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Originally from the Springfield, Ill., area, Alex and Meghan Haycraft moved to St. Louis in 2011 looking for a home that would give them a taste of the outdoors, while still offering a convenient location. They found it in their craftsman home in Manchester, where they frequently welcome Alex’s 4-year-old son, Myles. Alex, a web developer at Soft Surroundings who plays in the band Park, and Meghan, a scientific IT customer advocate at Monsanto, also are raising two dogs, Dexter and Felix. We asked Meghan about the neighborhood highlights.
St. Louis native Justin Willman, host of Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing, made a stop at Fontbonne University’s Siblings Weekend to help judge a cupcake-decorating contest. He also performed his show, Justin Willman: Like a Magician But Cooler.
School is back in session, and the first dance is just around the corner. This season’s dresses are all about bright jewel tones, fun prints and unique embellishments. Show your homecoming spirit in one of these fabulous frocks!
On Taylor, Occasions dress, $255, Maiden Voyage Bridal. Earrings, $8, Melanie’s. Necklace, $48, Nordstrom. Nina heels, $79, Nordstrom.
On Nora, Clarisse dress, $229, Distinctions. Kate Spade earrings, $58, Nordstrom. Enzo heels, $90, Nordstrom.
On Taylor, Love16 dress, $400, Maiden Voyage Bridal. Tasha earrings, $18, Nordstrom.
On Nora, Love16 dress, $400, Maiden Voyage Bridal. Kate Spade earrings, $98, Nordstrom.
On Annie, Occasions dress, $255, Maiden Voyage Bridal. Tasha earrings, $19, Nordstrom. Bracelets, $18/each, Melanie’s.
On Kate, Laundry dress, $285, Paperdolls Boutique. Earrings, $12, Melanie’s Bracelet, $22, Melanie’s.
On Annie, Simone Carvalli dress, $258, Wedding Gallery. Earrings, $94, Laurie Solet. Pelle Moda shoes, $83, Dillard’s.
On Taylor, Mystique dress, $272, Wedding Gallery. Earrings, $15, Melanie’s
On Nora, Sparkle dress, $247, Wedding Gallery. Bracelet, $74, Laurie Solet. Tasha earrings, $16, Nordstrom. Antonio Melani heels, $90, Dillard’s.
On Kate, Extreme dress, $298, Wedding Gallery. Bangles, $9/each, Melanie’s Earrings, $9, Melanie’s.
On Annie, La Femme dress, $379, Distinctions. Bracelets, $18/each, Melanie’s. Kate Spade earrings, $98, Nordstrom. Michael Kors heels, $135, Nordstrom.
On Kate, Alexa Designs dress, $239, Distinctions. Tasha earrings, $18, Nordstrom. Enzo heels, $90, Nordstrom.
On Nora, Parker dress, $253, Cha Boutique. Kate Spade necklace, $98, Nordstrom. Enzo heels, $90, Nordstrom.
On Kate, Paperdolls dress, $253, Paperdolls Boutique. KM2 belt, $125, Cha Boutique. Earrings, $9, Melanie’s. Cuff, $45, Melanie’s. Antonio Melani heels, $90, Dillard’s.
On Annie, Parker dress, $297, Cha Boutique. La Vie necklace, $120, Cha Boutique. Earrings, $16.50, Melanie’s. Pelle Moda shoes, $83, Dillard’s.
On Taylor, Laundry dress, $285, Paperdolls Boutique. Kendra Scott earrings, $52, Nordstrom. Enzo heels, $90, Nordstrom.
Most of us could only dream about this kind of father-son business relationship; the DeWitts are living it. Bill DeWitt Jr. is the majority owner of the Cardinals; his son, Bill DeWitt lll, is team president. It’s one of the most successful family business connections in town and, as all St. Louisans know from the moment we learn to read the sports page, the Cards are one of the most fabled teams in the long, glorious history of America’s pastime.
In many ways, St. Louis is a big city. But when you get right down to it, what makes our town special is combination of its many unique neighborhoods. Enjoy our annual tribute to St. Louis’ neighborhoods.
Will the door be scratched up this time? Or will the pillows be in tatters? Separation anxiety can cause pets to be destructive in ways that make their owners not even want to leave the house. And while it’s a stressful situation, most dogs can overcome it. “We have a lot of interventions to help us, and we have good success in many, many cases,” says Dr. Debra Horwitz of Veterinary Behavior Consultations. “It is one common reason people end up giving their dog to a shelter, but it’s a very treatable condition.”
