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A young man preparing to propose to the love of his life walks into a jewelry store with his grandmother\u2019s wedding band in his hand and a desire in his heart to make its memories live on in a new custom engagement ring for his bride-to-be.

This priceless trend of incorporating vintage, heirloom family jewelry into new engagement rings has become increasingly common in recent years, local jewelers say. \u201cIt happens all the time,\u201d says Joe Genovese, president of Genovese Jewelers, a fine jewelry store in Creve Coeur since 1981. \u201cA [groom-to-be] will come in and say, \u2018This was my grandma\u2019s ring \u2013 she helped raise me.\u2019 So the diamonds have so much sentimental value. But it\u2019s dated, so it\u2019s my job to help re-create the ring.\u201d

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Genovese saw the trend begin to rise about 15 years ago, when there was a significant shift from yellow gold to white gold in the jewelry industry. \u201cWith that shift came the vintage style because it translates better in white than yellow,\u201d Genovese notes, adding that the unique style is marked by delicate, ornate hand-engraving, as well as a halo setting. \u201cThis trend is not going to slow down because [the band and setting are] more dainty, and the more dainty, the larger the center stone looks \u2013 and for [today\u2019s] brides, stone size matters.\u201d

At local jewelers, the process of re-creating an heirloom engagement ring typically starts with a complimentary consultation. \u201cWe\u2019ve been assisting wedding couples in St. Louis for more than 100 years, so we offer a wealth of experience when it comes to redesigning engagement rings using family diamonds or gemstones,\u201d explains Kit Heffern, president and third-generation owner of Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers in Clayton, who also is a certified gemologist appraiser and a graduate gemologist. \u201cWe ask a series of questions to help determine exactly what the client is hoping for, listen carefully and look at examples either from our own collection or from the client\u2019s Pinterest page or magazine clippings \u2013 whatever it takes to get the details right.\u201d

Next, a drawing of the ring is sketched so the client has a good idea of what the ring will look like before leaving the store. Then, a computer image of the piece often is created and viewed by the customer for approval. After that, the digital image is typically sent to a 3-D printer and made into a 3-D wax model, which can be viewed and approved in person by the client. Finally, the ring is created with the precious metal of choice \u2013 gold, rose gold or platinum \u2013 and the heirloom diamond or stone is mounted.

Today\u2019s couples most often opt to use an heirloom sparkling diamond or sometimes a brilliant blue sapphire for the center stone and set it in a re-created vintage platinum band, Genovese says. Whatever the heirloom stone or vintage band, an engagement ring that also is a family treasure is even more special to both the giver and the recipient, Heffern notes. \u201cThe diamond or gemstone that is being given to the new couple is a heartfelt expression of the family\u2019s love.\u201d

Simon Katz, owner of Simons Jewelers in Clayton, which has been designing personalized jewelry for St. Louisans since 1976, says a family heirloom adds another layer of importance and a story behind the piece being designed. \u201cWhen we work with customers who have a family stone or redesign an existing piece, our job is to bring the customer\u2019s vision to life,\u201d he explains. \u201cOur experience allows us to guide customers through the process to ensure that what they have envisioned will translate into a beautiful finished piece.\u201d

When you take apart family jewelry, it has sentimental value, notes Myra Sherman, who owns, along with her husband, Barry, Albarr\u00e9 Jewelry in Ladue, where they have been restyling custom jewelry since 1976. \u201cSome customers want to add on to an existing piece of jewelry to make it more their own, while some people want to disassemble and start from scratch using the stones that are sentimental,\u201d Sherman says.

Heffern loves the design and quality craftsmanship of vintage and estate jewelry, and it is a big part of Elleard Heffern\u2019s business. \u201cIt is always a thrill to bring an old piece back to life,\u201d Heffern says. \u201cWe are happy to see an increased appreciation for this type of jewelry.\u201d Genovese also is a fan of the trend because the jeweler says his store\u2019s state-of-the-art manufacturing technology is perfect for the intricate designs of vintage rings.

