Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sunny Days

It's hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. On one hand, I feel sad...I love the long days and laid-back, good times vibe of the season. On the other, I'm thrilled for fall, my favorite season! Style-wise, I feel way more inspired by fall, and it ushers in the Halloween season. Yippee! But, as warm temperatures linger, I'll continue to reach for easy breezy pieces like loose camis and cloth pants. 

Top: H&M
Pants: Target
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Bag: Fossil
Shades: Ray-Ban

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vinyl Vednesday, Volume 26

Vol. 26
The Record: Beach House, Teen Dream
The Refreshment: Moscow Mule Float

This is one of my favorite records ever...a dreamy, dynamic masterpiece without a single track that I'm tempted to skip. And, the accompanying cocktail was such a treat! Combining the fresh flavors of a Moscow Mule with the decadence of a float, I highly recommend making it during the sliver of summer we have left. 

Moscow Mule Float
Stir together 1.5 oz vodka, a few ounces of ginger beer and a squeeze of fresh lime in a tall glass. Add a scoop of lime sherbet or sorbet and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fancy Free

The day I wore this, I had initially put on a fussy, somewhat ill-fitting dress. Quickly realizing I wasn't comfortable, I opted for a soft tee, elastic waist skirt and sneakers. This easygoing ensemble was infinitely superior. Don't get me wrong -- I still love pretty dresses, but as I get older, I'm valuing practicality more and more. And I've realized that if you don't feel great in what you're wearing (for whatever reason), it probably doesn't look great either. 

Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Courtesy of ModCloth
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Forever 21

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rock n' Roll

My style leans more sweet than edgy, but a couple of recent acquisitions -- this band tee and a pink Color Bug -- inspired a cool, concert-ready get-up. 

Shirt: Thrifted
Pants: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Kelsi Dagger

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vinyl Vednesday, Volume 25

Vol. 25
The Record: The Notwist, Neon Golden
The Refreshment: Pineapple Margarita

It was fairly loose inspiration to be sure, but the album name called to mind a pineapple margarita, so I went with it. Read on for the recipe, and note that the photographed version is served up, but I recommend it on the rocks!

Pineapple Margarita
Rim a glass with a combination of paprika, salt and sugar. Combine 1.5 oz reposado tequila, 1.5 oz pineapple juice, .5 oz lime juice and .5 oz tripel sec in the glass and stir. Fill with ice and enjoy!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Flight of Fancy

Union Station is one of my favorite spots in Kansas City. The soaring ceilings, magnificent detail and stately air make me feel transported to a different time and place. A fancy workday lunch at Pierpont's proved to be a lovely respite from an otherwise average day. Speaking of feeling upscale, I finally invested in a good handbag. I've never been a bag person, and my thriftiness makes it hard for me to shell out the cost of quality. To a seasoned collector, this may seem like a modest bag, but it's a big deal for me!

Shirt: Forever 21
Pants: Old Navy
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Bag: Fossil

Friday, August 15, 2014

Kansas Couture for Lawrence Magazine: Fall 2014

My latest Lawrence Magazine column – wherein I hang out with a polar bear and discuss my favorite fall trends  is here! Check out the online edition, or pick up a copy today.