Monday, April 21, 2014

Accidental Poetry

Here's a layered look from last week. I was getting so burnt out on my winter staples that I made a concerted effort to reach for a few pieces that haven't gotten a lot of wear this season. It did the trick that day, and now I'm happy to say that warm weather appears to be here to stay! Whoa, did that rhyme?

Shirt: Old Navy
Blazer: H&M
Pants: Thrifted
Shoes: Forever 21
Necklace: Gift

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bring On Spring

The weather has had its ups and downs lately (case in point: tomorrow is going to be freezing!), but yesterday was dreamy...the warmest day we've had yet. I took full advantage by wearing a denim crop top and breezy skirt. Like last year, I'm loving matching separates. I have yet to find the perfect pairing though, so this almost-match will have to do for now.

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Old Navy
Shoes: Biondini
Necklace: Banana Republic
Sunglasses: Shop in Chicago

Monday, March 31, 2014

Laidback Favorites

On weekends, I tend to be pretty darn lazy when it comes to getting dressed. This outfit is comprised of pieces I often reach for (and wear together) when I want to be comfortable and casual but still cute.

Sweater: Courtesy of H&M
Jeans: Old Navy
Jacket: Levi's
Shoes: Report

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Polka Party

Too much of a good thing? No such thing when it comes to polka dots! I love the mash-up of different scales in this mixed print outfit. Printed pants are popping up a lot lately in my wardrobe. They're becoming something of a staple rather than a statement-maker!

Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: Target
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Necklace: Forever 21

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kansas Couture Cocktail: Cranberry Clementine Rye

It's been a long time since I've shared a cocktail recipe on the blog, so here goes! This is one of my go-to cocktails because it's easy and always hits the stop. It's not too sweet, not too boozy and goes down a little too easy!

-1.5 oz. Rye Whiskey
-1.5 oz. Clementine Soda (I get mine from Trader Joe's. Anything orange-y will do, but go for something juice-based, not Fanta or Orange Crush.)
-1/2 oz. 100% Cranberry Juice (The 100% cranberry is nice and tart and stands in for a citrus element. If you use sweetened cranberry juice, it will be a very different cocktail.)

Simply place all the ingredients in a champagne glass and enjoy. If you want it nice and cold, you can serve it on the rocks in a cocktail glass or shake the whiskey and cranberry with ice and top the drink with the soda.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lucky Duck

I don't always celebrate St. Patrick's Day to the fullest, but I decided to take the day off and do it up right this year. Of course, I had to don the customary color, so I wore one of the few green items I own, added layers for the chilly day and completed the look with a free Budweiser necklace. Classy!

Dress: Courtesy of Gracie B.
Sweater: Thrift
Jacket: Courtesy of H&M
Socks: Target
Shoes: Old Navy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Crimson & Clover

The last thing in the world I need is another red dress, but I was powerless to resist the scalloped hem and shift shape of this scarlet cutie. I intend to thin out my closet when I switch it over from winter to spring, so perhaps I'll part with some unnecessary dresses then. But this one is staying with me!

Dress: Marshall's
Jacket: Levi's
Shoes: Report
Earrings: Courtesy of Handmade by Sara Cramer