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May 17, 2014

8 favorite styles from rock the block fashion show | kansas city, missouri

While we’re used to looking ahead to the next season during fashion shows (springs styles in September, fall styles in February), you can usually count on being ready to buy whatever’s showing at on the runway at Kansas City’s annual Rock the Block Fashion Show in May.

Friday night, though, was unusually chilly, so I was back to looking forward to being able to slip into the pretty maxi dresses, short shorts and sleeveless everything that the local boutiques sent down the runway at the Kansas City Live Block of the Kansas City Power & Light District.

That didn’t keep me from baring my legs, for the night, but it was definitely a night for booties and the poodle coat. Behold:

what kimberlyloc wore to the rock the block fashion show kansas city

Photo by Susan Melgren

Coat // Langford Market

Dress // c/o Ross Dress for Less

Booties // Sam Edelman

Glasses // Warby Parker

Earrings // BaubleBar c/o Jane Iredale

Ring // c/o Anjolee

Lip Gloss // “Mauve” c/o EnvyDerm

See what I wore to Rock the Block 2013!

rock the block fashion show kansas city

This year, the Rock the Block Fashion Show team invited me to style a couple of models for the special runway presentation benefiting Wayside Waifs, a nonprofit humane society and animal welfare organization in Kansas City.

As many of you know, I’m a bona fide cat lady, but I love doggies, too, so of course I said yes.

rock the block fashion show kansas city

I pulled two looks from Zafar Boutique and was thrilled to see the gorgeous models come out with their pretty pooches!

While the dogs were a bit shy to walk the runway, they eventually got used to being in the spotlight and did a fantastic job of garnering “ooohs” and “awwwws” from the packed crowd.

Fellow KC-area bloggers Fashion Column Twins and Pretty, Polished, Perfect also styled looks for the presentation. Congrats, ladies!

Now, onto the boutique shows!

Zafar and Envolve Boutique showed as well as six boutiques located within KC Garment District Boutique and Collective: Two Chic Blvd, Label Clothier, Imagery, Eye Candy Boutique, Fitness Culture and Frankie & Jules Boutique.

Below are my eight favorite looks of the night, which range from gypsy chic and rockstar glam to flirty feminine and festival free spirit.

If by the end of the pics below you aren’t craving a headpiece or two, there’s something wrong!

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

See more looks from Rock the Block 2014 on the kimberlyloc.com Facebook page!

Which looks did you love? Tell me in the comments section!


March 20, 2014

favorite styles from kansas city fashion week | kansas city fashion week spring 2014 | kansas city, missouri

In the past two years of covering Kansas City Fashion Week (first show review here), I’ve never walked away thinking that every single designer was solid.

Sure, the shows improve every year and there are veteran designers who captivate the audience.

But this year, every single designer who showed on Saturday brought some serious style game that made me think “Wow, I’d buy that.”

Below, I’m sharing a small selection of my favorite looks from Saturday’s daytime and evening shows.

Note: I was under some sort of curse this season. Not only was I super-sick before the show and had to miss the opening parties, but I also lost 500+ pictures I shot on my DSLR. Below is what I could salvage from my iPhone — what a heartbreaker! I can’t wait to see all of the professional shots on the Kansas City Fashion Week Facebook page soon, though!

l.o.d kansas city fashion week march 2014 union station

Olathe, Kansas, designer Elodie Auvray of L.O.D kicked off the Saturday afternoon show strong-bodied dancers and tribal music, which set the tone for her gorgeous island getaway collection of swimwear and resort dresses.

The large leaf patterns that dominated her collection had me wishing I was sipping juice from a fresh coconut and being fanned by one or all of the nice dancer men who opened the show.

Her banana-yellow dress was the most interesting piece in the collection; the dramatic bust commanded my attention from the moment the model stepped onto the runway.

elle inspired kansas city fashion week march 2014 union station

I’m a sucker for romantic gowns, and Omaha, Nebraska, designer Elda Doamekpo of Elle Inspired captured my heart with this look.

