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.

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…

Angi’s Design Picks of the Month

Gold Gavin Oval Coffee Table : $999 highfashionhome.com

A Lifetime of Gramercy

Darol Rodrock is a great autobiography in the making. In hearing his story, one would experience all the sentiments expected from an extraordinarily written, emotionally charged novel doused with deep feelings of love and compassion. It would speak of a troubled past and moments of disappointment, but it would also illustrate remarkable people and rewarding capstones. But Darol Rodrock is…

It’s Fall 

Take advantage of our local harvest & crisp outdoor workouts. This is a great season to get ahead of your healthy habits, and roll strong into the holidays.

The Whole Person’s 6th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon

The Whole Person held their 6th Annual Awards Celebration Luncheon on August 26 at The Gallery Event Space. This event, emceed by Fox 4's John Holt featured speaker Colonel Greg Gadson. The event honored individuals and organizations working to further TWP's mission to assist people with disabilities to live independently.

Alex Talbott’s Journey

A popular question asked to young college graduates is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” For Alex Talbott this question seemed simple enough: happily married, studying dentistry, and a continued life of physical health and wellness, and for the most part all of these aspirations rang true. But along the way a pretty significant obstruction halted Talbott and…

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This is definitely the easiest and best way to make rich-tasting butternut squash soup, without having to peel and dice a large, awkwardly shaped vegetable. You start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it in a hot oven. Scrape the roasted flesh from the skin, and simmer it with sautéed yellow onion, fresh sage, and a tart…

The 4% Withdrawal Rule: 
An Outdated Retirement Strategy?

Many retirees wonder how much they can withdraw from their retirement portfolios each year, while still having a strong asset base. A common guideline has been 4%, known as the “4% Withdrawal Rule.” In recent years, this strategy has sparked major discussions among academics and professionals as to whether or not it’s still a viable guide for today’s retirees. Before…

The Benefits of Honey

Honey is great for your skin! Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging.

14th Annual Head for the Cure 5K Run & Walk

More than 5,100 runners, walkers, and volunteers turned for the 14th Annual Head for the Cure 5K Run & Walk at Corporate Woods. This year's goal was to raise a a half million dollars and indications are the goal will be reached. Funds raised support brain cancer research, treatment and prevention.

Chief’s Flag Hanging on The Plaza

To celebrate the upcoming Chiefs season, KC Wolf raised flags and outfitted statues on the Country Club Plaza.

Letter from the Creative Director

When I was a child, I believed my dad could make absolutely anything. He was a contactor and electrician by trade, and growing up in a large family, he often was knocking down walls to build on another room or remodel the existing structure to accommodate more people. If my mom could dream it up, my dad could build it.…

Costumes by Sarah Lodge

Many of my favorite childhood memories revolve around Halloween. Not so much the candy (I was a saver, not a binger) but the costumes. If we ever had a store bought costume, it was not one I remember. Growing up, my parents encouraged creativity in all things, and Halloween was no exception. There were wigs, face paint, paper mache heads…

Where the Wild Things Are Romp

The enjoyment of dressing up in a costume goes beyond just Halloween. They can turn parties in to a magical experience of fantasy and make-believe. Themed Parties, such as this literature-based “Wild Things” celebration can easily create a charming atmosphere for guests with just a few simple props, costumes and a creative food spread.

Meet the Maker: Chad Hickman

Chad Hickman grew up right here in the Heartland, in Olathe to be exact. As a kid, he dreamed of Royals baseball and one day hitting the ball over the wall in the bottom of the ninth to win the World Series. Baseball was one of his greatest passions. That is why he, like so many other kids growing up…

Meet the Makers: Brendan & Amanda O’Shaughnessy

Ocean & Sea was established in 2013 by creative duo Brendan & Amanda O’Shaughnessy with a simple yet daunting task, to dream again. They sail around the city and across the country selling crafted goods on a landlocked Sailboat in the shape of their iconic logo which acts as their mobile pop up shop. The Sailboat was built by their…

Meet the Maker: Raelyn Koop

Promoting wise stewardship of facial hair, Bramble & Buck is Kansas City’s favorite organic men’s shave cream. In 2015, resident Raelyn Koop partnered with Local Pig, a charcuterie that specializes in regionally-sourced meats, to create a shaving cream using the organic beef fat from their products. After many late nights, the recipe was perfected and off to the races they’ve…

Meet the Maker: Anna Runa

I started making ties while I was still in college, in the spring of 2010. A few fashion-forward friends asked me to make a couple bow ties to wear in their style blog they ran. I set up an Etsy page with a few ties. I went on vacation, and upon returning home found out they were all sold out.…