Our recommendations for fashion, home accessories, jewelry and cooking components from shops in the Kansas City metro.
Jennifer Janesko has made a career out of creating sleek yet striking jewelry for the modern woman.
Janesko’s KS/MO necklace ($66) not only captures her Kansas upbringing and Missouri education, but also the tendency of locals to be connected to both states. In a satin yellow gold or polished silver finish, the necklace lovingly displays the link between the two states.
Rather than have them sit side-by-side, Kansas and Missouri are shown grasping each other in a display of shared hometown pride. Purchase Janesko’s work from various metro locations or from her website at janesko.com.
Now is the perfect time of year for cookouts and barbecues, so get the chef a sturdy cutting board for summer food prep.
This Corian leaf cutting board ($34.95) is cut out for the job. It provides a sizable 12 x 12-inch surface made from Corian, a non-porous, heat resistant material used for countertops in kitchens, hospitals and laboratories, because it resists the growth of bacteria and other unwanted guests.
The leaf design will transition well into any fall décor. Each board, handcrafted by local artisan Dave Able, is unique in shape and color. You can get this one-of-a-kind board at Pryde’s Old Westport (115 Westport Road) or online at prydeskitchen.com. - Jill Powers
Fight the Dragon
Swimming pools and summer sun are wonderful ways to pass the time and take advantage of the July heat, but chlorine and UV rays can make skin as scaly as a dragon’s. Have no fear; your knight has arrived with everything you need to keep your armor shining.
Indigo Wild’s Zum Dragon’s Blood products will put back what the summer heat takes away, keeping skin soft and moist as this powerful plant resin has done since the time of medieval kingdoms.
Try a 3 oz. bar of all-natural goat’s milk soap ($5.75), or give yourself or a damsel-in-distress the princess treatment with a gift set that includes a Zum bar, tub, rub and oil ($39). These products are available at IndigoWild.com or at various retailers around the metro area. - Jill Powers
Fill out your summer wardrobe with this versatile piece. Nothing says elegant fun like lace, and comfort has no better friend than cotton.
That’s what makes this Easton lace short ($185) the ideal mix of classy and casual. The simple, layered lace style in creamy white 100% cotton is easy to dress up for any occasion. Add a dark solid top and simple jewelry for a casual look. Throw on a bright-colored print for a day spent shopping. Or, slip into a silky blouse and a daring necklace for a night out with the girls.
This piece comes in sizes 2-14 and has a side zipper and inner lining to make it easy to put on and too comfortable to take off. It’s available for purchase from J. McLaughlin (4703 Broadway) or JMcLaughlin.com. —Jill Powers