In the Loop
By 435 Magazine
Meet designer Rebecca Minkoff at Halls Plaza
Award-winning designer Rebecca Minkoff will make an appearance in Kansas City on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Halls Plaza.
Minkoff’s statement-making handbags and accessories with trademark leathers, studs and edgy hardware have been coveted by fashionistas since 2005.
Minkoff introduced her first ready-to-wear collection in 2009. Now, as an industry leader in accessible luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, her playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted around the world.
For more information visit Halls.com.
Sci-Fi Night at the Movies
On October 11, 2013, KC CAN! (Kansas City Children’s Assistance Network) will host its 13th annual fundraiser “A Night at the Movies” with a Sci-Fi Movies theme. A fun evening to serve a greater purpose, attendees are encouraged to dress in sci-fi costume or creative cocktail attire. The event will include a live and silent auction, gourmet dinner and an open bar. Proceeds will go to fund KC CAN! projects for 2013-14.
The event is expected to draw more than 500 guests and will be hosted by the Ritz Charles of Overland Park.
Tickets can be purchased online at kccan.org.
H&M to open first Kansas location at Oak Park Mall
Hennes & Mauritz, more commonly known as H&M, will open its first location in Kansas at Oak Park Mall this fall.
“We are pleased to open our doors at Oak Park Mall, the state’s largest shopping destination,” says Daniel Kulle, U.S. president for H&M. “We look forward to building our presence in Kansas and providing shoppers access to the latest trends at the best prices for the whole family.”
The approximately 26,000-square-foot store offers collections for ladies, men, young ladies and young men, with separate “store within store” sections for accessories, lingerie, sports apparel and maternity.
The Oak Park location will also carry the Swedish retailer’s children’s collection, which features quality clothing for kids ages newborn to 8, as well as its plus-size line, H&M+.
Controversial Miss Kansas makes news at 2014 Miss America pageant
Introduced as “America’s choice” via online voting, Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, not only grabbed the hearts of the nation, she also stole a few headlines.
“I am so honored,” she said. “To be fair, I did have the backing of an entire army, literally.” Vail is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, not the traditional career for typical pageant candidates. She also sports a large tattoo — the Serenity Prayer — on her rib cage, which she felt no obligation to hide.
Previous Miss America candidates have used camouflage makeup to cover tattoos.
Though she didn’t take home the crown, she was one of the finalists, breaking tradition and Miss America stereotypes in a number of bold ways.
Sixteen years after his first one, John Henrich will run his 100th marathon this month, achieving a record not held by many others.
In 1994, at the age of 34, Henrich decided to become a runner and participated in his first race.
“I started running for general health reasons,” he said. “I had been swimming but was getting bored with it.”
Henrich was on a business trip in Kansas City when he and a group of co-workers decided on a Saturday night to run the Trolley Run the next morning. The sense of camaraderie among the runners before the race stayed with him and he was hooked. Since then he has completed 99 marathons and several half marathons.
A close friend ran the Kansas City Marathon with Henrich 16 years ago and they have been running together ever since, completing 33 marathons together.
“We have talked our share of politics, religion, current events, job issues, etc.,” says Henrich. “Our kids were in elementary school when we started and now they are all out of college. We also used the runs as therapy sessions during our parents’ illnesses and their deaths.”
At one point Henrich decided to set a goal of finishing 50 marathons by his 50th birthday. He increased his running to achieve his goal by completing one marathon a month and quickly exceeded his goal when he completed 81 marathons by his birthday. With fewer than 20 to go, 100 seemed like the next logical goal.
Over the years, Henrich has picked races for many different reasons. In addition to his goal of 100 marathons, he also planned to run a marathon in every state, so location was key. He enjoys the larger marathons and has run almost every large marathon in the U.S.
“There is no better way to see a new city than to run 26.2 miles through it,” he says. “Usually race organizers select routes that focus on key sites, similar to what the KC Marathon accomplishes with its course.”
The top five marathons Henrich would like to run again are New York, Boston, Paris, Berlin and Chicago.
“I’m from Massachusetts and many people think that the Boston Marathon would be my favorite, but it’s not,” he says. “The NYC Marathon is my favorite. Running through the five boroughs with the tremendous crowd support is unmatched anywhere.”
Henrich hopes to someday complete marathons in London, Madrid, Tokyo, Sydney and Rome.
Over the years he’s been very fortunate and hasn’t suffered any major running injuries. He says his biggest mistake is sometimes not properly hydrating before a race.
Favorite products he can’t run without? Vaseline and Band-Aids.
“Chafing is not fun,” he says.