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Check Skirt

Happy FriYAY! This week has flown by! I mean, how are we even almost at the end of January, really? It's crazy! I'm really hoping to sit down and get some blog work and goal setting down this weekend. I'm a big list/goal setter. Anyone else? I'm thinking of doing a blog post soon on how to set and achieve goals. Is that something you would be interested in? By the way, did you get out my last post on the top 5 motivational podcasts I listen to. It's a must read for the boss babe!

I'm currently having a moment with the check skirt trend, guys. I mean, how cute? I can tend to get stuck in a bit of a pant rut in the winter months, only reaching for jeans, leggings and ponte pants. It's just too easy to throw on with a cozy sweater. Enter this check skirt though...still so easy to pair with cozy sweaters, but adds a sassy and stylish touch - especially when paired with tights. Speaking of tights, if you are in the market for a new pair, I can't recommend these enough. They are super opague and don't show through on the leg at all. They are currently on sale for $20 and buy one get one free after that. Definitely going to be taking advantage of this sale and stocking up, as tights are such an easy thing to get ruined, and it's always good to have extras on hand.

Product deets are linked below. Hope you have a great weekend!
Check Skirt by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Check Skirt by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Check Skirt by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Check Skirt by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Sweater (on sale for $35!) / Skirt / Tights (a slightly less opaque version here, too) / Purse (old) / Booties

5 Motivational Podcasts You Should Be Listening To And Why

5 Motivational Podcasts You Should Be Listening To And Why by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
I am a total podcast queen. I listen to at least one every single day. There are plenty of podcasts out there, but I personally prefer motivational podcasts in the self-help arena. I guess that should come as no surprise, because that's really the only type of books I like to read, as well. I have listened to all kinds of motivational podcasts, and sometimes listen to a few different ones here and there but these 5 are my go-to's that I am constantly coning back to, which is why they made the cut.

Here are my top 5 motivational podcasts you should be listening to and why:

1. The Tim Ferris Show - You might be familiar with Tim Ferris from his books, The 4-Hour Work Week, and most recently, Tools of Titans. If you aren't familiar with Tim, he is basically a bonafide hustler (in the best kind of way). The man is truly living his best life, and showing us all his tricks to live ours, too. He interviews everyone from motivational speakers like Tony Robbins, to extreme athletes like Wim Hof. I'm continuously fascinated by his guests, and always learn something new or productive.

2. On Being with Krista Tippet - If there was one podcast I had to choose from this list, to listen to over and over again - this is it. In fact, I do. I listen to On Being every single night when I go to bed. (And usually have to listen to an episode 5 times before I've heard it all, because I fall asleep!) Krista Tippet interviews guests from all different kinds of political, religious, scientific and socioeconomic backgrounds. The theories discussed in On Being are thought provoking and meaningful. I can't recommend this one enough!

3. The Influencer Podcast with Julie Soloman - Blogger babes...this one's for you! Julie not only shares her best tips and tricks for succeeding in the influencer arena, but she also brings in a diverse group of guests to provide valuable tools, as well. Everytime I listen to her I find myself re-strategizing or rethinking my blog business plan, or at the very least, I am inspired to get out of my comfort zone and try something new to see where it leads.

4. Goal Digger with Jenna Kutcher - Jenna is a super successful photographer turned influencer, that has managed to leverage a multiple 6 figure income, based off her influence. She is super insightful and always shares her best tips for success.

5. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes - Similar to Tim Ferris, Lewis Howes either shares his personal tips for living your best life, or interviews guests that share theirs. (This recent one about boundaries is a MUST listen. Check it out here.) I typically get really inspired by his podcasts, and listen to them in the morning, to set the tone for my day.

Like I said, I listen to many other podcasts, but these are my go-to motivational podcasts. You can listen to all of these in the podcast app on your iPhone, or just do a google search to find them directly on each person's website. Do you listen to any of these? If not, which podcasts do you listen to and why? I would love to learn about some new ones from you!

