Entries from April 29th, 2012

April 29, 2012

kate spade & lucky fashion show hosted by tim gunn | kansas city, missouri

It’s been a fashion-filled weekend.

Despite battling a vicious bug since Friday, my friend Laura and I made it out to the Country Club Plaza on Saturday to see Tim Gunn host the Kate Spade New York and Lucky Brand Jeans fashion show.

laura and kimberlyloc at country club plaza tim gunn fashion show

{Sunnies//Target; Peplum Top//Frenchic via Stiletto Boutique in Olathe, Kansas; Skinny Jeans//Forever 21; Open-toe Booties//Vince Camuto via Dillard’s; Leather Clutch//Hobo the Original via Solemates Boutique in Van Buren, Arkansas}

I almost skipped out on this show in favor of sleeping off my sickness in bed, but managed to muster up enough energy (with the promise of eating magically curing pho at Vietnam Cafe after the show) to hang out for about an hour while Tim Gunn talked size, fit and proportion of clothes for all body types.

tim gunn kansas city kate spade fashion show

While most people recognize Tim Gunn from Project Runway, few may realize that this respected fashion critic is the chief creative officers of Fifth and Pacific Companies (formerly Liz Claiborne), the company that owns Kate Spade New York, Lucky Brand Jeans (ahh, get it now?) and Juicy Couture.

Tim offered some great tips during the show, and even a great little piece of trivia:

Tim Gunn’s Fashion Tips

1. Hold clothing up to your chin. If the color makes your skin glow, go for it! If it makes it look sallow and washed out, refrain.

2. Think of your body in thirds. Don’t cut it in half with harsh belts or lines. Instead, draw natural separations that work with the shape of your body instead of against it.

3. Guys: If you’re going to wear an opened-up button-down top, be sure to tuck in your undershirt and wear a belt. This keeps your look polished yet casual.

A Great Piece of Trivia c/o Tim Gunn

Quit calling sleeveless undershirts “wifebeaters!” They’re called “tank tops,” and for good reason.

“This is a very esteemed piece of clothing,” Gunn says. He notes that the tank top dates back to early France, where the French called a swimming pool a “tank.” (makes sense now, eh?)

All of these tips and tidbits were a nice foray into Gunn mentioning his forthcoming fashion book, “Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet.” I’ll be adding that to my Pinterest wish list soon!

And now, more fashion show pictures!

tim gunn kate spade fashion show kansas city

I’m loving all the fun color and flattering shapes Kate Spade has to offer.

tim gunn kate spade fashion show kansas city

Such an easy, office-friendly look. I was mostly staring at this model’s hair…gorgeous!

tim gunn kate spade fashion show kansas city

Little Miss Laura has been swooning over this beautiful trench coat for months. It’s currently 40% off at Kate Spade and calling her name.

tim gunn kate spade fashion show kansas city

Tim Gunn definitely noted that these Kate Spade swimsuits had a very specific cut for a very specific body type. In other words (his words!) “skimpy.” “Try it on” he reminded the audience!

tim gunn kate spade fashion show kansas city

I’d wear the top of this bathing suit with a more-forgiving, all-black bottom.

Has Tim Gunn come to your town? What do you think of this fashion guru? Tell me your opinion of the very-opinionated Mr. Gunn in the comments section!

For more pictures from the event, visit the kimberlyloc Facebook page!

April 29, 2012

fashion for a cause 2012 post-show | kansas city, missouri

Toward the end of the show, Jess and I headed backstage to get in on the post-show action and catch up with the models.

model backstage fashion for a cause

This lovely model garnered so much applause from the ladies in my row, I couldn’t help but lean over and ask, “Who is she?” She’s the mother of a high school senior and a celebrated Kansas City community member with a million-dollar smile.

giuliana rancic dressing room

I was only bargaining on getting a little shot of Giuliana’s dressing room sign!

giuliana rancic and crew at fashion for a cause kansas city

By sheer luck, Jess and I were shooting backstage near the same exit path that Giuliana took to get to her room. In a bit of a panic, I got this picture of the E! news host as she happily smiled and waved to everyone backstage.

kimberlyloc giuliana rancic mimi and chichi

I passed my camera on to a volunteer to snap this photo of me, Giuliana and Jess, but failed to put it on auto (I was making myself shoot in manual all night) to ensure a perfect picture. This will have to do!

