Red on red

My parents have been living in Kansas City for like 10 years and not once, NOT ONCE! did I think to myself, “Let’s go vintage shopping!” How can this be, pretty kitties? I think I have always been sucked into the H&M and Urban Outfitters and it just never occurred to me until recently! Joe and I had a day date while Charlie hung out with his grandparents. We went to Westport, I tried on about 2,000 dresses (and took 3 home!), we went to a record store, a toy store, walked around a bunch, and then went and met back up with my parents. It was a beautiful day that was made all the better by the new spring clothes!

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So this is one of the dresses I bought. I’m in love! I’m a sucker for a cute boat neck, and this bandana pattern is the tops! I paired it with my red jacket, which I was a little iffy about, but then Charlie said, “You look cute Mama!” so I left it on. Nothing like a compliment from a 2 year-old to give confidence to your fashion choices!

Outfit details: bandana dress :: Re-Runs |  white belt :: found in my Mom’s closet! | red jacket :: Hill Vintage | blue flats :: Charlotte Russe

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Our fall outfit picks!

Let’s ignore the fact that it’s supposed to be 90 degrees tomorrow and focus on the fact that we pulled out the tights today during a quintessential rainy fall day. Fall is such a lovely time of year: booties, jackets, light sweaters, apple cider, pumpkin patches…. so in our excitement we’ve picked out some fall favorite outfits! fall-outfits

Marlena’s Fall Outfit:

1. These black earrings are trippy, and only $6!
Linked Geo Triangle Earrings :: Charlotte Russe

2. I bought a sweater similar to this at JCP and can’t stop wearing it
Graphic Crew-Neck Sweater :: Old Navy

3. What a statement!
Layered Corset Belt :: Anthropologie

4. I love the streamlined prettiness of this clutch
Zip Detail Clutch Bag :: ASOS

5. What a gorgeous autumnal color kitties!
Breathtaking Tiger Lilies Skirt :: ModCloth

6. The red color of these boots is the tops
Kimchi Triple Buckle Ankle Boot :: Urban Outfitters

Jessi’s Fall Outfit:

1. Nothing like a great gold accessory to make me feel fancy!
Lion Gold Earrings :: Nasty Gal

2. Ruffles + plaid = love
Vintage Backwoods Shirt :: Bluegrass Booty via Etsy

3. Love the deco design on this clutch!
Metallic Stepped Clutch :: Dorothy Perkins

4. Shorts over tights is my jam!
Scalloped Hem Shorts :: Nordstrom

5. Loooove this pattern
Scallop Lace Tights :: GUESS by Marciano

6. I’m such a sucker for a brown bootie
Restricted City Search Tan Brogue Ankle Boots :: Lulu’s

Have a darling week!

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Double Trouble: Dear Creatures Part Un

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Love. This. Dress. Love it!
We at Here Pretty Kitty are very fortunate to have friends in high places. And for this first installment of Double Trouble our good friends at Vitae Design Collective in the Des Moines East Village so graciously let us borrow this fabulous Dear Creatures dress for an afternoon. We took it, we styled it, we loved it, and then we had to give it back… But it was fun while it lasted!

One thing I love about this dress is that it’s different than anything else I have in my closet. I don’t typically buy long-sleeved dresses, and if I do I often end up shortening the sleeves. What can I say, unless there’s a cardigan involved I’m just not a long-sleeve kind of girl.
This was an interesting number to style because, while we both fell in love with it, we realized that the dress is so great on its own it didn’t need much help. But, obviously, we found a way!

If it was cooler outside you better believe I’d be throwing some colored tights under this bad boy. But, since September’s only just begun (and its still 90 degrees every day….) I couldn’t bring myself to slip into tights just yet, no matter how cute it would be. Ankles booties though? Bring em on. And I wanted to wrap a cool summer scarf around my neck but couldn’t bring myself to cover up the darling neckline detail. Thus, the scarf in my hair. And finally I decided it was the perfect time to break out this amazing vintage purse a friend recently gave me. The bag is a real gem and again, unlike anything else in my closet.
I can’t say enough good things about this dress. It’s lightweight and so comfortable and could easily be worn to work or out for dinner and drinks with friends (mojitos and small plates anyone??? Yes please!) All in all an A+ from me!

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Check back soon for Marlena’s take on this little lady!

Outfit details: dress : Dear Creatures c/o Vitae | scarf, belt :: thrifted | booties :: Charlotte Russe | earrings :: gift, Ragstock | sunnies :: forever21 | purse :: gift, thrifted

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Matchy-Matchy Swamp Thing

These pics turned out fine, but let me tell you: taking pics next to a flooded river smells wretched. Wretched I tell you! Good thing you can’t smell through the screen. Yikes.

