Austin City Limits

  Over the weekend, I took a road trip with three girlfriends down to Austin, TX for the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival. We loaded into the car on Friday morning for the drive, with only one pit-stop in mind: The Czech Stop in West, Texas, for the best kolaches ever. This was my first music festival experience and it was exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time.


Our first stop was our hotel to reset after our drive, change into festival clothes, and get some lunch. My personal style is not bohemian in the least, so packing for a music festival was a challenge; luckily, adding a headband to any outfit is an easy way to look festival-ready.





When we arrived at Zilker Park, just south of downtown Austin, we were overwhelmed with all of the things to coin the festival grounds. We quickly got in the short line for a photo in the ACL Fest picture frame; later in the weekend the wait time for a photo was about an hour!

We started mapping out which shows we wanted to see that day; there are 6 stages to choose from, and most of them have shows playing simultaneously. It can be so hard to choose which shows to see- you want to hear music you’re familiar with, but some of my favorite shows were by bands I had never heard of!

 This was my first music festival and I really had no idea what to expect; these photos show how many people were even just at one of the many stages! Groups used flags, or blow up dinosaurs taped to a pole like my friends did, to stay together or to navigate the large crowd and find each other. “Look for the dino!” was a frequent text message sent over the weekend!

At the end of day 1, I had seen shows by Tame Impala, Flosstradamus, Disclosure, and Foo Fighters. My favorite was the EDM remixes from Flosstradamus it was a nonstop dance party!! The last show of the night is over around 10pm, at which time, all of the festival-goers hustle to the shuttles that run back into downtown Austin or to catch an Uber or taxi back to their hotel or next destination. Leaving Zilker Park was always the least fun part of the day, mainly because we were herded like cattle to the shuttle lines. After day one of the festival, I knew what to expect and could really prepare well for the rest of the weekend; things like additional phone battery, comfortable shoes, and communicating your schedule to friends prior to entering the cell phone dead zone at the park were all helpful!


After a long day one of the festival, we slept in on Saturday with plans to eat brunch downtown before hopping on the shuttle to Zilker Park. During my last road trip to Austin, I ate at Annie’s Cafe, and this was the perfect excuse to visit again! Brunch is by far the best meal of the day, so I was more than thrilled that we were going to be brunching every single day of the weekend! Annie’s didn’t disappoint and we left fueled up for the long day of music ahead.


My day two outfit was pretty simple, I wanted to be comfortable and was anticipating doing a lot of jumping at some of the shows that night, namely: DeadMau5 and Drake! The chambray wrapped around my waist double as a blanket to sit on in the grass!

Y’all, it was so hot outside. But don’t worry- I found a way to keep cool. Luckily, we were allowed to bring our own water bottles into the park and visit “filling stations” to get filtered water for free.

The sea of people behind me at shows always amazed me; when you walk up to a stage, there’s already a crowd forming for the next show, but then you look behind you and see how many people have arrived after you and all you can see is the unending mass of faces. It makes you feel so small! I loved turning strangers into friends at each show- asking people to take pictures, sharing phone chargers, dancing together, it was so fun!

We tried to take pictures at “golden hour” every evening in Zilker Park and loved asking other groups of girls to take our photos then becoming friends with them! We met people from all over the country that came just to experience ACL.

Austin is known for its food trucks and ACL was the perfect place for Austin’s favorite restaurants and food trucks to serve the masses. I had Saltlick BBQ for dinner Saturday and it was so good! At every location within the park, you can hear amazing music playing; standing in line for food wasn’t ever unbearable because you could hear a show going on while you waited!

If we couldn’t decide which show to go to, we would just take pictures. That’s always a good backup. At the end of each night, we would “meet at the moon,” which was a huge illuminated balloon in the middle of the park. Well, everyone else made the moon their meeting point too, so we always celebrated when we were reunited with our whole group. Saturday night after the Drake show ended, we hopped on the shuttle and walked to Sixth St. in downtown Austin, where we discovered that Lisa’s wallet was gone. Womp womb. Not a great way to end the day, but then we got ice cream, so it was okay.


Again, I was so happy to sleep in and then eat my favorite meal: brunch! Each morning in the hotel was a hilarious round of “what are you wearing?” and “are you washing your hair?” Getting ready with other girls is always fun! We ate brunch at Magnolia Cafe before walking to ACL on the third day. My outfit was pretty simple- headbands and a peace sign completed my festival vibe. So many peace signs this weekend.

