Monday, October 23, 2017

Pumpkin Spice featuring GCGme


Have you heard of GCGme? They're an online retailer specializing in maxi dresses and clothing items for special occasions. They offer a ton of different styles that are perfect for every body type and personality including extensive options for modest dressing and plus sizes. Be sure to check out Jodi's GCGMe red jumpsuit here.


I saw their collection of cape dresses, which includes a whole array of colors, and I was smitten. (I mean just LOOK at that cape!) Given that fall was coming up, I went with the orange one and I had so much fun styling for a Halloween look! With nude heels, this dress would be perfect for later in the season, but I really wanted to up the spooky factor.



First of all, this dress is so comfortable! Like ridiculously comfortable. I mean, just look at the flowy fabric of my cape wingspan there. I was really impressed with the quality of the dress and the unique factor as well. It also came with the belt, which is adjustable. The super good news is if you check out GCGme before Halloween, you can use the code "PUMPKIN" for 20% off your order!


Spook Factor 101: Dark blue or black lipstick is the easiest way to turn an outfit to the dark side. 

I also accessorized with fishnet socks and bejeweled ankle booties for an edgy yet dressy vibe. A black tassel necklace and raw crystal necklace combo adds a fortune-teller-esque feel to the ensemble. A black clutch and cateye sunglasses add more pops of black to even out the sea of orange. 



Remember to check out GCGme before Halloween and use the code "PUMPKIN" for 20% off your order! Creep ya later.

-Molly

Outfit Details:
Dress: c/o GCGMe
Booties (similar)
Black Tassel Necklace (similar)
Raw Crystal Necklace (similar)
Clutch (vintage, but similar here)

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Kansas City Fashion Week S/S 2018



If you follow us on Instagram, you've probably seen my coverage of Kansas City Fashion Week over the past week and weekend. I had the awesome opportunity to cover KCFW with a media pass and I'm so excited to finally round up all of my favorite collections and photos from the Spring/Summer 2018 season!


First up, I went to the KCFW Kickoff event, the Garden Party at Van Noy Mansion. It was uncharacteristically warm and lovely outside and I met the tres cool bloggers behind Sophisticaited and Le Stylo Rouge and chatted with the incredibly talented couple behind Colors of Costa Rica, who I met last season. Now, on to the shows!

THURSDAY NIGHT SHOW 


On Thursday night, I wore an amazing gold feathered top from Andrea Marie Long Designs. Metallics and feathers are hot, hot, hot right now, so I thought this fashion-forward piece would be a perfect look to hit up Fashion Week. (Get all the outfit details at the end of the post!)



A collection I absolutely loved and would 100% wear came from Rebekah Lux. Her collection is full of punchy metallics, flowy retro cuts and featured a delightful mix of socks and sandals. Sign. Me. Up.



Miranda Hanson Designs put together an incredibly well-made collection full of lovely pastels, flowy silk and frilly tulle. And...she's 17 years old!!! She really held her own among more seasoned designers and knocked it out of the park.



Travis Cal put forth a collection that was equal parts edgy, elegant and fun. From bright, fun patterns to sheer sparkly numbers, the mix of textures and patterns made it a total delight to watch. 

SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW


For my look on Saturday, I reprised one of my favorite dresses, this lovely pink frilly number. I couldn't pass up wearing it to Fashion week and it was a hit. Pictured are fellow bloggers from Sophisticaited and Le Stylo Rouge.


Saturday's show kicked off with the coolest kidswear ever from Ethel and Dean, which took inspiration from the movie Hook. The collection, called Lost Boys and Mermaids, included grungy jackets with "Bangarang" printed on the back and playful velvet and tulle in pink. This collection left the audience smiling and about ready to start chanting "Rufio, Rufio!"


The last collection before intermission could be described in no other way but "magical." A swamp-inspired show from Enve Designs was backed by a soundtrack of bullfrogs and a live harp was set the stage for a breathtaking show. Embroidered tulle dresses complemented cascading and intricate jewelry so perfectly. Holy wow.


