Derby Style

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1. MSGM mini dress / Jimmy Choo white sandals / Clemsa leather handbag / Lola fedora hat

2. Botanical dress / H&M platform sandals, $30 / Kate Spade red purse / Dorothy Perkins summer hat

3. Ermanno Scervino full skirt / Diane Von Furstenberg genuine leather handbag / Sensi Studio beach hat, $235 / Eloquii cat eye sunglasses / Sole Society black and white striped flat

DIY Sangria Bar

DIY Sangria bar is for anytime of year.

For the colder months, use seasonal fruits (cranberries or pomegranates, oranges and blackberries) with a cinnamon stick for a bit of spice and as a stirrer.

In the summer months, you can use brighter flavors like strawberries, grapes or melons and fresh herbs.

Making it a bar where you guests can create their own combinations is the perfect way to get your guests involved. And lastly adding a flavored mineral water freshens up the Sangria drink.

Thank you to Ashely Sawtelle{LISTmember} for submitting this shoot.

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Photographer: Ashely Sawtelle {LISTmember} | Desserts: Leaf & Crumb | Floral Design: European Flower Shop | Paper Goods & Design: Anthologie Press | Furnishings: Chairished Vintage Rentals | Music: Gary Meyers, The Dirty Flamenco | Wine Concierge: A Bottled Affair | Giveaways: Goldie & Bob

Indonesia & Argentina at Zengo

zengo-denver_025When dining out, I look for restaurants that offer something unique whether it is their hip atmosphere, creative food pairings, or to-die-for desserts. Zengo has been a long time favorite of mine for their fusion of Asian and Latin cuisines.

I just recently paid a visit to Zengo to try out their new Test Kitchen Menu featuring cuisine from Indonesia & Argentina. Menu is an array of specialty small plates and cocktails that showcase the flavors and techniques from each region. The featured new dishes are marked with a special “TK” symbol on the menu, noting that they are exclusive and available for a limited time through June 30

A few highlights of the menu include:

  • Stuffed Crispy Tofu ($9) – chorizo/ shrimp/ carrot/bean sprout/ sweet soy dipping sauce *even the biggest meat lovers will find this tofu dish absolutely delicious ……. pictured below bottom right
  • Indonesian Style Chile Crab Cakes ($14) Lump Blue Crab/ Cucumber Salad/ Lemon/ Tomato/ chile crab sauce  *my favorite…..pictured above
  • Beef Tongue Escabeche ($12) Pickled bell pepper/ Garlic/ Olive oil/ hard boiled egg/ cilantro *pictured below top right
  • Argentinian Parillada Mixed Grill for two ($49) hanger steak/ sweet chorizo/ blood sausage/ grilled chicken breast/ black truffle chimichurri

There will also be a few new cocktails including:

  • Smoked Ginger – Jengibre Ahumado ($13) Rye Whiskey, Ginger & Honey Syrup, Apricot Brandy, Lemon Juice and Ginger Beer *refreshing. perfect for a warm night on the patio….. pictured below
  • Tucuman ($13) – Gin, Apricot Brandy, Sweet Vermouth, Blood Orange Bitters

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Derby Hats

The Kentucky Derby is just around the corner. Although, we live in Colorado that is no excuse not to join in on the party. Did you know Denver hosts the second largest Derby Party in the nation? Check out their website: www.denverderby.com

Here are a few hats to inspire your look for the occasion:

derby-hatsSensi Studio band hat / Melissa odabash hat / Kate Spade band hat, $83 / Paul Smith black wide brim hat, $145 / Paul Smith paper hat, $145 / Gottex white sun hat / San Diego Hat Co brimmed hat / San Diego Hat Co crochet brim hat / Jeanne Simmons white straw hat / Holiday hat, $30 / Cocktail hat / Floppy brim hat / Forever 21 striped floppy hat / Black cap / wholesale sun hats Dynamic Asia

Summer Boho Hair Tutorial

Inspired by the recent Coachella, this hair tutorial will keep you looking stylish all summer long with three easy to create looks.

Effortless Boho Waves

Set the stage for a carefree day of fun. This quick hair tutorial will have you out the door and enjoying the day in no time!

Products / Tools

  • 1” CHI ARC
  • CHI 44 Iron Guard Style & Stay Spray
  • CHI Shine Infusion

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1. Create a center part. Take a 1” vertical section and mist CHI Style & Stay Spray prior to curling.

2. Curl section using the 1” CHI ARC, directing the hair back and away from the face and leaving out the ends for an undone wavy look.

3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until the entire head is curled.4 Flip head over and break up the curls by combing your fingers through the hair.

5. Finish the effortless look by misting the hair with CHI Shine Infusion for a lightweight polish. 

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Belle of the Festival Braid 

CHIA textured fishtail braid against a backdrop of soft boho waves? Easygoing style doesn’t get much better!

Products
  • CHI 44 Iron Guard Style & Stay Spray

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1. Create an off-center part on desired side and then divide a 2” section at the front bang area.

2. Make a fishtail braid with sectioned hair, leaving out the ends.

3. Secure braid with a mini elastic band.

4. Mist braid with CHI Style & Stay Spray for hold.

5. Hold the end of the braid in one hand while pushing up with the other to loosen and expand. Continue until you reach the top of the braid. 

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Oh-so Effortless Wrapped Ponytail – CHI

Dress up your next ponytail with a fishtail braid and a little hair-wrapping magic for chic and easy daytime hair!

Products

  • CHI 44 Iron Guard Style & Stay Spray

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1. Leaving the fishtail braid out, secure a loose, low ponytail with a covered elastic band.