By the third day of the festival, we were all tired of walking and standing, so we tried to sit under trees during a lot of the shows. These fringe booties turned out to be super comfortable when I wore them to San Francisco last month, so I knew I could walk in them all day without a problem.

Again, a photoshoot during golden hour, complete with jumping pics and selfies, of course. At this point, we all wanted to see different shows, so I knew we would have to split up at some point during the night. Lisa and I ran to get dinner (a milkshake- oops!) and caught the last 30 minutes of “Griz,” which turned out to be an amazing show!! Then we caught the tail end at “Of Monsters and Men” before running all the way across the park again to see Nero. I left Nero by myself to catch the last few minutes of Hozier across the park then ran back to Nero to meet Lisa and see The Weekend. We left The Weekend to see the end of The Strokes all the way across the park… again. So basically we power walked 10 miles. BUT it was worth it! The energy at ACL is electric and trumps all of the negatives: heat, smoke being blown in your face, tired feet…all of it.


Day 4 doesn’t exist; the festival ended Sunday, but why rush home? We slept in on Monday and got brunch (of course) before heading back to Dallas. We ate at Kerbey Lane, a popular Austin restaurant (the best fluffy pancakes!) and took more selfies. I’m still amazed at the timing of our activities on Monday; remember Lisa’s lost wallet? Well, she got a call right after brunch that it was waiting for her at the ACL lost & found- amazing! We drove back to downtown for one last trip to Zilker Park before leaving town and driving back to Dallas. I dozed in and out most of the way home, only waking up for our mandatory stop at The Czech Stop for a kolache. We all talked about what we were going to do when we got home and all of us included some form of nap + foot massage combo.



What a weekend! If it sounds like a weekend of crazy, running around in the heat with zero plans, that’s because it was. But I would do it again! More than just a bunch of concerts, it was a weekend adventure of memories with good friends. I might just be a music festival convert now. ACL, I will see you again.

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Texas State Fair

October is one of my favorite months in Texas because the State Fair is open!! A month of fried food and fair rides usually means multiple visits with different friends for me. Last night, I went with a group of girlfriends for the sole purpose of trying the new fried foods making their debut at this year’s fair. I’m going to give you the scoop on which foods to try and which ones aren’t worthy of your coupons. 

First stop at the fair is always Fletcher’s Corndogs then a photo with Big Tex! We arrived just in time for the nightly parade at 7pm through the main street! 

I was most excited to try the #1 new food item at the fair- fried carrot cake! You have to try this one. Served with caramel dipping sauce and whipped cream, this was by far my favorite new food that we tried; it’s just big enough for everyone to have a bite, although I definitely could have eaten this by myself!


The next thing we tried was a total disappointment- Fried Reese’s. You get one Reese’s cup wrapped in this phyllo dough with one scoop of ice cream for 14 tickets!! What?! Save your $7.00 and buy a Reese’s at the gas station on your way home. 


Pig races are a must see! Watch these little piglets race around their track in between your fried food adventures. 


The Fried S’more was so delicious! Crunchy fried crust similar to a funnel cake with gooey chocolate and marshmallow inside- just how a s’more should be!

Big Tex Root Beer has become a Texas State Fair tradition for me, so I had to have one; I needed more sugar to wash down the sugar ;) 

Last but not least, a funnel cake! My favorite fair food was the perfect ending to our night of fun. Trying a bite of the new fair foods was fun, but the best part was having an adventure with 4 of my girlfriends- mapping our next food location, cheering for our favorite piglet, and a a lot of selfies- a great night in Dallas. 

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I loved getting to spend some time in Oklahoma over the weekend- it is always a nice change of pace to visit small town Oklahoma as a break from busy life in Dallas. I was in town for my high school reunion and was happy to be able to spend some time with my family when I wasn’t attending reunion events.
Saturday morning, my mom and I went to the Farmer’s Market in downtown Bartlesville. In my head, I was picturing the massive warehouses that serve as the farmers market in Dallas, but in reality I was greeted by 4 canopy tents setup around a gazebo near the old train depot downtown. Fresh flowers, produce, pumpkins, lemonade and cinnamon rolls (we bought one, of course!) were among the items for sale at the market.

