Being artfully inspired

I go to Dean and Deluca once or twice a month… always in the morning, when it’s not busy, there’s a hum of people preparing for the day. Today, I stood and waited for my coffee – and took in the sites and smells. From the white subway tiled walls to the beautifully designed desserts and packages all around, and the giant photos of the most amazing looking cheeses and breads — I was artfully inspired.

Olive and Sinclair ChocolateThe store at Town Center Plaza is never terribly busy in the morning hours before I have to be in the office – it’s the perfect time to go, and today, a Monday, it was a nice beginning to my week. I decided while standing there that a beautiful box of artisan chocolates would be the perfect gift for me.. someone tell the hubs please! Dark Chocolate with sea salt.. sounds heavingly (why isn’t that a word?).. but more so – the packaging was awesome! It’s like a designers porn.. I swear!

Right then and there I decided I needed more of that in my life. I needed to be inspired by the beauty around me, taking trips to World Market and Paper Source, not to buy something but to be inspired by the everyday. I don’t need special trips to the museums, although I would love a few of those as well.

For years I have heard about the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, seen hundreds of images from inside the gardens – and have never been. I recently decided to focus more on passions and picked up my camera again, and chose the Kauffman Gardens as my first spot for portraits. It’s such a lovely place. I absolutely LOVE the grounds, the fountains — even the bathrooms were super clean!

Even if you are not a “designer” or think you are creative, I challenge each of my readers to look around and see inspiration in the everyday. Inspire yourself to do, see, create or just be. Inspiration can come from just about anything — just open yourself up to it!

xoxo

m

I love talking about restaurants.

Seriously, it’s my favorite subject.

  1. I love to eat
  2. I love to drink
  3. I love to be social
  4. and most importantly, I love to be in the “know”

My favorite restaurants in KC:

  1. Blue Bird Bistro
  2. Waldo Pizza
  3. Margarita’s
  4. Garrozo’s
  5. Carmen’s
  6. Californo’s
  7. Oklahoma Joes
  8. Osteria Il Centro
  9. J.Gilberts

My favorite coffee shops in KC (I LOVE COFFEE): 

  1. Mildred’s Coffee House
  2. The Roasterie Cafe (B-Side is the best)
  3. Coffee Girls in Waldo
  4. Broadway Cafe

My favorite downtown/midtown lunch spots (oh, how I miss these):

  1. Westport Flea Market
  2. Lulu’s Noodles
  3. Anthony’s
  4. Margarita’s
  5. Room 39
  6. Saigon 39 (I might miss you the most)

Places I’d most like to go:

  1. Bluestem
  2. The American Restaurant (can you believe I’ve never been??)
  3. Nara
  4. Anton’s
  5. Piropo’s
  6. Aixois
  7. Captial Grill (yep..it’s a chain)
  8. EBT (I hear there’s a good happy hour)
  9. Justus Drugstore

I would love to start a restaurant blog, I’d call it. EAT! or  Go Forth and EAT! or A girl, A boy & A cow (walk into a restaurant..).. I don’t know what I’d call it – but it’s fun to think about. We just don’t go out as much anymore, and I’d want to s. But there are some really great ones that I read, religiously. Here are my top reads:

  1. Eat it KC is the newest that I have found. I really love her pics of meals, and restaurants – and the blog is beautifully designed.
  2. I have been reading, Making of a Foodie, for a few years. She’s lovely and explores her pallet and gives her suggestions on where to eat.
  3. I still “follow”, KC Napkins, however he hasn’t updated it since early last year – so I am thinking after a few years of him writing, he’s done. But it’s still a good resource for reviews on restaurants – old and new.
  4. The Kansas City Star started a new blog called, Chow Town, it’s a blog by a newspaper – but still an interesting read.
  5. Missy Roe’s, The Perfect Bite: KC, is also a great read. She travels and blogs about great restaurants she eats at when she’s not in KC. But for the most part she tries an eclectic array of restaurants around town – and talks about them like she’s talking to her best friends. It’s very easy to read, and I find that I agree with a lot of her reviews.

Are there restaurants that you love, that you want to try? Know any food blogs that we JUST have to check out? Let us know!

xoxo

m

Marian Hope Center

Spring into Hope - Kansas CityOne of the blogs that I follow, Scout-a Mom’s guide to stylish living, posted this – and I think it’s a great cause – so I thought I would re-post. This is from her blog – I have nothing to do with organizing the event.. actually – I don’t even know her (although I’d love too.. great style, and a good read) – I read her blog, and that’s about it!

Spring into Hope, a shopping event to benefit the Marian Hope Center for Children’s Therapy located in Independence, Missouri.  If you are not familiar, the Marian Hope Center is a non-profit organization servicing children with Autism, Down syndrome and other special needs throughout the metro Kansas City area.  The center offers a variety of therapeutic programs and consultative services to meet the array of needs of children in our community. With 1 in 6 children being diagnosed with special needs, it is important for our community to come together to embrace our children and families.  Having a booth at an event like this is a great way to expose your business/shop/items to a large group of women (WHO LOVE TO SHOP!) and most importantly it is to support an incredible cause!
If you would like more information, please click the link above that will go to her blog – her contact information is on there!

What other organizations around Kansas City are you interested in? I think having a list of important orgs in KC would be a great idea. Have a suggestion?

xoxo,
m