Keepin’ It Cool

Dallas gets hot.

There was a storm brewin’ so the air was thick with it.

My man & I stayed on a little longer than the rest of the conference gang, keen to see more of the town and catch up with friends.

Staying cool in the hot ‘n’ sticky weather became something of a game. Like two fat little bullfrogs we leapt from pond to pond, stopping to mellow for a little while.

Of course the ideal spot was the pool at The Joule.

With it’s calm waters & glass walls, the end stuck out right over the street below meaning you didn’t just cool down, you chilled yourself to the bone and made your knees tremble if you got too close…

… so of course, we did.

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Two gold fish are sitting in a tank.

One gold fish looks at the other and says: “Hey man, how the hell do you drive this thing?”

Sadly we couldn’t wallow in the lagoon forever.

There were adventures to be had, friends to be seen, food to be eaten and shopping to be done!

But we found cool & shady bits along the way.

This little bullfrog’s wearing the suitably named “Country Girl Dress” (if it sells out try here instead), Tory Birch lace espadrilles and a Jimmy Choo satchel.

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Oh, and the seersucker bikini can be found here.

We weren’t the only ones enjoying the oasis!

For lunch we met up with the boys I went shooting with, and Kira, who’s a wonderful fashion designer (check out her creations here).

They took us somewhere truly “Southern” for fried things.

Including a chicken fried steak smothered in gravy (not british gravy).

I stuck with the classic combo of fried chicken with mac n cheese.

Having filled our bellies we headed off to enrich our souls and hunted out a little culture.

Which we found in my favourite piece of Dallas so far.

The Nasher Sculpture Gardens.

A little pocket of heaven hidden amongst the sky scrapers.

The only word that truly sums it up is lush. Lusciously cool, deeply green and unnervingly calm. I can’t think of a better place to spend the afternoon exploring and playing shutterbugs, can you?

I was particularly enamoured with “Eve” sculpted by Rodin himself.

It almost felt as though she were alive and sheltering herself from the sprinklers. As though if you visited her when they were off she would be standing tall & proud.

Now you see her.

Now you don’t!

We walked around the gardens together chatting and enjoying the calm of the garden. We were there alone and it almost felt like ours.

He enjoyed sneaking off now and then when I wasn’t paying attention and snapping me from afar.

I can’t tell you how lovely it is to have photography in common with someone.

He understands the nature of my addiction and will talk at length about cameras, shutter speeds and apertures… things that send the vast majority of dates to sleep!

Maybe if we stay together we’ll be one of those old couples who go on photographic safaris together and bore everyone with hundreds of photos of our hundred children!

You think maybe I’m getting ahead of myself?!

Before we left I rushed back for one last moment with Eve.

And then headed home through the Stargate.

Thank you for having me, Texas!

I will certainly be back and want to see much more of you next time.

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  • I miss chicken fried steak!

    Fie xx

    Coffee & Confetti

  • Amber

    What a fun day – my itch to jump across the pond has grown even more!

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  • Love your dress. I miss the sun. It’s completely overcast and miserable up in Fife….
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  • Janine Maral

    The nature. Haven’t seen some of that in a while! Again, the polka dot dress is lovely!

    Janine Maral from janinemaral.com

  • Hannah Pearce

    Never really thought Texas as a place to go to but from what you’ve shown it seem incredible! Could even be on my bucket list now πŸ™‚ . And haven’t thought about Rodin since my Art History a level so thanks for reminding me about him!

  • I’m happy to hear (erm.. read) you happy. Very happy.

  • Jennifer

    i always try to link to the outfits you post and just copy my wardrobe after yours, and they are always completely sold out of my size (or sold out in general)! i’m too lazy to navigate shopbop on my own, i swear if you’d just pick out a handful of things for me i’d buy you the dinner of your choice next time you’re in nyc. πŸ™‚

    • Mel

      You can get them before she blogs them on the “shop” bit in the blue bar at the top.
      She always puts them there first and that way you get it before they sell out after the post! #sneaky #clever #aheadofthegame!

      • Jennifer

        GENIUS. people always pounce before me, but no more!

  • fried chicken and mac and cheese – sounds like a perfect combo!
    love Jess @ http://itsafreeland.wordpress.com xx

  • That Mac and Cheese looks delish, and i do love a good sculpture garden. I’ll have to swing in next time I’m in Texas!

