A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Gift Guide: Send your guy to Kendra Scott!

Posted on February 9th, by Melanie

Flowers are nice…but they die. If your guy needs a little help this Valentine’s Day, send him to Kendra Scott on the Country Club Plaza tonight! Let him shop stress free, with a craft cocktail in hand…and he will also be giving back to a good cause. 20% of sales from tonight’s event will go to the Love Fund for Children. It’s a win win for everyone!

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Kendra’s new spring collection is beautiful and unique! I love the dainty layering pieces mixed with her classic bold and colorful pieces.

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And…if you just want to gift yourself, here are some of my favorites from the collection:

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Trend Watch: Shoes for Spring 2016

Posted on February 9th, by Melanie

A new season means new shoe styles to shop for! Most of what will be popular for 2016 are just different versions of what we have seen in the past. We have seen the gladiator, and we have seen lace front sandals, but now the style have combined for a strappy sort of a gladiator lace up in both flats and high heeled sandals…

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You will be seeing the block style heel *as opposed to a skinny heel* in almost every shoe this season
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And lastly…the mule! This is a classic style that comes and goes throughout the years. You will find flat, open toe and closed toe Mules for spring.
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I am excited that it is all about natural tones this season, as I think they look more attractive on the foot, and of course they go with everything!
You can shop my top shoe picks here:
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Our Weekend

Posted on February 8th, by Melanie

I am sure most of you are Super Bowl partying right now! I am so happy to be home, in bed and hopefully hitting the pillow by 9:30 :)  With a weekend that started with Thursday festivities, I am in need of an early night!

 Thursday night a few moms from school gathered for cocktails and jewelry by designer M2. She’s a local designer, that makes really fun and unique pieces. I was so excited to get these cherry red silk tassels, perfect for Valentine’s Day don’t you think?

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Friday night we stayed in to cook our first Blue Apron Delivery. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s pretty amazing (similar to plated). Each week you get a new recipe…none of the recipes are ever reapeated throughout the year! You get everything that you need for the recipe; farm fresh produce, organic meat and or fish, as well as any spices that go along with the meal.… Continue Reading

Shopping Scout: Trends at Target

Posted on February 5th, by Melanie

If you spend enough time in Target (especially when you are kid free) you will eventually end up in the clothing section. It’s appealing for a couple of reasons; it’s convenient, it’s inexpensive and it’s justifiable. But, you have to be a smart shopper at Target. Just because it was $17.99 doesn’t mean it was a good purchase. You have to love it…even if it is less expensive than your manicure or a tank of gas, if it sits in your closet with the tags on, you just wasted your money!

I have learned to be picky about my Target purchases. I typically buy them and try them on at home (it feels a little more glamorous that way) and I try to make sure that they are pieces I can really get use out of. I like Target for trends, because you don’t feel bad about spending under $50 for something that may only last a season or two.… Continue Reading

Kid Style: Upcycled Kids Clothes

Posted on February 3rd, by Melanie

Vivienne had the chance to model for my friend Sarah who makes upcycled children’s clothing. For her line Reduex Kidz, Sarah takes vintage fabrics and findings and makes them into fun, comfortable and wearable pieces for your little ones. She scouts out vintage fabrics that are soft and high quality, which is sometimes lacking in current clothing and fabrics!

To see V’s live t.v. debut and the cute dress she wore, you can watch the segment below…

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Our Weekend

Posted on February 1st, by Melanie

We had a really great weekend; I am sad to see it come to an end. The weather was unseasonably warm here in Kansas City, and for once we have had a nice stretch of sunshine!

We started the weekend healthy; which was a good thing because then we really splurged the rest of the weekend! Isn’t that what weekends are for?

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We popped into the brand new Unbakery~Juicery in Brookside on Friday morning. I was very anxious to check this place out, since they do use local and organic produce for their cold pressed juices, and they carry a variety of gluten and dairy free grab and go food and snacks. We tried the Root #2 which had Beet, Carrot, Apple, Ginger and Tumeric. I wouldn’t say it was delicious, but it was good and extremely healthy. The big bottle is definitely two servings worth…you get a lot for the $9.… Continue Reading

Poolside Perfection

Posted on January 28th, by Melanie

Once February hits I am pretty much over winter! While we don’t have a spring break trip nailed down yet, I am hopeful!

Must haves for any warm weather destination: A great swimsuit, stylish flat sandals (not a rubber flip flop!), A cute cover up and the perfect sunnies! Here are some of my current faves…

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A new endeavor…

Posted on January 27th, by Melanie

If you have been a follower of this blog for a while you have seen my best girls/sorority sisters in photos. These girls are like family; we went to college at Indiana University, lived in Chicago together, saw one another through good/bad career moves, bad boyfriends and breakups, marriages, babies, health issues, moves, promotions, milestones, you name it! I can’t imagine my life without them…

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What started out as the group of us texting 100 times a day about random things like kids sleep issues, botox, how to not go insane when our kids are driving us crazy, or recipes to get our kids to eat vegetables, turned into an idea.

With all of our diverse personalities, backgrounds, and issues wouldn’t it be fun/funny/maybe even terrifying to share these things on a blog? Surely there are other mom’s going through the same stuff. Maybe all of you out there can relate? Or give your two cents and help a sister out too?!… Continue Reading