WE’RE MOVING!

You know that big news I mentioned a couple weeks ago? Today’s the day I finally get to come clean. I had to wait until Will gave notice at work before I could share it here because — drumroll, please — we’re moving from New York to Dallas! I can’t believe I’m writing that sentence but it’s true and I’m over-the-moon excited to FINALLY be able to share the news with all of you! There are so many changes happening all at once and it’s been torture to keep them to myself. We decided last summer that we wanted to move in together once my lease was up in February. The crazier part is that this New England girl is headed to Texas!

Will grew up in Dallas and I’ve known since the very beginning of our relationship that he’s anxious to live there again. While I can’t say I ever thought I’d live in Texas, I also know that I’d move to the moon if I got to go with Will. (Remind me to do a post on how we met. ;)) Long story short, we’ve known we’d be moving since January and have been quietly putting big/scary/crazy exciting plans in motion while making the most of our last few months in New York. It’s crazy to think that the time is finally here!

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But first, I thought it would be nice to reflect on what I’ll miss most about New York and what I’m most excited for in Dallas. I’ve lived in New York for two and a half years now and moving here is hands down the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I’ve grown up so much, learned to live on my own, grown my business from scratch, and made friends I’ll absolutely never forget.

New York has been the backdrop for so many snapshots of my early twenties — the good, the bad, and the ugly. First dates I couldn’t wait to tell my girlfriends about. Dazzling skyline views from someone’s rooftop. Late nights that ended in greasy diners. Road trips out of the city and skyscraper views on the drive back in. Heart-to-hearts that changed my life. Mornings at the dog park, watching Rory have the time of his life. Meeting Will and realizing, oh! that’s what a relationship is supposed to feel like. Amazing meals with amazing people, often more than once a week. I love this city, and I always will.

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What I’ll miss most about New York:

Central Park in the snow. Central Park in the sunshine (preferably with a picnic basket). Date nights at Palma. Dinners with Amy and Emily when we laugh so hard our stomachs hurt. Day-long work sessions with Carly. The ability to hail a cab anywhere at anytime. Seamless (please tell me there’s a Dallas alternative). The dog run in Madison Square Park. The hustle and bustle. The museums. The quick flight to Nantucket. And most of all, living so close to my family in Connecticut. That will be a toughie. 🙁

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What I’m excited for in Dallas:

230 days of sunshine every year. Buying (and decorating!) a house together. Dog-friendly outdoor dining. Having a car. Making new friends. Meeting new readers. MORE SPACE! Mild winters. Having a guest bedroom for family and friends to stay in when they visit. Moving into my very own office (which I’ve dreamt about for years now). Being able to hire someone more long-term to help me with the boutique (ditto). Living close to Will’s family. Country concerts. Super friendly people. And of course the opportunity to start a crazy exciting new chapter with Will and Rory by my side.

At the heart of it, I’m ready to take on my next chapter in a place that feels less temporary. There are a million things I could say to explain why I’m ready to leave this wonderful place, many of which my friend Victoria summed up really nicely in her post about moving back to San Francisco. Living in New York is hard and I’m really, really glad I did it. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished here and I’d encourage anyone on the fence about moving to New York to do it in a heartbeat. I get why people say this is the greatest city on earth, and I also get why friends who visit say they could never live here. Personally I’m comfortable with the knowledge that I wasn’t meant to live here forever. The east coast will forever have my heart and I’ll always look back fondly on these years in New York… But I cannot freaking wait to see what Texas has in store.

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It’s pretty crazy to think about how much has changed since I started writing Design Darling more than five years ago. I’m writing this more for my own reflection but I love knowing that some of you have read along since the humble beginning. I’ve studied abroad in France, interned at Jonathan Adler, graduated from Bucknell, lived in San Francisco, worked in PR in New York, quit that job, launched my boutique from my parents’ dining room table, moved to New York on my own, ended a long-term relationship, grew my business working from home, threw fun eventsshared goals big and small, and met the person I’m meant to be with, all while taking advantage of everything this incredible city has to offer. Thank you for being such a big part of these last five years and here’s to brand spanking new adventures in the five to come!

Do any of you have experience moving from New York to Dallas? Or to Dallas from anywhere else? Or, hey, just moving in general? I’m dying to hear your advice for a relatively seamless move and getting settled in a new city. Do weigh in below!

