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DECORATING FOR FALL 2021

 
















Let’s talk inspiration, shall we! So my home was in Summer mode and all my Fall decor was still in boxes in my basement. Till, I came across these amazing dry floral arrangements by @brittanybloomskc, at the Anniversary celebrations of @eb.and.co ! Thanks, @kes_studio for the invite!  It was love at first sight! While there were vases in different colors, I decided to opt for the white vase, as I have a blue fireplace surround. And who doesn’t love Pampas grass? So this one arrangement that came home with me, gave me the inspiration for my Fall color palette. And the next day, I was busy getting all the boxes up and getting in a decorating frenzy!!

From pampas grass to velvet pumpkins, they are a mood! I have been in love with velvet pumpkins for a few years now, and every year I try to incorporate a few more. Now that my home is finally in Fall mode, thought of sharing various vignettes around.  First up are my new velvet pumpkin sprays/picks which are the focal point of my coffee table decor. Since we remodeled our fireplace this Spring, I have been on the drawing board about color schemes. To offset the rich navy, I opted for off whites, grays, moss greens, and muted gold. Hope you liked my take on fall decor for this year. 

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RED KICTHEN KC: AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD


Rounding off the weekend at Red Kitchen KC, and my heart and belly are full! “When you are passionate about something, then the whole universe rallies up to make that happen!” That’s exactly how you would describe the journey of Chef Alexandra de la Fuente and @redkitchenkc ! Authentic Mexican food done right would be an understatement to describe what Red Kitchen KC is all about. 


From selling Tamales from the trunk of her car to having a one-day pop-up at Lenexa Public Market, to having her breakfast burritos been voted the best in Kansas City by the Food and Wine Magazine! And finally her anchor space at Lenexa Public Market

Tamales, Taco De Guisado, Tostada de Picadillo, Torta de Tinga and so much more. Chef Alexandra is from Mexico City, and brings a flavor of that on every plate she creates. For her first popup, which was scheduled to last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., she prepared 500 tamales. She sold out in 45 minutes. That should something about how iconic is her cult following in Kansas City. 



On a typical Saturday, lines snake around the market with fans eager to fill up on a combination of egg and potatoes with your choice of bacon, chorizo, or sausage wrapped in Caramelo Sonoran-style artisan flour tortillas made in Lawrence, Kansas. The new space offers room to expand her menu -- and move from a single electric burner and grill to a roomier flat-top with prep area and storage. 


 Let's talk craft cocktails, shall we! You can't miss the El Jefe cocktail (serrano-infused tequila, pineapple juice, and agave) plus other originals fashioned from horchata, prickly pear, and other exotic fruit purees.  








Chef Alexandra makes her food with so much passion and love and that makes it a league of its own. @redkitchenkc is a female-owned restaurant where the whole family is involved. From her mom to her cousin, to her husband and son, everyone pitches in to be the support system of the powerhouse called Chef Alexandra de la Fuente. Thank you @katie_adams88 and @sarahscoop for my photos! Thank you @kimdishes and @jillsilvafood for the invite.








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PEPLUM, I LOVE YOU: EXPRESS STYLE FILES









Peplum, I love you! Trust me, I have an obsession with Peplum. So you will see this trend, making an appearance ever so often in my closet. So for this month's outfit pick with Express, I decided to pay an ode to my love for Peplum. My entire outfit is 30% off all weekend long, as apart pf Express' Friends and Family ale! 

This brand new peplum top from Express, also has ruffles and ballon sleeves, making it the perfect top. I have styled it with much-rise Mom Jeans from Express, but you can style it with leather leggings or even dress pants, depending on where you are wearing it. I wanted to opt for a business casual look, with this outfit. Added black and white Peckled Cork Novas from Nickel and Suede, to offset the purple/plum tones of the top. While I could have opted for blue skinny jeans, I felt my charcoal mom jeans, with its relaxed hem, would be a better fit. Skipped my usual pumps, and opted for black leather ankle boots. 

Do you have a particular trend/outfit item, which you are more partial to? let me know in the comments.

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KCFW FW'21 : THURSDAY NIGHT RUNWAY - A RECAP

 
It's time for a recap of Thursday night runway shows of Kansas City Fashion Week FW'21





The first designer for the evening was Hols.E with her curated collection of resort wear, defining neutrals in its signature way. A variety of fits- from crochet dresses to oversized jackets, and she was ready to dress you for your next vacation. 







The second showcase of the evening was Kindred, which is a local boutique collective. Trends spotted were definitely straight leg denim, peplum tops, sweater vests and interesting cut outs. Loved how Kindred had outfit options for those of us who are petite and have mom-bods! 





The third designer of the evening was House of SolanaThe motto for House of Solana is the thrive of lavish, beauty, and style. House of Solana is for women that want to look and feel beautiful, for the woman that wants to be fierce from day to night, as well as for the woman who loves the simple look with a twist. House of Solana knows her textiles, and how they can be accented with textures. Also, both brown and pink are big for Fall-Winter!



The fourth designer of the evening was Kyndra Jade- the queen of whimsy! She creates an ethereal aura with her outfits, which are borderline magic and fashion! Unique silhouettes that push the creative boundaries using layers of ruffles, tulle, and organza.





The fifth designer of the evening was KCFW veteran Lauren Bander! I have watched many a collections of Lauren, and she outdoes herself every time. Combining her three passions in life: fashion, animals, and mental health advocacy she is using her talents and love of fashion to bring awareness to animal rescue and helping to normalize the conversation of mental health. Yes, she had puppies on the runway, which had the fashion-lover and dog-mom, inn me, go weak in the knees.
Also did you spot Chewology, chef -owner on the runway!





I am a mom of  a black rescue dog! And I know that they are the underdogs of the rescue world. Thanks KCFW, Lauren Bander and Unleashed Pet Rescue for highlighting the underdogs of the rescue world. Adopt Don't Shop, please! 

The next designer of the evening was Makaylee Gayed who designs high-quality lifestyle apparel for powerful women and encourages them through versatile confidence. Loved the beautiful draping and relaxed fits she brought forth. She also proved how powerful leather can be on the FW runway.







The finale designer for Thursday Night runway shows of KCFW was Ying Ying Yang! Modern and edgy streetwear which makes a statement. In Hindu mythology, the third eye has a huge significance. All the eye motifs in their line, were clearly making a statement. And that's a wrap for Thursdays night - stay tuned for a recap of Friday night of runway show of KCFW FW 21.




Thanks Ainapurapu photography, Alex Todd and Petite Pilot  for my photos! 
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