2. Wrap the braid once around the base of the ponytail and secure with bobby pins

3. Hide the remainder of the band by wrapping a small piece of hair around the base of the ponytail.

4. Secure the effortless look by misting CHI Style & Stay Spray.

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Adoption Announcement

Notes from the photographer, Jess of Art of Her

Joseph and Ashley have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place. They spent years working in Niger and Moldova with Peace Corps, and are now in Denver dedicated to building better communities locally. They have decided to adopt and are in need of donations and funding. { their donation page }They are adopting from Nicaragua, and both speak spanish.I have more images that I can share from this shoot, if you would like to see more.

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Photographer:  Art of Her

Is My Nose Too Big or Not? Exploring the Case for Rhinoplasty

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Guest Post By: Sarah Webb

My friends say I’m silly for thinking about getting a nose job. They say I’m too self-conscious, but I’ve never liked my nose. When I look in the mirror it seems a little too big for my face, even though I never thought a stranger would say I have a big nose.
Until one did just that. I was at a party a couple of years ago and this guy I’d just been introduced to said I would be very pretty if my nose wasn’t so big. Sure he was drunk, but still.

I guess that’s when I started researching online about rhinoplasty. I quickly learned that I’m not alone as far as being insecure about the appearance of my nose. I discovered that rhinoplasty is the most common facial cosmetic surgery performed on both women and men, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Among women, statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® show that only breast augmentation is more popular than nose jobs. I guess having big breasts and a small nose is the ideal combination.

I wanted to learn all I could about the procedure before scheduling any consultations with plastic surgeons. My research led me to a couple of conclusions, which are actually related. First, rhinoplasty is probably the most difficult cosmetic surgical procedure to perform correctly. Second, I’m going to think long and hard about going through with this and make sure I find a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty if I decide to have the surgery.

During my research I found a website called RealSelf, an amazing online forum where patients describe their experiences and ask questions that plastic surgeons answer. One guy asked if his nose was ugly and if it could be fixed with rhinoplasty. He looked fine and I was curious about what kind of answers he would get. I was pretty surprised when I saw this

“Just because we can do something, doesn’t mean that we should do something,” one surgeon answered. “As one guy to another, I would say that your nose looks good on your face, balances well with your other features, and adds (doesn’t detract) from your appearance. If it were up to me, I would leave it alone. That is my honest answer. I don’t see anything to be insecure about.”

Wow. At first, I thought that kind of honesty was a little shocking, but I was actually very impressed by it. I went to the doctor’s blog and saw a post that seemed directed to me called, “Know When to Say ‘No’ About Your Nose.” The surgeon, a rhinoplasty specialist in Denver, wrote that patients should know that rhinoplasty “is, without a doubt, the most difficult of all the facial plastic surgery procedures.”

He also said that “changing a good nose to a slightly better one is really, really hard.” It seems like the key with rhinoplasty is having realistic expectations and understanding that it’s all about small changes. I wish the answer for me was a little more black-and-white, but I’m starting to realign my expectations to a more “gray” position.

I still haven’t made up my mind. I’ve decided to go ahead and schedule some consultations so I can hear what surgeons have to say after looking at my nose. They are all board-certified surgeons who specialize in facial procedures, and I’m prepared with a long list of questions about their experience and how many nose jobs they do each year.
If I do go through with it, I’m confident that my due diligence will result in finding the best surgeon for the job. If I see several top-notch surgeons who tell me not to bother, I’ll know I can trust them. Wish me luck!


Author Note: Sarah Webb is a health & beauty blogger who loves everything related to looking your best. She is a mother and wife who loves staying fit by chasing her little kids. As she has become older she is not opposed to a cosmetic enhancement here or there, but the specifics remain in the vault.

Fabulous Flats

2015-trends

Victoria Beckham flat shoes / Dolce&Gabbana flat shoes, $675 / Proenza Schouler white flat / Valentino flat shoes / Valentino flat shoes / Gianvito Rossi evening shoes / Chanel white shoes / Bionda Castana flat shoes / Valentino flat shoes / Alexander McQueen flat shoes / Christian louboutin shoes, $660 / De Siena ballet flat, $290 / Minna Parikka flat shoes, $120 / Kenneth Cole Reaction black flat, $92 / Joe s Jeans ballet flat / Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Melissa ballet flat, $140 / Gold shoes

Recipe: Banana Pudding

The Mainline’s Mason Jar Banana Pudding includes layers of creamy banana pudding, sweet caramelized bananas, whipped cream, and of course, Nilla Wafers. This heavenly dessert is brought down to earth in its oh-so-convenient container. After you’ve shared this dessert at The Mainline with friends, Executive Chef Justin Burdick recommends heading home and creating your own version with a new pudding flavor and some fresh fruit of your choosing… strawberries and chocolate pudding, anyone? Perfect for entertaining.

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Recipe courtesy of Executive Chef Justin Burdick at Mainline Restaurant in Fort Collins, Colorado

Yield: 3 gal

Servings: 50

Serving size: 8 fl oz

Ingredients:

  • Sugar 18 cup
  • Flour 4 cup
  • Milk, evaporated 2 cans
  • Egg, yolk, fresh 24 fl. Oz.
  • Butter 2 cups
  • Extract, vanilla 5 tsp
  • Salt, kosher to taste
  • Instructions:

Combine sugar, flour and evaporated milk and bring to a boil

Whisk together egg yolks and temper into milk mixture

Bring to slow boil to complete liason

Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla

Strain through china cap

Cool immediately

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