I don’t know why I thought the market would be big- nothing in Bartlesville is big! After doing a lap, we went to the pumpkin tent to look for decorative pumpkins for my parents’ front porch. Twenty minutes later, we had touched and evaluated pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and finally decided on these three beauties: a large tomato pumpkin, a small warty pumpkin, and a pale pink fairytale pumpkin- my favorite!

Decorating with pumpkins is the easiest and fastest way to make your home look festive for the fall season. I love adding pumpkins to my front porch, my mantle, and even my dining room table to add a little holiday spirit into my decor.

Now I just need to visit a pumpkin patch to check that off my fall bucket list and find a few pumpkins for my house in Dallas!

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10 Year Reunion Recap

Last week I shared these tips on how to survive a high school reunion in anticipation of my upcoming 10 year reunion. I flew home to Bartlesville, Oklahoma over the weekend and the past two days are a blur- reliving old times with high school classmates and making new memories while reconnecting with friends. I am exhausted, but my heart is full.

Classmates travelled from around the country to be present for our first reunion. I’ve heard stories from other classes and schools just having one small event as their reunion, so I am thankful that we had a dedicated group of people in Bartlesville who wanted to host a weekend to remember. We had events Friday and Saturday, ranging from a school tour, a glow party, to a golf tournament and family picnic, and ending with a dinner and dance party on Saturday night in the Hilton Ballroom – aka Prom 2.0! The reunion committee truly outdid themselves and made this weekend memorable for everyone who was able to attend.

I’ll gloss over the things that everyone knew would happen: some people got fat, yes. But nobody seemed to care!! Seriously, I heard zero people talking about anyone’s weight. Good job, class of 2005! In fact, quite a few people read my initial blog post (where I mentioned not to comment on weight!), even referenced my post in conversation, and were nothing but complimentary. Also, I am beyond pleased to report that some of the boys in high school who couldn’t seem to get it together and turn in homework on time are now esteemed businessmen, lawyers, husbands, and fathers- wow! (Don’t act like you didn’t think the same thing about some of the people you knew in high school!!) However, I was surprised how many people were drunk. Really drunk.

I’m not sure how many of my conversations from Saturday night are appropriate to share, but as the night went on, compliments and conversations seemed to flow with more ease as people ahem* “loosened up.” One girl came up to me and to say hi and then said “I creeped the [crap] out of you.” (as in she looked through all of my photos/blog posts I think?) And in my head I was thinking…girl, even though we haven’t spoken in 10 years I looked through every. single. one. of your wedding photos… but I responded “Oh, thank you! Girl, I saw your wedding photos- they were beautiful!” We are all guilty of creeping and then having to pretend like we don’t know what someone has been up to lately. Asking “where do you live now?” when in reality, you even know where they ate dinner last week thanks to their Facebook location check-in. Ha! For the most part, though, I did have to ask people where they live and what they’re doing now. I loved hearing the diversity of careers and locations that we are in!

One of my favorite moments was when the DJ played our fight song and my friend, Anne, who was voted “most school spirited” in high school, got on the dance floor and in her dress, complete with two blue and white poms, performed the fight song dance that she still remembered from her high school cheerleading days! Amazing! Bonus: someone recorded it:)


As I sat down at my airport gate to catch my flight to Dallas, a familiar voice asked if the seat next to me was taken- it was a good friend from the high school reunion (who was flying back to his very important job in Washington DC)! We chatted for a few minutes about the reunion, talking about what some of our biggest takeaways were from the weekend; he said “You know what I realized? Life is hard…for a lot of people. And I have been so fortunate. So blessed.” I realize that there are so many qualifying statements and caveats that could be added here, but instead I’m just going to say that he is completely right and I am so #blessed.

It’s amazing how easy it is to lose touch with your classmates, even your close friends who were by your side every day of high school before going off to college. Even if there is a desire to stay in touch, as each month and year passes, it becomes more intimidating to reach out to friends via text or even Facebook message. I know that is a common sentiment, as evidenced by the countless messages left on the reunion Facebook group message board; people apologized for not staying in touch, pledged to make more of an effort, and left their well-wishes for classmates. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone, but it’s a good reminder that part of growing up means that we will spread out, pursue different paths, and new friendships.

If you’re on the fence, take it from me: go to your class reunion. Offer to help; volunteer your time, if you live nearby. Everyone’s combined efforts made our reunion a memorable event and I can’t wait until the next one! Cheers to you, Class of 2005!

