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Date Night at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Sloans Lake

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Andrew and I love the movies!  

Well, that's not entirely true.  Before I met Andrew, I never really watched movies (unless it was in the theater).  And truthfully, the only reason I went to the movies was because the theater behind my house was amazing!  Alamo Drafthouse is a unique, quirky theater with small auditoriums and strict rules on talking/texting (god, I sound like my mother...).  Not only are the pre-show commercials entertaining and relevant, they serve AMAZING food and craft beers all movie long.  It's a little slice of millennial heaven!

Andrew on the other hand LOVES movies.  He can be dead tired - and extremely cranky - but somehow have enough energy to watch 2 movies on his iPad... When we first met, we played the whole "getting to know you game," asking each other questions and so forth.  One round, we somehow ended up on the topic of movies.  Andrew started asking me all about the movies I'd seen and which were my favorite.  Unfortunately, trying to see if we had that in common.  Let me just put it this way -- the conversation ended with Andrew asking: "Did you grow up under a rock?"  This came about after I confessed to never seeing Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Godfathers, and about a dozen other "classics".

Fast forward 5 years and here we are --  old, married, and running a business. Life gets hectic and we often times find ourselves planning out 1-on-1 time for Date Night.  We've done the dinner scene, are over the bar scene, and I find bowling alleys kind of gross.  So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that Alamo Drafthouse (my little piece of Texas) was putting in a location 12 minutes from my house!!!

To celebrate the HUGE event that we had just learned was taking place, we immediately decided to pop over for a fun-filled date night full of Geeks Who Drink Trivia at BarFly and a thrilling adventure with Wonder Woman at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Sloans Lake!  The experience we had at this location was everything I hoped it would be.  Andrew and I loved the trivia rounds and some of the new items they had added to the menu hit so hard.  (and now I'm showing how much I love food - whoops!)  Seriously.  Get the Bahn Mi. 

If you are ever in the area, and looking for a unique experience to view a movie, I strongly recommend Alamo Drafthouse (Sloans Lake location).  Who knows, maybe you'll catch us there playing trivia on a Monday Night at 7:00 :] 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alamo Drafthouse.  The opinions and text are all mine.

Pink, Pink, Pink... For Breast Cancer Awareness!

Happy November, everyone!

This past month flew by with record speeds.  It’s been quite a whirlwind over at our house, and after chatting with others, it seems to be a trend across the board.  I apologize for not staying on top of my posts in the past couple of weeks, I am migrating my website and making a few changes to my company – so needless to say, my time has been a bit stretched thin! 

Instead of jumping in today and giving you an update on what we’ve been up to, I decided to focus on one topic that’s near and dear to my heart, then give you a little gallery of our recent whereabouts. 

October is known for several things… Halloween, football, changing leaves (especially here in Colorado), and Breast Cancer Awareness.  Yes, in case you’ve been living under a rock, the entire month of October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and coming together to realize we need a cure!

Recently, Andrew and I were asked by some friends of ours to join them for a Broncos game at Mile High Stadium!  I was so excited because it was my first Broncos game, and first time cheering on a different team since moving from Dallas.  Additionally, it was an October game, and most NFL teams wear PINK gear during this month to show their support of the cause! 

Knowing these details about the game day colors, I took full advantage of the opportunity to sport my beautiful pink vest from ML Furs.  Pairing the pop of color with an understated white pant and a basic white tee, I pulled the look together with a grey Broncos hat.  The end result was amazing – sporty and casual, with a flare of festive!  Who knew a pink vest could be so versatile??

As I planned for this post, the reason for this look got me thinking…  Why do we only support something when the media tells us to?  Just because we have found ourselves in November, doesn’t mean my support of Susan G. Komen foundation and desire for a cure has passed.  Why can’t I wear pink year round to show my support and raise Breast Cancer Awareness! 

So I’d like to challenge everyone to continue their support of causes well beyond the designated days… I don’t care if you have a heart for ALS, Breast Cancer, or Autism, whatever you feel speaks to you, continue to support them well beyond 1 week, 1 day, or 1 month! 

If you’d like to make a donation in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, please visit one of the two sites below.

