Friday, February 24, 2017

Wear it Two Ways: Retro Turban


Turbans have been gaining popularity over the past few years and they are the perfect way to mix a touch of retro into an outfit. We took inspiration from very different places to show how versatile turbans can be, from a structured more formal look to a flowy, laid back casual look. Get all the details on how we styled them below!

JODI


On a holiday trip to St. Charles, my mom, aunt and I all decided to get matching turbans to commemorate the trip. We saw these burgundy beauties at a boutique and snatched them up. The great thing about turbans is that they really go well with just about any outfit. I decided to really go all out for this look and paired mine with a floral pant suit, glitter heels and a vintage inspired bamboo bag, because why the heck not? It's fashion, let's have fun with it! 


I'm really glad that I decided to go all out, because I think this might be one of my all time favorite outfits. It's the perfect mixture of vintage glam and pulled-together chic.


You know already that we love a good dark floral around these parts, so obviously I chose to dress in a whole suit covered in it. I recently got these gold glitter heels from Topshop too, because really, you can never have too many sparkly things in your closet! 


I've talked over and over again about how much I adore this vintage style bamboo bag as well. It's so versatile and it's absolutely perfect for spring and summer. 


I tied it all together with a dark wine lip to match my turban because, duh. I kept my jewelry minimal with a single long necklace and a dainty ring since the rest of the outfit kind of speaks (screams?) for itself. 


I'm really digging this turban trend and am itching to experiment with more outfits including it! It's a great way to add a little extra something special to any look!



Outfit details: Blazer: ASOS, Pants: ASOS, Tank: Topshop, Turban: Joys by Austin Warren, Heels: Topshop, Bag: Cult Gaia



MOLLY



How crazy is it that Jodi and I both bought burgundy turbans on our own and didn't realize we both had them until she saw my Lady in Leopard post? Great circus minds think alike, I suppose. It's so fun to me to see that for as different as our styles are from each other, there's really a lot of overlap! 


Though turbans were big in the '60s, they were also trendy in the 1920s, so I decided to take some inspiration from flapper style to show off my turban. A sheer fringe kimono was obviously in order for a sultry speakeasy feel. I also styled a sequin crop top to kick up that vibe even more. 


The prohibition era was all about swingy, flowy, nearly boho ensembles. Big, chunky tassel earrings are a perfect accompaniment for a look that's not too structured. Big round sunglasses look like they could have come straight out of a vintage store. 


I wore high-waisted black jeans to make the look more modern and wearable for a daytime or evening look. Chunky, buckled shoes are equal parts edgy and 1920s schoolgirl-looking. They're comfortable to wear all day long, but they also make for a fun nighttime statement as well.


Photos of Molly by: Chris Yankey

Molly's Outfit Details: Turban: Donna's Dress Shop (identical here), Top: TJ Maxx (similar here and here), Kimono: Forever 21 (similar), Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar), Pants: H&M, Shoes: Modcloth (similar), Earrings: H&M


How about you, would you sport a turban? Let us know what you'd wear it with!
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

KC Wineworks


One of our favorite discoveries we've made since moving to Kansas City is KC Wineworks, an urban winery that handcrafts locally sourced, award-winning wines right in KC. We love hitting up midwest wineries, especially in the summertime. They're as much, if not more, about ambiance and the overall experience. However, since we gravitate to drier wines, we've found a lot of Missouri wines to be a little a little sweet and floral for our taste. Not so here. This is unlike any Missouri wine we've ever tried before! When Jodi came to visit here, this was a place I just had to bring her!


Since it's in the heart of the Crossroads District, there's not much space for a vineyard on the premises, but they use grapes from just outside KC and throughout Missouri. The large, airy space, and long bar are perfect for tastings (try five wines for $7!), or grabbing a glass after work or before an evening event. In the summertime, they also offer wine slushies, which are too delicious for their own good. Again, these folks are experts on not over-sweetening. 


I honestly couldn't pick a favorite wine here, but we absolutely love the Crossroads Red and Crossroads White, which are super easy-to-drink blends. The rose has a bit of sweetness, but ends on a tart note, and my husband and I both love it. But wait! Wine isn't all they do. They have hands-down the most delicious cider we've ever tried. It hardly has a hint of sweetness, it's like biting into a crisp Jonathan apple—which is what it's made out of, as a matter of fact.


Not only are the wines delicious, but Lindsay, who owns the winery with her husband, is the most friendly and knowledgable gal around. Every time we go in, we learn something new about where the grapes are from, the process of making that specific wine, or just about wine-making in general. She's so hospitable and also gives great tips on what food to pair each wine with. Brb, gonna go stock up on rose ahead of time for summer grilling.


As the cherry on top, Christopher Elbow Chocolates, which is downright magical, is located right next door. What better to do than stop by for a wine tasting, grab a bottle to take home, and get some chocolates to pair with it? 


Um, also, anywhere with a backdrop to pose with your wine is a winner. Go check it out and let us know what your favorite wine is there. We're pretty certain you'll be as impressed as we are. Cheers!

-Molly


Outfit Details: Top: Forever 21, Jeans: H&M (similar), Booties: Zara (similar), Earrings: H&M (similar here and here)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pinstripe Pinafore


Since we started blogging almost two years ago, I've noticed that I'm much more of a fashion risk taker these days. Thinking of content really gets those creative juices flowing and I find that I'm drawn to certain pieces that I wouldn't have had the guts to wear before. Case in point: this two piece shirt set from Goodnight Macaroon. 


