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circle seven five

I’ve come to discover recently that a large majority of you guys are fellow Dallas-ites! Which is why I’m so excited today to talk about Circle Seven Five. I’m assuming most of you have heard of it by now, but just in case you haven’t…allow me to introduce you to this wonderful network of women!

To quote one of our members: “Circle Seven Five is a group of women from the DFW area who desire friendships, non-competitive environments, good laughs, and networking.” Honestly this is a group of women like I’ve never experienced before. I grew up in church and had that circle of friends, I was in a sorority in college and had that circle of friends, but honestly ya’ll, finding a good network of girl friends after college is tough. I was so happy when I met Cassidy (founder and creator of CSF) and she told me about this wonderful group!


Here’s how I can explain this group in a nutshell: it’s amazing for professional networking and finding connections, it’s great if you’re just needing a solid group of girl friends in the Dallas area, and it helps you get to know Dallas through all of the fun events we do at different restaurants or parks or fitness studios. It’s one of those groups that “you get out of it what you put into it.” You could go to every event and probably meet your new bff, or you could just go to a few here and there just to have something to fill an empty night!

Regardless though, I cannot say enough good things about this group of women. Fun-loving, encouraging, and just a great group of girls. I highly recommend you look into it if you’re wanting to network with other women in Dallas, or if you’re just looking for a good group of girl friends!

To give you a peek into what a regular month is like for CSF members: Circle Seven Five hosts an average of 4 events per month, and has partnered with Dallas names like Pure Barre Preston Hollow, Matthew Trent Jewelry and Riffraff for exclusive experiences for members. Events range from fitness activities, monthly member lunches, and macaroon baking classes to happy hour events focusing on first time home buying and a new series called “For Curious Minds” educational information for the young professional.

If you’re interested in signing up to join CSF or learn more about it, click this link to get all the info! ALSO if you’re not in Dallas but you think you’d be interested in joining CSF, you can vote for CSF to come to your city!

dallas favorites

Whether you’ve lived in Dallas your whole life, or you’re brand new here, finding your “regular” spots in a city can be a struggle. I want to share with ya’ll today some of my absolutely favorite spots in Dallas (or what I think are some of the best spots in Dallas – specifically for food, hair, nails, and lashes. you know – the important things in life!)

Speaking from personal experience here: I’ve lived in Dallas my whole life but it wasn’t until recently when I finally found my “regulars”, and honestly, they are just too good to not share with ya’ll! So, if you’re like me and have forever been searching for the perfect hair stylists, or nail salon, look no further.




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  1. Hair salon – Charleigh at FORM salon does my balayage color and she has been my hair hero! Going from dark brunette to “bronde” (brown/blonde) was a process but she has been amazing at really listening to and giving me exactly what I want! I personally think FORM is the best hair salon in Dallas, because of Charleigh, because of the location, and because I’m super happy with my hair everytime I leave there!
  2. Nail salon – Bellacures Dallas is the first nail salon I have ever been a “regular” at. The location is super convenient (in Preston center) and the people who work there are all so nice and friendly! Everything is super clean (and cute!) on the inside. They have tons of color options and they always do the best job with my mani/pedi. Lasts me 3 weeks at least! In my opinion, Bellacures is the best nail salon in Dallas.
  3. Lash extensions – Okay, I know what you’re thinking. This is not something that would be on most people’s “must” lists. I thought the same thing until I found Amanda at Southern Belle Lash in Plano. I first got lash extensions before going on a girls beach trip to Mexico. The lashes were amazing and I didn’t have to wear eye make-up the whole trip. After realizing how long they stayed on and how low maintenace they were, I decided I wanted them all the time! You basically wake up and go to the gym looking like you have full eye-make up on when you’re wearing none.

Now for the food. This dress was shot last night at R+D Kitchen in Dallas. Absolutely in my top 3 favorite restaurants in Dallas.

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  1. Ambiance – it’s not too casual but it’s not too fancy. It’s the perfect date night spot, but could also be the perfect “mom’s in town, let’s go to brunch” spot. You can dress up if you want, or jeans would also be just fine!
  2. Service – I’ve never had a bad waiter at R+D. They are all so kind and helpful, but not in a way that interrupts your meal. They make the best recommendations and always take such good care of us
  3. The food, duh. If you can’t tell by these pictures, their food is OUT of this world. They have a smaller menu, but everything on it is a 10 on a 10. (My favorite is the Thai Tuna roll!)

I hope this guide helps you find some new favorite spots in Dallas and enjoy this city even more! Comment with any questions you might have, or let me know some of your favorite Dallas spots!

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the perfect date night dress.

Michael and I went to Mercat Bistro in Dallas last night for a date night and I cannot say enough amazing things about it! The food was a 10 on a 10 and the service was amazing. Also, if you haven’t been there, it’s very Parisian-inspired and everything there is just adorable and so romantic. I highly recommend!

I wore this little yellow off-the-shoulder dress for our date night and felt so feminine yet comfortable! I love that this yellow color is bright and summery, but could easily transition into fall as well.

