Pretty, Polished, Perfect.: January 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Weigh-In: Meggings

One morning I awoke to an email from my brother-in-law.  I must start off by saying that my bil and I aren't exactly......tight.  The message was simple:

Was I nervous about clicking the link?  Yes.  It would be just like him to send me spam.  Curiosity got the better of me (it always does) and I opened it up.

The further I read, the more the satire bell rang.  Could you imagine having to ask these (surely they weren't serious!) questions?  And then the equally serious, yet all-pun-intended answers?!  Was the Digital Managing Director at Glamour stating fact, or insulting the British?  Obviously the answers to the question "Which male celebrity could pull off meggings?" is the best read of this entire article (don't miss it - it's good!)

The big Weigh-In:  Meggings (or jeggings) - yes or no?

Years ago I was seated in the third row for the Kansas City Ballet's Nutcracker.  Newsflash: The first few rows are always the WORST - unless you are in an intimate classroom setting and have terrible vision/bad hearing (that is the only exception.)  I wasn't at eye level with the stage, and I wasn't peering down at it either.  No, no instead I was staring up......usually right into the crotch of a prince.  Which would have been fine, had his jacket actually hit anywhere below his waist.  It's not that I'm a pervert - but I don't see it everyday and it's really really hard not to see shapes and bulges.  There I said it.  I'm not perfect, in fact I'm merely human.  I will try hard not to stare at your man parts in tights, but don't expect too much.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

KCFW: Blogger Preview

This past Saturday, my fellow bloggers and I were invited to the ultra-glam Hotel Phillips for a sneak peak into a few of the Kansas City Fashion Week's designers' sketchbooks.  It seemed a rare treat indeed; I had thought that a designers' sketchbook was a bit more like a closely-guarded diary, and I felt honored to take a peek inside.

Michelle Kleineweber of Little Shell Designs, was humble enough to share her sketchbook, blushing and embarrassed when I asked her about some notations and doodlings in amongst the clothing designs.  While last fall brought us ready-to-wear, Michelle has a line-up full of gowns (inspired by semi-precious gemstones from around the world) in polka dots and chiffon (yeah, I'm excited to see what she does with the polka dots!)

Little Shell Designs, her inspiration, a peek into her sketchbook and a sampling of what we can expect to see at KCFW
New this season is Janay A., whose point of view includes edited and clean, yet tussled and with a vintage-throwback, wedding dresses.  Think outdoor weddings, burlaps and daisies (or boho-chic.)  She will be wowing audiences with her eco-friendly (she uses tea-dying and silk hemp,) beautiful dresses this season (based on her portfolio and sketches, she is an up and coming designer to keep an eye on!)  While satin and lace is nice, she uses varying textures and slight pops of colors to break up the traditional gown.

Janay's real-life pinterest board and a sketch from her portfolio
From Omaha Nebraska, Tiffany Headley of Haus of Donna Faye brings us Betsey Johnson with a touch of leather.  That's how she described her aesthetic.  While her professors may have discouraged her from this chosen profession, her sketchbook and choice of fabrics speaks ill of their opinions.  I can't wait to see the ready-to-wear line she's bringing to Kansas City!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Social KC: Restaurant Week

Today kicks off Restaurant Week, and I've got my eye on some of my favorite restaurants.  With special prix-fixe menus ($15 for multi-course lunches and $30 dinners) this is the perfect week to try that new restaurant or stop by a tried-and-true favorite.

*Photo courtesy of Kansas City Restaurant Week
A few of my favorites from the list include:

McCoy's Public House and Brewery - Located in Westport, their famous Mac 'n' Cheese is a must try, you won't be disappointed (though it isn't on the special menu.)

Tavern (either location) - Great atmosphere, and the best mashed potatoes I've found yet (and the Chicken Marsala isn't too bad either, though neither one is on the special menus.)

Gram & Dun - Located on the Country Club Plaza, Gram & Dun's Asian Pig Wings are on the special menu for lunch and it's my personal opinion that everyone should try these at least once (and I'm not a big of "wings" that's saying something!)  Not on the menu, but also worth trying - their famous meatballs.

Fiorella's Jack Stack - Located in the historic Freight District, Jack Stack boasts the best high-end BBQ in Kansas City (aside from The Capital Grille's amazing filet mignon of course, which happens to be on the prix-fixe dinner menu!)

There are many more restaurants on the list.  Any of your favorites you think I should try?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Black & Blue

I've sat down a dozen times, trying to come up with the perfect "hiatus-over" post.  And come up with nothing.  Instead, I'm going to jump right back in like nothing ever happened (except of course, for this short blurb.......)

No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Dot Brocade: JCrew
Belt: Gap (old)
Flax Pump: Nine West

Black and blue are still my two least favorite colors to combine.  Maybe it's because I feel like everything from my top to my shoes is so dark - I love wearing black, but not head to toe black - it's almost too severe sometimes.  I think next time I will go with a pair of tights with a bit more sheen to them.  What do you think?

pleated poppy

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