2 Twisted Arrows Boutique - Megan Foster - Parker, CO
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2 Twisted Arrows Boutique is a place for busy women who want to look cute and current but don't have the time, energy or money to shop traditional boutiques! With a fun and unique variety of clothing, you will always be able to find something for you! Megan Foster started this boutique in the beginning of 2017 with a need to help define her own style while helping others doing the same! Everything from casual to classy, hats to jewelry... you will find the perfect gift for anyone on your list! Megan's original 2 Twisted Arrows Facebook Group has grown to have thousands of fans following it and you can join too!
Wildtree - Erin Dobkin
Have you ever tried any of the amazing products from Wildtree? I am obsessed with their fun seasonings and easy, make ahead meal plans! Download the Wildtree Meals App! There are so many great features, I would highly recommend it! Use Erin's referral code: C9Y9D when you first download the app! Once you download it, you'll be given a referral code you can pass onto friends! When they make a $50 order within 30 days of downloading the app they'll get $5 off their order and you'll get a $5 credit-win-win! PLUS, on every order through the app you'll get 10% off your total! Wildtree has brought my family and I so much more than I ever imagined! Check out Erin's website to find some fun sets of seasonings that can be easily turned into a gift for the new or experienced cook on your holiday shopping list!! Pssst. The Taco Seasonings.... Yaaasss! Amazing.
Chloe & Isabell - Lisa Haas - Lisa's CI Boutique
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Lisa's Chloe + Isabel Boutique is your one stop shop for Holiday Gifting! Our Jewelry + Accessories are Beautifully Crafted, Inspired &Exceptional Quality. We take great joy in designing gorgeous, finely-detailed and affordable pieces for the stylish women of today – jewelry you won’t find anywhere else.
All Chloe + Isabel jewelry is exclusively hand-designed in our New York City studio! All pieces are hypoallergenic, nickel-free + lead safe. Each item is branded with signature closures + keepsake packaging! (No need for gift wrapping!). We are known for our timeless + fashion-driven jewelry line with prices starting at just $18! And... last but not lease, your order is backed by our Lifetime Guarantee!
Ele's Sooo Good Green Chile - Eleen Ryan
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Ele's Sooo Good Green Chile is the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for anyone you have to shop for! Made locally in the Denver Metro Area, this small batch homemade Green Chile sauce is incredibly addicting. You can choose from Hot or Mild and while you can use this as a cooking sauce in a slow cooker or in your favorite burrito or enchilada recipe... it is perfectly fine to pour in a bowl and eat with chips! Add cheese and it makes the BEST queso ever!
Place your order on her website. You can even ship it to your friends and family across the country!
Wanderlust Beauty Barn - Younique - Kenzie Cunningham
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Is your makeup on a mission? Younique is a full cosmetic line created to help support women who have been sexually abused as children or adolescents. The focus is shifted from the makeup to the mission. We are here to uplift, empower and validate women around the world and believe in more than just makeup. We believe in helping women find their inner beauty and a strength that they have never known. With high-quality, naturally based products you will not only be showing yourself some love, but supporting women on their journey to redefine themselves, build hope and overall learn that what was once broken can be beautiful. Our Epic mascara will take your lashes to new, fiber-less lengths while our liquid foundation with let your confidence shine. Pamper yourself without our Royalty skin care line while you take a break from that hectic stress filled life. Our products our great, but our mission is incredible! So I will ask you once again, is your makeup on a mission?
Colorado Oily Life - Young Living - Kasi & Cindi Steinheimer
We are Colorado Oily Life (COOL). We are committed to healthy living using Essential Oils.
Our oily journey with Young Living Essential Oils began when we became aware of the numerous toxic chemicals contained in everyday cleaning supplies and personal care products. The exposure to these chemicals is linked to fertility issues, endocrine disruption, allergies, chronic diseases and cancer.
Young Living provides a safe, effective, natural, and cost saving alternative to toxic chemicals. In the premium starter kit you will receive a diffuser and 11 Essential Oils that provide health and wellness to every system in the body.
This holiday season we are offering $25 off of the premium starter kit, making this the perfect gift for your loved ones. Please visit our website today or email us for more information.
Join us in saving money and keeping your family healthy by removing toxic chemicals from your home. Come along on this oily journey!
