Day Trip To Dallas

Last Friday I posted a more personal blog post, letting y’all in on some big things happening in my life right now. One of those big things was my wonderful boyfriend and I having our 2 year anniversary. We decided to go to Dallas looking super cute and take a little adventure. The first thing we agreed on doing was going to the Aquarium. It had been awhile since the last time we both went. It was amazing!!

We went to the Dallas World Aquarium. It was huge. The exhibit is 3 stories high, and they have more than just beautiful fishies. They had sharks, flamingos, bats, it was insane.

The octopus was my favorite. I got so excited to see him, my flash accidently went on. Oops. But I think he’s okay. Check out how cool he is!!

We spent about 2 and half hours to 3 hours at the aquarium. Even stopped by the gift shop and got myself a key chain and pressed a penny as a token of this beautiful experience. After walking around so much we got hungry, and had already decided we wanted seafood. I know. Ironic huh? Just got out of admiring sea life to go eat some. But it was so good. We went to Hooters and devoured two Lbs of Snow Crab legs. It was awesome. After word we just wandered around a little, and enjoyed the sites.

Now don’t think I forgot today is Monday. I still have a look to show y’all. It’s this beautiful slip midi dress from 2020Ave. I’m telling you, this dress is to die for. I was comfy all day, and felt so beautiful (especially since my boyfriend kept telling me so). I brought another outfit, just in case it got too hot, but this dress was not too heavy at all. I wore this white tank crop top underneath just because the dress is so loose, and I wanted to make sure I prevented any wardrobe mishaps.

For shoes I wore these zip up sandles. I don’t remember where I got these, but I’m pretty sure it was an outlet store. They are a nude color with little beading details. They are heavy, but after you break them in a little they’re perfect.

My poor boyfriend though got a little hot after awhile because he was wearing this super cute button up, some black skinny jeans, and converse high tops. Needless to say though, he looked amazing.

After wandering around I wanted to go to Method Coffee shop. I’ve seen a lot about them on Instagram and thought it would be fun to check it out. Y’all know how I love going to new coffee shops. It was adorable inside, and the baristas were very nice. I’m glad I got to go.

Here’s me with my lavender vanilla iced latte. Very good in opinion, horrible in my boyfriend’s opinion.

On the way home we took turns picking songs to listen to. They were a lot of songs from our childhood we got to sing along to and laugh about. It brought back old memories so we could tell stories to each other. There was country music, old rock music, rap music, you name it, we probably listened to it. Very romantic stuff.

The one thing I will say about Dallas is that it is so intimidating. We had so much trouble with parking and things, it was hard not to get frustrated. However, we had such a great day and I’m so glad to be with Dakota!! Who knows what we’ll do next year.


As always, thank you so much for reading. Your support is everything! Happy Monday.

A Visit to NOLA

 

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An Overview of the City

New Orleans, Louisiana. My family and I are orginally from this area, but as life would have it, we’be moved away to a small town in Texas.

However, we visit all the time. Now that my brother and I are older, sometimes my parents will disappear home with only a phone call to let us know. But they decided to bring us along recently, to throw a very special birthday party for my dad.

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That’s him washing my mom’s windshield. He has no idea I took this.

And that’s the back of parents’ head, laughing in the front seat to some inappropriate jokes. You can’t tell from this picture, but they’re deeply in love.

Here’s my cute grandparents, Maw Maw and Paw Paw. They raised my weirdo funny guy of a dad, and got a little emotional at how old their youngest son has become. Before we headed off back home, my grandma said to my dad “you got it good, man”. Cutest thing ever.

While we were down in New Orleans, I wanted to document everything we got to do and share with y’all, to give you a little taste of the French city.

Great Food from La Madeleine’s

First thing we did on Saturday was eat. We went to a place my mom loves called La Madeleine. My mom and I got the chicken ceasar salad, our favorite dish ever, and I got a little bowl of French Onion soup. (You can ask my boyfriend how much I LOVE French Onion soup. He’ll tell you).

Here’s me and my mom. And yes, that’s the shirt from my 2020ave haul. We spent the day with my cousin Megan and my Nanny, who’s real name is Denise. They helped us put together my dad’s party.

We also went shopping and grabbed some coffee.

I got this super cute T-shirt. You can check it out on my Twitter. There’s a link on my homepage.

The next day my cousin Megan and I spent the whole day together. Even though she was burdened by homework, she made some time for me.

We went and ate a place called Parrot Pete’s. Here’s what I got:

That my friends is ANOTHER ceasar salad, but this time it has crawfish on it. Only in the south. It was absolutely delicious. 

One of the best things about New Orleans is there is art everywhere. Little statues cover the ground, and people from New Orleans are proud of their origins.

Statue outside our restaurant 

After Brunch, and although there is art everywhere, I couldn’t get enough. So I made my family go to some art museums in the downtown area.

In this museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, featured southern artists and Southern themed subject matter.

The museum was 4 stories high, with all kinds of different styles. My whole family really enjoyed the whole experience. I hope to visit more museums soon.

Here is me, my brother Christian, and in the top picture, my beautiful cousin Megan.

They give you a little entrance sticker, and someone started the tradition to put your sticker on the street lamp. I marked my brother’s sticker with lipstick.

It was fun to visit my family and celebrate my dad’s birthday. I loved visiting the artistic aspects of the city I’m from. I hope to travel more soon and share my experiences with you all.

Energy Tokens

Hello everyone! The days are getting shorter and the skies are getting darker. I don’t know about you but personally, weather like this makes me wanna cuddle up in bed and binge watch Friends until one hour turns into the next. BUT unfortunately, that is not the luxurious lifestyle many of us get to live. We have to go to work, we have to go to school, and be bright eyed all day long. 

The obvious choice to being wide awake is coffee, but coffee gets cold, or watered down, and only lasts for a little while. But I recently found a way to harness the power of coffee all day and also quiet hunger. 

Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

Yes, I know. This has been around forever, but these little wonderful tokens of energy are so underated. Coffee has a very strong taste, but the dark chocolate really mellows it out to create a healthy, energy filled snack to keep you trucking all throughout the day. 

I like to keep mine in a little Mason jar. It fits nicely in the cup holder of your car, so you can munch on them during your commute to work or school. If you’re anything like me, you set about 10 different alarms throughout the morning just to snooze every single one. I really mean it when I say I like to wait until the very last minute to get up. So sometimes, making a cup of coffee or grabbing breakfast just slips my mind. But these little guys keep me alert and full all during my first class. Chocolate covered espresso beans do offer health benefits, such as antioxidants and blood sugar regulations, but can also be too overwhelming if you consume too many at one time. I save these for the mornings or late evenings, when the day seems to be the hardest. 

I really want to start making them myself, but I read it is better to use dark chocolate rather than milk or white chocolate, which is a downer. Dark chocolate is my least favorite of the three, so I might just throw a few chocolate chips into my Energy Tokens Mason jar. And maybe a few pieces of pretzel. Make myself a nice little morning trail mix. If that happens, I’ll be sure to let you know. 

Than you so much for reading. I hope this helps you tackle those long work/school days and keeps you energized to fulfill your dreams. Have a great weekend.