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What makes Dallas such a great place to live?
"I actually started my blog in Houston but made the move back to Dallas a few years ago. I went to school at SMU [Southern Methodist University], and all my friends live here. I love Dallas. There’s always something going on, whether it’s a fashion-related event or a football game. The women in this city are also very, very chic and stylish. They know how they like to dress and have a clear image of that, so it’s nice to be in a city full of fashionable women."
When you leave the city, what do you miss most?
"The food here is definitely something I miss when I’m away. Texas is known for Mexican food, or Tex-Mex, so there are a lot of great restaurants here. There’s also amazing shopping in Dallas. It’s nice knowing where all the boutiques and shopping centers are."
Even when you're going on a picnic, you look polished. How would you describe your style?
"It really depends on my mood. One day I’ll be wearing Old Navy slip-on sneakers, which are kind of edgy, and the next I’ll wear a very modest, knee-length dress with heels. I do like to incorporate classic elements — I’ll invest in my accessories and then buy trendy pieces to go along with them. I also generally stick to a neutral palette."
Your outfit is pretty monochromatic, but you're not at all washed out. What's your secret?
"Accessories are a great way to add some texture and dimension to your outfit. Here, I chose a Lela Rose rope necklace. It’s really big, so it stands out and makes the outfit pop a little more. I'm also wearing woven, metallic Old Navy sandals, which I think are really cute."
Arboretum, where we are now, seems like the perfect place for a picnic.
"The Dallas Arboretum is beautiful — it has lots of flowers, a beautiful garden, places for you to walk. It’s also a great spot for lunch when it’s cooler outside. It’s so huge that you could sit anywhere and just be by yourself."
What else is in that picnic basket?
"I’m a big cheese fan, so I love a good cheese tray. That, olives, some nuts. I love to snack, so that’s really kind of my go-to."
This neighborhood, Deep Ellum, seems great — we love the street art.
"I love to shoot here. But, there are also a ton of restaurants here. There’s a great ramen place I've been to, Tanoshii Ramen, and there are a ton of bars that have live music, if you want to see some new bands. It’s definitely a place for discovery, and you’ll never see anywhere else like Deep Ellum in Dallas. It’s a little more edgy, a little more grungy. It's just cool."