Premier Designs - Sue C Sparkles
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Ticket Secrets - Talia Yadgar
Do you love going to concerts, shows, family friendly fun outings?? Well, Ticket Secrets is your key to getting access to these local, fun and sometimes very sold out events!
The idea all came from the love of going to these events. Started by Talia Yadgar, she grew up in a family of big sports fans. It went from watching sports on TV to a being a huge sports fan that was attending games frequently. As a college student, Talia didn't want to attend the events that were over three times the value, including all those fees.
That's when Ticket Secrets LLC was born.
Started in August 2014, Ticket Secrets is a locally owned ticket broker service that serves the Denver Metro Area. Ticket Secrets mission is to find you tickets to any event whether its a sports game or a concert at a reasonable price.
Talia started this business to make sure that you are able to enjoy your event without having to break the bank account. Talia will guarantee that your tickets are 100% authentic and guarantee that customer service is the number one priority with every transaction!
Find us on Facebook and give us a try!
Request tickets to an event you have been wanting to attend and give the perfect Holiday Gift!
Everlasting Beauty by Britt - LipSense/Senegence - Brittany Copithorn
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If you haven't tried LipSense yet, you are missing out on the most incredible, long lasting lipstick. Smudge Proof, Kiss Proof and super nourishing, this lip color is one of a kind. With a variety of shades from bold to nude, red to every-day neutral... you can easily find one that will look amazing on you! We also have a full line of cosmetics and skin care that are just as amazing as our LipSense is! Contact me for a one-on-one consultation for a new look and samples! I have some amazing gift sets ready to go for the perfect stocking stuff or holiday present to yourself, a friend or a loved one!
Touchstone Crystal - Janet Baughman
Swarovski continues to add sparkle to people’s lives with Touchstone Crystal, their fastest-growing social selling business. Backed by the Swarovski strong heritage and quality reputation, Touchstone Crystal brings the magic of Swarovski crystal directly to women’s doorsteps. Each piece of Touchstone Crystal jewelry is uniquely designed with first quality Swarovski crystals and innovations and is sold exclusively through our Independent Sales Consultants.
All Touchstone Crystal jewelry includes only genuine, first-grade Swarovski Crystals, Pearls and Zirconia. Our Little Black Dress line features Swarovski Zirconia, the finest simulated diamond in the world, matching the brilliance of the Tolkowsky diamond.
This is the perfect gift for the Holidays!
All Touchstone Crystal jewelry also includes a 45-day refund policy, 90-day warranty against defects and after 90-days a full Lifetime Warranty against defects for a nominal processing fee. If all of this wasn’t enough, half of the Touchstone Crystal catalog is priced below $50!
When you are ready to sparkle with the unsurpassed brilliance of Swarovski and the Touchstone Crystal line of jewelry contact Janet Baughman, your local Independent Consultant.
Saturday night was so much fun! I was fortunate enough to attend an awesome event with my Denver Bloggers Club and then spend time with 3 of my favorite girl friends!
The first part of the day was spent at a restaurant that I have driven by hundreds of times, but haven't ever gone into. You know those new restaurants that you haven't ever heard of so you kind of shrug off but also want to eventually try one day? This is that restaurant for me. But, man... I should have tried this place earlier and NOT shrugged it off because it was AMAZING!!! You guys... Dion's is SO good. Dion's originated in New Mexico after the owners were driving across country and their vehicle broke down near Albuquerque. They decided to open a restaurant which eventually turned into Dion's! They are a fun Italian spot where they make everything from scratch, including their dressings. They also have green chiles on some featured pizzas! New Mexico is known for their Hatch Green Chile's! Another thing they put their Green Chili in is their amazing Green Chile Ranch Dressing. Holy. Crap. As soon as I tasted it, I found myself reminiscing about high school and how Pizza + Ranch was the best thing in the entire world. So, I proceeded to dunk each and every bite into the Green Chile Ranch and I enjoyed every second of it!
Check Dion's out by visiting their website here or check out their Facebook page
Here are some photos of the amazing lunch they provided to me and our Denver Bloggers Club!
So, after lunch... I drove down to Parker to meet up with the girls. Judy, Nicole and Delphine joined me for an incredible dinner at Element Kitchen. We decided to meet in Parker at the Board & Brush location that we would be coming back to after we ate. Yes, I literally ate everything, all day long!
