I am the first to admit that I love a little boho chic. Everything about 1970's fashion perfectly suits my personal style: flowy blouses, bright patterns, bold prints. I love it all. So when I saw Gucci's new 2016 Spring/Summer collection shot by Tommy Ton, I knew I had met my fashion soul mate. With Alessandro Michele at the helm as Gucci's new Creative Director, I am really excited about the direction that the fashion house is taking. Check out all the prettiness below.
Well, according to our local weatherman, Winter is knocking. I don't mean we're in Versailles and Winter is knocking from another wing of the palace, I mean Wednesday night this week. We are supposed to get a "wintery mix" which is my absolute least favorite weather pattern. Essentially, that just means I will be forced to shuffle through dirty slush, and if it freezes overnight, I might have to skate to work the next morning. The two left feet that I find attached to the bottoms of these things I think they call legs are anything but coordinated. Fingers crossed.
Either way, it got me thinking about how much I want a fireplace whenever we buy a home. At this point, I have a really classy fake fire burning stove in my "fireplace" which has actually been sealed off. But seriously, it isn't classy at all, but it makes the living room realllllly warm, and I am unwilling to pay for a nice fake fireplace in a rental. Same reason I owned that amazing above ground pool in college, but that's a story for another day.
Because I can't have my own at this point, I will be forced to live vicariously through these beautiful photos. Okay, time to put on a snuggie and make some hot cocoa.
Don't judge me. I know I haven't written in more than 6 months, but I promise that I have a good excuse. To give you a brief update, I started a new job working for a wonderful travel marketing company as the head of marketing! It is challenging and wonderful, however, a side-effect seems to be that I have very little time for anything else. Pinky swear that I will make a better effort to work on my own personal creative efforts.
Anywho another thing that happened during my "sabbatical" was a trip to Nicaragua to celebrate our official honeymoon. It was an amazing experience despite some minor snafus which included a major eye infection, falling down the stairs in our casita, and our brand new GoPro being stolen. But there is no love lost between Nicaragua and me. The country is full of color, life, and people who are genuinely lovely. It really was one of those trips where I couldn't put my camera down. I am so bummed that the GoPro is gone simply because of the amazing footage that was on that SD card.
We began our journey on the Pacific coast at a resort called Aqua Wellness in Playa Gigante. I have never felt so spoiled. We decided to "treat yoself" and upgraded to a luxury tree house. Everything about it was insane. A fully-stocked kitchen, a plunge pool with an unobstructed view of the ocean, and monkeys swinging from the branches above. The restaurant is located right on the beach and lit by twinkling cafe lights, and it could possibly have been one of the most romantic places I have ever eaten.
This part of the country is well known for the incredible surfing conditions so obviously we had to try. I figured I might somehow be a natural and once I had a board beneath me that I might morph into a beautiful blonde and bronzed surfer chick with the ripped abs to match. No such luck, I'm afraid. Kudos to people who make surfing look easy because after getting sucked under water by rip currents, taking a few waves straight to the face, and only standing up on the board only once, I realized that surfing is not really easy at all. However, the sheer number of calories I burned that day made me feel a lot better about the dragon fruit martinis I binged on later.
Another day, we took a private boat charter down the coast to San Jaun del Sur. We stopped along the way at an abandoned beach that once belonged to dictator Anastasio Somoza, a man so cruel he used to throw political rivals from his helicopter into the craters of active volcanoes. We fished behind our boat and I wrangled a pretty massive barracuda while Mike reeled in a mackerel. Turns out barracuda is a bit tough, but the mackerel fish tacos we ate later were some of the best I have ever had.
Hello lovely readers! How was your weekend? Mine was nice and relaxing. We watched the Duke v. UNC game at a friend's house on Friday, and then I spent most of the rest of the weekend working on plans for our Nicaragua trip in June. I am so excited!
If any of you have been to Nicaragua before, I would love to hear any input you have about things to do and places to see.
Because I have started thinking more and more about this trip, I realize that I need to also really start thinking about being in a bikini. I am the first to admit that the winter is not a good time for my diet. I usually don't exercise as much (hey! it's cold and I just want to go home) and I usually find myself being drawn to comfort food. After falling off of a ladder over the summer and breaking a rib, my exercise routine really took a hit.
Thankfully, the weather is warming up and that always gets me thinking about healthier food options. I stumbled upon these delicious sliders originally posted on Made by Girl, and you can't tell me that they don't look like the best Meatless Monday recipe ever?
Veggie Sliders with Tahini Mayo Reciipe
Ingredients: makes 4-6 sliders
Yummy! I can't wait to hear what you guys think. What are some other great healthy recipes that you like? I always love trying new recipes.
Last weekend, Mike and I decided to venture down to the Telluride house to spend the weekend. The San Jauns had just been slammed by 2 feet of snow the week prior, and I am not one to miss out on some fresh powder. It was really nice to just spend some time alone away from the city. It felt like it had been a while since we had time to just chill. My heart was happy, and being around the silence of the snow in the forest was therapeutic on its own.
When it was time to leave, Bateman literally ran away from me. He normally plays hard to get when we are loading up to leave Telluride, but this time, he was downright stubborn. We got a late start because that little jerk kept heading to the opposite side of the house that I was on. We eventually caught him, and made it home safely.
How was your weekend? Has it been snowing a lot where you live?
Jesus Leguizamo is a young artist painting out of Bogota, Columbia, whose work depicts the fleeting nature of our bodies and our lives. His paintings are reminiscent of a memory that has begun to fade leaving us with blurred scenes playing incompletely in our minds. Youth, beauty, love: Leguizamo recognizes their transient nature and how quickly they fade away. His work does what good art should, it makes you uncomfortable. It is disturbing. But it accomplishes what the artist set out to do: remind us how limited our time is and that's what makes it so precious.
