Unstyled : Krochet Kids

Apparel That Matters : Krochet Kids

I haven’t done a style post in FOREVER because, honestly, I’m not a style blogger! I have loved sharing bits and pieces of my wardrobe through the years, but I always felt like a bit of a phony. However, right now I am in LOVE with finding apparel and accessory options that help make the world a better place, and then sharing those with everyone I know! So I figured a great way to do that would be to resurrect the Unstyled section of the blog!

Unstyled : Krochet Kids

I’ve followed Krochet Kids for a few years, and I love their mission. Krochet Kids is a company that is focused on bringing people out of poverty and creating beautiful, sustainable pieces of clothing. They are a non-profit, that has given jobs to over 150 people in Uganda and Peru, along with receiving education, and being mentored toward a brighter future in creating gifts that give back. The products created abroad and the collaboration of their staff and beneficiaries around the globe has created a sustainable cycle of employment and empowerment. When you order a piece from Krochet Kids, you will find the signature of the person who made it inside the label, and then you can go to their website and learn all about that person.

I bought this incredible sweater (called the Phoenix) from Krochet Kids, and I’m constantly getting compliments on it’s amazing colors and textures. I love that it’s a piece that looks beautiful, but will also last a long time. It’s a piece I feel proud wearing, knowing that it came from a sustainable company and that a person has a better life because they were able to be a part of creating it.

Unstyled : Krochet Kids

If you’re interested in Krochet Kids, you can find them online or follow them on Instagram!

Unstyled : Krochet Kids

Outfit Details : Sweater-Krochet Kids, Jeans-Madewell, Booties-Nordstrom, Tee-Old Navy, Watch-Prairie Goods

All photos by Kymberly Janelle Photography

KC Small Biz Holiday Gift Guide

Kansas City Small Business Holiday Gift Guide!

KC Small Biz Holiday Gift Guide

I am so excited to share a few of my favorite items from local, Kansas City-based shops this holiday season! As a small business owner myself, I love to support shops that represent everything I love about my city. Being small during the craziness of the holiday season can be difficult, so to help out, instead of dropping a ton of money on Black Friday, why don’t you hit up some of these great places on Small Business Saturday?

Pink Antlers Studio
– Kansas City-themed wine glasses (by local designers Ampersand Studio)
– Beautiful cards and paper products
– Marble cheese tray

Hand & Land
– Mr. B’s Wax Candles (KC-based brand)
– Roasted Garlic Salt by Wood + Salt (created in KC, and garlic was harvest from New Roots for Refugees, a KC-based charity that helps refugees resettle in KC and gives them work in agriculture and farming, more info here)
– Native Atlas Muscle Rub and Lip Treatment (KC-based brand)
– Convivial Dish (made and designed in KCMO)

Sweet Kiss Brigadeiro
– A 12-piece custom box with gorgeous holiday-themed Brazilian candies (made by a mother-daughter team in KC)

KC Small Biz Holiday Gift Guide

Handmade Holidays Popup Shop at Park Place
The “Handmade Holidays” pop-up shop at Park Place is a curation of Kansas City locals that craft their goods right here in our beautiful city. From jewelry to specialty food to home décor, these skilled craftsmen and makers bring unique hand-made gift ideas to your home for the holidays. The pop-up shop will be open for the holiday season through December 31st.

Cookie Mix:
Yummylicious Cookies makes great-tasting baked goodies from organic whole-grains and sweeteners. When we say our products are natural, we mean the ingredients we use are minimally processed. They are not sprayed with pesticides or herbicides, or processed with petroleum distillates (Yuck!!!) This means we use basic ingredients like organic whole grains, sweeteners, butter and good ‘ol eggs! No white flour, white sugar, preservatives or oils! We’re not pretending to sell you broccoli, but if you’re in the market for a great treat made with more nutritious ingredients, Yummylicious is the first, and only, place you should look. Everything we make is small-batch, hand crafted at our facility in Lenexa, KS.

SewKC:
Community is at the heart of what makes Kansas City amazing. The individual passions that we share with others is what brings us together. We create, we craft, and we partner with our community…We, like you, are the heart of KC. Enjoy apparel, accessories, jewelry, hats, tees, home décor and more.

