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Girl's Getaway at Garden of the Gods Club

Guys - I feel like I have been going nonstop lately! I just came off of a long weekend in California with friends and family - and it was a complete whirlwind! I'm currently reminiscing about my laid back weekend at the Garden of the Gods Club with my girls, and wishing I could book another stay there! Talk about ultimate relaxation!

 As you might remember from following along on Instagram, I recently stayed at the Garden of the Gods Club here in Colorado Springs with my Denver blogger babes Abby of Denver Darling and Lacey of My Boring Closet. I have been to the club before, as my FIL is a member there and two of my best friends even married there last summer. It's an unbelievable sight to see, with the panoramic views of Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and the famous Kissing Camels (named so, as the two rock formations that look like camels, appear to be kissing.) Truly incomparable views!
I'm a huge fan of staycations, but unlike others, this one really felt like I was transported away from home. Everything you need is at your fingertips at the resort. The King Club Suites were equipped with private shower/toilet area, large vanity and breakfast bar with fridge, huge walk-in closet, sofa, desk area and even a gas fireplace. All this, while overlooking the most incomparable views!
Being a Cali girl, my happiest moments are spent around water, so I decided to start my stay early out by the amazing pool. You remember these views? Honestly, I could have laid there all weekend and been perfectly content. Brandon and I already have plans to go back and make a date weekend out of having out by the amazing infinity pool.

That evening, the resort arranged for a dinner for us girls at the Grand View Dining Room. (And yes, you guessed it - the views ARE grand!) The tasting menu was definitely the way to go, as it came with 3 courses, each paired with wine. I recall it being a really great price for what you got, as well.

The next morning, us girls ordered in room service before heading out for our spa treatments. (You have got to try the grapefruit creme brûlée off the breakfast menu!!) We were spoiled with 60 minutes massages, and luxurious pedicures. I'm reluctant to say it was the best massage of my life, (only because I say that EVERY time I have a massage!) but I can say with certainty it was the best pedicure I've ever had. I never knew it could be that good! After our treatments, we relaxed in the incredible Himalayan salt room - the benefits of himalayan salt are incredible, so it was really cool to have an entire room to relax and detox in.
We finished off our trip on Monday morning like any girl wants to after a weekend of eating and drinking - by getting our body fat counts. HA! I kid, because I was actually really looking forward to it. I have been working out REALLY hard lately, and eating more protein and even more calories, trying to fuel my body to see the results I desire. I loved the idea of getting my body composition results, so I could tell if I am headed on the right track or not. The Garden of the Gods Health and Wellness Center is home to what's considered the gold standard of body composition measurement devises - the BodPod. The BodPod is used by the Olympic Center and even the military to test athletes and soldiers, so you know it has to be good. 

You basically get inside this pod, and once the door shuts, it all begins to pressurize. It's super comfortable, and the only feeling it really puts off is similar to how you feel when you change altitude rapidly. Within minutes, I was told what my body percentage of fat was, and what my body percentage of muscle was (I liked that number better). I also found out what my metabolic heart rate was - something I always wanted to know! The doctor hit the nail on the head telling me that he guessed I did a lot of cardio (more on my workout routine here) and recommended I incorporate more weight training to see the results I desire. This was so encouraging to hear, as I had already been taking steps in this direction! 
Whether you are a local looking for a true staycation that transports you to another world, or a traveler looking for the ultimate getaway, I highly recommend Garden of the Gods Club. As a bonus to EPWL readers, GOGC is offering a special booking code. At checkout, you can use the code Escape50 to receive a $50 resort credit, per night, to be used as you desire! This fee could cover everything from spa and golf to even dining. Pretty cool right? 

Best Products For Curly Hair In A Dry Climate

I get a lot of questions about my hair. 1. What products are best for curly hair? 2. How do you keep you hair looking so healthy in such a dry climate? 3. You're naturally brunette, so how do you keep your hair looking so shiny with all the blonde in it?

It's  honestly taken me years to master my hair routine. As you know, I have naturally curly hair, and pretty much fought it my entire life, by trying to wear it stick straight. I know now what a blessing it is to be able to wear it both curly and straight, but that lesson was a hard one to overcome! (Curly haired girls, you with me?!) Everyone's hair is different, and I only know what works for mine, so that's what this post with focus on - the best products for a curly haired girl in a dry climate.
Best Products For Naturally Curly Hair In A Dry Climate
How To Style Naturally Curly Hair
Photos by Elan Photographie Studio

 DevaCurl NoPoo (last seen here) - This NoPoo (shampoo) is life changing. It's a cleansing product that doesn't dry out your hair. My curly haired girls know how harsh regular shampoo can be on your hair, and this was designed with that notion in mind. It doesn't have any of the harsh chemicals that usually add to dryness, so you can cleanse your hair worry free. The entire DevaCurl line is fabulous for girls with curly hair. Some other favorites of mine are the DevaCurl Conditioner, Coconut Curl Styler Cream and  Ultra Define Gel.

