Rompers For Days

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Senior year of college, I found this amazing linen romper from Old Navy (similar here). I wore it for 3 years straight before it completely fell apart. Being tall and wearing a romper is tricky, it has to hit exactly in the right spot on your waist and the shorts have to be long enough to not ride up. A bad combination can give you camel toe or mom jean butt or worse both. When you find the prefect one it’s amazing and you want to wear it all the time.  I love the ease of a romper or jumpsuit, just throw it on and you’re out the door!

Three Eighty Two Reed Romper // Forever 21 Abstract Print Romper // Young Fabulous & Broke Sybil Romper // ASOS Ginger Fizz Leomon Tree Print

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RyderSmith Jewelry

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I have multiple email accounts, one for work, one for the blog and of course, my personal email. I have this wonderful habit of emailing from my personal to my blog, whenever I find something I want to remember to into look later. In the hopes that “later” is in the near future but it’ is more like months away. So in September, I discovered RyderSmith Jewelry and today 9 months later I share it with you…

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Rydersmith Jewelry | Blue Mountain Belle
RyderSmith Jewelry is all handmade in LA and you can order it online from her site. Also follow her Instagram for the latest styles like this dreamcatcher necklace.

Rydersmith Jewelry | Blue Mountain Belle
Rydersmith Jewelry | Blue Mountain Belle
Rydersmith Jewelry | Blue Mountain Belle
Rydersmith Jewelry | Blue Mountain Belle
Rydersmith Jewelry | Blue Mountain Belle

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RetroJam – Your life in playlists

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It has never been that interesting to learn what songs were popular the year I was born. Why? Cause I was just born! I wasn’t jamming Madaona or Belinda Carlisle “Heaven is A Place On Earth” (fitting for my Pi Phi years) and neither were Sonny and Christy. But what is cool, is having a playlist for every year of lower, middle and upper school! Also known as elementary, middle and high school. Where can one find such a playlist? RetroJam – just add your birthday and RetroJam creates a playlist of the top hits from every year. I was special and held back in pre-first so my high school graduation year on Retrojam is 2007 rather than 2006, so I adjusted my birth year to get it right. Wasn’t into Britney in 6th grade like the rest of the world, filter out the Pop Genre.

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RetroJam - Your Life In Playlist | Blue Mountain Belle
RetroJam - Your Life In Playlist | Blue Mountain Belle

While I still lug around every CD I have ever owned it’s neat to see what school year it corresponded to. No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom” was my first grade jam! That is advanced listening right there…

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Valia Gabriel – Handmade Sandals

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Pinterest is a deep dark hole that sometimes leads to amazing finds like these handmade sandals from Greece. I love the dark green, gray and brown hues of these strappy leather sandals. Shopbop only carries a few styles so your best bet is finding these in a store near you.

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36 Hours in Madrid

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After a week in Mallorca, Kirstina and I headed for Madrid. With only 36 hours in this beautiful city we wanted to do it all, but at the leisurely pace we had grown accustom to – siestas and all. For this trip we put museums and sightseeing aside and focused on the important things in life like champagne, burrata and one of a kind jewelry.

We arrived at the Westin Palace hotel around 10am. After freshening up we went directly to the concierge for brunch recommendations. He had nothing besides a 90 euro a person opera brunch in the hotel, no thanks. We grabbed some coffee & tea and headed towards Barrio de Salamanca, known as the golden mile for its luxury retailers such as Gucci, Prada and YSL. We were in the mood for champagne and Ramses had bottles of it waiting for us. However, it was only 11 am and most restaurants don’t open till noon. So we walked across the street to the beautiful Parque Del Retiro. Adorable and well dressed families were enjoying this beautiful park on a sunny Sunday morning.

