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Springs Favorites: Ola Juice Bar

Back with another one of my Springs Favorites. I've been getting so many comments from locals saying how much they have enjoyed this series, and that means so much! I would love to hear if there are any particular recommendations or businesses you want to learn more about.

I recently did a 72 hour juice cleanse with one of my favorites spots in the Colorado Springs - Ola Juice Bar. They are my go-to spot for acai bowls, but I wanted to try some of their other products to share with you on the blog, so I stocked up on juices and went for it. For cleanses, they offer a 3 day, 5 day, 7 day and 10 day. (If you can do anything longer than a 3 day, you are my hero!) I went for the 3 day, and selected the Green Clean, Green Master and Energizer juices. I'm a big green juice fan, so it was no surprise that I loved them, but I was shocked at how much I loved the Energizer, because it has beets in it. I love beets, but they don't always translate well to juices for my taste. It was actually my favorite though!
Ola Juice Bar
best acai bowl colorado springs
best smoothie colorado springs
acai bowl
Not going to lie guys, doing a juice cleanse is torturous! Question for my juicers out there...what advice do you have to get through one? I was about to rip my husbands head off, and pass out behind the wheel, all within the first 14 hours. (My trip to Costco on the first day probably didn't help, either.) I will say, once I powered through, the 2nd day was much easier! Luckily, the juices were so yummy, which helped, too. I did feel super energized after it, too. If you're looking for a good reset/detox, talk to the folks at Ola and they can help you with a juice plan that will align with your goals.

If you are in the Springs, I highly recommend you stop by Ola and grab a juice or acai bowl. And if you see me in there, be sure to say hi!








Purses With A Purpose

This post was sponsored by R.Riveter. As always, all opinions are my own.

Guys, I have a really special post today. I know you are going to be swept away by the pictures of these beautiful R.Riveter bags, but read on, because what's even more beautiful than these bags, is what they represent. If you are a Shark Tank fan, you may have already seen these bags, but let's start from the beginning.
orange tank with black jeans
R.Riveter Shoulder Bag
Love this shoulder bag!
The mission behind R.Riveter is simple - to employ, engage and inspire military spouses. Being that I live in a VERY military town, I immediately had an appreciation for the mission. What I was completely blown away by, was how incredible these bags are! As they state themselves, "R.Riveter exists to provide flexible, mobile, income for military spouses." Think about that for a second...can you even imagine how difficult it must be for a military spouse to be constantly traveling for location to location, always in search of a new job? It's honesty something I hadn't really contemplated before.   That's where R.Riveter comes in. 

The parts for each bag are made across the country by military spouses, then sent to their "Fabshop" for production. Each bag comes equipped with hand stitched liners, and hand cut leather, which are hand crafted by military spouses across the nation. (How's that for American made?) They even use upcycled retired uniforms, canvas tents and blankets. I was completely shocked at how high quality these bags are. The vegetable tanned leather is such good quality, the canvas is sturdy and the liners are the cutest fabrics!  There are different stages of bags, so if you want one with up cycled materials check out their Limited Collection, but if you want to get your hands on some of the highest quality leather on the market, check out their Signature collection. They even make a number of accessories, which you can find here
Love this tote by R.Riveter!
R.Riveter Tote

I especially love that each bag comes with its own stamp, associated to the Riveter who made it. You can even get to know more about the specific maker here

I honestly can't say enough about these bags. I've been wearing both of them in heavy rotation. The shoulder bag I'm styling is called the Patton,  and the tote is called the Grant. Oh, and don't forget about my tank that's on sale for $16 ;)

Grant, c/o R.Riveter / Patton c/o R.Riveter / Tank (only $16!) / Jeans / Sandals (old) - similar (on sale!) / Sunnies




Tips for Improving Your Skincare Routine

I was compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. #LockInSoftSkin #WetSkinIsBestSkin #CollectiveBias

Is it just me or did anyone else start taking a dire interest in their skincare after they turned 30? It's like I noticed one wrinkle and immediately started to try to reverse the hands of time. In my attempt to keep my skin looking youthful, I've taken to trying just about every product under the sun! There are tons of products out there, all promising one thing or another regarding its benefits to your skin, but I am certain there is one product that everyone needs to keep their skin youthful and that's lotion, which is why I have teamed up with Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer with Refreshing Coconut Oil 10 oz

Growing up in California, I hardly ever wore lotion, but since moving to Colorado (and now living in a super dry climate) I have come to realize just how much of an important part of proper skincare it is. Below are a few of my tips for improving your skincare routine.
1. When showering, make sure your water temperature isn't too hot. I know, I know...it feels SO good. But is is incredibly drying on your skin! Beyond that, try to limit your shower time, as that can also dry out and even damage your skin. 

