EverydayMrs Goes to the Farm PTII

A couple weeks ago I had the priviledge of going on the second part of the farm food tour. Last fall I went on the first part of the farm tour, I posted about that here. You might have seen some of my journey on social media but I wanted to dive into a little more here and share what I learned. 

This tour was quite different from the first tour I went on. We weren’t on any farms per say this time yet learning more about what happens before products get to the farm or after they leave. The tour started out at Elanco in Kansas City. Elanco makes products to enrich the lives of the animals that our food comes from. 

We then made our way to the St Louis area. That evening we went to Edgewild Winery for dinner.

And of course I can’t go on a trip and not snap a few outfit pics!

The food at Edgewild was amazing, my favorites would be the truffle fries and salted caramel cake-super balanced diet!

We had the pleasure of meeting one of the chefs there as well as having dinner with Tony from Tony’s Family Farms. Tony provides the tomatoes they use at Edgewild, I challenged Tony that they weren’t the “best in the world”. Tony pulled out a couple boxes of them from the kitchen and proved me wrong. These tomatoes were seriously juicy and the perfect shade of red, I could eat them daily!

We started out Day 2 at Monsanto’s St Louis campus. Now, I know some of you may have conflicting thoughts towards Monsanto but try to hear me out. I think we learned so much from the folks at Monsanto about where our food comes from. When I say where it comes from I mean how it starts, at the seed level. 

Monsanto was very open with us and answered any and every question that we had. We had the pleasure of hearing from many people that work at Monsanto including a toxicologist, registered dietitian, engagement director, a bee expert and several others.

Part of our day at Monsanto included a tour around Monsanto’s impressive facility. From their greenhouses to the labs to the exterior area that houses their bees I learned quite a bit. One thing that really stuck out to me is that Monsanto really cares about the products-GMO or non-gmo- that they produce. Touring the facility it was apparent that so much time, effort and money goes into producing these products. Also, it wouldn’t benefit them to produce something that harms us. The picture above shows a controlled experiment they were conducting. One plant had round up ready sprayed on it and the other plant did not. They then introduced insects to the plants and as you can see they are tearing up the plant on the left-the one without round up on it. 

This is a similar experiment, using a GMO plant and a non-GMO crop to see how pests would affect them. You can clearly see how beneficial these products are to farmers. Not only can they produce a stronger, heartier crop but they can have higher yields which will help feed our growing population.

After a full day of panels, tours, learning and conversation I came away with the thought that we truly don’t know enough about our food. We think we do and there is so much news out there that tells us what is in our food. I would caution you the next time you read an article about your food to make sure it is factual evidence and not “fake news”. Also, while grocery shopping and selecting items for your family make sure you understand food labels and what they really mean. For example, while on this trip I had a raspberry yogurt for breakfast one morning. The yogurt said “non-gmo” on it. I was confused by this as there are only 10 GMO crops out there, Monsanto makes 8 of them, and raspberries aren’t one of them. We discussed this at Monsanto with the folks there and the farmers that were on the trip with us. We found out the “non-GMO” label was referring to the cow’s milk, meaning that the cows that the milk came from hadn’t eaten GMO crops.

Do I think it’s wrong to label our food? Absolutely not. However, I don’t think we understand completely what those labels mean. I encourage you to read more information about your food, food labels and where it comes from. Talk to a farmer, ask them questions, believe me they want to talk to you! 

The last evening we had dinner at Pastaria in Chesterfield, which is one of Chef Gerard Craft’s restaurants. There really aren’t words to describe this meal, it was amazing. I had the pistachio ravioli because it sounded so interesting I had to try it. It was worth it! We also had arancini (fried risotto balls), seasonal bruschetta, bread and housemade gelato. Yum!

Our last stop of the tour was at Central Missouri Meat & Sausage. They are a smaller meat processing plant that has a restaurant there as well. We were able to tour their facility and talk to them more about how meat processing works. One of my huge takeaways from this stop on the farm food tour was that a USDA inspector has to be there at all times when they are processing meat. I had no idea that there was someone there during all operating hours. I just figured they popped in every once in a while to check in on things. I don’t know about you but that made me feel a whole lot better knowing that an inspector is there at all times to ensure our food is processed correctly according to US law.

Probably my favorite part of the tour, the baconator!

After last fall’s farm food tour I didn’t know it was possible that there was still so much for me to learn about our food and where it comes from. This farm food tour definitely proved me wrong. I learned an immense amount of information this time and I think there is still so much out there that I still don’t know enough about when it comes to the food I eat. If you too are curious to learn more about where the food we eat comes from I encourage you to talk to a farmer, contact the associations below or comment on here and I will get you connected with the right people!

Special thanks to KS Farm Bureau, KS Soy Bean and KS Pork Association for hosting this amazing tour.

