life in the fast lane

well hello again.


it’s been a little over 4 months since i’ve been here. over the course of those 4 months i’ve had a lot of time to self reflect – to focus on me and my physical, mental, and emotional well being. and, shit, it got real. i stripped down all these barriers [that i never knew i had] until i felt defenseless, vulnerable and naked. it wasn’t fun, nor easy. i’m not finished and, realistically, won’t ever be – self reflection and care is an ever evolving process that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

BUT let’s be real, it’s much easier to avoid those nagging little voices and jitters that can easily consume your entire day than face them head on. it’s easier to sweep things under the rug and forget about them. but when there’s no space under the rug, those forgotten “things” magically appear again while trying to hide the new things and it SUCKS. it can be a vicious cycle. it can consume your body, mind and entire being.


i’ve learned that during those times where you can’t quite get a freaking grip, you can rely on your people. find your people and stick to them like glue.

they’ll be there for you when it’s literally the most inconvenient time for them. if you want them to shut up and listen, they’ll do it. if you want them to give you advice, they’ll do it. and if you want to go to the bar and get drunk, they’ll do that too. 


THANK YOU to my people. these past couple of months i’ve learned that life isn’t always that much better in the fast lane. and i wouldn’t have learned that without them.

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three worthy things

coming at you from the comfort of my parent’s house in denver where it’s cold, snowy and i have a full cup of coffee –  i’m certainly not moving anywhere quickly.


last week i wrote about the trouble of taking care of your skin while flying. one of the biggest takeaways was the importance of a physical sunscreen. i mentioned wanting to try this specific product – and well, sephora was one of my first stops on this trip. the cream is supposed to help smooth out any sort of redness, acne and/or blemishes. it also brags about protecting against UV light and environmental pollution.

i’ve used it every day this week and i’m obsessed. to be honest, i’ve always been self conscious of my skin – i’ve used multiple products to even out my hyper-pigmentation or new blemish [yes, i’m 28 and still get acne. eye roll.] but with the addition of this product, i can honestly eliminate most of the others i had been using. it smooths out my skin without looking fake and makes my morning routine much easier. one thing i’m still learning is the appropriate amount of moisturizer to put on before – my skin is adjusting to the dry climate in denver and it needs a bit more lovin’.

head to sephora and get yourself some of this. ask for a sample which they will happily give you or if you’re ready to jump aboard it comes in two different sizes. let me know your thoughts!


i’ve found some really amazing prints and artwork as of recently. i’m looking for some new artwork for my living room – haven’t figured out what one [or ones] will be the winners. votes?

never half-ass two things
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via schoolhouse electric
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via sycamore street press

last and final “thing” this week is going to be some of the amazing people i’ve had the opportunity to spend time with this week. grateful for the relationships i have with all of them. ❤ IMG_2364.jpg

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madeline, kirby, allie & i at jax 
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bluebird day with my dad
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nate & maria at the canteen
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snowiest day on the mountain
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alex, tiffany & i at the canteen
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allie & i at jax restaurant

happy saturday!

 

 

trials and tribulations of taking care of your skin while traveling

hiya, happy february! i’m heading home for the next two weeks and couldn’t be more excited.


one of my new years resolutions was to be more mindful about how i’m treating my skin in all aspects of skincare – from how aggressively i wash it, to what type of toxins i’m encountering day to day, to how much water i’m drinking in order to keep hydrated. i’ve always been a notorious face holder, rester, grabber, toucher the list goes on…. and it’s been a REALLY hard habit to kick. i find myself (especially at work) touching some part of my neck or face when i’m scrolling through a patient’s chart – gross. needless to say it’s been a tough resolution for me, but a necessary one. and it’s been really fun delving into the complex world of skincare. one of the biggest topics, much to my surprise, was how to take care of your skin while flying. some of these will be new for me [which i’ll be sure to note] but some i’ve already been doing for years. regardless, here is how i take care of myself while traveling.


1. hydrate. this one isn’t new for me, or that complicated. there’s just something about being hydrated that makes your skin that much better. i keep my hydro flask close and full for a solid 48 hours – starting 24 hours before said travel day and finishing the next day. i love the hydro flask because they’re large and they keep things cold for days! when i get sick of plain water, i’ll add some lemon or cucumber to spice it up a bit.  i’ll also add one packet of emergen-c into my bag to have mid flight – can’t be getting sick on vacation!

2. i’ve been using the ole henriksen power peel mask for little bit now and have fallen in love. i’ve been trying to use it bi-monthly and i make sure to plan my mask the night i arrive at my final destination. to be honest, i’m not sure if i should be using it before or after traveling, but it just feels that much better after a long day in the car or in the air. am i doing this wrong?

3. another tried and true product i’ve been using for some time is the caudalie beauty elixir. it’s the best little pick-me-up and hydrator before you take off, halfway through, or when you make it to the final destination. it’s TSA compatible and the scent is in no way overwhelming. unless you’re my older sister, tiffany, and spray half the bottle in one sitting and then you’re bound to get some seriously interesting looks.