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  1. Hi! Can u tell me how did the moving transission go. I also want to move to . Currently live in NYC and i am a fashion Designer/Stylist but I cant affford NYC anylonger. My small kids dont have room to expand in the small living spaces of nyc apt. Any thoughts? Am concern of work in another state and the weather. Everyone i talk to has opinions based on news but I dont know anyone that works in Fashion and that has a similar love to NY like you expressed

    1. Come on down. west Plano and Frisco are great. Check out bishop arts district too. Dfw is getting huge and the opportunities are awesome. I moved from the city and have not looked back. U do need a car although the train system is starting to get pretty good

  2. Hi,
    Just came across your blog as I was googling what would be the cheapest way to move from NYC to Dallas. Ha. Glad to know I’m not the only one. My husband and I lived in Dallas for a year (his job) and absolutely LOVED it. We only moved back to the east coast so that I could finish school (with promises of moving back to the big D right after). Well, things didn’t pan out that way and we ended up living in the east coast a bit longer than expected. We love NY but everything you touch upon in your write up is pretty much us in a nutshell.
    Space, cost of living, space, driving again, space, cost. Hahaha.
    Though it took me about 6 months to actually “love” NYC, once I fell in love, that was it! I was hooked but how much longer are we gonna actually live here, realistically? And if we have kids then what?
    So after many DEEP discussions, over and over and over, we finally made up our mind once and for all. Dallas it is. We move the beginning of July (this year) and I am not looking forward to moving again (blahhhh). But one things for sure, we know Dallas is where we feel most welcome, happy and less-stressed, and also feel where we want to start a family. Plus cost of living is substantially cheaper (plus) 😉
    When do you leave?
    So nice to hear someone else’s story.
    As far as my original google search, well, I think we’re talking around $3,000. How about you?
    Best,
    Tara

  3. Congratulations! It is really exciting that you are going to move to Dallas! It is perfectly understandable that you feel sad for leaving New York, because it was such a valuable period of your life, but Dallas will be another one, a different one! Wish you luck! Thank you for sharing your story! Greets!

  4. Wow how exciting! Believe it or not, my husband and I just moved (about a year ago) from TX to NYC! It was one. CRAZY. move. I feel like I can relate to everything you said about what you love about NYC, but also about how you knew it was temporary. Of all the places to “settle down” I think Texas is the best (of course I may be a bit biased). Dallas has a great artist community, and there is surprisingly a lot to do there. I wish you the best of luck! We hope to move back in a couple of years, but we wanted to take a leap of faith and experience living in a big city while we’re still young. I am so glad we did!

    madeline
    http://madelinemariehall.com/

  5. Congrats! I lived in New York for about a year before relocating to Charlotte, but I’ll always be glad I did it. While I still miss many things about NYC, life is so simple down here. Best of luck 🙂

  6. Happy for you! I’m a Texan through and through, and I am so jealouuuuuuus. I guess you can say I moved up here in my graduate-postgraduate stretch but let me tell you, I’m envious. I like the East Coast a fair share but on the BIG things, I think Texas takes it – no pun, lol. Houston born, went to Dallas in HS and loved it…college down on 1-35 so I know all about the scene in Dallas. Your little heart will swell, just LIVING better. AH.

    I can’t wait til I move back, coz I can’t die up here lolol.

  7. Welcome to Dallas! I just moved here a few weeks ago from St. Louis and LOVE it so far! Downtown is great (where I work) and the neighborhoods are awesome for young professionals! I’m still unpacking, but I can’t wait to get out there and explore all Dallas has to offer!

  8. I’m so excited for you. Reading this post gave me goosebumps and made me tear up a little bit (because I share so many similar memories here, and things I love about New York.) I can’t wait to see where this adventure takes you and Will… and to see you in Dallas! Big hugs!!!! xoxo

  9. My husband and I moved to Dallas from Fairfield County, CT two years ago. It’s a great place! I hope you love it as much as we do! I don’t really have any advice for a stemless move… Just know that the moving part is hard but worth the chaos. You’re moving to an awesome place with great people, and it sounds like there are already folks in the area who are excited to have you. Enjoy the patios and the heat! 🙂

  10. You’re going to LOVE Dallas. I was born and raised and live in Dallas now. You will definitely LOVE the amount of space you will get for your money (compared to what little you get in NYC)!!! If you need any help with the boutique let me know….seriously! 🙂

  11. Congratulations! My fiancé and I just moved from NYC to his hometown of Charlottesville, VA (with our pup Duke!) a couple of months ago and we could not be happier. You will have the time of your life in Dallas, making a life with Will and Rory. Have so much fun!

