Kansas City Fashion Week

9.29.2014

I swear I was just telling you all to enjoy the weekend and the next thing I know, Monday shows up at my door! When your weekend agenda includes festivities like Kansas City Fashion Week and birthday celebrations, I guess it's a given that time will fly.

First things first, my getup for KCFW. KC Garment District was kind enough to let me pull a look for the event and while the gesture didn't completely eliminate the stress of what to wear, it certainly helped! I typically stick to all black ensembles, but I knew I needed to spice things up a bit. Courtney led me around the store and set me up with a plethora of choices and I ended up with an outfit outside of my comfort zone. 

edgy boots + red blazer
Shop these black boots here.
red blazer + black and white striped dress

red blazer + black and white striped dress + edgy boots
Thank you to Ashley and Sabrina for the photos!
Enough about me, you're here for the show! After mapping out our weekend, I decided to attend the Friday night show, which meant I would be missing out on the Project Runway designers that were showing on Saturday night, but a certain someone had a birthday to celebrate and I wouldn't miss that for the world.


Right off the bat Architexture wowed me with this hot pink number and sheer sleeved top. What I like most about their designs is that everything is so wearable - pieces that I can genuinely see myself incorporating into my wardrobe. A top and skirt? I can handle that.


The neon yellow coming down the runway was electric and while I don't have anywhere to wear a floor length dress to anytime soon, I would gladly welcome the shorter hemmed look to my clothing rack.


After a brief cocktail break, Alicia Janesko showcased her caftans and resort wear and pleased the crowd with more bright colors, head pieces and some serious shine! 


How happy does she look?! One look at that sequined beauty and I can begin to image how much work went into her line. I'm guessing it was an incredible amount of time.


Heidi Herrman closed out the show with more pops of yellow. Are they all onto something?! I have a feeling we will be seeing a whole lot more where that came from come spring and I don't hate it.


Ashley, Sabrina and I had a great time hamming it up in the photo booth and catching up with faces we hadn't seen in awhile. See you in the spring, Kansas City Fashion Week!

p/s Happy birthday to my biggest supporter and the guy who always keeps me on my toes, Pete!

#BookClubBlogger // Lean In

9.25.2014

virtual book club

Happy Friday! I'm just popping in to remind you about the next virtual #BookClubBlogger meet up with Sarah and Sam.

You probably know the drill, but here is a quick refresher: we pick a book, read it and enjoy a fulfilling discussion whilst drinking an adult beverage and noshing on our favorite salty snacks. Sounds like a good time, right? 

Below are some key things you need to know:

Reading: "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO at Facebook, no big deal.

Meet up: We will be hosting a Google Hangout on Monday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. CST. Like I said before, even though this is virtual, wine and cheese plates are encouraged.

In the meantime: Feel free to link up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #BookClubBlogger. Share your favorite reading spots or topics you would like to cover during our discussion!

If you're planning on joining in on the fun, be sure to RSVP by reaching out to Sarah here! Any questions? Feel free to email me or leave a question in the comments and I'll be sure to get back to you.

Want to learn more about our last meet up where we covered #GIRLBOSS? Check out this post.

p/s I'm headed to Kansas City Fashion Week this weekend and I'll be sharing sneak peeks over on my social media accounts - follow along if you'd like!

Tulip Twist // Maxi Style

9.25.2014

When the gals over at Tulip reached out and asked me if I wanted to participate in their Tulip Twist contest again and I couldn't say no! It was so much fun watching the different styles emerge in the last Tulip Twist and I'm all for some healthy competition.

If you aren't familiar with how it works, Tulip puts together a style showdown, so to speak, featuring bloggers from the Kansas City area. Each gifted with same article of clothing, they are unleashed to style the item as they please! This time around we are styling a maxi skirt in the perfect shade for fall..wine. 

maxi skirt for fall

I styled my maxi with a plain white tee and a pair of slip on sandals since the temps have still been warm here in Kansas City. I'm looking forward to pairing it with edgy boots and a moto jacket once it gets cooler outside!

This is where you come in. The contest takes place over to Tulip's Facebook page where you will be able to see each of the outfits the other gals put together and cast your vote for your favorite! You can vote for me using the letter A :)

Tulip is located down on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City or you can visit their online shop

Chicago Recap

9.24.2014

If I had to describe our trip to Chicago this weekend it would look a little something like this: walk, eat, repeat. As evidenced by the images below.

best places to eat, drink and visit in chicago

Bear with me, after I got started, I realized these are in no type of order whatsover.

1. Blaze Pizza was right next door to our hotel and ended up being a lifesaver. They provided us with a fourth meal after our first attempt at dinner in the city failed miserably. I'm crossing my fingers that they decide to make their way to Kansas City soon!

