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Friday, November 11, 2011

A fond farewell from the Shopping Scout

I am sad to say that today is the last post for the Shopping Scout on I want to thank all of you that have followed along this past year. I also want to thank those of you who also took the time to comment...the good, the bad and the just plain funny.

I had the great pleasure of meeting some of you while out and about in Kansas City. It was such a joy to meet some of my readers, and I appreciate you taking the time to introduce yourself.

I also want to thank all the retailers who were so wonderful to work with anytime I would come in to visit their stores.

Even though I am not blogging about my experiences here, I will still be shopping! See you at H&M next week.

Melanie Knopke

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fake Pine never smelled so good...

Thank goodness the Halloween Decor is put away and we can start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas! While I would love to have a real Christmas tree, right now it's just way more convenient to do a fake one. Oh how I miss the smell of a real tree; there is nothing like it. Well, almost nothing...

Thymes makes the most amazing Frasier Fir candle that is the closest thing I have smelled to a real tree. The scent is a mix of Siberian Fir needles, Cedarwood and Sandalwood with just a slight undertone of a rich floral musk. The scent will fill up a room, but it is not overpowering at all. It's the perfect blend of Woodsy, Citrus and with a hint of floral.

I buy a candle every single year and I never tire of the fragrance. Their high quality paraffin candle will burn for almost 50 hours. I also like the Reed Diffusers because they give off a scent constantly and you dont' have to worry about lighting a candle. They are more expensive, but they will last you longer than a candle. 

The Frasier Fir line starts at $8 for bar soaps and goes on up to almost $50 for the Fragrance Diffusers. You can find the Frasier Fir line at Trapp & Company.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

La Plates holiday pop-up shop is now open!

Kansas City based La Plates, known for their vibrant, personalized melamine plates has opened up a pop-up shop for the holidays in Corinth Square.

From now until December 3rd you can shop their items in person and pick out some personalized gifts for loved ones. And while you are there, you might as well treat yourself to something too!

They carry other fun products outside of their plates. They have a cute selection of monogrammed totes and clutches, small accessories, housewares and items perfect to bring to the host or hostess of the holiday parties you will be attending.

The shop is located at 8227 in Corinth Square (facing The Hen House). Hours will be Monday-Saturday, 10AM-3PM.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Top 5 favorite fall nail colors

I love switching over from summer pinks and coral nail polishes to deeper, rich fall colors. I have 5 of my top picks for fall; ranging from a deep red perfect for the holidays or a chic greyish taupe for everyday.

You Don't Know Jacques by OPI has been a favorite of mine for the past year. I like that it is neutral enough for everyday and will go with just about any color of clothing you might be wearing.

Essie's Wicked was one of my first super dark nail polish color purchases. It is a really dark red, with almost a hint of brown and perfect if you want a bit of a vampy nail.

Source: via Melanie on Pinterest

Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI is a color that has been around for a while, but it is still extremely popular. It's a deep matte plum that looks just as pretty on your fingers as it does your toes.

Source: via Melanie on Pinterest

Malaga wine by OPI is the perfect red, and believe me I have tried a lot of different shades. It is just deep enough for fall, but still has a nice vibrant shade.

Source: via Melanie on Pinterest

So far my favorite go-to this season is Eiffel for this color by OPI. It is a deep burgundy, with just the slightest hint of sparkle.

You can find OPI at Beauty Brands or other salons and Essie is now available at Target and CVS.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Patagonia Knock-Offs at Old Navy

The Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater has been on my wish list for a long time. These lightweight, yet super warm down jackets are perfect for Kansas City winters. The problem? They are $229, which is a bit hard to justify.

You know I love a good "look for less" and so you can imagine my excitement when I came across a pretty decent Patagonia knock-off at Old Navy.

The Old Navy version is polyester filled and not 800-fill-goose down like the Patagonia, which is why the price is so much lower. But if you want the same look, then this is the coat for you. I saw them in person and they are really cute and colorful.

 Right now the jackets happen to be 30-50% off for the entire family. This little girls coat is $40 (it also comes in a beautiful aqua and lavendar).

The women's coat is only $29, originally priced at $59.94!

They also have a Men's version for $34 and a little boys version for $44.50.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The wait is over: H&M has announced it's opening date!

Kansas City Star's Joyce Smith posted on Facebook yesterday that H&M will FINALLY be opening it's doors on the Country Club Plaza on November 17th. I can hardly contain my excitement, and I know a lot of other shoppers in Kansas City will be just as thrilled as I am. This comes at the perfect time, with the holidays just around the corner.

I am never disappointed with their well-priced, on-trend fashion. I also especially love their kids clothes. I have bought multiple items for my toddler and I can't believe how the items have held up! Especially pants which get the most wear and tear.  The items fit nicely, have a higher-quality look than the price and they carry some amazing basics for every season.

We still have 2 weeks to wait, so in the meantime I will leave you with some inspiration; from their winter collection which is currently in stores. All photos via H&M's Facebook Page.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The MOST Targeted Body Sculpting Workout: Meet The Bar Method

Do you want to completely change how your body looks? If so, you are in luck because Kansas City is getting it's very first Bar Method studio in just 3 days! If you have never heard of it or tried it, you are in for a is one of the most targeted body sculpting workouts that you will ever do.

According to their website, The Bar Method "integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.

I have have had the opportunity to try the Bar Method, and the workout is crazy good. I have done a lot of different types of classes and this is by far one of the best. It moves quickly because you do short intervals, and you can really feel your body working. As they say in the Bar Method, the more you shake the better! If you do the workout consistently you will achieve that long, lean and toned dancers body that so many women want to have. 

Right now they are offering a new client special which is $100 for 30 days of unlimited classes. It is a great way to give the Bar Method a shot and see if you love the workout. Once you see the results, it is definitely addicting!

The Bar Method studio will be located in Park Place at 117th & Nall. They will have child care, so for all you Mom's out there this is a huge plus! Just click HERE to purchase the client special. And for a list of class times click HERE.

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As a former clothing buyer turned working mom, Melanie Knopke understands the challenge of finding the best for less. Check in daily as Melanie reports back with incredible deals, fabulous finds and all the best that Kansas City has to offer.

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