Happy first week of spring! I’m so excited that the winter is behind us and we’re able to bring out the patio furniture and start soaking up the sun. Dallas has been warming up in the last few weeks and every good Dallas blogger (including myself!) has been stocking up on spring clothing! Last Saturday morning, I met up with a few other bloggers for brunch and let me just say that the host, Miss Rhonda Jenkins of The Skinny Arm blog, did such an amazing job organizing our brunch! Check out the details below!
I always love getting together with other bloggers to exchange ideas, tips, and just enjoy the company of other bloggers. The group of girls that came together for brunch at Pie Tap the other day were amazing! They were all so talented and totally inspired me to do more on my blog and get outside of my comfort zone. For example, I’ve been playing around with the idea of getting a photographer to start doing my photos instead of my boyfriend, David. Even though I want my blog to grow, spending money on my style blog isn’t something I’m totally comfortable with. After chatting over brunch and getting a little encouragement from the girls, I think I might just start shopping around for photographers!
Spring table setting details
Let’s talk about how beautiful and tasty our brunch was though. First of all, the table setting was stunning with the floral garland by Elise Woods (check her blog out here) and adorable geode place cards by Scribble Lettering. All of these little touches just make such a huge impact on how the table ends up looking!
Pie Tap Pizza in Uptown
If you’re in the Dallas area, then you need to check out where we had brunch! Pie Tap Pizza Workshop and Bar is all about handcrafted pizzas and delicious, 5-ingredient dough! I got the margherita pizza and oh my word, it was divine. Perfect crispy crust, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves. YUM! We also tried their house made doughnuts with local Texas honey and they were so tasty!
I’m really thankful for the girls at Dallas Blogger Brunch for sharing their stories and successes and being open about the not so glamorous side of blogging you can’t see. It isn’t just brunches and pretty outfits, it’s actual work too!
Living in Dallas has presented me with so many unique opportunities to experience new things. A week ago I got to attend a Dallas fashion show and just a day ago I attended my first Holi Festival! My little hometown in Maryland didn’t have much opportunity for cultural experiences beyond an annual Celtic festival. Having seen how beautiful the “Festival of Colors” is, I had to experience it for myself. While I didn’t get to travel to India to participate, I did get to enjoy it right here in Dallas! This cross-cultural experience was probably one of my favorite experiences and definitely one that was enriching.
My friend Laila and I got tickets to go to Dallas’ annual Holi Festival together. Frankly, I didn’t know what to expect. I don’t know much about Indian culture and certainly didn’t know what Holi even meant or was. After doing a little research though, I learned that Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrating the arrival of spring, end of winter, and traditionally a good harvest. The multi-colored powders used in the celebration are made from crushed flowers and other natural colors. At our celebration, festival attendees threw their brightly colored powders in the air and shouted “Happy Holi!”
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m as “white” as the day is long. Attending Holi was not an attempt to “culture appropriate” I believe the term is. It was a fun way to learn about a new culture and appreciate the exciting celebrations that happen around the world. Cross-cultural experiences are important because they allow people of all origins to learn about the customs of others and enjoy them without giving up their own culture. When I got to the festival, I didn’t have any “colors” on my skin or in my hair and several other attendees that were of Indian descent and knew what they were doing came up to me and patted my face with bright pinks and blues and wished me a happy Holi. How kind of them to share their traditions and celebrations with an obvious outsider?
Dancing, eating, and throwing Holi powder in the air were the best parts of the festival. I got to try several Indian dishes including this delicious one pictured above. After eating my weight in Chicken Manchurian, Laila and I made our way back into the crowd to dance off our food. As you can imagine, I don’t know many traditional Indian dances but I tried my best to follow along.
I loved this event and plan to go back next year! Dallas really is a melting pot of people. Enjoying other people’s culture while still appreciating my own is so important to my personal development not only as a Dallas blogger, but also as a person.
Who else had a super long week besides me? I’m so glad it’s Friday! I’m sipping my coffee and giving snuggles to my kitty cat, Petunia, while I work from home today. Yay me! My weekend usually starts out with a shopping trip to Target where I browse the dollar spot for a few minutes (or an hour) and ends with a great brunch with David or a friend. Last weekend however, my Style Collective sister and I checked out a great Downtown Dallas brunch spot together!