  12. I moved to Dallas less than a year ago after graduating college. I’m originally from Chicago, and let me tell you, the winters down here are WONDERFUL! Feel free to email me with any questions, suggestions, etc. during your move! And of course, good luck! 🙂

  13. Welcome to Dallas! I’m so excited for you to become a local blogger! #75205 I am anxiously awaiting your take on fashion and finding the best at Lake Athens!

  14. How exciting! I’ve made two big moves in my adult life so far, one to DC and another to Chicago. We’re going to move again in another year or two as well. I completely understand the excitement and the anxiety…and the adventure! Good luck with everything! I can’t wait to read what’s in store (all good things, I’m sure!) 🙂

  15. This sounds like an amazing new chapter in your life! I have moved from state to state 7 times and recently just moved within the same state. I personally love moving. I know it sounds weird but I like the change. I am already wondering where to next! I have thought about Dallas because I have family there and I have been plenty of times! And after living alone after college I realize how much I like it! It has all the top names and fun things like New York but with a little more Southern flare and a lot more space. You will love it! The hardest part is the packing and unpacking!

    xoxo
    Brooke

    inaworldofbees

  16. Congrats! I moved from DC to Austin in August and I’m so happy being down here. You will notice differences…at least once a week I have an “Oh my god, that’s so Texas” moment but overall it’s an amazing place to be.

    If you’re looking for a way to zen out and meet some new people, I highly encourage you to check out CorePower Yoga. I did my teacher training at there studios in DC and now teach for them in Austin. It was an AMAZING way to find a great little community right off the bat. I’m obviously a little biased but I think you’ll love it. You get a free week to try it all out (check out the C1 classes if you’re super new. Sculpt classes will kick your butt in the best way and Hot Power Fusion is the best way to unwind). We’ve got 2 studios in Dallas and are opening a 3rd very soon. A cross-country moves deserves a high quality way to unwind.

    From one (new ish) Texan to another….WELCOME!

  17. Beyond thrilled for you, Will, and Rory – congratulations! I cannot wait to see your new home come together and follow along with your many Texas adventures. Thanks for sharing the fun news!

  18. Congratulations to you both on the exciting news!!! I think you will do Dallas proud with your mad skills you are packing into your suitcases!!

  19. congrats! how exciting! I’ve moved a number times, my suggestions: hire professional movers and join the Junior League or another volunteer organization to meet new people!

  20. OH MY GOD I CANNOT WAIT TO FOLLOW ALONG AS YOU DECORATE A HOUSE. Sorry, caps, excited.

    A whole house though! Congratulations to you both – huge decision! I’ve moved a couple of times, so have some tips. First is to label your boxes really clearly. Second is to think about how often you use particular items and in which combinations, and pack that way. Like, if you need knives you’ll also need a chopping board. Or if you need towels, you’ll probably need bathmats. It sounds basic, but it’s a game changer when its 3am and you have haven’t showered in your new house and the towels are randomly in with the mixing bowls. Third tip is to throw stuff away. If you don’t use it and it doesn’t make you happy, it’s got no place in your new life.

    Happy moving! x

  21. Dallas has the most amazing little soufflé restaurant called Rise. It’s in University Park at Inwood & Lovers. And I REALLY miss Celebrity Cafe & Bakery – a cute little sandwich/salad shop and bakery. Sunday breakfast at the Original House of Pancakes is a must – the best pancakes and the thickest bacon. For shopping, you can’t beat Tootsies – just so good.

    I think you’ve mentioned in the past that you are an Alpha Chi Omega (me too!). (If I’m mistaken on that, ignore this next paragraph except that every sorority does have a great alumnae chapter in Dallas.) Our AXO alumnae chapter is very active in Dallas and they host a joint fundraiser fashion show with the SMU collegiate chapter called Alpha Chi Couture that you would really enjoy. It’s a fun & successful event – they raised $90,000 this year even on the day of a snow & ice storm. I have used sorority alumnae groups as a way to meet women every city I’ve moved to and have found it to be very beneficial. I know the alumnae president in Dallas and would be happy to get you in touch with her.