If you’re like me and like to show your support by sporting pink, you can purchase this vest by clicking the photo below:

 

Now here’s a little bit of life that’s happened in my world –

 

xx,

Rebecca

Friday Faves: Falling in Love with Fall

We are already halfway into OCTOBER!?  I can't believe it!  

This year is flying by and I'm falling more in love with life here in Denver with each passing week.

On a candid note, I've really been enjoying this new "Friday Faves" series.  People always say that journaling the positive things in your life is the best way to curate positive energy and happiness, and right now, I couldn't agree more.  These little entries have given me an opportunity to slow down and appreciate all of the little things in life.  I've been taking time to enjoy all of the blessings around me and truly appreciate some of the "extras" that make life easier.  The results have been astounding.  I'm happier, more thankful of what I have, and have found the ability to differentiate things I LOVE and things I like - annnnd I have the ability to share those things with you, my favorite people!

NEAT AND TIDY

So let's kick off this week's list with a simple pleasure I noticed this past week!  I'm obsessed with our current sink-side decorations.  It might be a small corner, but these details are so special to me.  

Up First, the ring holder.  It was a gift from one of my very best friend's the day of my wedding; it was one of the first things I received that had mine and Andrew's initials.  The second is the little terrarium!  For our wedding, Andrew and I decided forgo the traditional candle lighting and create a unique piece of art, by combining two colors of sand, for our new home.  We topped the sand with seashells and air plants!  The last addition to this little corner is some amazing soap from Bath & Bodyworks.  Andrew's mother came for a visit and surprised me with this delicious smelling fall soap!  

 

GIFTING GUIDE

Fall is my favorite season!  The weather is crisp and fresh.  Sweaters, scarves, and boots make fashion headlines.  What could be better?!  It's also the season of BIRTHDAYS.  If you're like me, you know hundreds of September, October, and November babies (including myself and Andrew).  I find myself constantly on the hunt for birthday gifts... mostly for myself, but sometimes others too!  So this section is dedicated to all of your shopping needs:

For You:

 PC: @howdybrandon

PC: @howdybrandon

If you are looking to treat yourself to a little something, I recommend getting a custom fitted dress.  Don't worry -- I promise I'm not trying to break the bank!  This dress is from an online company called eShakti.com and their claim to fame is affordable fashion for all women.  No matter what your size, they will custom make any article of clothing from their collection JUST FOR YOU!  They even give you the option of changing the neckline, sleeve style, and other details to your liking.  Check them out here: eShakti

For Your Bestie:

 PC: @noahbergphotography

PC: @noahbergphotography

Let's be honest... Every girl LOVES fall for one reason above all.. Starbucks' Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, or "PSLs" as they are more commonly known.  What better gift can you think of than this amazing PSL Sweatshirt from Care Diane?  It's the perfect top to sport during a much needed Netflix marathon of Gilmore Girls.  Add a bottle of wine and you've secured your friendship for the next 20 years.  Head over to Cara Diane and "treat yo'self" -- If you use the code "#NOVICENATIVE" you'll get 20% OFF your order.  

For your Mom (or Relative):

 PC: @alex_takes_photos

PC: @alex_takes_photos

Gifting for someone that isn't practically your clone can be hard!  You don't want to get something they'll hate or something that's totally outside their age group, but also don't want to spend eternity trying to find the perfect gift -- I get it!  Look no further than mywalit.   This amazing company is perfect; they have a little something for everyone!  Wether her favorite is classic leather slouch bags or a fun colorful clutch, this company has a piece to fit her style.  I fell in love with this adorable clutch and the bright colors.  The quality is amazing and the leather feels so soft!  You can get your's here: www.mywalit.com

 

HEALTH

I get why everyone likes to get in shape before summer, but for someone who lives in Denver, fall is the best time to get in shape.  Ski season is just around the corner and winter happens to be our most active time!  With cooling nights come earlier sunsets, which means it harder to fit in that dreaded evening workout.  Instead of killing myself trying to change my eating habits and beginning a workout regimen, I decided to start with one of my favorite health kicks -- JUICING.  If you've followed me for any amount of time, you know I love juices.  This time, I decided to try a new brand of juices: SUJA.  I'm sure you've seen their ads and heard their name, but here's an honest review from someone who loves juice:

