Chasing Davies

April 23, 2018

Favorite Wears: White on White


 
Summer is coming, it's really coming even though it definitely doesn't feel like it.  But regardless of the current temps, I'm already switching my mind to lighter colors and fabrics in anticipation. Whether you work in an office or not, you NEED a light weight white blazer in your life for sure. I especially love it layered with other white pieces, making sure to use different textures for interest.

This outfit is my current favorite!  So easy, comfortable and yet chic - take it to the office, on a date or to your weekend errands.  And you can easily up the ante by pairing the top of this outfit with a pencil skirt or nicer pair of slacks for a more dressed up look.  

I'm not typically a big blazer wearer, but the light weight fabric of summer ones makes it more comfortable, and I'm obsessed with the white blazer look for something more unexpected.  I can't wait to see how others style this jacket.  

Shop this outfit and similar pieces here:



 Photos by the talented Elizabeth of Elizabeth Ladean Photography.  
She shoots portraits, engagements/weddings and lifestyle sessions all around Kansas City.  You can follow here on Facebook here and on Instagram here to see more of her work!

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April 19, 2018

Tips for the Best Summer Workout Wear

 

 
Even though Winter has been lingering on in a lot of the US for far too long, I'm still thinking ahead about having the right athletic gear to keep my workout streak going into those hotter months.  This month, I had a goal to workout 20 times (and I'm well on my way - you can see my progress on Instagram Stories & highlights). 

I love a good new workout outfit to keep me motivated, and great looking gear to get me excited about wearing them!  For me, the fit and feel of workout clothes are also very important - nothing distracts me more from a good workout that tugging down a shirt, or pulling up my pants. And clothes that itch or poke don't get a repeat wear.

So, I've rounded up some tips and favorite pieces that I've found to work great for me - specifically for warmer weather!

1. Find clothing with strategically placed mesh to keep your skin exposed to air for easier cooling down.  For my leggings, I love mesh behind my knees personally. And look for mesh on the back of or down the front of your sports bras to help keep cool under your shirt.  Some of my favorite mesh pieces for summer:






2. Breezy shirts with open backs and/or an open slit to cool off your back.  Other options are a longer, light and swing styled tops that are easy to cool off in. A crop styled sports bra  that is longer down the torso or crop top lets your midsection breath a bit:





3. Light colors and thinner, quick dry fabrics are key.  This is especially important if you are working out outdoors - and don't forget to wear sunscreen and UPF fabrics (like this tank) that help keep you safe from the sun.

4. Don't forget about what kind of underwear you wear! Quick dry, breathable and oder resistant will keep you even fresher, longer.  The brand I'm going to try out this summer (after some research!) is this one - they even have mens styles and comes in lots of cuts!

5. Get shoes that are light weight and made with breathable fabrics.  I have loved love Adidas Ultra Boost for awhile, and recently loving Nike LunarEpic sneaks - both come in loads of color options:



Do you have any tips or tricks on work out clothes for the summertime?

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April 15, 2018

Wall Crawl of Kansas City!


 
Whether you're a blogger, aiming to get that perfect Instagramable photo or just looking for a fun background for your own family photos - wall murals have been all the rage across the US for a few+ years now!  And while it's fun to travel to new cities and find their fun murals and brightly painted walls for pictures, Kansas City has some great walls right here!  

This could easily turn into a series featuring a lot more walls (because there are many not included, yet!), but I wanted to at least start with a few of my favorite walls and brightly colored spaces for getting those fun backdrops for your photos (especially now that the weather is getting nice!).  Also, below is a handy map with all the walls plotted out so you can easily do this crawl yourself - and please let me know in the comments below your favorite walls around the KC area.

Some of the pictures in collaboration with my favorite Kansas City photographer, Elizabeth Ladean! See her Instagram here, too.

1. The Star Wall
The Star Wall in Martini Corner might be one of my favorites! It's so whimsical and sweet. You can see more of this wall from my original post here.

2. The Art Alley
The Art Alley in the Crossroads is full of different, brightly colored walls all down an alley, with little off-shoots of more color. What a great backdrop if looking for lots of colors! More photos of this space here and here.

3.  Kansas City Wall
Looking to declare you location and/or love for KC? Here is the wall for you - located in the Crossroads.

4. Diamond Wall
This is an unexpected wall, located on the side of a U-Hawl building - but I love all the diamond shapes the different toned yellows make. It's located just south of PnL, on the south side of the highway.  See more photos here.

5.  Flag Wall
Looking for something patriotic?  That perfect photo for the 4th of July?  This big flag mural is located in downtown Parkville just off of Main St.  See more photos here.

6.  #KCLoves Wall
This wall is most beautifully viewed from afar actually, but if you're looking to get up close and personal, you'll have to go to the top the Barkley of a parking garage!

7.  Flamingo Wall
Looking for something fun for summer? This Flamingo wall on the side of Miami Vice located in the Roanoke area (39th St), has the perfect summer feel.  See more pics for other fun backgrounds at this same location here.

8. Mint Wall
For something subtle and sweet, this mint wall is a lovely backdrop. Located off of Southwest Boulevard, across the street from Boulevard Brewery. See more pics of this wall here.

Here are all these walls plotted to make your own wall crawl easy!


Tell me your favorite walls/murals/photo spots around KC, and you might just be featured on the next Wall Crawl post!

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