Letter from the Creative Director

I have had the privilege of having so many inspirational women in my life as role models, mentors and friends- women who build each other up and strengthen each other. As I reflect on the many amazing women who have touched my life and impacted me in so many ways over the years, I see the beautiful faces of so…

Pink Friday Trivia Night Benefits Stephanie Vest Foundation

The ninth annual Pink Friday Trivia Night took place on February 24th at the Stoney Creek Hotel. This high-energy event raised over $35,000 for the Stephanie Vest Foundation. All money raised stays in the metro and pays living expenses when a parent cannot work due to cancer treatment. StephanieVest.com

May 2017 Around Town

Formerly established Lakewood Montessori School at 951 NE Wildwood Drive in Lee’s Summit will soon reopen after an extensive renovation as Cuddle Up Pup, a premier pet resort with over 10,000 square feet. The boutique-styled doggie daycare experience will be unparalleled in setting, services and quality supervision. No expense has been spared during the renovation including bedroom-like pet suites with…

Travel Edit

Head to the desert in style with Steps of Style blogger Amy Dreyer for a girls trip filled with sun, fun and mid-century magic.

A Mother’s Love

There are stories of motherhood that sit deep in the soul, grapple with emotions and send waves of inspiration that challenge everything known about a mother’s love. For Julie Chamberlin and Jenise Miller, their story encompasses this but is also one wrapped in faith, hope and sacrifice. It is a story worthy of praise and a tale of motherhood that…

Inspirational Women of Lee’s Summit

You probably know her. She’s the vibrant spirit who, when life handed her a lemon, she took it and made the sweetest lemonade. Now she shares a cup with you as you sit on the back porch and chat about life. She enriches the lives of others through her unique passion and charitable efforts. She is a mother, a co-worker,…

Introducing Ashley Rodden

Ashley Maurin Rodden’s roots are right here in Kansas City, but her wings have taken her east to New York and Paris, chasing her fashion and beauty dreams. She founded LOVER® Cosmetics LLC in Kansas City in 2005 and moved to Paris a few years later to study makeup artistry at the Christian Chauveau school of makeup artistry. Returning to…

The City of Lee’s Summit:  A Mecca of Lake Home Communities!

Nowhere in Missouri or Kansas can you find so many lake communities in one city! Lee’s Summit is well-known for the selection of lake communities available to homeowners. Consider all the options: Lake Winnebago, Raintree Lake, Lakewood, Lake Lotawana and Woodland Shores on Prairie Lake to name a few. Each lake community provides a select set of amenities which include…

Portable Chef

Hiring a caterer for a corporate event, private party, luncheon or wedding is an extremely common occurrence in most metropolitan areas. The Portable Chef, a Lee’s Summit-based caterer celebrating its 20th anniversary in business, has set itself apart in the industry through an innovative business model and unique workforce.

April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Spring is here! I am so excited about what this season brings to our city with the amazing weather and the opening of so many outdoor venues. There really is so much to do in Lee’s Summit and surrounding areas as the weather starts to warm up, and best of all, warmer weather means my kids are constantly outside playing.

Apple Tart Topped with Salted Caramel Ice-Cream

Heat oven to 400º F. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and the flour in large bowl. Stir in apples. The sugar-flour mixture will not all stick to the apples; that’s OK.

April 2017 Around Town

Coming this summer, let us help your child catch up during the summertime. Camps will include an area of focus in social skills, speech and language, fine and gross motor skills and handwriting skills. Available camps for summer 2017 include “Little Ones on the Move,” ages 4-6 years; “Let’s Shape Those Letters,” ages 7-9 years; “Right Brain Meets Left Brain—Motor…

Mapping Mobile

Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Home to Alabama’s only marine science education and research laboratory, visitors learn about the four local ecosystems of the coastal area: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Gulf of Mexico. DISL.org


Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season.

Arrowhead Yacht Club

Charming. At Arrowhead Yacht Club (the AYC) the beauty of nature is the perfect complement for any special occasion. The serenity of a gleaming lake, the vivid viridescent lawn and the simplicity of the lush landscape all collaborate in creating a unique experience for anyone seeking to find an idealistic place for a noteworthy gathering. Boasting the splendor of Lake…

How to Make a Raised Garden

It started off as an innocent, cold Saturday in January project with my family. I packed my two kids up, and we found our way to Home Depot to look at the organic seeds. It had been a few years since we'd planted a garden at our previous house, and they were excited to help. They picked out corn, tomatoes,…


