There are so many reasons to love Meganne and Laura. These two besties are women we look up to. Together, they own and operate Arts & Letters. We know you’ve seen that name pop up in a lot of our other posts. Their shop is awesome, and so are they.
The story of their friendship is one of the ooey gooey perfect stories that goes all the way back. Back before they were a power duo dedicated to helping downtown Springfield become a hub for artists and the creatively inclined.
We’re glad it worked out, because these best friends turned business partners are on fire.
We asked them to bring some looks that made them feel strong and sexy so we could showcase their individuality when approaching fashion. They didn’t disappoint. Each piece was more interesting than the last and included one-of-a-kind accent pieces by local designers.
Are you falling love with that orange cape yet? It’s by local designer LaWanda Rose Darden and it’s currently available for purchase at A&L.
Go there. Buy it. Dare to wear orange.
Meganne’s look here is a tulle piece by Green Phoenix Studio and makes her look like an actual fairy. But wait, it gets better. The entire ensemble was made by Meganne’s mother, Paula Rosen. Head in to Arts & Letters to shop more of her gorgeous designs under her design label, Green Phoenix Studio.
The full skirt in layers of olive and palm is paired with a sheer cropped jacket accented by a beaded collar. We love the way the slip is peeking out from the lace corset. It adds a little extra romance to this already unbelievable look.
A simple but elegant slip dress in a rich purple hue gives Laura’s skin an ethereal glow.
It’s a little bit Secret Garden and a little bit Stevie Nicks.
Every first Friday of the month, downtown gallery spaces feature local artists of all kinds and this month Meganne and Laura chose to feature Old Mr. Bones whose collection of work is visually stunning. A favorite of the Southwest Missouri street art scene, the artist paints on non-traditional canvases like skateboard decks and cutting boards. His exhibition featured an interactive piece where guests were asked to help complete an unfinished original.
That’s part of what makes these two so bitchin’. They provide a platform for great artists to display, perform, sell, create, and showcase their work. Some of our favorites include Shay Rainey’s “Video Daze: A Celebration of the Poor Image” and more recently, Christie Snelson’s “Show of Hands”.