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issue one / volume one / kansas city / fall 2009

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Kelley Walker Chance Age 24 1. my hubby & menagerie of pets. 2. dinosaurs. 3. boots of any kind. 4. food. sweets. mexican. cheese. 5. vampires.

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“It’s not a bar...Or a restaurant, but that’s At the back of Spaghetti Western, in downtown Parkville Missouri, past an old ranch house’s faded screen door, is a wall of vintage cowboy boots. Some black, some brown and tan, they look right at home against warm red walls. From behind the checkout counter, which looks more like an old saloon bar, you are

the small space, glass-rattling music, and line dancers slapping heels and scooting boots, the store’s grand opening still felt more like a party at a friend’s house. “It’s not a bar,” Robbins says with a smile. “Or a restaurant, but there’s no reason we can’t have live music and a party. I want people to walk in and be excited. This is a setting that makes you want to stay awhile… to hangout, sit at the bar, and talk about the concept, and people have always been interested in the concept.” Robbins chose the name Spaghetti Western to pay homage to iconic 1960’s movies like “A Fistful of Dollars,” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” But her inspiration goes beyond a love of cinema. “I keep the music playing all day long,” Robbins says. “It’s what keeps me going.” Her love of bluegrass and country keeps her motivated. Music keeps Robbins looking for what’s next--for the next big idea. So you may not be surprised to find out her “other half,” as she calls him, is a country musician. (continued on page ) Nate Gawron, Robbins’ husband, plays bass and sings in the Wilders, a Kansas-based bluegrass band. “Nate knows what it’s like to put your art out there and try to make a living at it,” Robbins says. “He understands the need to be creative.” The Wilders tour internationally,

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sure to hear an inviting “welcome to Spaghetti Western,” accompanied by a winning smile. The welcome, the smile, and the store all belong to Melissa Robbins. “Everyone has a memory of going back to the country,” Robbins says. “Even if they’re from New York and ‘the country’ is just an aunt or uncle’s house…and that’s what I wanted here.” On Sept. 24, not even the rocking guitar, fast-paced fiddle, and slapping bass of Ike, Betse and Nate from “The Wilders,” could affect the “at home” feel of Spaghetti Western. Even with more than 200 people in


no reason we can’t have live music and a party.�

joined by her dance hall girls, robbins christened the store with a brand opening.


left: robbins in her signature turqouise jewelry


at spaghetti western)

right: robbins with cute-as-a-button husband, nate gawron of the wilders

and last year they played everywhere from California to Edinburgh, Scotland. You might think being married to a touring country rocker would make life hard on Robbins, especially with their three year old daughter “Gigi” at home. “Road life goes both ways,” Robbins says. “You don’t just go out on it; you bring it home with you.” “Owning my own business is the only thing that makes sense for me and for my family. I can take the store on the road with me if I need to, and that helps me stay in touch with the scene and trends.” Being her own boss gives Robbins the

freedom to run her business in a family life-friendly way. She closes her store a few hours each day to pick up Gigi, and they often spend the rest of the day at the store together. “I make the rules,” she says. “No books or business courses. It’s about what works best for my family. If my store was in a mall somewhere this wouldn’t be possible. Yet as much fun as Robbins has, she admits that owning a business isn’t without its nervewracking moments. “It’s a scary time to be a small business owner,” said Robbins. “But if you’re working for someone else you’re making them rich--period.” If you have turned on the news or picked 7

up a paper in the last year you’re probably well aware of our troubled economy, soaring unemployment rates, and government bailouts. Robbins says you need confidence and intelligence to make it in this market. “You need confidence in small business,” she says. “Confidence in your ideas and your plan. But you also have to be smart enough to know when to hold back, and learn self control.” But Robbins isn’t doing everything alone--she looks to friends and family for encouragement, advice and support. “I depend on a large support group,” she says. “My sister is the time management queen, and I’ve learned a lot from her. Whether it’s a mentor or family you need someone you can turn to. Someone to keep you moving forward. Someone to help when you’re being pulled in all

different directions.” Robbins moved into the space at 112 Main St. in March 2009. But her Spaghetti Western concept was nothing new. “I’ve been running ideas past friends for years,” she says. “Tossing the bad ideas and keeping the good. And overall everyone I talked to was really excited.” At last year’s American Royal, Robbins set up a booth as an “experiment” to test her Spaghetti Western concept. And after her success there, Robbins knew she had something good. “Everyone was really into it,” she says. “Even if people didn’t get it at first, everyone who came in wanted to know more. They loved it.” check out more behind the scenes photos from the brand opening and tell us your favorite local shopping spots at