Combine all ingredients except oil and blend for 10 seconds. Slowly drizzle oil into the running blender to emulsify. Season to taste with salt and pepper A couple of years ago, I found myself in an argument with my father about the local and “organic” meat I had purchased. In his defense, he uttered “but all food is organic!” Unfortunately,…

Fig Tree Pioneers Farm-To-Table Fare in Lee’s Summit

Enter Fig Tree Café and Bakery, and a sheet pan of baklava rests alongside a luxuriously frosted chocolate layer cake on an antique glass pedestal, a hint at owners Tom and Robyn Altoom’s unique culinary perspective. At the restaurant—Middle Eastern café meets Ozark grandmother’s bakery counter–the Altooms pride themselves on preparing ingredients the old-fashioned way and in offering patrons the…

Letter from the Creative Director

This month we are featuring beautiful homes in the area that reflect different styles of design. Whether it be modern, contemporary, farmhouse, vintage or traditional, interior design is multifaceted and can change the feel and mood of a space. The clean, sleek lines of modern feels fresh and professional, whereas a vintage or farmhouse style gives a feeling of warmth,…

Steve Silverstein’s Shoreside Sanctuary

For Steve Silverstein, M.D., his home on the north shore of Lake Winnebago is more than a dwelling—it’s a labor of love turned into a luxurious shoreline sanctuary. “In everything, I tried to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility,” the successful and driven ophthalmologist says, describing how he’s integrated his passion for music and lakeshore living to create an…

Modern Oasis

Design features of the Byers residence include a cantilevered roof, expansive windows facing west, clerestory windows throughout, ground-source heating and cooling and a rain screen wall system with a natural cedar plank façade. The low-slung exterior was designed to respond to the Missouri prairie topography and offers a contemporary interpretation of prairie-style architecture. The home was designed by El Dorado…

Get the Look

This midcentury modern dining room is inviting and fresh. You can obtain the same look with these pieces.

Custom Window Treatments by Budget Blinds

Windows are the eyes of the home. They see the wonderful scenery outside while keeping the precious memories made inside safe. They provide a barrier from the elements but sometimes need a little something extra to make them perfect. That is where the ideal window covering comes into play.

Lauren Korte’s Home Décor Picks

Pair the 2017 Pantone color of the year with your favorite gold pieces for a fresh look this spring.

Modern Meets Gravel

When a local couple decided to move to the country, they knew they wanted to build a home that tested the limits of Midwest style and design. With a desire for modern edge in their rural setting, the homeowners enlisted the help of local designer Kerri Frazier, of Studio Blue Designs, to bring their vision to life. Throughout the custom-build…

come gather

The Browning home has always been a gathering place. Built in 1889 by the owner of the Lee’s Summit mercantile, Browning Drygoods, it was a hub for family life, even after the grown Browning children grew up and moved to homes next door. History has it that neither of the adjoining Browning residences had kitchens because everyone returned to the…

My Favorite Things

Top three items you can't live without: Water, phone and dark chocolate. 

Favorite spots in KC: The Plaza, Kauffman Performing Arts Center and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Letter from the Creative Director

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a person who likes to come up with new ideas. I am a bit of a dreamer and a problem solver, and I constantly find myself thinking up new business startups, inventions or ways to make products better. I can’t help it, and I have a hard time turning…

February 2017 Around Town

You may be eligible for an academic scholarship to help cover your tuition. The Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation (GLSHF) Scholarship cycle is now open. The deadline to apply is March 1. GLSHF offers area students educational scholarships in amounts up to $8,000. These scholarships support academic studies leading to a career in a medical or a health care discipline.…

D.E. Uhlig

D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's…

Local Authors Create Children’s Book

Local authors, Refe and Susan Tuma, began photographing their dinosaur adventures in 2012, creating Dinovember and igniting the imaginations of children young and old across the world. This adventure began in a very unexpected way. When their son was little, he had health problems that kept him up at night. This went on for two years and left Susan and…

Travel Edit/ Velvet Reign

Pack your camping bags in style, and head out west for an adventure in Glamping with Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer. Destination - Moab, Utah

Post Coffee Company Expands to Goat Hill

You feel it when you walk through the door of Post Coffee Company in Lee’s Summit. It’s a sensory experience involving smell, taste, hearing, touch and vision. That’s because co-owners, Tanner Stevens and Levi Holland, have created a space that draws coffee connoisseurs of all age and genre.

