Friday, June 30, 2017

Wear it Two Ways: Tropical Print

Tropical prints are hot, hot, hot right now! This surely isn't the first time you've seen us styling tropical prints, and we can guarantee it won't be the last, but we thought it would be great for Wear it Two Ways to show you just how versatile it is! From cute preppy vibes, to a full vintage look, to a flirty feminine look, it pretty much covers the whole style spectrum. See how we styled our looks below!

MOLLY


The second I saw this tropical jumpsuit, I fell in love! From the delicate lavender color with the bold jewel tone colors, to the cut of the sleeves, to the fact that it's a fancy jumpsuit, I knew I had to have it. Lucky for me, I have a mother-in-law who is the best at asking for birthday wish lists and the next week this arrived at my doorstep. (Thanks, Kim!)


This jumpsuit could easily be styled super simply for a beachside look with a pair of slides and a beach topknot, but I went for a polished urban feminine look perfect for an urban brunch. (And I did brunch hard after these photos!) 


Pastel slides, and yellow earrings, and a mauve lip really solidified the bold color/pastel combo I love about this look. I may or may not be taking this on vacation with me this week, so I can't wait to see how different it feels styled for the beach!



Photos by: Chris Yankey

Jumpsuit
Slides (identical)
Earrings (similar)
Sunglasses (similar)


JODI



You guys. Can we talk about how amazing this playsuit is? It has an embroidered toucan on the back! I didn't realize I needed an embroidered toucan playsuit until I laid my eyes on this gem. 



As we've mentioned, we're all about tropical prints this season and I decided to just really embrace the trend and dress tropical head to toe. I've also been embracing the palm print trend fully and using it as a neutral (that's totally acceptable, right?). So, it made perfect sense to pair my palm print platforms with my playsuit and straw tote for an easy, yet pulled together look. 



Also, it doesn't hurt that this playsuit is quite literally the most comfortable thing ever. It's loose and airy, which makes it perfect for romping around this summer. The best part? It's super cheap! So, is the tropical print trend something you're ready to try or are you still hesitant? We think you should go for it. Toucan do it! ;) 


Sunglasses (similar)



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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Passport Program: Kansas City


Doughnut Lounge. Photo by Chris Yankey.

UPDATE: Contest now closed. Congrats to Shannon and Melanie, who won Passports! Don't forget to use the code "BUDDY" at the checkout to save $2 on your own :) 

Molly here. If you've been following us for long, you've probably seen my references to The Passport Program, a booklet of 2-for-1 drink deals around Kansas City. My husband found it online and we picked one up after first moving here last year. It was an amazing way to get to know our new city last summer by way of super cool bars and restaurants. After living here only a few months, we felt like we were constantly mentioning places we'd been that KC natives had never even heard of.


It's not just for Kansas City either! If you live in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Washington D.C., Nashville, or St. Louis you're also in luck, because they each have their own Passport Program as well!

The booklet is only $20 and offers more than 30 2-for-1 drink deals at breweries, wineries, pubs, restaurants, and lounges and is good all summer through Labor Day. If you use it just a few times, you'll more than get your money's worth. We loved it so much that we also got the winter version, the Winter Warmer as well.

Now the super good news, I'm here to share the love! I'm giving away 4 Kansas City Passports, so you can see how awesome they are for yourself! You can enter at the end of this post or by tagging a drinking buddy on this Instagram post, and I'll announce winners next Wednesday.

If you aren't one of the lucky winners, and purchase one online, be sure to use the code "BUDDY" at checkout for $2 off your Passport! Or, if you can't wait for one in the mail, you can pick one up at Flying Pig Local Mercantile, Urban Provisions, KC Wineworks, or Colony KC.

I've rounded up some of my favorite Passport locations to give you a sneak peek of the awesome deals you're in for, though there are tons more.


Mimosas and Bloody Marys available at Chez Elle. Photo by Chris Yankey

Chez Elle Crêperie is an awesome crepe spot with sweet, savory, and breakfast crepes alike. They also have soup and pastries, and everything can be enjoyed inside or on their charming patio. It's a perfect spot for breakfast or brunch!


Assorted Flagship Beers at Torn Label. Photo by Chris Yankey.

Torn Label Brewing Company is actually where we picked up our first Passport! This cozy brewery has some delicious ale. I only drink dark beer, so their House Brew, a coffee stout that's made with coffee from Thou Mayest Roasters, is right up my alley!

Slow Jamz Cocktail at Doughut Lounge. Photo by Chris Yankey.

Doughnut Lounge is pretty much what it sounds like: a lounge that serves doughnuts! Their Slow Jamz coffee cocktail sure pairs perfectly with doughnut, like this oreo stuffed one that was next-level delish.

Assorted frozen cocktails at Snow & Co. Photo by Chris Yankey

Snow & Co. is all frozen cocktails, which is perfect for summertime! They have a huge variety of cocktails and some super tasty bites as well. I loved the Limey Bastard cocktail; it was my ideal blend of sweet and tart!

Assorted roses at Ca Va. Photo by Chris Yankey.

Ca Va is the one place we take every guest that comes to visit us in Kansas City. This quaint champagne bar feels like you're stepping into a little French bistro. They have tons of rose options, prosecco on tap, and some seriously delicious cocktails. You haaaaave to get a side of duck fat kettle corn to munch on. Trust me.

The Tiki Cocktail at SoT.

