Thursday, August 21, 2014

West Elm KC Grand Opening + a GIVEAWAY!

Yesterday I was lucky enough to visit the brand new West Elm Kansas City store. They invited a group of bloggers out to tour the store before it opened to the public. It is a gorgeous store, I had so much fun exploring it!

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I love this blue pottery dinnerware! I learned that blue is a big trend for fall, which made me very happy because you know I love blue!

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Do you recognize the coffee table from my West Elm wish list? It’s even more beautiful in person!

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I love that West Elm has some lovely and sophisticated furniture at reasonable price points. This Paige sofa is beautiful and it’s only $999 (plus 15% off right now!).

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One of my favorite features of the West Elm KC store is the local marketplace featuring goods from 10 Kansas City artisans. Kansas City is their 18th location to feature local makers, and they’re hoping to add more local artists to the store!

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How cute are these tote bags from Ampersand Design Studio!

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I always love Hammerpress’s prints, and the reclaimed wood arrows by Axel Co. were really cool!

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Lots of local goods! Planters by Convivial Production, KC prints (I bought one in blue!), notebooks, and coasters by Ruff House Art, and blankets by Happy Habitat.

You can read more about the local artists featured at the KC West Elm on the WE blog, Front & Main.

I also enjoyed all the handmade décor features in the store.

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This dip-dyed muslin strip “chandelier” was just made this week! It was a big focal piece in the store.

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The front of the cash wrap is decorate with reclaimed molding from old houses in the area.

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How cool is this yarn installation! In addition to partnering with local makers, West Elm is really committed to working with artisans throughout the world. You can check the hangtags on a lot of their pillows, throws, etc to see exactly where they were made.

Thanks so much to West Elm for the preview tour of the new store, it is awesome! I highly encourage you to check it out!

And if you need a little incentive to do so, West Elm has graciously agreed to give one of my awesome readers a $25 gift card and a KC tote bag by Ruff House Art!

WE tote bag
All you have to do to enter is just follow the actions on the Rafflecopter below. Entry is open to anyone 18+ in the continental United States. The gift card can be used at any West Elm store or online. And if you don’t live in Kansas City you should definitely still enter; I can draw another winner for the tote bag if you don’t want it Smile Good luck! Drawing ends next Thursday, August 28 at midnight.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Go Blog Social Meetup at Kate Spade

kate spade storefront

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending a fun blogger meetup at the Kate Spade store at the Country Club Plaza. If you surveyed women in their 20’s and 30’s, especially creative and/or fashionable women, I bet 95% of them would say they love Kate Spade, so it was only natural that Go Blog Social would team up with them to host an event for bloggers and other small business owners.


I’m with the 95% that loves Kate Spade, and even though a lot of their items are out of my price range right now I love visiting their stores. They do such an amazing job decorating and styling!




They had cute drinks and snacks, a couple giveaways, and a 20% shopping discount for the night. I think everyone’s favorite part was just getting to catch up with blogger friends and meeting new ones!



I borrowed the above photo from Kari from This, Too. Pictured from left to right are Alexandra Sprerrazza, Kari, Meg from Life of Meg, and me! It was so great to visit with these ladies!

I was on a budget but I couldn’t leave the store empty-handed, so I bought this darling pencil pouch that I plan to use as a clutch. It was $30 but with the Go Blog Social discount I only paid $24.


I mentioned earlier that they did a couple giveaways and guess what? I was one of the winners! I won a ticket to the Go Blog Social pop-up in Chicago! I had such a wonderful time at GBS in KC this April so I am thrilled to learn more and meet more awesome people in Chicago. Are any of my fellow blogger readers planning to go?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Favorites 8.15.14

Here are a few of my favorite reads and finds of the week, my friends. Enjoy!

This Article

Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.

