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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Since it’s the one holiday that celebrates love and all the mushy-gushy stuff, I figured today was the perfect day to share the crazy story that is how I met my boyfriend, David! Seriously, it’s one for the books. You know how they say you’ll meet ‘the one’ when you least expect it, I can now attest to how true that can be. Love finds you when you aren’t looking for it.

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About a month prior to our meeting, we had both been hired for an 8 month contract by a data analytics company in Virginia to be part of their 2015 data analytics team. The position required both of us and the rest of our team to spend a month in Fairfax training on a new data software. For David, it was a little leap of faith because he lived all the way down in Texas. For me, it was a short drive up the road from my home in Maryland. Nonetheless, we both agreed to take the job and a month later we started our training with our colleagues. It’s rather cliche, but never did I think for a minute that I’d meet the love of my life there.

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I still remember the first time I saw David. He was tall, wearing cowboy boots, had better hair than me, and had a really sweet smile. He was one of those guys that made everyone feel comfortable together. It was pretty easy for him to notice me though, I was the only girl in the room! As the month went on, we got to know each other better, had many study sessions together, and shared many laughs . It wasn’t until the very last day of our month-long training that I realized how much I liked this handsome guy from Texas. And how much I’d miss him when he went back home.

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Shortly after David drove back to San Antonio, we began texting a little here and there to just chat and keep up with one another. Those text messages got increasingly flirty and eventually, David asked if he could come see me back in Maryland. Being more interested in flying to Texas, somewhere I’d never been, I told him that I’d go and visit him. Thinking that I was just trying to put him off or avoid any such visit, he didn’t persist. A week later, I booked a ticket to San Antonio.

When I landed in the Austin airport, we shared our very first kiss! It was like a scene straight from a Humphrey Bogart movie! How romantic, right? That week we spent together I still consider one of the best in my life. On one of my last nights there, David asked me to be his girlfriend. I said yes, obviously. Soon after I went home, he had lunch with his sister where he confided in her that someday he was going to marry me. How romantic is that? Seriously, it still makes me swoon!

Over the next few months we flew back and forth seeing each other for weeks at a time. In January 2016, we both got permanent jobs in the same city. Our long distance relationship was finally over. This June will mark 2 years together! In that time we’ve dealt with the loss of jobs, the stress of moving around, the happiness of adopting a kitty cat, and learned to understand and adapt to each other’s mannerisms. On this Valentine’s Day, you’ll find this Dallas blogger counting her blessings in finding such a wonderful guy to share my life with. I sincerely adore my David.

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valentines gifts for men

Hey loves! I hope you had a nice weekend! I got out and did a little shopping and shared a relaxing evening or two with my David enjoying the warm breeze that was blowing through Dallas (now it’s chilly again!) Saturday morning I received a package in the mail from the Anderson Road Co. and I was super excited because it had David’s Valentine’s gift inside! Of course I couldn’t resist giving it to him a few days early so I can tell you without a doubt that he loved his gifts. Read on to see what I got him!

homemade hot sauce

David is from San Antonio so when I say he loves spicy foods, I really mean it! I thought what better gift to get him than a homemade hot sauce making kit? The kit comes with two spice blends and four glass bottles for your hot sauce. Frankly, I’m quite in love with the little corks that act as bottle stoppers. The kit comes with an assortment of other kitchen tools needed to make the hot sauce as well as instructions.

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When we finally get around to making the homemade hot sauce, I’ll let you know! I’m really excited to see how it turns out. There’s nothing better than making something at home and knowing that it’s made with good, safe ingredients! Here’s the link to where you can buy!

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Another great Valentine’s Day gift I got for David was a set of leather bookmarks! David is an avid reader and loves to read books with historical themes. I’m seriously thankful to be dating a man who is an accomplished and well-read individual! I must admit that beyond what my mom had me read when I was homeschooled and what my professors made me read in college, I haven’t read a lot. Design books and books on etiquette and entertaining are usually my go-to choices when I do sit down to read.

