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02 May 2019

The Best Place to Watch the 2019 Kentucky Derby in Dallas

Ok friends, it's that time of year - Kentucky Derby Time in Dallas! If you live in Dallas, I have just the Derby party for you. WAIT, I take that back, this is THE ONLY DERBY PARTY YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IN DALLAS. Think delicious Mint Juleps from Maker's Mark, the best Derby watch party with a huge projection screen and even costume contests, including for dogs! Plus, great drink happy hour pricing drink specials through the end of the Kentucky Derby.  If you're looking for where to watch the 2019 Kentucky Derby, look no further than Dallas Love List's Kentucky Derby Watch Party in Deep Ellum at Mama Tried. 



If you aren't lucky enough to make it to the actual Derby, Dallas Love List is throwing a big party in our very own backyard of Deep Ellum, Texas!




Subtle brag coming in 3...2...1.... I actually went to the Kentucky Derby thanks to this little blog of mine back in 2014.  It was one of the greatest experiences of my entire life and most certainly a bucket list checkmark!

Dallas Love List's big Kentucky Derby party is going to be as close as we get to the real thing here in Texas, and here is why...

There will be TWO COSTUME THEMES. One is fancy, one is getting down and DERBY!

1."Millionaires Row" Ticket - find an amazing hat, grab your prettiest dress, pull out that seersucker bowtie because you're going to the fancy side of the Derby - Millionaires Row. Go all out, because best dressed wins great prizes! THIS TICKET INCLUDES A FANCY, CLASSIC MINT JULEP UPON ENTRY.

2."The Infield" Ticket - Dust off the ole' jorts because you're ready to party, INFIELD style. Think apparael for a Nascar race: jean shorts, cowboy boots, flannel shirts with the sleeves ripped off (because you flexed, I assume). THIS TICKET INCLUDES A BEER AND A SHOT OF BOURBON UPON ARRIVAL.

This is obviously a come as you are party, but feel free to wear a costume too. It is basically just an excuse to get us all in the same place to make new friends and have one awesome party in the name of the Derby!

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TICKETS ARE ONLY $15, AND WOULD YOU PLEASE LOOK AT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT TICKET GETS YOU!??!!
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- Entry into the party with a big watch party screen for the greatest two minutes in sports
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- Complimentary Maker’s Mark Mint Julep Or a Lonestar Beer + Shot of Maker’s, depending on which ticket theme you choose!
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- Drink specials all afternoon including $2.50 beers, $6 Maker's Mark Mint Juleps and HAPPY HOUR PRICING through the end of the race! ⠀⠀
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- Two ticket themes - Get Fancy 👗 in “Millionaire’s Row” or Get down and dirty 🍻 with an “Infield Ticket” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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- Dog friendly with prize raffle benefiting @OperationKindness for a staycation @TheAdolphusHotel
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- Costume contests for great prizes!


Grab your tickets HERE so you don't have to buy them at the door!  

P.S. - You might also like: The Girl's Guide on how to bet on horse racing HERE!


01 May 2019

Five Murals in Dallas to Fall In Love With



Thank you to BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of nutter puffs for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

For those who don't know, I LOVE MURALS! I can't get enough of them. Anytime I travel to a new city I scout out their best murals to visit. Some of my favorite cities for murals are Austin, Denver, Miami and of course my town - Dallas! The street art scene in Dallas is on FIRE, there are SO MANY,  but that doesn't mean that I don't have my favorites. 

Today's post is all thanks to one of my favorite new snacks, nutter puffs by popchips. If you love peanut butter, I assume that is everyone, then you'll love nutter puffs as a great at home snack, or even on the go. Their whole brand is about happiness in every bite, especially if you have a deep love of peanut butter. I was thinking about what brings me happiness every time, and that's street art. So I thought I'd bring you my five favorite murals in Dallas! 






Seriously though, nutter puffs are a great snack any time of day. They'd make a great post-gym snack, dessert or shoot, even for a grab and go breakfast. When you snack on them, they feel indulgent, but they're totally not, which is the best part. They have 5g of protein, made with real peanut butter and, the peanut butter flavor, is even vegan. They come in a few flavors including chocolate and peanut butter, and straight peanut butter flavor! Plus, nutter puffs won't derail a low calorie lifestyle either, since it's just 130 calories per serving. They can be found at your local grocery store, or on amazon!





Now that your stomach is full (and happy🥰)  I bring you my five favorite murals in Dallas! 