KC Small Biz Holiday Gift Guide

Restoration Emporium Holiday Pop Up
Restoration Emporium, a family-owned business curating vintage and vintage-inspired, farmhouse and urban home decor and more! RE: is proud to be a premier vintage and farmhouse inspired shop rich in creativity and heritage.
– Kansas City Home plus Map Wall Art
– “I Can’t Adult Today” Mug

The Learning Tree
– Wooden Fast Flip Racetrack (for 18+ months)
– Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game Set (ages 8+ years)

Ash Street (where Pink Antlers, Hand & Land, Learning Tree Toys, and both pop-ups are located) is hosting a ‘Small Business Saturday Block Party on Saturday, November 26, which should be such a fun day of shopping!

Sierra Winter Jewelry
Mariposa Earring – $149
Tucson Necklace – $129

Sierra Winter Jewelry is celebrating Small Business Saturday with a pop-up at Coveted Home on the Country Club Plaza from 10am – 8pm.

HOOPLA Nail Salon
Holiday 3-Pack Mini Polish Set Featuring ‘Peacock Blues, Mojo & Mamacita’ – $28

HOOPLA is hosting a Small Business Saturday event at their Leawood studio. They’ve partnered with local makeup artist, LOVER Cosmetics for complimentary mini makeovers.

Jord Wood Watches

Gifting for Guys : Jord Wood Watches

Jord Wood Watches

If you’ve met my husband, Trent, you might note that he’s a BIT of a watch fanatic. He started collecting them a few years ago, and these days he has a watch for every day of the week…plus some! And with the holidays coming up, plus his Christmas Eve birthday (yep, poor guy!), I’m always keeping my eyes out for a new, unique watch that is unlike any he already has.

Enter JORD Wood Watches! This incredible brand makes beautiful watches out of wood that are not only unique, but effortlessly cool. The sleek designs make each piece a statement in any wardrobe, but what really makes these watches is the wood finish. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and trust me, I’ve purchased a few men’s watches in my day! I love how the wood finish gives the men’s watch a rugged, chic look.

Jord Wood Watches

Now, one more thing I must keep in mind when I buy my husband a watch is….”how will this look on me?!” Yes, I steal my husband’s watches. I mean, he’s got so many, he won’t miss one! But seriously, I do love the look of a larger, more bulky watch, especially because I tend to wear delicate rings and bracelets, and I love to have a statement piece on my arm. So before I handed over his new Frankie Zebrawood and Navy watch, I “borrowed” it for a little photo shoot. Now the question is…do I have to give it back?! Maybe I’ll just get one of my own from the JORD women’s watch line!

Jord Wood Watches

Jord Wood Watches

I’m super excited to share I’m hosting a giveaway where you can win $75 to use toward your very own JORD watch to either gift to a loved one, or keep for yourself! The contest winner will get a $75 e-gift code to the JORD shop. But get this…everyone who enters this contest will get $20 e-gift code, just for entering! To enter this awesome giveaway, click here. The contest will close November 27th at 11:59pm. Both the $75 and the $20 codes will expire on January 1st, 2017. Good luck!


Watch Gift Ideas

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but all opinions and content are my own.

Style Refresh with C4 Styling

A Style Remix with C4 Styling!

Do you ever find yourself in a bit of a rut when it comes to your closet? In the past few years, I really feel like I have found my style when it comes to clothes, but I’m still often overwhelmed by the simple act of getting dressed in the morning. In the last few years, I’ve left my corporate job and now have less of a need for business and cocktail attire. I’m out and about during the day, either shooting images or taking care of my kids, so I want to be comfortable, but I’d like to look stylish and put together as well. And I don’t want to spend a ton of cash, especially on items I’ll never wear.