Once a custom engagement ring is re-created, each local jeweler offers an appraisal of the new vintage piece that encompasses the past and the present. \u201cIn the end,\u201d Katz says, \u201cwe want to create for them a new keepsake they will treasure.\u201d

Albarr\u00e9 Jewelry, 9711 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314-997-1707, albarre.com

Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers, 101 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, 314-863-8820, heffern.com

Genovese Jewelers, 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314-878-6203, genovesejewelers.com

Simons Jewelers, 8141 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314-725-8888, simonsjewelers.com

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What better way to keep warm during this frigid month than with a cozy fur jacket? Not your mother\u2019s minks, these jackets will keep you looking fierce while feeling toasty!

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men_winter01

Maybe winter to you means hitting the slopes. Maybe it means settling into hibernation till the warmer seasons make their comeback. Whatever the case, this time of year is undeniably harsh on your hair and skin. Here\u2019s how to deal:

1. Fight static by adding this simple step to your shower routine. Between shampoo and body wash application, rub in intensive hair conditioner by (MALIN+GOETZ). Let it soak in your scalp for five to 15 minutes, as you lather on body wash, before rinsing clean. Its ingredients combine to repair and strengthen damaged hair, allowing you to maintain moisture longer, despite frigid outdoor temperatures. Available for $26 at (MALIN+GOETZ) (malinandgoetz.com).

2. Wash your face with an exfoliating scrub to rid your skin of dead cells and soften its texture. Sapien Men Facial Scrub by Surya Brasil combines all-natural ingredients to hydrate and repair skin for a deep, refreshing clean. Available for $16.39 at Surya Brasil (shopsuryabrasil.com).

3. With a fresh base, you need a protectant layer before stepping outdoors and facing the cold. Clinique for Men 2 in 1 Skin Hydrator + Beard Conditioner is the ideal moisturizer to treat your face and soften facial hair of any length. Add to your regular routine after applying deodorant or brushing your teeth. Rub in a small amount over your face and neck, and give your skin the extra hydration it needs to brave the elements. Available for $34 at Nordstrom (nordstrom.com).

4. Swipe Kiehl\u2019s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm on your lips to prevent chapping and cracking from wicked winds. This balm soothes dried lips without making you look like you slathered on lip gloss or petroleum jelly. Available for $9 at Kiehl\u2019s (kiehls.com).

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From walking down the aisle to celebrating a stupendous year for the company, creating an event worthy of the occasion requires some serious work. Luckily, Catering St. Louis Events is more than willing and able to do the heavy lifting. \u201cOur main focus is on event spaces,\u201d president Mark Erker says of the company\u2019s approach to event planning. \u201cBy having our own spaces, we can give [clients] a better product. We have better control over everything, from recommending people to using our own equipment to knowing the idiosyncrasies of the property itself.\u201d

A trending event style is to create a natural aesthetic, such as by escaping to the country. Moving an event outside of city limits can put on the added stress of having to determine how people will get to and from the location or even ensuring restrooms are readily available. Erker describes an ideal event space that tackles all the big questions and creates that winery-inspired getaway for clients and their guests. \u201cWe own 16 acres in Pike County, called Three Barn Farm. It is just an unbelievably beautiful property that reminds me of Sonoma Valley in California,\u201d he shares. \u201cIt\u2019s a one-stop event space. We own the china, glassware and flatware. We have working toilets [on-site]. We have partnerships with transportation companies. Often, you have to rent a lot of these things \u2013 even the restrooms \u2013 when you pick a space. Everything is offered here. You don\u2019t need to do much more.\u201d

Catering St. Louis Events looks after the details, too, as is evident by its ability to offer farm-to-table stylizing dining at Three Barn Farm. \u201cI took an apprenticeship at EarthDance, a great organic facility in Ferguson. I have a big garden up there, and now, we\u2019re expanding,\u201d Erker explains. \u201cWe\u2019ve plotted out a quarter of an acre at Three Barn Farm, with hopes to get up to an acre of vegetables, including tomatoes, asparagus and arugula. We use our own stuff and source from neighborhood organic farms for good beef and lamb.\u201d

