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Fashions come and go, as capricious as the metro area\u2019s weather, but style, bona fide style, eschews mere trendiness, as an introduction to Gentry\u2019s Limited, Dakota G. Grady\u2019s new haberdashery, strongly suggests.

Grady\u2019s bespoke menswear venture, which opened on May 8, occupies a prime location, in St. Louis\u2019 Central West End neighborhood; there, his reputation as a made-to-measure maestro already has attracted enough interest that a June 21 drinks-and-appetizers open house garnered three times as many RSVPs as expected.

A strikingly youthful latter-day gentleman per se who customarily looks as if he just stepped from the pages of the latest Esquire or GQ, Grady sketches the credentials in haberdashery that may have prompted that response.

\u201cI\u2019ve been designing menswear for more than three years, and it\u2019s become a passion and not just a job,\u201d he says. \u201cI had an opportunity to move to New York and work for a bench tailor out there and have had some alternative choices in St. Louis seek me out, so I feel like I must be doing something right.\u201d

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That said, Grady relates that his own interest in quality menswear long predates not only the establishment of Gentry\u2019s Limited but also his sartorial apprenticeship.

\u201cEven when I was much younger, I always wanted to look good and present myself well,\u201d he says. \u201cI started working when I was 16 years old, and I noticed that those I looked up to had a tendency to treat me differently when I presented myself professionally.

\u201cJob opportunities, social interactions and my personal confidence changed when I put an effort into my appearance. I used to have difficulty finding off-the-rack clothes that fit me properly and made me feel confident, and I began to realize that your wardrobe is an investment in your future.\u201d

That realization ultimately led to the establishment of his haberdashery.

\u201cI founded Gentry\u2019s Limited because there\u2019s a massive need that isn\u2019t being met in St. Louis for quality, fashion-forward menswear,\u201d Grady says. \u201cWe needed someone who cared more for the clients than anything else, so I decided that if I didn\u2019t do it, who would?\u201d

He also sketches the services available to clients at his made-to-measure emporium.

\u201cGentry\u2019s Limited provides unique and higher-quality custom clothing options for the discerning male,\u201d Grady says. \u201cWe are working with exclusive worldwide tailors for each commissioned garment and have fabrics that are only found at our shop. From custom casualwear to business to formal, Gentry\u2019s Limited works closely with each client to develop a wardrobe around [his] unique lifestyle and needs.\u201d

Grady likewise emphasizes the sheer artistry and distingu\u00e9 nature of services offered by Gentry\u2019s Limited, as opposed to other area menswear enterprises.

\u201cGentry\u2019s Limited seeks to put the client first, listening closely and crafting carefully with the intention of making unique luxury garments that don\u2019t just fit perfectly but communicate the wearer\u2019s individual brand to the world,\u201d he says. \u201cHaving a private showroom in the Central West End enables me to block out quality time for each client, giving them my full attention. Plus, if they can\u2019t make it out to the shop, I go to clients\u2019 homes and offices.

\u201cDue to the massive amount of detail and time [that] goes into designing and choosing each garment, we offer appointments as long as the client needs to arrive at a decision. We also give them peace of mind if they choose to trust our expertise, making appointments anywhere from 10 minutes to four hours of wardrobe crafting.\u201d

Later this year, Gentry\u2019s Limited clients might want to brace themselves for something of a blast from the past, with a potential resurgence of quality male apparel inspired by Britain\u2019s famous \u2013 or, depending on one\u2019s perspective, infamous \u2013 Carnaby Street. \u201cFashion is a constant cycle, and we\u2019re currently in the \u201960s-\u201970s phase again,\u201d Grady says. \u201cThis fall, we\u2019ll be seeing vests added to a standard two-piece, bold colors and the revitalization of the \u2018bold stripe.\u2019\u201d

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Reflecting on specific male apparel, Grady discusses pieces at both the micro and macro levels, starting with a favorite out-on-the-town piece of apparel from his own closet. \u201cMy go-to is a cognac tasseled loafer,\u201d he says. \u201cWhile you can wear them with socks, I prefer choosing \u2018no-show\u2019 socks for a summer feel. I wear them with jeans, dress pants and even shorts, taking every outfit to a sophisticated level.\u201d

From a broader perspective, he continues: \u201cI\u2019m in love with [multigenerational luxury Spanish cobbler] Magnanni when it comes to shoes. They\u2019re able to take a classic look and modernize it for the men of today. The quality, styles and wearability are quite something.

