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Springs Favorites: Colorado Co-Op

This post was created in collaboration with Colorado Co-Op. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

I admit, I do a lot of online shopping. It's not that I don't enjoy the act of shopping, its just that not a lot of stores, here in Colorado Springs, carry the brands I like to buy. There is, however, one store I can always count on to bring it with the designer goods, and that is Colorado Co-Op
Colorado Co-Op has been a long standing favorite of mine, here in the Springs. So, it's only natural to  add them to my list of #SpringsFavorites. I could spend hours perusing through their designer goods, with brands ranging from BB Dakota and Claire V to Nicole Miller, Theory and Misa. (I fell in love with this Misa dress I have styled below!!) They have a full range of brands, including a ton that won't break the bank. 
Over the long weekend, I spent some time doing some damage in the Co-Op. The owner, Chris, gave me a private in-store shopping experience. (Allowing me the perfect opportunity to drop some gift-hints at the boy.)

At the top of my list, this cute little bracelet clutch.
Misa Dress, Bracelets and Clutch available at Colorado Co-Op

If you're in the market for a great pair of designer jeans, Colorado Co-Op is one of the few places in town, that carry them. They have brands like Citizens of Humanity, Mother, and 7 For all Mankind. 
Sanctuary Camo Sweater, Citizens of Humanity Jeans and Bag available at Colorado Co-Op

What I didn't realize about the Co-Op, is that they also carry Kiehl's. I almost always have to order my Kiehl's products online or pick them up in Denver, so I was thrilled to discover they carried one of my favorite skincare lines. Their midnight recovery cream is my jam!

Beyond amazing clothes and accessories, there are plenty of great gift options to pick up in store. Delightful candles, cute ring holders, even a collection of bulbs to plant in your vases.
If you're in the Colorado Springs area, and you are looking for a great place to shop for current trends and designer pieces, you definitely need to check out Colorado Co-Op.

Ruffle Sleeve Top

Sorry for the radio silence lately guys, but work has been crazy! On top of that, I am on two non-profits that have major events this month, so my free time has been consumed with event-planning. I know what you're thinking... this doesn't really align with one of my major goals for the year. You know, the one where I said I was going to try to quit committing myself to so much, and stop overplanning, yet we are. Sometimes, you're in the throws of life, and you just gotta roll with the punches. We all get there.

Here's what's different. I'm present. And happy! SO happy. Exhausted, yes. But happy.

It's incredible what a small mental shift can do to give you a fresh perspective. And, I just feel so free in myself and friendships, falling more in love with my husband each day, still *somehow* finding time for my health and self-care. Life is good folks. 
Ruffle Sleeve Top
Ruffle Sleeve Top
Ruffle Sleeve Top
Ruffle Sleeve Top
Now, on to the outfit deets. This ruffle top from Chicwish is giving me all the feels!! You can totally dress it up with slacks or leather pants, or down with any of your denim. Today, I paired it with my favorite frayed cropped denim

Black, white and cognac are always a winning combo, in my book, so I finished the look off with my leopard heels and Hammitt cross-body

Well, that's if for now folks. I'll be back next week when life's a little slower. Have a great weekend!

Ruffle Sleeve Top, c/o / Cropped Frayed Denim / Leopard Heels - similar / Bag c/o / Sunnies

Galentine's Day With Robert Mondavi Private Selection

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Even though I cherish time with my boo, there is still always something to be said for a good Galentine's Day. I adore time with my girl's and try to honor that as much as possible! (Find your tribe, love them hard, right?!) And, since I'll find any excuse for good girl time, why not throw a Galentine's Day gathering, just in time for V-Day?
Girl's Night Essentials!
Any good girl's night comes complete with great wine, so today I teamed up with Robert Mondavi Private Selection, to help me throw the perfect gathering. They recently redesigned their labels, which boast a fresh, bold and high quality look, to match the high quality contents in the bottle. 

I'm a cab girl at heart (who doesn't love a California cab?!), so I selected the Cabernet Sauvignon from Robert Mondavi Private Selection. They have a full range of wine, though, including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

A great Galentine's Day just isn't complete without popcorn, and yummy bite size treats. My go-to knock-their-socks-off appetizer is bacon wrapped dates. New to the mix, are these sweet potato crostinis. They are SO good!!
Love this recipe for Sweet Potato Crostinis!
sweet potato crostinis with blue cheese, pecans, rosemary and fig spread!
Sweet Potato Crostini With Blue Cheese and Fig

1-2 sweet potatoes (sliced in thin rounds)
pecan pieces
chunk of blue cheese
fig spread

1. Preheat your oven to 400*. Slice the sweet potatoes in thin rounds (no more than 1/4 inch slices). Spray each side with coconut oil cooking spray (or drizzle with olive oil). Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 20 minutes on each side, til they are a little crispy - think of the consistency of toasted bread! Once cooked to desired consistency, remove from oven and let completely cool.

2. Warm fig spread in oven, so you have a smooth and easy spread to "dollop" with. 

3. Begin to assemble your crostinis. Start with spreading a small amount of blue cheese on each sweet potato. Then, top with a few pecan pieces, and a dollop of your warm fig spread. 

4. Finish off with rosemary, by taking your kitchen sheers and cutting the herb into small pieces over each crostini.
Sharing deets for the perfect girl's night with Robert Mondavi Private Selection
Sharing deets for the perfect girl's night with Robert Mondavi Private Selection!
I hope this post inspired you to show your girl's some Galentine's Day love! To learn more about Robert Mondavi Private Selection, you can visit their Facebook page here.

