A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Dress like a mom

Posted on March 10th, by Melanie

We can all relate to the first time shopping post baby. Almost 9 years later, and I still remember it vividly.

I still looked pregnant, and I believe someone at the store asked me when I was “due”?! My body was a mess, I was exhausted and I just wanted to find something cute to wear, because the thought of putting maternity clothes back on was just depressing. I remember settling for something that was just “ok” because it worked.

Throw a baby into the mix, and that’s a whole other ballgame! I remember the first time trying to figure out my stupid stroller, and hauling it in and out of my car. The amount of diaper changes, and full body sweats as you try to nurse your baby in a fitting room. It’s just not a pleasant experience.

If you follow me on social, you saw that I was at Evereve corporate offices in Minneapolis a few weeks ago.… Continue Reading

Dress for Success + Talbots

Posted on March 8th, by Melanie

Dress for Success is one of my favorite charities that is changing the live of countless women in the US. This charity is helping women gain economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. For more information on this great organization, click HERE. 

I had the opportunity to go on KCTV 5 last week to talk a bit about the charity and their recent partnership with Talbots and Oprah Magazine.

KCTV5

The Oprah Magazine collection for Talbots will  benefit Dress for Success; by giving back 30% of the profits to the organization. This partnership helped over 20,000 women in 2016!

There are many ways you can give to dress for success; you can purchase from this exclusive line for Talbots, you can make a monetary donation online HERE, or you can find your local Dress for Success to make a clothing donation!… Continue Reading

Studio to Street Leggings

Posted on March 8th, by Melanie

I got my first pair of Koral activewear leggings about a year ago. I knew that they would work double duty, because they could be styled both for working out in, but also layered with a cute sweater and leather jacket for the weekend. Here I paired it with my new N: Philanthropy sweatshirt I got in Los Angeles. I have been LIVING in this thing; it was well worth the money spent. I love the raw edges and cutouts at the neck.

photos by Ruthie Stark 

The pants are super lightweight, and just hug your body. Because of the sheen you may think they are super hot when you workout, but they actually aren’t. They recently came out with a the lustrous legging in a high rise which I love even more. I just got this slate color which is perfect to transition into spring.

sweatshirt by N:Philanthropy (similar here) , Koral Lustrous High Rise Leggings in Gunmetal, Shoes: Nike Sky Hi Dunk (no longer available) Jacket: Blank NYC (similar here)

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Our Weekend

Posted on March 7th, by Melanie

My dad was doing work in South Dakota last week, so he drove a few hours south to see us for the weekend. My kids are obsessed and always love when he comes to visit. We packed a lot in, in just a short 48 hours with him!

Friday night we took him and the kids to Ragazza. My dad couldn’t stop raving about their Bolognese; it really is SO good. 

Their Limoncello Sparkler is my favorite. They use a house made limoncello, mixed with prosecco and soda.

Saturday he took the kids tennis shoe shopping on the plaza; and of course they dragged him into Zoom for a toy. That is what Grandpa’s are for, right?

J got thinking putty…my kids are so obsessed with this stuff! It’s kind of like designer silly putty. This one was metallic gold sparkles.

fun at J.Crew 🙂 I just realized J. only has one shoe on!… Continue Reading

Beauty: Spring Break Prep

Posted on March 3rd, by Melanie

Prepping for a trip is a lot of work! Not only do you have to pack, but sometimes you have to fit in some essential beauty treatments before you leave. I have 3 must-do services before I go away. It seems like a lot, but I always feel so much better when I do it!

I have started to do monthly facials which I feel have helped tremendously with my skin. I go to Nikki at Bare MedSpa  in Park Place. I have very sensitive skin, and have had some bad experiences in the past with products and facials. She is the first aesthetician who really took the time to understand my skin. She has great knowledge of products and what works for different skin types.

To get to understand my skin, she has done a different facial each month, but I recently did the hydra facial before my Los Angeles trip.  … Continue Reading

Ruffles + Stripes

Posted on March 1st, by Melanie

This blouse has two of my favorite elements. I love the masculine pinstripe mixed with a super feminine exaggerated ruffle. I have seen many versions of this same top; but this one from Shop Scoobie is extremely affordable and very well made. At $75; it is the perfect statement top on a budget!

photos by Ruthie Stark 

top: Scoobie, Jeans: Paige, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, Earrings: Bauble Bar 

You can order this top by emailing Sarah@shopscoobie.com. For reference I am a 0/2 normally and I am wearing a small in this top.… Continue Reading

Shopbop Spring Sale!

Posted on February 28th, by Melanie

Hurry before the good stuff is gone! Shopbop has started their Buy More, Save More sale, where you can earn up to 25% off your purchase.

There are SO many good things. I haven’t quite decided what to pull the trigger on. I am loving these Dolce Vita Sandals, an easy sundress (under $100) perfect for Spring Break, and this Loeffler Randall tote which would carry me through Spring and Summer.

I scoured their most recent arrivals, and here are my favorites…

and you can find all the sale details HERE.  SALE ENDS 3/5 at 4AM.… Continue Reading

Style Scout Travels: Minneapolis

Posted on February 28th, by Melanie

I am sure you saw from social media that I was in Minneapolis last week. I was there meeting with the team at Evereve, which is based in Edina, MN. I will share with you all the details of my collaboration with this beloved brand in the next few weeks. Until then, here are a few snippets of my trip!

I grew up in Minnesota, but never spent much time in the city. I moved away right after I graduated and my parents moved soon after. So, I never got to enjoy Minneapolis at an age where I would truly appreciate it. I was so excited to have this opportunity to explore Minneapolis, and check out all the great new places I keep reading about.

We stayed at the brand new Hewing Hotel which is downtown Minneapolis. It’s one of the coolest, well thought out hotels I have stayed at.… Continue Reading