For a more budget friendly option, I alternate DevaCurl products with the following:

Loreal EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo and Loreal EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner are two shampoo and conditioning treatments I have been using lately, and love! And, this is not a harsh/drying shampoo. It actually nourishes my hair, and the combination leave my hair looking super shiny and feeling extra soft. At about $7.99 a bottle, it's a steal.

For curly haired days, my hair needs extra moisture to define my curls and ban frizz. I start by locking in the moisture with SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk. Then, I spritz a healthy amount of sea salt spray on my locks, alternating between using either Paul Mitchell's Awapuhi Sea Salt Texturizing Spray or Not Your Mother's Sea Salt Texturizing Spray (using whichever product I have on hand). I finish off with a styling mousse or gel for added definition. Lately I've been loving R+Co Chiffon Styling Mousse. I work all the product into my hair and then finish off with a light blow-dry. (I actually use an old blow dryer on curly hair days, because my new one that I use for blow-outs is too powerful and will cause frizz!)

For straight hair days, my routine is pretty minimal. I still use the same shampoo and conditioning treatments. However, I usually go several days without shampooing my hair. Like, as many days as possible! (I usually go anywhere between 3-5, but have been known to go a whole week sometimes, depending on how good my blowout is and level of activity that week.) I typically use a healthy amount of dry shampoo, to combat extra oil during non-wash days. I love this budget friendly version, by Batiste. If you are looking to splurge on a product, I can't get enough of Dry Bar's Dry Shampoo and Dry Conditioner. I know what you're thinking, Dry Conditioner? Trust me, if you go several days in between washes, this is complete magic on dry ends! I do believe that going several days between washes is what allows my locks to stay so healthy and naturally hydrated. A good dry shampoo and conditioner regimen, help to add longevity too.

Beside that my hair routine is pretty minimal. For days when I need a little extra love, I will do a hair mask. I love this one by Briogeo. It's a little pricey, but worth every penny, if you ask me.

Are you a curly haired babe? Have you mastered how to manage your mane? I'd love to hear your tips in the comments below!

Shampoo + Conditioners:

Styling Products:


Gingham Top

This year, it's all about the statement sleeve - as I am sure you have seen on just about everyone, these days! It's one of the season's hottest trends, and can you blame it? they are so cute! I fell in love with this gingham top with statement sleeves recently, and knew I had to have it. 
Boyfriend jeans were all the rage a few years ago, but they are still in, if you ask me. I love the relaxed boyfriend style cut, especially when paired with cute sandals, like my favorite heels. 

I know I have been promising you all hair tips for a few weeks, and this is the week! I'll have everything up in a few days, so if you have any specific questions for me, make sure to get them in below!

Top, c/o Chicwish / Jeans (old) - similar below / Shoes / Sunnies


Spring Wedding Guest

Wedding season is here, and it's time to decide, once again, what to wear to a Spring wedding. A lot of you have inquired about this before, and for good reason. It's a tricky topic. 

When it comes to dressing for a Spring wedding, I really default to two rules. 1. Never, EVER, wear white. (I don't care how many people are doing it now, I still think it's totally taboo.) 2. Don't outshine the bride. -This is her day girl, and the only heads that should be turning, should be looking her direction! (For the record, these rules also apply to any wedding, in my book.)

With so many great dress options at Boohoo, finding a piece that fit both of my criteria for "what to wear to a wedding" was easy. 
Spring Wedding Guest Dress
This dress is perfect for a spring wedding!
Nude clutch. Get the YSL look for less!
The perfect spring wedding guest dress!!
ruffle trim peeptoe heels

Other questions I've been asked about the topic:

Is it ok to wear something low-cut? I think so. As long as it's tasteful, that is. For me, since I have been a long standing member of the itty bitty titty committee, I am super comfortable wearing dresses that plunge down to my navel. (Décolletage dresses are my fave right now!) Although, I don't think down-to-your-navel necklines are appropriate for weddings, a little tasteful side boob never hurt anyone. But, if you have breasts comparable to Pam Anderson in her prime...I would keep those babies tucked away. Today is not the day to show them off, honey.

How do I know if there is a dress code? (Black Tie, Casual, etc.) Read the invitation! The invitation will more than likely specifiy if there are certain expectations on what guests wear. If nothing is spelled out, it's safe to assume there is no set standard. However, you can also get a good feel for the tone of the wedding by examining the style of the invitation, as well as the location of the wedding.

Boohoo did a great job of rounding up a ton of wedding guest dresses on their website, and you can check out their list here. I opted for this gray floral number, because it's both subtle and sexy, at the same time. I also highly recommend wearing shoes that you feel comfortable being in for a length of time - and even dancing in! You are going to be at the wedding for at least 4-5 hours, so treat your feet, and consider an option such as these ruffle trim peeptoe sandals that have a chunky heel. 

Dress, c/o Boohoo / Shoes, c/o Boohoo / Bag, c/o Boohoo 


The Only Phone For The Girl On The Go

I'm not quite sure when I became the quintessential girl on the go, but it's a title that perfectly describes me. It's like one day I just woke up and started to adult. And guys...I adult so hard! 

