Letter from the Creative Director

Spring is here! I am so excited about what this season brings to our city with the amazing weather and the opening of so many outdoor venues. There really is so much to do in our community and surrounding areas as the weather starts to warm up, and best of all, the warmer weather means my kids are constantly outside…

Flowers

Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. 

April 2017 Around Town

Pour for More, a signature cocktail event benefiting KidsTLC, will be held April 28. The Nantucket-inspired evening will be held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and funds will be raised for residential psychiatric treatment, outpatient behavioral health, homeless outreach to teens, children with autism and parent support services. Guests will explore the museum’s unique galleries, indulge in farm-fresh…

ecafé Serves Up the Perfect Blend of Business and Community

Located at 10650 Roe Avenue is a most ingenious hybrid—a coffee shop and coworking center all delightfully wrapped into one. As its name implies, ecafé offers an ideal blend of social and professional opportunities for mobile and home-based workers.

Slow Food, Unplugged

Kansas City is a thriving food scene, a culinary landscape that boasts chefs, artisans, enthusiasts, growers, producers, restaurateurs and consumers eager to embrace the region’s bounty. After all, we live in the heartland and America’s breadbasket—a rich and plentiful area that provides the rest of the nation with premium corn, grain, beef and pork.

Top Picks

A&M Home Furnishings Designer, Georgia Jones, Shares Her Favorite Design Pieces

Farm-to-Table

Combine all ingredients except oil and blend for 10 seconds. Slowly drizzle oil into the running blender to emulsify. Season to taste with salt and pepper A couple of years ago, I found myself in an argument with my father about the local and “organic” meat I had purchased. In his defense, he uttered “but all food is organic!” Unfortunately,…

Tea-biotics

If you have ever been to the farmer's market in Overland Park, you might have noticed the long lines at the Tea-Biotics stand where Lisa Bledsoe sells fresh, locally made kombucha on tap. Kombucha has been brewed for centuries in Asia and Eastern Europe. It is known as “elixir of life” and is becoming popular in the United States where…

Renee Kelly’s

At Renee Kelly's Harvest, you'll find an upscale yet approachable farm-to-table dining experience like no other, all in a historic castle. Passionate about supporting local farmers in the community with sustainable practices, their menu changes with the seasons to offer guests the freshest local fare.

Kansas City’s Porter Teleo Has High Design Covered

Hand-painted, color-driven art free from the boundary of a canvas edge—this is Porter Teleo, a wallcovering line crafted in Kansas City and displayed in luxe locations worldwide. The wallcoverings unbound by scale are also free from geographic constraint. Porter Teleo can be found in high-end designers’ offices and showrooms from New York to LA. Designs are frequently featured in Elle…

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar

It is no secret that geographical location affects food choices. Being in the Midwest that choice is often comfort foods, brimming with satisfying starches and savory traditions. There's nothing wrong with these treats, but what if seafood is the mission? Particularly authentic, fresh and superb seafood? This may seem like a culinary fantasy best left for a visit to a…

Get the Look

This midcentury modern dining room is inviting and fresh. You can obtain the same look with these pieces.

Letter from the Creative Director

This month we are featuring beautiful homes in the area that reflect different styles of design. Whether it be modern, contemporary, farmhouse, vintage or traditional, interior design is multifaceted and can change the feel and mood of a space. The clean, sleek lines of modern feels fresh and professional, whereas a vintage or farmhouse style gives a feeling of warmth,…

MODERN 
MEETS 
GRAVEL

When a local couple decided to move to the country, they knew they wanted to build a home that tested the limits of Midwest style and design. With a desire for modern edge in their rural setting, the homeowners enlisted the help of local designer Kerri Frazier, of Studio Blue Designs, to bring their vision to life. 
Throughout the custom-build…

Modern Farmhouse in the City

This fixer-upper was purchased six years ago and completely renovated from top to bottom by the homeowners. The home sits on five acres, so they call it their farmette and wanted to incorporate a little farm style into the home. The homeowners are also drawn to modern so hints of modern décor and finishes can be seen throughout.

Ask the Designer

Question: Homeowners are often unsure if they should move or spend money to update their current home. “Will renovating my home be worth the money,” they ask? “Will updating to today’s styles increase the value of my home enough?”

