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Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Farewell to Summer

Ok, we all know that I love summer. No, I mean REALLY LOVE summer. The sunshine, the heat, swimming, shorts, sandals. I want it all year long. Temperatures are still relatively warm here in Colorado for now but I'm already dreading the long long winter ahead. I wanted to take some time and look back at this especially gorgeous past summer.... just some odds and ends that never made it into the blog:
One of my absolute favorite things to do is take the poodles on long walks around the neighborhood. A frequent stop for us is this incredible rose garden. Always take time to stop and smell the roses!

Oh Pierre, you're just too much - look at him posing! "Lights, camera, and me without a stitch of makeup."

And little CB. This was right before his summer haircut... which helped to keep him cool.

Another view of the rose garden.

So pretty!

Look at this little fella! We see him a lot as we pass his yard, and he always wants to say hello.

Sunset pool is the best!! I pretty much went here every Sunday for the entire summer. They have adult swim from 10-1 and there were never many people there.

Oh, did I mention that they have 2 amazing water slides?! They do.

Hands down my favorite poolside read of the summer. It's about a young woman in early 70s that moves to Florida and gets a job as a Weeki Wachee mermaid!! I know.

I fell in love with this serape inspired suit.

Brent worked over the majority of our summer weekends but he did make it to the pool with me once or twice.

Coffee and grahams for breakfast in the tiki room. (Look at those amazing Disneyland trashcan salt and pepper shakers that I got last year!!)

Whiskey release party at Spirit Hound distillery in Lyons. So delish.

Elitch Gardens for our anniversary. This day was perfection.
And just about 2 weeks ago, I was crowned Miss Modernism at the Denver Modernism Expo!! Oh my gosh it was so much fun, the other girls were so beautiful and talented, I really couldn't believe it when they called my name as the winner. I won a trip to Palm Springs for Modernism week in February, $500 to spend at the expo, and... most importantly... a sash and tiara that I got to wear for the rest of the weekend. I'm planning to do a whole post on this so I can share the goodies I picked up!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Heritage Square

When I heard that a former Disneyland imagineer helped to create a small amusement park and shopping village in Golden, CO AND that parts of it would be closing for good at the end of the season, I knew a weekend road trip was in need.
Beautiful view of the swan boats and Ferris wheel. 

Heritage Square was originally built as a Magic Mountain back in 1957-59, and designed as a storybook Victorian shopping village and theme park. Still today the park and village have free admission and you pay individually for the rides.

The park is probably most famous for its alpine slide, a very unique attraction indeed! Sadly, the slide will be closing in October. Brent and I walked up to the kiosk, bought our tickets, then hitched a ride in one of the ski lifts... That alone would be worth the price of admission for me! The views were incredible!

Once off the lift, you grab a sled, which has a lever to pull back for breaks so you can control your speed. There are 2 half mile tracks, one for more experienced riders and one for beginners. Brent was a daredevil and I was a scardycat :)

Here I am coming down to the end. It was really so much fun!!

And here we are in the shopping village. It really was quaint and I could certainly see the Disneyland influence. Did I mention there is a railroad?! We also got some ice cream from a darling little 50s themed diner. Um... Chocolate banana Oreo?!? It was the best.

When I saw these beautiful swan boats, I nearly lost it.... Classic!! We bought some tickets and spent a good amount of time just lazing around in our swan.

Ok... Look at this! There was one black swan in the bunch!!! Ahhh, I can't stand how fabulous it was. I was a bit disappointed that we didn't get to ride in her but it did allow me to snap some shots.

If you're in the Colorado area, definitely take a look at this hidden gem, we really enjoyed our visit!

