Dallas with New Eyes

So one of my favorite intentional friendships is with my friend Mandy. It is purposeful and just so rich. This week I took her to my favorite places in Dallas. The problem…she has not had a good experience in Dallas. SO it was time for me to remedy that by going to my favorite places starting with Bishop Arts!

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Odfellows is the BOMB. We both had never tried Chemex or Pour Over so for the heck of it we got one of each and tried two different beans that were just heavenly. I think we spent two hours here without even ordering ay food, and I swear they thought we were probably crazy for not getting any food at all. IMG_8889IMG_8905

Mandy is getting married this summer, so in order to get her ready to get bridals taken, we had an impromptu shoot. Once she was warmed up we got some fun shots! We’ll keep working though.

I was truly moved by the shot below. This mural went up sometime last summer when I was in Washington D.C. and when we stumbled on it, there was something just stunning about the way Mandy approached this mural. She was so respectful and reflective in her approach. Paired with the crumbling foundation and the juxtaposition of the color this shot feels just so hopeful.

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Of course we could not pass the opportunity to buy a piece of pie 😉

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After Bishop Arts we moved to a driving tour of downtown that took us to Royal Blue Grocers and Highland Park Village.

This wall of vines was perfect for some shots, so we decided to take some updated shots for our linkedin’s ha.

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Of course the architecture of the window was so gorgeous I could not pass up some shots of it alone.

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All in all the day was fun and it was so refreshing to see Dallas with new eyes again going to all my favorite places, but this time with a friend to share the memories with.

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A garden like no other

One of my bucket list items is to visit the tulip festival in Holland. Tulips are not necessarily my favorite flower, but there is something just incredible about seeing a field full of colorful tulips sprouting from the ground.

Well I got one step closer to experiencing that with a recent visit to Texas Tulips. It is about a 30 minute drive North of Dallas, and totally worth it.

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Flowers are my love language for sure.

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The range of colors are gorgeous, and look at those leaves! They leaves themselves are gorgeous in itself.

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Each stem is $3 and you get to pick them straight from the ground and feel like you are Eliza Doolittle and her basket of flowers.

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I am definitely coming back. Why not make the casual tulip you could buy at the grocer store more of an exciting experience.

 

a splash of green

I love to wear black, white, and grey with a color pop, so today I chose this green vest! It feels simple but classy. Too many details and accessories is overwhelming, especially small stripes like this long sleep shirt from Gap. So pairing a solid vest helps calm it down without need for any more details.

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This outfit super simple to put together with just a little bit of thought. It is nice without being over dressed and simple without being overlooked and sloppy.

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The copper bracelet ties into the buttons on the vest while adding some pretty and subtle detail.

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Pairing black booties and jeans elongates the legs and gives a clean look.

img_8069img_8096Best thing is that this vest was from the children’s department in Target and is not even the largest size they carried! I am never afraid to check out the children’s sections, because a lot of times the sizes go pretty large for things like sweaters, vests, and jackets.

Utilize some pattern and solids to create a nice simple outfit without falling to the casualty of casual!

BACK AGAIN

I’m glad to be back after a week long intensive course! So after sleeping away the morning I took to tea and my planner, because planning has nothing casual about it.

img_4380You do not have to have a big fancy tea set to drink tea fancily! This cup and saucer was at Goodwill.

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I chose the Passion Planner this year to help me keep my life organized, set some goals, and also at the same time be flexible. What I love about it is there’s so much room for possibility – in fact there is a section that is the “Space of Infinite Possibilities”!

So today to catch up planning and re-center I pulled out these cute stickers! The colors just pop and they add some great nostalgia to the black and white pages. They can be a great surprise or a marker for special events. I like using them on Mondays when it’s easy to get blue and goal marker dates!

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So here’s to planning and goals!