Free Styling Tips

My mother taught me resourcefulness from a very young age – and if nothing else, having ten siblings can really teach you how to be self-reliant.  I was involved in church groups and activities that encouraged increasing and developing our knowledge, skills, and talents.  I was in 4-H (does anyone else remember that or am […]

Pick the Perfect Sweater

5 Tips for Picking Out the Perfect Sweater black funnel-neck sweater (here) // gray cashmere travel wrap (here // moto legging with zippers (here) // leopard slip-on tennis shoes (old H&M, similar here, here and here) // B rope pin (vintage, love this one!) // gold bangle bracelets (Meadowbelle Market) Sometimes I find myself staring at […]

Patio Fire Pit

Last week, my quiet and tedious afternoon emails were interrupted by the ringing of the doorbell.  My neighbor had just had something delivered – a birthday gift from his wife: a stone fire-pit.  He needed to borrow the wheelbarrow to transport each brick down to the backyard patio, and we have no problem sharing tools […]

Living Room – RH Gallery Leawood

Last week I attended a rather swanky party for the new RH Gallery (Leawood, KS.) Hosted by the Chairman & CEO of RH himself, Gary Friedman, benefiting the Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, with live performances by Larkin Poe and a DJ set by Rob Garza, this was easily the event of the summer season! […]

Storage & Organization

Last winter I was invited to join a group of women who met each Monday evening, after their kids had all been put to bed, to watch The Bachelor.  I’m pretty easy and basically desperate so of course I would say yes to any opportunity to take a break from all of my day jobs. […]

Best Picks #NSale

It’s time for one of my favorite annual sales, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale July 22-August 7; I actually love all of their sales, but this one lets you shop fall merchandise before fall (and before the end-of-season sales where you may or may not be lucky enough to find an item in your size!)  To top […]

Boho Chic // 5 Tips

army green maxi tank dress and suede fringe belt (sold at FJ Boutique) // gold bangle bracelets (sold here) I remember being invited to a shopping night for a little boutique in Corbin Park a few years ago (was it only last year?!) and so I picked out cute boho chic summer top, paired it […]

5 Tips // Cake + Fresh Fruits

I was making strawberry shortcakes for an afternoon snack lunch and I couldn’t help but be reminded of how naive I was when we registered for our wedding.  I ended up with drawers full of cool tools that I never used.  Over the past (almost 15!) years, and lots of trial and error, I’ve found […]

Prom Dress // 5 Tips

It’s Prom Dress season here in suburbia (when is it not, really?) There is nothing more rewarding than guiding my youngest clients through the sea of never-ending homecoming and prom dresses, to see their eyes light up when they have found the perfect dress (it’s a pre-cursor to wedding dresses, but without the usual tears!)  From strapless […]

Rose Quartz Accents

I love a white eyelet dress now, just as much as I loved them as a little girl . As it’s no longer against the fashion law to wear white between Labor Day and Memorial Day, I’ll be wearing this one for Easter this year (and well into spring and summer.)  I’m not the fashion […]

White Dress

I’ve come to accept a few truths about clothing.  Whites don’t stay very white for long.  Blacks fade.  That’s great for a leather jacket, not so much for a black cotton tee.  I replace white cardigans, jackets, sweaters, socks, you-name-it almost once a year.  Who here hasn’t worn a pair of dingy white socks before? […]

Bruges Belgium

My family and I spent this past summer on holiday in Europe (or as we Americans tend to call it, vacation.)  We took a little roadtrip to Amsterdam (because, hello Holland – which you can read about here) and on the way back detoured through Belgium (because, hello Bruges and hello waffles!)  We found the […]

Rose Lemonade

Several years ago, I tried a slice of Champagne Cake that was being served during a work party. It was Absolutely Fabulous (like the movie!) It was chilled (I don’t know if that was because like champagne, it’s meant to be served chilled or if it simply hadn’t been allowed enough time to properly come […]

Pom – Poms

I fell in love with DIY tulle pom-poms a few years ago when my brother got married, and when you apply a similar (but so much simpler!) concept to yarn – well, you get a pretty darn fantastic yarn pom-pom!  I’m going to get wild and crazy (eye roll) and try some multi-color pom-poms this year. […]

Sporty Sneakers

Cardigans are everything – all year round. Still loving all sweaters Athleta (especially their cashmere!), I’m layering up for cold days with silk tank tops, wool cardigans and cashmere scarves. I’m also still wearing leggings as pants and guess-what-who-cares? These fleece leggings (Athleta tags them as tights) are ev-er-e-thang. Warm, comfy, cozy, fleecy, stretchy goodness […]