Thursday, June 28, 2018

Fiesta Dress


I gotta tell you, I feel like the actual dancing emoji in this dress (another one of my awesome Rent the Runway Unlimited pieces)! I'm pretty sure the whole time I'm wearing it, I am swishing it, twirling, and basically pretending to be some sort of flamenco dancer. I'm sure it's not at all annoying to everyone else around me.




I accessorized with lots of poms poms and big, sparkly earrings, and of course, a red lip. My pom pom tote just happens to match my dress perfectly, and I think the blue poms on my sandals are a perfect compliment to the bright orange of my dress.





Now, if you could just point me to the nearest fiesta, I will be on my way. ;) 



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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Summer Cocktail Roundup

We are now officially in the throes of summer, so what better way to celebrate than with a roundup of our most summery cocktail recipes? Whip these bad boys up at your next cookout or party and you will be the toast of the town! 
















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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bites on the Boulevard


One of the best things about summer is the abundance of outdoor activities, and one of my favorite things to do is hit up a food truck festival! In Springfield, we have an epic event that takes place once a month throughout the summer called Bites on the Boulevard, which is put on by the MacArthur Boulevard Business Association as a way to help promote, develop, and preserve Springfield's MacArthur Boulevard through community involvement. It's a great way to get out and meet your neighbors and, of course, the food is ah-maz-ing!  



Every month, the food truck lineup changes slightly, but some of the heavy hitters are the same month to month. My fav, the Itty Bitty Fashion Truck always makes an appearance. Food and fashion, what more could you want? 



One of my fav food trucks is Cooper's StEATside Bistro. They have an always revolving menu that is guaranteed to be delicious.  This time around, I went for the pork and rice boat with Jack-O Fries. It was DELISH! 



I was stuffed after dinner, so didn't go for any dessert (sad trombone). However, there were tons of scrumptious options, like the Field of Sweets truck and the Wafflelicious Cafe truck, that I will definitely be checking out next time! 





The very best part of Bites on the Boulevard though, is that you can bring your pup! It's the perfect little family outing for a Tuesday night in the summer. Check it out next month on July 10th! Murphy and I will see you there! ;) 



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Monday, June 18, 2018

Vacation Vibes


Hopefully you saw that we were featured on none other than T.J.Maxx's Instagram account when we took the #maxx50challenge, and each saw what we could get all for under $50. It was such an honor to be asked to collaborate with company we love and we had a blast doing it. We took over their stories, so it has since disappeared, but let us know if you missed it and maybe we can to a recap on our own stories?? Tell us in the comments if you'd like us to!


Anyway, I took the approach of wanting to build a full ensemble for my vacations all for under $50. I ended up getting this Vacation Vibes tee, the skirt, sunhat and sunglasses all FOR UNDER $50. I'm still kind of in shock honestly.


When I fly, I always opt for comfort, but I also don't want to look like I'm wearing a potato sack, so the Vacation Vibes tee was a perfect fun and bright piece to wear en route to my trip to Florida. Unfortunately, it's now sold out, but here's a fun one that's pretty similar.

The sunflower skirt is such a fun summer piece and I'm pretty sure I owned items in this exact print in about 3rd grade. It's sold out online, but it would definitely be worth popping by your local T.J.Maxx to see if they still have some in stock. 

I'm also obsesssssed with sun hats this year and this one is great because it's super flexible, so you don't have to worry about it getting misshapen if you cram it in a suitcase. The sunglasses were icing on the cake. I've gotten a lot of statement shades lately, so I loved the idea of getting a black pair that could be a little more neutral while also being fun. 




Again, let us know if you'd like us to recap the challenge in our stories, and we can add it in there!

Outfit Details:
Top (similar)
Maxi Skirt (similar)
Sunglasses (similar)
Hat (similar)

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Five Friday Faves


It's time for another installment of Five Friday Faves! This is one of our favorite series where we tell you about five random things that we are currently obsessing over. Be sure to check out our previous posts here and here.

JODI'S FAVES

Summer Reading
When I was young, my grandma would take us to the library once a week every summer vacation. So, it doesn't feel like summer to me until I go to the library (or the bookstore, or more recently, download Audible), and check out/buy/download books to read for the summer! In the past couple weeks, I've read two books that you must drop everything and pick up now! The first was Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. "Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak." Seriously, SO GOOD! The second was The Woman in the Window, a thriller with roots in Hitchcock, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat! There is a line close to the end of the book that literally gave me goosebumps. I'm still thinking about it! Do you have any recommendations for other books I need to read this summer? Let me know! 