2. Hotel selfie. And one of the only decent photos of the two of us from the entire trip.

3. We ventured over to Bull and Bear for brunch, which ended up looking more like lunch. Wings for Pete and truffle mac and cheese for me. We're so predictable.

4. I loved how much greenery consumed the edges of the streets and sidewalks. It brightened up the city and made it feel so welcoming.

5. Jess mentioned Dose Market before we left on our trip and I knew I wanted to make it a point to stop by. The place was packed with so much goodness. I was especially fond of this tan bucket bag, but the crowd around the table was booming and I wasn't able to squeeze in to snag a business card.

6. Obligatory shot of the bean.

7. We met up with Sarah and her boyfriend for dinner and drinks at Range in Lincoln Park and had the best time.

8. Glazed and Infused. Hands down the best sprinkled donut I have ever had in my life and trust me when I say, I've had a lot of sprinkled donuts.

9. I ordered a beer and the kids chicken tenders. I'm aware of how embarrassing this is for all parties involved.

10. We walked and walked and then walked some more.

11. Do you all remember Lily Dawson Designs from a few months back? I was so excited to see a familiar face at her set up for Dose Market. She had some great new pieces!

12. We closed out Saturday night with pitchers of green light beer with Sarah and her boyfriend at Homeslice and cabbed our way back to the Magnificent Mile.

13. The perfect setting to sit and enjoy a glass of juice and people watch.

14. Did you really think I was only going to get donuts once?! I had to go back for round two.

15. We decided to give Volare a try on our last night after someone recommended it to us. You can't go wrong with homemade pasta and by the look on Pete's face, he really enjoyed the steak.

16. Godiva truffles. Need I say more?

Not pictured: our first Flywheel class and some good 'ol Chicago deep dish from Lou Malanti's.

Whew. I'm exhausted just thinking about everything we did. I'm already looking forward to planning our next trip!

How to style a bar cart

9.22.2014

Hi guys! The lovely Katie of Twin Stripe Blog is taking over today so that I can enjoy my last day in Chicago! Enjoy :)

how to style a bar cart

Hi everyone! My name is Katie and I blog over at the lifestyle blog, Twin Stripe. Jess asked me to share a few bar cart styling tips with you today. I hope these tips are helpful as you style your own bar.

The day I walked into a large furniture showroom at High Point Market and met Roxy of Society Social was the day I fell in love with the bar cart. High Point Market is one of the largest furniture shows in the U.S. and it happens to be in my backyard. Roxy shared her love of design and entertaining with me and I was sold. Last March Chad and I finally decided to take the plunge and ordered the Worth bar cart in gold.

bar cart styling essentials
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I love stocking my bar cart and styling it for different seasons or events. Here are my day-to-day bar cart essentials:
  • Liquor – Many bar cart guides will give you very specific recommendations, but I just stock my bar cart with what my husband and I like to drink. If we have guests coming over, I try to make a signature cocktail and have a variety of other drinks on hand. 
  • Glassware – I believe you can never have too much glassware. I have two different sets of vintage glassware on my bar cart, rocks glasses and coupes.
  • Fun straws – Straws add color to any bar cart and are great for parties and stir sticks.
  • Fresh flowers – Adding a few fresh blooms to a bar cart can totally turn it around.  
  • Candles – Like flowers, I love candles too. I always have one on the bar to fresh the space up if needed. 
  • Mixers – I recommend keeping mixers in your house for a perfect cocktail. Currently, I have a White Whale old fashion mixer on the bar. To use, you just need to add one part White Whale and one part liquor. My favorite is Skinny Dipper – it’s a less sugary version of a margarita. Chad and I always have sparkling and tonic water in the fridge.
  • Cocktail napkins – Pretty napkins are essential to make sure no one makes too big of a mess of your home. A friend missed a napkin, be sure to grab one for her!
how to style a bar cart

styling a bar cart for your home

Styling can be difficult, but if you keep it simple, your bar cart will look like you hired a professional.
  • Give each item on your bar cart enough space. If you have too much on your cart, it will just end up looking cluttered.
  •  Place your glassware, accessories or liquor on a tray to keep it organized. I created the above tray with this tutorial from Society Social.
  • As I mentioned earlier, fresh flowers can take it to the next level.
  • You do not need to display every bottle of liquor you own. I put extras on the bottom or keep them in the pantry until they are needed.
  • Pick an item or two that you wouldn’t typically keep on the bar and style it into the d├ęcor.
  •  Once you style the entire bar, take one item away so it's not cluttered.  
fun glasses + straws for a bar cart

Do you have a bar or bar cart at home? What are your essentials?

Thanks to Jess for having me! Be sure to stop by the blog, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more Twin Stripe!
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A huge thank you to Katie for showing us how it's done when it comes to bar cart styling! I can't wait to get one of my own and fill it with all of the goodies she listed above.

Shop the items below for all of your bar cart styling needs!
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