Confession Friday: Not Trending

Let’s talk about trends…

I hate them.

Have you ever walked into a party and everyone there was wearing the same beautiful, yet the same statement jewelry? Have you ever gone to a Christmas party and your great aunt was wearing the same riding boots as you? They may have been a different brand and price point as your beloved shoes, but to everyone else, they were the same. Have you ever gone out for a Saturday night on the town to find at least 5 people in every bar you go to had the same wardrobe vision you had while you were getting ready? I thought a Kimono paired with a tank, cut off shorts and lace up boots for a Saturday night in Uptown Dallas would surely be original. Nope. And it’s even worse when the people you are twinsies with aren’t necessarily the cutest people in the bar.

Yeah… trends are annoying. And maybe I dislike them so much because I really enjoy rotating my clothes. I don’t like for my purchases to become “so last month” in a matter of a… month. But I still really love the Kimono and if you’re in Dallas looking for one, go to Milk & Honey or Flirt Boutique in Uptown.

Photo Courtesy of: Milk & Honey Boutique, Uptown Dallas

Photo Courtesy of: Milk & Honey Boutique, Uptown Dallas

Bonus Friday Confession: I am really bad about taking care of myself. I stress myself out so much about following through with my main duty of keeping my son healthy that my health gets thrown to the wayside. So, I encourage you to go get a check up, take your vitamins and when you feel “off”, you probably are. Now that I’m finally getting myself back on track (literally… don’t ask), blogs might become more frequent. Such a slacker I’ve been…

XOXO,

Untrendy Jo

Friday the 13th and a Killer Spotify Playlist

Single Sistas Spotify Playlist

According to my news feed, there is a full moon tonight and today is Friday the 13th. From my own (sometimes superstitious) personal experiences, crazy shit happens on days like these! And I get to travel to a far away place for the weekend without cell phone service, so I am already going to be going insane.

In hopes of getting through a weekend with unlimited potential of crazy, I’ve made a killer Spotify playlist for myself and the rest of my single ladies trying to avoid crazy on a daily basis. Enjoy…

XOXO,

Unreachable Jo

My Dallas Don’t Give a Damn Birthday Celebration

Birthdays, to me, are milestones. Each birthday age you’re either old enough to now be able to do something, or now too old to not do something anymore. Some birthdays set you into cruise control straight to your mid-life crisis. Some birthdays leave you in your border-line immature teen years, and some motivate to you step up your a-game…

Well my recent birthday was a birthday milestone where I was still on both sides of the fence (thank God). I was still young enough to do the super cliché Uptown Dallas bar crawl, and old enough to wear an outfit that stated “I don’t give a damn” (also the theme of my birthday). It was a birthday where I was still young enough to let my hair down and karaoke like I was 10 years old again standing on my bunk bed singing Leann Rimes, yet was old enough to have no interests in finding or impressing a guy or even making that a goal. It’s really a great age…

So, how do you celebrate a birthday milestone where you can let your hair down like you just don’t give a damn in Dallas? Easy…
1) Gather your girlfriends. So, this is also an age where your BF’s are well established and making your birthday invite is just a group text away…
2) Get a Lyft. Download the app, use promo code RUDY176 and you have 3 free rides. And you’ll now want to Lyft to your mom’s house and everywhere else.
3) Karaoke at the MAT (McKinney Avenue Tavern). There’s a fun old guy you can serenade and Big Al is usually nearby, although he no longer swings a girl around the dance floor for her birthday!
4) Go to Den bar. It is EXTREMELY overrated, filled with no one from within the Dallas city limits and one bartender is a total douchelord, but it’s a rad place you can go to dance like your 8th grade dance DJ just gave you a shout out.
5) Ride bikes down Swiss Ave. Duh.

Dallas Birthday
@dallasbelleblog. Kimono top from TopShop and black lace shorts courtesy of The Brown Eyed Girl Boutique.

XOXO,

No longer the birthday girl.

My Happily Ever After via a Horoscope and a Bachelorette Party

Two bachelorette parties down, 4 weddings to go! Good lord, the last 2 weekends have been exhausting…

I was particularly excited for the first bachelorette party as it was hosted in Fort Worth… the other two letters of DFW that is polar opposite of the D and the two don’t typically like to intermingle. Fort Worth is a refreshing change of scenery if you’ve been stuck in Dallas for a while. It is a place where you can ditch the LBD and high heals for cut off shorts and cowboy boots. A place where less is more and drinks are cheaper because the men are nicer. Oh, the men… really put Dallas men to SHAME (says the single Dallas girl).

