Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'll Be Back.....

Hey Guys......I won't be posting for the next week.....Tomorrow Matt and I are headed to Vail for a Friends of Farmers Golf Tournament and Banquet then when we get back in town Friday I pick my family up at the airport!!!!! I get my family for 4 whole days!!!!!
I hope everyone has a wonderful 3 day weekend!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SAHM Styled for Fall

Hi Guys!!! I am so excited to share with you all todays Style Boards for a beautiful Stay at Home Mom Marissa!!!! These boards get me so excited for Fall and I can picture Marissa in every look.
Here is what Marissa Wanted:
* Stay at Home Mom looks......casual, cute and put together
* She loves Black and White but would like to branch out
* Looks for Fall
* Pieces that can transition to Date night or Lunch with friends!
* She does enjoy trends but age appropriate! She is 33

Here is what I have done for her:
* All Jewelry is Stella and Dot since she is a consultant!
* 4 boards with 38 complete looks head to toe!
* Total for all pieces $730 which adds up to $19 per complete look!!!!
* I love black and white too so I included them in each board but then also added in some new colors for Fall.

Marissa Styled for Lunch or Date Night:
* 9 complete looks! Each dress can be worn with the tennis shoes for the play ground and then the boots for a dressier look! Each dress can be topped with the scarf as well to create 3 new looks!
* These dresses are chic but comfy that way they can fit easily into being a Mom!
Marissa Styled 1

Marissa Styled for Fall, 1:
* 12 complete looks on this board!
1. The tops paired with the boyfriend jeans and tennis shoes for play dates!
2. The tops then paired with the booties and scarf for errands or weekend with the family!
3. All the tops paired with the super chic Camo jacket and boots for cooler fall days! The camo jacket is a super fun trend that is also very polished and age appropriate!
Marissa Styled 2

Marissa Styled for Day to Night:
* 9 complete looks with this board! Each top paired with the jeans and boots, then paired with the scarf.  Each top will also go under the camo jacket to complete the 9 looks!
* Either scarf matches these tops and the booties from the previous board would also look amazing!
Marissa Styled 3

Marissa Styled for Fall 2:
* This board has 8 looks and it really shows how a fun plaid or jean button down can transform into so many looks!
* Each top can be dressed down with the boyfriend jeans or dressed up with the skinny jeans! Each top will go with the tennis shoes or boots as well as the really cute knit bomber jacket!!!

Marissa Styled 4

Marissa, I sure hope you love these looks as much as I do! Get excited because Fall is right around the corner and these looks can be worn now thru Winter!!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cherry Creek Food and Wine Festival

2 Weekends ago Matt and I went to the Cherry Creek Food and Wine Festival and we just had the best time! It was stepping outside the box for us, going to something new without knowing anyone but this event had me at FOOD and WINE! Did you hear me say Gourmet FOOD???????
 All the restaurants in Cherry Creek participated and we got to have some really thoughtfully prepared tasting portions from them all!!! There was live music, perfect weather and we even met some new people! Next year we will dress us a tad more.....I realized this was an event in an exclusive area but we were shocked by how dressy it was! :)
 The food was AMAZING! We had everything from this delish baby Key Lime Pie to Sushi to Ribs to Pasta!!!! And the sizes were enough to fill us up!

We just had a wonderful time, the perfect Date Night!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Maze Runner Series...

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.
I spent my entire SUMMER everyday on the way to work and on the way home listening to the Trilogy above and sadly yesterday I had to say goodbye! It is weird how spending around 30+ hours listening to these books, learning about the same characters just how attached you become! I LOVED these, I loved everything about them and the person who read the audiobooks did an amazing job! It was like listening to a movie everyday in my car!
These were a great fun, summer read and I canNOT wait until the movie comes out next month!!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

An Attorney Styled for Work and Weekend

Last week I styled Jennifer and her adorable family for their new Family Photos and this week I get to style Jennifer for Work to Weekend! I have included several pieces that were included last week and they have already been purchased which is a big bonus!! (But I still added them into this weeks board total $$)

Here is what Jennifer asked for:
* 3 boards for work, 1 for weekend
* Include pieces from her family boards last week
* Include looks that will work in the court room to Office
* Looks for Fall
* She like minimal, no prints on pants and very classic looks. No trends.