I drove the 4 of us to Downtown Denver, to this amazing spot on Broadway! I have some history in Denver, on Broadway and around these parts. I love that this new restaurant is doing some amazing things in an area that I am so fond of.
Element Kitchen is on S. Broadway, between 12th and 11th on the east side of the street. Their exterior windows have cute pink pigs and it is tucked into the row of businesses on this block.
When we walked in, I could tell it was going to be a fun place. There was sort of a sports bar feel, but with a cozy and welcoming ambiance! We were seated, greeted and promptly brought drinks by our server that was super amazing!
The Manager, Kenyon, came by and introduces himself and ordered us a variety of his favorite appetizers to start. Deviled Eggs, Yellowtail with Avocado and then... their Bacon Tasting. If you love BACON, you better stop what you're doing right now and get down there to eat this ASAP. Ok, well... whenever you can, order this because it was legit. 4 different types of bacon plus bacon jam... we devoured that and the other two apps without hesitation!
Next came the entrees. Fish & Chips, Roasted Chicken Club, The Element Pub Burger and a few sides. And we shared their decadent Brownie dessert. We all left full, happy and excited to have tried this new spot and I know we will all be back! The service was great, the menu has an awesome selection and they definitely know what they are doing. I have to give them kudos for being so new and having it all together. A lot of new spots have some obstacles and growing pains, but you would never know these guys were new kids on the block with how well they executed everything! Well done!
Find Element Kitchen and their bad ass menu here and follow their Facebook Page too!
Here are some photos of our fun!
When we left the restaurant, we had just enough time to hustle back to Parker for our evening at Board & Brush. Now, I haven't said much about Board & Brush yet because I am saving the best for last. This place is like the painting and drinking thing only 10x better and WAY more fun. And so interactive! I honestly had no idea what to expect. Now, when you sign up for a class, you have to do so days in advance and pick out your design when you register. Judy, Nicole, Delphine and I all picked out our designs the week before and I wasn't sure what everyone else chose but I was about to find out!
When we arrived, each table had your project laid out, ready to go. The boards were untouched wood. We would soon be sanding, distressing, staining, building, painting and more! Say what?! This was so much fun!
So, first up, we sanded the corner so they would be soft and not splintery (that is a word, right?). Next, we were instructed to use either side of a hammer or meat tenderizer to add some texture to the front of the boards. Now... staining. Thank goodness they provided aprons for us all to wear! They have a variety of stains to choose from, and I went with the dark walnut. I am obsessed with dark woods. After the stain dried for a bit, we all applied our stencils. If you have a cricut machine and cut vinyl, imagine this as something 10 times bigger that cuts thick, pliable plastic like stencils! After peeling the back off, you set it on the board and carefully peel the top cover off, making sure all the fine details of your image stay in place because next up is the paint!
So, I got a little crazy with the paint. Less is more, right? Well... That concept escaped me that night and I had a heavy hand. We were worried that the paint was going to bleed through the lines in the stencil to the next letter/section but... it turned out perfect!! The owner and instructors are so sweet, helpful and ensure that everyone has an amazing experience! There were other ladies there that were celebrating birthdays and just having a fun girls night out like we were! They have drinks (wine, beer and sodas) to purchase and you are allowed to bring your own snacks! We had such a blast and I cannot wait to come back and do this again, and again!
Book a class with Board & Brush on their website and follow their Facebook Page also!
Here are the photos from our class! I LOVE how amazing all of our projects turned out!
Mine is the Holiday Cheers, Nicole did the Quartiero Family, Judy did the Halloween one and Delphine created the Mountains one. I love them all!
Thank you to Dion's, Element Kitchen and Board & Brush for hosting us all. It was definitely an amazing day of fun events and I cannot say enough good things about you all!
We all know someone, somewhere with a home base business! There are some incredible products and amazing companies out there. And... a few of you might not know where to turn when it comes to finding the good ones. Well, I have complied a guide of the Best of the Best! Please visit their pages, give them a "like" and contact them with any questions you have about their company, team, products and current sales!
xoxo - Leah
Denver - LuLaRoe - Kaylen Rene
LuLaRoe clothes are both stylish and comfortable. I carry tops, skirts, dresses, kimonos, sweaters, jackets and, of course, leggings! I have sizes 2T- 3X and happy customers from 2-85! I can't wait to find you something that makes you feel amazing! Mention this ad for $10 LuLaCash to my shop!
