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Apparently Kansas City is a hot ticket city right now. Last week, I gushed over IKEA’s opening in September. Little did I know at the time though that West Elm just opened a store on The Plaza!

Two of my favorite home shopping destinations from Chicago = a lot of excitement to start finishing those interior design projects at our house that I never started. Oh ya, because I had babies. Two of them. A dining room table is at the top of my list at the moment along with an ottoman for our living room. Although, I’m starting to lose hope on that search…

One thing I didn’t know about West Elm is how many local designers they feature at their stores. I haven’t been to the store yet, but at their opening last week, everyone was raving about Ampersand Design (already a favorite of mine), Happy Habitat, Hammerpress and Ruff House Art on Twitter and Instagram. And I can’t blame them. Check out these goods from the store (photos via the West Elm Front + Main blog):

Right now West Elm KC is offering a 15% off offer on Facebook, so snatch it up while it lasts and report back on your #westelmlocal finds!

Did you hear that? It’s the sound of my inner squeal for the opening of IKEA in Kansas City on September 10. When I lived in Chicago, I ventured out to the suburbs every so often to enjoy the thrilling low prices and modern style that IKEA offers. I’ve been ordering online since I moved to KC, so it’s music to my ears to hear they’re opening soon. There’s even a countdown clock on the store page on the IKEA website. It opens at 9 a.m. in case you’re planning to fight the craziness. Me? No way, but I hope there will be stock left by the time I get there!

Just recently, I purchased the LATT Children’s Table for Emma and Kate’s first birthday. Do they really sit still in it yet? Not quite. But I thought it was a fun purchase for when they’re ready. Arts and crafts here we come?

LÄTTChildren's table and 2 chairs

LÄTT Children’s table and 2 chairs

Today marks 25 weeks for me – although not technically in my third trimester according to the “singleton” calendar, I kind of am because I won’t be going longer than 37/38 weeks. Ah! To say the least, my skinny jeans aren’t exactly fitting these days. Fortunately, I have been beyond lucky to work from home in leggings during the majority of my pregnancy so I really haven’t had a need to go out and buy a ton of new clothing. I’ve just been working with what I’ve got that fits (meaning stretchy shirts and leggings…and that’s about it.) I have definitely been breaking the “Am I Wearing Pants?” rule.

I finally gave in and went to my first maternity store last month, Destination Maternity, and bought a pair of nice Hudson jeans on super-sale. Best investment ever! I wear them with everything on the weekends and can dress them up or down – a definite plus for a limited wardrobe. I highly recommend making one investment purchase of nice jeans during pregnancy.

I also made a stop by Old Navy for some larger shirts to fit over my growing belly. I picked up tops in larger sizes that are stretchy and can accommodate the growth I continue to experience – I kid you not – on a daily basis. The photo below is from last week (24 weeks) and I’ve already grown what seems like a ton since then.


Above: Black and white striped t-shirt from Old Navy (one of my favorites & on sale right now for $10!) paired with a printed chambray shirt from Target (similar to this one).

Last but not least, while I was in Chicago a few weeks ago, I did a little shopping at Gap. Seriously one of the best places to go for maternity clothes! Lots of items on sale right now, too.


Above: Gap 1969 Floral Legging Jeans and this Gap Printed Pintuck Top (both bought in-store at 40% off!)

More maternity style shots to come soon hopefully. For whatever style I can still pull off during the next 12-13 weeks! I’m still trying to keep some sense of fashion in my life – even though some days leggings and a huge t-shirt just seem so right…

I’ve realized over the past month that I am obsessed with grey right now. Grey everything! In looking for paint colors for the new house, what do I pick? Grey. Looking at nursery inspiration? I pin grey. What is it about this color that is so alluring?

It’s become obvious that our new house will be peppered in shades of grey (no pun intended), including the babies‘ room. Now that we have a house (well almost), I can really start planning the nursery!

The good news is Pinterest exists. I can think of no better way to gain inspiration. From pinning and browsing on Houzz, Project Nursery, Babble and countless other blogs, I think I’ve finally got a solid idea of the design direction I want to go with the nursery.

A quick sidebar: A big factor for some is the sex of the baby. For me, this wasn’t a huge influence for some reason. I’ve never been one to dream of a pink or a blue nursery. The fact that we’re having twins makes it a little more complicated. What if we have a boy AND a girl? We’ll find out soon (stay tuned in the next few weeks!) and maybe that will alter my thinking, but for now, my mind is set.

