MY FAVORITE JACKET (an investment piece) | WINTER BOOTIES (C/O COLE HAAN)
Our Colorado trip is an annual trip that my family and I have been doing since I was in college there. When I was growing up, we had a place in Mammoth Lakes but as the kids (me and my brother) grew older and went to college, my parents would come visit us where we went to school. At the time, I was the only one in college and they would come spend the holiday season in Colorado and we spent less and less time in Mammoth. Colorado feels like a second home to me, I have so many friends that still live there and there’s something about it that makes you feel like you’re at ease. As soon as I get off the plane and walk off the tarmac, I feel this sense of “ah it’s good to be back, fresh air, nice people and slower pace of life.”
For the past few years, we have been staying at the Ritz Carlton Residences. One of the best perks of the Ritz Carlton is they are super furry friends friendly, so we get to bring Mia with us. If you’re looking for the Disneyland type of feel of a hotel, then this place is not for you. But, if you’re looking for something a little more quaint but a car ride away from town, then I highly suggest staying here or the Beaver Creek area versus Vail.
There are two pieces that are my current go-tos for this winter, this jacket and this shoes (c/o Cole Haan) which are the best for morning walks with Mia and apres-ski playtime in the snow. The jacket is definitely an investment piece but if you are looking for a multi-functional jacket, this is what you’re looking for. For the shoes, they are waterproof and they keep you warm which are two big things when i am looking for winter shoes to bring with me to the mountains.
There’s something special to be said about this place, it’s calm and quaint and you truly feel like you are in a winter wonderland (when there’s snow). This year we got hit with not the best of seasons but we still made the best of it and in fact ended up extending our trip two times! We skied a good chunk of the time, even though only a few chairs and runs were open. But, isn’t there a saying like “make the best of the situation” and we truly did.
For restaurants, you may or may not believe this, but we ended up eating at the Ritz Carlton most times. They have two restaurants (WYLD and Buffalos) and between the two menus, it was easy enough to find something for everyone and for every day. Not going to lie that by the time we got home, I was about ready for a new menu! Because of how chilly it was, many patios were not open this time of year meaning that Mia was not welcomed in many many restaurants. Another small change from last year was we didn’t have our car due to a last minute family emergency that altered our plans.
Usually, if and when we have a car, it allows us to explore a little bit more (restaurants in town or different properties) and leave Mia in the car. However, this year we were limited to dog-friendly properties which were not that many. I can’t complain, it’s always so nice to get the family together and spend some time together in one of the more beautiful places.
I am currently planning out my 2018 travel and I can’t wait to share with you where I want to go and what has been booked so far!
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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.
Festival season is upon us and though I can’t say I will be attending many festivals, I do at least hope to make it to Stagecoach. If there’s something worth battling the heat and crowds, you can count me in for some country music, cowboys and cowboy boots. Who else is with me? I may be biased because I have never been to Coachella but I have heard a lot about it and the atmosphere Stagecoach gives off is far more up my alley than Coachella seems to be. But, that’s just me. I have so many friends going to Coachella and maybe one year I’ll make my way to a festival. It just hasn’t happened yet. I don’t often pull off the festival jumpsuit look, but I thought this jumpsuit was just too cute to pass up on.
Ale by Alessandra Jumpsuit | Shoes | Bag
Having been to Stagecoach two years ago, I know the importance of having lightweight clothing to battle the heat but also know that the desert brings cooler temperatures in the evening. With that, this jumpsuit is perfect for any festival you may be attending. The fabric is so lightweight and so soft, makes it easy to move in. The only downside with the jumpsuit is going to the bathroom but keep in mind that this cute jumpsuit has a zipper in the back! I feel like this is one of those times you throw your hands up in the air and take a cute jumpsuit over the struggles that sometimes come with wearing a jumpsuit. I also love this jumpsuit, this one and this one.
If you’re not going to festivals this spring or summer and just looking for a cute jumpsuit to wear to brunch or to a park picnic, it doesn’t mean you have to opt out of cute festival clothing. I love the floral design on this jumpsuit but I’ve also linked other jumpsuits that are currently on my “want” list.
I have been on a small bag kick as of late and this one has been one of my favorite go-to’s. I can wear it to brunch, out for drinks or with athleisure clothing. I think of this bag as my small but mighty bag. There are just so many pockets that I can fit everything that I need. If you’re wondering what I can fit in this bag, stay tuned for a blog post.
In the middle of December, we decided to take a road trip to Colorado and chose to take a weekend trip to Denver bringing along Mia. I have been to Denver several times, as seen here and here, but I’ve never quite spent time exploring Cherry Creek quite like I did during my stay at the JW Marriott Denver. We made sure to fit in as much as we could for the night we were there. I’ve previously mentioned my go-to things to do in Denver (see here) but I will be sharing more details on some of our favorite restaurants, places to shop and things to do. I thought it may be helpful to those who are looking to plan a trip to the Denver area.
We stayed at the JW Marriott Denver located in Cherry Creek shopping district. This hotel was at the top of my list. My favorite thing about The JW Marriott is how close it is to everything you need and being pet-friendly, such as some of the best restaurants, shopping, walking trails and outdoor activities. I also love just how intimate the hotel feels, with it’s cozy lobby restaurant, you don’t feel the need to leave the property.
