Fort Collins – 6 Months In

It’s official: I get it. 
It seemed like everyone told me to hold strong through the winter, because when the Colorado spring and summer roll around, I would fall in love. And boy, did I. 

On that note, this will also be my last “Big Move” post, because we feel really settled in. We moved here six months ago today and we are a part of the Fort Collins community. We’re even officially considered permanent CO residents (I guess it takes six months).
Happy Six Months to Us!
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Instagram Roundup

My weekend, as told by Instagram:
There is no other way to say this: Friday sucked. By the time 5:15 rolled around, my hips & legs were literally sore from sitting in one chair all day with only a few very brief breaks (to go to the bathroom, make a PB&J & let me dogs out – that’s it). I really needed some fresh air & open space – turns out discovering this Fort Collins treasure was just what the doctor ordered.
This little hike started my weekend off on the right foot. 
Saturday I woke up & went to barre, which is by far my favorite strength work out ever, & then managed to squeeze in a little bike ride with Cory before he went to work.
 While Cory was working, I snuck over to the pool at our gym, which is right across the street from our apartment complex, and got a little reading in.
Later I met up with Lacey, a friend from home. We tend to only see each other in brief, random spurts, but it was great to catch up with her. 
Then Cory & I met our friend, Rachel out for some drinks at a place we had never been before: Ace Gillet’s. LOVED IT. It’s a fancy little jazz club hidden underneath a boutique hotel on College called The Armstrong Hotel. Their Ruby SOHO martini is to die for, but Cory decides to get this:
What are you gonna do?
Sunday I met another Wichita friend, Jessica & her friend for brunch at Lucille’s. It’s a little cajun place that always has a 45 minute wait. And people actually wait because it’s that good. 
We dined on a chai lattes, beignets, biscuits w/sausage gravy & finally eggs sardou. YUM.
Overall, it was a very nice weekend. After a rough week, it was good to take my mind off of work & remember the important things in life: family, friends, love and faith in God’s plan for each of our lives. And with these kind of views in our everyday surroundings it’s easy to realize that not much else really matters.

Colorado Casual

This Saturday Cory & I attended the Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation University of Colorado Health Spring Benefit. Whew…what a mouth full. The attire for this event was “Colorado Casual”, which initially left me stumped. Through my job I attend numerous events every month (sometimes, like last week, even numerous events per week), but never had I come across a dress code quite like this. 
We love living in Colorado, and so does everyone else who lives here. In fact, there is even a popular bumper sticker that says, “I’m not a native, but I got here as soon as I could!” So, being the newbies that we are, we really wanted to get this right.
How do you think we did?

We saw people in everything from a backpack + NorthFace jacket + shorts to a short, lace black dress. Quite the variety. We had a great time & even ran into people that we knew, which was a strange, but good feeling! We even had the privilege if witnessing a fellow attendee single-handedly donate $50,000 to cancer research (which is the cause the benefit was raising money for). It was amazing.  

I hope you had a great weekend, too!

Saturday Morning Sweetness

I am overwhelmed with thankfulness this morning. 
Here’s a little list of what is making me so happy at the moment:
Last night’s BBQ at our place w/friends.
Sleeping in until after 9:30 a.m.
This gorgeous weather.
Pretty Flowers.
A soft black tank.
Blueberry Waffles – Eating them reminds me of mornings at my grandparents’ house when I was growing up.
Soft & Sweet Background Music.
This Cuddly Pup.
A Clean House.
Coffee.
God’s Hope & Grace.

Hunters

There is a lot of rain forecasted for Fort Collins this week, which is perfectly fine with me. I love rainy days for several reasons:
– The relaxing energy they bring
– It’s perfect reading-on-the-couch-with-a-blanket-and-cup-of-tea weather
– A reason to break out my Hunters
I purchased my Hunters last October & am happy I did so. They are much more stable than the former pairs I’ve had (from Target) and since they are not a super structured fit, I was able to save some $ and order a Kids size. 
When I went to pull them out this spring, I realized that I had no clue what I would wear with them. So I’ve put together an inspiration board for myself & anyone else that finds themselves with this problem. 

Hunters

Miss Selfridge peach maxi dress / Chloé , $360 / Print top / J Brand coral jeans, $430 / H&M low rise jeans, $47 / Hunter wellies boots, $160 / Michael Kors water resistant watch / Henri Bendel stud earrings / Cowl scarve, $225

The Derby

Happy Friday! 
If you’re weekend includes Kentucky Derby festivities (or the Derby, itself), I’ve put together some outfit inspiration for you. I will be spending my Saturday at 20/30’s Down & Derby Party, mint julep in hand & a big blue hat on my head!

The Derby

Topshop lacy dress / Timeless nude heels, $45 / Tory Burch evening clutch / Lilly Pulitzer jewelry / Yves Saint Laurent vermeil jewelry / Tea party hat / Roberto Cavalli logo sunglasses, $380

Urban, Edgy Spring

There are so many things that I admire about my best friend: her focus & determination, the inner coolness that she exudes & her sense of adventure, just to name a few. We are alike in many ways, but our sense of style is one of our differences. 
She is “edgy” & “urban” to my “girly” & “preppy”. Basically, she is a bad ass. So this is a little spring ensemble that I’ve thrown together in honor of her. 

Urban, Edgy Spring

Print top / rag & bone/JEAN denim waistcoat / Ted Baker / Paul & Joe long skirt / Gathering Eye spike necklace, $21 / Kate Spade kates spade / Samsoe & Samsoe slimming belt, $70 / H&M h m, $9.31