Getting dressed is the best part of the day for me. I like to post my fashion adventures on my Instagram page. Follow me at showmeshannon on Instagram.
Kansas City Fashion Week was October 8-14. The event took place downtown Kansas City, MO at Union Station. I went to the Thursday night show after work and I was able to buy a ticket at the door. I enjoyed the show and I was impressed with the production. It was a fun, glamorous event and I am likely to attend next year.
The work of the featured designers was exciting and contemporary. Some of them are local, regional and even nationally known designers. I was glad to see several African American fashion designers in the line up. I’ve often wondered why there hasn’t been a Black designer to hit it big in the fashion industry. African Americans influence fashion globally but there is no Black designer that’s on par with Tom Ford or Calvin Klein. It would be great to see someone from the Midwest blaze that trail.
My favorite designers were Miranda Hanson and Travis Cal. Miranda Hanson is a seventeen year old dress maker. Her designs are feminine and ethereal. She used soft pastel colors and fabrics that look like satin. I can see them being worn for formals and in weddings. Her models wore baby’s breath in their hair and they all kind of looked like little pixies. Her show was beautiful and her story is inspiring.
I loved Travis Cal’s show. Travis Cal went to high school in Kansas City and he clearly had a great deal of support from the crowd. His collection is urban, hip, sexy and trendy. He used several African American models and his collection was influenced by African art. He used a bold color palate and and a lot of metallic elements. I loved it!
If you like to support the arts and creativity in Kansas City you should come out for Kansas City Fashion Week next winter for Spring 2018. Tickets ranged from around $30-$90. It’s a great event.
Last Thursday I attended Walk the Walk in downtown Kansas City, MO. Walk the Walk is a fashion show that is sponsored by Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce that benefits a children’s charity called Operation Breakthrough. I learned about the event on Travis’ Facebook page and decided to go. I like to go out to various events in the city and I thought it would be fun to be around and maybe meet Travis Kelce.
I have had a crush on Travis for about two years now. I think it all started when I saw him Hit the Quan in the end zone that one Sunday a few season’s back. So I decided to test God’s will and see if it is in His plan for us to be together. I figured I had to put myself in position to be hit on by Mr. Kelce. Well evidently Travis isn’t my happily ever after because his girlfriend was there.
After buying my ticket for the event I found out that Travis had one. I felt a little cheated and I thought about not even taking the time to go. But I decided to go and support the children. Why not? It’s something out of the ordinary to do and it was a charity to benefit underprivileged children after all and not spinsters looking to date much younger professional athletes.
If you’re thinking about going next year and you would like to meet Travis you should. He makes himself accessible and he works the room. He’s not shy at all and is quite the talker. After the fashion show he said that he would stay around to meet everyone and take pictures.
I didn’t take advantage of this opportunity. He’s in a relationship now and I didn’t want to embarrass myself by fan girling out too bad. I’m unsure of how I would have reacted if I made direct eye contact with him. If he was unattended I may have had something to say but with his date in the room I had nothing.
But anyway, it was a lovely event that supported a great cause. Drinks and finger foods were served and the fashions were nice. I would actually considering going again next year regardless of Travis or my relationship status.
#churchflow is a popular hashtag on Instagram that features users in their Sunday best. This is a post about fashion not about faith.
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This is a selfie in my basement. I’m wearing a J. Crew black sheath dress with Calvin Klein platform high heeled sandals and a Roberto Cavalli scarf. I bought the dress and scarf last year. I believe I bought the shoes in 2014. The dress was around $50. Shoes were around $60. I’m unsure of how much I paid for the scarf but I think it may have been about $40. I was working at the store where I purchased it so I got an employee discount on top of a sale price. It was a killer deal.
The center is a close up of the items I wore in the selfie on the left.
The right is a dress I bought in Spring of 2016 from New York and Company. It is a part of the Eva Mendes collection.
I got good response to my fashion posting from yesterday so here is another. These are a few on my summer favorites. These are items that I bought in past years and they are still great for summer.
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Chinese Laundry black strappy sandals
These were an impulse buy that I found at Macy’s in Independence, MO. I like these a lot and I have gotten a lot of use out of them. They are kind of difficult to wear because of the way the straps are situated but I got use to them. I don’t recall the price because I’ve had these for a few years but I’m sure it was pretty moderate. I’m thinking they were around $40.
I love the white watch trend that’s been going on for a few seasons. The face is quite large which is also on trend and I love the gold. I think the watch retails for around $200 but I bought it from a store I was working for so I got a great discount. I love the gold details. It was available at Helzberg but I don’t know if it is still available. It was purchased last year.
Orly nail polish:
I think neutral cosmetic shades are great for summer. I don’t really like neutral lipsticks because I have a dark complexion and it just gets lost but I can use a neutral nail polish. This one is called Prince Charming #20715. I bought it at Sally Beauty Supply in Kansas City, MO. It was on sale for around $5.
Liz Claiborne sandals:
I like these sandals because they are styled like Tory Burch sandals. I can not afford Tory Burch sandals and even if I could I don’t know that the asking price for her sandals are worth it to me. I bought these at JCPenney last summer. I had a coupon for them so I only paid about $12-$15 for them.
I really love shoes. I’ve had this fascination with them since childhood. Earlier this fall I decided that I wanted to get rid of all of my shoes and get new ones. I can’t afford to buy all new shoes so I just god rid of some of them and gave them to the disabled veterans store. Despite being underemployed, paying off student loan debt, in need of a new car I’ve bought four new pairs so far. It’s a sickness I tell you. At least I’m more stylish than crack addicts and most alcoholics. I also have a pair of Michael Kors rain boots in the trunk of my car.
The way I see it, I’m not buying no damn house. I could save my money but I don’t make enough to make it amount to anything quick enough. If I scrimped and saved I could probably have a few extra thousand saved up by the end of the year. But one good car repair could eat that up. To hell with it. Buy the shoes. My hope is that I will eventually make significantly more money. Because the whole saving thing doesn’t really work that well for me. I’m unsure of how realistic this is in a country where people think a $15 wage is an exorbitant wage.
I honestly try to save and I think it’s important. I’ve been successful at saving in the past. But even then every time I got a good $6,000 in the bank I took an awesome vacation somewhere. And there’s only so much a single woman can do with a $13 per hour job and $34,000 in student loan debt. I’m forty years old and I’m kind of at a point in my life when I think I should say to hell with it buy the shoes. My life is half over. I think the world is slowly coming to an end. Why not?
Every time I feel like I’m gaining ground financially something stupid happens. My car dies and I need to pay for a new battery It dies again and now I need to pay for a tow truck. An insurance claim is denied and I have to pay for a dental appointment. To hell with it buy the shoes. And call up a friend and go out for cocktails. But that’s just me. I’m no Suze Orman.