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.…

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.

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.…

Welcome Home

"We are proud of the builders and the distinctive homes they have created in Riverview,” said Kathie Pierce, on site professional with Thee Rob Ellerman Team- ReeceNichols. “They are using the newest finishes, techniques and interior design so homeowners have a nice selection of style, lot size and basement type to choose from. Many of the homes also feature very…

Interior Transformations Before and After

As is often the case in remodeling and updating a home, this Leawood homeowner thought the kitchen was the only part of the home that needed to be addressed. However, this one area was just the beginning of a complete makeover of the kitchen and master bathroom.

Female Investors: Take Hold of Your Financial Security

Are female investors all that different from their male counterparts? When it comes to setting goals and making decisions, the differences might not be obvious. A recent study showed the top three financial goals for both women and men were a comfortable retirement, maintaining their current lifestyle and covering healthcare costs. It also showed a high majority of both women…

Travel Edit

travel at top- Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, brings a few local favorites along with her as she hits the streets of New York CIty.

BE YOUR BEST BY 2017

Utilize this fall to get ahead of your health & feel great BEFORE the holiday season. How many days away is Thanksgiving? Check your calendar & commit to making the most of each week. I feel better when I eat right & exercise regularly. I also feel better when I comfortably fit into all of my favorite jeans & dresses.…

Personalized Throw Pillows

All the rage in pillows these days seems to be trendy typography and personalization. Whether it be Pottery Barn, Anthropology or Crate & Barrel, everyone is selling these for a pretty penny. Often I find pillows with a quote I like however not a font that matches my style. I was determined these pillows could be custom designed with my…