Hey everyone! I’m super excited to share a few photos from the latest Dallas Blogger Brunch event and talk about sustainable, tasty food! On my journey to losing weight for our wedding I’ve had a few hiccups here and there. I’m so tempted by yummy, unhealthy food! At work, we have a snack bar that’s totally free and just sitting there staring at me. Needless to say I indulge way too often and then feel sick afterwards.
What’s sustainable food?
I fully expected to feel tired and full from our brunch at Bella Green in Dallas, but I felt the opposite! Bella Green focuses on creating delicious food while reducing their ecological footprint through sustainable food practices. I love that!
My grandma grew up during the Great Depression and instilled in me the importance of not wasting anything! She and my grandad saved everything and if it was broken, they’d fix it. I like finding ways I can save money and be more conscious of waste! Bella Green has made an effort to conserve water, use alternative power, reduce chemical use and pollution, and use sustainable furniture for their restaurant. How cool is that? Everything I tasted felt healthy and tasted delightful!
The sweet potato hash was full of flavor and nutrition! The lemon poppyseed gluten free pancakes were to die for! And don’t even get me started on the delicious desserts. Holy smokes. The tres leches cake was amazing! I love how good, wholesome food can just send your spirit soaring!
So we have to talk about the gorgeous calligraphy place settings and the flowers! White Wing Floral created the lovely centerpieces and Elizabeth Denniston Design did the calligraphy. I admire these ladies so much for how they can create beautiful things. I’ve always wanted to learn how to arrange flowers and write perfectly like that.
Our brunch was absolutely delicious and meeting up with so many inspiring ladies makes Dallas feel more like home! And inspires me to keep writing and sharing things with you guys!
Happy first week of spring! I’m so excited that the winter is behind us and we’re able to bring out the patio furniture and start soaking up the sun. Dallas has been warming up in the last few weeks and every good Dallas blogger (including myself!) has been stocking up on spring clothing! Last Saturday morning, I met up with a few other bloggers for brunch and let me just say that the host, Miss Rhonda Jenkins of The Skinny Arm blog, did such an amazing job organizing our brunch! Check out the details below!
I always love getting together with other bloggers to exchange ideas, tips, and just enjoy the company of other bloggers. The group of girls that came together for brunch at Pie Tap the other day were amazing! They were all so talented and totally inspired me to do more on my blog and get outside of my comfort zone. For example, I’ve been playing around with the idea of getting a photographer to start doing my photos instead of my boyfriend, David. Even though I want my blog to grow, spending money on my style blog isn’t something I’m totally comfortable with. After chatting over brunch and getting a little encouragement from the girls, I think I might just start shopping around for photographers!
Spring table setting details
Let’s talk about how beautiful and tasty our brunch was though. First of all, the table setting was stunning with the floral garland by Elise Woods (check her blog out here) and adorable geode place cards by Scribble Lettering. All of these little touches just make such a huge impact on how the table ends up looking!
Pie Tap Pizza in Uptown
If you’re in the Dallas area, then you need to check out where we had brunch! Pie Tap Pizza Workshop and Bar is all about handcrafted pizzas and delicious, 5-ingredient dough! I got the margherita pizza and oh my word, it was divine. Perfect crispy crust, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves. YUM! We also tried their house made doughnuts with local Texas honey and they were so tasty!
I’m really thankful for the girls at Dallas Blogger Brunch for sharing their stories and successes and being open about the not so glamorous side of blogging you can’t see. It isn’t just brunches and pretty outfits, it’s actual work too!
Living in Dallas has presented me with so many unique opportunities to experience new things. A week ago I got to attend a Dallas fashion show and just a day ago I attended my first Holi Festival! My little hometown in Maryland didn’t have much opportunity for cultural experiences beyond an annual Celtic festival. Having seen how beautiful the “Festival of Colors” is, I had to experience it for myself. While I didn’t get to travel to India to participate, I did get to enjoy it right here in Dallas! This cross-cultural experience was probably one of my favorite experiences and definitely one that was enriching.
My friend Laila and I got tickets to go to Dallas’ annual Holi Festival together. Frankly, I didn’t know what to expect. I don’t know much about Indian culture and certainly didn’t know what Holi even meant or was. After doing a little research though, I learned that Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrating the arrival of spring, end of winter, and traditionally a good harvest. The multi-colored powders used in the celebration are made from crushed flowers and other natural colors. At our celebration, festival attendees threw their brightly colored powders in the air and shouted “Happy Holi!”
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m as “white” as the day is long. Attending Holi was not an attempt to “culture appropriate” I believe the term is. It was a fun way to learn about a new culture and appreciate the exciting celebrations that happen around the world. Cross-cultural experiences are important because they allow people of all origins to learn about the customs of others and enjoy them without giving up their own culture. When I got to the festival, I didn’t have any “colors” on my skin or in my hair and several other attendees that were of Indian descent and knew what they were doing came up to me and patted my face with bright pinks and blues and wished me a happy Holi. How kind of them to share their traditions and celebrations with an obvious outsider?
Dancing, eating, and throwing Holi powder in the air were the best parts of the festival. I got to try several Indian dishes including this delicious one pictured above. After eating my weight in Chicken Manchurian, Laila and I made our way back into the crowd to dance off our food. As you can imagine, I don’t know many traditional Indian dances but I tried my best to follow along.
I loved this event and plan to go back next year! Dallas really is a melting pot of people. Enjoying other people’s culture while still appreciating my own is so important to my personal development not only as a Dallas blogger, but also as a person.
Who else had a super long week besides me? I’m so glad it’s Friday! I’m sipping my coffee and giving snuggles to my kitty cat, Petunia, while I work from home today. Yay me! My weekend usually starts out with a shopping trip to Target where I browse the dollar spot for a few minutes (or an hour) and ends with a great brunch with David or a friend. Last weekend however, my Style Collective sister and I checked out a great Downtown Dallas brunch spot together!
Chrisy, of Collared Cashmere, and I spent Sunday morning visiting Americano, a whimsical Italian restaurant serving everything from hand-made pastas to Nutella-filled doughnuts. We started off our Sunday morning brunch with a cappuccino that was probably one of the best I’ve had in Dallas. Of course, if you prefer a little bubbly instead, they had a peach bellini that looked pretty and delicious!
My typical brunch choice usually depends on how much I ate the day before. Luckily, I’ve been in the gym a lot recently so I indulged a little and ordered their Ciabatta French Toast. This tasty menu item came with lemon-whipped ricotta, almonds, and a yummy cranberry maple syrup! It’s not a brunch choice I would usually make but it was well worth the risk!
Chrisy and I sat and chatted for awhile about fashion blogging before leaving to take a few blog photos of our outfits (because that’s what bloggers do all the time.) You can see my brunch outfit here! And can I also say how awesome it is to have a good photographer who can take blog photos for you? Seriously, she’s the best and David was getting tired of doing it anyways!
If you get the chance to visit Americano, be sure to stop in! Also, pay Chrisy a visit on her blog as well!
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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!
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!