A Free People Sweater Dress Weather

Morning guys! Did you have a good weekend? Ours was pretty busy, but I managed to take down my Christmas tree finally, so that's a win! Does anyone else leave their tree up that long? I think I'm still trying to figure out the right time to take it down. Last year, I took it down the 2nd weekend of January (same as now), but this year, I think I would have liked to have it down the 1st weekend of January. What do you do?

I recently picked up this fabulous Free People sweater dress and I am completely obsessed with it! I had my eye on it for a while, but waited til it went on sale to snag it. And, I have even better news. It's on even more of a sale right now! You can currently pick this sweater dress up for just $41 (normally $128!). This Free People sweater dress fits true to size, and even comes in a different color pattern.

I absolutely love sweater dresses for winter. They are like the equivalent of a summer romper. They always look chic, and are easy to throw on without a second thought. I've been stocking up on them like crazy lately, and have even been getting them on major sales! If you aren't following along on Instagram, you definitely should be, because I always share deal alerts in my stories.
A Free People Sweater Dress Weather by popular Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
A Free People Sweater Dress Weather by popular Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
A Free People Sweater Dress Weather by popular Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
A Free People Sweater Dress Weather by popular Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
By the way, did check out my Maui Travel Guide? You definitely don't want to miss it if you are planning a trip in the future.

Happy Monday!

Free People Sweater Dress (Only $41 today!) / Boots (40% off) / Bag (old) / Sunnies

Awesome Things To Do In Maui

I know it's been a minute since our trip to Maui, but I am finally getting around to writing my travel guides! It was my first trip to Maui, and we pretty much did all the things! I'm covering a lot of ground, so let's get started! Here are my recommendations for the best things to do in Maui!
Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

Things to Do in Maui - Places To Visit: 

Road To Hana - Everyone will tell you that you have to do the road to Hana, and they are right! What they won't tell you, is that it will literally be an all day trip - so be prepared! I was warned to take dramamine before the drive, because it's pretty windy, and I get car sick. I was actually totally fine and didn't need it. We didn't go very fast the whole drive, so perhaps that's why. But, if you get car sick, it wouldn't hurt to come prepared. Better safe then sorry!

There are plenty of places to stop along the way, on the Road to Hana, so make sure to bring hiking shoes along. Our first stop was at Twin Falls, located at mile marker 2. (You don't need tennis shoes for this walk.) There are two waterfalls you can go to, and they make for a pretty sweet photo-op spot. Just up the road, the Bamboo Forest is the perfect spot for a good hike. It gets pretty busy, so get there early to beat the rush. You may choose to just do that hike one day, and then continue up the Road to Hana another, because, like I said, the Road to Hana is an all day thing. Along the drive to the Road to Hana, there are plenty of other little waterfalls you can stop at. We stumbled about the stunning painted trees of Maui, and they are unreal! It really looks like someone painted them, or that they should feel like plastic, but they are just normal trees that reveal different colors, as the bark peels away.
Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
There are few food stops along the Road to Hana, so you may want to bring along some snacks. There will be a stop for banana bread, though. And, if you get there before they sell out, you may be able to snag some authentic Hawaiian BBQ, alongside the road. (We got there just as they were selling out, so we shared a plate and it was delicious!) Don't worry though, if they are all sold out, Hana is just a short drive from there, and they have a few restaurants to choose from.

Red Sand Beach  - When you get to Hana, you must visit the Red Sand Beach! It was one of the prettiest sights I have ever seen! It's tucked away in a little cove, so you have to take a short hike to it. To get there, park at the end of Uakea Rd. Hana Ball Park and Hana School will be on your left, and the community center will be straight ahead. There are yellow gates and a big grassy area to the right of the community center. Head that way til you find a trail opening, and then head left toward the ocean. Keep following the trail around until you get to the cove. The red sand beach is pictured below. This is really what it looks like! The sand is red and blackish, and the water looks as blue as kool-aid.

Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve - This lava field is located along the southwest coast, and goes for miles! It's supposed to be a great spot for snorkeling, so bring your gear, if that's your thing.

Haleakala National Park - The Haleakala crater is the tallest peak on the island. It's a great place to check out the sunset or sunrise. When we went, it was very cloudy, so we didn't get to see the detail, but I was told it is usually beautiful and majestic.

Things to Do in Maui - Places To Stay:

Wailea Beach - We stayed in Wailea Beach, and it was beautiful! So many beautiful beaches, and resorts. Great snorkeling, plenty of restaurants. Specifically, we stayed in the Wailea Elua Villages. They are condos, available for vacation rentals. The condos are the perfect size for large families, and we loved staying there. Right next door, the Wailea Beach Marriott offers a super chic and modern vibe. If it were just Brandon and I, we probably would have stayed here. There are so many great options in Wailea, though. It's really a great place to stay in!
Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Paia - This is the cutest little town! Lots of fun restaurants and shopping can be done here. It's close to the entrance to the Road to Hana, so you may want to have breakfast here before you head out. 

Lahaina - Lahaina is one of the bigger towns on the island. There is a harbor there, making it a big hub. There's plenty of restaurants and shopping, if you want to spend some time there. Although, it's probably a little too populated for my taste, in terms of places to stay. There is an incredible Banyan Tree, that sweeps an acre of ground in the town center, and they often hold music and arts fairs there.

Things to Do in Maui - Places To Eat:

We ate at many good restaurants, and you pretty much can't go wrong with ordering fish on the island, but there were just a few that made my list of noteworthy mentions. 

Mama's Fish House - This fine dining experience is located just a short drive from the airport, on the North shore, outside of Paia. The grounds leading to the restaurant are absolutely stunning - the perfect place for a photo op! Although it's considered fine dining, it's still pretty casual in dress (remember, you're on an island!). 

South Maui Fish Co - This was a complete gem of a find. It's a little food truck located in Kihea. They catch fresh fish and poke everyday, and it's out of this world delicious. We tried just about everything on the menu, and it was one of my favorites meals on the trip.
Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
We had such an amazing time during the 5 days we spent in Maui. After that, we headed over to Kauai for a few a days. I'll be sharing that recap over on the blog next week, so be sure to check back then.

Have you ever been to this fantastic island? If so, what were some of your favorite memories or things to do in Maui?

The Best Sweaters Under $50

I love sweaters. I buy a lot of them - probably more than I should admit. I just can't help it. They make me feel cozy and cute and each of them have their own unique flair, that makes them all worth buying. Plus, when you live in a climate that's pretty much cold 8 months out of the year, they make sense. I hardly spend any money on my summer wardrobe anymore, but I will always indulge in sweaters. 

I also really love that there are so many great online retailers that have great, affordable selections. Take this one I'm wearing from H&M, for example. I paid $35 for it, which is a steal. The quality is amazing, too! Unfortunately, it's almost sold out, but I linked to a ton of the best sweaters under $50, below.
The Best Sweaters Under $50 by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
The Best Sweaters Under $50 by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
The Best Sweaters Under $50 by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
While I always try to find budget friendly sweaters, I am more willing to splurge on a good pair of designer jeans. I feel like everytime I go cheap with my jean purchases, I end up being disappointed. Jeans are worth splurging on because they will last forever (I have had these ones by J Brand for over 3 years!) and you can constantly mix and match them with different tops and sweaters. I recently thought I lost these jeans and just about died! They are sold out, but they are available in a crop version (here) and I recently purchased these non-holey jeans (here). FYI, the fit on the non-holey version is different than these, even though they have the same name. They are a little more stretchy in the legs. That was a little unexpected for me to find out, for sure, but I still like them and they work well for situations where holey jeans are not appropriate (i.e. work).

Shop the best sweaters under $50 below!

