What to Do When You’ve Hit a Fitness Wall?

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This gym isn’t for me,’ I told my husband as I cancelled my Equinox gym membership last month after a year. Suddenly, I was gym-less and feeling like a fitness orphan. If you’re already in a fitness rut by March 1st, it’s not a good sign. Maybe it’s time for a resolution remix? My philosophy is you deserve to splurge on a gym membership if it inspires you to go often because it’s worth every penny and peace-of-mind. In the Bay Area, I fell in love with the San Francisco Tennis Club and stayed for nearly a decade. Last year when we moved to Dallas, I joined Equinox.

You’re probably too young for this, but Troy Aikman is on the machine next to you,’ my trainer said during my complimentary personal training session. Definitely not too young for that, as I awkwardly glanced back between lunges. Yet, despite the beautiful facility, cozy childcare room, friendly personal trainers, Dallas Cowboys, and endless cool eucalyptus towels, I just didn’t feel at home. So here’s a few solutions below if you’re in the same boat looking for a new gym. Plus, if you’re local, I’ll share some fitness centers you should definitely consider if you’re living here in Dallas…

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The Scene – A brisk February walk across the Continental Avenue Bridge (pedestrians only) that connects the Design District to Trinity Groves. Our ‘brisk walks‘ are numbered in Dallas as the stifling Texas heat will be here within a few months.

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Take a Breather I decided to check out new gyms in Dallas for the month of February instead of rebounding with another bad fit. If you just cancelled a membership searching for something new, check out Class Pass which allows you to try multiple gyms, classes and workouts in cities across the country until you find what you love. Or just stick to Class Pass if you prefer variety.

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Splurge on Fitness, Not Fitness Attire ~ Everyone has their workout attire preferences, but I’ve always believed in investing in the membership, while sticking to budget-friendly active wear. FAVES: Adidas outlet, Old Navy, Lorna Jane sales, TJ Maxx, and a new line called Lemonade by Lauren launched by a Dallas entrepreneur who desired affordable trendy active wear which I just discovered over the weekend.

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Local Tip! Fitness & Networking in Dallas? I had the chance to attend a conference over the weekend at the W Hotel in Dallas called ‘What She Said‘ hosted by Grit Fitness. It was one of the best networking conferences I’ve attended with inspirational panels and topics. Grit Fitness is also attracting women from around DFW with its upbeat vibe and classes! The founder, Brittani Rettig (her story is a must read), launched Grit Fitness which now has 2 locations after leaving her corporate job for her dream career. I met many women who go to Grit Fitness for the work out + networking.

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<DETAILS by Dale> top – Zara / vest – Old Navy (my all-time fave work out pants crops from Old Navy here) / shoes – Nike (below) /  pants – Adidas Brazil Collection (old) / shades – Quay Austrailia (below)

***If you’re looking for a gym in North Dallas with amazing childcare (ultra mom friendly), I also just discovered Telos Fitness Center. Amazing selection of group fitness classes and you’ll fee like you stepped into a country club on the set of the classic ‘Dallas‘ TV series. No JR or Sue Ellen sightings yet.

Have you ever re-set your fitness goals or joined a gym that didn’t work out for you?

~xo,

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ATTENTION Fixer Upper Fans! How to Plan Your Trip to Magnolia Market in Waco

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SPOILER ALERT: Actually, I’m not going to spoil anything for you! I’ll share pics of Magnolia Market at the Silos, but won’t give too much away. If you’re planning a trip all the way to Waco, Texas, I’m not going to ruin it now.

Over the weekend, we had a chance to go to Waco, Texaszip code 76706and check out the passion project of Chip & Joanna Gaines, the stars of the wildly popular show Fixer Upper. It took me a few episodes to get hooked on Fixer Upper. I love Joanna’s eye for design and laid back style, but I have a natural aversion to anyone named Chip and his slapstick Dad humor / little brother antics got on my nerves. But now I find him endearing, and how can you not like anyone that handy around the house? Did you see this week’s Waco houseboat fixer upper? Talk about impressive.

Back to the weekend. The weather was warm (80+ degrees in February) with wind in my hair, and the Magnolia vibe was everything you’d expect and packed with tourists. Here’s my quick tour to Magnolia Market at the Silos and what you need to know to plan your ideal visit to Fixer Upper fan heaven!

