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Breckenridge Day Trip // The Crown + Vintage Sweet & Chic

- Lifestyle, Travel
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Day Trip to Breck

I was raised in a small town, but it didn't take long for me to call the city home. One of the things I love most about living in Denver is being able to take a scenic day trip to a nearby mountain town.

   

This trip to Breck was initially part of a collaboration with Thrillist all about fall day trips to take around Denver, but I grabbed a couple blogger friends and connected with a couple amazing local brands so that I'd be able to share a little more in-depth look at some of the amazing places this town has to offer. We grabbed a car and headed off on our day trip, making sure to drive through Loveland Pass for some gorgeous mountain views.

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VINTAGE SWEET & CHIC 

First on the list was doing a little shopping at some of the local spots. We popped into Vintage Sweet & Chic and I was blown away by the aesthetic and pieces I found. From luxury vintage furs, to fun and fashion forward fall essentials, to gorgeous accessories crafted by local artisans, the shop was beautifully curated to offer a little bit of something for everyone. We spent a few hours styling some fall outfits, trying on jewelry, and ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all the different chic finds.

   

I've always believed that curating a boutique is an artform, and Katie, the founder and owner,  does this task exceptionally well. I was really drawn to the balance between luxury and boho, and the way the shop seemed to sweep me away with a sense of adventure in every new treasure I found. I could see myself grabbing a warm coffee after a morning on the slopes and getting lost all over again in this shop. If you've never been in, I recommend giving their Instagram feed a scroll for a little preview of what awaits you on your next visit.

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I brought home the most gorgeous black and white quilted jacket, which has already made appearances in my NYFW street style looks and will be seen in so many more of my cold weather looks to come.  

Other than that, it's impossible for me to pick a favorite piece, but some notable ones are the gorgeous turquoise rings from local designer Katie Pickens, a mint off the shoulder cosy which is perfect for chilly weather & amazingly soft, and the gorgeous handmade macrame selection that made me want to snag a piece for most every room in my house.

The shop beautifully showcased some incredible local vendors which made shopping small and supporting local businesses feel even better.

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Lunch at The Crown

Shopping bags in hand, we walked next door for a casual lunch at The Crown. I hadn't been before, but it was a favorite spot for my blogger friend Brennan who came with us on our day trip adventure. She had taken some adorable engagement photos there back in December when it was perfectly decorated for the holidays.

  

The space is warm and inviting, with comfy chairs, a fireplace, and a range of sips and snacks – whether you're feeling some fresh coffee or a bloody mary. I ordered the latter, along with the Lincoln sandwich. I mean no exaggeration when I say that it was the best sandwich I've ever had.  We sat on the patio for lunch since the weather was cool but not cold, then moved inside to a window booth to chat over some coffee and dessert. We talked blogging, photography, and before long I had found my new favorite corner in Breck.

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Photography by Katie Leigh

What I'm Wearing

I went uber casual for our daytrip so that I'd be comfortable for the drive. I chose an olive bodysuit, my favorite jeans, and the best ever peep toe transition booties from TOMS. The day started off pretty chilly but warmed up to the comfortable high 60's. 

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An Ode to Inspiration // Inspire to Give Collection

- Fashion, Lifestyle

A little note on Inspiration

Inspiration is a funny thing. It often hits us when we least expect it, and when we try to go searching for it we frequently seem to come up dry.

Taking some time to reflect on all the people who have inspired us through our lifetime can be a pretty incredible experience. Not only are we reminded of just how many people surrounded us and guided us in all the different choices we've made, we also start to see a little clearer picture of just how different our life might have been without them.

"If it's the culmination of our choices that brought us to where we are today, then it is the people who influenced and shaped those choices that we have to thank for becoming who we are now."

Today's post is dedicated to all those who have inspired me, but especially those who have pushed me to pursue my creative passions. 

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Finding Inspiration

I think we're in a really unique position to have so much inspiration at our fingertips. Whether we're just generally browsing the web, or searching specific hashtags, there is beautiful content to inspire almost every niche and interest - seemingly to no end. 

One of my main personal struggles with inspiration is attaining a balance between allowing inspiration to give rise to motivation to create or do something great and getting sucked into a riptide where it feels like everyone's creative work is so much better than mine. I think it's easy to scroll through a feed of beautiful photos and amazing content and instead of feeling deeply motivated to add to the stream, feeling immensely disappointed because you believe your addition wouldn't be good enough.

For some it might be a makeup tutorial or a fitness video that they let shoot them down like this, thinking they can never be enough. For me, it's creating content as an influencer.