36 Hours in Madrid | Blue Mountain Belle

36 Hours in Madrid | Blue Mountain Belle

After eggs Benedict with a bottle of Cava and OJ at Ramses, we headed up “The Golden Mile” on a mission. We weren’t headed to the high end boutiques, but to the fast fashion mecca that started it all, Zara. On Calle De Seranno you will find the flagship 6 story Zara in all its wonder. After a successful shopping trip, we headed across town to my one bucket list item for the trip, Poncelet Cheese Bar. Since we arrived after lunch service, we sat at the bar and shared a few yummy appetizers. I highly recommend a cheese board and the little cheese ball things, they didn’t have an English menu so we ordered what the servers recommended. We happily stuffed ourselves with cheese and rosé then strolled back to the hotel for a little siesta. We strolled the cava near Mercado De San Miguel, eating traditional Spanish tapas for dinner. Unfortunately, our taps an wine was cut short due to the rain but not before a pit stop at an English pub to watch some of the Broncos game.

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Day two we set out to explore the boutiques of the Chueca neighborhood. We followed Cala Barquillo all the way to Calle Fernando. Every corner you turn in this beautiful neighborhood is filled with boutiques and specialty shops. Our favorite store was Malababa, the woman were so sweet and showed us the workspace bellow the boutique where they handcraft all of their jewelry and leather goods.

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After shopping we decided to treat ourselves with lunch at Ten Con Ten. We were lucky to snag a bar table when we did, by by 2pm the place was packed. The decor is to die for with multiple rooms each with a different feel and design. Kristina and I decided we had to to be sitting in on the most fashionable lunch spot in all of madrid. Everyone was dressed to the nines and gave the entire experience a very posh feel. We ordered are Chardonnay and Rosé, sat back and enjoyed the crowd. The Ten Con Ten salad was the best Burrata and salad I have ever had in my entire life, hands down. We savored each bite making this one salad last about 45 mins. We should have ordered two. Up next tuna tar tar, the tuna was great but not as good as what we had in Pama. We save the best for last Truffle Risotto with semolina. If truffle anything is on the menu, then I’m ordering it especially if its Truffle Risottoa. Again we savored every bite. It was more like a orzo then risotto pasta but the flavor was so good we didn’t care.

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Everyone will tell your a trip to Madird is not complete with a stop in the Restaurante Mercado de San Miguel and we could not agree more. As you could of guessed, we headed straight to the first wine station we saw and grabbed a drink. We enjoyed oysters on the half shell, grilled squid, a yummy rice bowl, fresh pasta and of course more burrata. After dinner we went to the rooftop bar at the Me Hotel. We had wanted to go for sunset drinks but the place doesn’t open till 9pm. The space is very cool but at 9pm on a Monday night it was basically empty.

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By the time we got back to the hotel we were hungry again. Late night pizza was the only thing that could satisfy us and thankfully the best pizza place in Madrid was in the neighborhood. And it was delish – square slices and a coca lite. Perfect way to end our 36 hours in Madrid.

Read more about our adventures in Spain here

 

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Spring & Summer Concert Calendar

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Colorado Summer Concert

April

1 – Fleetwood Mac at Pepsi Center
4 – Punch Brothers at The Ogden
5 – Ratatat at The Ogden
9 – Father John Misty at The Ogden
15-16 – Disco Biscuits at The Ogden
17 – Disco Biscuits at Red Rocks
17 – Reptar at Larimer Lounge
22 – Dead Phish Orchestra at Cervantes Masterpiece
25 – OK GO atThe Ogden
25 – Savoy at Red Rocks

May

1 – Zoogma at Cervantes Masterpiece
1 – Dead Flyod at Cervantes Masterpiece
9 – Gramatic at Red Rocks
12 – Lena Del Ray + Courtney Love at Red Rocks
14 – Dead Phish Orchestra at Cervantes Masterpiece
15-16 – Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Cervantes Masterpiece
17 – Alen Jackson at Red Rocks
8-9 – The New Mastersounds at Cervantes Masterpiece
26 – Chromeo & Odessa at Red Rocks
26 – Passion Pit at The Ogden
29 – Tab Benoit at The Gothic
29 – Hot Chip at The Ogden
29-31 – Bassnectar at Red Rocks
31 – Neil Diamon at The Pepsi Center
30 – Tame Impala at The Ogden