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One of the coolest things about these made in America leather bookmarks, is that the little loop at the top is for a pencil if you enjoy making notes in your books! How clever is that? Also, if you’ve ever walked into a leather good store like Dooney & Bourke, then you know the rich smell of leather and that’s what you get with these bookmarks. Seriously, I haven’t been able to stop smelling them! Here’s the link to the bookmarks! Enjoy!

P.S. Check the blog Tuesday for a Valentine’s Day post about how David and I met, it’s a crazy story!

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how to become a successful blogger

I have some really exciting news to share with you guys! Since I started my blogging journey, the whole experience has been a series of ups and downs and wondering when success will start knocking on my door. I read countless articles from other bloggers talking about what led to their success and what I needed to do differently. Years later, I’ve come to figure out that each blogger has their own journey, including you.

Being a Dallas fashion blogger means I have more competition than I could ever dream of and very little space to fit in. My little corner of the Internet is my favorite place to be and something that still inspires me everyday! However, I understand what it’s like when you feel frustrated and no one is giving you answers or any help whatsoever. With the moderate success I’ve seen, I’d like to share my knowledge with new bloggers who are stuck, need advice, or simply would like someone to look over their content and social media profiles. In an effort to help other bloggers like myself, I’m offering up my expertise with some free consulting for new bloggers! That’s right- free!

Blogging involves collaboration, partnership, and often enough- mentorship. If you’re new to the whole fashion or lifestyle blogging scene, then I’d love to help you. You can drop me a line on my new consulting page (here.) I look forward to chatting and helping you grow!

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galentines day ideas

Oh my goodness, Valentine’s Day is only a week away and I’m so excited! I love love love this special day not because I like to eat pounds of chocolate (but I do), mostly because I absolutely adore the color pink and giving little gifts to my girl friends. I’m usually a pretty creative person and my favorite things to pick out are themed gifts. For this blog post, I came up with three gifts you’ll love to give to your gal pals!

Coffee themed gift

I’m a coffee lover and anyone who gets me a cute mug is automatically my favorite person. Coffee isn’t just something you sip at your desk, it’s a ritual in many cultures, something to be savored. I can totally get on board with that! My coffee ritual would include a little journaling and a delicious smelling candle like the cute pineapple one above!

Mani-Pedi gift

Who doesn’t love a fresh manicure every once in awhile? Painting nails can be really relaxing for some people including me, that is until I end up screwing them up by smudging an almost dry nail. Such is life, right? This bright red Essie nail polish is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Include a little nail kit and some hand cream and you have an adorable Galentine’s gift!

Baking lover’s gift

Some people just really love to bake. I wish I were one of those people. Unfortunately, I’m more of the ‘place and bake’ cookie kind of gal. For the special friend in your life who loves to throw on an apron, cookie cutters and sprinkles make the best gifts! And can we talk about how cute that dish towel is? It goes so perfectly with the whole theme!

If you find yourself going to a Galentine’s day party, don’t show up empty handed! Create a thoughtful gift that any gal pal would be excited to receive. Enjoy!

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valentines gift ideas

Only a few more weeks until Valentine’s Day! Most of us girls get excited for this special day (unless you’re my mom who’s too practical for all of it.) I wrote this post specifically for you gals to share with your guys. It serves as a little “guidance” for them so they have a few ideas of what Valentine’s gift to get you. We all love the flowers and chocolate that’s a traditional part of the season, but in recent years men, including my boyfriend, have upped the ante a little.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Last Year, David got me a really cute Kate Spade bag for Valentine’s Day and then took me out to dinner! While not every guy is going to want to put down the cash for a designer hand bag, he knows I’m a fashion blogger and that Kate Spade is my favorite brand ever. In my gift guide, I’ve included gift ideas in a variety of price ranges for however big your Valentine’s Day will be! Remember to send your man the link to your favorite item!

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what to wear this weekend

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!

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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!

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