August 4, 2015

Mission #63, Day 2--Saddle Oxfords

I used to wear my saddle oxfords a lot more than I do now and I don't know why that is.  I do know that they are comfortable and really cute and (which could be a positive or negative depending on how you view things) a real conversation piece.

Every time I wear them older people will comment on how they used to have a pair like them and ask me how on earth I was able to get a pair.  In truth, I stumbled upon them one day in Payless.  I wish I had a more heroic response for them, but that's how it went down.  #lame

I'm not sure if you are aware, but saddle shoes have a long history.  They came about in the 1910's and 1920's and started, of all things, as a golf shoe for men.  Women became fans of them and although they were edited throughout the decades with fabric and color, they remained in style for various reasons.

Did you know that in the 1950's women used to wear these around the house for their comfort and then change into heels when their husbands would come home from work?  Crazy to think about isn't it?

Sometimes I am convinced that I was meant to live in the 50's/60's era.  I love the fashion and I love the whole just laid back vibe it seemed to have.  Movies like Sandlot and Back to the Future and various others set in that timeframe always intrigue and interest me.

Up in Wheatland, where my Grandpa lives, they used to have an actual Soda Fountain where you could order Black Cows and malts that would come in that big silver tin.  They had retro barstools and a jukebox and hula hoops.

It closed long ago, but I feel like it should be revived.  In fact . . . no one take that idea.  My new goal in life is to open up a Soda Fountain and wear saddle shoes for work.

Saddle Oxfords-Paylesss
Black and White Chevron Striped Dress-thrifted
Leopard Accented Cloche Hat-Target
Polka Dot Scarf-vintage
Watch-gifted from Grandma

August 3, 2015

Mission #63, DAy 1--FLATS

When I got pregnant with Reilly and got sciatica I was forced to wear flats for the remainder of my pregnancy.  I was sartorially devastated because flats have a representation of being so . . . boring.  And low-key.  And casual.  And I was not enthused. 

But thankfully, the flats game has changed dramatically in recent years.  Now you can find cute pairs everywhere!  And you are no longer stuck with shorts or jeans when you wear flats--skirts, dresses and pretty much anything is game for flats these days.

So this week, it's all about flats--different ones you can buy and different ways to wear them.  I personally love these that I found at Target several months ago because they are such a clear knock-off of those cute little Chanel ones (for approximately 437 times the price . . .).

But I didn't love them at first because I am definitely a size 8 1/2 or 9--depending on the shoe.  I bought these on clearance in a 9 (and in too much of a hurry to try them on) thinking that there would not be any problem.  But I could not even squeeze my foot into them!  I went back to exchange them and all they had left was a 10.  There was no way, I thought, that these would fit.  But they did.  Perfectly.

And that just goes to show--ALWAYS try on possible clothing purchases.  Even if you are SURE you would never fit into a certain size or that you can't pull off a certain style.  Because you can really surprise yourself.  And as I get older, I am surprised by how much I still surprise myself.  It's pretty cool actually.

Pleated Leather Skirt-Fevrie, c/o
Grey T-Shirt-Target
 Blue Cardigan-American Eagle
Bag-Bebe, gifted

July 31, 2015

Dear Frannie Friday--Best Local Shops

As you know, this week I've been all about buying local.  I love it because I really genuinely feel good after I buy local.  Not only am I helping an honest to goodness family out, but small businesses are so accommodating.  Most of the time, you get really good deals for the quality of the product.  So here are a few of my favorite shops in the NoCo area:


I've never actually used a butcher, but when I heard about Your Butcher Frank and looked into the various meat bundles that they offer, I knew this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.  I remember the building well from when I was a kid, so I know it's been around a WHILE.  They have SO much meat and the options for their bundles are vast in variety and price.  Not to mention, you can substitute practically any meat in the bundle to match what your family eats.  For example, we substituted the bacon (because it is made with sugar and thus not Whole30 compliant) with some ground chicken.  And--get this--they also have a deli!


I have always loved the idea of loving seafood--it's lean and very good for you.  But I just haven't really been able to LOVE seafood.  During this Whole30 challenge, however, I am going to push myself to eat more seafood (mostly to appease Patrick's sensitive palette).  Blue Reef Seafood Market is located doors down from Your Butcher Frank's place.  I went in there looking for halibut and found every possible seafood you could think of--shark, alligator, frog legs, squid and much, much more!  And, of course, they did have the usuals--salmon, halibut, shrimp.


Of course, the best place to get local and amazing groceries is the Farmer's Market.  I've been a long lover of the Farmer's Market.  Brielle and I have a Farmer's Market date every Saturday morning.  But if you live in a place like Colorado where we don't have seasonally appropriate weather all year, you might not have accessibility to Farmer's Market foods all year long.  Second to the Farmer's Market, I usually rely on Door to Door Organics for fresh and local produce.  You can also buy meat and other items there too.  We get some milk products delivered via Longmont Dairy.

In other words, we usually shop pretty local as it is.  But outside of those places, I usually go to Sprouts or King Soopers to fill in my grocery list.  This time I opted to go to Natural Grocers.  I was surprised to find so much organic and Whole30 compliant foods for even cheaper than the other two grocers there!  A big bottle of EVOO for $8?  GTFO!!!

Clothes (duh!)

One of the coolest things about getting in the know with Denver Style Magazine is meeting the local designers and boutiques that occupy our great state.  Here are a list of a few to check out:

Inspyre Boutique

Whorl Shop

Patterns & Pops

If nothing else, be sure to visit and follow their Instagram accounts for all the cute stuff they have to offer!

Colorado has so much to offer in the way of small businesses and surely your town/state does too!  Be sure to check out all of your local shops and help to support a local family!

Scala Sun Hat Review

I was sent the Scala Collezione Sun Hat to review.  It has an UPF rating of 50+!  I admit, I am horrible at making sure I get sunscreen on myself, so hats are usually my savior when it comes to sun protection.  This one has a drawstring inside to adjust to the comfort level of your choosing.  The brim can be rolled up or left down for a casual look, as I've done here.  It folds up so easily and fits into a beach bag, diaper bag or purse for travel.  And it doesn't have those annoying fold lines when you unfold it.  I used this one straight out of the mailing box--so it had been folded for a while--and as you can see, it held its shape very well.  I will for sure be using this little hat when we have lake days! 
Knee High Gladiator Sandals-Amazon
White Tee-thirfted
Striped Short Sleeve Blazer-Banana Republic, thrifted
Sun Hat-Scala, c/o
Bag-Bebe, gifted
Distressed Denim Shorts-Target 

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