Monday, September 22, 2014

A Blog Tour

I am kicking off this week with a little blog tour. I was asked by my sweet friend Lauren of, Classy and Fab Girl, to participate in a little tour of some of the blogs I love and to share them with all of you. I love this idea! I love sharing these awesome gals with all of you. They are pretty special. Just keep reading and you will find out why!
 
Lauren, who you've met before, is an absolute doll! We met earlier in the year at Kansas City Fashion Week! Recently, we have teamed up with Caitlin of Gussied Up for our monthly Tres Chic posts and I've loved getting to know her!! Head on over to see what she's been up to in the blogging world! 
 
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I have a few things I would love to share with all of you before I introduce you to some of my other fav bloggers. I was provided a few questions about myself and my blog, and to be honest, I wasn't really sure how to answer them. I'm not even sure I answered them correctly, but here goes!

1) What Have I Been Working On?
Growing a blog is nothing but work! I've been trying to grow my audience by honing in on who my target audience truly is and bringing them what they want. In the process, I'm still trying to stay true to who  am and not lose my voice. That's the most important piece to all of this, right? Also, I'm working with companies that I love and I'm excited about the opportunities!

2) How Does My Work Differ from Others of Its Genre?
This is a great question and one I'm constantly asking myself. One main difference is that I'm 40! But, I think that I'm still relevant in fashion. And I try to convey that to all my readers who are my age or older. I can still be trendy and edgy, I just keep it age appropriate. My before and after posts are another way I differ. I preach to my readers that shopping from your closet is just as important as shopping from your favorite retailer. And that you can shop on a budget with my Dream to Reality post. I want to inspire you!

3) Why Do I Write/Create What I Do?
Because I love it! Fashion has always been my passion. I discovered lay-away in my early teens, and I remember finding chores around the house or taking on extra babysitting jobs so I could have the funds to buy clothes. I've styled my mom for years, worked in retail to share my styling tips and tricks with the masses, and now I style myself in hopes of being your virtual stylist. It's simply a love of creating daily looks, writing about how I put it all together, and sharing this love with all of you!

4) How Does Your Writing/Creating Process Work
The writing is the easy part. You just write about what you know. The creating piece is the most difficult. I honestly stand in front of my closet most days and repeat the same mantra as almost everyone else "I have absolutely nothing to wear." And that's simply not the case! Most days it starts with one piece, the focal piece, and I create the look around it. It could be shoes. It could be a top. And it just snowballs from there. I have to say, most of my favorite looks come from those moments when I'm just ready to throw in the towel!


Now it's times to introduce you to.....

Ngan Vuong! I met Ngan via Instagram and then I met her in person a couple of weekends ago at the Chick Events at Park Place. She's so cool. Here's a little bit more....
 
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Ngan is the jewelry artist behind eNVe Designs. From hand selecting the raw materials, to designing, then meticulously crafting each piece, she is the only one involved in every step of the way. Jewelry design has always been a passion and life-long hobby for her. This hobby evolved into a growing business with the birth of her first child and the choice to become a stay at home mom. In jewelry design, she is self-taught and always strives to learn something new. This is only the beginning, with exciting things to come!
 
 
This is Jana of Jana Style Blog. I met Jana last year via Twitter and in person that same day at the Rebecca Minkoff event at Halls. Jana knows how to work that camera and busts out some of the best poses when we're out taking blog pics together. She's Co-Regional Director of Fashion Group International Kansas City and has really started to see her blog grow! She recently had a photo featured in InStyle Magazine's September issue, she's styled for several Kansas City runway shows, and also some magazine photo shoots. And, she was most recently named the official stylist and blogger for Summit Fair Shopping Center, the 500,000 square foot outdoor lifestyle center featuring Macy's, JCPenney, Buckle, WHBM, Loft, Maurices, Charlotte Russe, and Charming Charlie, just to name a few!
 
I hope you add these ladies to your blogger feed! Their stories, personal style, and creativity are just a few of the things that make them so special!
 
Happy Monday! It's the start of Fashion Week here in Kansas City and I can't wait to bring you all the amazing details!
 
Have a fabulous days!
XOXO

Friday, September 19, 2014

Styling My Looks for KCFW

 Next week begins Kansas City Fashion Week and I'm so excited to be a part of media again! And, I'm super excited to attend as many events as possible throughout the week! There is literally something to do every night of the week and I can't wait to get started! 

