A NEW NEAT girl in a NEW NEAT city!
Yep, you read that correctly. It's official! NEAT is expanding again...and this time, we are headed to the South! Get ready cowboys & cowgirls because NEAT DALLAS has just opened it's doors and we couldn't be more thrilled!
So who is the lucky girl behind our new city?? Guess you will have to read below to find out! (And FYI, we just so happen to think we are the lucky ones to have her!!)
NM :: We could not be more EXCITED to introduce you to our NEAT friends! First, give us a little scoop on all things Katie O!
KO :: Hi NEAT friends! My full name is actually Katie Brandt Oswald. Most people assume Katie is short for Katherine, but I was actually named after my grandmother, Katie-Jo Boone Brandt from Willacoochee, Georgia. Very Southern!
I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. As the oldest of three, I naturally assumed the Type-A personality. My family still lives in New Orleans and I love going home to visit, especially for Mardi Gras!
(que adorable early childhood and present day Mardi Gras celebration! We hope you all enjoyed FAT Tuesday yesterday! We know Katie O did!)
NM :: So southern gal, what made you decide to settle in Dallas??
KO :: I went to Southern Methodist University and LOVED Dallas so much I just couldn’t leave! I met some of my best friends there and we still go back to tailgate on the Boulevard often!
NM :: We hear you are quite the SMARTY-pants! Truth or Rumor?
KO :: Admittedly, I’m a huge nerd! I got my bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting, both from SMU, then worked for two years in public accounting.
NM :: WOAH! Didn't see that coming! Can't wait to find out how you made your way to all things organization!
NM :: Ashley and Molly were just in Dallas and raved about the shopping. Can you share some of the stores that you love?
KO :: Oh my, where do I start! Highland Park Village is the mecca of Dallas shopping. From Chanel to Jimmy Choo, Hermes to Louboutin, and two of my favorites, Diane von Furstenberg and Trina Turk... serious damage can be done in a few hours. Elsewhere about town, I love Tootsies in Preston Center, Haven in Uptown and Elements on Lovers Lane. For home décor, I recommend Nest, Area25, East & Orient Company, and Forty Five Ten. Lunch at Forty Five Ten’s T Room is a must when you're there!
NM :: Now that we know the go-to places for shopping, what about food! Where are some must EATS in Dallas?
KO :: There are so many great restaurants in Dallas and new ones are always opening around town. Right now, True Food Kitchen is on my list of new spots to try. Here’s my list of best restaurants by category:
Tex Mex: Mi Cocina. Best known for their mambo taxis. I brought Molly and Ashley here when they came to visit! And yes, we sat next to Owen Wilson, but he denied us a pic.
Date Night: Lark on the Park or Savor. Both are in the new Klyde Warren Park. I love the design of Savor’s glass exterior but I’m partial to Lark in the Pak because it was where my boyfriend and I had our first date!
Group Dinner: Smoke in Oak Cliff. Be sure to grab a drink next door at The Belmont Hotel.
Lunch: Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village. Or, if you’re looking for a quick lunch while shopping, my choice is Celebrity. I could get their flavored iced tea and Neiman Marcus cookies every day!
Brunch: Saving the best for last, Dallas is known for it’s brunch (or so we Dallasites like to say!) My friends and I like Boulevardier, Villa O, Oddfellows, Bread Winners, and Common Table. On a Saturday, we can be found at Katy Trail Ice House or the Rustic – Pat Green’s new bar and hangout spot!
NM :: What is your most OCD tendency?
KO :: My note-taking and list-making skills. I’m extremely detail-oriented.
NM :: And where are you least organized?
KO :: My photos. Ugh! Most are on my phone or my computer. Some are in albums or a box. I love the idea of hard copy albums, but just feel like I never have enough time to undertake that project! Could really use a little NEAT Method in my life.
NM :: Who is your current celebrity crush?? This tells a lot about a person, just warning you!
KO :: I’ve been hoping you’d ask this one! Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) from the Walking Dead. My boyfriend (the hottie below) shouldn’t mind me saying this because he got me completely obsessed with the show. My friends laugh that although I’ve never liked any show/movie with vampires, wizards (sorry Harry Potter) etc., my new favorite show is about zombies.
NM :: Any funny or embarassing stories we should know about?
KO :: Before I started organizing full-time or had ever heard of NEAT Method, I organized for Jenna Owens from Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, based here in Dallas. As it turns out, Jenna and Molly were sorority sisters at Miami Ohio together! Such a crazy, small world!
NM :: Wow...that is a small world! How did you become so NEAT in the first place?
KO :: I think I was born with it. When I was little, my mom would take me along to the department store and notice me straightening out the shoes on display. Such an early obsession at such a young age!
NM :: Obviously, we are SO excited about NEAT Dallas! But what makes you the most excited??
KO :: I can’t wait to bring the NEAT life to Dallas! Just the fact that there are so many NEAT girls to bounce ideas off of makes me thrilled to join the team. Dallas has such a need for this unique service and I can't wait to share it with everyone here. I mean, afterall, it's only fitting since The Container Store is headquartered here!
Isn't she the cutest little bunny (see below) you have ever seen? We are absolutely thrilled to have DALLAS as our new NEAT city and we couldn't be more honored to have this blonde babe running it!
Rest assure Dallas, your city is about to experience the NEAT life!
the NEAT girls
PS :: Interested in getting to know Katie O more? Follow her on Instagram or contact her here