Egg-cited about Eckerts

Over the weekend, my hubby, Shiloh and I, along with a few other bloggers and their families’,  were invited to the annual Eckerts Easter Egg-citement kick off.  Easter Egg-citment is happening all month long leading up to Easter weekend, and I was especially excited because I hadn’t been to Eckerts since I was a kid.

Photo Credit Ashley Kuenstler
My husband and I are always looking for new traditions to start as a family, and we thought it would be the perfect outing for our 8 month old, Shiloh.   It was a beautiful Spring day, perfect for Easter Egg Hunt festivities!

We arrived a few minutes before they started the first of 5 egg hunts.  It’s really neat the way they have the hunt broken up by age groups.  Shiloh’s 2 and under group went first, and although he had no clue what was going on, he had a blast.


Next, we stopped to spend some time petting the bunnies and chicks.  Shiloh wasn’t scared the least, and I was so  surprised that he was eager to pet the animals.  We headed on a tractor ride after and then to a few other activities like: face painting, taking pictures and touring the grounds of Eckerts, which is quite beautiful.

Photo Credit Ashley Kuenstler

Photo Credit Ashley Kuenstler


We didn’t get a chance to stay for lunch, but we did get to shop the Eckert’s grocery store and found some delectable goodies.  Easter Egg-citment is happening now through March 31st  with events like Breakfast with the Bunny as well as adult cooking classes.  There’s something for everyone.

Photo Credit Ashley Kuenstler

It was so great to hang out with my family and connect with other families at the Easter Egg-citement event.  Eckerts is a great place to make family memories and you still have time to get in on all of the fun.  Check out the Eckerts calendar and maybe I will see you there!


Photo credit Ashley Kuenstler

Photo Credit Ashley Kuenstler

2 Chic Shampoo and Conditioner

Today I’m doing a product review of 2 Chic Shampoo and Conditioner from Whole Foods Market Galleria, here in St. Louis, MO. When asked to review this product, I was excited because I know that Whole Foods Market’s mission is to carry the finest facial skin and body products available. In order to be sold in Whole Foods, products have to meet a strict set of quality standards, and all of those can be found here. Because of that commitment to quality, I was confident to give this product a try.

The 2 Chic Shampoo and Conditioner systems guarantee restoring moisture to dry and damaged hair and adding shine, protecting color and helping prevent splits and breaks. This line of shampoo and conditioner has an avocado and olive oil blend to add moisture to the hair. I consider my hair pretty healthy, but dryness is an issue for me especially since my hair is natural and curly.

I know from friends and family and even my husband who has a really awesome afro that dryness is definitely a problem with this type of hair. My husband and I normally look for products that offer a lot of moisture and that are specifically designated for curly/natural hair. Many times we use leave-in conditioners but we often have a problem with the residue or film that it leaves on our hair.

I was interested to see how my hair would react to 2 Chic Shampoo and Conditioner. Right now also have extensions in my hair for length but they are the same texture as my hair. I wanted to see if that made a difference. So here is my review of the product.

First things first, when I opened the top to smell the product it smelled pretty good a bit overpowering, but good. I will add that it smells better on the hair than in the container. I shampooed my hair twice and the second time, I noticed that my curls began to loosen up and That my hair felt a lot softer. I went on to add conditioner to my hair, and I was bit concerned at first because normally when I coat my hair with a conditioner the lather is very thick. I didn’t experience that thick lather with 2 Chic. At this time, I didn’t comb through my hair because I didn’t feel like the lather was thick enough. However, when I washed the conditioner out I used a wide tooth comb to comb through my hair, and I was very surprised that it was easy to comb through my very tangled hair. I looked in the mirror, and I noticed that my hair was very shiny as well, and there was no left over residue. I was pleasantly surprised. My husband walked past me while I was combing my hair and said he really liked the smell of it;).

After I had washed my hair, I let it air dry, put a bonnet on and went to sleep. When I woke up the next morning, I was happy to see that my hair was still untangled and that my curls felt loose and airy. I think the combination of the olive oil and avocado were responsible for that. I occasionally put olive oil on my hair, but I have to be careful that it doesn’t get too greasy. This shampoo and conditioner seemed to have the right combination. I think this product is pretty good especially since it isn’t specifically for curly hair. I would be curious to see how it worked on other textured hairs. I give this product a B+ only because I want to try it a few more times in order to see how it tackles my dry hair issue. I am always trying to find the best products for my hair and I am really glad that I tried this one and will definitely use it again! What about you? Have you tried this product? What do you use for dry or damaged hair?




This was after conditioning and combing through my hair.  It felt really soft and airy.  I let it air dry.




My 7 takeaways from St. Louis Fashion Week

It’s been a little over a week since St. Louis Fashion Week ended and I am still feeling inspired. From the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards, shows, events for bloggers and the Midwest Fashion Conference, this STLFW was definitely one for the history books.

I was honored to host the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards again this year, and this time it was outside in Grand Center. It was a beautiful night full of blogger babes and when I saw the beautifully bright STLFW logo shining on the wall in Grand Center I knew that this would be a fashion week to remember and I was totally right.

Last week the city was full of fashionable events and people at one time and there was a sense of unity that resonated in the heart of the community that St. Louis could.. No, already is a fashion city fashion.

I thoroughly enjoyed the blogger events and meeting bloggers from across the United States and watching the shows of some innovative new designers.

