Looks like a watch, acts like a smartwatch

Looks like a watch, acts like a smartwatch

Our world revolves around being connected all of the time, checking our emails, checking our missed calls and in recent time checking how many steps we’ve taken and making sure we get 10,000 steps a day. As much as I love wearing my apple watch, sometimes I feel too connected. I was excited when I was introduced to the Fossil Q Hybrid Smartwatch, I felt a sense of connection but still living in real time. The Fossil smartwatch still looks like a normal watch but has the capabilities that the apple watch without feeling overly connected.

Leggings | Boots (sold out, similar here and here) | Sweater | Fossil Watch | Fossil Bag

The Fossil smartwatch tracks both activity (steps, calories, distance) and sleep (awake, light and restful). It also allows you to track progress towards a person goal like drinking water or exercising. It’s best suited to track steps when walking, running or doing similar activities throughout the day. It also allows you to receive notifications for social media, text, email and any other important alerts you wish to receive. You receive a gentle buzz through Bluetooth technology when a notification or alert arrives.

I chose a neutral band for my Q Accomplice but I love that I can interchange my band with all 16mm watch straps allowing me to dress it up to go out or down to exercise. I was hesitant on whether to share with you this next event in my life but in light of being transparent with you and since you follow me, I gave it enough thought to share with you something I have decided to take on these next six months. About 3 weeks ago, I decided that I would compete in a bikini competition by end of May. If you know anything about prepping for a show, you know these next six months will be a transition and tough. And, if you don’t, I am excited to share my journey with you.  I am looking forward to taking my Q Accomplice watch on many hikes, walks and runs with me as I encounter these next six months towards my stage look. It will be important for me to count calories, track my steps and monitor my sleep. You can save  25% off everything in-store and online until midnight tonight! It’s the perfect gift to add under the tree or to gift yourself and take on 2018 with a fresh start.

 

Photography: Christy Kendall 

In collaboration with Fossil. Thank you to the brands that make Something Dashing possible. As always, all opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

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Fall Girl’s Trip Pt.2

Fall Girl’s Trip Pt.2

There are so many little neighborhoods in Denver that I love, with the lower highlands being at the top of the list. But, I also love Larimer Square and watching the street get decorated several times of year with different banners. I wouldn’t say that The Ritz-Carlton Denver is right there in terms of location, but if you like walking it is a really nice walk to take. I recommend starting your morning with a mimosa, or two depending on how chilly it can be outside and enjoying the fresh air and small businesses.

This time of year, Larimer Square is decked up in Colorado spirit and tons of holiday spirit with all of the lights. By the time we got down to Larimer Square, we were a little warm but still quite chilly as the snow was arriving that afternoon. Tip* If you can smell the smell of manure, then you can safely assume it will snow that day. And, it did! If there was one thing we both wished for on this fall girl’s trip, it was that it would start snowing. Despite living in the snow for 5 years, I was  fortunate enough to never have to shovel my driveway which is probably why I still love that it snows to this day.

We stopped by The Kitchen for lunch with Ali’s friend, Drew, and had a chance to warm up on some comfort food and naturally a glass of wine or two. I highly recommend the pasta bolognese and if you love a good hearty tomato soup, Ali swears by this soup. Make sure to request extra bread on the side, she says! From lunch, we headed back to The Rtiz-Carlton Denver, where we decided to stop by the club level and see what kind of snacks they were serving up there. Having just eaten, we were not quite as hungry, but tempted enough to get a couple of cookies and a glass of wine. We took advantage of our king size bed to snuggle up and watch some movies as we napped, yes napped, and had a chance to warm up for a bit.

I’d say we spent most of our time checking out the different new and existing eateries in Denver. They are so many little neighborhoods that I enjoy. I love South Pearl Street, in Denver, and love going there to check out the shops and eating at one of my all time favorite spots, Sushi Den. I also love the lower highlands and love grabbing a glass of wine and cheese plate at Truffle Table, and then stopping by Postino. If you head a little higher into the highlands, there are so many other cute little eateries, like Linger or Bar Dough. Aside from being in Denver, we took advantage of being in Colorado to go up to Boulder for a couple of nights.

Every year, I head to the Colorado rocky mountains for a week of fun-filled snow activities in Beaver Creek. It’s around the corner, and I can’t wait to be there!

My Outfit: Alice and Olivia Skirt | 3.1 Philip Lim Top | Bag | OTK Boots

 

Ali’s Outfit:  Skirt is LF (old but linked similar below) | Turtleneck (old, similar linked below) | Steve Madden OTK boots | Fur Sweater (back in stock!)