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What I've learned, is that for inspiration to be truly effective, you have to have a  'why.' Your why is your reason for doing what you're doing in the first place. If it's fitness, it might be that you want to work out to be stronger, healthier, and happier. If it's fashion, your 'why' in rebuilding your wardrobe maybe that you want to learn to love your body for the way it is, and dressing it more strategically will help you see yourself in a better light.

   

Whatever your 'why,' you have a clear direction for the goals you're creating because you have a guiding purpose. Inspiration then works in tandem with your why, motivating you and encouraging you in what you're doing as well as giving you ideas about how to be better in setting and reaching your goals.

   

When you stay true to your 'why,' you will be more resilient when it comes to the comparison game. It won't be as easy for you to get down on yourself when you look at what everyone else is doing, because you have a clear vision and reason for doing exactly what you're doing.

(P.S. if you're a blogger, I wrote a whole post for Style Collective all about finding your why and sticking to it, you can give it a read HERE)

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My Inspiration

One of the people who has inspired me most in my creative work has been my cousin, Megan Mueller. She's a incredible photographer for bloggers & entrepreneurs based in Dallas and I'm constantly drawing inspiration from her shoots to influence my work and make it better.

   

I think it's a really special thing when you can be inspired by family. You will likely never meet your favorite celebrity or the stranger from that #outfitinspo post on instagram, but when you have the opportunity to draw inspiration from family members, especially ones you have grown up around, its a pretty amazing thing.

   

Megan is 4 years older than me, so I've been looking up to her my whole life. From modeling my Barbie dreamhouse goals after her set-up to dreaming of finally getting a speaking part in a play like she had, there's always been something about her creative ambitions that I admired and wanted to emulate. 

It wouldn't be right if I didn't give her a little shout out for inspiring me to get to where I am today. If you want to catch some of the inspo, go pop by her IG here @meganmweaver 

 

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A little about the look

You might have noticed that my tee matches the topic of this post perfectly, and here's why: It's from Lucy's Inspired, which is a jewelry brand inspired by things like vintage chandeliers, architectural salvage, and found keys. Part of Lucy's line includes her Inspire to Give collection, which are pieces that come in twos.n One is to keep and one to give away - maybe it's to someone who has inspired you or maybe its for someone you'd like to inspire.

For this look, I'm wearing both the inspire to give bracelets and a lariat from the Clara Collection. I dressed up this tee with some serious pops of color. These bright yellow pants are from Old Navy and they're the perfect casual compliment to a comfy tee. I snagged this neck scarf from Target because I couldn't avoid the bright pink and purple. I finished off the look with some pink crisscross slides which add another pop of color.

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Girls Night In // A Rooftop, Wine + Blogger Besties

- Events, Lifestyle

Girls Night In

Every once in a while you need a relaxing girls night in with some wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and some good laughs. My favorite thing about a girl's night in is being able to talk and dive deep with no distractions. Of course, nights out are a blast, but there is just something about a comfy couch and a great view with plenty of wine and snacks that brings you closer. It let's you dig a little deeper and share a little more honestly.  

  

"Friendship is seriously one of the most important thing's we've got."

   

I have to say, you wouldn't always have found me at a girls night. As a little bit of an introvert, it took me a little bit to understand just how important friendships are. Finding people to surround yourself with and do life with is so crazy essential.

 

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You might not know it from the photos, but I had only met one of these girls (C.J. of @everydaychiffon) in real life before this night. Both Alyssa & Delayna were my 'close' instagram friends, but we had never actually met in real life. The funny thing about that was how fast we clicked. Everything was on the table, from hair extensions to plans for NYFW and trips we could take together to collab ideas and venting about frustrations.

   

"I guess that's the funny thing about my generation. We don't have to start from square one every time we meet someone because we already know so much about each other's lives through social media."

   

I think we hear a lot about how technology is an inhibitor of relationships. A scene with friends out to lunch together but all looking at their phones comes to mind. But the truth is, it's not always that way. I think for many of us, social media and the technology that supports it are a way to take care of a lot of the small talk beforehand. It then allows us to make our time in person a lot more meaningful. We can cut to the chase and dig deep because a lot of the niceties like " where are you from?" are already taken care of.

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My good friend Katie put on this event. It started as just a simple idea, but she seriously did an amazing job making it a reality. Her idea was to bring bloggers together for a "Networking Shoot." She would be the photographer, and get brands to sponsor the event. Little did she know just how much it would mean.

   

I expected to connect with my insta friends in real life and have a fun-filled night of sipping some of my favorite wine. And it was that, but so much more. I've always believed that you know a true friend when you walk away from the conversation feeling energized and encouraged. Of course there is give and take: sometimes its their turn to pour their heart out and your job just to listen and advise when needed. I think if you leave most of your conversations together feeling recharged and ready to take on life, then you've got yourself a best friend.