    And if you need a shopping partner when you come to Houston to visit High Fashion – because I know you will – let me know; I live 5 minutes away from the store! Do you know there is a Wisteria storefront in Dallas? I pass it every time I’m leaving & heading to Love Field and have been DYING to go.

    Congratulations on starting a new & exciting chapter!

    1. I love this Alpha Chi Omega connection – amazing job Beth Ann. You understand the lifelong bond of friendship and sisterhood!
      MacKenzie, I hope you are seeking out the AXOs in Dallas – there are SO MANY Alpha Chis in and around Dallas!
      YITB from a Theta Lambda alumna in Beta Eta land

  22. I moved from NY to Dallas about 5 years ago! I think you will truly love it. The sunshine factor is huge!
    Let me know if you need any help or advice on anything- restaurants, dr’s, neighborhoods, shopping, etc. 🙂

    Lindsey

  23. Congratulations! I live in Dallas and I love it here! There are so many good places to eat and lots of fun things to do. Let me know if you need any recommendations 🙂

  24. Mackenzie!! Congratulations! How exciting! You are going to absolutely LOVE Texas!! 🙂 And you’ll always have vacations and trips back to New England! 🙂
    I’m also moving and dealing with saying goodbye to the wonderful people and experiences I’ve had in Greenwich, CT and moving to Philadelphia to get married! So many things are happening all at once, and everything is a bit bittersweet! I loveloveLOVE your blog and I so appreciate how open and honest you are about your struggles and successes. They are very inspiring as I look for what the future may have in store for me.
    Thanks for sharing!! So happy for you! You’ll love it! 🙂
    ~Lydia

  25. Congrats!! That is so exciting!! Dallas is pretty high on the list of places I might move to. Like you, I love NYC but I know it’s not the place I am meant to be forever. I’m so happy you! From what I’ve heard, the hardest thing about NYC is actually leaving it but then it’s easy once you are gone. I’m excited to read your future posts on Dallas.

    Sam
    Savvy City Chic

  26. Oh my goodness! Congratulations and how exciting! I can’t wait to follow along on the journey! The biggest advice I can give when it comes to moving is to clearly label all of your boxes, like get down to the nitty-gritty details. You will be so thankful when unpacking all of the boxes when they clearly state what exactly is in them. That way you can tackle the most important items first. My mom taught me this when I made my first big move to Washington, DC and I couldn’t have been more grateful for it. It’s been a life saver on the moves since then as well! Good luck and happy packing 🙂

  27. Awesome! Can’t wait to hear more about this!

    Just a headsup, many of your posts are not showing up in my Feedly account. Not sure if that’s purposeful but I missed a bunch of posts!

  28. Don’t be afraid to a massive clean out of your stuff. When I made my last move, things that I would have refused to get rid of on Monday were given to the local thrift shop on Tuesday. In my experience, 9 times out of 10 I haven’t missed anything I gave away or left behind. There’s something nice about being able to start off fresh somewhere new. I also second getting a moving company, it’s a huge stress relief!

  29. OMG congrats!! I have been following the blog for I don’t even know how long and I’m so excited for you two! A house! A new state! (A wedding? Wink wink) Can’t wait to see where your adventures take you next.

    I moved from my hometown (Charleston, SC) to Boston for college and that was a big move for sure. I’ve been enjoying staying put for awhile now, but we’ll see where the jobs take my bf and I in a few years when he’s finished training. Good luck!

  30. As a longtime reader, this is just the most fun thing to read! Congratulations on all of the exciting things ahead! Can’t wait to follow along on your adventures in Dallas.

  31. Mackenzie! That’s such exciting news! I just moved to Waco, Texas (about an hour and a half south of Dallas) last summer for my husband to attend Baylor’s law school. And while I totally get the sentiment of- I didn’t really picture myself living in Texas at this point- I also 100% agree with being willing to move, even to the moon, if it means being with the person you love. Dallas is great! I’m sure you’ll love it. There’s great dog parks and museums, (my favorite is the Dallas Museum of Art) shops and brunch places, shops and boutiques; there’s always something to do!

