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Top Online Boutique Recommendations

For several years now boutiques have become a popular option over box stores for fun, unique clothing. If you do your homework and buy carefully, you can find some really great deals on cute clothing, shoes and accessories from online boutiques.

Along with trendy online boutiques, fashion bloggers, or influencers, are a dime a dozen these days. But there is a good reason why you might want to follow a few that share a similar style as your own. Look at the bloggers and social media influencers as your own personal shoppers. They try-on the clothes, tell you about the quality, how an item fits and feels, whether it’s recommended to size up or down, where to buy, and when there are money saving sales. They do the hard work for you. It helps in wondering if an item online is going to fit without the capability of trying on before ordering. Instagram has a plethora of influencers to follow to help inspire your own closet.

Whether searching for everyday clothing, a special occasion dress or photoshoot outfits, you can use your favorite fashion bloggers as a source to find inspiration for what to wear. Shopping online boutiques can also help you find trendy clothing that is different than what everyone else is wearing from the local mall. Today I’m sharing a few online boutiques that I would highly recommend. Keep in mind, online boutiques often have sales and free shipping options. It’s worth subscribing to their newsletters for sale notifications. There is really no need to pay full price unless you just can’t wait for that perfect item. I also recommend studying up on the return policies in the event you need to return an item. The return policies vary at each boutique.

Vici often gives their top influencers coupon codes for up to 20 to 25 percent off an order. Just Google “Vici coupon code” and you should have luck finding a way to save on your order. This is a great site for pretty dresses.

Items go fast on most boutique sites. Red Dress has an option to sign up for a wait list on items they will restock so you can be notified as soon as it comes back in stock.

I’ve found a lot of cute sweaters from here.

This site was recommended by my daughter. They have some really cute stuff.

This site is really cute for college students.

This is a local Kansas City online boutique.

Really cute shoes here.

I share this site with a caveat. While you can get boutique clothing at really cheap prices, items from this site do come from China. It is imperative to carefully read item descriptions and sizing charts before ordering. I also highly recommend reading all reviews where people provide their quality and sizing reviews. You can find good items on this site. You can also find not so great items that fit more like child sizes if you’re not careful. I have ordered from this site and had luck. I have also heard of many others that have had luck with this site. Shipping does take up to a month but if you’re looking for good prices, this is a good site to try.
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Prom Dress Re-Sale {2019}

It’s time for our 2nd year of offering very gently worn, like new prom dresses for sale to this year’s prom goers. We welcome students from all area schools to either bring in dresses for sale or shop.

For complete information on this year’s sale visit:

In last year’s sale we collected over 70 dresses for shoppers to browse. We hope to have even more options this year. Join us!

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Professional Headshot Week

How long has it been since you last updated your headshot? It’s kind of like updating the weight on your driver’s license – just not something you want to make it a point to do, right? Trust me, I hear you! Between you and me…I haven’t seen 115 pounds since I was 16 years old. ? But I did just update my own headshots (scroll for proof). 

You already have to get ready for work. Why not take 15 minutes before, during lunch, or use it as an excuse to get out of work and stop by the studio for fresh new headshots? It’s a proven fact your clients are more drawn to you when they can put a face with a name. Whether you prefer classic business headshots or more relaxed lifestyle shots, I’ve got you covered. View your photos on the spot or head back to work and view your options online. Choose one digital image or up to five. Whatever works best for you. I’m here to make the dreaded process as simple as possible. Let’s do this!

February 11 – 15, 2019
Christy B Photography Studio
125 Veterans Pkwy., Pleasant Hill

Email or call or text 816-935-4961 to take the plunge. It’s a lot less painful than putting your actual weight on your driver’s license, I promise.

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What’s For Dinner {January 2019 Menu Planner}

After nine months and 36 pounds down, I took a break from the Keto diet for two months to enjoy the holidays.  Five pounds later and all the carbs and sugary foods I had missed, it’s time to start back up again.  I’m kicking it back into high gear with dinners planned for the month of January.

While my dinner menu is Keto friendly, I do adapt some of what I’m cooking for the rest of the family.  So even if you’re not on the Keto diet, you can simply use the dinner ideas below and create your own regular/lower fat versions.  The items with a * in the meal calendar below include links that you click on for the recipe.

I received a new cookbook for Christmas so some of this month’s dinner recipes come from the book below.  Other recipes are found on the internet.

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Here is what we are having for dinner this month.  Directions on how to use this meal calendar below.


NOTE 1:  The calendar below will change as the month change.  If you are viewing this post after July, just use the < > buttons to click back to July 2018.

NOTE 2:  Items marked with an (*) asterisk on the calendar below have recipe links you can refer to.  Simply click the item and a recipe link will pop up.

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November Musings

…and the holiday season is just starting.  Time for stretchy pants!

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Lauren Alexandra Holiday Photos Recap {2018}

FIVE YEARS!  This is the fifth year I’ve been lucky enough to partner up with Lauren Alexandra, a children’s boutique in Kansas City, for holiday photos of their sweet clients.  This is just a sampling for the photos we captured this year.  It’s always such an honor to meet everyone, play fun games with the kiddos and create sweet images that they can share with their family & friends this holiday season.  #blessed

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Not-So-Haunted Studio + Halloween Minis {2018}

This year we will be offering Halloween mini sessions on Saturday, October 27th from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  These will be quick 15-minute shoots in the studio.  $25 session fee.  Reduced a la carte print & digitals pricing (shown below).  Pets, kids & families welcome.  Kids can enjoy walking through our “Not-So-Haunted” studio during their session.

Also, don’t forget to come see us on Halloween for the citywide Safe Trick-or-Treat from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

125 Veterans Parkway, Pleasant Hill (downtown across from the Post Office)

Halloween Minis Product Pricing:

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Fall Porch Decor {2018}

Happy fall, ya’ll.  I’m having so much fun decorating our newly remodeled outdoor space for each season/holiday.  Today I’m sharing a peek at our front porch.  I think this is the first year ever that I’ve not used mums in my fall/halloween decor.  The ferns have done so well on the front porch, I wasn’t ready to move them indoors yet.  This year I opted for simple fall with a touch of Halloween with our house guest, Mr. Bones.  He’s camped out and ready to greet the trick-or-treaters in a few weeks.

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