Letter from the Editor

The holiday season is upon us, and the spirit of giving and serving is in full swing. This time of year can carry so many wonderful memories and is often a time to celebrate long-time family traditions and make new ones. For some, however, this time of year can be hard to get through for a variety of reasons. There…

The Gift of Sight

Fairway Eye Center cares deeply about the visual needs of the community and those who do not have access to eye care both locally and globally. They offer a complete range of optometric care services, with missionary eye care being an integral part of their business.  

Fashion for the Holidays

 Style Edit - All that Glitters  Shine bright this holiday season in gold, silver or just about anything that glitters. Metallics are all the rage at the moment, so electrify your look with these flashy statement pieces. 

Your New Favorite Cookie

If you think the classic 
chocolate chip cookie can’t be 
beat, just try these. ‘Nuf said!

Five Steps to a Successful Family Photo Session

It’s that time of year again ... 
the dreaded family photos sessions. And while family photo shoots are kind of the norm in this family, they haven’t gotten easier. However, I have learned many tricks and tips for keeping the kiddos and the husband happy—and on point–to capture that “moneymaker shot” that makes the holiday card each year. Follow these…

Snow Globes

Take the Christmas songs you know and love. Mix in lilting vocals and folksy instrumental stylings of the banjo, ukulele, glockenspiel and harmonium. Make giving the goal. And each holiday season, you have the 
Kansas City-based trio, The Snow Globes.

Dental Care Center of South KC and a Family of FISH

Traveling through life is often compared to swimming through unpredictable waters. Sometimes this journey is easy-flowing, complementary to a relaxed state of mind, and reminiscent of stress-free waves of comfort. But other times this expedition is treacherous, indicative of violent seas, and weathering the torrential tides can seem like an unwavering storm. For many veterans, this is their reality and…

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes Raises Money for VCP Tiny Home

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes exceeded their $15,000 goal to build a tiny home for Veteran’s Community Project. To celebrate, eight offices—College Boulevard, Prairie Village/State Line, Blue Valley, Leawood, Plaza, Liberty, Northland and Lee’s Summit—
held a community event September 13 to unveil a tiny home.

Leawood Resident Shares Her Secrets to Creating a Beautiful and Functional Space

I love timeless kitchens. It's like Jackie Kennedy—
I never get tired of her look. We came from Brookside before we lived here; it was the most gorgeous, simple colonial. But that house taught me to let the structure guide me in design. Colonial styles like a classic vibe and when we found this Cape Cod colonial in Leawood, I was smitten.…

Letter from the Editor

So many moments happen around a kitchen. It is a gathering place for families and friends to eat, drink and talk about life. For my family, it’s the spot we always seem to congregate in, and food is the central part of almost every get-together. Food was important to both sides of my family growing up, and the gourmet dishes…

November 2017 Around Town

This past October, two James Beard Award-winning chefs helped to raise funds for the Child Protection Center (CPC) through a delicious partnership.

Crossing Borders to Mend Lives

A committed group of Kansas Citians is making a world of difference for people half a world away. They are part of Medical Aid for Children of Latin America (MACLA), a nonprofit organization. Some of the members who make up MACLA are also on the talented team of professionals at Quinn Plastic Surgery Center of Overland Park.

Colby and Megan Garrelts

Colby and Megan Garrelts are the husband-and-wife chefs and owners of Rye and Bluestem restaurants. Both chefs are proud to be from the Midwest, with savory and sweet recipes reminiscent of generations around the kitchen table.

Cool Guy Foods

Handmade caramelized energy. These are the words used to describe the harmonious flavors Cool Guy Foods infuse to create the most unimaginable and distinctively gourmet food, reminiscent of the smorgasbord equivalent of Billy Joel and Elton John. What makes these culinary mechanics stand out is that they truly understand what it means to provide a hands-free, comprehensive complement to an…

The Decadent Movement

Imagine a warm and inviting, relaxed yet indulgent, aromatically pleasing and taste bud teasing minivacation of pure delicious euphoria. A place that is as sensory tempting as it is abundantly satisfying and as aesthetically lovely as the carefully crafted treats are delightful. A place where anybody can come and enjoy a scrumptious experience, unwind in a comfortable space, and engage…

Letter from the Editor

My oldest child started his freshman year of high school this fall and is running cross-country. I have always enjoyed cheering him on and watching him run, but I have such a deeper appreciation and love for this sport after experiencing what it means to be part of a high school cross-country team. The sportsmanship, camaraderie, encouragement from upperclassmen and…

The Best of Leawood

Bowles Dental Center practices family, implant and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Bowles is devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long-lasting smiles. Practicing with Dr. Bowles is Dr. Anne Atha who has been an invaluable addition to the practice. The office would not be what it is today…

Leawood Parks & Recreation Opens First All-Inclusive Playground

Royals mascot Sluggerrr assists Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn, Leawood Foundation Chair Alice Hawk and Maddox Truitt in cutting the ribbon to open the Variety KC playground on June 20 in Leawood City Park.