Don’t be turned off by the goofy graphic: Why Are We So Nostalgic for Music We Loved as Teenagers? is actually a really good read. Ever wonder why you still love Britney Spears, even though she’s objectionably not the greatest artist? This article explains how our brain interprets music, and how our teenage years are incredibly significant in our memories. Combine the power of music and the brain’s nostalgia for our younger years and you’ll start to understand why the songs we loved as teenagers remain our favorite songs for years to come.

It’s no wonder then why the Backstreet Boys concert I attended this summer was the best concert I’ve ever been to!  (I wish I was kidding…kind of)

This Shop

We'll Always Have Paris | Annawithlove Shop

It’s easy to find gorgeous photos of Paris; the city itself is so beautiful that it’s hard to take a bad picture there. But I especially love the Paris Collection shop from Anna With Love. In addition to the typical Eiffel Tower and building skyline photos, she’s also captured some lovely details that otherwise go unnoticed. The prices are pretty reasonable too: pieces start at $30 for an 8”x12” print. Be sure to check out the rest of her shop as well, there’s lots of gorgeous stuff there!

This House Tour

Glitter Guide

I love a good house tour, especially when the style (and budget!) reflects my own. The home of Caitlin Moran, editorial director at the lifestyle website the Glitter Guide, is filled with a stylish mix of big box furniture, special art pieces, and a few splurge items. Check out more photos here.

This Opinion Piece

Overcoming the Fear of Not Being Good Enough #theeverygirl

This is exactly the article I needed to read this week. It’s easy to feel down about yourself and that you’re not good (or thin or successful or creative, etc) enough, but this article serves as a nice reminder that you’re not the only one feeling that way. And that behind that perfectly composed and filtered Instagram photo, there’s a woman with her own insecurities and doubts. Read more at The Everygirl.

This Art

Peach Dreams

Minted is primarily a paper goods (stationary, invitations, etc) store, but it also has a wonderfully curated art marketplace. One of my favorite artists there is Emily Jeffords. She paints some of the most gorgeous cloudscapes in beautiful shades of blues, pinks, and greens. They have such a peaceful feeling to them. She also creates really sweet floral paintings. Check out her prints here.


That’s all for this weeks’ favorites. Have a super weekend!

P.S. I went to a great blogging event hosted at the Kansas City Kate Spade store! Check out my Instagram feed (and follow me!) for a few photos, or search #GBSxKSNY for other pics from the night, and be sure to come back next week for my recap post!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

West Elm Favorites

Kansas City has some exciting things happening soon! Two huge stores are opening here in the next couple months: West Elm on August 21 and Ikea on September 10! I’m so thrilled to finally have both of these amazing retailers in our city.

To celebrate the openings I’m putting together my wish list for each store, starting with West Elm. They have so many wonderful things to choose from, but I think they’re an especially valuable resource for accent furniture, interesting lighting, and décor accessories. Here are some of my favorite items right now.


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Book Nook Armchair, $296* / Marble Oval Coffee Table, $599 / Agate Bookends, $14 each* / Martini Side Table, $149 / Hand-Blocked Chevron Pillow Cover, $31* / Kite Wool Kilim, $299 for a 5’x8’ / Droplet Glass Pendant, $399 / Chevron Bone Side Table, $99.99* / Etched Armadillo, $39 / Triangle Printed Poof, $119*

*current sale price as of 8/15/14


Who will be joining me at the West Elm grand opening next Thursday?! Do you have any other specific items on your wish list?

P.S. Come back next week to see what I’ll be shopping for at Ikea! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DSW Family Event

I’ve got a really cool event to share with you today! My friends Megan from Chasing Davies and Erin from Pretty Polished Perfect are hosting a Back to School shopping event at the DSW in St. Peters, MO (right outside St. Louis) this Saturday! If you’re in the area you should definitely check it out!


