Staycation: 24 Hours in Dallas

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. 
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This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com. All travel advice, food recs and opinions an are my own. πŸ˜‰
  • http://www.kelseymalie.com Kelsey Wilburn

    so for one, these outfits are all amazing. two, love these photos too! the streets and storefronts are beautiful!

    ladies in navy

  • http://www.26andnotcounting.com/ Jess Zimlich

    We need to take a staycation! I feel like every weekend we go
    and go and go and never have any time to just go out and peruse all that Kansas City.

    26 and Not Counting

  • Rach

    These are all amazing looks!! Staycations are the best! So relaxing!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  • Wendy

    Love Bishop Arts! Next time, drop in at Man-tiques…crazy cool stuff in there and they have Lone Star on tap πŸ˜‰ I’m loving that neon maxi on you.

  • http://www.rachellately.com/ Rachel | Austin Style Blogger

    You and B should just move to Austin, Texas and open the new Bloom shop here! Ok, maybe I’m a little biased because I live here. But! People here loooove to support small businesses (like, a lot), and I bet Bloom would do wonders here! Just a thought πŸ˜‰

    Also, this post makes me feel like I need to give Dallas another shot. The last time I went, I got such a snobby vibe and felt completely out of place! :/ But you’ve shown me that there are some spots that have a more “homey” vibe. I like it :)

    Rachel
    http://daydreamfrenzy.blogspot.com/

    • http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/ Kendi Lea

      Oh Austin. I know, every time we visit we think ‘should we?’ and then by the time we drive home we think ‘nah.’ πŸ˜‰ I think we are just too lazy to move again. Ha! And yes you should give it another shot! Especially McKinney :) No one is snobby here and we also have an emporium pies and hopefully another bloom one day!

      • http://www.rachellately.com/ Rachel | Austin Style Blogger

        Haha, I definitely relate to that. I hate moving! So much work, lol.
        Alright, when the new Bloom shop opens I’ll be sure to visit McKinney! I’m always up for a road trip. ^__^

  • Adrienne

    So glad you posted this as we are headed to Dallas (from Tulsa) on Friday. Can’t wait to check it out!

    • http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/ Kendi Lea

      Oh good! A few other places to try: Taco Diner, Victor Tango’s, Cane Rosso, Top Pot (DONUTS.) and Hopdoddy’s! Not sure what area you are in but those are all kind of around the same Knox-Henderson or NorthPark/ Park Cities area!

  • http://www.pennypincherfashion.com/ Kimberly

    Alright, I’m convinced that I need to come visit Dallas – it looks amazing and you are adorable…that first dress needs to be mine :)

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

    • http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/ Kendi Lea

      Yes!! You would love it! Plus I’m here :)

  • Syd Sexton

    You’re so fun! I giggle at something you write each time I check in, and I’m inspired to share your writing style with the young writers I work with. I used to work with your mom at Frenship (I was Ms. Morales then–married Coach Sexton in 2005) and am getting to know your mother-in-law as we office a few feet away from each other. So proud of your work and creativity!

  • http://belen.androbel.com/ A Hint of Life Blog

    I want to go on a mini vacation. it sounds amazing and its good to get a little away. Love the lime green maxi!
    Xo, Belen
    A Hint of Life

  • Miranda

    I agree that Bishop Arts is an adorable neighborhood! Last time my fiance and I were in Dallas, we ate at Oddfellows and it was SO GOOD. I love the vibe of that place. This post is really making me want to visit Dallas again! Perhaps a weekend road trip is in order sometime this summer (I’m in Houston).

  • Christy

    Yay, I love Bishop Arts! I ate at Eno’s when I visited from Houston in Dec (is anything better than pizza and beer?) and really enjoyed it. Now seeing these pics I’m really wanting to go back again! Glad y’all had a fun weekend break. :)

  • http://www.eyelikefashion.com/ Eye Like Fashion

    I life staycations. They’re truly relaxing. And great looks! My favorites 1 & 2.