So, what do you need for a Fort Worth weekend getaway? Just the essentials…

Before I could get too excited about the upcoming month of wedding and bachelorette festivities, I had to see what Susan Miller said the *stars* had aligned for me first. I’m not typically an astrology nut, but Susan is basically an Astrology God that really knows her stuff. And I might not blame you if you start getting curious about your own Susan Miller horoscope and start exiting my blog right about now…

But if not, here is a short snippet of what the stars had in store for me the weekend of this Fort Worth bachelorette party, via the Astrology God herself-
“Romantically, circle May 18, when we will see a conjunction of Venus and Uranus in Aries. Aries is a fire sign that blends beautifully with yours and guards your eleventh house of fun, friendship, and events. This will be a highly electric day when love may be sparked suddenly, and a friend seems to be the one that brings you both together.” – Susan Miller
Hello… I am going to meet me a boot wearin’, two-steppin’, handsome Fort Worth man through a friend at an “electric” event and we are going to live happily ever after!

Nope.

I did, however, meet the total opposite: a Canadian that did not know how to two-step… poor thing. He asked me to dance. I led him around the dance floor – apparently that makes the man think I like to call the shots in a relationship (well yeah, but I’m not going to admit that!). We had a great conversation that we both pretended that we actually heard what the other person was saying and… the night ended and we went our separate ways.

Better luck next time, right Susan??

XOXO,

Jordan

What I Know Now as a Mother That I Wish I Knew 5 Years Ago

I am so far from having this mom gig figured out. And just like any other mom, I am learning everyday. There is SO much they don’t tell you when you enter the world of motherhood and there is so much left out of all of those parenting books… (not that I read any of them). It is always the small and simple things that help you tremendously. And you usually learn those things the hard way. (hi.) Here is what I have figured out over time that I wish I knew when Carson was a baby…

 

Don’t over do it. That ginorm 1st birthday party that they will never remember… was it worth all of that money? For me? Nope. There are going to be SO many expenses that magically pop up as your little one gets older; save that money!

Find a steady balance in your career and the mom gig. It is extremely important to be able to provide for your family and make a career for yourself, especially if you’re doing this on your own. You might have to make some sacrifices at home and at work. You will learn when to take time off and when to work late.

If you can, get the maid. Even if she comes once every other month, it will help keep you sane.

Don’t compete with other moms. Your kid will ALWAYS be better than her kid. No need to make that a competition…

Don’t forget to take care of YOURSELF. Go get a massage. Get your rest. Go to the dentist. Get your work outs in. Take time for yourself.

You are going to get frustrated. The way you react to your frustrations will reflect onto your kid.

Tell them how proud you are of them daily.  Everyone needs some positive reassurance every now and then (I know I do) and kids need it that much more. And again, it’s the little things. Tell them they did a great job cleaning the table off. That they were so brave during that storm. That they finished their homework all by themselves.

Be a tough lover. It is important to be tough on them, give them high expectations and don’t back down… not even when they give you that look… You know what look I’m talking about! But when you are tough on them, remind them how much you love them and hug and kiss them.

Know when to say no. You will have plans with friends you will have to turn down. You might not be able to buy those shoes. It probably isn’t a good idea for the kiddo to eat that whole bag of Sour Patch Kids.

Know when to say yes. Take a night off and go out with your girlfriends! You worked your ass off on that project, buy the shoes. It’s Friday night, let him eat the candy. You see what I did there?

Speaking of girlfriends, focus on your core girlfriends. You no longer have time to be a socialite and keep up with all of those acquaintances. Your core girlfriends will respect you and your struggle as a mother. They shouldn’t expect you to pick up the bar tab, to go on Saturday shopping sprees and to go out regularly.

Give your kid a bed time! There is nothing better than getting your kid to bed by 8:15 and being able to kick back, watch Real Housewives and drink your wine without any interruptions.

Always have wine on hand. A glass of wine (or two) after bed time is kind of just as healthy as taking your daily vitamins. Cheers!

 

 

XOXO,

 

Jordan