So, the kids are off at college, we are buying tickets for football games, and the weather is unseasonably cool. (I know, I’m delusional: this cool weather won’t last since it IS August in Kansas City!) But play along with me here — I think it’s time to start wearing our fall clothes!

Here are some cute ideas I found on Polyvore. They are also posted on my Pinterest page “Fall Fashion 2012.”

country in the sun
Chambray, Orange and Navy
Black, Camel, and Turquoise


Fashionable for Less

by Cathy on January 14, 2012 · 0 comments

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Winter is well underway and if you are like me, you are looking for a few items to jazz up your wardrobe. Mid winter also offers some great shopping bargains, and boy, do I love finding cute clothes for less. Check out a couple of pieces I found recently.



Fall Looks You Will Love

by Cathy on October 20, 2011 · 0 comments

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It’s time once again to pull out the cool-weather clothes and buy a few goodies to fill in the gaps. Gosh, I love fall! Judging by what the stores are showing in Kansas City, here are a few of this year’s must-haves.

Cardigans and fitted jackets …

Scarves …

Boots …


Ballerina flats …

Boyfriend watches with plenty of bangles …


Chunky necklaces. Love it all!



Five Fun Keep-Cool Ideas

by Cathy on July 24, 2011 · 0 comments

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Baby, it is hot in Kansas City! After a week of 100 degree days, the temperature is a chilly 90 degrees here. Tomorrow promises triple digits again, though. Here are five fun ideas to keep you cool.

1. Homemade Berry Yogurt Popsicles from Gina’s Skinny Recipes. (Click on the link for the recipe!)

2. Behold, the sundress. I haven’t worn a pair of pants in weeks!

3. Nothing but a cute pair of sandals will do!

4. Lots of tasty salads …Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

5. Cooking on the grill … After 11 am, the oven stays off at my house to keep the kitchen cool! Here’s a recipe for Spicy Grilled Shrimp.







Summer Stylin’

by Cathy on May 21, 2011 · 0 comments

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Ya’ gotta love summer! The pool opens soon, lawnmowers are humming and dinner is often eaten on the deck. I’m really looking forward to THIS summer because I recently transitioned from working part-time in an office to working full-time as a consultant/freelancer at home. Most of my clients are out of town and I rarely meet the in-town folks in person. What does this mean on the fashion front? I can wear anything I want to the “office!” Check out some of these cute looks.

Also, take a look at this cute summer bracelet. I may try to make this — it looks fairly easy.



I woke up Saturday morning and realized — oh, joy! — I can play all day! This unexpected free time snuck up on me. An afternoon adventure was definitely in order but it was too late to call a friend to join me. Did I have the courage to go adventuring alone? Yes, I did! So I headed out to …

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

To see the exhibit “Pattern ID,” which examines the way that artists and everyday people use pattern and dress to explain who they are and where they came from.

Of course, seeing an art exhibit about how we express ourselves through clothing made me want to go shopping! So I headed over to Forever 21 on the Country Club Plaza and found these incredible bargains.

First, this cute cardigan for $11! that I purchased in cream and plan to cinch with a thin brown leather belt.

This necklace for $6 that I plan to wear with the belted sweater.

And these cute shoes, that I purchased for (get this!) $7! Score!

Not a bad way to spend a few free hours on a Saturday!



Four Favorite Fashion Blogs

by Cathy on January 12, 2011 · 2 comments

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What do you do when you want to indulge in a little retail therapy (or just some fun window shopping) but you don’t have time to go to your favorite shops? You can hit the fashion blogs. They are loaded with creative clothing ideas and are just plain fun. Here are my four favorites:

J’s Everyday Fashion: This Florida fashionista features a new outfit everyday and she’s a bargain hunter to boot. She lists where she bought each item from her outfit and even what she paid for it. I love this gal because her budget is my budget!

Professional but Fun

I Want to Be Her: This blog is the creation of the co-founder of Lucky, the New York fashion magazine. She features both photos and sketches of fashionable women she meets on the streets of NYC, often with a bit about who they are.

Polyvore: Okay, the clothes can be pretty pricey but this blog is so creative. Among other things, it will let you create an outfit, called sets, and then post it on your blog (as I did above). Other visitors to the blog can also vote on your outfit. The site features clothes by high-end designers, such as Yves Saint Laurent, but also everyday retailers, such as The Gap.

Classy and Fab Girl: Yes, this is my daughter’s recently launched blog but I think it’s pretty clever. You go, girl!

So, what about you? Tell me your favorite fashion blog.



Liz and Ben Bohannon are commanding your toes to rejoice. (Yes, that IS their company motto!) Why, you may ask? Because now your toes can be clothed in adorable sandals the Kansas City couple design and market to help raise money to send impoverished Ugandan girls to university. But this isn’t about handouts.

Liz fell in love with the Cornerstone community in Uganda and started a company to raise university funds for them.

Liz and Ben’s company, Sseko (Say-co) Designs, hires these young women for a nine month period between secondary school and university, to live and work together creating the sandals. The money they earn goes toward a university education at Cornerstone Leadership Academy. Three young women — Mary, Mercy and Rebecca — have already earned enough to attend university, with other women soon to follow. The hope is that these educated women will then become leaders who will help bring transformation in their war-torn country.

Liz shares her experience that led to the company:

“During my time in Uganda (on a trip following college), I came across an incredible community called Cornerstone. And in that community there was an incredible group of young women. They were mostly my age.  They became friends.  The commitment of these young women blew me away. I was consistently challenged by the fact that these women saw their education as a gift. They were not only committed to learning their subjects,  but also so committed to learning how to love well. To love each other. To reconcile their lives. To lead their countries.

Cute sandals just like these help change the lives of women in Uganda.

When I came to learn that many of these incredible young women were struggling to find work to finance their university education, Sseko was born.  It seemed so simple. I designed a sandal that I thought was really beautiful.  I was just a small part of a simple solution. Some of these young women are from villages that have never seen one of their own women continue on to university.  All they needed was an opportunity to succeed and earn and save. To work in a place that was dignified and honoring. We make beautiful things. We laugh and we love and we dance and we learn. And every nine months, we let go and we send these incredible women off to pursue dreams of their own.

Although consumerism makes many empty promises, responsible and proactive consumerism has the ability to change lives. Like the lives of Mercy, Mary and Rebbecca.”

And did I mention that Sseko Designs is giving away a $42 gift certificate for Sseko shoes? Here’s how you register for the giveaway: First, go to the Sseko Designs Facebook page and click on “like.” Then go to their website to see all their cute shoe designs. Finally, leave a comment on my blog telling me your favorite Sseko straps. Registration for this giveaway ends 12/22 and we will post the winner’s name on 12/23.



Day 17: Cold but Cute!

by Cathy on December 11, 2010 · 0 comments

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Oh baby, it’s cold outside! The weather here in Kansas City dropped about 25 degrees overnight. Chances are your loved ones live somewhere equally chilly so send them some style with these cute knit hats from Rosey Posey. If a young lady on your list has an American Girl doll, you can even order a matching hat and scarf for the doll!



The producers of Sex in the City 2 loved these Swanky Aprons so much that they featured one in their movie. We are sure the people on your gift list will love them too! Take a look at these cuties. Some are so adorable that you could almost wear them as a dress – except that they don’t have a back so be sure to wear leggings underneath!

You can purchase one for a gift and one for you to wear as you are slaving away in the kitchen making Christmas dinner. Go ahead and treat yourself. This is a crazy busy time of year for us gals and we deserve it. (You can tell your husband that Cathy at Uncommon Lifestyle MADE you buy the apron!)



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