The Style Operandi features women who are absolutely k i l l i n g it when it comes to this thing we call life + style. Today, I’m excited to feature the stunning Leah Osborne. When it comes to fashion, Leah falls somewhere between high fashion street style and boho chic. Like other featured ladies, she loves black because it’s clean, flattering and sophisticated. When it comes to style, she’s not super adventurous because she knows what she likes… And I’m absolutely on board with that.
“I always make sure to have a statement piece. I’m into big, bold earrings.”
According to Leah, her Michael Stars coat makes her feel some type of way…
“I feel more confident in this coat than any other piece I own. For me, it represents how much I have progressed personally over this past year.”
Now she finds herself seeking self-confidence and love from within instead of validation from others and she’s not afraid to celebrate that in her personal and evolving style. This means so much when it comes to dressing for yourself and not for others. After all, you’re the most important person in your own life.
As far as wardrobe staples go, Leah’s black Baldwin hat, white high-top Vans, and ripped denim jeans are first on the list. Lately, she enjoys mixing casual ripped jeans with dressier fabrics like lace and silk. The contrast offers more versatility, which she enjoys.
“If a nice dinner on the Plaza turns into dollar night at Johnny Kaws, I’ll be dressed appropriately.”
I consider my style to be pretty eclectic. From the outfits I wear, to the meals I eat… I’m not a creature of habit. I also LOVE to step out of my comfort zone every now and then. My outfits incorporate a variety of vibes. However, I didn’t always dress like this. I remember the days when the styles I love and the looks that define me didn’t always go over well.
When it comes to gifts, I love anything that allows me to be comfy! That’s why my velvet lounge set is one of my favorites & a great gift for ladies that like to stay cute even while at home. The Anthropologie Voluspa candle smells amazing while the Zum Body Oil is a perfect addition to any self care routine.
Typically clad in leopard print and accompanied by amazing friends, I usually have successful brunches, lunches and dinners. My first choice for brunch is almost always Westport Cafe and Bar and if you ask me, they have the best blue point oysters in Kansas City. Not to mention that whenever you order off of the brunch menu you receive a complementary Bloody Mary, mimosa, or Bellini with your meal. There’s something about that place that totally warms my heart.
Simon & Garfunkel were not wrong when they sang, “it’s the springtime of my life” because I adore winter. There’s something about the chilly air and bleak scenery that soothes my soul. Call me crazy, but it actually motivates me and is yet another method to my madness. So, for the people who don’t like winter, one question… What’s in your wardrobe?
My passion for being a life and style blogger runs deep, but it’s not only because of my own lifestyle. I celebrate the methods and talents of others and I’m always fueled by events and spaces that cultivate individuality. Last Wednesday I visited Indie on Main (connected to The Midland Theatre) for their first acoustic open mic night. The moment I entered the cozy corner bar at 12th and Main, I was engulfed in the sweet sound of folk singer-songwriter and guest host, Jessica Paige.
Jessica Paige // Photographer : Calvin Hoeun // Photo access from Indie on Main
“I wanted to bring out as many talented people as possible because there are a lot of different sounds coming out of Kansas City right now,” Said Jessica, “and I want to always encourage artists to share their music no matter what genre.”
I took my seat and glanced over the newest list of winter cocktails. I was pleasantly surprised because instead of ordering my drink from the bar, their new Marketing Coordinator, Sydney Coldiron took my drink order.
“I’m creating an environment that supports and fosters creativity and artistry,” Explained Coldiron, “a place where everyone can come together and feel comfortable sharing their talents.”
As I sipped my Captain Morgan Holiday Punch by candlelight, I watched local musicians pile in and make themselves comfortable. Buzzing around the room with her iconic pink locks was singer songwriter Crystal Clayton, who preformed an angelic version of the Alicia Keys favorite, “If I Ain’t Got You”.
Vibes transitioned from relaxed and romantic to funky and upbeat when rapper Kemet the Phantom took the mic. Kemet is also a member of KC band, The Phantastics but on Wednesday he was accompanied by talented musicians like Lucas Parker, who beatboxed and played guitar.
Kemet the Phantom // Photographer : Calvin Hoeun // Photo access from Indie on Main
“I’ve been to several open mic nights around the city, but a lot of them are always so dry and cold. Jessica broke down the barrier and made everyone feel unified.”
The friendly bartenders cranked out Cranberry Mules, Cinnamon Spritzers and other mouth-watering holiday sips, but what I also loved about the evening was the energy from such a centralized location. Indie Bar is open regardless if there’s a show at the Midland. I worked across the street and lived around the corner for a year and a half. Before Coldiron joined the Midland team and launched this event, people didn’t even know Indie Bar was a thing.
“I’m a promoter of all things women led because they have a different touch and such a welcoming vibe,” Concluded Kemet.
And I couldn’t agree with him more. From what I’ve gathered from several different artist who attended on Wednesday, Coldiron has changed the trajectory of the typical Wednesday night for downtown KC. Indie Bar just might become the best place for musicians all over Kansas and Missouri to jam. The Wednesday night event is already pulling in singers from places like Nevada Missouri and young talents like Jordan Mackenzie.
“Whether people are new to the game or veterans, I want them to immediately feel welcome,” Coldiron added. “It’s like hosting your own house party, you just want everyone to have a good time!”
Photographer : Calvin Hoeun // Photo access from Indie on Main
I had a fabulous time and open mic night will be back again this Wednesday (tomorrow) at 8pm sharp! Kadesh Flow will be hosting AND BONUS, I’ll be selling lots of winter goodies at my first ShopTSO pop-up. Come grab a drink and finish last-minute holiday shopping all while celebrating authenticity, creativity and local talent.
I’m a liquor rep, so when I get the chance to walk into a bar with my turtle neck tucked into striped bell bottom slacks and people say “nice outfit” while rolling their eyes, it makes it even more fun.
“I’m a big fan of turtle necks and anything that screams Audrey Hepburn. I’m also big on men’s clothing. A lot of my style reflects the person I am, and how often I can change my mind (#LibraProblems).”
From girly to androgynous, Maria doesn’t like thinking about her outfit too much.
“My style reflects the fluidity and flexibility of my life and the simplicity behind everything I do.”
When it comes to brands, Zara & ASOS have everything she’s looking for.
“I buy my denim from Zara because it’s affordable, quality and fits me nicely. I feel like Zara offers a lot of timeless pieces. I want to own something that’s evergreen; never out of style.”
“I’m a simple gal. I don’t think I have impeccable style, but I’m learning. I’d rather take comfort and confidence over pain and insecurity, and I think what we wear says a lot about who we are and how we feel.”
As November draws to a close, I find myself being pulled in a direction of deep self-reflection. First, because I think it’s important for all of us to take a moment to be mindful of the space we are in as the holiday season approaches. Second, because we often times don’t give ourselves the credit we deserve, or the criticism. How can we truly know ourselves and celebrate all that we are as individuals if we don’t take a moment to examine where we are and why we’ve arrived at that particular place?
Starting The Style Operandi was the best choice I ever made. At the time I had no idea that this fun little blog would actually end up changing my life. For years I dabbled in the idea of creating a space where I could further express myself and share some of the methods to my madness (why I am who I am, do what I do and dress how I dress). After years of brainstorming, styling, searching and trying, I finally got it. So, two years ago I created this space. This little corner of the internet that is dedicated to celebrating the original and unique pieces of life and style.