Lauren Korte’s Home Décor Picks

Pair the 2017 Pantone color of the year with your favorite gold pieces for a fresh look this spring.

Letter from the Creative Director

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a person who likes to come up with new ideas. I am a bit of a dreamer and a problem solver, and I constantly find myself thinking up new business startups, inventions or ways to make products better. I can’t help it, and I have a hard time turning…

Holiday Luminary Walk

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens hosted the Holiday Luminary Walk. The 1.5 miles of trail was illuminated by over 2,500 hand-lit candles. Over 19,000 guests enjoyed the holiday tradition. The event is a fundraiser for the Arboretum and a great opportunity to make memories with friends and family.

Parks Children’s Dentistry

Conrad Parks, D.D.S., has been passionately leading Parks Children’s Dentistry in Overland Park for the past two-and-a-half years. It is truly what he loves to do. After all, Parks considers himself to be a big kid at heart, so it is easy to understand why he has such a unique gift to be able to connect with kids in a…

Goat Hill Coffee & Soda

Kansas City is full of great dates spots, unique shopping, amazing restaurants and, thank goodness, a plethora of coffee shops. Whether you are going downtown for a day at Crown Center or to meet friends for a bite out, a stop at Goat Hill Coffee & Soda is a must. Located in the Westside, local co-owners Tanner Stevens and Levi…

Travel Edit/ Velvet Reign

Pack your camping bags in style, and head out west for an adventure in Glamping with Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer. Destination - Moab, Utah

Brew of the Month

Flavor: An American style IPA, smooth malt backbone with a touch of toasted malt flavor which accents the hop forwardness. Strong citrus and pine flavors and aroma come from the triple dry hopping.

Lauren Korte’s Local Valentine’s Gift Finds

Keep your love local, and spoil your Valentine with a gift from Kansas City.

Music that Transcends

For nearly everyone, music seems to have an emotional power in our lives that can take us to deeper places than other art forms. This is the passion that lives within Calvin Arsenia Scott. Music is the art that lives inside Calvin, and it moves him, it inspires him; it challenges him, and he works tirelessly in hopes that his…

Introducing Amina Marie Millinery

Amina Hood, a local designer and owner of Amina Marie Millinery, creates couture and one-of-kind headwear for clients and events around the world. Her designs have been featured in magazines, museum exhibits and on the runways.

Introducing 
D.E. Uhlig

D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks red cup illustrations have been featured on the…

Introducing Lauren Korte| Lauren”s Fitness Finds

Hi there! I'm Lauren, a lover of all things fashion, beauty, fitness, travel and freakishly cute dogs. I am a wife to my best friend, Zack, and a mother (or teacher) to 17 first graders. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and am currently pursuing a masters degree.

January 2017 Lifestyle Letter

I am not always the best at making New Year’s resolutions. It may be because I tend to reflect on changes and goals at the beginning of a school year. As a former teacher, and then after having four children of my own, a fresh beginning to me always seemed to fall in August at the beginning of a new…

January 2017 Good Times

The eleventh annual Nutcracker Tea Party took place on December 3rd and 4th at The Ritz Charles Overland Park. Crescendo Conservatory dancers entertained over 3,200 guests during four performances. All proceeds support Friends of Overland Park Arts and their investment in art and art programs in the Overland Park community.

My Favorite Things

Kianna Alarid, Singer for KC's Alternative Rock Band, "Yes You Are", Their song HGX was in the summer blockbuster movie Bad Moms, Top 3 items you can't live without:

Make a Change.
You Are Worth It

What are some initial changes that can be made for someone wanting to get in shape and make healthy lifestyle choices? The first step is making sure you are ready to make the changes needed to get in great shape. Wanting change means being willing to make change. For instance, if you set goals of getting in the best shape…

Now is your time. Get healthy

January is my favorite time of year for health & fitness. This is the time of year that I most commonly get to work with clients that are fresh, raw & usually extremely nervous. These are people that have unwillingly found themselves in a place where they are simply unhealthy, out of shape & overweight. They are apprehensive, intimidated &…

Travel Edit

Pack your bags with Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, as the borders open to the beautiful and mysterious Havana Cuba.