From the ringlets and ladylike neckline to the jeweled waist and mermaid bottom — all in my color crush, blush pink — this dress begs to be taken to the ball.

andrea marie long designs kansas city fashion week march 2014 union station

Kansas City designer Andrea Long of Andrea Marie Long Designs had me craving fall and a Clueless marathon with her collection dominated by classic prints. I wanted basically everything she showed (though maybe with a longer hemline on the skirts to make them office appropriate).

Andrea gets bonus points for choosing to have Beyonce play in the beginning of her show.

sara kahrs kansas city fashion week march 2014 union station

Of all the designers who showed on Saturday afternoon, Sara Kahrs of Springfield, Missouri, got me the most excited for fall.

Rich oxblood, tar black and smoke gave her collection a moody yet approachable feel, and the textures and fabrics she chose had me wanting to reach out and touch each garment as they came down the runway.

ola style kansas city fashion week march 2014 union station

Saint Louis, Missouri, designer Ola Hawatmeh of Ola Style showed some flowy, fun dresses, but the best one by far in her collection was this gilded number.

The combination of an incredible baroque print with whimsical lines and the perfectly tailored fit made this piece a showstopper. More of this, please!

kate walz kansas city fashion week march 2014 union station

Bennington, Nebraska, designer Kate Walz opened the Saturday evening show with her Beatles-inspired collection.

I was pleasantly surprised to see her depart from the ultra-girly and super sweet designs and show a collection with some edge and maturity. This dress, named “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” floated down the runway and had me dreaming of a Boho escape.

You must check out Kate’s Instagram for more fabulous shots of this collection; I’m also in awe of “Lovely Rita” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

lauren bander kansas city fashion week march 2014 union station

Crowd favorite Lauren Bander of Saint Louis, Missouri, stayed true to her tulle but also stepped out of her comfort zone to show some other chic ways to embrace your femininity.

I personally loved the oversized, bejeweled sleeve on the navy number. I could use a little more length in the front, but I get the spirit of the idea. I like.

koko clemence kansas city fashion week march 2014 union station

Jumpsuits are hard. Sure, sometimes it’s all on the body type (and these are models we’re dealing with here!), but sometimes it’s the cut and lines of a jumpsuit that can just be all wrong.

Olathe, Kansas, designer K. Clemence Lawson of Koko Clemson got it right.

Her patterned jumpsuit fit in all the right places — natural waist, arm holes and leg length — and drew several approving nods from the crowd.

bywhitney kansas city fashion week march 2014 union station

Whitney Rorah of ByWhitney from Boone, Iowa, had every woman in the room fawning over her sweet dresses.

While she showed traditional wedding dresses, I was most drawn to her flirty pink dresses — who says you have to wear white (or a dress, for that matter) for your wedding?

There’s no wedding plans in my near future, but I’d totally wear this piece to the grocery store. And to walk my non-existent dog. And to some fancy event downtown.

I want to live in this dress. How can you not feel pretty in it?

Congratulations to all the designers, models, hair and makeup artists, planning and production teams and amazing sponsors Kansas Clean Distilled Whiskey, Ulta Beauty, The Pitch, Hotel Phillips, Union Station and KC Magazine for making the spring 2014 shows an incredible success!

And, of course, big thank you to Project Runway star (and Saint Louis gal) Laura Kathleen for participating in Kansas City Fashion Week. You know your collection was off the charts! Thanks for making the Midwest proud.

Did you attend Kansas City Fashion Week? What were your favorite looks you saw at the shows or via social media? Tell me in the comments section!


October 6, 2013

favorite styles from kansas city fashion week | kansas city fashion week fall 2013 | kansas city, missouri

This was a special year for Kansas City Fashion Week.

In addition to attracting designers from more than 10 different cities nationwide (including Austin; New York; Omaha; and St. Augustine, Florida), Kansas City Fashion Week had the community buzzing about its quintessential Kansas City location: Union Station.

Though the beautiful venue presented challenges with echoing because of the high ceilings, I think it’s safe to say “less talk, more fabulous fashion” was on everybody’s minds throughout the weekend shows.

