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PLAID & FUR & A PUMPKIN PATCH - FALL STYLE










Fall is here! The weather has been temperamental, I must add, the last few days. We have had sunny days this Fall, with temps in the late 60s, and there also have been days when the temps dipped in the 30s. We almost pulled out our Winter coats, thinking Fall had missed making a stop in our town when the sun started shining. We had to make the best use of a sunny weekend, and indulge in our annual ritual - a visit to our favorite pumpkin patch.

Last year, we had co-ordinated our family costumes in chambray/blue, this year I decided to reach out for plaid. It is always too tempting to shop for new outfits whenever family photos are being taken. But we decided to shop for our closet. I have styled this faux fur vest quite a few ways, on my blog, and also these boots and my favorite plaid shirt. The only thing new in this outfit is the jeggings I recently picked. I am on the search for the perfect mid-rise skinny jeans, and I haven't yet found the perfect pair. I will do a blog post, rounding up some of the ones, I have tried on, very soon. My Chanel sunglasses are an investment piece, which I love using in many outfit ideas. My red plaid, my faux fur vest, dark wash mid-rise jeggings, camo boots, silver hoops, and Fall lips - MAC VIVA GLAM 1. I was comfortable and warm throughout the afternoon, as we walked our way across the patch to pick out our pumpkins.

Do you want to know how we co-ordinated our family outfits, in the Plaid? Yes, the puppy's scarf was coordinated too!

SHOP MY OUTFIT
 
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BLADE AND TIMBER AXE THROWIG, KCPL

Blade and Timber opened their newest location in the Kansas City Power and Light District recently. I was invited for their VIP Preview night, and let me take you for a sneak peek. For those of you who don't know, Blade and Timber are all about ax-throwing, and good food, and not to forget good times.
Co-founders Matt Baysinger and Ryan Henrich have a passion for bringing people together through remarkable, interactive experiences. This passion led them to open the first ax-throwing experience for Kansas, with  Balde and Timber location in Kansas in 2017. Propelled by Blade and Timber's instant popularity, the duo opened six other locations in the US.
 Why would you throw axes, you might ask? I say, why not. It's a fun activity whether you are with friends, or out on a date night, or even as a team-building activity for your workmates. You can book a private lane, or you can hare a lane. Or you can even rent the facility for a private event. I had never thrown an axe before, and if you know, my favorite sport is to park myself on a comfortable spot in my neighborhood coffee shop. But I enjoyed myself so much, that I have already planned the next visit with some of my friends,
There are coached to help you get started, or to master your best throw. The trick is to align your body in such a way so that you can give your best throw. With some practice, I can say, I could throw some axes. Make sure you wear closed shoes, as that's a facility requirement. I had been there with my family, and it was fun to be throwing axes together. If you have kids under 10, then they won't be allowed to throw the real axes, but they do have some foam axes, with velcro on them. So the whole family can have fun. Cue in the good times.
 The Blade and Timber crew know that you run up an appetite. Their brand new menu offers piping hot comfort food. Chef Taylor Petrehn is a three-time James Beard Award semifinalist has created a menu, inspired by meals shared around a campfire. I could dedicate a whole meal to their selection of artisan waffles, but they have a lot more to offer.
  

Chicken and Waffles, steak frites, or fried chicken sandwiches, there is something to satisfy every Lumberjack or Jill's appetite. They also have a selection of hand-crafted dips created from scratch for your choice of waffles. 



 So what are you waiting for! For your next weekend or your next special occasion, you can head to throw some axes, and enjoy some good eats, at a location of Blade and Timber, closest to you. It's my husband's birthday very soon, and we know where we will be celebrating with some of our closest friends.



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STRIPES AND RUST : KCFW FW'19 OOTD









Kansas City Fashion Week starts in a few days, and I wanted to pen down yet another outfit ost from last season. For my last night of KCFW Fall Winter'19, I paid an ode to Fall. It is always tricky how you plan your outfits for fashion week. Do you dress according to the season you are in or do you dress according to the season of the fashion week? As you know the Fall-Winter shows happen in Spring-Summer and vice versa. I try and pay an ode to either, in the various outfits I style for fashion week. 

Stripes have been on-trend across seasons. While for Spring-Summer, you might opt for brighter colors, the moodier darker stripes take center stage, during Fall. This particular top/blouse of mine had a good mix of colors/tones when it came to its stripes. You have lighter brown, rust and even dusty pinks, interspersed with whites. This makes it a great transitional piece from Summer to Fall, and you can wear it either off-the-shoulder- or not. It is flowy but boxy in a way, which makes me comfortable in my mom bod. Everyone has problem areas, and for me for midriff/tummy bulge is something which I like to camouflage.

I paired it with the quintessential Fall tone- Rust. A mini which offset the volume of the boxy blouse/ top. Some platform espadrilles, which carried forward the warm notes of the outfit.

Huge Thank You to Sabrine Dunne of Sabrina Dunne Photography for collaborating with me on this post. It was raining heavily all afternoon and evening. She took these amazing photographs of mine, against the backdrop of Kansas City downtown, just before the runway shows began for KCFW.