Thursday, September 3, 2015


OIt was so wonderful to have my parents here for a few days in July!
Dinner at Tortuga's, one of my favorites! Caribbean themed with incredible seafood!
Panoramic view
Poodle Whisperer
We spent a good amount of our time in Golden, CO... about 45-60min away from where we are located.
We stayed at the Table Mountain Inn, this was our view! The hotel was really incredible... well themed, beautiful, clean, and dog friendly. Best of all, you're right in the middle of everything.
Night view

Bar/restaurant at the hotel

Clear Creek River

My mother and I both had great finds at a local consignment shop! I grabbed an African print maxi dress and my mother found that adorable floral skirt.

Sherpa House! I tend to shy away from Indian food as it's so heavy (but delicious).... I make an exception for the Sherpa House. It reminds me of Yak and Yeti and Disney World :)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Elitch Gardens Anniversary

I thought that the third anniversary was the year of the roller coaster. Brent swears it's the year of the water park. Either way, we had it covered :) I took the day off work and we drove down to Elitch Gardens, an amusement park right in the city of Denver with an attached water park!
Classic Ferris Wheel


I have no idea what this part is really called but I refer to it as the Main Street area. it was cute!

Our first ride, isn't that a great sign?! The ride itself was alright but really jarring, ouch!

Brent really likes the roller coasters.

We got there early and the park wasn't too crowded but it was a hot day.

This ride was so fun! Ghost Blasters is a Haunted House but you get to shoot at the ghosts, I won!

Pretty cafe. This was actually a starbucks inside, sort of like how they are in the Disney Parks.

Pretty sign and lighting

After a few rough coasters, I had had enough of the jarring and painful rides so we split up for about an hour. I headed to the carousel, isn't it pretty?

The Disneyland carousel was also bought from the Philadelphia Toboggan Co!
I rode a few times but this was my favorite horse, isn't she lovely?

Another view of the "Main Street" area
Around 1 or so, we made our way to the water park and spent the rest of the day there. It was CROWDED! But we had a lot of fun, mostly just lazing around the lazy river. We found some lawn chairs in a nice area and enjoyed a margarita and beer in ridiculous/fabulous souvenir glasses.

For dinner, we made a stop at Adrift, the wonderful tiki bar in Denver. Oh we miss it!

Bourbon Special

It was really such a wonderful day, we had a blast! The water park was such fun that we decided to check out Water World with our friends that following weekend. Unfortunately, being a water park, i didn't get any photos. But IT WAS AMAZING. Voyage to the Center of the Earth has animatronic dinosaurs and wonderful foggy before time atmosphere.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sewing Review: Vogue V8811

Vogue V8811 is from the Vintage Vogue collection, an original 1940 design. It has 2 variations, this review is for version B.

Let's start off by saying that I'm really happy with how this turned out! It's just a great summer dress, appropriate for work but also fun for going out. My only complaint is that the neck opening is a little tight. Definitely put your makeup on before the dress :)
Construction: This was very beginner friendly! Everything came together so nicely and quick, I made this in about a day. The only semi-tricky part for me was putting that side zipper in for some reason. It doesn't go all the way to the top of the sleeve so that was a new technique for me.
The Fit: I LOVE the way this fits me! I made the smallest size and it was perfect, I wouldn't change a thing about that. I will say though, the smallest size claims to be a 29.5" bust with 22" waist and I'm really closer to 32" bust and 23-24" waist.
Cute little keyhole back... closed with hook and eye.
The Fabric: I found this fun floral fabric and it really reminded me of an early 40s, late 30s print so I thought it would pair nicely with this pattern. It's cotton, but a bit thicker than what I'm used to which actually works well as it holds those sleeves in place quite nicely.
Close up of side zip. It doesn't go all the way up to the top of the sleeve which made it a little difficult to insert for me.
Alterations: I kept the pattern as is but did put in one pocket on the side opposite the zipper.

Hehe. Ignore my annoyed face please!
Overall, I'm really happy with the pattern but, I just don't know if I'll make another one. It's just a bit difficult to put on and take off which is a big con for me. It fits so nice though and I've worn it several times already this summer!