These gorgeous BossBabes are rocking their businesses and I am so happy that you are able to connect with them all! Please give their facebook pages/groups some "likes", check out their websites and connect!
I think that I take Denver (and all of Colorado, really) for granted sometimes.
There is a reason this is one of the most desired states to live in! We have SO many amazing things going on all year round, all across the state.
For those of you that don't know, I live pretty rural. I am out towards Elizabeth and am almost an hour from Downtown Denver. I have lived in Colorado my entire life and have spent many years in Denver, romping around in my teens and 20's (I now have to say... "when I was in my 20's" *sigh*). My family owned a business in Downtown Denver (visit this article to see what I wrote about the family business and how the 100 year old building was incredibly re-purposed here ) and I have some incredible memories of the Taste of Colorado, Peoples Fair, Saint Patricks Day Parade (I loved getting pelted with jolly ranchers) and so many other fun events in Denver.
Now that I have refined my taste a bit, there are some highly sought after events every year that I make it a point to attend. So, let's get to it...
Dining Al Fresco on Larimer Square
Funny story about this photo above (credit Larimer Square). That pretty girl facing you smiling, that is one of my best friends, Judy. Last year or the year before... she just so happened to be there dining with her family when Larimer Squares photographer snapped this photo which is used all of the time for the promotion of the event. I just get such a kick out of it and always tag her on Facebook when it surfaces. So, naturally... I had to use this one.
Dining Al Fresco is one definitely one of my top 5 favorite Denver events. A number of participating restaurants between 15th and 14th on Larimer will allow you to make a reservation to eat out under the stars and well known canopy of lights. Larimer Square only hosts this event once a month, for 3 different months during the summer time. 2017 dates are July 22nd (which we attended), August 19th and September 9th.
We were lucky to be invited to eat at Ocean Prime and made a perfect reservation for 7:30 PM. As the heat of the day dissipated, we dined on chilly Shrimp Cocktail served over a smoking bowl of dried ice and a generous portion of Tuna Tartare. It was so fresh and refreshing.
Next we received our entrees. I ordered the Florida Grouper and Nick ordered the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. Just revisiting this experience is making me salivate! My grouper was served with tender gnocchi in a magical broth with the perfect veggies! It was perfect. The crab cakes were quickly devoured by my beau as I quickly stole a bite before it was too late. The sun had set and the lights were on, a jazz band playing in the background and our servers were so incredible. Nick and I were struggling on a dessert decision. I decided to order the Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake. I mean.... it's cheesecake. Our server was sweet enough to treat us (I am full of puns) to their new Warm Butter Cake. I had no words, not only because of their generosity but because... that was one of the most incredible desserts ever. I want to drive to Denver just to have that cake. For Breakfast.
Thank you so much to Heather and Ocean Prime for an amazing evening!
If you would like to see which restaurants are participating in the next 2 Dining Al Fresco Events visit the Larimer Square Events page here.
And... if you want to go eat cake for breakfast with me (or have some of the most incredible, decadent seafood in Denver), visit Ocean Prime and make a reservation here.
FESTIVAL OF CHEESE - American Cheese Society
I love Cheese. All cheeses. On all foods. Or by itself. Life would be over as I know it if I couldn't eat cheese anymore. So, when I was given media passes to attend a professional tasting tutorial by an ACS competition judge and the following Festival of Cheese, I shed a tear. Okay...not really but I was so excited, that I told everyone I came in contact with for days.
I mean... it's a festival of CHEESE! Be still my heart.
I first came across this event when I attended the Slow Food Nations event on July 15th. I sampled my way through what I thought was a cheese festival there but then came across an invitation to the American Cheese Society's Festival of Cheese and quickly began to realize that I could now attend the Mother-of-all-Cheese events!
It was like Christmas.
We arrived and participated in a 45 minute tutorial on what the professional competition judges looked for (touch, smell, consistency, taste, etc.) in a cheese. We learned how to be critical in a technical sense and then how to provide praise in a aesthetic manner.
