outfit obsession

I've always loved this old J.Crew catalog cover... Perhaps because the model's outfit reminds me of something that my beautiful mama would wear when I was in grade school in the '90s. All pieces in the photo are classics that everyone should have in their wardrobe -- a chambray shirt, a thin white turtleneck, a chunky black cardigan and ropes of pearls. Oh, and a great lip stain. Can't wait to recreate this in the fall :)


chez emily butler

Emily C. Butler, a talented interior designer living in New York, is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. I was thrilled to get a little glimpse of her apartment when it was featured on Apartment Therapy a few weeks ago. Isn't it beautiful? She has great taste. I'm drawn to it's warm color palette, and the framed Wayne Pate prints paired with blue and white china... I could easily live here myself!


meet tara light

Tara Light is a darling local fashion designer and the owner of Fable, a women’s boutique in downtown Kansas City. A self-taught seamstress, Tara decided to create her own clothing label because she what she wanted to wear simply didn't exist. Thus, Tara Light Co. was born. Each piece from her collection is hand-sewn! So cool. I’m positive that she has some gorgeous new items in her fall collection – I can’t wait to see them.

Ms. Light and her 10 favorite things were recently features in Kansas City spaces. I love lists and I love Tara, so I thought I’d share it here. Her shop is located at 1515 Walnut. You must stop by if you’re ever in town!


chance presents picasso's stripes

I'm a sucker for striped tees, and Chance Co. is my go-to source. I have the classic red + white and navy + white editions of their cult-favorite boatneck, but I'm clamoring for their newest bold striped shirt. It was inspired by Picasso, for heaven's sake. I'd pair it with a vintage Levi's jean jacket (or vintage army green cargo jacket) and a big silk scarf. So chic! Can you tell I'm ready for fall? :)


chez lisa curran

This summer, I had the privilege of interning with Lisa Curran, a talented Kansas City interior designer who focuses on high-end interiors. I’ve known Lisa for over ten years – she is the reason why I chose to enter the world of interior design. Her beautiful residence, shown above, is like my secret garden. It’s a jewel box brimming with French antiques, vintage design books, blue and white vases filled with blooms, art in gilt frames. Working out of her home office was an absolute treat.

A former ballerina, Nelson-Atkins docent and trained artist (she studied fashion illustration in Paris!), her taste level is off the charts incredible. While high-end interiors are specialty, her clients often look to her for etiquette and fashion advice. This summer, for example, she designed a gorgeous Jackie Kennedy Onassis-inspired gown for a client. She frequently assists her clients in throwing the most beautiful parties, picks out birthday gifts, chooses their art.

And I swear to you: Lisa glows. Her positivity draws people to her like moths to a flame. She returns her showroom samples tied with a pale pink ribbon. She bakes her electrician cookies. Everything Lisa touches, everyone she meets, is better for it.

These photos of Lisa’s home are from a Kansas City Spaces article published earlier this year. Written by the fabulous Patricia O'Dell of Mrs. Blandings, it’s a lovely piece. I encourage you to read it here.

Thank you, Lisa, for a beautiful summer. You are a wonderful mentor and close friend. I’m so grateful for you!