Taos – Girls Trip

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For Memorial Day weekend, my best girlfriends and I head south to New Mexico. We had a proper girls trip in Taos complete with hiking, mud baths, cheese plates, shopping, selfies and absurd amounts of wine. We stayed in Toas Mountain Village but spent most of our time in the Valley. Saturday we attempted to shop and hike but instead just shopped and drank. After snapping selfies at the gorge bridge, a few of us sipped brewskis at Taos Mountain Brewing. This place is one of a kind with two outdoors stages and one indoor. The brewery sits back in the valley facing Taos and Taos Mountain giving it incredible views and amazing lighting at dusk.

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Sunday was for relaxing, we soaked in the various natural hot springs at Oji Caliente and had a communal mud bath. The resort is beautiful so we hiked around after lunch and enjoyed rose and a cheese plate in the sun.Oji Caliente Spa Taos Girls Trip | Blue Mountain Belle G0430438_FotorG0410425_FotorG0410379_FotorG0410335_Fotor G0470605_FotorSouthwestern Cheese Plate at Oji Caliente | Blue Mountain BelleG0480622_FotorlongG0460484_Fotor IMG_4696_Fotor
Our girls weekend was interrupted by a few of our guy friends also in town who joined us for happy hour at Taos Mountain Brewing. That night an incredibly impressive high school band played outside and while line dancing lessons were taking place inside.. After beers we headed to the icon Toas Mountain Inn for margaritas to celebrate our friends 28th birthdays.

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Monday we got up early so that some girls could go mountain biking, the rest of us hiked the trail above town – which has great views of the valley. The drive back to Denver was beautiful – with the crazy weather we have been having the clouds were just spectacular all weekend. I even stopped to take a panoramic photo from the top of my car.
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Currently Craving: Grilled Cheese

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Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich | Blue Mountain Belle
Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Cranberry, Brie & Prosciutto Grilled Cheese |Blue Mountain Belle
Cranberry, Brie & Prosciutto Grilled Cheese
Brie, Fig, and Apple Grilled Cheese | Blue Mountain Belle
Brie, Fig, and Apple Grilled Cheese
Farmers Grilled Cheese | Blue Mountain Belle
Farmers Cheese Grilled Cheese with Roasted Corn, Cilantro, Roasted Tomato Salsa, Avocado + Red Cabbage Slaw
balsamic brussels sprouts grilled cheese | Blue Mountain Belle
Balsamic brussels sprouts grilled cheese
grilled fontina + blackberry basil smash sandwiches |Blue Mountain Belle
grilled fontina + blackberry basil smash sandwiches
Crispy bacon & brie grilled cheese sandwich with caramelised onions | Blue Mountain Belle
Crispy bacon & brie grilled cheese sandwich with caramelised onions
Apple , Egg and Cheese Grilled Cheese | Blue Mountain Belle
Apple , Egg and Cheese Grilled Cheese

We all know I love cheese and grilled cheese are great and all but I really love fancy grilled cheese.  My favorite combination as of late is fig or blueberry jam, green apple slices, arugula and an assortment of cheeses. I keep all the leftover cheese from #channingandthecheeseplate to use on my sandwiches which really makes this fancy.

 

 

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All American Style

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Bonnaroo Playlist

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Packing For Bonnaroo | Blue Mountain Belle

I am off to “the farm” tomorrow afternoon and I can’t wait. I know the transformation from farm to festival grounds is already underway, but I do a day on the inside before everything opens up. Besides My Morning Jacket, STS9, Dawes and Guster I have never seen any of the bands on the line up. I have made my schedule, with the super helpful  on the Bonnaroo app. I will be blogging, instagraming, and tweeting it all. Here is playlist of the bands on my schedule.

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Happy Summer!

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Grateful Dead 50 Limob Head
What a long strange trip: That super cool tie-dye shirt above that is my Limbo Head shirt! When the GD50 loto failed, a lot of people didn’t know if they had won the loto before the public on sale, essentially leaving us in “Limbo Land”. Hence the Facebook group of GD50 Limbo was started and the name, Limbo Heads! Everyone counted off and I am number #298 of 525 (and counting). Since March the group has been sharing their love of music, creating t-shirts, organizing Limbo meets up and even pulling together to secure a few boxes at Soldier Field for the shows. The groups goal is to help everyone get into at least one show and every day a few people announced that they have gotten a ticket. It is really quite an amazing group to be a part of. Yesterday after receiving my t-shirt I immeditly posted to the group my news of being miracle’d a pit ticket and this picture of my shirt. Can’t wait to meet some fellow Limbo Heads in Chicago!

Shop  it: Yesterday. J.crew’s site crashed their loss is our win the 30% off sales now extended till Saturday and includes sales styles. Show Me Your MuMu? Why yes I will take one of every one of their adorable dresses, skirts and blouses.

Back, back, back it up: Well maybe. this week Google introduced their new photo storage system. I was bombarded by friends asking for advice on this. After reading around a bit here is my conclusion, sure back it up for free on Google Photos but know that the image quality suffers. If you want the best bang for your buck stick with Dropbox. Here is a great article explaining the difference and between Dropbox, iCloud and Google Photos. Google Photo is not a bad option and I will probably backup everything there cause you can never have enough backups of all 10000 photos I have taken in the last month alone…

Concert Photography: One of my first photography projects in high school was shooting a Perpetual Groove Show. I confused shutter and aperture priority and only 2 photos turned out. I got the hang of it now but I still dream of traveling the country to photography concerts like brothersTodd and Chris Owyoung. Read about this photography duo on the Instagram blog.

Old School: Hunter boots, Barber and Redwings are “heritage” bands that have exploded onto the mainstream and high fashion scene. The Business of Fashion breaks down each brands rise to from niche markets to household names, and how they plan to stay on top.

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Well Dunn & Bonnaroo

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A few months ago I was asked to join the board of Well Dunn. Well Dunn is a non-profit organization established to reward internship opportunities to those people who show themselves to be exceptional volunteers in the entertainment industry. Well Dunn was founded in memory of my very best friend Emily Dunn.  The thing that always impressed me the most about Emily and what has stuck with me to this day is her ability to get shit done. If she had an idea she ran with it, if she wanted to do something, she did and not just eventually she did it right away. Emily worked behind the scenes of all the major music festivals and traveled the world doing so. Well Dunn was her company and now it is an incredible foundation that helps people like her break into the music and entertainment industry.

Bonnaroo was the first real music festival Emily ever attended and one she worked every summer until her untimely passing. So Bonnaroo is now home base for Well Dunn. I feel so blessed and honored to go to the farm and meet all the people that meant so much to her.  I honestly don’t know what this experience will bring, I am sure there will be a lot of happiness and moments of sadness. I am preparing now for a lot of tears, waterproof mascara – check. Besides spreading the word about Well Dunn I will get to enjoy some of my favorite bands with a few special people I don’t get to see enough, Em’s little sister Amanda and our dear friend Monik.

The only music festivals I have been to have been pretty small or a Phish festival so I am excited to see behind the scene at Bonnaroo.  If you are headed down there look for the Well Dunn tent and introduce yourself. Follow me and Well Dunn on Instagram and check back for post from “The Roo”.  If you or someone you know is interested about a paid internship in the music/entertainment industry send them to WellDunn.org to learn more.

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