On Sundays I Smile - Week in review August 21st

On Sundays I review the past week and I Smile. I share these moments with you.

This week I took a little trip down to the Bishop Arts district of Dallas and visited an artisan chocolate shop called Dude, Sweet Chocolate. I'd seen a feature on them on The Food Network and was intrigued, especially by the staff, who are all dreadlocked and tattooed and eccentric. But oh, the chocolate. I saw things like chocolate-covered bacon (which I tried, I'm not gonna lie) and Zip Code honey, lavender and Dallas Mozz. Co. goat crema chocolates, and cocoa coconut marshmallows and something called Crack in a Box which I am telling you was the SINGLE GREATEST thing I have ever eaten. If you're anywhere near Dallas, go check this place out. You will not be disappointed.

Somehow, an innocent jaunt into Urban Outfitters turned into the purchase of a studded fanny pack. I have no clue how this happened. It jumped into my arms and I simply did not have the willpower to resist. I love it...but I'm terrified to wear it. What if I'm stereotyped as a aging hipster (which, let's face it, I kind of am) or a confused tourist on her way to someplace really, really cheesy like Madame Tussards Wax Museum? Any suggestions how to wear this thing while avoiding all the preceding terrifying scenarios?

I also stopped into Charming Charlie's, a jewelry and accessories store. If you're in need of a sparkly shiny twinkly necklace/ring/bracelet/pair of earrings/handbag this is the place for you. Items are grouped by color, and the amount of bling available is truly overwhelming. It made me a little twitchy. But not necessarily in a bad way.

This week I got a few presents from my mailman. Though I rely on blogs for fashion tips much more than magazines these days, the arrival of the September issues is still like Christmas and my birthday and the time I got an A on my chemistry exam all rolled into one.

And finally, to end things on an insanely sweet note, I present to you a candy buffet I stumbled on in the Grapevine Outlet Mall. Do want.

Now it's your turn: What are some things that made you smile this week? Grab my button (created by Kate of Divergent Musings - HUGE THANKS to Kate!) and blog about your Sunday smiles; share your weekly smiles in the comments; or smile just because it makes you feels good.

While I'm smiling, catch up on this week's posts from Dress With Courage:

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  1. Love the studded bag--can you wear it over your shoulder or bandolier style instead of around the waist? Either way could be cool.

  2. Did you get my email about the camera cords? I'm really excited to get to use it. If there is a better way to get hold of you than that email let me know. btw meant to tell you, I voted for you for the blogger thing. :)

  3. I love your list. I have yet to go to Charming Charlies but it looks like I need to make a pit stop!

  4. I was definitely smiling when I lugged home my 6-lb September Vogue issue from the store yesterday. I've been stalking the magazine aisle for a few days, just waiting. I'm in a budget crunch right now, so I'll probably wait until my next payday to pick up a few more. I'm with you - it IS like Christmas and an A exam all rolled into one!

  5. So great to see what makes you happy! Wish I lived in Dallas so I could drop by Dude Sweet!! Sounds divine!

  6. Charming Charlie's is my absolute favorite store on Earth. It's just such a happy place for me.

  7. Thanks for featuring Charming Charlie in your blog!! We have added your blog to our blog mentions page on our website. It’s a page we created exclusively for showcasing Charming Charlie blog mentions!

  8. I also got my September issues in the mail this week! It did feel like Christmas, not going to lie.

    Sometimes I also buy things and I say... why did I do that? Last week it was a pair of printed pants I got at the Salvation Army. Have yet to wear them...

  9. You know, slam the fannypack as much as you like (and I'm in the same age group, so I hear you) but they are PRACTICAL. Going to an outdoor festival? Going to the farmers' market? Going out dancing? The heck with a stupid purse. A fannypack just works.

    I don't use the practical, 80s/90s style nylon ones any more, but I have a couple of funky beltpacks from a Canadian company called The Fairies' Pyjamas, and I use them, for exactly the types of situations above. Anyone wants to laugh at me and call me an "aging hipster", they can go right ahead, and I will laugh back at them trying to figure out how to wrangle their silly bags or even sillier clutches, in the face of hot sweaty alcohol-fuelled movement, or bags of organic carrots.

    (I admit, if I could afford it, the Luxirare minivest (https://shopluxirare.com/web/shopping/main.php?act=view&mc=19&arrange=sort_level&direct=DESC&main_no=436&page=4&rtn_page=main.php) would work as well. But I can't, so.)


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