Wallpaper + Kansas City Fashion Week.

Kansas City Fashion Week was last week, and I was lucky enough to attend Saturday night’s festivities. I wanted something a bit quirky to wear; your average skirt + stiletto combo wasn’t my aim this go-round. (And I had already done the Tough Girl thing last time, so I was on the hunt for something new.)

Enter my pals at JCrew. They know what a girl needs when she wants to stand out. I paired their lattice medallion printed blouse + trousers together for a pantsuit-esque, maybe-sorta-wearing-wallpaper look. I’m fine with it. In fact, I loved it. A skinny belt helped break things up in the middle, a statement necklace and earrings layered in more points of interest, and a navy leather jacket toned the whole look just a bit.

jcrew printed popover, jcrew printed trousers, nude pumps, statement necklace, ashley at kansas city fashion week, veda leather jacket
Veda leather jacket // JCrew popover blouse (on sale!) and trousers // Enzo Angiolini pumps (on sale!) // Old Navy belt (similar) // Ray-Ban aviators
jcrew printed popover, jcrew printed trousers, nude pumps, statement necklace, ashley at kansas city fashion week
JCrew popover blouse (on sale!) and trousers // Old Navy belt (similar)

I attended the show with my friend Alissa from The Adored Life (who was kind enough to shoot the photos above, and give me a crash course in her badass DSLR), and then met up with Jess from 26 & Not Counting. Together the three of us navigated the carpet, and hopped backstage to the ULTA lounge to check out the models in their natural habitat + a quick preview of a few of the runway pieces.

Clockwise l-r: a shot in the mirror before heading to Union Station; the girls and I on the carpet; Alissa and I squeezing in for a quick selfie.

The runway shows were really interesting; I love being exposed to new and super talented designers. I snapped a few fave looks (below), and am still drooling over that amazing strong shoulder short sleeved piece by Laura Kathleen. (You guys know I dig a strong shoulder.)

Gorgeous dresses backstage + fun ULTA goodies.


Clockwise l-r: gorgeous sequins by LB by Lauren Bander; super moody black tulle by LB by Lauren Bander; fitted bright blue by Laura Kathleen; a sharp shoulder by Laura Kathleen

The girls and I ended the night navigating the city hunting for a burger in a spring downpour– complete with flooded streets and puddles that could swallow us whole. (It’s a good thing my pumps were patent leather and not suede!) Hey, what’s a little lightning + rain between friends?

A special thanks to the Kansas City Fashion Week team for having me, and to ULTA for the backstage access + bag of beauty goodies to test drive.

Linking up with More Pieces of Me + On the Daily Express, Get Your Pretty OnStyle Elixir, The Pleated Poppy, Sew Crafty AngelWalking in Memphis in High Heels, and Life’s a Party Dress Like It.


  1. kansas city fashion week? gah, it sounds so fun! you look awesome, and how great to spend the night with other fashion bloggers?? i wish we had something similar…. (i’d need your help getting dressed for it though!!)

  2. okay i am OBSESSED with this look! at first i thought it was a jumpsuit which i loved but i love even more that it is separates that you can style in so many other ways!

    bummed i missed you at the shows but maybe next time!

    oh and alissa’s photography: AMAZING! i need her to teach me her ways!

    xo mk

  3. What a great event. Again you fooled me into thinking that was a jumpsuit. You totally pull off that head-to-toe bright print. The photos are gorgeous and your makeup so pretty. You are glowing in that last up-close photo.

  4. You look HAWT!! I totally thought this was a jumpsuit but I love that it’s not because you don’t have that awkward camel toe haha.
    I was bummed that I couldn’t attend fashion week, but it was so great to meet you at the KC Bloggers Brunch on Saturday!!
    Danielle at Framed Frosting

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