The Best of the Midwest | A Blog by Jen Keesee

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The Best of the Midwest 

A lifestyle blog by Jen Keesee... living and loving life in the Midwest one simple little outfit at a time.



 Well folks, if you've been following along, we've made it to 34 weeks of this pregnancy. With it being the last week to travel before baby arrives we decided to pack up and head west to our little hometown of Phillipsburg, Kansas. Both my husband and I's families reside there so our daughter LOVES to go back and see all of her "peoples."

But the road trips are getting harder and I'm starting to feel rather pregnant so I thought what better than to make a pit stop at The Rollin' J for a quick pick me up.

Shopping is good for the soul, ya'll!

We spent the weekend on my dad's farm where I grew up so took advantage of the {glamorous} tin buildings, grain bins, diesel tanks and zebras for a good photo sesh to show you guys some new pieces I found at The Rollin' J.

There is something so fun about a floral, off the shoulder dress & this one caught my eye immediately... Paired with a floppy hat & some cute zebras, I felt like I was on a safari.

Fun Fact: I grew up with exotic animals. That's normal, right? 😝

Another fun fact: All of these zebras are pregnant, too!


Moving on to the diesel tank. :) Thanks for all the rad props, Dad!


This Z Supply dress is sooo comfy & I just love the fact that I'll be able to wear all of these clothes post baby. Hard to believe our little buckaroo will be here next month.

Also SO obsessed with this thunderbird necklace. If you're looking to invest in a boho statement piece, this is it!


Last but not least...



The black & white striped midi dress. 

I'm carrying this baby SO LOW that dresses are literally the only comfortable thing to wear. So I was super pumped when I saw this sundress in store that was the perfect length. PLUS, it has pockets. Pockets people!! 🙌🏼

Also you guys, this backpack is the best. 100% real leather and totally classy! I had a shoulder diaper bag with Harper and it was always in the way or falling off when I bent over. Having 2 hands will definitely be a must with a baby and a toddler.

(Not that you have to use this bag as a diaper bag. It's convertible and can be a cross body or shoulder bag as well)

You can find all of these pieces at The Rollin' J in store and online. It's a one stop shop & obviously my favorite. Let me know if you have any questions.

As always, thanks for following along. 😘



Jen Keesee

Dressing the bump: Kimono style

The best of the Midwest

A lifestyle blog by Jen Keesee... Living and loving life in the Midwest one simple little outfit at a time. 


Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a huge fan of maternity clothes.  Being 32 weeks deep in my second pregnancy I've gotten pretty good at finding non-maternity clothes and working with the bump. Sizing up is key!

But let me just tell you what has worked for me.. KIMONOS!! They are your best friend, ladies. 


They can easily be paired with a tight fitting tank and leggings or a cute dress and, bonus, they are totally on trend! 🙌🏼


Plus, they just hang effortlessly off the shoulders and don't get stretched out so you can continue to enjoy post pregnancy. 


 This Coral Floral (say that 5 times fast) Chiffon Kimono is super light and airy, perfect for these warmer temps!

Even better, if you're packing for a trip this literally weighs nothing & hardly takes up any space in your suitcase. Making more room to pack unnecessary shit on your trip! 😝 (I'm such an over packer) 



I've also became such a hat lady! Mostly because my hair is hardly ever washed. 🤷🏽‍♀️ But this hat is a total steal at just $25 and will go with almost anything! So summery, so cute!



No grapefruits were wasted during this photo shoot 😝🍊 {P.S. I craved grapefruits so hard during my 2nd trimester}
did you guys have any weird cravings during pregnancy?



Here's another great kimono currently available at The Rollin J. The embroidery on this thing is so pretty. And so is that cute little lady next to me! ☺️

If ya'll are in need of a kimono look no further. The Rollin J has a variety of the cutest kimonos on the market. But don't wait too long, they're selling out super quick!

Dont forget to follow me on Instagram @_midwestjen_ for more great finds at The Rollin J. 

Thanks for reading!



Trend Alert

The Best of the Midwest

A lifestyle blog by Jen and loving life in the Midwest one simple little outfit at a time.



In case you haven't noticed, embroidery is one of the hottest trends right now & to be honest I ain't mad about it.


In fact I may just may take up embroidering in my spare time (if I had any --cough cough, parenting/full time job/the list goes on and on) but until then I'll just buy pieces from people who already know what's up.


Speaking of people who know what's up... The Rollin J has several embroidered pieces that are right on trend right now. 


One of my FAVORITES is this brand new sherbert lemon colored dress 👇🏼





You guys, this dress will seriously brighten your day. 🍋 ☀️ 



Is it just me or do you feel happier when you like your outfit?!