SoT Social is a super unique location that has incredibly inventive and interactive cocktails and delicious small bites. It probably has the most unique cocktails we've had in KC. (Read my full post on SoT here!)

Vignoles at KC Wineworks.

KC Wineworks is another place I love so much, I've written a whole blog post about it. (See the full post here.) This is probably the best Missouri-grown wine we've ever had. During the summer, they offer wine slushes that are To. Die. For. Get there.


My husband reflected in my sunglasses. What romance! Photo by Chris Yankey

Again, this is just a small sampling of places that are included on The Passport. Our goal this summer is to hit every stop! We'll contact you next Wednesday if you're one of the lucky winners. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!



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Monday, June 26, 2017

Give Them the Cold Shoulder


Summer is a time for all sorts of wonderful silhouettes and the cold shoulder style is definitely in this season. It adds instant drama to any dress or top and allows you to show a peek of skin while still keeping things classy. 



I not only love the cold shoulder on this dress, but the color and embroidered accents are amazing. The ruffles aren't too shabby either. The best part though? It's incredibly affordable! Unfortunately, it's sold out at the moment, but I've linked similar styles below. 



I'm keeping my accessories natural and neutral this summer with basket and straw bags and shoes. They are the perfect material for pretty much any summer outfit! What silhouettes are you loving this summer? 




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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Adventures in Boston: Part 2


Happy Thursday! Jodi back again to tell you about the last leg of our Boston trip a few weeks back. To see the first part, click here


We wanted to see as much of Boston as we could in the little time we had, so we decided to walk the Freedom Trail. It's a walking tour and takes you all through Boston, hitting all of the historic sites along the way. It was the perfect (not to mention cheap) way to see the entire city! We took our time, but you could probably do it in a couple hours if you were really booking it. It could also take longer if you stop and go into all of the museums and side tours along the way. The website says it's only 2.5 miles, but I feel like we walked WAY farther than that. 



The tour starts in Boston Common, which is a beautiful park in the downtown area. We had a picnic lunch and then started at the beginning of the red brick line that dictates the Freedom Trail. 




I won't spoil the entire trail for you, but it was super cool seeing all of the historic sites situated right in the middle of all of the hubbub of modern day Boston. 


A few of the highlights of the tour for us were the old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, Fanueil House, Paul Revere's House and the USS Constitution.






Charlestown was also an absolutely beautiful part of the tour. Talk about Instagram worthy houses! I basically wanted to move into every single house we saw!



We ended the tour at the Bunker Hill Monument and got an Uber all the way back to our Airbnb. We were exhausted and starving, so we decided to end our night on a high note at one of the delicious Italian restaurants in Boston's North End. If you're in Boston, you must try La Famiglia Giorgio's restaurant. They offer traditional, homemade Italian and all the carbs you can ingest. Absolutely delicious! 


We had so much fun on our quick trip to Boston and can't wait to go back and see more of what the city has to offer! Have you ever been to Boston? If so, what's your favorite part of the city? 


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Palms Away!



We're all about palm print this summer. From shoes to dresses to wallpaper, we're loving the cheery tropical vibe it emits. I snagged this dress the second I saw it in early Spring, so it's unfortunately sold out. Don't worry, I've linked tons of similar versions at the end of the post, so all hope is not lost!


Not only is the print on this dress right up my alley, but the sheer flowy material makes it perfect for hot days, and making dramatic billowing entrances. After seeing how fun this looks with the wind blowing, I may just need to have a wind machine follow me around whenever I wear this from now on. 


To give the ensemble a retro twist, I paired the dress with bright lips, tassel earrings and crazy cat eye glasses. You could just as easily pair this dress with a no makeup face and no accessories for a simple beachy look. In fact, this dress is the number one item on my list to take on our upcoming beach vacation. Stay tuned for that in a couple of weeks! ;) 




Long live palm print!!!!

-Molly 


Photos by: Chris Yankey

Palm Print Dress (similar)
Tassel Earrings (similar)
Sunglasses (similar)

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Banana Boats


Last weekend my husband and I went camping with some friends and I realized it's something we don't do enough of! It really took me back to my camping days in Girl Scouts (of which I was a member for 9 years) from campfire songs running through my head as we hiked, to the fun packet meals we'd prepare in tinfoil over the campfire. One of my favorites was banana boats.

Whether you're the campfire type, or prefer to use a grill or fire pit in the comfort of your own yard, it can be really fun to move your meal prep outdoors when temperatures heat up! Obviously, s'mores are the go-to dessert for camping, but these banana boats are so easy to make and use most of the same ingredients, if you're looking to change things up. It's like a campfire banana split: you could totally customize them to your own preferences. Like banana bread, I think these are a bit better with super ripe bananas. They don't look as beautiful, but they taste more caramelized for this dessert.

All you need is:

a banana
chocolate squares or chocolate chips
mini marshmallows or halved marshmallows
aluminum foil
a fire/grill


Cut the banana lengthwise, leaving the peel on, and push ends toward each other to create a little pocket. Think of this like a banana baked potato. Press marshmallows and chocolate into pocket and wrap in a sheet of foil, keeping the filled side up. Place on grill or tucked on outer edges of campfire about 10 minutes until insides are totally melted and banana is tender.



Unwrap your foil (use it as a plate!) and enjoy! Feel free to sprinkle on any toppings at this point: chopped nuts, crushed graham crackers, or fresh berries. May induce campfire singing.



What are your favorite campfire recipes? I'd love to have more ideas now that we have our own fire pit at home!

-Molly

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