\u201cOther than that, I don\u2019t imitate many well-known designers, but look for individual pieces and styles to build my personal look. A tip I would give any man from St. Louis is this: Find a lifestyle model that has a look you want and then build from that. [British model] David Gandy and [American actor] Jeff Goldblum are just two of the many that I follow closely for inspiration and ideas.\u201d

Otherwise, Grady dwells a bit on the philosophy of his field of expertise. \u201cMenswear plays it very safe in comparison to the choices available for women,\u201d he says. \u201cMen don\u2019t need to be afraid to explore accessories, color and prints and embrace their personalities in their wardrobes.\u201d

Finally \u2013 and amusingly \u2013 he addresses the topic of menswear \u201crules,\u201d the sartorial shibboleths that too often mislead males in garbing themselves.

\u201cThe idea that you cannot wear certain colors depending on the season is complete garbage,\u201d Grady says. \u201cAlso, who said you can\u2019t wear the same pattern multiple times in the same outfit? What is this about not wearing brown with gray?

\u201cPlease \u2013 I can go on and on \u2026 ! When it comes to fashion, there are only guidelines, not rules.\u201d

Gentry’s Limited, 4818 Washington Blvd., No. 305, St. Louis, 314-527-1785, gentryslimited.com

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The rollup straw sun visor \u2013 the latest trend in summer hats \u2013 makes the perfect marriage of coverage, style and a great hair day. Such super-affordable chapeaus will keep you feeling cool all season long, despite the solar sizzle!

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The blazing summer sun doesn\u2019t always play nice with a full face of makeup. So instead of melting away, go subtle this summer! Here is a simple, natural-looking routine sure to make you question why contouring and full coverage weren\u2019t kicked to the curb long ago.

Apply a light layer of Marc Jacobs’ Shameless Youthful Look 24-H Foundation. This medium-coverage foundation blends seamlessly without settling, which means you will get a fresh, natural-looking finish sure to outlast the hot summer sun! Most importantly, this foundation rocks a broad spectrum SPF 25 without wavering in seamless texture or appearance – that’s a foundation worth building on. Available for $46. (marcjacobs.com)

Ensure your eye makeup can take the heat by applying a dab of Marc Jacobs’ Under(cover) Eye Perfecting Coconut Eye Primer. Created with coconut and velvet flower extracts, this primer will deliver a flawless canvas for eyeshadow application. Better yet, silica spheres and bark extract help absorb oils, which deters creasing. That way, the only creasing on your mind will be how to increase summer fun! Available for $26. (marcjacobs.com)

Create a luxurious and lasting look on your lids with the sensual-nudes and shimmering-pops of color within this Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette. Featuring seven shades in four finishes, this limited-edition palette has enough colors to create an array of subtle styles for every occasion. Plus, with shade names like On the Dance Floor and Fantasy, there is no room for boredom. Available for $49. (marcjacobs.com)

Feed your lashes with LashFood’s Conditioning Collagen Lash Primer, before applying your go-to mascara. This ultra-rich primer contains lash extending and thickening microfibers that help stretch and sculpt each lash. Collagen plumps your fringe while boosting the volume – because who can resist getting longer lashes and looking flawless? Available for $20. (sephora.com)

Show your lips some love by applying BITE Beauty’s Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick in Whip. Featuring ingredients like monoi butter and coconut oil, this liquid lipstick is an indulgently creamy wear, with a beautiful satin finish and high-pigment color. Even with its demi-glaze coating, which creates a stand-out look, Whip is a subtle shade sure to be a perfect complement! Available for $24. (sephora.com)

Nail your look by applying one of Dermelect Cosmeceuticals’ polishes from its Downtown “ME” Femme Summer Nail Collection. Shown in both Ansonia and Sugar Hill, colors inspired by the neighborhoods of New York, the richly pigmented shades will accent the natural hues of your finished face while strengthening your nails with its signature keratin treatment. Available for $14. (ulta.com)

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Susan and Kent Perrin of Glendale are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Blake Edward, to Jennifer Lauren, daughter of Pamela and Michael Tashman of Houston. The couple plans to wed on September 1 at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The future groom graduated in 2004 from Chaminade College Preparatory School. In 2008, he earned bachelor\u2019s degrees in finance and economics, with financial applications, from Southern Methodist University. Blake also earned his project management professional certification in 2013. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He works in business development at Aurora Technologies, Inc.

