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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!
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:
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:
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):
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
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!
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.
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.
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!!
I love living in Denver! I feel like I'm in the center of the "think tank" world -- every day, I meet new business owners with a passion for making a difference in a new and innovative way. The passion is contagious and I feel like people here just love collaborating/becoming better together. Recently, I came across a company I couldn't help but LOVE.
Liberty USA is a jewelry company based out Denver that aims to assimilate Refugees from all over the world. Their passion and purpose make them undeniably amazing, but on top of that... Their jewelry is one of a kind. It's dainty and beautiful!
The classic, simple looks are perfect for everyone and the knowledge that your purchase helps someone who truly needs all the support they can get it is inspiriting. I could rave all day about them... but no one tells their story better than they do. Watch my interview with them below to see why I fell in love with this company!
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It may surprise most of you, but I recently turned to BOTOX to solve a few of my medical needs.
First things first, let’s get the elephant out of the room! Yes, part of the draw for me was the added bonus of fine-line relief and elasticity retention. However, the main reason I sought treatment was to help relieve the pain I experience from migraines.
As many of you know, Andrew and I were in a car accident in May of 2014. In that accident, I suffered several injuries, including a neck injury and a concussion that left me bed ridden for 9 days. I never understood the severity of concussions until having one myself, so I was floored to learn the long term impact on the brain and cognitive process. I had never in my life had a migraine before the accident, but after the healing process began, I started experiencing them more and more frequently. They have continued to get worse, as time has passed, and have become more frequent in Denver’s ever changing climate (mostly tied to the barometric pressure).
These painful, debilitating headaches always leave me frustrated and feeling hopeless. You can imagine my disbelief when a girl friend of mine mentioned that I should consider BOTOX as a remedy.
Never the less, my curiosity got the best of me and I started researching injection specialist in the Denver area. Thankfully, I came across Taylor Campbell, with Restorative Injectables! I met her for a free consultation and immediately felt as ease! She went over her bio, which included her experience as a Nurse Practitioner and extensive training in facial aesthetic nonsurgical treatments. She explained the muscles system in my face that were causing my migraines, and also explained my worsening “11’s” between my eyes! After that appointment, I knew that if I was going to try BOTOX, Taylor would be the one to administer my shots.
After a lot of deliberation, and research, I felt that BOTOX was a great option for me. One of the biggest things I considered in my decision was the fact that BOTOX isn’t permanent… if I hated it, or it didn’t work for me, I didn’t have to do it again. So, I made my appointment.
When I arrived, I had schedule 2 hours for my appointment. I felt silly when I was leaving 20 minutes later. The procedure was painless, quick, and I was completely comfortable. I couldn’t have imagined it could go more smoothly.
How did things turn out for me? I HAVEN’T HAD A MIGRAINE IN 6 WEEKS!!!!! I couldn’t be happier with the product, with Taylor, or with my natural looking non-wrinkled forehead. If you’ve been considering BOTOX, whether it be for migraines, cosmetic, or simply curiosity… You have to give Taylor a call!
Restorative Injectables by Taylor Campbell
88 Inverness Circle East, A105
Englewood, Colorado 80112
Schedule an appointment today: (405) 620-4575
All photos by Noah Berg Photography (@noahbergphotography)
Choosing a wedding dress is the biggest decision of your wedding, alongside choosing your venue! The dress will set the stage for the event theme and and is also something you hold on to for a long time. You will forever have a photo of you, in your dress, with your husband on your desk/in your house… But you already knew that, right?
With that being said, I’m not going to add to your stress by reminding you how important picking the right one is; instead, I’m going to help you navigate the options and make the process easier!
The first step in picking the perfect dress is to establish a budget. Getting a dollar value in mind will help narrow down choices and save the heart ache of falling in love with a dress that’s way out of your price range. You’ll want to consider all the possible extra expenses, such as a belt, veil, jewelry, alterations, a crown (if that’s your style), and even dry cleaning! All of these thing quickly drive up the price of your purchase!
The next thing you’ll want to do before you prepare for your big shopping day is get an idea of styles of dresses you like! You can start by browsing magazines, Pinterest, and other wedding blogs to get a sense of your like and dislikes. Keep in mind while you are browsing, hair styles are a big part of what complete the look for your wedding day, so you’ll want to choose styles that will complement your hair, as well. For example, a flowy, simple dress may look gorgeous on that model with perfect, long hair all tossed in a flawless, messy braid, but your short bob may not have enough interest to dress up the plain dress. You’d need a detail necklace or statement earrings to bring that kind of detail to the same look, all of which cost a fortune as you add on details! It’s not impossible, but spending some time considering all of your options will make the process much easier.
After you’ve settled on a look and have a few ideas in your mind, it’s time to gather your girlfriends and head to the boutique! I advise researching the store you are booking with before you go. Check out the lines they carry, their average price portfolio, and if they have seasonal “sample sales.” The place you purchase from is just as important as the dress itself. You want to go somewhere that has experienced dress experts, and somewhere they understand your style. There is nothing worse that walking out in a dress you love, only to be met by someone with completely different taste than you. It is also infuriating to have an expensive dress (that’s outside your budget) presented to you, only to find out you couldn’t have it, even if you sold your liver! Moral of the story? DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BROWSE!
Now that you’ve gathered all of your girlfriends, family, and bridesmaids, it’s time to hit the fitting room! But what dresses will you try on? Explaining your look to your representative is vital! She may let you browse the racks, in addition to pulling a few of her favs for you. Don’t be hesitant to let her help, she has a lot more experience with dresses being made for different body types. Also, don’t be shy to try on samples if they are having a sample sale… The dress may have been tried on a thousand times, but it’s 1/3 of the cost and a quick dry clean and alteration will make it brand new, custom fit for you. Trust me ;) It’s beautiful, eh?
Raise your arms!! HERE COMES THE DRESS—This is the most exciting part! It’s the most important part too. You’re in your first dress… YAY! You walk out, mom cries, the whole world is revolving around you. It’s easy to begin to feel overwhelmed, in this moment! But take a deep breath and bask in it. It’s your day! However, take my advice. Don’t fall in love with the first dress. Trying on wedding dresses is a different experience; you’ve looked forward to this moment your entire life and no matter what dress you are in, you will feel special. It takes a few dresses to get used to the idea that they are allllll beautiful dresses. They are wedding dresses and someone will wear them on the prettiest day of their life. THAT BEING SAID…. They are not all your wedding dress.
So how do you pick? My advice? Try on a hundred dresses. Take your time. Love all of them. (Don’t worry) you’ll hate some too. But take the time to really process the dresses. Go to lunch and mull the options over. I promise…. I had always heard that “when you know, you know.” I didn’t believe it after trying on a thousand dresses that left me in tears, but believe me when I say… It’s true. You just know!
Don’t let price, selection, or the sales clerk get you down. There is 100% a dress made just for you. You just have to enjoy to journey of finding it!
A huge thanks to:
Blue Bridal in Downtown Denver for my gorgeous dress! My experience was amazing and couldn’t have been an easier/more pleasant!
Walnut Street Photography for capturing the most perfect day of my life. You were wonderful to work with and absolutely professional with all of my family!