Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Feathers and Red Bows


Friday was an unbelievable day! I spent the afternoon at the new Halls in Crown Center with a few of my blogger friends getting pampered by their makeup artists and having complimentary drinks at the new H Bar. I was so lucky to have my makeup done by Tesha of Chanel, one of my favorite makeup counters, and I can't wait to share more about that amazing experience!

But let's talk about this look. I have to say that this was my favorite look of the whole weekend! I mean who doesn't love feathers and red bow heels? I knew I wanted to wear this skirt, but I had no idea how I was going to style it. This sweater was buried among others and I had completely forgotten about it! I purchased it in late summer, knowing full well it would be gone by fall. (I was right!) I love how it makes the skirt look like it's part of the sweater. I was originally going to wear black pumps but the red just screamed fashion week! And lastly, I found the top necklace while shopping on Thursday! Just a perfect addition with the pearls.



 

   
Friday was just magical! I couldn't be happier that I was included to be a part of such a fun and fabulous evening. Can you believe there is more to come? I can't and I was there!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Friday Night Runway Show Recap - Kansas City Fashion Week

So I'm pretty sure you know that last week was Kansas City Fashion Week! And if you didn't, then you haven't been reading my blog! The events leading up to the weekend shows were awesome which meant the weekend was going to be amazing. It didn't disappointed! Friday night showcased seven very different designers and their Spring collections. Of the seven, four designers in particular had me in awe of their creations. Take a look below at some of my favorites from each of their shows!

Architexture was a favorite of mine back in the spring and they were a favorite again this weekend. Their use of bold colors, inky black, and charcoal gray were so complimentary and uber chic! I especially loved the bright yellow! I also loved the extremely high top-not and dark lip!



 



The work of Tomboy Designs by Laura McGrew was so reminiscent of pieces worn in the 1960s which is an era I adore in fashion! It was fresh, modern mod, and clean. They were looks I could definitely see myself wearing! 



 

Seriously, how adorable is that top? I am in love with it! 


 Heidi Herrman had some of the most wearable looks of the evening. Each piece that came down the runway was just as ready-to-wear as the next. And, because there were so many, I had to truly pick my favorites.


 
I adore this patch work pant jumpsuit! A little 1970s and that's why I love it so much!


I saved the best for last! Alicia Janesko Caftans and Resortwear was amazing! I have been on a Caftan hunt for some time now and I've finally found the perfect designer! I saw a few pieces from her fall collection earlier in the week and fell in love with a black sequined jumpsuit. Then I saw these pieces and loved each one as they came down the runway. And she made all of the headpieces. Pictures do not do them justice!

 


This last piece was hands down my favorite! Something straight out of Studio 54 and something this girl would wear almost anywhere! Seriously, anywhere! It's amazing!


 So there you have it! My recap of the Friday evening runway shows and my favorites of the night. Can't wait to share my look for the evening and the rest of the events! Such a fashionable and exciting weekend!

Stay tuned.....

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bubbly and Bow Ties

Dress: Marchesa Notte (similar/similar); Heels: Steven by Steve Madden (option/option); 
Bag: Kate Spade
 

Last week I had the honor of attending some really exciting events leading up to all the runway shows for KCFW! Wednesday was a cocktail party where black tie attire was required. I've personally never attended a black tie event so I was thrilled for this opportunity! Then I started asking myself, what does one wear to a black tie event? Does it have to be black? Does it have to be floor length? 

I decided to go out on a limb. I wore a shorter length dress, that was on the cocktail side, and went for full on color. I'm so glad I did. However, when I walked in the room everyone was wearing black. I felt like I stood out like a sore thumb. Eventually, others arrived in various colors so I didn't feel like odd man out.  


 
 


When you think of black tie, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Would you have worn floor lengthy black or gone for a little more cocktail and bold color? Do you think I made the right choice? Personally, I can't think of a better look for me!


Photos Courtesy of Erin Barnes of Pretty, Polished, Perfect!

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Beauty Refresh from Dior


 As most of you know, this week is Kansas City Fashion Week, and as part of the media, I have been invited to several events leading up to the weekend of shows. What an honor!! Wednesday night was a cocktail party at the Paolini Garment Company on the Plaza, where cocktail attire was a must, and what an amazing evening it was! They served champagne, Kansas Clean Distilled Whiskey cocktails, and offered a complimentary Dior makeup bar for touch ups and tutorials, all while a DJ kept the party vibe going strong!

