My neighborhood is, without a doubt, one of the coolest areas in the entire state of Missouri. It was the state's first capital, site of the beginning of the Lewis and Clark expedition and is currently a beautiful historic site on the Missouri river. Main street is where it's at! There's old buildings, which house little gift shops, specialty shops and restaurants and a few bed and breakfasts. In the summer, there are horse drawn carriages, festivals on weekends and live music, food trucks and Shakespeare plays in the park by the river. There's always a photo opportunity. It's only a few blocks from my doorstep, which sits on the sleepy, non-touristy side of the Historic district but we don't venture down to Main Street as often as we really should. I hope to remedy that situation this year, starting today. With all of the cute doors, old brick and beautiful scenery, it is a fashion blogger's dream. Why hang around my silly porch when this is just a few minutes away?
Pj was home from work so the boys and I went for a little walk this morning, before Olivia got home from school. The air was a bit chilly from the morning rain but the sun came out long enough for our walk. The shops hadn't opened yet and the area was quiet so we had the beautiful cobblestones all to ourselves, for the most part.
I wore a little navy 70s skirt, my favorite 40s rayon jacket and a new blouse from Wearing History. This is the new Smooth Sailing blouse from her popular Smooth Sailing sewing pattern pack in adorable arrow print. The plus size version of this blouse is a little different from the sewing pattern. It was drafted specifically for plus sized figures and has a bust dart for perfect plus size fit, which the misses size doesn't have. Lauren has such an eye for detail so it also has vintage old store stock buttons in cherry red. This blouse goes up to a 2x (46-48 inch bust) but I was worried about button-gap so I almost went one size up. Lauren suggested going with the 1x since it has quite a bit of built in ease and I have a 44 inch bust and I'm glad I went with her advice because it fits perfectly!
The 1940s jacket was pulled from the bottom of a dark, dusty warehouse in St Louis but after a nice bath and a few small repairs, it was good as new!
If the weather is decent, we'll definitely go back to Main Street this weekend and maybe head over to the sweet shop for some treats! Do you have any special spots close to home?
1940s swing jacket- warehouse sale
arrow print blouse- c/o Wearing History
shoes- Miss Albright via Ebay