Here’s a taste of what’s in my head:

A backdrop of grey neutrals, mostly modern mixed with a little rustic, a bold birch tree statement wall, with pops of color and pattern through bedding, curtains and forest/woodland accessories.

1. A backdrop of grey neutrals…

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

2. Mostly modern …

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

3. Mixed with a little rustic…

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

4. With a bold statement wall (I think I’ve fallen in love with birch trees)…

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

5. Sprinkled with texture, forest/woodland accessories and pops of color (although I’m not sure what kind of color just yet)…

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

Oh and did I mention this needs to fit within a tight, twin-friendly budget featuring two cribs? I’m up for the challenge!

Where did you find stylish and affordable modern nursery decor? So far, my favorite finds have been uncovered on Etsy!

It seems there is a new fashion app coming out every week nowadays to make shopping and style spotting even easier – and I mean that in the best way possible.  A few tools have caught my eye recently and it’s exciting to see how shopping is evolving with new technology. Oh, and did I mention some of these have some kick-ass, smart female founders? Here are a few on my radar right now:

1. Hukkster

Do you wish that expensive coat you’ve been lusting after was on sale? Co-founders and former buyers at J.Crew, Erica Bell and Katie Finnegan, developed a way to tell you the minute that coat drops in price! Hukkster is a browser bookmarklet (like Pinterest’s “pin it” button). When you find a product you love, (say on, you simply “hukk it” and you’ll receive a notification by email or text when the price on that specific item drops. Genius, right? I just signed up and am testing it out now. I’ll let you know if it’s a keeper, but I have a feeling it’s a new fashion staple. Here’s a quick video explaining how it works:

2. Poshmark

My friend Kerry recently got me hooked to this iPhone app which allows users to buy and sell clothing. Sure you could do this on E-bay or in person at Plato’s Closet, but this app is uber-simple and has some social components built right into the app . PLUS, Poshmark handles all the transactions and shipping! It’s a great way to constantly refresh your closet and get brand-name, gently-used items at bargain prices. You can visit my Poshmark closet here or by clicking the icon on the right-hand sidebar on my blog 🙂 I’m always adding new items, so if you don’t see something you like, check back again soon.

poshmark3. Bloglovin

Okay this one is not new, but I definitely have a new found love for it! Who can keep track of all their favorite blogs and visit them every day? Not me. Unless you subscribe via email to every one (that’s a lot of email), it’s hard to keep up with all the great blogs out there. Enter Bloglovin, a reader that allows you to follow your favorite blogs and browse through posts all in one place. View it online or on your iPhone!

Bloglovin App

4. Snapette

Snapette is a location-based mobile shopping app for finding and sharing fashion products in stores near you. You can browse photos posted by other users as well as brands and retailers. There are a million online shopping resources, but the unique part about Snapette is that is allows you to see what is at your local Forever21 store or Nordstrom Rack. The app was launched by Harvard alumni Sarah Paiji and Jinhee Ahn Kim in 2011 and most recently has tapped actress Emma Roberts as its new fashion adviser. I’ve dabbled a little bit in this app and it has great potential. It definitely needs more users and local shops in smaller cities (Like Kansas City) sharing great photos in order to for it to become really powerful – which is where you come in : )


What are your favorite fashion-focused tools/apps?

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Fall has arrived at Halls Kansas City – come drool over sweaters and boots during a fun shopping event this Thursday night, October 4 starting at 5:00 p.m. Here are the details:

  • Over $3,000 in drawings and gifts-with-purchase, music by DJ Steve Thorell
  • Get a fall cosmetics makeover from Lancome‘s national expert Alex Sanchez
  • Meet world-renowned shoe designer, Donald J. Pliner
  • Major bonus: You can get a free blowout from the stylists at Parlor, Halls Kansas City’s newest neighbor on the Country Club Plaza. (I have yet to try this place, but I hear amazing things!)

Halls Girl thing Event

Want to join in the shopping fun? RSVP on Facebook: Let me know if you’re going in the comments so I can keep an eye out for you, too!

P.S. Did you see they are currently running a sweepstakes on the Hall’s Facebook page for a $500 Donald J Pliner shoe wardrobe? All you have to do is submit a photo of your favorite pair of DJP shoes (either ones you own or ones you want). Easy, right? Enter here before October 4:

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