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  • That swimming pool looks amazing!! xx

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  • Sheila

    Ahhh, oases in the desert. Loved the post and the moments that you an your beau captured. Dallas was good to y’all!
    xo, Sheila
    http://www.summery.org

  • These photos are truly incredible! They’ve brightened up my rather gloomy, autumnal day in the office! πŸ™‚

  • You look like you’ve had so much fun on this trip! xx

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  • Guest

    The sculpture garden looks lovely. I always seek out gardens and art too! surreyedit.com

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I love this blog post, yet another fantastically written adventure. I’m curious to see what your man looks like, but I know from experience that men do not like being all over social networks and in blogs. My boyfriend (even after over a year) still does not like pictures of himself in general, let alone pictures on my blog or Instagram, Twitter, etc. I’m sure you’ll eventually sneak a pic or two in there! πŸ˜‰

  • Gorgeous post, per usual Rosie! Thanks so much for always being an inspiration: as a blogger, for fashion and just as a wonderful person : )

    Cheers from Chicago! -Logan (www.sageserendipity.com)

  • Rosie, did you get to eat any Tex-Mex? Oh how I miss Tex-Mex πŸ™

  • Camille Beygui

    Great pictures ! Love your dress

    Xoxo

    fashionbackyard.blogspot.fr

  • Imogen May

    wawawiwa. I have come away from that post of gorgeous snaps of greenery and swimming pools with a serious craving for mac ‘n’ cheese after a single photo! Oh Rose you do make my tummy grumble! Ix

    PS.. I reckon another bake sale is on the cards >:)

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  • Okay, I know this is my inner-geek speaking, but I love the Stargate reference! πŸ™‚ Also love your shots of the sculpture park! Another winner of a post!

    Meghan xo
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  • Tess Keating

    such a lovely post and that ‘gravy’ looks de-lish!!
    tess xxx
    http://www.thislifelately.com

  • so cool! πŸ™‚

  • Lesley

    Love love loveee the polka dot dress! So pretty. x
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  • That looks like such a fun day! and yes it is wonderful to have photography in common with someone πŸ™‚

    xo

    The Fashionista Bubble

  • Sophie

    Nice to hear of your man – glad you had a happy time in Texas πŸ™‚

    Sophie x

    http://www.yourgirislovely.com

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    this is so lovely! the pool shots especially! and yum, that food!

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  • Awww I’m well jelly…
    My boyfriend are compatible in everything in life except for my number one true passion which is photographing…
    We always travel to amazing countries together and I take ridiculous stunning pictures of him. When I ask him to take one photo of me, he looks at my camera as if some sort of an alien and ALWAYS manages to focus on the tree or trash bin behind me. haha he does try tho which is adorable.
    let me know if you’d need a hand one day with your blog photos! I’d love to be “tripod” whenever you don’t have someone to photograph you at places you need to blog about!
    this blog has been my city guide ever since I moved to London last year and I’m really grateful, seriously! πŸ™‚
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  • Hannah Oelker

    Can you please tell us more about your man?? I dying to get to know him!! xx

  • Beautiful dress and your Jimmy Choo bag is so cute. Love your playful style.

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  • Just caught up on your whole trip – looks like you had a blast and all’s the better you had someone to enjoy (taking photos) with!

    Thankfifi

  • That pool looks terrifying! You look more and more like Kate Middleton every day.

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  • Emily Kalbun

    What a great trip! Dallas looks like a lovely city. Are there any particular places you would reccomend if I were to go?
    em πŸ˜€

  • Anna

    Rosie you look amazing in those pictures! Lovely as always!
    (: Anna

    http://www.a-dash-of-anna.blogspot.co.at

  • Love this dress! Very classy! Intrigued to virtually meet the new man. I am currently writing a blog post about everything my boyfriend eats in a week ( I write a food blog). Must snatch a photo of him! X πŸ™‚

    http://whatkatemadenext.com/

  • Wicked shots, Rose! I love this post! I want to go to Dallas!

  • I love your blog! Your pictures are so beautifully taken
    πŸ™‚ xoxo

    http://lipglossglitterdrops.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Great photos, that pool looks amazing. I love your dress, you look so pretty.

    Jess x

    http://www.jessicalaar.blogspot.co.uk

  • Vicki

    I’m drooling over the Mac’n’cheese!! So glad to see you happy Rose!

    Xo Vicki
    http://www.bowsessed.com

  • Ah, love that you’ve found yourself a boy with a shared love of photography πŸ™‚ And that you’re already planning children! Haha.

  • How nice that the guy was able to join you! I never thought of Dallas as cosmopolitan, but your posts are changing my mindset.

  • Abby Brookes

    Amazing photos! Please can I know what camera you been using for these Dallas pictures, they have such a great finish to them? Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Those shoes! I have to get me some!

    Also, do you remember who that group of six marching people is by? Was it a war memorial/reference? Another place to add to the many on my list to visit.

  • MissEmmySue

    That pool is one of the coolest (and most terrifying) things I’ve never seen. So fun!

    And I’m pretty sure mac & cheese is always a good idea. I mean, really…any person that claims they don’t like it obviously hasn’t tried a good version. (:

    http://buildyourbliss.wordpress.com

  • The swimming pool with the glass wall looks so cool! By the way, who takes all the pictures for this blog? (the ones of you, I mean)

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  • I love your photography. So many unique ideas here.

