Weddings Lead to Dancing

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hi readers,

So here am I definitely a few blog posts behind but I wanted to post anyway. I understand now when bloggers/writers hit that road block and it is hard to continually keep posting. Most bloggers that I follow aren't full time and have regular jobs/life/family to keep them busy. That being said I have been busy the following week having a much needed vacation in Pennsylvania with my sister's family. I haven't lost that passion for all things fashion but I will try to keep up posting at least every other day for my followers. If you haven't yet I would really appreciate if you would follow my FB, Twitter, Google + to help grow my blog JADATO. Ok, I am done venting and explaining where I have been for the past week or so and onto my post.

I had a wonderful friend named Leah that got married to a very handsome dentist named Chad. Sounds like a cute modern Disney Cartoon, no? Leah and I have been friends since 2005 and I have been excited for her to meet her "Mr. Right" since I've known her. Leah is quite the catch and one of my favorite times with anybody is her and my cooking "Julia Child" nights at our apartments. Her wedding was one of the most glamorous I have been too and every detail was planned perfectly. However her wedding was the only one that  I wiped out on the dance floor and it wasn't because I had too many glasses of vino. (It was raining SUPER hard and it was a historic building :) I really enjoyed sharing her day and really enjoyed getting dressed up to see such a beautiful ceremony and reception for a couple that is ready to share all aspects of their lives together. Cheers to Leah and Chad. I love you both and thank you for inviting me to such a once in a lifetime occasion.

(All pictures are my own)



Make Shoes Smell New

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hi readers!

Today is technically my TGIF because I leave to see my family in Pennsylvania after work tonight. I was researching a few new idea articles last night and found a great one to make flats smell new again. For all my female and male readers out there this is a great one for you; your feet will appreciate it also. I am notorious for not wearing socks with my flat shoes and I know they would look ridiculous with them anyways. Summer is just around the corner and I wanted to give this tip to readers needing to make their feet stay fresh. Guys or girls all wear those flats and sandals out everywhere during Summer so these steps will help keep you shoes lasting way past their prime. Let's go ahead and being the tutorial shall we?

Flats have the notorious reputation for being the most smelly shoes within a women’s closet. Part of the shoes problem exists in the way that they are worn on a regular basis without the use of nylons or socks to conceal dead skin particles or foot sweat. This creates a rich moist environment for bacteria to call home and the propagate. (Gross I know)

Smell Removal Tips of Flats (Source:

1 Baking Soda

This household powder has wonderful absorption capabilities and does a great job in pulling in unwelcome foot-related odors. Before going to bed, try to sprinkle one or two teaspoons of baking soda within the shoes, and proceed to shuffle them until the powder has made its way to the toe area of the flats. Once complete, allow the shoes to sit over night to freshen up. If one night does not do the job, repeat this practice nightly until no odor remains within the shoes.

2 Activated Charcoal Inserts

If you have the time, this long-term solution can make sure that an odor never develops within your flats. Obtain an old pair of nylon leggings and cut the legs apart. Place 2-3 charcoal briquettes within each legging and tie an knot above the last briquette. Next, put the nylon enclosed charcoal briquettes within the flats, making sure that they are pushed all of the way down the the toe area. Finalized by placing the activated charcoal filled shoes within a shoe box and allowing to sit over night. This usually takes between 5-7 to effectively remove the odor from the interior of the shoes.

3 Coffee Grounds

Most people associate this material with morning brew, but seldom know that it has powerful absorption capabilities. Fill four coffee ground filters with two teaspoons of coffee grounds each. Pull the loose ends of the filter together and bound closed with a rubber band. Once completed, place within the interior of each flat and allow the shoes to sit over night. If smells still remain after the first night, place these same filter back within the shoes for a seconnd or third night. If successful, the coffee grounds will have lifted the foot-related odor and replaced it with the subtile scent of coffee beans.

4 Kitty Litter

This is usually used in deodorizing cat dropping and keeping thing sanitized within the home, however it can remain effective at deodorizing as well. Keep a small portion of fresh cat litter by your bed, and pour a small amount of this filling within each shoe nightly. The cat litter will work to dry out moist foot sweat and create an unsuitable environment for odorous bacteria.