I'm often running from point A to B with only enough time to eat a protein bar. And if it isn't in my calendar, it doesn't exist. 

I have many day-to-day essentials that get me by, but the one that I absolutely could not live without is my phone. Whether it be email, Instagram or client calls, I could not function without my mobile device. Beyond wanting a sleek and stylish phone, having good coverage is essential. There is nothing worse than waiting for a site to load (the longest minutes of my life!), or having a call dropped!  

When it comes to phone companies, you shouldn't have to compromise great service while trying to stay on budget. That's why I love AT&T GoPhone. You simply choose an affordable monthly plan that's right for you, all while being a part of one of the most highly rated phone companies. And you can even say $5 every month when you sign up for AutoPay!
Girl on the go
AT&T GoPhone for the girl on the go
Girl on the go essentials
AT&T GoPhone for the busy girl
girl-on-the-go essentials
essentials for the girl on the go

I got my first AT&T cell phone at 13, and have loved the company ever since. When I think about all the times I went over my plan, at that age, and got in trouble with my mom, it makes me think of how perfect AT&T GoPhone would be for teens. There is no annual contract, so you can choose the AT&T GoPhone plan that fits your needs. And since you're not locked into a contract, you can change your plan whenever. 

If you have a concern about data, you can get on the UNLIMITED data, talk and text for just $60/month with AutoPay (which saves you $5 a month if you sign up). Plus you can use this plan in Mexico and Canada, too. You read that right. You can get an unlimited data plan for $60 a month, so no need to stop scrolling through your Instagram feed, girl. Oh, and by the way, you can use GoPhone on all the popular brands, including iPhone, Samsung and LG. 

Honestly, at this point in my adulting life, I'm all about anything that makes my life easy and stress free. Not having to stress about going over my budget, gives me some much needed peace of mind. Plus, it also saves some extra money for my clothes fund. ;)

If you want to learn more about AT&T GoPhone, you can visit the AT&T GoPhone booth at the Denver Cinco de Mayo event May 6th-May 7th.

This post is brought to you by AT&T.

The Gifts Your Mom Really Wants For Mother's Day

I'm not quite sure how Mother's Day is just 12 days away (where does the time go?!), but it's time for us to talk about the gifts your mom really wants for Mother's Day. 

Every year it comes around, and every year I struggle with the same question - what to get my mom for Mother's Day. This year was easy. My mom and dad recently moved into a new home. They wanted to downsize, move into something that was more main level living, and found themselves a cozy cottage tucked away in the woods. 

I was their Realtor, and let me tell you...that was the most stressful deal of my life! I take all my client's deals super seriously, but when it's your, it's intense! I was SO emotionally involved and dealt with some really lackadaisical people on the other end, which made it even more challenging. At the end of the day though, it all worked out though, (even though I had to fight tooth and nail to get stuff done!)

The great thing about the home they bought is that is was totally remodeled, however, there is a large portion of the home that has tile flooring -- and if you have ever had tile flooring in the mountains, you know how cold that can be on your feet! I kept telling my mom she is always going to have to wear slippers, which led me to the perfect Mother's Day gift...slippers! And not just any slippers, UGG slippers. (Spoiler alert to my mom who is probably reading this, right now.)
Mother's Day Gift Ideas 2017

My parents have never really treated themselves in the clothing department. (Seriously, I don't know where I get that from, because it's not them.) Over Christmas, I treated my dad to a pair, and I decided this was the perfect time to up my mama's shoe game. 

Amara reached out to me just in time to snag the perfect Mother's Day gift. Not only do they have a wide selection of Ugg slippers and robes, but they have a ton of other gifts I know my mom would love, and I have rounded them up below.  They've done the hard work and handcrafted a Mother's Day Gift Guide with some amazing options! I linked to some of my faves below.


Easy Weekend Style

Guys, it's supposed to snow tomorrow and I don't even know what to do with my life. Shorts one day, snow another - Colorado, you so crazy! Let's pretend that it's going to be nice though, and that I can wear this new shirt dress

When it comes to easy weekend style, this is your piece. The only question you really need to ask yourself is which color should I buy? (Because believe me, I went back and forth about this.) It comes in 4 neutral hues: black, gray, navy and green. I appreciate how fitted this one is, versus some others I've seen that can tend to look like you're just wearing a potato sack. 
Summer casual done right! Striped shirt dress and cute cross body!
Love this striped shirt dress and crossbody together!
Love this look for summer!
Such a great shirt dress for summer!
Love this fitted striped shirt dress!
Crossbody and Shirt Dress with Sandals
Shirt Dress and Crossbody
Green Shirt Dress with Camel Crossbody
Striped Shirt Dress With Crossbody Bag
So, I've been brainstorming new topics lately, and am curious if there are any specific things you want me to talk about about the blog. I recently had a request for hair tips, so that will be coming soon. I love hearing your feedback and it means so much to me when you give me your input and requests for what you want to see on this space, so keep that coming! If you missed my post yesterday about why your blog matters more than Instagram, you definitely want to check it out.

Happy Friday!

Dress / Sandals / Bag (old) - love / Sunnies