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September 29, 2015


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Sometimes it's not the outfit that makes the picture; it's the picture that makes the outfit! I am excited for jacket weather.  Who else is with me on that? This past weekend was Kansas City Fashion week and I can't wait to finish going through all my photos and share with you what an event it was.  SS2016 is looking pretty fabulous! 


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Field Jacket ~  Plaid Shirt ~ Watch ~ Lipstick ~ Sunnies ~ Shoes ~ Belt ~ Lipstick ~ Bracelets ~ Distressed Jeans 

It's all in the Props

September 24, 2015
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I want to start this post by explaining a piece of a blogger's life.  When taking outfits pics you want a setting that is cohesive to what you are wearing.  At least I do!  For example:  A pair of stilettos in grass or a field really doesn't give a genuine impression to you really are wearing that outfit. Every time I have stepped off the street or curb onto the grass in even a smaller heel I stop and think about "does this even look natural?"   So finding a location to shoot can some times be an adventure.  That is what brings me to these pictures.  While running errands and shooting pictures one afternoon Erin and myself stumbled upon this studio.  Ummm cool studio I might add!  It was a prop girls dream come true! I instantly knew the pinball machine needed to be my prop.  The lighting flooding in and the shadows playing across the floor was the best. 
Speaking of floors..... these slippers!!  Jem Skull Slippers to be exact.   You may have remembered I have posted about them here.  Loving them from the minute I saw them I knew I wanted a pair.  Now I have a limit to what I will spend on shoes and these exceeded such limit.  I have patiently and oh so quietly followed Mara and Mine just hoping and waiting for the chance to own a pair.  The heavens opened up and a fall sale occurred. I wasted no time making a pair mine!  I have received a few comments from friends as to what the exact draw to these shoes would be and I really don't have one answer.  I have always followed the beat to my own drum and don't necessarily follow trends to the tee.  Different, unique, and well.... just me!  After all that's what you are here to see isn't it?  Style from my perspective.

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Madewell Plaid Shirt (On Sale) ~ Distress Jeans ~ Mara and Mine Jem Skull Slippers ~ Belt ~ Ropes Maine bracelet c/o ~ Rustic Cuff Skinny leather wrap bracelet c/o ~ Michele Watch ~YSL Lipstick ~ ABD Necklace c/o ~

Blush Moto Jacket

September 23, 2015
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Well we have made it half way through the week and that means were so much closer to the weekend!!  I have been super excited to share my new moto jacket with you.  With the perfect amount of pink and details it is going to be on full fall rotation!  Speaking of rotation.... these distressed jeans are the best.  I know I said I would not pay good money for a pair of jeans already torn up but a few rips in the knees are okay by me!  I can't do the full on entire ripped sections missing from the jeans but I do like the look on younger gals! 

 Style tip:  When wearing a jacket or top that is cut above your hips be sure to add a high heel and a solid dark on the lower half to give the illusion of more height; because lets be honest.... none of us want to look wider!! 


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Blush Moto Jacket ~ Striped Tee (On Sale) ~ Distressed Jeans ~ Shoes ( love these) ~ Clutch (Alternative) ~ Watch ~ Lipstick ~


Chunky Sweater

September 22, 2015
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What better way to have a comfy chunky sweater pop and show the details of the cable then to share it against a cool graffiti wall! You could almost say I have a bird on my shoulder... ha!  One of the great features to this sweater is the back is a lighter weave solid light gray knit.  What makes this so great is the sweater is chunky and warm but not too heavy to wear.  Something to consider when choosing bulkier items such as this sweater is that a  V neck is more flattering for busty gals than a round neck or turtleneck.  If you are busty like me wearing a more fitted turtleneck and a long necklace to draw the eye down rather than out is the way to go! If your sweater is longer like mine below be sure to add a little height to your outfit to give a more streamline appearance. 

Blanket scarf season is right around the corner and I am sharing how I style this same sweater with a scarf later this week.  Stay tune!

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Sweater ~ Shoes (Slightly higher heel) ~ Distressed Jeans ~ Watch ~

Plaid Dress

September 21, 2015
Happy Monday!  It was a beautiful weekend and I enjoyed the great weather and squeezed in a little shopping too!  I have been searching for some new things to add to my fall wardrobe and this dress is the perfect amount of plaid and comfort!  I loved it from the minute I saw it hanging in the store!  I can't wait for a few cooler days so I can wear my Frye boots with this dress too!  Speaking of boots.... these booties sold out last season and lucky for you they are back in stock this season.  They are super comfy and go with almost anything; seriously!   

I knew I would need to switch out my favorite lipstick for a richer color to compliment this dress.  I pulled out my berry lipgloss and it was a perfect match.  I am going to hate it when I have to put my favorite pink lipstick on fall break!  What are you looking forward to this fall?

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Plaid Dress  ~  Booties ~ Bag ~ Watch ~ Bracelets ~ Lipstick ~ Leggings ~

How to make Burlap Leaves

September 18, 2015
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I decided to end the week with a quick fall DIY.  I shared these leaves in my Metallic Pumpkins giveaway post earlier this week.... If you haven't entered yet no worries there is still time; click here and enter to win a trio of pumpkins of your choice!  These leaves were super easy and can be completed in one afternoon. 