I learned a lot and was excited to take my new skills to the Festival and silently judge away.
Boy oh boy was I in over my head! There were over 2,000 cheeses. Hard cheese, soft, spreads, blues, goat, sheep, american, marinated, flavored, cheddar... I could go on. AND... there was more charcuterie, crackers, olives, etc than you could fathom. I knew I was about to be "Thanksgiving Full" from a full on cheese and meat gluttonous feast.
We tried some of the best winners, best in show and left with some fun goodies and a TON of cheese from their cheese sale! I need not say anything further... just bask in the glory of my cheese and meat photos below.
Great job to the American Cheese Society for putting on such a fun and unique event for all of Denver to enjoy! If you missed it this year, you MUST follow them and attend in the future.
Denver Burger Battle
This annual event showcases the best Burger in Denver! 16 top restaurants all compete, sampling their best burgers to a hungry crowd. And when I say hungry crowd, I mean... you have to be hungry as each restaurant gives you 1/4 of a large, fully loaded burger. If you eat each restaurants sample, it is the equivalent of 4 whole burgers!
When we arrived, the line was long to enter but moved rapidly. There were multiple booths offering liquor tastings, a really fun State Farm agent that was giving away hats with super funny slogans (you can see mine in the photos below) and a half dozen dessert offerings to sweetly breakdown the richness of all the beef you just inhaled.
My friend Brandi and I patiently waiting in line with our plastic tray plates provided by the event coordinators. So many different burgers. Thin patty, double stack, extra cheese, fancy big mac style toppings, bacon/strawberry/habanero combos, etc.
My favorite... and who I voted for... was Stoic & Genuine. My runner up was Prohibition. And guess who won the People's Choice vote for the night?! Stoic & Genuine! Yippeee!
We had so much fun watching the 3 Million Dollar Band, sampling all of the burgers and desserts and I loved seeing my friend Josh's business Glazed & Confused Doughnuts present their huge Colorado Flag Maden made up of his amazing doughnuts!
This was such a fun event and they did an amazing job. Everything went smoothly, voting was easy, the crowd was fun and the food was incredible! Great job!!
Comment below and let me know what fun events you have been to this summer! Make sure to follow me on Facebook on my Denver Housewives Page to follow along with everything I am up to!
Have a great Sunday!
xoxo - Leah
Every year it seems like time just goes by faster and faster!
August is about to peek around the corner.
Before we know it, the days will get shorter... football will start and it'll be sweater weather in no time!
I have gone to some great concerts, super fun festivals, had my fill of farmers markets, gotten sunburnt, worked on my flip-flop-tan-line (my feet are seriously the only thing on me that tans! Why!?), we poured a new patio at my house and have some fun patio furniture to relax on!
I still have a few shows that I want to see! I want to spend a weekend in the mountains. I need to put together this huge hammock for the patio. I want to play in a river (that isn't the Platte!) and have more BBQ's with friends!
At at the end of August, I'll stock up on peaches, tomatoes, green beans, peppers and corn to do some canning for the year!
What are some of your summer time bucket list items that you still want to get in before it's too late??
So... I got laid off yesterday.
Have you ever been through a RIF (Reduction in Force")? Also known as a lay off, downsizing, getting cut, dissolving of divisions. Some of you may know that I have a day job. I have worked in the real estate and mortgage industry since 1999 and am currently a underwriter for ground up construction loans and FHA/Fannie Mae construction loans. I have a very specific specialized set of skills that comes with this type of processing/underwriting.
Yesterday, we had a visit from one of our managing directors who kindly (he really was super cool about it) let us know that they were shutting us down.
Now, I have been through about a half a dozen RIF's over the last 17 years, so I know what to expect and how it all works... and am a bit desensitized to it all.
We are getting severance and will be working through the end of July... but now the hunt begins for a new job.
Or maybe not! On to bigger and better things as doors are always opening when others are closed!
How have you and your coworkers dealt with a RIF in the past? Comment below and let me know!
On the left, me and Jenifer is on the right. This was our Junior Prom in 1998.
Lately, I have had this weird nostalgia thing going on. I am starting to feel stuck in the past, in a good way though.
