ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

this past weekend our family got together to celebrate my sister, mirelle’s, birthday at ferris wheeler’s bbq + backyard which is a new-to-us place. we looooove good bbq, proof here, so we ventured to the other side of town to try this place out and it did not disappoint! their one-page menu is simple and to-the-point and their food was delish. we started with brisket queso and waffle fries and then, of course, ordered the brisket and tried the pulled pork & turkey which was all so tasty (keep scrolling down for food pics). we were there right at noon and felt like we had the whole place to ourselves as it didn’t start getting busy until around 1:30 or so. they were starting to set up for live music and said the ferris wheel actually starts working later in the day so we didn’t get to ride it (not that i would have anyway) but we loved sitting on a picnic table under the shade of an umbrella sipping the cucumber water they had on tap. it was such a fun lunch! i wore a colorful, loose dress that i just got from buffalo exchange for a cool $14.50. since it’s so flowy it seems like it will last me through pregnancy and even after. i usually love belting such a loose dress but i thought this one looked cute left alone, worn with simple sandals and long earrings that peeked through my short new locks.

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

brisket queso: melted cheese, fresh pico de gallo & chopped bricket with chips + we ordered their seasoned waffle fries

ferris wheelers bbq and backard dallas texas

an order of lean brisket (which was still very moist!) with a side of fries and pickles

ferris wheelers bbq and backard dallas texas

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week 24 pregnancy baby bumpdate

i’m 24 weeks preggers & time is flying by! (see week 17 here & week 20 here) i feel like my bump tripled in size in the last month and is now totes poppin’. i’ve swollen up in a lot of areas besides just my tummy & this has helped keep my legs from rubbing together when i wear dresses (which is every day!) and keep the bump supported. before i bought it, i was wearing dekel’s boxers- ha! baby boy is the size of a cantaloupe this week, which is funny because i’ve been eating cold cantaloupe like crazy for the past 3 weeks. he’s definitely moving around in there, i feel him every day, mostly at night. it’s like a little internal pressure feeling but when dek puts his hand on my stomach he can feel the slight twitches too and it’s so fun to feel him. we got back from our #babymoon in maui, hawaii which was uhhhmaazing! i plan to write a whole post on it to include all the deets, but it was seriously one of our favorite splurgy vacations to-date & i’m so glad we decided to go just the two of us before growing our little family, we spent so much quality time together and made such fun memories. last weekend we had a mini garage sale to get rid of some crap around the house that we didn’t need and more importantly to clear out the nursery so we could get started on building it. we got this crib & this rug from target to start with and now it’s about hanging wall art and placing decor, which i have tons of from working at at home. the next big things on our list to buy in preparation of baby arrival are some sort of bassinet or sleeper for our room since he will most likely sleep in there with us for a few months & like a stroller, car seat, etc. – what else do i need?! i’ll share a before/after of the nursery once it’s done, it’s fun to be creating a new room in our home and i love walking in there or walking past it and seeing the crib, knowing baby boy will soon be with us. it’s still so nuts to me i’m pregnant!

pregnancy week 24 baby bumpdate

pregnancy week 24 baby bumpdate

pregnancy week 24 baby bumpdate

pregnancy week 24 baby bumpdate

pregnancy week 24 baby bumpdate

<dress- ross stores, duster vest- forever 21, heels- target>

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i was invited to try piada‘s spring/summer menu this week & how could i resist! they are known for being “italian street food” and their concept is simple- you can choose right off the menu, customize anything you want or build your own creation in a bowl or a piada, which is an italian flatbread. i’ve been to piada before, it’s right by my work so it’s easy to stop by for lunch or have it delivered & it’s so yummy! i usually opt for the same thing which is the crispy chicken blt piada, but after trying the summer avocado piada – i’m hooked! it has pancetta, avocado, arugula, basil aioli, mozzarella, sweet corn and baby tomatoes in it & it was TDF! such a good, fresh combination and overall it was light but filling. we also got to try their sweet corn salad, summer power bowl, farmer’s market salad (which was surprisingly good even though i don’t typically like strawberries and tomatoes in a salad together!) and their delicious berry hibiscus lemonade, which they make in-house.

