Dressed in Holiday Style with MAX

Hi Guys!

I hope you had a wonderful week! I am so excited for some festive fun this weekend.  I love that there are so many opportunities to wear extra special dresses durning the holidays and that it is perfectly appropriate to wear sparkle, bows, and lace on just about everything.  

Last week I stopped in MAX Boutique in Cherry Creek (additional locations in Boulder and Aspen), which is at the very top of my list for for high end boutiques in Colorado!  Max, the owner is one of the friendliest people around and has amazing style! I can't wait to show you some other fun things I snagged while I was there.  They carry a ton of beautiful Self Portrait dresses which are perfect for the holidays!!  My dress is sold out online, but available at MAX and found some similar options (here, here, and here).

I wore this dress to Jonny's office holiday party earlier this week.  It was really snowing so I ended up wearing tights and these black pumps.  As for my new over the knee boots, as you know I was a little scared to try this trend, and now I can't get enough!  I always felt they would make me look even shorter than I already am, but it turns out they elongate and are incredibly comfortable.  My coat is one of my favorite hand-me-downs from my mom, but I found a similar coat (on major SALE here $159) and also here $449.  I've linked several similar dresses and the rest of my outfit details below!

What fun holiday plans do you have this weekend?!

This post is in collaboration with MAX . As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!

Winter Wonderland

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

Geez, this month is flying by... I must admit, my Christmas cheer has been a little low this year.  Typically by this time I am blaring Christmas music and the house has been decorated for almost a month, but this year has been different.  I think it may have a little to do with the loss of Charlie Brown  (Jonny says Charlie had a lot of Christmas "whoop") and the warm weather late into the fall.  As much as I love this time of year it hasn't felt the same until last night.

Last night we went to our first Christmas party of the season.  The snow started falling just before we arrived and it was just magical! We toured all of the beautiful Christmas lights in the city after the party and I finally feel like I can put up some decorations today :).  Wish me luck!

I am so happy that rules like, "No white after Labor Day," are a thing of the past.  I think a completely white or off white look is perfect for the holidays.  I am planning on wearing this whole J.McLaughlin (minus my boots which are currently 25% off and purse) when we head to the mountains over the holidays.  My fur poncho is so warm and cozy, and I have been wearing the turtleneck under everything!!  I love that that their clothes are tailored to a woman's body, which means the jeans I am wearing have a great mid rise.  I would also recommend sizing down if you are between sizes.

Stay warm today, friends!

This post is in collaboration with J.McLaughlin . As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!

Holiday Card Ready

Hi Guys!

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I hope you are having a lovely week.  I put real clothes on for the first time yesterday - and today am back in my p.j.'s .... the doctor said this flu is lasting 10 days - 3 weeks and wow, am I red nosed vision in sweats.  My poor husband.  

Right before Thanksgiving we took pictures for our holiday card(s).  My whole family was in town so before Jonny, Stanley and I took our pictures we were able to take a few with my sisters, and their significant others and my mom as well which we haven't done in a long time.  Growing up we would take holiday photos every year, but actually getting the holiday card itself out was always a big task.

The past three years Jonny and I have used Minted and I am more amazed by the way they ease the process every year! I signed in to create our card and was trying to think of our list from last year and was happily surprised that they had it (and the addresses) saved.  They offer free pre addressing, with the cutest design options.  And you can even order personalized stamps or stamps that match your card (so easy!). We selected this design but were torn because we love this one too.

My dress is from Patterns and Pops $68.  I just love the sweet bows on the back - it is so comfy and would also be great with tights and boots as it gets colder.  Jonny's shirt is on major sale $25!  Stanley's bow tie is from a local doggy boutique (Two Pals and Pup), but in case you aren't in the area, I found a similar one here.  Shop the rest of my look and a few of my favorite red dresses (all under $100!) below.

Have a great day!

Cyber Monday Sale Roundup!

