Fall Trend: Navy & Blush

Fashion

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When I saw these blush culottes it was a no brainer purchase. I am not really a pink fan, it is normally too bright of a color for me. But I am in love with light pink shades and often use blush as a go-to neutral.

I have been a huge fan of the cropped wide pants and culotte trend. I recommend everyone to try this style because they are the most comfortable pants I have ever bought. You can even wear them on a hot day because they are so airy. Skinny jeans can get so uncomfortable to wear all day so having jeans with a looser fit is a breath of fresh air.

I knew I wanted to create a look that had a feminine, classic edge with these pink pants. So when I saw this blouse on sale at Anthropologie it was exactly what I was looking for. The navy blue top is a vintage styled romantic piece with the lace and puffed sleeves and is a little cropped, so it goes great with hi-rise jeans. Anthropologie is having amazing sales right now, including this blouse which was additional 25% off the sale price. It is also a good time to pick up any fall pieces because all of their full priced items are 20% off.  I have added tons of adorable fall sweaters and beautiful pieces to my wishlist that I will be going back for.

I like adding studs to any outfit, like these edgy booties, they show off my inner rock star. Then I was experimenting with the vintage silk bandana look. Which I love how the girlie polka-dots match the stud shoes. Gives the outfit a lot of interest by adding the classic 1920’s trend that has made a comeback this year. The 1920’s trends always match perfectly with my natural finger waved hair.

Do you like the look? Let me know what you think in the comments 💕

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Blouse: ON SALE here Pants: here Shoes: similar here and here and here Silk Scarf: here Purse: here

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Last Days of Summer

Fashion, Sustainable

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With summer’s end quickly approaching it will be hard to say goodbye. Fall is a short season which means winter will be here before we know it and I am not quite ready for the brisk cold nights.

What I love most about summer is the ease of walking around town and exploring new places. Going to the farmers market on Sunday’s will be the hardest thing to say goodbye to. I wish we could have a fresh resource for produce year round. The groceries stores can really be hit or miss. I constantly have to return produce that has rotted away in a day.

Another thing I will miss about summer is those easy breezy summer dresses and skirts. My most comfortable purchase this summer was this adorable silk hummingbird top and the flowy tropical silk midi skirt from Amour Vert. The outfit is made out of sustainable resourced silk, and it is the lightest weight outfit I own. Perfect for a beach vacation or running around town in the summer heat. I have never owned silk before but now it is my favorite fabric for summer.

Amour Vert, I mentioned in a previous post as being one of my favorite sustainable brands and I will explain why. Amour Vert thrives off of creating fabrics that will last. They don’t sacrifice style when designing ethically. Their line always has your basic tee shirts that could easily be used as a base for a capsule wardrobe. But they also have comfortable everyday dresses, flattering skirts, unique work pants, classic denim and more. They really have it all, including sustainable accessories.

The most important quality of this brand is that they take their social responsibility very seriously. They manufacture everything locally in the United States, using non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics ensuring a zero waste philosophy. Whats even better, they plant a tree with every tee purchased.

I know I have been talking about sustainable fashion a lot lately. As you can tell the environment is very important to me. After working at a grocery store for so long I see all of the plastic being used every day, and how wasteful our society is. Most days I want to shake people and scream WAKE UP. I need to figure out a way to stop the use of those pesky plastic bags. But in the meantime, I will do my part in making the world a greener place as much as I can. Beautifully, sustainable brands like Amour Vert is an easy way to consciously consume fashion. I encourage you to try them.

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Skirt: here (in fall prints) Top: in black & white here  Shoes: here  Sunglasses: here

Autumn in New York

New York, Travel

With fall around the corner, I am dying to plan another fall trip. Last year I went to New York for the first time and I experienced a magical Fall season. In Colorado, you can drive through the mountains and see the aspens turning yellow but in Albany, New York the highway is surrounded by trees of amber, gold, and burgundy.

Albany is set up with the perfect fall activities and is a great option for a quick four-day weekend getaway. An even better way to see New York is by doing a road trip around the state. We flew into Newark, NJ, rented a car, then drove to NYC, explored the city, and then drove upstate for the fall foliage.

We walked around Central Park, grabbed some sushi, went to Time Square, and rode to the top of the Empire State Building. It is really amazing what you can see with one day in New York. But the concrete jungle always has much more to discover, it was hard to leave in a hurry.

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Late that night we drove to Albany. One of my favorite people just moved to Albany so it was nice to visit her new home and see her settle into her new life. She planned the perfect itinerary for the weekend and drove us to all to her favorite spots in Upstate New York.

