Monday, April 24, 2017

Tiered Pinstripes

I feel like I'm overstating the obvious here, but we cannot get enough of ruffles and pinstripes this season! We knew before Spring had officially hit, we were loving huge sleeves as well, as we called out in our Favorite Spring Trends post, and we're constantly getting more outrageous in our love for them. 

This tiered pinstripe top is the perfect marriage of all of our favs rolled into one. It's wonderfully wild cut is evened out with the classic structured pinstripes. Since it's a total statement piece, I paired it with sleek black bell flares. 

We also pointed out that we're loving mules and slides for this season and baby blue suede shoes are a perfect addition to the ensemble. They're so comfy and versatile, I'm sure you'll being them a lot more over the coming months. 

To mirror the tiered top, I wore tiered tassel earrings that went perfectly with a braided updo. For a vintage flair (duh!), I finished the look with cateye sunglasses and a bright red lip. Now, I'm perfectly ready for a day at work or a date night (as long as I avoid a buffet with these sleeves)! 

Outfit Details: Top: SheIn, Pants: Zara (similar), Shoes: Forever 21 (similar), Sunglasses: Donna's Dress Shop (similar), Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)

Friday, April 21, 2017


If you know me at all, you know that I love Beyonce. Like, a lot. Basically, I think she can do no wrong. I even have a nameplate on my desk that says "What would Beyonce Do?" When I saw this dress, I immediately recognized that it resembled the dress Beyonce wore in Lemonade and I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT. 

Now, I didn't go around smashing cars with a baseball bat when I wore it (although, I am highly tempted to recreate that video), but I did wear it to Easter brunch. Sorta the same thing, right? I think I would have gotten a restraining order if I rolled up to an Easter egg hunt with a baseball bat though. Although now that I'm thinking of it, it is tempting. 

I've been really getting out of my comfort zone lately and experimenting with bright, bold colors. As someone who has A LOT of black and gray in their closet, this has been a scary thing for me to do. However, since bright colors are in for spring, it's been easy for me to find all sorts of bold items to experiment with. I always thought I couldn't wear certain colors because they would wash me out, but I think it's all about finding the right shade of the color you want to wear. I am really enjoying putting some color into my life, so I think this is definitely something I will continue to do from now on!

Since my dress is a statement piece all on its own, I kept my accessories neutral. My straw wedges and clutch are definitely going to be summer staples, so be warned, you will get sick of seeing them! Gold tassel earrings and a bright pink lip really compliment the yellow and help tie everything together while elevating the whole look. Now, where did I leave that baseball bat? 

Outfit details: Dress: Adelyn Rae, Bag: Cult Gaia, Shoes: Mia, Earrings: H&M

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017: Part 2

There was so much going on for Kansas City Fashion week, that I had to break up my experience into 2 posts. If you haven't read Part 1 (covering the Media Meet & Greet and Wednesday Runway show) yet, be sure to read it here. For this post, I'll be covering the Bowties & Bubbly event and the Thursday night runway show. 

First up, Bowties & Bubbly was a formal cocktail event hosted at R24 studios in The West Bottoms. It was great to see bloggers I'd met the night before and mix and mingle with folks dressed to the nines. My husband attended as my date, wearing a bowtie custom made for him by KC designer Keefe Cravat. The purple in the bowtie matched my asymmetric dress perfectly! We obvs had to get a photo with props in the photo booth. 

Now, let's head over to the runway show! My look for Thursday evening had to be my favorite outfit for the week.

This sheer floral dress made for a positively ethereal look. My photographer for the week, Chris, counted 21 compliments I got on the dress, just that he overheard while standing with me! 

To play up the natural whimsical vibe, I accessorized with a delicate leaf headband and nude lucite heels. Red lips, to match the red flowers helped make the look a bit more bold, and a loose retro updo added to the timeless look. 

I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel like a dang fairy princess in this dress. I'm not sure when I'll have an occasion to wear it again, but I think I'll just have to create one!

Enough about me, and onto what was on the runway! Let's run through some of my faves for the evening. 

The first designer of the evening, Roger Figueroa (who is still in fashion school!), presented a bold collection filled with androgynous silhouettes, lots of draped fabric, and fun dramatic jewelry on men and women alike. The color palette may have been subdued, but interesting cuts, textures and sheen made the collection anything but drab. 

Next up, Wiki Wang brought us a pieces that were both minimal and extremely feminine. Bell sleeves, clean silhouettes and a touch of glitz made for an avant-garde collection that's still extremely wearable. 

After that, Amanda Casarez mixed structured and organic pieces for a unique collection with a super vintage vibe. Knitwear, Asian-inspired details, and a subdued color palette made for a variety of outfits that came together for a collection that seemed to span decades and continents alike. 

My last favorite from Thursday evening was Lee Jeans, which is headquartered right outside of Kansas City, and was just straight up cool. It gave me a totally different perspective on the company, who showed off how trendy its denim can be, from frayed hems, to tonal patterns, to uneven hemlines. 

This was such a fun-filled week, I'm still reporting on it weeks later here. A huge thanks to Kansas City Fashion Week, LLC to having me cover the shows as part of the media and also huge thanks to my photographer for the week, Chris Yankey. I'm already looking forward to the Spring show this Fall!

Bowties and Bubbly Outfit Details: Dress: ASOS (similar), Earrings: H&M (similar)

Thursday Runway Outfit Details: Dress: SheIn, Shoes: Forever 21, Purse: H&M (similar), Headband: H&M (similar), Fox Earrings: Chloe + Isabel (similar)

Photos by: Chris Yankey

Monday, April 17, 2017

Circus Mod

Last weekend Victoria Beckham's collection hit Target, and I was especially excited to check it out because it was circus and storybook inspired. Adorable scallops, animals and insects donned items for women, kids, and infants alike. 

