Category Archives: Blog Love

Misha Lulu | Tips from a Denver Stylist

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I adore everything about Misha Lulu. The patterns and colors  are perfect for mini fashionistas. The fact that they partner with Hello Kitty – um icing on the double chocolate cake! You can find them locally at Nest located in Cherry Creek & Larimer Square.

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Mom’s Day Gift Guide {Day One} | Denver Blog Finds

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This week is all about Mom and every day I will help you find ways to make yours feel extra super special. Today’s gifts all can be purchased locally here in Denver!

1. Tom’s Crocheted Classics in Navy – Unity Boutique

2. MZ Wallace: Bianca in Cayenne – Kismet 

3. Gym Punch Card – The Dailey Method 

4. Gift Card – Decade

5. Jane Crow Jewelry – SecondLove Thiftique 

6. Mani/Pedi – UberChic 

7. Jasmine Salt Caramels – Helliemae’s

8. Class – Fancy Tiger Crafts

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Nursery Mash Up | Denver Design

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I am experiencing a bit of baby fever with friends having babies and getting ready to have babies. So it got me thinking about nursery design. I had so much fun designing my own daughters nursery. I chose lots of artwork from Etsy, vintage pieces from Decade in Denver, and modern goodies from Mod Livin’. I enjoyed mixing up some vintage with the modern pieces to create a whimsical and eclectic space for her as well as for myself. Because lets be honest those first couple of months we are pretty much living in there as well. I also wanted to find pieces that could grow with her. For example, all the art work I chose can very well carry her through into middle school, her dresser which doubled as a changing table she can have forever, and even the accessories are still appropriate for elementary school. I also didn’t want it to feel like a bought a whole room from one store. So, mix it up and have fun play with lots of different colors instead of just choosing one. Creating a space that feels calm, relaxing, and fun will really mean a lot when you are up for the 5th night in a row at 4 am.

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I am BACK!!!

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After being strongly “urged” to pick this blog back up immediately by my lovely friend Hilary I realized just how much I have missed it. I began this blog to sing the praises of our local talent, eateries, shops, and people putting wonderful energy into the universe. We moved from the Highlands a little more than a year ago to Applewood. We wanted a big yard, more space, 60’s ranch style, and a place to grow as a family. However, after living in the Highlands for over 8 years it will forever hold a very special place in my heart and since Wheat Ridge/Lakewood isn’t exactly know for its culinary choices we head there all the time. It’s become very apparent to me that my quaint little neighborhood is struggling to keep its small business uniqueness in the midst of a hard economy.  Independent store fronts are being pushed out by a rise in rent and a decline in consumer traffic. Moving right in are chains who can afford the cost of doing business at the expense of the neighborhood itself. I wanted this blog to be the voice of all the small business owners who are out there breathing life into all the neighborhoods in Denver. So, now I am calling on you the consumer to be conscious of where your dollars are going. “Showrooming” a store to see a product in person and then shopping it online for a better price is absolutely killing all these little shops you love. We are all out to save a buck – me as much as the next – but consider for a moment what it means to invest in your local economy and in your own backyard. If you don’t want a Starbucks replacing your favorite coffee-house then go there instead of the convenience of the drive-thru, if you are shopping for a new stroller for your baby shop local instead of big box or online, and most of all be an advocate for these businesses by talking them up and encouraging others to do the same. So my first post back is a call to action – lets all help our local businesses to thrive by having their backs no matter how much you may think you are saving elsewhere. Because honestly how much is that savings  really worth when you see shop after shop shutting their doors?  Lets be known as the city with the best restaurants, the best micro brews, and most small businesses per capita  than any other. Please share the love by posting about your favorite store, restaurant, business, coffee-house, etc.. on my Facebook page! Spread the love people!!!

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Truly Enjoy the Journey

 

Josh Spear who is best known for his cutting edge branding and trendspotting as well as  the digital strategy firm, Undercurrent, has embarked on yet another incredible venture called Valet. For seasoned world travelers, or those looking for new and exciting destinations Valet is a fantastic way to help plan your latest adventure. What exactly is Valet you ask? “Valet is a collection of hand-picked benefits and guidance for the discerning 21st-century traveler.” Who is Valet for? “Valet is a a travel company built for creative professionals, tastemakers and frequent travelers who appreciate curation, design, and great value over bargain-basement price shopping and recommendations amassed from dozens of anonymous reviews.” For a yearly membership fee discerning travelers have access to amazing destinations and itineraries that most of us would never knew existed. Josh, my friend, you have done it again. Cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeve next!

 

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So Much Pretty

 

Today’s fun fact: I am absolutely obsessed with beautifully shot magazines. Food mags, design mags, fashion mags, and unique kid mags are my obsessions. One great place to check out all the lovely print that is out there in the universe is online. While nothing beats perusing the magazine aisle at Tattered Cover, I have also found subscribing to online magazines just as enjoyable. There are so many of them out there now and I think its wonderful how creative and gorgeous they are when they don’t have to contend with the high cost of print. Once in awhile a magazine crosses over into print like Babiekins Magazine and I get to drool over each glossy page. I recently picked up a copy at Barnes & Noble and while the price was pretty steep ($9.99) I consider this a luxury purchase since this is not a monthly publication and honestly it is just so pretty I didn’t even flinch. I love having beautiful books and magazines around for inspiration and this is one I am excited to have in my collection. Here is a short list of the many online publications that are currently available. If you have an Ipad (which I am hoping Santa blesses me with) you can download them right onto there. One of my someday dreams is to have an online magazine of my own.

 

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