Friday, April 21, 2017

Blogging Besties: Transportation

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 made her own dress out of this adorable sailboat fabric:
The prompts she gave me were "pattern mixing, sleeveless, or something related to transportation".
I decided to take on transportation, but I went a different direction with it (ha, direction, get it?).

The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.

― Roald Dahl, Matilda



 Belle is my favorite Disney Princess (I also love Rapunzel and Mulan), and anything to do with books is exactly my jam. ;) We are taking next Friday off, but we'll be back on May 5th with a new AWSM order! Alex can choose from: graphic tee, Disney, or hobby related.
Previous Editions of Blogging Besties
And don't forget to enter my giveaway with Jersey Girl Texan Heart!

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2015: Shorts Shopping

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Oldie But a Goodie

These photos are about a year old. My good friend (and brilliant photographer) James Hoyt took them for me right after my camera broke in a tragic accident with the wind. I posted several of them last spring when he took them, but this and one other outfit have sat in a folder, waiting to see the light of day. Who knows when you'll see the final outfit? But here's one for today.

Here, I styled my favorite floral blouse with a hunter green skirt from Old Navy. I accessorized with taupe pieces and a floppy black hat!

an outfit with a floral blouse, green skater skirt, taupe purse, taupe wedges, and a black hat

an outfit with a floral blouse, green skater skirt, taupe purse, taupe wedges, and a black hat

an outfit with a floral blouse, green skater skirt, taupe purse, taupe wedges, and a black hat

an outfit with a floral blouse, green skater skirt, taupe purse, taupe wedges, and a black hat
Photos by James Hoyt

Blouse: Kohl's (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: Plato's Closet (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Hat: Nordstrom (similarsimilarsimilar)
Watch: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

Don't forget to enter the giveaway I'm cohosting with Jersey Girl, Texan Heart and several other bloggers! Find the full rules here.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Capsule Week 2 + Giveaway!

Hey, all! I am keeping it short and sweet this week for my spring capsule because there will be an AWESOME giveaway at the end of this post!!! But before I get to that, I do want to briefly recap my capsule outfits from this week!

April 8: I enjoyed the cool tones of this outfit--I realized how little I wear something without warm tones in it! 

April 9: I love the navy + gold + combo here--all the accessories fit into this color scheme!

April 10: This one's pretty simple, but sometimes simple is good! I think the crisp white shirt looks nice with the purple skirt.

April 11: This dress makes me feel like a million bucks every time I wear it! I added a mint cardigan, statement necklace and nude wedges to create a light spring look. 

April 12: Something's not quite right about this one. It should have come together--the white scarf matches the polka dots, and the pink tassels match the cardigan almost exactly. I don't know what went wrong, but I just wasn't feeling it. 

April 13: I LOVED this outfit. I am very pleased with how crisp the pink and navy looked together and felt very professional in this outfit!

April 14: I'm not sure the photo does it justice--but trust me, the mint dress and cobalt necklace made for a lovely monochromatic combo!

Now, to the fun part :)

This week, I am teaming up with Monica of Jersey Girl, Texan Heart and several other bloggers for a giveaway celebrating her blogiversary! We are giving away the following items:
  • Kate Spade Crossbody 
  • Kylie Lip Kit (Exposed)
  • Kylie Eyeshadow (Peach Palette)
  • $25 Zara Gift Card
  • Too Faced/Kat Von D Better Together Eyeliner/Mascara Kit
  • Sephora Travel Makeup Sponge with Case/Keychain

The giveaway widget can be found at the bottom of this post, but first, make sure you read the rules so you have a chance to win. All entries will be verified!
  1. This giveaway is open to the 48 contiguous states in the USA.  
  2. You MUST follow at least one of your host's (Jersey Girl, Texan Heart) social media accounts below.
  3. You MUST follow at least one of the two social media links for each of the bloggers co-hosting this giveaway.
  4. If you are a "repeat offender" (someone who has followed then unfollowed the host throughout her giveaways) you WILL be disqualified.  The host apologizes for this new rule; they know everyone loves free stuff, but it's only fair to the other people who have entered every giveaway and still loyally follow.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Blogging Besties: A Nautical Look

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of Undergraduate Style, Maricel of ::My Closet Catalogue:: 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, Alex gave us a hint of spring with her minty ensemble.

