the TRAVEL list: dallas

It’s ALMOST Thanksgiving and I’M PUMPED to head back to Dallas for the long weekend.  I’ve already put together a restaurant list for Dallas. BUT it isn’t always just about the food. or about the coffee. SO WHAT WILL I find myself doing over the weekend?! Find out in my ultimate list of things to do in The Big D…

Stroll the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge // Pictured above, it’s the ultimate Dallas bridge. Check out that skyline, grab some food at Trinity Groves , and watch the street performers make the bridge come to life.

Explore Klyde Warren Park // Dallas doesn’t really do winter and it’s always nice to explore this downtown oasis. This over-the-highway park is FOOD TRUCK HEAVEN. Plus you are steps away from The Winspear Opera House and the Nasher Sculpture Center. If the AT&T Broadway series is in town, make sure to grab tickets. Students get tickets for $20.


Margaritas and Queso at Blue Goose, Meso Maya, and/or Banditos // Tex-Mex is a lifestyle. And I MISS IT ALL THE TIME. You BET I’ll be stopping at one of these for some enchiladas with my college friends. Always ask for a side of tortillas at Blue Goose. ALWAYS.

Shop it out at Northpark // I still can’t find a better place to clear your head. I camped out here for 12 hours for the iPhone 6 my junior year, UPTOWN POPCORN is LIT, and the people watching is clutch. Part Museum. Part Mall. 100% Dallas.

Catch up at Houndstooth Coffee // Well DUH I’ll be swinging by Houndstooth. I’d feel guilty if I didn’t. If Dallas is on your RADAR, you’ve got to head here too. Order that coffee “for here” and get to organizing your week ahead.


Jog down the Katy Trail // From Highland Park to Downtown, you can take this 3-mile trail straight through the heart of Dallas. Watering holes all along the way. Tree-lined from start to finish, featuring some bamboo trees, and Turtle Creek bike paths.

Chill at the NYLO Rooftop // Located right by South Side on Lamar, you’ll find the NYLO hotel. Head up to the 15th floor for the best rooftop in all of Dallas. Jump in the pool if you feel like it and order yourself some appetizers. Re-charge. Take that Instagram. Laugh with good friends.

SING along at the House of Blues // Hands down one of the best venues in all of Dallas. Intimate. Personable. and Incredible Acoustics. Shoutout to the nice staff who would always let me slide in early to put up posters back in my music industry days. And tickets are normally $30 or less. BLESS. Throwback to when Tove Lo tickets were $3. Those were the days man.

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Eat all of the Sprinkles Ice Cream // It wouldn’t be Highland Park without True Food Kitchen, the Mint or Sprinkles Ice Cream. A 24/7 Cupcake ATM is cool and all, BUT the ice cream next door is 100000x better. Order the triple chocolate or captain crunch with gummy bears. Red velvet waffle cone too.

Hit The Boulevard at SMU // The happiest place on earth. The wildest, most stylish tailgate you’ll ever see. Brunch. Boulevard. In-N-Out. Repeat. Never a tailgate, always a boulevard. God, I miss college.


the TRAVEL list: los angeles

TRUE LIFE: I’ve been waiting to drop this list for a while. I started off 2016 interning in the City of Angels. Living solo in a new city was quite the adventure. I would work crazy hours M-F. Yet, when the weekend rolled around, I was out exploring the city. 3 months of interning and two more trips back to LA since then, I’ve finally finished this list. A list of my favorite places/things to do in one of my favorite cities.


Alfred Coffee // All of my favorite coffee spots made the COFFEE list: los angeles, yet the ultimate coffee gem is Alfred Coffee. Any of their locations are stellar, although their Melrose location in West Hollywood is my current favorite. Their coffee is smoothly crafted and never bitter.

SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa // LA locals take SO much pride in their sushi. Whether its Katsuya, Nobu or SUGARFISH, you really can’t go wrong. If you aren’t wanting to spend an arm and leg, head to SUGARFISH. The “Trust Me” is the way to go, just trust me on this one 😆


Tap it BACK at SoulCycle Hollywood // I got hooked on the SoulCycle bug right here. All of the Hollywood instructors are INSANE and you’ll be drenched in sweat after every class. PLUS everyone is so nice and you’ll almost always may make a friend or two.

