Football Season Must-Haves

It’s official: tailgate season is here along with all of the watch parties. This also means that a large amount of beer, wings, pizza – you name it – will be consumed over the next six months. Not only will you need to have your appetite ready (or at least your will to maintain that Whole30 diet everyone has been starting), you need to make sure that wardrobe is also ready. Whether your stadium style is chic and sophisticated or basic jeans and tee, I have pulled together some of my favorite pieces that will not only have you prepared for the season ahead. I’m talking leather leggings, denim jackets, team hoodies, boots, and (for you SEC girls that absolutely must wear high heels to a football game) all the dresses!

I put together a round up of my favorite denim jackets that you can find at Express below.


A denim jacket is basically a year ’round staple in my closet, and if you – like me – are in Texas, Arizona, California, Louisiana, etc., you can get away with a denim jacket for your outerwear for the majority of the year. For those colder days, you can just layer with a fleece hoodie, beanie, and scarf to stay warm. Pair your hoodie with some leather leggings to give your look a little bit more of an edge and throw on some booties. If you are not a heel or bootie kind of girl, throw on a pair of Vans. I know that may sound basic, but Vans has quickly stolen my heart and right now I want every single pair they have in a size 10.5. I personally would pair a pair of Vans with leather leggings for a day game, pregaming at a tailgate. I would throw the booties in for a night game with an added leather jacket for that extra edge, in case that dinner and drinks follow the game. Or, for the days that I am being extra (which is almost always), I will wear a bootie and leather jacket to a day game as well.
What makes the leather leggings and jacket perfect is that they quickly and easily make a t-shirt look extra chic. I love Spanx leather leggings. I saw everyone on Instagram talking about them last year and when I saw they were in the Nordstrom Sale, I told myself no at first, but then gave in a purchased a pair right when the sale was ending. If you have been paying attention to my Instagram feed, you may have seen me wearing a black BlankNYC leather jacket. This leather jacket has definitely taken the place of my Express one from last year. I love how tailored the fit is and how soft the leather is on the BlankNYC jacket. Not to mention, you can always have an extra black leather jacket. ūüôā Once you throw in a heel and you are no longer casual, despite wearing a tee. This is why I love fall. Football season, and preseason basketball, allow for all of the t-shirts and casual looks.

Okay so your look is complete but do you have your bag?! You know the majority of college stadiums and all NFL stadiums have the clear bag rule in effect. And I have two clear bag retailers for you! I just ordered the Leigh Anne from GiGi New York. I have been wanting this bag ever since Collins Tuohy Smith announced the collab. First off, I love Collins. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Create & Cultivate in LA and I just went right up to her and said hi. She is the absolute sweetest. Anyway back to the bag. Collins collabed with GiGi New York to come up with stadium approved clear bags. I purchased the Leigh Anne in black, got a crimson and white tassel so I can rep my beloved OU, and also got the bag monogrammed. I can’t wait for it to come in. The Leigh Anne is a sleek crossbody and comes in black or tan trim. Like I said, I ordered the black mainly cause I wear a lot of black, but I may get another one to have in the tan color, cause, options. You can shop the Leigh Anne below.

Now, if you want something a little less expensive, I have to share with you that Opolis Clothing has clear bags in store. So if you are in the Norman, Oklahoma area, I highly suggest that you pop in the store and check out their clear bag selection. I love their tee shirts and sweatshirts. I just ordered a ton from them (and will be ordering more) that I can’t wait to share with you all. Plus, what’s better than shopping small and supporting local businesses?

I can’t wait to head to my first football game of the season starting with Baylor and OU in Norman at the end of the month. Then I will be heading to a few Texans games with a couple Astros (and potentially Rangers) games before baseball season ends. Tell me, what is your go-to game day outfit?

Yankee Stadium – Jim Beam Club

Last week I had planned back to back trips to Yankee Stadium (read about the first trip here), and the second day stretched into a third thanks to a rain delay. The unexpected day three at the ballpark led to a quick trip to H&M to find something for the Saturday. ANYWAY! Friday/Saturday vs. the Royals and it was CC Sabathia bobblehead giveaway day.

Gates Open

Friday night: 5:00; although I think they actually opened at 4:00. I got there around 6:15. The first 18,000 guests received the CC Sabathia bobblehead and I’m so glad my mom and I both got one – considering we arrived later than I usually like to. However, the rain may have kept people away for a little bit.

Saturday night the gates opened at 5:00. No giveaway for this game as it was the make from Friday.

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320C  Row 5  Seats 9-12

This section gave access to the Jim Beam Club which has a full bar, a patio area by the seats with another small bar. Inside the lounge there was free popcorn, peanuts, and unlimited drink refills (fountain drinks only). These seats are

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Beautiful. Case in point…

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Concessions

My mom and I went with the value bucket and ate ALL the popcorn. We are popcorn people. **Reminder: popcorn are peanuts arecomplimentary and unlimited in the Jim Beam Club** By the time we made through Saturday’s make up game, we have probably gone through two bags each. I may have also ate some of a third bag, but who’s actually keeping track? Plus the bags are kind of small.