While I am missing the upcoming season of KCFW, for my husband's ongoing battle with cancer I shall cherish the wonderful memories of all the years and all the seasons. 
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BLACK AND WHITE : KCFW FW'19 STYLE





 




Kansas City Fashion Week is almost here. While its a big part of my annual calendar, I have decided to take a break, for a season. The reason: I have my plate full now. As many of you might know that my husband, is battling a very aggressive form of cancer. Being a  caregiver is often not the easiest job. So while I might be missing the upcoming shows next month, I thought of doing a flashback to last season. 
KCFW Fall Winter 2019. I had done my series of the Recap of the runway shows of last season, but I had not done the Outfit posts. So here we go.

We are almost at the end of Summer, and Fall-Winter will be here before we know it. Deciding your outfit fr fashion week can often be tricky. Do you dress up for the shows, or do you dress up whats trendy during the actual season? Fashion Week happens a season in advance, as you know it. So my Outfit for the Media Night of KCFW FW'19 was something which you could easily to transition from Summer to Fall.

Black and White! The iconic song was my inspiration for my outfit of choice. I am not an MJ fan per se, but I am a woman of color. I decided to shop my closet as I styled my outfits for last season of KCFW. The linen culottes have been a favorite of mine. Who does not love wide-legged cropped pants? I know I do. Whenever I am styling culottes, I try to balance out the volume. SO crop tops become an obvious choice. A white crop top with a Peter Pan faux leather collar, and a print which is a conversation starter. What's summer without some sunglasses right, and a top with a sunglass print is a no-brainer.
How do you play up the black and white? You bring in red and blue, of course. Red lipstick, red statement earrings, and blue denim covered mules, provided the perfect accent for the black and white outfit. Are you ready to transition your outfits from Summer to Fall? Stay tuned to the blog, for some more outfit ideas frm KCFW.

Photos by Deabshish Dasgupta and Sabrina Dunne. 
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FOX & PEARL, KC

A building with history, a Chef's vision of a Midwestern bistro with responsibly sourced artisan fare, a hearth with live-fire cooking, bio-dynamic and vibrant wines and interiors to win any heart. Presenting Fox & Pearl, undoubtedly one of KC's most romantic dining spots. Located in 2143 Sumit street, in westside KC, this place is a must, for every foodie in town.

Chef-owner Vaughn Good and his partner Kristine Hull opened the doors to one of Kansas City's most anticipated restaurants, in July 2019. The couple resides within walking distance of the restaurant, which takes its name from the middle names of the couple's two daughters. Owner. designer, and events manager Hull wanted the space to have a sense of timelessness, which suited the building and the neighborhood, in creating a restaurant which they hope will become a tradition.
We were invited for a soft launch of the restaurant before it had opened its doors to the public. Me and my plus one, had a great evening, soaking in the history, enjoying our dinner surrounded by lush greenery. Chef Good and his chef-de-cuisine Issac Hendry created a variety of small plates for us to savor. 


My plus one was under 21, so bar manager Katy Wade created a refreshing virgin drink, for her. It was so pretty with its beautiful summer colors, and it received a thumbs up, from my mini foodie.  I tried out one of their signature cocktails for the evening - Bois Bois- Cognac, Amontillado Sherry, Chamomille, Sparkling Wine. 
The restaurant features multiple seating areas for you to choose from. And did I mention that literally, every corner is Instagram perfection! 


Main level/bar, upper kitchen level separated by a wide staircase, intimate speak-easy style bar in the basement, and a secluded but spacious patio. The interiors are awe-inspiring, with the cognac leather couch seats/boots in the bar area, to the plush green velvet booths downstairs, the wisteria-covered trellis of the patio to the curated plant collection, which almost makes the restaurant an urban oasis. And if you are downstairs, you can't miss the vinyl collection or the charcuterie room.



Sampled a few items from their amazing menu. I could write an entire article on just the Cavatelli - smoked pork jowl, tomato confit, grilled fennel, Prairie Tomme Cheese. I could have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, all weekend long. It was that good. I was surely in pasta heaven with this creation from Chef Good.

Fried green tomatoes with green goddess packed a potent bite. Loved the contrast of the tartness of the green tomato, with the crispy fried texture. It paired very well with the Bois Bois.

Porchetta, grilled peaches and onions, and mint-ginger salsa verde. 

Last but not the least was the Smoked pan-seared Pork Terrine - fig leaf honey, roasted garlic aioli, buttermilk biscuit. You have the option of adding an egg if you want. 

In addition to responsibly raised and house-cured meat, Fox & Pearl's seasonally inspired menu offers Missouri trout, crispy fried chicken, and nearly a dozen vegetable dishes. Desserts will change, though Chef Good's house-made ice cream will be a staple.

It was definitely great to bump into fellow foodies and some other local Chefs over some great food. Waiting for my husband to finish his fight against Cancer, so that we can all dine there as a family, soon. Fox & pearl is surely one of the hottest new places in Kansas City. Have you made your reservations yet?

Bon Appetit ! 

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