Happy Monday,

Hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend.... I have to admit that I have been enjoying "cyber week" not just CYBER MONDAY.  This cold has been a real doozy so I have not stepped one foot inside of a mall.  Honestly, as much as I love the tradition and seeing Santa (absolutely serious about that - literally have an Elf moment every time), it has been so nice to shop from the comfort of home.  Also today are some of the best sales yet!!  I have listed them all below.  And check out my favorite picks from each here and here.  

My whole look (above) is currently 60% off. My jacket ($107) and comes in 3 colors and red hunters never go sale (25% off)! Shop it in the scrolling gallery below.

Black Friday Sale Roundup!

Happy Black Friday!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.  Jonny and I had a relaxing day and limited ourselves to only two Thanksgivings this year which made it so nice be able to enjoy more time with everyone and less time traveling to and from each destination.  Not to mention, we probably saved a few calories, but who is counting on Thanksgiving #amiright?

There are so many great sales (obviously) right now, so I am just warning you, this is going to be a lengthy roundup, so pull up a chair and some cider.  Admittedly, I am likely doing the same thing.  I woke up with a pretty terrible cold (ugh!) and after feasting on all.the.things yesterday - sweats, a bun, online shopping, and Love Actually is all thats on the agenda for me today!

My entire outfit is currently over 50% off.  My jacket ($229), skirt ($114), and matching blouse are all 52% off through November 28th.  I wore an old blouse (similar here 30% off).  My favorite (and comfiest) heels are 20% off, but have very limited sizes left here - full priced, but more sizes available here ($119).

As I mentioned earlier this week, if you are subscribed to Denver Darling and receive it in your inbox, it is best to hop over to the blog to be able to see my picks for these big sale round ups! Happy shopping, friends!!

Abercrombie and Fitch: 50% off sitewide and additional 50-70% sale items and free shipping // I love this coat $100, this cold shoulder dress $34, and this sport half zip for Jonny $34!

Anne Taylor: 50% off everything // I love this dress, this cropped red coat, and these embellished pumps

Anthropologie: 30% off everything // CODE: LETSGO

Nordstrom: 40% off designer sale and 20% off selected items // Getting Sorels (like these and 25% off) last year was a game changer! They keep your feet oh so cozy in the snow!  Jonny informed me that after I posted my Gifts for the Guys earlier this week that I should have added a pair of Sorels (like these and also 25% off) to it... noted! And my booties that I wore here and here are 32% off.

Ray-Ban: 30% off of everything // I love the option to customize your glasses and add a personal message inside the frame for a great gift!

Mark and Graham: 25% your entire order and free shipping, monogramming and gift wrap (love all of those!). This gorgeous leather notebook is so classic and thoughtful gift. I live in these pj's they are so so soft! I got Jonny one of these wallets for his college graduation and he would love this to practice his swing!

Banana Republic: 50% off 5 regular priced items // CODE: BRFIVE

BCBG: 50% off Everything! // I love this dress and this dress for upcoming holiday parties!  

Tuckernuck: 20% off Everything! // CODE: GIVE20 - They are one of my favorite places to shop for gifts - I am wearing this scarf in a post next week!

J.Crew: 40% off entire purchase (first time ever!) CODE: Holiday

Pottery Barn: 25% off and free shipping on all bedding and up to 50% off select daily Black Friday Deals // CODE: MERRY

Tory Burch: 30% off sitewide and up to 60% off selected styles (my favorites are all under $300) // CODE: THANKS

  • Express: 50% off everything and free shipping (picks in post below)
  • Kate Spade: Up to 75% off select styles
  • J.Crew Factory: 50-60% off everything and free shipping on order $50+ (picks in post below)
  • Gap: 50% off everything and free shipping on orders $50+ // CODE: TGIF50
  • ASOS: 30% off everything and free shipping // CODE: THANKFUL30
  • Revolve: Up to 65% off and free shipping

I will be sure to keep this updated throughout the day (between rom-coms!). What's your favorite?  And I can't wait to here what kind of deals you get today!  I'll be sure to show you what I get too. Have a great day!

