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!

Minor Outfit Details

I recently picked up this funky undergarment from Free People. I’m all about flashing subtle hints of lace or color under clothes, but I absolutely love the the minimalism of the straps.

Simple, yet intricate.

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Shirt: Zara, Jacket: h&m

 

Exploring Georgetown.

On my last day in DC, we took the metro into the city early in the morning so we could spend the day in Georgetown. Which I promptly fell in love with. I’d been to G-town once before as a kid, but seeing it now as an adult was a totally different experience. I already picked out my future home and yoga studio.

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After a quick and delicious (and cheap!!) breakfast at Georgetown Dinette we strolled down N street to check out JFK and Jackie Kennedy’s old home (beautiful)…

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…and then continued our stroll through the Georgetown campus, where we sat on the front lawn and pretended to be students again. (We had backpacks and everything!)

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This library looked like the Gryffindor

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Then we checked out JFK’s old church… there was a baby rat outside and we SCREAMED. It was gross. After that we went over to the famous stairs from The Exorcist and I pretended to be possessed by the devil.

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And I found a cool bar called F. Scott’s, but it was closed, but I will definitely come back just to check it out!

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We were eager to check out Georgetown Cupcakes (hello, they have a show and everything) but the line was out the door and we’d heard mixed reviews so we decided to skip that and continue in search of a more local and delicious sweet shop.

We found it at Baked and Wired. Half bakery and half coffee and tea house, we found endless options in cupcakes, brownies, cakes, oat bars and cookies plus a slew of gluten free varieties! Everything is made daily from scratch, in-house and the place is packed with students, tourists, alumni visiting their old stomping grounds, and local politician types.

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Sarah picked an amazing lemon cupcake and I went for a cookie-brownie combo. We found a cozy spot in the back and before I knew it, I had finished my entire cookie-brownie! No foodie pictures to share. :( We sat for an hour or two chatting away before I head back to DCA.

The entire back wall is covered in napkins which people have left cute notes and drawings on. Obviously, we had to leave one too! We decided to pay homage to our alter egos B and S.

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And then I inception-ed Sarah’s instagram.baked and wired

It was an amazing weekend of relaxing and catching up and I can’t wait to go back and explore it more!

The Best Burger I’ve Ever Eaten

Let me just start this off by saying: I LOVE burgers. I think it’s in my top 3 of favorite foods and I always make a point of checking out a places best burger joint, so I’ve eaten a lot in my life. I think you can tell a lot about a place based on their burger…. I’ve also made a lot in my own kitchen and cooked/topped them to perfection, you may have seen on Insta.

While in DC, numerous people told me we should hit up Good Stuff Eatery in Cap Hill for burgers and shakes…You thought I was gonna stop after my Shake Stack and Fair Shake? No way! After a long day of bikes and the White House, we schlepped over to Good Stuff in the rain.

I had heard good things about the ‘Prez Obama Burger’ (Applewood Bacon, Onion Marmalade, Roquefort Cheese & Horseradish Mayo Sauce), so naturally I went with that with a side of onion petals. (A better name for onion rings).

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My sometimes-veggie bestie, Sarah, went for the ‘Michelle’ (Free Range Turkey Burger Caramelized Onions, Swiss Cheese, Ruby Tomato, Lettuce, Wheat Bun With Southlawn Herb Garden Mayo).good stuff eatery 2

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I’ll just say it right here and now: this was one of the best (if not the best) burger I’ve ever had. Now, this wasn’t a fancy gourmet burger à la My Father’s Office in Santa Monica with artisan bread, rare cheeses, and foie gras. This was a super busy burger stand in the middle of DC where you order at the counter and wait for your number to be called. Simple burgers, made quickly. Think: In-n-Out, the fast food burger of my youth, consumed after every football and basketball game in high school. Even now, In-n-Out is my first and last stop in and out (ha! Get it!?) of LA. good stuff eatery

These burgers weren’t overly large or overly topped. In fact they were rather petite, but packed a punch with flavor and had super fresh ingredients.

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However, have you EVER had a fast food joint cook your burger medium!? No, I don’t think you have; but Good Stuff Eatery does that! It doesn’t matter how long the line is or how many burgers are ordered before and after you, you will still get a perfectly cooked, perfectly juicy, and perfectly pink burger. And that my friends, is foodie heaven.

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Cap Hill and the Obamas!

After a day exploring Alexandria, we decided to wake up early and head into the city to meet a good friend of mine for brunch and bottomless mimosas, and then hit some museums.

After some discussion, we decided to hit U-Street for bottomless brunch at Vinoteca. Unfortunately, all the reviews I read were wrong and… well… the restaurant kind of sucked. I hate to say a place was bad, but our meal was nothing special. Definitely not $12 omelette special… I mean, it didn’t even come with toast!! Dafuqqq? Plus it was greasy…

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The company, of course, was fantastic and we all decided to get our fair share of mimosas and bellinis until we were happily buzzed.

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red wine lipstickWe said our goodbyes and Sarah and I walked around the neighborhood seeking more coffee and a good place to chat in the sun.

After our coffee we set off to find some bikes and ride to Cap Hill.

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Here’s a tip: do not drunk bike ride in a major city in extreme temperatures. It’s not as easy as one might think and by the time we parked our bikes, I thought I was about to faint. Dehydration is real people.

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We got some great pics out of the deal though! And honestly, it’s the best way to see the city while getting some exercise and learning your way about town.

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After our ride we popped into the Air and Space Museum which is always interesting. Grabbed some more coffee (duh) and then set out to The White House! We took our touristy pics…

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…crossed the street while commenting on the Secret Service car parked next to us (seriously, it said Secret Service. Not very secret…) when SUDDENLY! That secret service car busted a U-ie an parked in the middle of the street. Another cop car at the other send street did the same thing, and THENNN a parade of 6 or 7 black SUVs lead by cop cars drove into the White House side entrance! Did we just see the Obamas!? Omg, probably!! It was pretty cool, but it happened so quickly we only had time to Snapchat and take this one picture…

red wine lipstick We went around the front for more White House pics.

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When we had enough of pretending to be Olivia Pope, we headed for burgers (again) but I’ll save that for the next post!

Until then! xo