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Fall Bucket List

You may know by now that I like lists. If you’re new: I like lists. So as sure as I went out to get my first Pumpkin Spice Latte #PSL yesterday to celebrate the first official day of fall (even though it’s still 95 degrees in Dallas and I was sweating while trying to take my Instagram picture), I also made a “fall bucket list” complete with tons of cliche (but fun!) seasonal activities. You might think that I’m doing this to be funny, or that I’m “basic,” but unless you mean basic…ally adorable and super fun, I’ll have to disagree. If you live in Dallas, you know that our fall season is about 2 weeks long and we usually go from scorching heat to ice-apocalypse with very little time in between the two, which is exactly why I made a list! I have a short amount of time to get these activities done (I love activities), so I have to stay focused on them and plan when to do them or they won’t happen. Also, I love having something to look forward to at the end of a long week.

1. Drink PSLs. But since I’m not a huge Starbucks fan, perhaps I could have a PSL competition and rate all of my favorite local Dallas coffee shops on their PSL skills. Bonus points for cute cups, though.

2. State Fair of Texas! It’s not fall unless I’m hanging with Big Tex and get a funnel cake and Fletcher’s corn dog at the fair! Read about my 2014 state fair trip.

3. Bake Pumpkin Muffins. (My specialty!) This list seems to be turning into a “seasonal foods to eat” list, but I promise there’s more to it than pumpkin-flavored everything. Also, Halloween Oreo Fudge is a big hit.

4. S’mores Around a Campfire. I love sitting outside around a fire with friends, roasting marshmallows and telling stories. I could sit for hours and listen to the fire crackle… I’m getting so excited just thinking about it!

5. Go to a Pumpkin Patch. I have wanted to do this for years, but it never happens! This year it’s happening. I want to go to a pumpkin patch, sit on a hayride, and pick out my perfectly shaped pumpkin.

6. Pick Apples at an Apple Orchard. I don’t even know if there is an apple orchard within 500 miles of Dallas, TX, but just in case there is… I want to go!

7. Drink Hot Chocolate. You probably have never met someone who loves hot chocolate as much as I do. I will most likely drink it every single night in the fall/winter. With marshmallows, of course.

8. Pumpkin Carving/Painting. I can’t decide if I want to put in the effort to actually carve out a pumpkin (it’s hard!) or if I want to paint one this year. It’s a tough call, but either way, I will decorate a pumpkin! Also, make these little pumpkin place settings.

9. Go Camping. This is already on the calendar, so it is definitely happening! I’m open to camping location suggestions around North Texas! Now I’ll get to use my Diner en Blanc gear!

10. Host a Scary Movie Night. (“scary” as in not scary at all because I can’t handle that- maybe something animated?)

11. Bake a pie. Apple pie is my favorite! Sorry, pumpkin.

12. Epic Halloween Party! I can’t believe it’s time to think about Halloween already; if you’re anything like me, you’ve already spent hours on Pinterest, searching for the perfect costume. Pop culture reference? Classic character? Punny? Couples costume? So. Many. Choices. Last year’s Halloween Party was by far my favorite party I’ve ever hosted and I loved my Halloween costume even though it was labor intensive!

As much as I would love to do all of these fun activities, I know that there are a lot of them and only one of me; the point isn’t to check them all off, but to make the most of every small moment during this season with friends and family! Cheesy? Yes, but still true!

I encourage you to come up with your own seasonal bucket list! It will be Christmas before you know it (what!?) and you’ll have missed your opportunity to go to a pumpkin patch! Get to planning!

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10 Year High School Reunion Survival Tips


I did a lot of research on this topic before writing this blog post about my upcoming 10 year high school reunion, most notably: I watched Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion trailer for a few laughs to prepare myself ;) But seriously, I googled a few things just to see what was out there on the interwebs about reunions- etiquette, horror stories, diet plans… it was all pretty bad. A quote from my least favorite article: “that way they know how awesome you are.” I mean, I get it, you want all of your former classmates to think you have “made it” and are super successful, but they have Facebook…they saw that photo you posted of your cat on Friday night. It’s fine. They know the truth.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to attend my class reunion, but after some serious thought and verifying that a couple of my closer friends from high school would also be there, I bought my ticket and am actually getting excited to see people! I had a great time in high school: I played sports, was on student council, was on homecoming court (I’m actually hoping to squeeze into that dress for my Halloween costume this year!), so I’m not dreading seeing anyone and I know it will be a good time. There will be a dance floor and I care a lot less about people’s opinions of my dancing skills now than I did in high school, so what could go wrong! For those of you who might be facing a similar situation (perhaps even some of my former classmates!), I’ve put together a brief list of dos and don’ts for your upcoming reunion to ensure that you keep things classy.

