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esther & mila

Trenna Edwards-Quevreaux says she has always been obsessed with personal care products.

\u201cIn fact, [I] had so many that in high school, all of my friends would come over to my house, and we would just sit and dig through all that I had amassed for hours on end,\u201d she says. \u201cEverything about skin care, wellness and beauty products fascinated me \u2013 their packaging, their active ingredients, all of the magic of their claims.\u201d

In true \u201cdo what you know\u201d fashion, Edwards-Quevreaux founded a small-batch apothecary line in St. Louis called Esther & Mila, but between high school and the launch, there was a small delay \u2013 of 20-some years.

Edwards-Quevreaux says she became very interested in health \u2013 organic eating, removing animal products from her life and so forth \u2013 while in college. After graduation, she entered the business world, eventually founding an information technology consulting firm. One day, while catching up with an old friend, she had to correct an assumption that she\u2019d founded a skin care line since she\u2019d always been so passionate about such products. The mistake stuck with her.

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\u201cThis very simple question that she had asked planted a seed, one that continued to grow over the years,\u201d Edwards-Quevreaux says. \u201cEvery day I would think about what [my friend] said and would wonder why I hadn\u2019t pursued my dream of creating skin care products. When I met my husband, who is a designer, that seed finally started to grow.\u201d The two found a shared workspace, allowing the line to come to fruition in 2013.

Esther & Mila products range from facial creams to body lotions, all handmade in \u201ctiny batches\u201d and packaged in minimalistic containers.

\u201cI develop products using the absolute highest quality of ingredients sourced in nature to address and improve a variety of skin care concerns,\u201d Edwards-Quevreaux says. She notes her collection, Bright, which she calls \u201cmagic in a jar,\u201d can assist with discoloration, acne and scars. \u201cIt contains plant essences that contain the highest amounts of beta-carotene found in nature to improve the appearance of skin conditions,\u201d she says.

Other skin concerns such as firming, dryness and fine lines are also addressed in different Esther & Mila products, as well as body products like body wash, oil and bubble bath. An apothecary addict could start at the top \u2013 using, say, the Calendula Eye Cr\u00e8me, with aloe vera, calendula extract and rosehip butter \u2013 and work her way down to the Hand & Foot Treatment, featuring organic avocado and sesame oils, frankincense, myrrh and rosewood, for a full-body experience with this range. Short of a few products using certified organic and cruelty-free beeswax, all products are vegan.

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\u201cThe packaging was a collaboration of my husband and me; we strived for a look that reflected the essence of the products,\u201d she says. \u201cWe both had specific visions of what the tree [on the logo] should and should not look like \u2026 For a solid year, we looked at every tree imaginable, trying to find something in nature that was exactly what we had envisioned.\u201d

The pair had nearly given up when they spotted the perfect tree on the way to their wedding in Vermont \u2013 a Kentucky coffeetree, \u201cwhich makes everything about finding it that much more bizarre and beautiful at the same time. We were on an old maple syrup farm in Vermont, and there\u2019s a Kentucky coffeetree right in the front of the estate.\u201d This is now the base of the logo. \u201cThis holds such meaning for us, as Esther & Mila was truly a collaboration of the strongest love there is; the day we forged our union was the day the tree appeared.\u201d

And these minimalistic exterior designs are not just for aesthetic purposes \u2013 she notes the look is intentional, with perks such as decreased sunlight exposure through brown glass and a clean exterior to match a clean product inside.

The name on the bottle sounds equally ethereal and comes from Edwards-Quevreaux\u2019s two Persian cats. \u201cThey are experts at Zen, plus they are naturally beautiful,\u201d she says, noting the relevance to her line promoting the natural approach to beauty. \u201cMy skin care products are all about minimalism and being natural, and the best you on the inside is the best you on the outside.\u201d

Esther & Mila, estherandmila.com

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never back belts

The embroidered belt is a preppy summer staple and certainly an accessory well-dressed St. Louisans are familiar seeing around town. But where do they come from? One such line with a local connection is Never Back, a Midwestern collection of men\u2019s statement belts. Ladue News caught up with co-founder Jonathan Woo to find out more about this fashion-forward brand.

Tell us about the backstory \u2013 how did you enter this field?

