deep-fried & Texas-sized

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hahaha my admiration for this chicken waffle fry is on another level

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I actually can’t believe that as a Texan, I’ve missed out on the State Fair of Texas my whole life!! This past Friday my bff Keely and I took a road-trip to Dallas, TX to see Fair Park in all its fried glory for the first time. I should’ve expected the fair to be Texas-sized, but I was really taken aback at how much there was to look at, ride, and eat. We didn’t even get a chance to walk the whole park, but what we did stumble upon was fun and yummy!

Salty-sweet fried treats were exactly what we were looking for upon entering the fair – I saved my appetite especially for this occasion because I knew what I’d be getting myself into – fried heaven. I made my first stop at Yardbird’s, the little yellow and green stand caught my attention along with the words, ‘World Famous Waffle Chicken Fries.’ Because I already love chicken and waffles I had a feeling I would enjoy their deep fried version. The chicken waffle fries were crispy, savory and sweet dipped in their maple syrup – a treat I would recommend!

My Michael Kors purse was a necessity accessory for this trip; holding my sunglasses, wallet, lipstick, coupons and cell-phone, allowing my hands to be readily available for fried treats! I considered the weather when dressing for the fair, the past few days had been a bit chilly in the evenings and since we wouldn’t be arriving to the fair until 6 I took the opportunity to dress these adorable black overalls I’ve been waiting to wear. The overalls had me stepping out of my comfort zone a bit, but I’m all about trying new pieces to see what works for myself! I found my gingham plaid top at a steal for $17 from Tj maxx! The fun print and the rutched bell-sleeve led me to love this top, and the fact the front ruffles paralleled with the overalls made it the perfect match for this look!

I knew I needed to find shoes that would be comfortable for a few hours of walking the fair ground, so I chose these suede slip-on black flats that I actually wear all the time because they are so easy to slip on and go, they’re very comfy to wear and they pair great with just about anything. Since my exact pair is no longer available I’ve linked an identical pair below now available for pre-orders – everyone should have these in their closet! I’m so glad I wore my floral, velvet-embroidered baseball cap because it was sooo windy (especially on the ferris wheel, yikes) and it was also a bright, blue-sky Texas afternoon, so it kept my face shaded.

When the largest ferris wheel in the state of Texas first came into our view Keely and I both agreed we had to take a ride to fully get the Texas State Fair experience. The carts we climbed inside of were fully enclosed like a cage, a dramatic difference from the ferris wheel carts I’m used to seeing at my local carnival which are very much so open. It may have hindered my photography skills but it did make me feel a little safer while being 212 feet in the air!! Without a doubt the ferris wheel ride was the highlight of our trip! With a sunset just on the horizon, the view from above the glowing lights of the fair grounds and downtown Dallas just in the background, it was truly a sight to see.

Before leaving the State Fair of Texas I tried a fried snickers bar and I couldn’t have spent my last few coupons on something sweeter; it was ooey-gooey, crunchy and delicious! It may have totally spoiled my appetite for my girls-night dinner in Uptown, but it was well worth it – the hundreds of calories and all. I’m now a firm believer that everyone should go to the state fair once in their life (or rather every year). You can find me here again next October, I’ve already got a list of things I wanna make sure to ride and taste after my first Texas State Fair experience!

As always,

Ara

Black Overalls: sold out, similar style at Forever 21 for $35, Target for $40 and ASOS for $56 | Gingham top: TJMAXX | Velvet embroidered hat: Lord & Taylor | Suede slip-on shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: Michael Kors | Kendra Scott Morgan Stud: my color sold out, white marble color here

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