Brunch at the Chateau Marmont // Is it haunted? I’d believe it. Either way, this historic Los Angeles hotel is one you’ve gotta check out. Tucked away at the base of the Hollywood Hills in West Hollywood, the Chateau takes you to another world. It’s a serene oasis in the middle of the LA hustle. Make your reservations for brunch and order their life changing french toast.


the ADIDAS store on MELROSE // Just a few steps away from that pink wall is the ADIDAS store. Limited editions of your favorite sneakers – my friend Molly scored some KILLER Stan Smith’s here – and running pants on running pants.

Being in a STUDIO audience // Grab tickets to a talk show taping if you can! Find your favorite show and do some research to score free tickets, which is normally pretty easy if you do this in advance. You’ll get to walk around one of the studio lots and see how it all works behind the scenes.


Take a STROLL on ABBOTT KINNEY // My favorite place in ALL of LA. Venice Beach is alright, but about half a mile inland is this WONDERFUL street. Lined with palm trees and filled with some of the coolest stores. From STAG to Marine Layer to Rag & Bone to Intelligentsia to the Butcher’s Daughter, what’s not to love?

Hike it UP at Griffith Park // Wake up EARLY (like 5am) and head to Griffith Park to see the sunrise over the Hollywood Sign or the Griffith Observatory. Worth the early morning alarms and the views are breathtaking. Bring your water bottle and your camera.

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Unwind at Manhattan Beach // When you need a break from the LA hustle, head south of LAX to Manhattan Beach. Stroll along the beach and grab some tacos at Wahoo’s. If you want something a little more local, head to Hermosa Beach (just a few minutes south) for some drinks on the pier.

El Matador State Beach in Malibu // While LA is a blast, Malibu takes the prize for my favorite place in all of Southern California. From the incredible views to the canyon driving, Malibu is where to be. The perfect city getaway and El Matador State Beach is where to watch that sunset.


***If you’re headed to LA, send me a MESSAGE! I’ve got SO many more travel finds that I’m always down to share 😀

the TRAVEL list: kansas city

Growing up in Kansas City was a BLAST. Like I mentioned in the COFFEE list: kansas city, a lot has changed over the past few years. Now we can actually play baseball and the barbecue has ONLY gotten better. So, I put together another list. A list that doesn’t discriminate between the Kansas or Missouri side. If you find yourself in the middle of the U.S., check out my 10 favorite things to do. Once you do, you can officially rock one of the Baldwin KC hats.

  1. Joe’s Kansas City – Formerly known as Oklahoma Joes, this is where to get the BEST KC BBQ. Get the ribs, split the fries, and be prepared to stand in a long line. I guarantee, it’s MORE than worth it.
  2. West Bottoms – On the first Friday of every month, head to West Bottoms. Hit up the antique shops, explore some old factory buildings and if its October, hit up The Beast.FullSizeRender-1.jpg
  3. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – Just a few blocks away from the Plaza, its KC’s best museum. Have a picnic on the lawn or attempt the glass maze. Either way, snap a photo of the giant shuttlecocks.
  4. The National World War I Museum and Memorial – Hands down, the best view in all of Kansas City. The museum also rocks and it’s where I take all my tourist friends.
  5. Crossroads – Spend your Saturday morning strolling through the Crossroads Arts District. Get a cup of coffee at Thou Mayest and hit up Josey Records right across the street.FullSizeRender-2.jpg
  6. The Country Club Plaza – A must-see during the holiday season and the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Shopping, street performers, and a ton of great food. You’ll see why some people call KC, the City of Fountains.
  7. Kauffman Stadium – Grab a soft pretzel and watch the Royals slide into home plate. If you want to feel like a local, this is where to go. The KC PRIDE is alive and well.IMG_2094
  8. The Midland – Hands down, the best concert venue in the city. It’s BEAUTIFUL. With amazing acoustics and killer tours coming through, it’s a MUST. Flume, Teagan and Sara, and James Bay, are all set to play this Fall.
  9. Schlitterbahn – Ride the TALLEST WATERSLIDE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. Float to different rides. Enjoy the Hot Tub Bar.
  10. Theatre in the Park – Probably my favorite place in the entire world. Where dreams are born on summer nights. While you won’t see me on the Corny Collins Show again, you will see some of the best community theatre in the country.1079100_575850329123656_301402813_o