A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Cheap and Chic: An entire outfit under $75!

Posted on April 28th, by Melanie

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 I scored some incredible deals recently at J. Crew Factory. Right now, this tank is $14.50 and the pants are on sale for $24.99. Add in my Sandals from Target ($19)  and you get an entire outfit (minus the accessories) for under $75!!!

And you may have heard me talk about my “green pants” obsession. I have about 4 pairs in my closet right now. They are the best denim alternative and they go with EVERYTHING. I tell any client that I style, this is a basic that you won’t be sad you bought! I particularly love this pair because the cut is great and they are more “mossy green” less “forest”, which is perfect for Spring.

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The it list: Summer Occasion Dresses

Posted on April 24th, by Melanie

Weddings, graduations, and engagement parties…tis the season for special events and a reason to get dressed up.

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I really love a good dress, especially this time of year when you can choose from so many fun colors! A trend I saw was sorbet hues like coral, lemon yellow, mint and the return of pink. Whether the event is uptown, downtown, or on a beach…there are some beautiful dresses to fit your special occasion. Here are some of my favorites…

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Product Love: Seafolly Swimwear

Posted on April 23rd, by Melanie

It seems that most two piece swimsuits out there are made for a teenage body. It’s SO frustrating. Gone are the days of wearing a little string bikini! And what’s up with the bottoms that barely cover your rear???

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Thankfully, there are a few lines out there that have a woman’s body and curves in mind! Seafolly is the largest swimwear brand in Australia; and in the past few years we have been able to shop their styles in the US. They have been producing high quality swimwear for women since 1975; which has given them years to perfect their fit!

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While they do have the cute skimpier styles, they also make nice full coverage bottoms and tops.

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All you RHBH lovers will recognize Yolanda’s daughter Gigi…she is the 2015 face of Seafolly

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They also make fantastic cover ups, and kids swim as well! Here are some of my favorites from their 2015 swim collection

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Scout Style: Boho Chic

Posted on April 21st, by Melanie

I never thought of myself as a “boho” girl; but how can you resist all of these amazing boho pieces we are seeing this spring? I find myself drawn to the feminine, flowing silhouettes. layers and layers of necklaces and bracelets and I love all of the distressed denim. No matter what your style may be, there is a boho piece for you.

photos by Noelani Meirowsky

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I styled this Spell blouse from Alysa Rene Boutique for a news segment and I couldn’t stop thinking about it…the details are amazing. The sleeves, lace detail and pleating, the gathered waist, and even the ties have little bells at the bottom that sort of jingle when you move. It’s truly a statement piece.

I paired it back to pair of  distressed boyfriend jeans by Black Orchid and jewelry by Julie Zancanelli (her handmade jewelry is AMAZING!) all from Alysa Rene Boutique in Park Place.Continue Reading

Our Weekend

Posted on April 20th, by Melanie

Hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a good one…we packed it in. Friday night we went to the Royals game and it was a blast. It was a sold out game, and the energy was insane! Love this Royals fever!

We had apps and cocktails at Rye beforehand. Their Rose sangria is insane; a delicious summer cocktail. So good it’s dangerous :)

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how cute is my friend Rita’s Baldwin KC shirt?

Saturday was rainy and gross, we kind of hunkered down all day and I prepped for Style Scout market.

The event went great, thank you to everyone who came out! There was so much cute stuff! I came home with a tank from Namastamy. Her tees are the best! Super soft and a great cut. I am slightly obsessed and need to add more to my collection.

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Vivi turns 3

Posted on April 16th, by Melanie

We spent all day on Sunday celebrating Vivi’s 3rd birthday. We had originally planned a friends party at the park in the morning, but sadly it got rained out. So, we made the best of it at our house. We had doughnuts for the kids and mimosas for the parents. I was so happy I bought dollar store glow wands/swords for the kids who ended up having their own little dance party in the basement. And, thank goodness for our Little Tykes  blowup bounce house , this toy has given our kids and their friends more hours of fun than any other toy we own.

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 Then it was time for round two with grandparents and cousins!

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She requested a Hello Kitty cake with roses. Love this pic; she had her hands folded the entire time everyone sang to her…

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Here she is SO excited about a Dora doll that comes with a cell phone…that is now driving all of us totally crazy.… Continue Reading

Luxe Stylebox

Posted on April 14th, by Melanie

Style hand picked for you, and delivered right to your door. Who wouldn’t love that service?! There are a few companies out there offering “personal online shopping”. But, these companies are putting boxes together in mass quantities. I often wonder how “personal” it actually is.

My friends at Luxe Wearhouse boutique in Chicago are offering a Luxe Stylebox, but with the attention to detail, service and personalization that you would expect. I recently gave the Luxe Stylebox a shot to see if this personal shopper could be shopped for…and like it :)

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I filled out the style profile online, and made sure to be pretty specific about what I wanted. I asked for fun tops that I could wear both casually and going out…that seems to be the hole in my closet right now.I also asked for a flare jean and accessories. The profile was precise and easy to fill out. The styling fee is $15 (which is nothing) and shipping is free to and from your doorstep.… Continue Reading

Product Love: Mother Denim

Posted on April 13th, by Melanie

I have tried on multiple pairs of Mother jeans over the years, and have always loved their fit. The quality of denim is some of the best I have seen. They have just the right amount of stretch without leaving you with a saggy bottom by the end of the day.

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With the return of the flare, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to invest in a pair of Mother denim. I love this new style called the Patch Slacker. They have two front patch pockets, and a super faded wash which is perfect for spring. The rise is also higher (9″) which makes them suitable to wear back to some of the flowy crop tops we are seeing this season. I also love the double M’s on the back pockets, as my initials were MM before marriage! I need to hem them a bit, but I have been so excited to wear them I haven’t wanted to part with them for the alterations.… Continue Reading