How To Wear Your Spring Dresses Now

Thank you to Tommy Bahama for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

It's hard to believe it's already February. Like really, where does the time go? But alas, here we are, and already thinking about Spring wardrobes and warmer weather. 
While there are some parts of the country that are already seeing warmer days, we still have a few cold months ahead of us here in Colorado. Still, I'm dying to spruce up my Spring wardrobe.
Today, I've teamed back up with the Blogger Nation babes and Tommy Bahama to do just that.

If you aren't quite ready to take the plunge and jump full on into Spring dresses, layering with a lightweight sweater is the way to go. Laying can be tricky, as you don't want to look like you just threw on a potato sack. A small belt is the perfect trick to accentuate your figure and avoid looking blah. 
Tommy Bahama has the perfect line up of Spring dresses and accessories. I'm dying over this cute raffia clutch, complete with tassel, and these leather sandals. The star of this show, however, is this red maxi (which comes in 5 colors!). The material is so soft and buttery, and the fabric is wrinkle-free - which makes it perfect for all day wear! The ruched siding gives body to the silhouette, while the sexy slit gives the whole piece a ton of movement. I can already tell I'm to get my pay-per-wear out of this piece all Spring, Summer and Fall.

By the way, TB is having a huge 20% off sale on all dresses. So, if you see something you like, be sure to act fast!

Belt, c/o  / Maxi, c/o / Sandals, c/o  / Sweater, c/o / Clutch, c/o


Staycationing at The Mining Exchange

Brandon and I recently had the opportunity to staycation at The Mining Exchange, here in downtown Colorado Springs. It was where we had our wedding reception, so it has always held a special place in our hearts. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we decided to make an early love day of it.
The reason we chose The Mining Exchange to host our wedding reception, is one of the reasons we still love it so much, today. The building has rich history, being built in 1902 as a stock exchange for the local mining companies. (For my history/finance buffs -it was actually one of the highest volume stock exchanges in the world.)
Brandon has always geeked out on finance history (finance was his major in college), and my first love is exposed brick, so this hotel suits both of our passions. There is plenty of exposed brick, steel art deco accents, granite, and even 17 original steel safes throughout the building. The building sat vacant for many years, but was purchased in 2012, and the mission to create the Mining Exchange hotel, began. Today, the hotel boasts all the modern day amenities, which compliment its historic charm.
We started our staycation off like any proper married couple would...binge watching HGTV and taking a nap. (Let's be honest, is there anyone whose fantasy does not involve Joanna Gaines remodeling your house?) I realize that may sound ridiculous to some of you, but to me...that's the ideal makings of a staycation. There is something to be said about just getting out of your home, and staying at a nice hotel for the night. It really allows you to decompress, which was exactly what we needed.
Tips for a good staycation:

1. Good Food - a good staycation requires good room service. (duh!) And the ability to have beignets delivered to your room from 6am-11pm is a very big bonus! The hotel food is served up by its neighboring restaurant, Springs Orleans - which has the best cajun inspired fare. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Colorado Springs, so having access to their menu at The Mining Exchange is a plus.
2. Location - I can't say enough good things about downtown Colorado Springs, and staying at The Mining Exchange allows you to be walking distance to all the action. There are tons of great restaurants, coffee shops and bars all within a quick 5-10 walk, but if you would rather drive, Uber is just an app click away.
3. Accommodations - The hotel lounge area is unparalleled in terms of comfort. In fact, we often gather with friends there to take advantage of the cozy couches and relaxed atmosphere. During our stay, we got to experience the MX Spa at the hotel for the first time. The spa is located on the basement level of the hotel and the atmosphere provides such a relaxing escape. From cozy robes, free champagne, steam shower and saunas in both the men and womes locker rooms, this place has ALL THE THINGS!! We had the most amazing couple's massages. (Like, so relaxing that I legit came home and slept 11 hours.)

The couples massage room is so romantic, and would make for the perfect surprise Valentine's Day treat for your sig oth. There's even a bath tub in the room, which you can book before your massage. #justsayin
Whether you are a local looking for a stress-free night away, or a visitor interested in staying in the heart of downtown, The Mining Exchange is the place to be!

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Drop-Waist Valentine's Day Dress

Coming off a weekend high of staycationing with my love. We celebrated Valentine's Day early, this year, with a little stay at The Mining Exchange (more on that on a later post). I will say that we got couple's massages yesterday that put me into a full on coma. Like, crashing on the couch at 7:30pm, rolling into bed at 8, then sleeping soundly til 7:30am, this morning. I know we all have different versions of what we call success, but...I think we can all agree that sleeping almost 12 hours is at the top of that list.

Not sure what your love day plans are, but this dress would work for a variety of options. I can see it working well for both work and play.

I love drop waist dresses. They feel so romantic to me.
Combine that already romantic vibe, with this burgundy and white stripe pattern, and you have the makings for one flirty Valentine's day look.
Drop Waist Dress
Drop Waist Dress
Drop Waist Dress 
Drop Waist Dress
Drop Waist Dress 
Drop Waist Dress
Drop Waist Dress
Drop Waist Dress
Drop Waist Dress

This dress is from ASOS. I could (and do) spend hours looking through their site weekly. They are always getting new stuff in, which is great for ever look-lusting eye. I particularly love their sale section, which I just scored MAJOR on. I picked up this metallic slip dress (which is over 50% off!) and this LBD (on sale for less than $20!) for an upcoming trip to Vegas. I can't wait to get them in and take them for a spin!!

I've also been stocking up on reasonably priced accessories, like fringe scarves and pom beanies (last seen here), from ASOS. They really do fit so many of my shopping needs.

Do you have any plans for Valentine's Day? I linked to this dress and the other outfit deets below.

Dress, c/o ASOS / Shoes (on sale for $40!) / Velvet Clutch