This week is brought to you by: “pencil skirt, flats, a nautical look, or a statement necklace".

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: a nautical look.


My challenge week fortuitously fell during my Spring Break so I had ample opportunity to create an outfit. But as soon as I saw "nautical", I knew I had to challenge myself twofold and not just find a compliant outfit.

I was gonna make a compliant outfit.


As in sew it up.

Because I've been hanging on to this fabric since last year and it's been begging to be made and I swore I'd use it before this school year was out and I was running out of time and what better incentive to sew something up but a blogging challenge? (Yep, I talk in run-ons when I'm excited.) 

So, challenge accepted. Fabric picked out. But what pattern?

I really wanted to show off that border print and initially thought circle skirt. But the opportunity to make a dress was too tempting, what with that built-in stripe and all, so after perusing my library - yes, I now have a library! - of patterns, I ultimately settled on the Laurel from Colette because its simple silhouette was intended as a showcase for loud and vibrant prints.


I'm not gonna bore you with all my sewing woes - I'm still teaching myself after all, and what should've only taken four hours actually ended sucking up my last day of Spring Break - but can I just say the one thing I'm particularly proud of is that this dress is fully lined? Which eliminated the need for sleeves. Or a slip. (Even though I still wear a slip anyway because vintage.)

For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: pattern mixing, sleeveless, or something related to transportation.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am :: 
Dress – made by me 
Pumps – Aerosoles

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs :: 
Victorious by Panic! at the Disco

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2015: Neon...?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kansas City Fashion Week--Saturday Night

Earlier this week, I shared my recap of the Friday night runway show during Kansas City Fashion Week last weekend. Today, I'm back to share my recap of the Saturday night show! But first, let me tell you about this gorgeous dress from Eloquii

Eloquii is a plus-size fashion brand with pieces for a wide array of occasions, always creative and classy. I love that their pieces combine classic patterns/silhouettes with an interesting, modern twist! Case in point--this floral peplum number. This dress uses a classic silhouette and adds peplum details at both the waist and the hemline. The floral brocade fabric made me feel so fancy and I honestly felt like a million bucks prancing around downtown Kansas City in this dress!

Photos by Antonia Y Martin of Saint Glow Blog

Dress: c/o Eloquii (exact)
Shoes: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Earrings: Walmart (similarsimilarsimilar)

I always love the Saturday night show because it's like a big finale. Everyone is dressed to the nines and ready to end the evening with a bang, and the designers at this show certainly did not disappoint!

First in the lineup was Michael Drummond, a regular at KCFW runway shows. I loved Michael's use of luxe fabrics--always a good move for fall/winter since there's so much layering and a need for warmth!

You may remember Tomboy Designs from my interview with designer Laura McGrew last spring. Laura debuted a new line and I could definitely see many elements that carried over from her line last spring! She used similar colors and jersey fabrics to what she used last time, but updated with new silhouettes and cool globular accessories!

The next designer was Barbara Bultman, who used mustard, burnt orange, and blue to create an amazingly colorful fall line! I just loved the way those colors pop against the neutrals used.

After Barbara Bultman was a collaboration between Christian Micheal and Dolyn Bags! I thought it was super cool how these designers incorporated bags into these looks because in American culture, men don't typically carry bags. I am very interested to see if bags will be incorporated more into everyday men's fashion this upcoming year!

Next, Georgina Herrera showed off her lovely jewelry line against a black-and-white backdrop. Herrera used a mix of silver and gold to create a bold, gorgeous collection! 

One theme I saw a lot at KCFW this season was nature-inspired pieces, and no designer embodied that more than House of Cochon. I LOVED the leaves incorporated into many of these pieces!

Lucia's Sarto, another KC Fashion Week favorite, followed with a collection that used creams and whites to create beautiful, feminine looks. This collection was another collaboration with Dolyn Bags! 

