A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Shopping Scout: Fall Outerwear

Posted on September 3rd, by Melanie

The best part about fall is the coats! I absolutely love outerwear; a coat alone can completely change your look. This season it is all about that third piece, whether it’s a vest, poncho or suede jacket. Suede is huge this season! It is a new way to do the motorcycle jacket for fall. A lightweight jacket in military green or camo is perfect for chilly mornings, and you can never go wrong investing in a classic camel or black wool coat.

I put together a roundup of current favorites, and all are under $200. There are some great ponchos here for under $75! An amazing suede for $160 from Asos, and I am dying for this dark green wool coat also from Asos. Happy Shopping!

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Scout Style: Fall Floral

Posted on August 31st, by Melanie

Floral is not just for Spring anymore! This fall florals are back in a big way, in everything from very retro, 70’s silhouettes to sleek dresses and skirts.

You will also be seeing top and bottom matching prints sets, like this one here by Single/Dress from Alysa Rene boutique. This outfit is perfect for occasions where you don’t want to wear a cocktail dress, but you still want something dressier and fun. It is a high waisted skirt, with a tailored top, that you could also mix and match with other pieces which gives you more bang or your buck!

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Top and Skirt by Single/Dress from Alysa Rene Boutique, Shoes: Sole Society, Freshwater pearl and stone earrings: by Julie Zancanelli at Alysa Rene boutique, Bag: (old) from Standard Style, Sunglasses by Marc Jacobs (similar here)Continue Reading

Our Weekend

Posted on August 31st, by Melanie

Is it Monday yet??? This past weekend was a whirlwind! I am going to try to forget all that I drank and ate this weekend (so much for my detox). We had a REALLY fun weekend, starting on Thursday with my husbands birthday.  We celebrated his 36th at a Standard Style/Baldwin shopping event with Health House clients, and moved on to Zocalo for drinks and dinner…and even dancing (yes, it was a little aggressive for a Thursday), but DJ Ashton Martin was there, and how can you resist 90’s hip hop??

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Friday Vivi and I went with friends to Frozen on Ice. The show as an absolute hit…the girls loved it! I have to say I was impressed too, they did a great job with re-enacting the entire movie on ice. How about these Frozen ensembles?! We found both of these pieces at H&M.

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Friday night we attended a private concert with The Samples…if you were a college student in the mid to late 90’s, you will remember them.… Continue Reading

Girls That Twirl

Posted on August 27th, by Melanie

I don’t know a little girl that doesn’t LOVE a “twirly” dress. The more twirl factor the better! Unfortunately most of my daughters favorite dresses aren’t great for everyday; they are a special occasion dress that would not be practical for school or play.

Some childrenswear designers got very smart and have made fun, flouncy, twirling dresses that aren’t just for special events! They have combined a comfortable cotton top with a tulle skirt; the perfect combo of cute, comfort and wearability

We found the 3 cutest styles at The Little House in Fairway. This one by Toobydoo was our favorite! The tulle is super soft, and the top is a very comfortable striped knit. I love that she can wear this now while it is still warm, but we can layer with leggings and a denim jacket into fall.

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This navy and grey version also by Toobydoo was just as adorable. Love the polka dot fabric that plays peekaboo under a sheer layer of tulle.… Continue Reading

Our Weekend…

Posted on August 25th, by Melanie

Happy Monday! I don’t usually look forward to the beginning of the week, but we had a crazy weekend so I am excited to take it easy for a few days.

The weather is changing in KC and I am loving it! It is brisk in the morning and evenings; but daytime it has been in the 80’s. I wish it was like this all year long!

Thursday night I celebrated the 40th birthday of a lovely friend! She had a group of girls over to her house which has an amazing patio. It’s always nice to catch up with the girls, especially when everyone’s schedules get so crazy during the summer. I wore this dress I got in Colorado for only $40! It’s a great Free People knock off. I paired it with my new favorite Stella and Dot earrings...they are a 4 in 1 convertible tassel earring! My gorgeous friend Rita was rocking the half bun…a look I am loving!… Continue Reading

The it list: Ring it in

Posted on August 21st, by Melanie

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My current accessory obsession is rings. I love all the dainty stacking rings, to dress up your other hand.  I happened to be at Forever 21 last week and picked up the best ring for $7; so you don’t have to spend a fortune to create these looks! I also like mixing metals, like this set from Stella and Dot which I also recently purchased (which are currently on sale!)

If you are needing inspiration, here are some of my faves:

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Let’s get real: Clean eating…the struggle is real!

Posted on August 20th, by Melanie

Am I the only person who gains weight during the summer months??? I feel like everyone I talk to says they lose weight. They feel more fit because they are less likely to eat bad foods when it’s hot, and they are more active either working in their yards or running outside. I go downhill from May-August. I don’t weigh myself, but I can just tell I am not as trim as I am during the winter.

Since going Gluten and Dairy free (which, by the way has cured me of chronic migraines and stomach issues…) last year I feel like this summer was the best I have been in years. Our diet is pretty clean, but that doesn’t mean I am perfect!

In the Summer I indulge…I am a sucker for the occasional scoop of ice cream, grilling out burgers, more drinking than normal (which leads to late night bad food choices), and less working out (the kids home during the summer makes it really hard to workout…even when you own a gym).… Continue Reading

Sale Alert!!! Shopbop handbag sale

Posted on August 19th, by Melanie

Great handbags don’t come cheap! I definitely think it is worth it to invest in a classic bag like an everyday tote, or nice leather clutch that you can use all year long. Right now Shopbop is giving 20% off on a selection of classic bags. The sale ends at midnight today, so shop quick! A few of my faves are on their like the Elizabeth and James Connie Sling Bag, Clare V. Leopard Crossbody, Annabel Ingall tote and the Madewell Bucket bag!

here are more of my faves that top the list…

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