around big purses. I like to feel as light as possible. However I only had two clutches and they were black. A few months ago I found a really cool basket weave clutch from Target and that clutch inspired me to tinker around with making my own clutch and that’s when I found out HOW EASY it was I mean seriously EASY!.

The clutches that I made literally took less than 5minutes, except for the multicolored tribal print clutch, that one was a bit more intricate but still easy.

All clutches except for the tribal print clutch where made out of place mats that I scored from the thrift store for a $1.00!! Yes you read right! Place mats are the perfect size and the stiffer ones have the perfect sturdiness for this project. The tribal one is made from fabric, which i lined with a place mate.

There are a few easy steps while making your purse but first lets start with the materials that you will need.
You will need:

  • Fabric or Place Mat
  • Glue -Gun (I prefer the glue gun) or Fabric Glue
  • decorative buttons
  • razor (to attach buttons)
  • velcro

This is a Place Mat

Fold the place mat over a little more than half to create a nice sized pouch.

Super glue the sides down.

add Velcro as a fastener.

Add decorative buttons, flowers, etc to the front of the clutch or keep it plain!

Now you have a one of a kind clutch that you can rock all spring and summer! NJOY!;)

For a dressier clutch try a flower… My mom made this one, after I taught her!;) XO

Rocking my clutch this weekend!
Rockin’ my clutch Easter Sunday