Inspirational Women of Johnson County

 Article Angela Broockerd | Photography Paul Versluis  The Judge  Rhonda Mason

Wine Awaits Just a Short Jaunt Away in Paola, Kansas

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Provided  Who knew that the state of Kansas grew more grapes than California before Prohibition? That is a little-known fact around our parts, but you will soon discover there are still grapes being grown by wineries in nearby Paola, Kansas. Miami County Trolley LLC owner Brian Roberts is on call to transport you and your…

A Spring Table

 Photography Paul Versluis  Almond Pistachio Tartlets with Apricots  Ingredients

Let the Adventure Begin

Brenda and Steve Wrischnik, longtime Overland Park residents, fell in love with the idea of moving into a big old house in an itty-bitty town. Steve spotted a wild bit of land outside of Paola in which the house on it had been abandoned for a few years. They came out to walk around on a beautiful fall day and…

Room to Grow

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to…

Beekeeping in Johnson County

Sean Wheeler, M.D. became a backyard beekeeper almost by accident. Three years ago, a swarm of bees found the tetherball in his backyard, and, for a day or two considered it as a potential home, but unfortunately, they left after a short time. That was when Wheeler decided he wanted his own hive and has had bees ever since. During this time,…

Scraps KC: 
repurposing the community

Kansas City is a community with an essence of giving, a populace that acts when presented with a need, and a sodality that embodies lifting others up when they are down. Pair this with people willing to take a progressive approach in developing creative ways that honor the environment through the reuse of everyday materials, the repurposing of supplies, and…

Eco-Chic

Ethical, responsible, green, fair-trade. You hear these words all the time and maybe don’t think much of them. But with climate change moving at such an alarming speed, maybe it’s time to learn a little about the clothes on your back—and in your online bag.

Get the Look

Our dining room is the first thing guests see when entering our home, so we put a lot of thought into creating the look we wanted for this room. We spent a great deal of time looking for a dining room table that we thought reflected our contemporary style but was also unique. We fell in love with this table,…

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

Diced Pork Sauce with Polenta

We were always delighted when our grandmother and aunties made point with pork for Sunday dinner. We have such great memories of sharing this and other delicious meals around the dinner table as we grew up in our Italian family. This is one of my all-time favorites as this dish brings back so many fond memories for me, my brothers and our childhood…

Tamara Day

Tamara Day is the host of DIY Network’s “Bargain Mansions.” As a Kansas City native, Tamara specializes in restoring large, neglected homes with small price tags that even experienced renovators shy away from. Tamara sees these old mansions as beautiful homes that just need a little extra love. Buying them for a fraction of what they’re worth, Tamara and her…

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS | 
KANSAS CITY HOMES | LEAWOOD

 BETTER HOMES & GARDENS | KANSAS CITY HOMES | LEAWOOD  Suzy Goldstein and partner Erich don’t just SELL Leawood—they live here. Standing at the helm of The Goldstein Team, their names are synonymous with setting the gold standard in the metro real estate market. They list and sell the most beautiful homes in our community, and they are revving up…

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Creating a Magical Birthday Setting

Creating and hosting a party is quite an undertaking, but there are many fun and inexpensive ways to make an atmosphere feel magical. From finding local vendors to scouring Pinterest for DIY hacks, the options are limitless. 

Persaud Creative

Persaud Creative works with churches and nonprofits to build their brands. Michael Persaud, a native of Guyana, started Persaud Creative in 2011. Before that, he was instrumental in growing his church.

Decadent

Imagine a warm and inviting, relaxed yet indulgent, aromatically pleasing and taste bud teasing minivacation of pure delicious euphoria. A place that is as sensory tempting as it is abundantly satisfying and as aesthetically lovely as the carefully crafted treats are delightful. A place where anybody can enjoy a scrumptious experience, unwind in a comfortable space and engage in delicacies…

Transforming Interiors

Any home renovation takes a heaping helping of know-how coupled with ambitious inspiration to effortlessly partner form and function with express aesthetics and elegance. Arlene Ladegaard, principal designer of Design Connection Inc., helped this active family of six transform the home in which they had been living for 15 years, taking it from its late 20th-century look and beautifully ushering in…

The Accidental Moguls

Enjoying a night out in Kansas City should be filled with merriment, amusement and lively entertainment, and there just happens to be a group of local musicians that are sure to fit this description. With lead vocalist Jennifer Buehler, bassist and vocalist Sam Harvey, guitarist and vocalist Tyler Lyon, and drummer Todd Owen providing the perfect musical backdrop, The Accidental…

Firefighter Fitness

Due to the physical nature of the profession, most fire departments require their personnel to maintain a certain level of fitness. Many departments go as far as requiring yearly physical fitness assessments, and most allow crews time to work out while on duty. The Olathe Fire Department has both of these things in place, and have now extended some of…

The Remedy is Faith

A n intrepid eagle is said to symbolize courage and strength. A gracious dove suggests hope, while a gallant nightingale denotes love. And it is the daring red cardinal that exemplifies faith. Poppy Zurcher has much in common with each of these birds as she is a woman who has defined her life’s trials with courage, strength, love and, most importantly,…

A Healthy Resolution for Weight Loss

Maintaining healthy eating habits all year long is hard, so you promise yourself to start over in the new year. If healthier eating habits and weight loss are part of your New Year’s resolutions, the hard part is actually sticking to it long term. Here are a few tips to help you keep on track with your weight loss resolution.

From the Horse’s Mouth

There are hospital wings across America dedicated to it. We see it covered by local news each night. It’s the ultimate gut-wrenching scene in the latest theater release. Trauma drives the plot. It gets us to pay attention and then look away just as quickly. As dramatic as trauma is made out to be, it is more common than we…

Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

Photography Janie Jones

Chef Roundup

Colby and Megan Garrelts are the husband-and-wife chefs and owners of Rye and Bluestem restaurants. Both chefs are proud to be from the Midwest, with savory and sweet recipes reminiscent of generations around the kitchen table.