DO reach out to a few friends before the reunion to see if they will be there! If you can, try to schedule a smaller group meeting for lunch or coffee the day before your reunion’s main event. This way, you won’t feel like you have to spend all night with a small group of your close friends from high school; you’ll be free to mingle with a larger group and speak to more people (sorry, introverts)!

DON’T get too loose! With the abundance of alcohol flowing at reunions to provide liquid courage, it might be tempting to overindulge- resist! There is definitely no need to “pre-game” at a bar before the reunion. You don’t want to do anything that you’ll have to explain 10 years later at the 20 year reunion.

DO wear something sassy! Feeling comfortable at your reunion is important- people can tell if you are feeling self-conscious or confident! Wear an outfit that you know you look good in- something that you already own, as opposed to running out and buying an expensive new outfit just for this event. These people haven’t seen you in 10 years, so all of your clothes are new to them. You can add a little pizazz to your favorite dress with jewelry or accessories to make yourself stand out or feel extra sparkly.

DON’T go on a diet the week before your reunion. Trust me, looking desperate at the food table is not the look we are going for! Enjoy yourself and people will be able to tell that you are comfortable and happy with your choices. Trust yourself. And your Spanx- trust your Spanx.

DO tear it up on the dance floor! I think I was too concerned about my braces showing in Prom photos to really enjoy it back in 2005, but I’m still young enough to love a good dance party; bring on the DJ and let loose!

DON’T mention anything about weight. Just don’t.

DO make a mental list of people you want to connect with at the reunion. If you graduated with a large class, you might not have time to talk with every single person; make sure you are able to touch base with the people you want to talk to the most!

DON’T hire a date! Seriously, I felt the need to include this one. If you’re married, bring your spouse if they’re willing to tear up the dance floor with you, but if you’re single, then live it up! You never know, maybe you’ll rekindle a high school flame?

DO/DON’T ask people their name. This is a tough one. Yes, be honest and just ask who they are if you don’t remember, but…. you also don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, right?! Praise the Lord for name tags- done.

I can’t wait to report how my reunion goes this weekend! I’m sure there will be plenty of social faux pas happening (and part of me can’t wait to see them!), but it will be so special to see catch up with old friends for a couple of days in my hometown. I know how much I have changed in 10 years, and know that I will love seeing how other people have grown over the years as well. Any other tips I forgot? Anything that you did to prepare for your reunion?

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Dîner en Blanc

Last Thursday, Dallas hosted its first Dîner en Blanc and I was one of the lucky ones who was invited to attend! Diner en Blanc is an all-white secret pop-up dinner that originated in Paris, France as a picnic. The iconic event has grown over the last almost 30 years and now takes place internationally in cities around the globe with thousands of dinner-goers popping up in public spaces around the city for an epic all-white fête.

Dallas’ secret location was the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge next to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge west of downtown Dallas. As is tradition, attendees were responsible for providing their own table for two, two white chairs, white linens, as well as a gourmet meal served on white china….and transporting everything all while looking effortlessly chic in white! The preparation that went into the event (mainly finding a suitable all-white ensemble for my date and myself!) was more difficult and time consuming than I anticipated. By the time we arrived at the secret location (after getting dressed, loading the car, sitting in traffic, unloading the car, loading the bus, sitting on the bus, unloading the bus, and setting up our table), I was saying “dinner better be worth all of this trouble!” Well, good news: it absolutely was. Phew!

Let’s talk details. I wanted a white dress that would stand out amidst a sea of white. This one did the trick. Multiple people asked if this was my wedding dress. No, nor am I married (!!). I somehow found this gown online at along with three others that I ordered for good measure. My dresses arrived the day before the event, thanks to a kind UPS delivery person who read my note of desperation, pleading that my package be left without the required signature. I ordered two pairs of white ALDO shoes, which happened to be on sale- thank you summer clearance sales. So thankful that my outfit came together!