The bride-to-be graduated in 2009 from Southern Methodist University, with bachelor\u2019s degrees in corporate communications, Spanish and history. In 2012, she earned her juris doctorate at New York Law School. She is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega fraternity. Jennifer works in business development at CSI Technologies.

Blake and Jennifer met in 2012, when the bride-to-be returned to her hometown of Houston after having completed law school, and the future groom transferred to the same city for a new job opportunity. They both shared several mutual friends from their time at Southern Methodist University. Jennifer took a friend\u2019s advice and asked Blake to dinner. Five years later, Blake proposed to her at the Blue Heron Restaurant, their favorite eatery at the Lake of the Ozarks. The couple enjoys sporting events, boating, travel and spending time with their dogs, Baxter and Nacho. They plan to reside in Houston.

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Sarah Bubash & Eric Thomas

The wedding of Sarah Anne Bubash and Eric Austin Thomas took place on April 29, 2017, at St. Patrick Church in Urbana, Illinois. At the reception, held on June 3, 2017, at The Scarritt Building in Kansas City, Missouri, the bride surprised guests by performing a clog dance, alongside her dance instructor and a friend.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Judy Bubash of Lee's Summit, formerly of St. Louis. Sarah's grandparents include the late Mr. and Mrs. Emil and Anne Bubash of St. Louis, and Mrs. Betty Fucoloro and the late Mr. Thomas Fucoloro of St. Louis County. The groom is the son of Ms. Joan Thomas of Omaha, Nebraska.

The bride graduated from the University of Missouri \u2013 Columbia, with a bachelor\u2019s degree in special education. Sarah pursued graduate studies at the University of Kansas, and graduated with her master\u2019s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana \u2013 Champaign. She teaches Essential Skills at Champaign Unit 4 Schools.

The groom graduated with his bachelor\u2019s and master\u2019s degrees in English from the University of Missouri \u2013 Columbia. Eric teaches English and is pursuing his doctorate degree at the University of Illinois Urbana \u2013 Champaign.

The newlyweds honeymooned in Estes Park, Colorado. They reside in Champaign, Illinois.

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Amy Schnoebelen & Michael Looney

Mark and Judy Schnoebelen of St. Louis are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Amy Elizabeth, to Christopher Michael Looney, son of Chris Looney and Chrissy Fiorella, both of Leawood, Kansas. The couple, who met at the University of Missouri \u2013 Columbia, wed on December 31, 2017, and welcomed the New Year as newlyweds.

The bride is a business analyst for Cerner in Kansas City, Missouri. The groom is a benefits consultant for Bukaty Companies in Leawood. The ceremony, officiated by Father John Shamleffer, took place at St. Gabriel the Archangel.

The couple gave guests plenty to celebrate on New Year\u2019s Eve, as they greeted 2018 with hats, noise makers and a rain of confetti at their Missouri Athletic Club reception. Family and friends danced the evening away to the music of Griffin and the Gargoyles, delighted to celebrate Amy and Michael\u2019s union. The bride and groom enjoyed their honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii, and now reside in Kansas City.

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After you\u2019ve said \u201cyes!\u201d and bragged to all you hold dear, it\u2019s time to get down to planning the big day. And while the process can seem daunting at times, Butler\u2019s Pantry is here to assure you that you\u2019ve got a friend to guide you.

\u201cIt\u2019s that overall, elevated experience that we want to give our clients and their guests,\u201d says Maggie Barton, chief development officer. \u201cWe can be a one-stop-shop for clients.\u201d

Social media, Barton notes, has revolutionized the wedding industry, with endless inspiration and more ways to share event experiences.

