Monday, August 22, 2016

Burnt Orange Shift

I know I've mentioned it already, but I'm just loving shift dresses lately! The boxy, short shape is a fun throwback silhouette that's classic yet edgy. This rust orange polyester-looking dress complete with collar and outer pockets screams '70s, which is a trend that's still going strong.

The beautiful autumnal  color is perfect for the transition from summer to fall, since the cut is still fitting for warm days. 

Oversized olive sunglasses and mauve lips add to the groovy fall color palette. Chunky wood heels with a retro pattern were the perfect shoes to round out the look. 

Heels work perfectly with shift dresses, since they elongate the legs, which become the star since a  shift dress isn't form-fitting. 

If you need me, I'll just be dancing around to groovy tunes and finding beautiful parking garages like the one I shot these photos in front of. 

So, what's your favorite silhouette this season? I'm so excited about all the fun cuts I'm seeing pop up!


Outfit Details: Dress: Forever 21 (similar here and here), Heels: Modcloth (similar), Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (similar), Ring: Vintage (similar)

Bonus: check out the super artsy shot from my husband, who may even kind of be enjoying taking these pictures now :)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Highest Highs and Lowest Lows

This top combines two of my favorite things, stripes and the ability to feel like a superhero. Who doesn't want to feel like a superhero? I try to channel my inner Super Jodi whenever I get a chance. 

I do love a good dramatic statement piece of clothing (or accessory, or just a dramatic statement in general), so when I saw this top, I had to have it. The price point didn't hurt either. They also have a slightly less dramatic version if you aren't quite feeling the almost floor length hem. 

I wore this outfit to a local street festival recently. I got a ton of compliments on this shirt and basically felt like a badass superhero the whole time. The fact that I kept twirling around in it and fluffing it out behind me probably didn't make me look like a superhero, but what can you do? Not everyone has a Beyonce fan machine at their disposal, so we just have to make do.

My husband said I like it so much because it's basically a cape in shirt form, and we all know how I feel about capes!

Since the top itself is so dramatic, I kept my accessories to a minimum and made sure they were understated. Perfect for fighting crime...or standing in front of a fan machine. 

Outfit details: Top: SheIn (less dramatic option here), Jeans: Gap, Wedges: Seychelles, Clutch: Stitch Fix, Sunnies: Quay

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Westport Cafe and Bar

One of the spots my husband I and tried out when we visited Kansas City four years ago was Westport Cafe and Bar, a charming French-inspired eatery, complete with an amazing bar. Since then, ownership has changed, but the important things have remained constant: good, interesting food, dazzling, delicious cocktails, and a low-key historical atmosphere.

This is a must-hit is located in the Westport District, which is a neighborhood chock full of lovely old buildings, vibrant young folks, great food, and killer drinks.

The white tile and old tin ceilings provide a decidedly European look, and the black and white accents help play up that classic cafe vibe. Two of the men on the new ownership team are French, so they absolutely know what they're doing with European influences. 

Their happy hour specials are worth the visit alone (you HAVE to get the mussels in coconut curry sauce and the cheese board is also amazing). Dinner is great as well, including a lot of items also French in nature, but with a modern twist. However, the thing we've been going bonkers over lately is their brunch, which is available on Saturday and Sunday until 3 PM! The prices of an entree range from about $12-14, but this includes a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary. That's worth it right there, folks, and the excellent food backs it up.

We've tried four of the brunch entrees now and are still excited to try others. The Croque Madame crepe was awesome, and the burger was delish. (My husband even said that arugula salad alone would have been worth $14, muchless with a burger and drink.) The Croque Madame sandwich was very good and came with a giant bowl of fries that provided lots of leftovers. The Fried Chicken came on French toast (instead of waffles) like slices of heaven, and closer to bread pudding than any French toast I've ever had.

Or, just stop by for a craft cocktail a bit off the beaten path of the rest of the Westport bars, which can get a little crowded and check out their "reverse happy hour" from 10PM-close.

If you find yourself in Westport, or Kansas City, for that matter, be sure to stop by this charming cafe and bar and get a little taste of France and the old world for yourself!


Monday, August 15, 2016

Take My Money Monday

Welcome to our second edition of Take My Money Monday! It's basically a round up of all the items we're excited about adding to our wardrobes, so we're telling our favorite retailers to just take our money already! See our first edition of drool-worthy items here. We're a little bit freaking out over all the fun fall fashions about to hit us, but it's still blazing hot outside. Given that, we've rounded up items that will be perfect for the transition from summer to fall that we can't wait to get our hands on.


I think fall is my absolute favorite time of year. Don't get me wrong, I really love summer, but something about fall just gets me right in the feels. Maybe it's because my birthday falls right smack dab in the middle of the season? The rich colors and the cozy fabrics already have me thinking of bonfires and pumpkin patches. However, I am still holding on to summer as tight as I can! I think these pieces will definitely help me transition from one season to another. I am really loving easy  clothing items that I can throw on and layer as the temps start to drop (they will drop eventually, right? We're in the middle of a heatwave right now). I am also really feeling bold and funky statement pieces. Hmm, maybe some of these items will make it onto my birthday wishlist! 