2. Apply lotion within 3 minutes of showering. This is when the magic happens, so you have to act fast! Your skin cells expand after showering, making an easy pathway for lotion to be absorbed and fully hydrate your skin. It's almost impossible for me to dry off and apply lotion in that short amount of time, which is why I've been loving Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Refreshing Coconut Oil. (I'm also pretty fond of the Cherry Almond scent, which you can find exclusively at Walmart.) You can literally apply it while your skin is still wet, allowing it to seep and hydrate your skin immediately. (As a girl-on-the-go, I find this to also be a time saver!) 
3. Add supplements. I've been adding collagen peptides to my daily routine, and am obsessed with the improvement I have already seen in my hair, nails and skin. 
I know it can be so hard to think about adding more to routine, but I find that Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Refreshing Coconut Oil actually saves me some time in the morning. (Who can't use an extra 5 minutes, right?) Give it a try and let me know what you think!


What I Wore To The Aspen Food + Wine Classic + $1000 Giveaway!!

Currently coming down off of the best weekend in Aspen! Did any of you follow along on Instagram? I'll be sharing a full post with all the details from my amazing weekend with American Express at the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, but I wanted to do a quick round up of my looks from the weekend. You can check the gallery under each photo for direct links to each product I'm wearing. There's also a HUGE $1000 giveaway at the bottom of this post, so be sure to read through and enter! 
Pretty Polka Dot Dress
I just love this polka dot maxi. It's like the updated version of Julia Roberts' look in Pretty Woman. I just love how versatile it is, and how it can be styled so many different ways - like unbuttoning the skirt to wear over jeans, or rolling up the sleeves for a cuffed look. It was the perfect summer dress to sip endless amounts of rosé in, and I received so many compliments on it! Also, I'm completely obsessed with this round straw picnic basket bag. It goes with everything! I've seen similar ones going for anywhere between $100-$400, but I found this one for just $60.

Cutest Stripe Lace Dress!

This darling lace summer dress is even cuter in person, if you can believe it! It's so lightweight and has the cutest ribbon ties in the back. 

Love this one shoulder LBD!
This off the shoulder little black dress is everything! So chic, subtly sexy, and priced well at just $56. Also, I fell in love with these clear acrylic heels. They are really best suited for us girls with a slender foot though, as the plastic band across the toe doesn't stretch. 

What to wear to the Aspen Food and Wine Classic
This was one of my favorite looks of the weekend (and it was actually Brandon's, too, which I was surprised by!). I just love the contrast of the striped wide leg pants with the cropped polka dot top. 

I'll be sharing much more from my weekend in an upcoming post, so if there are any specific questions you have, let me know!

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway! I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: a $1,000 Nordstrom Gift Card, just in time for the Anniversary Sale!
Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 7/3. Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
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Trend Spin Link Up: Tassels + Poms

Currently sitting here arguing with the Mr. about the temperature in the home. He is "dying" of heat, and I'm wrapped up in a robe feeling like it's the perfect temperature. (Our nest says it's 79 degrees in the house.) I grew up in a VERY hot climate (Bakersfield, CA), so I can't get enough of the heat. I am also a total baby in the cold. Brandon on the other hand, keeps the A/C blasting at 68 degrees in our bedroom at night, and I have to double up on blankets. The struggle, right?!

It's been a consistent week of over 80 degree temperatures, and this Cali girl can't get enough! Besides basking in the sun, drinking iced coffees and cocktails, and getting in bike rides whenever possible, I am taking advantage of donning cute summery pieces, like this tassel romper.
Blue Romper With White Tassels
The cutest romper with tassels!!
The cutest tassel romper!
Tassel Romper
Blue Tassel Romper

When it comes to staple summer attire, tassels and poms have been everywhere the past 3 years. I tried to take the colorful pom pieces for a spin, but decided they're just not for me. I still do love the look of tasseled pieces though, which is why I love this understated blue tassel romper. It's the perfect blue summery shade, for those of us that don't like to go too bold. It would also be PERFECT for the upcoming July 4th holiday!