Here is what I have done for Jennifer:
* I shopped at J Crew, Factory, Boden and a few lower end stores for pieces to give her a professional and polished look.
* I really wanted her to be able to mix and match and in fact there are several more looks when mixing up the boards that I didn't include in my total count!
* Total for everything head to toe including more expensive Boden Dress is $1288.00
* These 4 boards create 38 looks which totals out to only $33 per look, head to toe.

Jennifer Styled for Work Board 1: Dresses
* 11 complete looks with this board. All dresses worn with nude wedges from J Crew and then worn with the fun ankle boots (exclude the Boden dress) and then the classic Camel blazer goes over every look for a more polished court room look. (exclude the jean dress for court days)
* TIP!!! I choose nude heels even with black and white because it makes your legs look long and lean......they can also then be worn with black tights and pumps. 
Jenn Styled 1

Jennifer Styled for Work Board 2: Skirt
* This wine colored pencil skirt from J Crew literally goes with everything!! There are 5 looks on this board but when the scarf is added each look can take on a different vibe. The blue jean top tucked into the skirt is a classic and effortless look that is still completely polished!
* Bonus! The Camel Blazer will work well with all these looks as well.
Jenn Styled 2

Jennifer Styled for Work Board 3: Pants
*We all know I LOVE ankle pants and YES! Even in Winter! These pants below are perfect to go with everything including these "Dress Sweaters"
* There are over 12 looks on this board.....each top paired with the pants then the second round of looks is the blazer on top. For 5 BONUS looks include the scarf on each of these tops!!! You will cover the statement collars on the tops but the scarf will then make the statement!!!
Jenn Styled 3

Embellished top / J Crew striped top / J Crew roll sleeve shirt / Blue top / Boden clothing / J.Crew slim pants / High heel shoes / Stella Dot stella dot jewelry / Stella & Dot earrings / Stella Dot stella dot jewelry / Purple dress / Merona® Petites Tailored Basket weave Blazer... : Target

Man, looks like the J Crew pants above are sold out I have been told! Here is a wonderful alternate, I love The Limited Pants!!! You can buy there HERE!!

Jennifer Styled for the Weekend!
* This board has 10 looks! Each top paired with the boots for Drinks with friends or Date night then the leather Keds for weekends running errands with the kiddos!!!!
Jenn Styled for Weekend

Do you want me to style you???? Here is how.............
A' la Mode Styled
* I charge a small fee of $40. (via paypal)
Why?? These boards take me on average 4-6 hours to complete, sometimes more!
I see it this way that price will buy my husband and I a movie night, as simple as that!
Here is what that $40 will get you each and every time!
* 4 boards with at least 20 new looks
* Styled from head to toe with information on how to piece every board together via email.
* I will stay around your budget and always looks for sales and pieces available online at that time.
Here is the Cherry on Top
* If you refer a friend I will style 1 extra board for you at the time your friend signs up! A little bonus, thank you from me!
* On your second time coming back to me for say a new season you will only be charged $30!
Here is some of what I can offer:
* Mixing and Matching of prints that work for you
* Complete overhaul
* Accessory make-over only
* Special occasion or vacation looks (weddings, showers, parties, vacations, pictures)
* Seasonal looks
* Family photo shoots styled!

Shoot me an email at to learn more!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Well.....this is like day 4 with a Migraine and I am sick of being sick! I have things to do, need to go to work and I have Style Boards piling up but instead I have a migraine.... a migraine that won't go away! I have noticed that I tend to get one when there is a change in the weather or pressure outside which is bad news because there is a chance of storms here for like the next week! What I would not give to never have one EVER again.....for real. Just letting you guys know I am here but that is why my posting has been spotty. If you need me I will be in bed..............

