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a bit about Hilary
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a copywriter for a global watch brand by day, and a freelance editor and writer by night (and sometimes on the weekends). I have a journalism degree from Mizzou and a few years of experience writing for local magazines here in Dallas. And I do all of this because of a [partially $$$-motivated] passion for the written word!
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I worked at a Gymboree children's clothing store for 4 months in college. Mommy shoppers are effing insane.
Were you born and raised in Dallas? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Dallas?
I was born in Dallas and lived here until I was 9 before moving to a small town in Arkansas. I came back after college to work in magazine journalism, because Dallas was about to BOOM.
What’s your current hood in Dallas and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live in (Central) Oak Lawn, and the best thing about the neighborhood is how bustling and lively it is at any and every hour of the day. The worst thing about it are the cracked sidewalks and potholes!
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I love classic rock and have a huge vinyl collection that I inherited from a family friend, but also have a deep-seated appreciation and love for rap. I hate country music despite all Texas stereotypes and do not know who George Strait is, so do not ask me.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
"Call Your Girlfriend" by Robyn; "Some Things Never Seem To Fucking Work," by Solange; "Self Control" by Frank Ocean; and "No One's Gonna Love You" by Band of Horses for some really melodramatic self loathing.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Beverly Hills 90210, because Brandon + Brenda; 30 Rock, because Tina Fey is a comedic genius and Jane Krakowski is SO underrated; and Skins, because it was the UK's edgier version of The OC.
Name some spots in Dallas that are good for a Tinder date.
Klyde Warren Park, The Grapevine Bar, Bowlounge, Mockingbird Station/The Angelika Film Center, Bishop Arts District/The Wild Detectives
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Donald Trump. Though if we can't even get him to the White House Press Correspondent's Dinner, we have no chance in hell at getting him to participate in a good clean roast. Sad.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I love Dolly Python here in Dallas for vintage t-shirts and accessories, and I have a few online tricks up my sleeve for cool shoes and unconventional basics. The Cotton On store at NorthPark Center is also a hidden gem (as is Cotton On in general).
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love sprawling out on a blanket with a picnic basket and some light wine on some green grass in the Texas sunshine, but I'm either too busy or it's too damn hot!
Where do you go in Dallas for a casual night out?
One of the Design District's cool restaurants with a patio (Meddlesome Moth, Wheelhouse, El Bolero) or to Lee Harvey's for cheap burgers, live music and a relaxed vibe.
Where would you go in Dallas to celebrate some freaking good news?
Bob's Steak & Chop House, or maybe Neighborhood Services. Either way, I'm eating a delicious steak.
What’s your choice of transportation in Dallas and why?
Uber everywhere. Traffic is going to be atrocious no matter what. And parking often sucks, too.
What are the Dallas spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Trinity Groves for a cool outdoor hangout, great food (especially at Offsite Kitchen) and an awesome view of the city; Klyde Warren Park downtown for an urban architectural feat-meets-food truck extravaganza; Deep Ellum, for bustling and wild nights of bar hopping; and the Design District, for cool-but-refined dining, nightlife and entertainment (Bowlounge, the Dallas Contemporary and other galleries, etc.).
What are the Dallas spots tourists should run from screaming?
The observation deck at Reunion Tower, or "the ball" building in downtown Dallas. Tickets are way overpriced, so go up to the restaurant, Five Sixty, and have a cocktail while you enjoy the view instead. (Happy Hour is from 5 to 7 Monday-Thursday.)
Tomorrow’s your last day in Dallas. How do you spend it?
I would drink a few Local Buzz beers and play a game of HORSE at the Grapevine Bar, get a Locals Only burger from Offsite Kitchen, and probably spend some time wandering around Downtown at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Abu Dhabi, UAE. There's so much culture and so many things to see and do there, and it's the best kind of sensory overload.