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24 October 2018

How to Spend the Day In Fort Worth

I've been spending a lot of time in Fort Worth lately because I just recently launched Fort Worth Love List. It's just a 30 minute (depending on traffic, that is) drive from Dallas to Fort Worth, so it was really a no brainer to launch this new account. Don't sleep on Fort Worth, in a lot of ways it's as cute as Dallas, if not cuter. There are so many Instagram worthy murals and the foodie scene is on point. So if you've got a day trip to Fort Worth planned or have some time to kill before a TCU football game, there are so many fun things to do in Fort Worth!

In all honesty I can credit CB for the Fort Worth Love List launch, and for pushing me to build more Love List accounts. Sometimes it takes someone else believing in you for you to realize you should be going after a goal!

No road trip (big or small) is complete without a mode of transportation. For this blog post, I've  teamed up with my friends at Toyota who lent me the SWEETEST 2018 TRD Off Road 4Runner. Although I drive an SUV, it's nothing compared to this cool AF vehicle. Driving is generally highly monotonous to me, but the 4Runner brought back the fun.

I'm not joking with what I'm about to say - I had to go off road mural hunting. Yes, you read that right. EXTREME MURALING, Y'ALL! This is an advanced maneuver that I wouldn't recommend unless you have the 4Runner TRD. LOLOLOL.

But really the road was closed, it was ripped up and muddier than the relationship between me and the University of Kentucky. Ok, JK, it wasn't that muddy but it was a tough mural to get to for any normal car. The 4Runner plowed right through and I found myself on the way to hundreds of Instagram likes in no time.

Ok, all jokes aside though, this Toyota is my new favorite and I thoroughly considered trying to give them my current car when it was time to make the return, in hopes they didn't notice.

So pull on those Cowboy boots (p.s. no one wears cowboy boots in Dallas, despite popular opinion) and join me on a day in Fort Worth excursion with my friends at Toyota!

I have to start the morning with a little something in my belly. I'm not a "skip breakfast" kinda gal, so I suggest starting with a donut to hold you over until brunch. They have two locations, but the cutest one (with a lot more flavor options) is located in Sundance Square.


There is the cutest coffee shop just off 7th called Ampersand. If you really want to get wild, grab the nitro cold brew, if you're not really into your heart racing out of your chest then perhaps their lavender vanilla latte.

Based on my photo below, I enjoy the self-induced heart racing.


Clearfork has so many great vendors at the Farmer's Market, everything from produce to spices to olive oil and succulents and a cheese vendor. It's open year round on Saturdays from 8am - 12pm!


One of Texas and Colorado's most popular brunch and breakfasts spots is now open in Fort Worth! Their menu is massive, so come ready to eat and I recommend trying a few different things for the table to share. All of the Benedict's are amazing and you can't go wrong with one of their varieties of Bloody Mary!


The Foundry District is home to Inspiration Alley, the coolest row of the most colorful, back to back to back murals. Bring a Cowboy hat as a prop and get to snapping the perfect IG pic!


A day of food in Fort Worth in a marathon not a sprint. I like to hit as many places as possible and split stuff with whoever is joining me for the day. You can't talk Fort Worth Food and not talk about Heim BBQ. I am not a fan of lines, so I try to hit off peak hours, like 11am or 3pm!


A plant shop out of an airstream is what Instagram dreams are made of. Be sure to walk off that BBQ from Heim and skip a couple of blocks down Magnolia to Grow Plant Shop.


The La Zona "compound" on Magnolia is the cutest thing ever.  Made up of a coffee shop (with ice cream churros) called Saint Sofia, and a tapas, pizza and beer restaurant called Hotel Madrid. The perfect place to duck in for a cocktail and a small plate snack.


Martin House Brewing is a great spot to hang out for a craft beer on a Saturday afternoon. Have a couple of beers and catch a sunset on the skyline during golden hour!


The sun goes down and it's finally time boot scoot and boogie. If you take a trip to Fort Worth and don't go to the stockyards, you're doing it wrong. Personally, for dinner, I say avoid the expensive steak houses and grab a (way cheaper) burger from the always on point Love Shack by Tim Love. The vibe there is fantastic too, with great live music acts throughout the day.

Or, if you don't despise lines like I do, the world famous Joe T. Garcias is a MUST VISIT for uncomplicated, classic Tex Mex. They obviously know a thing or two seeing as they've been around since 1935 and are the proud recipients of the James Beard Foundation award for Excellence.


This place is G-I-A-N-T. They always have live music and line dancing, aka what I like to call the lazy river of the bar world.  There are about a billion bars to grab a drink from, you can play pool, ride a mechanical bull, shop in their massive store - sky is the limit here. It's a must visit to end your night when you're visiting FW!