1. Palm Tree Mural just past Trinity Groves
📍Singleton BLVD across from Tacos Mariachi - Mural by Drigo






2. Colorful Bird Mural in Victory Park
📍Victory Park Parking Garage across from The W Hotel. Mural by Lesli Marshall

3. Cowgirl Mural in Foundry Distrcit
📍Fort Worth's Foundry District - Soooo worth the drive and FULL OF MURALS all in one place!
Mural by Neon Courtney + Haylee Ryan

4. Cactus Mural in Deep Ellum
📍We got engaged in front of this mural, of course it made my list. Located on Commerce St., Across from Bomb Factory. Mural by Lesli Marshall



5. Taco Emotion Mural
📍Deep Ellum on the side of Vidorra. (BTW- Get their queso while you're there it's amazing)




So there you have it! Five murals in Dallas that make me smile from ear to ear every time I see them. What are some Dallas murals you love that you'd like to see added to the list?

And don't forget to pick up some nutter puffs - you know, for the next time you get hungry on a big mural hunting afternoon!

25 April 2019

5 Little Wins I Had When Traveling in NYC



I’ve been traveling on and off now for the past month, that is a lot for me. I am usually in Dallas, so to be on the road for nearly a month straight has been a bit hectic. I’ve been in Savannah, Mexico, NYC and hitting the road to Arizona as we speak! I love love love traveling, and even though there are major pains (I’m looking at you security line in Laguardia airport) I’m all about finding simple joys when on the road.

My trip to NYC was for work. The French Room team, one of the restaurants in The Adolphus I do social media for, was cooking in the James Beard House. Traveling for work can be super long days, long nights and overall EXHAUSTING. With that said, it’s all about perspective and making the most of your free time.

Speaking of making the most of your work trip, today I’m teaming up with a brand-new product line called joy razors and glee shave prep gel. Their whole brand is focused around little wins and creating joy in your everyday routine. In my case though, they helped bring joy to my work trip to NYC. I knew I had this great new product in my luggage, so I called the Kimpton Eventi hotel I was staying at in advance, attempting to get a room with a soaking tub.

Now, this is NYC y’all!! They don’t just have bathtubs floating around for everyone. I called a week in advance, again the night before, then asked again at check-in. LOLS, #SoShePersisted. Well, it worked, and they hooked me up with one of the only rooms with a tub in the whole hotel! That’s how you do it y’all. Talk about little wins!

Let me tell you how special this 30-minute bath was for me. I walked 30,000 steps that day, then was on my feet all night for work. My puppies were screaming (is that the right expression for your feet hurting, I forget) and my back was aching. I ran the water, threw some bubble bath in the tub, grabbed a magazine and just RELAXED FOR 30-MINUTES. I don’t even do this at home!!!








But more on these great products. The glee shave gel was super thick and surprisingly creamy and luxurious for a gel. It also smelled like a dream, I believe the fragrance was listed as cucumber and aloe… delightful! I really loved the packaging too, super cute and something I’d totally gravitate to on the shelf. The joy razor (also offers refills) features five blades for a super comfortable shave. It also has a non-slip grip for when you are using it in the tub and is offered in both pink and teal colors.


Like I said, this product is brand new and JUST hit the shelves and is only available at Walmart. I’d for sure recommend picking the joy razor and the glee shave gel (or mousse, they have that too) on your next razor run.

Since the brand is all about finding little wins throughout the day, I thought I’d also show you five more little wins I had on my NYC trip. These were all unexpected finds from just walking around. I oddly enough never really had an agenda – I honestly just left the hotel and started walking in one direction or the other.

1. Missed turning right on a street I was supposed to turn on and found the greatest bagel of my life from Zuckers Bagels. I got the everything bagel with plain cream cheese and it was heaven! I’ll bee-line here next time I’m in NYC!



2. I walked past a WeWork and found literally the greatest girl power jean jacket of all time. Who goes shopping at WeWork???? That would be me, and please look at how cute this is. I didn’t even know they sold clothes, such a score!





3. I was just walking the streets, aimlessly, because that’s just how I rolled this trip and I saw a lady taking a picture in front of me. I turned around to see what she was taking the pic of, and it was the flat iron building! I had cut through a park and had ZERO idea that was to my back. Had she not taken that pic, I never would have gotten this great shot! Another tiny victory for Sarah.





4. I had totally forgotten about all of the Ashley Longshore Art located in the basement of Bergdorf’s, until I was walking with my boss in the skincare section and there sat – ALL OF THE ASHLEY LONGSHORE ART IN THEIR CAFÉ! WHAT! Score another for the away team! I’m obsessed with her, if you don’t follow her on Instagram – change that ASAP.