The idea to start a needlepoint belt business came about the same way many good ideas do \u2013 over tacos and margaritas. I was with my two close friends, Pat O\u2019Hara and Stephanie Zipp. We\u2019ve always wanted to start a business. Pat\u2019s family is from St. Louis, and so his mom and grandma always made needlepoint belts for him. We all think they\u2019re cool because they\u2019re unique and tell a story, and I really wanted one.

We all do a little bit of everything, but each of us brings something different to the table and have specialties: I have a background in finance, legal and web development; Pat has a background in finance, operations and a passion for needlepoint belts; and Stephanie has a background in public relations and fashion. By putting our three heads together, we\u2019ve been able to successfully launch this business.

Who is your customer?

Anyone who doesn\u2019t want their pants to fall down. While our primary customers are guys who want to look good and don\u2019t take themselves too seriously, we\u2019ve interestingly also had a lot of traction with women who have been buying them as gifts for the men in their lives.

We even had a wedding party buy them as groomsmen\u2019s gifts, which was cool to see. I think it\u2019s because our designs stand out, spark a conversation, make someone smile \u2013 the possibilities are endless \u2013 and probably because they\u2019re not the same brown or black you see every day.

And while needlepoint belts do traditionally skew preppy, Never Back is on a mission to spread this fun-loving style to the masses.

Do you create custom pieces?

While we do not currently offer custom pieces, we are exploring ways to monogram the leather parts of our belts and also looking into ways to possibly preorder completely custom designs. It could be something we roll out in the future and are excited about that possibility.

Where do you find your inspiration for new designs?

Our inspiration can come from anywhere, but we make things we like and would wear ourselves. One of our new designs, the Grillmaster, we made because we all love grilling and hanging out with friends. We made a St. Louis flag belt because I live in St. Louis, and Pat\u2019s family is from St. Louis. We made the S\u2019mores belt because I\u2019m obsessed with them. Stephanie loves fashion and brought some class with the navy-and-white pin-dot belt, as well as with the Clark and Meriwether check patterns, which we named after Lewis and Clark.

Besides that, we solicit feedback from our circles of friends and family, and always have our eyes peeled for seeds of inspiration from everywhere we go \u2013 especially from St. Louis and Chicago.

What is the design and execution process like?

Once an idea for a design is decided, Pat is our in-house designer and takes hours upon hours perfecting each design on paper. We usually go through multiple rounds of edits on each design before it ultimately comes to fruition. We pay very close attention to the placement of every stitch, the shade of each color, the leather and the hardware.

Once the designs are finalized, we work with a company overseas to produce them. Each belt is hand-stitched, and so this part of the process is also time-intensive. Once we have the full order of belts, we hand-inspect each one for quality assurance and get ready for launch by conducting photo shoots and prepping our media materials. And then it\u2019s go time!

Never Back belts are available at shopneverback.com and cost $95.

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Never Back belts
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Sunglasses in \u201970s styles are staging a major comeback. Oversized and glam, these shades should have you feeling like a disco queen all summer long.

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For Christiane Danna, jewelry is more than just ornamental: She refers to her ever-evolving collection of minimalistic, nature-inspired earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets as \u201cwearable art.\u201d Each piece, designed and handcrafted by Danna herself, evokes a sense of harmony with nature, with clean, classic lines often echoing gently swaying branches or delicately budding flowers moving with a light breeze.

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Danna was born and raised in Osnabr\u00fcck, a small town in northwest Germany. Growing up in Germany with a mom who loved to craft and sew, Danna enjoyed working with her hands, as well. \u201cI like to work with materials, and this is one way to do it,\u201d she says. \u201cI like the combination of the practical and wearable and that it has an art or beauty aspect to it, too.\u201d

Through the country\u2019s well-known apprenticeship program \u2013 one that the U.S. has studied over the years to find a way to adapt for our own use to boost both skill levels and employment rates \u2013 Danna began learning the craft of handmade jewelry. \u201cIt\u2019s very different in Germany,\u201d Danna says. \u201cThey have this trade system, where you make [it to] a journeyman level after 3\u00bd years, then you get a master. The apprentice is taken in by a business, a jewelry store in my case, where they are shown the practical aspects of the trade. Once or twice a week, the apprentice is sent to school to learn \u2013 in the jeweler\u2019s case, about the chemistry and physics that applies, drawing, design, math and special techniques.\u201d

Throughout the 3\u00bd-year program, Danna was able to split her time between learning through classroom instruction and on-the-job experience with jewelry-makers, honing her style and her craft for the next couple of years. Around that time, she fell in love with a St. Louis native and decided to make the move across the Atlantic to be with him in 2002.

