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GINGHAM AND WHITE DENIM : OOTD FOR KCFW FW'18 KICK OFF













A brand new season of KCFW is here which means loads of Outfit Planning from my end. After a break from last season, I resumed my role as Official Media for Kansas City Fashion Week, with the KCFW FW'18 Kick-Off Event at Kindred held last Sunday. Although the weather in Kansas City is grey and wet and cold, I wanted to channel my inner Spring self. As I was shooting for this Outfit Post, a confused neighbor asked me, if I felt cold or not? Ahh, the blogger life!

I really look forward to my Outfit planning for Fashion Week, as it gives me an opportunity to sport some of my favorite trends for the season. Fashion Week can be confusing for the uninitiated, as, in Spring, you attend the Fall-Winter shows and vice versa. For my Oufuts though, I focus on the current season. In this case - Spring Summer. So throughout all that I wear this week, you will see me focusing on a few popular Spring Trends for 2018.

 
               

Gingham has been big last Spring and is clearly here to stay. Critics might call it a picnic table cover, but I love it. I styled a high-low Gingham Peplum top. I am not a fan of ordering clothes online, as I love to try of clothes before I buy them. On a whim, I had added this top to my cart while completing an Amazon order for textbooks(exact top linked above). I am petite and am DD with a booty. So the right fit matters to me. Once I received the order, I realized that the top was shorter than the length I normally wear. As I still wanted to wear it, without letting my muffin top hang out, so I had to get creative.

So here comes in my next item - my MidriseWhite denim. I had been looking to branch out to midrise denim, from my current stash of low rise denim. I had loved my mid-rise Lee Denim which was a gift from last year's KCFW. Finally found a pair of midrise semi-skinny denim, which also had a slimming effect on my muffin top. Personally, I would have preferred the denim to be skinnier around the legs.

As it was a play of Neutrals, I added a pop of color with my Statement Earrings in Yellow. As I have a warm undertone to my complexion, warmer shades like yellow compliment me more. Especially when neutrals or cooler tones have a chance of washing me out, I need a warm element or two in the ensemble. The second warm element was my affordable Leopard Booties. Leopard is, after all, a neutral. Finished it off with a dash of MAC Star Magnolia. 

Stay tuned to the Blog for more updates from Kansas City Fashion Week. 

Credits : 
Outfit Photos: Debashish Dasgupta
Photo from KCFW at Kindred: Tou Yang 




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KCFW FALL WINTER'18 KICK OFF

The cloudy Spring sky or the chilly wind was not a dampener for me this Sunday as it was time for KCFW. The 13th season of Kansas City Fashion Week kickstarted with a VIP/media event in Overland Park. 4 days of amazing Runway Shows will see the Fashion fraternity of Kansas City heading to the Grand Hall Of KC downtown. The bi-annual showcase features a mix of local, regional, national and international designers, models and style teams. It shall round off with an Official After Party held at R24 Studios in the historic West Bottoms.

Caffeinated and channeling my love for Spring neutrals, I headed for a fun morning. A family trip to Iceland had me on a Fashion Week hiatus, but we are back!
Sweet Bites from Dolce Bakery and Spirits from Cooper's Hawk Winery kept the mingling sweet and spirited. Bottomless Mimosas are always the best part of Brunch for me, at least!


I had been wanting to visit Kindred, ever since it opened late last year and what better occasion than to celebrate KCFW. It's a collective boutique located inside of Oak Park Mall. Kindred houses many local boutiques under one roof, along with knickknacks and apothecary items. And did I mention that it had the most unique dressing rooms? Darn, I should have taken a dressing room selfie. Scoping out Spring trends, I am so excited for Vintage Checks, all shades of Yellow and everything Stripes for Spring! What's your favorite trend for Spring this year?



And what's Fashion Week without catching up with your Blogger Babes! Always great to take the conversation forward from social media to real time.


Let the adventure begin! Stay tuned to the Blog for Outfit Posts and Runway Updates!



Credits : 
Pictures by Me of the event space.

