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we heart kansas city: kate spade store grand opening 11.01.2011


(pssst….those our our feet!!)
This past weekend Carrie and I attended the grand opening of our very own Kate Spade store right here in Kansas City on the Country Club Plaza!! As many of you know, Kate is actually from KC, so, needless to say, this has been a long awaited opening! Our dear friend Megan Biram of Mimi + Meg co-hosted this little shin-dig and really helped make it a truly Kansas City event! The insanely gorgeous photos above were taken by another dear friend, Eric, of the awesome duo Lemon Lime Photography! Seriously, these guys are insanely talented! Yet another bestie, Tobe Reed (of Because it’s Awesome), and Melanie Bridges, both lettering designers from Hallmark Cards, were on hand to customize Kate Spade totes with a hand-lettered rendition of your name (wishing we had photos of those-but we will share when we find some)! And, last but definitely not least–those beautifully bright French macarons in the photo above? Those are from my very own mom, Barbara Shaw! If you want some of your very own macarons and you live in KC,  you contact her at (her website is not quite up yet)
Now, of course, we couldn’t help but do a little bit of shopping while we were there…so here is a special little playing favorites! Lots of the things we really loved were only in store and not online yet, so we couldn’t get images to share, so definitely go to the store to find even more goodies (321 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO)!
And, of course, really the best part is getting to hang out with friends-old and new! Here we are hanging out with two ridiculously stylish KC girls: Jessie Artigue of Style & Pepper and Melanie Knopke of The Shopping Scout (thanks to Melanie for this photo)! Carrie and I both forgot our cameras that night (I know, shame on us), but we will share more pics as we can get our hands on them!)
(Links: everyting in “playing favorites” available on, and if you haven’t already visited, you should probably check out the kate spade tumblr)

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  1. Sadie + Stella

    >Gorgeous girls!! Wish I could have been there! Need to trip back to KC to check out the new store!!

    November 1, 2011 12:48 pm
  2. carlyklock

    >I didn't know your mother made those macarons, Morgan – they were amazing! So good to finally meet you.

    November 1, 2011 3:17 pm
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >it really was a fun event! Carly, it was so fun to finally meet you, too!!

    November 2, 2011 5:44 pm
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spotted: tom’s holiday 2011 10.28.2011


Tom’s is one of our favorite companies and their mission is so inspiring to us. Not to mention, the style of their shoes just keeps getting better and better. The holiday 2011 collection is no exception (we selected our fave picks above). We are just debating which ones we want first. No matter which pair you choose, a pair is donated to a child in need. That gets us in the holiday spirit!

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on my mind: going apple-picking 10.19.2011


I love fall and all the activities that go along with it and this year I have been obsessed with finding a great apple orchard! I have such fun memories of picking apples with my parents when I was a kid, so it’s nothing but smiles when I daydream about returning. So, here’s my perfect fall saturday; outfit, snacks and all :)

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  1. Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    >Love this mood board. I posted that apple cider a while back too. Isn't it lovely?

    October 19, 2011 4:25 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >it's gorgeous! I have to try it!
    and thank you :)

    October 20, 2011 3:59 am

handmade: boo and boo factory 10.17.2011


There are so many pieces to love at Boo and Boo Factory on Etsy that it was hard to edit. The cool fringed leather and geometric shapes are so unique and then there’s the color…Ahh!

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  1. Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    >These are seriously beautiful. I would gladly where any of these necklaces with a striped black and white shirt.

    October 17, 2011 5:01 pm
  2. Jeanee

    >Love the company name & the stuff! I just ❤ their Etsy shop!

    October 18, 2011 3:36 am

on my mind: fall fun 10.12.2011


We’ve decided to mix things up a bit here on the ol’ blog with some new types of posts. One thing we thought would be fun is to each create a little round-up of things we’re each searching for, liking and just daydreaming about once in a while. For my first “on my mind,” it was easy to decide on a theme: fall. It’s my favorite season by far and I love everything that comes with it. Soon, holiday season will be upon us and I would love to bring a covered dish to a fall party in this little beauty (spoon’s included…love it). Next up: time to step up my game and ditch the flip-flops of summer for something a little more sophisticated (that’s where these come in, and they’re on sale: bonus). Nothing says fall like tea on a chilly morning. So, I’m just obsessed with this sequined scarf. It could transform even the most casual outfit (i.e. my usual mom uniform). The color of this (very affordable) dress gets me every time. If I’m being honest, most of my shopping these days is centered around my little guy and I’m thinking I need to get a brown onesie and get to work making this for him for football season. Speaking of the baby, wouldn’t notes to the sitter look cuter on this notepad? (It would also be good for jotting gift ideas for the quickly-approaching holidays). Love the idea of a colored pair of jeans and these seem like something I’d wear all the time. I’m ready to get on the crock pot bandwagon and love the idea of that little appliance making dinner prep easy. Last but not least, I’ve decided that a backpack would be a great way to carry all of the things from my purse and my diaper bag stuff because it’s roomy and the straps won’t constantly fall off my shoulders when I’m carrying my little man and getting him in and out of the car. Not to mention, I just love this one. So, those are my faves for fall. What are you guys loving this season?

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  1. Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    >That orange pot, woah me likey! Great round up. You two obviously have impecable taste.

    October 12, 2011 11:09 am
  2. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    >great round-up, carrie! love these items – and would kill to see little E in that onesie!! ox

    October 12, 2011 1:39 pm
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >thanks ladies :)

    October 14, 2011 9:27 pm