\u201cEveryone wants something that hasn\u2019t been done before,\u201d claims Barton. \u201cThey want guests to be wowed and to share their experience on social media. We take pleasure in working with clients to figure out how to customize and personalize their event.\u201d

Butler\u2019s Pantry seeks to become more than just a vendor. \u201cWe prefer the term \u2018friendor,\u2019 because who do you turn to when planning your most important occasions? Your friends and family,\u201d explains Barton. \u201cWe dig deep to figure out what is most important, so we can deliver on that experience.\u201d

Those key questions focus on moments of meaning and happiness, zeroing in on favorite restaurants or what the couple likes to do together, such as cooking at home. Whether it is crafting custom cocktails or a Champagne display, Butler\u2019s Pantry latches onto the details that stand out and most reflect each couple\u2019s unique connection.

\u201cThe venue plays a big part,\u201d describes Barton. \u201cIf the couple likes the formal opulence of, say, The Coronado, we might look at a multi-course, seated dinner. If they like the modern, somewhat raw and industrial feel of, say, Joule, that tells us the couple may be open to a station-style cocktail reception. The venue amplifies the couple\u2019s personality and everything else trickles down from that.\u201d

This discussion often drives the venue selection, based on what proves the most pivotal component for each couple. If state-of-the-art technology is a necessity, Barton suggests that Palladium Saint Louis might do. If the clients met at Saint Louis University, The Coronado may prove a perfect locale, as it is located near campus.

\u201cWe can be as little or as much assistance as a client needs,\u201d says Barton. \u201cWe are the caterer, but we can also help with venue selections and overall event design. We have been in business for more than 50 years. We have adapted and become a \u2018friendor\u2019 for all generations.\u201d

From treasured partnerships with outside vendors to its own furniture rental and equipment department, Butler\u2019s Pantry has everything you need to make your event memorable for generations to come.

Butler’s Pantry, 1414 Park Ave., St. Louis, 314-664-7680, butlerspantry.com

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SkinBe Med Spa wants you to be you: The new Chesterfield medical spa offers cutting-edge, customized aging and wellness treatments aimed at achieving the best-looking, best-feeling you.

\u201cThe skinBe mission is about being the best version of yourself, and that begins from the inside out,\u201d says CEO Beth Donaldson. \u201cBe you, whatever that is, and make sure you take care of you \u2013 because when you feel good, you look good.\u201d

After more than a decade of working in the anti-aging and wellness industry with a national leading medical spa, Donaldson dreamed of branching out on her own \u201cto create a global anti-aging and wellness revolution that brings together the art of aesthetics with the science of wellness to help our clients look and feel their best.\u201d

That dream came true when she launched skinBe last December with a unique range of customizable treatments and medical-grade skin care to restore and refresh your skin, deter aging, decrease stress and boost your body\u2019s immune system \u2013 including a one-of-a-kind dripBar.

Each new client receives a complimentary anti-aging and wellness assessment from a skinBe \u201cmaster nurse injector,\u201d an advanced practice nurse who reviews patients\u2019 medical histories and evaluates current health status prior to treatment. \u201cEverything is customized and designed to fit each individual based on their needs,\u201d Donaldson says. \u201cMany of our clients come in for both intravenous nutritional therapy and anti-aging treatments because both help individuals become the best version of themselves. All skinBe treatments are noninvasive and require little to no downtime to fit into your lifestyle.\u201d

The spa strives to \u201cnurture your uniqueness\u201d through individualized services, which include a dripBar for IV nutritional therapy, a method of feeding a \u201ccocktail drip\u201d of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids and other nutrients directly into the bloodstream to correct nutrient deficiencies at the cellular level. The IV delivery method allows up to 100 percent of the nutrients to be absorbed by the body, versus oral intake, which only allows 20 to 30 percent nutrient absorption due to limitations in the digestive process and other factors.

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\u201cMost Americans are dehydrated and deficient in nutrients \u2013 because of our environment, diet and lifestyles,\u201d Donaldson says, noting that IV nutritional therapy can help many of these issues. \u201cThe therapy is more of a holistic, natural approach to wellness and has been shown to help with [boosting your] energy, immune [system], and physical and mental performance,\u201d she says.

In the comfort of the dripBar\u2019s relaxed atmosphere, clients can choose to relax, read or work at a desktop station while their IV \u201ccocktail\u201d is administered. A larger lounge seating area also is available for groups, meetings, events and parties. \u201cI designed the space and vibe with a mindset of creating a state-of-the-art clinic and extending a welcoming environment to everyone,\u201d Donaldson says.

