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April 21, 2014

outfit post | splashes of blue

As the weather gets warmer, I spend more time in dresses.

Chalk it up to being a 1) super sweaty girl; 2) perpetually late person; or 3) laid-back fashionista at heart.

Whatever it is, I love being able to throw on one garment, add some accessories, slip on some shoes and just go, go, go!

kimberlyloc outfit post splashes of blue

kimberlyloc outfit post splashes of blue

kimberlyloc outfit post splashes of blue

Photos by Sarah Schaefer // SRS Photography; Hair & Makeup by Jenn Cassidy

Maxi Dress // TJ Maxx

Sandals // Ross Dress for Less

Starfish Earrings // Boutique in San Francisco

Sunglasses // Retro Vixen, Kansas City

Rose Quartz Necklace // White Light Crystals and Bookstore, Kansas City

March 27, 2014

outfit post | almost famous

I had a lot of title options when it came to today’s outfit post.

“Standard poodle” came out of my boss’ mouth when he saw me in this coat at work yesterday.

“Hollywood” came to mind as I thought back to fond memories of my dad calling anyone in a crazy getup and sunglasses that beloved nickname.

But I have to credit my friend, Gina, with telling me this jacket reminded her of Kate Hudson in “Almost Famous.”

She wore some fabulous fuzz and sunglasses in that Hollywood production, so it was only fitting.

Was there a poodle in that movie by chance? Because that would just be epic.

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

Photos by Susan Melgren

Fuzzy Jacket (similar) // Langford Market, Austin, Texas

Top (similar) // Banana Republic

Necklace (similar) // Standard Style, Leawood, Kansas

Earrings (similar) // Boutique in San Francisco

Rings // H&M, Boutique in Chicago, Charming Charlie

Jeans // Joe’s Jeans “The Skinny”

Tiger Heels (similar) // Forever 21 (O-L-D)

Tiger Clutch (similar) // Gift from Jennifer via Hobo the Original

Sunglasses / Retro Vixen, Kansas City, Missouri

Lipstick // Living Nature

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!

 

March 19, 2014

outfit post | fashion tribe

After feeling run-down most of last week (thanks, SXSW), I finally felt well enough on Saturday to attend the afternoon and evening fashion shows during Kansas City Fashion Week.

(Check back later this week for my reviews of both shows. There are some droolworthy designs!)

For my daytime look, I wore a simple periwinkle shirtdress and fuschia heels.

For evening, I opted to keep it simple and cool with a “downtown girl” look that had me feeling like part of the fashion girl tribe thanks to sassy leopard mules and elephant earrings paired with skinnies and a flowy silk top.

Thank you to the sweet folks at the Legends Outlets of Kansas City who gave me a $100 gift card, which I used at Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth to score this gorgeous eggshell-colored silk Joie top. It’s a new favorite of mine!

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

Photos by Laura Hall // Laura Put Together

Top (similar) // Joie c/o Legends Outlets Kansas City via Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth

Pants // J. Brand via Lola Boutique, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Leopard Mules // Prada via Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth

Bag (similar) // Hobo International via Frankly Basic Boutique, Leawood, Kansas

Headband // Retro Vixen, Kansas City

Elephant Earrings (similar) // Random Boutique in New York

Watch // Daniel Wellington via Lola Boutique, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Heart Ring (similar) // Charming Charlie

Lipstick // “Bang Bang” c/o ILIA Beauty

Fingernail Polish // Sparitual “Sun Salutation”

Toenail Polish // China Glaze “Aquadelic”

March 17, 2014

outfit post | green with envy

Instead of putting my money toward a bar tab for green beer this St. Patrick’s Day, I opted to give up a few greenbacks for this fabulous new Ponte Bell skirt from Anthropologie.

The shape, structure and volume in this piece puts me in a Betty Boop-esque mood, and I couldn’t help but bounce around a bit in it during this photo session with my friend Laura.

anthropologie green ponte bell skirt

anthropologie green ponte bell skirt

anthropologie green ponte bell skirt

anthropologie green ponte bell skirt

anthropologie green ponte bell skirt

Photos by Laura Hall // Laura Put Together

Top // Banana Republic

Blazer (similar) // The Limited

Skirt // Anthropologie

Heels // Prada via Nordstrom Rack

Headband // Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth

Ring // c/o Charming Charlie

Bracelet // Random Boutique in New York

Earrings // Frankly Basic, Leawood, Kansas

Elephant Wallet // Ross Dress for Less

Lip Gloss // c/o Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatment 8 in “Ambrosia”



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