Paradise on the Plains
Casual spring fashion in whimsical colors and patterns that will keep you comfortable and "cool" as you explore the open road ahead.
This spring fashion season is full of fun! Gone are the days of minimalism. It's all about color, romance, rich textures, denim, and prints of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Colors: Take a break from black! Embrace white, pastels and sweet sorbet tones.
Romance: Romance is back with ruffles, lace, soft fringe and statement sleeves with strategically placed cutouts. If it isn't off the shoulder, it isn't right.
Textures: Embroidered details and macrame on jackets, pants and skirts.
Denim: Denim is comfortable and relaxed. Distressed denim, patchwork denim, white denim and colorful denim are all the rage. The so-called Canadian tuxedo is back, with denim-on-denim taking center stage.
Patterns: Small details, washed out watercolor and bold, geometric, global patterns with Aztec influence.
Just 45 minutes south of Kansas City near Paola, Kansas, lies a little slice of paradise. Hoot Owl Hill overflows with beautiful butterfly gardens, vegetable patches and a small vineyard with Concord and Frontenac grapes. Spacious tents with multi-hued Tibetan prayer flags, cozy quilts, antique furnishings and comfortable beds are spread out among the rolling hills for the glamping (glamourous camping) experience of your wildest dreams.
A bit down the road is the New Lancaster General Store. It was established in 1874 as a farmers' co-op and is now listed on the National Historic Registry. Sample a section of locally grown and produced wines from Middle Creek Winery, and explore the true treasure trove of local foods and beverages, delicate antiques, and unique artwork and jewerly at the General Store.
Photographer: Kenny Johnson
Stylist: Amani Skalacki
Stylist Assistant: Riley Mortensen Cornejo
Hair and Makeup: Jordan Zimlich
Models: Kristen, Katarina, Keilah, Voices& modeling agency
New Hoot Owl Hill
30750 Osawatomie Road, Paola, Kan., hootowlgardens.com
New Lancaster General Store
36688 New Lancaster Road, Paola, Kan.
Middle Creek Winery
4353 W. 351st St., Louisburg, Kan., middlecreekwinery.com
Brown felt hat, Threshing Bee, $29.99
Cream sweater with lace up details, Threshing Bee, $59.99
Straw sun hat, Threshing Bee, $25
Denim jacket, Frankie & Jules, $62
Black Aztec-print mini skirt, Frankie & Jules, $58
White hex sunglasses,Threshing Bee, $16