I've been noticing that over on my Pinterest board a certain outfit has been getting a lot of attention. Since fall is the perfect time for transition outfits, I thought that this would be a good one to start with. Leather shorts are a great item to have for fall because the fabric says, "Baby it's cold outside!" but the length says beach side with a tropical drink. When you pair them with tights, a slouchy black sweater, brown booties, and a statement making hat, something magical happens. This outfit is perfect for weekend and is even conservative enough to wear to work if you are employed in a more artistic industry. Since scalloped hems are somewhat trendy, I wouldn't recommend investing a real leather pair, but substituting some of the options below.
Remember, when choosing accessories for this look, the leather colors don't have to match perfectly. Just as long as you find things in a similar color family you will still be able to pull it off. Happy shopping!
For those of you who don't already know, Mike and I got married on August 16th, 2014 after almost 7 years of dating. Our wedding was magical and about as perfect as I could have imagined. We got married at my family home in Telluride, CO and spent three weeks prior to the wedding living at the house and helping with preparations. It was wonderful to spend time with my family, but as you can imagine, it was also very stressful. My mom is VERY organized in the old school, binder full of tabs toting kind of way. I, on the other hand, fancy myself a bit of a free spirit with too much else going on in my head to actually bother with keeping things organized. Even as a kid when I was asked to clean my room I would just shove everything under the bed. Hey, out of sight, out of mind, right? Mike would probably tell you that not much has changed since I am still known to pull this same tried and true move with my closet when we are expecting company. Anywho, there was certainly some butting of heads, a tale as old as time in my family, so following our nuptial bliss, Mike and I took off for Utah for our honeymoon (aka minimoon) to give my parents some time without the two of us around. I think EVERYONE who has been married before understands that a honeymoon isn't necessarily for copious amounts of sexy time but for finally having some time to yourselves to process the commitment you have just made, the life changes that await, and the joy of being a newlywed.
Because Telluride is so close to the Utah boarder, we figured what better place to focus on each other than in the quiet stillness of the desert. Two of our dearest friends who are getting married later this summer have told us that they fell in love in the desert. I now totally understand why. I had never been to Canyonlands or Arches before, and let me tell you, it was magical. The monoliths and canyon walls, around a mile high, stretched on for miles against dramatically blue, cloud swept skies. I wish that the scale of these things translated better in my photos, but trust me, it was the definition of breathtaking.
As I was leaping over this thousand foot drop off into the valley below, all I was thinking is, "My mom is going to kill me." Totally worth it for that view and little bit of adrenaline rush. Sorry to Mike, my photographer, who was thinking he was going to have to watch his wife die within 3 days of being married. He knows I am not good with the whole coordination thing, and honestly, I don't blame him for being nervous. But sorry, he married a wild woman.
This is Shafer Road that snakes down into the canyon below. Because we were borrowing my parent's Jeep, we thought, "Why the hell not?" Turned out being an excellent decision. Mike felt much better about it after watching a French dude tear down this windy road in a full-sized Suburban.
Once we reached the bottom of the canyon, we came across this beautiful bend in the Colorado River right below Dead Horse Point State Park. The river was like glass, well rust colored glass, but awe-inspiring all the same. We learned later that this is actually the place where they filmed that notorious scene from Thelma and Louise where they drive the car off into the river. Below are some panoramas that I took around this area.
We found these two crow buddies just chillin' on the edge of the canyon, just taking in their kingdom. I would have much rather been a bird on this trip. There are about a million places that I would have liked to visit, but because of rivers/rocks/valleys they aren't accessible.
After leaving the Isle in the Sky portion of Canyonlands, we headed South to make camp near Needles which we planned to explore in the morning. On the way there we drove past Newspaper Rock which turns out, was not a rock resembling a newspaper (what I had assumed) but a collection of petroglyphs from ancient people dating back to 300 BC all the way up to early European American settlers. It was a pretty amazing piece of history just to stumble upon.
We made camp at a site called Hamburger Rock called that because, well, it looked like a hamburger. It was a pretty sweet spot to watch the sunset. We were nestled into one of the rock's nooks at the bottom of a canyon that was four miles across. Despite being in such a huge place, the silence was deafening. We felt like the last people on earth with only a few cotton-tailed visitors that ever crossed our path. Truly, truly an unforgettable experience.
Stay tuned for part two and hopefully wedding photos soon! I can't wait for you guys to see how everything looked. Despite all of the stress that went into our wedding, I am so so so thankful to my wonderful family for all of their help and support because in the end, everything was beautiful. Without them, I would never have had one of the most enchanted weeks of my life.
