Inspiration from the Golden Coast

Inspiration from the Golden Coast

Moderate climate, salty sea air, and charming beach towns all provide a convincing argument for vacationers to flock to the beaches of sunny Southern California. Although I have fallen in love with Kansas City, I still feel a tug at my heartstrings for California sunshine. You can take a girl out of California, but you just can’t take California out of the girl! Because of this, it's always an exhilarating treat for me to go back to visit my family and the place that I called home for so many years.

If Your Walls Could Talk. . .

If Your Walls Could Talk. . .

If your walls could talk, what would they ask you? Would they beg you to finally commit to one of the seven grey paint swatches you have applied and stewed over for months (pssst. . . just go ahead and pick one! Any of them will be great!) Would they tell you to remove that 1980's wallpaper? Would they tell you that your walls shouldn’t resemble your Instagram feed? Would they tell you that there is more to walls than just, paint, wallpaper, photos and art? Walls can certainly be so much more.

My Big Girl Bedroom

My Big Girl Bedroom

I remember a fun-filled Saturday as an eight-year-old, alone in my thoughts and my imagination running wild as I played with my beloved Barbie dream home. This dream home included pink plastic Louis the XVI inspired furnishings, and was fully-equipped with an elevator because, of course, Barbie would need an elevator, right? She could never risk breaking one of her three-inch stilettos by climbing stairs! To my eight-year-old self, it was a dream home indeed, one which inspired me to think about my dreams for my own abode.

My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things

Having worked in the beauty industry for years, I always get asked – what is your favorite mascara or lipstick? What skincare would you recommend? I am very blessed to have had the opportunity and option to use all sorts of products from skincare to makeup. It has been to my advantage because it has made me very knowledgeable to so many beauty lines, which helps me to recommend the right product for my clients. I have such a long list I couldn’t possibly fit it all into this blog, so I went with a few items that I get asked about all the time. Throughout this year, I will come back to this topic and introduce you to more of my top favorites.

You Can Have A White Sofa. No, Seriously....

You Can Have A White Sofa. No, Seriously....

Ahhh, the look of a beautiful white sofa! Pristine, elegant, sleek and sophisticated. It is a work of art, begging to be admired, but forbidden to be touched. A home with a white sofa often seems to be like a trophy, marking the advancement of a couple moving into “empty nester” status. For the rest of us, the white sofa years may seem a distant pipe dream as we acknowledge the sobering reality that our current lifestyle simply doesn’t jive with the immaculate look of a white sofa.

The Book Shelf: Library Lovers’ Month

The Book Shelf: Library Lovers’ Month

February is a month to celebrate many important occasions like Valentine’s Day, Black History, President’s Day, and many others. Did you know that February is also library lovers’ month? To celebrate this occasion, please stop in and visit your local public library. During your library visit, make sure to look for items that will keep you entertained during the remaining winter days.

Filling the Void

Filling the Void

When the sugar plums no longer dance in your head, but have now taken up permanent residence on your hips? When your good old Dyson has finally sucked up the last speck of glitter and all that remains of the holiday festivities is the sap on your carpet from your once live Christmas tree. You look around your home and it feels empty and bare. The weather outside is still frightful, and your garden has retired into indefinite dormancy. It's time to put the sparkle back into your home and combat those winter blues! 

Winter Touches for the Home

Winter Touches for the Home

After the holidays I am always eager to get things put away and back into routine. However, I always feel like my home looks a bit empty after all my pretty holiday décor is packed up so I always try and do a bit of winter decorating.  The truth is that there is a long way to go until spring and taking the time to add a bit of colorful touches to the home in winter can do wonders for the soul.

Seeing Red: A Quest for the Perfect Pout

Seeing Red: A Quest for the Perfect Pout

Years ago, it was en vogue to paint a room in your house red. We’ve all seen the results of red-gone-wrong, a room that either emits an orangeish hue or a too-dark shade that looks like it was the scene of grisly bloodshed. Red isn’t easy; it’s a bold choice and requires trial and error to discover the perfect blend on the color wheel. Choose right and you exude class; choose wrong and you live with Elmo on your walls until you have the patience to paint over it.

Keep in-the-Know: A List of Must-Have Apps

Keep in-the-Know:  A List of Must-Have Apps

As an intern with The Real KC and a high school student at Park Hill South, I like to consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to the apps I use on a daily basis. With the thousands of apps out there for us to download, it gets pretty difficult to sort through which ones are helpful and which ones are duds. So, to avoid the time-consuming process of figuring out just how helpful an app actually is, I’ve made a list of all the apps I think are must-downloads. These apps are here to make lives easier for all age groups so you get your app store ready! 

The Book Shelf: Home for the Holidays

The Book Shelf: Home for the Holidays

Planning for the holidays can be exhausting. There are dinners to prepare, presents to buy, cookies to bake, as well as all of the everyday activities that need to be accomplished. If you are looking for a little holiday inspiration, consider reading one of these books during those few minutes that you can sit down and relax. Whether you need a little help with the baking or just a short respite, hopefully these books will help fulfill your holiday wishes.

The Book Shelf: Family-Focused Fall

The Book Shelf: Family-Focused Fall

With the holidays just around the corner, family is at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts.  As you put up the holiday décor and plan family dinners, take a few minutes to be thankful for friends, relatives, and the rich family history that you have to pass down to your children.  If the season’s activities have inspired you to begin researching your own family tree, check out these items for inspiration and help. 

DIY Makeup – Wait, what?

DIY Makeup – Wait, what?

We have all grown up with all kinds of home remedies – whether they work or not is a whole other topic.  But what about making your own makeup? Not only can you make products in the comfort of your own kitchen, creating your own makeup can potentially save you money. Here are a few of my favorites that I have shared on media platforms and received great feedback on.  Have fun and enjoy! 

Fall Family Photos

Fall Family Photos

It’s fall.  Time for football, chili, hayrides, and family photos.  So, you’ve decided on a photographer, and found a date that works for your family’s busy schedule.

Great, but now you keep asking yourself questions: What will everyone wear? How will I get the kids to behave? No need to panic. Here are 10 tips for getting the most out of your family photo shoot this fall.

Must Reads for the Modern Mom

Must Reads for the Modern Mom

As a mom, there is really nothing better than finding other moms you can relate to. For the moms who really just “get” me, I couldn’t be more grateful because we’ve all been that mom before. We need other moms who understand the need for caffeine, silence and guilty pleasures like eating your kids’ Halloween candy, drinking wine after bedtime and yoga pants as every day, anytime pants.