Sometimes B and I want to getaway but we run into a few roadblocks -- money, schedules or sometimes it's Friday and we just want to have something fun to do for the weekend. (That is, something that doesn't involve our couch and wine. You know, we like to mix it up.) B and I were talking and he suggested a little mini-staycation; not even for the whole weekend just for an overnight stay. I've never been one to turn down a vacation, even small, so I was in.
The thing about a staycation where we live is that Dallas is sprawling, to say the least, and there are many, many options. We live north of Dallas in a suburb, so we don't always get to enjoy the best parts of Dallas. Dallas also has a lot of different neighborhoods and areas, so when we were deciding last minute what to check out and where we landed on Bishop Arts District, a few blocks or so in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas . (If you are new to Dallas or want to visit, this area is adorable. Visit downtown McKinney first -- former and hopefully future home of bloom -- and then Bishop Arts.)
We headed down Saturday around noon in time for brunch at Oddfellows. And by brunch I might mean mimosas and whatever else happened to be on the table at the time. You will notice that I spared you photos of me eating because it's just not cute. Some people are attractive while eating, I'm like a baby rhinoceros. If you do visit the area, Oddfellows, Cafe Brazil and Hattie's are the best places for brunch. In fact, I'd try to do some iteration of all three if I were you.
From there we just took it slowly and went from patio to patio (We were lucky it was overcast and pretty outside) and saved the shopping for the next day.
(Pro tip: a neon yellow dress + light pink lips make you look as tan as a Real Housewife.)
One of the main reasons I love this area is because it reminds me a bit of Austin, Texas' darling city. I think it's the old houses that still surround the area and the old restored buildings, that I love the most about the area. It's small, but you can stick around all day and find things to do, eat or look at. We ended up at Bolsa for dinner. It's one of my favorite restaurant in Dallas. It's a little bit off of the block that most of the shops and restaurants are on, but it's a nice little pre and post dinner stroll. From there we walked back down to grab a slice of pie at Emporium Pies. I highly recommend you come here at some point in your life. Bucket list material here, people. Honorable mention for lunch: Eno's Pizza. I'm not saying we ate 4 meals that day, but I'm also not saying that we didn't.
The next morning we grabbed another brunch at Gloria's (if you are sensing a stay-cation theme here and it's called 'eating', you are correct.) We then just wandered around all afternoon, in and out of shops. It was so nice and relaxing. As first time stay-cationers, we kind of forgot that we were just a few miles from home. And as a shopgirl, it's nice to get out and see what other shopkeeper's are doing and what else is going on. There was this one store that I'm still obsessed with called Dirt. It's a shop with amazing succulent and floral arrangements, some that were too amazing for me to afford. But such great inspiration. Neighborhood store was also an amazing place. There was a few things for the home in there that I'm kind of kicking myself for not buying.
A few other places that are honorable mention / we were not able to fit into 24-hours : Lucia (hint: make reservations way ahead of time), Tillman's Roadhouse and Bishop Cider Co. (I don't know if that last one is good because we didn't try it, but it was so cute when we walked by.)
All in all, the 24 hour stay cation (day-cation really) was a success. A sweet, food induced with a side of shopping success.
Old Navy Dress (c/o)
Old Navy Maxi Dress (c/o)
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