Gifts for the Guys

Happy Tuesday,

Happy Thanksgiving week!  During this week of thanks I try and remember to take extra time to say "hello" and smile and say "Happy Thanksgiving" to strangers (as creepy as that sounds) because maybe they will pass along the gesture.  I love the saying, "it is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy."

Today's gift guide is all about the guys in our life!  I am so incredibly thankful for all of the guys in mine.  I tried to keep them all in mind when putting this together.  Jonny actually had a say (or two) while I was picking things out in today's guide.

  1. Kiehl's Travel Ready Starter Kit $43
  2. Bose Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling Headphones $349.95 and Wool Smart Phone Gloves $49
  3. Monogrammed Wallet $80 Cozy Slippers $110
  4. Onsie Jammies $70 Robe $165
  5. Weekender $395 (Jonny uses this one! $129)
  6. Zip Front Jacket $139 Puffer Coat $900 (splurge!) love this one too and 40% off with code holiday
  7. Embossed tie case $149 Plaid Shirt $145

My dad and Jonny both travel quite a bit for work so last year they requested a nice weekender (like this one $395).  Previously, (for all of my dad's professional life) he used a backpack for short trips and he has loved his new bag.  Jonny has this one $129, and recommends it to everyone.  Our family does Christmas jammies every year and I am planning on getting these for Jonny, they crack me up and will actually be perfect and so cozy for after skiing (fingers crossed we get some snow!).  I think this tie case would make a wonderful gift and I love that it can be personalized.  

5 years ago I got Jonny his first pair of Uggs - sometimes we don't think of Ugg as a product for guys, but I think guys like soft, cozy things just as much as we do! He wears his boots to work during the winter, under jeans and after skiing (similar pair here).  I also love these slippers that I am planning to get him - I think the rubber sole will be nice for taking Stanley out in the morning.  As for whats on his wishlist for this year... he mentioned that how this jacket is (I also like this one that is 40% off with code holiday).  He has this one that he throws on for work, but this one would be nice for really cold days.  We will see ;).

I will be adding new things to my Holiday Shop all this week and will be doing my best to keep you all updated with the best sale info! So make sure to check back often this week for Black Friday sale tips and round-ups and please let me know if there is anything you have your eye on that I should be looking out for too!

Gearing up for the Holidays!

Happy Friday!

I hope you had a wonderful week! It is finally feeling like November in Colorado.  We had our first snow yesterday (which is crazy late) so now I am officially ready for the holidays to begin.  Until yesterday there has been little need for coats or boots - or even sweaters which are usually standard attire during this time of year.

You guys all know that I love J Crew Factory, there is a location near our place in the mountains and Jonny and I stopped in last weekend and coincidentally were both decked out - head to toe in Factory apparel.  We always try and knock out some of our holiday shopping early there because they have fantastic sales and the good stuff always goes quickly! 

I got my coat ($134) on sale last year (also comes in festive red and black) and it so comfy and warm and is wonderful quality! It is pretty much an exact duplicate of the non factory version (I do love this plaid version on sale: with code Festive!).  I wear this shirt ($16.99) year round, with white jeans and skirts in the summer, and with tights/skirts or jeans and boots in the winter.  I think a scarf is always a lovely gift.  I bought this scarf in different patterns (like this one) for myself and my sisters and we are planning on wearing them for our family Christmas card this year.

What are you up to this weekend?! Hope its a great one!

Adventures with Woodzee

Hi Friends,

I hope you are having a great week so far.  I am getting so excited for Thanksgiving... I can't believe how quickly the holidays have snuck up on us!!  Jonny and I have a full weekend of fun ahead, first celebrating my Nana and Papa's 65th wedding anniversary (watch out for some adorable snaps on my instagram story), and then the first of about a million Thanksgiving feasts.  

I am pretty sure the pants that I am wearing here and love so much will no longer fit after next week.  Oh well... YOLO?  These distressed jeans are great, but I also love a bargain and found two pair for less than half the price (here $70 and here $59).

