tailgating gypsy is a super cute boutique i discovered while in canton a few weekends ago & the owner, amanda, & i made a connection post me-shopping-there. she’s a fellow #boymom giving off good vibes & i love the clothing she sells, this beautiful kimono is from there. she invited me to see her new spring collection early (see more here) & share it with you guys as a sneak peek for what’s coming & trending for spring. new inventory is hitting the site daily, so keep checking back for new arrivals and if you want to shop her boutique in person, she is at canton first monday trade days, find the dates for that here & you can find her boutique also in spice village in waco if you’re ever there. i love any opportunity to connect with small, local businesses & expose great places to shop with you all so i hope you enjoy these looks. && let me know which is your fav in the comments below!

look 1: a really pretty, paper-thin, but not see through, jumpsuit in a killlller color combo. i like it paired with a dark-washed cropped jean jacket and a hat, obvs.

look 2: red pinstripe maxi dress that is lined & has pockets! i especially love how long it is, it barely drifts behind me. styled it belted & with my new, white chinese laundry booties.

look 3: what i was calling a ‘batwing’ tee because the sleeves are so flowy and fun and i loved the tie detail.

look 4: floral & snake skin kimono that’s light & delicate so it goes great over long tanks with tights or jeans & a simple white tee!

look 5: lace & leopard tank in blue that i wanted to have fun with by mixing designs so i threw on a pastel kimono by free people & paired it with bell bottoms (last wore these beauties here & here). the black bralette adds an added layer of lace, too.

look 6: the everyday maxi dress in charcoal, one of my favorite looks because it’s so practical as a mom to just throw one piece of clothing on and feel put-together. the fact that it is super soft & has pockets for chapstick and my phone is a major plus. i belted it & wore with my sam edelman fringe booties, a thrifted super western-y belt & a necklace my mom bought me at the melrose trading post in los angeles when we went.

which look is your favorite?

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so in my last post i wrote about a few tips for if you plan to go on a day trip to canton, texas to shop the first monday trade days outdoor market & today i’d like to share what came home with me from our trip! i spent quite a bit of money shopping, but i loved all the pieces & just had to have them. some were “splurgy” and some were shockingly low-priced. scroll on to see what i bought!

this stetson hat is probably my pride & joy from the entire shopping trip. if you know me, you know i love hats & i spotted this guy toward the end of our shopping day & without looking on the inside for a tag casually asked the lady how much she wanted for it. she said $15 so i picked it up and tried it on. i asked my mom & sister for their opinion & they thought the lady said $50 (which i didn’t know at the time) so they told me to put it back down. i looked at the brand inside the hat and saw it was a stetson, which is a reputable hat company founded in 1865 and i tried to keep my cool. i looked at the lady & smiled and asked if she would take $5 for it and she agreed “because she liked me.” i was so happy! my mom & sister thought i bargained her down from $50 to $5 and were so impressed but then they understood the original asking price of $15, ha! i just love the neutral color, shape and how well it fits on my head. (see me wearing it here) i wanted to see how much a similar hat would retail for and was floored! this one i found is very similar & retails for $231!

jewelry is always something i look for at markets, i love wearing pieces that came from cool places so i’m always on the hunt! this bolo tie-looking necklace was something my sister pointed out and we each got one. it probably came from china or something but it was so pretty and we got 2 for $7.

as we were wandering around i saw a white-ish stone ring from a vendor that i really liked but there was no price on it so i asked the seller & she insisted it was sterling silver (even though there was no stamp) and told me $40. i was not about to pay that for a questionable sterling silver ring so i kept moving & at a different booth a few steps away found this beauty for $10. it may not be sterling silver either but it’s not one i will wear all the time like my daintier rings, it’s more of a going out ring to wear on my pointer finger. i especially love that it’s kind of moody and depending on the light looks whiteish-blue.

this little world keychain HAD to come home with me…and at $1 – can’t beat that!