The structured collection from Nataliya Meyer of Lucia's Sarto was awesome. A capelet dress and separates were so elegant and well-made, but the icing on the cake was a gorgeous red suit with a gigantic red bow on the shoulder that trailed behind it like a train. Look at that baby fly!


A menswear-heavy collection from Joshua Christensen, Project Runway Designer from L.A. was my final favorite collection of the night. Activewear mixed with loud patterns and elegant metallic florals made for a perfect juxtaposition that was equal parts edgy and playful. 

Kansas City Fashion week was an absolute blast and I'm so happy to have been invited to cover it again! Hope to be back again at it next season!

-Molly 

See past KCFW posts here:



Garden Party Outfit Details:
Green Heels (similar)
Sunglasses (similar)

Thursday Outfit Details:
Gold Feather Top from Andrea Marie Long Designs
Black Bell Flare Pants (similar)
White Booties

Saturday Outfit Details:
Pink Dress (sold out but similar here and here)
Earrings (similar)
T-stap heels (similar)
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Roundup

What up, witches?! Is anyone else as excited for Halloween as we are? (Maybe not possible, tbh) Since we love to live up a good theme, we're about way more than just dressing up in one costume or one Halloween outfit on the actual day. We'll be rocking creepy fun styles at least all week leading up to it. We rounded up some of our favorite Halloween wear you can incorporate into your wardrobe to get into the spirit! 

MOLLY


Orange isn't typically my color, but this time of year I love to incorporate it into my wardrobe. Luckily, it has a nice harvest feel even after Halloween has passed! I'm also loving velvet and fringe to play up Halloween vibes.

1. Skull Cardigan
2. Orange Sweater
3. Black Cat Bag
4. Beetlejuice Sweater
5. Witch Mules
6. Green Fishnet Socks
7. Orange Drop Earrings
8. Black Cat Socks
9. Tie Choker
10. Orange Velvet Dress
11. Fringe Bodysuit
12. Black Cape Dress
13. Vampire Teeth Tank

JODI'S PICKS


I love a chic goth look for fall (who am I kidding? I love it for any time of the year). Leather pants, red suede booties, sophisticated animal print and elegant black dresses are perfect for getting into the spirit of the holiday, while still looking put together. I also love Edgar Allen Poe and look for any chance to incorporate a little of the macabre into my day. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Seeing Red featuring GCGMe


Have you heard of GCGMe? They're an online retailer specializing in maxi dresses and clothing items for special occasions. They offer a ton of different styles that are perfect for every body type and personality. 


I am loving a jumpsuit lately, so it was a no-brainer for me to pick this beautiful red number. Red is one of those colors that you can wear all year round, but I think this will be especially perfect come the holidays. I can definitely see wearing this to a holiday party in a couple of months as a cool alternative to a dress! 




The best part? It is SO COMFY! It is made of this super soft jersey material that hangs just right and offers a good amount of stretch, without losing its shape. It came with a belt, but I switched that out for a leopard print belt and paired it with my favorite tortoise clutch.  


Be sure to check out GCGme.com to grab your own stylish dress or jumpsuit! They are perfect for this upcoming holiday season, or for any occasion! 









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Friday, October 13, 2017

Pajama Party


The moment I laid my eyes on this floral pajama-inspired set, I knew I had to make it mine. Dark florals are kind of my jam anyway, and throw in vintage vibes and whimsical pattens including zebras? 100% in. On top of that it's so ridiculously comfortable I basically want to wear it non-stop. 


I wore this outfit to Kansas City Fashion Week's kickoff Garden Party event. Isn't this set just perfect for a garden party? Green lace up heels are great for dressing up the outfit while still making it a great daytime look. 


A dark maroon lip elevates the look and makes it feel more autumnal and reflective geometric sunnies keep everything fresh and modern. 

Ok, seriously, is this pattern not the most fun??


Now, go forth and party, animals!

-Molly

Green Heels (similar)
Sunglasses (similar)
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail


I'm one of those people that just can't get into pumpkin spice and cozy boots until it actually feels like autumn. Even if we're in October, if it's 90 degrees, it just doesn't feel quite right. Luckily, it's finally beginning to cool down a bit and feel like fall here in the Midwest, and I could not be more excited to get into autumnal flavors!