    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • Kim Magee

    Glad you had a chance to see just a little of my state. Come back soon! πŸ™‚

  • Vicki

    What a beautiful city. I never thought that Dallas was like this (come-on! I live across the massive pond in Australia). All I really know about Dallas is Cowboys and incredible Cheerleading! Thanks for the journey Rosie, it looks like a stunning city. x

    http://pancakeaisle.blogspot.com.au

  • Oooh, wait, so is PJ your man? He seems like a really good guy from what yuo’ve mentioned before about him. If it’s someone else, either way, I am happy that you are so happy. Cheers to many more photography adventures!

    -Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

  • So many fun pictures in Dallas! Love them:) XO

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  • Sepideh

    That pool seems incredible! I’ve seen a pool somewhere in Asia (I know that’s not very specific but I can’t remember if it in Bali…Malaysia maybe?..) where the BOTTOM of the pool is CLEAR glass….that’s so much freakier..!

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  • I love following you on your travels and adventures!

  • I can’t wait to visit Texas! I hope you become one of those old couples with a 1000 pics of your 100 kids πŸ™‚

  • O my God I am so happy that you made that Stargate references. πŸ™‚

  • Ayu Awkawardcheesecake

    Amazing photos! I feel like I was there with you!
    Would love to swim in that pool haha

  • It’s official! I am adding Dallas to my summer travel list -_-

    xo Cassandre
    http://www.theworkette.com

  • I never thought I’d want to visit Dallas, but you are selling it!

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  • Queenie Lee

    Stunning photos as always! The fried chicken and mac n’ cheese combo sounds heavenly πŸ™‚ xxx

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • G

    Oh Rosie, your mysterious dapper dans always pique my interest. With my lack of romance, I vicariously live through your cute adventures!

  • Anna

    ohhh this fried food gives me some serious cravings! love your blog xxx http://foodforthought-anna.blogspot.co.uk

  • Jane

    Wow Dallas looks like such a great place. I’ve never seen so many beautiful pictures of this city before! I guess I really have to visit it someday.
    And for me, the “waiting for summer”-girl this pool is just a dream. I really wanted to jump right into it when I saw the first photo. xx

  • Wow! That’s got to be one of the best locations for a pool I’ve ever seen. I’ve loved your Dallas posts Rosie, it’s been a great insight to a city I’ll now put on my Wanderlust List.

    Hugs xoxo

    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • Gorgeous pictures, that pool looks incredible!

  • Great pictures! I was due to head to Texas for a project at work, its great to get an insight of what to expect of the city from your pictures.

    Spitbank Fort | Secrets of The Solent

  • Sybil

    Ah Rosie I am so glad you got to visit the Nasher Sculpture Centre – It’s one of my favourite places in Dallas, being a Londoner by way of Texas. πŸ˜‰

  • lisa robb

    Lovely pictures
    L x
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

  • These photos are amazing! πŸ™‚

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  • Jestikian Ethiks

    sneaky picture of ya lova πŸ˜‰ this post gave me butterflies!

  • This is my favourite post of yours for a long time, the pictures are beautiful and the background really makes them! x

    http://thewhimsicalway.wordpress.com/

  • OrangeChampagne

    Awww Rosie is in lurrrrrvvv!!!! So cute, it’s made my day πŸ™‚
    Natalie xxx

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  • mycitymylondon

    Def not getting ahead of yourself. Summer is the time for proposals I say :p. Gorgeous pics and loving the lace walkiesβ™₯β™₯

  • Great photos! The pool view looks fabulous! β™₯ Nx
    http://www.niamhkelly.wordpress.com

  • Chrissabella

    Love your cute dress and the food looks damn good, as always πŸ™‚

    chrissabella.blogspot.com

  • Really like that blue dress that you had on! <3

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  • Kira! She is an amazing fashion designer from Russia! We have lots of shops with her amazing clothes here πŸ™‚ Cool to see her in your blog! World is so small πŸ™‚

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  • Rozz watkins

    you look like you just have so much fun

    Rozz
    http://the-young-rose.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Amy Lau

    N’awwwwh someone’s in lurrrrrve πŸ˜›

    <3 πŸ˜€

  • Beautiful photos Rosie, you’re making me want to go to New York desperately especially for fried chicken! Love those shoes too!

    Love Beth | BethBlogsBeauty
    xx

  • It looks like you had such a good day! That pool looks so cool! πŸ™‚ Love your outfit too! πŸ™‚

    Love Amylou
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  • LilylovesLola

    It looks like a fab place! Loving the food pics πŸ™‚

  • Pli Shu

    great pic’s!!!!