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The It List: 10/24

Posted on October 24th, by Melanie

Sorry for my absence this week! It’s been a busy one…We have been cheering on our Royals in the World Series, I have been nursing our household back to health and I had our monthly photo shoot for Park Place and a news segment on Fox! I am glad I survived the week and looking forward to going on vacation with my family next week. I think we all need a getaway!

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model Shelby Smith with photographer Gene Starr for Park Place (coat from EJs Boutique, Sunglasses by Oliver Peoples from Romanelli Sun Galleria)

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Dress from Bella Bridesmaid, Earrings by Kendra Scott also from Bella Bridesmaid

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Here are some Friday Favorites! Have a great weekend everyone!

* Target sweatpants are my FAVE…just got these printed ones, and they are SO comf…love!… Continue Reading

Product Love: Brasil Sul (and a giveaway!!!)

Posted on October 20th, by Melanie

 Since fitness is our family business, we are constantly looking for new lines of fitness apparel. I randomly discovered Brasil Sul via Instagram. They are a Brazilian based company making bright and colorful fitness apparel.

You won’t believe this, but Brasil Sul pants are one size fits (most) 0-12!  The supplex material stretches up to 500% of its original size without stretching out and losing its shape. I love the wide waistband, and the length which hit me right above the ankle. They have solids and prints; I went for the Leopard!

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 They are cute enough to wear from the gym to running errands! I paired them with the Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf which can be worn many different ways; I am kind of obsessed with this piece (and it’s only $48!)

Black Racerback tank (similar here), watch by Rumbatime, Bracelet by Angie Curry, Rocco Bag by Alexander Wang, Calf Hair slip ons by Kenneth Cole (similar here)

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One lucky winner will take home a pair of Brasil Sul pants of their choice!  Enter the giveaway here!… Continue Reading

Splurge Vs. Save: Date Night

Posted on October 17th, by Melanie

How I dressed for date night in my 20’s is much different than I do now! I definitely feel like there is a lot of “too young” out there and not enough sophisticated styles to choose from. So, when I spotted this blouse at Alysa Rene Boutique in Park Place this week, I had to snag it right up! AND, it was not expensive; which I always appreciate! I know that I will wear this a couple of seasons and then I will be ready to move on to the next thing. That is why I always say, don’t spend too much on novelty tops. Most of the time you want to replace them after a year or two.

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 SPLURGE: Coated Ankle Skinny jeans by Henry and Belle. I just got these and I am in love with them! They are super stretchy and comfortable; with the look of leather

SAVE: Wells Grace laser cut top from Alysa Rene Boutique $60 ( has one size L left, but I found it also online HERE)

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Etsy Find: Rings by Inbal Mishan

Posted on October 16th, by Melanie

I am really loving rings right now. While I do like the super dainty little gold pieces, something about a big statement piece is calling to me.

I came across this amazing vendor on Etsy. Inbal Mishan is making incredible rings with 24K gold plating and semi-precious stones. The Turquoise and Druzy are incredible! And you won’t believe her prices, most of these rings are $60-$65

You can visit her Etsy shop HERE
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Shopbop Friends and Family Sale!

Posted on October 14th, by Melanie

You gotta love a Shopbop sale! Time to stock up on good (investment) basics; or snag up that handbag you have had your eye one! I have a lot of favorites for fall from a classic black  Mackage coat to a beautiful Black dress from Saylor; just in time for holiday parties.

You have 3 days to save 25% off! Happy Shopping!

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Scout Style: A pop of Blue

Posted on October 13th, by Melanie

It seems as though Kansas City is a sea of Blue; as our Royals are having such an amazing season! I guess I picked a great time to invest in a cobalt blue bag. With all the black, white and grey this season; this is just the perfect way to add color to my wardrobe.

I have been obsessed with the Alexander Wang Rocco for quite a long time, and after saving up I finally was able to make it my own. For those who have wondered, it is not as heavy as it looks. I have found it to be a great everyday bag from the gym to work or running around with my kids. I especially love that it has both short handles and a long strap.

And, the leather shorts continue to be a great staple in my wardrobe. For Fall I am layering them with printed tights.

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photos  by Noey Meirowsky  taken at the Prairie Fire Museum

 Bag by Alexander Wang, Sweater by Old Navy (similar here) Faux Leather Shorts by H&M (similar here), Printed tights by Hue, Shoes by Carlos Santana at Off Broadway Shoes

get the look here:

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Splurge vs. Save: Fall Basics

Posted on October 9th, by Melanie

If you saw my closet, you would probably be surprised. I really don’t have all that much in there! The way that I shop and how I tell my clients to shop is to focus on basics first. Then mix in the fun, or trendy pieces each season. I always splurge on my handbags, and even my accessories. Shoes I do a mix of high and low. And for the trendy pieces I always search for the look for less. I have great luck at H&M, Zara, TJ Maxx, Target and Old Navy.

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All of these pieces are not only in heavy rotation in my closet right now, they also make a chic put together look without having to try to hard! For a night out I would pair this with strappy shoes, but it would also look cute with flats too. Each one of these pieces also works well with so many other items I already have in my closet; which make for great mixing and matching!… Continue Reading

Vivi and Jules love…Vests!

Posted on October 8th, by Melanie

Generally in Kansas City we have a pretty amazing fall. We usually get a mild October, and sometimes even November before we have to bust out the heavy outwear. I have found that Vests are the perfect transitional piece for everyone in our family; not to mention the kids actually like wearing them!

Vivi’s entire outfit is by Peas and Queues…a new line I found at The Little House in Fairway. I am obsessed, the quality and details are amazing. From the lining of the vest, to the double layer skirt (it’s green underneath) and bows on the leggings. It’s so nice to find a line that is unique and fun without being to frou-frou. (shoes by Mimi and Milo also from The Little House)

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Julian is getting to the age where “cute” doesn’t cut it…he wants big boy clothes. We love the line Appaman who makes this great plaid flannel shirt; I am digging the patches on the elbows which give it some edge!… Continue Reading