Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Everything Really Is Bigger: TX Visit, Part I

One of the great perks of my job is that every now and then I get to hop on a plane and travel to cool places. Like Texas

This past week I got to visit Plano and Dallas Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday, flying out on Thursday morning. It was a quick, but great mix of work and play. On the play side, we ate some great food and went to Top Golf, where I had the most fun I've ever had with a golf club in my hands! More to come on this later.

First, I just have to jump right into my stay at Hotel Zaza while in Dallas for two nights. Oh wait, excuse me, Hotel Za as the cool kids say. The Zaza is a luxury boutique hotel in Uptown Dallas that's rich in decor with lots of bling, velvet, unique art and photography.

The Za by night and day.

While I stayed in a "normal" room, I'm already crossing my fingers for a themed room the next time around (like the Far East or Shag-A-Delic - check out all 23 here) along with some time to take a dip and sip by the amazing poolside. I love POPSUGAR's recap here!

Here's a look at my room...

Even the room numbers and evacuation plans were in beautiful gold bamboo frames!

All the furniture, including that beautiful velvety chocolate sofa was so comfy! And yes the pillow says, "Hey Beautiful, We love Ya!".

How cool are these bathroom lights? They remind me of an Oscar.

"I'm Busy Putting On My Makeup"

There she is, The Queen herself, Queen Latifah (as teased on my Instragram feed)! Don't you just die over this picture, that's a cheetah beside her chair btw.

I wanted to take this headboard home, I love this fabric!

How cute is that little stool up there? I wanted to take that home too.

The robes were so comfy! Ahhhh... I can't image how nice the ZaSpa would be.

The shampoo and everything was C.O. Bigelow and was an awesome lavender peppermint scent, made specially for The Zaza!

A candle was lit on my bedside table when I came in for the night.

All the little pieces of furniture everywhere were brilliant. This chair has an embroidered, "Sit On Me" message.

I loved their tone of writing and different typefaces on all the pieces.

Here's my next DIY. A power strip attached conspicuously to the side of the bedside table to charge all your devices.

The butler's pantry on the floor was stocked in the morning with yummy coffee, juices and tea.

Oh and that was just my room y'all! Here's some peeks at the awesome lobby and Dragonfly restaurant.

That's a "mood" chandelier that changes colors!


Don't you love that faux-grass wall at the front desk! You're also greeted in the lobby with this large, plush, Moroccan-style daybed. Maybe I'll slightly mimic this in my house by purchasing this World Market version.

I've been on the hunt for great coffee table books and The Za had plenty of ideas!

Here's a sneak peek of the restaurant and bar, it had such a cool vibe.

I'm so in love with all the hanging individual lights above, as well as those black and white pillows.

I can't even begin to explain to y'all how amazing all the photography was. In the bar and just walking down the halls to my room.


I unfortunately had no fun celebrity sightings even being there so close to the Final Four, but apparently Yahoo Total Travel says its the number eight place for star gazing in the US.

People like Michael Jordan and Britney Spears stay here when they're in town. Oh and some of my guilty reality favs too, like The Kardashians and the RHOOC. As reported here, here and here.

See, everything really is bigger in Texas y'all! Stay tuned for more details on the ridiculously amazing food and golf outing we took too!
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