Ways to Get Your Car
 Ready For Winter

As the seasons change and we get closer to winter, you need to take a few minutes to make sure your car is as ready as you are. Here are some car care tips to make sure you keep your car running and performing at its peak during the winter months.

Paul Versluis

Director of Photography for Lifestyle Publications

Urban Table

Urban Table, a Bread and Butter Concepts restaurant located in Prairie Village, has an appealing atmosphere that is a welcome backdrop for a wide variety of gatherings. It is designed to be a casual space for sophisticated tastes that serves brunch on the weekends, lunch during the week, and dinner every night. In addition, customers can expect to dine in…

Just Let ‘Em Play

For coaches, parents and athletes, navigating the complexities of youth sports can be a challenge. As a parent of two baseball players, one of which plays at the college level, I know this first hand. For some, youth sports are no longer an activity taking place in our neighborhood parks and school yards with the primary purpose being physical fitness…

Letter from the Creative Director

Even though I don’t love frigid temperatures, December is by far my favorite month of the year. The excitement and magic of watching my kids experience all of our family holiday traditions is so much fun, and the anticipation of Christmas morning makes me still feel like a kid. I absolutely love every part of it, and I think I…

Hillcrest Infinite Possibilities Gala 2016

The 11th annual Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas Gala took place at the Museum at Prairiefire on November 5th. Hillcrest's time-tested program works with homeless families and youth to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. 
Photography Claire Ryser

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Here are some of our top picks from local shops to inspire you this gift-giving season.

A Trip to Ecuador with Children International Changes Two Lives

Matt Staub, founder of marketing agency Proxima, snapped hundreds of photographs and recorded video once he and members of Children International set foot in Ecuador. Staub and the Children International (CI) team made their way to the nonprofit’s community center in Guayquil, Quito, as part of a nine-day trip. Located high in the foothills of the Andean mountains, the center…

Cookies & Cocktails

A fun holiday tradition amongst friends is a good ol' cookie exchange. It's a great excuse to get together and then return home with a plethora of sweet treats and festive goodies. I often want a big selection of baked goods around the house in December for family and guests, but often run out of time to make a huge…

Angi Hockett

You can display your new wreath several different ways. Leaning it on the fireplace mantel amongst a bit of greenery would be festive. It can be hung on a wall by using a long screw preferably into a stud, then simply hooking a pipe section on the screw. If you are wanting to hang your wreath on the front door…

The 5th Annual OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K Run/Walk

Over 1500 runners, walkers and volunteers joined in the fight against ovarian cancer. The OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer Foundation strives to create a day of hope, support, and awareness for ovarian cancer. Funds raised support ovarian cancer research and patient advocacy in the KC Metro area. We Believe in a Cure.

Scott’s Diamonds is a Johnson County Gem

The goldsmith’s art and craft date back to the Middle Ages, when the prosperous looked for ways to refine their gold and create beautiful jewelry. Scott’s Diamond Designs in Overland Park is owned by Scott Wagner, a goldsmith. Since 1982, Scott and his wife Monica have owned the jewelry store where they provide jewelry and gem solutions for Johnson County…

American Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker

Jump-start your holidays with The Nutcracker, the must-see production by the American Youth Ballet. Experience the magic surrounded by snowflakes, sword fights, dancing dolls, a 40ft growing tree, and Tchaikovsky's music performed by the Overland Park Orchestra. Talented dancers, beautiful festive costumes, elaborate sets, and a live orchestra bring this iconic classic to life at the Johnson County Community College's…

November 2016 Lifestyle Letter

I love everything about fall in the Midwest. The leaves changing colors, the crisp evenings with a bonfire and the rich fall foods on Thanksgiving are some of my favorite reasons I look forward to this season.

Botanical Brewfest

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens served as the perfect backdrop for Botanical Brewfest on Saturday, October 8. Guests enjoyed over 100 different craft beers from 41 different breweries. Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser for the Arboretum’s Train Garden. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, October 14, 2017.

David Pittman: An adoption story of Love and Promise

It’s ironic to think that young David Pittman, while growing up in extreme poverty in Uganda, Africa, had so little in his life to look up to, that he often found himself searching the skies for any sight or sound of an airplane. As a boy, the dream of flying in a plane wasn’t big enough for David. His dream…