Happy Memorial Day Weekend

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The rain has not stopped in Colorado since April. Seriously, we have not had one day of sun this month. My girlfriends and I are escaping to Taos this weekend, although the weather is not going to be much better there. My college has a campus in Taos where I did 2 summer mini-mesters.  I know my way around town, but there are a few things I have not checked off the list, like drinks at the Taos Inn or a dip in the Ojo hot springs. Hopefully, the rain will hold off long enough for my attempt at mountain biking. I got a GoPro for my 28th birthday and could not be more excited to start snapping and filming my adventures. I hope you all have a wonderful 3-day weekend and don’t forget to wear sunscreen.

Everything is Awesome! Now I have another excuse to go to Orlando, the first being Harry Potter World, duh. Legoland is now open! While I don’t know if I can stomach the brightness of these rooms the hotel looks like a kids dream. Each room includes a kids bunk bedroom and a parents room, genius!

Spotify + Starbucks: Say goodbye to those little iTunes cards at the counter in Starbucks. Starbucks is now spinning with Spotify. Baristas will now be able to DJ via special Spotify tools and you can earn Spotify points with your Starbucks rewards card.

Patio Season yes, patio weather no. The Flowers sisters hit the nail on the head with this one – we spend so much decorating our homes and skimp on the outside, tisk tisk. Learn how to update your patio with their simple tips and tricks.

Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Sole Society – 50% off shoes and accessories
ASOS – 20% everything with code LONGWEEKEND
Nordstroms – Half-yearly sale check out my picks here
J.Crew – online only 30% off with code WEEKEND
Nasty Gal – 40% off select styles with code HOTSTUFF
Steve Madden – Shop and save with code SUMMER. 20% off $75 and 25% off $100 or more
Singer22 – Save up to 25% with code MEMORIAL2015
ThreadScene – 30% off sitewide with code TOOGOOD
Anthropologie – Extra 20% off everything on sale
Bloomingdales – Big Brown Bag sale 40-70% off select items + extra 20% off some items with code SPRING20
Ann Taylor – 40% off your entire purchase with code SHOP40
Loft – 40% off basically everything
Backcountry.com – Lots of Summer essentials on sale +  Mountain Hardwear Sale
Forever21 – 30% off select styles
BCBG – Everything is 30% off

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Camp Cooking – Essentials & Tips

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When I first started going to festivals and camping we kept our cooking pretty basic, like just hot dogs. While I still bring hot dogs every time, we do it up big now. Meats, veggies and (of course) a cheese plate are the norm. To execute this perfectly, you have to have all the right tools on hand. Here are some tips from the pros to make you an expert camp chef. If you need help with what else to pack check out my festival camping guide.

Camping Kitchen Box: Keep a box with all the necessities you will need to cook and remember to keep it stocked.
10″ and 8″ cast iron skillets. Expensive yes, but you are going to be cooking on these for life.
1 medium pot for food
1 medium pot for boiling water only
Mid-sized Cutting board
1 large plate or additional cutting board
Knife, tongs, wooden spoon, metal spatula
Oven mitt or use extra clothing
Spice kit
Olive oil or butter
Garlic
Aluminum foil
Big ziplock (for leftovers – to make great omelettes)
Paper towels
Disposable plates
Disposable silverware
Sanitizer
Dr. Bonners organic soap
Gallon water jugs – Cooking & Cleaning, freeze one.

Kitchen: Gas stove or cook over a camp fire 
Two burner stove
Camp Tables
Table cloth
Chairs (1/2/3)
Head Lamp – to see what you are cooking

Food Cooler: Dedicated food cooler. No booze. Keep it closed and clean, this is your fridge. Block ice is best, always leave the ice in the bag. Keep items out of the cooler water, cooler water is not clean water! Yeti coolers are expensive but will keep your items cold for days, totally worth the investment if you are going to be camping again and again.

Thanks to my friend George for helping me with this post! 

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Surprise! Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is Here!

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Boom shaka laka just in time for summer, the Nordstroms half yearly sale has begun. Save up to 40% at on Men, Women & Kids styles, while supplies last through May 31! Plus, FREE Shipping & FREE Returns. I will be picking up the best blouses money can buy, Pleione, dresses for my upcoming bridal showers + a sexy one piece.  I think the best bang for your buck is the shoes. So many cute Tory Burch flats and sandals are on sale.