So there you have it, a day in Fort Worth for all you Dallasites (or for any outsider, really!) wanting to make the drive to Cow Town! Huge thank you to my friends at Toyota for helping me get around (and off road mural hunt) in style!

Want even more fun Fort Worth ideas? Be sure to follow Fort Worth Love List for the best food, cocktails and murals in the area!

20 September 2018

6 Ways To Maximize Your Team Fandom When You Live Out of State

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It has been SIX YEARS this Labor Day since I moved to Dallas from Tennessee. I haven't been immersed in my beloved college town for six whole years, but that doesn't mean that my fandom is any less. On the contrary, absence does certainly make the heart grow fonder but, I've learned a few tips and tricks along the way to bring my college team's spirit right here to Dallas. I'm teaming up with my friends at Dr Pepper and Walmart today to bring you some tips on how I maximize my  team's fandom living out of state.

Rule One || Make a playlist to kickstart your Gameday. 

This should feature songs that make you feel like you're in college all over again. Songs that bring you back to your roots. A lot of times you can even track down mp3's of your team's actual marching band performing live. I like to include my team's fight song, some songs about the state of Tennessee and some of the classics I remember belting at the top of my lungs while we played corn hole in the hours leading up to kickoff. 

Anything that takes me back, I add it to the list and play it first thing in the morning while I watch sports coverage of the day's games.

Rule Two || Utilize Your Alum Club

Who wants to watch the games solo? Or even worse, who wants to watch your games at a restaurant with potentially the enemy team's fans. I sure as heck don't. 

Instead, I joined our team's alum club here in Dallas. We all meet as a group to watch the games. All of the tables have pom poms, they do giveaways for apparel during halftime and the proceeds go to the alum club organization. 

I can scream at any decibel level I desire and not get judged because you're a screaming nutcase. 

Rule Three || Convert Your Friends

This rule is crucial, or else you might need to consider finding new friends. If your friends don't like your team, convert them. It's like the opposite of if you can't beat em, join em! 
Since my team isn't in-state, it was an easy sell. We aren't rivals, so they are now able to root for their team - AND - for my team! Win win! Everyone comes over to our house to watch my team's games, and we also watch theirs. It's a win win. 
Rule Four || Know The League

What do you do in the morning when you're getting ready for work? Listen to music? Nothing? Zone out to infomercials? Or God forbid.... watch the news (gasp!). Start getting ready while sports news is on your television. You don't have to actually watch sports news twelve times in a row, like a dude, to get something out of it. Listen, do your makeup, glance up occasionally when they're doing the top 10 plays of the day.... voila, you'll start the day armed with all of the sports knowledge you really need to be the best fan possible.

Rule Five || Follow Your Team On Every Social Platform 

Being out of state, you miss out on the pulse of your school's town. Following them on social allows a BTS glimpse of how it feels to be right in the thick of things. Also, go a little deeper and find some beat reporters (basically reporters who ONLY write about your team) to follow on social. Watch their Instagram stories before you get up and get your day started, it'll get you hyped for game day.

Rule Six || When it Doubt, Grill It Out

If all else fails, throw your own dang party! It's your party and you can scream at whatever defensive back that you want to. When you throw a tailgate in your own backyard it's way more comfortable anyway, and you can BYOD (bring your own dog - both of the hot and K9 variety). Veenie and I are prepping for our big season kick off party where all of our friends are coming over to celebrate. We have about 6 couple friends who all bring their dogs and we have a howling good time. Puns all intended. 

I like to pop over to Walmart for all of my tailgate needs, especially if there is any kind of grilling involved. The season kickoff tailgate is always my favorite because I'm not yet annoyed or depressed by my team. The season kickoff tailgate is good food, good times and SMILES all around with all of our friends hanging out, playing lawn games and cheering on our teams. Talk to me about smiles come November, we'll see if I'm still grinning from ear to ear - LOLS!

For this tailgate I got the essentials: Dr Pepper® - the official drink of college football fans, Kingsford® Original Charcoal which is super easy to light and always maintains consistent flavor, and Hidden Valley® Ranch Dressing, which is perfect for salads, veggies (I picked up cauliflower) and even meats!

You of course NEVER EVER want to be grilling while the game is on, but a little pre-kickoff hot dog and Dr Pepper never hurt anyone! This is why I love shopping at Walmart, I only had to make one stop and I got everything I need for our party and friends that come over in a matter of 10 minutes. Less time shopping, more time to put my game face on! Once kickoff hits though, all bets are off. I'm inside, on the couch with LASER FOCUS. No calls pls. Unless Veenie is calling, I always answer for Veenie kisses.

Can you smell the sweet scent of football season from these pictures? Burgers, dogs, the sound of the Dr Pepper can popping open and all of our friends screaming while watching the game in our living room. We had the most fun take a big whiff y'all, football !

Happy football season, friends. May your wins be prevalent .......... unless you're playing my team that is.

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