First of all, congratulations to all of my other brides out there! My wedding is about 3 months away and let me tell you, the struggle is real when it comes to finding perfect white dress for all of the bridal occasions! The bachelorette party is no exception! I just got back from my Bachelorette party in Palm Springs and had the best time ever! My bridesmaids all came and made it such a memorable weekend! I have rounded up my favorites picks for bachelorette dresses that will have you feeling fun, sexy, and standing out as the bride! Happy shopping!
Spring is here! FINALLY! That means it's time to put away your oversized sweaters and snow boots and break out the florals and flowy dresses! Well, maybe leave one sweater out, since I'm sure we'll get another snow as mother nature's way of keeping us in check!
My thought process is why spring clean when you can spring shop? I have rounded up my top spring fling dresses that won't break the bank! Happy shopping!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! What's not so wonderful is trying to figure out what to get your loved ones! I'm here to hopefully alleviate some of that pain by breaking down my gift guide for the holidays. From you gal pals, to the always difficult to shop for man, to stocking stuffers, and local goods! Happy shopping!
For The Gals
For The Kiddos
Local Holiday Shop
In case you forgot, which I doubt you did, I am a loud and proud Colorado gal! So this gift guide wouldn't be the same without some of my favorite local shops / gift ideas!
You know how there's just some moments that you'll always remember in life? The moment you got accepted into that college you always wanted to go to, the moment you met the love of the life, the moment that you had your first born? Well, for me, I had that moment when I first saw a CoFi Leather bag at Perch.
Ok ok, so maybe I am just SLIGHTLY over exaggerating, but seriously, I saw their bags and knew I had to have one. I had never seen a bag quite like it, the navy and gold splatter instantly caught my eye, but trying to choose a favorite could be compared to Sophie's Choice.
Some of my top picks are:
You can imagine my excitement when I found out that the owner and designer, Stephanie McTigue, is another Colorado gal and that not only does she do bags, but also boots and shoes. I mean, yes please!! Stephanie created CoFi with the idea of embracing every women's individuality and allowing women to make a statement! #GIRLPOWER
I have loved every minute of working with her and hosting a giveaway to my wonderful followers!
If you were not that lucky lady who did win, do not fret! The following discount code gets you 20% off through 12/31/17:
So what are you waiting for? CoFi bags will make the perfect holiday gifts for friends, family, loved ones, and, of course, yourself!
It's no secret that December is my favorite time of the year. I am one might call a "Christmas fanatic" and I consider that to be a real badge of honor! If we're being completely honest, I maaaay have put up my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. Hello, my name is Alex, and I am addicted to Christmas. There is just something about the Christmas spirit that is so real. I feel like December is a time that brings people together and you can feel the love and happiness in the air! OK, I am beginning to sound like a Hallmark movie, but, you know what I mean!
So, it's no surprise that when I was invited to be a part of The Networking Shoot with @katieleighhutt, it was a no brainier! I spent the evening with some of my favorite bloggers; @littleleebook, @sipswithstyle, and @according.to.d.blog, up in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado. We all came dressed in our holiday best and had such a fun opportunity to work with the very talented Colorado photographer, Katie Leigh Hutt.
Upon arrival, we were greeted with the most amazing charcuterie board from Cheese & Provisions, which is really the only proper way one should be welcomed at a party, right?! Seriously though, this board was a true work of art and I could not stop snacking on it! We're talking all kinds of fresh, delicious cheeses, honey roasted nuts, fresh prosciutto and cured meats, dried fruits... My mouth is watering just thinking about it! I'm not over-exaggerating when I say that it was the best brie I have ever had. I wouldn't give away that title lightly! The best part? Cheese & Provisions makes this boards for you based on your party size! Holiday hosting just got MUCH easier! You 100% need to check them out for your next shindig!
Katie made the room so festive with holiday music playing in the background and fun decorations everywhere! Is it just me or is anyone else obsessed with Christmas carols? KOSI 101 radio is my absolute jam during December (my boyfriend hates it... Grinch!!).
