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Mother's Day gift guide: Ethical, sustainable, impactful May 6, 2019 18:28

A Mother's Day gift from MADI apparel is perfect for any mom who believes in sustainability, ethicality, and shopping locally. Your gift not only benefits your mom — it helps mother’s all over the world too. Here are some of the items MADI mom's recommend.

Spring Fling: Long weekend getaway in Kansas City March 29, 2019 18:09

Are you an out-of-towner, planning on spending a weekend in Kansas City? Or maybe you’re a local wanting a fun staycation. With its rich history in music and cuisine, plus the new wave of young millennials and big-city professionals, Kansas City has become a hot spot for travelers all across the nation. Don't underestimate this midwestern gem - Kansas City was even named National Geographic's Best Trips destinations of 2019!

This city is full of surprises, even for locals. We compiled a list of some of our favorite spots — from hidden gems to treasured classics — to create an itinerary for your weekend vacation in Kansas City.

Friday | Downtown Kansas City

Come in from your travels (or a long day at work) and book a room at the 21c hotel. The atmosphere of this hotel parallels its unique location between the modern Power & Light and the historic River Market. With a resident museum, this hotel also host events like Yoga With Art or guided tours you can take part of without leaving your hotel (or your bathrobe.)

For drinks, settle in at The Savoy at 21c. This contemporary bar offers a variety of drinks and amazing dishes, with an eclectic, artsy vibe. You can get a Miller High Life Pony (“like a fine Champagne,” according to the menu) for just $2, or a contemporary cocktail based on the theme-of-the-month, ranging from $10-$15.

Saturday | Crossroads Kansas City

From your hotel, walk to the Australian bakehouse and café Banskia for breakfast. Sip a cappuccino on the brick-walled patio or grab a Bloody Mary and people watch out the enormous windows. If you still need a caffeine kick, or just want to check out a local favorite, visit Messenger Coffee. This coffee shop is housed in a 100-year-old, fully renovated three-story building. You can view the bakery in action or take in a 360-view of downtown from the rooftop patio.

From there, take the (free) Kansas City Streetcar and head to the City Market at River Market, where you can spend hours here perusing the offerings, snacking on local favorites and meeting new people. A local favorite is the colorful flower bouquets for $10. Grab lunch here or take the streetcar back to the Crossroads and hit up Howard’s Café. This part grocery store/part café is simple, it’s charming, and it’s absolutely delicious — you’ll feel like a real local here.

If you’re in town for the first Friday of the month, stay in the Crossroads District for the night. You can grab a delicious, creative dinner at the trendy Corvino Supper Club and then walk around to check out our monthly First Fridays event. It’s hard to know what you will find at First Fridays: budding artists, musicians, buskers, chefs, and more fill the streets. 

And to top off the night, make it a point to visit the Green Lady Lounge. KC has a rich history in the jazz scene and Green Lady puts it all on display, for free seven nights a week.

Sunday | West Kansas City

Pack your bags Sunday morning and relocate to the Jefferson House Bed and Breakfast. This Victorian home is in Westside KC, near downtown, and has a variety of unique bedrooms and quirky accents throughout. After you settle in, grab breakfast at the Blue Bird Bistro: an organic, local restaurant with everything from breakfast chili to tofu scramble. After, walk next door for a coffee or house soda from Goat Hill — a cute, minimalistic hidden gem. If it’s a warm day, grab a snowcone while you’re there as a token to the building’s last tenant, a local favorite called Little Freshie.

Stop by our MADI Apparel headquarters a few steps away and say hi! Tell us about your trip, check out what’s new in store, and see our space. We have pictures of our customers and women we’ve served on display so you can see exactly what good you are doing through your purchase. You can hang out for a bit on our couch and sip your Goat Hill creation, or take a walk to Observation Park, where you can get a higher-up view of the KC skyline. Don't forget your camera!

Next door to our shop is one of our favorite local eateries, Westside Local, that offers enjoyable “blunch” and cocktail creations (like a menu inspired by Tom Hanks). If you want an authentic Mexican meal, grab tacos from another neighborhood favorite, Los Alamos Market y Cocina

Walk off your meal at the West Bottoms Antique Malls, which are all open on the First Fridays weekend for all visitors. You can easily walk from shop to shop, seeking fun and quirky creations. And keep your eyes peeled: Many shops offer free drinks and snacks somewhere in the space.

For dinner, visit one of KC’s newest, trendiest spots: The Campground KC. The atmosphere is intimate and quaint — and music comes directly from a record player. And if records are your thing, visit Voltaire, where the rustic, contemporary venue provides an intimate backdrop for unique cocktails. Want a livelier experience? The Ship is a restored 1930’s speakeasy that mimics the look and the feel of a boat — we promise you’ve never seen anything like it.

Wherever you are in Kansas City, you are bound to have a unique, fun experience that makes you want to come back again.

What are some of your favorite spots in KC? Let us know in the comments below and maybe we’ll feature you on your next post!

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Outfit of the Week: Holiday Party December 1, 2016 17:27

It's that time of year again ladies! Holiday parties are back in full swing and we've got the perfect outfit for you! We're mixing suedes with this one and keeping our color scheme festive but muted and trendy as always. You'll be the envy of everyone in this fun and flirty holiday look!
We're starting the outfit off with a MADI staple, The Mimi- Black Modest Bikini underwear, perfect to be worn under flowy dresses. And, that's just what we're going to pair them with, a black flowy dress. Then, we're covering up with a green, suede, moto jacket. We're accessorizing with a maroon suede shoulder bag and black suede booties. Finally, we're glitzing it up with a gold pendant necklace, gold statement bracelet and matching earrings.

