Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Peek....aren't you curious?

I recently discovered this line after a friend bought us a baby gift from Peek. It is definitely one of my new favorites. It is super soft, has clean lines and is the perfect balance between casual and cute.

This dress is currently part of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. This would look adorable layered over tees and leggings...

Leggings $14 and they come in 5 colors

You know my love of Bloomers. I am obsessed with these...

And this precious embroidered dress...

And for our little guy, I have my eye on some of their tee's. Super cute and colorful...

This one is funny...

and these cute Camo pants to go back to all of his tees...

Do you like "Peek" too? Have you shopped this brand before?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Signs of Fall...

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth to help them celebrate their 1 year anniversary. I gave away free style consultations and nail kits (complete with a Saks tote and a punchy shade of pink) to those who came in to shop.

As much as I love summer clothing, I am pretty excited to see all the fall goodies rolling in. I think this might be one of the best season's yet...we are seeing so much color and pattern, unlike past Fall collections.

I styled mannequins and the front table of the store. I love this 5/48 blouse in a brown and camel python print. It had blousy sleeves that zipped at the cuff! I accessorized it with a Missoni scarf. Fall is all about mixing patterns.

This dress by Amanda Uprichard is a great transitional piece. It's super lightweight and it can be dressed up or dressed down (it came in 6 fantastic colors). I paired it with this leopard print Rebecca Minkoff cross body bag

How adorable are these shoe print scarves?

And every girl needs the perfect handbag for each season. This satchel by Badgley Mischka is the most gorgeous shade of caramel. Love it! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mommy Must Have: Chewbeads

It's hard to believe that our little girl is already teething! She's a drool monster, and her hands are constantly in her mouth. So, when I discovered Chewbeads, I knew we had to give them a try.

They are a collection of colorful necklaces and bracelets that are cute for mom to wear and 100% safe for babies to chew on. They are made of silicone (similar to pacifiers and bottle nipples) and are free of BPA, Phthalates, Cadmium or Lead. They are safe on babies gums and emerging teeth. They can be cleaned easily with soap and water and are even dishwasher safe!  For jewelry safety features click HERE.

I thought the bracelets would be easiest for Vivi to hold on to, and cute for me to wear. They are affordable at $12.50 a pop! So far, they seem to be a hit!

I think they make a fantastic shower or baby gift. And with all the cute colors, there is something for just about everyone!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Off 5th!

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th at the Legends Outlets is celebrating the first anniversary of their Kansas City location.

They are celebrating with 3 days full of fun events. On Sunday the 29th, I will be at the store giving free styling consultations from 1-4 PM. Come on out and let me help you get your fall wardrobe started!

Customers who shop on Sunday will also get a complimentary Saks Off 4th Tote and a Nail Polish set.

Here is a full list of all the fun events that will be happening at Saks Off 5th July 27-29th:


Back-to-School Party – Friday, July 27 2012 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The first anniversary celebration kicks off with a Back-to-School shopping and family fun event open to the public at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, co-sponsored by KC Parent magazine.

FREE Face Painting: Enjoy FREE activities and entertainment with face painting offered throughout the event for kids’ of all ages by Pigment Pie.
Sheridan’s Frozen Custard Sundae Bar: Cool off with complimentary refreshments for a day of Back-to-School shopping, including a FREE ice cream sundae bar from Sheridan’s Frozen Custard with several toppings to pick and choose from.
More Treats: Enjoy Topsy’s popcorn and other sweet treats.

“Best New Boutique” Party & Sporting KC Pre-Game – Saturday, July 28 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
As the winner of “Best New Boutique 2012” by 435 South Magazine, join Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH to celebrate with a pre-party event before the Sporting KC game.

Shop and Sip: Browse the latest fall fashions in-store and enjoy tailgate themed refreshments and drinks, including complimentary mini-sliders, beer, wine and specialty cocktails.
Sporting KC Ticket & OFF 5TH Giftcard Giveaway: Prizes! As a thank you for the support this first year, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH will host a drawing for five pairs of Sporting KC tickets.In addition, enter to win Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH gift cards in a drawing of up to $250!
• Pre-Game Beats: A live deejay will keep the mood festive before the Sporting KC match.

FREE Fashion Consultation with Style Spies – Sunday, July 29 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Receive free style consultations with nationwide consultant agency, Style Spies at our first anniversary shopping and style event.

FREE Style Consultations: Shop the latest trends in fall fashion with mannequins styled by Kansas City Style Spies’ consultant, Melanie Knopke. FREE fall fashion shopping advice and a style consultation to fit any individual lifestyle, budget and personality needs.
• Sweet Shopping Snacks: Enjoy free assorted cookies as you shop during the event.
• OFF 5TH Mini Totes: As a thank you, each guest will be given a complimentary Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH mini tote and nail polish set.