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The Scene – Waco, Texas. We arrived around 11 am Saturday with crowds walking toward the entrance and packed parking lots surrounding the Silos. They estimate about 30K visitors a week. (We found $10 parking at the Baptist Church). There is seating and picnic tables all over and they allow you to bring in food or drink (from what I could see).

Waco Texas Magnolia Market

When to Visit – There was no line to get in (FREE ENTRY), but there is a line to go into the Silos Baking Co. near the front. I’m sure weekdays are less hectic and I recommend a Spring or Fall visit. A mid-summer Texas getaway is going to be hot and sweaty at the Silos. *Magnolia Market at the Silos is only open Mon-Sat. so don’t show up on a Sunday when everything is closed.

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Is it Family Friendly? Yes! You can load up that XL SUV with your entire family – babies, aunts, grandparents, everyone. There is large grass area with kids playing soccer, games and food trucks lining the grounds serving everything from BBQ, gourmet grilled cheese to fresh juices. There were lines for each food truck and a big line for the Magnolia Bakery so don’t come starving.

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Ready to Shop? The Magnolia’s Market was packed! There wasn’t a wait outside, but the lines to purchase were at least a 15-20 minute wait. Don’t plan to be in and out in 15 minutes on a Saturday (aka similar shopping experience to Ikea).

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Inside the Market...’Ahh, let’s get out of here,’ my husband said pushing his way along the walls lined with farmhouse chic items and shoppers. If shopping for home decor gets your adrenaline pumping, take a deep breath before entering Magnolia Market.

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Of course Wilhelmina, my shopping buzz-kill, was trying to grab every faux flower in sight.

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No Chip or Joanna sightings, but her magazine – Magnolia Journal – was there surrounded by fun faux tulips in mason jars. (Price – $4 per tulip) 

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The Main Attraction – The Magnolia Market seems to be the hot spot with lines wrapped throughout the store to purchase items. The customer service was top notch. Staff was there to welcome you smiling, help you find products and even snapped our photo.

Waco Texas Magnolia Market from the show Fixer Upper

Travel Tip for Out-of-Towners – If you live out of state, I wouldn’t recommend making  Magnolia Market at the Silos the only stop on your trip. It was a great experience, especially if you’re a Fixer Upper super fan, but I’m guessing you will spend a few hours snapping pics, shopping, eating and soaking in your fave Chip & Joanna moments to feel totally satisfied. *Waco is in the middle of Austin and Dallas (approx. 2 hours to each) so I’d plan a Texas road trip for a long 4-day weekend starting in Dallas, doing Waco and Magnolia at the Silos for a day, then checking out Austin and San Antonio if you have time.

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Pictures – There are plenty locations for photo opps, so don’t walk into the Silos courtyard with your phone’s battery at 9 percent. There aren’t pushy tourist style photographers begging to snap your photo for $15+ a print, so you’ll need to capture your own. The silo background was one of my faves I posted on Instagram.

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What to Wear at the Silos – It’s definitely casual so don’t feel the need to over-dress. Most people were in jeans, casual tops, boots, sneakers or sandals. I stuck to a zara top, and nude skinny jeans, baby blue nails and Wilhelmina’s bonnet is from The Alamo giftshop in San Antonio and her cowboy boots are from Target.

Are you a Fixer Upper fan? Have you been to Magnolia Market yet, or do you plan to go soon? Thanks for reading!

~xo

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Savvy Sleepers Free V-Day Gift Including Sugarfina Sour Lips

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I’m a self-confessed sour candy lover! Although I cut back to less than a pack of Sour Patch Kids per day, I discovered a candy last year that had me hooked after 1 piece. They are Sugarfina Sugar Lips and they have a hard gel consistency, perfect texture and ideal zap of sour. The sour sugar over the flavors of strawberry, bubblegum and watermelon is so addicting. I’m excited to say that after contacting Sugarfina’s corporate office, Savvy Sleepers was able to score for our 2017 Valentine’s Promo making this Valentine’s a little sweeter & sour!