Supplies

Burlap - I picked mine up at Target with the gold flecks
Mod Podge - Watered down glue would work too
Shapes of leaves
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I gathered leaves from the park, but you could also google leaf shapes and find a few samples.  

Next I traced the shapes on my burlap as close as possible to minimize waste.  In order to keep the edges from fraying I lightly coated the edge of the shapes with mod podge.  

Once dry, I cut out all my leaves. 

Now for the interesting step.  I wanted to add color but didn't want to cover my gold flecks.  I mixed several colors together or reds, oranges, yellows, and browns to color the tips of the leaves.  Then I went back over the edges of the leaves with my finger and tipped them in gold for a little shimmer.  Once they were dry and I was pleased with the mottled colors I lined the leaves with veins.








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Enjoy!


Transitioning Tunics for Fall

September 16, 2015
One of my favorite looks so far with this tunic is this combination.   I'm pretty sure by now you can see how many ways I have styled this tunic and I can only hope you have picked one of the colors up for yourself! The light blue is on sale too!   You can see the other ways I styled my tunic here, and  here.  Taking an ordinary stripe and shopping within my own closet brought this entire look together.  Refer back to this post how I share pattern mixing and this post on the balance from the color wheel If you need a reminder of what and how to mix your patterns and colors.  Are you thinking about what is in your closet that can transition into fall?  

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Jeans ~ Tunic ~ Scarf ~ Sunnies ( Love These)  ~ Cuff c/o ~ Watch ~ Earrings ~Lipstick ~ Clutch ~ Keychain ~ Shoes ~

Mixing Metallics for Fall and a Giveaway

September 15, 2015
Have you seen LoveFeastShop  plush velvet pumpkins?  They are gorgeous.  I have the Sunset Trio  and shared how I styled them in my home here.  This year I'm adding a new set to my decor and I couldn't be more excited.  Are you ready for this?  Metallic gold pumpkins.  Gorgeous; not to be outdone by the silver metallic either!   You will have a chance to win a set of your choice too. Ekkkk... get excited!






I struggled briefly deciding between the silver and gold, but in the end the gold went better with my Sunset trio.  I really love the lambskin set too!  I don't want to jump the gun and pull out all my fall decor but I did style my sofa table with my new set and couldn't be happier with how the two sets go together.  See how I made my velvet acorns for my d├ęcor here or if you're not too crafty, you can purchase those from here as well!  





I found a roll of burlap with gold flecks in it and made about a dozen leaves to add to my decor.  The gold flecks in the burlap compliment the metallic pumpkins well.  Keep an eye out for when I share how I made these leaves a little later.



Are you ready for fall?  Have you already pulled out your decorations?  Well today I am going to help you get started.  I have teamed up with LoveFeastShop and we are  offering a Trio of your choice of pumpkins (excluding the lambskin) to compliment your home this fall season.  I know it's not pumpkin spice latte but it is a trio of adorable pumpkins!  





Enter below using the rafflecopter form!    If the form doesn't load simply click the link below and it will take you straight to the entry form!   Good Luck!


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BR Blush and Burgundy

September 11, 2015

I am seriously crushing hard on this entire roundup. Are you not loving the blush and burgundy for fall?   Banana Republic is having a great sale and most everything is either on sale or on fall discount so I wouldn't wait if you love an item because the sale won't last much longer.   You can't beat 40% off select new items and an additional 40% off already sale items.     I was in my Banana Republic store this week and may have picked up a few of these items already.  But I am going to have to go back for the rest.  I'm loving it! 



Moto Jacket  ~  Piped Printed pants ~  Silk V Neck blouse ~  Elbow Patch long Cardigan ~  Abstract print blouse ~  Split Hem V sweater ~  Avila Pump ~  Sunglasses ~  Fluted Print Skirt 


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Black and White

September 10, 2015
Sometimes you just have to keep it black and white.  I was serious when I mentioned I am going to transition these white jeans right into the fall.  I have a few more outfit ideas so look for them soon.  I want to talk about my new flats.  Cute right?  Ummm yeah, these are fabulous!  With pointed toes and embellished calf hair leopard they are going to be on heavy rotation.  MGemi is hitting it out of the park with all the new styles they release and killing me with so many I want.  Not a fan of the leopard?  No problem.... they offer them in three other colors.  But be warned, they sell out fast so I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger on a pair.

With fall comes a busy event schedule.  I have back to back events for the next two weeks and I am a little overwhelmed with so much going on.  There is Sip, Shop, & Walk tonight, then the Chic Events the entire weekend.  Monday evening I thought might be fun to go to the Blog Talk KC to discuss how to make the most visual platform work for you, not to mention supporting a few local blogger gals!  Then the next week is Kansas City Fashion week and that is 4+ days of non stop fashion.  Whew.... I think that is about it.  And then I want to go home to visit the parental who I haven't seen in a while.  I think I am going to be a blur for a bit!  


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And for those of you who think bloggers just step on out there and snap a few outfit pics with no problem.... let me share a few of the more common problems.  
Midwest + windy = lots of bloopers 



And this guy?  Yeah,  I guess he didn't notice we were taking pictures here! 





Jeans ~ Tee ~ Sunnies (Love These) ~ Watch ~ Cuff c/o ~ Lipstick ~ Shoes ~ Bag ~ Nail PolishEarrings ~


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