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There’ll be some awesome things happening there for families and non-families alike:

  • craft tables for kids to personalize school supplies (provided) with Kelly of Live Laugh Rowe
  • a dress-up photo booth for the kiddos
  • story time (at 10:50 sharp!)
  • free drinks and snacks
  • giveaways
  • shoe drive with the Salvation Army so you can donate any gently-used shoes you don’t want anymore

Plus the first 50 shoppers will get a free DSW bonus gift card to use towards their purchase!

Check out the facebook page for more details and updates on the shopping event. And if you don’t live in St. Louis (or even if you do!), visit Chasing Davies and Pretty Perfect Polished to enter a giveaway for a $100 DSW gift card! The giveaway ends Thursday (8/14). Good luck!


Disclosure: compensation in the form of a DSW gift card was provided in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Thrifty Find: Faux Bamboo Chairs

Over the past several years that I’ve been reading design blogs I’ve noticed that faux bamboo furniture has been popping up all over the place. I don’t really know where this trend began but I love it! I especially love a good faux bamboo chair at a desk or dining table.

A vibrant green desk adds a pop of color to this office. Tour the rest of this home:

via Better Homes & Gardens

via Southern Living

via Glitter Guide

via ColorDrunk

Interior Design :: Jonathan Adler

via Jonathan Adler

I’ve been hunting for inexpensive bamboo pieces for a long time, and with a few exceptions (like my awesome mirror), I haven’t had a lot of luck. Turns out that the Midwest isn’t the hotspot of Chinoiserie furniture, who knew?

But I finally had a spot of luck the other day when I came across a set of four faux bamboo Thomasville chairs on Craigslist for $300. I really only needed one chair, but the seller had another buyer interested in two chairs and would only sell me the other two. I didn’t want to lose this purchase so I went ahead and bought two of them, but I did negotiate the price down from $150 to $115 for two armless chairs. It may not be thrift store prices but I think they’re well worth it, especially because they’re in perfect condition. The previous owner had used a sprayer to repaint them and she recovered the seats in a durable black faux-leather vinyl. Plus it’s much less than you would pay for two new chairs, especially ones this stylish.

I’m using one as my desk chair and the other is hanging out next to the fireplace in the living room, although I may end up moving it someplace else. I tried it in the entryway but I missed the color of the dining chair that’s there now.

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chair 3

What do you think? Have you jumped on the faux bamboo bandwagon yet? Or have you found any other treasures on Craigslist lately?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Favorites 8.8.14

Here are a few of my favorite things form this week that I just had to share with you, dear readers:

This Movie

I went to see Begin Again with a friend earlier this week and both of us loved it! I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to see a sweet summer movie, especially if you’re a music lover. I’ve actually been listening to the soundtrack all this week! The film’s website has some cool features, including interactive playlists for each of the main characters that has some songs from the movie mixed in with some other really good music.

This Patio

I am so in love with Natalie’s downtown L.A. rooftop patio. I would give anything to spend my evenings in a space as cool as this. There’s a cabana, a large dinner table, lounge chairs, and even a shuffleboard table! Talk about the ultimate party space! You have to check out mint love social club to see more pictures of this amazing rooftop.


This Nursery


My friend Emily put together the coolest nursery for her sweet little girl Eleanor. I love the color scheme (peacock blue, gold, black and white), the modern furniture, and all of the amazing details and handmade décor. Check it out on Emily’s blog, Handmaker of Things.


This Party Décor

Fiesta at Encuentro Guadalupe | Rue

Rue Daily recently featured this wedding reception at Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort and I am dying over the décor. The flower, the colors, the textiles, it’s just perfect. It makes me want to throw my own colorful summer fiesta! See more photos here.


That’s all for today, friends! What are you up to this weekend? I’ll be volunteering at the Great Midwest Balloon Fest tomorrow morning (manning the bounces houses, woo hoo!), and walking in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday! Maybe I’ll see some of you around!


P.S. Next week I’ll be showing you my new favorite chairs I got off Craigslist! They are so gorgeous, here’s a sneak peak on my Instagram account (make sure to follow along to see more of what I’m up to!)