Style Refresh with C4 Styling

Enter my friend Caitlin from C4 Styling! Caitlin came over to my very loud home (my kids were in rare form that day!) and we had such a great time while she provided me with her signature Closet Consult. She went through my entire wardrobe, pulled items that weren’t working for me anymore (either they didn’t fit my body OR my lifestyle) to donate to charity, organized everything else, and then put together some awesome new looks from clothes I already own! It was amazing! I felt like I had a whole new slew of outfits, and I didn’t even have to buy anything. She also took photos of the outfits (which you can see in this post) so that I could easily recreate them.

Style Refresh with C4 Styling

Caitlin also provided me with a wardrobe checklist, showing me what items I could add to my closet that would enhance what I already have. She even put together an awesome Pinterest board (you can see it here!), with links so I can purchase items directly online!

Style Refresh with C4 Styling

I am so grateful to Caitlin for helping me refine my style and get my closet in order. She’s exactly the medicine that my wardrobe needed! These days, when I get dressed in the morning, I’m not stressed about finding something to wear that fits my needs. And I’m a fan of anything that makes my life easier, especially during the crazy mornings in my house once school starts this week!

Beautycounter Vs My Routine

Cleaning Up My Makeup Routine

In the past few years, as I’ve been cleaning up the rest of my life, I’ve become more and more interested in the chemicals myself and my family are using in our homes and on our bodies every day. As a mom and general human being trying to leave this planet better than I found it, I was horrified to find out how much toxic crap is in EVERYTHING we use on a daily basis. From home cleaners to hairspray, the more I learned the more I wanted to do something about it. But there is one problem…I’m not an A+ mom! Sure, I have the best intentions to feed my kids organic kale, but then they throw a fit and it’s late and we end up ordering pizza instead. Sometimes you have to pick your battles!

So any time a brand comes along that offers me the ability to get the toxic chemicals out of our routine, but is also EASY to use and implement, I’m all for it! I was so excited when a friend started working with the incredible company, Beautycounter, and offered me the opportunity to test out their products for a few days. I was super impressed with the quality of everything Beautycounter offers, and their mission is pretty incredible. Did you know there are over 10,000 ingredients used in personal care products…but only 10% of these have actually been tested to ensure they are safe for human health?! And many of these ingredients have been linked to health problems such as cancer or reproductive health. That’s insane. Beautycounter was started by a mom who was sick of the risks she and her family were taking by not knowing what was in the products they used on their bodies. Their mission is to get safe products in to the hands of EVERYONE.

The issue that I’ve often found when using more natural products, especially makeup, is that it doesn’t work as well as my regular products. So I decided to put the Beautycounter line to the test! Many of you know I’ve been asked to come on a few morning shows in the Kansas City area lately, and that is probably the time when I wear the most makeup. My daily routine is pretty tame, but when I’m on camera I pull out the big guns! So I decided to do my last appearance wearing only Beautycounter products…and it went great! The makeup not only looked awesome when I applied it, it didn’t melt under the big studio lights!

I put together this little comparison of the products I generally use when I’m being filmed versus the Beautycounter products. The numbers are from the Environmental Working Group, which ranks products based on what chemicals are used in them and how safe they are. Anything from 1-3 is considered very good, 4-6 is medium and 7-10 is highly hazardous. My regular products are on the left and Beautycounter is on the right…check out how they ranked.

Beautycounter Vs My Routine

Yikes, right? Pretty scary stuff. After I experienced how well the Beautycounter products worked, I immediately started replacing my makeup stash. It’s definitely an investment, but as long as I’m only replacing an item or two at a time, I can make it work. I’m so grateful a company like Beautycounter exists and is making it easier for moms like me (ahem, B+ moms) to better our health!

Beauty Counter + Oils

If you’re interested in learning more about Beautycounter and Young Living Essential Oils (which I’ve talked about on the blog here) and you’re in Kansas City, I will be co-hosting an open house event with my sister next Wednesday, April 20th! From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and then again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., you can come sample all the wonderful skincare, cosmetics, body, kid and baby products by Beautycounter and the awesome oils and health products by Young Living Essential Oils. I will also be providing iTovi scans, which will provide you with an analysis of your body chemistry and tell you what you need more of to live at your healthiest! If you’d like to join us, please send me an RSVP at megan@crazybananas.com for location details and more information. Hope to see you there!

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