Their juice is amazing.  Andrew and I both did the 3-day Fresh Start and really enjoyed the cleanse.  The juices were sweeter than other cleanses I've tried, but so tasty!  It would be the perfect cleanse for someone trying their first juice.  The nutrition facts were on the back of the bottles, which I wasn't sure about at first, but I ended up loving it.  I could really feel a difference between each juice and started to "notice" the difference when it came to caloric intake.  The Blue Dream (purple) juice was hands down my favorite.  ER MAH GOSH -- OBSESSED!  I looked forward to it every night.  If you are looking to get clean and fit this fall, SUJA is the way to go.  Check out their website here!

xoxo,

R

Friday Faves: A Full Makeover

Today’s “Friday Faves” post is a little longer than the last, mainly because it’s combining two weeks of favorites in to one! 

A little back story as to why:: Last week, I took some much needed time for R&R with Andrew (after having a really rough week – particularly Friday!) and decided to let myself off the hook for my scheduled post.  Through my blogging journey, I’ve discovered that my path to success is driven by listening to my own needs and allowing myself space to “let myself down” or not meet my self-induced, super-high expectations.  It’s been such a great chance to get to know myself and develop a healthy relationship with stress and my body! 

So now that you know you have a bunch to look forward to and why, let’s get the party started! 

I’ve had such a great time the past few weeks shopping for the new season, updating my tech equipment, and pushing myself to get fit that there’s a huge variety in my favorites this time around.

THE NEW AND IMPROVED IPHONE

Let’s start with the device that makes all of my blogging dreams come true – The iPhone!  Not many of you know (because I couldn’t snap, call, or text), but I was in Dallas two weeks ago for a wedding.  While there, I dropped my phone and the screen died. Like immediately. Into a million little pieces.  I wasn’t upset though… Why?  Because I was still sporting the iPhone 6 16G in white and I seriously deserved an upgrade after that trauma.  I could only have 100 photos, NO music, and 3 videos on my phone at any given time.

CONVENTIENTLY!!! The new iPhone 7 was released the day after I got back to Denver!  Of course I decided to go with the rose gold one with 220-something GB of data.  I don’t even know what to do with all the extra memory space, but I love it!  The phone is definitely my favorite version yet.  The button isn’t as bad as people are making it seem; it still feels like a button when you push it and the sensitivity makes it so much easier to handle!   

A few other things I really like about the phone?  The camera – IT’S AMAZING!  I don’t even carry my DSLR camera anymore.  I also really like the Bluetooth headphone capability and haven’t missed the headphone jack.  The last thing I love about my new phone is MY CASE.  A huge shout out to Kate Spade for the party case – the new phone really is worth celebrating!  Shop my case here.

FALL SUNNIES!!

I was so excited for mail day this past Tuesday that when the package came I almost hugged the mailman!  These new Tory Burch sunglasses are absolutely going to be a fall favorite this season.  The yellow ear pieces are the perfect color of mustard and the turtle shell frames are everything.  I love that big lenses with pointed frames are coming back (along with chokers and wide-legged pants!).  I feel like I am reliving 3 different generations middle school experiences! 

The best part, I got them from a wonderful store in Dallas, Carlens Luxury Optical.  They always have the best prices.  If you are on the market for some new shades, give them a call or stop by their store – They are offering 20% OFF to anyone who mentions The Novice Native sent them… in case you didn’t realize, that’s a lot off a pair of sunnies!  They are located in Dallas off of HW75 (Central Expressway) & Park Ln or you can visit their website here.

FASHION FINDS

This week’s fashion find is a two-for-one special!    

I had such a wonderful response to my date night outfit this past week, mainly the jeans, that I decided to feature them today.  They are SO comfy and definitely a FAVE in my closet.  To be honest, I’ve had them for 2 years and still wear them every chance I get…. So where do the magic jeans come from?  Express!  They aren’t selling this color anymore, but I found a darker version of them HERE !

My second obsession this week is this Blanket Scarf.  I have completely jumped on the scarf train.  They are so soft and definitely big enough to keep your neck warm.  I would have to say that my favorite part about this particular scarf is its ability to act like a blanket when I’m really cold; I can take it off my neck, unfold it, and wrap it around my shoulders like a blanket… Needless to say, it’s been properly named. 