  32. I have loved following your blog and can’t wait to read all about this new adventure! One of my best friend’s family just moved to Austin last semester, and I’ll be visiting her this summer and I can’t wait!

  33. Mackenzie! I am so happy for you and Will! You will love Texas because it really is the best state in the country! I would love to have the chance to work for you! I live down the road in Fort Worth, which is another city that you will have to visit when you move down here!

  34. Mackenzie! This is EXCITING news, and I am so happy for you and Will! Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas I know that you will just love living in Dallas! I would love to have the opportunity to work for you!

  35. Mackenzie! This is about the sweetest post I have ever read. I’ve followed you blog for a while now (almost 3 years) and as I am graduating in less than 2 months (scary) I can’t help but think of you and your journey, I have loved your blog, Instagram, PInterest, and so much more. I cannot wait to see where Design Darling heads as you make this change! And as you know, post-grad life throws you for a loop so my experience won’t be so different from yours. Best wishes to you!!

  36. I just moved to Dallas from DC at the end of last year, so I totally understand the transition from the East Coast to the wild world that is Texas. It’s been a crazy ride, and at times a bit of an adjustment. If you remember to embrace the differences and thrive in the adventure you’ll learn to love it here. The people are friendly, the food is divine, it’s incredibly dog friendly – and most importantly – Sunday brunching on a patio with a Bloody Mary is practically a religion here. Enjoy the move!

  37. Congrats! I’m a long time reader and have loved hearing about your adventures.

    My biggest moving tip is, if you can afford it, hire a moving company to move 95% of your stuff (everything but the essentials you’ll need for the first week or so). I moved a couple years ago from Boston to the Bay Area and it was a HUGE relief to have the physical part of moving taken care of. Good luck!

  38. awww, congratulations! Ya’ll be great in Texas. I teared up a little bit reading it =) I’m from Michigan, but moving to Texas is on my life list.

  39. Congrats on the big move! I’ve followed your blog for quite some time and seen the transitions you’ve been through although guilty of being an infrequent commenter. I think you will love Dallas! I was a seriously reluctant transplant to Dallas from San Diego. I also moved for the love of my life! While I miss my family and friends, I have really grown to love Dallas and all it has to offer. I think you will really enjoy it here! There is so much to do and fabulous restaurants as well! I have met so many people who have moved here from all over the world, so I was quite surprised to find how cosmopolitan of a city it can be. And for one day in the future, it is a great place to raise a family. I’d never pictured having 2 girls who are Texans, funny where life can take you! Best of luck!!!!

  40. awww, congratulations! This is a such a beautifully written post. You will be fantastic in Texas. I’m from Michigan, but moving to Texas is on my life list =)

  41. CONGRATULATIONS Mackenzie (and Will!) I am SO excited for you both! You will absolutely love Dallas, it is the best city. As a fellow New England girl living in Texas, there are definitely things I miss – family being the #1 – but I really can’t imagine being anywhere else. Would LOVE to get together once you’re settled to catch up!

    xoxo
    Sarah

  42. Congrats!!! I moved from Pennsylvania to Houston after college and hands down the best part was leaving the snow boots behind!

    Hope your move goes smoothly and looking forward to reading about your adventures in the lone star state!

  43. Very exciting news! I wish you much luck and happiness. It’s really nice to start over on a clean slate and change anything you deem changing. The south is definitely a different atmosphere than the north… but I think that’s what’s so awesome about it. You will learn new lingo, meet new people, enjoy WARM weather pretty much year round (jealous), and have a new, exciting place to call “home”. Sending good vibes your way! xo

  44. Very exciting news! I wish you much luck and happiness. It’s really nice to start over on a clean slate and change anything you deem changing. The south is definitely a different atmosphere than the north… but I think that’s what’s so awesome about it. You will learn new lingo, meet new people, enjoy WARM weather pretty much year round (jealous), and have a new, exciting place to call “home”. Sending good vibes your way! xo

  45. Very exciting news! I wish you much luck and happiness. It’s really nice to start over on a clean slate and change anything you deem changing. The south is definitely a different atmosphere than the north… but I think that’s what’s so awesome about it. You will learn new lingo, meet new people, enjoy WARM weather pretty much year round (jealous), and have a new, exciting place to call “home”. Sending good vibes your way! xo

  46. This post gave me goosebumps! I have only recently started reading your blog, I have followed along on Instagram for a while now, and I have to say I love how personal you make it! I really enjoy hearing about young women taking hold of their lives and doing amazing things – it’s very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us! And good luck in Dallas!! I am jealous, I have always wanted to move south for a time in my life.