All Savvy Sleepers satin pillowcase orders using the code below come FREE with our 2017 Savvy-Gram for Valentine’s day. The Savvy-Gram includes a heart shaped goodie bag, pink confetti paper, an old-fashioned Valentine’s ‘xoxo’ note, & Sugarfina Sugar Lips. Ends this Wed. or while supplies last. (1 Savvy-Gram per order)

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Vintage Velvet for V-Day

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Perhaps you were all about the Superbowl last weekend, especially Gaga and those commercials. Unfortunately, I got sucked into a marathon series about Anna Nicole Smith. The rags to riches Playboy playmate who married a nearly 90-year-old Houston billionaire as her modeling career took off until her sad end dying in Hollywood, Florida. Yesterday actually marked the 10 year anniversary since her death (time flies). The REELZChannel (never heard of it) had a special airing over the weekend called Anna Nicole Smith: Behind Closed Doorsnarrated by one of  my fave ex-Today co-hosts, Natalie Morales.

Although, it was depressing to see every detail of her life picked apart, literally. From her plastic surgeries, pill addiction, to meeting her first husband at 17 while working at a fried chicken restaurant in Mexia, Texas. Her ultra-glam look did inspire me to try on a vintage velvet suit new to my wardrobe and slap on a little red lipstick for an early V-day date.

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The Scene – Dallas, Texas on a chilly February afternoon

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Date Night Glam – I love to add modern accessories to vintage outfits like my Michael Kors gold watch, Quay Australia aviators, and Gucci heels. Lipstick is classic Russian Red by MAC Cosmetics.

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Vintage Details – I love the drawstring detail on the top of this velvet jumper which is actually two pieces with the pants being high-waisted and flared.

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‘Shopping is Fun Again’ – Living in the US again means more vintage shopping and affordable tailoring. This outfit was passed down from Great Aunt and it’s a vintage brand called Koret of California.

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V-day Date Night in Velvet – Velvet has been a big trend this winter and perfect for a Valentine’s date. This look is basically head to toe navy blue vintage velvet, but if you want to add accessories like a velvet choker or just a simple velvet tank, check out my recent post in the Dallas Design District.

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<DETAILS by Dale> vintage velvet jumpsuit 50s/60s- Koret of California / watch – Michael Kors / heels – Gucci / nails – Sinful Colors ‘Rose Dust’ / Shades – Quay Australia (last seen here)

Thanks for reading and in case you missed the Reelz show, 20/20 this Friday on ABC is also doing its own Anna Nicole Smith special.

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Is This the New Napa in Northern California?

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Shall we do a weekend in Napa? Swirl, swirl, swish, swish…taste expensive? Not to knock Napa, but if you’re looking for a wine tasting experience in Northern California minus steep tasting fees, pricy hotels and hoards of tourists, it’s time to head north. And I mean more north than Healdsburg and Sonoma. While back in my childhood hometown of Ukiah, CA for the holidays, my brothers, husband and I drove 45 minutes away to Philo and Booneville in Anderson Valley. Where’s Booneville you ask? I’ll show you below.

It’s time for a quick escape to the beauty of Northern California’s wine country 110 miles from San Francisco and world’s apart from city life. Especially if you’ve ‘done‘ Napa time after time, Anderson Valley should be on your Cali bucket list to visit, sip wine, beer and bubbly while taking a deep breath of fresh air.

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First Stop – Roederer Estate (Tasting fee – $6 comp’d with purchase that day). Located in Philo, California Roederer Estate, was founded in 1982 by Jean-Claude Rouzaud (president of Champagne Louis Roederer.) The tasting room overlooks a landscape of vineyards, redwood forests and a layer of fog in the distance from the coast. Roederer Estate is my FAVORITE sparkling wine under $30!

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Anderson Valley Dress Code – Leave the Louboutins at home. It’s ultra casual up in these parts, but the wineries and tasting rooms are still gorgeous with a Nor-cal charm and visitors from around the world. Dress how you like for a weekend in wine country, and blue jeans are good to go. For a Wine Country Style Guide – definitely follow Adrienne of ‘The Rich Life in Wine Country

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Family pic at Roederer with my brothers Drew & Paul (who’s finally 21 and can do a little tasting himself)

PS – If you want an in-depth tour of Anderson Valley with more details for a full weekend – check out this ’15 article by the Wall Street JournalUncorking the Perfect Long Weekend in California’s Anderson Valley.’

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Husch Husch… (Tasting Fee – $0) We went to the family-owned Husch Vineyards tasting room just around the corner from Roederer Estate. It reminded me of a cozy secret cottage in a fairytale. We bought a couple bottles and headed back down the road to Lemon Market for fresh deli sandwiches, kettle chips, and our appetites for a picnic at the Anderson Valley Brewing Co. just down the road.