We picked up some apple cider for a cider-braised leek recipe (a magical combo over hotdogs, FYI), and I wanted to find a good use for the remaining cider. This cocktail was the perfect answer. It was one of those times where I threw together what we had on hand and it turned out to be a winner.

It's perfectly spiced, sweet, tart and comforting, and could be made without the bourbon if you're just looking to spice up your cider game. Let's get to it!



Ingredients for 1 serving:

1/3 cup apple cider
1 oz. bourbon
Fresh juice from 1/4 of a lemon
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
1 dropper of Festive Spice tincture (or add a few cloves and a cinnamon stick to shaker)


Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a glass. You can garnish with apple slices held together by a whole clove or a lemon slice. Or both!

Cheers to fall!
Molly
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Autumn Polka Dots


I love fall for multiple reasons, but one of the biggest is the emergence of deep red hues, like burgundy and wine. It's one of my favorite colors and really signifies the start of the best season. So, when I saw this gorgeous dress, I had to snatch it up! Luckily, it's less than $30, so my mind was easily made up for me. 


I also love the combination of blush pink, which is so in right now, and burgundy or wine. I saw these booties and couldn't wait to add them to my fall wardrobe! I'm excited to mix and match them with all sorts of fun, fall items.



This dress is perfect for work, or for heading to an apple or pumpkin festival on the weekend! It's very versatile and you could easily change up the look just by switching the accessories. 


What's your favorite hue for fall? 


Dress (less than $30!)





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Friday, October 6, 2017

Game Day Style


With football season back in full swing (er, punt?), I had a reader request to style a look for game day that's stylish and out-of-the-box. If you know me, you likely know I'm not much of a sporty gal. I can't say I'm ready to run out to play flag football, but the spirit of being in Kansas City has made attending Royals, KC Sporting, and Chiefs games a really fun experience for me and my husband. Though you can grab a Chiefs t-shirt and pair it with jeans any day, I love the idea of taking a game day outfit to the next fashionable level.


That begins with the sporty gear itself! If you live in Kansas City and you haven't been to the Flying Pig Local Mercantile yet—don't walk—run to go check it out! This shop in the Crossroads has a wonderful selection of locally made items from an array of t-shirts, to hilarious tea towels, candles, underwear, and everything in between. Their t-shirts and sweatshirts are not only very well-designed, but they are soooo soft. I knew I wanted to style one of their tees, and they agreed to collaborate on this post and provide a sweatshirt for a cooler-weather option as well!


First up: cool weather styling. I am so in love with this Kansas City sweatshirt and I've already worn it multiple times in the couple of weeks since I've had it. It's seriously SO SOFT. I know I already mentioned that, but I just cannot emphasize that enough. I love that the gray and black make it versatile, so you could essentially style it for any type of game!

That's where accessories come in. A bright red beanie and yellow tassel earrings paired with "Kansas City" make in an undeniably Chieftian (sure, that's a word now) look. A red lip helps dial up the spirit as well! Ripped boyfriend jeans keep the look casual and comfortable, while fishnet tights and oxford platforms add a bit of edge to the ensemble. 



For my warmer weather look, I styled an adorable KC football tee that is, wait for it, ridiculously soft and comfortable. This would obviously work great with jeans, but I paired it with wide leg culotte jeans to elevate it for a super trendy look.




White booties give the look a retro flare, but are also low enough heels that you could easily wear them all day for a day of tailgating, and walking around the stadium and your feet wouldn't get tired. Also! how cute are these earrings from Crafty Bomb? One says "KC" in vintage lettering and the other has the outline of an arrowhead on it. She has tons of mix-and-match options at The Flying Pig  that you could make all sorts of combinations with. 




Even if the Chiefs aren't your team, I hope this gave you some game day inspiration for whatever sporting events you'll be attending or rooting for on TV. Again though, if you're in KC, you have to check out The Flying Pig Local Mercantile, not just because you're shopping local—though that's a good enough reason— but because it's filled with something for everyone!

Annnnnnnnd, break!

-Molly



OUTFIT #1: 
Tassel Earrings (similar)

OUFIT #2
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