Friday, April 27, 2018

Wear it Two Ways: Fanny Pack

Fanny packs, belt bags, bum bags, whatever you call them: they are IN this season. They are no longer just for dads on vacation wearing sandals with tall white socks, or hipsters at music festivals. Fanny backs have evolved into something more sophisticated and elegant and we're here to prove it! They're one of our favorite trends of the spring, so I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot more of them, but we're going to start out showing you two easy ways you can style them. Be sure to check out our other favorite trends of the season here.

MOLLY


I've loved the idea of this throwback trend for a bit now, but I finally pulled the trigger when I saw this gorgeous red and pink duotone fanny pack. The quilted detail is very on trend and the color combo makes it a really fun accessory.



Here, I styled it with a chic black ensemble to really make it pop, but I'm thinking I can also style it with jeans and a tee, or a denim dress as well. For local festivals, traveling, and other outdoor events, this little buddy is going to be a game changer for me. No more hitting people with my big purse or rounding up the long strap on a small one. 



I'm especially excited to take it on my Europe vacation that's coming up this summer! On every list of European style, says not to wear white tennis shoes or fanny packs, but I'll definitely be taking both! How funny is it that "dad style" has evolved into pieces that are so "in" now. Fashion is a funny thing and I love it!


Outfit Details:
Top (similar)
Silver Platforms (similar here and here)


JODI


What I love most about this trend is the fact that it is so versatile! When I first saw that fanny packs were going to be huge this spring, I was pretty skeptical, and to be honest, not too excited. However, I then started to see a lot of super sleek and chic belt bags being styled in several different ways. It didn't take me long to figure out that this trend is something that everyone can wear! 


In the spring and summer, I wear a ton of dresses. They are just so easy to throw on and go, so I'm excited to style my fanny pack with a summery dress. I'm really digging understated belt bags this season, and I think they will be perfect to pair with all of my summer dresses! 



The best part? You can be hands free with a belt bag! Now I'm starting to understand why they were so popular in the first place and used by moms and dads everywhere. ;) Here's to looking like a chic dad this season! 


Dress (similar, love this one and this one)
Shoes (similar)


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sheer Pink Ruffles


You've probably seen my Kansas City Fashion Week post by now, and I'm finally sharing my outfit from the Friday night show! I fell in love with everything about this asymmetric hot pink ruffle dress: the color, the sheer material, the large ruffles, the high neckline, the bell sleeve, and the severe asymmetry. It was a really fun ensemble to show off at fashion week. 


I styled the dress over a strappy cami and bell flares. Chunky black lace up booties added an edgy flair to the look. Because I was already going all out, I just added some statement earrings to inject another loud color into the mix. Sequin floral tassel earrings are a retro touch, with '60s-like edging.



I'm also currently loving an ice pink lip color for when I want something bold, but not as rich as a maroon, red, or hot pink. It also has a very '60s feel to it as well. Oh, and the bigger the event, the bigger the cateye eyeliner, that's what they say, right? Or maybe that's just my motto. But, it's a good one if I do say so myself. 






Maybe it was all the energy I was getting from this fun, loud ensemble, or the fact that my pants were super stretchy, but I couldn't help but kick up my heels for this shoot!


Outfit Details:
Sheer Pink Dress (similar here)
Strappy Cami (similar)
Flares (similar)
Black Booties (similar)
Earrings (similar)
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Five Friday Faves


Welcome to our second installment of Five Friday Faves, where we share random stuff we're loving that doesn't necessarily fit into the structure of our other blog posts. From podcasts to nail care, and everything in between, check out what five things each of us are currently obsessed with! Oh, and be sure to check out our first FFF post here.

Jodi's Faves

Midi Dresses
I've always loved a vintage inspired dress and skirt, so I am thrilled that midi dresses and skirts are sticking around this spring and summer! I'm pretty sure I will exclusively be wearing midis from now until the fall, and probably after. I've posted my current favs below! 