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

  • http://stilettosontreadmill.blogspot.com Andreia

    Yellow and animal print , now that’s a combo πŸ˜‰

    Beijinhos

  • Q

    love the chambray dress.x

    http://www.myclayexperience.com/

  • http://www.maggiecallife.wordpress.com Maggiecal life

    These pictures are awesome and look so effortless and I love that! I really like your yellow dress, it’s so bright and fresh for the summer season :)

    http://www.maggiecallife.com

  • Natali

    Outfit nr 3 is my favourite :)

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.mulherdivina.com.br/ Ruth

    This place is amazing. πŸ˜€ I wanna go there!

  • rhiannon
  • http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com/ Adri Cisneros

    All these dresses are so cute! I need to stop into Old Navy soon! They are coming out with some cute steals!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

  • http://ayoungunprofessional.blogspot.com Lauren Cathleen

    I’ve never been to Dallas as an adult, but I’m sensing I need to make it a point to go.

    http://ayoungunprofessional.blogspot.com/

  • Anna D Kart

    You look wonderful! Love the yellow maxi

    Happy Medley Blog

  • Marisa Zerby

    You made me laugh out loud at your Real Housewive’s tip πŸ˜‰ You’re adorable. Glad you enjoyed your staycation! xx

  • Jessica

    This makes me SO excited to visit my sister in Dallas! Your pictures are always so adorable. Glad that you had a nice little staycation :)

  • Elizabeth Hawn

    love your accessories for each look

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

  • http://www.mirroredpieces.com Jess

    Such a fun idea, and you look adorable as always. LOVE the chambray dress with the white sneakers. Perfect relaxed summer look.

    http://www.mirroredpieces.com

  • Kimberly Ann

    This looks like SO much fun! I live in a suburb just north of Dallas too and it’s so fun to go into town with my fiance and you really do forget you’re close to home! Love your outfits, too.

    Kim
    http://trendkeeper.me

  • http://www.shoppingmycloset.com/ Shopping My Closet

    Great city guide! Would love to visit some day!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com

  • http://looksharplansing.blogspot.com Alison Colby

    Love the coverage of The Big D, Kendi! I visit here at least once a year since I have family there. My boyfriend’s family actually grew up in Oak Cliff and we recently took a trip to Bolsa ourselves. Love the chambray dress for the third look – you look stunning!

    XO Alison
    looksharplansing.blogspot.com

  • http://emilyorzel.com/blog Emily Orzel

    Makes me want to go to Dallas!!

    http://www.emilyorzel.com/blog

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    so for one, these outfits are all amazing. two, love these photos too! the streets and storefronts are beautiful!

    ladies in navy

  • http://www.26andnotcounting.com/ Jessica

    We need to take a staycation! I feel like every weekend we go
    and go and go and never have any time to just go out and peruse all that Kansas City.

    26 and Not Counting

  • Rach

    These are all amazing looks!! Staycations are the best! So relaxing!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  • Wendy

    Love Bishop Arts! Next time, drop in at Man-tiques…crazy cool stuff in there and they have Lone Star on tap πŸ˜‰ I'm loving that neon maxi on you.

  • Rachel Emma

    You and B should just move to Austin, Texas and open the new Bloom shop here! Ok, maybe I'm a little biased because I live here. But! People here loooove to support small businesses (like, a lot), and I bet Bloom would do wonders here! Just a thought πŸ˜‰

    Also, this post makes me feel like I need to give Dallas another shot. The last time I went, I got such a snobby vibe and felt completely out of place! :/ But you've shown me that there are some spots that have a more "homey" vibe. I like it :)

    Rachel
    http://daydreamfrenzy.blogspot.com/

  • Adrienne

    So glad you posted this as we are headed to Dallas (from Tulsa) on Friday. Can't wait to check it out!

  • http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/ Kendi Lea

    Oh Austin. I know, every time we visit we think 'should we?' and then by the time we drive home we think 'nah.' πŸ˜‰ I think we are just too lazy to move again. Ha! And yes you should give it another shot! Especially McKinney :) No one is snobby here and we also have an emporium pies and hopefully another bloom one day!

