August 30, 2014

DSW for the entire family, an event to remember!

DSW now offering Kids shoes!

Have you guys heard yet?  DSW is now offering kids shoes from infant on up!  This makes your shoe-shopping for the whole family super easy.  To celebrate, Erin and I hosted a "Back to School" party in St. Louis full of fun for the whole family.  If you came out (despite the awful downpour), it was so great to have you, meet you and shop together. Let's do it again sometime!

For those of you who couldn't make it (we missed you!), here's a little run down of all the awesomeness that we had going on in celebration of the new kid's section (in-stores and online):

Donuts and donut-kabobs (!!)
Coffee from First Watch (and they handed out coupons for kids to eat free - win!)
Photo booth with dress up clothes & accessories with all photos by talented, Gina of i Kandi Photography
Craft table and kid-friendly projects hosted by Kelly of Live, Laugh, Rowe
Story time with books read by local librarian
Lots of giveaways

It was especially fun to meet a bunch of other StL bloggers and see how much fun all the kids had with all the activities.  I even got myself into that photo booth myself (in my DSW shoes) with a few different friends!  See below and make sure to check out DSW's Facebook page for ALL the photo booth pictures!

DSW Back to School Blogger Event

Erin and I both chose leopard shoes from DSW's vast leopard offerings (um, I need these booties stat and someday, Nora is going to need these), can you blame us?  Mine are wedges (here) and Erin's are kitten heels (here), so we were both able to be the hostesses with the mostesses and on our feet for the 2+ hour event.

breakfast party table

And if you were at the event and go your picture taken, or even if you weren't, check out the DSW's Facebook page for the photos!  

All photos by Gina of i Kandi Photography!

This post was sponsored by DSW, but all my options are my own! Thanks for supporting this blog!

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August 29, 2014

Omaha Fashion Week: Favorite Looks!

Favorite Looks from OFW 2014

As I mentioned yesterday, I had the pleasure of hitting the road for quick 3 hour drive from Kansas City to Omaha last weekend in pursuit of fashion inspiration and family fun.  The weekend started with a thunderstorm, but quickly cleared up just in time for my first Omaha Fashion Week experience. Located downtown in a large white tent (that survived the intense thunderstorm, thankfully), pumped with air conditioning, drinks and fashionistas, it felt like I pictured NYFW to be like.  

The elevated runway emerged from a large screen that showcased a video preview of each designer and collection before the models hit the walk. I loved this extra view into each collection, as it was the perfect set up for the all-to-quick show to come.  These shows also moved quick - which I appreciated the constant flow and quick transitions. However, not too quick that I could capture some of my favorite looks to share with you!  

Here are my favorite designs from the Friday and Saturday shows that I attended, and a little bit about those designers:

Bridget Mahony for Bridget Julia (center in photo above) started out Friday night and immediately set the tune for the rest of the show - this was going to be fun, I knew instantly. Her collection was a mix of cocktail and evening wear with intricate details of beading and lace. I was blown away for the mix of whimsy and structure, and couldn't help to gasp with glee when the removable skirt came off the white dress (two in one!!!).  

Spoiled Little Mama by Berthier De La Cruz had a Spanish flare and unexpected pops of colors in his designs. I was giddy over the under-skirt colors and the pop they made with the movement of the fabric.  This pieces were all so well crafted!

I've been a huge fan of SuShe by J. Tracy since 2012 when I saw her collection, highlighted by an amazing mustard yellow velvet dress, at KCFW.  I love how on trend, but unique all her styles are. This cage top is so well made, it could last years as a classic, and the updated spins to the classics, like black and white, is refreshing.  I definitely want to get my hands on the tribal skirt. 

It was hard for me not to put up every single photo from Elda Doamekpo for AFIELDA's collection. It was all so good, and perfectly coordinated, but not boring at all.  Even though the fabric was consistent, the design, craftsmanship and styles were far from repetitive.  I was completely in awe through all the looks, wanting...craving a piece in my own closet (like that perfect A-line skirt?!?!).  So good!

And probably the best show of the night, on of pure art... Angela of Get Plastered's work was amazing. Breathtaking. I had so much fun watching this show, that I wish I could watch it again and again. The metallic makeup that accented each look was so beautiful.  The headpieces belong in a museum. And the designs were so detailed. My favorite look was actually one inspired off a peacock, but my photo just didn't do it justice. Thankfully for professional photogs with better equipment... you can see a pic of that look here!

Wallflower is a vintage store in Omaha, and was another show that I couldn't get enough.  They are just so on trend with 50s, 60s and 70s styles so in right now. I adore this geometric swing dress, and their maxi skirts were just unlike the ones made these day - they were structured with the most perfect and subtle pleats at the top that could lead these skirts to being dressed up or down.  Next time I'm in Omaha, I need to make it a point to visit the store (I may never leave)!

As you can see, there were a lot of favs - but really this is only the beginning! There was just so much talent at the show.  You can visit Omaha Fashion Week to learn more about all the fab designers.  I'm really looking forward to Kansas City Fashion Week now to see some of these a second time, and of course, continue to learn about new local designers.

Thank you OFW for sponsoring my trip!

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August 28, 2014

Favorite Wears: Mixed patters & a new blue skirt for OFW

Outfit with Blue Skirt

You may have caught bits and pieces of my past weekend if you follow me on Instagram. I was in Omaha for a very full weekend of some major family and fashion fun, two of the best kinds!  Erin of Pretty, Polished, Perfect and I were invited to Omaha Fashion Week and a lovely stay at the Magnolia Hotel (where these photos were taken - seriously, such a pretty place), so we happily packed our heels (wedges), cute outfits, extra lipsticks and, of course, our families and hit the road. 

I had just picked up this flirty skirt in a slightly updated blue with a brighter version of the classic royal from H&M (seriously, run and get it) and packed it last minute as an option.  I always struggle with what to wear for these Fall fashion shows, as it's still hot, but I'm so ready to style Fall-pieces!  I ended up wearing this skirt to Friday night's fashion show to watch so many talented designers show their evening wear.  You'll see some of my favorite looks from the shows tomorrow, but a hint: stunning, intricate and surprising! 

Huge thank you to Omaha Fashion Week, Magnolia Hotel and Visit Omaha for this fun-packed weekend.  I can't wait to share with you more bits and pieces of our weekend experiences soon.

{Outfit Details: all jewelry c/o by amazingly talented Janesko, local to Kansas City(stay tuned for a giveaway coming're gonna want to enter this one!); Shirt - old from Loft (similar); Skirt - H&M (recent!); Wedges; Sunglasses - LuLu's (last season); Clutch - c/o Saks Off 5th; Lips}

Late Summer Outfit Idea
Beautiful jewelry by Janesko
Mixed Patterns
Blue Skirt with Stripes & Leopard
Transitioning into Fall outfit

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