Art is Everywhere

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I know you might be sick of hearing about my neighborhood, but a girl in love has to shout it from the rooftops. Am I right? When my neighborhood meets 70 degree January weather, there really is nothing sweeter. Check out what I discovered on my Sunday stroll….

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Sneaks

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As a teenage athlete I developed an obsession with sneakers. I remember my goal back then was to own a sneaker in every color in every brand (Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Saucony, even some kind of skater brand), and I did a pretty good job. I had hot pink pair of Nikes I got on eBay (and shared with a friend), a pair of custom yellow Nike Shocks adorned with my high school bball number (3), a silver-blue pair of the most comfortable Nikes in the history I got because my good friend Hannah had them and I couldn’t bear to live without.

Once I hit college, because I was on the Cal Basketball team, we received team sneakers. (Who says college athletes don’t get paid?) My shoes today are one of those beautiful Berkeley handouts. I never wore them much in college, but I kept them around. And funny enough, sneakers arethe new rage with fashion peeps. Don’t believe me? Check them here.

What items are you glad you kept in your closet that have come back into style?tennis2 tennis3 tennis5

 

Wake-up Weekend

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I think I’ve mentioned before that I am NOT a morning person, and it always surprises me to find out what goes on Saturday morning before 11. This past Saturday I stupidly awoke at 8 AM and couldn’t go back to sleep. Thinking my day was already cursed, I tried to stay in bed as long as humanly possible. The thing with this method is that Jed cannot survive without breakfast, and while he usually fends for himself on weekends, he coerced me into heading out into the morning world and exploring.

And, I am happy to report, I don’t miss a ton in those early morning weekend hours when I am usually sleeping. Not a lot is happening. It’s quiet, not much is open, and only a few people are out and about. I will say, reluctantly, that it’s a perfect setting for taking a beautiful urban bike ride and spending quality time with the hubs. We strolled around our peaceful downtown and arrived at a lovely brunch place just before Jed collapsed from hunger.

Is anything better than a weekend with nothing to do?

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glo: A Beauty Gal’s Best Friend

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I love finding out about cool companies, especially when those cool companies are right here in Denver. And I love makeup. So when the glorious glo asked if I wanted to try out their new Luxe Liquid Mineral Foundation, I said,and I quote, “A million times, yes!”

I’ve been using their Luxe Liquid Foundation (with SPF 15) for a month now and I am so excited to report that it is absolutely amazing. I have used a similar mineral product in the past, but I must say this one takes the cake. It is virtually weightless on my skin, provides the perfect amount of coverage, and truly leaves my skin flawless.

Not only is the product perfection, but glo created a foundation brush specifically for this makeup, and the brush seriously makes magic happen. If you are not using a foundation brush to apply foundation, people, it is a must!! Not just with powder, but with liquid foundation too. Their $35 brush is worth the investment: not only does it apply your makeup smoothly and evenly, but the soft kabuki bristles gives your skin a gentle massage each and every use.

Have you ever used glo? What did you think?

Manly Monday: Leather

In honor of the Patriots going to the Super Bowl, here are pictures of me in a leather jacket.

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Anytime I wear something that Kelly thinks looks good she recommends we take pictures for Manly Monday. I never know what looks good, I only know what makes me feel good when I wear it, and this does the trick.

This jacket was an awesome gift—I’d been looking for this specific kind of collar for a while because badasses on motorcycles in movies always have this kind of leather jacket collar.

For example: this guy and this guy.

And while I’m riding on a shared b-cycle instead of a Harley, it just makes me feel a little bit better having this on.

Do you have any clothes that make you feel different when you put them on?

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Podcasts and More Life Enhancing Tidbits

The big news of my week is that I was introduced to the glory of podcasts. It went something like this:

Friends: “You’ve got to check out Serial.”

Me: “What do you mean? I’m pretty familiar with cereal. It’s been around a long time, I’ve been through plenty of stages: Lucky Charms, LIFE, Special K–”

Friends: “Uh no dude, not that kind of cereal. This is Serial the podcast.”

Me: “Okay. I don’t get it, so they talk about the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast on your iPod? Sounds pretty boring.”

Friends: “Have you seriously being living under a rock?”

Me: “I cerealiously must have.”

After a quick search of “cereal” on my Podcast app, I came to find out the Serial is a podcast that covers the true story of a murder case that happened fifteen years ago. A reporter takes a look at the case inch by inch, person by person, to uncover the mystery of what really happened.

Needless to say, it took me about five days to complete all 12 episodes (averaging about 40 minutes a piece). And if that wasn’t enough, I also had breakfast cereal everyday on top of it. (Which is a feat for me because I often, regrettably, skip breakfast.)

