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Why I Love My City + Finding New Ways To Rediscover Yours

brighton keller how to rediscover the city you live in by trying new places

brighton keller at Stirr Dallas

brighton keller at Stirr enjoying a mimosa while wearing all white outfit

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Have y’all ever stopped to think about how well you really know your city?

It might sound silly (probably does), but lately, I’ve realized that while I obviously know Dallas well, I really only know the bubble that I move around in. Obviously that involves my neighborhood and all the places I go weekly (shops, restaurants, etc.), but even when I am trying something new, it’s usually within the same areas that I’m familiar with. This has to do with comfort, of course, but it’s also something that just isn’t on my radar too often. It’s basically a habit for my body and mind to visit the areas that I know well. Y’all feel the same?

brighton keller at Stirr Dallas

brighton keller wearing sole society cactus stud earrings

brighton keller at Stirr enjoying a mimosa while wearing all white outfit

To get out of my Dallas bubble, I’ve been finding ways – and brainstorming a million more – to rediscover my city. I love Dallas and everything I know about it so far, so why not extend that love to discovering more?

Especially since I didn’t grow up in Dallas – I settled here after college – I feel like I missed out on a lot of the exploration that comes naturally when you’re growing up (playing different schools in sports, doing family nature things, being dragged around by parents wherever they had to go). But even thinking back to my hometown of New Orleans, there are so many ways that I want to expand what I know about that city – but that’s for another time. I am excited about the idea though!

And that’s what I want to share with you guys today – the idea of rediscovering YOUR city. As a way to spread the love and get you pumped about exploring the city you call home. Since I’m on this kick, I figured I’d share ideas for how I’m doing it and loving it and provide ideas on the ways you can in your own city.


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How I’m rediscovering Dallas and loving it

I feel like I’m always hearing about cool, new spots opening around Dallas but I don’t always take the initiative on actually learning more slash going. But with the new year, Lisel and I committed to trying at least two new, fun spots each month. We’ve actually been having a lot of fun with it and even setting little mini goals during the weeks we’ve decided to try new places – that way, it’s something we look forward to all week and then get to celebrate small victories over a boozy, fun (and long!) lunch.

Dallas, specifically, is such a cultural diverse city – all types of food, people, stores, things to do, which I’m so grateful for – and naturally I wanted to start with food. Lisel and I have been hearing allll the things about a new restaurant in Deep Ellum called Stirr so it was next on our list for spots to try. We tried St. Ann’s, Henry’s Majestic and Happiest Hour (for drinks and apps) last month and loved those as well!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Dallas, Deep Ellum is a fun and different slash spunky part of Dallas. For lack of better words, I’d say it’s one of those “hip” and trendy areas – and it’s just got a different vibe than the rest of Dallas (in a good way!). It’s a neighborhood that I don’t get to often, so it was the perfect setting for month no. 2 of the BTD official “let’s rediscover Dallas!” stop. Its got a deep history of jazz and blues musicians and it’s very diverse in every sense of the word. We were both very excited to try the spot and to broaden our scope of neighborhoods.

Lunch at Stirr Dallas

brighton keller at Stirr Dallas having lunch wearing sole society

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Other Things I’d Love to Experience Around Dallas

Other than Stirr, there’s are a bunch of other things I want to do or rediscover in Dallas.

Here are some just to list a few:

  • Go to a Mavericks game – I’m a football (food, drinks, and tailgating) “fan” but haven’t spent much time attending NBA games. Lisel and Landon are ALWAYS going to the Mavericks games and they always have a good time – it’s on my bucket list to go sometime!
  • Visit Dealey Plaza – the place JFK was assassinated and learn more about that historic (yet tragic) event by visiting the Sixth Floor Museum. It still sort of blows my mind I haven’t done any sort of historical tour on this yet. If you live in Dallas, have you?
  • Go to a ArtWalk – Rediscover why I love this city so much and learn about the architecture along the way. I also want to spend more time in the Arts District and maybe visit the Museum of Art.
  • Walk around the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Maybe take some photos for the blog? Fun way to mix up my locations for outfit posts.
  • Hit up the Dallas Farmer’s Market – I’ve only been a few times and this is a great way to mingle with the community and get yummy food.

brighton keller how to rediscover the city you live in by trying new places

6 Easy Ways To Rediscover Your City

Obviously each city is different and each of our relationships with the city is unique. Maybe you’ve lived in the same city your whole life and feel like you already know it pretty well. Maybe you’re brand new to a location. Or maybe you’re like me and have settled in a city that you are familiar with but haven’t had the chance to seek out everything it has to offer. Whatever boat you’re in, here are some ideas for rediscovering the town/city:

  • Hit up a festival or market – You don’t need to live in a city like Chicago and go to Bonnaroo to feel like you’re getting something out of the festival. Visiting local festivals (there are likely so many that you don’t even know about) or farmer’s market is a great way to meet new people, see what’s happening locally, and find goods right in your own city.
  • Go to a museum – OK before y’all yawn on me, think about the cool history you could learn about if you visited a museum. I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve grown to love learning as an adult, and actually find things like documentaries fascinating. A museum is basically a physical documentary, and it’s a useful way to learn AND to rediscover the history of your city.
  • Restaurants – Get our of your bubble and try somewhere new each week, or even once a month! Go on Yelp and find places that are well-rated and even get our of your comfort zone when it comes to cuisine. If you feel like you’ve been to every restaurant in your city, revisit some and order something new each time. Sit at the bar and actually talk to someone working there. Hear the stories of people in your community.
  • Ask around – New-ish to a city and don’t know where to start? Lean on coworkers or friends (or even Reddit) and ask about the things they love about your city. Maybe it’s a hike you haven’t done, or a bar with amazing drinks. Whatever it is, compile a list of recommended things to do and places to visit. Pull from that list on the weekends and go explore!
  • Stay local – Stay-cations are all the rage right now, but when’s the last time y’all actually did one? Choose a small hotel – or even a bed & breakfast! – and rediscover a part of your city. Walk around the neighborhood, lay in a park. Enjoy your city.
  • Try a new sporting event or concert – Go out of your bubble and attend an event that you normally wouldn’t. You probably have a friend who is into a sport or type of music that you’re not, so plan a night out for the two of you. You’ll not only expand your tastes by trying something new, but you’ll hang with a whole new type of people.

Motivated to rediscover your city yet y’all?

Like I said, I love the idea of it and am pumped to keep the out-of-my-bubble train going. I’ll be sure to share some of the new places I go on my Instagram and Snapchat, so follow along if you aren’t already!

brighton keller at Stirr Dallas having lunch wearing sole society

brighton keller close up of sole society fringe sandals and tassel bag with all white outfit

sole society fringe open toe sandals

Outfit Details: Sole Society Delilah Sandal Heels (runs TTS) // BB Dakota sleeveless sweater (wearing size XS) // CoH Rocket crop high-rise skinny jeans in “nautral” (fit TTS, plenty of stretch, I highly recommend these y’all!) // Sole Society Bag ($56) // Sole Society Cactus Stud Earrings //  Sole Society Chocker Wire Necklace

Thanks so much to Sole Society for partnering on this post and helping make this type of fun BTD content possible!

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    August 19, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Kardasian wannabe…..vacuous and vapid.

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    July 4, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Hey Brighton! I loved this sweater and just saw that it is now 70% off and less than $25! I was going to order it but its a final sale and I wanted to check on sizing! You say you wore an XS in this top– is that your normal size? Just want to make sure going with my normal size is the way to go! Thanks so much!

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      Brighton Keller
      July 5, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Hi Maggie! Sorry for the delay in responding but YES, XS is my normal size!! I love love love this sweater! The weight, color, and fit is amazing!

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    February 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I love this post, Brighton! I’ve lived in the same place for most of my life but tend to go to those loved favorites all the time haha! I’m heading off to college this fall so I definitely want to explore a bit more before moving out!


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    February 25, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Yay!! I love this!! I went to Ole Miss, but my best friend that went to LSU told me i should check you out since I moved to dallas a couple of years ago after college as well! Loving your blog so far and adore this post!

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    February 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

    the food looks SO tasty! love your shoes too, might have to get a pair of those… :) hearing your ideas about Dallas definitely sparks some ideas for me here in Houston! there’s a really fun bar my boyfriend and i love going to but don’t go to often enough. think i’m going to suggest it for this weekend! visited Deep Ellum when we were in Dallas for my brother’s graduation in December. we ate at Pecan Lodge… SO GOOD!

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      Brighton Keller
      February 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      omg!! I’ve been WANTING to try Pecan Lodge for like an entire year now!! I’m now going to add it to the SUPER short list!! lol. I’ve loved reading your comments lately – you’re such a good (and fun!) follower. It really means a lot and I look forward to hearing what you think about each blog post :) xo, B

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    Hadley Riddle
    February 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    In college we went on a field trip to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and WOW I am totally not a history buff but it was so interesting! Definitely worth the visit! Also- about a year after visiting & learning all of that history I ran a half marathon through downtown and over the “X” in the street. Serious chills!

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    Lindsay at Hot Mess, Cool Day
    February 21, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    This sounds so fun! My husband and I did a variation of this last year where we each picked a restaurant for a semi-fancy date night each month. The only requirements were that it had to be somewhere new we haven’t been – not hard since we just moved to Charlotte 3 years ago!

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    Samantha Lee
    February 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I’ve been trying to do the same thing! In LA, you tend to stay around the area you live (because it just takes so long to get anywhere!), but I’m making more of an effort to get out and explore new parts of town and try different restaurants, regardless of the traffic. My friend visited a few weeks ago, and I was able to check off three new places on my list in one weekend (perfect excuse to try new things when you have visitors!). But after living here for four years, I decided it’s about time I made more of an effort. I JUST did the Hollywood Sign hike a few weeks ago – crazy to me that I hadn’t done it yet.

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    February 21, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I love the all white and with the shoes, it’s a fantastic outfit!

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    February 21, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Cute pictures, so positive <3 I need to rediscover London asap haha

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    February 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Love the all white!


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    Shelly @ the Queen in Between
    February 21, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Adorable pictures and such perfection rocking this neutral outfit. I brought my son and a friend to Big D in January for his bday and we actually went to Dealey plaza. I’ve always been so obsessed with the whole JFK story and I loved it. We also visited the George W. Bush museum at SMU..another you should for sure add to your list!

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    February 21, 2017 at 7:19 am

    You’re such a charmer!! Love this all white outfit!


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    February 21, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I always love rediscovering my city. There’s so much beauty and exploration we always miss day to day (I live in Chicago)! I’ve always wanted to visit Dallas and this post makes me want to book a trip there!


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