There were beautiful candles from Pearl Street Lights lit throughout the room and oh em gee did they smell amazing! Fun fact, I am a total sucker for a nice candle. I think that a candle is honestly one of the best gifts you can give! They are so perfect for hostess gifts, birthday presents, holiday presents, way to get through the week presents, anything really! These ones instantly became my new favorite though. I have since bought myself a huge one from their stand at the Denver Flea the other weekend because I love them so much. They are 100% soy wax candles and the wick is actually made out of wood, so it crackles like a fire when lit! It is one of the cooler things I've seen! I would HIGHLY recommend these candles as a must for your holiday shopping list!
As the night went on (and I continued to eat more and more of that damn but oh so delicious cheese board), we shared fun stories and sipped on our wine. These girls are seriously awesome and I always love getting together with them! Katie had gifts for us to open that she had wrapped in homemade wrapping paper. I am a total craft nerd, so this totally spoke to me! She just took a normal white paper and then painted on it. This wrapping said 'Networking Shoot', but you can let your creativity run wild here! I'd definitely say it's worth trying out for you fellow crafters out there! Inside the presents were awesome pairs of Revo sunglasses and ski goggles. The sunglasses were such fun, bright colors with mirrored shades and would make for such a great gift. As a Colorado girl and avid skiier, I was especially excited about their awesome ski goggles! I mean, check these puppies out!
As the evening sadly wrapped up (I guess all good things must come to an end), we finished the night with a cup of Whiskey Barrel Coffee and it was delicious! They age their coffee beans in old whiskey barrels, and yes, you can taste a hint of the whiskey and it is magical! I have been using it since and absolutely love it! This is the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life!
I cannot believe that Christmas is less than two weeks away! Where is all of the snow?! I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and embrace the Christmas spirit like the crazy person that I am. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!
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Time is a funny thing isn't it? I was recently having a conversation with some friends about how with each birthday, a part of us is always a little sad as we get another year older. I started thinking about that, why does time affect us this way? I've definitely fallen into the birthday blues before but, in reality, time is actually an exciting thing. With time comes endless possibilities and the excitement of what the next year could bring! It's really a state of mind and all depends on how you decide you are going to view time. So I hope you'll take the pledge with me to make a commitment to slow down and cherish every moment. Time to look at your watch, smile, and be excited for what's next.
I've partner with Daniel Wellington watches to give you 15% off your next watch! My personal favorite is the Classic Petite Ashfield but you really can't go wrong. These watches make excellent gifts for the holidays. Who doesn't love the gift of time!? Use the code HAUTE15 at checkout for your discount!
I have teamed up with Perch Denver to host a shopping party at their Cherry Creek location! Please join us for an evening full of fashion, food, and fun! Everyone attending will recieve 20% off full priced merchandise for the night of the event.
So, throw on your heels, grab your bestie and come help us shop till we drop!
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Looking for some new ideas for date night? I've come up with 10 things to mix up your same ol' routine, whether you are looking for something casual, a fun day date, a trendy new restaurant to try, or something completely new.
1. Go check out the latest exhibit at MCA. Or, better yet, go to their live rooftop music, B-Side, every Friday night during the summer from 5-7. It’s only $5 and the ticket includes admission to walk around the museum!
2. Have you gotten your Feast Locally membership yet? If not, do it! This is a perfect incentive to go try new restaurants, as new restaurants are rotated every month and include different incentives, like 20% off your entire bill!
3. Ride your bikes to Wash Park and then have a picnic in the park. Does it get any more romantic than that?
4. Go to the Drive In Theatre and cuddle up with your cutie and share some popcorn. No funny business though!
5. Check out the First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe. You can check out some interesting art (and probably interesting people too)!
6. Looking for a fun day date? Trying floating the Platt River! You can drop in at the Blackrock Lake lot (where C470 meets Santa FE) and then end at Breckenridge Brewery for some cold ones!
7. Try at whiskey tasting at our local whiskey distillery, Strananhan’s. Bottoms up!
8. Try the sushi making class at Izakaya (yes you get to eat what you make). Saki bombssss!
9. In need of another day date? Pack some sack lunches and head to Evergreen Lake, where you can rent stand-up paddle boards and kayaks!
10. Into country? Why not head to the Grizzly Rose for a concert or some line dancing. Save a horse, ride a cowboy! 😉
Ok, it's no secret that I am a big chambray fan! Give me a chambray button-down, blouse, dress, whatever really, and I am a happy girl! There's something that's just so classic about chambray pieces and the way they can act as a neutral that can be dressed up or down.