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Anderson Valley Brewing Co. – (Tasting Fee – $10 for 5 beers of your choice). You can’t miss the AVBC Tap Room in Booneville. This town is rich in history with a tiny population and it’s own language – Boontling (read more on Wikipedia if you’re curious). The brewery has a Boontling word of the day on the menu in the tap room. Vocab word that week: ‘dehigged’ meaning ‘without money, feeling broke.’

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Nor-Cal Insider Tip*- You could definitely do Anderson Valley as a long day trip from the Bay Area, but I recommend spending the weekend venturing to the Mendocino Coast about 35 miles from Booneville. There is also a new restaurant in Philo I’ve heard from locals is tasty called The Bewildered Pig open Thurs-Sun for dinner.

Roderer Estate Tasting Room Anderson Valley

<DETAILS by DALE> shades – Quay Australia 64 MM Aviator glasses in gold/brown / jeans (old) – Zara / suede jacket (recent) – Zara /  sweater (last seen here at the Mendocino Coast) – Old Navy / boots – H&M / handbag – Louis Vuitton tote / red purse accessory – from Zurich airport

Budget Bonus – We spent about $40 each the whole day including tastings at 3 locations, lunch, and buying a couple bottles to take home. Yay! *Traffic is also much lighter in Anderson Valley compared to Napa if you’re looking for a rural getaway in wine country. Have you been to Anderson Valley before or wine tasting lately?

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Velvet & Black for Date Night in Dallas

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Happy New Year! Resolutions still going strong? As a new-ish parent, a 2017 goal of mine is at least ‘1 date night‘ per month. Parents put date nights on the back-burner all too often, which is why I was SO excited to kick off the trend early with the Andrea Bocelli concert in Dallas last month just before he made headlines for backing away from performing at Trump’s upcoming inauguration. Anyway, back to the date.

Sorry for the credit card cliché, but the night could be summed up like a classic Mastercard commercial. Steak dinner and Amaretto Sours for two – $113, nose-bleed seats at the Bocelli concert – $79 each, hearing multiple whispers in the crowd referencing the ‘Catalina Wine Mixer‘ when Andrea sang ‘Time to Say Goodbye‘ – Priceless. Coming home to Wilhelmina sleeping like an angel – Extra Priceless. As for date night style, the temps have drastically dropped in Dallas the past month – it even snowed last Friday! I’ve found a few trends this winter that are fun and seriously budget-friendly. They won’t break the bank, or make you break out, as I’ll show you in today’s post from the Dallas Design District

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1. Try a Choker…. A few months ago, I felt way too old to wear a choker, but literally everyone from Kris Kardashian to bloggers and teens worldwide are wearing them. So why not wear one before the trend is out of style? I loved this wrap around velvet choker I found at fast-fashion headquarters (aka Forever21).

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2. Add a Purse Accessory – These little faux fur handbag accessories are everywhere from Nordstrom Rack to Ross for under $20. They make any basic handbag fun and festive this winter.

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3. Speaking of Velvet – It’s one trend I ran into at Walmart last month loading up on Christmas ornaments. This simple rose colored velvet tank with lace detail is perfect for layering under and staying on trend for under $6. Score!

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4. Vintage Coats! It’s only ‘freezing’ on a few occasions each year in Dallas so don’t stock up on a HUGE winter wardrobe. If you’re ever shopping in Dallas, I highly recommend stopping into Clotheshorse Anonymous. It’s my new favorite consignment shop for vintage and designer dresses, jackets, and I even found my New Year’s Eve dress a few hours before the party.

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5. Use this for a Youthful Glow in 2017… Although it was tough to see on this dreary day in Dallas, my new favorite highlighter for winter is Rimmel London’s ‘Good to Glow’ creme highlighter in the ‘Nottinghill‘ shade. Keep one in every purse (they’re under $5!) and use on your cheekbones, brow bone and cupid’s bow for an illuminating glow – just like the celebs had on the red carpet at last night’s Golden Globes.

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<DETAILS by Dale> pencil skirt (old)Banana Republic / top – Walmart (here in more colors) / booties – Dolce & Gabbana / handbag – Ferragamo / jacket (Vintage) – last seen here in Switzerland / purse accessory – ROSS / choker – Forever 21 / creme highlighter – Rimmel London

I hope your 2017 has kicked off to a great start and if you ever get the chance to see Andrea Bocelli in concert, I highly recommend it. Any resolutions you’ve made this year…

~xo,

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