My Style: Chunky Stocking Hat

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The weather has officially taken a turn for the worst. Not only does it get dark before I leave work, but I am cold ALL THE TIME. My staple wardrobe has basically become cozy sweaters, skinny jeans and boots. And every once in awhile, I’ll pair it with my adorable chunky stocking hat. (Especially on days where I don’t have time to completely style my hair.)

Chunky Stocking Hat 2

I took this outfit out to 715 Restaurant to enjoy happy hour. Because apparently enjoying TWO Thanksgiving dinners on the same day wasn’t enough food, I also had to stuff my face this weekend with pizza. I’m just keeping it real, guys.

Chunky Stocking Hat 3

Sweater: Swap party; Jeans: Old Navy; Boots: Chinese Laundry; Stocking hat: Target; Necklace: LC Lauren Conrad

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Once in a Sunday Brunch: John Brown’s Underground | Lawrence, KS

John Brown's Underground

One of my new favorite hangout spots in Lawrence, Kansas, is the brand new speakeasy John Brown’s Underground. It’s a small little spot right off Mass street that offers specialty cocktails as well as delicious food. The establishment is not marked by a sign. Instead, it shows off a black awning, sleek-looking door and red light that turns on when the bar is at capacity. I’ve enjoyed spending time at this Prohibition-era establishment during weekend afternoons with friends, weeknight evenings at book club and Friday date nights with the husband. I’ve even started going on Sunday mornings for brunch!


On Saturday and Sunday mornings (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), John Brown’s Underground now offers a great brunch deal: For $20 you can eat one of their main courses, a side item AND enjoy bottomless mimosas or bloody Marys. If you don’t want an alcoholic beverage (which, quite frankly, why wouldn’t you?) the price drops to $15 (or $12…I can’t remember).

I ordered their Mac Stack Sandwich, which is a Texas toast sandwich packed with an egg, fried mac-and-cheese bites, your choice of meat (I chose ham) and your choice of cheese (I chose Gouda). As a side dish I ordered a bowl of fruit and yogurt. Both me and my friend Liz were torn between the savory sandwiches and sweet breakfast dessert French Toast in a Jar. (Liz ended up ordering a different breakfast sandwich.) As a “compromise” we ordered one for the whole table in addition to our sandwiches. We’re basically geniuses.



If brunch isn’t your scene (in which case, what kind of person are you?), be sure to check out John Brown’s Underground for a night out with your friends anyway. They serve beer and wine as well as a menu’s worth of specialty cocktails. My favorite is the French 75, which is a blend of gin, cava, lemon and simple syrup.

For larger parties (for example, 15 book club members) call ahead to reserve one of their two back rooms. During the evenings they play silent black-and-white movies in the background, which truly adds to the 20s-era ambiance.

Have you ever been to John Brown’s Underground? What did you think of it?

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My Style: Proof I’m an Amazon

Amazon Woman

This cold weather is really ruining my blogging mojo. By the time I come home from work it’s pitch black outside. Same thing on the weekends: By the time I’m ready for a night on the town, it’s too dark for good photos. But lighting problems aside, I was able to snap a picture of my outfit this weekend at The Westside Local in Kansas City, along with Laura from Laura Put Together.

So this photo is basically proof that I’m an Amazon. But despite my towering over Laura, I’m never giving up my weekend heels! This weekend, Laura and I were out to dinner celebrating our friend Kim’s birthday and we both found ourselves wearing leather leggings. Twinsies! I am clothed in black from head to toe, plus a little snakeskin. (Thanks for the shirt, Kim!) Because if you can’t dress head to toe in black in winter, when can you?


Shirt: Swap party (The Limited); Leather leggings: Topshop; Shoes: Gianni Bini; Necklace: Icing; Bracelet: Charming Charlie; Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics’ Diva


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Five Friday Favorites

This week, I’m looking to the past at both the gang from The O.C. and awesome beaut products from my preteen days.

Five Friday Favorites

1. This article: The O.C. Rewatch Project. Join the ladies at Forever Young Adult every Wednesday as they recap their rewatch of the classic 2000s drama “The O.C.” Welcome to the O.C. bitch. This is how we do it in Orange County.

2. This list: “Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015?” If only because I want to use every word on this stupid list now out of spite. I mean, I can’t even. So basic.

3. This pancake mix: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix. I used this over the weekend. The pancakes were de—wait for it—lightful. Delightful.

4. This song: “Turn Away” by Beck. Listening to this song transports me to a beautiful wintry setting, perfect for this ugly weather. It’s simply transcendent. I first heard it in the trailer for Reese Witherspoon’s new movie “Wild,” which…by the way…looks amahzing.

5. This blast from the past: “All the 90s beauty products we wish we could still stuff in our Caboodles.” Guys. GUYS! Do you remember Bottled Emotion Perfume? I had completely forgotten about them until I read this article from the girls at Hello Giggles. I had all of these! If I recall, Sassy was my favorite.

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How to Throw a Clothes Swap Party

Swap Party

Every two months or so, my girlfriends from college (Rock Chalk!) like to get together and catch up. This month, we decided to do something a little different and throw a clothes swap party.

Because we are constantly asking each other things like “Where did you get that cute blouse?” we decided it would be great to go through our closets, find clothes we no longer wear, bring them to our next get-together and swap. We rifled through blouses, skirts, pants, jewelry, belts, shoes and purses, and we each walked away with a tote bag filled with free clothes. We are so smart.

If you, too, want to throw a clothes swap party, follow these simple rules.

Rules for a Clothes Swap Party

Swap Party

1. Invite a group of friends over to your house who have similar tastes. (Especially the friends in your life who love to shop.)

2. Set a few ground rules: no torn or tattered clothing; bring anything you no longer like, even if you think the item is out-of-date; and bring a minimum set number of items. We didn’t actually include that last rule at our party, but I think we would next time…I’m looking at you Laura. ;)

3. Also ask everyone to bring a couple of tote bags to use to lug home their scored goods.

4. Provide light, non-messy snacks. Our hostess, miss Kimberlyloc, shelled out quite the spread, including popcorn, nuts, chocolate and a chili feast. Serve lighter snacks such as popcorn and nuts before and during the swapping, and save the heavier foods, i.e. chili, for after (as reward for a job well-swapped).

5. Designate a room for wardrobe changes. You will want to try everything on before committing.

6. Also designate a space for showcasing clothes. We spread all of our clothes on a bed (see picture above).

7. Make a clear shopping plan. Here was ours:

Each person showcases what they brought. If you’re interested in it, you say so. A lot of the times, only one person will be interested in an item (granted, there were only four of us), but for cases that more than one person is interested in an item, put it in the communal pile.

Once everyone has showcased what they brought, takes turns trying on what interests you. Sometimes you won’t end up liking what you were initially interested in. Other times you will LOVE what you scored.

If more than one person still ends up loving what they tried on, then you have to “fight” over it. And by fight, I mean rock-paper-scissors. We’re so tough.

8. Finally, have fun! Then donate whatever clothes no one wanted to charity.

What I Scored


From left to right: a cheetah-print top; a basic brown T-shirt; a green and blue striped button-up blouse


From left to right: A blue and white striped blouse with buttons up the back; an orange, white and black striped sweater with pleather elbow patches


From left to right: A black cardigan with sequined pockets; a black and snakeskin peplum top; a pair of studded hoop earrings

Swap Party

From left to right: black and grey tuxedo pants from Banana Republic; a blue and white printed peasant top


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