I think it started a few weeks ago when I spent some time at the new Stanley Marketplace and went to a concert in Denver at the Ogden. I used to spend so much time in Downtown Denver when I was in my teens and 20's. I have been having a hard time saying, "When I was in my 20's...". It makes me cringe.
When I visited with the owners of Trunk Nouveau at the Stanley and found out that they also owned one of my all time FAVORITE stores (Pandoras on 13th), I instantly started reminiscing about all of the fun times I had spending hours inside of Wax Trax, iMi Jimi's, FashionNation, 5 & Dime, Snake Pit, Saul Haus, Pandora's... and more. I used to collect all of the Westwords (before they were full of dispensary and sex ads *snicker* ) and underground zines, flyers, papers, etc and make collages out of all the quirky things that caught my eye. Quirky... I was definitely quirky. Had my own sense of "style"... Somewhere between hippie-raver-stoner-tomboy. I mean, this was 1998-ish... so that was kind of the thing then anyhow. I wish I would have kept some of those collages!
I have recently gone through old photo albums, drawers of 4x6 photos that were taken with those fun Kodak disposable cameras and ....my year books. Oh man, some of the things written in my year books are HILARIOUS. To be 16 years old again... Although, I would only want to be 16 in the era of which I was 16. I don't think I would want to be a teenager with the level of social media that we have now. No, thank you.
Within these old photo albums, I found some crazy things that I have saved over the years from different occasions. Pictures that friends drew for me, old concert ticket stubs (Helllo Pearl Jam, 1994, Red Rocks!), a half broken necklace that my childhood best friend gave me.... and another one is a large, gold metallic flower cut out made from the same plastic type material that confetti is made from. I picked it up off the ground at a high school homecoming dance that I went to. What year, what school and my dates name... NO idea but I know it wasn't my school. For some reason, I have always kept that little flower cut out.
Being 36, with my 20 year high school reunion around the corner, it really does blow my mind when I think about how fast time has gone by. I am so grateful for all of my life experiences, friends that have come and gone and those that are still around. Here's to another 36+ of making more memories to look back on!
Here are some of the old photos that I found!! From top left, going clockwise:
1) My Christi and I, around 2000.
2) My childhood best friend Sarah that passed away a few years ago. She is who I grew up with from elementary school, through our twenties. I miss her so much! I think I was 16 or 17 in this photo so, 97'/98'
3) Old school Traxx 2000 when it was on 20th and Walnut. Jordan and I in the back room, probably dancing to Groove is in the Heart... This was probably in 1999 or 2000
4) My junior year of high school. 1997-1998.
5) Dana, Francesca and I at Fran's 5th grade graduation. I am thinking this was 1999...
6) Freshman or Sophomore year at Smoky Hill. (95'/96'?) Check out my metal mouth! All of the braces!!
This last weekend (6/2-6/5) was bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Let me just start by saying that I LOVE FIRST FRIDAYS!! If you haven't even been down on Santa Fe in the Art District during the evening, in the warmer weather seasons, on the First Friday of the Month... You are missing out on some legit people watching, amazing art, great food and just an incredible atmosphere! I look forward to it every year. June 2nd was my first First Friday of the year!
One of my closest friends, Judy, met me and we went to dinner at "Pinche Taco" A.K.A.
Tacos Tequila Whiskey, which is my #1 favorite Taco Shop, ever. If you know me, you know that I love TACOS! Always busy, fresh food and spicy salsa!
After we pigged out, we found our way down to Santa Fe and 10th Ave. to start perusing the galleries, and people!
There are so many amazing galleries, antique stores, co-ops, artists, musicians and people! It takes a few minutes to really soak it in. One of the antique shops has a funny bird in a cage that talks to you! There are hidden alleys, like the one in my photo that is lit up with lights, basements full of freshly painted canvas and street buskers entertaining you with drums made out of plastic, 5 gallon buckets and an upside down metal pot!
One of my favorite galleries is Artwork Network, which you can see the exterior of in one of the photos above. They have some incredible pieces of art. Don't forget to go in the basement!
Judy and I ran into some friends, checked out a live sculpting session, watched some B-Boys and B-Girls in a break dance circle and ended our 4 hour stroll around 10:00 PM.
Brunch, The Stanley Marketplace, 16th Street Mall, Thirsty Lion and Marian Hill! Phew!