Here are my favorite looks from Kansas City Fashion Week’s October 2013 shows:

erin paige designs kansas city fashion week

Overland Park, Kansas, designer Erin Paige sent bright, fun floral necklaces and chunky cuffs down the runway.

I had the chance to see these a bit closer and confirm that they’re light as air despite their larger-than-life size.

One of these necklaces will be coming home with me very soon (because I obviously need more accessories).

chelsea riane designs kansas city fashion week

Kansas City designer Chelsea Riane caught my attention with this pretty, pale pink dress. It had beautiful movement to it, begging to be taken out for a spin (perhaps to the ballet this winter?).

recrudescence kansas city fashion week

Funky accessories always get me. Recrudescence of Kansas City took “statement” to the extreme with these metallic, nature-inspired necklaces.

I’m extremely drawn to the one on the right, while the collared one on the left had my imagination running wild.

kaity rathman designs kansas city fashion week

This violet number from Lincoln, Nebraska’s Kaity Rathman had me obsessing.

The cut, volume and flow to this dress was just perfect, and the rich colors were attention-getting without feeling loud.

whitney manney kansas city fashion week

I’ve watched Kansas City Art Institute graduate Whitney Manney grow so much over the past year and a half.

Throughout her maturation as a designer, she’s always remained true to her aesthetic: a funky, urban chic with no apologies and no excuses.

The Whitney Manney girl owns it, whether she’s wearing a cool crop top or a sporty shirtdress. You only wish you could be so cool!

lauren bander kansas city fashion week

I was excited to see St. Louis designer Lauren Bander back for another season in Kansas City. She stole my heart last season, and didn’t disappoint this fall, either.

Her signature combination of voluminous tulle and sleek, satiny fabrics anchored her collection of muted neutrals that could transition easily from season to season.

hilary brown kansas city fashion week

I don’t like thinking about swimwear in October (it finally cooled down, guys!), but with Hilary Brown’s sporty and chic line, you just can’t help but fast forward to spring/summer 2014.

The Kansas City designer combined athletic bikinis with flirty cover-ups for a cool collection that could take you from beach volleyball to beachside lounging.

kate walz kansas city fashion week

I’m not sure how 16-year-old Nebraskan Kate Walz does it.

For someone so young, her collection had a feeling of pure romance beyond the realm girlhood crushes and hangup phone calls.

Her opening look, a sweet floral ballerina, drew immediate applause and inspired fantasies of dancing the night away with a prince.

Her penultimate look, my absolute favorite, reminded me of something a queen would wear sauntering about town, with that pale blue and pretty floral print. (See the back of this sweet cloak on my Facebook page.)

Who were your favorite designers at Kansas City Fashion Week this season? What looks did you like best? Tell me in the comments, and see more pics on my Facebook page!

September 9, 2013

scenes from my weekend | a visit to new york during mercedes-benz fashion week | new york city

My apologies for being a bit quiet on the blog lately — I hope you have been able to follow along via Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates during the past few days!

I’ll be back to a regular posting schedule this week — until then, here’s a recap of my time in New York City during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

kimberlyloc britanie faith gina debacker caro during a night for green beauty

{To kick off my stay in New York City, my friends Carolyn (my left) and Gina (far right)  joined me at “A Night for Green Beauty,” where we met my lovely beauty blogging friends (including Britanie Faith!) and some of my favorite natural beauty company founders. The event was packed full of familiar faces, new products and lots of energy. Thank you to La Bella Figura for planning and executing this amazing gathering!}

gina kimberlyloc may lindstrom victoria fantauzzi la bella figura

{Wednesday’s travels and green beauty event really took it out of me. On Thursday, Gina and I slept in, had brunch with Laurie of 312 Beauty and then headed downtown to meet up with the beautiful May Lindstrom for afternoon tea. As we were preparing to leave, “Aunt Victoria” (as she is so lovingly referred to by May and her husband Robert on behalf of their baby girl, Talia) of La Bella Figura was popping over for a visit. It was a treat to connect on a more intimate level with two of my favorite natural skincare company founders. I’m not sure what this says about me, but I was never starstruck by meeting any of the beauty founders — every single one of them comes off the exact same way they do via email and social media: genuine and warm. That’s what I love about this community.}

mercedes benz fashion week p'trique project runway noon by noor

{Friday was fashion show day for Gina and me. We kicked off our run at Lincoln Center with the Project Runway finale show (sooooo good!) followed by Noon by Noor and the Nautica men’s show. I have to say, though, the highlight of my day at Lincoln Center was spotting my girl P’Trique.}

gita woosley mimi and chichi kimberlyloc mercedes benz fashion week ramen venexiana

