Herre’s a not-so-secret secret: Katie hates summer clothes. While all the rest of us are wafting around in caftans and breezy dresses, she’s buying blazers and sweatshirts like it’s the twentieth of January, not July.
Every summer, without fail, we’ll do a little shopping and you’ll hear over the racks “Why is everything so frilly and bright?” At which point I am prompted to remind her that, “Katie, it’s summer. You hate summer fashion. That’s why.”
Now don’t get me wrong, we love summer – bring on the popsicles and the pool parties – and don’t want the good weather and good times to end. But when it comes to getting dressed to beat the heat, this right here is pretty much the uniform – if it doesn’t double as a swimsuit cover up, not interested.
Let’s just say we aren’t the least bit disappointed that Pre-Fall collections have started to pop up here and there. We’ll be counting down the days until sweaters reign supreme, plaid is the print of choice and layering is our second language, all with mai tais in hand. (Cheers!)
And until then, if you see a girl running around town in a parka in the blistering heat, you know who it is.
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2017 > Set 008
Bring out the swimsuits, sunscreen and Moscow mules because it’s about to get all summer up in here.
Just one more month and then it’s officially on. We are prepping by starting our tans early, breaking in our beachwear (hashtag this Koza stuff might be the new uniform) and getting in a more relaxed state of mind.
Palm tree earrings required.
Sure, May is gonna be a doozy (there’s always a lot going on), but there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel and it is worth the hustle. So keep your eye on the prize (and start getting those kaftans ready) people. Summer is on it’s way.”.
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2017 > Set 006
It’s a classic story – we went shopping after lunch, popping into Elements in Dallas like we have so many times before.
But this time, not wanting to overextend (we are building a house, after all), we went in with the promise that we could each only buy one thing, and even then, only if we loved it. A limit that put pressure on the situation but also forced us to really think about our purchases, rather than just collect them (an admittedly bad habit).
After perusing the sale rack, sick of sweaters and feeling the onset of Spring, we moved on to the new arrivals, getting wrapped up in the lace and gauze like we do every year once March rolls around.
Our arms full of silk robes, full-piece bathing suits and beachy two-piece short sets, we headed into the dressing rooms, anxious to find that perfect something. One by one, we tried on our selections and paraded them out for the other to look at.
Had we gone in without setting a limit, the likelihood that we each would have left with a handful of garments would have been high. Being excited about a new season can do that to you.
But we had a limit. One thing.
So we narrowed down our selections, played eenie-meenie-miney-moe and whittled our dressing rooms down to only those things we couldn’t imagine our closet without. And then we narrowed some more.
That afternoon, we each left with one thing. One really amazing thing.
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2017 > Set 005
When the first designer Target collab came out, we stood in line with all of the other crazies and stocked up. We have Missoni x Target [insert anything you can think of here] and 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target accessories we definitely didn’t need. It was mania and we bought it in hook, line and sinker.
But over the last few years, the whole Target meets designer collab thing has kind of lost its zeal for us. Maybe it’s the fact that they’ve exhausted the designers that are the most adaptable to the collab formula, or maybe we are just suckers for novelty. Either way, we haven’t paid much attention to the collab game as of late. (Although, we must admit we are more than the slightest bit interested in what Victoria Beckham has up her sleeve for this next go around.)
Don’t get us wrong, we still love good design at reasonable prices, but like anything, with mass hysteria and popularity, the high-pressure purchasing and eventual eBay onslaught is just not as fun as it once was.
But then came Sugarfix by BaubleBar for Target.
We’ve always been big fans of BaubleBar‘s more affordable approach to jewelry trends, and were over the moon when we found out we could find them at Nordstrom. But an even more affordable (and equally killer) line that we can pick up while buying orange juice and wrapping paper? Come on guys, you’ve outdone yourself.
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2017 > Set 004
Designers ditched New York Fashion Week this season like they finally realized February in New York is freaking cold.
This season, Rebecca Minkoff joined the likes of Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, and Rachel Zoe, and held her runway show in Los Angeles. Taking full advantage of the opportunity to attend a runway show outside in February (dreams do come true!), Katie hot-footed it down to The Grove to support Minkoff and this geniusly innovative show.
Sure, I bet we head back at some point (September, anyone?). The whole shenanigan is a grand ‘ol time. But for now, we are taking in the shows the way we’ve always wanted to – with a front row view from the comfort of our bed, wine glass in hand.
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2017 > Set 003
Winter in Los Angeles is not unlike Fall in the Southern California metropolis. Every morning the air has a slight chill that lingers like a fog at risk of being blown away at any moment. The sun is out (always), the air is crisp and it feels like Fall would were you to live anywhere else.
It’s as if you always almost need a coat but never reach the point of risking hauling it around all day on the near guaranteed chance it becomes unnecessary. So you grab your leather jacket (the Los Angeles equivalent of a Canada Goose parka), and carry on, ready to remove layers should the winter wind blow the morning chill out to the sea and leave you alone with the sun.
Some might say it’s a little like Groundhog Day, year in and year out. The seasons are so similar, the wardrobe more of the same. But I would argue those people are missing the beauty in what it is by focusing on what it’s not.