Following an individualized assessment, clients can opt for a custom IV \u201ccocktail drip\u201d created based on their anti-aging and wellness goals or make a selection from the dripBar\u2019s proprietary \u201ccocktail drip\u201d menu: Known as the \u201cskinBe anti-aging and beauty blend,\u201d Donaldson says the Queen B cocktail drip helps to restore collagen production and is loaded with antioxidants for healthy hair, skin and nails. The Deelicious provides essential nutrients for wellness that rehydrate, energize and support overall health. To refresh the mind, body and soul, Donaldson says the Royal Flush supports the flushing and removal of toxins and resets health.

The Liquid Gold cocktail drip is the perfect blend to boost immunity and decrease inflammation, Donaldson says. And the VIP Cocktail Drip provides a rush of energy and antioxidants to help you tackle the demands of your daily routine.

Donaldson says drip frequency and nutrients are specific to each individual\u2019s needs and goals. \u201cWe generally recommend new clients begin with weekly drips to build up their immunity and deficiencies, then create an individualized treatment plan based on their specific situation, at which point it is typically biweekly or monthly,\u201d she explains.

SkinBe has many clients who report increased energy and immunity and even relief of chronic symptoms related to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn\u2019s disease and fibromyalgia, Donaldson notes. \u201cClients are using IV nutritional therapy to increase their energy and hydration, and many clients have credited weekly dripping sessions with their ability to avoid illness,\u201d she says.

The medical spa also offers anti-aging treatments, including aesthetic injections, such as Botox, dermal fillers and Kybella, and treatments, such as hair restoration, that include the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which may improve soft-tissue healing. Botox injections can diminish facial fine lines and wrinkles, while dermal fillers can add volume and lift to the face. Kybella, an injection that destroys fat cells which are then metabolized and flushed out by the body, can remove small pockets of fat under the chin, as well as in the mid- and lower-back areas.

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PRP treatments combined with microneedling also are available. Microneedling is a collagen-stimulating treatment that is often paired with PRP to improve skin texture, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, and acne scars. Using PRP activates stem cells for healing, restoration and repair, according to Donaldson.

Because regular treatments are encouraged for best results, the spa offers skinBe VIP, a monthly membership that includes a complimentary maintenance treatment and exclusive savings on all services and products. Clients can visit the website, skinbemedspa.com, or call 636-778-7200 to schedule an appointment at the spa, which is open seven days a week.

SkinBe\u2019s client success stories, from feeling better to looking better, have inspired Donaldson to want to touch even more lives across St. Louis and beyond. \u201cWe want to help others embrace their uniqueness,\u201d she says. \u201cBe who you are.\u201d

skinBe Med Spa, 128 Chesterfield Valley Drive, Chesterfield, 636-778-7200, skinbemedspa.com

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What better time than summer to show your patriotism, especially just after Independence Day? Rocking red, white and blue has never been so easy with these selections of nautical-inspired duds!

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The importance of shielding your hair from the summer sun matches that of shielding your skin from it. Ultraviolet rays can damage your tresses, causing dry, lifeless hair and also fading it. Luckily, ladies, you can take a number of precautions to keep your hair healthy despite the seasonal heat and other dangers. Try these:

Avoid adding extra heat to your hair. Hot, dry climates can harm hair, but using heated tools on it can cause even more damage \u2013 so when styling your hair, avoid things like blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons. Instead, add a sea salt spray to dampen your locks for an effortless-looking beachy-wave style.

Don\u2019t wash your hair every day. Although already well-known, this fun fact bears repeating: Washing your hair daily can strip it of natural oils necessary to its health. Summer already assaults your hair, so show it some love by trying to avoid overwashing during the season.

Wear a hat outside. Not only does wearing a hat shield your face from harsh UV rays, but also it protects your hair and scalp from solar overexposure. In that light \u2013 pun intended! \u2013 always carry a ball cap or sun hat in your beach/pool bag.

Use specific products to protect your hair. Just as you use sunscreen on your skin, ladies, you also need to be using a UV ray protector on your tresses. Many different drugstore and salon-grade products can protect your hair from harmful UV rays, which can fade your color-treated hair in addition to drying it, so make sure to protect your locks when you venture outdoors!

Add extra moisture. Never forget to condition your hair in summer, when it needs even more moisture than normal. Periodically, treat yourself to a hydrating hair mask that restores shine and life to your hair.