I recently listened to the entire first season of this podcast a few months ago. It's an investigative series that explores the case of Jacob Wetterling, an 11 year old boy from Minnesota who was abducted and murdered in 1989. The primary focus of the podcast though, is to point out the systematic failures that happened with this case, and others. It also explores the broader impact of the case and the lasting implications as well. I won't give too much away because it's a great listen. They also just announced that season 2 is coming out May 1st! Highly recommend if you are into true crime podcasts. 

You guys. If you haven't delighted your taste buds with this sweet nectar yet, you need to drop what you're doing and go buy some stat! It is the most amazing sparkling water I've ever tasted! I will definitely be drinking this all summer long. 

I discovered this coffee late last summer and made the mistake of drinking it straight without adding water to it (it's seriously that smooth that I couldn't even tell it was concentrate and not blended). Well, I almost went into cardiac arrest while doing a workout, THEN decided to read the label which stated to mix it with water or milk before drinking. Whoopsies! I love cold brew in the warmer months so will be adding more to my shopping list soon! 

I know I am SUPER late to the game on this (like, 10 years late), but I just started watching RuPaul's Drag Race and I.AM.OBSESSED! I knew I would be infatuated by it when I finally did watch it, and let me tell you, I am. I can't get enough of it! If you're like me and have waited this long to dive in, don't think you need to go back to season 1, you can dive right on in to the current season! You're welcome. 

Molly's Faves


Opal House
This new home goods line from Target is giving me life rn. From luscious pineapple patterns, to wicker furniture, to lush jewel-tone velvet, there is something in this line for almost any home decor style. Personally I'm eyeing the palm leaf candleholders like mad, but I also wouldn't mind buying the entire collection of throw pillows.

Sour Beer
I'm not much of a beer drinker, as I may have mentioned before. I would rather lick a toad than drink a pale ale, so I typically gravitate towards stouts and porters, as long as they aren't too sweet (I'm a black coffee drinker, so I see a real parallel there). However, I've been surprisingly into this new sour beer craze that's been happening. Again, I like things that aren't too sweet, so sour beer is like a perfectly tart lemonade that's boozy in my opinion. They often have a nice fruity essence, and a low ABV content, so they will be perfect for sipping as the weather warms up! To ease into the the world of sour beers, try starting with the Hibiscus Gose from Boulevard.

Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab
I feel like because winter seems to be hanging on so long, winter probs are also hanging on. Dry hair, dry skin, dry nails that easily break, and wonky cuticles. Enter Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab. This stuff has seriously been a game-changer for me. I don't know how this voodoo works, but if you brush the gel on your cuticles, massage it in, and let it sit overnight, you wake up with perfectly repaired cuticles. All hang nails disappear. It's some crazy magic, but I won't question it.

Photo: Hand Luggage Only

Hand Luggage Only
My husband and I are currently in the works of nailing down details for our European vacation this summer, and I've been poring through tons of travel blogs and sites to get ideas for what we need to prioritize. Hand Luggage Only, a site created by two guys from the UK is the most informational, succinct and beautifully photographed blog I've come across. These dudes have been nearly everywhere, so if you're planning a trip, be sure to see if they've covered a city you're going to. If you're not, just spend like 6 hours scrolling through their gorgeous Instagram feed.

Straw Boater Hats
Speaking of traveling, obviously one of the most fun things for me in planning a trip is planning out my wardrobe! In planning for Europe, I do want to wear comfortable outfits that I can do tons of exploring in, and while I'll be slathering on sunscreen, I'm also looking at some fun hats I can take to shade my ultra pale skin from the sun. I may or may not have fallen in love with these petite straw boater hats in the process of searching. I mean, how will these not be perfect in southern France?!

Let us know in the comments what you're currently obsessing over!
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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! 



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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)

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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!

-Molly

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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!

-Molly


See past KCFW posts here:

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