I wore my favorite Kendra Scott earrings and Essie’s “tuck it in my tux” nail polish. I think painting my nails white was unnecessary, but for some reason it felt very important while I was trying to squeeze an at-home manicure into my packed schedule the day before the event.

Sometimes I am willing to pay a premium for goods or services when my time is also at a premium; this was not one of those times. Rather than purchase flowers, meals, or supplies from any of the official event sponsors, I wanted to come up with my own suppliers and see if I could DIY a few things to save money. (Note: I did not save any money.)

I purchased a roll-top camping table from REI (which I’m excited to have for future use!), these battery-powered tea lights, and a handy cart to help transport everything, but decided to rent two chairs and a tablecloth since those aren’t items that I will likely use again. Instead of ordering a preset meal through Diner en Blanc, I partnered with a local restaurant, Savor (they hosted the most recent Dallas Blogger Brunch), who just launched a catering division called Farm to Market Catering, in addition to their already-existing specialty dessert brand, Pink Apron Pastry. They even prepared this adorable menu for our table, which thrilled me!

I’m sure my guests would agree that partnering with Farm to Market Catering was the best decision I made during all of the  planning that went into this event. This cheese and charcuterie selection was perfect- the tables around us were asking questions about our food because it looked so good! Luckily we made some new friends because we had plenty of food and were able to share.

Everything was beyond delicious, but I think my favorite item that they prepared for us was this little quiche- how adorable is it just sitting there! I really like quiche.

Actually… that’s not true. More than I like quiche, I love dessert. So when I pulled this mini mason trifle out of the bag, my eyes lit up! The Farm to Market food bag was straight out of Mary Poppins- an unending supply of gourmet goodies to fill our plates.  That trifle though. I wish I had another one to eat right now! You would understand my feelings if you had tasted it.

After dessert, we ventured to the other side of the bridge, through rows and rows of white tables, to connect with friends who were also at the event, but not without stopping on the dance floor first!

I loved running into a few blogger friends and the talented Rebecca of Beckley & Co., who snapped the below photo of me on the dance floor!

DJ Jason Esquire kept the party going until the grand finale of the evening- a fireworks show over the bridge!

We were all concerned that while we were away from our table, someone would come by and take our second dessert- these adorable mini macarons! We were relieved to see that they were still there when we returned. I ate mine when I got home and they were the perfect midnight snack! Pink Apron Pastry strikes again! You can’t go wrong with two desserts; both of them made us so happy!

Diner en Blanc, you were truly a night to remember- I’m already planning for next year’s event! A special thank you to Farm to Market Catering for the well-planned and delicious meal; you made every detail down to the menu and presentation special- I’m looking forward to my next meal with you!

Photos by Andy Luten.

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The Skinny Arm Gets Skinny || StudioHop Month 1

Well, it’s hard to believe that it has officially been one month of working out with StudioHop! I’ve chronicled my fitness journey for you with weekly posts (week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4) and I’ve loved getting feedback and hearing your fun fitness stories too! 

To celebrate my “fitniversary” I overslept this morning and missed my first workout class. Oops!! Sometimes you have to know that after a late night (last night was Diner en Blanc Dallas!), you need to plan a little rest time for your body!

Besides upping my selfie game, I’m so proud of myself for going to classes 5-6 times per week for the past month! I have seen some great results and feel so much stronger than I did before I started varying my workout routine. I’m looking forward to continuing to workout with StudioHop and the fun and challenging studios it has introduced me to. Meeting some of you during workouts has been one of the best parts- hope to see you in class! 

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Dallas Blogger Brunch || Savor

What a weekend! Each month, I host a brunch for Dallas bloggers and it has quickly become my favorite event to plan. I truly enjoy connecting with women in Dallas who are uniquely pursuing their passion- whether that is food, beauty or fashion, through blogging. It has been such a pleasure to form real-life relationships with talented women after “meeting” them through social media. This month’s Dallas Blogger Brunch at Savor is probably my favorite brunch to-date. The guests (tagged here), the food, and the service all came together perfectly to create a memorable event and provide an atmosphere conducive to forming new friendships while strengthening current ones. Read about my past brunches at some other Dallas favorites: Sissy’s, Smoke, Company Cafe, Parigi, Henry’s Majestic, and Nordstrom’s Bazille. Follow along on Instagram with @dallasbloggerbrunch to see where we go next!

