Impromptu Twenties.

There are times when life throws you curve balls and knocks you off your feet, and we are left to pick up the pieces on our own. These things tend to happen in our twenties when everything and nothing seems to make sense. Dreams are half way reality, half way fantasy.

In instances like this, you must surround yourself with loved ones. Friends and family from all around and find the strength within yourself to change your life.

I invite you all to read my friend Devynn’s new blog, Impromptu Twenties! She offers interesting look into life in your twenties and the social expectations that come along with it.

It’s a refreshing reminder of that there is always tomorrow.

Skinny Teatox 14 Day Challenge!

If you’ve seen my Instagram, you know I love food. Like a lot. I love checking out the hottest restaurants in town and creating indulgent recipes to share with friends and family. Some of the things I love: burgers, meat and cheese plates, bacon, and wine.

But I also love not feeling like shit every day, so how does a foodie have her cake and eat it too (literally)? I run (a lot) and follow the principles of The Anti-Diet, which basically means eating an 80-20 diet and focusing on being gluten-free(ish).

Even as a healthy little runner who likes the occasional (frequent) bottle of vino and Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, I still need a boost every once in a while!
Lately, I’ve noticed my energy has been low, my focus a little hazy, and a lack motivation to work out. Thankfully, Skinny Teatox sent me their 14-day detox!

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You might have seen them on Instagram? Their all-natural teatox promotes increased energy levels, metabolism and suppresses appetite by removing toxins and cleansing your digestive system. Of course, it must be paired with a healthy diet and your normal exercise routine.

I’m starting it today in hopes to restart my system and improve my energy, so be sure to follow my 14 day challenge and if check out my results! I’ll be posting every 2-3 days about it and sharing pictures (eek!) of my progress, including my meals and workout routines!

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Thanks to Skinny Teatox for making this post possible! 

Oscar de la Renta

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I have always loved Oscar de la Renta’s designs. I wrote about them here, here, and here after all…

His gowns were magical to me. They exuded grace, style, and beauty. They were romantic and whimsical yet equally modern and full of “girl power”. Glamourous, poised, classic, and elegant are always to describe Oscar de la Renta and his designs.

As a fashion icon he made women feel and look beautiful and for that alone he will be remembered. He is truly a fashion legend and will be greatly missed.

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Weekday Mornings

You all know I love brunch! Like a lot. I look forward to Saturday and Sunday mornings just for that meal and the rest of the day’s meals are extremely bland afterward. Breakfast during the week is good, but I never seem to have time to make it properly, which probably lends itself to why I appreciate brunch so much on the weekends.

Health (and eating well) is a huge priority for me. I know that eating breakfast is important for starting your day off right and can directly effect the way your body runs the rest of the day. So, what’s a girl to do when she’s short on time and big on eating well? Glad you asked!

First and foremost, I start my day with coffee or green tea. I might be walking the fine line of “coffee addiction” so I try to switch it with tea as often as possible! I usually cold brew coffee over night and add some almond milk in the morning. In light of the season, I am currently obsessed with Califia Pumpkin Spice Latte.

After my coffee fix, I generally go for a Rush Bowl! If you went to school at CU then you know all about them! They’re all-natural blended frozen fruit and milk (coconut or soy) cups. Each one comes with an individual packet of Udi’s gluten-free granola that you can top your bowl. You can pop it into the mircowave for 20 seconds and it’s ready to go, or you can let it defrost on the counter for about an hour (I prefer it this way).

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My favorite is the Oasis (peach juice, coconut milk, pineapple, mango and granola) and they’re only 220 calories each and, of course, totally GF! ;) I love them post-work out too, they’re like a smoothie in a bowl. You can find them at Whole Foods or head to their website for other locations! 

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On mornings when I’m craving something a bit more savory I toast a piece of bread (usually gluten free), mash up a quarter of an avocado and top it with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Avocado Toast: Perfection to go with my morning news and coffee!

How do you guys spend your weekday mornings?? Let me know in the comments!

Outfit: Jeans, Patened Leather Birkenstocks

The Trails

I’ve found new love for the mountains and trails around Boulder. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve always loved them, and I spent a good amount of time on them in the last five years. But recently, I’ve begun to find sanctuary on them.

