A MOM'S GUIDE TO STYLISH LIVING


Blue Bunnies

Posted on March 17th, by Melanie

Easter dresses are my favorite. Not the real poofy frilly ones, but the kind that remind me of my favorite classic children’s books and fairytales.

 When I saw this dress at The Little House, something about it reminded me of the little girl who played Cinderella in the 2015 movie.

It’s so feminine and pretty; with a delicate pattern of bunnies and flowers. The ruffle and grosgrain bow make perfect details. It’s not overly poofy, but definitely twirl worthy ūüôā

To shop this dress, visit The Little House in The Fairway Shops: 2808 W 53rd Street, Fairway KS 66205

or call 913-236-9861 to order… Continue Reading

Kansas City: Hotel Sorella + Spa on Penn

Posted on March 16th, by Melanie

Hotel Sorella; Kansas City’s newest hotel on the Country Club Plaza is now partnering with Spa on Penn to bring spa services to the hotel.

The lobby at Hotel Sorella 

Hotel Sorella is great if you live in Kansas City and want to experience a “staycation”. The location is the best (right off the Country Club Plaza) and they even have an outdoor rooftop pool!

You do not have to be a hotel guest to schedule a spa appointment at Hotel Sorella. This is a great place to spend an afternoon with a spa service, lunch, and then go shop on the plaza.

Francesca’s Restaurant at the hotel serves breakfast until 10:30 each ¬†morning¬†

Their Partner, Spa on Penn has been located in Kansas City’s Westport neighborhood for many years. They have dedicated aestheticians that are experts at what they do.

Now at Hotel Sorella you can enjoy those same services!… Continue Reading

The Transitional Jacket

Posted on March 15th, by Melanie

Good, casual jackets are so hard to find! I love them because they are so easy to throw on over a tank with jeans, or even a dress. They are the outfit “completer”, that can take a simple outfit to something a little more interesting.

This lightweight jacket from Scoobie is under $75 and it is a great spring layering piece. It drapes really pretty, and hangs a little lower in the back, and I love the colors in the embroidery. I really think it could be worn into early fall as well, which makes it so versatile!

I am wearing a small for reference. You can email sarah@shopscoobie to order

photos by Ruthie Stark 

outfit details:

Jacket: Scoobie, Tank: Mink Pink, Jeans: Levis (under $90!), Necklace: Vintage from Dear Society, Earrings: Kendra Scott, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Rings: Stella and Dot (old), Bag: Banana Republic (old)… Continue Reading

Fitness: Consistency

Posted on March 14th, by Melanie

There is nothing worse than when it is weeks to swimsuit season, or a vacation and you freak out because you aren’t “swimsuit ready”. ¬†For all of us that means something different. But, I think being comfortable in your skin, and feeling good in a swimsuit is important. Getting where you want to be also doesn’t happen overnight. I think that is one of the worst myths in the fitness world. It takes time, dedication and consistency¬†to achieve goals.

I often hear of women crash dieting or going on crazy workout binges before a vacation, which is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Working out like a crazy woman + not eating anything = a dangerous combo. You will wear yourself out, and chances are you will end up gaining everything back that you lost on that crash diet.

When you workout hard and especially if you are doing a lot of cardio your body needs fuel!… Continue Reading

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 ūüôā I just realized J. only has one shoe on!… Continue Reading