The event was held in the incredible new space downtown in Grand Center called the Public Media Commons. It is an plein-air space that is flanked by the Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio. Also near to the space is the Sheldon Concert Hall, for reference. I wasn't certain exactly what it looked like, so when I arrived, I was surprised to see that it fits so well with the concrete-heavy aesthetic in Grand Center. Have you seen/been to the Contemporary Art Museum right around the corner, or the Pulitzer Gallery just north? Nope? Well, they're mostly concrete too! I personally love that. Let's call it concrete-city-chic!
I took in the sights as I waited for the official awards ceremony to begin. Grace Kubilius, an Artist-in-Residence at the Craft Alliance, presented her current collection in a still presentation. The tables scattered about the Commons had STLFW schedules for taking away, as well as VIP Edible Cocktails. Now, these little puppies were dangerous - they're alcohol-infused treats! They're a local company right in the Delmar Loop.
I spent some time hanging out with Angie of Honey and Denim and her husband, Greg, of Made Supply Co. Angie is a fellow blogger babe, while Greg handcrafts gorgeous leather pieces here in STL. Made Supply Co is a new venture, but is on its way to establishing a name for itself here. I found a great video about Greg and his company HERE. Adrian O. Walker was on hand to snap all of the best shots in his ever-mind-blowing style, and grabbed this shot of me with Angie and Greg.
The awards ceremony kicked off with a few speakers, and then moved on to the awards, announced by fellow bloggers Rachel Brandt of The Daily Wild and Christia DeShields of Moda Christia. Bloggers from the city were honored for their hard work by two different types of awards: People's Choice and Judge's Choice. As I mentioned before, I am so humbled to thank you all for voting for me enough to earn me the People's Choice awards for Best Newcomer and Best Beauty Blog. Your support is much appreciated and inspiring as well! You can view the list of all the winners and get to better know them HERE.