For more pictures from the event, visit the kimberlyloc Facebook page and the Fashion for a Cause Facebook page! Feel free to tag yourself, too.

April 29, 2012

fashion for a cause 2012 runway show | kansas city, missouri

With all the party and pre-show hair and makeup shots, you’re probably wondering…where are the fashion shots?

Alas, here’s a few pictures from the actual runway show inside Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

giuliana rancic hosts fashion for a cause kansas city

Giuliana Rancic opens up the evening by sharing her own personal story with battling breast cancer to an audience of patrons attending Fashion for a Cause in support of women’s health services at Truman Medical Center.

fashion for a cause giuliana rancic michelle twibell, chuck matney and leslie brett

Giuliana introduces this year’s honorary chairs Michelle Twibell, Chuck Matney and Leslie Brett.

fashion for a cause runway show

The first set of models strut down the runway in vibrant pinks and corals.

fashion models at fashion for a cause kansas city

Loving the bold colors from head to toe.

bright yellow dress on model fashion for a cause kansas city

Stunning yellow on my bombshell blonde (remember her?).

hats fashion for a cause black hat

Sexy, mysterious hats are perfect for summer 2012 and resort season.

young runway models fashion for a cause kansas city

The teen models at Fashion for a Cause did a cute little dance at the end of their walk.

For more pictures from the event, visit the kimberlyloc Facebook page and the Fashion for a Cause Facebook page! Feel free to tag yourself, too.

April 29, 2012

fashion for a cause 2012 backstage hair | kansas city, missouri

They say that women on the East and West Coasts care more about their hair than people anywhere else in the country.

That little saying could have easily been proven wrong on Friday night backstage at Fashion for a Cause in Kansas City.

Local stylists from salons such as Skyline, Bijin, Pin Curls & Pearls, Shelby Herrick and Zafar created striking and sleek looks for the men and women who walked the show.

sleek hair backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

I loved this sleek, long pony. Not a hair out of place!

curling irons backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

So many different curling irons and plenty of bottles of hairspray to keep the models’ hairdos looking lovely.

backstage men's hair at fashion for a cause kansas city

Getting a Don Draper-esque slicked ‘do.

miss kansas usa jaymie stokes hair backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

Miss Kansas USA Jaymie Stokes helps her curls set backstage before the show.

trimming blonde wig backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

Snapping a blonde ombre wig to the perfect length.

For more pictures from the event, visit the kimberlyloc Facebook page and the Fashion for a Cause Facebook page! Feel free to tag yourself, too.

April 29, 2012

fashion for a cause 2012 backstage makeup | kansas city, missouri

Though fashion models typically serve as a beautiful form for beautiful clothes, what’s on their faces and nails are becoming just as important as the fabric on their bodies.

While backstage before the Fashion for a Cause show, I peeped what the makeup artists from Nordstrom were using on the models to get them ready for their strut down the runway inside Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

eyeshadow application backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

The artists focused on creating colorful lips and cheeks while balancing out the eyes with natural shades. This model’s gorgeous mocha skin looked stunning with a flush of purple on the eyelids.

makeup backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

Piles of product filled the makeup station as the artists mixed custom blends of foundation for every girl’s unique skin tone.

makeup artist backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

With precision and focus, this makeup artist applies color to the model’s lips. The artists used mostly NARS, Bobbi Brown and YSL makeup.

mascara wands and lip gloss backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

An army of clean mascara wands await the models’ eyelashes while a rich, lone tube of coral gloss stands guard.

makeup and seventh generation towelettes backstage at fashion for a cause kansas city

Amidst all the makeup, a packet of natural Seventh Generation wipes is available for cleanup.

For more pictures from the event, visit the kimberlyloc Facebook page and the Fashion for a Cause Facebook page! Feel free to tag yourself, too.