Jonny and I were so thankful to get a way last weekend before the craziness of the holidays begins.  We took Stanley on his first hike and Jonny golfed - which is semi terrifying because it means our ski resorts won't be opening any time soon :/.  I thought my new sunglasses from Woodzee were the perfect accessory to bring along on our weekend adventure.  I love that each pair is unique and made from buffalo horn.  Jonny got these! Both would make great Christmas gifts.  Also, think the tassels on my sweater are so fun, it is almost out of stock, so I found several more that I love (here, here and here!)

Have a great day! Cheers!

This post is in collaboration with Woodzee . As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!

Gifts for your host and hostess with the mostess!

Morning Friends!

I hope you have had a chance to relax this weekend after a long and interesting week.

Jonny and I are both from Colorado so between the two of us, the holidays can be CRAZY busy.  We have big families which means multiple celebrations for both of us, but we would not have it any other way.  And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it could be helpful to share some of my favorite hostess gifts.  

Hosting a holiday is no small feat.  We hosted Friendsgiving last year and it was a blast!  But, my goodness was it tough.  I remember thinking "how did my mom do this all the time?".  She was the hostess with the mostess and seemed to do it so effortlessly.  I now know the real time and energy that it takes to make a holiday go smoothly.  

I love bringing a small hostess gift to each gathering we attend throughout the holidays.  Something small like these Sugarfina boxes are perfect, adorable (and delicious!), they come in several designs and various flavors.  I think this CHEESE BOARD is so special (yes, it is a cheese board!)... almost too pretty to put cheese on, almost ;).  I am planning on getting one for our home for a few of our upcoming gatherings.  Also I love the this cocktail guide cutting board for the great bartending host!

  1. Dessert Plate $18
  2. Gilded Candle $39
  3. Handblown Vase $59
  4. Gratitude Gift Tray $48
  5. Soap and Towel Gift Set $35
  6. Coasters $49
  7. Agate Cheese Board $78
  8. Fabulous Mug $15
  9. Glitter Frame $40
  10. Bartender Prep Board $69
  11. Wax Seal $45
  12. Cheers! Candy Bento Box $29

V - Is for Vote!

Happy Election Day Friends!

My dad first ran for office when I was in first grade - so Election Day has always been a big deal in our house. I will never, ever discuss politics here, except today and only to remind you how important it is to vote!   You can find voter information here!

Campaigning has always been a family activity for us.  Tossing out candy at parades, knocking on doors to hand out literature after soccer practice... and making phone calls on election day - it is so much fun and such a big part of who my sisters and I are.  Fall during an election year, the campaign office was our second home.  And as a daughter, it is my right to put a little plug in for my dad and ask you to vote for him if you live in the 7th congressional district of Colorado :)!  

I wore this outfit to dinner over the weekend in the mountains.  It is pretty crazy that we can still go tightsless in the mountains in November, but I'll take it! I snagged this skirt $79 at J Crew Factory (love it there!) and am planning on wearing it tonight for election night festivities tonight!  I like that it is conservative, but still fun with the tie on the side.  It also comes in burgundy! This blanket scarf is my favorite for this time of the year and is perfect to carry through the holidays - and let me tell you, is so cozy (and under $45)!  I wear these booties All. The. Time. - so comfy and love that the neutral color goes with pretty much anything!  Also, I used to be a necklace and studs girl, but these earrings have changed that! They are a little heavy, but I have still been wearing them every chance I get!

I hope you have a wonderful Election Day! Follow Zoe and me along on some Election Day adventures today on my instagram stories.

Best Gifts for Your Engaged Besties this Season and Minted Giveaway

In honor of my dear friend, Molly's, engagement, I am so excited to share a gift guide to celebrate the newly engaged couples in our life!  Starting today, I will be sharing (at least) weekly, gift guides to help us all get ready for the holidays.  We all know that I am not the best at planning, however, I do like to shop... so I am trying to knock out some of my shopping early this year and spread it out over the next 7 weeks so I am not scrambling on Christmas Eve (it has happened... it might still, but #goals).

