IKEA!!!!

Love the pop of yellow and the round mirror.  Kansas City has IKEA!

Love the pop of yellow and the round mirror.  Kansas City has IKEA!

KEA hits and misses

Well, like a crazy woman I ventured to IKEA.  Before you judge me, know that is was unplanned.  I had a new client meeting at 9:00, and then a meeting with my accountant at 10:30, which is literally just down the street from IKEA.  I was meeting Vince for lunch, but we didn't have plans yet, so I suggested he meet me there and we partake in the IKEA cafe.

I drove up with a sense of anxiousness.  I thought maybe excitement, but thought about it for a minute and realized, no, it was a nervousness.  Venturing into IKEA on it's 3rd day open and in some great heels, but heels none the less, could be a mistake.  

So here's my wins...

I got to park fairly close.

The crowd was manageable

The product was as expected and there are lots of great options for projects

It confirmed it is a product line to mix with higher end items 

I was inspired to organize the pantry with cheap organizing stuff

My lunch was excellent

The cream cake was even better

I felt good in my outfit today and trotted accordingly

A woman came up to me with her husband behind and said "I have to tell you my husband has commented on how great your outfit is twice and I thought I should tell you instead of him so it doesn't seem creepy"

With a milestone birthday approaching, and my clothes fitting not a guarantee these days, this made it all worth it :)

Now the misses...

Vince circled the parking lot until being directed to the old kmart 1 mile away

He then was asked to move 3 times to get in the proper spot for the shuttle

This delay for lunch I think affected his blood sugar levels and left him a little cranky

His chicken wrap was not as good as my salmon

I listened to a crazy mom speak with anger in her voice to her friends that the free daycare place required her to pick up "sweet Johnny" because  "he was in a pull up.   She was trying to save them the mess.  It was ridculous."  It went on and on.  Because everyone should expect free daycare at a store?

The wide array of people was a hit for entertainment but a miss as well :)

I didn't buy any product because I was afraid of the lines which turned out to be manageable

Finally, while I felt great in my outfit and heels they were not a wise choice for the IKEA track.  Next time tennis shoes.

So in summary, I highly recommend a visit.  I will not be going back until it dies down a little.  I feel like parking in the adjacent lot is imperative to me enjoying my trip.  I will grab a bag and take product as I see it.  Finally, god bless to the woman who told me I looked nice.  It was an act of kindness that went further than it should have with a middle aged woman.

Here are some snapshots from my trip.

Warehouse picking!

Warehouse picking!

Cafe bliss.

Cafe bliss.

Cleaned my plate.

Cleaned my plate.

Countertop options

Countertop options

These cute little side tables are crazy cheap.  I'm pretty confident they were marked for 19.99

These cute little side tables are crazy cheap.  I'm pretty confident they were marked for 19.99

More colors.

More colors.

Always a lighting option at a great price.

Always a lighting option at a great price.

While my photographer failed to capture my cute shoes and instead highlight these amazing lamps, trust me they are both good :)

While my photographer failed to capture my cute shoes and instead highlight these amazing lamps, trust me they are both good :)

The iconic IKEA light.

The iconic IKEA light.

This floating cabinet was fun and the delicate hardware made it outstanding.

This floating cabinet was fun and the delicate hardware made it outstanding.