piada richardson menu tasting in forever 21 wrap dress and sam moon accessories sandals purse

their spring & summer menu is here!

piada richardson menu tasting iitalian street food

my new fav: summer avocado piada 

piada richardson menu tasting iitalian street food

farmer’s market salad (which was also insanely good!)- field greens, strawberries, feta, sweet corn, tomatoes, avocado, spiced pecans (which gave it a great crunch) and lemon/basil dressing + berry hibiscus lemonade

piada richardson menu tasting iitalian street food

piada richardson menu tasting iitalian street food

summer power bowl – red quinoa, broccoli, sweet corn, tomatoes, glazed chickpeas, pickled red onion, marinated zucchini, harissa & greek yogurt drizzle

piada richardson menu tasting iitalian street food

baby boy & i loved it!

piada richardson forever 21 wrap dress and sam moon accessories

piada richardson forever 21 wrap dress and sam moon accessories

piada richardson forever 21 wrap dress and sam moon accessories

piada richardson forever 21 wrap dress and sam moon accessories

<wrap dress- forever 21, earrings, purse & sandals- sam moon>

have you heard of or been to piada? if so, what’s your favorite thing on the menu?

they have a few locations around dallas, which you can find here, so be sure to check them out & try their summer menu soon!

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grade and edge maxi dress 20 week pregnancy

i am officially 20 weeks along in my pregnancy & baby bump is in full effect and totes visible now all the time, even when i lay down and your stomach usually flattens out. he’s there! can’t believe this is the half-way-there mark, it’s gone by so fast it seems but my body keeps changing. my boobs are huge and like everyone says, your nipples really do get dark. i don’t have stretch marks yet, but i’m prone to get them, so will be ordering this to try to help. i’ve gained a total of 20 pounds already which freaks me out, but i’m making a more conscious effort to eat better and exercise more, at least keep my body in motion and take walks every night. i try not to be too hard on myself about the weight gain, but it is something that is always on my mind. i haven’t really felt him yet but think i felt my first “flutters” the other morning. it felt like there was a muscle twitch from the inside and i looked down and couldn’t see anything. i poke on my belly all the time to feel him, but i think he’s too small at this point still. we had our 20-week appointment today and all is well, baby boy is growing at a great rate and seems healthy and happy in there. he weighs 13-ounces and is as long as a banana. #bananababy we had an ultrasound today so we were able to see him moving his arms and legs around, see his little, fast heartbeat & and the silhouette of his face and body, which was so cool!

you can kind of make out his side face silhouette in the below sonogram, half the time we didn’t know what we were really looking at, but the more i study it the more i see his head, nose, and little mouth. #swoon

baby bumpdate 20 weeks pregnant

for the most part, i am wearing dresses every day. jeans don’t work and i don’t really like maternity jeans. a sweet friend from work gave me a few pairs, but i just don’t like them and i do love dresses, so it’s all good. this beautiful maxi is one i picked up this past weekend from a boutique called grace & edge which was at the boho market at community brewery this time. we love the boho market & it being at a brewery was a reason for dekel and my dad & sisters to come too, since they were in town visiting from connecticut. i love the flowiness of it and the salmon color is gorgeous. i had been eying this dress and turns out it’s the exact same one, just in a different color!

grade and edge maxi dress 20 week pregnancy

maxi dress silver necklace bohemian style pregnancy update 20 weeks

grade and edge maxi dress 20 week pregnancy

grade and edge maxi dress and target sandals 20 week pregnancy

<dress- grace & edge boutique, necklace- handmade by me, sandals- target>

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forever 21 black duster pecan lodge deep ellum

this past weekend was so fun! dek & i spent friday night watching the two latest episodes of handmaid’s tales season 2…which is SO good. freaky, but good. i enjoyed the show with some butter popcorn & truffle salt from trader joe’s that i was gifted for christmas from a co-worker, i love it on popcorn!

