Alea Lovely @alealovely. Kansas City born and raised.
Tell us about yourself in 5 sentences: Photographer for 10 years. Travel obsessed, have been to 23 countries, obsessed with anything visually beautiful. Optimist that loves people but talks like a sailor. I’ve written a book, design wedding dresses, and help companies with branding on top of everything else. ENFJ. Hope to live on a beach someday.
For people visiting, what is something to keep in mind: Kansas city (Proper) is in Missouri and the city including the suburbs runs over two states. When an artist comes out to a concert in downtown and is like “How you doing Kansas!” there is an overwhelmingly bad response. While we are pretty united on everything else, that
Random fact about Kansas City: You’re going have the best bbq in the world here. No seriously, it’s true.
Good morning @withthelocals followers! My name is @alealovely and I'm your tour guide this week! #kansascity is where I was born and raised. I hope to give you a glimpse of why #kc is where it's at! I've been here most of my life and so much has changed in the last 5 years. This city has become a hub for amazing food, craft drinks, local made goods, thriving art/music scene, CFDA fashion winners, and sports teams that win championships (go royals!!) It's been awesome to see my city "grow up" and feel the straight up pride people have about this place. Everywhere you go now you can sport someone wearing a KC hat or shirt. KC is in my heart so I hope you're ready for all the mushy love I'm about to show for my hood'. To start, this is part of the KC skyline that you can see from Liberty memorial in the Crown Center District of the city. It's my favorite place to come watch the sunset. Don't forget to follow me over at my own account where I'll give giving a more personal look to life in KC ( @alealovely )
Fajitas style Mexican food and street tacos with a modern twist , Owner and chef @patrickqryan trained in Mexican cuisine came to KC and placed @portfonda in our lives. With a young vibe and hoppin' music on the weekends, the amazing food isn't the only draw to this inventive spot. Catch me at @alealovely I'd love to meet ya!
Home is where the heart is. I know this isn't a photo of a place you can visit but it does show just the pure heart of the people here in KC. Jake and Megan I met when they chose me to shoot their wedding in 2011. Since then Jake has opened @doughnutlounge and amazing doughnut/coffeehouse/hangout extraordinaire spot in the Westport area of #kc. I could have shown you a photo of a donut but showing the owner's love for this city I think makes much more of a statement of what you're going to get when you come here. When asked " Why did you start this business?" He said " I love people," and trust me it shows. Stop in for a plate that will make your taste buds scream and a place that makes your heart feel at home. Tattoo designed by a KC native @jwrightpdx . Make sure to stop by my IG, @alealovely and say hey!!! 😍😘 #kansascity #instakc #outwithlocals #localxkansascity
Kansas City is affectionately named the "City of Fountains." With over 200+ fountains only currently second to Rome, there is a treasure trove of sculptural art within these fountains that really make the city beautiful. This one is one of my favorites. Don't forget to follow me over at @alealovely to get a more personal look at #kc and other travels.
"Kansas City is for hustlers" is right. @charliehustleshop created the " Heart KC" shirt which has become a staple of KC culture, almost the brand of the city. The logo came from a patch that used to be on the sleeve of our Negro leagues team the "Monarchs". But you really can't go anywhere without seeing someone wearing it. Being a sports focused store, the shirt has become a symbol of hometown pride. Their apparel is sold here and in various stores around town. You're not officially a Kansas Citian until you have your KC 💙 shirt. - come hang out with me over @alealovely
I'm supposed to be eating healthy, but I'm gonna sacrifice for y'all. @charbarkc is fairly new in the game when it comes to KC BBQ but they have earned their spot amongst the big KC BBQ names. We come here pretty often because outside they have a large "play yard" with bocce ball, ping pong and an outdoor bar etc. Perfect for summer nights out. We usually get the meat platter and the CBGB burger ( its a BBQ brisket 🍔) I think I'm going to be eating BBQ all week because I can already hear the locals comments about which BBQ place is their fave and I should have gone to 👉 ( Jackstack, OK Joe's, Arthur Bryant's, Q39, Gates...I'll get to another one of them this week! ) It's a very serious topic, you couldn't marry someone that didn't like KC BBQ if you're from here ( 😂) KC seriously has the best BBQ in the country - yes Texas and North Carolina I said it. Tell me your favorite at @alealovely. Let the BBQ wars begin!
When I think about my city, I think mostly about the people here and feeling they bring to this place. I met my friend @andrennataylor at a Halloween party at @unionstationkc. Not being a native here she said "Moving from California, I didn't have high expectations for KC. I visited on a beautiful spring weekend, and the city won me over completely with its gorgeous brick buildings, affordable downtown living, and thriving arts scene! It felt like a city on the edge of exploding, and I've watched that amazing explosion as KC has grown immensely in the past 3 years!" Speaking of art, this is the latest art installation changing our skyline #kcloves. Find me at @alealovely and say hey!
My husband and I's first anniversary he took me on a gondola ride here on the @countryclubplaza. Being a native from here, I thought it was cute but something corny tourists did...but floating along our little man made creek was a beautiful experience and made me appreciate it much more 😍 Don't forget to come by and say hey to me at @alealovely !
Thirsty? @julepkc is one of my favorite places to come for a craft cocktail. They bring " class and kickass cocktails" to Westport. It feels like an old speakeasy style bar, and the drinks are creative flavors paired with amazing small bites. Don't forget to come say hey to me at @alealovely !!!
No city tour is complete without seeing a crucial part of KC's skyline @westernautolofts. Typically lit up at night as the marquee lights can be seen far and wide throughout downtown. This sign is iconic to our city. Come say hey at @alealovely !
Every weekend the River Market area is bustling with people. I used to come to the @citymarketkc a lot as a kid where farmers would come bring fresh organic produce, vendors would sell homemade goods, and there would always be different tastes from around the world to try. This has been a mainstay in Kansas city's culture and gives KC the vibrancy of an international destination. Come by and say hey @alealovely as I round down my tour of KC !
@standardstyle is my go to destination for special investment pieces I like to get for my capsule wardrobe. They curate a very special selection made for the stylish fashionista. Bringing the best of NYC and LA to the midwest. I just got some amazing @odetteny earrings there I wear with everything. Check them out ! (- @alealovely )