The Best Apple Crumb Muffins

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease muffin pan. 
In a small bowl, make the crumb topping. Combine both sugars, cinnamon and melted butter. Fold in the flour until it’s all coated. The mixture will be thick. Set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Caitlyn Donahue, Blue Valley West Volleyball Legend

It started at the tender age of 7 for Caitlyn Donahue. The road led to volleyball success at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, and now she is giving back to the community as a teacher/coach at Blue Valley Southwest High School. “My dad, David, played the sport for most of his adult life, and I vividly remember tagging…

Q39

National barbecue champion Rob Magee serves his award-winning wood-fire grilled fare at Q39. Named after its first location off of 39th Street in Midtown that opened in 2014, they recently expanded with their second location in southern Overland Park in August.

Letter from the Creative Director

Now that fall is upon us, the city is bustling with festivals galore, schools are back in session and hopes for a Royals postseason are high. Some of my favorite parts about this time of year besides the amazing weather include enjoying a bonfire on a crisp night, pulling out some of my sweaters, all desserts related to apples and…

September 2017 Around Town

Restoration Emporium, a curated boutique of farmhouse, urban chic, vintage-inspired gifts and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines furniture and accessories line opened their new location at 4704 Wyandotte St. on the Country Club Plaza.

Tactile Playrooms to Entice the Senses

These days we are more aware of children who struggle with sensory and tactile sensitivity, developmental delays and other diagnosed emotional and behavioral issues, and it is good to be sensitive to these needs when creating a play space for children. As a mom who has one child with sensory hypersensitivity, one child with Poland syndrome and another child who…

Apple Cider Autumn Sangria

Mix up a classic fall favorite, apple cider, with a delicious sangria recipe that is sure to bring on the taste of autumn.

Amy Appleton Dreyer

Style Edit—It's back to basics this fall season, and these pieces are just what the wardrobe doctor ordered to get your closet healthy and ready for hitting the town.

Strayboots

There is a new, innovative way for your company or group to bond and learn to problem-solve with one another. It involves going on a scavenger hunt together to explore, discover and enjoy a city. “Strayboots is a leading provider of mobile scavenger hunts and team-building activities that bring happiness and collaboration to groups and organizations,” Ido Rabiner, founder, CEO…

Jet Couture

I am Mary Burger, and I am the designer for Jet Couture Jewels. Jewelry designing is a creative process that involves imagination and visual artistry, the product of which can tell a story, evoke an emotion or offer a glimpse into the past that words cannot express.

Dolyn Bags: Ami Beck

I started Dolyn Bags in January of 2014, after graduating from Stephens College with a bachelor's in apparel studies. I bought a large industrial machine and a bunch of scrap hides and began designing my first pieces out of my grandmother’s basement. Since my education was in apparel, there were many failed attempts at the perfect bag! I obsessed over…

Cella Jane

Leawood resident Becky Hillyard is Lifestyle Publications' newest monthly fashion contributor and the woman behind Cella Jane, a lifestyle and fashion blog which showcases her personal style on a daily basis. Thousands of followers both local and global go to Hillyard for fashion, beauty, motherhood and fitness advice; she offers inspiration to the everyday woman on the latest trends.

Where Function Meets Aesthetics

What began with a desire to update a family room turned into an entire first-floor remodeling project. After Arlene Ladegaarrd, owner and principal designer of Design Connection Inc., met with the owners of this Leawood home to discuss the project, she assessed the family’s needs were not being effectively met with the current first floor plan and came up with…

Letter from the Creative Director

Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to “enflame” or to “breathe life into.” Doing things that inspire us energizes us and makes us feel more alive. Inspiration doesn’t always have to stem from natural talents and abilities but instead is something that motivates us and is about connecting with what we are passionate about deep within.