there was this “boutique alley” at canton separate from where the misc. treasures & antiques were and that’s where i found these chinese laundry booties. shoes were the last thing i was looking for, but i really have been in the market for a new pair of booties that will take me through spring & when i tried these on, i fell in love with them…plus they were 50% off so i paid $60. here they are on the chinese laundry website for $120 so i feel like it was a pretty good deal, they are great quality, comfortable and so, so cute!

from another boutique called very merry designs i found the next two items. i LOVED the tie-dye effect & asymmetrical hemline on this top (don’t mind the wrinkles!), it’s going to be perfect to wear with leggings…lightweight and SO pretty on.

from that same boutiquei mentioned above but a brand i already know & love called she + sky is this suuupppeer soft leopard print long cardigan. it’s the softest thing AND has pockets! while the weather here in dallas is already warming up, i’m sure i’ll find opportunities to wear this & since it’s such a neutral print i can see keeping it around for a long time, for many future cold seasons.

this really pretty pale green top i found at the umgee outlet (another boutique that was there) and basically, all of their clothing was $15. they had dresses, kimonos, vests, tops, etc. and this piece seemed effortless & fun for spring. it’s really long so i would belt it and wear it with tights and booties or sandals. i love the oversized, bohemian feel it has!

my mom pointed this kimono out to us while we were shopping at a boutique called tailgating gypsy, she knows what we love all too well because the second i tried it on i knew it was going home with me. it’s the prettiest jade-ish color with a beautiful floral print and fringe detail. i’ve already worn it here, belted of course, and got so many compliments on it.

that’s it!

these are the treasures i bought from our canton shopping trip. i hope you enjoyed taking a look at what i found & that i’ve inspired you to make it to canton some time, i will definetly be going back soon!

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this past saturday my mom, sister & i road tripped it to canton, texas (which is about an hour away from richardson where we live) to explore & treasure hunt at the “world’s largest outdoor market.” canton’s first monday trade days is THE place to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind items including vintage, quirky décor, furniture, antiques, clothing, toys, jewelry & so much more. this place has it all! you can’t really see it all in one day since it’s such a massive market so i wanted to share 5 tips to help you have a fun shopping day if you plan to check it out.

(ps- scroll to the bottom for a reenactment of a photo of me & my mom from canton when we went back in 1987!)


1. wear comfortable shoes & clothing that will easily allow you to try stuff on

you will be walking a ton, so wear tennis shoes or shoes with some cushion. i wouldn’t suggest flip flops or flats or anything that will rub a blister! also, if you plan on trying clothing items on, wear layers that are easy to remove because sometimes the stalls or shops don’t have dressing rooms. i’m not shy to take my top off in public so i didn’t really care, but i would suggest a tank top with a lightweight jacket or overshirt so you can peel that layer off and try dresses, tops and sweaters/jackets on.

2. bring cash & try to bargain

i read that there is an ATM there, but we brought cash with us so we didn’t have to hunt it down. cards are accepted in some of the stalls/shops but small bills ($1’s, $5’s and $10’s) will give you bargaining power with vendors. let’s say you’re looking at a ring and he gives you a price of $10, pull out your $5 bill and offer it kindly & with a smile, most of the time they will take what offer or you can meet in the middle as they are there to make the sale! if not, play like you are uninterested for a few minutes & keep looking around nearby to see if they change their mind….which leads me to the next tip.

3. if you find something you can’t live without, don’t pass it up

since the market is so massive, it’s best to buy what you want when you find it. if there is a treasure you fall in love with, bargain if you can but don’t let it slip away because A) you might never find that booth/shop again, B) someone else might snatch it.

4. bring a cart to haul your goodies & snacks around in

funny story: we brought a cart (similar to this one but with only 2 wheels) with us & we loaded it up with snacks (white cheddar cheeze-its, peanut m&m’s and water) and pulled it up to the entrance with us and started walking around and for a few minutes stood there questioning if we would get annoyed pulling something around behind us! we were so close to taking it back to the car but at the end of the day we were SO thankful we had it because it would have been really annoying to have to carry the bags in our hands while we continued shopping. a backpack would be useful as well (we had one of those too), but a cart just held more and we took turns pulling it. they sell carts there or you can rent them but it was like $20 or something so if you have one, bring it with you.

