Bldwn Fall ‘19

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Bldwn has always been a personal favorite of mine… a little local with a little LA. When you think of luxurious everyday pieces you immediately think of this once denim focused brand. You will still find strong denim pieces but now it’s mixed in with polished separates and in this case a perfect marriage of textures and tones. I absolutely love the Wynn pant and Winters top in Hemp. They feel refined and casual all at the same time, which is something I’m always in search of when shopping for timeless pieces. Bldwn has come full circle this season with a sense of completeness in the collection. And I have to say, Bldwn Fall 2019 definitely doesn’t disappoint.

Wynn Pant in Hemp

Winters Top in Hemp

photography Paul Versluis

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Zoey Simone

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As someone who loves to support local makers and is always on the hunt for the perfect black boot it was almost fate when I discovered Zoey Simone. She is a local Kansas City designer who just launched her first collection of all Vegan shoes that also happen to come in recycled boxes for those of us who care about animals AND the earth. As most of us know finding a high quality vegan boot is next to impossible. The fake leather always feels a little… well… fake. So Zoey had to get a little creative with sourcing her materials… my personal favorite is the canvas boot (that I’m wearing above). All of her shoes are made in Portugal and are some of the highest quality I’ve ever seen, comparable to Acne Studios or Alexander Wang. I’ll be wearing these until the cows come home… and they actually will, because none were harmed in the making of these shoes. 😊

Boots - Zoey Simone

Photography Paul Versluis

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Country Club Plaza

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Look #1 - Evening Chic

The Country Club Plaza has always been the place to be in KC. Ever since I was a kid I remember coming to the Plaza to shop, eat somewhere exciting and to see the Christmas lights. It’s always been the hot spot for outdoor shopping and I love that it feels a touch European with the architecture and fountains (we are the city of fountains… only second to Rome). When getting dressed, whether it’s for a big night out or just a casual daytime affair, the Plaza is a one stop shopping experience. A few of my favorite stores include BLDWN Market, Tivol, Barton Perriera, Urban Outfitters, Free People and Eileen Fisher. It’s almost impossible NOT to find what you’re looking for in this bag of shopping tricks. I hit up Bldwn Market first because they carry a large selection of my favorite name brands… like Isabel Marant, Ulla Johnson, Ganni and Staud. Once I nailed down the look I was going for (an Isabel Marant black linen set), the accessorizing was a breeze with Barton Perriera just across the street and Tivol KC down the way. My favorite frames were the Catroux from Barton - they are the perfect touch of dressy and classic all in one. I picked out the most amazing chunky gold jewelry from Tivol. They always have the perfect pieces you are looking for, ones that are both timeless yet right on trend. When you want to be all dressed up with somewhere to go… head to the Country Club Plaza. ✨

Outfit Isabel Marant - BLDWN Market

Sunglasses - Barton Perriera Catroux Frames

Jewelry - Tivol KC Roberto Coin

All available on the Country Club Plaza

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Look #2 - Daytime

For a casual daytime look I love the fabrics and colors at Eileen Fisher. Safari chic is having a serious moment right now and the earthy green tone of this gauzy top and pants are perfection. Pair it with sneakers or your favorite sandal and you are ready to head out in search of the big 5… restaurants on the plaza that is. I love this woven bag from Bldwn Market paired with a belt from Free People for a utilitarian feel. Pull it together with a chic pair of aviators from Barton Perriera and bam… your ready to Trek (around the Plaza) .

Outfit - Eileen Fisher

Bag and earrings - Bldwn Market

Aviators- Barton Perriera

Belt - Free People

All available at the Country Club Plaza

Photography- Paul Versluis

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Sssssseline

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dress - Céline 

photography - Paul Versluis  

 Getting my hands on an “old Céline” piece was something one could only dream about... seeing as Phoebe has developed more than just a cult following. But with Hedi Slimane “manning” the ship now, hoards of crazed Philophiles have been pillaging websites such as The Real Real, Vestaire Collective and EBay for a taste of her gone-too-soon previous collections. The snakeskin dress was on my wish list when I happened across it one fateful day. It will live in infamy in my closet AND on my body until the day I die. Long Live Phoebe. 

