It’s All In The Prep

It’s that time of year again. Family members are coming over, groceries are being bought in (extreme) bulk, and the air is getting a little more crisp. As far as Colorado is concerned it’s been winter for awhile now and the snow is on and off. It seems that during the times of the holidays that things get a little more cozy, but tense at the same time.

In cases where your family is hosting the grand dinner of Thanksgiving I think we can all agree that we’ve either been to a dinner or had our own where you contemplate ripping your hair out. My advice? Prep. And prep again. Then prep the prep of the prep. Ok in all seriousness if you’re going to tackle the whole sh-bang take it in strides and make sure to really plan things out. Prep your food, prep your home, but prep yourself. Have I said “prep” enough?

Take some breaths and enjoy the time that you have. Buckle down for some embarrassing stories but good times. Also, prep for that drunken family member that might say too much – just in case.

In any matter take it easy and don’t be so hard on yourself. Really take the time you have off OFF. Kick your feet up and watch reruns of Friends for Pete’s sake! The Thanksgiving episode is arguably the best.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!



A Burst of Emotion


This is a shot of my mother and my best friend Ahndia this weekend out in the woods. Coffee and discussions of the future – who could want anything more? I had one of the biggest surprises this weekend and Ahndia popped out of the back of my mothers car before I had a minute to think about a thing. Fresh air was a must.

I absolutely love surprises. So much to the point where you could argue that I’m a little obsessive about it. Not only do I love planning them, but the fact that events like this can happen to me that make my heart burst simply makes me melt. It’s a little ridiculous, but I don’t care. I hadn’t seen this woman in over a year and a half. Which, as I know life gets more complicated doesn’t seem like that much, but with her it’s a lifetime.

We spent so much time talking and taking mini adventures that I feel like it was a daydream without any actual sleep. Here’s to the moments where all the emotions are at the surface, where you don’t have to hide certain thoughts, and company that makes you feel at home wherever you go.

Ahndia, I love you. To our families – thanks for coordinating this so elegantly.



Comfy, Cozy, and Stylish

It’s that time of year again. When things start to get cold at random hours and us fashionistas are caught at a crossroads of sorts. Here’s the dilemma – combining together articles of clothing so that you’re comfortable and still staying warm while at the same time not looking like a slob.

In all honesty I know I have those days where I don’t care about the last item on the list. And frankly, some days I don’t care about staying warm because the Colorado sun has a way of making you sweat at all times of the year. However, there are times that I pull it all together and voila all three are in harmony.

If you live in other places I want to hear about your outfit troubles. I know some people from California, for example, try to layer up during the fall but it’s just too hot for them. There are definitely times where your “want” to wear an outfit doesn’t outweigh the “need” to be practical in some sense. I say bring on the cold and huge coats with scarves! This in between nonsense is driving me a little mad.


Although…I guess we’re all mad here 😉