Shorts: a love/hate relationship

Posted on April 14th, by Melanie

Shorts might be more painful to shop for than a swimsuit or a pair of jeans. I am just not a huge fan of my legs, and finding the perfect fit can be challenging! While I would much prefer dresses or skirts in the summer, they just aren’t practical chasing after the kids. Shorts are a must; so the search is on to find the perfect pair to update my summer wardrobe.

I am leaning towards colorful prints, drapy fabrics, linen and camo. I also just ordered the Rag & Bone Denim boyfriend short...should get them today, I will report back with the fit! What styles are you loving this season?

Here are a few of my faves…

The Perfect Day Dress

Posted on April 13th, by Melanie

Hey guys! Thank you for the seriously sweet notes and comments on my blog last week! I wish I could have had more than one winner! I took a week-long break from blogging as I was in Arizona visiting my parents. We totally soaked up the sun and had a fabulous time!

 I am always on the hunt for the perfect dress to wear casually…running errands, chasing after kids, etc. Believe it or not they are hard to find! They are either too skimpy or too dressy.

Then I found this dress from Roe Blvd. It is so comfy, it almost feels like wearing pajamas. It is a sweatshirt knit, but super lightweight. It’s just long enough, and I like that it’s slightly over sized. It was a fabulous piece to bring on my vacation because it didn’t wrinkle and was easy to just throw on with sandals.

The dress makes a statement by itself, so I went light on the accessories!… Continue Reading

My Favorite Things Blog Anniversary Giveaway

Posted on April 2nd, by Melanie

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to have a kick-ass giveaway! I hope you love all my favorite things as much as I do!

 I have to give a HUGE thank you to my favorite vendors for supplying all the goods that are part of this giveaway. Without them this would not be possible! Many of these items are from my favorite Kansas City vendors like Ampersand Design Studio, Hello Cheeseburger, Hoopla Studio, Mer-Sea & Company and Charlie Hustle. My friends from Henry and Belle were so generous to give away a pair of jeans! My dear friend Kelly, owner of WH Hostess put together the cutest personalized set for the winner. And lastly Monogram Avenue is giving a custom clutch!

So…are you ready? Here is a rundown of what one lucky girl will win!








Because I am feeling the love…a Gold Heart Necklace from Hello Cheeseburger

C’est Tout (It’s Everything) numbered print from Ampersand Design Studio

My go to Monogram Clutch (you pick the color and monogram) from Monogram Avenue

The most delicious smelling Mer-Sea and Company  Candle and  Room Spray in “Summer Day”

A household favorite…Charlie Hustle KC Women’s Tank (small) and KC Men’s Tee (medium)

I am obsessed with these three colors from the  Hoopla StudioMama Mia mini polish set

My favorite hair ties (made by me!)

I can’t live without  Revlon Lip Butter and this color is a fave for summer; Revlon Juicy Papaya

I live in Henry & Belle !… Continue Reading

Fab Five

Posted on April 1st, by Melanie

April 2014 is a bit of a milestone for me, as this blog turns 5! It really is kind of hard to believe that I have been doing this for THAT long.  And it’s crazy to see where this blog started from and how it has evolved over the years. Do any of you remember my original blogspot address and header?


I started this blog as a creative outlet after my son was born. While I loved being home with him I was craving a new passion. Something that would get me excited (other than trips to Target and toddler playdates)! My good friend Kelly had started a blog called The Party Dress and I was so inspired by her. I knew I LIKED to write, but I never knew how much I would end up loving it.

I never knew the doors that blogging would open for me. Not long after I started writing I got picked up by the Kansas City Star to write a daily shopping blog called The Shopping Scout that was featured on kansascity.com.Continue Reading

Trend Alert: Slip-On Sneakers

Posted on March 27th, by Melanie

Ahhhh, they are making a comeback! Remember the slip on sneakers? Very 80′s don’t you think? I had a couple pairs back in the day, and so did my brother. I am pretty sure they were Vans!  I love the modern take on the style though. The perforated leather, or stud detail gives them a kick up from plain old canvas tennies. I also like these as an alternative to the Converse we have been seeing over and over for the past few years.

I think they would be adorable with skinny jeans and a slouchy tank, accessorized with some tassel necklaces! Or with shorts and an over-sized tee.

What do you think? Love em’ or leave em’?… Continue Reading

Our Weekend: a hidden gem in Independence

Posted on March 23rd, by Melanie

We packed in a lot this weekend! Friday was kind of a crazy day as we had to be up early to do a photo shoot for Park Place. Not only was I styling the shoot, but our little guy got in on the action modeling a few looks from  SweetPea and Company (formerly Mady & Me). It was a bit stressful trying to be the mom/stylist, but he really did great. He even listened and followed direction (thank goodness!) I can’t wait to see the professional shots…

The clothing is by Mayoral Kids at  SweetPea and Company and the shoes are our own, by Native Shoes . We purchased them at The Little House in Fairway. 

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Friday night we had dinner at the home of the Architect who built our fitness studio. They have an amazing house in a historic neighborhood in Kansas City which was so fun to see.… Continue Reading

Best of Etsy

Posted on March 19th, by Melanie

I have added a few new favorite Etsy shops to my list. I love when I can find unique designers; especially those overseas. Annikabella  (from Israel) makes amazing necklaces like this gold layered set with turquoise.



I am having to show major restraint with these incredible lacquer boxes with agate stones from Texas based designer, Kelly Wheat. The colors are just so vibrant and inviting! I want them all!



LJC Designs based out of Bali makes these adorable pom shorts. These would be so great as a pool cover up or even to sleep in! I am such a sucker for pom trim…



And if you are looking for monogrammed linens, Southern Linen has a gorgeous selection!


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Our Weekend: KCFW & a new Westport hot spot

Posted on March 17th, by Melanie

Happy Monday everyone! We started our official “Spring Break” this week. J is out of school, so we will be trying to fill the days with some fun activities. I am praying for nice weather so we can be outside!

This weekend was packed with activity. Friday night we went to one of our faves, Westport Cafe with my in-laws. They have a wonderful happy hour that is not to be missed. The menu and drink specials are fantastic. We totally indulged in a rich cheese tray, mussels, and pommes frites. yum.

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Saturday my husband took J to the Brookside parade and I enjoyed 2 blissful hours of reading on our deck while the baby took a nap. It was a gorgeous 71 and sunny on Saturday. It finally feels like Spring is truly around the corner. Saturday night I attended Kansas City Fashion Week’s saturday night round of runway shows with my friend Sarah.  Union Station was such a beautiful back drop for the shows.… Continue Reading