(photos by Alex_Takes_Photos IG:: @alex_takes_photos)

THE MUSCLE RELIEF

Last on today’s list, but certainly not least, is my new tool in battling the effects of my car accident.  I had so many questions about my accident after posting about getting Botox that I decided to share another tool I’ve used to help with the muscle tension and spasms related to whiplash. 

This series of tools is a product of RAD ROLLER.  They are a Denver-based company who create rollers and massage tools that tailor to smaller areas.  If you need an example, the photo above shows me rolling a very small area of my neck without hurting other areas or pulling my hair!  I was introduced to them at a Lululemon event a few months ago and fell in love with their products. (p.s. that's where my leggings are from)

The tiny rollers and balls have been life savers, significantly reducing the number of massages I’ve received since beginning to use them.  I “roll out” my tension spots on a daily basis and use the balls on pressure points I was trained help with overall well-being.  My hands are the primary place I use them, as I spend a lot of time writing and typing.  They provide a ton of relief when I’m starting to feel fatigued.  You can check them out here, and feel free to ask me any questions!! 

My full set of tools HERE

Weekend Wrap Up: Our 6-Month Anniversary

So it turns out… I’m a horrible wife!  The worst part?  I don’t even care! 

Here’s why:  Andrew and I spent the whole weekend celebrating our 6-month anniversary.   We talked about all of our favorite parts of being married, how much we’ve grown, and those types of things!  During that conversation, we couldn’t believe it had gone by so quickly... so we did the math.  Feb - Mar (1); Mar - Apr (2) …. Welp… We got to September and realized… WE’VE BEEN MARRIED 7 MONTHS! 

So I’m a bad wife because I couldn’t even get the dates right, but I don’t care because I love being married so much that time is FLYING.  So I take it as a compliment! 

So now that you know we’ve been celebrating blindly, here’s what we were up to this weekend!

Friday, we headed to our favorite movie theater of all time:  Alamo Draft House.  Traveling by train, we chatted about how much we’ve seen of Denver.  We can’t believe we’ve almost been here 2 years now and wouldn’t trade our day-to-day for the world.  Once settled into our seats, we enjoyed a delicious chicken sandwich and a few cold brews, as we watch SULLY.  The movie was absolutely amazing… if you watched my snaps (@the_novice_native), you know that I had a rough start to my day Friday and a few good laughs/ a great movie was all it took to turn it around!  We laughed, we cried, and ultimately we both agreed it was a great film.

Saturday could be described as “The Perfect Day!”  We woke up early and cleaned the house together.  We both love when the whole house smells clean and everything is put away.  Then we headed to the grocery store and filled our basket with all kinds of goodies.  After all the chores were done, it was time to celebrate!  We grabbed to pup and headed out for an amazing hike. 

After our nature adventure, we headed home to shower and make a celebratory dinner!  After throwing on some music, we started the grill and prepped the salad, salmon, and quinoa.  While we were getting things ready, Andrew snuck outside and snagged a bottle of champagne he had hidden over ice!  He walked in holding a beautiful, cold bottle of MOET.  The same bottle of champagne we shared the first night of our honeymoon!  I was so excited and the gesture was so sweet.  (I’m such a lucky girl!)  

During dinner, our “First Dance” song came on and we thought it would be fun to see if we could still remember the steps.  To our surprise, we could!  We had a blast dancing in our living room floor and chatting about our wedding. 

After dinner, Andrew grabbed the knife and cut the cake.  We have heard horror stories about the cake not tasting good, so we were prepared for the worst.  To our surprise… THE CAKE WAS AMAZING!!  (I mean so good I’ve had a piece every day since.  Cake for breakfast is a real thing.)  We raved about how good it was and how much we wished we had done the whole cake in the “Cinnamon Roll” flavor with cream-cheese frosting!  So… this is a formal apology to our guests – you missed the best flavor and we are sorry!

Sunday, we spent the day relaxing and decorating my new blog office.  I CANNOT wait to share it with you all. 

All in all … I guess you could say we had a pretty spectacular 6(7) month anniversary weekend!  Cheers to having so much fun, you don’t know your anniversary! 

 

PS... All of the china, serving dishes, drinking glasses, champagne cooler.... they were all gifted to us by our amazing family and friends.  Thank you all so much!!  

 

xx,

The Barrilleaux's