I also find that I am drawing inspiration from all sorts of places these days. For example, this shirt reminded me of an old timey nurse's uniform I saw in "Call the Midwife." I know. Who would have thought you could draw fashion inspiration from a British period piece? Well, let me tell you, those Brits knew how to style their nurses back in the day. I digress...


Statement sleeves are most definitely still in going into spring, which is music to our ears! We love a good sleeve around these parts. This top rocks beautiful, full sleeves, balanced out with a cream pinafore-type vest that really adds that little something extra. 


This top is boxy and full, so I balanced it with sky high flares to elongate the leg. I also added a little shine with gold tassel earrings and finished off the look with my very favorite basket clutch. I'm super excited to transition this top into spring and to add more big, beautiful sleeves to my wardrobe! How are you rocking the statement sleeve trend? 


Outfit details: Top: Goodnight Macaroon, Flares: Express, Heels: Topshop, Clutch: Cult Gaia, Earrings: H&M 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cha Cha Real Smooth


We've been loving statement sleeves since we put together our Favorite Fall Trends list last fall, but they are back and bigger than ever this Spring. If there's only one trend you want to jump on, large-and-in-charge sleeves is it. You can quote us on that. OK, or ruffles. Might as well make it ruffled sleeves to be safe!


I'm loving this comfy t-shirt dress from SheIn that's super simple aside from the ruffled cha-cha sleeves. Given how it's basically a basic (I mean, basically), it would be a perfect daytime dress with slides or sneakers, or it could be totally dressed up for a date night. 


I decided to style it a bit dressier mostly because I've just been itching to bust out these pom-pom beauties. I mean, how fun are these kicks?! The three shades of blush pink make them dang near a neutral, so you can bet I'll be styling them with all sorts of colors and patterns in this warmer weather. 


Since both the dress and shoes were already kind of statement pieces, I opted for no accessories other than coordinating retro-inspired sunglasses. Because a girl's gotta have her sunnies!


A matching maroon lip color and retro cateye finished off the look with a perfectly retro twist, as per usual. As a bonus, my new-ish rose gold locks rounded out the monochromatic color palette nicely.


What do you think of the ruffle trend? Would you rock sleeves bigger around than your head? Let us know if the comments!

-Molly


Photos by: Chris Yankey

Outfit Details: Dress: SheIn, Pom-pom shoes: Modcloth (similar here too), Sunglasses: Donna's Dress Shop (similar)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Vintage Love Tour


Last weekend, I took my mom on a day date and we headed to Springfield to check out the Vintage Love Tour hosted by Springfield Vintage and other vintage shops in town. I hadn't been to a lot of the shops listed on the tour, so I was excited to check them all out. 


Our first stop was Springfield Vintage. It's a great shop full of all manner of vintage goodies. They've got everything from furniture to clothing, and all the knick knacks in between. 



I love a good vintage purse and they did not disappoint with their collection! They also had several amazing coats, dresses and shoes too. We will definitely be visiting them again!


Next stop for us was Urban Sassafras. Luckily for us, The Itty Bitty Fashion Truck was also stopped out front, so you know I made a pit stop there first. ;) 






I've driven by Urban Sassafras countless times, but never had the opportunity to go in. I am so glad I finally did because it was much cooler than I expected! They feature all sorts of local art and handmade items, plus some clothing. If you follow us on Instagram, you already know I picked up one of the little dinosaurs for my husband for Valentine's Day. It was the perfect gift! 


I'm going to buy all of my gifts from Urban Sassafras from now on (and gifts for myself too). 


After Urban Sassafras, we stopped at Abe's Old Hat. Again, I had no idea this place existed before this tour, but I am so glad I know now! It is full of antiques and really cool historical pieces too. We had a great time just looking at everything and learning a little bit about history to boot. This would be a great place to take visitors from out of town to show them some of the fantastic antiques we have here in Central Illinois. 



The last place we were able to get to was the Incredibly Delicious pop-up. Unfortunately, we didn't time out our visit very well and ended up stopping there smack dab in the middle of the lunch rush (rookie mistake). We were starving and had to make a stop at another place too, so we headed to Bunn Gourmet (a favorite of ours!) and had lunch. We had to get back to Decatur to run some errands, so our tour was cut short, but I will certainly be coming back to check out the remaining shops: 
  • Flea 2 Fab
  • House + Garden
  • Recycled Cottage
  • Shimmy Shack Style
  • Shabby Shack
  • Tossed and Found

Do you have a favorite antiques or vintage store that you love to shop at? I'm always looking for new ideas and places to try, so let me know in the comments!

-Jodi 












Monday, February 13, 2017

Shining Shimmering Splendid


You have the theme song from Aladdin stuck in your head now, don't you? Apologies, but there just isn't any other way to explain this sequin kimono! Now, you all know of our love for kimonos. It's been documented countless times, plus we did a handy round up post too! The next logical step for me in my kimono game was to up the ante with sequins. 


Since a sequin kimono is a huge statement piece in and of itself, I kept the rest of the outfit simple with black and white. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't wear white after Labor Day either. You can wear white whenever in the heck you want to girl! 


This look would be perfect for a hot date night, a party, a girls night, or really just anytime you need to feel shining, shimmering and splendid.


What do you think? Is a sequin kimono right up your alley or do you prefer your sequins via another article of clothing? Let us know in the comments! 


Outfit details: Sequin kimono: Emerson Fry, Leggings: Spanx, Bag: Zara, Heels: Kohls