A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Splurge Vs. Steal: The Boho Look

Posted on May 23rd, by Melanie

I absolutely love the boho look for Spring, but it’s not necessarily something I want to spend a fortune on. I was in Forever 21 last week trying to find some inexpensive tank tops and stumbled upon SO many cute pieces that resembled things I had seen by Free People and Madewell.

image via freepeople.com 

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Forever 21 aren’t “forever’ pieces, but under $35 a pop, you don’t have to overthink it. These are great pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe this summer to get the trend, without breaking the bank.

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Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Cheat Sheet!

Posted on May 22nd, by Melanie

The Nordstrom Half- Yearly sale started yesterday. My parents were in town, so we popped in there briefly to see what deals we might find! Of course, we ended up walking out of there with mostly full priced items; but you can find some good deals. Most of what is marked down was up to 40% off. I found the store to be pretty picked over, but online you might have better luck!

I found the best finds were in kids (lots of Mini Boden!), women’s activewear and accessories. Although, they do have a nice amount of Free People marked down right now too..it’s a good time to scoop up those pieces on sale.

Sale ends May 31st, but I feel like the good things are going fast. Here are my faves from the sale…

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Product Love: S’Well Bottles

Posted on May 20th, by Melanie

I kept seeing S’well bottles around, and hearing about how great they were. So, we decided to order them for our fitness studio. After months of being back ordered (high demand apparently :) We were able to get them in stock.

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Now I know what all the hype is about! These bottles really are amazing. They have done a great job making them functional and pretty to look at. The bottle that I have (shown above) is the 17 oz, from the textile collection called Santorini.

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They are made of the highest grade stainless steel, and are completely insulated. They fit perfectly into a cup holder; which I found most bulky water bottles don’t! They also have a big enough opening to fit ice cubes in. They come in three sizes, 9 oz, 17 oz and 25 oz. The 17 oz is perfect to carry with you in your bag.

I put it to the test, filling up my bottle at 9AM with water and ice.… Continue Reading

Scout Style: The Yumi Kim Romper

Posted on May 18th, by Melanie

I have been coveting a Yumi Kim romper for the past two years. I just never had a chance to try one on, because nobody in Kansas City had the brand…until now!

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Thankfully, Alysa Rene Boutique brought in a few Yumi Kim pieces for summer. I tried on this romper and I fell in love. It’s not inexpensive, but it is worth every penny. It is made of 100% silk, and the colors are amazing. It has pretty details and the craftsmanship is on point. You can tell when slipping it on just how well made it is. I love that it has a sleeve and the shorts aren’t too short, which makes it feel more age appropriate. And always an added bonus…pockets!

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photos by Noelani Meirowsky

 Stop by Alysa Rene boutique in Park Place to see her selection of Yumi Kim.

Romper: Yumi Kim, Earrings: Kendra Scott, Necklace from Luxe Wearhouse(similar here), Sunglasses: Ray Ban 55MM Blue Flash, Shoes by Dolce Vita (similar here)Continue Reading

The it list: Anthropologie Faves

Posted on May 15th, by Melanie

I have been using Anthropologie a lot lately for my personal shopping customers. Their stuff has gotten so cute! I have found multiple pieces that would fit quite nicely into my summer wardrobe.

I am obsessed with this top...which is sold out in my size. But it looks like they now have it in green and white which could be cute too

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and how about this poncho thing?! Love! It would also work great as a swimsuit coverup

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Scroll through for some of my current favorites…

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Ten.

Posted on May 14th, by Melanie

Today marks our 10th anniversary. It’s hard to believe that we have been married that long. It is also hard to believe that each year we are married it just keeps getting better. I feel so much more connected, in love and more appreciative of him than when we were first married.

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We have been through it all these past 10 years…a move, a new city, different jobs, 2 kids, and starting a family business from the ground up. So many wonderful moments to recall..traveling together, experiencing new places and new cities, the birth of our children and the memories we are creating with them, and the experience of building a business together. We have had many incredible experiences as a couple, but it is only natural that there will also be bumps along the road.

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Marriage is not easy, it is work. If anyone says it is easy they are lying.… Continue Reading

Cheap and Chic: Party Top

Posted on May 13th, by Melanie

I randomly found this top on Lulu’s, which is a juniors shopping site. I became obsessed with it (a steal at only $54), and then of course it went out of stock. Apparently, if you like something on that site you have to scoop it up! It finally came back into stock right before my Miami trip. It was the perfect top for a night out dancing with my girls! I love the open back…

photos by my talented friend Jillian taken at the Surfcomber South Beach 

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 I paired it with my new favorite tassel earrings from Bauble Bar(only $28!), my leopard Clare V. Bag,and my favorite Blank Denim, jeans. The whole outfit with earrings, but minus the bag is under $175!

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Our Weekend

Posted on May 12th, by Melanie

Happy Monday everyone…hope all you Mom’s out there had a great day! Ours was a relaxing one…I got to sleep in until 8:30, my husband cooked breakfast and then I took a 2 hour nap in the afternoon! That in itself was the best gift ever. We ended the day with some shopping on the Plaza (and some new Lululemon gear :) ) and then my choice was dinner at Kin Lin; a fabulous little Chinese restaurant right by the UMKC campus. It has become a family favorite…the kids love it too!

Not the best pic, but here we are after stuffing our faces with fried rice and egg drop soup

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I felt like the whole weekend was centered around eating AND drinking…but we tried some great new spots, which is always fun. Il Lazzarone is a new Neapolitan Style pizza restaurant in the River Market (4th and Delaware). The space is huge, allowing for plenty of seating.… Continue Reading