Index of Thoughts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sweetly Hip

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Polished & Slouchy Outfit Idea

Love this look on Jennifer Lopez with Veronica Beard's jacket. I would pair it with my Simone Perele velvet bodysuit in grey or ivory. It's the perfect layer under this great dickey jacket. Pair it with dark wash jeans or even some boyfriend jeans and dress it down with some chunky combat boots.
Polished & Slouchy

Friday, November 14, 2014

Telluride Holiday Pop-Up Market

I've always been the kind of person to create my own future instead of waiting on the other guy.  After moving to Telluride and starting my own lingerie business, I have had to get a little creative when it comes to promoting my business since I don't have a store front.  I noticed that in Telluride there was a lack of expos for small businesses and a lack of opportunities for us little businesses to get our name out there at a small fee. So, I decided to just create my own thing for all of us out there.  And even for stores to have a little promotional booth.  I'm also so excited at the tremendous response that I have gotten.  It was definitely a HUGE need. I hope to do many more Pop-Up style shows in the future at all types of locations - big and small.  

If you would like to join us or know someone who would like to participate, just go to and go under the top tab POP-UP.  There is the vendor info and app.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Oh la la! my linen sheets

At the beginning of this past summer (2014), I purchased a set of 100% Linen Sheets that I ordered from Eastern Europe (Belarus actually).  I've been wanting to report back about my thoughts on sleeping on them.  But, I wanted to give myself enough time to really give y'all an accurate opinion.  Let me just say:


Yep, I just wash those suckers and put them right back on.  I'm not sure I'll want to even go back to using other sheets.

They are cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  They are soft yet feel so substantial.  They feel real.  I'm not sure if that conveys exactly how it feels.  To me, it's like discovering smart wool socks for the first time.  They just feel like quality yummy socks that's worth every penny compared to wearing ol' cotton ones.  

What else is cool is that the longer you have linen sheets the better they get.  In the last year before this purchase we had to throw away 3 fitted sheets due to them finally biting the dust and getting holes in them.  I really don't foresee that ever happening with these linen sheets.

They are so awesome that I feel like they need a name.  What do you think I should call them?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wine, Girlfriends, Bikes & an Education

A couple of weekends ago my girlfriends and I went to Palisade, CO for a weekend trip.  It was a much needed break for us all to laugh and have time away from the duties of every day life.  If you remember last year we did the same thing but in Paonia, CO.  You can read about it HERE.  Palisade is a little town east of Grand Junction, CO that has just the right climate and location to be the perfect grow spot for vineyards and orchards.  Plus, it's only a short drive from where we live.

Here's some of the notable spots & info:

Lodging - We rented a house in Palisade which was actually between Palisade and Clifton.  It was a great little place that totally reminded me of my grandparent's house.  Check it out HERE.  The fall is a busy time of year for visiting the wineries in this area so lodging was limited since we waited until the last minute.  I also recommend the Wine Country Inn which has a pool and a restaurant and is super close to everything.

Dining - We got a taxi to come pick us up Friday night and take us to Downtown Grand Junction for the evening.  It was a super fun time!  We made our crawl to Bin 707, 626 on Rood, La Rouge and then ended the night at the Rock Bottom Brewery where they had a DJ and dancing. The second night we decided to build a fire and stay in for a home cooked meal.

Wineries - We rented bikes from Rapid Creek Cycles.  It cost $39 a day for a 7 speed cruiser with a big basket on the back.  They were super helpful and provided us with a map of the wineries and a suggested route. We weren't able to make it to as many as we would have liked in one day.  You really need two days of touring to get them all in.  Here is a great list of them all.  We just did the several that were close to downtown and then ended at the Peach Street Distillery for some yummy cocktails made with their Goat Vodka.  They even have all kinds of infused vodkas too.

But I wanted to mostly share with you all the invaluable information on wine tasting that we received at the first stop at Varaison Vineyard.  It will forever change how you taste and buy wine.

  • When drinking wine, you should never hold the glass on the cup.  It can heat up the wine just enough to change the flavor by releasing alcohol into the air.  Always hold a glass by the stem therefore, stemless glasses are really no good.
  • When drinking red wine, you want to always ask what the % of alcohol is.  It should be between 13.5 - 15.5% for the optimal ripeness of the grape.  It is totally drinkable under that % but it tells you that the grape was underripe and the flavors will reflect that - grassy or herbal taste.  A higher % will tell you that the flavors will be more robust and pronounced.  In white wine you want to look for 13 - 15% alcohol.  By doing this you will already know what the wine will taste like without even tasting it yet.  And in restaurants if they are trying to sell you a really expensive glass of wine and the % is way low, then you should ask for something else.
  • Also with red you want to give your glass a good swirl to let in the air which also helps develop more flavor and then smell it.  
  • When tasting wine, you want to let it go down the middle of your tongue where you will pick up the flavors that are marked on the bottle.  In white wine if you let the wine fall to the sides of your tongue where the bitter/sour taste buds are then the wine will taste like vinegar and you will loose the notes of flavor.  In red wine, you let it go down the middle to pick up the notes and then let it fall to the sides to get the other smoky, rich flavors.
  • Eating with wine is now a new experience!  You aren't supposed to let the wine wash the bite down.  You are to get a bite of food and chew it a little.  Then add a sip of wine and chew it with the food.  The alcohol in the food is a solvent which enhances flavor.  All of a sudden a burst of flavor is released into your mouth when you do this.  We took some cinnamon sugar almonds and tried this out.  When we added the wine with the bite, the cinnamon exploded into our mouths.  It was really remarkable.  That is also why you add wine to recipes.  It brings out the flavors in the dish because it is a natural solvent.
I hope this helps you all as much as it helped us.  We went to the next winery and asked for the % in alcohol and the employee said that no one has ever asked him that.  We chuckled and told him that we like to be very thorough in our wine tasting.  Still makes me laugh!  I highly recommend Palisade being on your next little getaway.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Road Trip to Albquerque