5. come hungry, try new foods & save room for dessert

there was a food pavilion that we found when we were all getting hungry and it had tons of options for lunch. it was like the fair but on crack! fried oreos, cheesecake, funnel cakes, brisket sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, turkey legs, but there were also vendors throughout the entire market selling tamales, roasted pecans, shaved ice, etc. so come hungry and leave room for dessert.

i had been to canton before when i was ~2 years old so i obviously didn’t remember it but as soon as we parked my mom surprised me & busted out some old photos & we just HAD to try to recreate this picture! if i had planned it i would have even worn pink joggers & a white top- ha!

i plan to share what items i came home with in another post, i just need to photograph them all! in the meantime, you can see a sneak peek of a few things i bought like this amazing stetson hat here, these white western-inspired ankle booties here & this beautiful jade-colored floral kimono here.

thank you for reading!

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if you know me, you know i LOVE shopping at boutiques, scouring for vintage at second-hand stores & even occasionally poking around at thrift shops. one event that i try to attend monthly is the boho market which brings together a bunch of small shops in one place & it’s usually at the dallas farmer’s market. i like to go with my mom & sister because we enjoy poking around together and this month was no exception. we wanted to specifically visit our friends (who are also sisters!) at savannah hoffman designs because we met them at fall flea style event last month & we wanted to see what new items they had in stock. their style is similar to ours in that it’s unique, one-of-a-kind pieces with an eclectic twist that can be dressed up or down. we loved all of the fringe, lace and mixed patterns. we took home some items that we will be styling soon, so stay tuned to see what we got!!

the boho market savannah hoffman designs

the boho market savannah hoffman designs

the boho market savannah hoffman designs

the boho market savannah hoffman designs

the boho market savannah hoffman designs

the boho market savannah hoffman designs

the boho market savannah hoffman designs

the boho market savannah hoffman designs

the boho market savannah hoffman designs

the boho market savannah hoffman designs

us with liz, one of the owners of savannah hoffman designs (not pictured is her sister, felicia)

the boho market savannah hoffman designs

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week 40 pregnancy bumpdate

today is my official due date for this baby boy of ours & i am feeling NO signs of labor or readiness from him. (you can find previous bumpdates here to see my belly progression!) i will get a slight cramp & think to myself “is this a contraction” or feel something and be like “was that my water breaking” ….but, no. nothin. nada. he sure does seem comfortable & cozy in there and it might be days or another whole week before he decides to descend down the birth canal! it’s funny that as awkward, large & uncomfortable as i feel, i’ve gotten more compliments from strangers than ever throughout this whole pregnancy and it puts a smile on my face. i will be out and people will tell me i “look adorable” or compliment what i’m wearing and it’s so nice to hear! i’m really so swollen, puffy and heavy, but we are so ready to meet this little guy its nuts. i’m just working from home at this point, trying to keep my feet elevated and my spirits high and not think about how/when labor will happen and go with the flow. we have our 40-week doc appointment tomorrow where they will do an ultrasound to see his size & let me know if they think it’s the right time to induce me, so i’ll keep you posted!

these photos are from our family lunch outing yesterday. we went to maggiano’s at northpark & it was delightful to enjoy pasta with some of my favorite peeps and then indulge in 2 slices of my favorite birthday cake of all time that my mom brought for us to have there, which is baskin robins snickers ice cream cake – yum! right after lunch dekel surprised me & took me to the apple store to upgrade my phone to the new iphone x, which i am LOVING! we had been on the fence about when to upgrade and to which phone, but with baby coming he knew i would want to do it sooner than later so we bit the bullet and went for it. it was such a sweet gesture, so thankful for him and for everyone who helped make my last birthday sans baby a special one. i really felt all the love!