saturday dek & i went on our run/jog at the park together and then had some people come over to give us quotes for updating our kitchen cabinets & countertops. our kitchen is the one room we didn’t touch when we moved in and it’s not like we have to change anything, it’s really functional and fine, but it would be nice to give it a facelift as i’m pretty sure the cabinets and countertops are original to the home. they’re just plain white and an update with marble-looking quartz and some new cabinet doors/drawers…maybe even with those soft-close drawer slides would be really nice, since we have an open floor plan so it’s highly visible from our entryway and living room & we spend a lot of time in this room. if we end up doing any work i will be sure to document and let you know who we use! we didn’t do much else that day besides yard work (well, that was dekel…i laid out in the sun and supervised) and dinner with mom at on the border. i passed out around 9 & man it felt good to sleep so much!

then, on sunday my mom, sister, dek & i braved the anticipated long line at pecan lodge and headed down to deep ellum again (we were there last weekend, too) because we really wanted to try their brisket. they’ve been featured on diners, drive-in’s & dives and also scored the #2 position in texas monthly in 2014 for “the 50 best bbq joints in the world” & it definitely was some of the best around! the line to get in was wrapped around the building when we arrived at 10:50 (they open at 11) so my mom held our spot in line while dek & i went to shoot some outfit photos around the corner. when we got back my mom had advanced but we still weren’t even at the front door. we received a recommendation to go inside to the express line (where there was no wait) to order 5 lbs. of meat. since we were 4 people and all wanted brisket we thought that would be a good idea so we could have leftovers for dinner/lunch the next day, so that is what we did & i would recommend doing so if you’re in a big group because we ordered and grabbed a table on the patio in less than 10 minutes. by the time we were done eating the lady that had been in front of us in line was just coming to sit down.

forever 21 black duster pecan lodge deep ellum

forever 21 black duster pecan lodge deep ellum

<dress- marshall’s, duster vest- forever 21, hat- cotton on, sandals- target, body chain- ebay>

forever 21 black duster pecan lodge deep ellum

the line from the inside, it continued outside & wrapped around the building!

pecan lodge line deep ellum

def go to the “express line” if you are going to be ordering at least 5 lbs. of meat and can all agree on what kind, it was so quick!

pecan lodge line deep ellum

leave it to preggers to carry over the 5 lb. plate full of meat, ha! i was so excited to try this place!

pecan lodge line deep ellum

this is what 5 lbs of brisket, extra pickles, mac & cheese (with bacon!), fried okra and rolls looks like.

the slices were extra thick so we only ended up eating about 1.5 each and had plennnnttyyy of leftovers to take home.

pecan lodge bbq lunch deep ellum

thanks for reading – have a wonderful week!

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week 17 pregnancy baby bump update

i thought it would be fun to start documenting my experience, maybe not every week, but i want to remember my feelings and thoughts throughout this pregnancy & be able to share them with you.

i’m feeling really good! besides having a bump in my lower abdomen (which i joke is a food baby most of the time) i don’t really feel or look pregnant. he pops out more in the evenings after work. i’m completely over the nausea/morning sickness phase (thank goodness!) and the smell aversions have passed and now i’m just hungry all the time and i finally feel like i have some energy back. finding clothes that work is a struggle, jeans are a no-go most days but i’m enjoying flowy dresses as of late. to keep my body in motion dek & i go on walks with the dogs after work and every saturday morning we go to the park by our house and i walk while he runs, today i jogged a lap which felt really good. as for cravings, i’m super into sour stuff, like tart grapefruit juice and sour candies (this is not a stretch from my normal behavior though, ha!) and also really into salads with vinegarette. we’re starting to plan a babymoon! i got really emotional the other night thinking this would be our last trip without a baby in our lives and without a worry of another human being depending on us, i really am going to miss it just being ‘me & dek.’ we’re excited about this new chapter, but it’s also like closing a door on what was and that struck me hard. i’ll keep you posted on where we think of going, we’re limited due to the zika virus and since i want to be by a beach, currently on our list is bahamas, hawaii and grand cayman.

