Lookin' Pretty, Kansas City

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Outfit details: Forever 21 sweater (similar here). Aerie shorts and bralette. Forever 21 sunglasses (similar here). Target "Ashland" sandals. Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-zip bag. On Reid: Tee shirt, Rue 21. 

     For those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time, and I do mean a long time, you might remember Reid. For now we will call him my reunited high school sweetheart, but that's another story entirely. However, a few weeks ago, I got the pleasure of vising Reid in Manhattan. Manhattan, Kansas, that is. Even that's a bit of a stretch because he was actually on base at Fort Riley, but Manhattan is the closest big town.
     While I was there, we also took the two hour trek to visit Kansas City, Missouri. As far as KC proper goes, we visited the Kansas City zoo, Arthur Bryant's Barbeque in the original location, and the National World War I Museum. I highly recommend all three, especially since the circuit we took (zoo then lunch then museum) only left us commuting for about twenty five minutes total.
      I never really thought of Kansas City as a "tourist destination", but we definitely managed to have some fun. It just goes to show that doing a bit research about whatever city you may be visiting really pays off. We got started a little later than the original itinerary we had in mind, but overall it was pretty perfect because we only ended up needing one (giant, meat and barbecue sauce filled) meal in mid afternoon instead of two. After that, we were definitely in a bit of a food coma, but going to the top of the Liberty Memorial (the tower pictured above) was enough to get the blood pumping again. Seriously, it's windy up there and with those split shorts? Little kids and their parents definitely got a view of my lovely, lacy panties...
    With my hair being properly windswept, we headed down to the Leawood area to check out the Town Center Plaza which is basically an outdoor mall with some pretty neat stores. Personally, I enjoyed crossing the street and looking at the wares at Standard Style the best. It's the sister store to Baldwin, a really kickass made in the USA denim line with a sweet collection of menswear in the boutique as well. I ended up with this great KC hat (which comes in pretty much every color), an icon of the Baldwin line.
     Visiting definitely gave me a desire to see more under represented, American heartland type cities and towns. Each definitely has its unique perspective and things to offer. Oh, and seeing one of my favorite people in the world didn't hurt either.
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