How was your Valentine's Day? Mine was simply wonderful! I woke up in bed alone because Mike had moved to the couch due to a coughing fit the night before, but Bateman was curled up next to me, and he was more than ready for a little snuggle. Then we both got up and made coffee and breakfast tacos. We had our coffee in our Love Mugs which they give you at the San Miguel County Courthouse when you get your marriage licence. Then we decided to cruise on over to Cheeseman Park with the furry monster. The weather was unseasonably warm last week, and I for one, was not complaining.
On the way home from the park, Mike steered me down a street that was sort of off our beaten path, and then I realized we were headed directly towards our neighborhood florist! I was totally surprised, and he did a great job on choosing the arrangement. I also got a bottle of Moet and memberships to both of the art museums in Denver. Then Saturday night, we went out for Italian downtown and then stopped and had a couple of beers on the walk home.
See! Look how pleased he was with himself. I love that man.
In honor of the romantic holiday, I wanted to share an editorial with you that was featured in Marie Claire Russia back in December 2010. It features model Diana Moldovan, and it was shot in a city synonymous with love, Paris.
Paris Je T'aime featuring Diana Moldovan
Those two have some great chemistry I would say. And look at that Bridgette Bardot bedroom hair. Absolutely sexy. This editorial makes me want to pack my bags and head off on a romantic European vacation.
So how was your weekend? Did you do anything special?
Whether or not you love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is upon us. If you are single, make plans with your best girlfriends to spend time together celebrating how fabulous you are. You are independent, have no one tying you down, and the world is at your finger tips. If you are in a relationship, celebrate or don't. I have never cared too much about Valentine's Day. It is just a good excuse to wear pink and red together, go out to a fancy dinner, and drink delicious champagne, because champagne. Mike and I usually just do dinner somewhere and then come home, put on sweatpants, and complain about how uncomfortably full we are. Super romantic, I know.
If you do decide to go the gift route, let me give you some advice guys: NO teddy bears, NO candy, and NO grocery store flowers!!! Seriously, why would you give a lady whom you love and respect the same thing you would give a five-year-old? Also, candy, while delicious is so not original, and let's be honest, most of us haven't finish losing those extra pounds we picked up over the holidays. Finally, GROCERY STORE FLOWERS! The bane of my existence. Unless you took the time to go to a florist and have them create a custom arrangement using some of her favorite flowers, you lose. No one wants to receive some sad looking carnations that have been sitting in the same water for three days. Put some effort into it! Trust me, we notice.
But if you really want to knock it out of the park, buy her something unexpected. Sure lingerie is sexy and always appreciated, but I think it is kind of a cop out for Valentine's Day. Do something special and unexpected, make her something, or just buy one of these. Easy peasey.
Six Valentine's Gifts that Don't Suck
1. Creed Spring Flower Perfume, $175 2. Kate Spade Pink Watch, $175 3. J. Crew Crystal Foliage Earrings, $78 4. Custom Moet Champagne 5. Lots of Love Lush Gift Box, $59.99
6. Prada Clutch, $970
What are your plans for Valentine's? Are you just ignoring it and treating it like just another day or do you have something special planned? I am going to stuff my face on Italian food at this amazing little place by Union Station called Venice. It is so authentic that the owner still barely speaks English. And they have these ravioli that are to die for. I might need to find some cute stretchy pants to wear so that there is room for all the carbs I am going to consume. Hey, it's a special occasion right?
Today, another year of America's game draws to a close with the Superbowl match up between the Patriots and the Seahawks. I used to be a tried and true, loyal only to the college game, football kind of girl, but ever since we moved to Denver I have seen the light. There's Peyton, Wes, Von, Demarius, and many other muscular men who have convinced me to go to the dark side, and by that I mean the orange and blue side. The Broncos have been so much fun to watch since we moved here in 2009, and especially exciting to watch since we started going to Superbowls. The losing part, well let's not talk about that.
I always love a good football themed party, and getting together with all of your friends to watch the Superbowl is such a fun tradition. Also, it gives you an excuse to have pigskin pigout and stuff your face with all kinds of junk food. I love it!
Superbowl Party Tablescape from Hostess with the Mostess
Superbowl Commercial Bingo
Football Fingernails from Polish and Pearls
Penalty Flag Napkin Holder from Hostess with the Mostess
Football Jersey Decorated Sugar Cookies from Bake Me Happy
Steak and Cheese Pretzel Bites from Perpetually Hungry
Gridiron Punch Recipe from For Rent
Astro Turf Coozies from Uncommon Designs
Drink Tags from Lil Luna
Turnovers and Flags from Lil Luna
Cheese and Bacon Potato Nachos from Oh Bite It
Football Whoopie Pies from Party Blue Prints
Alright. I am heading to the store now to get stuff for those potato nachos. I am drooling just thinking about it. Some of these ideas are just adorable. I am heartbroken that the football season is over, but hopefully next year, my teams will do better. Until then, I guess I will just root for the Patriots because otherwise, I will have a very unhappy husband.
So nice to see you! I am Sarah, a twenty-something designer and marketing consultant living in Denver, Colorado. I have worked in high fashion, traveled the world, and now I am embarking on my newest & greatest adventure of being married to my best friend. This is where you will find my inspiration for stylish living & suggestions on going from "everygirl" to a well-read, well-dressed, and well-rounded woman.