Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kansas City Fashion Week--Night 2

Hey, all! I'm back to share my recap of the second runway show of KCFW on Thursday, October 13. For this show, I wore a floral dress from Target's Isani line, accessorized with a black bow bag, the same ankle strap heels from the night before, and some glamorous statement earrings (you can get a closer look at them here.)
This show was Kansas City Chiefs-themed so, in addition to the regularly scheduled designers, there were a couple segments where Chiefs cheerleaders styled spiritwear for the runway! There was also a cool design competition where designers styled the same t-shirt to create their own unique looks. But without further ado...onto Thursday's designers.

Starting off the night was jewelry designer Georgina Herrera. I really like how she styled everything against all-black outfits to let the jewelry shine!

Keefe Cravat is a line of neck and bow ties! You can't tell very well from the photos, but many of the ties were made from unconventional material with textures you wouldn't expect from a tie. Very cool!

The next designer was Roger Figueroa, whose line was full of geometric and structured pieces. Very pleasing to the eye; it kinda reminded me of that painting with the lines and the colors.

Next up was Barbara Bultman, who shared her line of edgy, modern pieces. I really enjoyed her use of leather and fringe, plus the mix of blush and black is always a favorite of mine!

The final designer of the night, Kiana Godsey, has been at the last few Fashion Weeks I've attended, and she is always one of my favorites! She also won the design competition earlier that night. Her collection from the runways show utilized beautiful brocade fabric and feminine silhouettes and was one of my favorite collections of all of Fashion Week! That gown at the end is STUNNING, no?

Stay tuned the rest of this week to see my coverage of the rest of KCFW!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Kansas City Fashion Week--Night 1

Hello, hello! If you follow on Instagram, you know that 2 weeks ago, I covered all four runway shows of Kansas City Fashion Week! It took me an entire week to edit the photos and compile them into collages, although in my defense, I came down with a nasty cold-sinus-infection-thing the last night of KCFW and spent the whole week recovering from that as well. But here I am, feeling (mostly) better and ready to share my coverage of the shows with you!

The first show was Wednesday, October 12. I wore a high-neck blouse (also featured in my recent Day to Night post) and my black midi skirt, which I bought for Fashion Week last fall! I finished off this outfit with a pewter clutch, a beaded necklace from Walmart of all places, and my black ankle-strap heels, which always seem to make an appearance at KCFW!

The show was set up European-style, which means the chairs are set up in a U-shape on the floor and the models walk on the floor right in front of you! The media was in the middle of the U, so I got AWESOME photos that night. I wish every KCFW show was set up like that!

The first designer of the night was Eltee by Laura Higganbotham. I just loved the color scheme the designer used--I think emerald green is so elegant and beautiful, and the gold/taupe/black accents are so lovely with it. Fun fact: an old friend of mine from church camp walked in this show!

The next designer was Irina Tevzadze with her children's collection. I thought this line was so playful and fun, with an awesome color scheme! The white sneakers really made everything pop, too.

Next, the designers behind LV Swim and Earkandie Jewelry teamed up with gorgeous swimwear with glamorous jewelry! The jewelry was made up of delicate chains that really stood out against the swimwear. This definitely made me want to be lounging in the sun by the pool! 

Speaking of beachy loungewear, TR Brown followed with another fun summer line. Although this line wasn't specifically swimwear, it consisted of a lot of pieces that made awesome coverups or perhaps more dressy pieces for an event on the beach. 

The second children's line of the night came from Aerona. Let me tell you--these kids had ATTITUDE and the crowd (including myself) was eating it up! I really loved the geometric and highly structured elements of this collection.

Morgan Mason, the designer behind Aerona, said this line was inspired by the fashions of the 80s and 90s. If you can't tell from the clothes, you can definitely tell from the big hair on the models! I liked the designer's creative use of different fabrics/materials to make a cohesive but creative look.

Up next was Sheraz Pompey and his line of gorgeous evening gowns. These pieces are all so feminine and elegant. I can definitely see some elements from this line becoming trends for proms, weddings, and galas in spring 2017--velvet, anyone?