Well my lovelies, I am officially under 40 days until my wedding hence the radio silence. I am really not good at having a full-time job while also attempting to plan a destination wedding. "Attempting" being the operative term, that is. I don't know what I would have done without the guidance, encouragement and sometime the swift kick to the ass provided by my parents. Now that all of the contract signing is complete and menu planning being in its final stages, I can finally focus on the fun stuff. Obviously, for any girl, the idea of having someone do your hair and makeup is like a dream come true. Honestly, I always wished for a robot off of the cartoon "The Jetsons" that would dump me out of bed, dress me, put my face on, and set my hair. Oh how wonderful life would be! Unfortunately, having a full-service "get me ready to face the day" staff is slightly out of my budget, but at least I'll get a taste of the good life on my wedding day. While I have always had a life-long love of make-up, I have made it a point to never go the way of Jersey Shore and sport anything that looks like my other ride is a pole. When it comes to beauty, I worship the natural. In the age of Photoshop and retouching, why not embrace the beauties that we already are? But I'll get down off of my soapbox and share some inspiration for my wedding day look.
For those of you who are already married, which route did you take? Did you glam it up? Keep it subtle? Obviously, makeup is a great way to channel your theme and your personality. Mike told me that he wants me to be "natural" without extensions or anything other than my true hair color. I am pretty positive that I laughed in his face considering I haven't seen my real hair color since I was 13. While I am all about playing up natural features, please, don't think that I have anything against enhancing your hair, nails, skin, whatever. Let's be honest. It's 2014 after all.
So which is your favorite? I am thinking of going with Loz Curtis's bridal look (picture 3) but I am always open to suggestion, and a colored lip.
Man, it was hard to get out of bed this morning. We had a wonderful weekend spent with good friends attending a Derby Party on Saturday and hanging out in the sunshine at Wash Park yesterday. I don't think I've ever seen so many people without shirts on in one place that isn't the beach. I get it! You have nice pecs.
The one thing that motivated me to pull my lazy arse from my cozy bed was knowing that today is Cinco de Mayo! Ay ay! As a native Texan, Mexican culture is hugely integrated into that state whether you are talking about the amazing creation known as Tex-Mex, the music, the language or the religious holidays. Now that I live in Denver, I have also gained an appreciation for how entrenched Mexican culture is here as well, although instead of Tex-Mex we just smoother everything with green chili. Sometimes a good thing, but sometimes I really just want some good breakfast tacos, not a massive burrito dripping in chili. Either way, not good for the waistline.
So in the spirit of expanding waistlines, I wanted to share with you my very own guacamole and margarita recipes.
Cinco de Guacamole Recipe
3 avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 C of cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Drain, and save the leftover lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Using a potato masher or a fork add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, stir in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve with tortilla chips.
Best Margarita Recipe
2 lime slices or wedges
1/4 cup tequila blanco
1 tablespoons agave syrup (nectar)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 shot of orange liqueur
Pour some kosher salt into a small dish. Rub 1 lime slice over half the rim of a Margarita glass. Dip rim of glass into salt. Combine tequila, agave syrup, orange liqueur and juice in a cocktail shaker; fill with ice and shake well. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with second lime slice. Enjoy!
Do you have plans for Cinco de Mayo? We are heading to Coors Field for my first Rockies game of the summer. Hopefully, my boyfriend, Tulowitzski hits a home run for me.
It's Friday! Go ahead, let your hair down, go outside, and watch Spring blooming all around you.
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Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!
Photo courtesy of PS Magazine
Happy Hump Day! How has your week been going so far? Yesterday Mike and I had a VERY productive conversation with our wedding coordinators slash caterer. You guys...this menu is going to be Bomb.com. Seriously. I can't wait. We are heading back up to Telluride the second weekend of June following my birthday celebrations (whoop!), and I will make sure to share pictures of our tasting with you. But all this talk of food made me super hungry, and yet I am really trying to control myself so that my wedding dress fits me once the wedding rolls around. A recipe that we recently cooked at home was this Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowl from How Sweet Eats, and boy oh boy, it is delish and satisfying. You have got to try it.
Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowl
YIELD: SERVES 2-4
TOTAL TIME: 2+ HOURS TO MARINATE, 30 MINUTES TO MAKE
Honey Chipotle Chicken
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons adobo sauce, from a can of chipotles in adobo
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups spring greens
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup torn fresh cilantro
4 green onions, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock, or even water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 lime, juiced and zest freshly grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Directions:Add the chicken breasts to a baking dish or ziplock bag and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, adobo, honey, mustards, cilantro and garlic. Pour the marinade over the chicken, covering it evenly. Place it in the fridge and marinate for at least 2 hours, or even overnight.
When you're ready to make the meal, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a tiny bit of olive oil and add the chicken, then cover the skillet and cook until the chicken is deeply browned on both sides and cooked in the center, about 6 minutes per side.
To make the salads, add the greens in a large bowl and toss them with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add the chicken on top along with the quinoa, the tomatoes, cilantro, green onions and avocado. Drizzle the bowl with the lime juice, olive oil and honey. Serve!
