Crazy to think we are into the final quarter of 2015! Where has this year gone? August was another great month soaking up the last bits of summer and spending time with friends. It was tough to only pick 5, but here are my favorite August moments.
Checking out the Paris Street Market in Littleton that is held the first weekend of every month throughout the summer. This was a fun way to spend the majority of the morning and score some great deals for the house.
Tubing the Boulder Creek. I did this with two of my best friends and it was a riot. People on the creek path were highly entertained by our antics and our laughter was contagious.
Seeing the rare corpse flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens. We didn’t get up close, but it was large enough to see from a distance.
There is something about simplistic compositions that make my heart skip a beat. San Francisco based artist, Mia Christopher’s beautiful collages are understated and simple, but extremely powerful at the same time. I love her use of mixed media and bold color combinations, but don’t take my word for it, see for yourself! Are you in love yet? If these aren’t convincing enough, see her full portfolio here.
I have been looking for an excuse to visit my brothers in Washington DC for a while now and when my mom suggested we all convene there for July 4th, I instantly agreed. I haven’t been to the DC area since circa second grade and was dying to explore the area with more mature eyes. Despite the overwhelming southern humidity that I had forgotten about, it was a fabulous trip.
We started the weekend by biking around Capitol Hill near the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Capitol itself. We biked down to the Washington Monument and around the mall which was an awesome way to see the city and work up an appetite. We were pleasantly surprised to find that one of my brother’s friends got us reservations at Rose’s, the most amazing restaurant tucked into the cutest neighborhood. They have small plates so it’s best to order a sample of everything and share with the table. We had one of the most unbelievable meals of my life here!The next day was the 4th and despite the rainy start, we managed to have a fun day. We strolled through Eastern Market sampling peaches and taking in all of the vendor’s merchandise. We biked to the White House and around town to Good Stuff Eatery where we shared some delicious milk shakes and fries. Their food is the real deal, y’all. That evening we watched the fireworks from the top of a parking garage overlooking the city and devoid of crowds. It really was an awesome way to take in all of the city’s 4th celebrations.
My dad and I went to the Holocaust museum the next morning. This was a chilling experience, but such an incredible way to honor the victims and their families. After the museum, we met up with everyone on the mall and biked to a great lunch at Duke’s Grocery near Dupont Circle. After refueling, my mom and I strolled through the National Gallery to check out our favorite impressionists. That night we made a low country boil (god, I miss the south) and then headed to a bar to watch the U.S. Women’s team DOMINATE.Our final day was spent touring the monuments on and around the mall. We started at the Washington monument and made our way to the World War II memorial. From there we walked to the Lincoln Memorial and made our way through the other memorials in the area until we reached the Jefferson Memorial. The architecture of these memorials is breathtaking. It is so awesome to be able to explore the unique design styles of each of these monuments and all are free to visit. We all reconvened for an amazing lunch at Zaytinya, a Mediterranean restaurant with some of the best pita and hummus I have ever tasted. After lunch I had to head to the airport, a bittersweet ending to a great trip. I was absolutely blown away by Washington DC and all it had to offer and I will most definitely have to revisit in the near future.
I was given an opportunity to see My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks and while I’m not a huge fan of the band, I was so excited to hear that Sylvan Esso was the opener. Sylvan Esso has been on my radar for a while, but I hadn’t seen them live before this weekend. They are just two band members, the singer and the producer, but they have amazing stage presence. Amelia Meath’s voice is awesome and she has some serious dance moves. They are about to explode on the music scene so be sure to check them out.
My Morning Jacket was awesome live too, don’t get me wrong. All in all, it was another great concert at Red Rocks…2015’s concerts have been so good!
When a friend asked for help furnishing his bachelor pad, I jumped at the opportunity. It’s rare that I get to design for just men so I was excited to design a more masculine space. The upholstered headboard is sharp, but gender neutral so it doesn’t scare off the future mrs. I love to juxtapose textures in a space so we used a combination of warm wood and brass accents with steel nightstands. This creates interest and adds subtle masculine elements to the room. The hide rug adds an additional layer of texture and instant cool factor.
If any men are reading this (hat’s off to you if you are) is important to maintain an inviting atmosphere for a bachelor pad — nothing’s attractive about a room that reads dated frat house. You can add masculine elements like wood, metal, and leather, not posters oversized tv’s. This room reads masculine without being too heavy so you won’t maintain your bachelor status for long. You can thank me later.
Summer’s impending doom is upon us, but the upside is the slew of movies that are released. These aren’t necessarily Oscar worthy, but they are way better than the horror movies and blockbusters that are released the first half of the year. Here’s my must see list for this year’s end of summer movies.
Holy shit, I’ve found my spirit animal. Amy Schumer GETS it. This is my kind of rom com that doesn’t seem too unrealistic. And tears were streaming down my face for the entire finale. (From laughing people, this isn’t a dog movie!)
2- Mistress America
Frances Ha blew me away and this is Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach’s follow up film. I hope it lives up to it’s predecessor, but the trailer looks like it will.
3- Digging for Fire
Confession, I love Jake Johnson. I would see him in anything (except Let’s Be Cops or whatever that was…seems like a momentary lapse in judgment on his part). I loved Drinking Buddies and this comes from the same writer, with help from Johnson, and contains a similar cast, aka Anna Kendrick.
For the summer 2015 addition of “What I’m Watching”, I’m catching up on old favorites, finishing the latest season of several new releases, and even indulging in some guilty pleasures. See my round up of the five shows I’ve been watching this summer.
1- Mad Men Netflix recently added some new episodes to their line up and I breezed through them in record time. Now I just need to final episodes!
2- Game of Thrones
I know it’s been a few months since this season’s finale, but it’s too good not to include. If you haven’t watched season 5 yet you must do it now before someone inevitably spoils it for you.
3- Orange Is The New Black
The girls are back and better than ever for season 3. This season was by far my favorite and made me laugh out loud more times than I can count.
4- True Detective
Not everyone was a fan of the new season, but after following knock out performances from Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, I think this season rose to the occasion. Colin Ferrell and Rachel McAdams were great.
5- Gossip Girl
I know, what am I, 12? The answer is sadly, yes. I never finished the series when it was on tv so I’m reliving my glory days. I also like to convince myself that I’m watching it for the fashion…
Since I’ve been living in the UK, I’ve discovered rhubarb. I don’t recall seeing it much at home, but maybe I was just never looking. There’s something so nice about the sharp, sweet and tangy flavor that’s perfect for a summertime crumble. It’s also a very low maintenance dessert that’s sure to impress.
10 stalks of rhubarb cut into large chunks
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 orange (juice and zest)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cold butter
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 small piece of ginger peeled and cut
Preheat your oven to 350°F Put the rhubarb and half the sugar into a pan. Add the orange juice and zest, put a lid on top, bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for around 5 more minutes, until the rhubarb has softened slightly. Spoon into an ovenproof baking dish and spread out evenly across the bottom.
To make your crumble topping, use your fingers to lightly rub together the flour and butter until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Stir in the oats, the rest of the sugar and the ginger. Sprinkle the crumble over the rhubarb and bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until the rhubarb is bubbling up and crumble is golden. Scoop into bowls and serve with vanilla ice cream.
I found that there was way more crumble topping than necessary (and I’m a girl who likes a lot of topping), so I only used half. It just means you have an excuse to make another one!
It’s Monday and that means the work week is just beginning. To help you ease you into the next five days I’ve compiled my favorite songs of the season into this summer 2015 playlist. This playlist will take you through the dog days of summer and is fit for any summer activity. It contains new music from old favorites as well as my favorite new artists.