I knew there was something special about Leslie's coat, which definitely stood out amongst the, ever popular theme, "sea of black" that was going on at the Digital Milk Fresh Artistic showcase. The coat is a vintage piece from a tiny, but extremely interesting vintage shop in Roland Park called Halcyon Diversified Trading. Leslie gave me a brief description of their inventory, which includes everything from clothes and accessories, to antiques and Star Wars figurines (I know some people who are always on the look out for some good Star Wars swag).
Her styling of the coat really made the saturated colors and velvety texture pop. All of her accessories were acquired, second-hand, from diverse sources and come together to create a very potent haute hippie look. I also learned of a new way to get new accessories- the middle-of-the-night, at-the-bar, accessories swap! You just need a stylish and adventurous friend who will switch purses with you, and voila- you've got a nifty new bag. Try it some time!
|Bag, accessory switch.|
|Rings, Grandma's opal (left) and Great Aunt Kay's turquoise (right).|
|Boots, etsy via Brooklyn.|
I really don't want to transform my blog into the longest Forever 21 advertisement ever... but people wear the clothes without my encouragement and they look great! I spotted this dress after I spotted her pink and purple highlights. It has great details and looks like a higher quality that I would expect from F21.
The square lace panel in the front surrounded by the sheer bodice and tank straps is a really sexy peek-a-boo effect (especially in person) and the completely sheer back is great for a cocktail party. It draws attention without being flashy, and it's young and fun!
|Dress, Forever 21|
|some designer goods via Payless|
I love when designers pair up with large retailers like Payless and Target so I can actually afford cute, well designed merchandise. Amy scored these peep-toe, spectator pumps at Payless. The shoe's classic style contrasted with her avant-garde hair, and the entire outfit had an edgy, neo-film noir vibe.
|Posh Plumes by Kristine King-Thrall|
|both hairpieces, Posh Plumes|
|Digital Milk's chalk board wall|
|SNS plug, and the Cardinal tag.|
|Me and my home girl, Chauncy|
|Tweed & Pearl Jacket, Take A Halliday.|
I ended my night at Czar Bar in, what I refer to as, "reverse Cinderella" style. All night I go to fancy, glam art parties and then I come to Czar Bar and its back to being gully in the streets of KC. That place feels like a home base for my weekends downtown; there's always a friendly face, I know I'll like the music, and it's okay if I take my shoes off (at my own risk, of course. It is just sooo hard to dance in 5 inch heels).
|Kendra's tights, Forever 21.|
Sike's intern Kendra was working it pretty hard. Listen ladies, if you are over 5' 6", go ahead and wear a mini skirt and some really cool tights. You have legs for days, and you might as well show them off! They make a great canvas for webby, graphic tights. Winter is a tough fashion season for me, so I like to take some sexiness and fun where ever I can get it- i.e. cool tights.
|Who needs a coat when you got Coogi?|