Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sadness, I'm Your Girl

 Here's what I wore for an amazing Lykke Li show over the weekend. (I'll tell you more about it in tomorrow's Vinyl Vednesday post!) Picking an outfit was a bit tricky because I'm in full-on fall mode, but it's been quite warm lately. Also, I always try to be comfortable (especially when it comes to shoes) but still stylish for shows. This dress has been in my closet for ages but rarely gets any wear, so it felt fresh. The short hemline and open back showed just enough skin, while the long sleeves felt fall-y. The over-the-knee boots added a fashion-forward touch, and they were nice and comfy. Success!

Dress: Secondhand
Boots: Target
Necklace: Vintage

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Vinyl Vednesday, Volume 30

Vol. 30
The Record: Cibo Matto, Viva! La Woman
The Refreshment: White Pepper Grapefruit (recipe below)

The track listing for this record is filled with food references and potential cocktail inspiration. While they were many possibilities, I honed in on white pepper and built a cocktail from there. The interesting mix of flavors made for a dynamic drink, much like the layered sounds of the eclectic record! 

Ingredients
Gin
Grapefruit juice
Rose water
White pepper

Instructions
Rim your glass with white pepper. Combine 1.5 oz gin, 3 oz grapefruit juice (I like the Simply Grapefruit kind) and a dash of rose water in your glass and stir. Add ice and enjoy!

Friday, September 19, 2014

NFL Fan Style

I may not be the most diehard sports fan in the world, but I have been completely swept up in the sporty trend that continues to take the fashion world by storm! More than ever before, I find myself reaching for sneakers over stilettos and t-shirts over blouses. I'm drawn to primary colors, bold stripes and team apparel. Speaking of teams, I'm also all about hometown pride. Living in Kansas City, you can't help but feel the excitement in the air as the fall football season rolls in, and everyone cheers for the beloved Chiefs! So, when the NFL asked if I would represent my #NFLfanSTYLE by sporting some of their stylish apparel, I jumped at the chance! The NFL is launching the first ever digital NFL Hall of Fashion where fans can submit their personal #NFLfanSTYLE photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured on the @NFLfanSTYLE’s Instagram page. To purchase NFL Apparel, just go to NFLShop.com. No matter which team you're rooting for, there are so many fashionable options to show your fandom! 

For this outfit, I paired my casual ringer tee with some boyfriend jeans and high-top sneakers for a laidback yet fashion-forward feel. To give the look a fall-ready vibe, I added a goldenrod beanie and deep red lips. Go Chiefs!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vinyl Vednesday, Volume 29

Vol. 29
The Record: Bright Eyes, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
The Refreshment: A Liquid Cure for Landlocked Blues (recipe below)

My Vinyl Vednesday companion was absent this time, so I seized the opportunity to make selections he doesn't particularly care for: Bright Eyes and a hot cocktail! If I had to select an album to encompass my early college years, this one would definitely be in the running. I started listening to Conor as an angsty junior high kid, and my love for his music culminated with this twangy record. While I've failed to consistently keep up with his newer music, I always have the urge to revisit these old tunes in autumn. The cozy cocktail was a perfect accompaniment to the crisp fall evening. Recipe below!

A Liquid Cure for Landlocked Blues (Ginger Hot Toddy)

Ingredients
Whiskey
Lemon Juice
Ginger Syrup*
Hot Water

Instructions
Combine 1.5 oz whiskey, 1 oz ginger syrup and .5 oz of lemon juice in a mug. Top with hot water and stir. Sprinkle with cinnamon (don't accidentally reach for cumin like I did) and enjoy!

*Peel and slice fresh ginger and let it simmer in 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar for about 30 minutes. It's great in a lot of cocktails!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rock Autumn

Fall came right on time this year, and it's been so fun pulling my sweaters and jackets out of storage. This fuzzy favorite paired with all white and my new Beatle boots had me feeling oh so cool.

Shirt: Uniqlo
Pants: Old Navy
Jacket: H&M
Shoes: H by Hudson
Shades: Ray-Ban

Friday, September 12, 2014

Flashback Friday

It's crisp and cool in my neck of the woods today. I'm loving the recent onset of fall weather! Since I didn't get any outfit shots this week, I thought I'd take a look back. Here are a couple of shots -- one from last September and one from the September before that -- featuring one of my fave vintage pieces.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vinyl Vednesday, Volume 28

Vol. 28
The Record: The National, High Violet
The Refreshment: Gin, creme de violette, lemon, elderflower soda

With this album, I was faced with the unusual problem of having too many cocktail ideas! I ended up sticking with my initial inspiration -- a cocktail including creme de violette, an ingredient I have enjoyed at bars but never experimented with at home. See recipe below!

Ingredients

Gin
Creme de violette
Lemon juice
Elderflower soda

Instructions

Combine 1.5 oz gin, .5 oz creme de violette and .5 oz lemon juice and stir. Add ice. Top with elderflower soda*.

*I happened to have this ingredient on hand, but it's not essential! You could use St. Germaine and soda or just plain soda instead.