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madewell event: 7.18.15

If I haven’t said it before, I’m saying it now: if I could shop at one store only for the rest of my life, it would hands down be Madewell. Their jeans are incredible quality and I love the fit. The style is effortlessly chic, yet timeless. The clothes are fun & trendy yet quality pieces that will last you season to season. I’m obsessed. Which is why I am so excited to be partnering with the Madewell at Northpark Mall this Saturday for a fun shopping event! Scroll to the bottom of this post for all the details!

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Event details:

  • When: Saturday, July 18th 5-7pm
  • Where: Madewell at Northpark Mall (upstairs, by Nordstrom)
  • What: Sweets, sips, and shopping
  • Extra incentive: 20% off of $125 purchase

Hope to see you all there!

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six:02 – a moment in time

It’s no secret that I love workout clothes. Being an avid runner, I’m always on the hunt for the next best pair of running shorts or a new Nike tank. I also kind of love to live in work out clothes – for errands, casual lunches, walks with friends, etc.

I have recently fallen in love though with the store Six:02, and not only for their amazing fitness apparel. I have fallen in love with & completely jumped on board the entire concept of six:02. Allow me to explain.

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(this look, head to toe is courtesy of six:02. shop it on their website!)

Six:02 is a moment in time – it’s “your time”. The store’s name reflects the minutes or hours that each woman should take for herself – to work out and stay fit, to invest in feeling and being her best. Six:02 is the time you wake up to go to the gym. It’s the time you leave work for your spin class. It’s the mileage you aspire to achieve on your next run.

The concept if six:02 is so beautiful because it’s about encouraging women to take time to do whatever it is that makes them feel their best – running, spinning, walking, yoga-ing.

Not only that, but the fitness apparel this store has to offer is unparalleled. They have every brand from Nike to Under Armour, to Reebok, and so much more! They offer fitness apparel for runners, bikers, yoga, pilates, and any active lifestyle! From running shoes to sports bras to patterned fitness tights, this truly is your one stop shop for workout clothes!

Which is why I am so excited to announce that I will be doing an event with Six:02 at their Inwood Village store on Saturday, April 18th! Come to the store at 9am and join us for a free Barre Class, complimentary (and healthy!) refreshments, and of course…shopping for some new amazing fitness apparel! I’ll be there to offer any style or fitness tips and would love to meet each one of you!

What: Six:02 Shopping Event with free Barre Class!
Where: 5550 W Lovers Ln. Dallas, TX 75209
When: Saturday April 18th, 9am-12pm

Hope to see each one of you there!

photos by Lindsey Shea Photography

four seasons staycation

Is anyone else freaking out that March has already come and gone?! March was a big month for me – one of the reasons being, last weekend Michael and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. We also just closed on a house so going somewhere far wasn’t really the best option for us right now, so we had the privilege of doing a staycation at The Four Seasons last weekend! In case you’ve been curious about The Four Seasons, or are just looking for an amazing place in Dallas to stay, I’m going to give you a little peek into our weekend!

First of all, the resort is absolutely beautiful. It’s on one of the most well-known golf courses in Texas, and truly makes you feel like you’ve escaped Dallas into somewhere far away and beautiful. But everything on the inside of the hotel is equally as stunning – from the beautiful lobby filled with fresh flowers, to the immaculate rooms. We were blown away! (Another bonus about the room – the bed was probably the most comfortable I have ever slept in. And I’m a bit of a bed snob).

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Another thing that really blew me away about this resort was the incredible service. When we checked in, the concierge already knew we were there for our one year anniversary and showed us so much kindness + was super helpful. When we got to our villa, we were surprised with a bottle of champagne & chocolate covered strawberries, with “happy anniversary” spelled out in chocolate!

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The first morning we woke up, we enjoyed an amazing breakfast at Cafe on the Green. Everything on the menu looked amazing, but we decided to try out the breakfast buffet because it just looked WAY to good to pass up! The buffet seriously had everything your heart could desire- from fresh fruit, to coconut quinoa, to freshly made breads and croissants. There was also someone there to make a custom-made omelet or any type of eggs. My husband also enjoyed their “juice of the day” which was some type of blend of banana, pineapple, and strawberry juice! So fresh and so yummy.

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After enjoying the facilities for a while, our massage therapists came and got us for our 50-minute couples massage. Hands down, the best massage I have ever had! I don’t think I’ve ever felt so relaxed in my life.

That evening, we enjoyed such a special & romantic dinner at Cafe on the Green. The restaurant itself is beautiful and has a wonderful view of the golf course. But, the food is equally amazing. Upon being seated, our waitress brought us complimentary champagne to say “Happy Anniversary” from the hotel, which was so yummy! Next we ordered the salumi plate, which was the perfect appetizer to snack on while we enjoyed our champagne. We both ordered the filet for dinner and cleaned our plates. If you come here for dinner, I beg you, do not skip out on dessert! I got the banana pudding tower for dessert and Michael got a molten cake that was filled with nutella and topped with ice cream. We were in dessert heaven!

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We truly had such a beautiful weekend at Four Seasons and I highly recommend this resort for anyone looking for a romantic getaway, or even a fun girls weekend! The staff is so friendly and treats you so well. Our room alone was absolutely perfect. The pool feels like you’re in a tropical oasis and the spa is one of the most relaxing experiences you’ll ever have!

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Thank you to the Four Seasons for making our weekend so special!