A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Scout Style: Not So Basic

Posted on April 29th, by Melanie

Basics; they are so important in your wardrobe. Without them you can’t really build an outfit. I buy a lot of solid, neutral pieces, and mix in the color and trend each season. One piece that has been an awesome basic this Spring (and it cost me under $20) is this H&M Sleeveless turtleneck.

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I like that it layers well, and looks great alone. It Can be worn with long necklaces, or under a shawl. I wear it tucked in with high waisted jeans or even a midi-skirt. On its own it’s a chic, and simple piece. But to mix it up, sometimes I will throw a leather jacket over my shoulders or this new Boho Poncho/Shawl that I got from Urban Outfitters. This is another piece I wear constantly and get so many compliments on.

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photos by Amy of Steps of Style 

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Trend Watch: Tassel Jewelry

Posted on April 27th, by Melanie

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Tassels aren’t going away this season, in case you haven’t noticed! They are on everything from bags to shoes, and of course jewelry. If you didn’t get a tassel piece last season, now is your chance. I have gotten some great tassel jewelry from Etsy for very affordable prices; I also love Bauble Bar for inexpensive trendy pieces as well. H&M even has some tassel earrings that I have been wearing on repeat (only $12!)

If you are looking to step up your tassel game, here are some of my faves…

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Our Weekend

Posted on April 26th, by Melanie

Welcome to the week everyone. Monday came too quick! I swear, with kids sports and just kid activities in general our weekends seem to fly by.

I popped into Etiquette Boutique which just opened in Prairie Village. They have on-trend, affordable fashion, jewelry and accessories. I fell in love with a few pieces!

This pic does not do this dress justice. I am obsessed. It is the perfect summer or vacation dress. It’s so lightweight and super soft. The back is low and party open, it has great colors and I of course love the tassel trim. It could be thrown on over a swimsuit. It was $52!

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loved these dainty pieces with natual stones

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I have a shawl similar to this, and I can’t tell you how much I have worn it and gotten compliments on it! It’s such a great piece for travel or to throw on when you are going to dinner.… Continue Reading

Fitness Friday: 30 Day Challenge…who is with me??

Posted on April 22nd, by Melanie

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The photo above was taken in Miami a year ago…I would like to get myself back to this point by the time the pools open in a month. It took a lot of hard work to get to this point; but I think I am ready for the challenge. After an indulgent month, I have decided it is time to get myself back on track.

So, to get prepped for summer, my husband and I decided to do a 30 day challenge. It includes the following…

-Super clean eating Monday through Friday

-Resist the urge to over indulge on the weekends. We typically splurge, but during these 30 days we are going to try to reign it in

-No booze Monday-Thursday (this is NOT easy…but we have already made it through the first week, so that is encouraging! ha! )

-Workout 5-6 days a week if possible (the 6th day could be something as simple as a quick strength/weight training session or  20 minutes on the rower).… Continue Reading

Shopping Scout: H&M finds

Posted on April 20th, by Melanie

I probably go to H&M on a weekly basis. It is my favorite place in K.C. to shop trends on a budget. I have been an H&M shopper for a long time, and I find that their items actually do hold up pretty well. I have gotten some great blouses and jackets that I have worn for years. And their fit is better than say Forever 21 or Old Navy.

This is my favorite top that they have right now; it looks great dressed up or down (I am wearing a size 4).I have had it on a couple of different clients and it looked fabulous on each of them.

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This blouse is a good basic to have. Tie it at the neck, if you are going to work or wear it untied for a sexier look.

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I am so mad I didn’t buy this top, it was $9.99 but the line was too long…and when I went back a week later it was gone!… Continue Reading

Our Weekend…And life lately

Posted on April 19th, by Melanie

I promise I haven’t abandoned my blog! It’s just been an overwhelming past two weeks. By the end of the day, I just want to crash (and not touch my computer). I am hoping things slow down a bit, so I can get back to writing!

This past weekend was my Style Scout Market event; it’s hard to believe I have been doing these events for over 2 years now. We had such an amazing group of vendors this time around. I really adore all of these women and their talents. Thank you to all of you who came out to support them.

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Back: Amy (Namastamy), Emily (Local E tees), Jennifer (Janesko Jewelry)

Front: Tiffany (WH Hostess), Elizabeth (Local E tees), Sarah (Scoobie), Julie (Julie Zancanelli Jewelry), Me, Lainey (Lake Candles) Emily (Hazel and Ollie Jewelry)

I bought my first Janesko piece, which I am SO excited about!… Continue Reading

STYLE SCOUT MARKET April 17th!

Posted on April 10th, by Melanie

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I am going on the third year of hosting this shopping event. We will have some new vendors this time around which I am so excited about!

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Hazel and Ollie is a darling children’s accessory line; you will find hair accessories, necklaces and bracelets

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Lake Candles is a new line of hand poured Soy candles that just launched in KC. I am so excited to smell them all!

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Local E tees launched last fall by bloggers and twin sisters, Emily and Elizabeth. I am loving these KC inspired tees to represent your hood, or your favorite sports team.

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Scoobie is an on trend pop up shop you can find in the Garment District or out South at Trendz Market. I am so excited for the owner Sarah to bring her cute, affordable clothing and accessories to Style Scout Market!

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Julie Zancanelli makes one of a kind pieces using all natural stones.… Continue Reading

Scout Fit: My Food Plan

Posted on April 8th, by Melanie

I have had a few requests to share my diet and fitness plan, so I thought I would start off with what my diet consists of on a weekly basis. After hitting 35, I think I finally realized how important your diet actually is. You can workout every single day, but if your diet isn’t in check, you won’t see a change in your body or be able to maintain a healthy body weight.

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As a child and teenager, I was always very active, and had a good metabolism, but I never thought twice about what I put into my body. It took having kids, dealing with stomach issues and knockout migraines that pushed me to change my eating habits. So I started eliminating things from my diet to just test the waters.  I have cut out processed foods, I am totally gluten free and I am mostly dairy free (I splurge on great cheese every once in a while), I really try to reduce my sugar intake but sweets are my weakness!… Continue Reading