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My Outfits On Instagram

Happy Friday! I have been sharing some outfits on Instagram, that hasn't made its way over to the blog, so I wanted to do a quick roundup. Outfit deets are linked below each photo. Don't worry if the link is a different color of the item, than what I am wearing. It should take you to the right one, and usually there are just multiple color options.

I don't do these round-ups too often, so make sure you are following along on Instagram and Facebook, so you don't miss anything! I'm also making it easier than ever to shop my looks, via the link in my Instagram profile. You don't have to sign up for anything! Just follow this link in my profile, and click on the thumbnails to view product details for each photo. 










The Best Hotel in Lodo Denver

I love to travel. I consider it one of my top 3 favorite things in life. I also love a good staycation. There's something about heading away for an overnighter, that makes me unplug and escape from the real world a bit. I particularly love staying the night in Denver, because it's just a short drive from Colorado Springs, but far enough to feel like we are away from it all.

THE BEST HOTEL IN LODO DENVER: HOTEL INDIGO


We recently stayed at the Hotel Indigo in Denver, which is located in Lower Downtown (aka LoDo) Denver. It is the best hotel in LoDo Denver! It's super close to the Rockies Stadium, Union Station, the Highlands, and pretty much all the hot spots in Denver. We absolutely loved the accessibility! But what we loved even more...we could bring our dogs!
The Best Hotel in Lodo Denver by popular Colorado travel blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
It was so fun to head out for the trip, and get to bring Kygo and Bernard. We always hate to leave them behind, so this was such a treat for us. You might remember this photo I posted with my boys, all cozied up in the beds at the Hotel Indigo. (It's safe to say they loved the bed, as much as I did.) The rooms were so polished and trendy, yet completely cozy, and made me feel right at home. (I am completed obsessed with the mural above the bed!)

Besides being close to everything, the Hotel Indigo has an incredible on-site restaurant, Hearth and Dram. I was so obsessed with the masculine, mid-century meets industrial vibes. But, I was even more obsessed with the great food and yummy whiskey cocktails. (They have an insane amount of whiskeys to choose from.) Everything is cooked over a wood-fire, which gives the food such a great smokey flavor. Brandon and I split the aged rib-eye and it was to die for.
The Best Hotel in Lodo Denver by popular Colorado travel blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
The Best Hotel in Lodo Denver by popular Colorado travel blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
If you are looking for the best hotel in LoDo Denver, this is it. 

A Morning Routine That Will Set Your Day Up For Success

I am a total creature of habit. I have a full blow morning routine that I stick to each and every day. Well, every weekday, rather. For some reason, I tend to fall off on the weekends - which is funny, because I rarely sleep in. I just get a little lazy on the weekends - anyone else? Anyway, I digress..

Starting out with a daily routine is a critical part to ensuring I have a successful day, which leads me to a successful work week. If you aren't a morning person, you might wonder how having a morning routine sets one up for success.

A morning routine sets the tone for your day. So, if you start out implementing a routine that's focused around healthy habits and a healthy mind and body, you'll be more prepared to tackle the tasks that come your way, throughout your day.

I'm sharing my everyday morning routine below.
1. Lemon Water - The very first thing I do, as I'm waiting for my coffee to brew, is drink 16oz of warm water with lemon. Lemon water is so great for aiding in digestion, and flushing your body of toxins. Your liver is very active while you sleep, so drinking lemon water first thing, helps restore it. Plus, rehydrating after sleep is a crucial part to feeling refreshed and energized, in the morning, so I like to get it in first thing. 

2. Apple Cider Vinegar - After the lemon water, I drink about 4oz of cold water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. There are a number of benefits from drinking apple cider vinegar, such as immunity, weight loss and gut health. It's a struggle to get down, at first, but I promise you get used to it over time.

2. Devotional - After I have prepared my body, I try to start every morning with a devotional, to prepare my mind for the day. I usually have Jesus Calling out on my coffee table, so it's easily accessible if I am not doing a particular bible study at the time. Right now, I am doing the Stuck study, which has really opened up some good self dialogue about who I am and who I want to be.

