I’ve found myself caressing the paper of the book I am reading, inhaling the “new book” smell right off the inked pages. Maybe I am weird. Maybe there is a market for aromatized Kindles, but there is something about print that I do not get online
Who do you think women dress for? I have heard different answers to this question. If the woman wears clothes that accentuate her body, like bodycon dresses or low-cut tops; some quickly assume that she dresses for men. If she chooses colorful prints and A-line dresses (think Jess from New Girl), some claim she falls into a category of women who dress for other women; hoping to be recognized for their fashion sense.
Is it the Leo in me wanting to be celebrated, or my sweet-tooth inner child craving cake and ice cream? Either way, I have always loved to celebrate my birthday. To this day I remember most of my birthday gifts, including the Dónde están los ladrones? Shakira CD.
I imagined the building would look like their logo: blue and corporate. Executives wearing ties, glancing at their watches and rushing to the next meeting. Like many, I heard rumors of how wonderful companies like Facebook and Google are. But they were just rumors, and can not compare to actually being there.
From throw pillows to dresses and wall décor, the representation of tropical plants such as Monstera and Euterpe (from the palm tree) has grown substantially in the past two years. Tropical motifs have been up and down runways world-wide and the trend is still going strong this summer.
Nothing like shorts that say “Hotter than hell” to make you feel proud. What a find! I mean, how often do you get a pair of shorts that tell you what the weather is like? ;) Not that you would need them; just trust your sweaty palms and forehead and assume the temperature is above 90 °F.
The sun is finally out and temperatures have risen to my beloved beach-like levels. It’s time to bring out the shorts and bikinis, but it’s also time to look at the trends that will rule this fall. Inspired by the collections shown on Thursday and Friday during the last KCFW, these are the items we think you should be on the look-out for your fall wardrobe.
It is that time of the year again! Colors of Costa Rica is attending Kansas City Fashion Week as part of the media team. During the events, we get to see what local and international designers have created for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2018 season and we are excited to share the trends with you. Here is our recap of the first show, the Wednesday night runway.
On the first of January at midnight, the temperature in Columbia was -21°C; today we are at -8°C and I'm really glad that it’s “warmer”. However, it is still necessary to wear several layers of clothing and coats. One of the pieces that I have used the most this week is this Charlotte Russe cardigan that my sister gave me.
It’s the time of the year when Santa Baby and I’ll Be Home For Christmas are playing in every store you walk in. Inside, the warm tunes and the cinnamon scented air compete with the bright lights and colorful decorations from outside. Which scenario is more beautiful? It’s hard to tell.
These costumes are more than fabric and thread. Behind their seams and silhouettes, they hold priceless stories about American history and culture. Their home is close by, but most days, you wouldn’t even notice it is there. Among the classroom buildings and the green areas at Stephens College, the Historic Costume Gallery rests quietly trapped in the mezzanine, between the first and second floor of the Lela Raney Wood Hall.
What are fashion shows all about? Is it the excitement that you feel when a model comes out wearing something fabulous, the anticipation for what will come out next, the desire to own those garments? I think it goes beyond deciding if what you are looking at is something that you would wear or not.
We care deeply about what we wear to a special occasion. That explains the hours spent pinning our favorite looks, and browsing through countless online stores. We give some serious thought to that graduation or fashion week attire. Most of the time, we never wear it again.
We walked around the monument for a few minutes, and then sat down to watch the sunset. The sun descended slowly, through “the needle”, an oval-shaped gap in between the rocks. The colors of the horizon as the sun sets, and the moon begins to shine taking its place, were simply beautiful. We were amazed, we were marveled, even after sunset, when everything got dark, we wanted to stay.
We wanted the place to ourselves. Nothing like a beautiful sunset in a new place, Coronado Heights, the hill where Francisco Vázquez de Coronado apparently gave up his search for the seven golden cities.
I would say that now, more than ever, you can truly be whatever you want to be. A fashion designer, a blogger, a model… It is no longer up to destiny to place you right in front of that café, under perfect light, at the exact time a model scout happens to walk out, and determines you are incredibly beautiful. No, now we have countless model agencies, social media, networking events. People actually have a shot at carving their own destiny.
I usually think more of the future, than I do of the past. The future is filled with possibilities, dreams, paths that can lead anywhere. However, the past comes up sometimes, and I have to admit, it is a comfortable place… childhood laughter and games, stories with known endings, certainty. And then comes the nostalgia, for “the good days”, for times and places that I was never in, but can’t help but admire, and wonder what life was like back then.