COME TO MY CAMPUS written by whitney eriksen

photos by kelley walker chance / kelley photo

Graduating from high school often means spreading your wings. Flying from the nest. Leaving familiar faces and places behind for something new and exciting. For some seniors in Midwest high schools, dream universities may include NYU or UCLA. Big cities and afternoons at the beach can be strong draws for the landlocked collegebound. As graduation approaches, a basic list of priorities develops: student population, athletics, academics, organizations. You send test scores, consult guidance counselors, plan college visits, and suddenly it becomes clearÑ going to a great college may not wear your wings out after all. For Haley Freeman it was Hawaii. As a Piper High School senior, college seemed like the perfect chance to fulfill her dream of living


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by the ocean, and the relaxed environment was an appealing backdrop for her degree. The University of Hawaii seemed like the right first step toward a future in the fashion industry. As it came time to leave, though, Hawaii proved to be a bit too far from home. Growing up in the Kansas City area, she always had a fondness for the University of Kansas, and after a couple visits to the Lawrence campus, she decided it would be a great place to begin her college career. The school was close enough to home that she could easily visit her six younger sisters, yet the culture was different enough to feel like an adventure. And sheÕ s not the only one drawn to the college on the Hill. Considered one of the most beautiful in the nation, KUÕ s

tree-lined campus is home to more than 26,000 students, including those working toward a graduate degree. The school has more than 143 years of history and tradition, offers more than 190 fields of study and provides more than $100 million a year in financial aid, scholarships and grants. Not to mention the stellar basketball team (the game was invented there), a strong system of sororities and fraternities, and the number one university Facebook page ranked by number of fans. More than 1,900 international students choose to become Jayhawks, and all 50 states are represented in the population. But perhaps most notable is the fact that 74 percent of KU students graduated from Kansas high schools. The majority of students decide four or five years at KU is worth staying in the Midwest. As the first in her family to go to college, Haley didn’t quite know what to expect. “I didn’t really have a perception of KU,” she says. “I came from a really small high school and I didn’t feel prepared at all.” In the summer of 2008, Haley graduated from Piper High and attended KU’s new student orientation with plans to major in graphic design. There she met a student who introduced her to the intriguing field of textile design, and she decided right then to change her path of study. Now a sophomore, Haley is taking drawing classes to prepare her for sketching pants, tops, skirts and shoes. “I don’t know if I want to design my own clothes or own my own store,” she says. “I’m not exactly sure what I want to do with it yet, so I’m excited to get started.” One of the events most anticipated by design students (and those on campus who wish they could design) is KU’s version of “Project Runway.” For three years, Student Union

Activities has flown in a past contestant from the “Project Runway” reality show to judge the designs of three students. In November 2008, students packed the Union ballroom to watch fan-favorite Christian Siriano choose the winner of $500. Competition may be in Haley’s future but first, she

says, “I need to learn how to sew.” For now, she’s just glad to be out of the infamous 1,000-person freshman science class. “The first day I walked into Budig Hall, I was so scared,” says Haley, whose entire high school was smaller than her first psychology class. Fortunately for Haley, not all classes are that large. The KU Office of Institutional Research and Planning states that the average class size is approximately 22 students. And the faculty-tostudent ratio is even lower, with one faculty member for every 16 students. Some classes, like Biology 100, are so popular that a large enrollment is inevitable.