Anyway, I decided to be matchy on this particular day. I was looking for the perfect flats to wear and look: black and orange! Why not? This racerback tank is actually a dress, and this skirt used to be a dress! A full-length, long-sleeved dress, to be exact. Picture that! I love bows and all, but it was just too much. I cut off the top right over the elastic waist and shortened the skirt and now it’s a staple of mine.

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I just realized that Jessi gave me these flats and this belt! Thanks girl!

Summer has been absolutely heavenly so far. As Jessi mentioned, we’ve celebrating all things Jessi this weekend with her bachelorette party and bridal shower and it’s been so fun! And don’t forget to tune in next week for our outfits along with a fun (and super easy (as always!)) DIY. And yes, it’s cat related!

Outfit details: Sunnies :: Target | Heart necklace :: Forever 21 | Bow Earrings: Charlotte Russe | Orange triangles dress :: Forever 21 | Bow skirt :: thrifted | Belt and flats: gifts

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Festival Fashion

80/35 marks the end of one of my favorite times of the year. I just love summer and June is always so jam packed for me. By the time 80/35 rolls around I’m exhausted but have just enough in me to power through the weekend, resulting in a spectacular time. I got to dance with some lovely friends, eat awesome festival food, hang out with my brother, and even hang in the VIP area thanks to my man!

I often start planning my 80/35 outfits weeks in advance, anticipating how the weather will be and what will be comfortable and cute enough to run around all day in. I think I found two solid winners this year!

DAY 1

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On day one I enjoyed a little bit of red bull and peach vodka from the VIP area for some energy- yum yum!
You may remember this top from an earlier post. I got it around my birthday, and because it’s a crop top it can be hard for me to pull off. I decided to pair it with a strapless dress, mixing patterns as I please!
I got these Worishofer sandals recently, and they are dream-come-true shoes. They are so, so, SO comfortable! Like walking on air, really.
I decided to go with a smaller purse than usual this year, but you can see I managed to pack in the essentials: bottled water, sunscreen, wallet and phone. In years past I’ve brought a jacket, umbrella and even extra shoes (which actually came in handy when a friend broke her sandals!) but this year I wanted to travel more lightly, and I still made it through okay.

As we were walking down to the festival I took a spill on the sidewalk and busted up my knee and ankle. Luckily I wasn’t hurt badly enough to impede on the fun, but you can definitely see some of my battle wounds in these pics. Ow!

Day one outfit details : top :: urban outfitters | necklace: forever21 | dress :: forever21 | Worishofer sandals :: Zappos | purse :: Modcloth

DAY 2

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For my second day outfit I picked another strapless dress, but since I’m not always super comfortable going strapless I safety pinned this scarf to my dress to turn it into a halter. That way I didn’t have to spend the entire day making sure my dress was in place. And it worked out beautifully. Success!
I got these sandals recently at Hill Vintage and really love them. I hadn’t even worn them before, so I was definitely risking comfort since I wasn’t completely sure how comfy they would be. But they’re slightly big on me, which helped, and they got me through the day purrrrfectly!
Since this all took place July 4th weekend I wanted to continue the red, white and blue theme, hence the red belt. I love getting super into holidays and the Fourth of July is no exception! BBQ and fireworks… Sign me up!

All in all, this years festival was majorly successful. Highlights included David Byrne and St. Vincent, Deehunter, Wavves, Yeasayer, and I admit, I even got into Wu-Tang a bit with Marlena.
And now I’m gonna focus more on going to the pool, hanging out with my kitties, catching up on some summer reading and breathe a little. Ahhhhhhh. See ya next year, 80/35!

Day two outfit details: sunnies: forever21 | dress :: Urban Outfitters Outlet | belt :: thrifted | necklaces :: forever21 | shoes :: Hill Vintage

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Street Style: 80/35

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We had soooo much fun this past weekend at the 80/35 music festival, and there were so many cute ladies that we had to stop and take their pic for our first ever Street Style post. A lot of our darling friends made the cut, but they were just too adorable and festive not to include!

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Vanessa | Alecia | Emily

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Jess | Erin | Z

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Anna | Jessi | Berkleigh

Aren’t they all too cute?! We’ll post our outfits for the 2-day event later on this week, so check back!

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Polka Dot Baby

This polka dot number is my new perfect summer dress. It’s magical! It’s the total package: v-neck, button down, racer back, polka dots… I’m in love! I got this baby at target and it was love at first sight. I didn’t even try it on, I just knew we were meant to be.
It’s been just right for any occasion: work, date night with my love, going out with friends and even sitting around playing board games and Nintendo. I often do this with a new piece of clothing. I’ll become obsessed and wear it multiple times a week until the next dress/top/whatever comes along. Pretty fickle, huh? But I feel confident this darling will last the test of time. We shall see…

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Also, speaking of love, how in love do I look with that cupcake?!

