Friday, August 22, 2014

Dallas Weekend Itinerary

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I am just loving living in Dallas! I just moved here a few weeks ago, and I really can't imagine a more perfect city for me. I am still in Texas and close to my family and friends, but there are so many amazing places to go and things to do here! All I want to do is shop and eat and get pampered and go out, etc. etc.

So if you're in Dallas, what should you do this weekend? Here are some places I've loved lately:

After Work Friday: The Rattlesnake Bar at the Ritz Carlton. We went one night to this bar at the Ritz before we went out to the other, more crazy bars, and I am seriously obsessed with it now. There is an inside area that is so sexy and sophisticated (as to be expected), plus a more casual outdoor area. It was in stark contrast to the ridiculously crowded bars we went to later, and it has kicked off my hotel bar craze.

Saturday Daytime: Bellacures. I needed a pedicure so bad. Like so bad. To me, getting any kind of spa treatment, including manis or pedis, should be a pampering occasion, so I'll spend a little more for the environment. Bellacures is new to Dallas, and I think it is so pretty. They did a great job, my toes still look fantastic, and the place is very Instagram-able.

Sunday Brunch: Dish Restaurant. Dish is located super close to me, and it is just fabulous. I am a sucker for cool lighting, and Dish has really awesome lighting that changes constantly. Fashion shows are playing on the TVs on the wall and little chandeliers add a little flare to the ceiling. The food was delicious, the mimosas were cheap, valet is free, and every third Sunday is a drag brunch (for realz).

After Brunch Treat: Kate Weiser Chocolate. This artisan chocolate shop just opened on Tuesday and I went the first day with one of my friends to check it out. I was blown away! The place is located in the super cool Trinity Groves area, which I had never been to before, and the actual Kate Weiser shop is very small, but packed with artsy little chocolates. There is a super cool mural of Kate with different colors splashed across her face, and each of the little bon bons are very creative (I bought one filled with rose champagne!). It took me forever to decide which to try, and I still want to go back and try everything!

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ringly Love

I have to introduce you guys to the coolest accessory I've probably ever seen. Meet Ringly, an 18K matte gold ring that syncs up with your phone to ensure that you can stay in the moment and still not miss an important call, email, text, etc. 

First, you download the app, available for ios and and connect your ring, which come in four different colors- stargaze (black onyx), wine bar (pink sapphire), daydream (rainbow moonstone), and into the woods (emerald, which is currently sold out). They are currently only available for pre-order, and are 25% off for the early adopters who want to go ahead and try it out before the crowd gets wind of this cool technology.

There are four different vibration patterns and five colors, so you control who and what you are contacted about via the phone. Who is important enough to warrant your ring buzzing to alert you to their call?

I think Ringly is such a cool idea- I'm really trying hard to keep my phone in my purse while I am meeting someone in person for lunch or coffee, rather than checking my emails every few minutes. The opposite it also true- you won't miss a text or call because you are caught up in something else! Ringly allows you to do this and still be notified if your crush has texted you, your Uber has arrived, your best friend is calling, or you have a meeting in five minutes.

Technology never ceases to amaze me.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Wants

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Circle Seven Five Love

I have the coolest organization to introduce you guys to today! If you are in Dallas, pay attention! You will absolutely want to join. If you are in other cities, take note... the organization may find its way to your city in the future as well!

So allow me to introduce you to Circle Seven Five, which was started recently by Cassidy, a native Texan who went to school at Barnard and has now come back to the great city of Dallas.

Let's learn some more about the organization:

1. Tell my readers a bit about Circle Seven Five in general.

Circle Seven Five is a members only social club for women in their 20s and 30s located in Dallas, Texas. We have events each month, usually one bigger event and other smaller more low-key affairs. As a member, girls will get invites to all of our events, access to our network of members, and our monthly Party Favors. Party Favors is a fun way of saying perks, promos, freebies, and discounts. We focus on promoting a well-rounded lifestyle, so our events reflect this philosophy, and there is really something for everyone! We are doing the legwork and providing our members with a curated lifestyle and new perks each month to enjoy all wrapped up in a pretty bow.

2. What kind of opportunities do you offer members?

The opportunities are endless, and like with anything, the more you put in the more you get out! We’re providing a space for girls to come and have genuine community. Our lives as young professionals are so busy and demanding, and we want to fit as much in as possible: socializing, networking to help our careers, relationships, work, working out, giving back to the community, family responsibilities. It’s a LOT. Circle Seven Five gives our members a fun outlet to pursue a lot of those aspects with other likeminded women. You can find us sweating it out in a fitness class or dressed up and out on the town. We're curating a lifestyle for young professionals and encouraging our girls to reach their full potential as strong, bold, savvy women. We also don't believe in expensive dues, involved initiation processes, or mandatory time commitments!

3. How did you get the idea to start this organization?

Prior to starting Circle Seven Five I lived in New York for school and did numerous internships from reporting for Fashion Week to working at NBC Universal. Last summer, I had just graduated from Columbia University and moved back to Dallas. New city, the 'real world', and 99% of my friends were up north, so I started looking for ways to really get plugged into life in Dallas. I wanted to join one organization that had multiple things going on, not just happy hours--though I do love a good happy hour! What I found were a lot of niche groups, so I decided to take a leap of faith and start my own organization that cared about all the different aspects in life I did.

4. What kind of girls are involved in Circle Seven Five?

The Circle Seven Five girl is a Dallas woman in her 20s or 30s who desires community and a fun, well-rounded lifestyle. She’s generally got a lot going on and lot going for her. She is driven and educated. She is someone who doesn’t mind venturing outside the box and loves to have a good time. She is the working girl, the new mom, the fresh out of college dreamer, the finance guru, the fashionista, and the girl next door. She’s the girl that loves to go out on the town, but also really enjoys a good night on the couch with Netflix!

5. Tell us some things that you love to do in Dallas!

Lately I've been exploring the Katy Trail and White Rock Lake with this wonderful mild summer we’ve had; but I really love to sit on one of the many fabulous Dallas patios and enjoy some wine and a nice dinner with my girls. I've also been loving Klyde Warren Park, Lower Greenville and Bishop Arts. It feels like there is always somewhere new to explore.

6. What do you see in the future for Circle Seven Five?

Continued growth, amazing conferences with accomplished speakers, expansion into other age groups as well as into other metropolitan cities ... and of course, lots and lots of fun!

Thanks so much Cassidy for giving us some Circle Seven Five insight! I'm really looking forward to joining and I hope some preppylove readers will decide to join as well!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Guest Post: Dooley Noted Style

Morning everyone! So excited to be guest posting today on this lovely little corner of the internet. I am Heidi - the gal behind the blog DooleyNotedStyle sharing everything I am inspired by...from travel to fashion and beyond. This summer has been quite the whirlwind for my husband and I, we have been on the go non-stop and don't see life slowing down anytime soon. I personally love all the travel but I loathe the packing and unpacking. Since I tend to bring too much with me whether it be a weekend trip or a week long stay, I have been really trying to focus on only what I need while we are away. One thing that is always with me is my laptop and all its accoutrements so I thought I would share a little round up of my tech travel accessories below. Have a great day!

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mobile charger // gem speaker // flash drive key chain // stylus pen // pen case // laptop case // passport holder // tech charms // gold charger // headphones // iPhone case // tech wipes
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Loves

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fall Necessities