The Beauty Diaries: Let’s talk about aging…

Posted on September 23rd, by Melanie


I am approaching my 37th Birthday. And it’s kind of freaking me out. While I do feel better than ever, I am starting to see the signs that I am getting older. Grey hairs came out 0f nowhere, there are wrinkles that I didn’t see before, and I have to be so strict about my diet and exercise…something I never really had to worry about in my 20’s and early 30’s. I would like to go back in time and tell my 20 year old self to think about the future! But I was young and stupid…didn’t use SPF, probably partied a little too much, didn’t sleep enough and didn’t take care of my skin like I should have.

Here I am 28…and definitely soaking up sun on our honeymoon in Mustique….and probably not wearing SPF!


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Our Weekend

Posted on September 22nd, by Melanie

Happy Sunday everyone! Hopefully you are ending the weekend with a bit of relaxation…we had the kids to bed by 7:30, and we won’t be far behind them! We had a really fun weekend from start to finish…

Jules turned 6 this week! He had a week long party…it started with my parents coming into town last weekend, we celebrated with them and then school friends. And this weekend we did a party with my husband’s side of the family. We kept it super low-key with pizza and ice cream cake (the Birthay Boy’s request).  Fun with cousins at his party…


Saturday afternoon was the event at Tivol. I had SO much fun.  When do you ever get two hours to just try on jewelry? I also got to talk with some of the designers, which was totally fascinating and inspiring! This is Ray Griffiths, and he is a nut! He was too much fun! And to top it off, his jewelry is unbelieveable…I am wearing an fab “neck party” that he put together for me…

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#fashionforward with Tivol

Posted on September 17th, by Melanie

Tivol is a store that holds a special place in my heart.

I have been visiting their store since I was in high school. We visited a few summers in a row and I will never forget afternoons of shopping on the Country Club plaza and stopping in to Tivol to admire all the beautiful jewels.


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Fast forward ten years; I am living in Chicago and I meet and fall in love with a boy from Kansas City. Unbeknownst to me he was having diamonds flown to Chicago by the staff at Tivol! He hand picked the ring and the setting…all long distance and with the guidance of their amazing staff! (thanks Brian!!!) And for my 30th Birthday, he surprised me with my first “grown-up” watch…a piece that I wear almost everyday and will treasure forever.

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Vivi & Jules Love…New Kicks!

Posted on September 15th, by Melanie

Back to School time also means time to stock up on all the basics. New backpacks, new coats, and of course new shoes. While tennis shoes are great for everyday, they also get extremely dirty! We try to reserve the tennis shoes for school and play, and then each season we also try to get one tennis shoe alternative. Something that is still comfortable and cute, but also nice enough to wear out to dinner or church.



For the last few years we have been shopping for our shoes at The Little House in Fairway.  I love that they carry unique brands that you can’t find everywhere else, and their shoe club is the best! Buy 5 pairs of shoes and you get 1 free! It’s really a no brainer. And, I always like to support a small, local businesses whenever I can!



Vivi of course went for sparkles; and for once, it is something that isn’t pink!… Continue Reading

The it list: 9/12/14

Posted on September 12th, by Melanie

Happy Friday everyone! I am beyond glad for the weekend to arrive…it’s been a long and sad week. But, we are moving on. We have said our goodbyes and now we are just remembering our sweet pup and all the wonderful times we had with her!

We are celebrating a few birthdays this weekend, and my parents are coming in from Minnesota to visit. Should be fun!

Here are this week’s obsessions…

The mock layered sweaters are HOT this fall…I kind of love them! I will wear these back to my faux leather pants, or a pair of joggers for fall

obsessing over these DV by Dolce Vita boots. They are gorgeous and well priced!

I find lately that my cell is ALWAYS dying…I think I need one of these portable power cords from Madewell

Lastly, after seeing the Gap boyfriend jeans on my friend Noey, I think I need a pair!… Continue Reading

Scout Style: The Flare

Posted on September 10th, by Melanie

While I will always love my skinnies, I am pretty pumped that flares are making a comeback. I like the look of a flared jean for my curvy silhouette, and I do love any reason to bust out higher heels.


Henry and Belle makes a great jean called the Micro Flare in Hawthorne Wash. It is the perfect wash in between a dark and a light with just the right amount of distressing.

I kept the look simple with a white blouse (H&M in stores now for $18!), a fun clutch and turquiose earrings; letting the jeans make the statement!




photos by Noelani Meirowsky 

Get the Look Here! (sunglasses $9 from Charming Charlie, clutch from Luxe Wearhouse, )

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Chick Events at Park Place

Posted on September 9th, by Melanie


This weekend Chick Events is hosting a handmade and vintage craft fair at Park Place! Come and shop to support local artisans from all over the metro area. The list of vendors is impressive! There is something for everyone….here is just a small sampling!

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Pebbles and Gold Jewelry


pillow covers by Interiors Nouveau


Bags by Sandlot Goods 


Bowties by Haberdash KC


Earrings by Wild Juniper

The event will be Saturday and Sunday 9/13 (10-8) and 9/14 (11-4). ParkPlace
117th & Ash Street
Leawood, KS
Tickets will be $5 cash or credit

I am giving away a prize package of 2 free tickets and a tee shirt. All you need to do is enter via the rafflecopter…a winner will be chosen Friday, and prize package can be redeemed at the event! Good Luck!

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Posted on September 9th, by Melanie

Rest In Peace sweet Sasha…

Our family will never be the same without you…

Sasha Knopke


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