Category: BEAUTY

Scent of a Man: Best Fragrance Roundup

Posted on December 11th, by Melanie

There is something about men’s fragrance that is so yummy. I actually find myself leaning towards the more masculine scents.They are very clean and less “floral” than scents that are made for women. My husband likes fragrance just as much as I do, so he has tried and tested many over the years. Here is a round up of some of our favorites…old and new!

Scent of a Man
1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste: Invigorating, woody ‘fougère’ scen
2: YSL L’Homme:  fresh, woody fragrance is effervescent with bright, sparkling notes of bergamot, ginger, and vetiver. This fragrance of contrasts is a unique combination of luxury, art, and modernity for timeless elegance
3. Creed Green Irish Tweed: This rich, green, spicy, sporty, and unforgettable fragrance is one of the best known fragrances of the House of CREED.
4: Chez Bond: sparkling citrus tones, herbal tea accord, sandalwood.
5. Prada Lunna Rossa:. Lavender and orange essence burst forth in an instant wave of aromatic freshness, transitioning into a cool heart of spearmint and sage, which then smoothes into a noble and sensual base of wood and amber notes

Hair Diaries

Posted on December 10th, by Melanie

I am feeling in a major rut with my hair lately. I have been trying to grow my bangs out forever, but they always seem to look the same length and the overall length of my hair just doesn’t seem to be growing either. I am feeling need for a change.

I could continue to try to go my bangs and go for more of this type of look…long bob, long bangs


or, I could keep growing my hair and cut blunt front bangs…Reese and Nicole both do an amazing front bang!



Here I am at my 10 year HS reunion (2005)…I loved front bangs they are just a lot of maintenance


and then there is the option of going short again…c056e3a3df101371589cfaad7f5326c7

but I might wait until Summer to pull the trigger on this look. I did it 3 summers ago and loved it; felt so good to chop it off!… Continue Reading

Give the gift of Beauty

Posted on November 25th, by Melanie

Can you believe only 5 days until black Friday?! Have you gotten a jump start on your shopping yet? If you need some ideas I am going to have a weeks worth of gift guides. Today is one of my favorites…all great finds for the girl who just can’t get enough of the latest and greatest beauty items. Everything from the luxe Diptyque diffuser to my favorite lip stain set by Tarte that will only set you back $34

Give the gift of: Beauty

1. Essie Holiday Set

2. Odin #6…obsessed! Here are the notes: Top: Blood Orange, Green Galbanum, Lentisque
Middle: Aged Cedarleaf, Jasmin Sambac, Magnolia
Bottom: Amberwood, Sheer Musk, Live Moss Available at Standard Style in Kansas City or online HERE

3. Laura Mercier Luxe Color Wardrobe Palette

4. Diptyque Diffuser 

5. Tarte Lip Stain holiday Set Continue Reading


Posted on September 5th, by Melanie

Hey everyone! Did everyone have a great Labor Day weekend?  We made it to Arkansas and back all in one piece. We laughed, we danced, we ate wayyyyy too much. And most of all we loved celebrating my cousin Ali and her new husband Ben.

This chapel in Arkansas is completely breathtaking, the pictures just don’t do it justice!


it was so tranquil and serene set in the middle of this wooded area. I loved the peacefulness and intimacy of the entire wedding




The fam!


My adorable cousins


And before the wedding, we had my brother and his girlfriend in from NYC . It was so fun to have them here in Kansas City. The kid are OBSESSED with their uncle, and Inga could not have been sweeter. Needless to say the kids were in heaven with all the extra attention and gifts and treats galore…

They brought us some amazing goodies from the city that I must share with you…

First off we indulged in a  whole array of treats from Momofuku Milk Bar.Continue Reading

Cheap and Chic: Bargain buys under $35

Posted on August 17th, by Melanie

Hopefully you are enjoying your weekend so far! It’s GORGEOUS here in Kansas City. Low 70’s and sunny; absolute perfection.

I am excited for dinner tonight with my girl Lindsay! We will also be doing a little photo shoot…I am sure we will have plenty of laughs doing it. Sometimes it’s just hard to take yourself seriously 🙂

So I am obsessing over this new nailpolish. The brand is Sinful Colors, color is Thimbleberry and you can find it at Target. The shade is a perfect watermelon. Somewhere in between coral and red. I love it and it was under $3!!!

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I bought this blouse that I had seen featured on J’s Everday fashion. I had seen it online and wasn’t sure…but once I saw it on her I knew I had to have it! You guys, it’s an exact J.Crew knock off for only $17! It’s longer in length and would look awesome with some faux leather pants or colored denim.… Continue Reading