Scout Style: Not So Basic

Posted on April 29th, by Melanie

Basics; they are so important in your wardrobe. Without them you can’t really build an outfit. I buy a lot of solid, neutral pieces, and mix in the color and trend each season. One piece that has been an awesome basic this Spring (and it cost me under $20) is this H&M Sleeveless turtleneck.




I like that it layers well, and looks great alone. It Can be worn with long necklaces, or under a shawl. I wear it tucked in with high waisted jeans or even a midi-skirt. On its own it’s a chic, and simple piece. But to mix it up, sometimes I will throw a leather jacket over my shoulders or this new Boho Poncho/Shawl that I got from Urban Outfitters. This is another piece I wear constantly and get so many compliments on.







photos by Amy of Steps of Style 

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Trend Watch: Tassel Jewelry

Posted on April 27th, by Melanie


Tassels aren’t going away this season, in case you haven’t noticed! They are on everything from bags to shoes, and of course jewelry. If you didn’t get a tassel piece last season, now is your chance. I have gotten some great tassel jewelry from Etsy for very affordable prices; I also love Bauble Bar for inexpensive trendy pieces as well. H&M even has some tassel earrings that I have been wearing on repeat (only $12!)

If you are looking to step up your tassel game, here are some of my faves…

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Our Weekend

Posted on April 26th, by Melanie

Welcome to the week everyone. Monday came too quick! I swear, with kids sports and just kid activities in general our weekends seem to fly by.

I popped into Etiquette Boutique which just opened in Prairie Village. They have on-trend, affordable fashion, jewelry and accessories. I fell in love with a few pieces!

This pic does not do this dress justice. I am obsessed. It is the perfect summer or vacation dress. It’s so lightweight and super soft. The back is low and party open, it has great colors and I of course love the tassel trim. It could be thrown on over a swimsuit. It was $52!


loved these dainty pieces with natual stones


I have a shawl similar to this, and I can’t tell you how much I have worn it and gotten compliments on it! It’s such a great piece for travel or to throw on when you are going to dinner.… Continue Reading

Fitness Friday: 30 Day Challenge…who is with me??

Posted on April 22nd, by Melanie


The photo above was taken in Miami a year ago…I would like to get myself back to this point by the time the pools open in a month. It took a lot of hard work to get to this point; but I think I am ready for the challenge. After an indulgent month, I have decided it is time to get myself back on track.

So, to get prepped for summer, my husband and I decided to do a 30 day challenge. It includes the following…

-Super clean eating Monday through Friday

-Resist the urge to over indulge on the weekends. We typically splurge, but during these 30 days we are going to try to reign it in

-No booze Monday-Thursday (this is NOT easy…but we have already made it through the first week, so that is encouraging! ha! )

-Workout 5-6 days a week if possible (the 6th day could be something as simple as a quick strength/weight training session or  20 minutes on the rower).… Continue Reading

Shopping Scout: H&M finds

Posted on April 20th, by Melanie

I probably go to H&M on a weekly basis. It is my favorite place in K.C. to shop trends on a budget. I have been an H&M shopper for a long time, and I find that their items actually do hold up pretty well. I have gotten some great blouses and jackets that I have worn for years. And their fit is better than say Forever 21 or Old Navy.

This is my favorite top that they have right now; it looks great dressed up or down (I am wearing a size 4).I have had it on a couple of different clients and it looked fabulous on each of them.


This blouse is a good basic to have. Tie it at the neck, if you are going to work or wear it untied for a sexier look.


I am so mad I didn’t buy this top, it was $9.99 but the line was too long…and when I went back a week later it was gone!… Continue Reading

Our Weekend…And life lately

Posted on April 19th, by Melanie

I promise I haven’t abandoned my blog! It’s just been an overwhelming past two weeks. By the end of the day, I just want to crash (and not touch my computer). I am hoping things slow down a bit, so I can get back to writing!

This past weekend was my Style Scout Market event; it’s hard to believe I have been doing these events for over 2 years now. We had such an amazing group of vendors this time around. I really adore all of these women and their talents. Thank you to all of you who came out to support them.


Back: Amy (Namastamy), Emily (Local E tees), Jennifer (Janesko Jewelry)

Front: Tiffany (WH Hostess), Elizabeth (Local E tees), Sarah (Scoobie), Julie (Julie Zancanelli Jewelry), Me, Lainey (Lake Candles) Emily (Hazel and Ollie Jewelry)

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Posted on April 10th, by Melanie


I am going on the third year of hosting this shopping event. We will have some new vendors this time around which I am so excited about!


Hazel and Ollie is a darling children’s accessory line; you will find hair accessories, necklaces and bracelets

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Lake Candles is a new line of hand poured Soy candles that just launched in KC. I am so excited to smell them all!

Pink candle pic


Local E tees launched last fall by bloggers and twin sisters, Emily and Elizabeth. I am loving these KC inspired tees to represent your hood, or your favorite sports team.




Scoobie is an on trend pop up shop you can find in the Garment District or out South at Trendz Market. I am so excited for the owner Sarah to bring her cute, affordable clothing and accessories to Style Scout Market!




Julie Zancanelli makes one of a kind pieces using all natural stones.… Continue Reading

Scout Fit: My Food Plan

Posted on April 8th, by Melanie

I have had a few requests to share my diet and fitness plan, so I thought I would start off with what my diet consists of on a weekly basis. After hitting 35, I think I finally realized how important your diet actually is. You can workout every single day, but if your diet isn’t in check, you won’t see a change in your body or be able to maintain a healthy body weight.


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As a child and teenager, I was always very active, and had a good metabolism, but I never thought twice about what I put into my body. It took having kids, dealing with stomach issues and knockout migraines that pushed me to change my eating habits. So I started eliminating things from my diet to just test the waters.  I have cut out processed foods, I am totally gluten free and I am mostly dairy free (I splurge on great cheese every once in a while), I really try to reduce my sugar intake but sweets are my weakness!… Continue Reading