Today, I'm co-hosting the Trend Spin Link-Up with a few of my bloggers faves. Be sure to link up your posts below!

Romper - exact, super similar / Clutch / Shoes (old) / Sunnies

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Easy Day To Night Look

Ahh...one of life's great questions. What can I wear to work that looks professional, yet is still fun enough to take into the night (aka happy hour)? Today, I'm teaming up with my girl Jenna from Visions of Vogue to share our takes on easy day-to-night looks. 
An Oversized Blazer Makes For An Easy Day To Night Look

As I am settling into my 30's, I have found that I am becoming more and more fond of function. Don't get me wrong, being fashionable is still a must, but my feet aren't what they used to be and definitely let me know (a lot sooner) when they aren't feeling my footwear choice. I've been gravitating toward  heels that stand the test of time (literally), that I can wear all day. When thinking about heels I can wear from day to night, I always go for a chunky heel. These caged gladiator sandals are some of my favorites. (They are currently on sale for $44!) 

An oversized blazer is an easy way to add a bit of professionalism to any, otherwise "fun", look. It's easy to throw on at the office, and take off on your way to happy hour.
Oversized Blazer with Jeans
Summer Day To Night Look
Everyday Essentials: Oversized Blazer, Jeans and Large Tote
Day to Night Made Easy
The cutest lace hemmed top!
Lace Hemmed Top With Jeans
Such a cute shot!
Love this lace hemmed top!
Such a cute striped top!

Another trick I try to do when taking a look from day-to-night is an easy bag change. I definitely need a full size bag or tote, to get me through the day, but a small shoulder bag or clutch feels more night appropriate. Try bringing along a "night" bag that fits easily into your "day" bag. It makes for a seamless switch, on your way to meet up with friends. I'll be sharing more about these R.Riveter bags in another post. Stay tuned for more on that.

For more day-to-night style inspo, make sure to head over and check out Jenna's post.

Blazer - love this / Top, c/o Chicwish / Sandals, c/o Sole Society / Jeans (old)
Tote c/o / Shoulder Bag c/o / Sunnies
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Frill Sleeve Playsuit (+ Questions For You!)

Summer seems to be in full swing and I'm definitely not complaining - especially because I get to wear cute things like this frill sleeve playsuit. We played hooky from work yesterday morning and got in some boat time, and it was amazing! (If you're a friend of mine, please remind me to put SPF on in ALL THE PLACES, because my skin has definitely changed lately and I'm getting the worst tan/burn lines LOL) I don't know about you, but work never stops for us, be it Real Estate or blog, so it's important to take time to carve out and just enjoy life. 

Speaking of Summer and things I enjoy, did you catch the details on my annual Flamingo party? It's truly one of my favorite Summer things to do, each year. 

Obviously another one of my favorite summer activities is stocking up on my Summer wardrobe. (Yes, I consider online shopping an activity! It's a lot of work!) If you don't know, I'm constantly updating the "shop" page on my blog with items I recently purchased (or want to purchase). If you are looking for fresh wardrobe ideas, you can always check there
On another note, I'm still struggling with figuring out what you guys want from me, and it's largely because I haven't really received feedback from you. I would really love to know what you guys like seeing on my blog, on my Instagram and even my Instagram stories. Do you like the content I share? Is there specific content you would like to see more of? Do you like when I keep my outfit posts short and sweet or do you prefer a story line? Are there any collaborations you want to see more of?

Also, SUPER curious about what your thoughts on Instagram stories are. Why do you watch me? Or why do you watch whoever you watch? What are the types of things you want to be seeing there? My day? My outfits? What keeps you engaged there?

I can't do this whole blog thing with the support of all of you, so I would love to know what keeps you coming back to EPWL and I'll give it to ya! 

You guys are the best!

Playsuit, c/o Chicwish / Sandals, c/o Sole Society / Sunnies
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