 

 

 

Photography: Noah Berg Photography 

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Fall Girl’s Trip Pt. 1

Fall Girl’s Trip Pt. 1

As you know I flew into one of my favorites places for a little girl’s getaway weekend in Colorado. Ali and I are both from California, but we both went to school in Colorado (at different times) and actually met each other in Los Angeles a couple years ago through a mutual friend. We’re a couple years apart which is why we hadn’t met in college but after meeting her at a 4th of July party, we immediately hit it off. We often get asked if we’ve known each other for years, but really it’s been just a little over two years.

We came right around the perfect time of the year. It was right before autumn completely left us but also just in time to pull out our winter clothes.Upon leaving for our trip, the weather in Los Angeles had been very warm and by warm I mean 110 degrees. Heading out to Denver was the perfect escape. I don’t think most people would wish for the snow, or at least not people in LA. As we headed out the day after our arrival we could smell that manure smell from Greeley, which meant it would snow! The light in our eyes brightened and though it didn’t snow for our shoot, the snow came falling down later that day. It was the perfect welcoming gift.

Upon our arrival at The Ritz-Carlton Denver, we were greeted by warm chocolate chips cookies in our living room.  One of the best perks of the The Ritz-Carlton Denver is their club level access, which includes about 4-5 food settings daily and an array of top shelf liquor (from hard alcohol to the best wines). Not only does the club level serve delicious bites and cocktails, but it is located on the 12th floor of the hotel where the views of downtown and beyond are stunning. It’s the perfect place to head for a sunset drink and appetizer before heading out to dinner. That’s exactly what we did. We had a few of snacks, specifically the bacon wrapped dates with chorizo, and a few glasses of wine, to hold us over until we had dinner reservations at The Source (Acorn). Here are a few of my favorite dishes: kale & apple salad, hamachi, gnocchi, wagyu beef tartare toast, and the meatballs. All of the dishes are meant to be shared so be sure to try a few dishes!

We spent the night out bar hopping, but you can only imagine there are only so many bars open on an off night but when you enjoy someone’s company, you don’t really care if a bar is super busy. It gave us the opportunity to talk, catch up and Ali’s friend had met us out. We went back to the The Ritz-Carlton Denver and ordered room service, because you just have to! We got the steak quesadillas and I love a good chicken tender dish late at night!

The next morning was spent eating breakfast at the club level enjoying the morning sunrise, sipping almond milk lattes and catching up on some work emails. We decided it was appropriate to kick start our morning with a bottle of champagne and some mimosas. This time, we chose to stay local and walked around Larimer Square and Union Station. Both are places that I recommend if you are looking to do something local and looking to grab a bite to eat. We had lunch at “The Kitchen” and I suggest the pasta bolognese and a glass of white wine. They pair very well together for a cool day.  If you are looking to get out of Denver, I recommend going to Boulder and staying at the St. Julien or renting a car and visiting the mountains. If you need recommendations on which mountain to travel to, please email me and I would be thrilled to share!

If you’re looking to plan a girl’s getaway or a getaway with your significant other, I highly recommend coming to the The Ritz Carlton Denver. Currently, they are offering several different overnight and daytime packages. You can find them here. We loved how central the hotel was to downtown and the highlands. Depending on where you visit when you leave the hotel, they have a courtesy shuttle service which was easy for us to get around as well as our pick-up from union station. I was able to call the hotel right before I got off the light rail, and the courtesy shuttle was there upon my arrival. There’s no better way to be greeted to a hotel than with the club level views of the most beautiful sunset and a glass of champagne. For more information on club level access and accommodations, you can reach the hotel at 303-312-3800.

Photography: Noah Berg Photography 

In collaboration with Ritz-Carlton Denver. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you to the brands and followers that make this blog possible. 

Melanie’s Look:

 

Ali’s Look:

 

Cable Knit Sweater

Cable Knit Sweater

I have been craving sweater weather. And, pretending it is sweater weather has been rather difficult with temperatures soaring near 110 these last few days. At first, I thought I could swing a sweater and some boots during some cooler weather, but as the heat wave came back, the wardrobe switched quite quickly back to summer dresses and flowy dresses.

Sweater (less expensive here) | Frame Denim | Chanel Boots | YSL Bag (less expensive here

I am one of those people that finds a good sweater and will wear that sweater over and over because of its comfort. Not only did I find this sweater recently, but I love just how cute and easy it is to pair. Here, you can see me wearing the sweater with a pair of black denim and some booties but I am so looking forward to wearing this sweater with some leggings and OTK boots during my Colorado trip.

