Omaha Fashion Week

A very overdue post this is about Omaha Fashion Week, but one of the few times I actually took a pic of myself in my event “get up.”

And sadly, the awful photo was taken by me, awkwardly using my cell camera and a full length mirror.  You get the idea, right?

Michael Kors linen peplum jacket (old), White House Black Market Tank; Mossimo Belt, Target; Vintage navy organza knife pleat skirt; Nine West cage booties (old).

So, my thoughts on Omaha’s fashion week.  It’s been moved to a new venue, KANEKO, and the production was awesome.  It has  become the largest regional fashion week production in the States, drawing talent from all over the midwest.

I saw children’s collections by Hollie Hannish and Yolanda Diaz, and women’s collections by Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Olajide Cooper for Kotero, Leah Casper and Angela Balderston.

Much of the show seemed very costume-y.  And rightly so, as Leah Casper actually worked in costumes for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.  However, Yolanda Diaz’s take on children’s clothing was downright “Suess-like” in flimsy jersey, and definitely something you would (and should) only see on stage.

Olajide Cooper is an artist, poet, sign language and Spanish teacher, and much more.  Her show was much like theater, in that the models not only walked the runway – I use this term loosely as they were walking on varying heights of blocks tied to their feet at an almost standstill speed – they also portrayed different emotions she was trying to embody with her collection.

The fabrics and textures were colorful and interesting, as was her decision to paint both her African-American and caucasion models in crayola black.  In addition, they had some ethereal face painting with glitter that I enjoyed in a weird way.

I found much of what went down the runway hard to wear, with the exception of Elizabeth Fitzgerald’s Kate Blue collection and Hollie Hannish’s children’s collection.

At the end of the day, I love that my little midwestern city has jumped head first into another segment of what is usually a larger city’s cultural claim.  I’ve become a big fan, if not of everything that went down the runway, of the event and the purpose.

You can bet I’ll be returning in August for the Spring show.

Jelly Bags

Jelly bags, not beans, for Easter!

This adorable Dalvaux Brilliant vinyl bag from Barney’s looks like more fun than anything you could be doing while carrying it.  The color alone, almost literally screams out for attention.

If you are contemplating buying yourself a pair of vintage jelly shoes that will ultimately give you blisters (not to mention, make your feel sweaty and stinky), choose this structured bag in nail-polish-shiny hues instead.

Your feet and your boyfriend will thank you!

Keep your dogs in this cage… shoe, I mean.

How amazing are these cage shoes from Cesare Paciotti?

On a hunt for cage shoes after wearing a bone -colored pair of my own, I found these most gorgeous shoes on the planet.

Immediately, I’m converting the cost into hours worked because these are shoes that will visit me in my dreams.

How hot do you think they’d look with my standard mommy-issue yoga pants?

Right.  Damn good.

Now you can carry Brian Atwood too!

Brian Atwood, designer of the luxe sky-high heels (and the covet of all covets), now has a new line of handbags for sale.  And GILT.com has them!

My favorite is the pink and silver minaudière at the bottom… but I’d take any of them, really.

Daily Covet: Key West on a gold chain

This dainty little necklace from julie collection has all the perfect features to make this a daily-wear-worthy pendant.

I love the almost brushed-looking 24 karat plated ball chain.  Bezel-set chalcedony gem (turquoise, my favorite!)  And multiple charms on a long 22″ chain, which look great with maxi dresses, fluid blouses in sorbet colors, or to dress up an otherwise simple white cotton shirt and khaki shorts.

Great news too!  You can get it today for 1/2 off by entering “luckydaily3” at checkout.

Bowling anyone? Classic handbag shapes….

The Tod’s bowler.  Classic enough style, right?

But in lemon yellow faux satin (nylon)?

Again with the yellow bags for me.  But I love yellow.  It makes me want to be outside, soaking up sun, and trotting all over the city doing fun things with my kiddos.

And the bag is definitely mom-friendly and roomy for all the necessities this mom-on-the-go needs.  The price?  Well… not so much in the mom-friendly department.

Daily Covet: Short on shorts

I need shorts.  It’s been hot here and my season of shorts, skirts and sundresses has commenced.

In a quick pick through my summer wardrobe, currently housed in roughneck tubs in my basement, there was a stunning lack of shorts.  And while shorts aren’t my favorite summer items, they are a necessary part of almost anyone’s summer wardrobe.

Since you can find shorts in any length, style and color from J. Crew this summer, it is probably my choice for a one-stop-short-shopping experience.