A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Monochromatic.

Posted on January 26th, by Melanie

Happy Monday everyone! I was so inspired last week by my post on head to toe neutrals I decided to put together a monochromatic look of my own.

photos by Noelani Meirowsky

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I found this Lookbook.nu sweater via pinterest…I had never heard of the website, but I loved the shape of the sweater and the price ($41). It took 2 weeks to arrive, because it ships directly from China. But when it finally did come I was pleasantly surprised! It is a little shorter and less boxy than the pic on their website, but overall I am super happy with the purchase. I love the oversized look of the sweater, the larger collar and bracelet sleeve. It’s a great layering piece that can be worn so many ways during these transitional months.

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I paired the sweater with my new Henry and Belle studded jeans. I have been dying to wear them and this was a great excuse to take them for a test run.… Continue Reading

SHOP MY CLOSET!

Posted on January 22nd, by Melanie

Time to part with the old to make room with the new..here are the rules for the blog sale:

1. First person to email for the item wins (email mel.knopke@gmail.com) Put the item name in the subject

2. I will accept payments via paypal (please include your paypal email when you email me)

3. no returns

4. shipping is a flat fee of $6

LEIFSDOTTIR BLOUSE FROM ANTHROPOLOGIE SIZE 2 $40

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SPLENDID MIX MEDIA DRESS (BRAND NEW WORN TWICE…retails for $148) SIZE SMALL $70(grey heather knit top with faux leather skirt)

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mine was a darker heather grey, as you can see in the pic below

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BB DAKOTA BLOUSE XS $20 (has slits down both sleeves which expose the arms) Cute layered under a jacket

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H&M PEPLUM TOP SIZE 4 $10

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MADEWELL SILK BLOUSE SIZE SMALL $30

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RACHEL PALLY (BRAND NEW…WORN TWICE) TOP WITH RUFFLE BOTTOM XS  $75 (originally $136)

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ASOS BLACK AND WHITE JUMPER (WORN ONCE!) Says 8 on tag, fits more like a 6 $50

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ORANGE HI-LOW DRESS FROM STANDARD STYLE SIZE SMALL $30

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SPLENDID SUPER SOFT KNIT DRESS/MAXI.… Continue Reading

Winter Blues

Posted on January 19th, by Melanie

Navy and Black…hands down one of my favorite color combos! Many people wonder if you can put the two together; and I say absolutely. I love this combo in winter, especially if you are tired of doing black head to toe. Cobalt blue will be huge going into Spring, and I love mixing this color with black and navy as well; just to give it a little pop of color!

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Coat: Zara (no longer available online), Earrings: Frankly Basic, Sweater: Piperlime, Leggings: TJ Maxx, Bag: Alexander Wang, Booties: Off Broadway, Sunglasses: Prada, Hat: old H&MContinue Reading

Wanting: Neutrals

Posted on January 15th, by Melanie

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 Maybe it has to do with a new year; and the desire to start fresh. But for some reason every January I crave neutral clothing…White, cream, blush, even light grey. There is something so chic and effortless about combing neutrals. They are also great pieces that you will mix and match with other items in your closet all year long. Think…the perfect white tee, a camel coat or blazer, a cozy cream sweater that looks just as good with distressed denim as it does with white. Here are some great pieces to get you inspired! Dying over those tan Vince Mules!

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Shopping Scout: Coverups!

Posted on January 14th, by Melanie

It’s mid January; let’s face it we are all tired of winter already. I can’t be the only one dreaming of a getaway!

If you are lucky enough to be traveling soon, or maybe you are planning your spring break then you are probably already doing a little pre-spring shopping…

I came across a darling selection of cover-ups and swimwear while shopping for a client at Anthropologie. I really feel like nowadays the cover up is as important as the swimsuit; especially if you are traveling to a resort where you are going to and from the pool. They are definitely worth spending a little bit more on to get just the right style and fit that you want.

I would love to add any of these to my swimwear/coverup collection…

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Life Lately…

Posted on January 12th, by Melanie

I’m back! I can’t believe it has been over 2 weeks since I have blogged.  I believe this is the longest stretch that I have ever taken a break from writing! I have to say, it was kind of nice to give myself a little vacation. But, I am excited to be back at it in 2015!

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We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Year here in Kansas City. Both my husband and I had a bout of strep throat days before Christmas, but everyone was healthy in time for the holiday. My kids are at fantastic ages now; everything is magical in their eyes. I love seeing their reaction to everything, it makes me just want to bottle them up at these ages. So sweet and innocent!

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innocent…until they pour water on your laptop. Grrrrrrrr…not the happiest I have been with this little angel. I took my computer in last week and sure enough it is fried.… Continue Reading

Our Weekend: Holiday Fun

Posted on December 22nd, by Melanie

We are coming off of a crazy weekend full of holiday festivities…

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Friday night was the Health House Christmas Party at Three Points rooftop lounge; which is a Sporting KC events space located downtown in the Lowe + Campbell building. The atmosphere is amazing, and with it you have a 360 degree view of Kansas City’s best landmarks. It was the perfect place to host our first company party for trainers and clients.

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I have had a few inquiries about my outfit…The top is by Blaque Label and the skirt is by Party Skirts; both from Shopbop! I am obsessed with this skirt; it has been a repeat offender since I got it in October! It is super comfortable, and I love that it has pockets. I want to get one in Navy next…it’s the perfect piece you can wear so many different ways. Necklace is from Etsy

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Saturday we held an event at Health House with KC Threads; a new children’s tee designer that is not only making cute product, but also giving back to the community.… Continue Reading

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!

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