3. Blog - I'd love to say that I meditate or do some other mindful practice to prepare my mind for the day. But, the truth is, the wee hours of the morning are often my only time to get in any blogging, so that's what you will typically find me doing. I definitely feel my freshest and most creative, first thing in the morning, so I try to write blog posts then. 

4. Exercise - I usually try to get in some sort of work out. Whether it be a spin class, a walk with the dogs, or a quick 10-20 minute Tone It Up video, it's a good way to get blood flowing. I'd love to say that I do this every morning, but time doesn't always allow it, especially if I have to write a blog post. But getting in any sort of movement, definitely helps me to wake up.

5. Make a list - I LIVE by lists. It helps me to feel less overwhelmed with my daily tasks if I can create a list, and make sure I have everything I need to accomplished that day, written down. Whether it be, following up with a client's request (in Real Estate), or picking up eggs from Trader Joe's, it's literally the only way I get things done.

6. Have breakfast - It's true. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and I never skip it! I will usually have some eggs, a smoothie or oatmeal, but I always have something. I often share my smoothie recipes over on my Instagram story, so be sure to be following along, there. 

7. Listen to a podcast - On my way to the office, I usually try to listen to some sort of motivational podcast. It helps to put me in the right state of mind to tackle my day. In case you missed it, my top 5 motivational podcasts are here

I hope you liked reading about my morning routine! Do you practice any of these tips? If not, do you plan to implement any? Do you have any of your own? Let me know in the comments below!

Spring Essentials Under $100

Spring is in the air folks! To be honest, we haven't really had much of a winter here in Colorado. It is supposed to snow tomorrow, and I'm personally hoping it dumps. We SO need the moisture so we don't get forest fires, this summer, so send some prayers and good vibes our way. Man, I tell you, this former Cali girl never thought I'd hear myself actually praying for snow, but...alas, here we are.

In the spirit of the coming spring, I have rounded up a few Spring essentials on my hot list. I've already started to collect, or intend on purchasing all of them. Let's get started.'

9 SPRING ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR WARDROBE


Spring Essentials Under $100 by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Stripe Tee - I have a serious problem with white tees. I love them all and rarely pass them up. This one is so cute for spring with the contrasting red "l'amour" applique. I totally snatched this up, and suggest you do, too, before it sells out.

White Mules - I added these to my closet a few weeks ago. They are a great Gucci knock off, and staple spring mule. Best of all, they are only $23!

Lavender Work Pant - This pastel lavender shade is such a perfect color for spring. I could see this pairing perfectly for a women's brunch, or event, or event just an everyday work pant. I especially love it with the white heels pictured above, and intend on adding both to my closet.

Jumpsuit - I ordered this on a whim. I have been loving reds and oranges, lately, and I thought this would be a fun punch of color for spring, to step away from the warmer red that has dominated the fall and winter season. It's selling out fast, so don't delay!

One Shoulder Dress - Once again, stripes win! I just love the thin blue and white stripes, and the ruffled one shoulder neckline. This is a great spring dress to add to your closet at just $45.

Button Up Thermal - If you follow a lot of influencers in Instagram, you have probably seen this button up thermal a thousand times. I finally took the plunge and ordered it. It hasn't arrived yet, but I am anxiously waiting. It's such a good piece for lounging at home or a cozy weekend vibe. I have also been told by nursing mamas that it's great for easy access. #freethenipple ;) It comes in 10 colors and is currently on sale!

Ivory Satchel - Having a major swoon fest over this bag, you guys. I mean, how pretty for Spring? It's one of my favorite brands, too. I always get compliments on these bags, and the quality is great and holds up.

White Slingbacks - I am dying for these! So feminine, and could work well for the office or with a good pair of jeans. Definitely plan on adding them to the closet.

Slide Sandal - I can't get enough of a good slide sandal. I was due for some new pairs, so I picked these up in the camel and black colors. Best of all, they are only $13!

Hope you enjoy my Spring essentials picks! Which item do you plan on picking up? Let me know what you like the most! 