Braided Up-do
My hair is super thick and wavy, so the Midwest humidity is a nightmare! I also hate the idea of using heat on my hair when it's 1,000 degrees outside, so I love no-heat hairstyles in the summer (you can check out some of our past no-heat hair tutorials here, here, here, here, and here. Since my hair is quite a bit shorter than it was in these past posts, I've been doing a variation of the braided crown. I just do a dutch braid on each side of my head, and pull both sides into a low bun in the back. Voila! My hair looks chic while keeping me as cool as possible! 

Jumpsuits and Rompers
I am OBSESSED with jumpsuits and rompers right now. I'm not sure why I am all of a sudden hopping on to this trend, but I'm on this train and we are full steam ahead! There are so many jumpsuits and rompers out there now, and no matter what your body type, you can find one that looks great on you. I've rounded up a "few" of my favorites and linked them below! 




Yoga with Adriene 
I've been trying to incorporate more yoga into my fitness routine, and a friend recently shared this YouTube Channel on social media, so I checked it out! I am so glad I did! Adriene is super down to Earth, easy to follow, witty, and has a great personality. She makes doing yoga fun, which in turn makes me want to do it more. She has every kind of yoga video you can think of, so go check her out! 

Loud Luxury (feat. brando) - Body 

You guys. I am obsessed with this song! It's perfect to blast in you car while you're driving around town with your windows down. It's my summer jam. Also, I can't get enough of the new Ariana Grande song - No Tears Left to Cry and Childish Gambino - This is America.  


MOLLY'S FAVES


Scrunchies
This '90s comeback has found it's way fully back into my heart. I feel like scrunchies are so much easier on my hair than hair ties and they never pull any hairs out when I take them out. If you don't feel like flaunting it too much, they also look great with a sleek low ponytail. The scrunchie I'm wearing above comes in a whole fun set you can find here



Dip Nails
I'm typically not really up on nail trends, but I wanted to try out dip nails after hearing all about the hype. I wanted to give them a shot before I just went on trips (my nails always seem to break off when I'm traveling) and now I'm kind of hooked. Dip nails are just a little more durable than gel nails and are created by layering a base coat and dipping the nail in acrylic colored powder a few times. I've gotten them done twice now for back-to-back vacations and I'm seriously debating keeping it up. Have you ever tried dip nails before? Here's a picture of how they're holding up after 2 1/2 weeks and 12 straight days of travel. Pretty happy with how these have held up.

Arrested Development

If you've watched Arrested Development in the past, you probably know that since it "ended" in 2006, another season was released in 2013 and it wasn't well-received. Well, that season had now been totally re-cut to be more like previous seasons and they've now released another new season! It's been a while since I've watched the original Arrested Development episodes, but I'm really enjoying the re-cut season (4) the new season 5. 


Bodysuits
I know bodysuits are nothing new, but I typically think of them as skintight leotard-looking pieces. However, I recently got a flowy top bodysuit that has been a game changer for me. Not having to tuck in your shirt and take 5 full minutes to straighten out wrinkles and bumps made me realize how much work I usually do to tuck my shirt in! If you wear high-waisted pants and like to tuck tops in, you have to look at investing in some bodysuits. Check out some I've found that I love below.


Orange Wine
I'm kind of a sucker for a good rose, and orange wines, or sometimes called skin-contact wines, are the new member of the family! The ones I've tried have very complex and floral notes, but without being sweet. I've only tried a few, but my summer will include a lot more of it ahead! You can learn more about orange wine here. I highly recommend trying some out if you're a wine drinker!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Yes, You CAN Wear Color!



Next up in our guest blogger series, we're thrilled to welcome Christina, the stylish blogger behind Brunette of Vantes! In this post, she gives tips and tricks on how EVERYONE can wear bright colors. Check her out on Instagram and Facebook! 

A compliment I get all the time is “I love your dress! I could never wear that color, but it looks great on you!” I always say “thank you,” but I’m left with a bittersweet taste because I can’t understand the aversion to color!  


I grew up wearing clothes my mom picked out for me until about the age of 12. She would buy me turquoise, pink, orange tops and matching floral capris and skirts. I wore these eccentric combinations because, well, I didn’t have the means to shop for myself. I was also bigger than most of the kids in my class, so I did not have many fashionable options that fit.  

But, over time, I ended up loving my clothes! I always felt like they spoke loudly for me, a girl who could probably go a full day without having a full on conversation with anyone outside of my house. 

Once I started middle school, I was allowed to make more of my own style choices, I drifted toward the neutrals. Sounds like a typical rebel move right? Yea, I was a total badass. Or I tried to be. I traded my Britney Spears cassette for an Evanescence CD and bright over-the-top shirts for rock band tees. 