Whether you seek a garden paradise or the classic feel of an elegant estate, the event-planning company provides clients that dream setting with options to host at Missouri Botanical Garden or Whittemore House. Those seeking a blank canvas to transform however they imagine will be drawn to places like the Forest Park Visitor Center. \u201cClients are involved as much or as little as they want. We have a fantastic team of coordinators that handle every aspect of the details of your event,\u201d Erker says. \u201cWe make the itineraries. We arrange delivery schedules. We handle everything.\u201d

2141 59th St., St. Louis, 314-961-7588, cateringstlouis.com

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Subscription boxes have moved from trend to staple, with themes ranging from beauty to food to apparel. Add your favorite noun in front of \u201csubscription box\u201d in Google, and you\u2019re bound to find something clever to have delivered to your door: bride subscription boxes, cat-lady subscription boxes, gamer subscription boxes \u2013 you get the idea. And St. Louis locals and moved-away natives now can add another subscription box to their wish list: the new Bit-O-Local box, which features made-in-St. Louis items by local artisans.

Founded in early 2016, Bit-O-Local is the product of friends and St. Louisans Jennifer Singleton, Alicia Underwood and Carmen Ramirez. The three women \u201cwanted to share their passion for small businesses, locally produced goods and thoughtfully crafted pieces with the city that [we] love \u2013 St. Louis,\u201d Singleton says.

\u201cWe had a lot of meetings over coffee,\u201d says Singleton of what prompted the brand, now in its second season. Both Singleton and Underwood have a background in public relations, and Ramirez is an artisan herself \u2013 merging skills to form a subscription box seems only logical. \u201cIn fact, the idea was born over brunch at an event that was incredibly inspiring,\u201d Singleton continues. \u201cWe attend a lot of events that feature local makers, and we started to think, \u2018How can we share these artists with the people in their communities [who] would love to support them and enjoy their craft?\u2019\u201d

\"bit

From left: Jennifer Singleton, Alicia Underwood and Carmen Ramirez

Bit-O-Local officially launched in the fall of 2016, and Singleton says the response has been great. \u201cAs more people become aware of the product, they\u2019re choosing our subscription boxes for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays. ... It seems like the idea is catching on, and we can\u2019t wait to see what 2017 brings.\u201d

The boxes are not made for men or women specifically, or for any one age group, and the range of items reflects that. Take the recent holiday box, for example. Inside, subscribers found a leather \u201cSTL\u201d-stamped tie clip from Lonesome Traveler, bath salts by Heritage1933, a travel mug by Faire Acres, lip balm by Black Birch Organics and a calendar from Maginating. Other local brands, such as Curio Press and Sammysoap, also have been featured by the company. There\u2019s something for everyone, and it\u2019s all wrapped up like a lovely gift complete with a welcome card highlighting the makers inside.

\u201cThe box is for people who\u2019d rather support local businesses than big-box stores, for people who love unique and thoughtful gift-giving and people who love the idea of trying new things,\u201d Singleton says.

Finding these \u201cnew things\u201d is an ongoing process. \u201cWe have a page on our website where makers can submit their products and information for us to test,\u201d Singleton says. \u201cThere\u2019s nothing that gets put in the box that the three of us don\u2019t agree is a high-quality product that we\u2019d love to own and share. Of course, word of mouth is a big part of how we share that we\u2019re taking submissions, and we also post to our social media platforms, letting artisans know when and where they can apply.\u201d

Singleton says the reaction from these makers has been very positive so far. \u201cMany of our makers are small businesses, too, so we work to share their products and a bit about their story with the city,\u201d she explains. \u201cIt\u2019s great getting to know so many different passionate creatives right in our neighborhood.\u201d

Customers can expect more seasonal boxes throughout 2017. \u201cWe plan to continue to select quality goods and focus on the greater St. Louis area, then perhaps expand into other cities,\u201d Singleton says. \u201cWe\u2019re also looking to produce personalized boxes for weddings, special events, Realtors and corporate gifts.\u201d

Separating Bit-O-Local from other subscription boxes is its use of full-sized product. No puny samples here \u2013 the large box lets a recipient try products the way they were meant to be used. And unlike many other subscription boxes, Bit-O-Local gives customers multiple ways to shop.

