Friday, July 31, 2015

Citrus Superhero

You guys. How freaking amazing is this cape?! I guess technically it's a blazer-cape. A blape? Capzer? Whatever we call it, it's badass and I love it with all my heart. 

Hello there, you beautiful thing. Get in my closet!

As soon as I put this cape on, I immediately felt like I could conquer the world. It's got a certain power to it. It might have something to do with the structured shoulders, but let's just pretend it's actually a superhero cape and that's where the powerful feeling comes from. 

You could easily style this a number of different ways, but I opted for a flowy blouse and skinny jeans. The heels and clutch dress it up so it could easily go from superhero lunch meetings to superhero drinks after work. 

It's a nice light satin material that moves easily with you. It's a great jacket to wear on a summer night when things have cooled off a bit. 

I felt like I was channeling not only a superhero, but James Brown in this cape too. I can just imagine doing my own cape routine while wearing it. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some superhero things to do. 

Outfit details: Cape (on sale!): Modcloth, Blouse: T.J. Maxx, Jeans: The Limited, Heels: Kohl's, Clutch: T.J. Maxx, Sunglasses: Modcloth


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Arcadian Moon Winery

Is there a more relaxing way to spend a breezy summer afternoon than leisurely sitting at a winery, trying different wines and chatting with good friends? Not in my book. The whole experience of tasting, sitting with beautiful scenery and living at your own pace is just as important as the wine itself.
When I visited home (Warrensburg, MO) a few weeks ago, trying out Arcadian Moon, a new winery in the area, was up there on my priority list. I spent a relaxing afternoon there with one of my BFFs the 6th grade, Rylee, and my husband, who obviously had to be our photographer. 
Arcadian Moon's theme of Greek Mythology and Constellations really set it apart. Each of the wines is named after a god or goddess associated with the stars, or with stars themselves, which makes for a fun tasting experience. And, being a graphic designer, can we talk about how cool their logo and branding is? Ok, I'll spare you on that one.
We opted to do the full tasting, which was very reasonably priced, first so we could see which wines we liked best. Being a mix of dry and sweet drinkers, we opted to split a bottle of the Luna, a sweet red with berry and citrus undertones. I also really liked the Lyra (a vidal blanc) and Chara (a chambourcin) and Dione (a chambourcin blush). We ended up taking home a bottle of the Dione and it was great chilled for a crisp and refreshing before-dinner drink.
 You can't drink wine all afternoon without something to soak it up. We tried the breadsticks with cheddar beer sauce, which were quite tasty.
The grounds of the winery and vineyards were stunning, so we got a table on the deck close to the water. You'd never know you were sitting right near a highway. We even saw a bald eagle!
I wore this fun vintage dress I picked up thrift shopping a few years ago. The breezy whimsical lace was a perfect fit for a day at the winery. I absolutely love the bottom portion with the illusion lace layer. It makes the dress appear a little longer and fancier, and adds a fun touch. I paired it with crisp white accessories.
 If you're in the area, you should definitely stop by and give Arcadian Moon a try. I know they do dinner pairings and live music, which would be a fun addition to the great ambiance they're already got going on. I just wish I didn't live 5 1/2  hours away and could pop over again for a glass!
If you aren't close, I highly encourage you to take a look and see if there are any wineries close to where you live, because it makes for a fun daytrip and nice laid-back afternoon...just make sure you have a DD ;). Even if you aren't the biggest wine fan, it's still a great venue to catch up with old friends and slow down from fast-paced living. Cheers!

Outfit Details: Dress: Vintage, Necklace: J. Crew, Gladiator Sandals: Target, Sunglasses: H&M

Monday, July 27, 2015

Easy Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry cobbler is my quintessential summer dessert. It doesn't even cross my mind the rest of the year, but come the first smell of grills being fired up and I immediately think one thing: blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. I'm not one to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, especially in the summer. Why stay cooped up inside when there's beautiful weather to enjoy? I found this super simple cobbler recipe and I knew it was a match made in dessert heaven. I tweaked a few things in it which I will detail for you below. First things first, you need your ingredients and a really good vanilla ice cream is number one on that list. 

You will need:
6 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/4 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk 
3 cups fresh blueberries
Dash of lemon juice
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter and pour it in a 8 or 9 inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Bisquick, sugar and milk, then pour over the melted butter. 

