dallas engagements

Guess what?! I’m engaged! I can’t believe it either! David, my FIANCÉ, surprised me with such a gorgeous proposal! I’ve been wracking my brain all day trying to figure out how I was going to write a blog post about the proposal that did it justice. So I think I’m just going to go full speed ahead and tell it!

David and I have been dating for almost 3 years. We met in April 2015 in Fairfax, VA working together. I went and visited him in Texas that June and we’ve been together ever since! I knew he planned to propose sometime before then but other than that, it was up a mystery. I started getting my nails done regularly a few weeks ago just in case- ugly nails were not an option!

Monday night David and I went back to our old apartment to do a few final things before heading to our dinner reservations that evening. When we left to go to dinner, he wanted to walk to the restaurant, which I thought was odd given that it was about 92 degrees out and we were going to roast. I like the sunshine though so I didn’t protest. When we were waiting for a crosswalk sign to turn I put on my sunglasses and he promptly plucked them off my face and tucked them in his pocket. I started getting a little suspicious.

The restaurant was about a mile away and winding through city streets was part of the walk. We chatted about how work went that day and what appetizer we wanted for dinner. Then we came to a stop right across from Klyde Warren Park to wait for another light to change. I thought David would want to walk around the park and not through it. I was surprised when he guided us toward these lovely arches with greenery hanging over them.

He then held onto my hand and I saw him fumbling around in his jacket pocket. It was then that I knew what was going on. He made a joke that I could download our bank account app again (we have combined accounts and I deleted my bank app so I wouldn’t know if he bought a ring!) I looked at him and asked why. Then he got down on one knee, pulled out the most beautiful ring ever, and said “Liz, will you marry me?”

I said yes, shaking uncontrollably the entire time! I was so surprised and so happy! I just kept staring at my gorgeous ring and then staring back at David. Then I heard a soft clicking sound behind me. I turned around and there were my favorite photographers Luisa and her husband Douglas! Yes, David even had hidden photographers snapping pictures the entire time! Seriously, I was blown away that he did that. How incredibly thoughtful!

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We then snapped a bunch of photos in the park surrounded by flowers and the setting sun. It was honestly the best night of my life. Luisa and Douglas gave us our first “Mr and Mrs” item- champagne flutes! (Read our engagement story from her perspective on her blog!)

Shortly after our engagement we called my parents who were in on the secret. David called them several weeks ago to ask for their blessing and told them how he planned to propose. We called David’s family who also knew what he planned on doing. I was the last to know!

We spent the rest of the evening calling friends and enjoying a decadent meal at Stampede 66. The entire time I literally couldn’t stop smiling. And I don’t plan to stop anytime soon! I’m so excited to share our wedding planning journey with you over the next however many months (no date set yet!) Check back for updates! PS my  dress you can find here via my affiliate link! 


You don’t always realize how your inner health (mental and physical) can change the your outward beauty, but it totally can! I never noticed how sad and sick I looked a few months ago until someone commented on a recent photo of mine and said “wow, you look so much happier and healthier now!” I was caught off guard in a good way by that comment. I did look, feel, and sound better! So what changed? My entire life.

I Changed Jobs

I’ve said in previous blogs how my last job was just a nightmare for my entire being. Late nights, weekends, a boss that liked to yell at me for every little thing, and then more work and stress than you can imagine. A living hell for me. After 9 months of enduring it, I have my two week’s notice with no job lined up. 4 days later a miracle happened and I was offered a new job that paid a lot more money and promised less stress. I accepted immediately and haven’t regretted it once.

I feel about 100 times better in mind, body, and spirit! I had no idea how miserable I was before. I totally lost all of my joy. Now, my stress is pretty much gone and I can live my life again!

I Started Taking a Probiotic

Ahhh the wonders of a probiotic. I never paid any attention to gut health or vitamins or supplements. I always thought that stuff wasn’t for me. Then my coworker introduced me to RenewLife probiotics. Literally, a life changer! I’ve always had bloated belly problems, gross right? It didn’t matter what I ate, even a salad could make my stomach blow up like a balloon. It got to a point where I wouldn’t wear anything remotely tight or form fitting because I knew I’d like huge in it.

Enter probiotic supplements. The bacteria in your digestive tract can sometimes be a little lacking and a probiotic will help replenish it. I just take a vitamin in the morning and the bloating stays away all day. If you have the same problem, I highly recommend you get the probiotic I use (talk with your doctor first though!)

I Finally Saw a Doctor

Lord what it takes to get me to go to a doctor is crazy. I avoid them like the Black Death. But I finally went. I had been having bad anxiety and depression for awhile and had been trying to cope without medication and I simply couldn’t anymore. My hip was also causing me a ton of pain! The doctor sat down with me and spent tons of time answering questions and going over symptoms. She recommended a low dosage of anxiety medication as well as anti inflammatory medication for my hip.

Boom. Just like that I feel a ton better! Usually anxiety medication takes awhile to really have an impact but I already feel ten times better! My hip is also improving but will need an x Ray. Fun stuff. I’m so excited to get back in the gym and workout again though! It’s amazing what a doctor who listens can do for you.

So yay! I’m feeling better! These little and big changes made a massive difference in my quality of life!

Bonus: I’m wearing cute clothes again! My top is on sale for $19 at J Crew and my shorts are a steal at Target for $16!

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope your Cinco de Derby parties were super fun and you’ve fully recovered. David and I went to a Mexican restaurant near our new house that’s famous for creating the first frozen margarita! They were pretty tasty if I do say so myself! Of course we gorged on chips and salsa as well (we’re joining a gym this week, I swear!)