The Best Teddy Bear Coats Under $100

Well, we are two days into the New Year and I'm still sick. I'm telling you, this cold is no joke! I swear, all I have wanted to do for the past week is be cozied up at home. It's like forced relaxation, really, so I can't really complain. It's been a nice reprieve from my usual go, go, go - and a good lead into my intention for the year (read that post here).

While there are some trends that I personally think could stay in 2017 (I'm looking at you, all the weird eyebrow trends), I fell in love with the teddy bear coats trend. I really think they should have called this the goldendoodle coat though, because I swear when I look at Kygo's hair, there is no difference between it and this coat. (And, I think he low-key wants to marry me when I put it on. Just sayin'.) Whatever you want to call them, these fuzzy shearling teddy bear coats are a hit.
The Best Teddy Bear Coats Under $100 by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
The Best Teddy Bear Coats Under $100 by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Teddy bear coats can come in all shapes, colors and styles. I've rounded up the best teddy bear coats under $100 below. I'm also loving these Levi's 501s. They are a classic jean that has made a big comeback, and I finally snatched them up. There's a lot of debate on the reviews as to sizing, but for me, these teddy bear coats ran true to size. Also new to my closet are these Kelsi Dagger mules. They (and everything else at KD) are currently 40% off until the 5th, with code KDB2017.

Coat via VICI / JeansMules (40% off!) 

The Best Teddy Bear Coats Under $100 

2017 in Review + My Word For 2018

As I sit down to write this post, I can't help but feel overwhelmed. You see, when I sat down to write a similar post 365 days ago, my view was quite different. (You can read that post here.) 2016 completely sucked and I so desperately needed 2017 to be good. And, you know was! I'd venture to say 2017 was my favorite year, ever. That's not to say that 2017 hasn't been hard. I have been through a lot of REALLY hard things this year (like this), but even the hard things have had such beauty in them. I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for this past year and where it's all brought me, today.
In 2017, I made an amazing new friend (you know who you are), my relationships deepened with my "old" ones (you know who you ALL are), and my marriage blossomed to new depths. I got to share quality time with a family member, that was so needed and will be forever cherished. I had my best year professionally, with the blog and in Real Estate. I took my fitness goals to new heights, and somehow found a rhythm with the whole work/life balance (mostly, anyway). I let go of some things that were not good for me to hold onto, and I have opened my heart more to the things that are.

My word for last year was "joy" and then it quickly switched to "present", which was a recurring reminder to me throughout the year to just BE. Don't think of the past, don't worry about the future, don't miss out on the precious moments right where you are. Just be present. And, I was. Not always, but I always worked at it. And I think the work paid off. By being present, I was able to find JOY, once again. And it overwhelms me.

As we enter the New Year, I've been contemplating my "word". Do you set a word for the year? If you don't it's just basically setting an intention for the next year. Your word serves as a focal point for you to reflect on through the year. It's a super simple trick that can have a meaningful impact. It's always fun for me to look back on my word, and see how it's played out throughout my year.

This past week has been so restful, because work has been slower due to the holidays, and I haven't had anything on my social calendar. I have LOVED it. The word "rest" comes to mind, as an intention for the new year, but I don't think it fully encompasses what I hope for. (And, I know damn well that I can never really rest for too long without going crazy!) A more appropriate word for the year feels like, "center".

Despite all the goodness of 2017, I honestly spent the majority of it feeling stressed and scattered. I hardly did any yoga at all, and when I took a class around Thanksgiving, I realized how much I had been missing it. It makes me feel centered. Being at home more nights than I am gone through the week, makes me feel centered. Having a clean and organized home makes me feel centered. Having healthy relationships makes me feel centered. To "center" myself, is a reminder to come home to myself and my deepest desires, throughout this next year. 

Do you set a word for the year? If not, are you going to start? If you answered yes, what was your word for 2017 and how did it unfold throughout your year? Let me know what your word for 2018 is too, and why!

Happy New Year, friends!

Sweater (old) - super similar / Jeans (old) - similar / Boots (on sale for 60% off!)