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\u201cI didn\u2019t quite know where to fit in,\u201d Danna says of her first foray into the American jewelry scene. \u201cIt was new, people here go to art school, there are all different kinds of jewelers.\u201d She began working from her home in St. Louis, displaying tables at various art fairs, and soon came to discover a robust local artist community that was more than willing to help out a new artist find her footing. \u201cThe art community is really supportive and friendly,\u201d she says. \u201cWe help each other out, but it is competitive in some ways. For example, it\u2019s competitive to get into art fairs.\u201d

She opened a studio and boutique for her jewelry in the Central West End, which was the home of Christiane\u2019s Handcrafted Jewelry for more than a decade, before she closed shop to concentrate on being home with her 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, all while maintaining her jewelry interests through her online shop.

Danna describes her jewelry as \u201ccontemporary, elegant and classic, easy to wear both every day and for special occasions.\u201d Her designs, many of which reflect the shape or movement of flora, are also inspired by architecture, art, the lines and flow of dresses and even vintage wallpaper patterns. Christiane\u2019s Handcrafted Jewelry designs have a distinct European flair \u2013 for craft jewelry, European-style pieces are typically heavier, larger statement pieces than what\u2019s made in the U.S. Danna\u2019s designs marry the two styles well, with bold statement pieces that are light enough for everyday wear.

To make her wearable art, Danna starts with sheets \u2013 typically in silver or brass \u2013 and wire, cutting out shapes, hammering and soldering to give each piece a unique volume and form. Her newer pieces employ an ancient Korean gilding technique called keum-boo, which is used to apply thin sheets of gold to silver, to make silver-gilt, a layered multitone look with two types of metals. To do this, Danna warms the silver and gold together and, while the metals remain hot, applies pressure by rubbing the combination with a burnishing tool, which creates a permanent bond. Gemstones, such as garnet and turquoise, are sourced from various online suppliers, with Danna occasionally picking up some pieces from a gem show in Collinsville, Illinois.

Christiane\u2019s Handcrafted Jewelry ranges in price anywhere from $30 to $300, and she often works with clients to make bespoke pieces, namely wedding and engagement rings. Jewelry can be purchased through her website and Etsy store, as well as Union Studio in Botanical Heights. Many of Danna\u2019s sales are made at art fairs throughout the St. Louis region; she most recently participated in Laumeier Sculpture Park\u2019s annual art fair and Schlafly\u2019s Art Outside festival in Maplewood.

Christiane\u2019s Handcrafted Jewelry, 314-398-0636, christianeshandcraftedjewelry.com, etsy.com/shop/christianesjewelry

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Almost everyone\u2019s bucket list includes a trip to Italy \u2013 especially the central Italian countryside of Tuscany. Its fine art, gourmet cuisine, exquisite wines and rolling hills make the region both inspirational and picturesque. So add some Italian flare to your wardrobe, and soon you\u2019ll be greeted with \u201cCiao, bella!\u201d

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With summer finally upon us and outdoor activities in full swing, ladies, two abbreviations should become foremost in your minds regarding skin care: UV (ultraviolet) and SPF (sun protection factor).

Summer\u2019s heat brings a spike in potentially damaging UV rays from exposure to the sun. As a result, while enjoying the outdoors, protect your skin from those rays with a sunscreen with an ample SPF.

Even if you plan on minimizing solar exposure, apply sunscreen daily. Also, always carry sunscreen in your bag, because you never know when you might need it, and reapplying sunscreen throughout the day remains every bit as important as applying it in the first place.

In that (pardon the phrase) light, consider these three facial sunscreens:

Kiehl\u2019s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+. This makes the perfect facial sunscreen for women with oily skin or for women who prefer a matte finish. It can be worn under makeup and, as noted, runs up to SPF 50+.

Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen. This water-resistant facial sunscreen, which also features an SPF of 50, preserves the skin\u2019s natural glow while protecting against sun damage and comes in four convenient sizes.

Shiseido Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ WetForce. This BB (short for \u201cbeauty or blemish balm\u201d) tinted sunscreen helps blur any imperfections on the skin while playing sports, laying out or swimming in a pool or other body of water.

As body sunscreens, meanwhile, try this trio:

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk. This ranks among the highest-rated sunscreens thanks to its effectiveness, as well as its great absorption. After applying it, you won\u2019t be left with any greasy limbs.

Coppertone Water BABIES Pure & Simple Whipped. If it\u2019s safe for babies, it\u2019s safe for everyone, yes? As the No. 1 pediatrician-recommended sunscreen, this SPF 50 offering should bring you peace of mind in applying it to your youngsters.

Banana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist Sunscreen. If you prefer sunscreen in a spray instead of as a lotion, this one\u2019s for you. Designed to be used from any angle, this 30/50+ SPF offering can easily target even hard-to-reach spots.

Otherwise, ladies, before enjoying a sunny romp outdoors, don\u2019t forget to also apply a lip balm with a high SPF \u2013 after all, no one finds a pealing pucker appealing!

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Bohemian (almost) summer chic calls for ethnic prints, lots of off-the-shoulder looks and hair styled with easy, breezy beachy waves. These five outfits could effortlessly work for a family cookout or something comparatively more formal, like a backyard wedding.

Ladue News wishes to thank:

Model Caroline Stallings with West Model Management

Hair stylist and makeup artist Brady Keenan

Shot on location at a private residence.

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The easy chromatic neutrality of \u201cstraw\u201d bags has made them a staple of clement-weather months since the dawn of fashion, and they add great texture to just about anything a woman can wear!

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Scents often evoke memories. Whether it be another time or a different place, transport yourself with a spritz of these scintillating smells:

1. Twilight in Paris, and the deliberations begin \u2026 To wear the charming little black dress or the fashion-forward ruby-red slip dress? Maybe the enchanting embroidered number? From the clinking engraved charm and purple pom to the sweet, captivating smell of chypre and iris, Tenue de Soir\u00e9e by Annick Goutal captures the promise of a bewitching evening out. Available for $190 at Annick Goutal (us.annickgoutal.com).

2. As commanding as a queen and with the strength to shatter glass ceilings, no potion better embodies your power and beauty than Aventus for Her by Creed. It bottles confidence using a fiery mix of amber and ylang-ylang, with top notes of green apple and patchouli. Available starting at $270 at Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com).

3. Desert and design interweave in Marfa, Texas, creating a mesmerizing landscape that calls to people from all over. Evoke the silence of the sands and the subtle seductiveness of minimalism. The mystery of nature is mimicked in a hypnotic parfum, Marfa by Memo Paris, through an intoxicating blend of tuberose, mandarin, sandalwood and cedar, with white musk. Available for $275 at Neiman Marcus.

4. Translated as \u201ccrazy kiss,\u201d Baiser Fou by Cartier inspires with a dynamic scent of purple orchid and a hint of white chocolate. The balmy bouquet reminds you of your earliest flirtations, from the electric touch of two hands to that glean in your eyes. Whether you leave \u2019em with an unforgettable line or an unbelievable kiss, your fragrance will linger on. Available for $95 at Sephora (sephora.com).

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Self-professed \u201cmaker at heart, lover of all things bohemian and old soul,\u201d Amanda Whittle is the brains behind Bohemian Babies, the St. Louis-based baby and children\u2019s clothing company, which specializes in handmade, unique, fashionable clothing for babies and infants, as well as young girls and boys.