Auro has been backstage several times, one time as a model for her own design. After the event she would tell me how it went, what she liked, and other details. I've never stopped to think about photographing the sweet mayhem that takes place before a show. So when I went to the backstage of the Nelson-Atkins Fashion Show I kept asking myself: Now what? What do I shoot? Do I need to ask for permission? I hope I don’t get in the way of anybody or trip over a cable or something; so yes I was a bit nervous.
I would say the weather in Costa Rica is beautiful. Not all Costa Ricans would agree, and yes, we do have rainy days, tropical humidity, and wind, but we also get those perfect sunny days that take your breath away.
A women’s college. Far from old-fashioned, Stephens College is an outstanding institution that empowers and supports women. Home of art; where students cultivate their knowledge and abilities in theatre, fashion, dance, filmmaking, and music, among other majors.
Since I found out JCCC hosts a fashion show, I’ve always wanted to go. I have been attending JCCC for almost a year now, and I feel so proud of the talent of fellow students. Several designers who have presented their collections at the Kansas City Fashion Week have studied here, Roger Figeroa and Kiana Godsey, to name a few.
Hello friends! We’ve been meaning to post the pictures of my last outfit for this season’s Kansas City Fashion Week, it took us a while, but here they are! For Saturday night I went for a comfortable look. I’ve been practicing layering a lot recently, and I really enjoy it. You can combine pieces in so many ways!
Being from Costa Rica, I can’t express how much I’ve been missing warm weather. Snow is different, and lots of fun, but seriously I need some sunshine! I am so excited that summertime is getting closer and decided to prepare a wishlist of those summer essentials that have been on my mind.
After an exciting week of style and camaraderie, Kansas City Fashion Week came to its last runway of the season. On this second part, we will proudly share the collections of Georgina Herrera, House of Cochon, Lucia's Sarto with Dolyn Bags and sHE by Christian Micheal with Georgina Herrera.
Fashion week went by so fast, we couldn't believe it was Saturday already! The last night of this season’s KCFW. We were excited to see what designers had created for the evening. In this first part, we will share the pieces designed by Michael Drummond, Tomboy, Barbara Bultman and Christian Micheal accessorized by none other than Dolyn Bags.
Most of the fashion designers I find inspiring, have something in common. They changed the norm of what women were supposed to wear. Coco Chanel, Bonnie Cashin, Elsa Schiaparelli brought comfort, power, and creativity to the female wardrobe.
Will and I were pretty exited about attending the KCFW Bubbles and Bow Ties. It was the perfect occasion to get all dressed up and fancy. We headed to West Bottoms, Kansas City, where the venue, R24 Studios, is located. R24 is an artisan crafted luxury furniture store, and yes, we actually sat on art work (Marshall @ HIMYM). After being greeted at the door, we waited in line for the first set of pictures as the music played upstairs on the third floor.
So we all have had Monday blues. Weekends are so much fun, we can sleep in, and spend the day with family and loved ones; of course it's hard when Monday comes around! Well, if there's something that can fix up Monday blues it's good wine, chocolate cake and friendly people.
In a time where fast fashion supplies the market with inexpensive, but pretty much disposable items; it is imperative that we show more support to designers like Ami Beck and Christina Becchetti Moncke. Last week, Will and I had the opportunity to meet both designers when we covered a shoot for Kansas City Fashion Collaboratives Magazine.
Choosing what to wear on a cold or windy day is always a challenge. I love pictures where clothes wave with the wind. On the other hand, if I am wearing a loose short dress or skirt, it may get very uncomfortable. On this throw back post of a trip to the Irazu volcano, I made sure I was warm by wearing booties and a sweater, and to add some movement I designed a long skirt.
It’s Valentine’s Day! The one day a year you get a green light to be gooey and romantic, kiss in public, and go crazy with heart-shaped things (cards, pancakes, and hairdo’s). Well, I couldn’t let this opportunity go to waste. I am a newly-wed and very much in love. So here it goes. My Valentine’s special: wedding pictures and a true love story.
When a new year comes, we tend to focus on the future, on what’s to come; and that is probably the wise thing to do. However, there is a specific week from last year that keeps coming to my mind, Kansas City Fashion Week.