After celebrating with all the carbs ever, we went to Lake House White Rock Bar & Grill for a good salad. I forced David to take outfit pictures right after. He always enjoys doing that. Not. I found my top at J Crew on clearance for $19 (link here!) I love raiding their clearance and sales racks, I almost always find something cute for a great price. Browsing online, I found other items on sale that you’re going to love! Scroll through the widget and take a look at some of my finds!

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Cinco de Mayo is this weekend! I never knew how big this day was until I moved to Texas. Similar to St. Patrick’s Day when everyone pretends to be Irish, the 5th of May is when everyone pretends to be Mexican. Dallas has Lord knows how many parties dedicated to the holiday, most of which revolve around tacos, guacamole, and fresh margaritas.

Saturday David and I will be finishing our move and spending most of the day at the apartment getting stuff out (including hauling our old couch downstairs so someone can pick it up) and cleaning everything up. But in case you’ll be celebrating with a sombrero on your head or hosting a backyard shindig, I put together this visual guide for you.

I mean how cute are those margarita-inspired Soludos?! I thought they would be so festive paired with the top and shorts! One of my favorite things on here though, is that taco stand. I’m really considering ordering that, it would solve a lot of my food problems.

Why Culture Impacts Style

I never really thought much about why we wear what we wear. Why do I love espadrilles and leather riding boots? Why do I love plaid skirts and Fair Isle sweaters? It’s not just a matter of style preference, it’s something that draws me in and makes me excited to wear it! The fashion statements and trends that make their way down the runway are all inspired by cultures with interesting designs, patterns, and fabrics.

Cinco de Mayo is a prime example of how people embrace a culture’s customs and choice of dress and make it their own. I think that’s a trademark of style- you have to add small personal touches without compromising the integrity of the clothing.

This weekend when you see women sporting beautiful Mexican embroidery on their tops and dresses, think of the hundreds of years of tradition that inspired their style. Be thankful that we have choices in what we wear for every occasion!

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When I started writing this post I was angry at myself and angry at the company that sparked me to write it. I had ordered a pair of size medium shorts two weeks ago and was so excited when they were in my mailbox. I ripped open the bag and scurried into my bathroom to try them on. They didn’t fit. Not even close. The button was just not going to button and while the zipper zipped, it was uncomfortable. I was so upset that I cried.

How does one pair of ill-fitting shorts have such an impact on my mental and emotional health? Simple: Poor body image. I don’t like how I was put together and it’s obvious when I burst into tears over shorts! Let’s talk about body positivity.

What is Body Positivity?

Body positivity is when you’ve learned to accept everything about your body, flaws and all, and celebrate it for doing the amazing things it does. More importantly, it’s about being confident in your skin. 

As much as I’d love to make this a ra-ra I love my body post, it won’t be. Sorry! I wish I could truly love myself, fatty areas and all, I’m just not quite there yet. I’ve always looked at self-love as something for people who have either been through serious hardships and need to recover…. or really skinny, pretty women. Neither of which is accurate, anyone can practice self-love. I just never viewed it as something for me.

The last few months have been particularly hard on my mind and body. I’ve been dealing with depression episodes (more about that here) and I’ve had to stop exercising because of inflammation in my hip.

Luckily, I’ve been able to keep the weight off from my inactivity and even drop a few pounds- 8 to be exact. This brings me to a bigger challenge I’ve recently faced- how is it possible that I’m thinner than I was at the start of the year and my size 8 shorts are snugger than ever before? Like I said, challenges like these make body positivity incredibly difficult!

How Do You Embrace it?

This is something I’m desperately trying to figure out. How do you embrace your body for what it is and love it? I’m annoyed with my body that it’s shifted weight around so much that things I used to slip on with no problem are now snug. Um no! Not what I was envisioning when I ate a salad every day for lunch.

So, I don’t have all the answers on embracing your body and being positive about it but, my mom said something interesting to me this morning. She said she’s been working on having a positive outlook on life and its really improved her mental and even physical health. Could it be that just adjusting how I view my life in general could have an impact on my physical health? It just might.

Instead of trying to force myself to do a 180 in terms of how I view my body, maybe I (and you) should start with just being positive about life! Is that so crazy? I don’t think so. Maybe that’s step one on the road to positive body image.

 

 


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I looked at my calendar for the month of May and realized Mother’s Day was quickly approaching! I’m really close with my mom and love being able to spoil her with nice things here and there. She’s the type that doesn’t like to spend money on herself so when I get the chance to buy her something pretty, I take it! Hint: I may or may not have already gotten her something off this list! 

A lot of people ask me why I’m so close with my mom or why we talk everyday- it’s because I love her! But I was also homeschooled most of my childhood and that definitely fostered a closer relationship with my mom than if I had been in school. Since moving away from my hometown in Maryland, keeping that closeness has gotten harder but we still have it thanks to FaceTime and phone calls!

Calling her every day makes it feel like I’m not so far from home and that I still have a hand in things going on. I love hearing about what our pets are up to or who my mom ran into at the grocery store or what new restaurant is being built. It’s just nice to keep up with all of the hometown happenings.

My mom is also one of the best listeners ever. I can ramble on about nonsense for an hour and she’ll still be listening. I’m a high anxiety girl, so being able to share my worries and fears with someone who knows me better than anyone is such a relief. She’s not only my mom but also my therapist!

What to Get Your Mom This Mother’s Day

Like I said earlier, being able to get my mom nice things is one of my biggest joys in life. She deserves so much more than anything I can give her but it’s the gesture that counts right? I was digging around for some pretty things online for Mother’s Day gifts and everything was quite pricey (girl on a budget here!) so I filtered out anything over $75 and these cute things came up! I’m loving the satin sandals and monogrammed clutch the most!

Let me know what you’re getting your mom for Mother’s Day!

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