4. the other day i was doing my binge reading of into the gloss and stumbled upon this article where they talk about wearing a physical sunscreen before taking off.  i was blown away. i mean, it makes total sense. a physical sunscreen literally goes on top of everything you’re wearing [i believe… beauty gurus, help a sister out] and the article talks about how the physical barrier is combating all those nasty airplane germs.  so i figured i had to give it a shot. i mean, what did i have to lose? one thing that they recommend is this product – which, judging by the reviews looks seriously amazing. i will be making a trip to sephora in denver for it. and i’ll give you an skin update when i get back to burlington.


for now, that’s all i have up my sleeve. what kind of beauty tricks do you have when you fly??

happy february!

three worthy things

happy sunday, everyone! definitely another weekend for the books! dinner with great friends, a day of skiing and adventures in stowe. unfortunately for me, it’s my monday and i’m back to work tonight. i’ll be obsessing over this week’s ‘three worthy things’ all night.


last time tiffany and i went to new york city we decided to splurge and see what the hype about paintbox nails was. i’ve followed their instagram account for some time and have nail envy over every single design. they’re known as a “high-design nail studio” that will give you an immaculate mani while you’re sipping champagne. whether you want a plain color or full design, you’ll walk out and want to wave your fingers in front of everyone else to oogle. i wish i lived closer to the city because i would totally have to frequent this place – only after i won the lottery though.IMG_1858.JPG


okay, so recently i’ve been obsessed with trader joe’s. i’ve found the best time to go is either after 8pm or before 10am and i avoid the weekends if i don’t want to gauge my eyes out with the parking lot and the people inside. [i know, i sound like a total brat, but you ALL know what i’m talking about…] i’ve also found that it’s especially helpful to do a bit of googling to find the absolute best products that i shouldn’t be forgetting because it’s quite easy to get lost once inside. surprisingly, this product has never come up during my searches. so, i’m gifting the product to you all. i like to have a package or two of this in the freezer for nights i don’t want to cook, which, let’s be honest, is quite frequent. there’s more than one serving so i usually end up eating the leftovers for lunch the next day! add a salad and some bread, obviously a bottle of wine and you’ve got yourself a meal. you’re welcome.

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mari andrew, is a writer and illustrator living in new york who i can’t help but adore. i follow her on instagram and love when i stumble on her illustrations – they’re upbeat and put a smile on my face – especially when most of what i see these days is negative and usually real depressing. apparently she’s coming out with a book this spring which would be the cutest coffee table book to flip through. here are a few of my favorite pics.


 next week is christmas! can’t believe it’s almost here – i better finish up some last minute shopping, wrapping and [CLEANING] before my parents arrive! 😀

happy sunday!

the guy gift guide

whoaaaaaa, it’s december! happy holidays, peeps! as promised, the other half of the gift guide. hopefully this will spark some inspiration for all the guys you may be shopping for this year.


this vest from patagonia is one that will surely be worn 100 different ways. it’s perfect under a ski coat for extra warmth, over a flannel during the changing fall seasons, and even looks classy over a dress shirt with slacks. i promise you there is nothing about this vest that your guy won’t like. my dad wears his all the time – including while visiting me at the hospital!IMG_1810


please try to find one person who doesn’t enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the morning. half the time it’s just the ritual that people love, but, let’s be real, 90% of the time everyone needs a caffeinated pick-me-up. these mugs are the ultimate best – they keep your drink cold for almost 24 hours but will also keep it hot for almost 12! get him one of these mugs with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop and they’ll be thinking about you all day long.Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 11.04.53 AM.png


there’s nothing worse than a pocket full of keys on one keyring that doesn’t fit nicely in a pocket. [luckily for women, we get the choice to throw said keys in a huge*ss bag]. most of the guys i know have keys to their house, their car, and then sometimes to an office, and maybe even a mailbox. needless to say, it’s a lot of keys that get in the way. this little gadget is the solution to the problem. what i especially love, is that it can be customized to the exact number of keys that you own. it’s sleek and will fit in any pocket they decide to throw it in. Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 11.30.07 AM.png


i stumbled upon these [what look like] amazingly comfortable sweats from jcrew and i can’t help but want them for myself. there’s nothing better than coming home after a long day at work and being able to unwind in something comfortable. the best part about these is that they’re a fine line of comfort and style – if he has to leave the house in them, he won’t look like the schmuck wearing his favorite sweats outside. 😀Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 11.38.46 AM.png


i hope you get a bit of holiday shopping inspiration from these ideas – if you have any others, please send them along!

the gal gift guide

it’s that time of the year again – time to find the next best gift for your number one gal. here are a few ideas bound to get the ladies in your life excited – the list is all inclusive and you’ll be sure to find something meaningful for everyone from your mom, sister, mother-in-law, grandmother to your lifelong childhood best friend.


