A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Sugarplum Fairy

Posted on November 20th, by Melanie

One of my favorite parts about Christmas is the Nutcracker. I have been going to see this ballet for years; from the time I was itty-bitty up until now. I can’t wait to take Vivi; as she already loves to dance. I am sure she will be as in awe as I was!

I think this dress would be adorable for her first time seeing the Nutcracker…and then for Christmas festivities. It has a touch of sparkle, and just the right amount of twirl…perfect for a Ballerina in training!

Dress: by Billieblush at The Little House, Shoes: Target, Tights: The Gap 

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Bundled.

Posted on November 17th, by Melanie

Growing up in Minnesota, and living in Chicago for 9 years you would think that I would be adjusted to cold temps! But, these past 8 years in Kansas City I have been spoiled. We typically have mild winters here; and I have not had a reason to bust out too much winter wear. Well, I think this year is going to be different. We had a dusting of snow this weekend and highs were in the 20’s! I think it is time to brace ourselves for a long winter!

I am so happy I bought this coat from H&M back in September, it has been perfect! Since a lot of my wardrobe is navy; I like that it has both navy and black. The collar is super cozy and I love the faux leather sleeves with zipper details. (not available online, found in store)

Jeans: Blank Denim,  Bag: Alexander Wang, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Booties: Carlos Santana, Necklace: $8 on Etsy!!!!Continue Reading

The it list: 11/14

Posted on November 14th, by Melanie

Happy Friday!!!! Winter has arrived and I am getting into the holiday spirit! So excited to dress up for parties and plan out my gift giving this year…here are a few things I am loving lately…

How fabulous is this party skirt?! Loving the shape and ruffles. Throw this on with a pretty blouse and heels and you are out the door

these L.A.M.B shoes are killer…wondering if my feet could handle the 4″ heel?!

Clare V. is making some super cute leather goods; this card case would make a great gift

I am needing some fun sparkly earrings for holiday parties (all of these styles are under $35)

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California Dreaming…

Posted on November 13th, by Melanie

As I type this, it is about 25 degrees outside. I am kind of dying…it’s only NOVEMBER!!! I am hoping the entire winter isn’t like this. It makes me want to hop on the plane and head back to California. I realized I never did a trip recap on the blog…so via some pictures here it is! It was the best trip; a mix of fun for the kids and fun for mom and dad! A huge thank you to our wonderful friends who hosted us for the week…they rolled out the red carpet for us and the kids. My little ones can’t stop talking about the trip!

We spent some time at the Beach. Both kids were a little hesitant of the ocean, but loved getting their toes in the water and chasing the tide as it rolled in…

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4 Fall Basics you need now

Posted on November 10th, by Melanie

The basics in your wardrobe are so important! These are the items that you will work every outfit around all season long. I can tell you that each of these pieces has already been in heavy rotation for me this fall!

My Henry and Belle super skinny coated ankle jeans. I can’t get enough of them, they give the look of leather but they are much more comfortable. I have been doing these with flats and tees, or dressed up with a fun top and heels for evening. They are the best!

photos by Noelani Meirowsky

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I still think that a denim shirt is a good staple to have in your closet. They are perfect to layer under all of  the fun sweaters we are seeing this season. My favorite fit/wash is one from Madewell.

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I am a bit poncho obsessed. I have found a few great ones this season all at fabulous prices!… Continue Reading

STYLE SCOUT MARKET THIS SUNDAY!

Posted on November 7th, by Melanie

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Come by on Sunday and check out these great local vendors!!!

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HENRY & BELLE DENIM

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KWB STUDIO PERSONALIZED STATIONERY

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LUXE WEARHOUSE CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

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STELLA AND DOT WITH BRIGID REISCH

Stella & Dot Holiday Collection

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Eyeko: For Your Eyes Only

Posted on November 6th, by Melanie

You know how much I love trying new beauty products, I am always searching for the latest and greatest!

 Eyeko is a new to me brand that makes products exclusively for the eyes. Established since 1999, their line quickly gained a celebrity and makeup artist following who swear by their mascara and liners. Recently, model Alexa Chung has joined the team at Eyeko as both a creative consultant and face of the brand.

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I mean, have you ever seen a more stunning cat-eye?! That is makeup perfection!

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I was so excited to see that Kansas City based  Beauty Brands just just addedEyeko to their mix of cosmetic brands! I was desperately in the need for a new brow liner. Mine are sparse and need shape, so I was anxious to try their Shape and Define Brow Liner. It is a liquid pen, so it allows you to feather in your brows and give it a natural shape.… Continue Reading

Behind the Diamond

Posted on November 5th, by Melanie

Behind every diamond is a story, a memory and a place in time.

I only own one diamond, and that is my engagement ring. It is a piece I will always treasure as it was hand picked and designed by my husband.  Even if I do decide to “upgrade”, I plan to hold on to it to pass down to my daughter and future generations. To me diamonds are sentimental,rare and special. There is nothing quite like them and they should be celebrated!

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In honor of these rare stone, Tivol is hosting a 2 day Diamond Celebration event. Join the wonderful staff for a happy hour this Friday  November 7th, from 5-7 to view expanded collections of Forevermark Diamonds along with an array of other designers. Whether you are looking to create new memories with an engagement ring, or to celebrate milestones with an upgrade; this is the perfect opportunity to view their amazing selection.… Continue Reading