I often get asked how I choose the next restaurant to host Dallas Blogger Brunch, and its quite simple: I have a list of restaurants in my phone that I’ve been wanting to try, so I just pick one! This month, however, it’s a funny story… I didn’t even realize it, but a friend of mine is the pastry chef at Savor! She commented on one of my photos months ago and I noticed that she also had her own baking business, so I though it would be a fun idea to collaborate on a baking post; turns out she does not have her own baking business, but Savor does! haha Pink Apron Pastry is in the same restaurant group as Savor and my friend, Julie, is the face of that company (she wears an adorable pink apron!) So long story short, my “fun idea” to collaborate led to hosting brunch at Savor.

These gorgeous watercolor place cards were by Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy and the fun, wild, fall floral arrangements were by Rachel Noel of BloomDTX. Hosting Dallas Blogger Brunch has not only introduced me to bloggers, but also some seriously talented small business owners like these two!

As the girls started arriving for brunch, we made introductions and mingled before sitting down. Right away, our server (shout-out to Ginger!) brought carafes of mimosas and began filling our glasses- off to a good start! We started with an appetizer of biscuits and jelly… who doesn’t love biscuits?! Seriously, they were so cute and little…and delicious.

As we looked the menu, we continued to talk and get to know each other; everyone raved about the natural light as we took pictures of our place settings (we are bloggers, after all)! It was so hard to decide what to order, but if there is a fancy french toast option on the menu, you can bet that’s what I’m going to order, and I was not disappointed by this Lemon Ricotta stuffed masterpiece! I was tempted to go back for brunch on Sunday to order it again!

According to the girls, this adorable Smoked Salmon Quiche was as tasty as it was cute.

“The Croque” was another hit (photo below by Natalie Keinan)- I don’t think you can go wrong ordering anything on the menu!

We finished eating and were just enjoying each other’s company, when Ginger surprised us with a sampling of some of the desserts at Savor (Julie, you have a true gift!). I don’t remember the official name, but these churros with special dipping sauce…oh my goodness, you have to try them.

I always thought that I didn’t like German Chocolate Cake, but it turns out that I do. A lot.

How cute are these mini graham sticks on the Panna Cotta?! There was also a Creme Brûlée that didn’t last long!

Savor provided small party favors from another one (!!!) of their companies: Farm to Market Catering! All of us were very excited about taking home these jars of Bloody Mary drink mix! Thank you, Farm to Market Catering!

Thanks, again, to Savor, for the wonderful hospitality you showed us and giving a great experience during this month’s Dallas Blogger Brunch. I will definitely be back again soon!

Photos by An Extraordinary Affaire.

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Labor Day Weekend

 As much as I enjoy going on weekend getaways and road trips, I also love staying in town (especially on holiday weekends) and exploring local treasures in my own city. Dallas has so much to offer, especially in the way of boutiques and hole-in-the-wall restaurants to explore. Over the long weekend, I did some exploring in Dallas and visited neighborhoods I don’t usually get to explore. Note: if you’re going to be exploring on a holiday, call ahead to make sure your chosen destination will be open!

 If we’re being honest, casual clothes are my least favorite genre of clothing; I like wearing workout gear or dressing up for dinner or formal occasions- not too much in between. My go-to casual look is usually an easy knit dress, but occasionally I’ll find a new pair of jeans that I really love and want to wear. That is the case with these DL 1961 jeans– they are so comfortable! The mid rise and perfect medium-denim wash make these a great “everyday jean” to wear with anything from a t-shirt to a silk blouse.

 I like to pair jeans with wedges to dress them up, but for a day of exploring, flats were a must. These patent leather Halogen flats from Nordstrom are the perfect amount of casual and dressy to pair with an easy top. A friend and I ended up grabbing street tacos from Fuel City Tacos (a gas station!!) for a quick lunch; the tacos are less than $2 and it’s fun to see the variety of people who stop for tacos!

 Of course no day of exploring is complete without ice cream- at least, that’s what we told ourselves, so we went to the Highland Park Soda Fountain off of Knox St. for a fifties-style frozen treat. Hope you had a great weekend!

 DL1961 jeans // Kendra Scott earrings // Halogen flats // BP sunglasses // Joie blouse // Furla handbag

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