A classic desk job-turned-maker story, Whittle was doing bookkeeping for a small business until 2010, when she was unexpectedly laid off. She and her husband opted for her to stay home with her 2-year-old son, where she began exploring creative projects to keep her hands busy. \u201cI\u2019ve always been a creative person, filling my free time with DIY home d\u00e9cor projects and paper crafting, but I wanted to step up my game, so I purchased a cheap sewing machine,\u201d Whittle recalls. \u201cI started by making some pillows and curtains for our house; then I began appliqu\u00e9ing shirts for my son. It kind of snowballed, and before I knew it, I was sewing every day at nap time.\u201d

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Impressively, Whittle is a self-taught seamstress. \u201cI hadn\u2019t ever touched a sewing machine until I bought mine in 2010,\u201d she says. \u201cThat\u2019s so bizarre to think about, considering not a day goes by now that I don\u2019t use it. I started off with really simple projects and just slowly taught myself \u2013 it\u2019s funny how something that is once so foreign can become second nature to you.\u201d She encourages others to step out of their comfort zone in the same way: \u201cI often get the comment \u2018You\u2019re so talented,\u2019 and I tell people that they can do it, too! It just takes a lot of practice and a little patience.\u201d

Whittle founded her Etsy shop in 2011. \u201cI figured if I was already sewing and it was something I enjoyed, I might as well make a few extra bucks from it,\u201d she says. \u201cI had no idea at the time that six years later, it would be the business it is today!\u201d

Bohemian Babies wares include a handful of signature designs in various fabrics \u2013 a simplified offering of products to capitalize on customer favorites. \u201cThese are items that people just couldn\u2019t get enough of and were always asking for more,\u201d Whittle says. \u201cThe designs that we now offer [are the result of] years of trial and error. [The customer] usually tells me where to go; I just have the easy job of picking the fabrics.\u201d

Items begin at birth to 3 months and go up to a size 6, with some dresses going up to a girls\u2019 size 12. Last year, Bohemian Babies debuted a collection of made-to-order draped kimonos that are one-size-fits-most for mommies and sizes 2 to 7 for their minis. Prices range from $12 for bibs to $40 for dresses, with eight-piece capsule wardrobes for the tiniest of fashion icons starting at $140. \u201cWe offer a little something for almost everyone!\u201d Whittle says.

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Like any mama who\u2019s been in the trenches for any length of time, Whittle is well-versed in what parents are looking for in their kids\u2019 clothing: fun patterns in unique designs, but also high-quality, durable fabrics that play as hard as the kids who wear them and that are tough enough to be tossed into the washer and dryer. \u201c[It\u2019s] stuff that your kids can play in the dirt in, then turn around and wear to brunch the next day,\u201d Whittle says. \u201cComfort has become my No. 1 priority \u2013 practicality is key.\u201d

That said, Whittle still loves Bohemian Babies\u2019 eclectic aesthetic, including large floral prints and other patterns one wouldn\u2019t expect of children\u2019s clothing.

Rompers (\u201cMy absolute favorite right now,\u201d Whittle says.), hats, leggings, harem pants, bodysuits, fringe crop tops, dresses, bandana bibs and \u201cshorties\u201d \u2013 tiny cuffed shorts with a squeal-inducing fit for chubby baby legs \u2013 are 100 percent handmade by Whittle and her two-person team. \u201cWe cut all of the patterns from a bolt of fabric and sew each item individually,\u201d Whittle says. \u201cI love the fact that I literally put my hands on every piece that leaves my studio. All of these items are made of the softest knit material.\u201d

For late summer and early fall, Whittle will be adding quite a few new prints. \u201cI just ordered all the fabric, and it\u2019s going to be so good,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s a lot more earthy than what I\u2019ve done before.\u201d

Bohemian Babies clothing can be found online at bohemianbabies.shop or Whittle\u2019s Etsy shop, as well as local retailers such as Botanical Heights\u2019 Union Studio and Philomena + Ruth in Waterloo, Illinois, plus other select retailers across the country. She will also be at The Grand Market: Fashion, Flowers + Folk on Sunday, June 4, and Strange Folk Festival, which will be held from Sept. 22 to 24 in Lafayette Park.

\u201cI love to do this for a living,\u201d Whittle says. \u201cI know it\u2019s just clothes, but it seems to bring so much joy to people\u2019s lives. It makes my heart full when people post pictures on Instagram gushing over whatever they\u2019ve bought \u2013 and the sweet babes in the clothes sure don\u2019t hurt, either!\u201d

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Blue and white create a traditional color combination that will never go out of style \u2013 and that combo\u2019s most certainly on trend for the summer. Integrating this airy, light look into your wardrobe will be a breeze!