On second thought, maybe “popular” is the wrong word… A quick way to make campus feel even smaller is to join a club or student activity. There are currently 647 registered student organizations on campus. With options like student senate, pre-

pharmacy club and yoga, it is easy to get plugged into a community of friendly, like-minded students. The Greek system includes some of the largest, most active groups on campus. As soon as she moved into her dorm room at Corbin Hall, even before setting foot in her first classroom, Haley went through formal sorority recruitment. Throughout the week, she visited all 13 KU sororities and joined Alpha Chi Omega. For a brand-new student, the group provided a welcoming embrace and a place to call home. “I didn’t expect to meet as many people as I have and stay close with them,” she admits. “I

think that helps a lot. I keep in touch with girls I lived with last year, and I love hanging out with the girls in my sorority. It’s nice to be able to see someone you know on campus or in your classes so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming.” However, many students also acknowledge there are up-sides to going to a big college; namely, the sports. Thousands of Jayhawks come together to wave the wheat after a touchdown in Memorial Stadium, or sing the Rock Chalk Chant before a basketball game in Allen Field House. The ’Hawks continually play for sold-out crowds in both major sports, and game day is always an event. When Mario Chalmers, Darnell Jackson and the rest of Coach Bill Self ’s basketball team won the 2008 NCAA Championship, an estimated 40,000 fans flocked to Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence to celebrate together. Talk about community. Haley has enjoyed being at the heart of the action. “My family isn’t really into sports, so I didn’t know the traditions at KU, like waving the wheat. Going to the football and basketball games was a completely new experience,” she says. Along the way, she has learned the key to a fulfilling college experience: balancing work and play. “Definitely go to class. I have to make sure to take my Sudoku out of my bag so I’m not tempted.” Finding a place to study is good advice, too. “The library’s always so busy, so I go to Java Break downtown,” Haley says. “It’s really relaxing and calm and quiet, and you can go there anytime.” With a future in fashion as her motivation, Haley will work on her textile degree, minor in photomedia and may go on to cosmetology school after graduating. Perhaps then she’ll find her way to the ocean, but for now she’s found the right fit—right here in Kansas. want to be featured in come to my campus? send an email to

rock chalk facts Opened in 1866, it was one of the first universities to teach males and females in the same classroom. Now women outnumber men just slightly, 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent. KU students can choose their major from 190 fields of study. James Naismith invented basketball there in 1891. Ironically, he is the only KU basketball coach with a losing record. And Allen Field House is still the best place to see and play a game (unless you’re the visiting team). One quarter of all students study overseas. KU offers programs in 72 countries. Nearly 4,000 new freshmen arrive at Mount Oread each fall. Total enrollment is about 30,100, including undergraduates, graduate students and medical students. But with 2,458 professors, there is only the occasional huge lecture class. More than 2,800 students graduating from Kansas City high schools send applications to KU each year. The world-famous Rock Chalk Chant has been declared the greatest college yell. In 1886, a KU chemistry professor started the chant, which alludes to the limestone campus buildings. The university annually awards more than $100 million in an array of scholarships, loans, grants and part-time jobs. KU boasts the number one university Facebook page in the U.S., as determined by number of fans. The university sits in one of the best college towns in the country. The National Trust for Historic Preservation ranked Lawrence among its “Dozen Most Distinctive Destinations,� touting it as one of the best-preserved and unique communities in America. For more information, or to learn how you can become a Jayhawk, check out



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fresh from the farm

Written by Katy Ryan

Surrounded by the urban and suburban confines of Kansas City, the farm-to-table culinary movement is somewhat of a paradox—cozy, neighborhood bistros in the heart of downtown that serve meals made from farm-fresh produce, dairy and meat, delivered by farmers that populate the outer-most areas of the metro, where concrete gives way to dirt and skyscrapers to waving stalks of wheat and corn.

Yet the farm-to-table ideology is fitting for a city built on agriculture, and one that continues to produce an abundance of vegetables and grains that travel throughout the country. Food experts pinpoint 2007 as the year in which farm-to-table began, a widespread movement that continues to slowly—and deliciously— permeate cities both large and small. And with a growing sense of eco-awareness, diners are eager to enjoy flavorful meals made with ingredients that come from a few miles away. Find farm-to-table menus and philosophies at the following Kansas City restaurants, perfect for a night out with friends or a romantic, thoughtful date. Think local, and you’ll not only make the planet happy—your tastebuds will also thank you. 17

Bluebird Bistro

1700 Summit St., Kansas City, MO 816.221.7559 Named one of the best casual farm-to-table restaurants by the illustrious Gourmet magazine, Bluebird Bistro is a foodie haven. Perched on the corner of 17th and Summit streets in downtown’s architecturally impressive Westside neighborhood, Bluebird is a pricey yet delicious farm-to-table retreat that offers brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu changes often to reflect seasonal changes in produce, and vegetarian options are available. If you’re wary of spending a lot on a meal, visit Bluebird for brunch or lunch—you’ll still get the full experience at a reduced price. Try the omelet of the day, tofu scramble or ciabatta French toast, so decadent you’ll feel like you’re eating dessert.

