A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Splurge Vs. Save: Tibi Ruffle Cami

Posted on April 1st, by Melanie

I adore Tibi. I really do, but it is hard to spend $275 on a cami! And I have always loved their ruffled silk cami; it is such a beautiful layering piece. It is classic, and I do understand the “splurge”. But, for all of you that want a “save”….

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I came across the best look alike, and from Urban Outfitters ! It is $49 and comes in 3 great colors…

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Our Weekend

Posted on March 31st, by Melanie

We had a great weekend! Friday night we went out with some friends to Char Bar. BBQ lovers…the food is REALLY good. Their sides and apps are also amazing. Their sauce is one of my favorites, it’s sweet and it’s even gluten free!

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Saturday was a family day, we took the kids to see Home. It was our first “family” movie outing with all four of us. I think my husband fell asleep :) The movie was just ok…I would not recommend it but the kids seemed entertained. J also lost his first tooth that night with a little help from Dad.

Losing a tooth is such a big deal for a 6 year old; he was SO excited. Being the tooth fairy is not an easy task though. Jon made 3 attempts and thought he was going to wake him up so I had to go in and finish the job :) We got $5 in his little pillow and we had one happy boy in the morning.… Continue Reading

Scout Style: The New Crop

Posted on March 30th, by Melanie

The crop top is controversial…there a lot of people loving the trend; others find it absurd. I think the crop of 2015 can be classy and chic; and wearable even if you are 30!

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The new crophits right at the natural waist, and when paired with a high waisted skirt or pants you only show the slightest amount of skin. If you have curves (like me) this is a great way to show them off! It will accentuate your small waist and curves in all the right places.

I fell in love with this entire outfit from Alysa Rene boutique in Park Place. The very feminine white top; sort of Jackie O inspired but in a crop version caught my eye. And then I spotted the skirt…the perfect mix of feminine and sexy with the soft floral print and the cutout on the side. Both pieces are by Australian brand Keepsake who does incredible prints in unique silhouettes.… Continue Reading

The it list: The “Y” necklace

Posted on March 27th, by Melanie

Instead of the big, chunky pieces we have seen the past few seasons, Spring 2015 is more about dainty layers. You can create your own “stack” of pretties in all different lengths, or you can even find pre-made sets that come with 2 or three necklaces. A must have piece to the equation is a longer lariat or “y” necklace.

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You can find lariats in all different price points; but I personally like to spend a little more on these pieces that are timeless and if you wear them frequently you don’t want it to fall apart immediately. Here are a few of my favorites…

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Product Love: Lately Lily

Posted on March 26th, by Melanie

We are obsessed with kids books in our house!  I am always looking for something new to read to the kids, since I have read most of our books a million times. I stumbled upon the Lately Lily book and toys at The Little House and fell in love!  Since both my husband and I love to travel, and we have tried to expose our kids to the same I found this book to be the perfect addition to our home library.

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Lily is a traveling girl; the daughter of a photographer and writer for the world’s greatest magazine. Lily has been living out of her sunny yellow suitcase her entire life! With a notebook in hand, Lily carefully records all of her observations from her travels so her friends can follow what she’s been up to, lately.

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The illustrations are adorable and the stories are fantastic. How lovely to see all the delights of the world and travel through a child’s eyes.… Continue Reading

Fitness X Fashion: studio to the street

Posted on March 24th, by Melanie

When you get done with a hard workout, the last thing you want to do is go out in public in your sweat drenched clothing. And there is nothing worse than putting on a stiff pair of jeans and a button up post workout. If you are heading out straight from the gym, here are a few of my must have pieces. These will keep you comfortable yet stylishly pulled together, without having to run around in your skintight capri’s and workout tanks.

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The Soft Tee or Tank: Pick something y0u feel great in and that is comfortable and not fussy, I am wearing a tank by Spiritual Gangster (the softest tees you will ever wear!)

Pull on Pant (something other than a workout capri): I am obsessed with the pants from Athleta, but the City Pant and the Aspire ankle pant which I am wearing are so comfortable.

Slip on Tennis Shoes: Take off your sweaty tennis shoes and replace them with a slip on for when you leave the gym.… Continue Reading

Our Weekend

Posted on March 24th, by Melanie

Happy Monday! Did everyone survive the weekend and all the basketball games?! We got a babysitter that afternoon to have lunch and then watch the Indiana Game at Gram & Dun. Sadly, they lost…but it was still fun to enjoy the afternoon with friends!

If you are beer drinkers, I highly suggest the Hitachino White Ale; it is one of my all time favorite beers! Gram & Dun is one of the few places you can find it in Kansas City.

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 Saturday Night we went to the Sporting KC game with our trainers from Health House. We also ran into some of our clients! Such a fun night; the Sporting games are an absolute blast. For those wondering about the Jet’Aime sporting sweatshirt, you can find it HERE. It is honestly my favorite sweatshirt…so soft and love the off the shoulder style.

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 Sunday we went down to the Plaza with the kids and Mimi and Papa to see the animals that they put out before Easter.… Continue Reading

Splurge vs. Save: YSL Tribute Sandal look-alike

Posted on March 18th, by Melanie

Ah, the coveted YSL Tribute sandals. I adore these shoes; and they have been on my wishlist for quite some time! They are classic, and one of the best leg lengthening shoes I have seen. They are so flattering on every woman; and the platform heel makes them surprisingly comfortable. Unfortunately they aren’t all that budget friendly.

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SPLURGE! YSL TRIBUTE SANDAL $925

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While shopping with a client, I found a pretty great look alike from Vince Camuto. It is $98 and comes in nude patent, black patent and metallic. While it isn’t identical, I think you definitely get the look for less with this shoe!

SAVE: VINCE CAMUTO PEPPA $98

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