So there you have it, ladies: Enjoy the summer, but make sure to care for your hair as well as you\u2019re caring for your skin!

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Haley Black comes from a rodeo family. Growing up in Bloomington, Illinois, Black\u2019s father crafted equestrian saddles, so she was always around leather goods. After moving away and getting her undergraduate degree in speech and hearing science at the University of Illinois and then her master\u2019s degree in deaf education from Washington University in St. Louis, Black felt a part of her was missing: a creative outlet. The stress of teaching was weighing on her, and she wanted to express herself in another way.

Going back to her roots, Black turned to leather. \u201cI wanted to create something,\u201d she remembers.

The first thing she made was an envelope-style clutch \u2013 something she designed with a very specific purpose.

\u201cWhenever we go anywhere, my husband always hands me his wallet and phone,\u201d she says. \u201cI wanted something that would hold all the things I need as an adult woman, along with things like his wallet and phone.\u201d

Her initial design would become an elegant yet heavy-duty bag that had countless people asking where they could get one. Seeing the interest, Black realized there might be a business endeavor possible there. In 2015, she created Mandolin Handbags \u2013 a name carefully chosen from an instrument she and her father both play.

\u201cI learned the skill of leather from him, and we both play the mandolin,\u201d she says. \u201cI\u2019m nowhere near intermediate level at this point, but it\u2019s another thing passed down from him. I like the music that comes from [the mandolin]. It feels like home.\u201d

Black turned her passion for fine-quality things and the current fashion revolution into her efforts with Mandolin Handbags.

\u201cI value the fact that things aren\u2019t made in a factory and are all a little different,\u201d she says.

The current Mandolin Handbags line consists of her inaugural clutch, which retails for $180, the Sequoia Crossbody ($220), the Commuter Bag ($320), a wallet that starts at $50 and a few other home goods like coasters. Each piece is made to order by Black herself and usually arrives within two weeks of the order being placed.

\u201cWith the clutch and other pieces, I\u2019ve tried to take the things I liked in my dad\u2019s equestrian background and pare them down a lot,\u201d she says. \u201cLike the commuter bag, for example, has handles made from infinity braids \u2013 the same ones you use for horse reins. Because of this, it can hold a lot of weight, and the braid gives when you\u2019re walking so it\u2019s not so much weight on your shoulder.\u201d

Black has put considerable thought into the design of each of her pieces. When she was creating the designs for items like the clutch, she would \u201cdo the worst\u201d to it to see what needed to be reinforced. In keeping with the individualized character of every handmade piece, Black doesn\u2019t use a lot of processing on the leather so \u201cit can become yours.\u201d The clutch has suede lining and is accented by polished gold- and silver-toned hardware.

She says the larger crossbody bag has been a best-seller, noting its versatility.

\u201cYou can take it anywhere,\u201d Black says. \u201cI\u2019ve taken it on a hike and also to a fashion event.\u201d She adds that the commuter bag is also popular due to its accommodating size. \u201cIt\u2019s great to take on vacation, to carry a laptop or even be used as a diaper bag. The size works for so many things.\u201d

Since she began selling bags under the Mandolin Handbags name more than three years ago, Black has received overwhelmingly positive feedback on her creations.

\u201cYou can clearly identify that these bags are handmade,\u201d she says. \u201cI think that sets them apart and opens them up for more inquiry.\u201d

In the future, Black says she\u2019d like to expand her line but is careful about what that expansion will look like. She doesn\u2019t want to overlap the functionality of the bags she\u2019s already creating.

\u201cIf I went on vacation, I would use the commuter bag as my carry-on, the crossbody during the day and the clutch to go to dinner,\u201d she says. \u201cSo I will ask myself, \u2018What\u2019s the purpose other than what\u2019s already there?\u2019 I want to be thoughtful and systematic in my growth.\u201d

For now, customers can find her bags locally at Union Studio, a shop in St. Louis\u2019 Botanical Heights neighborhood that carries a collection of goods made by area makers, or via her website.

Mandolin Handbags, themandolinhandbag.com

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The tunic is a must-have for summer. It\u2019s a versatile length and easy-breezy style makes it the perfect beach-to-lunch item.

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For LARK Skin Co. owner Lisa Dolan, what started as a search for studio space to create and store more products for her almost 4-year-old company quickly turned into something more substantial and more exciting \u2013 especially for the area\u2019s clean beauty-conscious community.

