A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Let’s get real: 39.

Posted on September 30th, by Melanie

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Tomorrow I enter the last year of my 30’s. It’s kind of hard to believe, I feel like these past 9 years have flown by. Kids, a move, and starting your own business will do that to you! I feel like I am in a much better place than I was at 29. At 29 I was coming off of 9 years of living in Chicago; probably the most fun 9 years of life. Want to jetset to Miami for a weekend? Book the flight! Want to buy yourself a new handbag? Go for it! Want to stay up all night? Why not!!!!! My 20’s were a BLAST; but you can’t live like that forever ūüôā

My¬†30’s changed me. I became a mom. For the first time in my life it wasn’t just about me; I had babies and I discovered a love unlike anything I had experienced before. I was challenged in ways I didn’t think possible.¬†My husband and I have been put through many challenges; and we have come through it and I feel like we are stronger than ever before.¬†I have discovered what true friendship is.… Continue Reading

Scout Style: Sweater Trends

Posted on September 29th, by Melanie

There was actually a chill in the air today, and it felt so good! I love nothing more than cozy sweaters in the fall!

There are some great sweater¬†trends this season; fuzzy knits, criss cross or lace up details, cutouts, and the longer sweater jacket is making a comeback! Alysa Rene Boutique in Park Place has some beautiful sweaters to get you though the fall and winter months…

This blush fuzzy cardigan was my fave! simply layer it over a tank or tee and you are out the door.

Sweater, tank, AG Jeans, Dolce Vita Booties and necklace by Julie Zancanelli all from Alysa Rene Boutique. Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses: Ray Ban 55MM black aviators¬†(if the 58MM are too big for your face, they have a smaller size, which a lot of people don’t know about!)

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Sometimes you just want a super casual sweater to wear out and about in place of a tee shirt.… Continue Reading

Scout + Scoobie: The Fall Vest

Posted on September 28th, by Melanie

I am obsessing over vests this season; they are such a good way to layer and they are the perfect piece to transition into fall. This 3 in 1 vest from Shop Scoobie is a no brainer! It can be worn 3 different ways and it is only $40!!

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Or you can do it more as a shawl…

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And you can cinch it at the waist with a belt!

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Super versatile and inexpensive, you have to love that! It is one size fits all, email sarah@shopscoobie.com to order!

top: Also from scoobie, it is $37 and has a matching skirt, Jeans: (my new fave $88, high waisted levis! Just got restocked!), shoes: Dolce Vita (on sale here), Sunglasses: Barton Perreira, Necklace: Jennifer Zeuner, Earrings: H&MContinue Reading

Color Crush: Green

Posted on September 26th, by Melanie
This season, it’s all about shades of green. From soft loden, to bright hunter we are seeing this shade everywhere. Green has always been one of my favorite colors; because it mixes well with so many shades. I love green paired with coral, navy, blush tones and even mustard yellow.
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Shop my current faves in shades of green…

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Life Lately…

Posted on September 24th, by Melanie

So, we finally opened the doors to Health House this week! We worked our ass off the weeks leading up to it. Of course, it’s always a scramble at the end to get everything into place. We are still working out the kinks (some issues with our sound system and waiting on furniture for the front area) but other than that, I can’t be happier with the end result. The studio is beautiful! We still have one week of free classes to try out the new space, click on our website above to sign up!

Design by Hufft Projects

images by Cassandra Castaneda Photography

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Custom juices from Enjoy Pure Food + Drink 

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As luck would have it, I got very sick this week. I had the worst stomach pain; so bad I was curled up in a ball and could barely walk by Wednesday afternoon. I took myself to the hospital, I knew something wasn’t right!… Continue Reading

Scout Beauty: Fall Polish with Hoopla

Posted on September 23rd, by Melanie

It’s no secret I love Nail Polish (if you could see my collection at home you would die) I especially love the colors from Hoopla studio; this Kansas City based company makes their own custom colors that you can buy or use when you get a service their 2 studio locations in KC. They are free of all the nasty stuff, which also makes you feel better about using their colors.

all photos by Nicki Griffith Photography 

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 I met up with Amy for a mani/pedi session at Hoopla in Fairway to get a first hand look at their new fall color collection, and I am obsessed!

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I did “mamacita” on my toes, which is this gorgeous plum shade with a hint of grey. It’s a nice, darker neutral shade for fall

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Amy did Mojo on her nails. This color is gorgeous! It’s a gold with shimmer; amazing and perfect going into holiday…

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You can shop these colors at Hoopla Studios in Kansas City or online HERE. 

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Thank you Hoopla for a fun afternoon!… Continue Reading

Life Lately: Overwhelmed

Posted on September 14th, by Melanie

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Why does it seem like everything happens all at once? I enjoyed a perfectly “busy but not too busy” summer, and now it feels like I can’t get up for air. At the turn of the season my styling business always picks up, we are opening Health House 2 (and I help with a lot of behind the scenes stuff), I have taken on a new and exciting endeavor (yet to be announced) and I have also taken on a large role in volunteering for my kid’s school charity auction. Trying to juggle this and my kids, and managing our household leaves a sliver of time for me…and not enough time to create great content for this blog. And because this blog is my guilty pleasure, something I love to do…I don’t want to have to stress about it. I know that I will have time eventually, but right now I have to focus on things that are a priority.… Continue Reading

Kid Style: Lali Kids

Posted on September 8th, by Melanie

Lali Kids is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands for Vivi. The dresses are super soft, easy to wash and care for and the colors and patterns are darling. If your little girl insists on wearing dresses all of the time, their dresses are the best!

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They recently launched “The Bonnie”; a super cute 100% cotton navy and white windowpane print and we are loving it! It is a web exclusive design, that you can find online HERE.¬†

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Dress: Lali Kids, Shoes: Mini Melissa, Sunglasses (old Gap), Bag: Crewcuts (similar here) , Bracelet: Hazel & Ollie 

You can shop Lali Kids online HERE, or if you live in Kansas City, you can shop other pieces in their collection at The Little House Kids in Fairway.

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