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Here in the peak of wedding season, whether you\u2019re a bride-to-be or otherwise involved in upcoming nuptials, paying attention to a few cosmetic trends should be integral.

Natural Skin. Having natural-looking, airbrushed skin on your big day? Huge! No bride wants \u201ccake face\u201d \u2013 heavily caked-on facial makeup \u2013 for her nuptials. Achieve a natural dermal glow with airbrush makeup by seeking a professional in your area who provides this service.

Another key to natural-looking skin involves skipping the super-dark spray tan. Instead, opt for a lighter spray tan. To look like the best version of yourself as you walk down the aisle, do everything you can to maximize your skin\u2019s natural beauty.

Bright Cheeks. To look like the archetypal blushing bride, wear the right amount of blush on your cheeks. No matter your skin color, a bright pop of color there will look lovely. To achieve this effect, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, then blend upward toward your cheekbones.

Pink Lips. Although some brides opt for classic red lips, pink lips are trending now. So find a shade of pink with just enough pop against your skin tone \u2013 but make sure it still looks natural. Also, avoid choosing a hue that\u2019s too \u201cnude,\u201d to ensure your lips stand out in photos instead of blending into the rest of your face. And last but scarcely least, keep your lipstick with you throughout your wedding day to reapply it when needed.

Bold Eyes. Natural skin and bold eyes make a killer combo. The absence on the rest of your face of heavy makeup allows your eyes to become the stars of the show. Bronze, smoky eyes have become tr\u00e8s popular among today\u2019s brides, and black, gray and dark purple shades also make great smoky eye shadows.

Lots of Lashes. Abundant eyelashes perfect a bride\u2019s peepers. Achieve long, fluffy lashes best with lash extensions or strip lashes. And whatever else you do, wear waterproof mascara for your wedding \u2013 against the inevitable tears of joy.

Otherwise, whether you\u2019re doing your own makeup for your nuptials or getting professional assistance, absolutely conduct a trial run so you know exactly how you\u2019ll look on the big day!

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Cool may be the most overused word in the English language, but occasionally, there\u2019s no better substitute. Sometimes \u201ccool\u201d is the only way to define that \u201cit\u201d factor.

St. Louis\u2019 Adam Foster Fine Jewelry is cool.

This high-end jewelry line combines the world\u2019s greatest materials with top technology, a focus on craftsmanship and a dedication for originality to make jewelry pieces that stand out from the crowd.

\u201cI feel that my designs are a combination of old-world techniques that merge with contemporary designs with the eye of an artist,\u201d says Adam Foster, who explains he looks at jewelry the same way one would look at fine art. This is apparent in his work \u2013 his pieces seem far from the jewelry store standards. \u201cWhat I\u2019m trying to do is get a feeling that when you\u2019re holding this piece of jewelry, you think, \u2018Oh, my god, I shouldn\u2019t be touching it\u00a0\u2026\u00a0\u2019 [or,] \u2018I thought I knew what gold was, but this doesn\u2019t look or feel like gold to me.\u2019\u201d

Foster notes that in art and much of fashion, the aesthetics are key \u2013 everything from how the components look together to the shape while actually being worn \u2013 whereas in jewelry, he feels it\u2019s often little more than putting a clear diamond on a shiny band. \u201cFor some reason, jewelry \u2026 has got to be polished, and it has to have a big stone, and it has to be boring \u2013 and I am tired of that,\u201d says Foster.

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So for the past 15 years, Foster has been working to shift that mentality. With recycled gold and meticulously selected gemstones, he has created both full collections and ample bespoke items. These high-end pieces are luxurious without being stuffy and one-of-a-kind without being unwearable. The balance seems to be Foster\u2019s specialty.

Raised in South City in St. Louis, Foster left the Gateway City to attend college in Chicago. While earning his degree in metalsmithing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he founded his business, which he then brought back to St. Louis in 2003 to open his first studio. After several moves, he is now located in Brentwood, with pieces available by appointment only and at Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers in Clayton. Additionally, Foster is hoping to expand nationally and will head to the luxury COUTURE jewelry show in Las Vegas this summer to help achieve that goal.

Creating bespoke items is another of Foster\u2019s specialties, and he uses multiple resources to make it as visual for the client as possible.

