Ampersand Design Studio X Crossroads KC Tote

Posted on August 22nd, by Melanie

I adore a great bag. And I really love anything with tassels and stripes. So, leave it up to the darling duo; The Ampersand girls to come up with the most adorable tote combining some of my favorite things!

Not only are the bags hand painted, but they also hand make the tassels! Each one is different; which makes your bag  one of a kind! They are super light weight canvas, and better yet…AFFORDABLE (only $42)!!!!! You can get the Crossroads Kansas City Tote on their Etsy site or in the new West Elm store on the Country Club Plaza!

Shop the Crosscroads Kansas City Tote HERE

photos taken by Gene Starr at Park Place 




Lately I have been loving simple outfits paired back to great accessories (like this bag!) So I paired my new favorite H&M Faux leather shorts with a simple white Tee (similar here), Booties (similar here), and my favorite new (cheap!) sunglasses from the gap (this season $24.99).… Continue Reading

Product Love: Flash Tattoos

Posted on August 21st, by Melanie

Summer may be winding down, but our temperatures aren’t! It still feels like summer to me! We have a white party this weekend, and If I would have thought ahead I totally would have purchased these amazing flash tattoos. I am obsessed and dying to try them!

They are meant to appear as jewelry; with designs to go on your neck, wrist, ankles or fingers. Each tattoo comes with 3-4 sheets, so you can use them and share with your friends. They go on like a temporary tattoo, last 4-6 days and can be removed with baby or coconut oil.

 What do you think? Would you try them?



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Our Weekend

Posted on August 18th, by Melanie

And that’s a wrap! Another weekend in the books! I celebrated not one but TWO birthdays for girlfriends this weekend. Friday night was a fun catered dinner in, and Saturday night was a party bus, put on your dancing shoes kind of night!

First stop was Hotel Sorella; it was a perfect rooftop night! This group of ladies who came out to celebrate  is a testament to what an amazing woman and friend that Mandi is…


Then it was on to Funky Town…a place that is so entertaining. I don’t even have words to describe it. You really have to experience it for yourself.  There was a lot of wigs, costumes and glow “jewelry” going on.

my outfit details: Tank (target, last season) , Shorts, Bag, Pendant, Statement Necklace 


Happy Happy Birthday to you Mandi !! You don’t look a day over 25 :)

The party bus was hilarious…and so were the roadie cups!… Continue Reading

The it list: 8/15

Posted on August 15th, by Melanie

We survived our first week of school! I love being back in somewhat of a routine again, and the kids seem to be adjusting well! We also had a cool snap this week which makes me so excited for fall. I can’t wait for jean and boot weather again!

I have been obsessing over finding the perfect oversized clutch for fall. Something that would go back to all the black and white and grey we are seeing this season. There are so many fun choices, but I am especially loving the Gigi New York Uber clutch which can also be personalized (and it’s under $150!). The green is my favorite!

If you were to buy one pant this season it would have to be the track pant. They are everywhere; all styles and price points. I went to Athleta this week and fell in love with a few pairs; and I love their price point too.… Continue Reading

Dress Up Your Tee

Posted on August 13th, by Melanie

Tee Shirts have become an obsession of mine. Maybe it is because my lifestyle revolves around trying to make casual look cool. I want to be comfortable, and dressed appropriately for chasing after kids, but still want to look pulled together.


My friend Leah was sporting the best looking tank, I asked her where she got it and her response…TARGET! Don’t you love it? The bargain shopper in me squealed with delight. So, you better believe I drove right over there and scooped up every one of these tanks in my size. The brand is Well Worn By Los Angeles for Target (juniors section/$12.99), and it is one of the softest tees I own. It’s hard to tell in pics, but it has a bit of a spacedye, so it’s not just solid blue. I am bummed that they are not online, because I want the other colors! I got this blue and the camouflage version.… Continue Reading

Our Weekend

Posted on August 11th, by Melanie

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 Happy Monday! This weekend just flew by wayyyy too fast! My good friend Mollie was in town earlier in the week, so we got to have a girls night out! It was fun to catch up and enjoy some good laughs over dinner. Have a safe move Mollie and we can’t wait to hear about your life on the East Coast!  *style notes…I wore my favorite summer maxi (from Target!) paired back to the Pegasus necklace from Stella and Dot.

The rest of the weekend was pretty low key. We hosted a dinner with friends on Friday night and then Saturday my brother in law hosted a dinner and trivia night to celebrate my mother in laws birthday.  We had SO much fun. The boys beat the girls (barely)…we are now ready for a rematch!  The birthday cake is the lemon cake from Cafe Europa in Crestwood, which is to die for!… Continue Reading

The it list: 8/8/14

Posted on August 8th, by Melanie

Happy Friday Everyone! School starts for us next week! I am having mixed emotions of elation and sadness. I can’t believe my oldest is going off to Kindergarten; it’s such a big milestone. I am excited for him to start his official journey into Elementary school, but it leaves me a little weepy and sentimental. Time goes by just TOO fast!

I am starting to think about fall outerwear! Everytime I spot a cute coat online it is by BB Dakota; best part is they are very inexpensive! Most are under $150.

I love a good leopard print in my life and this dress by Equipment is amazing! They styled it perfectly with those red shoes. It’s one of those wear to work, or dress up for evening sort of pieces. It would definitely be worth the investment

Lastly I am obsessing over Stella McCartney for Adidas right now. I love her stuff!… Continue Reading

Mascara Love: 3D Lashes

Posted on August 5th, by Melanie

Mascara is always a tough purchase for me. I hate to spend a lot on it because I am never sure how long it will last or how much of a difference it will make on  my eyes. I kept seeing stuff about 3D lashes in my Facebook feed and I was so curious! I have light colored lashes and they aren’t very full, so at this point I would be willing to try just about anything!

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A few of my friends swear by Younique’s 3D Lashes; so I decided I would give it a shot. First off, I was impressed by the pretty packaging and ease of use. The quilted case  comes with 1 tube of transplanting gel and 1 tube of natural tea tree fibers.

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You first layer the gel, then the fibers and then one more layer of the gel to keep the fibers in place. For a more dramatic look you can start with a layer of your own mascara.… Continue Reading