  • http://www.pennypincherfashion.com/ Kimberly

    Alright, I'm convinced that I need to come visit Dallas – it looks amazing and you are adorable…that first dress needs to be mine :)

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  • http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/ Kendi Lea

    Oh good! A few other places to try: Taco Diner, Victor Tango's, Cane Rosso, Top Pot (DONUTS.) and Hopdoddy's! Not sure what area you are in but those are all kind of around the same Knox-Henderson or NorthPark/ Park Cities area!

  • http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/ Kendi Lea

    Yes!! You would love it! Plus I'm here :)

  • Androbel

    I want to go on a mini vacation. it sounds amazing and its good to get a little away. Love the lime green maxi!
    Xo, Belen
    A Hint of Life

  • Miranda

    I agree that Bishop Arts is an adorable neighborhood! Last time my fiance and I were in Dallas, we ate at Oddfellows and it was SO GOOD. I love the vibe of that place. This post is really making me want to visit Dallas again! Perhaps a weekend road trip is in order sometime this summer (I'm in Houston).

  • Christy

    Yay, I love Bishop Arts! I ate at Eno's when I visited from Houston in Dec (is anything better than pizza and beer?) and really enjoyed it. Now seeing these pics I'm really wanting to go back again! Glad y'all had a fun weekend break. :)

  • http://www.eyelikefashion.com/ Eye Like Fashion

    I life staycations. They're truly relaxing. And great looks! My favorites 1 & 2.

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

  • http://stilettosontreadmill.blogspot.com Andreia

    Yellow and animal print , now that's a combo πŸ˜‰

    Beijinhos

  • Rachel Emma

    Haha, I definitely relate to that. I hate moving! So much work, lol.
    Alright, when the new Bloom shop opens I'll be sure to visit McKinney! I'm always up for a road trip. ^__^

  • Q

    love the chambray dress.x

    http://www.myclayexperience.com/

  • http://sometimesgracefully.com/ Grace

    Such a great post! Love the “staycation” idea. And you look lovely in each outfit!

  • http://www.maggiecallife.wordpress.com Maggiecal life

    These pictures are awesome and look so effortless and I love that! I really like your yellow dress, it's so bright and fresh for the summer season :)

    http://www.maggiecallife.com

  • Natali

    Outfit nr 3 is my favourite :)

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.mulherdivina.com.br/ Ruth

    This place is amazing. πŸ˜€ I wanna go there!

  • rhiannon
  • http://ashleahd.blogspot.com/ Ashlea Derry

    Baby rhinoceras…. lol I adore this blog.

  • http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com/ Adri Cisneros

    All these dresses are so cute! I need to stop into Old Navy soon! They are coming out with some cute steals!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

  • http://ayoungunprofessional.blogspot.com Lauren Cathleen

    I've never been to Dallas as an adult, but I'm sensing I need to make it a point to go.

    http://ayoungunprofessional.blogspot.com/

  • Anna D Kart

    You look wonderful! Love the yellow maxi

    Happy Medley Blog

  • Marisa Zerby

    You made me laugh out loud at your Real Housewive's tip πŸ˜‰ You're adorable. Glad you enjoyed your staycation! xx

  • Rosely Carrasco

    We will be having a summer staycation. We already made a list of things we want to do. It is fun to discover great places in our own city.

  • http://www.footnotesandfinds.com footnotes and finds

    love this post, inspired me to go on a staycation! i really liked how all your outfits looked so comfy!! and yessss my idea of any vacation always includes lots of eating haha

    http://www.footnotesandfinds.com

  • Kate

    This is so great! I’m new to the Oklahoma City area and have ventured into Dallas a few times, but am perpetually intimidated by the sprawl and not sure where to find a good experience. So thanks for the tips!

