Have y’all been doing all of the holiday things lately? We’ve been trying to fit in as many holiday activities this year – we started with a fun Christmas party at Nordstrom, and then watched the Dallas Holiday Parade with our sweet friend Alex from Eat Style Dallas on Saturday (S/O to the Neimans staff who did not kick us out for our champagne-fueled run through the store). Sunday was spent cooking and shooting some of our favorite Christmas meals to share with y’all with the NSYNC and Pentatonix Christmas albums on repeat in the background.
Happy December, y’all! We cannot believe we’re finally full-swing in the holiday season and in the last month of 2017! We’ve been spending the past couple of weeks with family – our parents were in town from Germany – and soaking up all of the holiday fun, minus the cold weather since it’s still in the 70s in Dallas ?!?
We kicked off the Christmas party season last night at Nordstrom at Northpark. Nordstrom has always been our favorite place to shop – their customer service is unparalleled, and they have everything from inexpensive tees to v high-end bags. There was no better way to spend our first Christmas party (hello, free wine + a loaded tator tot bar).
Everyone knows a good picture is worth a thousand words, or likes, these days. As ~bloggers~ we tend to view the world through a camera lens – be it the DSLR or our handy iPhones. We’re always scoping out picture-perfect spots and backdrops to share with our readers! Thankfully our friends and family have grown accustomed to (and patient with) us taking a million pics of one thing to get it juuust right.
We love that Dallas has so many different neighborhoods and communities each offering their own unique personality and views. Plenty of perfect picture opps and chances to show off how photogenic and cool our city is!
If you need some inspiration for an engagement photoshoot, senior pics or just a really good Insta (no shame), start with this list of the most Insta-worthy spots in Dallas!
Growing up, the only thing we knew about Oklahoma City was Bricktown – we’d visited before for cheer competitions and marathons, and seemed to think that was the only part of the city. Fast forward a few years when I attended grad school and lived in OKC for a couple of years – there is SO much more to the city. It’s vibrant and full of fun things to do (like whitewater rafting!) and seems to steadily grow. We were so excited to head back up north a couple of weekends ago for a few days of football.. and food!
We grew up in a home where the kitchen was the heart of the house. It was where we would all come together after busy days at school and work, settle down and catch up. By no means did we have a set family dinner every evening at 7pm on the dot. Just not practical for our crazy schedules! Family meals ranged from homemade dinners in the dining room, casual meals shared at the kitchen table, or sometimes a buffet of leftovers spread across our kitchen island! Now that we have a home (er, apartment) of our own, we’ve carried those same traditions and find our favorite time is spent enjoying a meal together – no matter the setting.
Happy Halloween! Currently scrolling through social media and feeling super envious of everyone’s costumes. It’s a little ironic we never dress up for Halloween considering how much we love the holiday. Maybe because we’re not super crafty? We’d prefer to curl up on the couch with a bowl of chili, bottle of wine, candy and scary movies.
We’re also laying low this Halloween because we’re still recovering from an adventurous weekend in Oklahoma City celebrating Halloweekend in a haunted hotel. YES. It was haunted, and we can vouch for that first-hand.
Eighty-nine years old and still traveling the world. #GOALS. Three million Instagram followers. Also #GOALS. Baddie Winkle has taken social media by storm with her colorful personality, expressive style and unapologetic attitude. The self-proclaimed “Insta-Granma” just embarked on the trip of a lifetime with Hotels.com to check off spots on her “Badass Bucket List.” Between mixing cocktails on an NYC rooftop, rubbing shoulders with NFL players, and helicoptering over the Grand Canyon – she really is living her best life. And, we’re jealous.
Three months until 2018. LOL NO, WHAT. How does that happen. I think every year goes by faster, or at least we say that every year. Kelsie and I are SUCH planners, we end up planning the days, weeks, months, until all of a sudden, time catches up and the year is almost over?!
Fall is by far our favorite time of year, though. It’s a combo of the football, the comfort food, chunky sweaters and holidays galore. So, we want to savor the next couple of months (or however long it takes Winter to arrive here), and do all the cliché Fall-y things we can! We kicked things off in Germany last week with a trip to surprise our Dad and stumbled upon a Fall harvest festival in Frankfurt – obviously the pumpkins were calling our names.
Great news, friends: fall is around the corner. Never mind the current stifling heat and oppressive humidity – the next season is en route…promise. And, we can confidently say Texans are most excited about two things: 1. The (hopefully) cooler temps, and 2. FOOTBALL SEASON. Maybe football first, actually. It’s time to block off your weekends and dedicate free time to your favorite college and NFL teams. That means an opportunity to combine two of Dallasites’ favorite pastimes: watching allll the football and BRUNCHING.
Luckily, Dallas is brimming with bars and restaurants offering plenty of TVs and brunch dishes to keep you occupied and full all weekend long. Here’s where you’ll find us sippin’ mimosas and cheering on our teams this season:
To us, there is nothing that embodies a Texas summer more than firing up the grill (or, um, watching someone else do it), and grilling dinner in the backyard after a long day in the pool. We literally crave BBQs this time of year – from hamburgers to veggies to steaks to s’mores, grilling = summer, and we recently had *the* best day of BBQ thanks to Toyota.