Conquering Oklahoma City In 48 Hours With A Teenager //How We Made It Reign
Something I don’t share much about on here is my lovely 17 year old, Zoë (per her request) and the trials and tribulations that come with motherhood, especially in a co-parenting situation and the fact that we live in two different cities. I work full time on my blog and also help clients with their digital strategies and while I LOVE everything that I do, not a weekend/night goes by that I’m not working on it. Whenever I am with Zoë, we are also total homebodies. We love grabbing a pizza and watching Netflix on the sofa. We started watching Queen of the South a few summers ago with Lin and blew through the first season in one weekend. You can find details on season one here along with some great tips to slay the heck out of your day! They are practices I use daily STILL in my own career. And I still like to think Boss Babe Teresa Mendoza, portrayed by Alice Braga shares some of the same tips! We just binge watched season 2 and are now patiently awaiting season 3 which focuses on Teresa becoming Queen of her own drug empire. Although she’s obsessively hunted by Camila (Veronica Falcon), Teresa refuses to hide in a hole, continuing to live the luxurious lifestyle of a Queenpin. No longer the apprentice, Teresa enjoys being boss and the power that comes with it. Anyway, more on the exciting launch of the new season later on in the post! Super excited for my friend Krista to return home too. She has been gone for 6 months doing makeup and hair for Queen of The South. It's been fun seeing her Insta stories from behind the scenes, especially of the queen herself.
Anyhow, coupled with busy schedules and tackling all life brings our way, Zoë and I realized that we had not taken a mommy daughter trip like ever with just us two girls. I am in Tulsa, she is in OKC so the logical thing was to plan the funnest weekend there so we would not waste any precious time commuting. And with a ton of research that we did, I am happy to say that we had the BEST 48 hours in the city and I am so excited to share it here so you can do the same. Conquering a city in 48 hours is no easy task. And impressing a 17 year old is no easy task. So I am literally having my own Teresa Mendoza moment and taking the throne for Cool Mom Queen! You guys, it felt so good! For the first time in a long time, I felt like I was winning at this whole thing called life.
So here's a list of our absolute faves for you to enjoy together in Oklahoma City.
I picked up Zoë at nine a.m on Friday morning and we were downtown OKC by 9:30. Here’s what we did.
Start with coffee at Okay Yeah Co. It's a converted, plant-filled garage with string lights serving espresso & tarts, both sweet & savory. They have an amazing patio too and Zoë was able to get some amazing photos for her gram and snapchat.
Have lunch at Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes. Zoë and I have a strong love for Mexican food and pretty interiors and this place is a gem! Barrios serves fine, fresh, made-with-love Mexican food and every single thing on the menu is just delicious. If it's nice outside, you most definitely need to sit on the patio.
Then head to The Wheeler District and ride the Wheeler Ferris Wheel. Designed through a community charrette in the summer of 2014, Wheeler is first to expand the modern development footprint to the south bank of the Oklahoma River. Its layout encourages walking or bicycling to school, work, dining, the Ferris wheel and beyond. We had so much here!
Now it's time to shop until we drop because what 17 year old doesn't want to do that?! Laugh out loud. We both loved Urban Farmhouse Designs. They have an eclectic blend of Vintage, Farmhouse, Rustic, Reclaimed Wood, and Industrial Metals. The showroom is 28,000 square feet so have some time to spend in here. It's incredible. Zoë loves antiquing and getting ideas for her home one day.
Next check into the hotel (and we highly recommend 21C Museum Hotel) to freshen up. Read all about them here.
Grab an ice cream cone at Kaisers. They are not open late sadly so you have to fit this in before dinner.
Check out Commonplace Book Store. This is such a lovely bookstore in Midtown OKC. Their selection is carefully curated and meticulously chosen to cast a wide net across time and cultures, while catching the attention of all ages and varied interests. They pride themselves on having “something for everyone,” and their books are often picked with specific patrons in mind.
Now it's time to do dinner and Zoë loves seafood so we went to The Drake, one of the prettiest restaurants in all the land. The Drake is a neighborhood restaurant located in The Uptown 23rd District where Extreme Hospitality is at its core. Their seafood offerings are highlighted by following a Sustainable Seafood Program where their chefs are cultivating relationships with fisheries and fishmongers near and far. Aren’t a fan of seafood? Don't fret because they have plenty of land items so you can enjoy dinner with friends and family alike. It's just so swanky!!!! The Jones Assembly is another good option too for dining and be sure to check their schedule too as they are a music venue. Zoë and I would love to see a show there.
We slept in after staying up way too late and Zoë really wanted to enjoy the luxurious hotel linens and shower. She has never stayed in boutique hotel. We checked out and it was time to hit up Packard's for brunch. They are located in the original 1920’s Packard Automobile showroom on 10th and Robinson. Unique features are offered daily during lunch and dinner and seasonal veggie, and cheese boards. Packard’s offers seasonal craft cocktails, unique local beers and a carefully curated wine list. They are proud champions of by-the-glass Rosés, Sparkling Wines and Grenache. Packard’s offers a must-try brunch on Saturday and Sunday featuring brunch cocktails and mimosa carafes with an eclectic food menu. The fried chicken biscuit is a must. I mean how can one go wrong with House Made Pimento Cheese, Bacon, Fried Egg, Breakfast Potatoes?!
Next hit the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a 17-acre botanical garden and interactive urban park located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on the southwest corner of Reno and Robinson. This is one of Oklahoma City’s most beautiful and vibrant garden and park spaces offering visitors a 15-acre natural escape in the heart of downtown. Free and open to the public, the outdoor spaces include: ornamental gardens, a children’s garden and playground, Great Lawn, lake, an off-leash dog park, water features including splash fountains for children and walking and jogging paths. Gift shop open daily in our Crystal Bridge lobby visitors center. There is always something happening at the Gardens.
We ended the weekend with some time in The Plaza District. Located on NW 16th Street between Classen and Penn Ave, the Plaza District is home to galleries, studios, retail shops, restaurants, performance venues and creative services. Choose from a variety of gourmet dining and drinking establishments and visit our retail shops featuring artist-made, vintage and retro clothing and home furnishings. Experience Oklahoma’s premier professional theatre company, Lyric Theatre, in the district’s historic Plaza Theatre, or enroll in classes at our dance, theatre or painting studios. The district is also home to many neighborhood and creative services. Hairstylists, tattoo artists, graphic designers and more are just a step away! Each second Friday of the month from 6pm to 10pm, enjoy LIVE on the Plaza, a monthly block party featuring live music, featured artists, special events and local shopping. We hope you will visit soon and please take a moment to learn more about our district, businesses and events! We love shopping at bad Granny's Bazaar, Thread, and DNA Galleries. Pie is a must at Pie Junkie too! And we love Empire Slice's pizza by the slice!
It was time for Zoë to return home and we have already been thinking of when we can plan our next OKC weekend adventure!
So as previously mentioned, if you are interested in watching Queen of the South, I would most definitely start catching up right now with seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix. The full episodes of Season 2 just got released and the season was so fantastic. Then tune into Season 3 beginning June 21st on Thursdays, 9/8c on USA Network. The new season will air each week on Thursdays at 9/8c and I literally cannot wait. Zoë and I are so excited! This trip was so good for us!
It was so nice to get the details about her trying day instead of the usual one-word report. She even entertained my advice and even nestled by my side on the couch. I had been dreaming of this day: the one where my daughter wants to be my friend again, hear my wisdom and draw comfort from my physical presence. So one small victory in mothering a teenager!! And a fabulous victory in conquering a city in 48 hours!
How are you reigning in life currently?!! Let's share stories and empower one another!!!