I took a minute, or well over an hour, to pull all of my looks together and I can report that only two new pieces were purchased my me! My sweet aunt purchased this skirt, in navy, for me as an early birthday gift, and the rest of the looks came directly from my closet! Some are repeat pieces and that's totally fine. I've re-worked them and have created, in my opinion, some really great ensembles for the week ahead. 

I am, however, in the market for a few accessories. I would love a new nude shoe for the cocktail party. The one I currently own is a little chunky and I would love a more "not really there" pair. I would love to get my hands, and shoulder, on a new, sturdier, tote. I have several that don't contain a reinforced bottom. Meaning, everything collects at the bottom which makes the tote heavier than it should be. And, I would love one in a really neutral tone, like gray. A statement earring is so on-trend right now and could take the place of a necklace with some of the prints I'm wearing. And, if I'm not wearing the earrings, I'm thinking either a chunky ring or an amazing arm cuff. Lastly, with all the different colors and textures, a nude lip would really keep things subtle. Plus, that lip color is totally on trend for fall.

So with all the being said, here are few of the things I'm honing in on for next week!


I can't wait to share with you all the details around KCFW and all the looks I've put together! Such amazing things ahead! 

Happy Friday!
XOXO

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seriously, These Pants Rock!

Jacket: Levi's (similar); Top: Laundry (similar); Pants: Revy via Gilt (similar); 
Heels: LAMB via Gilt (similar); Handbag: Balenciaga vie eBay; Necklace: Ann Taylor (similar)

I spent Sunday afternoon with my fam at World's of Fun and we had the best day! It was warm, but not too warm, and the amusement park felt like it was all ours! Seriously, I have never experienced a time when there weren't loads of people in line to ride rides! McKinley was able to ride almost everything back to back. It was perfect!

I spent the evening with my girlfriend Caitlin, of Gussied Up, to take blog pics, have dinner, and catch up. I haven't had a night like that in a long time and it felt so good to be in the company of such a fab gal!! Seriously, she rocks! And speaking of rocking, these pants are rocking my world! You know how I feel about wearing workout gear, especially yoga pants, in public. Well, these jogging pants are definitely not something I plan to wear to the gym, but they are definitely going to be on repeat throughout fall!







These amazing pants are incredible! They are cotton, with faux leather panels in the front. and they have a drawstring elastic waist! They are the most comfortable things I've worn in ages! Seriously, these pants rock!



Because the pants are so casual, I mean they are called a jogging pant, I dolled them up with funky heels, junky jewels, and my staple denim jacket! I can't wait to style them in so many different ways!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chick Events at Park Place


Last weekend was the first annual Chick Events at Park Place in Leawood. Chick Events are “pop-up” marketplace events and they already have a holiday event planned for November! Their events include hand-selected juried vendors, unique event venues, food, and music that create event experiences unlike any other. And this past weekends event hosted 80 local vendors specializing in handmade, homemade, art & vintage products.

I attended the event on Saturday with my mom and son and the three of us had so much fun! We wandered in and out of tents, chatted with the vendors, dined on the patio of Pig and Finch at lunch, and McKinley colored in the kids activity booth. Below, I have highlighted my favorite vendors!


The Rumpled Nest was darling and probably my favorite booth! Located in Weston, MO, it offered vintage finds and the most amazing windowed doors! I am still obsessing over them and wondering how I can get to Weston to scoop them up. Now, where would I put them in the house??


See the sweet door on the right? It comes complete with glass door knobs! (Its mate was on the other side of the booth, but trust me, it's equally as cute!)


This is Tammy Smith Designs and I'm pretty sure I could have purchased one of everything! She sketches everything and I love how personal it is. The entire line of Kansas City products would make the best gifts! I especially love the tea towel!




LeRoy Grubbs is a ceramic artist who offered pottery, clay stamps, and allowed anyone passing by to experience the pottery wheel! The pieces were simple yet elegant.



Swash Soap Company is located here in Kansas City and it was one of the best smelling booths! They offer handmade soaps in unique scents and I wanted to get my hands on all of them....pun intended!


 
 
Ngan Vuong is the designer behind the handmade jewelry line NV Designs and is located in Kansas City, KS! And I just happen to know Ngan via Instagram! I loved meeting her in real life and seeing her pieces up close and personal. The collection ranges from simple, to complex, to so lady like! I'm obsessed with these bracelets and I think any, or all, would look amazing on the wrist! 

 



It was such a great day and I was so honored to be there covering the event for the blog! If you missed this one, check out their website for any and all upcoming events! I can't wait to see what they have to offer for the holidays!