   

Our conversations were just that. We shared our favorites, aired our frustrations, and left the night feeling fired up with heads spinning about all the new things we could accomplish in our lives, and with our blogs, but also all the ways in which we could collaborate together. I walked away from this night with three new blogger besties.

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A Little Shoutout 

You're probably wondering by now about some of the products that are featured in these photos. A few brands were gracious enough to sponsor us, and I have to give a little shout out to them for making this night possible. Who knows, without them I may have just stayed insta friends with these girls. We may never have exchanged numbers and we wouldn't be planning to take NYFW together.

   

The glasses you see are from Colorado Glasses. A local brand with a fun and fresh style, I could see myself wearing just about any pair they've got available. I'm a huge fan of the way their designs mix earthy wood tones with sleek frame elements and they've even a few pairs with some perfect pops of color.

   

Next up is my favorite local winery, Infinite Monkey Theorem. They were kind enough to gift us our wine supply for the evening. And yes, you saw it right...that is canned wine. Believe me, I don't think I'd trust it from anyone else but them. As a non-beer drinker I'm a huge fan of being able to ice down some cans of white right in the cooler for a little Oklahoma Football tailgating.

The adorable ribbons you see on the stem of our glasses are from Tie One On Wine Charms. They're too cute, can go right along with the theme of the night, and make a perfect little hostess gift.

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About the Look

 

My one-shoulder bow top is from Banana Republic. It has time-honored light blue and white banker stripes and a classic one-shoulder silhouette which means it will outlast the off-shoulder trend that's sure not to still be center stage in summers to come. The dramatic, oversized bow is obviously the focal point of this piece but still feels graceful enough for everyday wear and not to Gaga-esque.

   

I paired this top with some white skinny jeans, which are a seasonless staple in my wardrobe. I love wearing them with bright summer colors for a beachy look or pairing with a classic flannel and some grey booties for a fall casual look. I believe the "No white after Labor Day" rule has lapsed and that its totally worth breaking...get you some.

   

My fun hot pink statement earrings are from Spare Drawer Designs, which is another amazing brand local to Denver. If you need an excuse to snag them, I should let you know that ‪10% of proceeds go to Joshua Station‬, a transformational housing program for homeless families here in Denver, Colorado.

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Came to Vegas to Chill // Minus 5 Ice Bar

- Lifestyle, Travel

 

Winter is here. I've never been a huge fan of the cold, but something about a hot summer's day has me doing this thing  I do every year where I start wishing it was cold out so I could bundle up and snuggle by the fire with some hot tea. That winter wish came true when I was invited to Minus 5 Ice Bar in Vegas last week. Well...sans warm fire and hot tea, but plus tequila...so I'd call it a win.

Of course, every year in the middle of the Denver winter, I start to realize I was crazy for wishing winter upon myself, that's where Minus 5 is the perfect balance. You get the icy winter experience of living like Elsa in an ice castle (with cocktails) for a few hours, then you get to go back out to the blistering Vegas heat - all in one day. 

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The Minus 5 Experience

If you haven't figured it out from the photos, Minus 5 is a bar made completely out of ice. From the walls to the benches and chairs you sit on to the glass your drink is served in. The name comes from the fact that the space is kept at 5 degrees below Celsius.

When you first arrive you pick a package that includes a warm parka or a gorgeous faux fur coat (obvious choice) plus gloves, which are essential for holding your icy glass. Once you're in your winter wear, you then walk from the Vegas heat into a winter wonderland. The temperature is chilly, but a refreshing break from the summer sun and the coat and gloves are warm enough to let you stay awhile.

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Something I loved about the experience was how amazing the lighting was. There are various colored LEDs that put on a light show by dimming, brightening, and changing colors. The light variation makes the space feel interactive and makes observing the ice sculptures even more fun.

In addition to lights, different parts of the space are designed with different themes, from an icy northern getaway with faux fur covering icy bar stools to a tropical space with ice-embedded beach chairs and complete with a cool palm tree sculpture.

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The Coolest Part

You aren't allowed to bring in a phone or camera because it could damage the devices or melt the ice, but this is a whole other level of refreshing. I was allowed a camera so that I could capture the experience to share with  you, but once we finished taking photos it was so nice to see everyone so engaged.

It's a rarity to see a deviceless space - even in nature, much less a bar - that allows people to fully unplug and make room for personal interaction without the distraction of screens.

To watch everyone explore the space together and notice intricate details in the decor or scupltures that they otherwise may not have if they just been focused on capturing their experience via photos or sharing it in real-time on social media, was so much fun.

It was definitely a beautiful reminder of how important it is to unplug and focus on what's in front of us. To live in the moment instead of focusing on capturing it or living for our feed.

