Monday, July 8, 2013

Denver | Alive with Creativity and Beauty

It's no secret that I love Colorado and that Denver is one of my favorite cities. Years ago I moved to Colorado after college and even met my husband there. I even worked in Denver for a couple of years, and I just love to share all the great things about Denver that deserve praise. I've visited a lot of cities in this country, and Denver has plenty to offer for a city its size. The amount of art and creativity in the city never ceases to amaze me.

you'll find this area of Denver after walking down 16th St. all the way to Little Raven St. }

Sure there are people who think the "flyover states" have nothing to offer, but comparing totally different cities is about as productive as comparing apples to oranges. Denver has an identity all its own, and that's a good thing. I don't know many (or any) other cities where you can enjoy a baseball game while viewing a mountain range in the distance. I also love how Denver allows you to visit a brewery, sporting event, museum, and concert all within minutes of each other. Plus, did I mention that mountain view?

{ there aren't many stadiums with views like this... and just look at that sunset }

This past May I spent a couple of weeks in Colorado and wandered the city of Denver with a good friend who I met while working at an architecture firm downtown. My friend, Laura, and I share many of the same interests. For instance, we both enjoy architecture, design, art, museums, food, and good beer. It's without saying that we had a really great time exploring Denver together.

{ yellow room at the Clyfford Still Museum }

Laura and I started the day learning about the artist Clyfford Still at his museum. We ate at one of our old favorite restaurants, The Market, and we spent some time reminiscing many of the fun things we did during our time working downtown together. Our day in Denver together was just what the doctor ordered. We managed to fill the day with an abundance of art, photographs, food, and just appreciating one of our favorite cities.

{ the "I See What You Mean" bear sculpture outside the convention center }

After a long day in downtown Denver, my friend and I came across these amazing street performers while walking back to the bus stop. These particular musicians had amassed quite a large crowd of bystanders on the pedestrian mall. We couldn't help but stop and listen to their energetic music. The band consisted of three men. Collectively they played a washboard, banjo, kazoo, and violin. It was spectacular. Watch for yourself.

{ does anyone in Denver know the name of their band... I forgot their name }

The lively music was the perfect ending to our day exploring Denver. The city has always made me feel alive. Every time I visit Denver I discover something new and exciting. Even my old favorite destinations still fulfill me. It's satisfying to visit a city that's changing at a breakneck pace, yet all at the same time feel that some things never change. Denver does both rather well.

Have you ever been to Denver?
What are some things you love about your favorite city?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Stars & Stripes

Hopefully you had a fun & safe 4th of July yesterday. The fun doesn't have to end just because the holiday has passed us by though. Stars and stripes don't necessarily go out of style. Heck, navy and white are classic colors that can be worn most of the year. So let's celebrate our country and summertime with some red, white, and blue fashion. Bring on the stars and stripes!
Stars and Stripes Summer Outfit
striped tank  |  wedge heels  |  skinny jeans  |  bracelet  |  earrings  |  star tee  |  purse

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? We're going to enjoy some time with friends, and hopefully that includes plenty of grilled foods. Now if only that star top could make its way into my closet before the weekend. I could use some clothing with a pep in its step! Couldn't we all?

Happy Weekend!

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Red, White, and Blue

Happy 4th of July! I hope you're doing something fun and festive today. If not, that's fine too... because I'm totally just relaxing at home while my husband flies around to who knows where this evening for work. It's not always fun being home alone on a holiday (thank goodness it's not Christmas, although I've been alone then too), but this alone time did give me plenty of time to play around on the internet. Naturally I wasted tons of time online putting together a festive collage featuring some pretty home decor that I can't afford. While the husband's away, the wife shall play.... on the internet.

modern red, white, and blue room

Modern Living Room : Red, White and Blue

I don't know about you, but I often find myself wanting to change our decor. Now if only I could strike it rich playing the lottery, then maybe I could finally afford some of these expensive pretty things I daydream about... oh, to dream.

Happy 4th of July