Valentines Day Date Idea

If you caught all the BTS (behind the scenes) action on our stories on Instagram, this weekend, you know I had a blast with Fortitude and Finn whipping up a fun Valentines Day Date idea for you and your sig oth.
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

A CUTE VALENTINES DAY DATE IDEA

Brandon and I usually don't make a big fuss about Valentine's Day, but I still like to do something that's special, or out of the ordinary from what we typically do. And, since V-Day falls on a weeknight, this year (and I'm typically whipping up the quickest 30 minute meal I can think of), I decided it would be fun to surprise him with a homemade grilled pizza night.

Grilling pizzas can sound intimidating, but it's a super simple way to take your at-home pizza night to the next level.
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
For the pizza recipe, you really don't have to overthink it. Just start with your favorite pre-made dough (we used garlic and herb pizza dough from Trader Joe's, but Whole Foods has a great option, too). One bag of premade dough will be enough for two personal pizzas, or one big pizza. I prefer the two personal pizza options, because then I can top mine however I like. Just sayin.
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
The key trick for making grilled pizzas, is to make sure you grill one side, before topping the pizza, so that the side with the toppings isn't mushy. In other words, once you form your pizza, you'll put the one side on the grill for about 5 minutes, or until done. Then, take the pizza off and put your toppings on the grilled size, before putting the dough side back on the grill, for about another five minutes.
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Valentines Day Date Idea by popular Colorado lifestyle blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Heart Elbow Sweater here.

Be sure to head over to Fortitude and Finn to see more photos from our Valentines Day Date. ;) I've also included the recipe for our exact pizzas below. 

1 portion of Garlic + Herb Pizza Dough from Trader Joes (any premade will do)
1 package of Prosciutto
1 small Package of Crimini Mushrooms
EVOO
Asiago Rosemary Cheese (we bought a block and grated the portion at home)
Shaved Reggiano + Parm (we used Whole Foods)
Optional *Cream Fraiche (this was on Karen's pizza, but I had concerns, so I passed)

Assembly:

Grease the grill, and heat on medium-high.

For two pizzas, cut the dough in half. Sprinkle flour on your surface area, so the dough doesn't stick. Roll out your dough using your hands or a roller. (If you have pizza tossing skills, you can totally toss that sucker!) When needed, it's helpful to hold the dough up (see 1st pic) so that it droops a little, then roll out until you get the desired pizza shape/thickness. 

Place pizzas on grill, and close lid. Grill for 5 minutes, or until desired.

Remove pizzas from grill. Drizzle EVOO on the grilled side. Top with cheese, prosciutto, and mushrooms. *take a swig of your wine* Put pizzas back on grill for 5 minutes, or til done.

Bon Appetit! 


Red Stiletto Booties

Anyone else still recovering from the amazing halftime show by Justin Timberlake?! I mean...I die. Still upset that *NSYNC didn't come out, but leave it to JT to bring out a dead person as his guest of honor. I didn't even think about the significance of Minneapolis being Prince's home, until some Prince fans pointed that out to me. Pretty cool, though! 

Now, on to the second most important thing that happened yesterday....the "This is Us" episode, we've all been waiting for. I took a poll on Instagram yesterday, and it seemed like most of you were going to wait and Hulu it today. I knew I would have to live in a media free bubble today, if I did that, so I made sure to get home and watch it last night. I obviously won't give away any deets, for those that haven't watched, but...I'll just say that I cried 3 times. 

Ok, ok, now onto the red stiletto booties. You guys may have seen this trend pop up last fall. I'm always reluctant to spent much on trends though, so I never took the plunge. I recently found these red stiletto booties for $38, and immediately bought them. I mean, you can't beat the price! 
Red Stiletto Booties  by popular Denver fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Red Stiletto Booties  by popular Denver fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love 
Red Stiletto Booties  by popular Denver fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Red Stiletto Booties  by popular Denver fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Red Stiletto Booties  by popular Denver fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Red Stiletto Booties  by popular Denver fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Red Stiletto Booties  by popular Denver fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Red Stiletto Booties  by popular Denver fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
As I mentioned on my Instagram story yesterday, these stiletto booties fit TTS (true to size), however, they aren't super fitted around the ankle, on me. It did surprise me a little when I tried them on, so I wanted to give you a heads up. I decided, for the price, these stiletto booties were worth it, so I kept them, and you can't even tell when you pair them under Levi's, like I did here. 