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What I Wore.

I can't tell you where to shop this faux fur coat, but trust me I'm on the lookout for one. It's absolutely gorgeous and oh-so-warm. I definitely need to add one to my wardrobe for the chilly Denver winters and I'm thinking this one might be a good option.

I know you also can't really see what I'm wearing, but it's a super cute one-sleeve strappy jumpsuit from Forever 21. It has one long sleeve and an open back with one diagonal strap going across and it's perfect for fall & winter because you can throw a coat on over it to warm up and then take it off once inside to show off a little shoulder + open back. Oh, and its under $30!

I'm also wearing the Vince Camuto split shaft booties in grey, plus a pair of gorgeous gold earrings I got as a Holiday present from my good friend Marian who I used to do the 9-5 office grind with.

Finally, I give you the bun maker. Many of you ask how my buns always look so perfect and the secret is this little thing. Seriously, my buns would be nothing without it because I'm not that great at doing hair much less mine which is always having a frizz party.

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Office Design + Reveal

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Today I'm so excited to finally be able to share my re-designed office space with you!

This space has been in the works since we first started designing our house and it was such a fun process to put together ideas and design plans as it was getting built. If you follow my instagram, you know that we officially moved in at the very beginning of June. It's taken me a couple months of planning, ordering, waiting on shipping, and working on the space to make my design a reality.

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Office Essentials

The first step to any successful interior design project is having some clearly defined goals for the space. Design & decor can be gorgeous, but if it isn't functional, you won't get the most out of the space, which can also lead to you feeling disorganized. My office essentials checklist:

01. Relaxing Workspace

This was number one on my list, because if I don't have a space I feel relaxed in it means I can't be very productive. I've always been a fan of Japanese-style Chabudai (or low, floor) tables. My sophisticated reason for this is that I love the feeling of being grounded and the comfort of floor cushions and pillows, but my primary reason is that I've always sat criss-cross or with one leg up even in chairs since I was a kid (my mom was constantly telling me to "Get [my] feet down"). It's always been what's most comfortable for me and helps me get my best focus on. 

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02. Storage + more storage

You can never have too many storage options. I not only needed an elegant place to store all my camera equipment, but I also needed a place to organize all the different products I have in the quene to shoot. This includes everything from beauty products to jewelry to apparel and everything in between. 

03. Fun + Feminine Aesthetic

After a functional workspace & storage options, my next essential was for my office to include design elements that made the space feel truly mine. Being married and sharing a bedroom means I needed to give all my pink, girly things their own home and create a space that was fully feminine.

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 Workspace Design

I chose a nesting cocktail table in burnt oak to serve as my desk and added large floor cushion,  a couple hot pink pillows (here), and a cream chenille throw blanket. My desk faces our front window, which means I get great light. I also use a two-desk setup to maximize my productivity. My main desk is used for all my technology: blogging, photo editing, and other digital-based work. My side desk is a no-electronics allowed zone that I use to brainstorm and design just in my sketchbook. I first got this tip from the book, 'Steal Like an Artist', and it's been a total game changer.

As far as office essentials, I fell in love with brass for metallic accents because I really liked the fact that it didn't feel too bright and polished but helped give the space a sophisticated look. My desk lamp, pen & pencil organizer, round wastebasket all have the same muted gold finish.

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 Shoot Planning + Content Creation Function

When I'm prepping for shoots, I like to put together my complete outfit - including accessories - so I don't forget anything. I found this clothing rack at Ikea for $10, which I use to organize new purchases & things brand's have sent and style outfits for posts so that the pieces don't get lost in my closet. My top three favorite pieces on my clothing rack right now are this dress, this jumpsuit, and these leggings.

I also have a floor mirror that I use to try on different looks while I'm styling an outfit. I love it because it's self-supporting. It originally came in black, but I painted it with a Pearl Spray Paint so that it would fit my design plan a little bit better. I also have a floating shelf that I use to display some of my handbags and a little artificial peony arrangement, which is the first fake flower arrangement I've ever bought. I thought it was so cheesy at first, but now I'm pretty sold. 

I also have a shelf in my wardrobe dedicated to jewelry & accessory storage. I use a 3-tier jewelry storage tray, a ring holder, and some 3m hooks to keep my jewelry organized and a couple cute mugs and jars to store things like lipstick and perfume rollers.

