{Fashion Friday} Dallas Blooms

Why is the week following a break always so haaaaaaaard?! We had a rocky re-entry to real life after Spring Break, but hallelujah, we made it to Friday! We’ve got a busy weekend of kid’s sports and birthday parties, and I’m hosting our first real dinner party in the new house. Hopefully no one will notice the hole in the floor from our Watergate episode. Never mind that it’s by the front door.

We’ve got rain in the forecast, but last week was beautifully sunny, so the kids and I headed out for a little field trip to the Dallas Arboretum. I often receive emails from readers planning a visit to Big D, so I thought I’d share one of our favorite outdoor spots in the city.

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum
Blouse | Jeans | Booties (similar) | Fringe Bag | Watch | Aviators

The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden is 66-acres of peaceful gardens, ponds, fountains, and exhibits, overlooking White Rock Lake and the downtown Dallas skyline. ‘Dallas Blooms’ is the Spring exhibit featuring over 500,000 blooming bulbs, 3,000 azaleas, and 1000s of flowering annuals and perennials. It’s the largest floral festival in the Southwest…basically an allergy-sufferer’s nightmare. 
We’ve had a few weeks of snow and ice, so the flowers were just starting to bloom when we were there, but it felt so great to just be outside again.

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

In addition to a hands-on Children’s Adventure Garden, there are learning opportunities at every corner. These two usually bicker like cats and dogs, so I completely melt when I see moments like this. I think the sunshine changed their attitudes, too!

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

Of course I jumped at the opportunity to pull out some cute Spring clothes, and the gardens make a gorgeous backdrop for pictures. We saw two bridal and three quinceanera portrait sessions during our visit…it makes my heart clench to think of this one in a wedding dress one day. And can we talk about that hair?! It obviously skipped a generation because my mom has it, too.

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

My little Miss…always opting for sneakers like her brother. I have managed to convert her over to the jean jacket camp though.

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

I love the color and pattern of this blouse…it’s comfy, but still looks pulled together. As for sizing, I think it runs a bit large…I’m wearing an XS, but still had to layer a cami to keep the girls hidden. #aintnobodywantstoseethegirls Perhaps if I had larger girls the shirt wouldn’t hang so low? #theresathought You can find other color options here, and this sleeveless version is only $20!

Total sidenote: I know we’re thinking Spring, but who has this tunic? The big markdown has me thinking I need it for next year. Doesn’t it just make you want to curl up and nap?!?

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum
Blouse | Jeans | Booties (similar) | Fringe Bag | Watch | Aviators
Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

There are a few cafes and sidewalk vendors, and picnic baskets are welcome, as well. It’s just charming and relaxing everywhere you look.

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

One more inch and he’ll be as tall as me. Talk about heart-clenching!!

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

The Arboretum is the kind of place where you don’t need an agenda or schedules…there’s no way to see it all in one visit, so you just stroll and enjoy the experience. I can’t wait to take these cuties back this Summer for a Concert in the Park.

Hi Sugarplum | Dallas Arboretum

If you’re visiting Dallas on a beautiful day (which is most of the time), I highly recommend an afternoon at the Dallas Arboretum. And if you have kids of any age, the Perot Museum of Nature & Science is a must! Have you been to Dallas? What’d you love to do while here? Happy weekend, lovebugs!


Little brag: Did you know Dallas has the largest Arts District in the nation?! #yesmaam 

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