A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Decor: Photography

Posted on February 27th, by Melanie

My husband and I share a passion for art. We have a mix of abstract, vintage prints, and classic pieces. But the one thing we do not have is photography. I have always been drawn to it; but it is not something we have purchased together. For our next home, I definitely want to incpororate some interesting photography into the mix.

I recently discovered the site These Fine Walls. They have very unique pieces, and a wonderfully curated collection. They also do framing which is huge; I hate having to deal with the framing process. Not to mention, what they do is very affordable

Obsessed with the whimsical photography by artist Jvdas Berra, this one is called “drowning princess”

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 This piece is a chromogenic print printed on archival semigloss paper by artist Lisa Eryn 

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One Kings Lane also has a fabulous art collection to choose from. Old photographs from the 60’s are some of my favorites.… Continue Reading

Trend Watch: The Cold Shoulder

Posted on February 25th, by Melanie

With a  warm weather vacation on the horizon, I am getting extra excited for spring clothing. I am absolutely loving the open shoulder look for spring. It’s boho, yet very feminine at the same time. Great shoulders are a very sexy part of a woman’s body without showing too much, if you know what I mean. We are seeing this trend in both dresses and tops for Spring.

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here are some of my favorite shoulder cut-out dresses and tops of the moment…

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Scout Style: Classic

Posted on February 23rd, by Melanie

While I do love on-trend fashion; I am a classic girl at heart. Give me stripes any day of the week!

The J.Crew Majesty peacoat and Rag and Bone Hunter boots are classic pieces that I am so glad I invested in; I find myself pulling them out of the closet frequently. The boots were a must for the slushy winter and rainy spring weather we have in Kansas City. To add some interest to the outfit I paired these classic items back to my favorite Blank NYC distressed denim, leopard belt and red lip (Jungle Red by Nars)

photos by Nolani Meirowsky

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Baby Boom!

Posted on February 18th, by Melanie

Is there a baby boom right now? I feel like I know of so many babies that have been born recently or are coming within the next few months. And I don’t know about you, but shopping for a baby gift is one of the most delightful experiences. I am already starting to miss those tiny clothes, and the sweet little onesies and footy pajamas!

The Little House in Fairway always has an adorable selection of layette and infant gifts. Not to mention they do a stellar wrapping job, which means you can grab the gift and go. They also have a nice range of price points to choose from. I love the Charlie Hustle KC heart onesies that are only $24

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Noodle and Boo products are also wonderful. Their room diffuser is one of my favorites!  Products range from $14-$25

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You can never go wrong with Long Sleeve onesies; these are what babies live in their first few months!… Continue Reading

Shopping Scout: Basics

Posted on February 16th, by Melanie

Basics aren’t all bad. In fact, when it comes to your clothing, basics should make up 60-70% of your closet, and the rest should be “trendy” and unique pieces that you switch out every few seasons.

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You will find that the more basics you invest in, the easier it will be to get dressed every day! These pieces mix and match with just about everything. They are the core of your closet and your go-to items.

I like to go through my closet at the beginning of each season and figure out what I need to replace or update. Basics do change a bit every season. For instance, this year distressed denim is a must, and we are seeing the return of the high rise, flare leg. The classic button down shirt is more oversized and longer in length than in past seasons.

Here is my short list of must-have basics for Spring

Shirts/Blouses: Sleeveless or short sleeve solids for layering, Longer Button Downs

Sweaters: Lightweight Spring Cardigans for transitional months (Feb-May)

Outerwear: Spring Suede or Leather, Classic Trench

Denim: Distressed and High Rise Flare

Skirts: Classic Midi A-Line Skirt

Olive Green Pant: I get a new pair every season, because they go with everything.… Continue Reading

Decor: Yes or No to Velvet?

Posted on February 12th, by Melanie

The thought of a new home brings new decor inspiration. A lot of the furniture we have currently are pieces my husband purchased (pre-“us”) while they are beautiful, most of it is not necessarily my style. I am excited to collaborate together on our next home, and to be able to start with a blank canvas.

One idea is to recover our living room couches. They are a semi-circle shape and rather large. They were covered in a gorgeous Schumacher fabric, but after sitting in front of floor to ceiling glass windows in our Chicago condo they discolored and lightened over time. I am also ready for a fresh color palette, to bring together the decor that we have in our bedroom and family room.

I found some great inspiration via pinterest…the shape of the below couch is similar to ours (we don’t have tufting and ours is smaller, but you get the idea).… Continue Reading

Product Love: Neely by VNB

Posted on February 10th, by Melanie

A friend of mine recommended a fabulous online mag called Grays Lane. It’s beautifully done, and very inspiring…everything from decor to food and travel. I especially love how they highlight powerful women doing great things. One story that grabbed my eye was one featuring Neely Burch .

She is a darling young woman who gutted an airstream and turned it into a portable boutique that could deliver on the spot fashion forward clothing and accessories to college students on rural campuses. Brilliant, right?

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owner and designer Neely Burch (image via)

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While her concept is geared towards college students, her site was packed with items that were fabulous! She has a great eye! And on top of it she has her own handbag line. These $70 totes were designed to show your school spirit with collegiate colored stripes, but I would carry any of her cute color combos. This tote is perfect for a mom on the go…

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This might be my new g0-to gift for my favorite girls!… Continue Reading

Life Lately: Moving???

Posted on February 9th, by Melanie

After almost 8 years in our very first home, we have decided to finally put it on the market. This is something we have gone back and forth about for years. Should we stay? Should we go? I voted for staying and improving  the house and giving it 5 more years. This house holds so many great memories…

It’s hard to believe this is the only house the kids have ever known!

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But, as a family we have agreed that we are ready for more “space”. We love to entertain, so we are hoping for something with a bigger kitchen, and outdoor living space. We also hope to get a puppy this fall, so something with a fence would be key!

We are in the thick of it with house showings and constantly having to keep the place spotless, but I know it will be worth it in the end! Stay tuned…hoping for a new house and fun decorating projects to come!… Continue Reading