Letter from the 
Creative Director

I am thrilled to be joining the Lifestyle family as the Creative Director, and as a lifelong resident of Kansas City, I am even more excited for the opportunity to bring a taste of our community to your doorstep. Our neighborhoods and the surrounding area have so much to offer, and the rich diversity of talent, culture, life experiences and…

Kindest Kansas Citian Awards

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 attended the 26th annual Kindest Kansas Citian awards, a benefit for Synergy Services. The celebration of kindness makes it possible for Synergy to offer anti-violence programs throughout Greater Kansas City.

Project Perserverance

The Project Perseverance Hall of Fame, supported by Sun Life Financial, honors individuals who’ve overcome adversity and use their experiences to help others. 2016 inductees:Jeffrey Owen Hanson, visually impaired artist whose artwork has generated over $2 million for charity; Kylee Bliss, who started the HeadsUp Foundation for PCS after suffering concussions playing high-school basketball.

Big Slick

Big Slick Press Conference at Children’s Mercy Hospital with hosts Eric Stonestreet, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, David Koechner and several celebrity friends. Photography Janie Jones

July 2016 Our Contributors

Janie Jones is a Kansas City based photographer providing portrait and lifestyle images. She loves to bring people's meaningful moments to life. You can find her on FaceBook and at JanieJonesphotography.com

Navy Captain Jeffrey Wagoner

Retired Navy Captain, Jeffrey Wagoner, was born in Oregon but spent most of his childhood in what he considers his home town, Clinton, Missouri. His parents were the adventurous type and moved to Oregon shortly after they were married, kind of a “grass is greener” thing. His father raced cars, but he always kept his day job driving logging trucks.…

Military Doctor Serving our Country

Dr. Michelle Olson, originally from Stoughton, Wisconsin, wanted to serve her country as a way to give back for all of the opportunities she had been given in her life. She applied to the health professions scholarship program while in dental school at the University of Minnesota, and after being accepted, she was immediately commissioned into the Army. Upon completion…

Exploring Costa Rica: A Kansas City Family’s Relocation

Lindsey Wade, part owner of RW2 Productions and The Guild in the Crossroads, and his wife, Jennifer, a 25-year apparel industry veteran, did what many of us only dream of doing and moved to their favorite vacation destination—Costa Rica. They have always had a passion for travel and adventure, and their love of surfing is what originally drew them to…

Around Town

Start the school year off with confidence by jump starting next year’s math course this summer. Club Z! In Home Tutoring will make math seem easy by exposing your child to 1st semester’s curriculum in just 10 one hour sessions, 5 weeks before school starts. A diagnostic test will be given prior to the start to expose any holes in…


Amy Appleton Dreyer is a Kansas City native whose blog and carefully curated Instagram, @stepsofstyle, is a mixture of fashion, food and travel. Dreyer graduated from Truman State University with a degree in Marketing and is currently a model for local talent agency, Voices, and, mom to 2 year old fashionista in training, Stella, and stepmother to 3 amazing teenagers.…


Hello there! I’m Angi, renovator, design lover and incurable DIYer. I’m excited (and honored!) to share my do-it-yourself adventures with you!

DIY Photo To Canvas In A Snap

This is one of my constant “go to” DIY projects. It’s fast, it’s easy and it looks oh so professional. I love displaying photos, but I don’t necessarily love a lot of photo frames. These canvases create a crisp, clean look…. All in about 30 minutes! Let’s get started.

July 2016 Healthy Lifestyle

Improving health and fitness is a journey not a destination. We all have to create our own route, and mine has never been a straight path. I was a beginner as well as an athlete and everything in between. My imperfections and struggles have become my strength and my passion is helping people get started. I hope my tidbits of…

Seth Smith

After graduating from KU, I was spit out into the world with no real sense of direction or clear path to making this life “work”. They don’t teach you that. They just don’t. I think that might be one of the reasons I was able to land on my feet a bit. I sought out mentors and stubbornly pursued what…

Theatre Turned Creperie

Nestled among shady tree-lined streets, amid architecture that blends 1900s turn-of-the-century houses and repurposed modern residences, you’ll find Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse, opened in 2009 by owner Ellen Trakas, in the former Summit Theatre located at 1713 Summit.


White sands and turquoise waters. Salty sea air blowing refreshingly against your skin. Counting the stars in the uninterrupted night sky from your balcony. Watching a dance troupe perform to an assembly of accordions and bagpipes while you enjoy a local brew. This is what a vacation is all about – enjoying the extraordinary sights, sounds, and smells of new…

From the Recipe Box of Amy Rosa

Preheat grill to medium heat. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and grill each side until lightly browned, roughly 1-2 minutes per side. OR Preheat oven to 350° F. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove bread from grill (or oven) and rub cut side of garlic clove on 27 slices.

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule: Bad for the Small Guy?

Backdoor payments, hidden fees, loopholes in the rules…these were the conflicts of interest buried in fine print that advisors who were not acting as fiduciaries used to chisel away about a quarter of their clients’ retirement savings. When the Department of Labor issued their fiduciary rule, the theme was clear: when advising clients on retirement, advisors would legally be considered…