Kansas City Travel Guide

Shop Look #1: Bag (similar – exact sold out) // black jeans // Mules // Oversized Button Down

Shop bottom look: Cropped Boyfriend Jeans // Similar Jeans – Exact Sold Out // Mules // Similar Crop sweatshirt (sold in store @ Nordstrom – not available online)

A couple of weekends ago, Russ and I took a super fun weekend trip up to Kansas City. A lot of people asked us “Why KC”. When I lived in Kansas we visited KC all of the time! I loved everything about it. As I got older, the desire to be there and explore only grew. Kansas City is now a big city that still feels small. There are so many sights, sounds, shops, and eats in Kansas City. Its so hard to do a trip in just a couple of days but it was plenty of time to fall in love with the city and a few of the places there. Russ and I have narrowed it down to our top picks in this fun weekend getaway guide to Kansas City.

Local Eats

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There is a large restaurant scene in Kansas City, and it can be difficult to keep track of all of the recommendation and restaurants you pass by.

For KC BBQ you have to try Q39. This is an amazing BBQ restaurant with so many great options that you won’t find at your typical bbq places. We suggest starting off with the onion strings. They are thin, crispy, spicy, and delicious. The plate is piled high and it comes with an amazing dipping sauce. The main courses were even tastier. Our awesome bartender talked me into their Burnt Ends sandwich and it was to die for. Russell had a sandwich with three different means and he loved it. This was such a fun and trendy BBQ place, we can’t wait to go back!

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For great pizza try Chiusano’s Brick Oven Pizzeria at Legends Outlet Mall. The Pizza is amazing, the atmosphere is cute and quaint, and the price is just right. Russell and I split the best brick oven pizza we have ever had. It is the perfect opportunity to eat Italian food in Kansas City.

Mexican food restaurants are easy to find in KC. There are so many options it made it hard to chose. We ended up going with a favorite that we don’t get all that often, Chuys. If you don’t have a Chuys close you have to go.The food is great, the staff was so nice, and the atmosphere was, even more, fun the ones in Oklahoma and Texas.

Fun & Drinks

 

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Power and Lights District has so many fun bars and restaurants. Perfect place to hop from place to place or go for just a couple of drinks. We loved this area and can’t wait to go back! Each place has its own personality and many were fun even during the day on Sunday.

Houlihan’s is one of my families favorite places to get drinks, especially during their drink specials on Sundays. It was a great place for us to watch the football games, get a small bite to eat, and have a few of their tasty drinks. The location right next to Oak Park Mall in Overland Park had an amazing patio and so many TVs. Definitely a great place for day drinks.  

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KC Soda Co was such a fun place to spend a little time on Sunday. It is at the Legends Outlet Mall and offers thousands of unique Sodas. We had so much fun testing out different sodas and finding our favorite flavors.

Shopping

Shopping in Kansas City was so fun! There are a couple of places I really recommend if you are going to Kansas City to shop.

Oak Park Mall is a large mall, especially compared to the malls in Oklahoma City. There are great stores like Evereve, Nordstrom, H&M, and so much more! We could have spent days exploring all of the stores and styles they offered.

The Plaza – The outdoor mall at the plaza was so fun. There are a ton of good shopping options, many of which are different than options we have at home. The Kate Spade store, of course, drew me in. It was so cute and the employees were amazing. We loved all of the fun restaurants, the great little coffee, and sweet shops, and of course, the people watching.

Legends Outlet Mall is another great place to go shopping. It is best to go early in the morning because by the afternoon it was really crowded. They had most of the traditional outlet shops with an added few we don’t have close. I loved the Victoria Secret Outlet and went crazy in Levi. This is the perfect place to spend your Sunday morning or late afternoon on your tip. Did I mention the area itself is so fun? The racetrack, soccer field, and new water park (that is still under construction) are all within walking distance.

Live Music

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KC Live in the Power and Lights district looked like one of the most fun places. There were tons of bars all in one area as well as an outdoor stage that plays tons of great bands. We missed the bands but the area looked like a total blast and we can’t wait to go next time we are there. I will say that during the day they played a movie over the stage outside. It looked like the perfect place to brunch and hang out during the day.

The Plaza district also has live music on some Saturday nights, it has food trucks, and it is such a fun outdoor atmosphere. We had so much fun exploring the area, hearing a little music, and grabbing some yummy snacks before dinner.

Where to Stay

There are so many great hotels depending on what you are wanting to do in Kansas City. We chose to stay in Olathe just outside of Kansas City. We found it to be the perfect location for us. It was a little cheaper than staying in downtown KC. It also was right off the high which made it easy to get any place we wanted to go quickly and with minimal traffic. I would suggest staying closer to downtown or the power and lights district if you are wanting to really experience the nightlife.

Thank you all so much for your recommendation a couple of weeks ago and for reading this post. We are hoping to do more weekend getaway to keep creating these fun guides for you all if you like them. Trips like these can be so fun without costing a ton. Have you been to KC? What should I add to this list?

 

My must have fall cami & 2 ways to wear it

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Shop: Cami // Velvet Joggers ( On Sale) // Jean Jacket (On sale)// Moto Jacket (similar) // Black Jeans // Booties // Heels (Old but similar linked)

Happy Wednesday friends!! Long time no see! I’m so sorry for being a little MIA between my KC trip, work, and being sick I haven’t had much time to write. I am happy to say I am back and planning a ton of new content for the next few weeks!

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First up I wanted to show you my FAVORITE new cami for fall! This top is my new staple for fall. I love how soft and feminine it is. Not only because of the color and the material but also because of the little-added pop of lace on the top. It’s perfect to layer with velvet or paired with your favorite Moto jacket or leather jacket for a softer look.

