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.
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
Although I might be a Denver girl now, there was once a time when I called Austin home. A long time, actually. I was born and raised in the Lone Star State, and while that might seem like something I shouldn't brag about to some, I wear it loud and proud. That obnoxious Longhorn fan decked out in burnt orange yelling, "JUST TACKLE HIM!" at the television at Park and Co? Yep, that's me. That chick who is always whining about how no margarita in Colorado is as good as a Maudie's marg? Guilty. Oh, and confession; I have also worn jeans skiing, but come on...I was twelve! But yes, fine, I will embrace the stereotype, and in that spirit, I have to tell you about something that makes Austin special. Yeah, the bats are great and all, Lady Bird Lake is...well...just a lake with a trail around it, and ACL was fun 5 years ago (Sorry! Just the truth!), but what truly makes Austin great are these tasty morsels knows as migas.
While there are different styles and versions of "migas", the kind that I ate as a kid growing up at Juan and Million and SoCo Cafe rise above the rest. Have you had a margarita with breakfast before? Because you should.
Migas began as more of a peasant dish, a veritable smorgasbord of leftover and heavenly ingredients that some genius had the idea to turn into breakfast. Basically, once those corn tortillas started going stale, migas are in your future. You can serve them with tortillas and make a migas breakfast taco (now that's uber Austin), with avocado, or chips, or any combination of the above. No matter what you choose, it is a recipe for tastiness.
So if you want to have an excuse to drink tequila with breakfast, or just really want to impress your friends next time you host brunch, here's my personal migas recipe. You're welcome in advance.
Austin Style Migas Recipe
- 1 Tbsp butter or oil
- 1/2 yellow onion chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic diced
- 1/2 large fresh tomato, cored and chopped
- 1 jalapeno chopped (if you prefer less heat then make sure to remove the seeds)
- 1 Tbsp of green chilies (canned, optional)
- 4 eggs
- Tortilla chips (preferably slightly stale)
- 1/2 cup of Mexican cheese blend
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 avocado sliced
1. Saute the onions, garlic and jalapeno in butter/oil until soft. Add the green chilies and tomatoes. Stir on medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
2. Break open eggs into a bowl. Add a touch of water and scramble with salt and pepper. Add to pan and stir.
3. As the eggs begin to cook but aren't quite yet firm, add one heaping handful of crumbled tortilla chips, mix chips into the eggs. Let cook for one minute.
4. Add Mexican cheese blend by sprinkling over the top of the eggs. Stir into the egg mixture. Let cook until cheese melts and eggs are fluffy.
5. Remove the egg mixture. Plate and serve with avocado slices, salsa and warm tortillas.
I hope you love these as much as I do. They are delish and always remind me of home, not to mention they make a great use of any leftover veggies you might have. Feel free to add bell pepper or spinach if you want more greens in there.
Let me know what you think. Good, yes?
For those of you who don't know, I am getting married this August, and we are throwing the wedding at my parents ranch in Telluride, Colorado. Recently, I have been having a bit of a communication break-down with my wedding coordinators. After our first meeting, I thought that I had made it clear that I wanted to create a whimsy, woodsy, Victorian Colorado mountain theme. Unfortunately, it seems something got lost in translation, and emerged on the other side as a style that I tend to distance myself from: "shabby chic". I have always fancied myself too moody to really embrace the comfort and safeness of shabby chic. I was going for Anthropologie, not Pottery Barn. So in order to clear up any further misunderstanding, I have created my official "Wedding Inspiration Board", and I want to share it with you.
What do you think?
There have been some details that I have found myself being drawn to for a while. I love tablescapes that use moss. My parents property backs right up the woods of a mountain and a large creek runs through it. In the summertime the cool, dark woods are usually blanketed in moss and littered with mushrooms of all shapes and colors. The woods truly feel like magic: a fairy tale reality.
Bouquets that use a really loose, just picked from the field look have really been drawing my eye lately. Telluride has beautiful wildflowers every spring, best viewed from an open Jeep on one of the passes. I want my flowers to look like I could have picked them that morning. You know...since peonies grow wild in the mountains in the summertime.
The property also has some old barns and stables from 150 years ago when our house was a stop on the railway running up and down the valley transporting gold from the Tomboy, Pandora, Smuggler-Union, Nellie and Sheridan mines. My dad is a bit of a putterer; he can't even sit through an entire football game when we are there during the warmer months. He has to go drive his tractor, saw up a log, move a rock. destroy a beaver dam...you get the picture. So a couple of summers ago, he and my brother, decided to restore on of the old stable houses. My dad threw some old rugs on the new wooden floor and moved in some old furniture and called it "The Saloon." Very old west. Dad really wants everyone to see his "Saloon" so I though it might be fun to turn it into a "Bourbon and Cigar Room" during cocktail hour. Sort of an old fashioned men's club, but obviously mine is feminists and will allow ladies. Mike was also born in Kentucky, so there is a special place in heart (and probably an angry place in his liver) for bourbon.
I got an email this morning informing me that the wedding is only 130 days away. When you first get engaged, you feel like you have all the time in the world, but it really sneaks up on you. I am going to work on focusing on my list of things to do this week, and try to really make some progress.
Most of all, I am so excited to marry Mike. He brings so much love, light and laughter into my life, and I know that there is no one else I can imagine spending the rest of this wild ride known as life with.
Photos courtesy of: RusticWeddingChic.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Lane, Modern Mindy, Green Wedding Shoes, Jam and Toast, Barefoot Blonde, Style Me Pretty