Monthly Archives: April 2012

Photography

I got to spend a day with Finley so I took her outside for a mini shoot in her adorable new hat.  The morning light was so beautiful on her perfect little face.

For the afternoon light we threw on some chic little shades and decided to swing the day away.

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Minnesota Invasion…

I don’t mean to repeat myself here, but we’ve been busy.

I won’t even apologize for not posting.  I’ll just get on with it.

As I said last week, I was busy anticipating the arrival of Miss Liz and Miss Jessica for 3 days of Denver debauchery.

For those of you that don’t know these girls…they are my people.  I know everybody that meets them inevitably loves them and in turn becomes friends with them instantly.

But the three of us have our own history, way of doing things, and occasionally our own language.  I was so happy to have them in Denver.

I haven’t laughed that much since the last time they were here for my bachelorette party.

Naturally, we did some shopping which involved a trip to Ikea where we dream decorated Jessica’s new home and caused a scene.

Got home early from shopping to spend several hours drinking wine, dancing, and getting ready for WICKED!!

This was my second time seeing it, Erin’s 4th or 5th, but most importantly Liz and Jess’s first.  It was SO EXCITING to go with them and watch them either be wide eyed aghast or tearing up just like I was.  As a side note, please go see this show if you ever have the chance.  It’s amazing.

iPhone photo quality due to no camera’s allowed.

After wiping off our Wednesday morning hangover, we made a quick trip to Boulder for some sun and sightseeing.

Which was followed by a girls night out that reunited all of my favorite ladies into one amazing night!

We laughed a lot.

Mainly because of this terrible game somebody made us play.  It goes like this – contort your face like a moron until somebody snaps a picture.  Nobody wins.  The end.Once we exercised our faces an acceptable amount we moved on and decided to do the most natural thing in the world.  Find a karaoke bar.

After we arrived at the sketchy biker/karaoke bar Liz proceeded to do the next most natural thing in the world.  Cartwheel into a Tebow on the stage.

We came, we sang, we didn’t get out of bed until noon the next day.

It took me through the weekend to recover from their visit but it was worth every second.  Come back soon ladies!!!

Weekend Recap

Here is a long overdue weekend recap from when my Aunt Megan, Uncle Chad, Madigan, Apple and Fern Brandt visited us on their way to Arizona!

Finally free from the car!!!!!

We succeeded in scarring Marlo for life that weekend.  After she saw the dogs had arrived, she spent the rest of their visit refusing food, water and any attention.  Her military like tactics included hiding out in the bathtub or being perched on the highest shelf in the closet wide awake 24 hours a day.

Turns out Megan and Chad were hauling very precious cargo aside from the dogs.  Our favorite beer that you can only get up north!

While the boys went golfing, all the girls loaded up for some shopping and park time.Trying to get the ducks!

“Look at me mom look at me!”

Madigan large and in charge.

Seeesters.After a long day outside we dropped off the pups and headed to the Rio patio for some locally famous margs.

After food we headed back to our place for some beer, cards and tired puppies.

It’s always fun to have guests but it’s not everyday we get four legged visitors!  The 48 hours they were here wasn’t long enough (it never is) but Marlo may have starved herself to death in protest if they’d stayed any longer.  We learned that we are correct in thinking we need a yard before we get a dog and that Marlo will need intensive therapy when that day comes.

Hope they come back and visit soon!

Link Love

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Happy Friday!

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What are your plans for this weekend?

We’re having a pseudo-celebratory dinner out for my rockstar broker of a husband tonight, possibly attending a Foodbank of the Rockies fundraiser at a baseball game on Saturday, and then the rest of my weekend is dedicated to preparing for these goons to arrive on Monday(!!):

I hope they wear those dresses on the plane.  For the record ladies?  Liz is more tan.  It’s settled.

Well, I hope whatever you’re doing it’s amazing!  Here’s some internet love to get you surfing.

  • THIS is the funniest website i’ve come across in a long time.  I’m serious.  You people click on this or I’ll never forgive you and once you do…keep scrolling.  Keep scrolling and scrolling and try not to die laughing.
  • In the spirit of Mad Men being back on the air, which is by the way the greatest show to ever air on television, this website which is not only real but pretty disturbing.
  • How the other half lives.  Karl Lagerfeld (world famous designer for Chanel, among others) and his life in a day.  It’s really fascinating and nauseating all at the same time.
  • Fun idea for a party, especially the part at the end.

Just bought tickets to see this amazing local band for me and my hubby!  Give them a listen, they’re great!

Shopping and Dreaming…

…will somebody please host an event to which I can wear the following?
I found this dress in J-Crew the other day and fell in love with it instantly.  I had to put it on, tried to justify buying it, then sadly handed it back to the salesman and pouted the rest of the day.  It doesn’t fit quite as tight as it looks on the model (go figure) or as it does on the mannequin (because they do that annoying pinning thing in the back) but it wore pretty effortlessly and comfortable.  The thing I love about neutral dresses like the one above is how versatile they are with dressing up or down.  I would dress this one down a bit and distract from the overwhelming girly-ness with this beautiful and on trend (told you Jon) indigo jacket from J-Crew.  I would get TONS of use out of this layering possibility.These shoes are where the ‘dreaming’ in the title come in.  I would truly love a well made pair of both black sandals and pumps to wear until the end of time.  They’re classic.  I chose these shoes for the outfit to add a whisper of edge and again to tone down the girly-ness in the dress.Well what can I say…once you start dreaming it’s hard to stop.  I found these beauties on the Hyde Park website that can be yours for a small fortune.  I am obsessed with rose gold (my wedding band is made of it) and love how the slight pink adds softness back in to the outfit.  Sparkly octopus clutch from Anthropologie?  J’adore.  How adorable is this outfit looking!Finally I would complete this look by stealing Leighton Meester’s face.