To wrap up the night, Christian Micheal debuted a new womenswear collection! I have only seen this designer's menswear lines at past KCFW runway shows, so it was awesome to get to see this side. I definitely see a lot of continuity between this and his past lines!

KC Fashion Week definitely ended with a bang with this fantastic show. Until next season!

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Disclosure: I received this dress from Eloquii and complimentary admission to Kansas City Fashion Week in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oxford Stripes

One trend I've been seeing EVERYWHERE this spring is the Oxford stripe. I've seen it mostly on flirty tops and dresses, juxtaposing the typically-professional print with edgier cuts. I like this trend but am not really interested in the trendy cuts that I won't be able to wear in a year, so when I found it in a versatile popover, I knew it was perfect! This way, once the trend dies out, I'll still have a classic piece (even if it's not the peak of fashion.)

Here, I styled my shirt with black jeans, layered pearls, and nude wedges!

Shirt: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
Pearls: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: J. Crew Factory (similarsimilarsimilar)
Watch: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kansas City Fashion Week--Friday Night

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some of my photos from Kansas City Fashion Week Fall/Winter shows last weekend! I was able to attend the media event at Fortuity (a lovely boutique in Kansas City) and the Friday and Saturday night runway shows. I'll recap the runway show later on, but first I'd like to show off my outfit!

Eloquii was kind enough to send over two BEAUTIFUL dresses to wear to the runway shows! Eloquii is a plus-size brand that makes beautiful pieces, from casual to professional to formal. Their pieces always have a fun detail, whether it's a ruffle or a texture or an interesting hem. Eloquii's whimsical and feminine styles are perfect for me, so I was thrilled when they sponsored me!

For Friday night, I wore this pretty blue number. Pastel blue is huge this spring, and I just love the flower detail at the top and the hem. Because of this interesting detail, I kept the accessories/jewelry pretty light--stud earrings, a scalloped clutch, and nude heels.

Photos by Antonia Y Martin of Saint Glow Blog

Dress: c/o Eloquii (exact)
Clutch: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Heels: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Earrings: Forever XXI (exactsimilarsimilar)

This season, the runway shows were held at The Grand Hall in the Power and Light District of Kansas City. Like Wednesday night of last season, all the runway shows this season were a European-style U-shaped runway where the models walk on the floor right in front of you! It makes up for a close-up and intimate experience. I will say that based on the angle and placement of my seat, the only photos I could get were of the models' backsides, but I think you get the idea!

The first designer of the night was Joshua Christensen, a perennial KCFW favorite. Joshua utilized bright colors and natural prints to create vibrant looks!

Next up was Ethel & Dean, a kids' line. I LOVED the use of natural tones in this collection and they definitely screamed "fall" to me!

Julia Fischer shared a delicate, feminine collection full of details like ruffles and flared hems. My favorite outfit was the pink camisole with the red skirt--pink and red can be tough to pull off, but when it's done well, it looks AMAZING!

After that, Nasheli Juliana shared a visionary black-and-white collection complete with a variety of headpieces. I loved seeing the shape and structure of all those headpieces!

Lauren Bander is consistently one of my favorite designers at KC Fashion Week! Her collections are always flowy and ethereal, and this line was no exception! The all-neutral collection was a departure from her work that I've seen before, but I LOVED the use of soft grays, whites, and golds!

Not gonna lie, I heard several gasps in the audience during Andrea Marie Long's line! The use of jewel-toned velvet was simply inspired, and the models looked so regal. I loved this collection! 

T.R. Brown's collection was inspired by "the 1970s New York City girl." I just LOVED the use of prop suitcases--they contributed to the vintage vibe and definitely gave the collection an urban feel. 

The final collection of the night was Queens Rocket with an awesome menswear collection! I loved the use of furs and earth tones to create natural looks. 

That's a wrap on the Friday night show! Keep an eye out later this week for my Saturday night recap. 

Disclosure: I received this dress from Eloquii and complimentary admission to Kansas City Fashion Week in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!