\u201cPeople can choose to purchase just one box, subscribe to a series or even \u2018shop the box\u2019 and purchase individual products found during each quarter, all on our website,\u201d says Singleton.

Shopping local without leaving the house? Yes, please!

Bit-O-Local, bitolocal.com

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Come January, winter whites become a must. After all the razzle-dazzle of the holidays, many women love to go cozy with soft, creamy hues. Worn all together, these trending pieces look tr\u00e8s chic and elegant.

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When Old Man Winter arrives, so, too, do chapped lips and other dermal issues. Although some people just accept that their skin will look and feel subpar from December to March, you don\u2019t have to join them.

In that light, to combat dry skin caused by winter cold, follow these four steps to keep everything soft and moisturized year-round.

Step 1: Exfoliate\u2002Exfoliating remains key to having soft skin. When skin dries and flakes, dead skin should be removed from the body and face alike.

To do so on your body, use a sugar scrub or a dry brush. To remove dead facial skin, though, use an exfoliating product meant for the face. As a rule of thumb, exfoliate once a week (recognizing that you can exfoliate more or less based on specific needs).

Step 2: Moisturize\u2002Obvious? Probably. But moisturizing your face morning and night remains vital. After exfoliating, your face will really soak up products applied to it, so make sure to use a thick cream at night and a lighter one during the day \u2013 and don\u2019t neglect to moisturize your lips throughout the day with chap stick. (No one wants cracked lips!)

Also, after a shower, always apply lotion to your body, and if you adopt the habit of applying it to your hands after washing them, you\u2019ll have soft, hydrated skin throughout the winter.

Step 3: Avoid Superhot Water\u2002Resist the temptation to take a steaming shower on a freezing day. Hot water can badly dry your skin, so shower instead with warm to prevent such drying. (If you must take a hot shower, limit it to five or 10 minutes.)

Step 4: Use a Humidifier\u2002Using a humidifier in your house in the winter can have many benefits, especially for your skin. A humidifier can ease problems caused by dry air, including parchment skin and cracked lips.

In sum, don\u2019t dread dry skin in the wintertime anymore. If you follow the preceding four steps, your skin should remain healthy and moisturized not only in winter but also in each season \u2013 and in all weather!

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arch apparel 1

The Arch. Its 314 area code. The fleur-de-lis.

St. Louis is known for these signature symbols \u2013 and local startup Arch Apparel is giving your little ones a chance to show off their pint-size hometown pride on T-shirts, beanies and onesies emblazoned with the iconic emblems.

Arch Apparel, founded last summer by friends Aaron Park and JoJo Prapaisilapa, is a fresh, fun clothing company offering infant, child and adult apparel collections that pay homage to St. Louis \u2013 from the Gateway Arch to the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues. Among the business\u2019 clothing and accessory lines is a kids and babies collection, featuring baby onesies, toddler tees and embroidered beanies for 3-month-old infants up to 6-year-old boys and girls. The spirited threads are available online at archapparel.com and locally at Blush Boutique in Kirkwood; Paisley Boutique in Webster Groves; Ju Ju B\u2019s and Jeans, Jackets & Jewels in Chesterfield; Too Blue Boutique in Columbia, Illinois; The Bud Shop at Ballpark Village in Downtown St. Louis; and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Gift Shop near Benton Park. (Apparel for kids and babies is currently available only online and at the brewery.)

The business aims to improve lifestyle attire across St. Louis, where residents are so passionate about their neighborhoods, sports teams and the city as a whole, Prapaisilapa says. \u201cBe it sports, food or otherwise, we are so supportive of our local brands,\u201d he says. \u201cWe wanted to remodel the way we could wear that all-encompassing pride and joy.\u201d

With St. Louis also being such a desirable place to raise kids \u2013 from its wide range of affordable attractions to family-friendly activities around town \u2013 Prapaisilapa says it was only natural to offer kids and baby items, in addition to adult attire. \u201cWe wanted to share a lot of the designs so that both the child and their parents could wear them out together,\u201d he says.