week 40 pregnancy bumpdate

week 40 pregnancy bumpdate

week 40 pregnancy bumpdate

week 40 pregnancy bumpdate

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it’s my birthday weekend!- woo hoo! i turned 33 on friday, 9/28, and while i didn’t feel like celebrating myself at first since i’m so pregnant, i really forgot how amazing birthdays can be. i was showered with positivity and felt so loved – it was a really special day. i did this post last year & wanted to do something similar this year just for fun. below are random things about me so you can get to know me just a little bit better if you care to read. have a great rest of the weekend!

velvet dress birthday weekend 40 weeks pregnant

1. I met my husband, Dekel, in Israel where he is from and I was living while studying Hebrew post-college. I was delaying “the real world” and finding a job so I moved abroad with my sister to get to know our Israeli family better & learn Hebrew fluently, which I succeeded in…and bonus, met an amazing guy!

2. One of my biggest passions is photography. I am far from “professional” and tend to think of really good photographers as light manipulators & badass editors, but I love playing around with my camera, learning it’s settings and seeing the world through my lenses.

3. If it’s not obvious from all of the baby bump posts (ha!) we are expecting our first baby on Monday, 10/1…well, that’s his official “due date” at least. It’s a boy (see our gender reveal here) and this pregnancy journey has been such an exciting, scary, emotional time in my life. I’m glad we waiting until we did to have a baby (married almost 7 years and have traveled a lot of the world together) and I tell Dekel all the time that I’m so thankful to have him through this whole experience, as it tests your everything. Your sanity, your patience, your relationship, your spirit.

4. I like to think I’m creative and semi-good at artistic things like abstract painting on canvas, making jewelry and home decorating.

5. Breakfast/Brunch is my favorite meal of the day, I love finding new-to-me spots here in Dallas. Actually back in March my mom & I started meeting every Friday before work to have breakfast just the two of us. We take turns picking out the place & paying and it’s been one of my favorite traditions yet!

6. I’m not a hoarder so-to-speak, but if you peek in my closets at home, you will find extra unnecessary home décor (lanterns, candle holders, vases & toss pillows) …just in the case that I want to mix things up around the house.

7. My hair is one of my best features, since 6th grade I’ve been told I should be a hair model, asked if it’s real, who cuts/colors it (my bestie, Katelin- btw!) and how I style it and I beam every time it gets complimented.

velvet dress birthday weekend 40 weeks pregnant

8. Cuddling is my favorite. I’ve always loved sleeping with Dekel & snuggling up to him – we both love being intertwined.

9. I used to play girls golf in high school & was actually not that bad at it. Haven’t picked up a club in years, but it’s like riding a bike, right?!

10. I’ve seen every single episode of Sex & The City (and both movies) multiple times – my sister and I bought all of the DVD’s before moving to Israel and watched all of them together after our Hebrew classes in the evenings.

11. Crisp linen or fresh cotton are my favorite candle scents.

12. It gives me anxiety to be late to things like a flight, an appointment, a lunch date, etc.

13. I met a great group of girls in high school & am still best friends with them. I’m lucky & thankful to have so many wonderful women in my “tribe.”

14. I like to shop so much that I have a shopping budget allocated toward this expense each month so that I won’t feel guilty about spending money on clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc. – I love refreshing my wardrobe so my closet is in a constant rotation.

15. Water is my least favorite thing to drink. I always have to force myself to hydrate and usually end up adding some sort of flavor to my water bottles, like watermelon or pink lemonade or opting for topo chico.

velvet dress birthday weekend 40 weeks pregnant

16. I’ve become a snorer in the late stages of this pregnancy. I also wear a night-guard because I grind my teeth at night and wake my husband up with the loud noise it makes.

17. I don’t really have a favorite flower or color, it all depends on my mood or the season.

18. I pretty much always back up into parking spots, it’s like my specialty and just something I got used to while living in Israel. Oh! and I always use a parking brake.