Speaking of Levi's, I'm still a huge fan of these. I definitely plan on adding a few new pairs of Levi's styles to my closet. I have my eye on these, next. 

Well, that's all for today folks. It's Monday morning and I got to go get ready for the work week! Do you have red booties in your closet? Are you planning on adding some? Let me know in the comments below!

RED STILETTO BOOTIES OUTFIT DETAILS:


Levis / Red Booties / Burberry Bag / Sweater (sold out) - love this 






Kauai Travel Guide

It's been a few weeks since I shared my Maui Travel Guide with you, where I promised I'd have my Kauai travel tips with you shortly after. Two weeks later, I'm finally sitting down to write the post. (Oopsie!) 

KAUAI TRAVEL GUIDE: MY RECOMMENDATIONS

As much as I loved Maui,  it didn't hold a candle to Kauai. I have never seen anything like it. 70% of the island is not accessible by foot, which translates to incomparable, undisturbed beauty. They call Kauai the "Garden Island" because it's so green and lush. It's where they filmed Jurassic Park - if you remember how beautiful that was.
Kauai Travel Guide by popular Colorado travel blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
To see the 70% of the island that you can't access, it's essential to travel by air. If you are planning a trip, you MUST factor a helicopter trip into your budget. It was the most incredible things I have ever experienced. (And yes, as I said on my Instagram, it was so beautiful that I cried!) We used Jack Harter Helicopter Tours. We chose this one because it's open doored, which allows you to see more clearly. It's pretty pricey to do (I think it was $250-$300 per person) but honestly, 1000% worth it. I can't stress this enough. Here are a couple snaps below, that don't really do it justice, but give you the idea. Sorry they are blurry - it was super hard to get a good shot, as you have to put your phone inside a plastic case that hangs from your neck, so it compromised the image quality.

Kauai Travel Guide by popular Colorado travel blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

KAUAI TRAVEL GUIDE: STATE PARKS

There are three state parks you must visit in Kauai.

Waimea Canyon - aka the Grand Canyon of the Pacific is as grand as it is beautiful. You can take the main road into this park, and stop at many lookout locations to enjoy the vast canyon views and diverse colors. There are also plenty of hikes you could embark on, to get a locals view on the canyon.

Koke'e State Park - If you continue on the road, just north of Waimea canyon, Koke's State Park. This would be the perfect spot to camp or start your hike at, as there are 7 major hiking trails from here.

Napali Coast - The Napali Coast is only accessible via boat or air, which is why you must absolutely splurge on the helicopter tour. The water is as blue as kool-aid, and the cliffsides are deep red and green. You could also hike through this lush coastline, but the best vantage point is from the air.
Kauai Travel Guide by popular Colorado travel blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

KAUAI TRAVEL GUIDE: ADVENTURES

Aside from visiting state parks, there are many other adventures you can enjoy on the island. We rented kayaks one day, and kayaked to the "Secret Waterfall". (Spoiler alert - it's not so secret.) I highly recommend this excursion, as the landscape is so diverse! Plan for an all day trip for this, as it takes quite a while to kayak to and from the trailhead. Once you get to the trailhead, it's about a mile to the waterfall. It's an easy hike, but when we went, it was extremely muddy. I ended up taking off my shoes and walking barefoot, because it was so bad. It's an absolutely beautiful hike though, and every corner you turn is different than the last.
Kauai Travel Guide by popular Colorado travel blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
We only spent 2.5 days on the island, so that's all we really got to do. I hope to go back one day, and explore more of the island. Have you ever been to Kauai? What was a must-do on your list? Did I miss anything in this Kauai travel guide? Let me know in the comments below!