March 26, 2015

Transforming the 'Not Nude Lip' from day to night for KCFW!

Last weekend, I attended KCFW with a pre-event with Ulta before the shows.  They hosted a lovely cocktail party for the KC Bloggers and it was full of makeup trends, beauty samples, cocktails and catching up with friends, and then shortly followed by, of course, fashion!  I was freshly back from San Juan (having landed 3:30 that morning!) and the mix of Ulta's swag bag, bubbly drinks and KCFW designer shows was just what I needed to get past the jet lag.  

For my beauty look, I wanted to plus up the more natural make up look and "Not Nude Lip" trend I had just learned about (the tutorial here!) and transform it for evening.  It was really simple to add to this foundation! I just added a cat eye with They're Real Push Up Liner and extra mascara, which also allowed me to try out the Blackest Black spring-time makeup trend!  That's the best part about good products and a solid beauty base, it can be taken straight into an evening look with very little effort!  

Erin also transformed her "Not Nude Lip" for her night look, wearing a stunning red'll have to get the details and check her look out here

For my outfit, having just come back from the beach, I was still feeling that vacation vibe and for some reason, this spring jacket was just perfect for that feeling. In true Megan-fashion, I had to mix prints and threw on this old, but classically striped dress for the completion of the look. I love how the "Not Nude Lip" looked against the soft shades of the jacket and the black, and white graphics added some contrast.  Topped off with some gold jewelry, bright blue heels, a simple face and swept back hair - it was an easy, yet interesting look!

{Outfit Details: Jacket - H&M, Dress - old Anthro (similar here and here), Heels - c/o Rack Room Shoes, Necklace - H&M, Bracelet for Fitbit & Madewell Bracelet, Make Up c/o Ulta}

mixed pattern outfit for sprintblack and white stripe dress outfit
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Interested in trying out the "Not Nude Lip" lipstick trend for yourself? You can shop the look right here, or check out Ulta's top 5 make up trends for spring to find something else!

Huge thank you to Jeannette Howard Photography for these photos! She does really great work if you are looking for a family or portrait photographer in the Kansas City area!

This post is in partnership with Ulta! All of the styling and opinions are my own.

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March 25, 2015

Spring 2015 Kansas City Fashion Week Highlights

Well, it actually happens twice a year and it's a 3-day event packed with awesome shows from local designers to Project Runway contestants!  But regardless, this past weekend was a pretty fun time to be in Kansas City if you love fashion, because KC Fashion Week does a great job.  I missed most of this year, since I was galavanting around San Juan, but after landing at 3:30am Saturday morning, hugging my kids all day, I was able to squeeze in not just the final show, but the Ulta pre-event for the KCFW bloggers, too!  It was a super fun night!

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite looks from last Saturday night's show - some really good stuff!  The last night is always my favorite, as I feel like no one holds back, and this season was no different. See what I mean...

 Besides the sunglasses that all the models wore, this season Architexture shared fall looks rich in burgundy and navy.  I love burgundy for Fall, and the collars on the jackets were perfection. I could totally go for a pair of those sunglasses, too...

Kate Walz continues to surprise me! When I first started attending KCFW several years ago, I remember Kate's prom and event-perfect dresses! They were detailed and fabulous. But more astounding was her age - a teenager creating these design-perfect ballgowns!  Over the years (through many KCFW shows and an Omaha one in there), I've seen her mature, evolve and experiment - and it's been fun!  This season was no different!

House of Cochon might have been my favorite show of the night! Courtney is the owner and designer behind this jewelry and accessories company, and I was all about her wooden pieces and awesome styling.  Her brightly painted wooden bangles and necklaces popped against  the navy backdrops of each models' outfit and the neon accents had me jones-ing for summer!

Switching gears a bit, from summer-perfect jewelry to cocktail or special event-ready with Whitney Rorah Design.  Her entire show was breathtaking and for the next black-tie event I have, I'm totally begging her to borrow one of these dresses.

And the final show of the night and this season was by Project Runway alum, Laura Kathleen!  She showed last season, too, and now the two times I've seen her, she has not disappointed!  My only disappointment lies in that I did not have that gorgeous white maxi dress on my San Juan trip!  The rest of the collection was a lovely mix of whimsy and structure, and honestly, it was filled with pieces that could go from spring into fall!

And there you have it - my favorite parts of KCFW (the part I saw), which ended up being quite a bit! If you are a designer or model - feel free to share this post!  For photos, please contact me via email!

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March 24, 2015

What to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico!

Traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico
Last week I was lucky to be in beautiful weather, surrounded by palm trees and blue skies while it rained and cooled down back at home. My husband had a conference to attend, and I hitched along to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Because he was working here and there, we didn't do all there is to offer, but I had some pretty great R&R time - which was MUCH needed!

BUT if you are going with more time on your hands, there are some seriously cool things you should look into doing like: hiking in the el younque rainforest to a waterfall,  sunset kayak in the bioluminescent bay, and I'm always a huge fan of snorkeling and day-long catamaran trips!

A lot of my trip was spent at the Hilton Caribe, hanging out at the beach and pool. I loved the hammock area and pretty much stayed in the shade most of the time!  But, I did peel myself away from the beach and pool and my husband had some free time to do some further exploring.  


 Old San Juan is the original town of San Juan that used to be contained by walls.  In 1897, the walls came down when the people demanded the space to expand as the population had grown.  We loved this area - all the brightly colored buildings and ally-ways reminded me of Europe!  And there were some great patio restaurants.  We walked around a couple times - you could walk from coast to the coast on the other side.

Old San Juan town

 The last day we were there, we had the whole day to explore. So, back to Old San Juan (which was just a 10-15 minute cab ride away from the Hilton), we hit up both the forts that protected (old) San Juan from invaders, El Morro was built in the late 1500s to guard against invaders from the seat and the Castillo San Cristobal fortress was built later in mid-1600s to protect the city.   Both forts have amazing views, catch prefect breezes and are filled with history.

I loved walking around these expansive structures, taking photos and climbing to the top for the best views.  My husband loves to read every little sign and devour the maps. This is how we do our vacations - always slightly in our own ways.

So next year... I'm thinking a true vacation (no work!) to Costa Rica!  Anyone been there with any great recommendations or thoughts on other places I should adventure and get some R&R next?
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