{On Saturday, Gina and I hit up brunch with my friend Carolyn, wandered around Central Park and explored the natural history museum before heading back to Lincoln Center for our final show of the weekend: Venexiana. We joined my girl Gita of Mimi and Chichi for the show, which featured 73 flowy, drapey dresses — this one was my favorite. Post-show, we calmed my ramen craving by heading to Hide-Chan in Midtown East. It’s a fashion week tradition!}

May 20, 2013

outfit post | staring swan

Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not really a big fan of my tummy.

Everyone has a body part that they are constantly battling; for me, it’s my stomach.

That’s why I was a bit surprised to fall in love with this Topshop swan-print cutout dress that I found in Vegas last year.

kimberlyloc outfit post staring swan

kimberlyloc outfit post staring swan

kimberlyloc outfit post staring swan

kimberlyloc outfit post staring swan

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kimberlyloc outfit post staring swan

With its flirty front cutout, I’ve actually only worn this dress once — backwards — since I purchased it.

However, for Friday night’s quite-humid “Rock the Block” fashion show in Kansas City, I decided to be bold — and stay cool — by wearing my Topshop swan cutout dress the right way.

Yes, I got a few stares … and I got a handful of compliments on rocking such a fun dress for a night out on the town.

I’ll be wearing it again soon.

Here’s how to get this “staring swan” look:

Dress (similar with back cutout) //  Topshop

Jacket // The Limited

Flats (similar) // Kenneth Cole Reaction

Purse // Vintage Coach Watson via Act II Consignment, Kansas City, Missouri

Earrings (similar) // Kate Spade via Halls

Necklace // Chain via Brooklyn Charm; Charm via Romancing the Stone

Rose Gold Rings (similar) // H&M

Shell Ring // Adorned Boutique, Lawrence, Kansas

Lipstick // Mirenesse Glossy Kiss “Quick Kiss”

Nail Polish // OPI “25 Colorful Years”

How are you turning heads this month? Tell me in the comments section!


April 7, 2013

fashion for a cause 2013 runway | kansas city, missouri

With all the glitz and glamour that goes with Fashion for a Cause — the backstage scene, the patrons party, the dress hunt — it’s easy to forget that, hey, we’re here for a fabulous fashion show to benefit women’s health services and oncology care at Truman Medical Center!

This was my second year to attend the event (see coverage from last year’s show, hosted by Giuliana Rancic).

Host Carson Kressley of Queer Eye for the Straigh Guy fame kept the crowd of Kansas City philanthropists laughing and smiling with his cute jokes, funny tips (“more men’s swimwear next year!”) and overall charming personality.

carson kressley fashion for a cause 2013 kansas city

{Carson Kressley is no stranger to Kansas City. He attends the American Royal Barbecue every year and spent the whole weekend in Kansas City after Fashion for a Cause.}

You can find more pictures of the styles shows from local Kansas City shops Alaskan Fur Company, Feng, Clique Boutique, Helen Jon, Hudson & Jane, Miriam Garvey, jH, Nolte’s, N Valentino and Sitzmark Sports on the kimberlyloc.com Facebook page as well as the Fashion for a Cause Facebook page.