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 Feminine Design Essentials

For my color palette, I decided on  black & white with pops of hot pink. I created two accent walls using some temporary peal & stick wall paper. It was SO easy to put up and is a simple process if I ever want to re-design in the future. Not only that but the brand I used was so much cheaper than regular wall paper would have been. The smaller wall with the window and clothing rack has the speckled dot pattern and the back wall behind my desk has vertical black and white stripes (the pattern is called 'Suit & Tie' and you can get it HERE)

I went with some bright pink curtains to serve as my pops of pink in addition to my floor pillows. A floral bucket chair was the obvious choice as a statement piece and little place to read my fashion magazines. I snagged mine from Wayfair for just over $100, you can get it HERE. I'm absolutely in love with the floral pattern, and added a metallic stripe accent pillow for a pop of gold. I paired it with a round end table that serves as a perfect place to set my tea and also display my favorite magazines.

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When I want some mood lighting instead of my full overhead can lights, I have some lanterns with flicker candles that are on a timer that sit on the floor across from my desk. I also added some lights over the wardrobe that are dimmable but give off a soft glow that is still bright enough to work under. Some finishing touches included a faux sheepskin rug and my favorite pink magnolia candle.

The Finished Space

I'm so happy with how the space turned out. It's the exact mix of function and elegance I needed and gives my blog a place to call home. 

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My Smile Story

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Time to talk about smiles. Cue all the cheesey smile quotes here about how a smile is the best thing you can wear, they never go out of style, they're the best first impression you can ever leave, etc.

But in all honesty, my smile is one of the main things that helps me feel confident and beautiful.

As a little bit of an introvert, I find myself hiding behind my smile when meeting new people. I'm also one for humor, so when you meet me there's a chance we'll be joking and laughing in no time. 

 

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My Smile

I'm proud of my smile now for the most part, but that wasn't always the case. Growing up, I had a giant gap between my two front teeth. I can still remember being super embarrassed about it in elementary school. One small surgery and two rounds of braces later, my smile is straight and something I'm finally happy to flash.  

Even with my gap gone, my smile could still use a little improvement. The current obstacle in my smile journey is keeping my teeth bright and stain-free.

It's no secret I'm in love with coffee and wine. But really, who isn't.  

I'd been searching for an easy and effective way to tackle stains. I have a thousand other steps in my beauty routine, and I didn't have time to mess with adding another complicated one. I tried a variety of options, but with bulky devices, strips that didn't stay put, and one-size fits all trays that didn't quite fit, I gave up and went back to relying on whitening toothpaste to keep my teeth bright. It wasn't super effective, but it was easy. 

Then, Smile Brilliant reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying out their custom trays. A professional quality whitening system without the dentist office visit?  I was intrigued. 

P.S. If you follow me on Instagram, I told you all about it on my story about a month ago. Also, just because I know you're going to ask, my lippie is the Ultra HD Matte Lip Color, in "Obsession." It's by Revlon and is under $10

 

 

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Smile Brilliant

The process was super easy. They send you a kit and you make your own molds, which was actually pretty fun. You mail those back and your custom whitening trays are made and delivered to you in a couple weeks. From there, you use the whitening gel that comes in syringes (which last 3-4 sessions) and whiten away.

I seriously love how easy it is. The whole system is the perfect balance of easy and effective, so I was a no brainer as far as deciding whether it was worth it to add to my beauty routine. I'm in. 

You leave the trays in for about 45min-3 hours, so I honestly just wear them out and about while I'm grocery shopping or running errands. You can't really tell you're wearing them, similar to Invisalign or clear braces. I also expected them to be hard plastic like my retainers from high school, but they are made of a soft clear plastic that's actually pretty comfy. I constantly forget I have them in. 

 

Before & After

I've been whitening every other day for about two and a half weeks, and I'm happy with the results. I'm now a believer that custom trays are the only way to whiten, it's just not worth the hassle to try to mess with anything else. Just see what you think of the results: 

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Wedding Getting Ready Party + Bridesmaid Gifts

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Of course I'm marrying the man of my dreams, but my wedding day wouldn't be my wedding day without my girls. Luckily, these 7 babes said yes to flying all the way out to Hawaii to be by my side at our wedding. (P.S. for all of you that have been asking, YES there will be a full wedding post coming soon!)

Getting Ready

Of course, we had to have a little getting ready party, which consisted of the usual things. Scampering around between bathrooms in the villa, swapping makeup and tips, drinking champagne and giving advice on which bra to wear. You know, girl stuff. 

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Confession, I hadn't fully written my vows until we were getting ready. But in my defense I had thought about them a lot and just needed to get them on paper. Plus, Rich didn't write them at all, so I don't feel too bad about it.

Bridesmaid Gifts

I put together little goodie bags for everyone which included some day of essentials (like a little bottle of champagne) and silk robes so we'd be all cute and matchy for photos. Most of the other little goodies I was able to gather up before we left and ship to Hawaii, because there was no way they were all going to fit in my suitcase. A few odds and ends I got later and ended up having to pack.