Find extended savings and rewards with your Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH MORE! Rewards card. This membership card offers exclusive benefits with no purchase necessary to join. Sign-up for a MORE! Rewards card at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH locations, including the Legends Outlets Kansas City store or visit www.off5th.com/more

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Hey everyone! Happy (hotter than heck) Thursday! This week has been crazy. Closet consultations, writing deadlines, you name it...and next week I am heading North to see my family. I have been prepping all week for our first family road trip. 2 kids, 1 dog and a ton of crap to pack. I am so excited to get to cooler temps, although Minnesota has been in the 90's too!

So, I wanted to quickly share with you all a top that I picked out for a client while personal shopping last week. The picture DOES NOT do it justice. It's way prettier in person. It also is a bit longer in the back, with a zipper. We paired it back to white jeans and some vintage looking sparkly necklaces and it looked stunning. It also comes in Navy...and at only $68 a pop, you could do both! available HERE.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mama wants...

Fall is sneaking up on us! I am always sad to see summer go, but Fall looks so GOOD, it's hard not to get excited. Not to mention I was pregnant all last year, so I am ready to wear normal jeans and tops again.

Just a few items that have caught my eye while perusing the internet...my wish list is growing by the day!

I live in Cardigans. It's like my "uniform" in the fall with skinnies or leggings. This ones gorge! It's featherweight cashmere from J.Crew...no less. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

I desperately need new jeans. I have had my eye on these DL1961's for a long time. They are the Kate Straight leg in twilight wash. I tried them on last year before I got pregnant and they are SUPER flattering. This picture doesn't do them justice and either does the bad shoes they styled them with! yikes!

I just got the BEST Chambray shirt from Madewell for fall. I can't wait to wear it, this has been on my wishlist since last season. But, now I need some fun statement necklace to give it a feminine touch. I think Turqoise would look amazing with it. How about this beauty from Bauble Bar?! $42...sign me up!
And I am dying to try M.A.C.'s new nail lacquers (Essie has been a HUGE dissapointment lately...anyone else find that they aren't made as well as they used to be?!)

These nail lacquers are made of a high-gloss lacquer that provide a no-fade, no-chip finish! The colors look fantastic too...

What is on your current wish list?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Closet Confidential: Pops of Orange

I have probably mentioned here before that Orange is one of my favorite colors. I love using it in clothing, accessories and home decor. So, when I saw this blouse at H&M in soft, pastel hues with a tiny pop of orange, I knew it had to be mine. Also, the fact that it was like $15 was a no brainer! The back is sheer chiffon, which is kind of fun too...

Blouse: H&M
Jeans: Target (yes, I own them in Red too!)
Bag: Tory Burch (similar HERE)
Shoes: Nine West
Toe Color: Turquoise & Caicos by Essie

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

On Point

The pointy toe shoe has made a comeback for Fall 2012!  I have held on to mine for the past few years in hopes they would be back in style. If you tossed yours and want the updated version, here are some of my current faves...

Love this sexy, studded pump

We are seeing a lot of colored pumps for fall...so 80's, right?!

This shoe would go with everything

Oooh, I adore a kitten heel!

Metallic snakeskin...LOVE.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


I am guest blogging over at Schue Love for Natasha who just had a beautiful baby boy!

While you are there, make sure to check out her son's ADORABLE nursery!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Kaitlin

My TB gold flats have seen better days, I think it's time for a replacement. I am in LOVE with the Kaitlin Ballet Flat. Perfect all year round, don't you think?

Friday, July 6, 2012


My grandmother was an amazing woman. She was an artist, a die hard Republican, raised 7 kids, traveled the world, lived in the middle of North Dakota and had the fashion sense of an L.A. Woman, loved horseback riding and drove a Banana yellow cadillac. She died way too young of Lou Gehrig's disease. I am sad I didn't get to know her better...

here she is with my mom (on the left) and her twin sister.

Her name was Svanaugh (Norwegian), but everyone called her Swana. She had many Swan's in her house, and I couldn't help but think of her when I saw this blouse. I think I need it in honor of my fashionable and fabulous Grandma...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Blogging over at Style Spies...

I can't believe the 4th is over already! This means summer is half over already...sad, right?!
 With that being said, I am already starting to think about my "wish list" for next season...

One of the basics I love to stock up on for fall is the classic Blouse. You can check out some of my favorite styles for now and into fall over at the Style Spies blog.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Take me away on a vacay!

I styled a news segment this morning with fun, beach friendly fashions from The Legends Outlets Kansas City. Makes me want to pack my bags and head to the beach!


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