Category Archives: City style

City Style: Retro Vixen

At the end of a fantastically busy week, I decided a little dose of retail therapy was in order. A must-stop on my list? The adorable Retro Vixen boutique on 39th Street.

Have you been? It’s amazing. Retro Vixen’s gorgeous owner, Melissa Evans, has created a boutique that caters to the pin-up and vintage lifestyle. Sky-high heels, curve-hugging dresses, sassy lingerie — you’ll find it all at Retro Vixen, plus accessories, including whimsical shoe clips from the talented Louise LeMans.

I’m waiting for some apparel and wedges to arrive next week, but in the meantime, I couldn’t leave empty-handed. My purchases are below — and yes, that’s a HAIR DRYER necklace. Appropriate, no? I’m just a little hair-obsessed.

Head down to Retro Vixen and inject some vintage glamour in your spring wardrobe ASAP! Be sure to check out all of the fabulous creations from Monkey Wrench Clothing, too. Isn’t retail therapy the greatest?


New year, new hair

To know me is to understand that I’m kinda really obsessed with my hair. Example? I have a photo folder on my desktop entitled “Katy’s Hair Evolution.” I love to try new styles and color — the bolder, the better.

Earlier today I headed to Belle Epoque for the big post-wedding chop. What better way to start 2011 than with a new ‘do, complete with subtle highlights in my favorite power color: purple!

It’s gonna be a good year.

Where’d you get those boots?

Thanks to Gina K for calling me out … I went through the trouble to post my brilliant boot-inspired rap, but failed to tell you where I found my fabulous footwear.

Now, these wide-calf boots can be yours! Go get ’em!

New in town: Liberty Belle KC

I made a happy discovery today while on the hunt for nursery decor with Jamie at Urban Mining Homewares and Good JuJu. On the backside of the building that houses Good JuJu is Liberty Belle KC, a family-owned vintage shop that, like the aforementioned boutiques, is only open the first weekend of the month.

Inside Liberty Belle KC, a treasure trove of antique, vintage and second-hand goodies awaits, arranged in several areas that include a few individually owned booths. Searching for a kitschy plush chair or a retro, wall-mounted telephone? Done and done.

Those who know me well know that I’m drawn like a magpie to shiny, glittery things–in fact, this obsession with sparkle is a running joke within my family. So imagine my delight as I encountered Junie’s, one of the vintage booths within Liberty Belle KC that’s bursting with all sorts of finds: jewelry, fabric flowers, knick-knacks, furniture, bird cages and more.

Head to Liberty Belle KC this weekend for the unofficial opening, and be sure to mark your calendar for the first weekend of May, when Liberty Belle celebrates its grand opening. And when you go? Bring cash or your checkbook. Debit and credit cards are only accepted at certain booths.

Opening soon: The Garment District

Just in time for the start of spring shopping, downtown Kansas City’s Power and Light District’s newest tenant, The Garment District, is set to open next  week. Described as a “boutique bar collective,” the Garment District unites several Kansas City designers and creators including Label, Urbantique, Two Chic Blvd., Denim Couture, City Girls Boutique, Polka Dot Petals and Imagery.

The result is a multi-tenant, market-style atmosphere that allows shoppers to peruse a variety of wares at once, and also offers shop owners a less expensive environment in which to maintain their boutique space; some have, until now, only operated online.

The Garment District’s grand opening weekend kicks off Friday, Feb. 26. All merchandise is 15 percent off, and on Sunday, enjoy complimentary bloody Marys and mimosas. Now go forth and shop!

photo by thejoyof, Flickr

Kate Spade’s subtle KC shout-out

As a certified shopaholic, I’m doing my best to ignore the discount-laden e-mails that are pouring into my inbox in preparation for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Yet when “kate spade” pops up in my inbox, I can’t say no, and it’s a good thing I clicked!

Image courtesy of Kate Spade promotional e-mail

Is it just me, or is Kate dispersing a bit of Kansas City love? Check out the address on the Christmas card. It’s incomplete, but one could guess it’s KC-bound, headed to the handbag maven’s hometown. A Merry Christmas to you, Kate. I’ll continue to wish for the ultimate gift–a dedicated Kate Spade boutique. Santa, are you listening?

The art of collaboration


BCBG boots are displayed at Urban Dwellings Design as part of a new cross-promotion. Photo courtesy of Urban Dwellings Design.

It’s taken me far too long to catch on to a brilliant partnership between my favorite local shoe boutique and a modern home interior shop (as well as a Delaware Street neighbor!) The ingenious cross-promotion involves select displays of inventory designed not only to showcase of-the-moment products, but also increase in-store traffic and raise awareness about the benefits of shopping locally.