Next, pour your blueberries over the batter and make sure they are evenly distributed. 

At this point, I like to squeeze in a little bit of lemon juice and then sprinkle the top with a bit of cinnamon and extra sugar. The lemon evens out the tartness of the fruit and the cinnamon/sugar mixture adds a little extra sweetness to the batter. 

Pop the dish into the oven and bake for 42 to 47 minutes or until golden brown. 

Spoon it out while warm and serve with that really great ice cream you picked up earlier. The warm cobbler will melt a bit of the ice cream and you'll get spoonful after spoonful of berries, cream and fluffy sweetness. Mmmmm.

You'll be everyone's favorite if you bring this to the next party you attend (or host). Enjoy! 

- Jodi 


Friday, July 24, 2015

Mod Squad

There's a reason we named this blog Mod Circus. Actually, there are several reasons and it took us a few weeks to think up a really good name, but I digress. Mostly, it is a perfect name to incorporate our love of retro (mod) and modern (mod again) styles. Case in point, this dress (and this post from Molly). These big circles and the cut of the dress scream mod. 

I've actually had this dress for a few years now. I've kept it around for so long because it is basically like wearing a t-shirt and can be dressed up or down. Comfort and versatility? Win-win. Plus, it's blue and you can't go wrong with anything blue. 

I styled it with a headband that I can't get enough of from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection and the ultimate summery straw clutch that I got from Stitch Fix. Have any of you tried Stitch Fix yet? I've gotten a few really great pieces from there. 

This outfit would be perfect for a date night or going out with friends for dinner and drinks. You can even pair it with flat sandals for a daytime casual look while running errands. The mod-ibilities are endless! 

Outfit details: Dress: Old (similar), Headband: Lilly Pulitzer for Target, Clutch: Stitch Fix, Wedges: Seychelles


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Molly's Entryway Makeover

Welcome to my home! Today, I'm giving a little tour of my entryway, which is a retro-kitschy wonderland. Minimalists beware. I figure you might as well hit your guests over the head with your style as soon as they walk in, and I decided to do just that. Our entryway has been so fun to decorate, but it didn't start all ready to go. Let me take you back to the beginning, so you can see how it all began.

In the event that we've never spoken so you've never asked me what I've been up to lately, I will fill you in: the answer is nearly always "working on home renovations." My husband and I bought a 1915 bungalow about two years ago that hadn't been updated since about the 70s. There was a mint green funeral home vibe in the whole entryway, living room, and dining room. Mint green wallpaper, mint green curtains to the floor, and brand new neutral carpet that had recently replaced mint green. (Yeah, we took up nice new carpet, but look at those floors!) Above is a "before" shot, and below is a "during" shot, after we painted.

(Obviously), I love, love, love vintage and retro style, and that's clearly a heavy influence here, but I tried to bring the d├ęcor into this century with crisp clean white woodwork, and bright trendy colors to balance out the burnt orange and avocado palette.

Since the space of the three rooms flowing together is quite large and the ceilings are tall, we went with a bold wall color: a cheery mustard yellow. I love the look of bookcases with area behind the books painted a statement color, so we painted a whole accent wall a dramatic teal. I think it really helps all the knick knacks stand out, too. We trimmed out the wall where it meets the yellow walls, as well as the ceiling to give it a nice finished look.

And then the fun began: collecting all of the pieces to fill the shelves! The vast majority of the items are vintage, and I've just picked them up here and there. All the assorted owls are from TJ Maxx, because I can't go there without buying them. (Gotta fill those shelves, man!) It also doesn't hurt that I work as a graphic designer at a product design company, Design Ideas, so I was able to use some of our fun products like little slot-together wooden animals to fill in spaces between the larger items.

I scored this little tea cart at Vintage Pop a few weeks ago, which really helps fill the space under the woodland portraits on the wall that you see right when you walk in. I'm going to pretend it's a bar cart because I don't drink tea, so don't try to tell me any different, OK?

I love how one whole shelf,  the one at countertop height, is a little built-in bar filled with liquor, glasses, shakers, etc., but it blends in with the rest of the wall so much that you might not even notice at first glance. But really, what better welcome to a home that a cocktail to start you off?

One of my favorite things to do it entertain, and this is really my dream space for just that. A huge shout-out to my husband who lets me have (probably too much) creative freedom and helps build whatever I need to make my crazy decorating schemes work.