I got this belt from Etsy a few years ago. It’s a very special belt that I don’t pull out for just any outfit. But you guys know how I feel about this special dress…

I know it’s not for everyone, but I love pairing ankle boots with a summer dress or shorts. These boots also came from Etsy, and they’ve sat around in my closet for quite awhile, but one day I got the urge the throw them on and they’re now heavily incorporated into my summer wardrobe. This is why I can and should never get rid of anything!

I don’t know abut everyone else but I’m having a pretty great summer so far! I’ve already gotten some decent pool time in, plenty of summer drinks with friends, and sitting outside and reading and soaking up the sun. Cheers to my favorite season!!

Outfit details: dress :: Target | boots, belt :: Etsy | scarf :: thrifted 

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June Favorites!

It’s time for our monthly style-up and this June it just makes sense we’re both gravitating towards oranges and reds with the heat, right? We’re also loving the geometric trend, from a cute shapely dress (I went there) from Modcloth to cut-out oxfords from Urban.

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Marlena’s Outfit:

1. These earrings are perfect to dress up any outfit.
Finchittida Cut-Out Earrings :: ASOS

2. I love this flattering pattern and it’s such a nice, cool dress for the heat.
New Theory Tube Skater Dress :: Sway Chic

3. The little arrows on this belt are too cute.
Arrowcut Skinny Belt :: Madewell

4. This yellow floral bag is reminiscent of a vintage carpet bag, but way cuter than the one I used to own!
Opportunity to Pop Bag :: Modcloth

5. See: the cut-out squares will keep your feet nice and cool despite not wearing sandals. Right?
Cooperative Lattice Lace-up Flat :: Urban Outfitters

Jessi’s Outfit:

1. Yes, I know it’s summer, but you never know when a summer thunderstorm will hit. OR use this beauty to shield yourself from the blistering sun.
When It Rains It Paws Umbrella :: Modcloth

2. This geometric darling caught my eye instantly and I have to admit I already snagged it from Modcloth! And believe me, it’s just as cute in person.
Summertime Spirit Dress :: Modcloth

3. If I had a billion extra dollars to spend I’d drop some money on this bracelet real quick!
BoyNCY Thorn Cuff Bracelet :: Urban Outfitters

4. I’m a sucker for a brown bag, and the gold trim really sets this apart from the rest!
Tan Gold Rim Saddle Bag :: A|Wear

5. I saw these puppies on a lovely lady in downtown Des Moines and was inspired to look them up online. Very classic and practical for summer!
Charla Black Wedges :: Zappos

Hope your weekend is a blast!
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Ice Cream Dress on an Ice Cream Day

Right when I saw this dress at Forever 21 I knew it was mine. Ice cream? On a dress? C’mon people. It doesn’t get much sweeter than this (wocka wocka!). And what better way to wear this dress than to our favorite ice cream shop? Ohhhh it’s just too much!

These sunglasses look like they used to belong to a little lovely old lady but la di da, they are from Target. And my golden oxfords are reappearing as they are my go-to shoe lately.

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Joe gave me my Charlie necklace for our first Mother’s Day. I adore it but Charlie broke it a couple months ago. Luckily all I needed was a new jump ring and it is good as new.

Why are you still reading? Go get some ice cream already!

Outfit details: sunnies :: Target | ice cream dress :: Forever 21 | Charlie necklace :: My Name Necklace | belt :: Von Maur | oxfords :: Aldo

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Birthday gift outfit

I know my birthday was a little while ago but I’m just now getting around to debuting some of the amazing birthday gifts I got!! Most of this outfit here was gifted to me from the lovely Marlena (shocker, I know!) It’s really easy for us to shop for each other because we have such similar taste and fashion sense- I think we both usually just find stuff we want and then gift it to the other- that’s what I do anyway 🙂

I’ll jump right down to the shoes because they’re my favorite part of this outfit. Mint green cat shoes that are oh so comfy…winners! I was shocked when I saw them and can’t get enough of them.
I love this striped dress too. The skirt is short and airy and perfect for spring and summer. It’s taking me a little time to get used to wearing dresses without tights after the longest winter ever, but its so nice to be able to set my legs free.

I bought an iPad with my birthday money and I am absolutely LOVING it! And it turns out this purse is the perfect little carrying case. Check out Marlena’s DIY to find out how to make one for yourself.

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John brought me these sunglasses from his recent trip to Portland, which is great since I really don’t have any sunglasses….(jk, my home is overflowing with them.) But I don’t have any like this, and I love them!
Not to sound 80 years old or anything, but I’m soooooo excited for beautiful weather. Marlena and I have been brainstorming about all the fun things we want to do blog wise now that its spring and I can’t wait for you guys to see what we have in store!

Outfit details: dress :: gift (thrifted) | shoes :: urban outfitters | necklace :: domestica | sunglasses :: gift | purse :: Dry Goods + DIY | belt :: thrifted | cat ring :: a truck stop

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