Just kidding, but I have had this look from Marie Claire saved on my desktop for a few weeks.  I have every intention of marching into Nordstrom cosmetics and demanding they make me look like her.  My hair color is close to hers and the pink and grey makeup would go amazing with all the things listed above.  This incredibly popular makeup palette from Sephora might be a good start for practice.

Now if only I could come up with looks like this from my own wardrobe.

Ohhhh to be rich.  Sigh.

Tricky Combinations.

Holy blogging hiatus.

I’m not sure what to blame it on other than I’ve been working a lot lately and we’ve just been incredibly busy with things too boring for public knowledge.  Most of these boring things revolve around being newly married i.e. joint taxes, joint savings etc.  Our lives have been changing a lot in the last couple of months and depending on the day I’m either incredibly grateful and excited about it or a little bit scared and nervous.  Marriage is pretty amazing but be warned that it will absolutely catapult you into lots of little changes – ready or not.  Luckily I’m a believer that change is usually good…but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy.

In a new marriage the ‘combining’ of two lives can be tricky and a little uncomfortable here and there.  I like to think that the uncomfortableness means we’re doing something right.  It means we’re putting everything out there and dealing with it rather than ignoring the tough stuff and keeping to our more comfortable and separate ways.  Thankfully it’s not all been tough stuff.  As a matter of fact some of it’s been pretty fun.

One of the more fun and exciting changes keeping us busy lately that will eventually become worthy of public viewing has been the purchase of new bedroom furniture.  ‘Grown up’ furniture as I’ve been calling it.  Remember this?  Well the embarrassment FINALLY took it’s toll and we snapped into action.  This past weekend Room & Board delivered our beautiful new bed, dresser and side table to compliment our new mattress and bedding.  The room is still completely empty aside from those three pieces but it’s already such a transformation.  I’m working on choosing some art, another (hopefully antique-esque) side table and adding the finishing touches.  Photos will come at that time.

You might be thinking: “Ali, let’s be real.  Two lovely young men from the furniture store delivered, hauled up and assembled your furniture for you.  How exactly does this make you busy?”

Fair question.  I’ll explain in a long winded rant.

The delivery of the large dresser has created a lot of flexibility in terms of storage.  Jon and I live in a condo in the city, and while fairly spacious for two people, storage is hard to come by.  Our guest bedroom has up to this point served as my closet with everything getting shoved into random spaces when people stay with us.  When people are here, I have to get ‘my stuff’ out of ‘their room’ every morning and I always feel like i’m intruding.  Plus there’s really no place for them to put their things since I’m occupying the closet and dresser for myself.  So rude, right?

What I’ve been trying to accomplish is the combining of Jon’s and my things into one room, one closet, and one bathroom.  This in turn will open the second room, closet and bathroom for our guests to enjoy..with no interruptions.  Along with being my closet, the guest room has also housed random pieces of furniture that we have no other space for like a chest from Jon’s childhood, an old target bought dresser, and a ‘from college free if you want to come get it’ papasan chair.  This room has been almost as big of a disaster as our room was.  Almost.  I’ve been working on rectifying that situation since Saturday and was totally unprepared for what an undertaking it’s turned out to be.

It actually felt like a mathematical equation that took a bit of time to figure out.  There has been a lot of frustration, starting over and extreme organization.  It’s taken some letting go of things, routines, and ‘the way things were’ by both of us.  It’s also been comical at times, particularly early in the morning when Jon is wandering around in just his socks and underwear complaining that he ‘can’t find anything in here’.

As of this morning, all of our things have successfully been combined into our room, our closet, and our bathroom.  I’ve labeled drawers with post it notes until we adjust.  It’ll be interesting to see how long the meticulous organization lasts (thank goodness for the container store) but for now it feels and looks pretty good.  We’ve created a new system that we share equally, which in turn will create a better space for our many guests.

It’s been cathartic to see the light at the end of the tunnel in setting up and combining our rooms in our home like this.  Granted we’ve still got a little ways to go, but progress has definitely been made.  It helped tremendously that Jon put all his trust in me and let me do my thing.  He knows that I’m better at things like this than he is and not only does he support me doing it on my own, but he’s relieved that I can.  It’s been a surprisingly good lesson for me.  To give up some of the control in areas that you aren’t very good at, let the other person flourish at the things they’re better at, and then enjoy the benefits together.

Jon and I have always been very different…held different things at different levels of importance.  I’ve always thought that was what made us work.  I was telling my friend Ashley the other day that sometimes he annoys the shit outta me with his nonsense and then the next minute, when I pull the stick out of my ass, I find myself curled up in non stop laughter with my best friend.  We challenge each other, make each other laugh like nobody else can (except maybe Ashley) and truly respect and love each other.  At the end of the day I would always bet on us.

Who knew that redecorating a bedroom would have such enlightening effects on me?  It’s shown me that even though it can be frustrating and confusing, combining lives…changing to accommodate the other person…even if it feels scary at times, can work, can make life better, and in the end can be 100% rewarding.