Broaden Your Horizons

I’ll admit, I am one of those people that needs to know what someone is into before hanging out with them. I met a guy a while back, and thank God for Facebook because I saw his interests on his profile and country music was no where to be found. It was all international music which was kind of odd, but I’m not judging! I was just no longer interested.

Now, I’m not close minded when it comes to music- I promise. My taste in music is actually very eclectic. My iPod has everything from Britney Spears to Chris Ledoux, Marc Anthony, Pearl Jam and Big Sean. However, I pretty much live for Real Texas Country music. I have a lot of blog readers that don’t live in Texas, so I can somewhat understand if you’re not the biggest country music fan ever. On the other hand, if you live in Texas, you should have at least 20 country songs in your iTunes.

Here is a peek into my iTunes library:

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I recently turned a non country music goer onto a country song and he actually liked it, which is huge considering he is a HOUSE music guy. I’m pretty sure his life changed that day.

If you need to broaden your iTunes library or just want a few good new songs, here are a few of my “Real Texas” favorites:

Touch by Josh Abbott Band
Taste by Josh Abbott Band
Oh, Tonight by Josh Abbott Band

Always the Love Songs by Eli Young Band
I call the Tune by Eli Young Band
Even if it Breaks Your Heart by Eli Young Band

One Woman by Randy Rogers Band
Tonights not the Night by Randy Rogers Band

Feet Don’t Touch the Ground by Stoney Larue
Look at me Fly by Stoney Larue

My Kind of Crazy by Brantley Gilbert

Good Luck and True Love by Reckless Kelly

Next Time by Casey Donahew Band
Runnin’ Through My Head by Casey Donahew Band

Spinning around the Dancefloor by Chad Mcbride & the Drifters

Wear My Ring by Bart Crow Band

Don’t want to spend a few dollars on a few good songs? Just hit up a country concert and you will definitely have a whole new love and respect for country music.

xoxo,

Jordan

@jordananix

Sayonara 2011, Bring it on 2012!

Looking at 2011 in hindsight, it was a good year! Dallas Mavericks won their first ever championship, Texas Rangers got pretty damn close to winning the World Series, something is happening with the Dallas Stars, Charlie Sheen entertained most of us with his tigerblood and winning rants, planking gave people the excuse to lay horizontally on random things in random places, Occupy Dallas gave homeless people a place to live for a short amount of time, and Kim Kardashian taught us you can make a fortune on getting married AND divorced!

My year tops off all of that! I’ve never been one to make new year’s resolutions, but a little over a year ago I decided I was going to be completely selfish for the year. Some people need a week or even six months to be selfish; I needed the whole year. I wanted to focus solely on being a mom, my career goals, my finances, and doing what I wanted when I wanted to! It felt and still feels damn good, so I wanted to share some of my 2011 personal highlights with you!

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My main squeeze turned 3.

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Dallas sees snow, the pretty kind!

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I experienced my first Spring Break trip with my best friends in Panama City Beach. Talk about an experience…

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Country concerts are my life; I didn’t go to enough this year. This is Josh Abbott Band, Chad McBride and the Drifters (from my hometown. Shout out!), and Randy Rogers band. If you like country, you need to download some tracks from these bands. Well worth your dollar or two.

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First trip to Austin with best friends leads to an unforgettable night on the famous 6th street. Austin is probably my new favorite city besides Dallas!

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Sea World and Riverwalk in San Antonio.

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I couldn’t resist putting a few pics of our nights out in Uptown Dallas. Our favorite Uptown spots include: Sfuzzi’s, Renfeild’s, Den Bar, Trophy room, Nick and Sam’s, Prime Bar, McKinney Avenue Tavern, and Coal Vines.

Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of my career achievements; I had a very successful year all because I pushed myself and worked my butt off!

I hope you make the best of your 2012. Set goals for yourself, be you and be spontaneous, love who you love, speak up, have faith in the plan God has for you, and live YOUR life.

XOXO,

Jordan

Bringing in 2012 the Right Way

New Year’s Eve: What’s a better excuse for an extravagant night out on the town, as if being young and single in Dallas isn’t enough? NYE is one of the few nights of the year that girls can buy a fun dress and rock dramatic make up and guys can wear fedoras. No, I’m not talking about Halloween. Yes, fedoras should be limited to be worn on this one night of the year unless you’re Britney Spears.

