Fall Beauty with Halls KC

Posted on October 20th, by Melanie

I have been shopping at Hall’s for many years, and one of my favorite parts of the store is their cosmetics department. I have written about Janet and Madeleine before. They have been with Chanel and Hall’s for over 15 years! Madeleine has been with Chanel cosmetics for over 20. These ladies know their stuff!

They did my wedding makeup 12 years ago, and I have been shopping with them ever since. I just adore them.

I needed a refresh on my fall colors, so I made an appointment with Madeleine to give me an overhaul. I wanted a look that could go from daytime to evening. I needed a new foundation, something not too heavy but something that gives just enough coverage especially for when I am doing on-air work or photo shoots. And, I love their lip colors; they are my favorite. So that was on my wish list too!… Continue Reading

Our Weekend: Granny’s Birthday

Posted on October 19th, by Melanie

We had the best weekend traveling to Dickinson, North Dakota to help my Granny celebrate her 90th birthday! It took us two planes and an hour car ride to get there; but it was worth it. It’s so nice to get out of the city for a few days and enjoy the peace and quiet!


As a kid we would drive almost 10 hours to get to North Dakota every summer. This cow was always a sign that we were close. We had to give Vivi a chance to see “Sue” up close and personal 🙂 She wasn’t too impressed! ha!


We came from all over to celebrate! My 3 girl cousins from Atlanta also made the trip. I love these girls so much, and don’t get to see them enough. I was 7 when Meg was born, and 15 when Jamie was born! I am a bit older, but they are like sisters to me.… Continue Reading

Shopbop Fall Sale!

Posted on October 12th, by Melanie

shopbop-saleTime to stock up on some great pieces for fall during the Shopbop sale. I got a new pair of booties that I had my eye on, and this amazing chunky navy blue sweater. Both are good basics that I feel I will wear for years to come!

During the sale, spend 25% off your entire order, or if you spend $500 or more get 30% off! All you have to enter is MAINEVENT16 at checkout. All the details of the sale are HERE.

Don’t have time to browse the site? Here are some of my favorites!

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Life lately…

Posted on October 10th, by Melanie

Thanks for all the sweet birthday wishes and messages from friends near and far this week. And for lunches and dinners with friends and family. It was a very low-key way to ring in 39, but it was much needed after a crazy month we have had.


This week I got to work with a few of my favorites on the Park Place holiday lookbook shoot. I booked Amy as a model for a shoot last year and we have been friends ever since! I love when we get a chance to work together, we always have a great time! Jenny Wheat photographed the shoot, and she’s also a riot. You can imagine the amount of laughter and jokes that were had 🙂 We shot on location at the Bauer Event space which was very cool!




Friday night my husband stayed home with the kids so I could have a girls night.… Continue Reading

Shopping Scout: Blouses on a budget

Posted on October 6th, by Melanie

It’s SO hard to find good blouses; especially if you are a girl on a budget! It takes some shopping around to find the perfect tops. I love blouses because they are an easy piece to dress up for evening; or make work appropriate with a pencil skirt or slacks. Layer them under sweaters, a denim jacket or suede for fall.

Trends for 2016 in blouses are high necks, tie necks, cutouts, ruffle trim, flared sleeves and lace. Look for colors like merlot, pinks (mauve or blush), and shades of green. Florals and Lace, and embroidery are still strong for fall.

They really are one of the most versatile piece you will have in your closet! Here are a few of my recent favorites; all under (or around) $75. Most are actually under $50! Happy Shopping 🙂

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Let’s get real: 39.

Posted on September 30th, by Melanie


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 🙂

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!)





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!!

You can wear it as a classic vest with a drapey collar…img_9607



Or you can do it more as a shawl…



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



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