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Talk of the Town

Photograph by Aaron Lindberg.

Story by Katie Van Luchene.

Buckle up, Kansas City. After nine years, you’re no longer just readers. As we continue to expand beyond print into digital content and experiential media, you’ve become participants, viewers, partners.

Share tonight’s dinner on Instagram? Pinterest, Vine, YouTube, Facebook? Our new website — thisiskc.com — delivers the latest on the Kansas City you should know that you can share with others through social media (and connect with us).

And I’m no longer just an editor. I’m a curator, a tour guide, the woman with the all-access pass and you’re my +1.

So here’s what’s on my radar this month.  I can’t wait to hear yours.

Beth Zollars, Katie Van Luchene and James Taylor at La Bodega.

Fresh from NY Fashion Week, Beth Zollars of Feng shared her verbal look book on what to wear this fall. “From emerald to army, green is the new black of the season,” she says. Trends range from slash-and-gash punk to girly pastel coats. And look for menswear patterns — herringbone, plaids and houndstooth — done in curvy silhouettes with nipped waists and rounded shoulders.

Katie Van Luchene and Teisha Maria Barber

I’ll also gain perspective at our own Kansas City Fashion Week October 3 -6. Executive Director Teisha Barber has gathered an exciting group of designers from past shows as well as new talent.  I introduce you to some of the hottest designers at thisiskc.com.

But before I buy anything new, I have to edit. So this month I’m donating suits, dresses and accessories to Women’s Employment Network to help their clients look professional for interviews.

Fall is also the perfect time to recharge before the holidays. Just in time, Awaken Whole Life Center at Unity Village has opened with yoga retreats (the first four-day program starts October 18), spa services and more. Visit for a day or indulge in a total immersion at one of the many lodging options.

The Center’s prayer garden features 12 sculptures by local artist Barry Eisenhart based on Unity’s 12 Powers for an Abundant Life. We’ve featured Barry’s work in KC Magazine before, and his new work (see photos online) is brilliant.

One last to-do in October: dance lessons at newly opened Mélange Dance Studio. I’m determined to waltz at Kansas City Ballet’s Nutcracker Ball on December 6. Could the West Coast Swing be far behind?