Outfit of the Week: Valentine's Day Date February 11, 2016 18:56

With Valentine's Day just a few days away, hopefully your man has a special night planned! This outfit is perfect for your Valentine's Date because it's the perfect mix of sexy and festive. A sexy red dress will blow your man away!
We're starting with The Diana-Wide Lace Thong under a sexy, short, red dress. Next, we're adding a pair of sexy black heels, a drop gold necklace, gold earrings and a gold cuff. We're finishing off the outfit with a long black coat, since it's still a little chilly out!
Where to find this #MADI style:
-Dress: Nordstrom
-Coat: L.L. Bean
-Shoes: Express
-Necklace: Kendra Scott
-Earrings: Stella & Dot
-Bracelet: Nordstrom

Valentines Day Sale February 5, 2016 20:37

Valentine's Day is coming right up and we've got what you need for the special lady in your life! What better gift than a gift that keeps on giving?!
That's right! Spend $75 or more and we'll throw in a FREE lace thong with your order!
Our sale starts today and goes through Sunday (online and in-store)! But don't worry, if you put off buying her something, we're doing another sale February 13th and 14th!
Click here to get started shopping!

Outfit of the Week: New Year's Eve December 16, 2015 18:08

New Year's Eve is quickly approaching and that means you're going to need the perfect outfit to ring in the new year in! And, that's just what we're bringing you this week! This outfit is so perfect for New Year's eve from the gold and black color combination to the sparkles and the fur jacket!
We're starting off the outfit with The Kaydee- Wide Lace Brazilian underwear and layering over those a pair of black polka dot tights. A gold sequin and black tulle cocktail dress is the star of this look, paired with a pair of black pumps and a black fur jacket, the look is almost complete. We're finishing the look with a black and gold bracelet and matching earrings!
Where to find this #MADIstyle:
-Dress: Rickety Rack
-Tights: Bloomingdale's
-Shoes: Heels.com
-Earrings: Kendra Scott
-Bracelet: Kendra Scott

Outfit of the Week: Holiday Party December 9, 2015 12:44

It's that time of year again, which means holiday parties are in full swing! Holiday parties are a great chance to dress up, get festive and have fun! There's a fine line between fun and festive and tacky Christmas sweater, so we've made sure this outfit is festive AND fashionable! This is the perfect mix of sweet, edgy, festive and sexy! You'll wow your friends with this one!
We've started with The Bonnie- High-Rise Retro Brief underwear and put over them, a festive, maroon, crushed velvet dress. We're adding some edge to the outfit with a black leather jacket and sexy black pumps. To finish it off we're doing a gold statement necklace, gold stud earrings and a chunky gold ring.
Where to find this #MADIstyle:
-Jacket: Topshop
-Shoes: Nasty Gal
-Necklace: JCPenny
-Earrings: Bloomingdale's
-Ring: Ross-Simons

Outfit of the Week: Holiday Shopping December 1, 2015 22:20

It's that time of year again where we all head out in search of the perfect gifts for our loved ones to open over the holidays! This means it's also time to brave the cold and possibly spend quite awhile hunting for that perfect something! This outfit is perfect for both of those things because it is comfortable and will keep you nice and warm! (And totally trendy!)
We started with The Kaydee- Wide Lace Brazilian underwear and layered over them a pair of black velvet jeggings and an over-sized flannel. We're keeping our toes warm in a pair of brown riding boots and bundling up with an army green parka, a gray infinity scarf and a black headband ear warmer! It's the perfect outfit to do your holiday shopping in!
Where to find this #MADIstyle:
-Flannel: Madewell
-Shoes: Nordstrom
-Scarf: Forever 21
-Headband: H & M

Outfit of the Week: Black Friday Shopping November 24, 2015 22:11

Ladies, if you're brave enough to leave your house this Friday in search of the best holiday deals, then we're sure you'll need an outfit to keep up with the crazy day that awaits you! So, this outfit is very comfortable (easy to run in and hides any signs you had a really good lunch the day before) and it's cute! 
We've started with a pair of The Mimi- Modest Bikini underwear and layered over those, a pair of dark wash jeggings, and a loose gray cowl-neck sweater. Then, we're doing comfortable and fashionable sneakers, silver stud earrings and a simple wristlet for accessories.
Where to find this #MADIstyle:
-Sweater: Macys
-Shoes: New Balance
-Earrings: Kate Spade
-Wristlet: Bloomingdales

Outfit of the Week: Thanksgiving November 10, 2015 23:12

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so it's time to think about what you're going to wear this year! We are thinking about something very fashionable, but VERY comfortable (due to all the food we're going to be enjoying) for this year!
So, for this perfect Thanksgiving outfit, we are going to be starting off with our Diana- Wide Lace Thong on bottom and we are layering over that a casual, yet very fashionable gray sweater dress. We are accessorizing with a cream scarf, black over-the-knee boots, and a fun burgundy fringe purse. To top if all off, we are putting on some burgundy earrings, a few gold bangles and a gold ring!
Where to find this #MADIstyle:
-Scarf: 6pm
-Boots: Lord & Taylor
-Earrings: Kendra Scott
-Bracelets: Alex and Ani
-Ring: Stella & Dot