Our next artist is Kiana Mosley from Hawaii who makes the most beautiful watercolors, abstracts, and collages. I love her vibrant color palettes, rich textures, and clean compositions. Her watercolors are simple, but so striking they would steal the spotlight in any room. Kiana’s body of work is featured on so many great sites so there’s no excuse not to snatch up a print (or two!) for your walls. See her work in her personal portfolio,Etsy shop,Minted, and Artfully Walls. And how beautiful are these alphabet collages? You know the B is my favorite!
While I’ve always been a fan of pineapple, I’ve recently become obsessed with this adorable fruit. I’ve been seeing it pop up in a variety of textiles and prints and I can’t get enough. It adds a bit of whimsy to an outfit or a wall and is a classic shape that will never go out of style. I also just learned that they are a symbol of hospitality, so go nuts.
I love a good documentary. They are educational and entertaining, what’s not to love? I’ve been watching over the years and developed a pretty solid arsenal. I’ve compiled a list of my 5 favorite documentaries, but it was tough to pare it down!
Blackfish. God I love this one. It’s a grimy look into Seaworld and their actions after one of their trainers was killed by a whale. Who has now produced more whales. Do not support Seaworld, y’all.
Virunga. This documentary is a Netflix original and Oscar nominee. It is an eye opening look into the efforts of rangers trying to protect the gorillas in Africa’s national park.
Tig. Tig has been becoming more of a household name as of late since her honest stand up about having breast cancer. This Netflix documentary follows her since the groundbreaking set through her cancer, family plans, and career.
Kurt Cobain Montage Of Heck. This is an intimate look into Cobain’s life and his creative process. It is interesting to see how his mind worked and how incredibly talented he was.
Our next artist featured for our artist profile is Kate Roebuck. Kate is another Southern artist (I don’t only choose Southern artists on purpose, I swear!) whose breadth of work is broad and exciting. Each piece is versatile in both subject matter, texture, and color. Her style can vary from classical to abstract to geometric and whichever style of painting she creates is beautiful. I love her choice of quirky subject matter like these shark’s teeth, beetles, etc. So unexpected, but absolutely killer! (Pun intended) These woven pieces are absolutely gorgeous too. It takes a special person to weave like this — it is not for the faint of heart. And my absolute favorite (appropriately named Rebecca): Kate’s work is available in several places including her personal site, her collaborative site with her sister Bowerbird Collective, or on Artfully Walls. Be sure to take a look at all of these sites as each contains a different body of work.
Y’all, I have FINALLY updated my Etsy shop! The new shop seven | sixteen contains all new product photography along with an entirely new collection of designs. I am so excited to share this with you. I have included some highlights below, but you can see the full inventory on Etsy here.
Colorado is known for its craft beer and since its recent influx of transplants (yours truly included), breweries have been popping up everywhere. As a self proclaimed beer aficionado, I’ve taken it upon myself to sample around town to find my favorite breweries. Here is my list of the top 5 in Denver, though I’m sure there are plenty out there who would disagree with me.
5 Favorite Denver Breweries:
Comrade: A little off the beaten path, but a good neighborhood spot for locals and a fun place for non-locals, like myself, to visit. Their beers are great and they have plenty of games to keep you entertained.
Ratio: A mid-century brewery located in RiNo with beers that relate to the mathematic theme. They have a large indoor space with an equally as large outdoor patio for summer months.
Great Divide: Probably the most well-known Denver brewery, but a night spent here is never dull and the beers are classics and will not disappoint. I’ve still never toured the brewery so I can’t speak to that, but everyone who has been enjoys it.
Crooked Stave: A sour bar located in The Source, an awesome collaborative space that combines restaurants, bars, and retailers, in the RiNo district. If you aren’t a fan of sours this brewery will more than likely not be on your list, but if you do you will love sampling all they have to offer.
Strange: My personal favorite brewery in Denver. It is a smaller space nestled in an industrial area west of downtown. The tasting room is relatively small, but they have a fun outdoor area as well. Their grapefruit IPA is my go to!
When my friend suggested we tag along for a weekend in Steamboat Springs for a water ski tournament I instantly agreed. I’ve been dying to check out the town since I moved to Colorado and it seemed like the perfect opportunity. We drove up Friday after work and got to see most of the views before the sunset including a gorgeous lake parallel to the road that reflected the sunset and all its color.
The next morning the skiers attended the tournament and my friend and I took off to explore the town. We stayed within walking distance of downtown so it was a nice stroll. We stopped in a few shops and browsed the local farmer’s market which contained a larger variety of goods than most including jewelry and clothing vendors.
After our shopping, we met up with more people from our trip to hike to Fish Creek Falls. This was a short hike to the base of the falls where you could sit and listen to the water. We took advantage of this setting to get to know one another better while enjoying a beer. We then headed to the ski lake to watch our friends compete for a bit. After the tournament we grabbed some happy hour beers at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.
We made our way back to the condo we were staying in and made a huge family dinner for everyone. After eating more than our fill, we decided to head out for a night on the town. We sampled a few of the local bars and Steamboat’s nightlife did not disappoint.
The following day we made our way to Strawberry Hot Springs where we dipped our toes in a few pools (some were extremely cold and others extremely hot!), but decided to hang out in the more tepid pools. The springs are nestled into a scenic area and make for a relaxing natural spa. The drive back to Denver was bittersweet, but it was great to see the surrounding mountains during the day. All in all, Steamboat is the perfect weekend getaway and I hope to make a trip up there this winter to ski!
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.