  • Jessica

    This makes me SO excited to visit my sister in Dallas! Your pictures are always so adorable. Glad that you had a nice little staycation :)

  • Elizabeth Hawn

    love your accessories for each look

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

  • http://www.mirroredpieces.com Jess

    Such a fun idea, and you look adorable as always. LOVE the chambray dress with the white sneakers. Perfect relaxed summer look.

    http://www.mirroredpieces.com

  • Kimberly Ann

    This looks like SO much fun! I live in a suburb just north of Dallas too and it's so fun to go into town with my fiance and you really do forget you're close to home! Love your outfits, too.

    Kim
    http://trendkeeper.me

  • http://www.shoppingmycloset.com/ Shopping My Closet

    Great city guide! Would love to visit some day!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com

  • http://looksharplansing.blogspot.com Alison Colby

    Love the coverage of The Big D, Kendi! I visit here at least once a year since I have family there. My boyfriend's family actually grew up in Oak Cliff and we recently took a trip to Bolsa ourselves. Love the chambray dress for the third look – you look stunning!

    XO Alison
    looksharplansing.blogspot.com

  • Emily Orzel

    Makes me want to go to Dallas!!

    http://www.emilyorzel.com/blog

  • http://sometimesgracefully.com/ Grace Beekman

    Such a great post! Love the "staycation" idea. And you look lovely in each outfit!

  • http://www.kaylarochellephotography.com/ Kayla White

    So fun! We just moved to Dallas and I visited the Bishop Arts District last week for the first time! I had brunch at ‘ Stock N’ Barrell’, it’s a new restaurant and it was amazing. If you guys go back you’ll have to check it out!

  • http://ashleahd.blogspot.com/ Ashlea Derry

    Baby rhinoceras…. lol I adore this blog.

  • http://somethingaboutthat.com Jackie

    Wow, Dallas looks like such an incredible and really unique looking city. I really don’t know too much about it, but from what I’ve heard, I really want to visit.

    Of course, your outfits were looking great as always!

    xo Jackie

    Something About That

  • Rosely Carrasco

    We will be having a summer staycation. We already made a list of things we want to do. It is fun to discover great places in our own city.

  • footnotes and finds

    love this post, inspired me to go on a staycation! i really liked how all your outfits looked so comfy!! and yessss my idea of any vacation always includes lots of eating haha

    http://www.footnotesandfinds.com

  • Kate

    This is so great! I'm new to the Oklahoma City area and have ventured into Dallas a few times, but am perpetually intimidated by the sprawl and not sure where to find a good experience. So thanks for the tips!

  • http://somethingaboutthatthing.blogspot.com Jackie

    Wow, Dallas looks like such an incredible and really unique looking city. I really don't know too much about it, but from what I've heard, I really want to visit.

    Of course, your outfits were looking great as always!

    xo Jackie

    Something About That

  • http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr/ Miss J.

    Uber cool outfits!

    XO

    Jeanne

    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

  • http://www.shallwesasa.com/ Sasa Zoe

    Cute outfits, babe:)

    http://www.shallwesasa.com

  • Holly + Casey

    I love Bishop Arts, Oddfellows is so delicious and I love love love Bolsa. Great picks.

  • http://www.lifeinbucklesberry.blogspot.com April Parrish

    Hello Kendi, love all your dresses for you mini staycation! I would like to order the white dress. Would you mind telling me what size you are wearing? We look close in size. I just bought the yellow maxi in navy in a size medium. Old Navy sizes trip me sometimes…I could be a small in somethings and a medium in others. And can you see through it. I couldn’t tell in the pics. Thanks in advance! :-)

    • http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/ Kendi Lea

      I’m wearing a Medium in the white dress. (I’m about an 8 right now.) I know what you mean on the sizes, I could be a small or a large in any thing there. Just for reference in the maxi, a medium is right for me too :)

      • http://www.lifeinbucklesberry.blogspot.com April Parrish

        Thanks so much! :-)

  • http://www.dream-in-neon.com/ Nikki

    that yellow maxi dress is gorgeous!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  • Agi

    Cute outfits!!!! Looks like a lot of fun. My girlfriend and I are doing a staycation and I can’t wait!!!!!!

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

  • Melanie

    Definitely love all your outfits–especially the neon maxi dress! Dallas is so cute. Hubby and I are planning a vacation to TX in the near future. Maybe it’ll be Dallas!

