Trimmed tree traditions

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My mother loves ornaments. She loves tradition. Every year we know we will each get a glass ornament that fits our person ever so perfectly, and every year our tree grows more full, trimmed and filled with  many memories. It’s so comforting  to come back over the years and look at an ornament and know exactly to whom it was given and what makes it the ornament of that person. She’s got a way of understanding and observing people. A way of inserting a puzzle piece into the puzzle of their being like the perfect gift. She just gets it. And it has shaped who I am today. My love for the little things and obsession for observing is without a doubt from this woman, and I wouldn’t have it any other day.

I’m so grateful to appreciate and care about tradition. Knowing that every year at this one time it will be the same…no matter what… Something about it is ironically refreshing and moving. What do you have without tradition?

So many moments. So many feelings. One time of year. It’s the holiday season, and it’s deep and filled with so much emotion, even unexpectedly!

Merry Christmas to all, and all a good night.

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Twenty Four Hours in FoCo

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While I was home in Denver last month, I had the chance to head up to Fort Collins (1.5 hour drive from Denver) with my best friend Liz so that she could show me all of the snazzy places. Gosh this town is cute, not to mention the drive from Denver that is absolutely stunning along the Rockies. There are so many cute colorful victorian houses that have been spiffed up.

Our journey started off with the brewery tour at New Belguim, where oddly enough I ran into an old friend from elementary school. Small world, eh? New Belgium’s tour was fantastic and they all had snazzy bikes. I’m a big fan of their Sunshine Wheat Beer and now I proudly sport the vintage style poster for it in my itty-bitty kitchen! After hanging out for a little while, Liz and Dan took me to one of their favorite spots, with oodles of local Colorado beers on tap and delicious pizza: The Mayor of Old Town. Obviously after dinner it was the perfect time for a cupcake, so we popped in Buttercream.

Our slumber party was pretty wonderful, and breakfast at Little Bird Bakeshop was sublime. By the way, that beautiful dog pictured above is Al, Liz’s nephew/son.

Liz, I miss you dearly.

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Linger + Little Man with Liz

One night in Denver, Liz took me to one of her favorite restaurants: Linger, which ever so cleverly was transformed from the Olinger Mortuaries. This place is the cat’s pajamas and was absolutely delicious. They serve tapas from all different cultures, delicious cocktails and some of the best local beers on tap.

After dinner we stopped by Little Man Ice Cream for a scoop.

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Don’t forget to support the first documentary all about Cachaça!

So much cuteness. Paint the town. {via Oh Happy Day}

I’m taking a cupcake class at Beauty Cakes tonight. {Have you been?}

Who’da thunk it? Tea eggs! {via More Charm Than Good}

Drooling over the Madewell line

I officially have TWO reasons to go to Kansas City.

So many beautiful white dresses. {via Modcloth Blog}

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Denver Hoods: South Broadway

South Broadway has always been one of my favorite places to drive around in Denver. The street goes clear from downtown Denver’s Capital Hill all the way to the ‘burbs of Littleton. Liz and Rachel caught me up on what I had missed as new places and eateries are popping up left and right, and of course some of my favorite old places to stop by are still there and were in need of a visit. Gosh this part of town is just so wonderful. All of the signs are divine and the colors are perfection. It’s spunky, fun and filled with adorable shops. Complete candy for the whimsical eyes.

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Some of my favorite parts of South Broadway:

Beatrice & Woodsley – Bar/Restaurant

El Diablo – Mexican Restaurant/Bar

Fancy Tiger – Fabric Shop + Vintage Shop

The Hornet – Bar/Restaurant

The Mayan – Movie Theatre

Sputnik – Bar/Restaurant/Photobooth

Starlet – Women’s Whimsicle Fashion Boutique

Sweet Action – Ice Cream Parlour

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Denver Snippets Part 2

It’s so easy to forget about the beauty of this state. Gosh, it’s so charming.  It’s always hard to say goodbye to those mountains.

Back to Paris I will be. See you soon, Denver.

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Pickle Party

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One of my favorite things about being in the states is the accessibility of Mac N Cheese and pickles.

These ones particularly are at Steuben’s in Denver’s uptown district.
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Sunday

These I found when I developed a disposable camera from two Christmases ago. My finger got in the way of a few, but I always dream of Colorado winters… they are oh so charming with their sometimes oh so blue sky.

21 days until some fun in Denver. I am beyond excited.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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