Taking Back My Twenties

Allens do Dallas

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 | 1 comment

Well hello!

I had a lovely weekend hosting my in-laws from the far away land of Maryland! We kicked off the stay-cation with dinner at Lockhart BBQ down in the Bishop Arts section of Dallas. This place is famous and we’ve had it on our list for a year. I loved the brisket, ribs, and baked beans, I just wasn’t a fan of the sauce. I had my second pumpkin beer of the season too.

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Matt’s parents love beer, and our friend was celebrating his birthday at Peticolas Brewery, so Saturday was filled with beer! We ate more brisket in taco form, enjoyed cupcakes, and chatted for a couple of hours.

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I also got to catch up with my good friend Sara who was in Dallas for the weekend!

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Saturday night, we took Matt’s parents downtown to CBD Provisions. We had the best cornbread with caramel butter!

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Matt and I shared pimento toast with sausage and arugula,

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and these giant shrimp and grits. I also had a absolutely divine bourbon drink that I would go back to CBD just to order!

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Sunday, we enjoyed a leisurely brunch and walk, and a nice afternoon at the Nasher Sculpture Garden – there was a really neat exhibit featuring special architectural projects by British designer Thomas Heatherwick.

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So that was the weekend! Oh, and the weather was simply perfect.

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Thanks to the Allens for the fun-filled weekend!

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Ame & Lulu Gym Bag

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 | 5 comments

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Ame & Lulu. I received product samples to facilitate my review.”

Since staring my new job, I’ve been going to a few 6 am classes each week. I don’t mind getting up as much as I mind showering at the gym. But, I’m starting to get used to it, and I bought double of some of my products so that I can keep them packed. However, I didn’t have a good gym bag. And just when I was browsing the internets for something, I was presented with the opportunity to try an Ame and Lulu bag! I went to the website right away to make sure they were cute. And they are! There are all types of colorful and classic patterns and there are a bunch of different travel assessoriess to match.

I hadn’t heard of the company before, but the founder, Amye Kurson, created the brand in 2003 because she wanted more stylish accessories that could be used for sports (shes’s an avid golfer) as well as a day of shopping or grabbing drinks with friends.

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For my tote, I chose the Wish black and green pattern because the black will match almost anything and the pop of green makes it more fun.

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The bag is called the Easy Tote, and I also got the Key Pouch and the Essentials Insert to go with. I’ve been putting jewelry in the Key Pouch and using the Essentials Insert for things like deodorant, extra hair ties, and dry shampoo. Now I want the Makeup Bag too!

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The bag is very roomy and well constructed and has a large interior pocket with zipper. I can easily fit my shoes and outfit for the day, running or spinning shoes, makeup bag, and shower stuff inside and there’s still room! The only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t zip closed (it snaps). I like bags that zip for travel.

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Overall, I’d definitely recommend Ame and Lulu based on the bag and accessories I received – there are so many cute patterns and the bags can be used for so much more than just the gym. Packing my bag the night before and having all the products I use at home with me in the locker room has made it just a bit easier to get out of bed in the mornings and get to the gym.

You guys can get 25% at Ame and Lulu! Use code love25. Enjoy!

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Stampede 66

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 | 1 comment

Oh hey.

I’m just getting around to posting about the lovely dinner I had Saturday night. We’ve been holding on to a gift card from Matt’s parents for quite some time – saving it for a fun surprise. We didn’t have a single thing planned last weekend (I’m loving this!), so we got dressed up and walked down to Stampede 66. It’s a Texas themed restaurant, by chef Pyles – one of my favs.

We both started with cocktails. I ordered a mint julep and asked for a Texas bourbon. It was perfect!

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We debated if we should waste space on bread, but we simply couldn’t say no to jalapeño cheddar cornbread. We also ordered the jam of the day, which was strawberry. Both were superb!

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I was curious about the frito pie (with house made fritos), but didn’t want to fill up on chili with so many entrees to pick from, so we asked if we could just get a cup and they said yes! The chili was delish and quite rich.

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We shared the redfish with fried crab and a mole verde sauce. The crab and the sauce with the fish made for an incredible combo. Sadly, there was only a tiny bit of crab, and once we ate it, the fish was rather bland. I loved the sauce though.

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We also ordered brisket with house made pickles and ranchero beans. Our first round of brisket came out cold (weird), so we sent it back. The second round came out sizzlin’ and was divine. Maybe the best brisket I’ve had? The sauce was perfect.

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We went all-out and finished the meal with a triple berry cobbler. This was on the savory side, but the ice cream balanced it out and the crust was an awesome texture.

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Overall, the service was excellent and most of the food was fabulous. The restaurant is decorated with lots of Texas stuff, which does make it feel a bit touristy. It’s a cool vibe, but something about it felt a little empty, even though it was full of people. I think it was just the spacing between tables.

I’m off to bed. Enjoy the rest of the week.

PS: thanks for all your comments on bed bugs. Who know you were all experts! I read the comments and did some more research, and I don’t think I have them. It still makes me a little uneasy having bites on my legs, so I may still have the situation checked out:)

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