Take My Hand (and Stone)

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A couple of weeks back I had my first ever facial. And OH. MY. GAWD. Talk about life changing, y’all. Why it has taken me this long to practice this amazing, revitalizing treat is beyond me, but holy cow, I’m hooked.

I have my friends, Scott and Libby (who just opened their very own Hand and Stone in Stapleton right outside of Denver) to thank for introducing me to this incredible experience.

As a devoted yogi focused on improving my practice and, in turn, myself, this facial felt very similar to that zen experience I have with yoga. I know I am doing something good for myself and my health, a good that I can take back out in the world and give back to others. (Clearly been doing a lot of yoga recently.) During this holiday season when it is really easy to get caught up in the craziness of everything, what I wish for you is for you to take care of yourself so you can be kind to others.

One easy way to do that is treating yourself through a facial or massage. And if you are local support Scott and Libby’s Hand and Stone. You will be killing two birds with one (hand and) stone: one, you’ll be supporting these two newlyweds’ dream of owning a business together, all the while practicing self love by treating yourself to a magical experience.

Namaste.

Good Ol’-Fashioned Juxaposition

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These past couple of weeks, Good Ol’-Fashioned Party’s phone has been ringing off the hook. We’ve been meeting with new couples several times a week and LOVING every second. This is the time of year where we start laying the groundwork for all of our summer weddings—talking with couples, learning about their vision, and putting together plans to make that vision come to life.

Like what we did with Erin and James last May. This crazy fun couple had a vision of throwing one heck of a party, mixing modern art at The Space Gallery with our vintage touches for decor, dancing their faces off to DJ Rockstar Aaron‘s jams, and wowing their guests with magical food from The Inventing Room, where Ian, the inventor, works his molecular gastronomy magic and dry ices the shiz out of the place.

Watch the magic come alive with these spectacular photos from Ashley McKenzie Photography

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And that my friends, is why I love my business!

Patient Jeans

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I never was much of a jeans wearer. I always thought of them as being uncomfortable, stiff, and all-around blah. If you watched What Not to Wear as much as I did over the years, you know that lots of women struggle finding good jeans. And boy oh boy, was I one of them. What I’ve found is that finding a great pair of jeans takes patience. Lots of it. Plus, maybe a willingness to fork over a little more dough than you may be used to.

And it wasn’t until this pair of flared dark-wash jeans came into my life that things changed. These puppies have the perfect amount of stretch, feel incredible on, and make my legs look pretty darn good (if I do say so myself).

The day I bought these, I walked into Nordstrom Rack determined to find a GREAT pair of jeans with a budget of $120. I was ready to invest, and this mentality allowed me to try on all sorts of jeans that I would have never considered before. And guess what? I walked out of there with this pair of jeans for only $65, and have and continued to wear them on the reg.

Do you ever struggle with jeans?

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Manly Monday: Close Save with ShaveMob

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There are a bunch of razor-delivery companies out there right now. ShaveMOB, one that is based right here in Denver, sent Kelly and I a couple of new razors to try out for this here blog.

Right off the bat that’s one great thing about ShaveMOB—his and hers razors. I’m not sure if the pinkness and extra moisturizing stuff of Kel’s razor actually work better on legs, but I do know that I prefer to not have my razor stolen and used on ankles instead of my chin. Gross.

As for the razors themselves, I got the six-blade “Caveman” model. I’m relatively incapable of growing a caveman beard, and thus have been sticking with cheap two-blade models for the past year, but I have to say the Caveman made it noticeably quicker and easier to remove the hair from my face. Actually, ShaveMOB doesn’t even offer two blades, they start at three, so maybe I should take the hint and stick with the sixer.

The other thing that’s pretty cool about ShaveMOB is that you only order blades when you need em. I don’t shave all that often, so a “one-month supply” usually goes a little longer for me. It’s a great midpoint of ease and value—I’m not getting more razors than I need, and I’m not spending as much as I would if I went to the store.

Bottom line: Don’t pay more than you have to for razors. There are smarter options out there, and ShaveMOB is one of them. And, if you want to save 100% of the money you spend on razors, consider these looks. But in reality nobody wants to look that stupid, so make this a stocking stuffer this holiday season and forget the ornaments in the beard look (that was so 1982).

Use code BUDDY3F76G to save a buck off your order.

Shop For Yourself By Winning my Mint Julep Giveaway

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I am always on the lookout for fun online shopping boutiques that offer a great variety of special pieces at an accessible price point, so when the ladies from The Mint Julep introduced me to their online boutique, I straight freaked. Their stuff is so cute and they have an incredible variety of both dressy and dress-down pieces that fit seamlessly into any wardrobe

I chose to style this super laid-back cardigan because I knew it would fit in to my fall/winter clothing rotation, I don’t own anything this color, and I LOVE it. It is such an easy piece to throw on over leggings like I did here, or even over a summer dress with tights and boots to transition your summer clothing into the cooler months.

And because The Mint Julep is so awesome and it’s the holidays, I wanted to give my very special readers a chance to win a $25 gift card to their site. Whether you are looking for a glitter holiday look, an adorable maxi, a perfect plaid jacket, or just a one-of-a-kind piece, you will have so much fun shopping their site (especially with a free gift card)!

So here’s how you win:

  1. Check out The Mint Julep site and write a comment at the bottom of this post of what you would get with your card.
  2. Follow them on Instagram here: http://instagram.com/shopthemint.

