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 Ritz-Carlton 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 Ritz-Carlton 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 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:

 

Mixing Textures

Mixing Textures

 

Happy Monday! I know most of us dread the idea of Monday coming around, but as of late I find that I have been waking up to Mondays prepared to tackle them. Partially, because I have decided to spend more time outdoors and moving rather than going out late and then feeling awful the next day. I know you know what I’m talking about!

I am so wishing it felt more like fall around Los Angeles, but with record high temperatures it’s hard to even pretend that it’s fall or consider the idea of wearing boots or a knit sweater. Luckily, I am traveling to Colorado in the next few days and I am very hopeful that the crisp cool air will allow me to wear my new favorite OTK boots (c/o) with a few of the outfits I plan to bring. These boots have become one of my favorites with the perfect heel height making it comfortable to walk around long periods of time, wearing out to dinner and the sole being cushioned adds some added comfort to the overall boot.

 

Photography: Christy Kendall 

 

The Bomber Jacket

The Bomber Jacket

Aside from living in my new favorite pants, see last post here, I am starting to love the idea of a cute bomber jacket. There’s only a few sizes left in the bomber jacket so hurry quick and grab yours! I promise you’ll love it just as much as I do!  You guys already know how much I love Club Monaco, so here is another version of the bomber jacket that I am wearing.


 

With working full-time and then heading to happy hours and events in the evening for Real Estate or for Something Dashing, I often find myself looking for outfits that I can wear to work and then wear out without having to bring an extra pair of clothes and then find myself scrambling to change in my car. Yes-I do often change in my car, probably far too often! (Not gonna lie, I found myself changing in the car once and I thought my windows were far more tinted than they were!-ugh) Anyway, in the past year I’ve grown so fond of Club Monaco and I just love how easy it is that I can pair their style in my wardrobe and make it work for both SD (Something Dashing) and Real Estate.

I was immediately drawn to these wide-leg culottes because of how comfortable they are. I kinda feel like I’m wearing a sweater but as pants. In one of my last posts, you can see me wearing this ruffled sleeves sweater, which I have decided to wear again with these pants and the bomber jacket that works from day to night. I can’t say this enough, I love this sweater so much. It’s so incredibly soft and you can really pair it with just about anything!

 

Photography: Christy Kendall

The Wide Leg Culotte

The Wide Leg Culotte

It’s not often that I find a pair of pants, other than jeans, that I really love and fit just right. Because of that, I’ve always gravitated towards dresses and skirts. Recently, I’ve looking a lot into finding pants that would transition well from work to evening and discovered my love for these wide leg/culotte style pant. It’s a style that I have found both flattering and comfortable and easy to style with. This patterned ruffled pant have easily become one of my favorites and so have these black ruffled detailed pants.

 

Ruffle Pants (on sale!) | Cold Shoulder Top | Valentino Heels (less expensive here)

As you’ve seen from my previous posts, I’ve been gravitating more and more towards ruffled detailed clothing. So far, I haven’t regretted any of my ruffled blouse or pairs of pants. While this Milly cold shoulder top creates a more evening vibe, it transitions well when work with a black skirt or these pants. I also love this short sleeve blouse with the ruffled hem detail and this ruffled flounced sweater (currently on sale with code EOTS17) that can also be chic when worn with this pant or a pair of dark denim.

 

 

Photography: Christy Kendall 

Slit Maxi Dress

Slit Maxi Dress

As we transition to fall wardrobe, I still can’t help but get some summer pieces with the heat wave we’ve been experiencing. It seems as though this heat wave is never ending but it’s starting to finally cool down a bit, down to the 80s which is far better than the 100 degree weather we were having. If you are still experiencing this warm front and not ready for fall clothing but love a good transition dress, look no further than this maxi buttoned down dress.

Maxi Dress (similar here)

I have been wearing this dress on major repeat to so many different occasions. I originally wore it with a pair of nude heels (also love these pearly heels) to my brother’s law school convocation. I’ve since then worn this dress to several different occasions and most recently to my friend’s birthday, who’s recently engaged! I got so many compliments on it. I chose to wear it more casually with my low-heel rockstud heels or see here for something more budget friendly. As we move into fall, pairing this dress with a cute pair of booties. I bought these booties during last year’s Nsale but they are still available or a more budget friendly option here too.

 

 

Photography: Christy Kendall

 

 

 

two pieces to transition into fall

two pieces to transition into fall

Daisylace Crop | Ruffle Sweater | Cult Gaia Dupe | Valentino Heels (duper here and here

I’m always on the hunt for pants that I can wear to work, that aren’t jeans and that transition well. When I came across these at J.Crew, I just knew I had to have them. I’ve already worn them a few times, from work to a dinner with my family. I find they are so versatile which is important when I am buying clothing. I love that that I can dress them up if I wanted to, or keep it casual like I did here. In addition to being on the hunt for crops, I have been in love with just about every ruffle sweater, dress or top that I come across. I saw this ruffle sweater and thought about the many things I could pair it with this fall. Not only did it arrive and it was so cute, but it is so soft you just want to wear it with everything. You’ll see me pairing it several different ways this upcoming fall.

I chose to dress this outfit down with a perfect look-a-like of the Cult Gaia bag that I found here. I went with the large size but think I could have been just as happy with the small (they’re basically the same price). If you want a different variation of the traditional bamboo look, I found a look-a-like in black and white, see here (under $30). I also found these Valentino look-a-likes which I recommend. I wear my Valentino sandals all the time. I feel like I definitely got my money worth out of them so to speak. They are the perfect height and go with nearly everything and make for easy walking.

Photgraphy: Christy Kendall