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I’ve been living in Texas for two years now and it’s been quite the culture shock for me. Every single state I visit or have lived has had its own unique style, tastes, and feel. Texas is no different, in fact, the culture here is even more prevalent than say the understated culture of the midwest. Needless to say, living here as a Maryland native has left me scratching my head at times and wanting to pack my bags and run home to familiarity. BUT there are some things I’ve discovered that I like about Texas and here are my top 5!
You’ll Never Run Out of Restaurants
My Lord. There are so many places to eat in DFW its not even funny! I’m pretty sure its impossible to go to every single place in your lifetime. The Mexican food here is delicious (although my San Antonio born and raised husband to be says its better down there) and I’ll never get tired of all the chips and salsa! So yummy!
Shopping is Cardio
I read somewhere that “Paris knows how to design fashion. New York knows how to wear fashion. And Dallas knows how to buy fashion.” I think that’s the truest thing I’ve ever read! There’s more money here than I ever thought there would be and the shopping possibilities are endless. Whether you’re a “thousandaire” or a millionaire, on the weekends you’re buying something pricey.
Flights are Pretty Cheap
When you want to leave Dallas, usually in July when its unbearably hot, a flight to another part of the country is rarely more than $300 roundtrip. Dallas is centrally located and a hub for Southwest airlines. Even getting to Mexico is cheap(ish).
Job Opportunities are Endless
As a college graduate with a fair amount of debt, a city with job possibilities is important. Dallas really can’t be beat when it comes to that. I always thought I’d end up in Washington DC but the cost of living vs the pay just wouldn’t cut it. So much industry is moving to Dallas, making it a job seeker’s paradise.
Neighborhoods Have Distinct Vibes
A quick Google Street View search of Deep Ellum will make you realize that hipsters and artists can be found in this area while Uptown is full of uppity 20-somethings. I like the distinct styles and atmospheres of all the little areas around Dallas- gives it some uniqueness!
So in short, even though Texas has been hard to adjust to, I’m adjusting by finding the things I like and ignoring things I don’t (the heat and lack of ocean, just sayin’.)
Hey everyone! I hope your week is going well and you have plans for the upcoming weekend! David and I are going to look at a few wedding venues and I’m so excited! I also recently bought a giant inflatable flamingo pool for my backyard so I’ll be lounging in that on Saturday!
Since Amazon Prime Week is less than a month away, I’ve been browsing their website writing down all the things I want that might be on sale. So far, everything has been pineapple themed! During the 1700s, pineapples were actually a sign of wealth and power as not everyone could afford the exotic fruit. It was also a sign of hospitality to a wealthy person’s guests. Luckily, everyone gets to enjoy this delicious fruit now and its emerged as a sign of summertime.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have a pineapple pool float, tank top, ice cube tray, and more hiding in my house. I rounded up a few of my favorite pineapple-themed items from Amazon Prime and included the links below (just to let you know, they are affiliate links, so I may make a small commission if you purchase something). Enjoy!
David and I have been engaged for a little over two weeks now and yes- I’m still ecstatic! (Read our engagement story here!) Our initial plan (ok my plan) was to wait a few months before we really start wedding planning. But all it took was me downloading the Wedding Wire app and browsing venues to throw me into planning mode! Having just begun this process, I don’t know much but what I do know is that it’s crazy. Here’s why.
The Pressure from Venues
I know venue coordinators are in the business of booking events and making a sale. Totally get that. But I really feel the pressure when they’re telling me that the month we’re hoping to get married is already booking up a year and a half in advance. Of course they might just be saying that to get us to make a decision quickly but I don’t know that for sure! So yeah, the pressure is on!
Coordinating Dress Shopping Dates
My family and most of my friends live in Maryland and I live in Dallas. David’s family lives in San Antonio. So where do I go dress shopping and when? I could go home and do it but then there’s the ordeal of getting the dress back to Dallas and finding a seamstress. Dallas just seems like the obvious choice because I live here, but then my mom and maid of honor will have to fly down here and David’s mom and sisters will have to drive up to Dallas. And then when do I even dress shop? In a few months? I have no idea!
Finding a Dress
So maybe this isn’t so much craziness in wedding planning but the anxiety finding a dress gives me. I’ve always had a vision of the perfect dress for me- ball gown with a tulle skirt, neckline that goes to my collar bone with thin straps that slope down over my shoulders into a low back dress. Not too crazy, right? But my overly anxious mind is like “what if you look fat in that or what if you can’t find any dress?!” Realistically, I know something will work eventually, but until then I’m just going to sit and worry about it.
