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My Dream Fall Weekend in Kansas City

I have an obsession with romanticizing my life every day of the week, especially on weekends. Sometimes I wish life didn’t have to be romanticized to make it bearable but that’s how I get through each day, week, month and year. This article is about my dream fall weekend while in the dorms. In a perfect life, I would be in my own sky-high apartment in the middle of the Power & Light District, but I’m still in college and I want to make the daydream realistic. Here is a breakdown of each day of my dream fall weekend in Kansas City. 

Friday Night:

After finishing all of my homework on Friday at 4 p.m., I change into leggings, a crewneck, my jean jacket and converse. I drive to my favorite coffee shop in Kansas City, Urban Prairie, and order a Spooky Cookie Latte. Once I grab my coffee, I go straight to Home Goods, Bath & Body Works and TJ Maxx for a long retail therapy session. While shopping, I find a burnt orange pillow, pumpkin scented body wash and a cream cable knit sweater. After sipping on my coffee and shopping for three hours, I drive to Panera for dinner and order a bowl of chicken and wild rice soup to warm me up after being in the cool fall air. Once back at my dorm, I jump into the shower, use my new pumpkin-scented body wash and change into a comfy t-shirt and sweatpants. After getting warm and comfy, I make myself a cup of hot cocoa and turn on Disney’s “Soul.” I fall asleep during the movie and it is the end of a long hard week.


I wake up at nine in the morning on Saturday after getting more than eight hours of sleep. I brush my teeth and hair, wash my face and get dressed in jeans and a cute sweater. Once I am ready to “slay the day” as my mom would say, I head out to the Roasterie on Brookside Boulevard and order an iced pumpkin latte with a chorizo breakfast burrito. After I’m done sitting on the outside patio, sipping my coffee and munching on my burrito, I take a small walk down the Harry Wiggins Trolley Trail to enjoy the fall-colored leaves. I walk for 10 minutes, get in my car, go pick up some friends and we make our way down to the Historic West Bottoms’ Shops. My friends and I walk from store to store finding the cutest home goods for Thanksgiving and Christmas decorating. Although the Christmas season is over a month away, I can’t resist buying at least one Santa gnome. As the stores start to close between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., we make our way back to the campus area to treat ourselves to the Cheesecake Factory. I order the Four Cheese Pasta for dinner and the Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake for dessert. We stuff ourselves full, drop everyone off at their houses and make it home by 9:00 p.m. I take a warm relaxing bath, change into comfy pajamas and go straight to bed. 


I wake up at nine, brush my teeth and hair, wash my face, put on sweatpants and a tank top. On Sunday, I take the whole day for myself and don’t make plans with anyone else. I drive to the Messenger Coffee Co. near the Power & Light District, order an iced caramel latte and avocado toast and make my way up to the roof patio. Once I find a seat with a beautiful view, I read through a couple of chapters from the book, “You are a Bada**” by Jen Sincero. After sipping on my coffee and reading my book for 30 minutes, I walk to my car, drive to Pickleman’s to pick up a soup and salad and drive back to campus. I sit outside in the courtyard of my residence hall and enjoy my lunch while wrapped in a cozy blanket. I finish my meal, go up to my dorm and take a mid-afternoon nap. After two hours, I wake up to the wrinkles of my blankets pressed into my skin, knowing that I had a good nap. I scroll on TikTok for another hour and after realizing that I had been in bed for the past three hours, I get out of bed and take a walk outside before it gets dark. I get home from my walk and eat my leftovers from the Cheesecake Factory from Saturday while watching “Monster House.” I finish the weekend by taking a bath, changing into pajamas and going to bed by 10:00 p.m. 

After visualizing an aesthetic Friday, Saturday and Sunday, hopefully this type of weekend will be in my near future. My favorite season is fall and I look forward to it at the end of summer every single year. Romanticizing each season is a hobby of mine and I look forward to romanticizing winter within the next month.

Hi Everybody! I am a first-year at UMKC, majoring in Communication Studies with a double emphasis and minoring in Business Administration. My hobbies include iced coffee drives, exploring Kansas City, watching Youtube, posting on Instagram, and my podcast, "Caffeinated with Ciara."
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