June

1 – Cage the Elephant & Portugal The Man at Red Rocks
3 – Old Crow Medicine Show at Red Rocks
4 – Ryan Adams at Red Rocks
5 – Lettuce & The Motet at Red Rocks
13 – Tedeschi Trucks Band at Red Rocks
16 – Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick at Red Rocks
17 – Shovels & Rope at Denver Botanical Gardens
26-28 – Widespread Panic at Red Rocks
29-30 – Ed Sheeran at Red Rocks

July

3 – Umphrey’s McGee at Red Rocks
3 – Zac Brown Band at Coors Field
6 – Steely Dan & Elvis Costello at Red Rocks
9 – Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessionals at Fillmore Auditorium
14 – Wilco at Red Rocks
10-12 – The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks
24-26 – String Cheese at Red Rocks
27 – Imagine Dragons at The Pepsi Center
27 – Alt-J at Red Rocks

August

2 – Hozier at Red Rocks
3 – Sam Smith at Red Rocks
4 – Ziggy Marley at Denver Botanical Gardens
6 – Kelly Clarkson at The Pepsi Center
8 – Kenney Chesney at Sport Authority Field
11 – Nicki Minaj at The Pepsi Center
14 – Shania Twain at The Pepsi Center
14 – My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks
16 – Alabama Shakes at Red Rocks
21 – Yonder Mountain String Band & Greensky at Red Rocks
23 – Garrison Keillor at Red Rocks
29 – Trampled by Turtles at Red Rocks

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Help Desk Emoji – It’s Friday!

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0526#hairflip #whateves #sheismyspiritanimal we have heard new emojis (new + culturally diverse) are on the way. I am patiently counting down the days but I am super sad to be losing our praying hands with god rays.

Travel Bug: After my amazing trip to Spain last September I am hoping I can pull off another trip in between weddings and Phish shows. HitList Flights is the wanderlust travelers dream. Just type in your departure city and voila a list of destinations all of their world you can go on the cheap. Denver to Oslo for $675 or Bejing $699… sign me up!

Fashion News: Revolve (the best online shop) recently acquired Alliance Apparel for an undisclosed sum, what does that mean? Revolve now owns Lovers + Friends, Tularosa and NBD. If you love those brands, that means we are gonna get more of them! Read more here.

Hottest New App: Meerkat, the most talked about app at SXSW is the easiest way to tweet live video. Basically, you open a live stream that your twitter followers can watch in real time. This might be a game changer for #couchtour. Edit: Periscope, Twitter’s answer to Meerkat launched Thursday.

quinoa [keen-wah, kee-noh-uh]: My roomie and I have been on a quinoa diet. We swapped out orzo for regular and red quinoa in this Orzo, Brocolini and Sausage bake from Domesticate Me and voila! A healthy lunch/dinner for the week. Seriously we make enough to last us the entire week. We have been mixing it up trying more veggies and different cheese too. Check out my Pinterest for more ideas.

Shop till ya drop: SoleSociety just rolled out all new spring handbags – this turquoise braided fold over clutch, at coral bucket bag will be minez. The clock is ticking down on Piperlime, lots of new items on sale now – rumor has it store closing is the end of the month! Serina & Lilly private sale means up to 60% off the best homeware

Have a great weekend and wear sunscreen! 

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Spring Break: Miami

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Splendid Crete Flat Sandals // Victoria Secret The Flirt Bandeau // Belle Mare Sunglasses // Zinke Starboard One Piece Swimsuit // Lovers Friends Daycation Crop Top // J.Crew Factory Roll Up Short // Tullarosa Amelia Romper 

Spring Break is here! While I’m not headed out on a week long vaca, I am getting headed to Miami this weekend for one of my oldest and dearest friends Bachelorette! I’m almost packed too, all I need is a pedicure and spray tan…

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Fancy Ramen

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It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Ramen. I have been making my own variations on ramen way before it was the hip new restaurant trend. I’ll admit mine mostly involve sautéed spinach, a fried egg and some homemade peanut sauce (Jiff + soy sauce) but now I’m really trying to step up my game. Here are some yummy recipes to try…

Fancy Ramen | Blue Mountain Belle
Quick Homemade Ramen
Fancy Ramen | Blue Mountain Belle
Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w/Curry Roasted Acorn Squash.

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