Here are a few tips for looking good, having fun, and being safe while bringing in the new year:
Sequence aren’t just necessary, they are essential this year. Good riddance, rhinestones!
You won’t look like a drag queen if you go for the dramatic eyes and bold lips look, I promise.
Absolutely no flats! Hell, I’m 5’7″ and will be wearing at least 4″ heels.
If you’re single, go out with your fellow single girls. Let’s be honest, it is hard to mingle and get a few free drinks if you’re with your guy friends.
If you are in a relationship, go out with couples. There’s no need to emphasize on that topic…
Don’t skip your pre NYE meal just because your dress is a little tight. You will regret it. (That’s Drinking 101)
Typically when you drink, you dance, which can be embarrassing the day after when you are looking a your night’s pics. Please don’t pull a Snooki, dancing against a glass wall. Yikes…

I assume boys need a few tips as well:
Pin stripe suits were made for mafia/gang related movies, and white shoes with black pants or jeans don’t go together. (stereotype fashion tip… Had to do it!)
If you see a girl that you want to introduce yourself to, buy her what she’s drinking. Study your bitch drinks so you can master this. Vodka waters w/ lemon, Vodka sodas, skinny Margaritas on the rocks and Michelob Ultras are going to be your most common bitch drinks.
If you are more of a ‘shot buyer’, buy a round of shots to include her friends. Buying one girl a shot or two just conveys the wrong message.
The way you talk to your bartender and interact with the strangers around you reveals a lot about you to people watchers. I’m definitely a people watcher.
It IS okay for guys to dance like Pauly D. and Vinny. I know you are relieved after reading that! Haha… It’s fun and shows that you like to have fun.

Most important tip:
Be safe and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
It usually isn’t hard to find a cab in Dallas, but you might have to help out that person who didn’t read dallasbelle.com and is passing out on the curb at 2AM. Call the Tipsy Tow for them. 1-800-AAA-HELP.
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Here are some websites and blogs you should also reference:
NYE Events in Dallas via @frontburner- frontburner.dmagazine.com/NYE
Find the Perf NYE Dress via @fabfitfun- fabfitfun.com/NYEdresses
Make up and Beauty Tips via @CosmoOnline- cosmopolitan.com/hairandbeauty
Tools You Need to not Look Hungover on New Year’s Day via @fabfitfun- fabfitfun.com/hangoverkit

I hope you have a fun and fabulous New Year’s Eve and a successful new year!

XOXO,

Jordan

Dallasbelle Rule #2

Some would say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. However, I think in today’s day and age a stylish gay boy is a girl’s best friend and every girl needs one. Think about it… Diamonds make a girl look and feel pretty. But, a gay best friend helps you look pretty, gives you the best advice because they can be brutally blunt, and of course makes for a great shopping partner.

Dallasbelle Rule #2:
When a gay man compliments you, take it and own it!

A super cute gay man in Uptown said to me, “Girl, you are absolutely gorgeous! What you’re doing totally works and you are workin’ it!” haha… I must be honest; I felt like Joan Rivers just gave me the stamp of approval on The Fashion Police.

XOXO,

Jordan

PS- I am currently in the market for a gusband! Yes, I meant gusband, gay husband! Surely not all relationships end like Jessica Simpson and Ken Pave’s did…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to keep you grounded. It’s a holiday that is all about focussing on the non-materialistic things that has helped you become the person you are today. If I really wanted to get deep, I could write about the Indians and the pilgrims, but we already know that story. So, as I sit here with a full tummy, cold beer, and the Cowboys game on multiple TVs, I can’t help but to think about the list of things I am thankful for.

My overly supportive family.
My son who is my world.
My gorgeous group of friends.
A great job that supports my lifestyle and that has given me the opportunity to do what I love to do. I am also thankful for the connections and friendships I have made through my job.
Our country, the US Military, and our freedom.
Above all, God himself.

Hope you are having a good Thanksgiving! Go Cowboys!