So glad you stopped by. Stay tuned for tours of other rooms!

Home Details: Rug: Menard's (similar), Ottoman: Target, Chandelier: Ikea, Grate covers: Lowe's, Vintage Games: World Market, Owl figurines: TJ Maxx, Curtains: homemade: (Fabric from JoAnn's) Ice Bucket and Metal Bar Items: CB2 (similar bucket), Martini glasses: Crate and Barrel 

Outfit Details: Dress: TJ Maxx (similar), Headband: Loft, Slides: Payless

Monday, July 20, 2015

Gypsy Illusion

I love summer looks that transition seamlessly from breezy daytime to dramatic nighttime looks. It seems that schedules are much more fluid in the summer: when you eat, when you sleep, when you decide to have a cocktail in the afternoon, or ice cream as a meal... things like that. It's great to be able to be dressed for whatever may come your way. So, a gypsy illusion skirt could really not be more appropriate for living your life like a transient summertime gypsy.

This weekend, my husband and I took an impromptu trip 45 minutes away to grab some tapas mid-afternoon, and this outfit was a perfect pick that said "lazy afternoon" and "striking evening" all in one. The colorful top and fun teal seashell necklace are balanced out by the drama of the black illusion skirt. The lace detail at the bottom really gives the ensemble both a bohemian and dressy touch.

These dreamy wood and black wedges from Steve Madden help mirror the nature element from the necklace and carry some visual weight to balance out all the color on top. Also, they're just plain amazing, so they were an obvious pick. 

The black fringe clutch added an extra touch of whimsy. You can never have too much whimsy. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Outfit Details: Top: Aerie, Skirt: Target (similar), Shoes: Steve Madden (similar), Necklace: Vintage, Sunglasses: Nasty Gal, Fringe Clutch: H&M, Earrings: Wal-Mart


Friday, July 17, 2015

Wear it Two Ways: Guinness Lady Tee

We may have mentioned that Jodi and I have many assorted hobbies, and one we share is Scottish Highland dance. Last fall, we had the opportunity to travel over to Scotland and Ireland to perform and travel (that trip's another post for another time!). We were only in Dublin for a night, but you better believe we snatched up some souvenirs while we were there. 


Now I'm not really a beer drinker, but over the last few years, I've really gotten into porters, stouts and dark beers. I think it's because I love black coffee so much, I see dark beer as pretty much the cold equivalent. So, Guinness was a no-brainer for me in Ireland when it's flowing everywhere anyway. And not only is is tasty, they make some adorable branded merchandise. Jodi and I both ran for a shirt with the "Guinness Lady" on them, and we ended up with slightly different ones.

I took a cue from her 1920s bob and bucket hat, and styled my ensemble with a fun 20's turban and teased hair and a dark lip. I brought the look into this century with an edgy faux leather structured skirt and some bold ghillie sandals (see how we both styled these kicks here).

I also picked up a cute Guinness mug, coasters and other assorted items in their souvenir collection. I'm typically not a big souvenir person, but just can't resist anything that looks like a vintage poster. And that's most of what they sell, so that's most of what I came home with!


I'm more of a fan of Guinness merchandise than I am of the drink itself. I do enjoy a pint every now and then, but it's a little too thick for my taste. That being said, if you ever get the chance to go to Ireland, you must drink a pint of Guinness in a pub. You'll be oh so glad you did.  

I really love the Guinness style of marketing and branding. I don't think I've seen something of theirs that I haven't immediately wanted. As Molly mentioned, we both went for this style of shirt with the Guinness lady sipping her dark drink. I mean, can you get more classic and iconic than that? I kept my look casual with white eyelet shorts and simple sandals for the summer, but I've also styled this shirt several other ways. It's so versatile! I've even worn it with a kilt. 

As you already know if you follow us on Instagram, I am a huge fan of stripes so, naturally, I went for the all over striped shirt in the souvenir shop. I know, I think I have a problem too. 

Not as big of a problem as the Guinness Lady has. It seems she wanted a drink of my Guinness too. I told her to get her own. 

 Molly's Outfit Details: Shirt: Guinness, Skirt: H&M, Shoes: H&M, Headband: VonMaur

Jodi's Outfit Details: Shirt: Guinness, Shorts: T. J. Maxx, Shoes: Kohl's
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