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

Dallasites101 began through 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. She is a critical part of the AT&T account team, guiding corporate communications and compiling competitive intelligence presented to top executives. Outside of Hill + Knowlton and Dallasites101, she has been a board member of The Slipper Club of Dallas the last three years.

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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 leads marketing, communications and event efforts at Teach For America where she is also dedicated to leadership and diversity training. Outgoing and active, she is a member of the Junior Associates of DMA, the Slipper Club of Dallas, and on the Communications Committee for the Junior League of Dallas


You can find these amazing writers’ content around the site!

If interested in joining our crew of talented freelancers, please email us at contact@dallasites101.com!


Erica Allaby

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New England native navigating Texan waters - or the lack thereof. Embodied by exploration, excessive alliteration, and everything Ellen, Erica is the mind behind Tales of Exploration, a guide to exploring hidden corners of the brain and the world. Catch her wandering around Deep Ellum or wanderlusting around the world.


Lizzie somabut

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Lizzie was put on this earth to share the impact that wellness can have on everyone in this world. She is a wellness coach and consultant in Dallas, TX and specializes in all things for the "self.” She’s on a mission to share messages of body positivity & neutrality, self-compassion, positive self-talk, and more.


Kristin Smart

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Kristin Smart is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern and ACE Certified Personal Trainer by day and freelance rriter 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.


Rebecca arnold

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An Australian currently calling Dallas home, you can usually find Rebecca trying out a new restaurant in the city or casually trying to throw “y’all” into a sentence. By day she works in media relations for a Fortune 50 company and by night she blogs about expat life and her travels around Texas, the U.S. and the world.


Sam schafer

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Texas born and raised, Sam is a proud Dallasite of almost four years. When she’s not working at a tech startup in Addison, you’ll find her either exploring the city for a new restaurant or jogging around trying to work off the calories she ate last weekend. Sam is also an avid traveler, attempting to hit 30 countries by the age of 30.



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Originally from the East Coast, Mia made her way down to Texas a few years ago, where you can catch her watching sports, trying out new restaurants, or volunteering at her church. Her PR gig keeps her pretty busy, but she loves writing for Dallasites101 because it allows her to write and explore her new city! 


Brooke Battersby

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A Boston girl living in the Dallas world. After moving 2000 miles away from home to attend Baylor University, Brooke discovered Kolaches and found her love for writing. Aside from writing, she loves graphic design and to force pictures of her dog upon unsuspecting individuals. L