Category Archives: Metropolitan miscellany

A tale of three cities; or, how I work

Confession: There are few things I love more than getting a glimpse into someone’s home and/or work space. Not in a creepy, voyeuristic way, mind you. That’s why I read so many home design and shelter blogs (one of the reasons, any way!)

So I thought I’d share a glimpse of my late-night workspace. The lovely lavender candle I have burning is courtesy of Urban Dwellings Design. If you haven’t been to this amazing home interior boutique in the River Market, what the heck are you waiting for? I’ll be going back for more candles, some jewelry and, coming soon, new Jonathan Adler items just in time for the holidays!

You might also notice my Paris snow globe, which has already made its blog debut. And my latest acquisition is a nifty desk organizer that’s also an homage to the NYC skyline. I picked it up at CB2 during my trip to New York last week (more on that soon!) and am in. love. So now, as I type into the wee hours, I can stare at things that remind me of my three favorite cities: New York, Paris, and, out my window, a lovely view of downtown Kansas City. That’s the sort of trifecta that makes this city girl smile.

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A letter to Detroit

Dear Detroit:

Congratulations on your depiction in Chrysler’s ongoing series of commercials that highlight the longtime contributions of the Motor City. Heck, the debut ad during the Super Bowl even made me tear up! And on another note? Best use of an Eminem song EVER.

But I’ve got a little problem with your most current ad in which your fair city is identified as the Paris of the Midwest. See, here in Kansas City, we’ve long been called the Paris of the Plains thanks to our abundance of scenic boulevards, our hundreds of fountains and a rich jazz history that permeates the core of Kansas City’s roots.

Now, don’t worry. I’m not one to step on a soapbox without doing a little research first. And I see that your booming industries in the 1920s prompted publicists to coin your European-inspired moniker. It’s a connection that makes perfect sense when tied to your recent ad campaign that strives to portray Detroit not as a desolate, struggling, industrial wasteland, but instead as a city that again teeters on the brink of massive change and inspiring redevelopment.

For now, I’ll refrain from making snarky comments when the aforementioned commercial airs. Because I also live in a city that’s been fighting to overcome decades of damage and isolation. And I can appreciate an all-consuming sense of regional pride that was likely poured into this advertising campaign.

Paris, je t’aime. And Detroit? You’re not so bad yourself.

Photo: Flickr.com/mk_b

Where I’ve been (a pictorial recap)

So, that “write a blog post every day in 2011” thing? Yep. I rocked it out, didn’t I? Sheesh. How’s about a fresh start? We have so much to catch up on, I thought it would be easier to share some photos with you. So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to (besides writing, and deadlines, and a smidge of shopping, and new hair, and bridesmaid duties and, you know …. life.)

At the end of January, I flew to Las Vegas to cover the SURFACES 2011 tradeshow for Charles & Hudson. While there, I ate some incredible surf ‘n turf sushi at Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood restaurant. Although I found him quite cranky on “Top Chef Masters,” the man is a seafood genius.

And then I came back and it was, you know, winter. It was a brutal one in KC, wasn’t it? But despite the snowstorms and cold, I found beauty in nature during a stroll on the Plaza. That being said, I’m still beyond ready for spring!

My amazingly talented husband, Rob Schamberger, exhibited his art during March First Fridays at Gallery 2010, a fantastic space in a great Crossroads location. Even better? He’s secured a solo show there in September, so mark your calendars. He’ll be featuring all-new art, and I’ll have more details in the coming months.

On to one of my favorite holidays, St. Patrick’s Day. This year I enjoyed VIP parade access thanks to the amazing Jamie Young (and her uncle, Kevin Bundy, parade co-chair.) Unfortunately, the Real World called and I had to depart early for a meeting, but it was still a fantastic day.

That weekend, I slipped on my fishnets and feathers for the bachelorette festivities of my dear friend, Dana Hill (also known as Louise LeMans.) We dined at Blue Grotto and then went on a mini bar crawl; first The Drop, then R Bar. Excellent cocktails, even better company … and how can you have a bad time when there’s a video jukebox involved? Here’s the lovely bachelorette:

And that about takes us up to today! Stay tuned for more Kansas City adventures, including my trips to Hickok’s Bar & Grill and Dog Nuvo. In the meantime, I’d love to know what you’ve been up to!

 

Paris, je t’aime!

I’ve been a self-professed francophile for most of my life. I frequently dream of Paris (and in my dreams, I speak fluent French) and now, thanks to my lovely stepmom, I can stare at the Eiffel Tower while I work.

It’s no coincidence, then, that the candle behind the snow globe is a French-inspired scent from 5b & Co. Candlemakers, one of my favorite Kansas City shops.

Vive la France!

And by the way, do you have a metropolitan soulmate? Please share!

River Market snow day!

Snowy greetings from the River Market! One of the advantages to working from home is no horrible commute (sorry, hubs!) I did opt for a quick lunchtime stroll and snapped a couple of photos.

The snow’s still coming down, and the Kansas City, Mo., school district has already canceled classes for tomorrow. Safe driving to all those who are out and about, and for those who aren’t, check out BlogKC’s list of Kansas City’s best sledding hills. I’m kinda tempted to get a cheap saucer from Target and try my hand at Suicide Hill . . .

New year, new hair

To know me is to understand that I’m kinda really obsessed with my hair. Example? I have a photo folder on my desktop entitled “Katy’s Hair Evolution.” I love to try new styles and color — the bolder, the better.

Earlier today I headed to Belle Epoque for the big post-wedding chop. What better way to start 2011 than with a new ‘do, complete with subtle highlights in my favorite power color: purple!

It’s gonna be a good year.

NKOTBSB to KC!

Photo courtesy of NKOTBSB.com

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Photo courtesy of Parsons Electric

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

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