We are packing up our most fabulous jewels for our annual trunk show in St. Louis, Missouri and we couldn’t be more excited! St. Louis is referred to as the Gateway city on account of it’s iconic Gateway Arch built in the 1960’s honoring the 19th-century explorations of Louis and Clark. Our friend’s at Ylang Ylang filled us in on the best kept secrets the city has to offer. Whether you love to explore the outdoors, fabulous eats, or enjoy fabulous shopping this beautiful city has something for you. Keep reading to discover why St. Louis is the ideal choice for your next vacation destination and don’t forget to join us this weekend for our Trunk Show!

We can’t wait to see you there!

SS: Best place to stay?

YLANG YLANG: 7 Gables Inn, a sophisticated boutique hotel in the heart of Clayton built in 1926. It is a restored Tudor Revival style hotel with steep roofs, a massive chimney and tall slender windows where Old World charm blends seamlessly with modern luxury.


7 GABLES INN  | 26 N Meramec Ave, St Louis, MO 63105

SS: Favorite shopping destination and why?

YLANG YLANG: The Colonial Marketplace which is an outdoor shopping experience that is made up of locally owned small businesses! Shop Local! Ylang Ylang just happens to be located in the marketplace. 😉 


YLANG YLANG | 8845 Ladue Rd, St. Louis, MO 63124

COLONIAL MARKETPLACE | 8801 – 8845 Ladue Rd, St Louis, MO 63124

SS: Favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

YLANG YLANG: Olio, which is an Easy going wine bar in a stylish remodeled service station serving Mediterranean small plates. Our favorite dishes would be the Bruschetta to start followed up by the Root Vegetable Tagine (turmeric rice, cranberries, madras curry).

OLIO | 1634 Tower Grove Ave, St Louis, MO 63110

SS: Favorite local dessert spot?

YLANG YLANG: Nathaniel Reid’s Bakery, we especially love their almond croissant. Clementine’s locally made ice creamery is also delicious. 


NATHANIEL REID BAKERY | 11243 Manchester Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63122

CLEMENTINES | 1637 S 18th St, St Louis, MO 63104

SS: Must see destinations while you are visiting?

YLANG YLANG: If the weather is nice then Forest Park, Botanical Garden, Arch, or St. Louis Art Museum to experience true St. Louis beauty. 

FOREST PARK | 5595 Grand Dr, St Louis, MO 63112

MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN | 4344 Shaw Blvd, St Louis, MO 63110

ARCH | St Louis, MO 63102

ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM | 1 Fine Arts Dr, St Louis, MO 63110

SS: Best way to spend “Family Day”?

YLANG YLANG: Bike ride or walk in Forest park, followed by either a picnic on Art Hill, or taking a spin on the paddle boats followed by lunch on the patio of Winslow’s Home. 

ART HILL |  35-43 Fine Arts Dr, St Louis, MO 63110

WINSLOW’S HOME | 7213 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 63130

SS: Best kept St. Louis secret (that you’re willing to share)

YLANG YLANG: Casa Bagus, it is the coziest spot to “retreat”, an inclusive community dedicated to the joyful and conscious personal development of each individual through spiritual practice, educational programs, workshops and personalized holistic wellness services.

CASA BAGUS | 6318 Clayton Rd, St Louis, MO 63117

Comment below if you have been to the Gateway City and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!