19. I like salt on my chocolate chip cookies.

20. I despise chunks in my yogurt (it makes me gag) but coconut is the only exception. Give me all of the coconut pieces. In fact, coconut everything…except water.

21. I sometimes make up words using Hebrew & English and Dek loves it.

22. I chose to get married on Valentines Day so I would never forget the date because I have a bad memory when it comes to dates for certain things.

23. I have a very bohemian style, in nature, clothing and home decor but with a modern twist…or so I like to think.

velvet dress birthday weekend 40 weeks pregnant

24. My husband calls me the “salad champion” because I make killer salads.

25. Coldplay & No Doubt/Gwen Stefani are some of my favorite artists, but I really like all types of music.

26. I prefer crushed ice over cubed.

27. While I like to indulge on kid cereals sometimes (Lucky Charms & Cinnamon Toast Crunch, especially!), my all-time favorite cereal that I always have in stock at home is Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds.

28. Some of my favorite symbols are the evil eye protector (nazar) & the hamsa.

29. I love seeing green plants throughout my home, it adds life and freshness.

30. I’m very friendly and like to think of myself and a generally “nice” person but I also feel super socially akward in situations where I don’t know anyone, I’m really bad at small talk and knowing what to ask/say to keep conversations going. Def need to work on that!

31. I would take thin-crust pizza over deep dish and my toppings of choice are feta cheese & green olives.

32. I’m not that big of a red or white wine drinker, but rosé all day I can agree with.

33. Beach > mountains.

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maxi skirt in bishop arts district

a few weekends ago dekel’s friend ofek came into dallas from israel for a night. he came with his g/f to specifically see a UFC fight before going on to visit vegas, san francisco, some national parks and then new york but we wanted to meet up with them and take them to enjoy some good ‘ol texas bbq for the one afternoon they were here so we went to lockhart smokehouse in bishop arts district & it did not disappoint!

we obviously ordered a little of everything for them to try, but the brisket was by faarrr everyone’s favorite. after eating & chatting for a bit we walked down to espumoso cafe for hot chocolate and lattes before parting ways. it was so nice to be submerged into hebrew conversation again (my first blog post after having moved to israel here!), they spoke fluent english so we would toggle back & forth between languages but it was refreshing to have hebrew conversations about topics all over the place. as fluent as i am, i’m always learning new words and expressions, it was nice to see them & catch up.

i wore this beautiful maxi dress from buffalo exchange for the outing with a jean jacket because it was kind of dreary & drizzly, it fits over my bump perfectly and i can’t wait to wear it belted once i have baby boy!

maxi dress in bishop arts district

maxi dress in bishop arts district

maxi skirt in bishop arts district

maxi dress in bishop arts district

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bohemian vibes white buffalo exchange dress ida claire brunch

it’s my birthday month and officially marks the 1-month-countdown of baby boy’s arrival- woooo hoooooo!!!!! i’m 36-weeks pregnant and technically he could come any day now, but my official due date is 10/1….i’m so anxious, the anticipation is killing me!

this labor day weekend has already been so fun & productive and we still have another left, yaaaass! dek took off early on friday & i’m lucky enough to still have summer hours at work, so i got modern market and brought it home for us to eat lunch together. then i napped (ha!), while he built shutters. we had these old, black, plastic ones before and one of them kept falling off so we decided to just make new ones from wood and stain them ourselves. this particular task has been on our to-do list for months so it was extremely satisfying to cross it off & get it done. dek bought the wood, built & sanded them friday afternoon & then on saturday, after walking the dogs to the park and wearing them out, i stained them with kona, which is a dark brown color that we have been using consistently throughout most of our home projects. like our fence, pantry barn doors, kitchen/bathroom floating shelves and now the shutters. cohesiveness throughout our home makes me so happy! we hung them today after brunching at ida claire, which has become a recent favorite of mine. we shared french pressed coffee, bacon-laced chicken & waffles and an egg white and goat cheese frittata, which was all tasty AF.