What a full day! I hardly took any photos, which is unlike me! I met my friend Aly (who is kind of a big deal female brewer for Dry Dock Brewing Co.!) for brunch at the Denver Biscuit Company in the new Stanley Marketplace near Stapleton! They had the best music playing and some wildly entertaining gentlemen behind the bar that knew every word to every 70's hit that was being played in the restaurant! So fun.
Aly and I decided to walk around the Stanley, in hopes that my favorite place Mondo Market would be open but we were just a day or two early. What we DID find, was my buddy Josh Schwab's new spot for his Glazed and Confuzed donut shop! Aly and I shared a Confused Samoa donut, even though we had just eaten DBC 10 minutes ago... if you come anywhere close to Josh's donuts, you cannot say no.
I also spend some quality time inside of Trunk Nouveau! The family that owns Trunk Nouveau are also the owners of Pandoras (on 13th... but really on 17th now) and Soul Haus! 13th ave between Washington and Broadway are my old stomping grounds. Pandoras and Soul Haus are two of my favorite stores and I am thrilled to know that they now have a location on 17th (with some incredible history behind their new building) for both Pandoras and Soul Haus.
Anyhow... Trunk Nouveau is an incredible mash up of the two other stores and I just felt it when I walked in there. And Chris even brought me a potato knish from Rosenberg's Bagels & Deli! It was THE BEST!
After I ate my way through the Stanley, I had a few hours to kill so I went and walked around 16th Street for their music fest and through the Chalk Art Festival! By about 5PM, I was ready to go get my BFF, Christi. We had planned on going to dinner and then to see Marian Hill at the Ogden.
Christi and I ate at the Thirsty Lion in Union Station and took an Uber (quite entertaining, this driver was a goof!) to the Ogden where we were met by some guys that had already had their party pants on for quite sometime. Thankfully, the gate keepers told them to take a walk and get some nachos at 7-11 across the street (*smirk*).
Christi and I worked our way to the front of the crown and I secured our spot at the front of the stage. A group called Opia opened up. Two young guys from L.A. took the crowd by surprise with some incredible guitar solos and an incredible vocal display that I don't think anyone saw coming from their blonde, surfer look!
Marian Hall came out and the energy was amazing. Her voice is one of a kind and the house was PACKED! It's been awhile since I voluntarily stood that close to a speaker, so the unfamiliar bass that shook our bodies from the ground up only added to the electricity flowing from person to person in the entire crowd. It was such an amazing show and I have been listening to her album
ACT ONE (The Complete Collection) all week! I think my favorite songs on that album are Down, Take Your Time, oh yeah i love u and I Want You. Give them a listen!
Old South Pearl Street Farmers Market! I bought everything. Ok, not everything but it felt like it!
The Spice Guy (Zach) makes some of the most legit spice blends out there. Inexpensive, fresh and well blended... your home cooked meals are about to level up!
I also grabbed some garlic goodness from Prohibited Provisions and tons more! They were also having a puppy adoption event, so I pretty much played with puppies for half the time. Be still, my beating heart. I wanted to take them all!
Once we were done at the market, I did my normal mundane Sunday chores of groceries, laundry and such.
We have so many amazing things to do in Denver, let alone Colorado... ALL year long! Next time you find yourself trying to find something to do... just walk down the street and you're bound to find something fantastic! Make sure to follow us on Facebook to see what other events are happening!
xoxo - Leah
HUGE shout out to La Sandia in Park Meadows for hosting us this month! Everyone had a blast and I cannot wait to party on their amazing roof top patio again!
We had a fantastic mix of Featured Businesses this month and I have already received messages looking to get in touch with some of them! Thank you to everyone for their participation and attendance!
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Hi There! I am Leah Ryan, Lead Publisher and Social Media + Event Coordinator for Housewives in the City here in Denver, Colorado! I have lived in Colorado my entire life, born and raised. My family has some deep Colorado roots and I am fascinated with anything related to Colorado History!
I love to spend time with my boyfriend, cook, read, use my creativity in every aspect possible and if there is a puppy around... that is where my attention will be! Please come introduce yourself to me if you see me out and about and especially at one of our monthly Ladies Night Out events! XOXO - Leah
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