Speaking of planning... This may not be a big deal for some, but huge achievement over here - I have already ordered our Holiday Cards! I have teamed up with Minted to give away $125 in credit towards holiday cards to two Denver Darling readers so you can be a head of the game too (wooo hooo!). You can sign up HERE! Winners will randomly be selected one week from today. Good luck!

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  1. Mr. and Mrs. Balloons $48
  2. Jewelry Tray $19.99
  3. Bling Brush $18
  4. Wedding Planner $48
  5. "Cheers" Champagne Flutes $58
  6. Monogrammed Satchel $120
  7. Plaid Luggage Tag $49
  8. Hammered Moscow Mule Mugs $85
  9. Yorkshire Check Scarf $45
  10. If there were a 10 it would be this (oops!)
  11. Plaid Ground Cover $89
  12. Carry On Spinner $279

My friend Molly and her new fiance love to travel, so (spoiler alert Molls) I am planning on getting them something that they can use on their future adventures together.  I have had my eye on this suit case forever, and I also love these luggage tags as a sweet personalized gesture.  I always love giving champagne flutes as an engagement gift.  You know there will be endless celebrations in the coming months and champagne flutes like these or these are a must!

Also, the first gift that I received when Jonny and I were engaged was ring cleaner (like this) from my sister in law... she gives the best gifts! It was something that I used every day to keep my new ring clean and sparkly! Finally, new brides are so eager to start planning - a helpful wedding planner like this onethis one, or this one (which can be personalized, which I love!) is always a welcomed gift to help take notes, jot down ideas and keep things organized.

I hope you have are having a wonderful weekend and be sure to put your name in for the $125 giveaway with Minted! (Shop everything by clicking on the links above or scrolling the gallery below).

This post is in collaboration with Minted. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!

These Boots are Made for Walking through Fall

Hi Friends, Happy Thursday!

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful week!  As I mentioned yesterday, we are having a serious Indian Summer over here and I am not complaining one bit.

I have heard mumblings from people that they can't wait for the cold and sleet and the snow and hot cocoa.  All I can think is "hold your horses people!" there will be plenty I promise.  Enjoy the sunshine!  That being said, yesterday I spent the day working outside, the sunshine on my face, Stanley at my feet and drinking endless amounts of lemonade from one of my favorite pup friendly neighborhood spots (Postino).  And I will hopefully be doing the same thing today and tomorrow.

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Last weekend lovely Lacey from My Boring Closet and I got together to share our favorite boots of the season!  We met up in the sweet Wash Park neighborhood of Gaylord and had a blast sampling goodies from Devils Food Bakery and peeking in the adorable boutiques!

I have been getting a lot of questions from you about picking the right boot.  I know the process can seem kind of scary because boots used to be such an investment.  But there are so many great options right now at wonderful price points! 

I mentioned here - that I have had these for two seasons now! They are my favorite boot.  And yes, I do wear them with black!  I have also had my eye on these Tory Burch boots for a while and they are currently a part of the ShopBop Surprise Sale (today is the last day!).  I also just purchased my first pair of over the knee boots (big deal you guys - I have short legs!!).  I am really excited about these because they aren't too high/tight, and have a nice heel height - pretty much the Goldilocks of boots! Oh and 40% right now - bonus! 

I love Lacey's whole look.  So perfect for fall and any upcoming Thanksgiving festivities! Her boots are a steal ($77!) and come in three other colors! I am thinking about the burgundy (you know how I feel about burgundy!).  I also love these - both have the tie at the top which makes the over the knee not as scary as they once were to me.  I will share my new pair with you soon!

I can't wait to see your favorite boots.  Have you tried over the knee boots? Maybe I have just been a chicken.  Have a great day!

xo

 

 

 

Burgundy Fall

Morning Friends!

