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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)

 

FOUND! The Perfect Sunglasses at 20% OFF!

I honestly cannot express to y'all enough how excited I am for tonight's post!!

If you're anything like me, you've struggled in your search for great sunglasses!  I am always afraid of going into the Sunny Hut, if you catch my drift, mainly because the help is so stand offish and I feel like I'm going to process alone.  As a fashion blogger, I know the importance of a great pair of sunglasses!  Accessories and glass complete a great ensemble, so you can imagine the predicament this puts me in...

I recently was on the market for a new pair of prescription glasses (fun fact about me: I'm blind!). Anyway, while on my hunt for the perfect pair on a trip to Dallas, I had to use Google maps to find a store, since I'm not as familiar with the area as a once was!  A new little store off of Park Lane and US Highway 75 popped up.  The pictures looked amazing, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Carlen's Luxury Optical was everything it was advertised to be!  The building was beautiful and the staff was absolutely amazing... Not only did I find a great pair of frames for my new glasses, I also found the best selection of sunglasses.  Like I mentioned before, I've never been one to shop sunglasses in a store, but the amazing staff made me feel right at home.  I explained that I struggle with shopping and they were so kind!

So let's talk these babies... THEY ARE AMAZING!!!  I'm absolutely obsessed with my new Tory Burch sunglasses.  Carlen's had awesome prices (well below anything you can find online - don't worry, I checked!), so the purchase was painless.  They are so fun and fashionable and like I said before... They make this outfit!  

Now, I think I've rambled enough... Have a look at these beauties and if you decide you need a pair of your own, stop by Carlen's Optical in Dallas (right by Northpark Mall!) and mention The Novice Native sent you -- you'll get 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE!!!!

 

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:

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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

 

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