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Printed Leggings

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Concert season is officially here! While we might have 300 days of sun here in Colorado we often get chilly nights and freak rain storms. Hence, why I always pack a pair of leggings in my bag for festivals and outdoor concerts. A few of my girlfriends have been rocking the printed leggings for a while and I really love the designs that are our right now. Best part? All of these are under $90 a pop, most around $79 and some only $11. Pair with a the perfect length tank and you are ready to go.

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

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In April, a few friends and I drove 3.5 hours south of Denver to one of the most magical places I have ever been. Great Sand Dunes National Park is 30 square miles of SAND and home to the tallest sand dunes in North America. The dunes were formed by wind blowing sand from the dried up lake that was the San Luis Valley. The San Di Cristo mountains are situated perfectly such that wind blowing across the valley deposits sand there before going over the mountains. The juxtaposition of these giant sand dunes against green hills and snow-capped mountain tops, is phenomenal. It is far and away one of the most amazing works of nature I have ever seen. We spent about 4 hours exploring the sand dunes, but we could have easily spent all day there.
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The last hour of the day was the most beautiful, the sun came out and lit up the valley. Unfortunately, all of our phones had died as well as my point in shoot, sand and retractable lens do not mix. I wanted so badly to take a picture and capture the perfect lighting. When we got back to the car I juiced up my phone and got out my Canon Rebel to snap the rest of the nights photos of course, it too died before I could set up my tripod for night photography. We camped nearby at Zapata Falls. The view from our campsite overlooking the San Luis valley at sunset was breathtaking. Colorado, I am so happy we found each other.

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Jam of the Week: Kygo (KYGOOOOOOOO)

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I first discovered Kygo last May and I just can’t get enough. Feeling down? Kygo! Get the partied started? Kygo! Road Trip? Kygo! Campfire Jams? Kygo! You really can’t go wrong with his slow tempo-ed Tropic House beats. Forget ridiculously heavy beats and listen to the smooth beats of Kygo. Also his name is ridiculously fun to say/yell “Kygooooooo!!!!” You can find some of his music on Spotify but you best bet is SoundCloud. #prayingforkygotour

 

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It’s May – Happy Friday!

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I realize the first Friday of May was last week, but I was in NYC (more pictures to come). So this Friday you get your round-up. Four years ago last week I left DC and headed west. Trust me when I say I have never looked back. The image above is from a camping trip to the Great National Sand Dunes Park in April, this place is totally wild – more pictures to come.

Uber in China – I heard this piece on NPR Monday and found it fascinating. The cultural difference between America and china are astounding, not just the normal things you think of but how we feel about strangers and on some level empathy. Listen to why the Uber drivers of Shanghai love their jobs.

What’s hot in tech?Product Hunt is the best place to find a product or app to do whatever you are looking for. I know that is not that is not very descriptive, but this site is the go-to find what is hot in the tech world. Read about this simple list rise to the top here.  I subscribe to a lot of e-mails but this is the one that I make sure to read every day.

Goodbye Atlanta Airport Mural – While in NYC my friend told me the devastating news that the ridiculous yet incredible mural of Centennial Olympic Park that greets you at baggage claim has been replaced with a Porsche ad. Tragic I know. I hope they find somewhere good to place the mural so we may never forget the little baby squatting of the awkward couple hugging.

Party On – Now I can’t say I have tried this or that I ever will but Party With a Local is a pretty great app idea. The app simply connects travelers with locals who wanna have a good time, pretty genius.

SalesTory Burch 30% off // Tarte Collections 30% off for mothers day with code Mothersday // Madewell 30% off select tees and tanks // Bloomies – 15% off with your card this weekend

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Wide Leg Jumpsuits

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My favorite thing to wear since last summer has been jumpsuit, particularly wide leg jumpsuits. I’m really not a fan of the skinny or cinched pant style. Revolve has a wide selection, but Forever21 has my favorites. I love every cut and print they put out which is why I have three already, for now.

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From Winter to Spring

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The Revivalist at the Fox Theatre, Boulder
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Stevie Wonder at The Pepsi Center
Kicking off Spring with a Crawfish Boil
Kicking off Spring with a Crawfish Boil
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Ratatat at the Ogden Theatre
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park
The view looking back on Great Sand Dunes National Park
The view looking back on Great Sand Dunes National Park
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Touring the Colonial Dames’s Mount Vernon Hotel in New York City with my mom
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