Entries in kansas city (11)


kansas city hearts madewell

The day has finally arrived -- Kansas City is getting it's very own Madewell. When I lived in Los Angeles, I was always at their Glendale store (the sweet staff knew me by name :). I couldn't be more pleased to once again have one in my neighborhood. It's perfect timing, too, as Madewell has the best summer-to-fall transitional pieces. I'm particularly fond of this season's silk tie-front dress, which can be paired with tights + a beat-up jean jacket when the weather cools down. As for the present, I'd wear it with britsh tan booties, a leather crossbody tote and this chic tortoise bracelet. I'd also add in a deep berry lip and Chanel lacquer in Particulière (a new favorite).

This Tuesday, August 18th, Madewell is hosting a launch party in celebration of the store's opening. If you're local, please join! I'll be there along with some of Kansas City's best and brightest (and stylish, to boot). It's from 7-9 p.m. and guaranteed to be a blast. Hope to see you there!


voici rachel rector

"Lingerie" // Rachel Rector from Raúl B Fernández on Vimeo.

How fabulous is this Amélie-inspired short film?! I've watched it at least five times. Lingerie designer Rachel Rector is brilliant. Her edgy pieces can be picked up at Birdie's Panties in downtown Kansas City (a mecca of all things beautiful and feminine).

P.S. stills from amelie. because why not :)


meet tara light

Tara Light is a darling local fashion designer and the owner of Fable, a women’s boutique in downtown Kansas City. A self-taught seamstress, Tara decided to create her own clothing label because she what she wanted to wear simply didn't exist. Thus, Tara Light Co. was born. Each piece from her collection is hand-sewn! So cool. I’m positive that she has some gorgeous new items in her fall collection – I can’t wait to see them.

Ms. Light and her 10 favorite things were recently features in Kansas City spaces. I love lists and I love Tara, so I thought I’d share it here. Her shop is located at 1515 Walnut. You must stop by if you’re ever in town!


chez lisa curran

This summer, I had the privilege of interning with Lisa Curran, a talented Kansas City interior designer who focuses on high-end interiors. I’ve known Lisa for over ten years – she is the reason why I chose to enter the world of interior design. Her beautiful residence, shown above, is like my secret garden. It’s a jewel box brimming with French antiques, vintage design books, blue and white vases filled with blooms, art in gilt frames. Working out of her home office was an absolute treat.

A former ballerina, Nelson-Atkins docent and trained artist (she studied fashion illustration in Paris!), her taste level is off the charts incredible. While high-end interiors are specialty, her clients often look to her for etiquette and fashion advice. This summer, for example, she designed a gorgeous Jackie Kennedy Onassis-inspired gown for a client. She frequently assists her clients in throwing the most beautiful parties, picks out birthday gifts, chooses their art.

And I swear to you: Lisa glows. Her positivity draws people to her like moths to a flame. She returns her showroom samples tied with a pale pink ribbon. She bakes her electrician cookies. Everything Lisa touches, everyone she meets, is better for it.

These photos of Lisa’s home are from a Kansas City Spaces article published earlier this year. Written by the fabulous Patricia O'Dell of Mrs. Blandings, it’s a lovely piece. I encourage you to read it here.

Thank you, Lisa, for a beautiful summer. You are a wonderful mentor and close friend. I’m so grateful for you!


a tour of kansas city

A few Sundays ago, my girlfriends and I went on a tour of some of my favorite places in Kansas City. They're very patient and let me pose and photograph them with my Instax, which was wonderful. I thought I'd share the results and detail a bit about our day just in case you ever visit :)
Megan, Kayla and I first went to Donna's Dress Shop for her annual Garden Party, the event at which the store rolls out their new Spring inventory. Donna's is like a brick-and-mortor Modcloth. It's amazing. I didn't buy anything that day, but my friend Megan snatched the most beautiful silk floral frock ca. 1940. Insert clapping emoji here.
Next we visited Prospero's Books (located just a stone's throw from Donna's). I always say that Prospero's is Kansas City's answer to New York's Strand. It's filled with a vintage assortment of books on every topic imaginable. I'm always impressed by their gardening and art inventory. The colorful spines of the books make the ladder-lined ailes look like candy. We could have easily spent several hours here.
But we were hungry. There is a crêpe place in the crossroads, Chez Elle, which is delicious and has outdoor tables shaded by big red umbrellas. The only downside: sunshine and two crêpes (one sweet, one savory) are a deadly combination and will cause naps.
We couldn't take naps because had to stop at Hall's, a beautiful independant department store that sells the best of everything. I was on a mission to find the perfect "I'm-not-wearing-lipstick" lipstick. In the midst of the hunt, Megan introduced me to Creed's Spice and Woods, a $710 perfume that smells like heaven. When I'm an old woman, this is what I'll wear. I did find my lipstick, by the way: Givenchy's Rouge Ectasy #509. It's worth every bit of the $35 price tag.
After a long weekend in Chicago, I was happy to come home to my little city. We may not have an Hermès, but we make up for it in kindness. Come visit soon.

Models can be found here:
Kayla (instagram)
Megan (blog, twitter, facebook, instagram)