  47. Mackenzie, this is so exciting! My husband and I are actually moving to Dallas on April 4th! I would so love to connect with y’all once you’re settled. It’s been a pleasure to work with you on a professional basis, and it would be such a joy to connect in this new city of ours. xo, Bonnie

  48. I went to college in New York City and I so relate to how you feel about it! I’m so glad I lived there, and it truly shaped the person I am today. But boy is it hard to live there! I know you are going to absolutely LOVE Dallas. Congrats on the move, babe!

  49. I went to college in New York City and I so relate to how you feel about it! I’m so glad I lived there, and it truly shaped the person I am today. But boy is it hard to live there! I know you are going to absolutely LOVE Dallas. Congrats on the move, babe!

  50. Congrats Mackenzie & Will! Sounds like an amazing adventure! I’m excited to keep reading and learn all about Dallas 🙂 Cheers guys!

  51. Wow, congrats! What an amazing change for Will and you! I’m admittedly rather excited to see how this new chapter in your life will take form on both the shop and the blog. Cannot wait to see what you get yourself into in the future. 🙂 Once again, congrats!

    Emily
    simplyemilyl.blogpsot.com

  52. Ah, what a crazy exciting time for you! I have tons of family and friends scattered about Texas and I can’t say enough great things about every city I’ve been to, including Dallas. I can’t wait to follow along with your new adventures.

  53. Congratulations on your move, Mackenzie! It’s been so much fun reading your blog every day and I’m so excited to see where this next chapter takes you. I know that I’ll want to visit Dallas after seeing all of your beautiful Instagrams. 🙂

  54. omgosh how exciting! i just moved to chicago last year and feel the excitement all over again!
    I actually just read this article about dallas “reborn” on a flight back this weekend, http://hub.aa.com/en/aw/dallas-reborn (from the inflight magazine no less!) and I thought it was really interesting and gets into some of the neighborhood vibes & a few “must go to” spots — seems like a great time to be moving there!

    best of luck — can’t wait to read how everything goes for you!
    it always sounds like terrible advice, but don’t stress about the logistics of everything…you’ll figure it out & everything seems to fall into place or you’ll adjust as you go. we panicked about everything – not a fun way to go and in the end, it all worked out

  55. Awwwww Mackenzie!!! I am so excited and happy for you! New chapters are always so fun and exciting and it WILL (heh) be a blast with Will by your side!!

    PS: On a random *astrological* note, this is the perfect moon phase to announce a big change 😀 HAD TO SAY IT!

  56. Congratulations! So exciting 🙂 When moving to a new city just say yes as much as possible, even when you’re tired, even if it seems overwhelming; more yes’s will make any transition easier. Moving in together, say exactly what you really mean as much as possible. The truth / how you really feel about something always comes out in the end, the more you practice saying that first, the easier it becomes!

    Best of luck!

  57. So, so happy for you two. And cheers to the next great chapter ahead — for both of us! Can’t wait to see what Dallas brings your way.

    PS, so funny you mentioned moving tips. I had a bunch of people ask me the same, so I shared a bunch today.

    Sending you the biggest hugs! xx

  58. I knew it! I am so freaking excited for you, Will and Rory! Another plus, you are now in the middle of the country so it’s easy to fly to more places in the US. (hint, hint: California…) I can’t wait to see what you do with your new space and now you will have room for another dog too!

  59. Congrats, Mackenzie!! My uncle actually was a tight end for the Dallas Cowboys back in their ’90s glory days…you’ll have to ask Will if he knows who Jay Novacek is & check out a Cowboys game! I’ve made plenty of Dallas trips throughout the years and have distinct memories of wearing shorts on Thanksgiving! Stephen & I also enjoyed eating at Local. And please, please do a Texas State Fair outfit post 🙂

    Good luck with the move!!!!