Earlier this month, Dolan officially opened the doors to LARK\u2019s shop in Webster Groves, a one-of-a-kind retail destination for all things natural beauty and living.

On that festive Saturday morning, Rudy\u2019s Flower Truck provided fresh blooms, herbal-inspired sips and snacks, and complimentary totes stocked with beauty samples for the store\u2019s first 25 customers. Guests that morning also could create their own face masks with a Ritual Bar, a full-time feature of the shop that\u2019s been in the making for Dolan for a while now.

\u201cWe started off doing custom face masks a couple years ago at pop-ups and events, and people loved them, especially for holidays and gifts\u201d she says.

The Ritual Bar \u2013 which Dolan plans to expand to other LARK products in the future \u2013 guides shoppers in creating custom masks, from selecting the best base for their skin profile to picking add-ins and mixing everything right there in the shop.

The Ritual Bar forms just one part of Dolan\u2019s overall goal in launching the storefront: to bring wellness options and education to the area, with an eye toward natural and clean products.

\u201cBefore, you would just pick something up and put it on, but people are starting to pay attention to ingredients and how it all affects our bodies,\u201d Dolan says.

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Over the past year, Dolan has expanded LARK\u2019s offerings, adding new beauty tools like dry body brushes, jade rollers (something she says she\u2019s constantly selling out of) and the perhaps less familiar, but just as lustworthy, Gua Sha stones.

\u201cThey\u2019re kind of like a deeper version of a jade roller,\u201d she says. \u201cThey help loosen tight muscles, release tension in your face \u2013 especially if you are someone who furrows your brow when you\u2019re stressed \u2013 and they increase circulation.\u201d

Beyond stocking the LARK products so many area women know and love, including the celebrated Beauty Balm, the shop provides the opportunity to discover new brands and artisans that Dolan\u2019s been diligently sourcing.

\u201cWhat I\u2019m most excited about with opening up the shop is bringing unique brands to St. Louis that you can\u2019t find anywhere else in the city,\u201d she says. One she\u2019s particularly excited to share: clean makeup company Clove + Hallow.

\u201cSelecting a clean makeup line was really tricky \u2013 it took a lot of trial and error before I found one that I felt good about,\u201d Dolan says. \u201cOne of our big focuses is taking a holistic approach to beauty, wellness and skin care, and I think makeup goes hand in hand with that. Especially with products that you\u2019re putting on every single day. It\u2019s soaking into your skin\u2013 your biggest organ \u2013 and your body is processing all of it, so it\u2019s super important that your products don\u2019t have gross chemicals in them.\u201d

Other brands LARK carries include handbags created by women makers in Mexico for LUZ Collections, Juniper Ridge (a natural home fragrance and body care company whose incense Dolan admits she constantly burns in her home) and other lifestyle and natural beauty lines like Bell Mountain Naturals, Sun Potion and Lizush Natural Bath & Body Care deodorant.

Dolan also plans to host weekly yoga or meditation classes, as well as pop-up events, now that she has the room to do so.

\u201cThis location had everything I was looking for: It\u2019s a half-mile from my house, there\u2019s space for storage, space to make our products and space for retail,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s all just very unique and really exciting.\u201d\u00a0

LARK Skin Co., 8709 Big Bend, Webster Groves, larkskinco.com

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\"Annie
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St. Louisan Annie Heyward, owner and head stylist of her eponymous company, says what we wear tells the world who we are, as each person\u2019s unique lifestyle is reflected through fashion.

When styling clothing and accessories, some people gravitate toward a particular style, while others need help identifying their personal brand, notes Heyward, who holds a fashion merchandising degree from the University of Georgia and has worked with notable couture designers Oscar de La Renta, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang and Bagdley Mischka. \u201cI help guide [clients] through this process, sourcing designs and pieces that are indicative of who that person is and a reflection of [his or her] personality, lifestyle and best self,\u201d she says. \u201cFashion has the ability to tell our story, so our choices reflect what we want to say and how we want to be perceived.\u201d

\"Annie
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As Heyward personally styles clients, she first has a meeting to develop a rapport, ask questions and identify needs. \u201cWe conduct an \u2018edit\u2019 with the client, going through every aspect of [his or her] wardrobe, consolidating and pruning, and examining potential holes and necessary updates,\u201d she says.