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Each piece of clothing is made of soft, durable, combed and ring-spun cotton that is inked and customized in St. Louis. \u201cWe sketch out what we think would work, then we digitally convert it and mock it up onto cloth,\u201d Prapaisilapa says. Custom designs include baby onesies and toddler tees with modern, creative typography such as \u201cMade in Missouri\u201d and \u201cMidwest Mannered.\u201d Uniquely St. Louis symbols, such as the fleur-de-lis, the city flag and the Arch also are colorfully displayed. Additional designs include the STL abbreviation inside a red heart or a rainbow-colored Downtown skyline with a heart around the Arch.

\u201cOur biggest kids\u2019 seller is the \u2018STL flag\u2019 onesie \u2013 a design that features our city\u2019s three letters, STL, with our city\u2019s flag cut out brightly and colorfully inside the font,\u201d Prapaisilapa says, adding that sports-themed attire also is popular for kids and infants. \u201cThe sports designs such as the crossed [hockey] sticks and \u2018World Champs\u2019 [in baseball] always make us smile, because we\u2019re big sports fans, much like the rest of St. Louis. It\u2019s something that bonds us all,\u201d he says.

Arch Apparel was entirely funded by Prapaisilapa and Park, who met after completing college degrees in business management and marketing and were fueled by their common passion for St. Louis. And St. Louisans have echoed that intensely loyal and loving hometown spirit. \u201cFor the community to really take to us, we really fell in love with the city all over again,\u201d Prapaisilapa says. \u201cIt really [showed] how people are rewarded for hard work and unfiltered passion [in St. Louis].\u201d The apparel business began with offering only T-shirts and, in about a year and a half, has grown its catalog into its current array of attire and accessories. \u201cWe\u2019re proud students of our industry, so as we kept learning, we were able to grow,\u201d Prapaisilapa explains. \u201cWe now can offer more intricate pieces, such as embroidered beanies.\u201d

With St. Louis\u2019 family-oriented focus, Arch Apparel plans to expand its kids and babies line in the coming year, as well as take part in more area pop-up sales and charitable events. Prapaisilapa says the best part of the clothing company is meeting the people who make St. Louis the city it is. \u201cThrough collaborations or a simple transaction, we\u2019re meeting faces we otherwise wouldn\u2019t have been able to \u2013 and we don\u2019t take that for granted,\u201d Prapaisilapa says. \u201cWe love hearing other people\u2019s and other businesses\u2019 stories as we strive to refashion how we can convey pride for our city.\u201d

Arch Apparel, archapparel.com

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\"Closet
Closet Confidential

A fashionable person with a small closet sounds like the plot of a sitcom episode, but to Diedre Gray, it\u2019s just a reason to have a more curated wardrobe.

\u201cAdmittedly, I do not have a lot of shoes or even clothes \u2013 our house was built in 1929, so it\u2019s very short on storage,\u201d says Gray, senior vice president of Post Holdings Inc. \u201cThe closet renovation we did recently merged two small closets with much success, but it\u2019s still a very small space, so we have to be judicious about what we bring in. No more than 10 pair of jeans will fit!\u201d

This \u201cexercise in discerning discretion,\u201d as Gray puts it, hasn\u2019t left her with a subpar wardrobe, but instead with timeless classics that can be worn for years.

\u201cI have a lot of pieces that are meant to stand the test of time that have been investment pieces,\u201d Gray explains, noting her personal style as edgy-classic. \u201cCowl-neck cashmere sweaters, silk blouses, nice pants and silk scarves \u2026 but I like to mix these pieces with over-the-knee boots or leather pants.\u201d

Gray lists her style inspirations as Aerin Lauder, Grace Kelly, Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow and Christine Lagarde \u2013 a group that ranges time frames, professions and styles, yet seems entirely logical when compared to Gray\u2019s outfit history. Professionalism and class balance with spirit and flair; what makes it complicated also makes it complete.