01  Solid Colored Satin Robe - AMAZON

Robes are a classic getting ready essential. I went with solid colors to change it up a little from the floral trend, and chose bright pink since it coordinated with the dress colors and looks so fun! I picked a champagne one for myself, which went with the champagne layer on my dress.

02 Mini Bottles of Champagne - Courtage

Every good girl's day needs some bubbly. I love the mini bottles because they're just so cute and fit perfectly in a gift bag.

03 Smooth Stick Lip Balm - EOS

Eos eggs are awesome, but I love a tube of lip balm a lot better. Which is why I was excited to find these EOS tubes. I got sweet mint and pomegranate raspberry. The colors fit my wedding colors, which were coral, dark pink, and light blue.

 

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04 Beachy getting ready essentials

I snagged some skin and hair care items to put in the gift bags and chose the travel size ones since it was a destination wedding. Most of them made it, but some of them were confiscated from my suitcase on the way there my TSA.

Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray - Not Your Mother's | Tropical Dry Shampoo - Batiste | Hair Spray - Tresemme

 

05 Birthday Cake Truffles - Godiva

These I mostly bought because they were fun and pink and looked like a party. They did not disappoint. 

 

06 Socks & Stud Earrings

I found some super fun socks (since sold out) from Target that came in assorted packs. They were two-tone and varied in dark pink, light pink, orange, gray and yellow. They also had cute pom poms on the back and looked super adorable with the robes.

I also included a couple pairs of gold and colored studs that they could wear the day of if they wanted to. I actually had these ones from when I used to own my online boutique, so decided to re-gift them in the goodie bags since they were just too cute!

 

07 Thank you card 

I wrote everyone a little personalized note to thank them for being a part of my big day and let them know how much I appreciated their friendship. I snagged some cute stationary from (surprise) target (not available online) that had an adorable floral pattern and some polka dotted envelopes.

Do you have a wedding coming up? Are you planning to put together a getting ready party with some gift bags? Let me know what you think!

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The Story of How I Met My Guy + Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Him

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It's almost Valentines Day! Of course its my favorite, there is chocolate and flowers and sappiness. I'm finally looking for gifts for my guy a little early this year, so I'm not cutting it close like usual. So today, in the spirit of sappiness, I'm sharing the story of how I met my man + a mini gift guide that includes my favorite picks for gifts to give your guy for Valentine's Day.

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How I met my "Human"

Stage 1: Rich Meets Me.
Rich met me when I was a freshman in this section of the College of Business where everyone from our major hung out (aka the "EMSA Office1"). There were study Tables, a fully stocked candy jar, free printing...yeah it was a pretty cool place. I however, do not remember this encounter at all.

Stage 2: I meet Rich.
Fast forward to about November of my junior year (his senior year) and we are now bumping into each other in that same office all the time and exchanging sarcastic comments and doing some verbal jousting. I'm sure he told me his name, but I'm terrible at names so I didn't remember. I simply referred to him as "Houston's best friend2
 
Stage 3: Some Shenanigans.
I will preface these shenanigans by saying that if you didn't know me in college, I was a very serious nerd who was very overly involved in everything. Now, this had gotten a little better by the time I reached Jr Year (and a LOT better by sr year) mostly because I found some really fun friends and could finally buy my own wine. 
Ok now fast forward to February that year, and our program takes a trip to Houston to a conference called NAPE: It's is an oil and gas expo, including about 17,000 of your closest friends and no shortage of happy hours that turn into corporate parties that turn into a long night out...and then you wake up early and do it all over again for three days. We as students were there to network, which means you can have a night out but must promptly pull yourself together by 7am to go mix and mingle with industry professionals. It takes endurance.
So night two we are at a corporate party, and I (wine in hand) am doing some networking with a circle of people who have the power to give me a job. Houston's best friend (Rich) strolls up to the group and decides to test my improvisation skills with "Oh, so you've all met my ex-wife Cara!"
The nerd in me clams up all awkwardly, the feistiness plus the wine in me decides to fire back, "Yeah...the divorce has been pretty rough, I mean we haven't even signed the papers yet because we can't decide who gets the dog and I can't find my favorite pen." Everyone is now looking at us like, "Um, why are you two dropping all this on us at this lighthearted networking event?" It was fun, he was funny, not to mention pretty adorable in his suit, and that's when I decided I kinda liked him.
 
