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Key to the City


‘Once upon a time, being presented with the key to the city served a real function. In ancient times, when it was common for European towns to be ringed by walls, visiting dignitaries were presented with a key to the city gate as a gesture of trust and kindness.’ (source)  From the first moment we arrived in Dallas, we felt so welcome. Service is amazing here from restaurants, stores, to phone operators. People often don’t even have to park their cars, because there is FREE valet parking everywhere. More on this level of hospitality later. After such a warm welcome, it’s easy to feel at home.

Texas is a whole new world and while I didn’t realize how flat it was (especially compared to cities surrounded by the Swiss Alps), I’ve learned the key to any city is appreciating and exploring it! That’s exactly what we did Sunday before settling in to watch the Golden Globes (the first awards show I’ve been able to watch in 3 years.) Yet, there were little reminders of Zurich, like the Rolex Building in Uptown as I sported some of my favorite winter essentials (many of which are from Europe)…


The Scene – Weekend sightseeing in our new home town…Dallas, Texas


Key Print Tights! – While it’s much warmer than Swiss winters here, the weekend was cold so I sported my key & rose print tights from the Italian brand Calzedonia.


And Speaking of Tights – If you want to take a basic black dress you’re totally bored of and make it seem new, add a pair of patterned tights with black heels or booties to pull the look together and elongate your legs. (The opposite also works if you have a patterned dress that is too short)


(Sidenote) Dallas is booming!? I noticed there is construction everywhere – especially in Uptown. After going to an open-house I spotted on Zillow just-for-fun in the suburbs near North Dallas, I saw walk-closets twice the size of my old bedroom in San Francisco. Ugh!


Euro Style – I have so many more black clothes now after living in Europe that I find myself re-styling my Zurich basics like this lace skirt (with an elastic waistband) I last wore when I was 9 months pregnant.


<DETAILS by Dale> top – Zara (recent) / tights – Calzedonia / skirt – Forever21 / heels (old) H&M / purse – Ferragamo)

Hope you’re having a great week so far. Have you ever been to Dallas? Any recommendations…



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  1. Dale it sounds like you are fitting right in, I looks and sounds like a great city. I like your idea of printed tights with an all black outfit xox ♡♡

  2. I’ve wanted to go to Dallas for years now. I don’t know what it is, but it calls to me! It’s weird, I know. And while you got to watch the Oscars this would be the first time for me that I didn’t get to even preview the red carpet fashions. I am so behind in a lot of things right now, can’t seem to catch up! Probably should not have taken that Christmas break lol. And speaking of, I trust you and the family had a lovely one. Will shoot through a quick email re SF!


  3. I’ve heard it’s flat and spread out. You’re doing the best thing by getting out and exploring. You look great Dale!

  4. So adorable Dale – I love your tights!!!
    Have a wonderful Sunday.

    Love Yvonne

  5. Mooie outfit met een leuke panty!

  6. It looks like you are already settling in to your new city very nicely, Dale. I think it will be a great fit for you and your family.
    Fab look on you!
    xx, Heather

  7. I imagine you will come across some beautiful homes (and restaurants, landmarks, etc.) I know you’ll be giving us tips in no time. Have a lovely time discovering Dallas!

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