A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Scout Style: Cropped Flares

Posted on February 15th, by Melanie

Cropped Flares are here to stay; at least for this season! I got this high waisted pair at J.Crew at the end of winter. I wasn’t sure how I felt at first, but I am really loving it. I think it’s nice to see a new denim style and a way to update our denim wardrobe.

I prefer a style that hits right above the ankle with a slight flare. I think it’s great for Spring with a flat sandal or dressed up with a strappier heel.

For a transitional look I paired it with my favorite Mer-Sea Travel Wrap! Love their new style that has pockets! This also makes a GREAT gift if you are looking for Mother’s Day or graduation ideas.

Jeans: J.Crew, Wrap: Mer-Sea, Bag: Chloe, Sunglasses: Barton-Perreira “airman”, Shoes: Old but similar here, Earrings by EB Leatherworks 

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Scout Travels: Malibu/Palisades/Santa Monica

Posted on February 15th, by Melanie

It is back to reality after an amazing weekend with my childhood and High School friends in California. One of the girls lives out there, and at our 20 year reunion we talked about taking a trip to visit her. What started as a text string with 4 of us at the end of December, ended up in a trip planned for all of us to go to California in early February to celebrate all of us turning 40. I love when things like that sort of fall in place at the last minute.

We all grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota. The 5 of us were not all super close in high school, but I have a different connection with each of them. Over the past 10 years; with social media and 2 reunions we had all re-connected. It is fun knowing some of these girls since I was 6, and seeing everyone grow up, develop their careers, get married and have kids.… Continue Reading

Shopping Scout: So Sweet

Posted on February 9th, by Melanie
Valentine’s Day or not…loving every single one of these items! I would take these over flowers or chocolates any day of the week!
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Scout + Anaphora

Posted on February 7th, by Melanie

When I first walked into Anaphora in Prairefire, I was just blown away. Not that we don’t have amazing and unique boutiques in Kansas City. But this was on another level. Every detail perfect. Every piece hand picked with care. The shop was filled with unique, beautiful lines from around the globe. It was definitely unlike anything I had shopped in KC before.

I would describe Anaphora’s selection as timeless sophistication. Not overly trendy, yet not too conservative. Their pieces will never go out of style; which makes them worth every penny. You will be investing in a great cut, a perfectly draped fabric, and clothing that makes you just feel beautiful and put together without trying too hard! Think a mix between the timeless style of Miranda Kerr or Kate Blanchett, the edginess of Kendall Jenner and Emma Roberts with just a touch of Olivia Palermo.

I am really excited to work with Anapohora because I feel like their fashion reaches every age group.… Continue Reading

Scout Fit: Healthy Recipes

Posted on February 6th, by Melanie

Hey guys! The last two weeks I did repeat some of my recent favorites but added two new ones to the mix. This Cheeseburger Caserole from Skinnytaste was liked by the kids A LOT but I wouldn’t consider it all that healthy; although it says it is low calories; It was high in carbs and sodium. I think this is a good Sunday night meal, when it’s cold out and you just want something comforting. Also makes great leftovers!

recipe notes: I would go much lighter on the mustard; it was a little overwhelming. And, I used GF noodles to make it a GF meal. 

On Thursday I made her Crockpot  Slow Cooker Burrito Bowls. These were DELISH. Somehow I got my kids to eat them, even though they had beans and veggies in there. Well, actually our power had gone out and it was dark, so maybe that is why??… Continue Reading

Shopping Scout: Athleisure

Posted on February 4th, by Melanie

One thing I think Athleta does very well is Athleisure. These are the clothes that you aren’t working out in. But they are your comfortable, errand running, traveling in, taking your kids to the park clothes.

They have some new Spring pieces that I am loving. I am obsessed with the pale leather jacket paired over a v neck tee with leggings and new balance tennies. I also love their non workout pants; specifically the jogger and their new cargo pant. They just came out with a blazer called the “urban commute blazer” which would be amazing for travel. I would also throw this on over jeans and a tee for client meetings. It’s a great outfit completer!

You can shop these pieces and a few of my other favorites here:

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Scout Fit: Being healthy isn’t easy

Posted on February 2nd, by Melanie

I think we would all agree that living a healthy, balanced lifestyle is not easy. There are so many factors that play into our everyday life which can affect what we eat and our fitness plans. Kids and work, genetics, stress, mental health, and then there are our personal relationships that can really throw things for a loop. There are things we can’t control and there are things we can. And to me it is not about being “skinny”; that’s an unhealthy goal. It’s about being healthy, happy and feeling good about myself from the outside in.

Some of you know me personally and some of you don’t; I wanted to share my “health journey” so to speak. We may own a gym now, and live a pretty clean lifestyle. But it wasn’t always that way!  It has been a long road of ups and downs with my weight, bad choices, and health issues to finally get to this place of feeling healthy, confident, and loving the skin I am in.… Continue Reading

Scout Style: The Bomber

Posted on January 31st, by Melanie

Dressing this time of year is not an easy task. It may be 60 one day and snowing the next. And, at this point you are probably over your winter clothes. Now is a good time  to find those transitional pieces that can take you into the early spring months. Layering is key!

Bombers are carrying over into Spring in a big way. I found this knit bomber by Cupcakes and Cashmere at Hall’s last week. I knew it would be a great purchase because it is so versatile. I also liked that it wasn’t olive green like every other bomber style I had seen.

I could throw this over a casual dress, would obviously wear it with my jeans, and I could even throw it on with workout pants to go to the gym. I am going to Los Angeles next week, and this will be the perfect lightweight jacket to travel with.… Continue Reading