The Costs of a Wedding
Our budget isn’t small but we’re also not looking to spend our entire yearly salaries on our wedding either. Browsing vendor pricing for everything, I was so surprised at how much something as simple as table and chair rentals cost. You want how much for a crappy plastic folding chair?! Apparently these prices are standard but I mean, really?
In the end, I think every couple gets over the sticker shock of everything and learns to coordinate a wedding as best as they can. As a total control freak though, this might be the biggest challenge ever.
Striped patterns are my favorite to wear in pretty much every season, but summer can’t be beat. The nautical underpinnings of this simple pattern make it a staple for myself and other sea-loving preppies. But the history behind this beloved pattern may surprise you (it certainly did me!)
The Origins of Stripes in Clothing
Stripes weren’t always a good fashion statement to make. In the Middle Ages, wearing stripes was a sign that you were a social deviant- an outcast if you will. Court jesters, criminals, women of ill-repute, and other unwanted individuals were often required by law to wear stripes. It signaled to other people their status.
During the Italian Renaissance, gondoliers on the canals began wearing stripes and shortly after, military medals and ribbons featured striped designs. Finally around the Victorian era, stripes were not only seen in military uniforms but also in leisure and sporting outfits. In 1917, Coco Chanel introduced a collection featuring stripes inspired by her visit to Brittany, France where sailors were seen wearing the pattern.
The classic blue and white striped tops we love today (called Breton Tops way back when) are an integral part of nautical, preppy culture thanks to designers like Jean-Paul Guiltier and even artist, Pablo Picasso.
So what am I wearing? This adorable striped J Crew top was $19 last weekend! I love how the straps tie into cute little bows. I’m wearing a medium for reference. This top will be seeing a lot of love throughout the rest of the summer! Keep an eye on my Instagram to see how many times I wear it and style it!
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Hey everyone! I don’t know about where you are but summer is in full swing here in Texas. It’s hot and getting hotter every day. I don’t understand how people lived out here before air conditioning. It’s just too hot. However, the heat also means I have an excuse to by clothes appropriate for it- so that’s a plus! I’ve been going through my closet and figuring out what I need more of and I’ve discovered that there are a few things that come back year after year.
Gingham is great year round but bright blues and reds are the best in summer and have been worn by women every year since I don’t know when! My gingham skirt was only $9.99 and you can get it at Target (its sold out online.)
Jack Rogers Sandals
These never get old and Jackie Kennedy wore them on multiple occasions. Need I say more? I often buy mine used on eBay but always check online for sales (I’m loving these ones right now!)
I do not know if there’s a proper term for the patterns and kind of embroidery but here in Texas, gorgeous Mexican embroidery adorns everything. My tote bag in the picture above is an example of that, although probably doesn’t do it justice!
Brightly Colored Tees
They go with shorts, cut offs, pencil skirt, and much more. Buy multiple when you find one you like. I’m a huge fan of J Crew cotton tees, which I’m wearing in bright yellow! I’d totally look like a bumble bee if I had worn black shorts, and yes- that makes me laugh!
They come back every summer because they’re a classic pattern. I’ll never wear actual tortoiseshell (I like turtles too much!) but the pattern is a favorite of mine for sunglasses! I’m loving these ones right now!
Start stocking up for the summer heat! There are a lot of good semi annual sales coming up and I’ll be sharing my favorite sales as they’re announced. So get ready!
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Hey everyone! I’ve been a little absent lately and I’m still reeling from my engagement last week (ahhh!) but I’m back and so excited to share these super cute shoes I found! I’m a big fan of the Universal Thread line at Target this summer and I’ve been slowly buying up the collection every time I go on a Target run!
Ok so the shoes! They come in navy blue and red and are only $24.99 (link here!) These will be my go-to shoes for the rest of the summer. The bows on them are so darn cute and they go with absolutely everything! I was going through my closet earlier when I realized that half of it was navy blue. I think I’m addicted (hint: one of our wedding colors!)
I get a lot of comments on my shorts which also happen to be from the Universal Thread line and are only $16.99 (link here!) I’ve been wearing them a lot lately with basically everything. I appreciate the slight stretch in the denim on my, ahem, not so skinny days. I’m sure you can relate!
Anyway, had to share these deals with you because they made me do a little happy dance in the store! Go stock up!
*affiliate links present