Denver Handmade Valentines Day Cards are a one-of-a-kind gift your friends and family are going to love! They are available at Drip Coffee, off of 10th and Lincoln. Preview the collection here!
Andrew and I love eating healthy! We love the feeling of doing something good for our bodies and having the energy we need to power through a tough work day. So why don't we eat healthy all the time? Because we don't have the time. Unfortunately, with 2 little nuggets running around (and by nuggets I mean puppies), we don't have time to make breakfast "the proper way!" We typically wake up about 30 minutes late, run to get ready/take care of the pups, then race out the door with nothing but a banana in hand! Thankfully, I decided to try a new little trick and boy did it make things better. This Noosa Yoghurt Parfait is the perfect breakfast for a healthy couple on the go!
While perusing Sprouts the other day, I came across a few yummy ingredients I knew Andrew would love: Noosa Yoghurt, Fiona's Natural Food Almond Millet Granola, and a cartridge of Organic Strawberries that smelled amazing! We love finding products with legible ingredients and delicious taste. All of these products were a slam dunk in our book.
The one product I want to highlight is this Fiona's granola... I am never satisfied with granola; it's always too soggy, too hard, too bland, or contains WAY TOO MUCH sugar! Fiona's was a complete surprise and I couldn't have fallen more in love. The bag contains larger nuggets of granola for those who like to snack, but there is an even number of nibbles parceled in the bag for those who like Parfaits! The flavor is packed full and you can read all 7 of the ingredients. YEP- you heard right - 7, and not one of them is sugar, stevia, or corn syrup! For the record... we have tried 3 of their flavors and love every single one of them :)
A PARFAIT, S'IL VOUZ PLAIT!
1 container of Noosa Yoghurt, Blueberry
3 Large Organic Strawberries
1/3 cup Fiona's Granola, Almond Millet
In a small glass bowl, scoop half of the Noosa Yoghurt into your dish. Then slice the 3 strawberries and use to top the yoghurt. Sprinkle Fiona's Granola on top of your strawberries. Tops with whip topping, if you please. Enjoy!
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.
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!
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!!
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!!
The week, my list of favorites will make you want a makeover in every way! From wardrobe to home decor, I can't wait to show you what I've gotten into this week.
Earlier this month, I stopped in my favorite day spa, Glosshouz in Centennial, for a quick manicure! While perusing colors, I found a new line of polish and quickly became obsessed with their product. Not only were the bottles GORGEOUS, the color selection was so diverse and well chosen for each season, I struggled to find a new fall color from their recent releases. I finally settled on, Doe My Dear, a beautiful grey -- perfect for the upcoming season! The polish stayed on over a week and the color turned out beautiful. Needless to say, I snagged one for myself - obviously I needed it to display on my vanity!
If you read my recent post on "White After Labor Day", than you fully understand the importance of accessorizing your outfit to polish off your look. Clutches, handbags, and wallets can add just the right amount of color or add a texture you were missing to complete your ensemble. This week, I put together a list of my current favorites for you! Each of these pieces has a unique feel, color, and tone, but could be mixed and matched with the same outfit! They are perfect additions for your fall wardrobe and the quality is amazing. Varying in price, you may want to check them out HERE, or stop by Intrigue Boutique in the Highlands to shop them. If your from Colorado and love to SHOP LOCAL... this is your golden hour!
This week, I'm opening our doors and sharing one of my favorite corners! The sleek, modern look has a clean feel in all the right ways. I love how the legs on this chair pull from my sense of style, but the low profile and neutral color pallet compliment Andrew's taste! Adding a fun patterned pillow kept the feel of the room colorful and inviting. The cow hide rug and the rustic flower pot toned down the coolness of the room, rounding off the look!