5. Our reservation for cocktails at the very famous “Please Don’t Tell” was 30 minutes delayed due to a table lingering longer than expected. Since we had time to kill, we got a hot dog at “Crif Dogs” which wasn’t even on my radar. Well, this was the best hot dog I think I’ve ever had, and a MUST HIT NYC HOT DOG SPOT! So many of you messaged me on Instagram saying how this was your favorite spot! SCORE SCORE SCORE!




I want to send a big thank you to joy and glee for sponsoring this post, and for reminding me to find joy in the everyday and to appreciate the little wins. Be sure to grab joy + glee on your next Walmart trip, or by clicking HERE!

19 March 2019

The Best Product to Monitor Your Home When You're Away

Thank you to Panasonic HomeHawk for sponsoring this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 




We've been in our home for almost four years, and I have a love-hate relationship with our neighborhood. It's a transitional area in Dallas, and it has come A LONG WAY in our four years there. With that said, I still don't trust packages being sent to our house. 

I remember one of my first campaigns I had in the new house was for a wine brand. They sent me three $100 gift cards for a giveaway, and some swag. The box was confirmed as delivered, yet I never saw the box. I don't know what happened, but I can only imagine it was swiped off the front porch before I had the chance to collect it. 

While we do have a neighbor who is often at home during the day, I'm certainly not going to rely on her to spy on our front porch all day every day. 

Enter your new favorite gadget, the Panasonic HomeHawk. It's an outdoor home monitoring system, that is incredibly easy to install and set up, very user-friendly. Unlike other products on the market, you don't have to pay a monthly storage fee. You just get a one time SD card and you're good to go. 

The camera itself is wire free, and is set at a 172 degree angle so you can actually see more than just your front porch. 

We also thought it was great for our backyard too. We park our cars in the backyard, because it is gated. With that said, the gate isn't automatic so it doesn't lock easily. It's nice to have a camera also monitoring both the gate and the backdoor to our house. Major peace of mind for when we are traveling. 

It's 2 way talk and waterproof, basically it has everything you need for home monitoring when you're away from the house. Have your packages delivered and gain peace of mind knowing they're safe because you're watching over them. I'd also recommend getting a second kit to monitor any backdoors, or even monitor your detached garage if you have one of those - like we do!



Here is a little video I put together that goes into a little more detail about the HomeHawk and how it works for our family!








We got everything set up and ready to rock and roll before our Cabo trip. We were able to actively monitor our home right from our pool chair.



The app will ding you when someone approaches the camera, but my absolute favorite feature is that it TELLS THE OTHER PERSON (aka - a potential intruder or package stealer) that they're on camera. A speaker tells them "Premises is Being Monitored." Personally, if I were a package thief that would be enough to scare me away!

We ended up being those weirdos that took great enjoyment on seeing the pups on the cameras with the Rover sitter while we were gone. We tried to talk to Veenie through the two-way talk, but very sadly she was more interested in sniffing every blade grass and peeing where Gee had just peed. Pretty typical, TBH.

I highly recommend this product, and it will be a clutch addition to our front and back doors for the next few months when we have quite a few weekend getaways. Plus, I'll look forward to watching the pups while I'm gone, because I'm a stage five clinger.

For more information, or to purchase the Panasonic HomeHawk || CLICK HERE


Thanks to Panasonic for sponsoring today's post. All opinions are my own.

15 March 2019

The Top 10 Things You Need to See On A Trip to Savannah


A few weeks ago, I found myself in one of the nation's most beautiful cities, Savannah, Georgia. I'd been to Hilton Head as a kid plenty of times, but never to Savannah. That is, up until just recently when I started my new job with Makeready. We have a beautiful hotel there, The Alida! After a few work trips, one of which was spent simply exploring the city, and then my most recent trip with my friends at Toyota, I've decided on my top 10 favorite things that a visitor must do, see and eat in Savannah. 

It's no secret how much I adore Toyota both as a brand to work with, and for their cars. This trip to Savannah was centered around their all new 2020 Toyota Corolla. The Corolla is literally the world's best selling car, and is a household name at this point. Although when I was a kid my dad (a ford dealer for 35 years) used to mis-pronounce it TAY-ota, which made me cringe. I think he just did it for me to be like, "DAD THAT IS NOT HOW YOU SAY IT."



All jokes aside, for so many teens, a Corolla was their very first car. You might have an impression of this car in your mind, but that vision is NOTHING like the 2020 Toyota Corolla. This bad boy is sporty AF and swimming with features (I'm obsessed with the touch screen display with Apple car play), incredible audio from JBL and of course equipped with all of the Toyota safety features I've bragged about in the past. This one has Toyota Safety Sense™ with a pre-collision detection system that can help detect a vehicle, bicyclist or even pedestrian in certain situations, even in low light.



