I visited Dallas for a quick 24 hours last month and discovered my two favorite things of Dallas that I had never seen before. It's very hot during summer, so my favorite times of the year to visit Dallas are fall and spring. It's a great place to go shopping, have fun, go to museums and enjoy life. Dallas is a great place for girlfriend weekends, couple's getaways, and for shopping and its art scene. There is plenty to do for families as well, but the city is large and you need a car to drive around with the kids for the family attractions, and in my book Dallas is a better travel destination for adults only trips. My reasoning - there are so many great boutiques, and shopping districts that you'll want to wander around, and the nightlife is great with so many great outdoor restaurants that you can enjoy a glass (or two) of wine with your friend(s) in the warmth of the Southern evening. My two new favorite spots of Dallas are the Hotel Zaza and The Gypsy Wagon store. Hotel Zaza is a boutique hotel with a spa, restaurant, nightclub and an outdoor pool. They have several different types of rooms so you can pick one that strikes your fancy. For the luxury you'll get the prices are actually very good for an uptown location. My favorite shop in Dallas is The Gypsy Wagon, in the North Henderson Avenue. The store is full of Texas-related home decor, boho chic fashion, home decorating items, jewelry, gift items, stationary - it's beyond words what all this cute store has. It is a destination itself! Read my post of all of my favorites places in Dallas.
"Demi and Ashton just arrived" is normal in LA but in SXSW at a remote upstairs hazy deck for a tech party with fuzzy dice??? I have been noticing for a while that tech is becoming pervasively fashion-oriented (first pink snakeskin finish laptop sighted 2 years ago) but the cross-over has gone deep with CAA announcing they were opening a new division for "apps developed by actors". I shudder to think what those might be... nevermind the fact that I'm a thespian myself and the immediate one I thought of was "photo feature that allows you to put unicorns in the photo behind you." Yes, it's pretty ridiculous; I will be the first to admit. But I will also concur to the notion that tech-savvy (or savvy on the subject of anything other than the topic of oneself) is a welcome idea in the world of actors and actresses. How about the rest of the world?
In SXSW, the film side this year WAS prevalent but there was such an overwhelmingly vibrant presence from all of the tech companies (young, fresh like Hootsuite and offshoots of classics Ask.com) - the Google party and Foursquare where THE most talked about and most of the discussions I overheard in classic "film" spots were integrating other forms of media and technology. And the people talking the talk were NOT your prototypical tight tie and thick glasses wearing "dorks"; long haired fashionistas and bombshell figured babes were throwing down the tech terminology like a Texan BBQ. It was refreshing and yet slightly unnerving; the faces of naive or purposeful abstenance from nerd-speak are rarer and harder to find. Nary a conversation goes by without reference to something on one's smart phone or You Tube or Twitter. Courtship (as pointed out by one writer here) is a completely tri-lingual process which depends on your ability to download, upload, in-camera edit and select privacy settings faster than choosing your nail color at the mani spa.
I'm at a loss as to whether this is a good thing or bad. In one sense, the process of "learning" new lingo places everyone in a kind of hyper-college mind set; we are all sharing new information, studying it together, comparing notes. In another sense, since it all expires as soon as version 1.0 and 12.5 come along, it can also be construed as temporary transient "verbal mumbo jumbo" and the timeless aspects of pure and personal conversation are getting atrophied in some "name that tech" hotness game. And when there's a guy whose t-shirt has animated volume levels, which even though I spotted first a year ago at some other tech-related event, still made me jump up like a little kid. Go figure -
Hello! So I am headed to Aruba March 17th for a wedding. I will only be there for 3 nights, 4 days but I REALLY want to try some delicious Aruban food! It's hard looking at reviews because I feel like for every good post there is also a negative one! If anyone has been there, and can suggest some good restaurants I would be very grateful!