Have you ever wondered what's inside a fashion runway front-row gift bag? I was always curious about it and was finally able to find out at the Kansas City Fashion Week. Hope you have fun solving this mystery ;)
Fashion is such an amazing thing. It is an art of individual expression; where everyone gets to be different and have her/his own style. It also tells the story of who we have been (think of the opulent dresses queens wore, the drama of punk, the simplicity of jeans) and of who we are today, together, as a community. Fashion differentiates us, but it also units us. Last Friday night at the Kansas City Fashion Week we were all united by fashion, surprise, and so much LOVE.
Last Thursday night (10/13), the Kansas City Chiefs latest fan apparel was seen in a very different field. Far away from turf and bleachers, a collection of Chiefs’ inspired-wear was showcased at the Kansas City Fashion Week. The first styles shown were a glimpse of the cheerful outfits that would follow.
Fashion week begins in Kansas City and although some might be surprised to hear this Midwest region is interested in apparel, this is nothing new. In the late 1940’s the Kansas City Garment District was a major clothing manufacturer, according to the KCFW website, at that time: “1 out of every 7 women in the United States purchased garments made in Kansas City”.
In this season of “Fashion weeks”, social media is flooded with updates regarding “new trends”, however as fashion connoisseurs have said in the past, what really prevails is style. A simple search for #streetstyle on Pinterest will prove that point, when garments are combined in a smart way, we like what we see, without thinking to much about what pants style or which colors are dominating the season’s runways.
Our first contact with Lu by Lolita was during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, where we were able to get a close view of the collection in backstage and confirmed its quality and style. We felt honored when the brand reached out to Colors of Costa Rica to invite us to their store and then pampered us with gifts! <3
Who leaves their country for another one? Who leaves a secure job for uncertainty? This is the story of Dani (Brazilian) and Mariano (Argentinian), who left their countries to venture into a smaller one, the one they wanted to explore together. Their desire to do something different, lead them to leave everything to move to Costa Rica.
Yuli, designer of her brand “La Musa”, contributed with bracelets and an absolutely gorgeous handcrafted necklace. The hand-painted pieces of balsa wood give added value and originality to the product. When using this type of “statement jewelry”, we should see the accessories as an important part of the outfit and consider the style and color palette we’re looking to achieve.
I found “La Musa” on Facebook and was immediately captivated by the color and originality of the accessories. I would classify them as “statement jewelry”, where the most important part of the attire is the accessory itself, which is attention-grabbing from blocks away.
As part of the prize we won through Expo Novia, Will and I had the opportunity to stay at the Casa Conde hotel at playa Panamá. The hotel is all inclusive, but during our stay they didn’t have the usual all-you-can-eat buffet. Maybe it was just because we visited during low season or perhaps they are searching to provide a more exclusive plan. Customers can order from the menu or ask for the “plat du jour”.
When it comes to job interviews I've always gone with the safe bet: a formal shirt and pants or a skirt. But today I had an interview for a fashion related job, where creativity is an important qualification. How to dress to impress? I chose a pair of really loose printed pants (which I never thought of like business attire) and decided to go for a risky but chic combination of stripes and prints. To give the look a formal spin, I added high heels, a black blazer and contrasting jewelry.
Everyone has problems or at least deals with stress, but instead of letting it eat you up, take control, breath, and have fun. After all, being happy is what matters the most! A break during the middle of the semester was almost necessary, so my family and I took off to Jacó for the day.
“Think global, act local” was designed thinking of a better world and of what we can do to improve it. I am currently competing for a scholarship with this project. If you haven’t voted, please do. You are also welcome (and encouraged) to share the link so that other people can vote too. Let’s support emerging designers! Thanks for your help.
Christopher McCandless lived a life far from what’s expected by society. After graduating, he donated his savings and traveled with little resources through several states. His adventure continued as he ventured “into the wild” (Alaska) looking forward to live in solitude for some time.
A year ago, my boyfriend and I were invited by a dear friend to her wedding in Manzanillo, which needless to say was lovely and also gave us the opportunity to enjoy Puerto Viejo. During the day, Puerto Viejo bursts with colors, laughter, the smell of tasty food and good music.
I walk along calle Real, Liberia. I see houses that were built years ago, seniors sitting on rocking chairs or benches, just watching people walk by. Their warm smiles bring joy to my heart. Their eyes have witnessed decades of changes, of buildings being built and torn down, of children who outgrew them, of stories about tradition, family and love.