While working, Gray says her winter staples include tweed dresses with tall boots or cashmere sweater-dresses with booties. \u201cSomething new I got this year is a fisherman\u2019s sweater, which is fun for Fridays or the weekend,\u201d she says. \u201cI also love a good jacket \u2013 right now I\u2019m alternating between a camel cape and a Barbour jacket.\u201d

To find these must-haves, Gray says she varies between small shops and her computer. \u201cI love local boutiques \u2013 Vie, Dot Dot Dash, as well as The Vault on Brentwood for hard-to-find designer resale items,\u201d says Gray. \u201cI\u2019m a huge online shopper, through eBay, The RealReal and 1stdibs.\u201d

In the realm of accessories, Gray picks handbags above all else. \u201cI am a big believer in carrying a classic, well-made handbag \u2013 mine are mostly vintage and very much investment pieces,\u201d Gray says. \u201cI have a few good hats from the Forest Park Forever Hat Luncheon, but they are not for everyday wear!\u201d

We\u2019re sure if anyone could pull off such a topper move, it would be Gray.

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Procrastinators rejoice! New Year\u2019s Eve comes tomorrow night, and we have the perfect dress no matter what your plans. This jersey dress by Alice and Olivia suits all of your party needs: flattering black, a hint of sparkle, comfortable cotton and trendy midi length! Whether you wear it casual or glam, you\u2019ll be set to ring in 2017!

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Size doesn\u2019t determine style, but it is known for altering availability. Teeny sample sizes and brands that cap out too small are the norm. And while the fashion world is slow-moving when it comes to updating its sizes and options, St. Louisan Qristyl Frazier is bridging the gap by making chic pieces for sizes 6 to 28.

From Janet Jackson to Mary J. Blige, Rosie O\u2019Donnell and Queen Latifah, pieces by Qristyl Frazier Designs (QFD) have been worn and promoted by celebrities for years. Frazier\u2019s work first landed her in the national spotlight in 2006, when she appeared on the BET\u2019s Rip the Runway; she launched her line the following year. Since then, Frazier has been a contestant on Project Runway and has been featured everywhere from Essence Magazine to CNN Living. But most important, her designs have been lauded by her clients, whom she refers to on her site as \u201ceach individual diva.\u201d

Her most recent moment of fame was local. In November, Frazier was named the runner-up at the Caleres Fashion Entrepreneur Competition, an event through Saint Louis Fashion Week held at Majorette in Maplewood. With a spectacular audience reaction and earnest presentation, she left the event with a $5,000 check.

Peppered throughout Frazier\u2019s pitch at the competition, as well her website, is the coined (and trademarked) phrase \u201cplus sexy.\u201d So what does it mean?

\u201c\u2018Plus sexy\u2019 means if you are top-heavy, we have you covered; if you are bottom-heavy, we have you \u2013 it\u2019s a contemporary brand of dresses, jumpsuits, swimwear and, soon, activewear,\u201d Frazier says. \u201c\u2018Plus sexy\u2019 means to have an empowered spirit and style, to embrace the curves you already possess.\u201d

Frazier explains that her customer \u2013 the average American woman according to size, she notes \u2013 wants clothing that embraces her curves, with focuses on fit, quality and confidence.

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\u201cMy vision is to take the brand where it has never been and become the standard and the go-to for women who cannot find clothes to fit their curvy bodies, from [their] 20s through 70s,\u201d Frazier says. \u201cMy line creates a stylish look, great trends and a robustness that is intriguing to all. QFD will revolutionize the plus-size fashion industry \u2013 people will know the brand because of the quality and fit.\u201d

The QFD website is brimming with fit-focused designs: \u201cbodycon\u201d dresses, fitted jumpsuits, luxurious evening gowns and colorful swimwear, typically priced in the $70 to $200 range. Most are focused on fabric and design simplicity, and while items come in a near rainbow of hues and occasional patterns, most feature minimal embellishments. Plus, Frazier recently announced on her Facebook page that a new 2017 collection launch with additional website content will be coming in February.

Frazier, born and raised in St. Louis, studied fashion design at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and began her career in New York City. Now back in St. Louis, her company is currently based in west Florissant, although Frazier notes that location as temporary. Each year, QFD creates four seasonal collections with names like Paradise and Celestial, which are meant to \u201cinspire women to feel good about their life, lifestyles, careers and their bodies and to live life [and] feel good.\u201d

And feel good they do. Found on the client-post section of the QFD Facebook page are cheerful comments and photos of clients rocking their pieces or congratulating Frazier on national press. Everything is coming up \u201cplus sexy\u201d for her.