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The first look I styled it with truly encompasses my favorite trends. I have fallen in love with joggers, especially dresses up so these blue velvet joggers were a no-brainer. You’ve probably noticed I have a love for velvet too so I couldn’t be more obsessed. I loved them with this cami. Both looked so cute with a simple jean jacket.

This look is perfect for date night or thrown on with a more casual pair of shoes for running errands or going to a movie. I know I always mention sizing but I will say both run true to size. I am wearing a medium in both the tops and the bottom.

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The second way I styled this look is a little edgier than the first look. I paired this soft cami with a little harsher distressed black jeans and my favorite moto jacket by Free People. It is hard to see but it’s is a gorgeous velvet and has the cutest lace up tdetails on the sleeves and on the back.

I have been living in this outfit since I bought it in Kansas City. It is perfect for all occasions and is so easy to throw on. I love that it makes me look put together yet is fun! The blue cami seemed to be the perfect thing to tie the whole look together.

That’s it for today friends! My KC guide will be up in the morning! So glad you all weren’t in love with the idea as I was!

Thank you all so much for reading!

Shop: Cami // Velvet Joggers ( On Sale) // Jean Jacket (On sale)// Moto Jacket (similar) // Black Jeans // Booties // Heels (Old but similar linked)

 

XO - Courtney B.

 

Ways to Wear: Blazers

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Shop: Blazer // Bag (Similar) // Mules // Tank

It’s Thursday! You know what that means, one of my personal favorite post topics – Ways to Wear. Today I am talking about blazers! Blazers (especially boyfriend blazers) are such a fun and hot trend right now. They can also be tricky to find and even trickier to wear.

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Fall Reds & Weekend Plans

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Shop: Red Vest // Black Jeans // Black Mules // Similar Black Kate Spade here & here  // White Top 

Happy Monday friends!

So I was super MIA over the week & weekend and I am so sorry! I had a couple super fun designer events at work this week which occupied a lot of my mind. I did get to meet the designers of Sloane Street jewelry and let me just tell you those ladies are AMAZING! If you haven’t taken a look at their stuff be sure to! I also had a fun work event on Saturday. It took the whole day which meant I wasn’t going to get much time with Russ. We decided to have a super laid back phone free night on Friday and it turned out to be much needed. Yesterday, I went to watch him at his dirt bike race and it was so fun! Needless to say, it has been a crazy busy last few days.

I wanted to take a quick second to show you this deep red vest. Y’all I have always been a huge red fan so the fact that it is a Fall 2017 “IT” color is amazing! I know I’ve said it three or four times this fall but I can’t get enough of vests, especially the long ones. This one, in particular, struck me not only because of the color but the cut. I love that the small cap sleeve makes it work appropriate yet it looks great with distressed jeans. It has also inspired me to hunt down more pieces in this color.

I will be headed to Kansas City this weekend for a fun birthday getaway and I am needing food and shopping recommendations so if you have any please comment below!  I have a huge “wish list” of items to look for since we don’t have a Nordstrom in OKC. I am originally from Kansas but haven’t been shopping there in five or six years so please please send me all the stores!! Also if you live in KC I would love to meet you!!

I hope you all have a great (and quick) week! Thanks for reading!

XO - Courtney B.

Favorite Fall Pattern & Colors

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Loft Fall Patterned Top // Faux Suede Skirt // 40% off today!

Shop this top & skirt 40% off: Top // Skirt // Booties // bag 

Happy Thursday all,

If you have followed along with last week’s post, you probably noticed I did a couple of posts out of my norm. I always try to be open and honest with you all, but after talking to a few of you, I really want to open up and have you all get to know me on a deeper level. Putting my life – all of it- on social media has never really been my thing but I want you all to feel comfortable doing the same with me! I will be trying to spice up the blog’s content more often with topics outside of fashion, so if you have any ideas shoot them my way!

Today, I wanted to show you all one of my favorite “dressed up” fall looks. I have been wearing this look to church, work, and date nights lately. The skirt is a gorgeous blue/grey color and I am obsessed with this shirt and its pattern! I picked this look up at loft a couple of weekends ago and I have already created a few fun ways to mix up these pieces.

I am so excited to wear this skirt with sweaters, so I bought it in my regular size. I will say it is a little long and runs a little big. I definitely could have gone down a size or even moved to my regular size but in a petite.

This top runs true to size and the colors are gorgeous. If you don’t wear florals in fall, I definitely suggest that you break out of your comfort zone and try this top. It layers great and the back is a t shirt material so it won’t cling when you throw on a jacket or sweater.

Are there any colors or patterns you stay away from in fall? Are there any you want to know how to style? Shoot me a message, I would love to work it in my posting schedule for the next couple of weeks!

XO - Courtney B.

 

Ways to Wear: Leopard

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Shop: Wrap Sweater // Leopard Shoes // Jeans // Purse //

Its Tuesday, you know what that means! It’s the 4th week of ‘Ways to Wear’ series! It makes me so happy that you all are loving this series as much as I am loving putting it together. This week is all about ways to wear leopard. I have been obsessed with animal prints forever. These are probably my third pair of animal print heels I’ve bought because I wear them out so quickly.

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Fall Look for Less

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Shop: Top // Jeans // Velvet Booties (similar Here & Here) // Bag

Happy Monday Friends!

Russell and I just got done planning a super fun birthday trip for the beginning of October. With so many fun stores and restaurants to explore, we decided we would start “saving” a little. Who knew hotels, travel, and expenses could be so much! I still have a shopping addiction and want to create new and fun looks for you all, so I decided I would look for some cheaper pieces to add to my wardrobe.

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