It all began with an #instaguide to becoming an #instadallasite... 

Dallasites101 began with two women, Lily and Kara, organically sharing their adventures on Instagram in 2015, one year after they both moved to Dallas. As transplants, they strived to encourage fellow Dallasites to go beyond their comfort zones and find a sense of place, joy and home in Dallas, and Texas as a whole.

A few months after their start, they recognized the need to go beyond the 'gram and create real experiences between businesses and Dallasites. From happy hours to bar crawls to yoga classes and beyond, they have hosted countless events that have cultivated personal relationships, increased local business sales and awareness, and fostered a sense of community. 

After almost four years, Dallasites101 remains one of the largest lifestyle Instagram accounts in Dallas, about Dallas.

Over time, it has also morphed into a localized media company. Dallasites101 aims to make Dallas a more accessible and fun place to live through daily content about everything involved in integrating into life here, from events to music to food to fitness and beyond!

Looking forward, we are excited to continue to contribute to shaping a future for Dallasites. 



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Lily Kramlich- TayloR


After growing up in Northern California and graduating from Colby College with a B.A. in Economics and Business, Lily launched her career in global communications with Hill + Knowlton Strategies. From 2015 until the end of 2018, she was a critical part of the AT&T account team, guiding corporate communications and compiling competitive intelligence presented to top executives. Outside of her career, Lily has served on the Slipper Club of Dallas board for three years, as well as the EarthX board in 2015.

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Kara Shannon


With a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Hamilton College, where she is the acting co-chair for her class, Kara is a driven entrepreneur passionate about building community and culture. She started her career at Teach For America for five years, where she led marketing, communications and events work and was dedicated to leadership and diversity training. Outgoing and active, she is a member of the Junior Associates of DMA and the Assistant Chair of Public Relations for the Junior League of Dallas.



Kristin Smart // newsletter

Kristin Smart is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern and ACE Certified Personal Trainer by day and freelance writer by night. Originally from Dallas, she writes about all things that make life worth living here: food/drinks, fitness, wellness, mental health, events, and lifestyle. Currently, Kristin assists with Dallasites101 calendar and live events.


Lara Wasserman // writing

A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Lara relocated to DFW in 2015 to escape the snow! After a couple of years in the 'burbs, she made her way to the heart of Dallas. When she's not exploring the city with her fiancé, you can find her teaching, writing, working out, or performing with one of the many professional choirs in Dallas! Currently, Lara acts as Dallasites101’s go-to writer!


carolyn ledesma // events

Texas born and raised, you can find her trying out local coffee shops, or kayaking on the weekends or just Jeepin’ around town with her three beautiful children. When she is not at her day-job marketing for the healthcare industry, you can find her helping and volunteering for our Dallasites101 events!