Friday, September 30, 2016

Wear it Two Ways: Bold Vintage Pieces

It's no surprise that we love vintage here at Mod Circus. It's right there in our name, incorporating '60s mod style and the "classic modern" looks we love. A few weeks ago when we reunited in Kansas City for a weekend, one of the first stops we made was Donna's Dress Shop, a vintage wonderland that's impeccably curated and fabulously over-the-top. We snagged both of our pieces (and then some) from there. It can be tricky to mix vintage pieces into your modern wardrobe, but it is definitely worth it, or at least we think so. Below, we share with you our tips and tricks on pairing your awesome vintage finds with newer modern pieces to make one-of-a-kind looks.


My new favorite vintage find is a statement-maker right out of the '70s. I have no idea if it's a dress or a shirt, but I think we can all be in agreement that it needs a bottom half to be styled with it. I went with high-waist black denim shorts that wouldn't compete with the ensemble, but still looked stylish. 

I just love the dramatic Renaissance feel of the style (after all, Renaissance Woman is one of our favorite trends this season!), with the edgier fabric combo. One way to modernize vintage pieces is to mix and match decades. So, while I paired this number with tall '70s-inspired clogs, I also brought in influences from the '90s that are back in style today.

A studded choker and braided hairstyle are equal parts Fall 2016 and style from my childhood. Also, does this or does this photo below not look like a Renaissance Faire portrait? I don't think I'm mad about it.

This is a perfect transitional look for Fall that I can finally start wearing, since the cooler temperatures have finally arrived. It would be perfect for late night cocktails or and edgy brunch look that's just different enough to turn some heads, without being to costume-y. The delicate balance of my life right there, folks.


Molly's Outfit Details: Dress/Top: Donna's Dress Shop, Shorts: TJ Maxx (similar), Choker: Etiquette Boutique, Platform Clogs: Target


I don't know if you have noticed yet, but I kind of get obsessed with certain things from time to time. Last winter it was capes and last fall it was plaid. Right now, it's caftans (and a few other things, but we'll save those for another post). There is something so classic and chic about a well structured caftan. It just screams 60's yacht party to me and who doesn't want to be at a 60's yacht party? Hello Don Draper!

So, when I saw this ah-maz-ing caftan at Donna's Dress Shop, I just had to try it on. As luck would have it, it fit perfectly and was right in my price range! 

Since the embroidery on this piece is out of this world, I kept my accessories to a minimum, while also keeping them sleek and chic. Simple jeweled sandals are a must for this desert inspired beauty. Black and gold earrings from The Jeweled Gypsy and a sparkly black clutch perfectly rounded out the whole look. A half up top knot and dark lip gave me the genie in a bottle look that perfectly complements this caftan. 

I wore this on a fancy celebratory date night with my husband a few weeks ago and it was perfect for the occasion. It would also be great for a fancy pool party or even a holiday party! The sky's the limit. Just make sure to invite me to your next yacht party, ok? 

Jodi's Outfit Details: Caftan: Donna's Dress Shop, Earrings: The Jeweled Gypsy, Sandals: T.J. Maxx, Clutch: T.J. Maxx

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Urbana KC Street Scene

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to check out Urbana KC in the Power and Light District of Kansas City. (Sorry, Illinois folks, this is quite different than the city of Urbana, IL. It was always confusing for us when we moved here and started seeing the billboards ;) ).  This Urbana street festival is a free event filled with food and drinks for purchase, games, and live entertainment, all in one cozy partitioned off street block.

Urbana KC is held every first Wednesday of the month May-September. I already can't wait to check them out next year! Having not attended the others earlier this summer, it was hard to compare to how the other themes went, but this theme was Gatsby, and it was right up my alley.

The food vendors there were local businesses that actually have brick and mortar buildings right on that street. They ranged from seafood samples to dips, and heartier apps, and each tent also had fun themed cocktails like the Prohibition Slipper or the Gin Rickey.

I can't wait to go back and try out full meals at Bristol Seafood Grill, Cleaver & Cork, Gordon Biersch, Leinenkugel's, and OMG, are these not the most beautiful donuts you've ever seen? Definitely going back to MeMaw's Bakery.

The food and drink were excellent, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. The main entertainment was provided by Quixotic Cirque Nouveau, who showed off their amazing aerial and dancing skills. A singer provided lovely velvety jazz tunes, and the live band beautifully blended old-timey sounds with a super modern EDM vibe. 

The darker it got, the more dramatic the show became, sprawling from the street below, to an upper deck area. More and more people showed up a couple of hours in, so that made it feel like more of a party. Between all the fun costumed performers and throwback tunes, it seriously felt like you were hanging out in the middle of a Baz Luhrmann movie. 

Like I said, I can't wait to check out what they have to offer next year, but I sure hope it's another theme I can get behind ;) Hope to see you there!

Outfit Details: Strappy Cami: Forever 21 (similar here and plus size here), Sequin top: Forever 21 (similar here), Necklace: Wal-Mart, High Waist Jeans: H&M, Lip Color: Revlon

Food and drinks c/o Urbana KC

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dreaming of Pinstripes

You've probably noticed sleepwear as streetwear this season. We even highlighted it as one of our favorite trends this season here! From silk lace dresses to PJ piping on hemlines, to this nightie-inspired dress, sleepwear is hitting the streets in a big way. Pinstripes and off-the-shoulder styles are also huge trends this fall, so I had to snag this dress that ticked all the trend boxes and, more importantly, looked super comfy and casual.

The trick to styling PJ-inspired outfits out of the house all comes down to the accessories. Pair with oxford shoes, tall strappy stilettos, or chunky platforms, like the sandals here, to help dress up the look and elevate it. Definitely don't forgo jewelry with this style. You're already riding a fine line between people questioning if you rolled out of bed, so the more accessories, the better.