Qristyl Frazier Designs, 212-340-1129, qristylfrazierdesigns.com

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With New Year\u2019s Eve just a week away, if you still need that finishing touch to your outfit, try one of these sparkly, dangly and extra-festive earrings!

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With the cold winter air comes \u201cbetter leather weather,\u201d as one local boutique would put it. Fauxgerty\u2019s Central West End showroom has a vibe all its own, with playful details and glamorous fixtures surrounding the faux leather jackets that form the backbone of the company. In its year in the area, Fauxgerty has propelled itself from new to noteworthy, recently taking home the top honor at the Caleres Fashion Entrepreneur Competition \u2013 the jumbo-sized $10,000 check still sits in the showroom, presumably too large for the average bank teller. Ladue News caught up with Chrissy Fogerty, CEO and designer, to find out more about the line where compassion is king and leather is vegan.

Vegan leather jackets \u2013 that\u2019s a very specific niche \u2013 but the response seems to be tremendous so far! How did you begin working with the \u201cbetter leather\u201d?

I have a connection to two different worlds \u2013 wellness and fashion. Jackets are a staple in my wardrobe, so it made sense to start there. At Fauxgerty, we normally suggest that it doesn\u2019t matter what you\u2019re wearing if you\u2019re wearing an awesome jacket, and I really resonate with that philosophy. Looking at the offerings within the market, the more affordable option was faux, but lacked the design quality of luxury items. I decided to update the motorcycle jacket and figure out to make the best version in both design and execution.

We did this by researching materials and staying committed to our domestic production philosophy and sustainability standards. We have evolved since our first collection, The Primary Collection, to be completely vegan with most of our fabrics, utilizing post-consumer materials made in certified green factories.

For those who haven\u2019t been to your store, what else can readers find there?

Our Fauxgerty showroom has our signature collection pieces as well as jewelry, all natural beauty products, vegan leather handbags and small gift items like nail files, flasks and mirrors.

Fauxgerty\u2019s art director, Meg Faris, paints one-of-a-kind art on the back of our jackets, and her pieces are all on display in our showroom, as well.

Your line has ties to St. Louis, Los Angeles and New York. In regard to design and production, what happens where?

We design and operate out of our headquarters in St. Louis, and our only showroom is located in the Central West End. Our production is currently executed in small factories in Los Angeles, with our production manager operating out of the city. We work with specialists in New York as we begin to branch into wider distribution offerings.

You just took home the top honor at the Caleres Fashion Entrepreneur Competition. Congratulations! How was that experience, and what do you expect to result from the win?

Thank you! The Caleres FEC was an amazing opportunity for us to display transparency in our product and share our brand\u2019s story with an audience full of the fashion community and the St. Louis industry influencers. The experience was amazing. We got to see Fauxgerty through the eyes of the largest audience we had been in front of to date. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback in addition to the win and met invaluable mentors through the experience.

How was Fauxgerty\u2019s first year in the CWE? Why did you select that neighborhood?

We love the Central West End. The neighborhood is so supportive of one another, and we have been welcomed since our first day in the space. My husband and I have lived in the neighborhood for years, and we knew it would be the perfect place, with valued foot traffic from The Chase [Park Plaza].

What can customers expect from Fauxgerty next year?

Next year we plan to diversify our product offerings, expanding to full seasonal collections with dresses, skirts, tops and more jackets, all abiding by our sustainability standards. We are working to move our production to St. Louis and continue to grow our headquarters locally. We hope to continue to support the fashion community right here in St. Louis.

Fauxgerty, 228 N. Euclid, St. Louis, fauxgerty.com

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Christmastime has arrived, and one of the best places to get in the spirit remains the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. With a plethora of holiday performances lined up, at least one show should suit your style. And who better to model festive dresses than Kimberly Morse and Ericka Goss, ballerinas with the Saint Louis Ballet? The ballet company regularly performs at the Touhill, including holiday favorite The Nutcracker, which debuts this evening and runs through Fri., Dec. 23. For more information on the performance or the company, visit stlouisballet.org.

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