In high school, I slowly began incorporating more color back into my wardrobe. I would mix my black tees with my turquoise skirts and my all neutral outfits were elevated with colorful jewelry, hair accessories and shoes. But I still listened to more rock bands than Britney! 


My style came naturally and evolved with me, as it happens with most of us girls. But I was curious to find out why many women come to the conclusion that they cannot or should not even dare to throw on a little color. 
I asked followers of ​Brunette of Vantes​ why they were scared to try hues that I personally love and show on my feed all the time. The top 3 answers I received were: 

1. They can’t pull off colorful clothing because of their size,
2. Fashionable and colorful options are hard to find,
3. They avoid color because of their skin color.

First, let’s start off by saying, colorful clothing is not exclusive to any one type of person! I have been a size 6 to 18 in my life and have worn colorful options the entire time! I understand the struggle of finding tasteful pieces in colorful options. A few places to check out include, pretty much every clothing store’s sale section. Since unfortunately, many don’t shop bright options, they end up discounted. I have found many of my wardrobe staples at the 50% off racks. 


Many of us believe that wearing all black helps create the illusion of a slimmer figure. And this is true, as long as the fit is correct. But in reality, that rule applies to every color of the rainbow. If I wear a brown potato sack, I will look larger than if I wear a green waist defining A-line dress. Remember, fit is key! 

Let’s go deeper with the next topic. I am Mexican-American. I have olive/tan skin. For a period in my life, I struggled with this because I have the darkest complexion of anyone in my family and there was a family member, who I love dearly, that would point this out to me pretty often. It was heartbreaking. To this day, at age 26, I like to remind myself that my skin is glorious and is a solid tapestry of my ancestry. And instead of anxiety, I feel pride.  

It is easier said than done, but I encourage those of you with this struggle to look deeper than just the stereotypes and assumptions attached to a skin color because each shade on the spectrum has oceans of history. And that is beautiful. 


If your reasoning for avoiding brighter hues is as simple as, “I have no clue what colors go well together!” then you’re in luck because I live for color coordinating! The easiest trick I can offer you all is to start simple. Try a color you feel isn’t too outlandish, like yellow, and add it into your everyday style picks. Then, once you feel confident in styling that color, add in the opposite hue, so in this case, blue. And repeat the cycle from there. 

The colors my followers tell me they have the hardest time wearing are green, orange, and purple. And I agree! Green is not a common color, even in the spring and summer months. But bright greens can be fun when you pair them with blues and whites. In other words, stay with cool colors when pairing with other bright hues and earth tones when picking neutrals.  


Orange is actually one of my favorite colors! I tend to wear it alone, but it looks beautiful with opposing colors like bright blues, as well as similar colors like yellow, red and pink. I honestly, do not like matching orange and black because it reminds me of halloween, so I would stick with light neutrals if you must pair with neutrals at all.  

Purple is one of the most popular colors of the year! And it’s outstanding with almost any color! Don’t believe me? Try it! From pastels to jewel tone purples, the color is so versatile, you can feel spring ready to regal queen depending on the shade. 


My hope is that after reading this post, you’ll feel encouraged to try wearing something a little brighter. Remember, check the sale section, fit is key, go at your own pace, and most importantly, you are fabulous no matter what! 

If you’re still not sure, throw on a bright lipstick or nail color! And be sure to post a photo of your look after trying these tips! Don’t forget to tag ​Mod Circus​, ​Brunette of Vantes​ and use the hashtag, #ICanWearColor! 


Huge thank you to Jodi and Molly for letting me be a guest blogger on ​Mod Circus​

-The B of V


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Where to get Your Java Fix in Kansas City




We're so excited to kick off our Mod Circus Guest Blogger series with Andie Davidson, the coffee expert behind Beanopia blog. Today, she's giving us the low-down on the best places for a cup of joe in Kansas City. Be sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter as well!

Somewhat surprisingly, Kansas City is starting to emerge as a bit of a javaholic hub. There seem to be hipster coffee shops popping up every week, spearheaded by a series of java-obsessed (and/or highly caffeinated), young yet experienced roasters and baristas. Gone are the days when your only caffeination choices were Starbucks and Starbucks. Whether you’re on a caffeine quest or simply looking for a spot off the beaten path to hang out, these java gems are the best of the best in KC’s burgeoning coffee scene. Without further ado, let the caffeination begin.