5 Enzyme Dipped Paper Wads

Harnessing the power of enzymes can work well at literally eating through the organic odors within the flats. Scrunch up several paper towels and lightly dip the tips within a small bowl of enzyme deodorizing solution. Next, stuff the paper towels down within the interior of the shoes and allow 24-48 hours for the cleaning solution to eliminate the foot related odors. Once this time has passed, remove the enzyme dipped paper wads and place flats outside within the sun to finalize the freshening process.



Hair Rut-HBO GIRLS inspiration

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Can we all please agree that we love HBO's GIRLS? (Spoiler alerts ahead) I have a fan girl crush on Lena Dunham's writing and all the girls hairstyles in that show. For that last couple of episodes I cringed, cried, felt ashamed, awkward, and felt angry all at equal intervals during Season 2. The whole car ride home last night I kept thinking how badly I wanted to drink that bottle of wine on the fridge and watch Season's 2 episode of GIRLS. I loved the whole episode so much because it really showed the character's had redeeming qualities even in their weakest moments. 

Shoshanna breaking up with Ray after telling him off "You're older than me. You should have your own place. You should have interests, and passions, and things that you do. You get up every day, and there's nothing, unless you're going to work." After questioning every thought and action of Adam in the show he finally shows enough courage to "run" over to help Hannah get out of her crippling depression. Marnie is finally a real human and tells Charlie that he is an amazing person and that she finally loves him.

Here are some of my favorite articles about last night's episode:



Baldwin=Badass Denim

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hi readers,

Let's go ahead and agree that KC company Baldwin is a badass. GQ has had their eye on them for quite a few years now and Matt Baldwin is showing how quality denim is worth the investment. GQ voted them as one of the Best New Menswear Designers in America. Some notable and famous Kansas Citians like Jason Sudeikis have been sporting his KC Baldwin hat around with his equally as famous girlfriend Olivia Wilde. I am not afraid to admit either that Baldwin's jeans are equal eye candy as their founder Matt Baldwin. 

Baldwin winning the award from GQ means this fall, style-conscious shoppers can buy both a KC hat and a KC T-shirt in Thailand, Tokyo and more than 200 other cities around the world. I joke to my husband that he will finally be able to afford a couple pair of their jeans! I know they are going to sell out like crazy so everyone better head to their local GAP store ASAP when the collection is out. I plan to buy a lot of stuff to support Baldwin but just to have high quality clothing. I will keep you posted on my blog when they start the collection and let you know what items I snatched up. I already own the limited edition Baldwin bag that came out last year and I'm excited to use it this summer. 

GQ Magazine Article:



Minimalist Fashion

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hi readers,

I have to admit something..I have a shopping problem. Ok, I feel better. I have learned some weird ways to curb this shopping addiction: online shopping, filling up a cart, and then simply closing the web page. I'm sure a psychologist would say that isn't really solving the problem; I say screw you and let me self-medicate without emptying my wallet. I am trying to make the following resolutions this year: shop less, get up earlier, and shop more in my closet. I have A TON of clothing and I need to utilize my closet to show it off. I am naturally drawn to a minimalist approach to fashion lately and some could say it is a tres chic French way of dressing. Minimalist Fashion takes a lot more thought than someone just throwing on a ungodly amount of accessories to try and look pulled together. Here are a few of my favorite ways to try out minimalist dressing. Let me know what you think!



Make your leather clothing smell good again

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hi readers,

I am still gathering and editing a couple of my photos for upcoming blog posts so I apologize for not posting more sooner. I wanted to post something today that was tangible and something all of my readers have dealt with: leather that retains a smoke smell. I enjoy "dive bars" as much as the next person but what I don't enjoy is smelling like said bar for the next month.

My leather and pleather jackets maintain that smell and if I go to another bar it just stacks on that smell. Another place that leather/pleather seem to pick up and maintain a smell is coffee shops; I love my coffee but I don't like to smell like an espresso. I found the following article extremely informative and am excited to try it out on my jacket. At work today I had to quarantine said jacket from my work area because I was starting to feel like Joan Jett but in the like "I don't shower because I am badass." I am sure all my clothing underneath my jacket will appreciate smelling like clean laundry detergent rather than my grandpa's ashtray. Enjoy.