Heyward\u2019s team can handle everything from shopping to tailoring, delivering clothing to the client\u2019s home for selections of everyday seasonal clothing to ensembles for special events, arranging alterations appointments as needed. In addition, every client is provided with a styled \u201clookbook,\u201d featuring photographs of each head-to-toe ensemble. \u201cThis takes all the guesswork and stress out of getting dressed in the morning,\u201d Heyward says.

Throughout the shopping and styling process, Heyward\u2019s team considers the client\u2019s age, body shape and size. \u201cI help guide clients into figure-flattering styles, colors and silhouettes that best reflect who they are,\u201d she says, adding that \u201cnot every trend is for every body.\u201d

\"Angela
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St. Louis personal stylist Angela Moore leads clients to their specific style by identifying their \u201cseason in life.\u201d She says: \u201cStay-at-home mom? Let\u2019s find a better \u2018uniform\u2019 than the T-shirt and yoga pants combo. Lost some weight? Let\u2019s celebrate by going out and finding items that fit your new body!\u201d

Moore loves that clothing gives people a platform for creativity. \u201cI try to make sure the clothing I pull represents how that person wants to be portrayed,\u201d she says. \u201cI love pulling bold jewelry for women who prefer to dress in darker neutrals but still want a pop of color that\u2019s not overwhelming or trying out a fun print on a client who wants to incorporate some whimsy into her style. Fashion is meant to be fun \u2013 [it\u2019s] not a formula to be followed.\u201d

Moore connects with clients and their fashion goals through a questionnaire and an in-person meeting, then performs a \u201csort\u201d of their closet. \u201cWe\u2019ll go through their clothing and put together new looks with items they already own and discuss anything that might be missing,\u201d she says. \u201cI\u2019ll also have them get rid of items that are old, torn [or] don\u2019t fit.\u201d

Next, Moore has a shopping session with the client. \u201cI\u2019ll usually prepull [clothing and accessories] at three stores at the mall or different area boutiques so the only thing a client needs to worry about is showing up and trying on items,\u201d she says, adding that she then creates a digital lookbook with outfit combinations for reference.

\"Dacy
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Dacy Gillespie, a St. Louis personal stylist and owner of the personal styling business Mindful Closet, asks each client to complete a questionnaire and create a Pinterest board to get a sense of his or her style. \u201cI [get] to know each client and [his or her] lifestyle and how that relates to wardrobe needs,\u201d she says.

Then Gillespie works to clear the client\u2019s closet of anything that doesn\u2019t represent his or her personal story. When shopping, she ensures any purchase fits that narrative. \u201cIf they don\u2019t feel a connection with a piece or don\u2019t feel good in it, it\u2019s a wasted purchase because they won\u2019t wear it,\u201d she says.

\"Dacy
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Gillespie makes note of missing pieces in their wardrobe and creates a customized shopping list. \u201cI take clients\u2019 measurements, personal style [preferences] and customized shopping list and preshop for them,\u201d Gillespie says. \u201cI prep dressing rooms in four or five stores with pieces selected specifically for them and their style.\u201d Finally, Gillespie plans the client\u2019s outfits, combining the current and new wardrobe items.

Quality over quantity should be practiced in fashion, Gillespie notes. \u201cStop keeping or buying things for \u2018what if\u2019 scenarios,\u201d she says. \u201cRemember that manufacturers are making pieces to fit the most common shapes, and each body is individual and unique, so it\u2019s unrealistic to expect to find things that fit perfectly, and tailoring is the solution.\u201d

Above all, local personal stylists say fashion is about empowerment. \u201cWe empower clients, help them feel confident in their clothes and, by extension, their skin,\u201d Heyward says. \u201cThere is nothing more gratifying than seeing clients smile and hold their heads high because they know they look incredible.\u201d

Annie Heyward, annieheyward.com

Mindful Closet, mindfulcloset.com

Angela Moore, angelamoorepersonalstyling.com

\"Dacy
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Ray-Ban\u2019s Wayfarer sunglasses have qualified as classics since 1956 \u2013 beside them, nearly all other shades rank as cheap cheaters. More than six decades after their creation, they still lend a cool look to almost anyone!

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