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Morocco

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The Medina  

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ysl museum 

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The Medina  

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The Souks

The Souks

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High Atlas Mountains  

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Ouarzazate 

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spice markets 

Camp Erg Chigaga  

Camp Erg Chigaga  

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The Souks

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Attico Dress 

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Morocco has always been a dream of mine, ever since I was a child and read books about far away places up until last year when I finally finished The Alchemist. Northern Africa is what long lost adventures are made of...  from wandering nomads crossing the Sahara Desert to ancient spice markets and tales of sheep herders crossing the Straight of Gibraltar in search of gold.  I finally thought what am I waiting for?!? Book your tickets Amy! I booked our plane tickets through Lisbon (out of nyc... the cheapest flights) which turned out to be a saving grace when our flights were delayed 24 hours allowing us to spend the layover in Portugal.  Another spectacular spot I can’t wait to return and spend more time exploring. Touching down in Marrakech was no doubt one of the most exciting moments of my life and to be able to share the experience with my youngest (4 years old) made it all the more fun. We began at Ryad Dyor  in the famous Medina for a couple of nights and it’s hands down one of my favorite spots to date. We ate our way through the narrow streets (we ate at mainly local spots and it was all DELICIOUS) and into the famed Souks for shopping and exploring. We were carrying more than our weight in baskets and rugs by the end. We wandered the YSL museum, where Stella almost knocked down every mannequin in a domino effect. Most places do not serve alcohol which I thoroughly enjoyed, it made for a relaxing child friendly environment that doesn’t consist of tourists getting drunk and acting like fools (no offense tourists). The next leg of our adventure was by far my favorite, the Wild Morocco tour through the high Atlas Mountains into the Sahara Desert. I was a bit unsure of the nearly 10 hour drive with a 4 year old, but we chose to break up the drive both ways and stay in old Kasbah’s en route. First up was Kasbah Ellouze in Ouarzazate, near the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou. This was a French owned Kasbah with a pool and breathtaking views in every direction and the BEST home cooked meal we experienced. There were tiny stores with special finds that had to be 1000 years old (so LEGIT vintage) for just a few dollars. We explored ruins close by and got to pet the local donkeys and camels before taking a dip in the pool to cool off. The next day we headed to the desert for 2 nights of Glamping. The Sahara was every bit as magical as I expected, if not more. The sunsets, the family style meals, the sand boarding and camel riding. It was all absolutely perfect and we were in heaven. One thing I have to say about the Moroccans, they LOVE children and Stella couldn’t have had more fun listening to music and playing with everyone (even the camp kitten). We were sad to say goodbye to Boo Boo (he was in charge of the camp)  but our next stop was Kasbah Azul  for more home cooked meals and even a Hammam/Mud Bath. Everywhere we turned there were more farm animals and magical spots awaiting... if anyone questions the child friendliness of Morocco, look no further. We headed back to Marrakech to stay outside the Medina for our last 2 evenings at the Amanjena. I have to say, it’s an absolutely stunning resort and very photogenic but in no way did it compare to the specialness of staying at ancient Kasbahs and a Ryad in the Medina (just my personal opinion). Morocco was one of the most amazing, breathtaking, kindest and soul changing places I’ve been yet. The people, the food and the earth itself feel other worldly and I cannot wait to experience it all over again one day. Thank you Morocco ☀️🙏🏼☀️

 

Stay - Ryad Dyor    Kasbah Ellouze   

         Kasbah Azul   Wild Morocco 

 

Eat - Nomad   Terrasse Le Mederse

 

Go - YSL Museum and Gardens 

 

Wearing - Baldwin    Deitas   Beek  

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