Add the quinoa and stock (or water) to a saucepan over high heat and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the coconut oil (you can swap butter), lime juice, zest, salt and pepper.
Soooooo good right? I love that it has pretty much everything that you are supposed to eat all living harmoniously in one bowl of tastiness. Is it lunch time yet? My stomach just started grumbling.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
In Texas, we have a saying that goes, "The higher the hair, the closer to heaven." However, there is an exception to the rule once a year when the smell of mint juleps fills the air, hats take precedence over hair and you can almost feel the bluegrass underneath your feet: The Kentucky Derby. Mike is a native Kentuckian, and his mother is even a Kentucky Colonel, which is a pretty big deal in The Commonwealth, so in our house we celebrate accordingly.
If you have ever watched "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" then you know that this is not just any ol' race, this is pageantry of epic proportions: the hats, the dresses, the names of the horses. In what other arena would you expect to hear a horse named "Normandy Invasion" or "Palace Malice"? So for the last 6 years that I have spent with Mike, I have learned to revere the grand tradition that is The Derby by donning my finest homemade hat and guzzling bourbon. Let me tell you, it is a wonderful way to usher in Spring. So to get you excited for this year's "Run for the Roses" I have gathered some of my favorite hats from horse racing from the past few years. While I realize that fascinators aren't considered "hats" by some purists, they can be far more elegant, and frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
Once you've figured out what to wear, go ahead and make yourself a mint julep...you've earned it darling.
Kentucky's Best Mint Julep Recipe
- 1 C Water
- 1 C of Sugar
- Quality Bourbon (a traditional Derby julep is made with Woodford Reserve)
- Fresh Mint
- Shaved Ice
1. Start by creating a simple syrup by combing 1 c water to 1 c sugar in a pot, stir
2. Heat until the sugar dissolves, remove from heat
3. Add a small handful of bruised mint leaves to your simple syrup and refrigerate overnight
4. The next day, strain the mint from the simple syrup mixture
5. Muddle additional sprigs of mint in a julep cup, add shaved ice
6. Pour bourbon over shaved ice and then add simple syrup mixture to taste, stir
7. Garnish with additional mint leaves
Do you have any plans for the Derby?
Photo courtesy of Garden & Gun
I live in a perpetual state of wanderlust. Honestly, if someone would sponsor me I would gladly spend the rest of my life traveling, living out of a suitcase, eating strange food, and falling in love with foreign cultures. Sigh. Maybe one day. Until then, I spend a reasonable amount of time day dreaming of all of the places that I would go, searching the internet for airfare deals, living vicariously through others, generally wasting time.
Currently, my parents are traveling to the Galapagos and then to Peru, and they didn't even invite me! How rude! Needless to say, this has brought my wanderlust to a boil, and just so I don't jump in a car and start driving to Canada, I instead have channeled my energy into finding you the most incredible places to stay in the world.
Also, if you click on the pictures, it will take you to each hotel's website if you want to see more.
You guys! I actually got to wear shorts today! SHORTS! Hopefully, this winter of my discontent is finally drawing to a close. The forecast for the weekend is beautiful, I have guacamole and margaritas in my future, and happy hour planned with good friends. With every new tree that flowers, I can feel the air fill with promise. I hope that this season brings your bright new beginnings, and that your weekend is full of fun, friends, and love.
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Much love and Happy Easter!
With the first weekend of Coachella complete, it seems that festival season is upon us. Whether this causes you to jump for joy or break out into a cold sweat, just know that festival fashion is something that can easily be mastered by anyone, but it can also easily be overdone. Trust me, you don't want to be the person that looks like they are trying too hard. I normally see this happen with teenage girls in furry boots, or older girls who still want to believe they are teenagers. Whether you plan on hiking the stairs at Red Rocks or braving the heat at ACL, I will outline some basic tips and tricks to keep you feeling confident and comfortable.
Consider the Weather
Is it hot as hell? Is there rain in the forecast? What about a cold front? Seriously, I cannot begin to tell you the number of times I have gone to a show or festival and seen people who look completely miserable because they are so unprepared. A few years ago, I went to go see String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks, and what had started out as a gorgeous day quickly devolved into a mountain deluge. It was flash flood central people. The girls who had come prepared with Wellies and rain jackets (something you should ALWAYS have with you during Colorado summers) were happy to stand out in the rain, some people even were dancing and splashing around. However, those people who decided to rock their cute, light-weight, gauzy dresses were not only cold, but also ended up showing off a little bit more than they meant to with the fabric soaking wet. On the other hand, don't expect to be able to wear a leather jacket to a festival in the middle of July. You will be hot and end up just having to carry it around the whole time. And please, please, please DON'T wear ridiculous shoes if you are going to be traversing rocky, uneven terrain. You are going to look like a baby giraffe who still hasn't figured out the whole "walking" thing. Trust me, someone is making fun of you, and yes, that person might be me.
Don't forget the importance of accessories