Stage 4: FBO + Becoming Humans.
Fast forward to March, and mission figure-out-Houston's-best-friend's-real-name was a success. After a couple months of more bump-in's in the EMSA office, margaritas after class, and a few nights out, we were staying for a two-week summer intersession class4 and finally decided to date. We did the whole long distance thing for a year, I graduated and moved to Denver, we got engaged, we had a baby girl, and we are getting married in April! (whew, that escalated quickly)

So, that's how I found my human (yes, he has all these adorable nicknames for me, and all I can muster for him is calling him "human"...like a puppy) and he's just the best. 
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1. EMSA: Energy Management Student Association
2. Houston was the friend he always hung out in the office with)
3. Did I mention I was a business major? Paha.
4. Read: living together because my lease was up and he said I could

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THE GO TO GIFT:

1. Dark Sandalwood & Smoke Watch, FRANKIE Series - JORD

A watch is really one of the most romantic gifts a girl can give. It's classy, it's with him everyday, and its a cute little reminder that he has your time before anyone else. I love this wood watch from JORD because it's so sleek, and the wood body makes it such an amazing statement piece. Plus, they do custom engraving, which makes giving it to your guy just that much more special.
The other thing I love about JORD is that the watch comes with a super fun wood box that has a magnetic lid (the one in the photo at the very top of this post).
 
P.S. You can shop all of the JORD men's collection here, but the more fun thing is that JORD is currently giving away a $100 gift card! You can enter here, and the great news is that if you don't win, you will still get a $25 gift card to their site. Whoop whoop! (The contest ends 2/19/2017)

FOR THE ATHLETE...or if your guy loves to work out.

2. The Wood Bottle, Teakwood - SWELL

How cool is this bottle? It looks like it was just whittled out of a tree, but it's actually made of double-walled stainless steel, which means it keeps things cold for 24hrs and hot for 12hrs. Which is no joke, because I take water with me to bed in my marble one, and there is still a ton of ice in it when I wake up. This is the perfect gift for the guy that loves to workout, but it's honestly a great pick for any guy. Especially here in Denver where it takes extra effort to stay hydrated all day.

 FOR THE BARTENDER...or aspiring mixologist.

3. Saddle Leather Cocktail Shaker - POTTERY BARN

This pick is perfect whether your guy is a pro mixologist or just taking up cocktail crafting. I just love how sleek and simple this shaker is, it's for sure a great addition to the bar. The leather is hand-stitched, and you can add a monogram to make the gift even more personal. If you're a DIY-er, this shaker also makes a perfect vase for a mini liquor bouquet.

FOR THE ADVENTURER...or aspiring outdoorsman

4. Outdoor Survival Crate - MAN CRATES

This survival kit arrives sealed in a wood crate and comes with a crowbar to open it. It includes things like a shovel with interchangeable saw, pickaxe, hatchet and hammer heads, a paracord knife, some more paracord, a minimalist cook set, plus of course some beef jerky. This is the perfect starter if your guy is interested in testing out life off the grid, and a great addition to your guy's collection if he already has the outdoorsman thing down.

  

How did you meet your guy? And what are you getting him for Vday?
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XO, Cara Newhart - Never Skip Brunch Blog - Denver Blogger & Style influencer

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New Legging Obsession + Denver’s Best Kept Brunch Spot

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As you well know, I love brunch. I'm all about snacks, I love sleeping in, I'm all about having an excuse to drink champagne before noon...brunch let's me have all of that. There are literally so many great places to brunch in Denver. From Ellyngton's, to Snooze, to The Lobby, to La Merise, to the giant smothered burrito at Steuben's, the Liege waffles at Waffle Up, and so so many more in between. But my favorite brunch spot in Denver might surprise you. It's one of those places where the wait is short, the food is amazing, and the atmosphere is intimate but inviting..

 

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 Denver's Hidden Gem

My pick for the best kept brunch spot in Denver? The Weber. It's right off the downstairs lobby of the Cherry Creek Inn, and it has about 3 of my favorite breakfast dishes in all of Denver. The dining room has a classic feel and relaxed atmosphere.

We lived in the heart of Cherry Creek North for a year, and always found ourselves walking past the Weber and talking about how we'd heard it was good and needed to try it sometime. Fast forward to right before we moved just out of walking distance from this little gem; we finally gave it a chance, loved it, and wished we had popped in sooner. 

My Fiancé and I spent lunch there today doing a little wedding planning over some club sandwiches and sweet potato fries. Then hopped outside to shoot my outfit. 

 

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NEW LEGGING OBSESSION

So, I have a new leggings obsession. Which is rare, because I already believe leggings are pants, and am wiling to wear pretty much any brand that are comfy and provide enough coverage.
 
On a recent shopping trip, my mission was to [finally] upgrade my southern wardrobe to include a few good pairs of leggings that were [a lot] warmer than my current dri-fit spread. I found myself at Macy's browsing through the athletic section on a hunt for fleece lined leggings and when there were none to be found, the sales girl directed me up a floor to look at the "other" leggings section by the gloves. 