The Farmhouse

300 Delaware St., Kansas City, MO 816.569.6032 Aptly named, The Farmhouse serves sandwiches, salads and soups made from ingredients delivered by several area farmers. Surrounded by the vibrant River Market neighborhood, The Farmhouse embodies a country chic décor, accented by cowboy boot-wearing waitresses and green glass bottles filled with water— much cooler than pitchers, of course! The fried green tomato sandwich is a local favorite, as is the turkey club. Save room for the sorbet sampler, a too-cute dish filled with three miniature scoops of homemade sorbet in flavors like rosewater, chocolate ganache and orange cream. Stop by Saturday for brunch, and grab a seat on the patio. Good food, people-watching—these, after all, are the finer things in life.

The Westside Local

1663 Summit St., Kansas City, MO 816.997.9089 Described by the owners as “a lively social setting of a tavern with the flavors and service of upscale dining,” The Westside Local is a hip gathering place with a menu that features everything from a cheese plate and garlic fries to mussels and deviled eggs. Come for the food but stay for the ambiance; The Westside Local’s historic brick building embodies both past and present with a minimalist décor that blends seamlessly with the surrounding urban neighborhood, including reclaimed wood tables that make the restaurant’s localized philosophy true not just on the menu, but throughout the welcoming, airy space.


15 E. 3rd St., Kansas City, MO 816.421.2807 No trip to the City Market is complete without a meal at Succotash, a local favorite for brunch and lunch. The restaurant’s kitschy décor is an inviting place for a leisurely meal, or score an outdoor table for food with a side of people-watching. Try the restaurant’s namesake, a flavorful blend of fresh corn, lima beans and chopped peppers served atop potato and cheddar pancakes. Or sample a signature favorite, plate-sized pancakes served plain or stuffed with your favorite ingredient like fresh blueberries. The smoked salmon eggs Benedict is another local favorite, as is the menu of freshly squeezed juices that are a bright complement to the food. Succotash is moving to another downtown location at the end of October, so call or Google before you go—and get there soon to enjoy the last days at the City Market address!


Written by Carey Detrick

You may not realize your heart is already at risk. You’re young and in the prime of your life, feeling good, living life with no time to worry about heart health. Isn’t that for old people? The truth is that while most heart attacks are some years off for the twenty something’s, it all starts somewhere. The scary fact is that heart disease is the number one killer of women and sometimes plaque in your arteries has been forming for years. Before something happens and, as we all know, it is much easier to build healthy habits now than to try and break them later on in life. So, I’ve compiled a few things that you can do to lower your risk of developing heart disease and to make sure your ticker keeps ticking on: know your family history

Of all the risk factors for developing heart disease this one is by far the most important, so by all means ask! Find out if anyone in your immediate family (i.e. mother, father, grandmother, and grandfather) has had a heart attack under the age of 55 for men and 65 for women. If they have, you are at an elevated risk of having one too.

While you are at the doctor they can also check your blood pressure. It’s a simple test and there are no needles involved. Look for readings right around 120/80mm/Hg or below. get moving

The good thing about exercise is that anyone can start doing it anywhere, even a small amount can lower your risk of heart disease, and improve your health. By now you have probably all heard that everyone should aim for getting at least 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise every day. Yes, I said everyday! So go for a brisk jog, ride your bike around town, go hiking or hit the gym for a session on an elliptical trainer. The more you get your heart rate up the better. But did you know that resistance training is also equally as good for your heart? Picking up a set of weights or hitting the weight machines at the gym has been shown to decrease your body fat, increase your muscle strength, increase your endurance, and make you heart and lungs more efficient. When your muscles are stronger it puts less stress on your heart. Try to get 2-3 days of resistance training in a week along with your cardio.

