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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.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Ok, so I know this is REALLY late… Like really late.  Christmas has come and gone, and Valentine’s Day is already on the way! So even though these were my favorite gifts for the holiday season, they would make great Valentine’s Day gifts for someone special.

 

JEWELRY

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Let’s start with everyone’s favorite gift - jewelry!  It’s about the only cliche gift I can’t get enough of.  I can live without flowers and chocolate, but jewelry has a special place in my heart.  One of my favorite gifts this Christmas was my earring/necklace set from Bloom Jewelry!  The black diamonds are just unique enough to attract a ton of compliments!  Denver-based Jewelry by Bloom, owned by jewelry designer Lindsay Bloom, has a unique feel, beautiful craftsmanship, and comes at an awesome price point!  I’m wearing her  Pave Diamond Bar Studs. They are beautifully hand-made with Black Diamonds, set in 14k gold studs. They are versatile because the sparkle is beautiful and classy, but the style is snappy-casual! If you are searching for an accessory that is special and understated, the Pave Diamond Football Necklace is perfect. It features a oxidized silver/black diamonds in the shape of a football - sorry, I have the super bowl on my mind!  The shape is a unique piece that catches the eye, yet the small size is dainty and right up my alley.

See more looks from Bloom over on http://thecashmeregypsy.com/my-favorite-things/ , where my best girlfriend’s and I had a little fun in their collection!

 

MAKEUP + SKINCARE

 

My next favorite gift was actually a stocking stuffer!!  Biossance’s Makeup Removing Cloths were absolutely a perfect gift for me.  I am (most of the time) too lazy to wash my face at night… so I often turn to cleansing cloths.  After forgetting my pack when I traveled home for the holidays, I was so excited to open these little gems Christmas morning!  If you are in need of a gentle makeup remover that is easy on your skin- these you need to give these little guys a chance! The Refresher cloths, as Biossance calls the little pack, are a great solution as they moisturize beautifully but do not leave you with a greasy feeling afterwards. It’s also a great option for those of you who want a natural alternative to makeup removers! The key ingredients are squalane, which is plant-derived and protects skin from losing moisture, an antioxidant blend of rosemary, rice bran, and sunflower extract, along with vitamin E. These protectants keep your skin glowing after you have used the cloths. Finally, hemisqualane, derived from sugarcane, helps gently cleanse. These would be a wonderful gift for the cosmetics guru in your life!  

 

ACCESSORIES 

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The last gift that I wanted to highlight today is my new favorite mountain accessory!  Perfect for chilly Colorado days and nights, this Royal Scout and Co Faux Fur Neck Wrap (in Wolf) is classy and so warm. I was so excited to receive a chic accessory to layer warmth effortlessly!!  If you are on the hunt for a perfect “Apres Ski” fashion statement...this one fits the bill. It easily adds a luxurious element to anything (even ski gear - trust me!). Being a smaller size than a scarf, it works so well for travel. I couldn’t take this off while on a recent trip up in the mountains! Whether worn with my favorite LBD or over a sweater, I’ve found it is functional, fashionable, and would make a great V-day gift for a girl who loves “woodland chic.”  

 

I hope you all love these gifts, as much as I did!!  

XOXO, Rebecca

Dress: Banana Republic

Coat: W by Worth

Jewelry: Bloom (links above)

Location: Cherry Creek Shopping Mall

Photography by: Miranda Sober (www.mirandalsober.com)

 

The 4-1-1 on Eyelash Extensions

I recently made the decision to give eyelash extensions a try!  Initially, I was hesitant, but I can't call myself a try blogger if I'm not willing to try something new and give you a candid review of my experience.  So, I went for it.  

Here's my full review of the process, the results, and what I learned about the new trend.

If you are interested in trying them out too (and live in Colorado), I highly recommend Glosshouz in Centennial.  The staff was amazing and so accommodating when I mentioned it was my first time getting them done.  Their contact info is below:

 

 

Near Park Meadows Mall next door to Ethan Allen.

8171 S. Chester St. 

Centennial, CO 80112

p. 303.459.4210

glosshouz.com

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

Understanding Affiliate Programs:: What You Need to Know About LIKEtoKNOW.it and ShopStyle

“What in the world are all those crazy links I see on people’s Instagram posts?”

As a blogger, I get this question all the time!  The short version of the answer to that question is: “It’s an embedded hyperlink that allows you to shop a blogger’s look directly from your email!”  However, the short answer is sometimes just as confusing as the idea itself!  Ugh!  So, I thought I would take some time and explain what exactly they mean, and how you (as everyday fashionistas with real lives) can benefit from them!

Let’s start with the big picture.  The only thing those weird, shortened links mean is that the blogger or individual you follow has an “affiliate account” with one of two companies!  ShopStyle and LIKEtoKNOW.it are the two brand accounts that professionals often work with! 

But what is an affiliate account?  It is an online hub with several retailers participating (including Nordstrom, Free People, and Sam Edleman) that bloggers become a member of.  It’s a way for bloggers to monetize their looks and helps generate an income from people shopping their looks.  If you’ve ever wondered how bloggers make a living, this is it!  Still not sure what it is?  Here’s a breakdown:

Basically, bloggers post pictures in their clothes, snaps of decorations in their house, or create “wish lists” of their fashionable wants and they post them on social media for you to see and share!  They make money (a small commission) from you purchasing the same items they are wearing.  It’s a way for them to be a social influencer, in a sense! 

But how do you (the lover of those adorable shoes) shop the look or items?  It’s easy!  You sign up for a consumer account.  Don’t freak- you don’t have to sign your life away and all of your personal information is kept in your wallet when you enroll!  All you do is give them your Instagram handle (example: mine would be @the_novice_native) and your email address… They do the rest! 

Once signed up, when you “like” or “<3” a photo on Instagram that has an affiliate link, you are sent an email with all of the products you see in the image.  You aren’t obligated to buy them… It just makes it easy for you to keep track of items you’ve loved in one place where you can find them again, in case you wanted to wait until payday! 

If you ever wanted to see all of the items you’ve liked, all you have to do is sign into your account on their website.  Your profile would have all of the items you’ve liked in one place, making it easy to shop those looks at any time after liking them!

Another place you can see affiliate links is in a blog post… Like this one!  :) Often times, a blogger will add photos or links of the items in the post directly to the content.  They look like ads/photos, but they are actually linked to their individual accounts to keep track of referrals! 

So now that you’ve got a full understanding of the whole “affiliate world,” I know you are dying to sign up!  You have nothing to lose (and you know it’s not scary anymore)..  so let’s get started:: 

*NOTE* You will want to sign up with both sites, as bloggers often use one or the other--  Nobody likes to miss out!

All photos beautifully captured (and left unedited) by Alex Martinez of @Alex_Takes_Photos