A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Transitioning: White After Labor Day

Posted on September 1st, by Melanie

White after labor day?! Absolutely!!! My rule of thumb is…if it is warm enough to wear open toe shoes, it’s warm enough to wear white. And for us in Kansas City summer doesn’t end on September first. I love to still  incorporate my white denim; but with a fall twist.

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I would definitely choose a top that doesn’t scream summer. I like to wear mywhite’s with gingham and denim shirts, or neutrals like navy, grey or tan.

Here I paired my white Baldwin’s back to a basic white tank and a printed blazer I got on clearance at Anthropologie this spring. I think a blazer with subtle color or texture gives it a nice transitional feel. I also will do my white denim with an open toe bootie, to make it look less “summery”.

So, don’t put your white away JUST yet…you still have some time to sneak in your favorite pieces.… Continue Reading

Shopping Scout: End of Summer Sales!

Posted on August 29th, by Melanie

Now is the time my friends…time to scoop up all your favorite things at the end of the season! You know I LOVE a good sale! Right now everyone is clearing out summer merchandise to make room for fall. Surprisingly, I am also finding some great basics, and transitional pieces on sale. I found a few great rompers that could easily work into fall layered with a denim or leather jacket, some amazing studded wedge sandals by Dolce Vita, and a fabulous DVF dress that would make a great transitional piece. I scooped up a coral (lady length) Partyskirt at 50% off,  that I can’t wait to arrive! Happy Shopping!

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Kimo-yes…

Posted on August 26th, by Melanie

This season I am totally feeling the Kimono look. I am so glad these are making a comeback! They are great to wear now with denim shorts or white denim. Then ease them into fall with distressed denim or faux leather pants with your booties.

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There are a ton of cute styles to choose from at almost any price point! This is a trend that you can definitely “save on”…lots of great budget options to choose from!

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Our Weekend

Posted on August 25th, by Melanie

A little follow up to Thursday’s post…if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen I found the Flash Tattoos at a store here in Kansas City (thanks Katie for the tip!). Birdies in the Crossroads carries them; I happened to get the last package, but they promised me they would be getting more in stock. They were SO fun to wear; easy to apply and definitely a conversation piece at the white party.

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$9 sunnies from Charming Charlie, Bag from Luxe Wearhouse, Bracelets by Stella and Dot (here and here)

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The decor and food for the Woodside Pique-nique en Blanc was perfection. Flowers were by Studio Dan Meiners and the most adorable picnic baskets by Aixois. 

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it was 95 in the shade, and I just wanted to be comfortable! I wore a tank by Mink Pink and an old favorite long white cotton skirt.

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It sort of felt like a farewell to summer party…I am sad to see it go, but I feel like we have made so many fun memories these last few months!… Continue Reading

Ampersand Design Studio X Crossroads KC Tote

Posted on August 22nd, by Melanie

I adore a great bag. And I really love anything with tassels and stripes. So, leave it up to the darling duo; The Ampersand girls to come up with the most adorable tote combining some of my favorite things!

Not only are the bags hand painted, but they also hand make the tassels! Each one is different; which makes your bag  one of a kind! They are super light weight canvas, and better yet…AFFORDABLE (only $42)!!!!! You can get the Crossroads Kansas City Tote on their Etsy site or in the new West Elm store on the Country Club Plaza!

Shop the Crosscroads Kansas City Tote HERE

photos taken by Gene Starr at Park Place 

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Lately I have been loving simple outfits paired back to great accessories (like this bag!) So I paired my new favorite H&M Faux leather shorts with a simple white Tee (similar here), Booties (similar here), and my favorite new (cheap!) sunglasses from the gap (this season $24.99).… Continue Reading

Product Love: Flash Tattoos

Posted on August 21st, by Melanie

Summer may be winding down, but our temperatures aren’t! It still feels like summer to me! We have a white party this weekend, and If I would have thought ahead I totally would have purchased these amazing flash tattoos. I am obsessed and dying to try them!

They are meant to appear as jewelry; with designs to go on your neck, wrist, ankles or fingers. Each tattoo comes with 3-4 sheets, so you can use them and share with your friends. They go on like a temporary tattoo, last 4-6 days and can be removed with baby or coconut oil.

 What do you think? Would you try them?

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Our Weekend

Posted on August 18th, by Melanie

And that’s a wrap! Another weekend in the books! I celebrated not one but TWO birthdays for girlfriends this weekend. Friday night was a fun catered dinner in, and Saturday night was a party bus, put on your dancing shoes kind of night!

First stop was Hotel Sorella; it was a perfect rooftop night! This group of ladies who came out to celebrate  is a testament to what an amazing woman and friend that Mandi is…

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Then it was on to Funky Town…a place that is so entertaining. I don’t even have words to describe it. You really have to experience it for yourself.  There was a lot of wigs, costumes and glow “jewelry” going on.

my outfit details: Tank (target, last season) , Shorts, Bag, Pendant, Statement Necklace 

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Happy Happy Birthday to you Mandi !! You don’t look a day over 25 :)

The party bus was hilarious…and so were the roadie cups!… Continue Reading

The it list: 8/15

Posted on August 15th, by Melanie

We survived our first week of school! I love being back in somewhat of a routine again, and the kids seem to be adjusting well! We also had a cool snap this week which makes me so excited for fall. I can’t wait for jean and boot weather again!

I have been obsessing over finding the perfect oversized clutch for fall. Something that would go back to all the black and white and grey we are seeing this season. There are so many fun choices, but I am especially loving the Gigi New York Uber clutch which can also be personalized (and it’s under $150!). The green is my favorite!

If you were to buy one pant this season it would have to be the track pant. They are everywhere; all styles and price points. I went to Athleta this week and fell in love with a few pairs; and I love their price point too.… Continue Reading