After trying on a few other dresses from the collection, many of which weren't very structured, I tried on this orange scalloped number and loved it the fitted portion at the top. Also, you know I'm never one to turn down a mockneck neckline, and this one has scallops! I've never thought of orange as being a color that goes well with my super pale skin, but it's a rich enough color it works, and is a super fun change for me. 

The dropped waist and scalloped detail screamed mod, so I went with it! Dressing as, well, a Mod Circus. I knew white booties would be perfect for a '60s go-go look. Round sunnies added to the vintage flair as well. 

As we brought up not long ago here, we're loving fishnets for Spring, and I thought this would be a fun way to tie them in. I styled nude fishnets with the dress for a some character that's not too much of a statement. A graphic floral purse was the perfect finishing touch for my perfectly mod look. 

What do you think of the collection? Have you snagged anything from it yet? 

Outfit Details: Dress: Target,  Fishnets: Discount Dance Supply, Booties: Zara (similar), Sunglasses: Modcloth (similar), Purse: Betsey Johnson (similar), Earrings: H&M (similar)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Pinstripes and Cold-Shoulders

I'm absolutely loving the trend of showing off your shoulders in new and interesting ways. As we mentioned in our spring trends post, ruffles and pinstripes are also huge this season. Mix them all together, and you've got one fine looking dress!

Since I'm wearing all the trends, I also decided to bust out these lucite heels. They're the perfect neutral shoe for spring. Plus, as we've mentioned, lucite heels are totally in this spring. They're a really great way to mix things up with your summer shoes too!

This dress is a perfect lightweight material that will be perfect for the warm days ahead. There's a shirt version that I have my eye on too! Plus, it's a way cheaper version of a designer dress. Win-win!

Are you into the shoulder showing trend this season? 

Outfit details: Dress: SheIn (shirt version here), Heels: old, Bag: Cult Gaia

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2017: Part 1

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you probably already know that I recently attended Kansas City Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017, since I was posting fun shots and Instagram stories of the events and runway shows. My first KCFW experience was last fall for Spring/Summer 2017 (see the rundown here), and I was able to attend even more events this time, so I decided to break it up into two posts so as not to overwhelm you.

To start out the week, I attended the Media Meet & Greet at Fortuity (home of the famous Kansas City, I'm so in Love mural). I'd never been to the shop before, and they had tons of cute boutique clothes, as well as fun giftable items. I'll definitely stop by next time I need a fun outfit for an upcoming event.

The weather was chillier than I'd hoped, so I dressed in a super fun lavender ruffled tiger top and high waisted jeans for a trendy yet casual look. Wine was provided by KC Wineworks (so good, read more about their wine in this post), and delicious bites came from Dolce Bakery. I was able to meet and talk to a lot of other bloggers, which was awesome. It was great getting to meet them all in a laid-back environment before being thrown into the chaos of the runway shows.

Speaking of runway shows... let's talk about my runway look for Wednesday night! It was still fairly chilly out, so pants and long sleeves were perfect. For an edgy feminine look, I paired a ruffled pink pinstripe top with black velvet flares, brought together by wide a corset belt. Large statement earrings and white booties added fun drama to the look as well.

Now, onto what was actually on the runway! I've rounded up a few of my favorite designers from Wednesday evening that featured Fall trends I'm super jazzed about. 

First up (photos below), was Designs by Miranda Hanson, who is a high school junior! She started sewing at the age of 8 and put together a totally street-ready collection. Embroidery, sheer material, bold stripes and fun details created tons of character and I could honestly say I would wear any of it right now. 

Next, Olivet by Tobie Marie, came from another young designer: a junior in college. Her "New Jackies" collection featured Jackie O-inspired ensembles on preteen and teen girls, and I'd call them adorable, but that would be undercutting how professional it was. Pillbox hats and round sunnies, accompanied by cheery throwback music, made this collection a total delight to watch. Not to mention these girls slaaaaayed the runway.

You think those last designers were accomplished for how young they are? (Well they are; not undercutting that!) But, this next designer of Kelly Callaway Designs, is eleven years old. Yes, ELEVEN. Her craftsmanship and intricate designs blew me away. Her goal is to be on Project Runway Junior, but she's too young to audition. You better believe I'll be tuning in when she gets on that show!

Next up was a fun and unconventional duo, Coco and Ilia. Their video game and comic book inspiration made for an ultra-cool high end streetwear collection that's as fun as it is empowering. 

Keilah Jadlow totally immersed us in the '70s next, and I loved every second of it. From big ruffles to wideleg pants and huge glasses, this collection was so cohesive and on-trend, while taking tons of cues from years past. 

My last fav for the evening, Sheraz Pompey, is a self-taught designer from Kansas City, who specializes in evening wear for men and women alike. He uses tons of sparkle, sheer material, and my personal favorite aspect: sleeves that reach the ground. Talk about drama! 

What looks are you loving from this runway show? Any fun trends you're excited to try for next Fall?

Special shoutout to my photographer for the week, Chris Yankey, pictured below. Thanks so much to Kansas City Fashion Week, LLC for letting me cover the events! Stay tuned next week for Part 2!

Media Meet & Greet Outfit Details: Tiger Blouse: H&M, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: Modcloth, Purse Target (similar)

Wednesday Runway Outfit Details: Top: SheIn, Corset: Zara, Flares: H&M (similar), Booties: Zara (similar), Earrings: H&M (similar), Clutch: H&M (similar)

Photos (unless otherwise specified) by: Chris Yankey