get tested

I know that no one likes to think about going to the doctor and getting their blood drawn, but at some point, you must just suck it up and get it done. The health of your heart depends on those numbers, and it all starts with a thing called cholesterol. There are three numbers associated with cholesterol that you must know: Total Cholesterol levels should be under 200 mg/dl. LDL the “Bad” cholesterol is responsible for causing plaque which clogs up your arteries. Healthy LDL is considered under 100mg/dl. HDL the “Good” cholesterol helps keep your arteries clear. Healthy HDL is considered over 40mg/dl, but in this case, the higher the better.


adopt healthy eating habits

It’s understandable that with the crazy, hectic lifestyles we all live today that sometimes eating out, or worse, fast food seems like the easiest choice. The truth is that not only are those high calorie, high fat and extra large portioned meals detrimental to your waist line, it’s the unseen damage to your arteries and heart that are far worse. Fried foods contain high amounts of saturated fats, trans fats and AGEs (advanced glycation end products). AGEs are compounds found in foods fried at very high temperatures and have been shown to increase your chances of developing diabetes and heart disease later on in life.


so whatÕ s the solution? My first piece of advice is to learn to cook. Take a class with a friend or significant other. It will be a great experience and you may even learn a thing or two. Research shows that if you are involved in the planning and cooking process of preparing your food, it will usually be healthier. Plus cooking is a lifelong skill and you may never know when it might come in handy. If cooking is not your thing, then at least learn to make healthier choices. Be sure to include fresh fruit, fish, extra virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, nuts and a glass of red wine a day. All of the above have been shown to improve heart health and reduce risk of disease. You should also be trying to drink as much water as possible. It helps your blood volume and helps remove toxins from your system. stop smoking

This one is a big one. Even if youÕ ve tried in the past, itÕ s time to try again. Even smoking as little as a few cigarettes a month has been shown to increase your risk for heart disease. Smoking clogs your arteries, increases your risk for certain cancers, and makes your hair, skin and nails dull and yellow. If you are currently on birth control pills and smoke, it increases you chance of stroke and heart disease even more. Stopping smoking will not only save you money, it will help save your heart.

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cranberry-pumpkin cookies Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cook Time: 12 Minutes Servings: 36

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg 1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup fresh cranberries 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon orange zest 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. 2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, egg and pumpkin. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir into mixture until well blended. Cut the cranberries in half and stir into mixture along with the orange zest and walnuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets. 3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Courtesy of

With summer coming to an an end and fall fruits and vegetables arriving in season, it now is the perfect time to check out your local farmers market and sample some of your local produce. Not only does buying local produce and meats help stimulate the local economy, it also provides you the opportunity to see where your food comes from, who has grown it and to become healthier in the process. Not to mention it is much healthier for the environment. Local produce has higher nutritional content then most produce and meat found in large supermarkets and is usually sustainably grown without the use of harmful fertilizers and pesticides. When you make healthier food choices, it makes a healthier you. The super foods listed below are now in season at a local market near you. Super foods are concentrated sources of nutrients that help nourish your body and promote overall health and wellness. Super foods also aid in the recovery of illness, injury, stress and help detoxify your body. These eight super foods are in season now, so take the opportunity to get healthy and buy local.

C as an orange. They are also known for their antiinflammatory properties. Try adding a handful of peppers to your omelets or stir-fry. Garlic is a cherished herb known for it healing properties as a natural antifungal and antibiotic. Garlic has been shown to increase immunity and lower total cholesterol levels while boosting HDL (good cholesterol) levels. Garlic helps the body produce the chemical tripeptide, the liverÕ s most potent antioxidant. Throw some diced fresh garlic with your roasted potatoes or vegetables. Parsley is another well known herb used as a natural diuretic and is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and potassium. Snip fresh parsley and add it to your favorite recipe. Written by Carey Detrick


Apples are in abundance right now and nothing is quite a sweet as biting into a fresh crispy slice. Apples are a natural diuretic, high in vitamin C and fiber and are a low glycemic food. Cut up some apples for a quick snack or add them to a fruit salad. Capsicums are otherwise known as peppers and include both hot peppers and bell peppers. Peppers are high in iron, potassium and vitamin C. The red and orange varieties can have up to four times the vitamin