these ugg slippers are the best. the wool interior will certainly keep her toes warm in the dead of winter and the best part about them is the rubber exterior sole – you can wear them outside quickly without feeling the elements on the bottom of your feet! and they come in a variety of colors!Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 5.26.44 PM


how many times have you seen your mom put ice cubes in her wine? if i had a nickel for every time i’ve seen someone do that, i’d honestly be a millionaire. and let’s be real – nothing is worse than semi-cold watered down wine. thankfully that’s where these babies come into play. they’re delicate but pack a mean punch. i found a set on amazon, but purchase quickly because other retailers are quickly selling out.Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 5.29.33 PM.png


i couldn’t be more obsessed with a classic canvas tote bag – they’re sturdy, can be collapsed into a larger bag during travel and can easily be thrown into the washer when i inevitably spill coffee all over it. and this version might be my all time favorite. which means your loved one will obviously love it. AND first time customers at emily mcdowell receive an extra 20% off!Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 5.31.06 PM


a classic cozy scarf, especially monogrammed with her initials, is perfect for all her travel needs. or just everyday warmth needs during the long winter months. this one is soft but machine washable [read: great for coffee mishaps]. mark and graham have some serious holiday gifts – and another sale for first time customers!Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 5.32.43 PM.png


an item from melanie auld jewelry will surely make your gal smile. the simple but edgy combo is something to seriously obsess over. most of the pieces come in gold, silver or rose gold and they can all be mixed, matched and layered. personally, i love mixing all types of metals and colors and find that her pieces can be seamlessly integrated into your current jewelry collection.  Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 5.06.45 PM.png currently loving these three necklaces.


hope these spark some inspiration! happy shopping!

holiday traditions

i can’t believe thanksgiving is 9 days away. i feel like it was just the fourth of july. and then all of a sudden it was halloween. and now we’re quickly approaching thanksgiving which really feels like the start of the holidays for me. and i don’t hate it.

for as long as i can remember i’ve always looked forward to the holiday season. between the cold weather and [hopefully] snow covered ground, the music, the food, the parties, the decorations and smells, and overall gushy feeling of “i love my friends and family” i can’t decide what i like the best.


growing up, we always spent thanksgiving with our amazing friends, bob & betsy, at their house in the mountains. after piling everything into the car, making sure i have plenty of snacks and going to the bathroom just one more time, we hit the road headed for silverthorne. it could never be ‘thanksgiving in the mountains’ without starting the weekend at the outlets. the rest of the holiday is filled with hiking or snowshoeing, watching football [otherwise known as occasionally yelling at the tv], board games [here are some of our favorites…], endless bottles of wine, devouring books, and making great memories with loved ones.

christmas eve we spent in the mountains. after skiing all day we ate my great grandpa’s famous pasta dinner and headed back to the mountain for the torchlight parade [which i might add is a totally random event.] it’s filled with christmas music, a big bonfire and the ski patrol team skiing down the mountain with flares followed by santa. we would drive back to denver that night to spend christmas day at home. after coffee, we opened stockings and gifts and hopefully finished with the scavenger hunt by the time dinner came. christmas day might be my least favorite day of the whole holidays because it signaled an end of the seasons for me – any ideas on how to continue the spirit??


unfortunately, days in colorado are behind me and i’ve been forced to make new traditions. being part of the medical field has it’s ups and downs – healthcare never sleeps so thankfully i’ll always be able to find another job as an RN, but that also means i’ll be forced to work some holidays and as a new(ish) nurse i usually get to work the holidays no one else wants to work. this year, i’ll be working thanksgiving and new years and will have the entire christmas holiday off which is the first time in four years! we’ll bring some food into work and celebrate together as co-workers – gorging on leftover turkey sandwiches thanksgiving and popping sparkling apple cider to ring in the new year.


since i’ve started in the big girl world i’ve adopted a couple traditions specifically for myself – some big, some not so big, but all equally putting me in the holiday spirit:

watching the holiday at LEAST twice // making christmas cookies with my sister // going to a show at the flynn // reading this blog post // decorating the house [or over decorating as some would say…] // blasting christmas music at all times // cutting down my own christmas tree

anything i should add into my mix?


stealing this amazing quote from a cup of jo follower:

Ashley Sawyer says: “I grew up in foster care, and thus haven’t had a lot of family traditions to rely on throughout my life. During my sophomore year of college, however, my best friend and I randomly spent Christmas Eve together. What started out as an evening spent eating snacks and exchanging a few haphazard gifts has now grown to become an all-out event that we both treasure. At thirty two years old, we’ve spent the last thirteen Christmas Eves together. We have a fancy dinner, a big tree, decorations and lots hugs. We’ve endured failed recipes as amateur cooks, the ending of relationships, graduate school and pets – it’s what I suspect many people experience with their brothers and sisters. I live a great life now and am so lucky. Creating this tradition with my best friend taught me that family and love is truly what you make of it. And, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?”


what are your favorite traditions to get into the spirit?

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REALLY wishing i still lived in denver so i could order one of these beauties for my front door. i went to high school with the owner – check her out! and if you order one, let me know so i can live vicariously through you!