For now, though, I leave you with my favorite four styles of the night.

favorite styles from fashion for a cause 2013 kansas city

{Photos used in this original collage c/o Fashion for a Cause}

[Clockwise from top left]

  • The white crochet/lace dress and hat scream summer to me — can’t wait to wear that outfit.
  • I am adoring the crisp men’s look with bright yellow pants, cuffed at the ankle, and cool shoes. More men need to dress like that!
  • The black evening gown is sexy yet sophisticated — I don’t know where I’d wear it, but I want it!
  • And finally, the yellow/green and black dress with the neck ruffle stole my heart. That’s my overall No. 1 pick of the night!

What are your favorite looks from Fashion for a Cause 2013? And even more important — are you planning on coming to Fashion for a Cause 2014 after seeing all this fabulousness?!

April 7, 2013

fashion for a cause 2013 patrons party | kansas city, missouri

On Friday, Laura and I hit up Fashion for a Cause at the Kansas City Convention Center.

The event, now in its eighth year, supports women’s health services and oncology care at Truman Medical Center.

laura evers hall and kimberlyloc fashion for a cause kansas city

{I wore a sapphire blue Sue Wong dress that I picked up from Hall’s (during its “It’s a Girl Thing” shopping event for 20 percent off!). Laura was able to rewear her sweet amethyst dress from her wedding rehearsal dinner less than a year ago.}

Laura and I had a fun time eyeing Kansas City’s most stylish and philanthropic community members during the Patrons Party.

kimberlyloc glitterati fashion for a cause kansas city

{I was a member of the Kansas City “Glitterati” for the evening. That just sounds fun to say and type.}

fashion for a cause 2013 patrons party

{Patrons Party attendees enjoyed an amazing spread of appetizers and an well-stocked beer, wine and spirits bar. Except me — I was running around too much to even get a drink! I did manage to make a small plate to enjoy before the show.}

carson kressley fashion for a cause patrons party

{Carson Kressley, Emmy-award winning TV star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer (aka overachiever) mingled with patrons before hosting the show.}

kimberlyloc and carson kressley fashion for a cause 2013 kansas city

{Speaking of mingling with patrons, look who was able to get a quick picture with Carson Kressley!}

laura evers hall carson kressley fashion for a cause 2013 kansas city

{Laura and Carson apparently called each other Thursday night to coordinate their outfits. Looks like prom king and queen to me!}

See more pictures from Fashion for a Cause 2013 on the kimberlyloc.com Facebook page as well as on the Fashion for a Cause Facebook page!

April 7, 2013

fashion for a cause 2013 backstage hair, makeup & fashion | kansas city, missouri

Friday night’s eighth-annual Fashion for a Cause charity fashion event, hosted by the always-in-style Carson Kressley of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” fame, couldn’t have come together without the contributions of several local hairstylists and makeup artists who put their creativity to work on models of all ages, shapes and sizes.

backstage clothes and accessories fashion for a cause kansas city

{Upon walking into the dressing area backstage, I was welcomed by racks of clothes, a table of accessories and models scurrying about, getting last-minute fittings and pinnings.}

glitter shoes fashion for a cause kansas city

{Identical shoes lined the tables backstage.}

backstage makeup angela hagenbach and latrese kabuya fashion for a cause kansas city

{Makeup artist Latrese Kabuya adds bright red to jazz artist Angela Hagenbach’s lips. Angela walked in the show as a “Kansas City Stylemaker” for local shop Alaskan Fur.}

backstage makeup fashion for a cause kansas city

{I love spying in makeup artists’ kits. This one was luxe to the max — hello, Chanel brushes!}


backstage makeup makeup artist fashion for a cause kansas city

{This model’s eyes got major liner and shimmering color to accent the gorgeous pattern in her dress.}

backstage hairstyles fashion for a cause kansas city

{This simple wrap-around pony is easy to wear yet adds a little bit of visual interest to your standard ‘do.}

Cheers to the hair gods and goddesses from Skyline Salon, Shelby Herrick Salon and Bijn Salon for their beautiful works of hair art!

Makeup artists Shannon Clapp, Latrese Kabuya, Christa Martin, Mary Traxler and Toya Wroten killed it in the makeup department, too.

See more pictures from Fashion for a Cause 2013 on the kimberlyloc.com Facebook page as well as on the Fashion for a Cause Facebook page!

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