At least once a week I’ll lace up my shoes and head for a trail run. Part of it is to get a more intense work out, another part is for the mental challenge (you can be the fittest person in the world, but if you don’t believe you can climb that ascent, you won’t); but mostly it’s for the feeling I get when I’m at the very top of the summit Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetand take a moment to take it all in.

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It’s a pretty spectacular place.

Last week, my friend L and I decided to take a hike up Sanitas with her dog. It was the perfect mid morning break. The air was crisp but still warm and the breeze was just right. We climbed to the top and sat and talked and took in the view.

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That’s what I love about Boulder so much. The weather is nearly always perfect and you can sneak away during your lunch for a quick hike and no one would even notice you’re gone. It’s right out our backdoors!

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Where do you like to escape to?? Are you a trail runner/hiker, or do you head somewhere else? Let me know in the comments!

Fall Favorites Fashion Feature

Wow. Say that 5x fast…

I’ve collected a couple accessories that I’m obsessed with this fall, and I think you will be too!

Now that it’s getting cooler (okay, everywhere but LA…) we’re starting to pull out our sweaters and cozy up in our favorite wools. The classic cable knits and leathers are great, but i’ve added a couple staples I’m definitely adding to my closet this season!

Currently loving: sweatshirts with hints of luxe (gold details, jewel embellishments, and luxurious fabrics), retro-inspired sunglasses, and unexpected loafers (these JC cutouts are amazing, also loving glitter or metallics too!). I’ve been searching for a wide brimmed hat for ages and this one in maroon might be perfect. Lastly, anything in metallic and jewel tone has won me over. I love a sweep of shocking eyeshadow for a night out, or tiny jeweled details hidden among bangles stack on my arm.

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Altuzarra for Target sweater/Fendi sunglasses/Jeffery Campbell loafers/Vince Camuto hat/NARS eyeshadow/Ruifier Visage Cat Eyes Ring

You all know this is my fave season! Stay tuned for more fashion favorites and how I’ll be styling them!

Slow Cooked Stewed Chicken, Kale and, Potatoes

October is definitely my favorite month. It’s not my birthday month, nor has any noteworthy life event happened to me during the pre-Halloween season, but I just love it! I love how it makes me feel. Everything is cozier, sweeter and comforting. Red wine is a standard at my house and if we had a fireplace I’d spend the night reading and sipping wine next to it. As the days get cooler and nights grow longer, I wave goodbye to roof top drinks and backyard grilling. I turn to one of my favorite cooking methods: the crockpot. I all but forget I own multiple slow cookers/crock pots between April-August but once September hits, I use any excuse to use it? Oh, it drizzled this morning? Crock pot. Oh, you feel like beef for dinner? Crock pot. Oh, you had to sit in traffic today? Crock pot. See? I told you: any excuse.

This week was the perfect excuse for me! First day of October, changing leaves, rainy days. I decided in honor of the fall season, I would whip up something a little harvest inspired with some Boulder county farmer’s market produce I picked out. Behold my recipe for a Stewed Chicken, Kale, and Potatoes! 

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This recipe makes 2 big servings (or 3 slightly smaller portions) in a 1 quart crock pot, but you can easily double or triple the recipe for more/larger crock pots.

You’ll need:

  • ~1/2 lb chicken (I used thighs, but breasts work well too)
  • 1/2 TBSP harissa spice powder
  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • a heavy handed pour of dry white wine
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3 roma tomatos, chopped
  • 3 new potatoes, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped

1. Marinate your chicken with the EVOO and harissa spice overnight in a tupperware.

2. Cover the bottom of the pot with half the onions, add the marinated chicken and the rest of the veggies EXCEPT the kale. Pour the stock and wine into the pot, cover, and set to low for 6-7 hours.

3. Just before serving, steam chopped kale in a pan with less than 1 TBSP of water until wilted.

4. Serve kale and stew over a bed of rice or quinoa and enjoy with your favorite Zinfandal or Grenache. Leftovers are even better the next day, even cold!

Bon Appetite!

This post originally appeared on AboutBoulder.com where I am a regular food contributor! Check it out! 

Colorado’s Backyard: Rocky Mountain National Park

Recently, I was bit by the nature bug. I’ve been jonesing to get out into nature and go for some hikes, explore the Colorado back country and maybe even hike a 14er. Conveniently, this happened when summer has come to an end, and when the warmer days are dwindling. With a couple good hiking days left in the year, I dragged Tyty out in search of the famous color changing Aspen trees last weekend.

