Cheap and Chic: Transitional pieces

Posted on December 18th, by Melanie

In the midst of holiday shopping and Christmas hustle it’s hard to think about shopping for yourself. But, if you are like me you probably also feel like you may need a few things to get you through the next month or two.

 I am trying to shop more investment pieces, but I am not opposed to some guilt free shopping here and there! Forever 21 (Love 21…their more mature label) has been killing it lately. The last few things I have ordered from there have been great…fit and quality. I mean for under $30 you can’t really go wrong!

Here are some good transitional and all are under $45; leather joggers, blouses that you can wear now and into the spring, a great $14 waffle knit sweater, and a cute blush colored puffer!

Continue Reading

Local Love: Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott

Posted on December 16th, by Melanie

Kansas City has a lot of hidden gems, and  Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott is one of them.

Natasha’s is one of the most darling little bakeries in the city. Her specialty is cakes and French Macaron’s but she also does other incredible treats like cookies, pastries, handmade marshmallows and ice cream. Her croissants are especially delicious; yet hard to get! You must get there early on Friday and Saturday’s to scoop one up for yourself. You will never be disappointing at Natasha’s…every dessert she makes is out of this world.

My friend Noey and I met for coffee one Sunday in the midst of this holiday hustle…it was the perfect way to unwind and enjoy all that Natasha’s has to offer. Not only are her sweets pretty to look at, but the shop is too with it’s delightful french decor.

images by Courtney Long 










 outfit details:

Navy Wrap by Mer Sea & Co, Jeans by Henry & Belle, Blouse by J.Crew (similar here), Belt from J.Crew Factory, Gucci Vintage Clutch, Shoes by Zara (similar here)Continue Reading

Travels: Winter in Chicago

Posted on December 15th, by Melanie

Hello Everyone! We are back from a long weekend in Chicago. While it was SO fun; I am realizing that I am definitely not 20…and cannot party like I am in my 20’s! A few nights out past midnight is killer!

I am sure most people want to be at the beach this time of year; but I actually enjoy Chicago in the winter. And, we had surprisingly great weather. Not freezing and no snow made getting around so much easier.

We stayed at the Public Hotel in The Gold Coat. It is a cool space, designed by Ian Schraeger (I love his hotels..he has done the Gramercy Park and Hudson in NYC). The  rooms are pretty stark, but clean. The lobby is very cool, and the lounge is a hot spot (even for non hotel guests). We found overall the hotel to be very loud; kind of a party spot.… Continue Reading

Gifts: For the fit guy

Posted on December 10th, by Melanie

Thank goodness guys are catching on to the  whole upscale fitness wear trend. I love men in their Lulu! It fits better and definitely looks way better than an old tee shirt and running shorts. If you want to help your guy step up his fitness game, here are some fun ideas…

For the Fit Guy
1. Samsung Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch (this watch makes and receives calls, has a personalized fitness monitor AND it plays music!)
3. Lululemon Revival Pant (perfect weekend pant)
5. Lululemon ultimate no show socks; my husband swears by them…and their underwear :)

 … Continue Reading

Gifts For The Fitness Lover

Posted on December 8th, by Melanie

 I am loving all of the great fitness fashion that has come out this past year; and the gear is getting super cool too from fun printed yoga mats to innovative water bottles. For the gym rat in your life, here are some fun ideas!

Gifts For The Fitness Lover


6. Swell Water Bottles (double-walled stainless steel keep drinks cold for 24 hours and warm drinks up to 12!)

Stocking Stuffers for Her

Posted on December 5th, by Melanie
Who wouldn’t love a stocking full of all these girly goodies?! Tocca fragrances are amazing and I am obsessed with the feather bottle opener…perfect for the most chic bar cart!
Stocking Stuffers


Clover Stud Set $54 (and 30% off now at C.Wonder)
Monogram Jewelry Box $78 (30% off at C.Wonder)… Continue Reading

How to wear High Tops

Posted on December 4th, by Melanie

You probably love them or hate them. I am one who is kind of loving the high top trend right now. I have been spotting them on women of all ages, and I like to see how different women style them. You can really get creative with this style of shoe. Not to mention they are SUPER warm for the winter months.

I looked forever to find a pair that I liked. I didn’t want something too young looking or too flashy. I found these amazing green suede with aqua accents from Nike. These were an early Christmas gift from my husband; I couldn’t keep them wrapped under the tree for a whole month!

I wanted to style them cozy, with a bit of edge so I paired them with a classic cream fisherman style sweater and my favorite Blank Denim faux leather leggings ($98! and they look real!). It makes for the perfect comfy weekend outfit for shopping or lunching with friends

photos by Noelani Meirowsky








Continue Reading

At Home: This is KC Magazine

Posted on December 3rd, by Melanie

I meant to post this months ago, and time got away from me! A big thank you to This is KC Magazine for the lovely article featuring KC Bloggers in their homes. You will find  myself, and amazing design blogger Tobe Reed from Because It’s Awesome . The article also features Kathryn Snellen who has been instrumental in bringing the Midwest blog network together via our local conference Go Blog Social.

It was a fun and nerve wracking experience! A huge thank you to Lindsay Dress from Sadie + Stella who designed my family room which is featured in the piece. Girl has got talent!

To read about my design inspiration, you can view the entire article HERE,


Melanie orchid