Stems: A Garden Soirée

Guests enjoyed Stems: A Garden Soirée on June 24 at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. More than 2,000 guests attended the 10-year celebration. Proceeds allow The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park to support Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, the Arboretum and city art installations.

Building Beauty from Fallen Forests

When Adrian Vogel looks at a tree, he envisions timeless beauty. He studies its gnarly trunk and its disorderly branches. He understands its life cycle—as a seed, a sapling and, finally, a mature tree. When a tree enters its elderly stage, Vogel’s instincts propel him to memorialize and celebrate the giant’s life.

James “SugEasy” Singleton

“God did not just create us for one thing; he created us for everything. My journey has taken me to dance.” According to James “SugEasy” Singleton, everyone is born knowing how to dance. It is an argument that he has often successfully debated, but it is also this belief that is a driving force within a profession that seems to…

Nate Trotter

Nate Trotter, contemporary artist, musician and father was born in Kansas City in 1975. As a young boy, he developed a keen interest in art and a love of drawing. This led him toward furthering his education in visual art. After his graduation from the Art Center of College and Design in Pasadena, California, he began his career in Los…

Get That in Writing

It wasn’t the cringeworthy bunny hop commercial auditions that enticed Joe Boothe to move from Leawood to Hollywood. He considers that his worst day ever in the biz. But it led him to his best day—last Christmas in Italy when Joe glanced up at Alexa, his wife of eight years, and realized he was living in it.

@CellaJaneBlog

Welcome to Cella Jane, a personal life and personal style blog written by Becky Hillyard. Founded in 2012 as an outlet for Becky’s love for fashion and beauty, Cella Jane became a place to showcase and document her personal style on a daily basis. Cella Jane, named after Becky’s grandmother, has allowed her to connect with the everyday gal and…

Brew with a View

A sold-out crowd joined came to Tacos & Beer on the Boulevard for cold beer on a hot night. Proceeds from the event benefit Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care, a safety net clinic which provides more than $1 million of charity care annually to residents of both Kansas and Missouri.

Children International

Children International is a global humanitarian organization whose vision is to connect lives, creating a poverty-free world for children, where their dreams are unleashed and their hope radiates into their communities. We invest in children, respect their unique beauty and potential, and compel others to join us.

Martial ‘Art’ in Motion

Troost Avenue is widely regarded as one of Kansas City’s most prominent dividing boundaries. Since the 1800s, the road has divided ethnic and racial communities between its western and eastern sides. It’s fitting, then, that an organization seeking to bring unity and community to the forefront of their cause has taken up residence along that same road.

Wild Whims

Ariel Thompson is a ceramic artist and jewelry designer based in Kansas City. Inspired by functional beauty, she creates timeless pieces to make any woman feel confident as her best self. Her small run jewelry line and hand-picked elements create unique styles for the modern woman building a whimsical life.

Lester Estelle Sr.

Many fans of music may believe that all guitar players are basically the same. Those who sit in the audience when local musician Lester Estelle Sr. plays know otherwise. With unorthodox tuning, unconventional technique and undeniable passion, it is evident to even the most casual listener that his style is one of a kind. His ability and talent transcends genre…

Letter from the Creative Director

With summer in full swing, my house has become a revolving door of neighbor kids and friends coming and going, continual trips to the grocery store, campouts in the backyard (by the way, birds start chirping at 4:00 a.m.) and baseball, baseball and more baseball. It seems like no matter how hard I try to keep our summers from filling…

I-lan Delegation Visit

The city of Leawood welcomed I-lan, Taiwan Mayor Tsung-Yuan Chiang and delegates with a whirlwind tour throughout the Kansas City metro and the countryside as they celebrated their Sister City relationship. The group participated in several activities, visited many 
landmarks and dined at local restaurants.

Marian Hope’s Trivia Night

Smarties from across Kansas City came together for a night of trivia, costumes and fun at Marian Hope's Trivia Night with the real winners being the children benefiting from Marian Hope's services and support.

Summer Eats and Treats

Instructions: Thinly slice meat, and layer remaining ingredients on corn tortilla. Drizzle with avocado sour cream dressing and serve.

Floral Flourish

In 2014, Leslie Brett embarked on a path of floral creativity with longtime friend Chuck Matney and today their business, The Little Flower Shop at the Westwood Hills Shops, is in full bloom. Enter through one front door of the cozy shop, and you’ll see floral designers at work fashioning everything from single stems or a $25 grab-and-go bouquet to…

THE SUMMER PUNCH LIST

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