Before snapping some blog pics with Erin of Pretty, Polished and Perfect, I decided to hit the Dior makeup bar for that much needed touch up. Little did I know, I was going to get the royal Dior treatment! What started out as a foundation touch up, with the use of the Airflash foundation in 302 from Belinda, turned into a full on make-over and tutorial from Erik Martinez the local Dior Account Manager. He was amazing! Incredibly informative, extremely knowledgeable of the products, and so personable! Erik created a flawless look that had me wanting him on speed dial for all my daily makeup needs. Below is a little photo step by step of all the things he did and the products he used.

Here is Belinda applying the Airbrush foundation. This foundation gives you the look of an airbrushed application, but it's really just a manually applied product. It felt so silky on my skin, not tight like some foundations can feel. 

 

Here Erik is applying the Skinflash concealer to my very tired, very dark circled eyes! He told me to use a brush only. Applying with your finger tips is simply removing the product. You can bring it down as low as your check bones for coverage. This stuff gave me a glow I haven't seen in about 15 years!

 

 

He gave me a J.Lo glow with the use of the Glow Maximizer. This stuff was amazing! My face lite up after the application! He contoured my cheek bones by using Sunset Highlight Powder in 004 on my actual cheek bones and Rosy Glow Blush on the apples of my cheeks. Word to the wise, only apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and no further! I'm guilty of that! This is definitely a tip I will use go forward!

 

Here we are looking at the Lip Glow lipbalm. The lipbalm is a made-to-measure lip balm that beautifies and durably enhances the lips’ natural color. It was so glossy and soft. Not stiff and sticky like some balms can be. He then applied their Lip Maximizer over the balm. It's a lip volumizer, but nothing like those lip plummers from about 10 years ago!


Lastly, Erik updated my eyes! He used an Artpen, a gel liner that created a thick, bold line and finished it all off with the Blackout Mascara. My lashes looked so thick and full!  


As you can see, the time spent at the makeup bar was so much fun! 


And here is the end result! I think I look so pretty and it's all thanks to Belinda, Erik, and those amazing Dior products!!


Happy Friday!! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! I can't wait for mine! So excited to spend time with friends, bloggers, fashionistas, and some amazing designers!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Tres Chic - Styling Joggers


I told you yesterday that you would see joggers again this week, but this time I'm bringing it to you as our September Tres Chic! And, with the help of Lauren and Caitlin, you get to see two additional ways to style these rockin' pants! 

Lauren over at Classy and Fab Girl went totally casz chic and I love it!!! Definitely a look I will try to replicate!

 Zip-pocket track pants - Gap | top (similar) – 
Jcrew | pendant - Stella & Dot | Wedges (similar) - Target |

Caitlin of Gussied Up styled hers with the awesome Altuzarra Orchid sweatshirt from his collaboration with Target! So cute in person. Online did not do this top justice! And you aren't seeing things, we have the same backdrop! After blog pics, we grabbed sushi and gabbed for hours! Her styling choice for the joggers was perfect for the evening!


sweater: atluzarra for target | pants: target | sandals: mass st. shop similar here 
purse: windsor | ring: david yurman

And once again, here are mine! This is the original styling. One of many to come!

 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)
 
This was probably my favorite Tres Chic styling! I loved how we each styled the pants so differenlty, yet in ways I can't wait to borrow! The only thing I can't borrow is the fabulous hair those girls sport! I have total hair envy! 
 
Can't wait to see what we do next month? Let me know if you have any suggestions or a trend you want to see us style!
 
Till then....stay chic!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sorry I'm Not Sorry.....

Jacket: Pointer (my Dad's); Tee: Old Navy; Pants: Revy via Gilt (similar);
Sneakers: Converse All Star; Shades: ULTA (similar); Handbag: Pour La Victoire (similar);
Necklaces:The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot; Lip Color: MAC Ruby Woo

Sorry I'm not sorry that I'm wearing these pants again! And if I'm being honest, I wore them two days in a row! Seriously, like I said before, these pants rock!!

This time around I went with a more comfortable approach. I am loving this Holy Chic tee and I love it more paired with the pants. The denim jacket was my dad's in the 70s and it's perfect with the overall look! Tennies, aviators, and red lips complete this laid back look. If you don't have a pair of these pants yet, what are you waiting for.....



A quick shout out to Pointer! The jacket was manufactured in my hometown of Bristol, Tennessee! Gotta love shopping local, even back in 1970! Go Dad!! 


The Tee: Before and After

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Heads up, you may be seeing them again this week....