Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 New Year's Resolutions Printable

Happy almost new year! We hope you've been having a great holiday season. As much fun as we've had traveling to see family and eating literal tons of good food, being out of my routine for so many weeks can make me a little crazy.

I cannot wait for a mental reset, and for me that means setting New Year's Resolutions. I think of it less of resolutions and more of goal-setting, but however you frame it, this is a great time to hit that restart button on your health, relationships and general life, as cliche as it may be.

If you're with us, we've got some good news, a New Year's Resolution printable just for our readers (scroll to the bottom for the link). Specific goals always help you know if you're reaching your goals, so we've broken down different goal categories, so you can really narrow in on what you're hoping to achieve.

Let us know in the comments what some of your resolutions are. We love hearing what is motivating others!

Download the printable here!


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Wear it Two Ways: New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to go all out with glitz and glam. Whether you're going to a huge shindig, or just popping down to your local bar, we say get all gussied up to ring in the New Year and say farewell to the old! 


I saw this dress in the window at a boutique in St. Charles, MO at the beginning of the month and thought it would be perfect for New Year's Eve. It's a subtle mix of silver and red metallic stripes on a black background in a wrap silhouette.

If you can't tell, it was snowing when we took these pictures, so I added a layer underneath the dress with "leather" leggings and a strappy cami for added warmth. They both were a great way to add depth and texture to the outfit without adding too much bulk. I also paired my favorite red booties with this dress to bring out the red metallic stripe. 

I added a swipe of  silver glitter eyeliner over my black liner for an extra bit of sparkle and, of course, a red lip to tie in the other pops of reds and for a bit of added glam. Now, I just need to find a party to go to and I will be all set! 

Dress from Joys by Austin Warren (also like this one, this one, and this one)
Strappy cami (super similar)


I spotted this dress while Christmas shopping in Horticulture, a fairly new shop in the KC West Bottoms. It's a super well curated shop, with home goods and a few racks of clothes, and I'm excited to go back and see what new arrivals they get in. I couldn't believe what great shape this vintage beauty was in, and after 3 weeks of thinking about it, I finally messaged them to see if they still had it. It was obviously meant to be because it was still there!

From the blush pink color, to the mirror and sequin starbursts, to the shift dress shape, I love everything about this dress! I also think it's a super fun pastel pop of color for an unexpected New Year's look. 

I went with super retro makeup, all in pink hues. Looking ahead at hair trends for 2018, we're seeing at a lot of low and sleek styles, so I figured I'd ring in my New Year's look with a ponytail you'll be seeing a lot of in 2018.

Cheers to 2018!

Dress is vintage from Horticulture, but similar here and here
Silver Shoes (similar and now on super sale)
Sliver Clutch (similar)


Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Mod Circus!! We hope you're having a wonderful day and holiday season! We're so thankful for all of our lovely readers today and every day.

Molly + Jodi

Friday, December 22, 2017

Crushing on Velvet

After owning crushed velvet pants, a blazer, a turban, and a choker, I've been looking for a festive velvet top to round out my collection. This top from Target was the one! It's super reasonably priced and the color is perfect for Christmas, but will also work for the rest of the winter. 

I'm also in love with the ruched sleeve detail. I feel like I'm halfway between an '80s bridesmaid and a figure skater and I'm not mad about it on either count. To give it the look of a bodysuit, I tucked it into high waist black ruffle jeans, which have turned out to be a huge wardrobe staple for me this winter. 

I accessorized with a black vintage choker from my grandmother's collection. I wore it to a formal dance in high school and I love that fashion is so cyclical and chokers are back in now. 

Black bejeweled booties finish the look off with a festive flair. I'm ready for a rockin' Christmas eve look or a party look for the next couple months!

Cheers to holiday outfits that last beyond the holidays!


Outfit Details:
Bejeweled Booties (similar)
Necklace: vintage but similar here


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

White Chocolate Snack Mix

Warning: This snack mix might be the most addictive thing to ever sit in front of you, so proceed with caution. We just had a party and people kept complaining because they could not stop eating it! This snack mix is the perfect mix of salty and sweet and is wonderfully crunchy. It also takes almost no time to make. It would be a perfect last-minute gift to make up and parcel out in bags or to just put in bowls all around your home over the Christmas holiday. 