Winner will be announced on my Instagram and Facebook next Friday 12/19, so make sure you are following me to see if you win :)

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A “Path” to Self Discovery

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CarMax. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I’ve had two cars in my life. My first car, a 1992 two-door Lexus, was a gift from my grandparents when I turned 16. This ride was awesome; so awesome I had it all throughout high school, my Berkeley days, and then cruising the streets of LA. After being car free for my year in New York, I needed a bigger car to drive across country, and since my Lexus was waiting patiently in my parents’ garage, I just traded mine for my moms. Only last year did my mom retired that Lexus. 25 years—talk about a well-aged vintage.

My current car situation is that trade I made with my mom five years ago, a 2002 Toyota Rav 4. Anybody who knows me knows that my car is the last thing I care about. I love dressing up and looking nice, keeping my home in tip-top shape, and having a spotless workspace, but my poor poor car doesn’t seem to get any of the love. It is purely a vessel that takes me to and from point A to B and houses lose papers, water bottles, and countless odds and ends.

So when I found out I had the opportunity to work with Denver CarMax, the #1 used car retailer in Denver, I couldn’t help but check out their extensive inventory (35,000 used cars nationwide) and start fantasizing about what it would be like to drive a sweet new whip and actually take some pride in being an adult with a car. 

And it wasn’t until I read on their website that “sales consultants match consumers with a car that is perfect for them, their budget and their lifestyle” did it click for me! Maybe I had been driving the wrong car all along. Maybe these cars that I have had were cool and functional, but weren’t me. 

This clearly led me down a spiral of self-analysis of, “Who am I?” “What do I find important?” “What is the meaning of life?” Well maybe not that last one, but you get the idea. Being a Berkeley tree hugger I know that my next car must be a hybrid. And because I plan weddings and scour the globe for vintage treasures, I need space to fit all the junk in my trunk. As a thrifty shopper, I’d love a car with great gas mileage so my daily commute to DTC doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

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Now that I know what kind of car I want and that actually fits who I am and the lifestyle I live, I will absolutely be checking out Denver CarMax (at either of their two locations:5850 South Broadway Littleton, CO 80121 or 2600 W. 104th Ave. Federal Heights, CO 80234) when the time comes. And it’s great to know that as an added bonus, CarMax will buy my car even if I don’t buy theirs. Not too shabby.

So until my current car conks out, while I can’t psychologically match my car, here’s to physically matching my car…

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Business Card Reveal

Remember a while back when I was working on creating business cards? Welp, great news, I’ve finally done it and love what I decided on.

I used Moo which I’ve used before and know is incredible quality, and I was thrilled to learn they have a new feature where you can pull your Instgram images and make each card face a different image. I mean, holy cow it’s awesome! Especially for somebody like me who loves changing things up and it also allows me to customize who gets want image and personalize that experience for whoever is receiving my card.

Here are just a few examples of what they look like…

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Interweb Gems

Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite websites I visit for inspiration. Whether it is outfit inspiration, home decor amazement, food-drool worthy, these spots on the web make me go “WOAH”…

Atlantic Pacific: I go here to swoon, lust, and dream of having a closet this perfect. There are no stories, there is no reading, there is just the most incredible outfits, most beautiful clothing that has ever been.

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Apartment Therapy: I get lost on this site for long periods at a time. The home tours, the home tips, the before and afters, they all suck me and before I know it I’ve pinned 20 different images and it’s 10pm.

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Co. Exist: This site gives me insight into some of the coolest things that are happening in the world. From the newest innovations, creative solutions to the world’s problems, and other groundbreaking news, Co. Exists articles always give me something to talk about at parties.

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Design Sponge: This site is a one-stop-shop for satisfying all my loves: DIY projects, home decor, food and drink recipes, and travel. But one of my favorite things about this site is their Life & Business section where they feature interviews, features, and news about entrepreneurs and small businesses. I love learning about new business and learning from people who have gone through the ropes. Hugely recommend checking this baby out on the regs.

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What sites do you go back to again and again only for the enjoyment of being in awe?

Manly Monday: Holiday Flea

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Today I want to give a shout out to the Denver Holiday Flea, which took place this past weekend at the Bindery on Blake, a cool new renovated space down the street from our house. It featured entrepreneurs and artisans from the area pitching a whole variety of wares.

For example, check out this bib made from bed-sheets that I obviously had when I was a kid (though Raphael was more my guy):

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It was reminiscent of flea markets Kelly and I have been to in New York and LA (the LA one is a staple every time we head back), and it was so cool for many reasons. 1) It shows how awesome Denver is and is becoming. 2) It shows how awesome these people and companies are. 3) It was a good spot to get some Christmas gifts while sipping a free beer. If only you could shop that way all the time.

One vendor that caught my eye was Ratio Clothing, who make shirts. The deal is you go to their store and get measured, drink some whiskey, and a few weeks later you get a custom shirt, made in the USA. It’s on the expensive side, but it seems like a fair deal given the quality. At the very least it’s a good option instead of looking at the price tag next to all the guys dressed up in Esquire.

So, good job on being awesome Denver. Oh, and thanks for being 60 and sunny in December, too. That was nice of you.

BEHOLD!

Last weekend my mother and I had a Good Ol’-Fashioned Party lock-in, where we locked ourselves in the house and worked for several hours straight–like sooo many hours straight. And boy oh boy am I happy that we did.

Today I am so proud to announce the launch of Good Ol’-Fashioned Party’s brand new website.

Check out the magic we created and check out the truly beautiful people we have had the honor of working with over the years.

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Have a beautiful weekend!!