Holiday Wreath

I love the holidays; the parties, the lights, the decorations, the incredible spirit of giving, and of course – gifts! Years ago, I took a quick quiz to find out what my Love Language was (see the book here.) While the quiz revealed that my primary love language is acts of service, gifts came in […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 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 […]

Day to Night

I have been against elastic waistbands for most of my life (I don’t think I cared either way as a toddler.)  Elastic waist bands are the anti-fit nemesis to tailoring and expensive clothing.  I mean, has anyone seen an elastic waistband on a Chanel skirt before?!  I’d love to stand by my snobbish snubs towards […]

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, […]

Warm Cashmere

Winter weather means armfuls of accessories; scarves, hats, gloves, more scarves, and lots of fur-lined everything.  I usually go neutral with my winter weather accessories, choosing light heather grays in cashmere scarves (this one doubles as a warm shawl/wrap!) and black, black, black.  I know the trend right now is Hunter boots in the snow […]

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 […]