Last weekend my husband and I went on a road trip to Albquerque, NM to see the Kings of Leon which is one of our all time favorite bands.  We almost flew over to Belgium to see them last summer for Andy's birthday.  What a fun getaway with my best friend and just what we both needed.

The drive down was so beautiful.  We got to see the southern San Juan mountains on fire with the autumn leaf colors.  Then we entered the beautiful and vast desert.  We jammed out our tunes and rolled the windows down.  Driving from Telluride to NM is such an easy drive compared to going to Denver.  The roads are pretty straight and there aren't really any mountain passes that you have to go over once you get over Lizard Head.  It took us about 5 and half hours since we packed a lunch and ate in the car.

We got a room at the Hyatt near the airport because there aren't any hotels close to the Isleta Amphitheater.  The hotel was pretty good and pretty affordable with a little mini bar downstairs, food and Starbucks coffee.  And the beds were comfortable.

We rested up for a bit.  Then we started looking at all the great options for restaurants.  I had no idea how many ethnic places that they have there.  Since we have plenty of New Mexican style restaurants  at home, we decided to spice it up with a Latin fusion restaurant called Pasion Lation Fusion.  It was just this little place that you would have driven right by without noticing.  The menu is incredible!  Such innovative items that were to die for.  I started off with a JalapeƱo Margarita and Andy had a Mojito.  They also make their own house Sangria too.  We decided to get a bunch of small plates instead of entrees.  It was so hard to decide.  Here's what we went for:

Garbanzo cakes with spicy tuna

Yellowtail Ceviche

Fried Queso Manchego with a Honey Chipotle Dip

Duck Taquitos with a corn & cotija cheese & pickled red onions
We made our way to the Isleta Amphitheater which was so easy to get into and park.  We even got to park right up near the entrance.  We tailgated a little bit and then made our way in.  It's like a whole little complex in there.  Our seats were incredible!  They were super close and they only cost $80 compared to the $250 price tag that we were looking at Red Rocks.  You can also get lawn seats for $40 which are actually really good seats too.  Off to stage right and left they have common areas with lots of vendors selling food and drinks.

The Kongos and Young the Giant opened up for Kings of Leon.  They were incredible bands.  I downloaded their music.  Then Kings of Leon came on and I am telling you what - we were like two teenage girls dancing and singing and being completely silly.  We had such a fun time!  There was even talk of driving to Vegas to see the next show the next night. Haha!  That didn't happen.

After sleeping in on Saturday morning which translates to 7:30 am (Blerg!!), we decided on some good ol' comfort food to absorb all the fun.  We went to Cecilia's Cafe where they are known for their 10 lbs. burrito.  I got the huevos rancheros and Andy got the Chicken Fried Steak Breakfast.  It was just the right portions and with their own red and green chili that made it perfect.  Don't bother asking for the hot sauce because they don't have any.  Our server said that "it messes up her sister's chili".  

Cecilia's Cafe

We hit the road to go home but we seriously wanted to find a reason to stay another night.  We went home a different route through Durango, CO so we could go over Red Mountain Pass to see the beautiful fall leaves.  We stopped in Aztec, NM to see the ruins of the anasazi.  That was such a humbling experience.  

Aztec Ruins

We made a pit stop in Durango for a Cafe Mocha and listened to a little bluegrass band on the corner.

Red Mountain Pass
We made home just in time for dinner.  What a great getaway for us!  I can't wait to go back and try the Vietnamese Restaurant.  Little trips like this are so great and was the perfect little rejuvenation for me and Andy.  Plus, we were totally "tweakers by the speakers" together (you have to listen to the song by Keller Williams to understand).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A classy {oh! so frenchy} list of cocktails

I just love a fun cocktail!  I sometimes get in the rut of wine and beer because it's just easy and satisfying.  But whenever I get the energy to make a cocktail, it just makes the evening turn into a celebration.  One of my faves to use is St. Germain Liquor.  I looked up some great ideas to help inspire a reason to celebrate.  It just reminds me of times of being young and in Paris and feeling so carefree.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

St. Germain Mojito

St.Germain Champagne, The Pear Tree, The St. Germain Cocktail and Dia Del Amor

St. Germain Salty Dog

St. Germain Sangria

St. Germain Margarita

Stormy Morning Cocktail

St. Germain Rosemary Lemonade

Lady Germain (a twist on the French 75)

The St. Germain Cocktail


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