week 17 pregnancy baby bumpdate

week 17 pregnancy baby bump update

week 17 pregnancy baby bump update

week 17 pregnancy baby bump update

week 17 pregnancy baby bump update

<dress & sandals- marshall’s, sunnies- forever21, purse- from a vintage store in LA>

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ootd by deep ellum mural dallas texas

this weekend flew by (don’t they always?!) but there were some really fun & relaxing moments that i’d love to share!

friday i worked from home & was able to accomplish a lot. a lot of work and a lot of personal crap. i made some returns, cleaned my car & had breakfast with my mom. mom & i started doing weekly dates about a month ago & taking turns picking out the place and paying each time. it’s so nice to spend time just the two of us. previously we’ve gone to lunch at super chix, breakfast at the flying biscuit, breakfast at communion, breakfast at chiloso & this past friday we enjoyed breakfast at cindi’s, which i highly recommend! i had the waffle platter and got a salt bagel to-go for lunch that afternoon and it was so good (salt bagels are my all-time fav) that i took dekel there again for breakfast on saturday to get another one & got 2 more for the week ahead!

ootd by deep ellum mural dallas texas

on saturday dek & i went to a park near our house where he ran & i walked the dogs and then we wore them out by playing frisbee & throwing the ball. it was a dreary/gloomy morning so eating a hearty breakfast at cindi’s left us full and ready to chill on the couch/nap, which is exactly what we did for the rest of the afternoon. i watched kuwtk while dek napped then worked on the computer, then we watched this movie called ‘den of thieves‘ which was pretty good.

made in texas shirt by deep ellum mural dallas texas

sunday was ‘lunch with family’ day and we met my mom, sister & grandmother in deep ellum to eat at pecan lodge. unfortunately, it was 12:30 and the line was redic! there was no way i was waiting in that line, let alone my almost-93-year-old grandmother! so we agreed to be more strategic next time and arrive right when they open at 11 and opted to go across the street to easy slider for some burgers. dek & i have been there before & liked the little burger options they have & food was just as good this time around, but service could improve. after lunch we walked next door to rocket fizz for a something sweet, or in my case sour! i literally spent $10 on sour candies, eating the whole thing of sweet tarts chewy sours before we got home. whoops. i also scooped up now & later extreme sour and mike & ike sourlicious fruit punch (which are sooo good!) all this goodness won’t last but a few days, ha!

deep ellum mural dallas texas

shirt- the boho market, skirt- $9 from forever 21 clearance section (similar style here), purse- merci handmade vintage, shoes- marshall’s 

what were you up to this weekend?

wishing you a great week ahead!

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a few weekends ago dek and i got up bright & early to snap some photos & play with our new dji mavic pro drone. i had seen this “sun mural” before from other dallas bloggers & it’s on the “deep ellum 42 murals walking tour” and i really wanted to see it for myself and take some photos in front of it and then use the dart railway station across the street as a backdrop, too. there are so many places for photos in this area, we chose this one for that day, but plan to go back to find more. let me know in the comments if you have any favorite walls/murals in deep ellum or around dallas that i need to go check out!!

the drone playtime lasted for about 20 minutes until a gust of wind came through and dek accidentally crashed the drone into the side of a wall – scroll down for a short video we got and then the crash video. this drone is actually really resilient and has sensors to avoid hitting objects, etc. but he was just flying it too close to the wall to try to follow me. luckily, only the propellers were “injured” and he was able to order new ones online for not too much, but we couldn’t play with it anymore after that and that was right at the start of our morning….womp womp. we will definitely be experimenting more with it and trying to capture more short videos as i love the birds-eye perspective.

deep ellum mural of the sun ootd

i opted to wear something dark so i wouldn’t blend in with the yellow behind me and this recent $10 purchase from ross was what i happily settled on. since it was a little chilly that morning aaannnddd i didn’t want my ass to hang out i paired it with gray skinny jeans and some fun leopard chunky heels (last seen here). the pretty lace sleeve detail is what i love most about this dress (not to mention the price!) & it has a flattering silhouette, so it was a win all around.