After touching them all at testing their stretch-ability [totally a thing], I gathered my 10+ pairs to take in for some more extensive testing in the dressing room. On my way, something caught my eye.

 
At first, they appeared to be grey leather pants (currently obsessed with grey, couldn't resist, yada yada). I then discovered that they were leggings...that magically looked like leather. Needless to say I walked out having purchased that pair and one other grey pair in the same brand. 

​You can shop this look below, including my exact top and leggings. For the shoes (which are from Just Fab and sold out) and the scarf (which was a holiday gift from Stitch Fix), I have linked some similar styles.

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Faux Leather Leggings | Spanx Leather Leggings | Grey leather | Stretchy pants | Gunmetal sparkle tights
Faux Leather Leggings | Spanx Leather Leggings | Grey leather | Stretchy pants | Gunmetal sparkle tights

What I’m Wearing: New Years Eve + 2017 Goals

- Fashion, Lifestyle
New Years Party | New Years Outfit | NYE Outfit Ideas | Glitter Leggings | Sparkle Pants

While a bulk of the internet has decided that 2016 was the worst year ever, I have to say I disagree.
​It wasn't perfect, but this year I experienced so much personal and professional growth that I just can't help but to look back on the past 364 days cheerfully.

Just to hit a few '16 highlights: I started my blog, my baby girl was born, we set a date for (and started planning) our wedding, and we signed a contract to start building our new house. Overall, 2016 was awesome, but I'm so looking forward to all the possibilities that 2017 holds. I always love the new year because of the feeling of getting a fresh start. It's like putting fresh sheets on the bed...just the best.

New Years Party | New Years Outfit | NYE Outfit Ideas | Glitter Leggings | Sparkle Pants
New Years Party | New Years Outfit | NYE Outfit Ideas | Glitter Leggings | Sparkle Pants
New Years Party | New Years Outfit | NYE Outfit Ideas | Glitter Leggings | Sparkle Pants
New Years Party | New Years Outfit | NYE Outfit Ideas | Glitter Leggings | Sparkle Pants

 

2017 GOALS

1. WORKIN ON MY FITNESS 

Yeah...I need to get a lot more consistent. My goal is to focus on being strong and healthy so that I can feel my best. Yes, I have a spring wedding to get in shape for too, so that should give me a little inspo.

2. EATING BETTER 

Drink more water, eat green food, the whole yada yada. But really, I'm going to eat at least one raw meal a day and buy myself this cute water bottle to motivate my H2O consumption.

3. GIRLBOSS STUFF 

One of the most rewarding parts of being my own boss is being 100% in charge of my own success. Is it sometimes super stressful and hard? Um, yes. But, is it totally worth it? Hell yeah! I have a whole list of goals I need to crush, but overall the main themes are to network with other girlbosses and entrepreneurs so that we can support each other, grow my blog, and invest more into growing my photography career. 
New Years Party | New Years Outfit | NYE Outfit Ideas | Glitter Leggings | Sparkle Pants
New Years Party | New Years Outfit | NYE Outfit Ideas | Glitter Leggings | Sparkle Pants

 

WHAT I'M WEARING: NEW YEARS EVE

 
My NYE look this year has all the necessary sparkle with some fun pops of color. I decided to break out of my color comfort zone and go with orange as my accent color. New year, time to try new things, right? Since I'm spending NYE in San Antonio, I can get away with a tank and summery wedges. I'm in love with this mock turtleneck crop top. It is so comfy and light, with super soft baby ribbed cotton. These sparkle leggings are just so much fun! (And oh so stretchy). Where can you get these pieces for yourself you ask? It's all from H&M.

Yes, I am a little bit obsessed with H&M. Between the wide range of options from biz casual to fashion forward, the super reasonable prices, and their sustainable fashion initiative (H&M Conscious), what's not to love? No joke, I put together this entire outfit for just under $63. Some of the highlights: this top (which also comes in 4 colors) is only $9.99, and these earrings & necklace were $3 each. Steal.

Most all of these items are part of the after-Christmas sale, so while only some of them are currently available online, you can still pop into H&M and grab this whole outfit for yourself. If you'd like to shop online from the couch instead, I've linked the available pieces from the outfit as well as some similar items from other retailers below.

 

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What are you wearing for NYE + do you have any major goals you're planning to crush in 2017? ​Leave a comment below or use #NSBstyle

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New Years Party | New Years Outfit | NYE Outfit Ideas | Glitter Leggings | Sparkle Pants
New Years Party | New Years Outfit | NYE Outfit Ideas | Glitter Leggings | Sparkle Pants