Our first morning in Albany we grabbed brunch in the cutest place called the Iron Gate Cafe. It was located in a charming Victorian house in Clifton Park. I ordered the Phoenix Rising Eggs Benedict. It takes the crown for best benny I have ever had. It was made with a spicy black bean burger, zesty pepper jack hollandaise sauce, with avocado over a fresh bed of greens. I, of course, ordered a cappuccino that reminded me of Australia it was so good.

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My friend Kelsey had our day booked solid with fun activities. Right after our meal we were on the road. We drove up to Lake George, a popular destination for summer fun on the lake. We stopped at a restaurant with an outdoor patio overlooking the lake. We were not very hungry after the huge breakfast we had so we ordered a few appetizers to share and sangria.

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Next on our itinerary was an afternoon of wine tasting at Ledge Rock Hill Winery. The tasting room is in a cozy cabin that opens up to the outside with nothing but trees to look at. A peaceful place to try some new wines. We tried them all with a cheese and chocolate pairing. My favorite was the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Sacandaga Sunset, a subtly sweet blackberry wine.

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When my friends are together we like to celebrate like it’s 1999. That night we stopped in Saratoga for bar hopping. The streets were crowded with people as we explored a few bars including the five story bar, every level set up for dancing, socializing, or hanging out playing pool.

Our second day in Albany started off with wandering around Troy and going to the local farmer’s market. The large market is set right on the water of Hudson River. There were vendors for everything you could think of with some of the best locally made gifts and foods. The booth with the fresh pressed juice caught my eye. I ordered a veggie loaded juice and instantly felt energized for the day.

 

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We were starving after walking around the market for a few hours. We walked around the cute town of Troy taking notice of the gorgeous buildings and unique shops. We were all craving the same thing when we saw a sign for potato soup at Illium Cafe. A European style cafe, made for a cozy spot for lunch.

With our bellies full of the comforting potato soup we were ready for our next adventure. It is not Fall without apple picking and cider doughnuts. We drove to a beautiful property called Indian Ladder Farms. The air was crisp, and the sky was overcast as we picked apples from the trees. We paid $18 for half a bushel, a huge bag filled with enough apples for the four of us. Depending on the weekend they have several different kinds of apples. Harvest times are listed on their website. They offer pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries and have a shop full of all kinds of tasty treats and freshly made jugs apple cider. And of course dont forget to pick a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch!

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When you are so close to Buffalo, New York, you have to stop at a wing place. Kelsey knew exactly where to find the best wings, at a little hole in the wall called 20 North Broadway Tavern in Schenectady. I am not a big fan of wings normally but I am drooling just writing about these wings. They are extra meaty, with perfectly crisp skin, and drenched in a special sauce mixture made up of hot sauce, chipotle bourbon BBQ, and garlic parmesan. I still dream about these wings, they are heaven.

The next day we drove back down to NYC for the day and flew out that night. Kelsey filed a dream of hers by jumping in a bouncy house full of boobs at the Museum of Sex (MoSex) The museum houses exhibits that “preserve and present the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality.” Afterwards, we started walking around the rainy city and stumbled upon the iconic Madison Square Park. We stopped to take photos of each other jumping into puddles. We then, of course, had to walk around the shops on 5th Avenue, a shopping experience unlike anywhere in Denver. I could get used to shopping in New York City.

As we got hungry for lunch we randomly choose an Italian place nearby. Eataly in the Flatiron district is an Italian super store full of restaurants, an Italian market, liquor store, and take away counters with high-quality cheeses, meats, pasta, coffee, gelato, and so much more. We sat down in the middle of the hustle and bustle at Le Verdure one of seven restaurants located in Eataly with a menu focused on seasonal local produce. We quickly ordered a glass of Rosé and several plates to share. To start we had Carciofi Alla Piastra (seared artichokes with mint, Pecorino Gigante, and olive oil) and Il Piatto Del Pizzicagnolo (selection of artisanal cheeses). The main dishes we ordered was the Cannelloni con Spinachi e Pomodoro ( Housemade egg pasta with spinach, ricotta, grana padano and tomato sauce) and Orzotto (Pearl Barley cooked in the style of risotto with butternut squash, pecorino, and sage).  It was not only the best meal I had in NY but one of the best meals I have ever had. I hope one day soon they will open an Eataly in Denver, or I might just have to move to New York City.

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Building a Capsule Wardrobe

Fashion

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A capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential items that don’t go out of style. These pieces can be worn in any season and can help declutter your life. The idea is to use an essential clothing piece from your capsule and mix it up with seasonal trends. For instance this dress I bought I paired with current fall trends like the glam tennis shoes and leather jacket. This piece could be worn in the winter with leggings, boots and a darling coat. Or simply with no layers in the summer with cute wedges.