sun mural deep ellum dallas texas

no one was at the dart station this early so we had it all to ourselves as the sun was just coming up.

we were careful to watch for the train, but i love a good train station/railroad backdrop.

deep ellum dart station dallas texas

deep ellum dart station railroad tracks photoshoot

deep ellum dart station detail shot dallas texas

deep ellum dart station dallas texas

*short video*

*crash video*

if you live in dallas, share some of your favorite backdrops around the city so i can add them to my list 🙂

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this past weekend i went to my first ever blogger meetup here in dallas, hosted by rhonda jenkins of the skinny arm. since the name of my blog is “bohemian by nature” i chose to wear this beautiful boho maxi dress i found at the dallas boho market a few weekends back, it’s from a shop called drifters vintage and i couldn’t believe the beauty when i laid my eyes on it. i tried it on over my clothes and it fit perfectly, it’s kind of sheer so i wore a bralette & shorts underneath and it was the perfect outfit for the 75-degree weather we had on saturday.

vintage colorful boho dress

i was so nervous to go as i get anxious about meeting new people & stepping out of my comfort zone (i’m always worried i won’t have anything to say or that i’ll just be awkward), but my sister mirelle came with me and i am SO GLAD we went because rhonda was so sweet and the other bloggers were just as nice, super inspirational & great sources of information.

vintage boho colorful dress

after meeting at magnolias on harwood in uptown, we got our coffees to-go and headed up to a garden oasis called “marie gabrielle restaurant and gardens” – no one was there so we pulled some tables together under the string lights & were able to get to know each other better. we went around the table reintroducing ourselves and gave “our story,” what our blog is about, what we do and what we hope to accomplish with our blogs and social media. it was truly inspiring to hear from the other girls, some had a few hundred followers (like me) and some had a few thousand, some worked with brands and some hadn’t. i had such a great time and would love to go to another #dallasbloggerbrunch soon. if you don’t already, follow rhonda and subscribe to her newsletter as she’s always hosting fun events around town that you won’t want to miss out on!

colorful vintage boho maxi dress

colorful vintage boho maxi dress

sweet treats from @chellesmacarons

chelles macaroons sweet treat dallas

the lovely ladies from the blogger meetup!

girls from dallas blogger meetup

@magnoliasdallas

magnolias coffee on harwood in a colorful vintage boho maxi dress

moody lighting in magnolias coffee dallas on harwood

coffee at magnolias dallas on harwood

coffee at magnolias dallas on harwood

the world is yours magnolias coffee dallas

of course, mirelle & i wore the same sandals, ha! we usually buy 1 of everything and share it, but these were $10 at a random shop in vegas and we knew we would both want a pair & now we find ourselves wearing them to the same outings most of the time #twinktwins

twin sandals at magnolias coffee dallas

reflection at magnolias coffee dallas on harwood

sister pic-  thanks for capturing @rhonda

magnolias coffee dallas on harwood

#selfie with my sister/best friend @treats.around.town

sister pic magnolias coffee dallas

have you ever been to magnolias?

the lighting & vibe inside was moody, but hip and there’s indoor/outdoor seating – i would definitely go back!

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buffalo exchange flare jeans

these beauties are the only pair of flare jeans in my closet (i usually opt for skinny), but every time i wear them i fall in love with them all over again (last worn here). they’re from buffalo exchange & it was like a cinderella story when i tried them on. i couldn’t believe how great they fit for being second-hand. when worn with heels at the right height they just graze the floor. #perfection this loose-fitting white button-up is also from buffalo exchange & i love the casualness of it. it’s less structured than any other crisp white button-up i’ve ever had & has a fun embroidered shoulder detail. my rattan straw purse is the one & only that i brought back with me from bali when we visited last may & i really wish i would have shipped some home since every time i wear it someone asks where they can buy it….i might contact some wholesalers from indonesia & get on that!

buffalo exchange white embroidered top

buffalo exchange flare jeans

buffalo exchange flare jeans and white embellished embroidered button up top

straw purse bag from bali indonesia

buffalo exchange flare jeans and white embroidered top

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