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!


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:

For You:

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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:

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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):

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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



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!



Why You Should Juice Every Few Months

Andrew and I started juicing this past year after moving to Colorado...  I know exactly what you are thinking - We moved from the "Big City" to Granola-Town and of course went hippie,  but I promise you that isn't the case!

After moving to Downtown Denver, we found ourselves in awe of all of the amazing restaurants and culinary creativity this town harbors.  Every night we liked to experience a different happy hour and try a new place for dinner.  It was the best few months - so we thought!  But after a while, we found ourselves feeling tired and sluggish.  The desire to work out had become a mere dream and the pounds started packing on!  

When we got engaged, we both had a renewed interest in losing weight (the right way) and presenting the best versions of ourselves for our soon-to-be spouse!  However, after an extended holiday from working out, I was still struggling to get back on the train.  That's when I had the idea to juice.  

Wanting to do it the right way, I did a ton of research and found that not all juices are alike.  The ones you buy in store are highly processed to make them last longer on the shelves, and most of the time have been made in a way that your body can't absorb all the nutrients you need.  So I kept digging!  Finally, I came across one of the best companies in the industry, Denver's very own: THE JUICING TREE.  The local store cold presses their juices fresh every morning!  A huge win in my book - yipeeee!!  The best part?  They will deliver the juices to your door, making the whole process easier.

The first "juice" I did was only three days long, but the impact was dramatic.  On Day 1, my juices arrived via carrier at my office, fully numbered in the order I was to drink them.  This numbering made it so easy to follow, not to mention the experts at The Juicing Tree knew just when my body would be craving something and the next juice settled that craving!  The juices were filling and I never found myself hungry or crabby (which was a big fear going into it).  One of my favorite parts of the cleanse was the fact that  I was getting all the calories I needed that day, but my body felt a million times better.  I had more energy, more focus, and a desire to workout because I was showing my body a little love when it came to food!

The next "juice" Andrew and I did together.  This time, we did the full 5 days!  Our experience was absolutely the same as my first and Andrew quickly joined me on Team Healthy.  We began to change the way we viewed ourselves, as well as the way to wanted to live.  We hired a trainer (who will be featured this Friday for wedding prep) and now juice every few months!

If you haven't checked them out, you definitely should- you really can taste the difference!