Rob Ellerman

True modesty is not a quality that many possess. By definition, modesty is a character trait in which a person minimizes his or her talents, and even if that person was the recipient of many accolades, most would not know it. It is this kind of humility and a true appreciation of others that make Rob Ellerman one of the…

Brew of the Month

Flavor: An American style IPA, smooth malt backbone with a touch of toasted malt flavor which accents the hop forwardness. Strong citrus and pine flavors and aroma come from the triple dry hopping.

January 2017 Lifestyle Letter

I am not always the best at making New Year’s resolutions. It may be because I tend to reflect on changes and goals at the beginning of a school year. As a former teacher, and then after having four children of my own, a fresh beginning to me always seemed to fall in August at the beginning of a new…

January 2017 Around Town

An additional area of therapy has been added to services offered by Brain Builders Pediatric Therapy. The addition was precipitated by the increasing demand for assistance with learning strategies and tutoring of dyslexic students. Researchers have found that the learning of four out of 10 American children are effected by some degree of the symptoms prevalent among those diagnosed with…

Travel Edit

Pack your bags with Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, as the borders open to the beautiful and mysterious Havana Cuba.

Fresh Catch

Growing up outside of Portland, Oregon, Brian O’Neil spent his summers on the sea, fishing for salmon in the waters of the Pacific Northwest with his father and grandfather. Brian came to attend college in Warrensburg, met his wife, Lisa, and eventually settled down in rural Missouri, but salmon fishing remains a way of life for the O’Neil family.

Now is Your Time. Get Healthy.

January is my favorite time of year for health & fitness. This is the time of year that I most commonly get to work with clients that are fresh, raw & usually extremely nervous. These are people that have unwillingly found themselves in a place where they are simply unhealthy, out of shape & overweight. They are apprehensive, intimidated &…

Yoga with a Twist

Kristi Sealer opened Good Life Yoga and Tea in downtown Lee’s Summit in April 2016 as a marriage of her two interests that contribute to health and wellness of mind and body. Studio classes at Good Life are pure yoga, a relaxing flow of breath, movement and meditation. The studio also offers tea classes that instruct students on loose leaf…

Tips from a trainer

Staying active and keeping fit through the holidays and winter months has proven to be a challenge for most people. Even for personal trainers it can be a struggle some times. People ask us all the time; what should I do when I go to the family’s house for the long weekend, how do I stay away from all the…

Paul Versluis

Director of Photography for Lifestyle Publications, photographer at 8183 studio, 8183studio.com

Introducing Lauren Korte| Lauren”s Fitness Finds

Hi there! I'm Lauren, a lover of all things fashion, beauty, fitness, travel and freakishly cute dogs. I am a wife to my best friend, Zack, and a mother (or teacher) to 17 first graders. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and am currently pursuing a masters degree.

Raise a glass to wine’s health benefits

Health fads and foods may come and go, but for many, an evening glass of wine is an enduring habit whose benefits extend beyond enjoyment and relaxation. Studies show that consuming moderate* amounts of all types of alcohol can raise HDL (healthy) cholesterol, reduce blood clotting risk, prevent artery damage caused by high levels of LDL (harmful) cholesterol and improve…

Benefits of Pilates

How do Pilates and Yoga differ from each other? A very common question! Both are great for mind-body connection, balance, flexibility and strength. Yoga is done on a mat using small props. Studio Pilates utilizes an array of specialized equipment which helps people get into and sustain positions they might not be able to do otherwise. Likewise, aerial yoga provides…

Letter from the Creative Director

Even though I don’t love frigid temperatures, December is by far my favorite month of the year. The excitement and magic of watching my kids experience all of our family holiday traditions is so much fun, and the anticipation of Christmas morning makes me still feel like a kid. I absolutely love every part of it, and I think I…

11th Annual Carnival for CASA 

More than 700 people enjoyed an incredible array of special carnival activities plus unlimited access to Paradise Park’s fixed attractions, lunch, snacks and much more, and funds raised will go to Jackson County CASA. Photo credit: Alex Jinks Photography and DigitalPhotoJoe.

Saint Luke’s East 7th Annual Boo Ball

This year’s Fire & Ice themed Boo Ball was held at Stoney Creek Hotel where guests enjoyed delicious appetizers, cocktails, dinner, and entertainment by Quixotic performers.This year’s proceeds will help provide transportable cardiac monitors for 14 patient rooms in the ED at Saint Luke's East Hospital.

Winter on the Lake

Many Midwesterners enjoy spending summertime on and around the lake. The hot and humid climate fits perfectly with activities such as swimming, boating, skiing and sailing. When the seasons begin to change, the lake does too. What was once a fluid vehicle for family fun, soon becomes a frozen obstacle, causing many lake goers to dock their boats and retreat…