A Weekend Touring Kansas City

You guys! I had so much fun visiting my friend Kala in Kansas City, Missouri last weekend. Even though I only took a 1/2 day off from work, I felt like I lived my weekend to the fullest. Every day we visited coffee shops and restaurants, and walked around the city through different neighborhoods and parks. I’m copying Kala’s post at My Breezy Room a little, but I can’t not give you the gossip on my weekend.

The whole time I was there we used a list “169 Things to Do in Kansas City That are Better Than Netflix” as our guide. We found all sorts of cool places like a homemade soda and espresso-coffee shop called Little Freshie to an antique and gift store called West Side Story (see “I Heart KC” shirts below) to a farm-to-table spot for brunch called Blue Bird Bistro where I happily downed an organic Bloody Mary. Yum.

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My first morning we went to First Fridays which was my favorite part! The West Bottoms – an old warehouse area of KC – is taken over the first weekend of the month for an antiques and furniture sale. I was obsessed. There were buildings upon buildings upon buildings of beautiful repainted and modernized furniture and antiques. Food trucks were lined up outside and people were everywhere. This area was buzzing. I loved it! It’s a good thing that I flew down, otherwise I would have come back with a car full of mirrors, chairs, tables… pretty much everything.

We stopped in Union Station, a hundred-year-old train station and walked around a bit. The ceiling and woodwork was absolutely beautiful. There was a random high school kid walking around with his friend, saxophone in-hand, and he scared the crap out of me twice. Don’t blow your sax (unexpectedly) in a public space that echos! It was pretty funny though. 

We watched the fireworks down by the river with thousands of other people. We witnessed so many Americans doing their American thing — aka people drinking and dancing to rock music we didn’t know. I’m pretty good at Classic Rock (my dad’s trained me well), but there were some songs that just came out of the woodwork. Photo: These lovelies taught me a thing or two about country music last night before the fireworks.

We even toured the brewery for Boulevard Brewing Company. I sipped two beer samples at 11 a.m. I felt like a rebel. I learned that their packaging area allows them to bottle 500 beers a minute. 500! That’s wild to me.

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I have a few more pictures to share, but I’m going to save those for a later date. It’s impossible to recap an amazing weekend in a blog post. You have to understand how much I laughed. And laughed. And laughed.

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Happy 4th of July!!

Who’s excited for the 4th of July?? THIS GIRL. I’m flying down to Kansas City to visit Kala at My Breezy Room for a long weekend. I’m so pumped! I haven’t left Minnesota since January and it’s about time. Kala and I became friends at Camp Friendship in Annandale, MN three summers ago now — it’s crazy that’s been that long — and have kept in touch ever since! It was definitely the most challenging and difficult summer of my life, but also the most rewarding. This is going to sound super vague but it was so much fun.

I’m looking forward to rehashing hilarious camp stories with Kala this weekend. I also missed her wedding last month so I’m excited to get all the details on that!

So, to celebrate July 4th, I need to pack a few red, white and blue outfits tonight! Wouldn’t any of these be cute?

Navy + red.July 4th outfit. USA!!

Too bad I don’t have red or American flag shorts. I guess I’ll work with what I’ve got. Happy 4th of July, friends and fam!