Monday, September 15, 2014

Early Fall Temps = Layers

Jacket: Banana Republic; Sweater: J.Crew (gift/similar); Jeans: LOFT;
Scarf: Target; Boots: Sole Society (c/o); Shades: Prada; Backpack: Coach;
Bracelets: J.Crew/Stella and Dot

I was asked to cover the Chick Event in Park Place as media this past weekend and I jumped at the opportunity to cover it! More to come on the actual event, but what I can tell you now is that it was so fun and so cute!! Saturday was the perfect blend of fall like temps! Cool in the morning and warm by afternoon. And what does this kind of temp call for? Layers! 

I started out with a leather jacket over my sweater and added one of my favorite scarves for accent. I'll be honest, it wasn't long before the jacket was history! These trouser jeans were so comfortable! Perfect for the amount of walking we did! I loved getting my first taste of fall clothing. I just might be ready to make the switch!




 
You know what they say, "these boots are made for walking" and that's just what they were! I am in love with these darling motorcycle boots from Sole Society. I can't wait to sport them all fall long!



Here's hoping your weekend was as great as mine! Fall weekend activities are some of my favorite memories! 

Happy Monday!
XOXO

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dream to Reality - Altuzarra for Target

There is a new designer coming to Target for a limited time and his name is Joseph Altuzarra. And if you aren't familiar with this work, you need to be! He launched is line in New York in 2008, was awarded the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear Design in 2012 and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2011. In 2014, he was awarded the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.

Altuzarra is known for sexy designs, structured envelope skirts, and crisp blouses that are unbuttoned down to there. His spring collection for 2015 is amazing! High slit skirts, un-buttoned cardigans and low cut v-necks that leave little to the imagination, slim cut pants and skin tight sheaths that are just a few of his signature details. And for his Target collection, there is much of the same. The line will have roughly 50 pieces, and includes women's ready-to-wear, lingerie, accessories, and shoes priced between $17.99 to $89.99. The collection hits Target stores, Target.com and Net-A-Porter (which will make the collection available to international shoppers) on September 14. And as always, I've picked a few of my favs to share with all of you!

I love this LBD! And what I love most is the wrap neckline, signature high slit, and gold embroidered cranes on the shoulder. This definitely sets itself apart from all other LBD's hanging in your closet. 

I love a good snake skin print and this button down is so luxe. I also love that it's a bow tie neckline. The black skirt is simply classic.


 Who doesn't need a ruby red velvet blazer? That's right, we all do! I can't wait to get my hands on this piece. It will be amazing with dark skinny jeans and the over-the-knee boots seen below!


And while I'm talking about blazers, let's turn our attention to these great coats! Remember that Rachel Zoe coat I blogged about last year and found an equivalent at H&M? Well here's your chance to pick up another equivalent. And you know how I feel about faux fur! This little black number is so chic! 



Back to the blazer and snake skin. The blouse wasn't bold enough? Go for this one!  


 Okay, the belt. This belt is everything! And what a waist it will create. A definite must have. And if you don't already own an over-the-knee boot, then you need to own this one. And yes, I do own a pair and will own these as well! So maj!


And lastly, this maxi. Is it a gown? Is it simply a maxi? I don't even think it deserves a label. What it deserves is space in my closet! The bold orchid print, the low V neckline, and the accordion pleats all make for a timeless dress. And I love that it's long sleeved. It makes it that much more sultry!



So what do you think of the collection? Is it one you will invest in? If so, what piece(s) are your favorites? I can't wait to share what I'm actually able to get my hands on! Stay tuned....


Thursday, September 11, 2014

If I'm Being Honest...

Jacket: Wrangler (my mom's/similar); Romper: Target (cute option);
 Sandals: Lovely People (similar);Shades: ULTA (similar); Necklace: Pottery Barn Kids (gift)

A day of what was supposed to be running errands turned into a day where my son got up before 6:00, attended the morning session of preschool, came home for lunch, had a cup of milk, and took a two and a half hour nap. And if I'm being honest, I did too! Eventually, we both woke up, headed to the grocery store, and had some playtime in the early evening with Dada. I can't think of a better piece than this romper to get me through such a stressful day! HA! Oh, and the little jacket was to ward off the chill in the grocery store. 




The Romper: Before and After

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Can you believe that we are going from shorts to possibly jeans and layers this weekend? I'm kind of excited and kind of bummed! Could make for some cute transition looks...