Wednesday, April 18, 2018

DIY Letterman Sweatshirt

Recently, I bought a super cute letterman sweater at J.Crew that had "LOL" spelled out in old fashioned letterman letters. I was obsessed with it, and then I started to see a few quirky and funny letterman sweatshirts on the interwebs and found myself Googling them to see where I could purchase one. Then it hit me, duh, I can make one myself! I'm all about easy and quick DIYs, so this is right up my alley! 

To make your own cheeky sweatshirt, you need iron on "letterman" letters, an iron, a pair of scissors (if you want to cut the neckline and/or hem like I did), and a sweatshirt of your choice! Depending on whether or not you buy your sweatshirt, or use one you already have, this project runs from a $3 - $25. 

1. Arrange your letters in the correct spot on your sweatshirt. You will want to put the sweatshirt on and stick them on while it is on your body. This way you can see the movement and the placement. Move them around until they are in the correct position. 

2. Once you have the letters where you want them, place a thin towel over the letters and then iron them on for 30 seconds. The iron should be on the cotton setting. Make sure to read the instructions on the back of the letters as well! 

3. Turn the sweatshirt inside out and iron the letters on the reverse side for 30 seconds. 

4. If you'd like to switch things up, you can cut the neckline and/or the hem to give the sweatshirt a more modern and distressed look. I cut the hem off of both sweatshirts and gave the black top a slouchy neckline so it hangs off of one shoulder. 

5. Pull the cut neckline or hem to roll the fabric for a more lived in look.

Voila! Your very own funny and quirky sweatshirt that can be dressed up or down! If you make your own, send up a picture so we can see! 


Monday, April 16, 2018

Tassel Top

We had a few days of spring like weather, but alas, it's freezing again! I'm resolute in wearing only sandals from now until the end of summer, so even though my toes are freezing, I'm turning to summery tops paired with jeans to tide me over until I can wear all the summer clothes! 

I actually got this top a couple of years back when it was on sale, but I've linked similar options below! I love it for this time of year because it's got a serious summer vibe going on, but is long sleeved, and layers well, so it's perfect for these up and down temps. 

Black jeans are great all year round, as they pair well with booties AND sandals. I am loving them with my platform sandals currently. 

Who else is over these freezing temps and looking forward to warmer weather??

Top also in red here (similar, similar, similar, similar, similar) Here in dress form!
Sunglasses (similar)


Friday, April 13, 2018

Floral Co-ord

Oh, co-rd sets, how I love thee. Especially when they're a fun color or pattern, they can really make a statement. I got this outfit to wear for the final night of Kansas City Fashion Week and honestly can't wait to wear it again! The best thing about them might be that you have the option of wearing the separates together, but you can also mix and match them into the rest of your wardrobe.

Co-ords can come in any style: boho, feminine, classic, but this full-on '80s floral number really won my heart. I have to admit, last year I was a little nervous about '80s influences creeping into fashion, but now I am 100% embracing it.  Bright colors, bold earrings, huge shoulders and ruffles are just downright fun!

So, that's why when I was styling this outfit, I went with oversized earrings and v-front heels, each reminiscent of the decade I was born in. Sidenote: H&M is killlllling the earring game right now, and has tons on sale, be sure to check those out here!

I will say if I look cold in the pictures, it's because it was freezing! When will spring be here for good? I'm ready to wear open shoulder outfits on the regular any day now.

What do you think? Are you loving co-ords, or will you pass on this trend? Let me know in the comments!


Outfit Details:


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kansas City Fashion Week F/W 2018

If you follow us on social media, you've probably seen by now that I went to Kansas City Fashion Week a couple of weeks ago and had a blast seeing new trends on the runway. Be sure to check out our Instagram stories for the final runway walk of each collection and check out my post about the opening media event here

I attended the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday shows, and there were tons of amazing pieces on the runway, but I've rounded up a few of my absolute favorites to show you. 

First up, here's my look for Wednesday. A bright floral top with puffy sleeves, black culotte jeans and white booties were a perfect casual yet snazzy look for spring. Another post with more of those details to come!

My first favorite of the evening was this stunning sweater by Fey Chavez. The whole line was a trendy-with-a-throwback selection of menswear, but you could audibly hear a gasp when this sweater passed. We've seen giant throws in this style of large knit before, but I hope we'll see a lot more of this wearable version come fall!

Next up was Cierra Marie McMichael with lots of glitz and drama. I mean, just look at that cape! That photo is the dictionary definition of "slay."

Ok, well speaking of capes, take a look at this one from Sew Unrelaxed! I feel like know it would be too much to just wear around town, but this red riding hood number is the stuff of dreams. If I ever get invited to a royal ball, I'm definitely getting my hands on this baby.

Fun loungewear and flowing garments from Schyline was yet another highlight. The cut of this dress is so regal and magical and, since I've got my royal ball attire covered, I'll say that if I'm ever a character in Game of Thrones, this look will be my go-to.

Both of the above photos are from Em's Trends, whose collection was so young, fresh and vibrant! With lots of florals and unique cuts, this whole line was definitely covet-worthy.

My look for Friday night made me feel kind of like an 80s backup dancer and I loved it. The sheer trend isn't going anywhere, and I'm excited to be rocking this through the summer. Again, look out for a post on this outfit soon! Ok, back to it!

Photo by Paige Muller

Tobie Marie presented a breathtaking collection of sheer florals and dreamy layers. Not only was the clothing stunning, but the models in this collection represented every size, shape, and differently abled individuals. There might not have been a dry eye in the house for their final walk.

Photo by Ryan Swartzlander

Munelle de Vie was an incredibly cool and avant garde collection overall. This neon-trimmed transparent rain jacket really took the cake, though! Would you promise not to judge me if I just strutted out in April Showers in this? Because I totally want to.

For my final look of KCFW, I wore this two-piece floral set that— surprise!— has a very '80s feel to it as well. You won't have to wait long on the details of this look, it's coming your way on Friday!

One of my favorites from last time delivered again this season! Ethel and Dean has the hands-down coolest kids' collection I've ever seen. The outfits are all Black Swan themed and each ensemble had such a wow factor. Basically, thanks a lot Ethel and Dean, I'm ready to have kids now just so I can put them in these clothes. (jk!)

TR Brown came through once again with a collection that knocked my socks off. It was all about retro-inspired office wear, and it felt very high end and wearable all at the same time. If I'm being honest, there are some pieces I'm seriously considering purchasing from this line, and I mayyyy just have to get on that. 

Hope you enjoyed this roundup of my KC Fashion Week Favs! Thanks so much to KCFW for letting me attend and cover the event as media. I'm already so excited for next season!


See past KCFW posts here:


Monday, April 9, 2018

Black and Gold for "Spring"

As I'm typing this, it's currently snowing outside, even though we're well into April! Desperate times call for desperate measures, so I've been doing what I can to will spring into existence by mixing in spring items with my tired winter wardrobe.  

I paired this sleek, black cutout top that I've had forever with high waisted cropped denim for a slightly dressed up look that rides the line between winter and spring nicely. 

Even though it felt practically frigid out this past weekend, I still risked frostbite on my toes by wearing open toed heels. I just can't stand the thought of wearing boots any longer! 

I also added in my favorite spring/summer bag and painted my nails bright spring colors to mentally pretend that spring is in the air when it clearly is feeling like January the 75th around here. 

I really hope I can bust out my spring dresses and put away my winter coat for good soon. Spring has to be close, right? Right?! 

Top (similar here and here)
Heels (similar here and love these)

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