Susie Faux, a London boutique owner, created the term “capsule wardrobe” in the 1970’s and said that the wardrobe typically would consist of “2 pairs of trousers, a dress or a skirt, a jacket, a coat, a knit, two pairs of shoes and two bags”.

A few rules when creating a capsule yourself is to first choose a color scheme. Start with choosing a couple of neutral base colors, black, grey, beige, white, navy. Then choose a couple of bright accent colors that coordinate with your base colors. Using a color scheme makes the wardrobe interchangeable, essentially creating pieces that will compliment each other.  Next, you must consider your body shape and pick pieces that fit like a glove. Also, consider your complexion and what colors compliment your skin tone. The most crucial step is buying quality fabrics that will last through a lot of wear.

It is important to keep in mind building a foundation of a capsule wardrobe. We all buy some things that are on trend that catches our eye but what we need to stop doing is buying cheap items just because they are on sale. This only creates a cluttered wardrobe of clothes only worn once. The consumption of low-quality clothing starts to add up over time, when you buy cheap you have to replace it more often. Buying quality clothing is an investment in an item that will last longer.

YSTR makes building a capsule wardrobe easy. The company releases monthly capsules of unique, quality pieces that build the foundation of a capsule wardrobe. Sign up to receive an item every month, 3 months, or 6 months and then you are charged a membership fee for every capsule you opt to buy.

I signed up for the capsule every 6 months to try it out. My first month I received the adorable white dress with the star details. When ordering you choose one piece from the monthly collection and then they send you a size profile. This way they have an idea of how you like your clothes to fit and your approximate measurements in order to create an item that is custom fitted.

Free shipping, free exchanges, free returns, cancel anytime. YSTR wants to create a conscious way to consume fashion. They say that they wanted to create an option in order to take control of fast fashion depleting the Earth of natural resources. The clothes you buy in the YSTR capsules are “cut-to-order” in order to avoid waste from over production. The production is ethnically paid for and sweat shop free.

I encourage you to test them out. Follow them along on Instagram until something catches your eye. Then enjoy the exciting first steps of building a capsule wardrobe.

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Dress: YSTR (no longer available) Shoes: Veja Jacket: Free People Lipstick: Guerlain

Dipping My Toes in Sustainable Fashion

Fashion

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What is sustainable fashion?

Sustainable fashion has become a trend with an objective to tackle issues of human impact on the environment and taking on the social responsibility for a cleaner planet. With this trend becoming the main stream more and more people are ditching the philosophy of “fast” fashion. Sustainable fashion can be approached in many ways. Typically, the production is slower but this ensures the quality of the item. Giving us more options for one of a kind pieces. This is a fast growing industry with many companies willing to pay their part to make a difference.

It is important now more than ever to make your difference. Do your research, find out where you are putting your money. Your voice is heard with every dollar you spend, it is a vote for that company to continue to produce what you buy. Stay conscious with the background of the companies you choose to invest in. Do they recycle? Do they use toxic ingredients? How is this item produced? Is it fair trade? The environment and human rights are our responsibility, take care of these issues by purchasing wisely.

We live in a world of options. My newly found favorite is Veja. A luxe tennis shoe brand with beautifully crafted leather in all kinds of on trend colors.

My first purchase in the sustainable fashion realm and now I am hooked. These metallic silver tennis shoes are a wardrobe staple that allows you to spice up any outfit with sheer glam, sophistication, and comfort. They can be worn with dresses or jeans, there is no limit on outfit options with these statement shoes.

These shoes have it all, including a remarkable story that will shake up the ugly sweat shop method of creating sneakers. The way Veja builds shoes is an art, and you will feel like an artist capable of anything when wearing theses shoes. The canvas starts with organic & fairly traded cotton, with soles made of fairly traded rubber, and technological fabric made of recycled plastic bottles that are produced in high standard factories in Brazil. I encourage you to read their story on their website and follow in their footsteps into the land of sustainable fashion.

There needs to be more transparency of the manufacturing process. These companies listed below go into great detail about their process and their dedication to growing as a more sustainable fashion company. Nothing is perfect and these companies will improve their process with time. It is important that they are making an effort to change how they make clothes. Action to change speaks louder than the companies who promote sustainability with no evidence to back it up. The eco-friendly process is used as a marketing tool to get people to buy things, so always do your research to make sure the companies claims are honest.

Other Sustainable Brands that don’t compromise style and come with a high standard of recommendation from me include Amour Vert, Reformation, Everlane,& Maiyet.

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Silver Shoes: here Top: similar here and here Denim Skirt: similar here Bag: here Glasses: here

Melbourne

Australia, Travel

Day 14 – Friday, November 20 – Leave For Melbourne

Melbourne was our final destination in Australia. It was way too short of a trip to see such a large city. We stayed in a hostel called Habitat HQ in St. Kilda. St. Kilda is set right outside the city and is a very hip town, full of things to do, and is set along the water.

