This Weekend You Could...

January 30, 2015

no matter if you are cheering on the patriots or seahawks, just watching the commercials or in-it for the great game-day food, there is a little something for everyone to rally behind come sunday for the 49th super bowl.

be immersed in the beauty and awe of the international snow sculpture championships in breckenridge. Each sculpture is an intricate carving done by some of the best ice sculptures in the world.

the oscars are only a few weeks away and there are so many films to see. Sie film center is playing all of the oscar nominated documentary shorts, back-to-back. Grab some popcorn and check these films off of your must-see list.

make your winter a little warmer by purchasing a denver passport that is valid for the next 6 weeks. You can then start drinking your way through the coziest of bars and restaruants which will offer special drink prices at every location. 

This weekend I would assume most people will be tuning-in (at least for a portion) to the  super bowl. I too will be but that is not the highlight of my weekend. That instead is reserved for my dad's birthday brunch which will take place on saturday. I cannot wait to celebrate my amazing father with a delicious meal in his honor. 

Have a great weekend everyone. See you on monday! 

50 Best Things To Eat Right Now // GQ

January 29, 2015
My favorite magazine, gq, put out an article late last year listing out the 50 best things to eat right now. While I am not on board with all 50, I do think the magazine has a great pulse on food trends across the country while also knowing a thing or two about what chefs are cooking up in both big and small restaruants. Below are some of my favorites but make sure you check out the full article here.

toast - this is not a new idea in the food world but the latest toppings are making this simple dish worthy of a second glance... and bite. 

trash fish - move over salmon and halibut... these over-fished proteins are being replaced with humbler choices like mackerel, sardines and gar.

unusual veggies - kale was so 2014, this year chefs are all about lesser-known veggies like mexican gherkins (heirloom cucumbers), burdock root, purslane (a weed-like crispy veg) and spigarello (a leafy type of lettuce).

toasted spices - a great way to add spicy flavors to a dish is with new spices that are going main-stream in the u.s. Keep an eye out for aleppo and espelette in the grocery store; these spices deliver heat in a very pleasant, not painful way.

non-junk junk food - chips, jerky, dips and snacks are being remade with our health in mind. New techniques and healthier ingredients are resulting in snacks that won't leave you feeling like a bloated, salty mess.

Wardrobe Essentials

January 28, 2015
I was going through my closet the other day and realized quite a few things...

1. I am a sucker for neutrals
2. I don't wander far from the cuts and styles that I know flatter my shape
3. I like classic pieces that I can wear for years
4. Anything that is 'of the moment' or 'seasonal' typically comes from a big-box retailers where prices are ultra low

The more I looked through my closet, I found that I am a collector of essentials; pieces that work together to build an outfit. My clothes lend to layering and really come together with the help of accessories. So, you can assume there are a lot of neutral colors, approachable fabrics and a bit of simplicity.

I decided to put together a collection of wardrobe essentials... these are all items that I think are the foundation for a woman's closet. Each item can be worn in several ways and are either currently in my closet or I have a version very similar.

Tops: Everyone needs a great white tee, tanks to layer, simple button ups and a couple special, slightly-dressy shirts to match with a variety of bottoms. Finally, when the weather gets chilly, cozy sweaters will keep you staying warm. 

(left to right:  tee  /  halter tank  /  tank  /  blouse  /  plaid button-up  /  chambray  /  striped shirt  /  chiffon blouse  /  cardigan  /  thin sweater  /  chunky sweater)

Jackets/Dresses/Bottoms: Vests are practical and add a sporty element to any outfit. A classic leather jacket will never go out of style along with a military-inspired piece; they both add a bit of edge which I love. As for skirts, pencil-cuts are universally flattering and can work with a variety of tops. Every girl should have a lbd, along with a great-fitting pair of black + white pants along with a go-to pair of denim.

(left to right:  vest  /  leather jacket  /  military jacket  /  pencil skirt  /  little black dress  /  pencil skirt  /  black pant  /  white pant  /  denim)

Bags + Shoes:  Neutrals rule in this category. A simple black cross body bag and a large tan tote will take you from work to the weekend easily. I love scarves and will buy cheap colorful ones seasonally but tend to reach for a cozy neutral option more often then not. As for shoes, I get the most wear out of my neutral flats, classic patent pumps, riding boots and a chunky-heeled wedge.

(left to right: cross body bag  /  scarf  /  tote  /  ballet flat  /  patent leather pump  /  riding boot  /  bootie  /  ballet flat)

What are your wardrobe essentials? Leave a comment letting me know what workhorse in your closet should be an addition to mine.