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"I feel like I cheated," Winifred Wright says. And by any reasonable measure, she's right — it's unfair how fast she and her boyfriend of a month and a half were able to figure each other out. But that's what happens when a style-eyed man who has been living in another city starts dating a self-described "architecturally inclined" woman with her own knack for detail. (Wright has a master's degree in architecture, and she just wrapped up 18 months of work on the National Museum of the United States Army, a Virginia space that should open later this decade.) "We're very like-minded about what we like in a living space: a good kitchen, natural light, efficiency." They agree about what they dislike in a home, too — but they can worry about that later.
Occupation: Museum designer
Relationship status: In a relationship
What's your go-to drink? Alcoholic: gin gimlet; nonalcoholic: grapefruit La Croix or hot jasmine tea
Andre's or Elbow? Growing up, I remember hearing how my parents' wedding cake was from Andre's, and it was always an extra-special treat to go with Grandma to the tearoom. Now that Kansas City is expanding and new concepts are emerging, I really do enjoy the contemporary freshness Elbow has to offer. Christopher's chocolate is sexy and hip, which really draws me in.
What's your guiltiest entertainment pleasure? Klondike Solitaire, for sure. If we are talking TV or film, I will have to go with Downton Abbey or Harry Potter.
Last Halloween, I dressed up as: Leeloo Dallas from The Fifth Element.
What's the last thing that made you cry? A pretty rough breakup. That took a lot of tears, but I learned a lot during the process of grieving, mostly about myself.
What's on your nightstand? A cookbook, eucalyptus, a La Croix, and my phone
What are you most vain about? This is a tough question to answer because I don't really like being vain, but I suppose everyone is to some extent. I'm probably most vain about my personality.
What's your workout? Does eating count? I'm pretty sure chewing food burns calories.
What physical feature are you a sucker for? Definitely kind eyes
Who's on your crush list? My boyfriend, Dayton, is totally at the top of my crush list. He's pretty much the best. A close second is Jennifer Lawrence. I have a total lady crush on her.
What's the best way for someone to hit on you? I really don't like being "hit on," per se. I enjoy a more organic connection through sincere conversation. But if someone were to attempt it, I would suggest they ask me out on a real date.
The date I want: I'm going to change "want" to "most enjoy." The date I most enjoy is one where thoughtfulness has been employed. If it is unique or quirky, that's great. I don't like to work too hard to have a good time, so something simple is always a sure bet.
The date I end up on: Maintaining a certain amount of flexibility has always proved an asset. The date I normally end up on is a fun one, because I make sure of it.
What's your foolproof date restaurant? Vietnam Café, hands down.
If you want to impress me, feed me: Knowledge.
What's your deal breaker? Deal breaker in a potential partner is an inability to listen. Differences are much easier to handle and celebrate when both people can listen well.
Heartbreaker or heartbroken? I've been on both sides of this fence many times, but I think people generally perceive me as more of a heartbreaker due to my independent nature.
Aaron Chvatal is serious about his old yarn — even if his new boyfriend isn't. "He thinks it's kitschy as shit, but I love it," Chvatal says. That would be the crewel pieces he finds in thrift stores. "The start of my collection was my aunt. That's what she did when she was first married." (The marriage didn't last, but the fabric presumably did.) Chvatal is even more serious about costuming performers, work he has done since high school. He just finished his master's degree at UMKC, with an eye for the opera house. "I really like going into fantasy world — historic costumes that don't exist anymore or pieces that never existed," he says. Also, OK'ing his boyfriend's street clothes. "He's got pretty good taste. I just like to change his jeans wash sometimes."
Occupation: Freelance costume designer
Relationship status: Seeing someone
What's your go-to drink? Whiskey ginger (bourbon and ginger ale)
Andre's or Elbow? Both — I can't play favorites when chocolate is involved.
What's your guiltiest entertainment pleasure? Connie Carlysle. Love her vintage style.
What's the last thing that made you cry? Brian's death on Family Guy
What's on your nightstand? A vintage Lucite grape lamp and a copy of Dan Brown's Inferno
What's the coolest thing in your home? My wall of crewel work (vintage yarn art)
What are you most vain about? My hair
What's your workout? Hauling costumes in and out of theaters
What physical feature are you a sucker for? Eyes and chest hair
Who's on your crush list? Ryan Gosling
What's the best way for someone to hit on you? Didn't I already mention I was vain about my hair? Or tell me you saw a show I costumed, and that you loved it.
What's the lamest pickup line you've ever heard (or used)? "I wish you were my little toe, because I want to bang you on every piece of furniture in the house."
The date I want: My boyfriend takes me out for pho, then we hit up a vintage store or a thrift shop, and end up with a movie and a fire in his fireplace. I'm a simple guy.
The date I usually end up on: See above. I caught a good one.
What's your foolproof date restaurant? Vietnam Café at Sixth and Campbell. Pho is my comfort food, and theirs is the best in town. It's also a litmus test. If they aren't willing to try something new, they aren't the one.
If you want to impress me, feed me: A steak with a glass of bourbon on the side.
What's your deal breaker? Physically? Lack of chest hair. Mentally? Lack of passion, in whatever your field may be.
Heartbreaker or heartbroken? Heartbreaker