Quay Coffee
412 Delaware St. (River Market)

Kansas City may not have a beach (if only), but with the River Market area, we’re rediscovering a vibrant riverfront port. The eclectic district has a long history and is now experiencing a burst of hipster revival, and Quay Coffee fits into the scene perfectly. Drawing its name from the previous moniker of River Market, River Quay (a waterfront landing spot), Quay is a small, bustling coffee shop with a hip yet homey, serene vibe. It also boasts carefully selected direct-trade coffee, house-made syrups, and locally made pastries, and some of the most talented baristas in town. In other words, expect a pretty latte on top of a delicious taste.

Try: Old Overholt Caramel latte



Filling Station Coffee Garage
2980 McGee Tfkwy, KCMO

If you think you know gas station coffee, think again. Granted, the Filling Station isn’t technically a gas station anymore, but the old station building is definitely part of its charm. With a bright, refreshing interior and chill outdoor patio, it’s equally suited for studying or a casual coffee date.  A tin ceiling and garage doors add a funky urban touch. As an added bonus, Filling Station offers the rare combo of a coffeeshop with both top-notch coffee — from local roasters Messenger Coffee — and delicious (real) food. After getting your order number (via a recycled license plate), you’ll be treated to homemade pastries, sandwiches and wraps, salads, quiche, and fresh juices, and of course delicious caffeination. It’s a filling station in more than one sense of the term.

Try: Macchiato + daily quiche


Mud Pie Bakery & Coffee
1615 W. 39th St, KCMO

Stepping into Mud Pie is a bit like visiting your lovably kooky aunt (the one who always has fresh cookies in the oven). A sunny yellow cottage nestled on funky 39th Street, it’s two floors of mismatched furniture, vibrant colors, and lively characters. While admittedly not the most polished café on this list, I challenge anyone not to immediately fall in love with its shambling quirky charm. There are even two upstairs nooks perfect for quiet time or a private tête-à-tête. In addition, come with your sweet tooth prepared. Don’t let the “vegan” label scare you off — the homemade pastries are incredible. If you don’t believe me, stop by and try a s’mores bundt cake or Peary Ginger muffin. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Try: Housemade almond milk latte + Peary Ginger muffin 



Goat Hill Coffee & Soda
811 W. 17th St., KCMO

They had me at seafoam. Décor, that is. The previous home of Little Freshie snow cones, Goat Hill is a quaint café located in the hilltop Westside neighborhood (a few blocks’ exploration yields a plethora of kooky old houses and stunning views of downtown KC). The place is tiny, with barely enough room to squeeze in the espresso bar and window counter seating, but somehow that only adds to its vintage-y charm. It will immediately capture your heart with its pressed tin ceiling, seafoam green accents, and bright greenery touches. It’s impossible to be agitated or grumpy in this soothing spot. On top of that, they make a killer caffeinated beverage, as well as homemade Little Freshie snow cones in a variety of outside-the-box flavors.

Try: Lavender honey latte, blackberry sage snow cone



Monarch Coffee
3550 Broadway Blvd, KCMO

If you fancy imagining yourself transported to Paris for a few hours, Monarch has you covered. The chic black and white color scheme, molded ceiling, and sidewalk café-style tables are straight out of a classic Parisian bistro (and yes, that is a mint green espresso machine). As are, for that matter, the hand-roasted coffee and scrumptious pastry offerings. To extend the experience even further, there’s also an event space, the Drawing Room, hosting various crafty and intimate events and available to rent for private occasions. The owners, an artist and an award-winning veteran barista, dub the space “a marriage of coffee and art” — and well, the shoe fits. Let’s just say the Monarch IG feed is worth following even if you’re not a javaholic.

Try: Lavender white mocha + blueberry almond frangipane danish


Messenger Café
1624 Grand Blvd, KCMO

Messenger has been around for a while as a local roaster supplying several area coffee shops, but they recently opened a flagship café in downtown KC, and let’s just say they pulled put all the stops. The three-level headquarters includes a bright café, an in-house bakery, a view into the roasting area, and a rooftop patio with stunning views of downtown. In short, it’s basically a Messenger palace. From décor to pastries to latte art, there’s just no other way to describe it: the place is beautiful. And with almost obsessively sourced and hand-roasted beans and direct collaboration with farmers, Messenger clearly knows its java. Word of warning: the café hours are somewhat limited, but the delicious coffee, handcrafted Ibis bakery goods, and breathtaking setting are well worth a little extra effort.

Try: Honey Bear Latte (brown sugar, honey, spices) + Bananas Foster Croissant

Honorable mentions: Kaldi’s Coffee, City Market Coffee House, Broadway Café, PT’s Coffee

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