Rocky Mountain National Park is only an hour and a half drive from Boulder and Saturday the park was free so decided to get our explorin’ on. As soon as we pulled in we saw a small heard of elk!

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Honestly, I can’t believe I’ve lived in Colorado for 5 years and never been out there.

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It’s absolutely beautiful! Spectacularly beautiful.

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The trailhead we wanted to start at was packed so we decided to go on a whim and take a different route through the back. We started toward Bierstadt Lake.

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When we got there, the scene was breathtaking!

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Utterly peaceful and if you’re quiet you can hear elk bugling in the distance.

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It also helped that we ended up with the best possible weather that morning! Gorgeous blue skies and a pleasant 76 degrees!

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After snapping some photos we continued our climb toward the second lake. DSCN1692 DSCN1708 DSCN1707

 

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A couple of miles later, we reach Bear Lake.

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How fantastic is it?

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It’s a popular spot in the park with a shuttle that heads directly to it so it’s a bit crowded but we found a spot near the water to have a light lunch and take a break…. DSCN1732DSCN1773

As soon as we got comfortable a family of birds swooped in around us and started asking for some of our seeds! We decided to share a couple with our new friends (don’t know how kosher that is in NatureLand…). A few minutes later, a squirrel was hanging out overhead and I was really starting to feel like Snow White…

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We decided enough was enough and set off to continue our hike.

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The hike was about 6.6 miles round trip and could be finished in around 5 hours, including stopping for lunch and photo ops. If you’re planning a morning hike, I highly recommend this trail! It’s steep but definitely doable and a good butt workout (~5.3 in difficulty). Set out early to avoid crowds and don’t forget a couple power bars and plenty of water!

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Is Kendall The New Cara?

The Kardashian-Jenners are every where. This is not news. What is news, is the storm Kendall Jenner has created in the fashion industry in the last 6 months. From her scantily-clad Marc Jacobs runway debut last spring, to Chanel in the summer, to Balmain, Givenchy, Dolce and Gabbana, DVF, Pucci and Bottega Veneta, she even managed to get herself on the pages of Vogue’s September issue. You can’t Google “Fashion Week” without her name coming up.

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Remember in 2012 when Cara Delevingne was everywhere? This is like that. So, is she the new Cara? I think: yes and no. While the fashion world waited almost 20 years for the new Kate, Cara has seemed to take a step back in the last few months from modeling and in came Kendall (no last name) to take her place.

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She’s definitely has the Instagram and fanatical power Cara is known for and she’s undoubtably talented (family history aside, if Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld give her the nod of approval, she’s gotta be doing something right). She has the off-duty street style down with hundreds of Tumblrs dedicated to girls trying to copy their style, as well as the fancy socialite last like Cara. But she doesn’t have the popular, powerhouse personality Cara delivers.

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In short: She’s not relatable. Her Instagrams aren’t of fashion world shenanigans, wacky faces, or a good old time like her counterpart’s. Rather, they’re a bleak look into the curated life of an over privileged teen growing up on reality television, a reflection of our narcissistic, #teamselfie generation.

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In today’s social media culture, relate-ability is key to social longevity. We live vicariously through tweets and Instagrams, but soon the sparkle of that vicariousness fades and we’re left realizing these people have what we don’t and soon we’re over it. Cara captured our attention with her realness, her imperfections, and her attitude. Even when she decides to fade away from fashion or acting for good, she’ll be remembered as an It-Girl of our generation, whereas Kendall has just as much model talent but a little too much stigma attached to her image.

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Am I wrong? What do you guys think?

Coffee Mornings.

This morning I woke up to a cloudy, early fall sky (autumn starts tomorrow right?), which has since broken into a beautiful blue sky.

I decided to take a little time for myself this morning and start Monday with a different kind of iced coffee: Maple Almond, and light my favorite candle.

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All I did was add a teaspoon of real Vermont maple syrup to my usual cold brew french press coffee and add a good splash of Califia (unsweetened) Almond Milk.

Malin + Goetz “Vetiver” candle is the perfect house candle. Earthy but fresh. Masculine and feminine at the same time. I picked it up at one of my favorite stores in Boulder, Cedar and Hyde.

Happy Monday!