April 29, 2012

fashion for a cause 2012 patrons party | kansas city, missouri

On Friday, Jess and I got all dolled up for Fashion for a Cause at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The event, now in its seventh year, supports women’s health services at Truman Medical Center.

jess afshar mimi and chichi and kim wallace kimberlyloc

I wore a romantic lace Sue Wong sheath dress that I picked up from Hall’s (at a surprising 40 percent off!), while Jess rocked a gorgeous, form-fitting Herve Leger bandage dress with a tan jacket.

patrons party fashion for a cause kansas city

We mingled with friends and coworkers at the pre-show patrons party, where we had cute little appetizers and drinks (except I was sipping water all night and surviving on crackers because of an irritating sick bug that had been plaguing me all day).

brooke beason and marcia beason

My gorgeous coworker Brooke was easily mistaken for a model several times, and her mother was stunning in florals and pearls. Brooke worked the social media aspect of the event and helped connect Jess and me to the backstage pre- and post-show madness.

teacher man and kimberlyloc

This was the teacher man’s first fashion show. He seemed pretty content at the patrons party, surrounded by good drinks, tasty snacks and beautiful people.

giuliana rancic fashion for a cause kansas city

Giuliana Rancic, host of E! News and Fashion Police, mingled with patrons before hosting the show.

For more pictures from the event, visit the kimberlyloc Facebook page and the Fashion for a Cause Facebook page! Feel free to tag yourself, too.

April 27, 2012

free stuff friday: tsi-la natural perfume oil

NOTE: GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

To round out this month’s Earth month giveaways, Tsi-La, the natural perfumery, is generously donating a mini collection of natural fragrances.

tsi la natural fragrance mini collection

{Valued at $95, this quartet of fragrances will have you playing mix-and-match every morning to figure out your custom scent. Photo Courtesy Tsi-La}

These natural fragrances contain no alcohol, preservatives, artificial fragrances or colorings — they’re actually good for your skin!

Ingredients like active extracts of goji berry, rooibos, persimmon and blueberry are rich in beneficial antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. These extracts float around in a base of moisturizing oils that nourish and protect the skin — double duty product!

Want to win this mini collection of fragrances? Here’s what you’ve got to do:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me the most-natural ingredient you’ve ever used on your skin (cucumber eye masks? avocados on your face? honey and oats?).
  2. Have a fantastic weekend!

Giveaway begins Friday, April 27, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. CDT, and closes on Monday, April 30, 2012, at 12:00 pm. CDT.

You have to leave your comment by noon Central time on April 30 to be counted!

 

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2. Entrant must be 18 years old as of sweepstakes start date and a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia as of start date.

3. Sweepstakes begins Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8:00 am CDT and ends Monday, April 30, 2012, at 12:00 pm CDT.

4. Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Winners will be selected by random drawing. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within fourteen (14) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.

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April 26, 2012

fashion for a cause 2012 dress preview | kansas city, missouri

I’ve been a bit of a procrastinator.

Tomorrow is Fashion for a Cause, Kansas City’s premier fashion event at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and I’ve yet to decide what I’m wearing.

However, I’ve narrowed my dress options to four pieces that are gorgeous in their own ways. I purchased one last night, but am rethinking my decision. Don’t you love being down to the wire?

calvin klein black dress

{This classic Calvin Klein dress fulfills the need for the perfect LBD in my wardrobe. Photo Courtesy Nordstrom}

sue wong beige dress

{I love the detailing on this dress, and I also like that I can wear it in all seasons — including weddings! Photo Courtesy Nordstrom}

calvin klein red dress

{This red-hot dress is sure to grab attention. I like the classic shape and mix of pleats. Photo Courtesy Nordstrom}

rachel zoe white dress

{I like the unexpected shape and gold detail on this dress. I’d wear it with an arm cuff and tough boots. Photo Courtesy Neiman Marcus}

I’d love your help in deciding what to wear to Fashion for a Cause, an event that benefits Women’s Health Services at Truman Medical Center.

Tell me what you like in the comments section, and I’ll share some snapshots of my outfit tomorrow via Instagram!

1. Calvin Klein Diagonal Pleat Jersey Shift Dress | $118

2. Sue Wong Illusion Bodice Lace Sheath Dress | $328 (also available at Halls in Kansas City)

3. Calvin Klein Stretch Satin Sheath Dress | $168

4. Rachel Zoe Sandra Cape Dress | originally $495, on sale for $297 (also available at Halls in Kansas City)



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