Overall game two of Saturday’s double header was a beautiful night for baseball, although a little warmer than the night before.

Game Day Style

Here’s a recap of what I wore to each game. You don’t always have to wear a team tee or jersey to a game. Remember your favorite teams colors and incorporate that in what you wardrobe. Obviously you want to be functional when you’re at a ballpark. I love wearing a jumpsuit and found these two at Lily Rain Rice Village. The first jumpsuit I paired with this Free People bralette in white. I usually like to pair my jumpsuits with a wedge or a heel, but not at an outdoor ball park where people are good at spilling beer and whatnot. So I opted for a Tory Burch Miller sandal. I’ve had multiple pairs of Millers over the years, but here are the pair I am wearing now.

Thanks to Friday’s game being a rain out, and we would be returning the next day, I had to make an emergency stop at H&M in Times Square for something to wear. Leave to H&M to come in clutch. I couldn’t find the exact tank that I wore, but I did find the v-neck¬† version¬†here. It’s super cute as well, and will probably be ordering it to wear for work. These are the white jeans I basically wore all summer long.

Coming up in the Major League game day adventures, I’m heading to Wrigley Field for the first time as they take on the Cincinnati Reds in August. I’m excited to be checking off one of my must-sees on my stadium bucket list.

Until next time,

Danielle

My Stadium Bucket List

I know I have my favorite teams but at the end of the day, I love a good game day experience and seeing different stadiums and ballparks. From college to professional teams, I have a nice, healthy list of places I want to visit. But before I get to what I want to see, let me fill you in on what I’ve seen, first.

Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium (aka Jerry’s World), Astrodome (a little nostalgia… Love Ya Blue), Ohio Stadium (The ‘Shoe), Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, Kyle Field, Yankee Stadium (the House that Ruth built), Yankee Stadium (the house that Jeter Judge built), Citi Field, Shea Stadium, Minute Maid Park, NRG, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Toyota Center, Staples Center, and Smoothie King Arena. I have been to a sporting event at each and every one of these venues and have so many more I want to see. Here are 20 and they are in no particular order.

  1. Fenway Park – It is on my to-do list for next baseball season to make it to Fenway for a good ole Yankees/Red Sox match up, and then head to the Bronx for a Boston game as well. Then I’m good. But then that will lead to #13…
  2. Wrigley Field – This one will actually be added to the Done That list in August!
  3. Rose Bowl – Obvi, I’d love to see OU play here and win their 8th championship.
  4. Safeco Field
  5. Soldier Field
  6. Lambeau Field – although NOT in the cold. I don’t have time for that.
  7. Heinz Field – I really want a terrible towel moment.
  8. MetLife Stadium 
  9. Los Angeles Stadium – Whenever that opens. The renderings look really pretty.
  10. Dodger Stadium – I feel like it’s required.
  11. Citizens Bank Park – I really wanna meet the Phillie Phanatic. He’s funny.
  12. Rupp Arena – That place just looks like a ton of fun during basketball season. Can I go back to college?
  13. London Stadium – Yankees and Red Sox will play there in 2019. You see a trend?
  14. Madison Square Garden – I went when I was little, but don’t even remember.
  15. Barclay’s Center
  16. Hard Rock Stadium
  17. Las Vegas Stadium – I love a good Vegas trip, and now there will be something else to add to my usual club-day club-recover schedule; football.
  18. Arrowhead Stadium
  19. Marlins Park – I really like Miami…it’s fun.
  20. Oracle Arena – I mean, why not?

There’s a lot of cities on this list. Anyone want to join me as I start to tackle it? Come on, it’ll be fun! What other ballparks/stadiums/arenas should I add to my list? Sound off in the comments, and shop my QuayXDesi high key shades here!

 

Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

It is no secret that I love baseball. I’m a big Yankees fan (don’t start with me – I’m not a fan of the logo like many are), and if I’m watching TV, more than likely it’s on MLB Network. So when a friend says, “Hey, let’s go to a game”, I’m always up for it, no matter who’s playing. Although my boys weren’t in town, the Red Sox were – and I definitely wasn’t missing that.

Mostly I prefer to sit behind home plate or along the visiting dugout (third base line), but this time Evelyn and I sat in the Torchy’s Party Deck. As a game day enthusiast, I like to look for the best way to casually enjoy a game without having to do too much. If you’re not actually into baseball and are just wanting to enjoy a good atmosphere with friends then the Party Deck is for you. Here are a couple of tips and information for having the best time.

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I’ve linked my look at the end of the post. The exact Express shorts and Z Supply shirt. I also found the shirt in a three pack!

Ticket Price: Tickets are general admission and cost $49 each. With taxes and all the shit unnecessary fees that come with buying tickets, the total price for one ticket was about $58. For those that are unfamiliar with purchasing tickets, click on the map to view seats and click on the Torchy’s Party Deck, or scroll down to Torchy’s Party Deck in the drop-down menu (price range options).

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View from the deck.

Parking: We parked at Lucky’s (duh) and had a beer there beforehand. Parking ranges from $10 to $40.