other tasks that we’ve accomplished around the house this weekend are a wall art piece i’ve been thinking about/working on for baby boy’s nursery. we knew we wanted to hang something on the wall above his crib but kept flip-flopping on what. i couldn’t find the perfect one so decided to make it myself. it took some time to even come up with the idea, get the supplies, lay it out and then paint it/gold foil it step-by-step but i finally finished it and we hung it in his room yesterday. i’m thinking i’ll do a step-by-step post on this piece to share how i created it if anyone’s interested! anyways, it’s a quote from a song that’s meaningful to us…and also a hint at what his name will be – at least we’re 99.9% sure! scroll down for a photo. dek also put in sprinklers in our front yard, yes – he did this himself! i was skeptical of how he was going to accomplish this on his own, but he’s so handy, determined, patient and not intimidated of hard work that he youtubed it and got it done. we don’t have a functioning sprinkler system so in order to water our lawn he was having to go out and attach the hose to a single sprinkler twice a week and he wanted to implement an automated mechanism so we can just have nice green grass and not have to waste time dealing with it. well…after some intense labor of digging a trench and adjusting the sprinkler heads, he did it! now…he just needs to figure out the backyard! tomorrow is most def going to be a chill day, we will probably take grandmother out to breakfast and the find a pool to dip into and lay out by. loving this labor day weekend!

bohemian vibes white buffalo exchange dress ida claire brunch

bohemian vibes white buffalo exchange dress ida claire brunch

bohemian vibes white buffalo exchange dress ida claire brunch

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hope you’re having a great, long weekend- thanks for reading!

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bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

last saturday at sunset dek & i met our photographer friend amy at arbor hills nature preserve & had a maternity photoshoot.

we hadn’t been in front of the camera together since our wedding almost 7 years ago (trip down memory lane here) & i felt a strong desire to capture these moments of our family before adding baby boy to the mix.

i wanted the vibe to feel bohemian & ethereal with a juxtaposition of us being dressed up in a natural environment. i shared my inspiration board with amy & she seriously captured us and the lighting sooooo spot on. the whole shoot took about an hour (this location lends itself to many different backdrops all within walking distance) and thankfully my sister came to help out with the doggies since we wanted them in a few shots with us too. i plan to print & frame a few for the nursery and for around the house. i love, love, love how they turned out!!!

let me know which one’s your fav in the comments below.

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

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target denim maternity pregnancy dress ootd

you guys, i’m feeling maternity to the max! at 35 weeks my belly is so heavy and the pressure down there is getting real. i think this is the feeling my doctor was describing when she said it will feel like a bowling ball is in between my legs once he “drops.” i’m winded so easily and am getting cramps in my belly frequently. my feet, legs, hell! my whole body is swollen and this heat doesn’t provide much relief. overall i still feel good, it’s just that being pregnant has hit me hard these past few weeks and some of the smallest things are becoming waaayyy more challenging. anyways, this cute denim dress is from the maternity section at target and is on sale for $20 if any other preggers ladies out there are looking for something light that can grow with your belly. i wore it with these slide sandals (also from target!) & a sunhat to breakfast with family yesterday. i cannot even believe we only have ~5 more weeks until baby boy is here! at breakfast, we even joked that soon we will be out dining with a stroller! on saturday dek & i took a breastfeeding class at the hospital where i will give birth and thank goodness we did – we learned soooo much! another class we signed up for (along with my mom & sister) is baby cpr….juuussttt in case we ever need to know it (knock on wood!), it’s good to have taken the class and know what to do. we also had a maternity photoshoot on saturday at sunset & i plan to share those photos later this week, they came out exactly how i had envisioned and they are memories i will cherish forever, so thankful we decided to do the shoot and our friend amy was available. she shared a sneak peek on her page, check it out here 🙂

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target denim maternity pregnancy dress ootd

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