 The final collection of the night was Munelle de Vie, a line inspired by the fashions of Paris. I love the use of that maroon-and-navy striped fabric! Very French chic.

So, that's a wrap on Night 1 of KCFW! Stay tuned for the rest of this week for my coverage of the other three nights!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Blogging Besties: A Patriotic Superhero

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile's Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week's outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This "take one, pass it on" challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

Last week Selah featured a great casual look for fall and had a little bit of fun with her son's Halloween costume (not pictured here).  She gave me the following prompts for this week: plaid, patriotic, menswear, or dress like a superhero!

I incorporated a bit of patriotism and a nod to my favorite hero, my brother-in-law, in my outfit today!  You might be thinking, "But she's not wearing red, white and blue or a mask of any sort!"  What I am wearing is the shirt I bought at West Point Military Academy while visiting Brad when he was a student there.

Regardless of your political opinion (and most of us have lots of those these days), I strongly believe that we should support the men and women who risk their lives to defend the values of our country.  

I would like to thank Bradford as well as anyone who has served in the military, past or present, for your courage, heart and commitment to our nation!

Love you, brother!

Here are Alex's prompts for next week: a college shirt, shades of grey, or something that reminds you of your brother!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Striped Skirt

A few months ago, I shared how I found this skirt while "closet shopping"--that is, looking through all my clothes I have packed away since I don't have enough closet space in my room at home to hold them all. It's quite versatile, and I have worn it a number of times since I pulled it out of that box. 

Here, I styled it with a red Portofino top from Express (lovingly borrowed from my mom) and black accessories. 

Top: Express, thrifted via Poshmark (exactsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Heels: Payless (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Day to Night: Pencil Skirt

Last month for my CM Remix, I did a day-to-night remix where I styled one dress for both day and night. This topic has become more and more relevant to my life as my daily clothing and my casual/leisure clothing have sorted themselves into separate categories (unlike college where I could pretty much wear whatever, whenever.) When I have an event right after work, whether it's dinner with a friend, small group for church, or something else, I don't always have time to change my whole outfit! Sometimes that change is as simple as throwing on comfier shoes in the car, swapping out a blazer for a cardigan, or other small changes.

This first look is a sleek, work-appropriate ensemble. I wore a high-necked tank with a pencil skirt and a cardigan to cover my shoulders (and because my office is FREEZING!) I styled it with flats as well, because I don't really like to walk around in heels all day.

To translate this to a night look, I took off the cardigan, switched into black booties, and added a pendant necklace to match the shoes. 

Top: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Lucky (exactsimilarsimilar)

In the first look, the top and bottom are a polished pencil skirt with a conservative blouse, but without the cardigan, they look like an on-trend high-neck blouse with a midi skirt. It's awesome how the same two pieces can look so different depending on context! 

Top: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Booties: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Blogging Besties: Team Cap

The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015 the series expanded to include Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue and me, Selah @ A Bibliophile's Style. It's based on the idea of "take one, pass it on," but we're passing on an element from another blogger's outfit. It's a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Maricel showed off her love of sewing and Marvel with this fabulous dress:

The prompts she gave me were "an over-the-top print, comfy shoes, or something Marvel-ous".

I mulled over a few different ideas and finally decided to style an ode to my favorite Marvel hero, Captain America. I paired a plaid shirt (Steve Rogers has a penchant for plaid), jeans, Converse (the star is like his shield!), and, of course, red, white, and blue, to create this uber casual look.


I also had some fun with props borrowed from my son. :) Team Cap!

Next week, I challenge Whitney with: plaid, patriotic, menswear, or dress like a superhero.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Queen of Hearts

Something about wearing white with black and red accents just makes me feel like a pack of playing cards, ya know? It's like they were made for each other, and I love how the dark colorblocked details look so crisp against the white lace. Fall is the perfect weather for felt hats, so I took a walk on the wild side and wore a hat to church on this cool Sunday!

Dress: thrifted via Plato's Closet (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Belt: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Hat: Nordstrom (exactsimilarsimilar)

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