How’s your week going friends?! If I didn’t already know it, last weekend taught me that I am definitely NOT 21 anymore! Three jam-packed days of classes and meetings and more importantly, parties and dancing and 2 am chat sessions with my girlfriends and a side of Taco Bueno really wore me out! Then, I got home and my brain was overflowing and I couldn’t sleep! It was definitely worth going though because when you have so many friends scattered all over the US and a chance to get together in one place, you have to take advantage of it!
I wish y’all could’ve been there too, so today, I’m taking you on a virtual recap tour of the trip!
Thursday evening kicked off with a poolside party at the gorgeous Crescent Hotel in Dallas. They served jalapeno margaritas and had a DJ playing hits as 200 (mostly women) mingled and people-watched. The spot I’m standing in was the prime photo location and everyone was taking turns getting a shot. When it was my turn, I stumbled and almost fell into the pool. That would’ve been a #partyfail for sure. And this was my first drink!
I wore that vibrant navy/orange/white/teal patterned maxi and was comfortable, despite the evening sun blazing down on us. Sara
were my road trip companions and they made the 4 hour drive from Houston to Dallas fly by! #girltalk
I was lucky to call Cassie
my roomies again. This is our third or fourth time rooming together and they are the definition of fun. My cheeks still hurt from laughing so hard.
Cassie and I go waaay back to our early days of blogging 7 years ago, before the days of Pinterest
and Snapchat, etc. Lots about blogging has changed during that time, but at the heart of it all, blogging is still a way to record and share my life and loves online with you. And YOU haven’t changed either- your readership and support of this blog is the reason I get to go to fun things like this conference, so I appreciate that so much!
I packed only enough outfits for each day, but after the poolside party, ended up changing back into my travel outfit- the cutest check peplum bustier
. It’s as comfortable as a regular tank, but dressier with the sweetheart neckline and peplum shape. I even broke out my faux suede choker
that I don’t get to wear too often.
The peplum tank is navy/white, but almost looks black. It does come in solid black also.
That first night we ate dinner at Javier’s Mexican Restaurant and if you go, you have to try the fajita beef nachos and the tortilla chips dipped first in butter, before salsa! #whatdiet?
Do you remember girlfriend sleepovers where you are so tired, but you keep talking until you literally cannot stay up any longer?! Yeah, it was like that all weekend.
On Friday was a day of conference speakers, a couple meetings and blogging classes. Thankfully, there was a Starbuck’s attached to the hotel, which is where I was headed below! Iced tall 2-pump mocha with no whip please! I saw at least one, maybe two other very stylish girls wearing this same floral dress. It’s breezy and lightweight and also lined. The floral pattern and ruffled detail on the front are super cute!
It’s a rule that bloggers can’t pass up a full length mirror without snapping a selfie. 😉
For lunch, we ate Shake Shack al fresco with a beautiful picnic table set up.
Those burgers are goooooddddd!! We enjoyed every bite!
That evening, we had some time to chill in the hotel room before getting all dolled up for a cocktail party. Thank you guys for helping me go with this hot pink dress
. I ended up wearing it with bright tassel earrings and floral heels. The earrings make a fun statement and aren’t too heavy for a night out.
I kept my neck bare to show off the neckline of the dress and so that it wouldn’t compete with the bigger earrings.
Catching up with old friends was honestly the best part of this trip!
There were a few Bravo housewives there, and we snapped a pic with Stephanie from the Dallas series. She is just like she is on the show #surprise, and said they already wrapped filming Season 2.
I was back to my travel outfit again switching out the choker for this Fan Necklace
for dinner at Neighborhood Services. Holy cow, was that food good?! I highly recommend it if you’re ever in Dallas.
I knew by Saturday I’d be ready to be more comfortable, so for that day’s conference attire, I went with my favorite white distressed skinny jeans and a striped bell sleeve top.
Courtney Kerr taught a class on marketing and she was actually hilarious. She definitely woke us up that morning!
After 3 days in heels and wedges with lots of walking, my feet definitely needed a break! I’m so glad I brought flat sandals
Our Saturday lunch was gorgeous and delicious, but also freezing! A cold front came through and all I brought was my favorite jean jacket
. It’s the one I always travel with and it’s soft and ultra comfortable (under $80), but not super warm. The kind hotel staff brought blankets for us to bundle up under and we put them on our laps under the table to keep warm!
Saturday evening, we ate at Nobu, conveniently located inside the hotel. That food is delicious and we ordered extra helpings of the rock shrimp tempura.
Before dinner, when we were hanging out at the hotel in our beds wearing those long, big fluffy robes, Carly and I were contemplating skipping the Saturday night finale party because we just wanted to stay cozy in bed! But, after dinner, we caught our second wind and I’m so glad we ended up going to the party.
Here’s a better look at the detail in the dress.
Is this the same girl who wanted to stay home in a robe?!
We danced the night away as evidenced by our feet at the end of the night!
Of course by Sunday, I was sooo ready to get home! Since the Like To Know It heart wall was right by the hotel, we stopped and got an obligatory pic on the way out! If you don’t use LTK, you can always shop my outfits here
or on Facebook
, where I share direct links. Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t let me put live links there, so follow me on Facebook
Getting home to these babes was the most wonderful thing! Dad did such a great job being Dad and I think he just might appreciate me a little bit more now. Click the picture to play the sweet video!
Have a great day, friends! ?