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

  • Jo

    You are my hot weather dressing muse. My grandparents live just north of McKinney and I can feel the heat of a Texas summer in these photos. You manage to always look AMAZING despite the fact that it is sweltering there. I love in Georgia now and dressing cute when it is hot is somewhat. I was always pop over here though for some inspiration.

    P.S. I’m trying to figure out away to leave work early so I can go pick up those tennis shoes from outfit 3. I’ve been looking everywhere for those.

  • Chanelle Kim

    Looks like you had a blast on your staycation. Sometimes it’s fun to just stay local and explore your neighboring cities.

    -Chanelle :: http://www.thekimchronicles.com/bay-area-staycation-ideas/

  • http://www.shallwesasa.com/ Sasa Zoe

    Cute outfits, babe:)

    http://www.shallwesasa.com

  • Holly + Casey

    I love Bishop Arts, Oddfellows is so delicious and I love love love Bolsa. Great picks.

  • http://www.lifeinbucklesberry.blogspot.com April Parrish

    Hello Kendi, love all your dresses for you mini staycation! I would like to order the white dress. Would you mind telling me what size you are wearing? We look close in size. I just bought the yellow maxi in navy in a size medium. Old Navy sizes trip me sometimes…I could be a small in somethings and a medium in others. And can you see through it. I couldn't tell in the pics. Thanks in advance! :-)

  • nikki

    that yellow maxi dress is gorgeous!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  • http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/ Kendi Lea

    I'm wearing a Medium in the white dress. (I'm about an 8 right now.) I know what you mean on the sizes, I could be a small or a large in any thing there. Just for reference in the maxi, a medium is right for me too :)

  • Agi

    Cute outfits!!!! Looks like a lot of fun. My girlfriend and I are doing a staycation and I can't wait!!!!!!

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

  • http://www.lifeinbucklesberry.blogspot.com April Parrish

    Thanks so much! :-)

  • Melanie

    Definitely love all your outfits–especially the neon maxi dress! Dallas is so cute. Hubby and I are planning a vacation to TX in the near future. Maybe it'll be Dallas!

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

  • ediot

    great outfits, so nice
    looks like the staycation was fantastic
    http://www.ediot.se

  • Alex Nguyen

    Wow, I love all three! You look amazing!
    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.com

  • Jo

    You are my hot weather dressing muse. My grandparents live just north of McKinney and I can feel the heat of a Texas summer in these photos. You manage to always look AMAZING despite the fact that it is sweltering there. I love in Georgia now and dressing cute when it is hot is somewhat. I was always pop over here though for some inspiration.

    P.S. I'm trying to figure out away to leave work early so I can go pick up those tennis shoes from outfit 3. I've been looking everywhere for those.

  • Chanelle Kim

    Looks like you had a blast on your staycation. Sometimes it's fun to just stay local and explore your neighboring cities.

    -Chanelle :: http://www.thekimchronicles.com/bay-area-staycation-ideas/

  • ediot

    great outfits, so nice
    looks like the staycation was fantastic
    http://www.ediot.se

  • Alex Nguyen

    Wow, I love all three! You look amazing!
    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.com

  • Nadya

    You make Old Navy look chic, and let me just say, that’s not an easy feat. Bravo Kendi, bravo.

  • Kimberly

    Looooove this post! Definitely bookmarking. i’m new to the Dallas area, so these places and tips are gems. Thanks!

  • Nadya

    You make Old Navy look chic, and let me just say, that's not an easy feat. Bravo Kendi, bravo.

  • Kimberly

    Looooove this post! Definitely bookmarking. i'm new to the Dallas area, so these places and tips are gems. Thanks!

  • Christy

    Love this post Kendi! This sounds like my kind of weekend!

  • Christy

    Love this post Kendi! This sounds like my kind of weekend!

  • Sheaffer Sims

    What a fun little weekend for you two! And you looked super cute the entire time!

  • Sheaffer Sims

    What a fun little weekend for you two! And you looked super cute the entire time!