Anyways, Serial hooked me, grabbed me in, and now my way-too-long commute is seriously one of the best parts of my day. Since Serial I have been hopping around to different podcasts (see my new favorite below) that both keep my mind incredibly stimulated while I mindlessly drive and I am learning new fascinating things that I would NEVER have learned about before.

On that note of sharing knowledge, here are a few other captivating things I learned this week…

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A Look Back at Year One (of the Blog)

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So last year I started a blog and began logging my journey. I can’t even comprehend all the amazingness that has happened. What a truly spectacular year! (When reading what follows, please picture it as a movie montage with a great music playing in the background, like Damn it Feels Good to be a Gansta):

  • I started a blog which opened my world to amazing partnerships, unique opportunities, and creative freedom in both my outfits and my writing.
  • I traveled to several new places this past year that totally blew my mind: New Orleans, Santa Barbara, Austin, Buena Vista (CO), and an appearance on national TV.
  • Jed and I bought our first home in the most incredible neighborhood. This experience has lead us on a journey of exploration, self discovery, and togetherness that has been unmatched.
  • I helped plan, coordinate, and design more than 20 weddings, and along the way met the some of the most remarkable couples on this planet.
  • Not only did I plan weddings, I got to attend a couple weddings of some of my closest friends in the world, and I cherish the moments when they vowed their love. And speaking of being a part of something, I got to be to present for my best friend in the entire world’s engagement in New York City and see the look on her face when she found out she was surrounded by her entire family surprising her.

It’s hard to imagine how I can top a year like that, but each year I strive to get better. So here’s my game plan to continue this streak of brilliance:

  • Ever since our honeymoon, Jed has been on a mission to become an expert French chef, so I thought it would be fun to master the art of Italian cooking.
  • With all that Italian cooking, I want to update my workout regime. I want to continue my three days a week of hot yoga practice, but because I know how important it is to switch things up I plan to do one class a month that I have never done before. Specifically I want to try breakdancing classes, parkour, and laughing yoga are top on my list of classes to try!
  • I really really really want to learn French. I was terrible at Spanish in school and don’t think I have a brain for learning languages, but oh how I want to try. This will by far be the hardest thing to conquer this upcoming year, but attaining greatness is never easy.
  • And finally, I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I WILL START A BOOK CLUB. This time, I will actually do it.

May this next year be the best year. Cheers to you!

Warby Parker Here We Come

Remember when you were a kid and you really wanted to get a retainer, or in my case, you wanted one so badly you would try your sister’s on when she wasn’t home? Well, my story today is a lot like that, except not as disgusting.

It wasn’t long ago when I was visiting New Orleans with a group of friends and my bestie had on a smart pair of glasses. I love glasses. I think they are so cool, can be a neat accessory, and can totally change a look. I even own a couple fake pairs. So of course my curiosity got the better of me and I asked if I could try them on. Now up until this point I thought I had perfect vision. And you know that if you’ve ever tried on another person’s glasses it is usually totally nuts looking through their prescription.

This is where things got weird. The moment I slipped on those glasses, I went from good vision to HD vision. No lie. I felt like Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz. I could see things so clearly, so sharply, so beautifully. The moment I removed them them I went back to my old 1992 tele-”vision”. I instantly asked if she could give me her prescription, but apparently that is not allowed, so being forced into yet another adult act, I came back to Denver and made an eye doctor appointment.

My appointment went swimmingly. I got a very low prescription that will enhance my vision to absolute perfection. Here is where we are now. I knew about Warby Parker because Jed ordered from them months ago and I knew I could find stylish AND affordable frames with ease and from the comfort of my own home.

Right now I am on the try-on stage. I got there by going to their website, browsing, and picking out five frames I was interested in trying on. Here’s the cool part: This part is entirely free. No shipping fee, no nothing. A couple days later they were in my mailbox and it was time to try on and decide which frame I wanted for my first pair of glasses ever.

Help me decide—choose your favorite in the comments below :)

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Manly Monday – A Man’s Place is in the Kitchen

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I’m taking cooking lessons at Cook Street school in Denver, and it’s great.

I made us omelettes yesterday.

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Who has to go to cooking school to learn how to make an omelette? You break a few eggs, you mix ‘em around, and you throw them in a pan. How hard is that?”

And to that I’d say, “Well, that’s not a bad point. But why are you being so mean?”

Listen, there’s something about watching a professional chef make an omelette and having him show you how and why he does the things he does that is very different from scrambling some eggs and winging it.

Whisk the heck out of the eggs, don’t ever get any brown on the omelette at all, fold it in a French tri-fold form so that it encases all toppings but the overlap can’t be seen, utilize carryover cooking—these are the things that made Sunday’s omelette just a bit better than all the others I’d made up to that point.

I figured getting a little bit better at cooking would add up to a whole lot of value over the course of my life. And after the chocolate mousse I made last night, I think Kelly Awould agree.

Anything you want to get better at?