For date night, try throwing on a chambray button-down with some waxy black skinny jeans and a heels for a casual yet sexy evening look! Think something like this:
Chambray dresses are a great staple to have in your closet as well! They are easy to throw on and are so effortlessly chic. Sometimes finding the perfect chambray or jean dress can be tricky though! They can often leave you shapeless, are unflattering, or the material just isn't quite right.
I have rounded up my favorite chambray dresses that are perfect for the end of summer and great for transitioning into Fall. Click below to shop!
One of the best parts of living in Colorado is all of the beautiful hikes that are only a short distance away. Sure I have my favorites that I love to do every summer, but every once in awhile, I am introduced to a new one, which simply takes my breath away and forces it's way into my Top 5. That is is exactly what happened last weekend. One of my best friends since 6th grade asked if I wanted to do Sky Pond with her, and after Googling the hike, I was immediately sold.
Sky Pond Lake is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park. The drive from Denver took about an hour and a half and I would recommend leaving early, as parking can be tricky! Entry into the park is $20. We arrived around 10 am (after a much necessary coffee and bagel stop), and there were no spots left! After circling the lot for a bit, we found the tiniest parallel parking spot that I somehow shimmied my way into. We asked a Park Ranger what time you need to arrive to ensure you get a spot and he said 7 am, so hope you're a morning person!
A 5 minute bus from the lot drops you at the Glacier Gorge trail head and then you are on your merry way! There are certain criteria that make any hike a great one in my opinion, and this one checks all of the boxes! Waterfalls, rivers, beautiful views, wildflowers, glaciers, lakes, and wildlife!
As you start the trail, a beautiful stream runs to the side of the trail and right around the one mile mark, you reach Alberta Falls, the first of many waterfalls to come. It seemed like this was a popular destination for families to hikea nd enjoy the 30 foot waterfall for the day, since it is an easy mile up !
After a quick picture, we kept on. For a 9 mile hike, this trail is really not too difficult. There are some uphill parts, but they level out eventually, so it's not like you're climbing the entire time. I would classify this hike as 'moderate'. After about 3 miles, you reach Loch Lake, which is so beautiful and it's not even the final destination! This beautiful subalpine lake, situated at 10,190 feet, provides incredible scenery as you hike along the perimeter towards Sky Pond.
I am not going to lie, after this lake is where things start to get interesting! The hike becomes a bit more challenging as you start to gain more elevation. Around the 4 mile point, you reach an amazing 100 foot waterfall, Timberline Falls, which is a great opportunity for a photo-op (and to secretly catch your breath). Looking out are amazing valley views and you can hop from rock to rock to go under this powerful waterfall.
Now the question hits... where do we go from here? Like I said, this is when it gets interesting! To get to the second lake, you have to climb up a chute on the side of the waterfall. Warning, you literally climb 200 feet, in just 0.15 mile, and yes, the guy in front of me did fall into the waterfall, so focus is required here! You will be using all 4 limbs to manuever your way up, but you can do it! It's honestly not too bad if you strategically climb up and stay focused. This guy was just a show off!
After basically becoming a Mountaineer, you reach Glass Lake, just 0.1 miles from the top of the waterfall. Honestly, I was shocked that this lake wasn't even the final destination, because it was so gorgeous! This is what I picture when I think of a great Colorado hike. Glass Lake is a gorgeous alpine lake full of outstanding views and wild flowers. We explored around the lake and then enjoyed our lunch before continuing onto Sky Pond Lake, which is just .4 miles down the west side of Glass Lake.
Behold Sky Pond Lake! This lake sits at an impressive 10,900 ft elevation and is surrounded by three sides of pure cliff walls, which are unlike anything I have ever seen! Sky Pond is famous for the unique rock formations, which are granite spires called "The Sharktooth". To put it simply, this lake is dramatic and so worth the hike up!
Our time at Sky Pond was cut a bit short as weather moved in, and we did not want to be climbing back down that waterfall in the pouring rain! The descend did not disappoint though! On the path down, we continued to run into packs of elk, with their babies. So cute! They would be 5 feet in front of us and completely unfazed, it was amazing! After finishing up the hike, I knew it was instantly one of my new favorites. But wait... there's more! To top it all off, we saw a grizzly bear right on the side of the road on the drive back. I mean, could it get any better?
If you can, definitely take the time to try Sky Pond Lake trail this summer. You will not be disappointed!