Denim + 5 Tips


{I received an American Eagle gift card as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community. All opinions expressed are my own. } 5 REALLY GOOD REASONS TO BUY DENIM ONLINE (and a quick denim outfit.) Fall is just around the walk-in closet and it’s the most wonderful time of the year: Denim, Jeans, […]

Navigational Skills in IKEA


IKEA Merriam (in Kansas!) There should be an entire college degree for navigating IKEA.  Seriously.  IKEA is finally here (in Merriam, KS) and I couldn’t be more happy; IKEA could hold the title for most stylishly inexpensive store in which to vent your retail-therapy urges.  I fell in love with IKEA thirteen years ago, when […]

Favorite Things // #Vogue

Favorite things: Gouda Cheese, Ginger-Ale, Jewels, #Vogue Mag, and Madewell's Mira Heels in Bright Flame on Pretty, Polished,

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group, InStyle, Vogue and Elle, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirefallfashion A few of my favorite things: Anything in Bright Flame (like the Madewell Mira Heel!) Vogue Magazine, the September Issue in particular Gouda Cheese Ginger-Ale Me-time It’s NYFW […]

Quinoa and Company

The Madewell Transport Tote - perfection in tote form on Pretty, Polished,

The end of summer is here; the days are warm and the nights don’t seem to bring any relief.  And mosquitoes.  lol!  Despite the warmth (I brought watermelon, a sweet juicy one that was perfect for a warm summer affair!) and the bugs, Megan and I hosted an intimate little dinner party on the patio. […]

Poncho Dress

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I grabbed this poncho dress off the sale rack at Madewell – it was the very last one!  If you find it in your local store (or the thrift store, consignment stores or on ebay) – it’s a great buy (keep your fingers crossed for additional 40% off sale!) with its immense versatility.  Dress it […]


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We spent most of Labor Day Weekend doing chores inside and out; we played for most of August, shirking our adult responsibilities.  Travel, blogging, back-to-school, weddings and more made it a fantastic (if not busy) month.  We sent summer out with a bang this year, heading North to Omaha for one last quick family retreat.  […]

DSW #minishoelover Party


A few weeks ago we invited everyone to join us at the St. Peters DSW to celebrate that the store now sells kids shoes (yay for family shoe shopping all in one place right?!)  Meg and I worked our little rear-ends off planning all the little details (and the big ones too!) and had a […]

Summer Layering at #OFW

Sunlight streaming in, snuggles and breakfast in bed.

Is anyone else as ready for fall as I am?  I’m ready to wear cozy sweaters and drink warm apple cider on a crisp Autumn night.  Unfortunately it feels like summer has finally arrived, but the pools are now closed; it’s finally so hot and humid that a dip in a cool pool feels a […]

Just Between Friends (in KC)


It’s back-to-school for my sons, fall has arrived in stores (which means it’s back-to-fall for stylists, scooping up what we hope to be the best trends found this season,) and I’ve just spent too much money!  Ha!  Just in time to save me before I buy my sons even more athletic wear (why am I […]