5. Modcloth (sensing a trend?)
7. Nordstrom (these are seriously the best leggings in the world. I am getting two pairs!)
11. Storets
12. Nordstrom 


Pastel hues are all over fall items this year, which I think helps ease the transition from fall to summer nicely (especially when we may still be having hot days in mid-September!). I'm also seeing a pretty clear color theme of what I'll be wearing this season: burgundy, baby blue, and pastel pink mixed with black. I honestly wouldn't have thought to group these colors together, but seeing them all laid out, I'm seriously loving this dreamy palette. I'm also loving the variety of textures I'm seeing everywhere from suede, to patent leather and shiny metal, to corduroy. Last but not least, clearly my favorite type of item for this seasonal transition is the ever-versatile jumpsuit, pictured in numbers 2, 3, and 8 above. They're effortlessly cool and equally suitable for hot days and cool evenings.

1. H&M
2. H&M
3. Zara (yes, that's a jumpsuit!)
6. Zara
11. Zara

What items are you most excited about for your transition from summer to fall?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunshine Gingham

We may be getting excited about fun new fall styles, but it's still blazing hot here in our part of the Midwest. (Heat index of 110 today, woo!) So, I might as well live up summer styling while I still can. This crisp blouse, chambray skirt, and gingham accents are the epitome of summer styling for me. 

I love the bib detail on the top filled with black and white gingham, for a totally sophisifun look (we're pretending that's a work now, cool?). A swingy chambray skirt keeps the look cool and casual, but adds a bit of feminine flair. 

With an outdoor picnic vibes already established, I thought fun daisy shades would be the perfect way to emphasize the cheery and sunny ensemble. A metallic coral lip and red-orange nails kept the look even more light and playful.

A gingham purse was the perfect bag to reinforce the gingham detail from the top. Chunky cutout espadrille wedges were equal parts outdoorsy and feminine. 

So, for the next few weeks, I'll just be looking through daisy-tinted glasses as I hope for slightly cooler temps. 

What summer outfits are you still excited about styling before fall comes? 

Outfit Details: Top: Modcloth (similar), Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Wedges: Forever 21, Purse: TJ Maxx, Sunglasses: H&M (similar toned-down version)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Full Braided Crown

I am very excited to tell you today that I have finally figured out how to do a full braided crown! You might remember that I mastered the half up braided crown a while back. Well, it has taken me this long to figure out how to get all of my hair in there. Mostly, I was making it way more complicated than it needed to be. So, I did some research on the interwebs and figured out that there is a much easier way to go about doing the braided crown than trying to do one continuous braid (I'll master that one at some point). Here are the steps for getting your own crown fit for the royalty that you are! 

Disclaimer: This works best on hair that is past shoulder length. Start with slightly dirty hair and make a deep side part. 

To make things easier, I suggest sectioning your hair into two pigtails.

Start by braiding the top section. For this, I think the Dutch braid works best, but I am positive a regular French braid or even a fishtail braid would look equally cool. 

Secure your first braid with a clear elastic. 

Next, and this is where it get a little tricky and might require some additional practice, braid the bottom braid by starting at the base of your neck and working toward the front of your face. I have to kind of hang upside down to do this. 

Make sure you are incorporating all of the hair in as you go along the side of your head. It might take a couple of tries to get it nice and smooth against your scalp. 

When you're done, you should have one really nice looking braid and one really wacky braid that is coming from the back of your head. 

Now, pancake those braids! Pull them out bit by bit to fluff them up and give them volume. Don't be afraid to pull too much out. The bigger the better!

Grab your bobby pins and start pinning!

Take the top braid and wrap it around the back of your head, crossing it over the beginning of your bottom braid. Pin it along the back of your head at intervals that feel secure to you. Try to hide the bobby pins as much as you can within your braids so they don't stick out. 

Make sure to tuck in the ends of the braids into the overlapping braids to hide the elastics and end bits and make it appear seamless. Then, wrap the bottom braid over the top of your head and tuck it into the top braid, pinning securely as you go. 

Once you've got it all pinned in place and it feels and looks the way you want it, pull out a few pieces around your face to give it a bit of a wispy look. You can also play with volume again and pull out more of the braid to keep adding volume/messiness as you see fit. Don't forget to give it a good spray with your hairspray of choice to keep it all together!

Voila! A perfectly easy braided crown! Perfect for summer days when you can't be bothered with doing your hair and want to keep it off your neck and out of your face. Or for days when you just want to feel like a Medieval princess. Give it a try and let us know how it goes! We'd love to hear any tips or tricks you have as well! 

Go get em' princess!