There's even more beautiful embroidery in the back. So colorful, so pretty. Obsessed is an understatement.





It's fully lined through the mid-section so you don't have to worry about it being see through 👍🏼


 Floppy hats are also a Spring must 👆🏼







Spring just got a little sweeter with this cute yellow dress. Online now at and selling out fast!!


What are some of your favorite trends?



Jen 😘

Spring Fever

The Best of the Midwest

A lifestyle blog by Jen and loving life in the Midwest one simple little outfit at a time!


Spring has sprung

It's the first day of Spring ya'll and no surprise I found the perfect transition pieces this weekend at The Rollin J. 


First things first let's talk about this sweater 👇🏼



The slouchy cable knit sweater is suuuuuper lightweight making it the perfect Spring top. Its slit sleeve & rounded hem details make it a little edgier than your average sweater. 



Bonus: It's bump friendly! 🙌🏼



I chose the Peachy Blush sweater so I could pair it with this feminine lace detailed skirt but it also comes in Cream. 



The skirt completed this look by giving it both the pretty and feminine flare I was going for. Lace is totally on trend this Spring and when you add a tulle overlay it's a win win! 


This Totem Salvage clutch is on point


These classic nude suede flats literally go with everything! I also have them in Leopard but they are available in Black, too. The adjustable strap and pointed toe make these shoes so cute, so chic & not to mention they are so affordable! 

I think this may be my go-to Easter outfit. 

Use code SPRINGFEVER at checkout for 10% off your next

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(link to homepage above ☝🏼) 

Don't forget to follow me on iinsta @_midwestjen_ for future sneak peeks!


Thanks for reading babes!! Have a great week 😘


Comfy Cute

Comfy Cute

I am smack dab in the middle of my 2nd trimester and already in FULL comfort mode.

Let me just start by saying... you will never catch me using the word "Bae" but you guys, this light-weight tank is hilarious! I mean seriously, give me all the Bacon & Eggs. Just writing this makes me want BAE. 😂 Plus it's long and stretchy so doubles as maternity wear! 🙌🏼

The grey ultra soft cardigan is the sweatpants of cardigans (seriously feels like a dream) and no surprise sold out FAST!! Will let you guys know if it will be restocked. 

These breakout loungers have have been my go-to lately. Who doesn't love an adorable pair of comfs to lounge around in?! These babies come in Black, Grey & Ivory and are under $40. Total steal!


Follow me on instagram for occasional sneak peeks from @therollinj before they hit the site!
xoxo Jen


Girlfriend Getaway

The Best of the Midwest | A Blog by Jen Keesee

If you're a parent, you know that it's hard to get away for 5 minutes let alone a whole weekend! It's truly Harper's world and I'm just living in it... So when a few friends asked me to go with them to a Women's Retreat on the Country Club Plaza in KC for the weekend, well, lets just say they didn't have to twist my arm!

Luckily I have a fabulous hubby who was all for a daddy/daughter date night watching Toy Story 3 and eating popcorn.  Now don't get me wrong. I love being a mom. In fact it truly is the BEST job in the world! But there is something about a girls weekend getaway to unwind and refresh that is so absolutely necessary every now and then. You know... for your sanity!!!

To top if all off, I got first dibs on a few pieces hot off the Spring Collection from the Rollin J just in time for the weekend. Like, GET IN MY CLOSET!! 

Kansas City just happens to be one of the prettiest cities in the Midwest so it was the perfect opportunity for a fun little photoshoot (thanks to my girls for playing along). In all honesty I can be a total awkward turtle but when you have a friend like Jess singing and twirking to Rihanna's "work, work, work, work, work, work" in the background, you can't help but to have a good time! (I apologize in advance for getting that song stuck in your head!)

This cardigan is super soft and literally goes with everything!!


All the heart eyes for this detailed lace top!



This gorgeous wall mural just happened to be a few miles from where we were staying in downtown Kansas City. It was meant to be!

Give me all the pretty Spring florals!!


Then wouldn't ya know it. The coolest little coffee joint was right around the corner. No girls weekend is complete without a fancy, fresh latte. You know what they in one hand, confidence in the other.  We'll have to go back in the summer when they open up the garage doors for sure! 




But seriously, you know anything Shelly Jo does at The Rollin J is on point. So be on the lookout for new Spring Arrivals coming soon!

Thanks for reading!! ...and because I have the hook up use code MIDWESTJEN at checkout for 10% off your next purchase at The Rollin J.  Offer valid now through 2/15/17 in store and online!