DFW | Jenny Lewis

After going through a brief bout of “WTF?!?” after my break-up in late December, I quickly found myself itching to surround myself with the things that bring me joy – yoga classes, hiking, friends, group dinners – oh, and the arts! Theatre, live music, visual art – you name it. Basically all the things I hold nearest and dearest to my heart that had been but on the back-burner during my relationship.

When I found out that Jenny Lewis (one of my all time favorites/spirit animal) was dropping a new album and stopping in Dallas on tour, I immediately bought tickets and asked a girlfriend if she’d be interested in joining.

It turned into one of the best weekends I’ve had in forever. Music, laughter, friends, art, tacos x3, yoga… perfection. I could try to write how much fun we had, but sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Here is our weekend in images.

Jenny Lewis at Canton Hall. 


An afternoon at The Modern in Ft. Worth.


Before dinner at El Bolero.

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Working With Gymnasts

A few weeks ago, I received an email from one of the local gymnastics coaches asking if I’d be interested in working with their junior olympic team. It seems that the new floor routines involve far more traditional dancing than there has been in recent years. Basically, they need to become more “graceful.”

I’ve had two Saturday mornings with their competitive gymnasts Levels 4-6. I get an hour with each group which is doable since they’re already warm. The younger gymnasts are still learning body control and the basics like my Level I ballerinas, but I’m amazed by how strong the older girls already are. Alas, I’ve noticed a direct correlation between age, strength, and… well… the stiffest port de bras I’ve ever encountered. Bending elbows and softening hands is going to be quite the challenge, but I love their enthusiasm, positivity, and dedication!

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Chihuly Exhibit at Dallas Arboretum

To welcome the first day of December (and Dallas’ 80 degree weather) we spent the morning at the Dallas Arboretum visiting the Chihuly Exhibit. Since so many of Chihuly’s sculptures have been inspired by nature, a botanical garden couldn’t be a more perfect setting.

Here are a few of my favorite sculptures:

Reeds (1995)


Dallas Star


Yellow Icicle Tower (This guy is 30 feet tall!)


Citron Green and Red Tower (1992)


Garden Glass


Blue Polyvitro Crystals