Month: September 2014

The Best Video Of All Time

If Beyonce and Jay Z weren’t perfect enough, they released this video from their last performance of their On The Run tour. This is just a beautiful illustration of love, marriage, and all that is good in this world!

Yes, I cried. About people I’ve never met and will likely never meet. Infidelity rumors aside, this is exactly how I picture marriage to be and it melts my little black heart!

x B (In my next life, I’m coming back as the original B, Bey)

10 Ideas For Fall

ideas for fall

It’s inevitable, fall is here. I’m only slightly bitter about it. While I can’t muster up any happiness for the onset of winter, I can get slightly excited about fall. It is a pretty awesome time full of crunchy leaves that make the most satisfying sound when you go out of your way to step on them. Don’t pretend like you don’t do it.

All kidding aside, here’s a list of 10 awesome ways to celebrate this season!

  1. Try a seasonal beer. Pumpkin is everywhere this time of year including beer, get it while it’s hot (not literally, hot beer is for college).
  2. Spend a chilly morning curled up with a blanket and a good book.  Need a suggestion? Try these!
  3. Go apple picking. Apparently this isn’t really a thing here in Colorado so to my east coasters, eat some apple cider donuts for me!
  4. Take a hike. It’s the perfect opportunity to crunch some leaves.
  5. Carve a pumpkin. Invite your friends and make a party out of it!
  6. Try a new recipe, bonus points if it is with seasonal ingredients.
  7. Make a seasonal craft. I’ve had my eye on this for quite a while now.
  8. Plan (and make!) a homemade halloween costume. From the easy (cat) to the clever (insert some clever cultural reference here, I’m way behind the times).
  9. Watch a scary(ish) movie. I had reoccurring nightmares after I saw Hook as a child, so I’m not the best judge.
  10. Eat Halloween candy…it only happens once a year!

x B

5 Budget Friendly Fall Jackets

There is a chill in the air which means I can’t leave the house without a jacket to keep me from shriveling up and dying (can you tell I LOOOVVE cold weather?). So, when you have to wear more clothing to survive, it’s best to make wise decisions to make it a happier occasion. Here my five favorite budget friendly favorite fall jackets. Right now H&M is offering 30% off on fall jackets…GO!5 Budget Friendly Fall Jackets

Leather Accent Trench // Tailored Tweed Jacket // Red Peacoat // Long Fur Vest // Slouchy Moto Vest

x B

Fall’s Must See Movies

Although I’m sad to see summer go, nothing gets me more excited than Oscar season! Beginning in the fall, the movies step up their game and are less blockbuster-y and higher quality. Here’s my list of the must see movies for fall.

1- Fury

I love a good Brad Pitt (war) movie.

2- Gone Girl

Only been waiting two years for this! It may not be Oscar material, but it does look juicy. I only hope it does the book justice.

3- The One I Love

Sure, it may already be out, but I am DYING to see this! I love Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass so I can’t imagine this would be bad.

4- Mockingjay Part 1

Ok so maybe a little blockbuster-y, but, duh.

x B

What is Art?

street art

Hardly an original question, but as we were taught from day one at design school, “there is nothing new under the sun” (I’m serious). I recently watched Exit Through the Gift Shop, an intriguing documentary about the evolution of street art, something I frowned upon until now.

I am no classically trained artist, but I have taken my fair share of classes in a variety of mediums, studied art history, and tried my best to culture myself whenever possible. I never considered street art, “art” because it is illegal, temporary, and more likely than not, unsightly. So, I am writing this as a reminder to myself and to everyone else that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Every artist has a voice and a right to express it. And what seemed like a laughable medium is actually make quite a stir and looks as if it is here to stay.

Let’s embrace all art since it really does make the world a more beautiful place (even if it does deface it…see what I did there?).

Last Call: Minted x Domino

Voting for the contest ends Tuesday, September 9th at 10 PST, so get your votes in now! (Even if you don’t vote for my design, there are a ton of great entries in this contest!)
art prints - Kalamae
art prints – Kalamae

This is a direct link to my submission, but see all others here: http://www.minted.com/challenge/175?utm_source=communityemails&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=textlink&sort=random

x B

BROODS

broods

Some bands just hit home and you form a (fabricated) bond with them immediately. Broods has been this band for me. I began hearing their music creep into the music scene a few months ago and instantly knew I needed more. They’ve slowly been releasing singles and I’m sure it won’t take long for the public to get ahold of these two (though I wish they would stay indie and underground forever!). I saw this duo in concert last week at the Bluebird Theater in Denver and they, unlike a lot of electronic bands, were fabulous live. Her voice is dreamy and yet extremely powerful and the addition of a live drummer made for an excellent show.

broods

Check out Broods here and you can thank me later!

x B

Travel Guide: Mesa Verde and The Great Sand Dunes

mesa verde

Moving has significantly cut into my travel budget, but lucky for me, there is much I haven’t seen in our own great country. While living in the western half of the states, I plan to take full advantage of all of the beautiful areas the west has to offer.

This summer myself and some girlfriends embarked on an ambitious weekend trip to see Mesa Verde and The Great Sand Dunes, both in the southwest corner of Colorado. This trip was well worth the many hours in the car since we got to experience some of the richest history Colorado has to offer as well as some of its most fascinating natural wonders.

We spent one day in Mesa Verde and explored Balcony House, Cliff Palace, and Spruce Tree House. These dwellings date back as far as 1200 AD and are the only park of its kind in the National Park System. Learning about the Ancient Pueblo’s way of life was fascinating and experiencing a part of history that is usually reserved for Europeans was incredible.


Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde


Mesa Verde

Next, we stopped in Alamosa for the night and then continued on to The Great Sand Dunes National Park. These towering dunes were formed hundreds of thousands of years ago and are constantly changing shape. We took advantage of the tallest sand dunes in North America and went sand boarding and sledding (a skill I do not posses).

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If you are planning a trip to Colorado be sure to include both of these destinations on your itinerary, you will not be disappointed!

x B

Altuzarra for Target (!!!)

Target has done it again! Their latest designer collaboration is highly anticipated, and for good reason.  They selected Joseph Altuzarra for their September collection and his edgy designs are causing quite a stir. I know I will be scooping up a few of these extremely budget friendly pieces for fall! See a few of my favorites below and be sure to check out the entire collection here.

Dressed Up:

Altuzarra for target 1  altuzarra for target 3 altuzarra for targetaltuzarra for target 6

For Work:

altuzarra for target 7 altuzarra for target 8Altuzarra for target 2

 

And for play:

altuzarra for target 4altuzarra for target 5

 

x B