Besides, when the itch to get out that blanket coat you couldn’t live without hits (it was on sale!), there’s always the mountains.
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2017 > Set 002
We have a lot going on over the next several months here at Tomboy KC. Maybe it’s all of this New Year, New You stuff, but it feels like 2017 is going to be a bit more of a hustle bustle. Anyone else feeling that already?
From a soon to be announced six-month long interiors series to a massive photoshoot for Chloe Magazine that is actually taking place today (Katie is en route to Dallas as we type), if January is indicative of the reality of 2017, then we are going to need another cup of coffee…or 12.
Point being, be sure you are following Tomboy KC on Instagram (@tomboykc) so you don’t miss a thing.
Our insta-stories is sure to be full of shenanigans, behind the scenes snaps, surprise Katie takeovers, beauty tips, outfit details and previews of what we’ve got coming up. Starting today.
Consider this our uncut YouTube channel. Hell, we might even go live this afternoon from set. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2017 > Set 001
About this time last year, we made a call. If you were around and reading instead of just looking at the pictures (maybe 25% of you….?), we dubbed satin bomber jackets your Spring must-buy.
We hate to say we told you so, but, you know. We did.
And as much as we aren’t ones to jump in on trends just because they are trends, this is one we can firmly get behind. Kind of like the flat mule thing, we’ve gone hard in on this one.
Thanks to the proliferation of thinly padded MA1 bomber-style jackets on the runways, this now seasonless jacket is all of the things. And if you really want to do the trend right, make yours embroidered or patched. Embellishment is most definitely the way to go here.
We’ve even got a whole New Years look imagined around this sequined one…
While there are a multitude of colorways available (this burgundy one has our number), our ultimate favorite is still the army green interpretation. So if you haven’t gone in for the original, now’s the time. Call it the Top Gun effect, but something about the whole fighter pilot look has us feeling the need for speed. The more patches the better.
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2016 > 018
My life over the last six months has been nothing short of a whirlwind.
A couple of countries, a multitude of cities, several productions, innumerable red-eyes and multiple time zones. Add to that portraying a dozen crazy characters and my 30th birthday… And there you have it. The past six months.
I did happen to squeeze in ten minutes to shoot for TKC, while still in costume in Boston. Luckily, “Dawn” was the epitome of Tomboy herself! Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes.
And now, back to family and the holidays..
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2016 > 017
It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving and you know what that means (aside from the fact that you need to break out your stretchy pants). That’s right, it’s Cyber Monday – i.e., the day when, if you’re smart, you can knock all of your holiday shopping off in one fell swoop. All you need is an internet connection, your laptop and a list of all the sales you need to know about. So hop to it. Your credit card needs to work off that turkey.
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2016 > 015
It’s an ongoing joke around here that we are bad at summer.
Not that we aren’t good at swimming pools and popsicles. If someone needed a book on beach volleyball and bathing suits, we are pretty sure we could write it.
What we mean is, we are bad at dressing for summer.
We aren’t drawn to bright colors, the shorts section of our closet would be considered weak by any standard and putting together a look with just one layer seems altogether pointless from our perspective. Despite the insufferable heat, all summer we find ourselves dressed in denim or throwing on our favorite blazer to complete a look like it’s October in the South of France.
After a case of heat stroke and sweat stains you’d think we would have learned our lesson.
But here’s the thing! Why in the layer loving world do we need to to wear cut-offs AND crop tops? Together. The short answer? We don’t.
Which is why we are back-flipping’ excited that October has decided to grace us with its presence and brought cooler temps along with it. So we can wear our crop-tops with high-waisted pants as they were intended.
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2016 > 014
There’s some kind of manic social pressure that surrounds getting dressed at Fashion Week, and not in a “I want to look cute today” sort of way. It’s definitely more of a “dress to impress” mentality that seeks to overtake everyone’s sensibilities and sense of self worth. Like all of these people on the streets labor over impractical (it’s 90 degrees outside, why are you in wool?!) sartorial statements in order to justify their existence.
Hi pot, this is your friend kettle. We’ve been there.
We’ve been the girls in four-inch heels switching our weight from one foot to the next in the middle of a presentation because we just had to walk a block in shoes that are more fashionable than they are comfortable. We’ve definitely snuck flip-flops into our handbag in order to pull a switch once we’d exited a show and ducked safely into a car. Hell, if we had a dollar (or better yet, in most cases $50+ dollars) for every pair of flats we ended up buying at the closest boutique because our feet just couldn’t take it one. more. second…
What is the point? Seriously, though. What is it? What is the oh-so-incredibly-important reason we are wearing shit we would never otherwise wear under these circumstances in order to impress people who are so focused on their own aching soles that they probably didn’t even notice the incredibly stylish torture devices we had strapped to our own hoofs.
So we just said, fuck this.
It didn’t feel very TKC to be trying so hard anyway. And frankly you guys, we had a lot more fun this season. I don’t want to go so far as to say it’s just because we wore flats 90% of the time, but it certainly didn’t hurt. Literally.
– Studio Photoshoots > Tomboy KC > 2016 > 012