So I started writing this post on Friday the 17th and it’s now Monday the 20th but still good even my GOT prediction was pretty spot on. Terrible ending btw – but I do think I won the survival pool!
Been a while since a Friday Vibez post! May is just whizzing by. Last weekend was my 32nd birthday!! It was honestly such a perfect weekend. Clay surprised me with dinner at Vesta, which is hands down one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten an. The food is incredible and the service is impeccable! It’s easily on my list of best meals in Denver here.
Saturday we went bottomless margarita brunch at our favorite Kachina then to a friends crawfish boil and later to pizza with some of my besties! Clay and I finished the night up at our new neighborhood hood bar that we just love.
On Sunday we had a little brunch at our house with my bestie and then had a little Sunday Funday on our street with margs and pizza and ice cream!
And then of course Game of Thrones!! I totally think Aria is going to sit on the thrown but that means Sansa will have to die or like give it to her… maybe she will give it to her because she wants to stay in the north and shits going to get broken up! Ohhh new theory!!
The Hit List
- Facebook giving back control of your data?
- Taco Bell is opening a hotel in Palm Springs
- Make this for brunch this weekend
- Need content ideas – here is one big ole list
- Status As A Service – very long but really great read on social networks
- How to pot flowers – just did my first one!
Essential Hiking Gear
The REI Half Dome 2 tent is the perfect backpacking tent and is 30% off right now!
My Vasque Monolith Hiking Boots are on major sale for only $64 in select sizes
Essential Hiking Gear read the full post here
Bruschetta & Crostini the perfect antipasti. They are also words I struggle to pronounce, so, for now, I have no dub’d them Fancy Toast! And these MouCo fancy toast work for breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack, appetizers or dinner if you ask me.
While a traditional cheese plate is kind of my favorite meal and a go-to order, if I see Bruschetta on the menu or maybe a fig and goat cheese Crostini I’m pretty tempted to order one of those instead (or in addition)!
So they have always been an item I’d like to add to my personal repertoire of “mastered dishes”. Other master dishes include cheese plates, bacon and eggs, chili and a little something I like to call “Turkey, Turkey Yum Yum”. Which is basically a ground turkey stirfry with whatever is on hand… As you can see my “mastered dishes” needs some work and after my melted MoCou cheese plate last month I am ready to branch out!
I Pinterest’ed and googled Crostinis and Camembert to my heart’s content and decided on these four fancy toast recipes. Typically, these recipes call for goat cheese, ricotta or mozzarella but I felt like the flavors and consistency of the MouCo cheese would be perfect. And guess what? I was sooo right!
Y’all know I am totally obsessed with The Sarah Potempa Beachwaver. I watched a video on Joyus back in 2012 and immediately ordered the Beachwaver and from that day forward my life was changed!
Seriously though, I had no clue how to style my hair and now I can curl my hair in less than 8 mins! CRAZY. So below is a tutorial on how to use the beach waver to get lose full beachy curls.
I have always used the Beachwaver Pro but after leaving mine in a hotel 🙁 The Beachwaver team sent me the S1 Beachwaver. Really, the only difference I have found is the layout of the buttons and the S1 has dual voltage so I can use it abroad too. Game changer on my trip to London a few weeks ago! Check out my video below on how to curl your hair in less than 8 mins with the BeachWaver.
Thanks to the BeachWaver team for helping replace my favorite curling iron ever in exchange for this video!
I came across Crater Lake in The Outbound App one day and just knew I had to go there. The photos were absolutely stunning. We did our research and decided this would be a great first backpacking trip.
Length of Trip: 2 days +
Trail: Monarch Lake Trail to Cascade Trail to Mirror Lake to Crater Lake
Length: 14.8 RT
Elevation Gain: 2,100+
Where: Indian Peaks National Wilderness
Directions: Denver to the Monarch Trailhead
April was a kind of a off the wagon/on the wagon sort of month. I crushed working out – 26 days strong! Reading two books? Yeah… not so much. The beginning of April was spent organizing our house and enjoying Denver life. Our whole month was centered around our engagement parties in Atlanta over easter and then last minute I had a work trip to England so the last 2 weeks have been a blur. A wonderful, beautiful, heartwarming, inspiring blur but I am so off my schedule now!
Not getting on any planes this month but that doesn’t mean the month isn’t already jam-packed – I mean May is my Birthday month – turning 32 on May 12th!! We have Cinco De Mayo, crawfish boils, birthday brunches and hopefully a trip to the sand dunes!
So what are my 30-day Challenge this month…
Get Back on Schedule
Waking up early, journaling, no phone in bed etc, etc. All the good habits I had started earlier this year that travel has thrown off course. Time to get back in the groove
25 Days of Movement
Pelaton, Lagree, 10 min abs, arm work – all of the above count to keep me active and hit my wedding goals. I had a fitting last week and I just need to maintain and work on these guns haha.
Reading & Audible
I realized that only reading business books were turning me off from reading again. So late last night I ordered two books for pleasure. The one I keep seeing everywhere “Where the Crawdads Sing” and then “The Summer I Turned Pretty” trashy romance about falling in love at the beach because they are the best – no judgment here, please. I still have to finish Inspired and have another book on management waiting in the wings.
I did start Hooked on audible and so far I am hooked… puns!
Are you crushing your 30-Day Challenges? Any other books for pleasure I should try? Any tips on getting rid of armpit fat? Lol but not kidding send help for a wedding dress!
I am excited to be teaming up with some of my favorite travel and lifestyle bloggers to giveaway to $250 to Southwest. Southwest is by far my favorite airline – bags fly free, tickets are cheap and service is A+
I got the Chase Southwest card a few years back after a friend raved about how easy it is to earn points and get free flights. I myself, being obsessed with earning miles promptly signed up. The Chase Southwest Card is by far the best way to earn miles. I mean how else do you think I zigzag the country for weddings and Phish shows? Southwest miles!
Right now when you sign up you will get 40,000 bonus points – yall that’s like 3 round trip tickets. Seriously, when I fly I am typically getting a round trip for under 15,000 miles – crazy! As a member, you also get free drink tickets – woot woot!
A beautiful weekend in Charleston back in March is still on my mind. This daisy jumpsuit is back in my closet just waiting for warmer weather to be worn again! This Vici Collection jumpsuit is currently sold out but they have a similar red print here. Just in case that one sells out too I have rounded up some of my favorite from Red Dress and Revolve.
P.S. All these are shot outside my favorite restaurant in Charleston – Leon’s. It’s a must when in Charleston – you can check out my updated guide here.