Without further ado, let's get down to the recipe!


1 12 oz. box Crispix cereal
1 lb bag of pretzel sticks
8 oz lightly salted peanuts
1 24 oz package of white almond bark

Note: Crispix work better than Chex in my opinion because they're a little puffier with a a larger surface area, but rice Chex could probably be just fine too!

Mix the Crispix, pretzels, and peanuts up in a very large bowl. You can do this in two batches if you don't have a large enough bowl. Melt the almond bark in 45 seconds increments in the microwave and stir in between. After it's totally melted, pour over the cereal mix and fold in to cover. Spread out over wax paper in a fairly thin layer and let set. After set, break up the mix and package up.

Now, get to snacking! I hope this also becomes a holiday staple for you too—if you try it, I know it will be!

- Molly


Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Tartan

How perfect is this tartan tuxedo jacket? I had visions of wearing the full suit, but alas, the pants sold out before I could get them and haven't been restocked yet! Santa, if you're listening, hit me up and we can talk sizing. ;) 

Really though, this jacket is great on it's own too. Paired with leather pants, red booties and a sequin top, you'll be the star of any holiday party! 

Sequin top (similar)
Leather pants (similar)


Friday, December 15, 2017

The Passport Program: Winter Edition

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. When we first moved here last summer, it was an amazing way to get to know our new city 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 DenverBoulderFort Collins, or Washington D.C., 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 featuring everywhere from creperies to breweries, wineries, and everything in between, and is good all winter through March 15th. If you use it just a few times, you'll more than get your money's worth.

If you can't wait for one in the mail, you can pick one up at Flying Pig Local MercantileUrban ProvisionsKC Wineworks, or Colony KC. These would make such perfect stocking stuffers.

Now, for a little preview of a few Passport stops below, to give you a little taste of what you're in for.

Julep is a vintage handcrafted cocktail joint in Westport that's perfect for a happy hour or late night sip. They've got classic Old Fashioneds and unique twists on classics, as well as tasty bites. Try not to gawk at the beautiful wall of spirits behind their bar, it's straight up beautiful. 

Amigoni is an urban winery in the West Bottoms with tasty wines and a killer atmosphere. I mean, their building is gorgeous enough, but with those holiday decorations, it's just next level. Watch out for their homemade cheese cracker bread because you may eat an entire bowl yourself.

Photo by Chris Yankey

The Doughnut Lounge  is a fun spot for an afternoon pick-me-up or nightcap. The coffee cocktail is their 2-for-1 deal and it is so delish. Pairs well with a s'mores doughnut!

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 like dark beer, so their House Brew, a coffee stout that's made with coffee from Thou Mayest Roasters, is right up my alley!

Again, this is just a small sampling of places that are included on The Passport. Our goal this winter is to hit every stop! Hope to see you out on the Passport Trail. 




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Makeup Tutorial

The holiday are a perfect time for bold makeup looks. Today, I am showing you how to get a dramatic look using the Urban Decay Heat palette and other makeup that you can get at your local drugstore. 

I started by doing the rest of my makeup and putting an eye primer on my eye lids. I love Urban Decay Primer Potion. It is hands down the best primer I've ever used. 

To begin, I covered my entire lid with Lumbre. 

Then, I used Scorched on the outer 3/4 of my eyelid, starting at the corner and blending inward. Make sure to blend well as you go along.

After that, I used an angled brush to put Ashes just in the crease of my lid, starting at the outer corner and going in halfway. 

Last, I blended Ounce in the inner corner of my lids. Then BLEND, BLEND, BLEND! 

After the shadow is blended, I added a thick layer of black eyeliner on the top on my eyelid and the outer corner of my lower lash line. 

I then used Ashes again to line my lower lash line. 

To finish, I layered on Maybelline Falsies mascara (which I SWEAR by!) and a dark berry wine lip, using Molly's technique, found here. Last, but certainly not least, I use a Q-Tip to clean up the outer edges of my eye shadow and smudge my lower lash line. It helps to give your makeup that perfectly blended look! 

Voila! A dramatic look that's perfect for your holiday party circuit! What are your makeup tips and tricks? 

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