Last weekend we decided we had been cooped up inside too long, so we grabbed our good friends and ventured out into the cold. Then when found a really cool new to KC restaurant to warm up in. Cooper's Hawk is its name, and wine is its game. When we first walked in, we were greeted by a nice lady offering a free glass of wine. Classy. The downstairs reminded me of a wine tasting room in Sonoma or Napa Valley. Rich mahogany wood everywhere, and a long bar for tastings. I’m not a big wine drinker, so I was thrilled when they had a tasting geared towards sweeter wines. My favorite was the Passion Fruit. It tasted like a margarita. Now those I like. Then we went upstairs for dinner. The menu was great. It had anything from a cheeseburger up to a good steak. I liked the range so that there was something for everyone, aka me, the super cheap one. The night was filled with good friends, good talks, and a rousing game of Scrabble to end the night. It made me yearn even more for the warm evenings to come so that we can sit outside on a patio somewhere and complain about it being too hot whilst sipping margaritas.
I’ve mentioned before how I’m trying to “shop” my closet instead of buying a new top for a night out. When we were in college, my friend’s and my favorite thing to do before we went out on a Saturday night was to hit up the local Kohls or other cheap clothiers and buy a belly baring top. It was fun to do together, and each top was like $8. Old habits die hard. I was at Old Navy last week holding a shirt to buy for my weekend plans, when I had to put it down and leave the store. I wanted to see what I could come up with by layering things I already owned. I ended up loving my outfit. I put a dress that I never wear over jeggings and then a shirt and cardigan over that. Layering always seems to breathe new life into clothes. Now I’m not saying that the next night out won’t warrant a new top, because the stores are buzzing with brilliantly bright colors, and I may just have to taste the rainbow.