Picking the Right Wine

There are so many different wines, how do you know what to choose? Depending on how much you want to spend, follow these tips to find the perfect wine that fits your budget and satisifes your taste buds.

Cool Guy Foods

Handmade caramelized energy. These are the words used to describe the harmonious flavors Cool Guy Foods infuse to create the most unimaginable and distinctively gourmet food, reminiscent of the smorgasbord equivalent of Billy Joel and Elton John. What makes these culinary mechanics stand out is that they truly understand what it means to provide a hands-free, comprehensive complement to an…

Cella Jane

Leawood resident Becky Hillyard is Lifestyle Publications' newest monthly fashion contributor and the woman behind Cella Jane, a lifestyle and fashion blog which showcases her personal style on a daily basis. Thousands of followers both local and global go to Hillyard for fashion, beauty, motherhood and fitness advice; she offers inspiration to the everyday woman on the latest trends.

DEBRA SMITH

Growing up in Hannibal, Missouri, Debra Smith was surrounded by creativity. Both her grandmother and mother provided material inspiration that would ultimately lead Debra to her career as a textile artist. Smith's grandmother wove rag rugs and her mother wove textiles using a traditional Navajo loom. It was no surprise that when it came time to go to college that…

Easton Koch-Brand Designer

Easton Koch believes in individuality, embraces distinctive style and promotes personal truth. Strongly influenced by artists such as A$AP Rocky, Jimi Hendrix and Anthony Kiedis, Koch pulls fashion inspiration from their ability to represent themselves with 100 percent honesty. Simply because they are not wearing clothes for the masses, but rather dress based on whatever style they have developed, this…

The Greeting Committee

If you've never heard of 
The Greeting Committee, 
you're about to. The 
local powerhouse indie pop group based in Kansas City, Missouri, has 
recently been busy on tour selling out venues across the country, 
recording and releasing new music, and graduating from high school.

Brody Buster

When Brody Buster was 7 years old, his mother, Jan, placed a harmonica in his young hands. He soon taught himself to play and discovered a talent and passion that has blossomed into an amazing musical career. Brody brings the harmonica to life. Listening to him sing and play the blues is pure joy, and his love of performing reaches…

Rhythm Kingz

The Rhythm Kingz have revamped the art of street dancing in Kansas City by putting their own spin on traditional dance styles, offering a glimpse into our city's rich history in the hip-hop community through competitive dance battles. The group consists of Joshie G. Falcon, Stephen "Phamish" Pham, Zen Nguyen, Tyrell "Konfident" Griffin, Michael "Phenom" Smith, Manual "Lukky" Harvey, Donn…

Summer Eats and Treats

Instructions: Thinly slice meat, and layer remaining ingredients on corn tortilla. Drizzle with avocado sour cream dressing and serve.

THE SUMMER PUNCH LIST

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The Historic Elms Hotel

For more than 100 years, The Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs has welcomed guests seeking its healing waters. Back in the early 1900s, The Elms offered its soaking pools’ curative powers to guests who drove their Model T's from Kansas City, Leavenworth, St. Louis and Hannibal for rest and reprieve.

Staycation in KC

No need to pack a suitcase—just pack this short list. Be a fan. Be one with nature—or not. Learn the backstory of your favorite summer brew. Be transported to an ancient culture. Meet some cool cats. Indulge in amazing eats—not just barbecue. Kansas City is where it’s at for amazing summer adventures.

Men’s Fashion

ULAH located at 4707 Rainbow Blvd., Westwood

Garth Brooks in KC

After being away for ten years, Garth Brooks returned to Kansas City to perform seven sold out shows at the Sprint Center on his world tour. When asked why Kansas city, Brooks response was "It feels like coming home, and ten years is way too long to be away." Brooks is not only the top selling solo artist of the…

Purple Label BARBERSHOP

There is a reason DeJuan Bonds is coined Picasso. Picasso is known for creating masterpieces, works of timeless art that have influenced followers and whose creations have been mimicked many times over. This is much like the artistry Bonds creates in every haircut he precisely crafts, each a personal statement and a reflection of the collaborative effort between client and…

Mundo Nouvo

Kansas may be hundreds of miles away from the Caribbean but, for guitarist Sean Mawhirter and flutist Guy Montes, the sounds emanating from that region are ever-present in their sprawling, multifaceted band: Mundo Nouvo (pronounced moon-doe, new-voe).

Simple Elegance

Kindra Browne, founder of SimpIe Elegance, began her career in the wedding industry in 1996 when the need to find something she could do on her own while balancing the demands of raising a family was her reality. “I have loved weddings since I was a little girl and used to play wedding with my dad as he would pretend…

Johnson County Entrepreneur Arlene Ladegaard

When you first meet Arlene Ladegaard, principal designer and owner of Design Connection Inc., if you sense an upbeat, energetic, spirited, generous, fun-loving and engaging personality, then please don’t waver from that initial conclusion. Blessed with a keen eye for design and an innate ability to understand her clients, Ladegaard presents as a winning combination of experience and passion for…

Inspirational Women of Johnson County

You may know her as your sister, your mom, your friend. She is the woman who thinks of others first and strives to make a difference in the world around them, a woman who knows her true purpose with such confidence that she will influence generations to come by the example set forth. There are many inspirational women in our…

Owl + Mouse

Owl + Mouse Textile Designs creates handcrafted accessories for men, women, babies and the home. Owners Alice Youngblood and Cristin Llewellyn are the local artists behind the company making the eco-friendly organic fabrics located in the historic West Bottoms.

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.

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.