Get There Early:¬†Keep in mind that this is a general admission ticket, so unless you want to be standing the entire game, you’ll want to allow for some time to scope out a spot along the bar area. Here is the view from where we sat. You get a nice view of the entire field and overlook the Astros’ bullpen. We got there about two hours (gates open 2 hours prior to first pitch) in advance which was more than enough time. BUT keep in mind the day of the week, and what team is in town, to gauge how early you want to arrive. Now that I have done it, I would say to-be 45 minutes early for a Sunday evening game is early enough.

Food:¬†The complete Torchy’s menu is not offered, but there are a couple of options (Trailer Park Trashy style for me, please!). And of course, Torchy’s queso is on the menu. There is someone that serves you so you do not have to go back and forth to a concession stand. Beer and¬† If you don’t care for tacos (what’s wrong with you?!) there is a self-service concession stand close by and you can order up what you want. PS: Shake Shack is right down the escalator!

Bring a Group:¬†Ev and I went with just the two of us and when she and I are together we are our own party; however, having a group does make the experience. The largest group I saw was a group of 5 guys and they had to stand around a table (didn’t get there early enough). There were several couples enjoying date night as well.

The best part about the party deck is there is space! Sometimes when you’re seating in the seats, you are sometimes a little close together, or having to deal with people climbing over you to get to the aisle (think of the person that goes to the bar 10 times – annoying). There is room to move and everyone is having a good time.

Until the next game day!

DK

Rockets and Yankees

I don’t know why it took this long to get this post up, but I won’t make it a habit. Last week I had an insane week with a cold that felt like death was taking over, a Soul Cycle double ride, and three games. This is somewhat of a long post, but sit tight. I’ve got some food recs and Minute Maid gameday tips for you.

Last Sunday’s game vs. the Jazz was a good one. Mainly cause I’m obsessed with the food at Toyota Center. The waffle¬†fries and chicken lime nachos (I think that’s what they’re called), are my favorite game time snacks. I mostly sit in section 109 and I know they have seasoned waffle fries and nachos in the club lobby. I also know they can be ordered them from the floor if you are lucky enough to be sitting courtside. Just a warning, from experience, you can’t look cute, eat nachos and watch for flying basketballs (sometimes bodies) at the same time. So, if you are sitting courtside, pick one. ūüôā

After the game, we had an dinner at Masto’s.¬† I will say this spot is perfect to get fancy for date night, or have a nice family lunch or dinner. If you still don’t have Mother’s Day plans, this is a good spot! I did try some of my cousin’s steak and it was amazing. I was craving seafood so I split the seabass and crab cakes with a friend. I highly recommend the seabass. We had it blackened, and it was incredible. Keep in mind I had nachos, fries, maybe some popcorn a cookie, and some other random stuff at the game, so yeah. I was good and full.

Tuesday was the first of back to back trips to Minute Maid Park for the middle two of a four-game series between the Yankees and Red Sox. You’re probably thinking back-to-back games is unnecessary. But listen, on August 29, 1980-something, I pledged my allegiance to the Pinstripes, and it’s been Bronx¬†Bombers only my entire life. At this point, I was miserable with my cold/allergy situation but a cough and runny nose were not going to keep me from seeing my boys in Houston. Not to mention, the Yankees have been on fire, and I’m not going to miss seeing Judge, Stanton, Hicks, Sanchez and the whole crew put on a show. Anyway! Here are some game-day tips for a good time at Minute Maid.

  1. Pre Game at Lucky’s Pub! If you have the time, grab a beer or two before the game! Lucky’s has on-site¬†parking, and if you arrive early enough you can park in their lot and leave your car there for free to head to the game. If you’re hungry, order the wings at the pizza. you can’t go wrong. Especially, if you’re¬†trying to avoid ballpark concession prices.¬†Lucky’s does offer a shuttle to Minute Maid but it’s a less than ten-minute walk. Frankly, I haven’t taken the shuttle – I’ve only walked. (Note: the next day I valeted my car right across the street for $40. Parking ranges from 20 on up).

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    Aaron Judge, New York Yankees #99
  2. Get there early for batting practice! Whether you are there for the ‘Stros or not, BP is always a good idea. Lucky for me, I got to watch Judge and Stanton put on a show. Judge alone,¬†was enough to get there early. But whoever is in town – batting practice is always fun. Just sayin…Here’s a tip, if you’re there for the visiting team, sit along the third baseline. You never know who will come over and sign something for you before the game. You can usually get into sections 110-116 and go down close for BP or go sit in the outfield and catch a few balls.

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    Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees #27
  3. ¬† Have fun! Be loud and be proud. Whoever you’re rooting for, do it with pride. I cheered (croaked is more like it, cause, coughed for a week straight) for my Bronx Bombers for two nights in a row. A born and raised Houstonian, cheering for the Yankees – in Houston. I did it with pride, and you should too for whoever your team is. If you didn’t eat before and are hungry, Shake Shack and Torchy’s Tacos are at Minute Maid. There is a cool viewing deck at Torchy’s and the queso and guacamole are an obsession. Shake Shack’s black and white shake and SmokeShack burger are¬†delicious. You’ll thank me later.

Next week I head to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Bring on the funnel cakes and roller coasters.

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