I feel like Uber and Lyft drivers in Deep Ellum should only drive this car, with all the crazies running out in the street at 2am.... just a thought....

Shoot, there's even a hybrid version now that gets 53/52 mpg! Yowza, where was that when I was 16 years old, driving all over Midlothian, Virginia just because I could.  I remember I used to put $5 in my tank at a time because that was all I could afford.

This is such a great, affordable car with all of the technology bells and whistles kids want these days - there's even wifi on board! BOOM!




We had a great time scooting around Savannah in this cute, sporty car. It was easy to drive, but had plenty of pickup to get you going the right speed on the highway in a flash.

Flying into Savannah is EXPENSIVE, even from the mega hub that is Dallas. So, if you're within driving distance, I'd recommend a road trip. So, grab your Corrolla (don't have one - go buy one *wink*) and take a tour of Savannah by hitting the 10 favorite spots I think a tourist needs to see.


1. VISIT WORMSLOE HISTORIC SITE 
If you don't want to drive through the site, it is free to visit. BUT - I recommend paying the $10 it costs to get in because it's beautiful and that money goes to historic maintenance. This spot in Savannah will take your breath away.



2. WALK TO FORSYTH PARK FROM YOUR HOTEL
Assuming you're staying in the downtown Savannah / Riverfront area, you can walk to this outstanding park. I mean really though, there is beauty at every turn and tree. I was there during the winter and fall months, so I'm bursting at the seams to see it all decked out in spring colors!



3. Grab Coffee then explore Tybee Island
Tybee Island is home to beautiful lighthouses, great shopping, beautiful sunsets on the beach and the cutest coffee shop, Tybean Coffee. I love a good pun. You'll be greeted by the coffee shop first, so grab a coffee, jump in your Corolla, and get to exploring! 

4. WALK THE RIVERWALK
The stairs down to the Riverwalk are what I like to call - death stairs. No for real, they're so steep, a billion years old (give or take) and are actually really creepy. I understand they're historic and lovely, yada yada yada, but if you prefer to not leave with a broken leg, I say avoid those stairs by going through one of the hotels. Then take their elevator down to their bottom floor. Just a little pro-tip from me to you. 

The riverwalk has great shopping, bars on bars on bars, and cute little candy shops. They even have a little covered market, too! 



5. TAKE YOUR COCKTAIL TO GO AND WALK THE SQUARES
Yup, you can take your cocktail to go, New Orleans style, in Savannah! So grab a to go beverage and get your comfy shoes on and go for a walk. Savannah is known for their 22 squares scattered through the historic district. The squares are all covered in old live oak trees, and make you stop to really appreciate the beauty of the world. 

One of the squares, Chippewa Square, is actually where Forest Gump sat on his park bench! Kewl! MERICA! 



6. EAT AT THE OLDE PINK HOUSE... IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS
Savannah's most historic, and incredibly popular must visit restaurant, the Olde Pink House was originally built in 1771. Very sadly though, they experienced a fire in their upstairs ballroom in December 2018. Once they're back up and running (expected to be April or May 2019), make dinner reservations here and be part of history!  

7. STAY AT THE ALIDA HOTEL 
Ok so you're headed to Savannah, but where should you STAY when you get there? I'd recommend the brand new Alida hotel. It's located on River Street, so you're within walking distance of the river, downtown, shopping, bars... everything. They have a rooftop bar called Lost Square (open to the public, so check it out regardless), a great pool with a pool bar, a wonderful restaurant on the bottom level called Rhett and even a cute retail shop where you can buy your very own custom-made-for-the-hotel, Stetson! 




8. SAVOR A COFFEE OR WINE (OR BOTH!) AT THE PARIS MARKET 
Beware, your cuteness overload meter is going to be set off when you enter this charming coffee shop  and market. They have adorable, Parisian style outdoor seating for those beautiful Savannah Spring and Fall days. 

Shopping, wine and coffee - it's all of my favorite things! 


9. ENJOY A LEISURELY LUNCH AT SOHO SOUTH CAFE
Think a French 75, good company and a world famous tomato basil bisque that you won't know how you lived without for so long! 

10. UNWIND AT PEREGIN ROOFTOP BAR
Located atop the beautiful Perry Lane Hotel is Peregin, a rooftop bar with amazing cocktails, a super cool mural, crazy good aesthetics and views for days! 

This is for sure the icing on a beautiful day spent in Savannah. 









If you end up using any of the spots on my guide for your next trip, let me know via INSTAGRAM! As I continue my travels to Savannah, I'll continue to update this guide, so be sure to pin for later - or for your next trip to Savannah.