 

Photography: Christy Kendall 

5 ways to beat the monday blues

5 ways to beat the monday blues

Club Monaco Dress (sold out) 

1. Prepare for Monday on Friday-Mondays tend to be extra stressful from work that piled up the afternoon before you left for the weekend on the previous Friday. For many of us, it’s hard to jump back in to the swing of things. To help ease the anxiety on Monday, try taking care of a few of the dreadful tasks on Friday afternoon rather than leaving them to do on a new work week, that way you leave it behind you with the previous week. If you have a task that causes you more stress on Monday morning, try taking care of it sooner rather than later so you don’t have a black cloud hanging over your head. 

2. Make a list of things you are looking forward to-We often look at the week ahead of us with an endless tasks list and all the tough stuff that we have to do. Try turning that around and Sunday evening before going to bed, make a list of all the things you are looking forward to. if you can’t seem to come up with at least a few things, perhaps it’s a sign that you may want to change things up. 

3. Unplug for the weekend-If you can or have the luxury to do so, try to avoid checking emails or voice mails over the weekend. If you don’t think you will respond until Monday anyway, why not leave those emails and tasks until Monday morning. Though it may be tempting to know what’s going on or what you might be missing, it’s important to draw a boundary between work and personal time. 

4. Make sure you get enough sleep and wake up early-Get to bed a little earlier on Sunday night knowing that you are getting a full night of sleep so that you can wake up feeling extra rested and prepared to take on the new week. Take the time to enjoy breakfast, do some exercises, take the dog for a quick walk, are all things that can help you feel more centered for the rest of the day. I’ve noticed a significant different when I get up an hour earlier and take some time for myself and how it affects my attention at work.**

5. Dress for success-Use Monday as the day to wear your favorite outfit or your favorite new outfit. This can help build your confidence around the office and even get you a few compliments from co-workers. When you look good, you tend to feel good. And, feeling good on a Monday morning is half the battle because instead of not wanting to be there, you have the urge to excel. Try showing and sharing your happy spirit with those around you creating a positive vibe all around. 

Photography: Christy Kendall 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite 6 Beaches in LA

My favorite 6 Beaches in LA

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Sharing 6 beaches you should visit in LA:

For the hopeless romantic: El Matador Beach-This beach is located about 10 miles northwest of Malibu. The secluded pocket beach has rocky shores, robust waves and some of the prettiest waters in LA. Let’s be honest, it’s not as pretty as the Bahamas but for LA, it’s as good as it gets. Don’t be deterred from the rugged path to the beach or lack of facilities, once you get down to the beach and settle in, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset with a bottom of wine. *highly recommend for any shoot (engagement, babymoon, wedding, or a simple shoot). 

The perfect surf spot: Malibu Surfrider Beach-As the waves roll in and begin to curl near the shore, surfers paddle quickly to catch those beautiful California waves. If you’re looking to surf, this is the beach you want to check out. Sometimes, it’s easier to just be a spectator and enjoy the surf vibe than try to fight surfers for the waves. *Note, you don’t have to be an experienced surfer, I’m pretty sure that I learned to surf at this beach a few years back. Although I wish I could say I liked it, surfing is not for me. 

The “Classic” LA Beach: Santa Monica Beach-This is one of the most popular and visited beaches in LA. It is located just north of the Santa Monica Pier and is about two miles long. There is plenty of space to set up for the perfect beach day, or set up for a volleyball game or simply go for a beautiful bike ride down the boardwalk. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a beach towel and some spare cash for parking. And, some water! If you’re looking for something quick and easy, this is the beach you’ll want to check out! 

The People Watcher Beach: Venice Beach-This is the place where you’ll find infamous bodybuilders, chainsaw jugglers, endless palm readers, folk artists and an array of characters. To be honest, this is one of my least favorite beaches as it is very touristy and sometimes becomes a bit trashy. It attracts a certain crowd and personally I prefer to Santa Monica if I am looking for an easily accessible beach. Despite it not being my favorite, I still recommend checking out. Even though it isn’t my cup of tea, it might be yours. 

The Getaway: Manhattan Beach-It’s all beautiful people, fancy cars, families, couples and puppies on leashes. It’s a trendy area in a low-key beach town, if that makes sense. This is one of my favorite beaches to go to. Though, I do love Malibu-it doesn’t have a town quite like Manhattan Beach does. On the sand, you’ll find beach volleyball courts that seem endless, body surfing near the pier, your early morning surf goers and your early morning risers that walk the boardwalk. If you’re planning to eat, I recommend The Post and The Strand. And, if you have space for dessert, be sure to check out Manhattan Beach creamery. 

 

Photography: Christy Kendall