\u201cThe process begins from the moment our clients sit down and start discussing their vision with us,\u201d explains Foster of his expansive pieces. \u201cWhile we\u2019re talking, I start drawing out their idea with simple paper and pencil. From there, I use the hand drawing to create the piece in 3-D using a computer program, and once the design has been approved, we can start the manufacturing process.\u201d The client is able to see a nearly perfect version of the design before it\u2019s created.

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Often, jewelry items are designed and then stones are found to fit them, whereas Foster\u2019s custom pieces \u2013 all done himself \u2013 are designed around the stones that go in them. \u201cThere\u2019s a difference between a suit that was made and a suit that was altered,\u201d he explains. For Foster, the components that make up the final piece must be perfect individually as well as together.

\u201cMy process for [finding] materials is kind of lengthy \u2013 I seek out unusual things,\u201d Foster says, explaining that he constantly looks for stone or metal suppliers while traveling. \u201cMy rule is, if I\u2019m traveling in a foreign country and I get stuck there, is [this potential vendor] [someone] I want to hang out with? My dealers are my friends. They have the same ethics that I have \u2026 They are interesting people who would make up the world\u2019s greatest cocktail party.\u201d

A very stylish cocktail party, one can safely assume.

Adam Foster Fine Jewelry, 1600 S. Brentwood Blvd., No. 410, Brentwood, 314-771-3390, fosterjewelry.com

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\"Sheri
Sheri Sherman

Sometimes you see a piece of clothing and instantly imagine who would wear it. Perhaps you visualize a celebrity or even a close friend, as the item perfectly matches their personal style.

This is hard to do with Sheri Sherman.

In fact, the only thing Sherman and her wardrobe might have in common is that they are both incredibly dynamic. Sherman has spent years helping local organizations through her volunteer efforts, with causes ranging from the Burns Recovered support group to Washington University\u2019s Edison Theatre. And from huge galas to small fundraisers, she is regularly spotted in society photos supporting these and other groups while dressed to the nines.

\u201cI have a wardrobe that reflects the shopping history of St. Louis \u2013 after all, I have been shopping in this city for 55 years, [as I] began seriously at 15,\u201d Sherman says. \u201cI was a salesperson and model at Saks Fifth Avenue on Maryland Plaza in the \u201970s and still have clothes from many stores and boutiques no longer on the scene.\u201d

Currently, Sherman has a varied list of fashion favorites, with stores ranging from Neiman Marcus to Free People and even Chuck\u2019s Boots. But this list seems concise and small compared to her plethora of fashion-related collections. She explains she collects vintage hats, scarves, alligator purses, Bakelite purses and jewelry, as well as new hats.

\u201cI used to wear hats almost every day in the \u201980s, but now it is only once in a while,\u201d Sherman says, noting she recently donned a hat to visit Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Even without a hat, every fashion lover knows accessories can make an outfit. \u201cYou can add a beautiful scarf to an ordinary outfit and make a dramatic statement,\u201d Sherman says.

Sherman explains her entire family is fashion-focused. \u201cOur son lives in Hong Kong and has all his clothes custom-tailored,\u201d she says, adding that he\u2019s not the only one to find great apparel there. \u201cMy daughter lives in New York, and I never miss the opportunity for a shopping excursion with her. She has a good collection of St. Louis vintage clothing stored in our basement. My husband is also an excellent dresser, so I live in a family of fashion.\u201d

Sherman says she is always \u201cdressed\u201d \u2013 as in, she actually takes the time to properly put together an outfit \u2013 if for no other reason than because she has such a fabulous collection of apparel. \u201cMany times, I will pair a new purchase with a piece of clothing from the \u201980s, or before!\u201d she adds.

Of the vintage eras, many of which she seems to adore, Sherman says she most loves the styles of the 1930s and 1940s, noting she \u201ccovet[s] the gorgeous outfits in old movies and old magazines from the period.\u201d

With a love for fashion this strong, it only makes sense that some of her volunteer work would be related. Later this year, Sherman will co-chair the \u201cMore Than a Fashion Show\u201d event at Neiman Marcus benefiting the Midwest Children\u2019s Burn Camp. This year marks the event\u2019s fifth anniversary, and Sherman has served as co-chair each year. The event will be held on Sept. 7.

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