    Joyce

  60. OH MY GOD! So exciting! I had this feeling you would be moving in with him, but was not expecting a move to DFW!

    My in laws live in DFW, so I am familiar with the area and go down a couple times a year! The biggest thing you’ll need to adjust to is driving everywhere and the traffic. Oh, and the HEAT. Lawd the heat. I think you’re going to like it, a lot, and since it’s a nice big city, you’ll do very well with not only adjusting, shopping, etc., but growing your boutique. You might be able to open a legit storefront at some point successfully. You also will find a great blogger network down there.

    I might actually have to try to meet you in person…Just might…

  61. That’s so exciting! I”m sure you’ll love Dallas! Favor is one of our Seamless alternatives here- perfect for when you’re craving queso late at night (you’ll quickly learn to be craving it).

  62. I grew up in Dallas, but went off for college in Chicago. I moved back to Dallas after living 6 years in Chicago. You’ll miss the public transit and walking, but if you buy a house in the right neighborhood, you’ll still feel right at home! The best Dallas urban neighborhoods are Lakewood, the M Streets, Lower Greenville, University Park, Highland Park, Deep Ellum, downtown (duh!) and Uptown. My husband and I recently bought a 1937 Tudor cottage in Lakewood and love it! We live 15 minutes from downtown and a 2 mile walk from White Rock Lake. It’s the perfect mix of being both close to city and nature. Good luck in your new home search!

    And…this is seriously a foodie town…you won’t lack for good restaurants! And there really are a lot of great museums and art things happening – you just have to keep your eyes and ears open to them!

    A list of great museums:

    Dallas Contemporary
    Dallas Museum of Art
    Nasher Sculpture Center
    Crow Collection of Asian Art
    The Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth)
    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
    Amon Carter Museum (Forth Worth)
    Perot Museum of Nature and Science

    Welcome to Dallas, Texas 🙂

  63. Congratulations! As a new yorker who moved to Texas I can say that the transition is easier than you may think. Dallas is a fabulous place and Texas has so much to offer (hello Marfa, hill country, mexican food, and ranches). And if you are ever homesick, Dallas always has cheap direct flights to NYC, Conn, and Boston 🙂

  64. Congrats, Mackenzie (and Will)! How exciting. In regards to getting settled in a new city, I moved to Omaha, NE in August and didn’t know a soul. Although you will have Will and his family there, take it upon yourself to venture out alone, meet new people, ask everyone “what do you do for fun here?” or “where’s the best burger/wine/seafood/etc. joint in town?” I had a relatively easy time making connections and friends here and that was all due to not being picky, but rather just enjoying the experience/process of it all. Best wishes!

  65. Oh Mackenzie! I am so so happy and excited for you. Seriously when I read that you are moving it feels like one of my own dear friends is moving. I’ve loved your blog for years now and cannot wait for you to embark on this great new adventure. I’ve never been to Dallas myself but I’ve only ever heard amazing things. I’m sure you will love it there and truly create the life you want and love. Best wishes from me to you!

    – Kelsey
    https://kelseydefined.wordpress.com/

  66. That is such exciting news! Thank you for sharing. I love following your blog and wish you the best of luck in your new city!

  67. That is such exciting news! Thank you for sharing. I love following your blog and wish you the best of luck in your new city!

  68. Congratulations! Do you know when you will be moving officially? Looking forward to seeing all the new changes through your blog 🙂

  69. This is so exciting! As a life-long Texan, I am just beaming with Texas pride right now. I can’t wait to read about what you discover here, love here, and even what makes you go “what in the world???”!

    Tips from a Texan: Dallas and Fort Worth are two completely different places, but if you want to get a better sense of the Heart of Texas…head to Fort Worth for a day. It will be such an experience!

  70. Eep!! Congratulations! I’m grew up in Arlington and you will LOVE Dallas! The 230 days of sunshine are fantastic. There’s probably more than 230 haha last year I was at the pool in January (I live in Houston now). You will love LOVE the country concerts, they are plentiful and awesome. Welcome to Texas! 🙂

    1. check out the Jackie Pock band, she just moved back to Texas from Seattle. She is great! Enjoy your new city. After living in Boston for 4 years then moving back to Seattle it is so fun to experience a new place every day. You are closer now to the west coast come visit us 🙂