GINGHAM FOR SPRING

Happy Wednesday lovelies! I’m not sure if you heard about this new collaboration out there, Victoria Beckham for Target?? Love all of Target’s collaborations they’ve done but this one really knocked it out of the park! I picked up this little number in the girl’s section of Target.

The fit on this dress is super flattering, just ignore my pasty white legs! I do wish it was two separate pieces those would make an adorable top and skirt. Also, fashion aside, can we talk about this pink tree? This is in my front yard ya’ll! It’s been so fun this season to see what all we have blooming at our house that we didn’t know we had when we moved in late last summer.

Do you ever shop the girl’s section? Target is one of my fave places to check out the girls section especially when they do  collaborations like this. Plus it’s usually cheaper so that’s a win-win in my book!

These wedges are also quickly becoming my new faves. They are also from target, part of the Dolce Vita collection. I also liked these pieces from Victoria Beckham’s collection: bee print button down, poplin gathered dress

KCFW: in the details

The final night of KCFW was one for the books! The runway show included many KCFW “veterans” and they didn’t disappoint. For me the final evening was all in the details.

Here was my outfit for the evening! Top and shoes from Pink Saloon, pants from Target Who What Wear line, jewelry from Stella & Dot

I loved all the details in every line from the evening. I especially enjoyed how each designer’s collection was so different from the others.

This collection from Barbara Bultman was a serious stunner. With the deep, rich colors and all the textures it definitely wasn’t a bore.

This train was amazing and so different from your usual train. Maybe perfect for a beach wedding??

Next up were some fabulous jewelry designs from Georgina Herrera. This jewelry is seriously like no other. I also loved how the designer chose to have two models walk down both sides of the runway at the same time. Was a great change up and gave the audience so much to look at!

People in the audience were actually gasping when this model came down the runway because it was so amazingly intricate.

Is there such a thing as too many jewels and metals?? I don’t think so!

Beautifully paired outfits with Georgina’s jewelry designs.

The last designer was Christian Michael’s new women’s line, sHe. 

I think hands down this was my favorite line of the runway events I went to. 

The entire collection was in black and white and incorporated different stitching techniques and varying hemlines.

Love the quilted look of this overcoat with the Cruella deVille like collar.

There wasn’t an outfit he put down the runway that I didn’t enjoy.

And a couple more looks from Barbara Bultman because I just couldn’t narrow it down!

Overall I had an amazing experience this season at KCFW. I liked the change of venue and the European style runway. We were up close and intimate with the models and really were able to take in all the details. Want to see more? Be sure to follow @kc_fashionweek on Instagram!


ONE JACKET: 3 WAYS

Are you into the embroidery trend like I am right now?  I am loving it, especially when you stick it on an olive jacket! This is one of my favorite go to items right now that is reasonably priced and versatile. Being a “blogger”, especially one who is sometimes a fashion blogger, there is all the pressure in the world to have different outfit on the daily. However, for most budgets that just isn’t feasible or practical. So while I’ve done many posts on buy this, not that I’ve not done many on how to wear the same items multiple ways. 

With my styling clients it’s always about quality not quantity. And quantity doesn’t always equal buku bucks! Quality to me can be a great pair of jeans-which you should defintely own-or a staple piece from somewhere like Target or H&M that you can wear again and again. This jacket to me is one of those staple pieces that is reasonably priced and SO on trend. 

Immediately when I saw this jacket I knew it was so me and would be something I would wear again and again. Plus, it’s olive ya’ll. Such a great color on so many people and what I consider a neutral. It’s a funny coincidence I noticed while curating this post that I wore the same earrings every time I wore this jacket. I did not plan that guys, that is way too much effort! But I do love these mint leather earrings from Nickel & Suede

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. I show it here styled 3 different ways, apparently every time with the same earrings, but besides that everything is different. The first is in Target I just pulled it on over top of a striped black and white top with my favorite ripped jeans and fave new slides from ASOS. Next I wore it on a cold, rainy day in Omaha with a comfy Wildfox long baggy beach jumper, tights and Hunters. And lastly just this week with my striped “good vibes” shirt from Target (go get it, you won’t regret it so comfy and cute!) 

So why should you care about my grainy iphone outfit pics? You shouldn’t! However, what I love to share if trendy, new, fun fashion is totally attainable for everyone. As well as doesn’t have to be super though out, contain new items everyday, and pieces you never wear again. While the idea of wearing one thing only once sounds ideal who wants that? I want to like a piece so much that I want to wear it again and again which is exactly what this jacket is to me. So if this jacket isn’t your cup of tea then go find that fashion item that you love! What item in your closet do you have on repeat that you’re pairing with every outfit? I would love to hear about it!

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