Pumpkin is abundant this time of year and an excellent source of fiber--up to five grams per cup. Pumpkin is high in potassium, vitamin C, vitamin E, foliate and betacarotene. Try adding a scoop of cooked pumpkin into your pancakes or muffins. Spinach and fresh greens are one of the best kept secrets of the farmersÕ market. Not only are they the freshest, crispiest lettuce around, they are also packed full of healthy nutrition. Fresh spinach and greens are high in iron, calcium and trace minerals and also helps to detoxify the liver. Throw together fresh greens for a salad with your next meal. for more information contact carey detrick, b.s.e. health and exercise science, acsm certified personal trainer at

the city market hosts the regionÕ s largest farmersÕ market

saturdays with additional markets taking place on sunwednesday. the buildings surrounding the open-air market house more than 35 shops and restaurants which are open seven days a week, year-round. on

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Items Needed:

• Feathers • Scissors • Heavy fabric • Satin ribbon • Glue gun and glue sticks • Clip

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Cut a small narrow triangle out of fabric (about 2 inches long). Trim the edges round. Decide which feathers you are going to use. Cut them a little longer than your piece of felt, and strip off all the downy wispy pieces also known as the Òaf terfeatherÓ at the bottom.

Arrange your feathers how you would like them. Play around with the different types of feathers you’ve purchased and experiment with layering. Once youÕ ve decided on a design begin gluing them to the fabric. I find itÕ s best to push a little hot glue out onto a paper plate then dip the exposed Òrac hisÓ (middle stem) into the glue. Secure to the fabric as desired.

After all your feathers are secured glue a piece of ribbon onto the base (pointed end) vertically so it covers the end of the point. Next wrap the base horizontally with the ribbon, securing it on the back with hot glue.

The last step is attaching the clip. Decide the orientation of the clip. Add a small dot of hot glue to the round part of the clip, and a very little bit towards the middle of the clip as well. Press it onto the fabric until it is securely in place.

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If you are using a headband, apply a thin line of hot glue directly to the fabric and secure to the headband. Pull off any hot glue strings or any ex ex-cess glue on or around the clip.

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the braiding bunch Written & Styled by Katie Snustead / Mink Artistry

Each year, fashion week is accompanied by new hairstyles to compliment each new clothing craze. Top stylists pair their creative energies with fashionistas to create looks that reflect classic styles and updated trends. This year is all about the braid. With limitless opportunities for how to incorporate this classic hairstyle into your everyday look, the braid will quickly become your go-to hairstyle of choice.

Braids are also great for hair emergencies. While a messy bun might mask a bad hair day, a braid can look more polished while disguising roots that are in need of a highlight. And if you wear bangs or are growing out from them, a braid can get hair out of your face and help transition you through that awkward length.And go ahead and sleep on your braids for sexy second day waves.

So many hairstyles can seem appropriate for daytime, but not translate into evening fare. Ponies are great for everyday, but seem underdone for a night out; a pinned up-do is great for an evening out, but can seem overdone for day to day. Braids translate seamlessly from a daytime to an evening look with a simple change of accessories. For instance, an everyday tee with your braid can be happy-hour ready with the addition of a scarf and boots. Or, a pair of pearl studs with your daytime look can become dinner and dancing with the simple addition of chandelier earrings and a sultry smoky-eyed makeup look.

It may seem complicated at first, but with a little bit of practice you will become a master in no time. And since everyone needs bad hair day relief, whether your hair is fine, course, curly, straight or thinning; braids can eliminate the stress of what to do when hair just won't cooperate. So give it a try and braid your way to runway-ready hair.


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twenty questions


Photo by: Kelley Walker Chance / Kelley Photo

1. most embarrassing celebrity crush: Jack Black. 2. what’s your future tattoo: The f-holes of a cello on the sole of my left foot. 3. who would play you in a movie: A curly-haired Natalie Portman. 4. what’s one song that never fails to put you in a good mood: America by Simon & Garfunkel

5. what’s your favorite accessory: I’m always cherishing and changing my necklaces, looking for the most meaningful personal talisman.