It has been a strange week. Normally I write this column on a Thursday, a nice, relaxing day—no pressure. Usually Cranky Whiny and Punch have engaged in some sort of hijinks—a soccer mishap or a bake-sale fiasco—but for some reason, this week was different. I was out of gas—literally and figuratively: I had no column and my car ran out of gas (I say that like it’s my car’s fault). Now, normally when life hands me lemons…but not today.
The Kirkwood School District and Kirkwood School District Foundation dedicated the new Alvin Miller Track, named in honor of Alvin Miller, a 1983 KHS graduate regarded as the best athlete in the school’s history. He earned four varsity letters in basketball, three in football and two in track and field. He captured four individual track and field state championships in 1983 and still holds the three school track and field records. Pictured: Julie Beattie, Romona Miller, Alvin Miller, Lauryn Miller, Ariel Miller and Kevin Beattie.
Walter Knoll Florist’s Chuck Knoll and Press Club board members gathered to create centerpieces for the Press Club’s Media Person of the Year gala? The Oct. 4 event, to be held at the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark, will honor KSDK-TV’s Leisa Zigman. It also will recognize photojournalists Jim Forbes and Robert Cohen of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for extraordinary coverage of the 2011 Joplin tornado. St. Louis’ own Fleishman-Hillard will receive an award for its worldwide contributions to journalistic excellence. Proceeds benefit journalism/communications scholarships, as well as enterprise investigative journalism fellowships, and the St. Louis Library Media Archives. Pictured: Chuck Knoll with Press Club board members Alice Handelman and Ellen Soule.
When I was a kid, people used to say we lived in a fast-paced world. Phones had click lines, documents could be faxed, and homework could be done on computers. Clearly, that all seems quite leisurely now. Cranky, 14, and Whiny, 13, are all about social media--and that’s fine. They 'friended' me and I monitor their activity, trolling their Facebook pages every now and then--everything is fine. Let me rephrase: I thought everything was fine.
Well, it’s that time of year again. Cranky, 14, Whiny, 13, and Punch, 11, are back in school. But somehow, this year, things are a little bit different. It’s been brewing like a storm on the horizon, so I wasn’t shocked at the occurrence. I was, however, shocked by the enormity of it all. Suddenly, all three of them have cultivated a social life. A social life—I might add—that is much more time-consuming and entertaining than my own. There are limitless options for a tween/teen weekend: sports, movies, hanging out. Occasionally, a kid will have parents brave enough to host a party—I think brave is the word I’m looking for—but in the end, things are as they have always been: The nucleus of young-teen socializing continues to be ‘the dance.’
The name says it all—if you’re in need of a chic ensemble for a special occasion, Special Occasions by Paulette and Teddy has you covered. Selections from designers like Montage, Daymor, Jovani and Sherri Hill traverse all age groups, from demure styles for the mother of the bride/groom to fun, flirty frocks for a cocktail party or homecoming. Long or short, sleek or voluminous, neutrals, pastels or bold bright colors—whatever your vision, you’re sure to find a gown that is perfect for you and your special event!
One of the most anticipated date nights for teens is just around the corner: Homecoming! So on a perfect St. Louis day, we gathered a group of friends at The Muny to shine the spotlight on this fall’s hottest homecoming looks.
On Blaise: BCBG dress, $338, Dillard’s Bangles, $20, $25, Alixandra Collections Earrings, $16.50, Melanie’s Antonio Melani shoe, $90, Dillard’s Makeup by Amy Koehler
Mystic dress, $76, Apricot Lane Necklace, $60, Melanie’s Pearl earrings, $6.50, Melanie’s Antonio Melani shoe, $90, Dillard’s Makeup by Amy Koehler
On Natalie (L to R): Shoshanna dress, $350, Cha Boutique Earrings, $18, Melanie’s On Lucie: Parker dress, $352, Cha Boutique Earrings, $26, Alixandra On Blaise: La Femme dress, $499, Distinctions Earrings, $6.50, Melanie’s Bangles, $20, Alixandra Collections Gianni Bini shoe, $90, Dillard’s Makeup by Amy Koehler