The main draw for this area is their small habitat of Little Penguins. As the sun sets the little baby penguins to crawl out of their dens and start crying for mom and dad to feed them. The mom and dad go out every day to hunt for their babies.

Many tourists do not know about this secret spot and are told to spend a couple hundred dollars to go to Phillip Island. So if you want to save some money consider going to St. Kilda to see penguins for free.

St. Kilda is also home to the famous Luna Park, a historic amusement park. It is a very small park but it is worth it to stop by and take a picture with the laughing face.

Acland Street is one of the main streets that are full of shops, cafes, bars, and bakeries. Walking on one side of the street there are several bakeries next door to each other that have all of their desserts displayed in the front windows. We had to stop for something sweet. The Chocolateria San Churro caught our eye and we stopped in for a rich Spanish hot chocolate.

We were feeling adventurous and wanted to try something different for dinner. We sat down to eat at Chinta Ria Soul, a Malaysian restaurant. For being the first time I had Malaysian food it turned out to be excellent,  somewhat similar to Chinese food but with a little more creativity in the fusion of flavors that were warming to the soul.

We then did some bar hopping and went to Abbey Road Cafe, a Beatles themed bar, where they had live jazz and swing music that made for a very atmospheric evening. We relaxed at the bar and sipped our cocktails as we mesmerized the people around us.

After we had a couple of drinks we walked down the street and entered into a busy bar called the Vineyard. A little hole in the wall, that had very expensive drinks, I paid $9 USD for a can of Guinness. But it was a good time there, half way through the night they had a funky hip hop group pick up a mic and got everyone dancing. 

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Day 15 – Saturday, November 21 –

With only one full day in Melbourne, we explored the city by foot. We walked around the fashion streets full of shops and stopped by the graffiti alley. After that we went to the art museum then we took an hour-long river cruise through the Docklands to historic Williamstown.

We partied with some Australians that my friend Katlyn had met during her travels. Naturally, we held a US v AUS beer pong tournament, AUS cheated by blowing the balls out of the cups and won the game…

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Day 16 – Sunday, November 22 – Leave AUS

But we were having such a good time at the party that we lost track of time. We only managed to get a few hours of sleep before our big day of traveling back home. I had to repack my suitcase in the dark while the rest of our suite mates were sleeping at the hostel.

I took a quick flight from Melbourne back to Sydney and I waited restlessly most of the day in the airport to get on my flight home. I was so tired that I slept the entire time on the flight to Hawaii. I spent another day in the Honolulu airport if I would have been more rested I could have taken advantage of a half day in Hawaii. But I sat in the airport until I got on my flight to LAX and then DEN. It was a rough trip back but I gave myself another week to sleep off the jetlag.

 

 

Where To Go Next Time in Australia:

Take the train to the three sisters in Sydney.

Go to the Daintree Rainforest and Darwin

Do the Great Ocean Road

Go Camping

Go to Yarra Valley and Wineries

Do a road trip from Sydney to Brisbane

Whitsundays

Go to Tasmania

Go to Phillip Island

 

 

Luxury Denim Worth the Price Tag

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I have recently become a denim addict. I never realized how important it was to have a good pair of jeans sitting in your closet. Makes the “throw on whatever” days easy and more stylish when you have a go-to pair. I usually don’t wear a lot of denim because I have a hard time finding a pair that fits right. I have generous curves with some pretty masculine calves, that makes it hard to find the perfect skinny jean.

I started to become obsessed with the cut off culottes trend because I could easily find a pair that fit when I only had to worry about the waist size. The culotte trend breaths everywhere else and has been perfect for the hot summer months.

However, Grlfrnd Denim is a game changer.  The pair I splurged on is a perfect high-rise style with a light blue wash, with the added interest with the shadow pockets. The cotton material is different than any other jeans I have ever worn. The material is tight when you first wear these jeans but the more you wear the jeans the better they will fit.

High rise jeans have become the only way to go for me. It is always the most flattering style on me and I enjoy the vintage feel when I wear high-rise.

The pair I bought is the Karolina High Rise Skinny style in the Whole Lotta Love wash. Features I love about these jeans are the button fly, which accentuates the high-rise look. The frayed hem cut off style which makes these jeans look great with heels and wedges. The slit hem also makes it easy to roll up the jeans for more of a summer style that looks great dressed down with sandals or chic tennis shoes. These are skinny jeans but with extra room to move in. I am glad I discovered this brand and I cannot wait to add more styles to my closet.

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Jeans: here Shoes: In Red here and in Sand here both ON SALE