The week ended with the first ever Mid West Fashion Conference and I was so inspired that I have to stop right here and share with you my take aways from some of the best in the fashion industry !

1. “Be Nice” Fern Mallis creator of NYFW
2. “St. Louis has 250 years of rich identity and it should be celebrated” Stan Herman Designer
3. “We spend so much time trying to impress the coasts when we have a lot going on right here” Derek Blasberg -Harper’s Bazaar
4. “In New York we don’t wait for things to happen we make them” Fern Mallis
5. “In regards to blogging know exactly who your target audience is” Megan Zeitz TFD Diaries
6. “Keep reinventing yourself” Fern Mallis
7. “Know how to edit yourself” Atilio D’Agostino Alive Mag

These tips have reassured me, inspired me and have lit the fire of this new mom once again. So tell me, did you go to STLFW? Or what’s inspiring you lately?







Boy meets girl…. A shoe love story

It’s our 18th month anniversary of marriage, and
we believe it’s important to continue dating each other while you’re married, even
if it’s simple (cues Lauryn Hill’s “The Sweetest Thing”). 
Relationships are supposed to fun, challenging and life-giving. 
Maybe you’re in a rut and looking to spice things up. We have a few, easy steps (for husbands and wives) that will keep the flame burning in your heart  and marriage.  It goes a little
something like this…
Try a coffee date. It’s simple and sweet.
Girls love flowers.
Wear some nice cologne (preferably her favorite scent that drives her crazy!
Make him say “WOW!” when you step out of the car.
Allow him to see your inner and natural beauty.
Listen intently and stay engaged in the conversation.
Speak each other’s love language
Hold each other close and gaze into each other’s eyes
Walk hand in hand, heart to heart, forever.
Need a few more tips? Try these:
A Guys’s Guide to Dating His Wife
1. Be romantic.
2. Be present.
3. Be FLY!
4. Be yourself.
How to Date Your Husband…for life.
1. Be open
2. Be flirty
3. Be beautiful inside and out
4. Just be… allow him to lead. It’s your time to relax and
savor the moment.
We’d love to hear your ideas for dating your spouse. Feel free to share them for a chance to win a new pair of Testosterone shoes, courtesy of Bronx Diba Luchiny Shoes!

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Ross Show us yourShoe Selfie Contest

So, Ross Dress for Less contacted me with the coolest idea, and I can’t wait to share it with you! They are hosting a Show off Your Shoes promotion and this one goes out to all you shoe lovers! What you have to do is:

· Snap and upload your best Ross shoe selfie, then share with your friends and encourage them to vote for you.

· At the end of the promotion, the top three shoe selfies with the most votes will receive the grand prize, second prize and third prize of a $500, $300 and $100 Ross Dress for Less gift card!

· Additionally, each week Ross  will select one winner at random to win a $50 Ross 

I received my gift card the other day and I’m so excited about the shoe goodness that I found at Ross! Designer brands at low prices, I almost lost it!  Here are a few pairs that I could not live without! Which pair do you like best?   So now go to your nearest Ross Dress For Less pick out a great pair of shoes and then snap your very own  “shoefie” as I like to call it, and post on their facebook page Ross Dress For Less.  In the meantime  vote  for my picture and let me know when you post so that I can vote for yours!

Fashion Week for the Economista

It’s that time of year again. Saint Louis fashion week is on the horizon and you can feel the excitement stirring around the city. Invitations for kick off parties are already being sent out, fashionistas are making their final outfit selections and runways are being prepped to host fashion designs from world renowned designer Rebecca Minkoff and Project Runway’s Victor Luna. If that weren’t enough excitement, I’ve been asked to host one of the pre-show parties for fashion week! Yay! While I’m super excited, my husband and I are also super pregnant. Six months to be exact and the only thing I can think of is….. What am I going to wear? Pregnant or not you may have this same burning question and this blog post is dedicated to affordable and fashionable fashion week looks.

Looking great doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are so many options out there such as; discount department stores, shopping online, or even shopping your own closet.  If you’re like me sometimes I forget what’s actually inside my closet.  Every couple of months I have the urge to get it organized and in the process I find great pieces that I’ve completely forgotten about.  Maybe I bought it off season or didn’t have anything to go with it at the time, but it always feels great when I find something that works perfect.  I call it “the treasure hunt.”
If shopping your closet doesn’t work for you, there are many stores dedicated to chic affordable fashion! Stores like T. J. Max, Marshalls, Ross Dress For Less, H&M, and Old Navy have won the hearts of conscientious shoppers. They offer the hottest fashion at an unbelievable price.  Just the other day I found some amazing name brand items for a steal.
Lastly, if you don’t have time or feel like going into a store, shopping online has become one my new favorite pastimes and with the convenience of smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you can find your favorite look anywhere.  My personal favorite is on the couch with a cup of coffee.  A lot of times your favorite department store has a sale online, but not in the store. So, shopping online can be just as rewarding as sifting through the sales rack to get that perfect deal.  It’s less work.  Below are two outfits examples that I put together from one of my favorite discount retailers H&M.
Fashion Week Outfits
Fashion Week Outfits by christiadeshields featuring h&m handbags

Picture details: Patterned Kimono $50.00, Leather Skirt $25.00, Floral Top $17.99, Sweatshirt Skirt $50.00, Earrings $3.50, Purse $25.00, Suede Sandals $66.00, Boots $50.00
 So, who’s coming to Fashion Week with me? For ticket information go to  I hope to see you there!