6. favorite place to shop in kc: Donna’s Dress Shop has all sorts of eclectic odds

and ends.

7. favorite place to eat in kc: Michael Smith’s has some of the best food I have ever eaten. It’s a bit pricey, but the taste and the atmosphere cannot be beaten.

8. stilettos or sneakers: Sneakers. 9. if you could meet one person who would it be: I want to meet Zana Briski, the

woman behind the “Born Into Brothels” documentary and founder of Kids With Cameras. I’d like to do similar work.

10. you just won a million dollars, what’s the first thing you do: Funny enough, I’d set up a savings account that’d set me up for college and graduate school.

11. favorite mode of travel: I’ve been flirting with the idea of buying a new bicycle. 12. favorite place to hideout: The local Borders. 13. sleepy day on the couch - what are you watching: What Not To Wear is a guilty pleasure.

14. one thing you’d like to never have to do again: Take a roll of film to be developed, only to find it’s been exposed.

15. rain or sunshine: Rain. 16. what color are your toenails painted: Natural. 17. what’s always present in your car: Some sort of camera is usually rolling around

in my trunk. The other day I was fishing around for my Ray Bans and found a lens in my console.

18. what class do you not sleep through: I’m in an IB Visual Arts class currently, taught by my friend and mentor Renee Beggs. The class focuses on personal artistic

exploration and research, tapping in to all regions of cultural and personal experience to

create art. This is how I function, and through the class I have an excuse to do what I love.

19. when you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up: A singer. I

still harbor the hope of turning into a jazzy Karen O. in my college years.

20. favorite dance move: The fishstick.

don’t miss kristen’s stunning photography featured on

a walk in

We simply couldn’t help so many homeless animals without the help of our volunteers.



the {dog } park Written by Katy Ryan Photos by Josh Solar When Derek began volunteering at Wayside Waifs at age 13, the staff had no idea his philanthropic decision would lead to a long-term commitment—and an eventual career path. “It’s been fun to watch him mature and grow into a young man,” says Ashlee Parker, communication relations manager. “He’s learned so much through his volunteer experience at Wayside Waifs. He’s now a freshman at Northwest Missouri State University and his ultimate goal is to become a veterinarian.” Volunteers form the foundation of Wayside Waifs, Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter. “Wayside Waifs cares for more than 7,000 abused, abandoned and homeless animals every year,” Parker says. “Currently, the shelter is at capacity with more than 350 animals looking for loving homes.” Wayside Waifs asks that volunteers be 13 or older, and offers a variety of opportunities for both individuals and groups. If you enjoy being outside, spend time assisting with building and grounds maintenance. To practice your budding photography skills, consider providing digital photography service to Wayside Waifs staff. Or sign up to be a dog or cat socializer and play with animals, clean and fill water bowls and address the animals’ physical needs. Once you sign up to volunteer, you’ll complete an orientation process that includes completion of a volunteer application and selection of availability for training classes. The training


sessions depend upon your area of interest. “Presently we offer Dog I, WAGS I and II, and Cat I training sessions,” Parker says. “For example, in order to walk dogs, you will need to attend basic orientation and the Dog I session.” The importance of Wayside Waifs volunteers cannot be overstated, especially since the shelter handles such a large volume of animals on a daily basis.

“Volunteers are an integral part of the Wayside team,” Parker says. “We simply couldn’t help so many homeless animals without the help of our volunteers. If you love spending time with adorable animals, consider volunteering at Wayside Waifs. You won’t regret it.” Those interested in volunteering should contact AnnMarie Thomas, at athomas@ or 816.986.4431. “Volunteering is good for the body and soul,” Parker says. “Some of our volunteers have even experienced weight loss from walking dogs.”


scene on the street: city market “The dress is actually a nightgown I bought for 25 cents at a garage sale... one of those great finds. It used to be floor-length, so I simply cut it off... I got the belt at a thrift store, and I wear it with everything because it’s stretchy. Leggings from thrift store as well. The boots are from DSW... Blowfish, and they were a great deal and soooo comfy. The cardigan is from TJ Maxx... I love cheap



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Online magazine created in October 2009.

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