Our trip to Colorado was our first trip where we decided to take Mia. We got lucky with several hotels being pet-friendly like the JW Marriott. Upon our arrival, Mia greeted the staff and gave them endless love. As we got to our room, we were greeted with some champagne, truffles and Mia got a gift of her own. If you’re in need of some good puppy treats and toys, be sure to stop by Two Pals and a Pup. She received a Broncos football, a squeaky bouncy ball and a squeaky bone toy which she already has managed to take the squeak out of. Can you imagine how many squeaky toys we go through?
This bathtub is a must in my future home. I’ve always loved the simplicity of this tub, so I couldn’t pass up taking a fun photo in it. During our stay in Denver, it got down to some pretty chilly temperatures and snow is always unpredictable. I always love waking up and looking out the window to find a white blanket of snow with the smallest expectation of having any. I chose to wear a cashmere sweater (also love this one)with a fur vest (similar one here) and a scarf and managed to stay warm enough. I got these booties during the winter holiday sale half off and I’ve linked them here still on sale. The small heel makes them perfect for comfort and they are so cute. Get them before they sell out!
Frame Denim | Rag & Bone Sweater | Burberry Scarf | Fur Vest | Sunglasses (currently $80) | Booties (50% off)
To me, Denver is a breath of fresh air and a chance to have fun with winter fashion. Extra fur and a dose of extra sweaters and plenty of accessories. Living in LA, I get the opportunity to wear some of my fur as it does get in the 40s in the winter but you can’t really go out and wear mittens, ear muffs and your big puffer coats without looking a little silly. I often laugh at my aunt who pulls out her North Face puffer when the temperature hits 60 degrees! And, no I’m not kidding! Walking out of the JW Marriott, you won’t find a shortage of incredible restaurants. In order to really get a taste of a few of my favorites, you’ll need to plan for at least an extended weekend stay. Right outside of the hotel, you’ll find North-perfect place to stop grab a happy hour special on drinks and tapas. If you’re feeling something a little more upscale, check out Departure at the new Halcycon Hotel about two blocks away (walking distance). Thinking breakfast or brunch, Snooze is a short drive away or you can stop by the JW Marriott Second Home Restaurant Saturday brunch and Sunday Pajama Brunch. Just how fun does rolling out of your hotel bed and going to breakfast sound? So good!
If you’re currently planning a winter getaway to Denver, be sure to check out the JW Marriott. As always, feel free to email me any questions about go-to, outfits or anything at all!
This post is in collaboration with the JW Marriott Denver. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you to the brands and readers that make this blog possible.
Photography: Noah Berg Photography
I got this alpaca ombre cape on the day before I left for our Colorado trip and it was a purchase that I am so glad I made. I often reach for it when grabbing a cup of coffee in the morning over some jeans and a shirt, or to where to dinner and during a walk in the village as shown here in Colorado. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find this particular cape online (even though it is from Nordstrom) but I’ve linked similar ones here, here, here and here. The one I am wearing is from The Fisher Project at Nordstrom.
I stayed cozy inside with this AG sweater, these coated AG jeans, and this beanie. The layers are all warm enough to wear on a cooler day in Los Angeles or to make the short trip from the hotel to the village for dinner. I never underestimate the power of layering (especially with thin under shirts, scarves, beanies and gloves).
I have a few pairs of winter boots that I love rotating through. But, I love this pair (pictured) of Chanel boots. True fact, I loved them so much I got them in black too. There are similar pairs just like these that you can buy at Neiman Marcus. Or, I also love these Frye boots, these Stuart Weitzman low boots, or this pair.
We’re back home but already planning our next trip to the snow, this time with some of our friends! I can’t wait to get back into the cold and to do a few more winter activities. I’ll be sure to pack some warm clothes and layers. Banana Republic offers some really great and inexpensive layering options like this boatneck sweater. J.Crew just released some more of their winter items and I have my eye on this marbled cable sweater and this fair isle sweater (on sale), along with this puffer and this one.
Photography: Bex White Starfish Photography
I hope everyone had a wonderful few days spending time with their loved ones. We had the absolute best trip with our family in Colorado and wish we were still there. We’re back home and headed out to Mexico on Saturday to ring in the New Year with more family at the end of the week. It’s hard to believe 2017 is almost here, this year felt like the quickest one yet, but I’m so excited for all that the new year will bring!
New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to get dolled up, even if you’re just celebrating at home or don’t even make it until midnight. Every year we have a party with our family including dinner, champagne, games and lots of dancing. I bought these sequin pants ($89) to wear for holiday parties and it would also make a fun piece for a NYE look. I paired it with this turtleneck button long sleeve, and a fur jacket for evening wear.
I added these pearl earrings ($28) for a little bit of glam. You could also try these for a gorgeous statement piece that could also be worn with a simple lbd or with t-shirt and jeans.
If you’re still looking for the perfect NYE look to wear later this week, this stripe a-line skirt with this matching crop top, love this disco blouse, this feather dress (on sale) would all be lovely options that would promise for a chic ensemble to celebrate 2016.
Photography: Noah Berg Photography