Pictures of Me by :
http://www.touyangphoto.com/ of KCFW
https://www.instagram.com/byamyly/
https://www.instagram.com/teresamaly/
https://www.facebook.com/Larry-F-Levenson-Photography-SAG-AFTRA-213135838774944/ of KCFW 
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DR BRANDT MAGNETIGHT AGE DEFIER MASK : SPRING CLEANING YOUR SKIN

Spring is finally here. At least the calendar says so, but the weather gods say something else. While the closet needs a much-needed re-shuffle, it's my skin which I decided to concentrate on first. Spring Cleaning your Skin, I call it. 
                                                                        
I have trying out a host of new products from Dr. Brandt Skin Care for the past month or so. While I reviewed the Sleeping Mask in a post earlier, the most intriguing product, was surely Dr. Brandt Skincare Magnetight Age Defier Mask.
 I am in my mid-30s, and I live in the Midwest which is known for its long Winter. Did I mention that I have dry and sensitive skin? I do use makeup regularly. I am very diligent about my skin care routine and no matter how tired I am, I don't usually skimp on it. Yes, I might use hacks or a shorter routine every now and then. Being on the other side of 40 means I do incorporate anti-aging products as well. When I first received the product and read about it, I must say, that it was more gimmicky maybe.
Why you ask? Well, the mask looks like a regular mask at first sight. You use a spatula(which comes in the pack) to apply a thin layer all over your face. Once the mask has dried, then you use the Magnet to remove it. I hadn't used a product like this before, so excitement and curiosity were at an all-time high. The product claims to use magnetic currents to ap away visible signs of skin aging. The mask is infused with iron magnetic particles that draw out everyday impurities and residue trapped in the skin. It's free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates
As I have dry and sensitive skin, masks can often dry me out, so I was also a bit skeptical of other things. As I sit back and write this post, I have used the mask a few times now. I applied the mask according to the package instructions and let it dry. Then you are supposed to wrap a tissue paper around the magnet and use it to remove the mask. I missed the tissue paper part and in the excitement used the magnet directly. It wasn't painful or didn't irritate my skin, as the magnet pulled away from the mask.
Once the mask is removed, it leaves an oily film on the skin. Please do not wash or tissue dry your face. Just massage that oily film/liquid into the skin. Let the firming peptides, emollients, antioxidants, and essential oils soak in.

Ideally, I would not have purchased the product if I had first heard of it. But now that I have used it multiple times, I can see how effective it is. It did a good job in drawing the gunk out of my pores and leaving my skin hydrated. Often with such cleansing masks, my skin feels too tight after using it, but it didn't feel dry after I had used this product. I love using it before the weekend, and my skin gets all ready for the detox.

So this is how I Spring Cleaned my Skin! What's your Spring cleaning plans? Let me know in the comments.

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Disclaimer : I received the products free for testing purposes but the opinions are those of my own. 
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DENIM ON DENIM TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES







It's Oscar Sunday and time for the fabulous gowns and the tuxedos to take over everyone's news feed. Like so many other suburban couples we love our time on the couch on the biggest evening for the movies. Are you hosting a watch party with your friends? We used to do that before Rii came along.
Cutting out from the gorgeous evening in sunny LA to the cold and grey Midwest. Winter is here to stay at least for a few more weeks, which means the layers are here to stay. When you can't beat the winter blues, you wear blue. Oh, that was such a bad joke, I tell you. I am a denim girl all year round. So it was fun to style a denim on denim outfit.The last time I wrote about Denim on denim, it featured my husband, in a rare Men's OOTD post on my Blog.

 How do you do Denim on denim? Do you play with shades of blue, or do you pair Denim in different colors? I bet a light blue Chambray shirt would pair well with a black denim and some red sock booties. Maybe the inspiration for a future outfit post.

For my Winter Brunch outfit. I decided to make my Denim on Denim outfit more appropriate for the cold weather, by layering it with my fur vest. Adding the vest was a play of textures along with the denim, and I am always looking up for playing up textures in my outfit to make them more fun. Loved how the blues paired with each other. The sunshine on my shoulders was such a blessing, for brunch, and made for some happy pictures for sure. My Prada Cat eye sunnies, a small earring in turquoise and blue, and my super blingy new Kate Spade Tote.This is a look which you can create from items existing already in your closet. Off late I have been trying to think of newer outfits by shopping my closet. We all have a denim shirt and we all have multiple pairs of denim. Play along with colors or textures in your outfit and you could come up with something fun.

Maybe I should do a post on my new designer bag purchase and some tips to create your collection of designer bags? Let me know if that's something you would be interested to read.

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