To this same note, I'd also avoid a messy undo or minimal makeup. Hair doesn't have to be elaborate, but again, save the just-rolled-out-of-bed hair for your '70s boho styling. ;) A bold lip or dramatic cateye are going to work wonders here.

Statement-making sunglasses, like these from Donna's Dress Shop, can really help stylize the look, here giving it an edgy vintage feel.

What do you think? Would you take pajamas to the street?


Outfit Details: Dress: The Jeweled Gypsy (similar here, here, and here), Flatform Sandals: Target, Necklace: Kohl's (similar)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Autumnal Colors featuring VIPme

I love dressing in rich colors in the fall. Something about the crisp weather, changing leaves and upcoming holiday season just makes me want to dress head to toe in golden amber, dark greens and reds and deep blues. I don't know about you, but I just really love matching the changing seasons!

So, we were very excited when VIPme contacted us to feature a couple of their items on our blog. I was immediately drawn to this beautiful dress on their website and just knew it would make a perfect addition to my fall wardrobe. 

The deep golden color is perfectly accented by the dusky blues and oranges in the pattern. The long sleeves and high neckline, adorned with rhinestone buttons, make it a perfect piece for cooler weather. I have been really drawn to maxi dresses with long sleeves lately. I think it's a perfect way to up the "wow" factor of your look, while still being comfortable. You know me, I am all about looking put together and being comfy at the same time! 

I accessorised with a delicate ornamental gold headband, berry lip and dark nails to make this a perfect outfit for hosting an autumnal get together or even Thanksgiving dinner! My wedge lace up sandals are perfect for this in between time of year when you aren't sure where the temperature will end up during the day. 

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Outfit details: Dress: c/o VIPme, Headband: Target, Shoes: Modcloth

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Obed and Isaac's Microbrewery and Eatery

This past weekend, my mom and I had an impromptu mother-daughter day. We started out at a local winery and then hit up one of our favorite spots in Springfield on the way back home. We've been frequenting Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery since they opened several years ago. Their craft beer and food is some of the best around Central Illinois and the setting isn't bad either!

Obed and Isaac has a really cool story, which you should definitely read here. They have a built in microbrewery which brews some of the best craft beer in the area, as well as a full menu. 

They also offer brunch on Sundays and bocce ball leagues too! We are definitely going to be making brunch our next priority. The best part is, they are dog friendly and offer plenty of seating for you and your pups outside. 

We stopped in just in time for dinner. Since we had been at a winery previously, we skipped the cocktails and beer this time around, but will be back for more soon! You can get refillable growlers of their homemade brew to take home as well. 

It was so hard choosing what to get off of their huge menu! Even the appetizers were a difficult decision.

In the end, we started with pierogies. My mom ordered the fish and chips and I went with the cajun shrimp and andouille. 

It was all quite delicious and I have been dreaming about the cajun shrimp and andouille ever since! You should definitely stop by Obed and Isaac's when you are in the area. Maybe we will see you at brunch soon! 



Monday, September 19, 2016

Romping in Burgundy

So, I was planning to style this fun corduroy overall romper for fall in today's post. Maybe with tall boots or long sleeves... but when the time rolled around, it was just way too hot out for all that. As we keep saying, this time of year sure can be tricky to style for, but it is possible to dress for fall when temps are still in the '80s!

I'm in love with the deep burgundy color and corduroy material, which make the romper perfectly autumnal. The color burgundy, which is decidedly more red than maroon, actually comes from the color of red wine that comes out of Burgundy, France. This gorgeous old building near where we live reminds me of places I've seen in Europe, so, for the purpose of this post, I think I'll pretend I'm wearing Burgundy while in Burgundy (and maybe also drinking Burgundy?). Until I walked home anyway. 

A striped mockneck tank could easily be swapped out for a long sleeve top of the same style when temps get a bit cooler. To play up the playful vibe of the romper, I went with puffy lace socks and flatform oxfords. This combo made for an edgy but feminine take on a schoolgirl look. 

Dark lips, that mirror the romper color, also add to the fall feeling. Speaking of mirror, how amazing are these mirrored geometric sunglasses? I snagged them from Donna's Dress Shop here in KC for $10! They take me right back to everything hologram from the '90s, but they also feel so edgy and modern. 

It may still feel like summer, but this edgy '90s romper look will have you looking ready for fall! And just a touch French, of course, too. Au revoir! 


Outfit Details: Overall Romper: H&M, Mockneck tank: Gap, Socks: from a boutique in Japan (similar here and here), Shoes: Target (similar), Lip color: Revlon, Sunglasses: Donna's Dress Shop

Friday, September 16, 2016

Don't Go Chasing Waterfall Vests

I don't know about you, but I am so ready for cooler temps. I am ready to bust out my sweaters, tights, boots and jackets. Alas, the temperatures are still soaring into the 80's here in the Midwest, so I am finding clever ways of incorporating my new fall wardrobe in with a few summer pieces.

The secret to summer and fall transitional pieces is to layer and mix and match. Here, I layered my new waterfall vest over an off the shoulder crisp white blouse to create a picture perfect transitional outfit. 

I paired the top and vest with bell bottom flares and neutral accessories to balance the look. Skinny jeans or leggings with boots would also help to balance it out. 

I am excited to wear this vest with all sorts of different outfits this fall. I am picturing blouses, long sleeve t-shirts and even dresses! The best part is, it's super snuggly and comfy, which, let's be honest, is really why I am looking forward to fall fashion. What are you excited to wear this fall?

Outfit details: Vest: Nordstrom (similar), Off the shoulder top: H&M (similar), Flared jeans: Express, Bag: Reed Krakoff

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