Hope you had a wonderful Halloween weekend!!  I can't believe that here we are - the beginning of November and it still feels like late summer.  One thing I love about Colorado is that we have four true seasons.  Sometimes in the dead of winter I wish Jonny and I lived in California or Arizona where the weather is always mild, but then I remember we would never get days like these!

Last week, I took Stanley on a stroll and the leaves seemed to be at their peak.   Just a few days later he has almost doubled in size and  these beautiful leaves are almost gone.  Looking through these photos I got a little sad remembering a gorgeous fall day last year with Mr. Brown, so I am reminded to savor every minute of our changing Colorado seasons.

Since it has been unseasonably warm layering has not really been necessary just yet.  I have been loving these lightweight turlenecks from Madewell.  I liked this one so much I also bought it in black and blue and am planning on getting blush and red for the Holidays since they are currently on sale ($29.95).  Burgundy has been my very favorite color to wear this fall and I am sure will continue through the holidays and the new year - I was so excited when I spotted these Hunters in my new favorite color.  If it were chilly enough for a jacket, I would have worn this faux leather jacket ($32)! 

Have a great day!

xo

 

  

 

Pumpkin Pickin

Happy Wednesday Friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful week...  if you are here in CO, seriously, can you believe this weather?  And if you are not, hope it is just as beautiful where you are!!

Jonny and I spent the better part of this past weekend enjoying the sunshine and our new puppy, Stanley.  He is an absolute riot and super smart... I sound like such a crazy dog lady, but I am convinced he is a puppy angel sent by Charlie Brown (why not, right?).  

It is rare that we have a free day that neither Jonny or I have work, a birthday, wedding, or other beautiful commitment so we decided to take a little daycation to Boulder and stop at the Cottonwood Farms Pumpkin Patch along the way.  We searched all over for a place that would also allow Stanley and it seems this is the only pumpkin patch that is also dog friendly.  Well, we were so glad we stopped here because it was incredibly charming.  Entry is free, wagons provided for your pumpkin picking pleasure, and possibly the highlight for me.... they have a mini horse!! One day I am going to get one and my poor husband is just going to come home to a small zoo in our townhouse.  

Jonny and I were so excited enjoy the beautiful fall day at the pumpkin patch.  And, my flannel that I just snagged from Madewell is super comfy! Definitely cozy, so will be perfect for chillier temperatures later this fall and winter.  I love how versatile this skirt is too - I have also worn it with a white tee and booties and will be great with black tights and boots in cooler temps too!  My boots and purse are both tried and true favorites.  Jonny actually got me both for Christmas two years ago and they have stayed in such wonderful condition!  Shop all outfit details below.

Would love to hear your favorite pumpkin picking spots!  Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

Colorful Colorado

Happy Friday, Friends!

I hope you have had a beautiful week.  It has been ggggg-orgeous here and we have just been eating it up! 

Last weekend Jonny and I headed to Vail to celebrate our anniversary.  We are both Colorado natives, but the beauty of peek leaf season in the mountains still amazes both of us.  We thought that this may have been the prettiest season we have ever seen, but I now realize, it is just that the beauty of seeing the colors transition will never get old and always seems more beautiful than the last.  That being said, there are probably only a few more days so if you are in CO you need to get up there!

We stayed at The Sebastian, which is where our wedding reception was held and going back always brings back such wonderful memories.  We hiked Booth Falls, the trail head is just outside of Vail Village so it is quite popular, but it didn't bother us one bit.  We also strolled through my favorite farmers market which ends this weekend, so if you have been hoping to do some leaf peeping and visit the farmers market this is would be the perfect time.   

I had quite a few questions about our matching fleeces... Jonny and I actually received them as a wedding gift and we both love them! They are so cozy and great for cool fall days and very cozy after skiing (also like this for him and this for her).  My vest is one of my favorite things to wear for hikes, sunny ski days, and after yoga.  Also, I pretty much live in these leggings - I love the high waist, so they don't slip down when I am running or hiking.

Hopefully this weekend is as beautiful as the last! Would love to hear your plans and favorite weekend getaways.

xo