Chrisy, of Collared Cashmere, and I spent Sunday morning visiting Americano, a whimsical Italian restaurant serving everything from hand-made pastas to Nutella-filled doughnuts. We started off our Sunday morning brunch with a cappuccino that was probably one of the best I’ve had in Dallas. Of course, if you prefer a little bubbly instead, they had a peach bellini that looked pretty and delicious!
My typical brunch choice usually depends on how much I ate the day before. Luckily, I’ve been in the gym a lot recently so I indulged a little and ordered their Ciabatta French Toast. This tasty menu item came with lemon-whipped ricotta, almonds, and a yummy cranberry maple syrup! It’s not a brunch choice I would usually make but it was well worth the risk!
Chrisy and I sat and chatted for awhile about fashion blogging before leaving to take a few blog photos of our outfits (because that’s what bloggers do all the time.) You can see my brunch outfit here! And can I also say how awesome it is to have a good photographer who can take blog photos for you? Seriously, she’s the best and David was getting tired of doing it anyways!
If you get the chance to visit Americano, be sure to stop in! Also, pay Chrisy a visit on her blog as well!
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Wahoo! The weekend is almost here and I’m already planning out what Dallas events and restaurants I’m going to Saturday and Sunday. Of course, any great weekend starts with a great outfit! I tend to re-wear things a million times and mix n match different items to optimize the amount of wear I get out of it. So in short, yes you’ve seen this Marley Lilly monogram baseball hat and yeah, you’re probably going to see it again!
Weekend Plans in Dallas
This weekend is the Super Bowl and I’ll be finding myself surrounded by crazy football fans (including David). Besides the craziness of the weekend festivities, I plan on making my weekly shopping trip to Trader Joe’s and Target followed by finding a new restaurant to try here in Dallas. I have my eye on a Dallas Middle Eastern restaurant! I have a secret love affair with kabobs and saffron rice. I’m hoping this place called Nora on Greenville Ave has the best of both!
Luckily, this city is fairly casual so I’ll be able to wear this outfit (again) and go from errand running to enjoying a lunch or brunch with friends. Thanks to the Texas weather, I’ve been able to go back and forth between wearing strappy sandals (link to Valentino Rockstud dupes here) and Sperrys. It’s so nice to live in a place where snow boots aren’t needed! If you were following me last winter, I lived in Kansas City and believe me this outfit wasn’t possible to wear until late April. The saying “everything’s bigger in Dallas” applies to the temperature as well.
Comment with your favorite things to wear during the weekend and any must-haves I should buy for my wardrobe!
If you read my blog post about my personal New Year’s Resolutions a few posts back, then you know how important my health is to me this year! Over the last year, I’ve felt horrible about my body and my self-esteem has just taken a turn for the worst. At that start of January, I decided I had to change my lifestyle, so I did. Apparently Influenster read my mind because they sent me their 2017 Resolutions Vox Box with a few fun products for me to test and share with you!
So one of the first things I found in my box was this neat Febreeze bottle with a replaceable bottle. I am such a fan of Febreeze that I buy the seasonal scents too! Febreeze just came out with a cool new way to sell their popular products. It’s an interchangeable bottle that you can unscrew from the spray nozzle and change out when it’s time for a new scent. Really clever and isn’t as wasteful!
I totally didn’t see this next product coming. Burt’s Bees is known for their skin and lip healing products but who knew they also sold protein shakes? I’ve tried to cut back on fatty foods for lunch lately because they make me feel so sluggish for the rest of the day. Instead, I’ve turned to meal shakes and salads to keep me going. I haven’t tried this protein shake yet, so I’ll let you know how it tastes when I have!
A few other things in the box included a Sabra guacamole voucher for a free one to try at any grocery store (I love Sabra!), Pop Chips, Dentek tongue brush, Crispy Green banana chips, and a Orgain protein bar in peanut butter chocolate chip! I dug into those Pop Chips real fast and for 100 calories, they’re quite tasty! It’s always nice trying new snack foods that you wouldn’t normally pick out and won’t ruin your diet plan! Share with me your favorite low-calorie snack foods! I always appreciate recommendations!
*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own!