General Odors

  1. 1
    Place your leather out to dry outside for 24 hours, weather permitting. Hang it on a clothesline or on a hanger from an eave. Moisture from sweat or the elements can easily soak into the leather pores and lining, causing mildew, which is very difficult to remove.
    • Check the weather report before placing the leather outside. Rain can permanently damage the leather; however, 8 hours in the sun's UV rays can help to remove odor-causing bacteria.
    • If you are trying to remove a smell from a leather couch, try opening the windows and placing a rotating fan near the object to air it out.
  2. 2
    Brush the leather thoroughly to remove build up. Use a soft nylon brush on suede and sturdier leather. Use a soft cloth to wipe down more delicate items.
  3. 3
    Wipe the leather with a soft cloth dipped in professionally formulated leather cleaner. Professionally made leather cleaners can be found online, in leather stores or in some supermarkets. They are preferable to other cleaners because they do not need to be rinsed, and they can help condition the leather.
    • Do not use saddle soap on your garment, because it needs to be rinsed. The addition of a water rinse can lead to dryness and cracking.
    • All leather cleaners are not the same. For example, suede and regular leather formulas are very different.
    • Wipe all excess leather cleaner off the surface. Follow the bottle's instructions regarding reapplication. Leather cleaner can remove smells, but should also be applied occasionally to condition and preserve leather.
  4. 4
    Surround the leather in a layer of newspaper, after you clean it. It can help to soak up smells and moisture from the leather. Leave it wrapped in newspaper for 2 days.
    • Storing a leather garment with newspaper can help to remove some of the smell of newly tanned leather.
  5. 5
    Mix a solution of 5 parts water and 1 part distilled white vinegar. Pour it into a spray bottle. Mist the surface of the leather gently, making it slightly moist, and air dry it outside.
    • Spot clean odiferous stains with a solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. Dip a cloth in the solution and squeeze it to remove excess moisture. Rub the cloth in 1 direction, following the grain of the leather.
  6. 6
    Place smaller leather items in a cardboard box and cover the surface generously with baking soda. Make sure the garment is dry before treating it with baking soda. Leave the baking soda on the surface of the item for 5 days, then take it outside and shake off excess soda.
    • Use a soft nylon brush to remove any baking soda build up.
    • Place leather sandals in a plastic bag and pour 1/2 to 1 cup (103 to 206 g) baking soda inside. Seal the bag and leave it for 2 days.
  7. 7
    Condition the leather with linseed oil. Pour in a few drops of essential oil to improve the smell. Wipe the surface lightly with the oil, and remove excess oil with a clean, dry cloth.
    • Do not use linseed oil on suede, as it can damage the nap, or texture, of the fabric.
Article borrowed from: Get Bad Smells out of Leather



Hotel Savoy-Kansas City

Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Friday!

I went to Hotel Savoy last night for my friend's Bachelorette Party. This was one of the many places I haven't visited in Kansas City and it was really amazing seeing something so historic. However, I have to admit the hotel was a little on the creepy side and I felt like the rooms were decorated by a 90 year old lady. I had a great time going around the hotel taking pictures during the night and wouldn't mind staying there sometime. The hotel is supposed to be "haunted" but I can happily report I saw no such evidence. While visiting I can tell you that it feels very nostalgic of a different era in Kansas City and is decorated in the style of that past time. I appreciate when hotels have different article or pictures of their historic building and explain the changes that have happened to the building over time.

I found out the following about a few famous people The Hotel Savoy have welcomed into their building:

Paul Newman's character in Mr. & Mrs. Bridge ate at the Savoy, as did Warren Harding, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan (many of whom liked to sit at booth #4, a quiet, cozy one). Another cool fact is that Frank Anderson designed the Art Nouveau stained glass dome for the hotel lobby. I hope you decide to go a visit the hotel after seeing a few of these photographs. The staff there is really friendly and it is something to see for yourself.



(All photos except for Mr. & Mrs. Bridge are taken by me)