Housewarming

More like House Warning.  I think the worst thing in the world is showing up on someone’s doorstep with an awful gift.  Housewarming gifts should be specific to the person whose home it is.  You wouldn’t buy an ashtray for someone who doesn’t smoke, any more than you would buy a cocktail shaker for someone […]

Simple Costumes

I remember the day I first heard about Savers.  They had just moved into an old space that used to be a grocery store and I knew absolutely nothing about Savers, although a quick google search revealed it was a thrift store.  A few weeks later, I saw a picture posted on Facebook of a […]

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 Ideas

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. […]

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 […]

Boho Chic // 5 Tips

Boho-Chic // 5 Tips We moved in late spring last year and this summer finds my family in a new neighborhood, at new schools, and on new sports teams.  This also finds me, as the mother, now feeling the desperate urge to make friends with everyone.  In an attempt to expedite the friendship making process, […]

Black + White

If you’ve been following along (hello if you’re new!), you know I’m business partners with Emily Walters (and Lisa Murie) of TheBlogGuild.com.  Emily has been in the wedding industry for years, as a florist and accessories designer.  She’s basically my secret weapon when it comes to all things floral (and she could be your’s too!)   […]

Spring // Fall Layers

I have loved, loved, loved this dress from Shopbop!  I read a meme once that said mentioned something about maxi skirts being likened unto yoga pants – minus the crotch, naturally.  Sign me up lol!  Shopbop has maybe like, two sales per year and today kicked off their Tiered sale (the more you spend, the […]

Home Opener // MLB

I’ll be 100% honest: The Kansas City Royals haven’t been on my radar since the 80s (yes, I am that young – wink); Backtrack to 2014, when suddenly they were in the World Series. My closet was full of royal blue (one of my favorite colors to wear) but nothing that was “game-wear” approved because […]

Pastel // 5 Ways

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, PEOPLE® and Real Simple®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SpringintoMeTime http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV“ I have loved glossy magazines for as long as I can remember.  As a young girl (a budding teenager, desperate for things like boobs and real […]