Monday, August 18, 2014

An Introduction, or a Refresh......take your pick!

One of the blogs I love reading is Hello Happiness and last week she did a post to re-introduce herself to new readers and I loved it! So I thought why not? You know I love jumping on the bandwagon! If you are a long time reader or a new reader I am so glad you stop by......let's get to know ME!
Nicole (With NO H)
33 Years Young
Operations Manager at my husbands Farmers Insurance District! And he gave me that title not me! ha!
I have 1 Husband, 3 Dogs, 1 Cat, 1 Town Home in Denver and a partridge in a pear tree

Favorite Hobbies
Cooking, Reading, Watching TV, shopping, going to movies, trying new places to eat and lately riding my bike when the weather is cool!!!

Five Things I Can't Live Without
1/ Sadly my Tech! Phone, Internet, TV, Netflicks
2/ Good books! Tucking myself in bed every night and reading a book is my FAV!
3/ Coffee every morning is a must, it is more of a routine than a need!
4/ Family! ALL of our extended family!!!
5/ My Fur-children!
(This was in no particular order)

Favorite Fun Activities with Matt
We love every Sunday riding our bikes a mile to the Stapleton Farmers Market, getting breakfast at a food truck and enjoying the morning!!! I just love it! We love going out to eat on Friday night and catching up over a glass of wine! We also love snuggling on the couch with the animals and catching up on our DVR!!!!!

Biggest Pet Peeves.
I am a rather impatient person so when people are late or they do not follow thru with something they say they will do really gets me. Slow drivers drive me insane (pun was intended) and people who invade your personal hello! I am standing here can you please move away???

Typical Day
I get up at 7:15 to have coffee, breakfast and get ready for work! On the way to work I listen to a book on tape (currently the Maze Runner Series) and then I get to work at about 9!! I blog first thing in the morning at work and check my email of course!!! I eat lunch at the office with Matt and then I head home for the day around 3 or 4 and yes, I am so lucky! When I get home I clean up the house, cook myself dinner since Matt works late and then comes my favorite part of the day........... When I lay on the couch with the animals and watch DVR or Netflicks! So to sum this up, yes.....I am very boring!

Favorite Music/Bands/Singers
Kings of Leon, Incubus, oldies all day.......Chicago, Foreigner, Eagles, 70s music, Michael Buble', John Mayer........the usual suspects!

My Top 10 Movies
For the record this is SOOOO hard! So here is just 10 of my favorites!
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, The Devil Wears Prada, Rock of Ages, Lone Survivor, Zero Dark Thirty, Divergent, Prometheus, All Batman movies, Avengers, Twilight! haha! Very vast huh??

Top Reads (in no particular order)
Unbroken, Shanghai Girls, Twilight, The Story Teller (Jodi P), Winter Garden Kristin Hannah, My Name is Memory, The Time Travelers Wife, A Million Little Pieces

Other Q&A
What you wanted to be when you grew up: I wanted to be an Archeologist
Beauty secret: NEVER go to sleep with make-up on!!!!
Celebrity crush: Channing Tatum AND Charlie Hunnam!
Secret talent: Guessing! Really....I can guess prices of things, the time......pretty random but I am pretty good! ha

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall Football Patio

Starting in a week or two it is that time called....maybe... "Pre-Fall" where Football reigns but not quite pumpkin take over!!! I wanted to turn my Summer patio into Fall Football Frenzie!!! Here is what I have done for our Town Home Patio, I can't wait for it all to come in! The rich Crimson just screams Fall Saturdays to me!!! And I think this will be very easy to transition into Pumpkins come October!!! I am excited to get this all fixed up before my family comes Labor Day weekend!!!!!!
Fall Football Patio

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meet Barsilinga

Yesterday really made a dent in my heart and I was up all night thinking about the Elephants and knew I needed to do more! So I am so proud to announce the adoption of my Orphan Barsilinga! He was found on Easter Morning 2012, a true blessing I think! I have fostered an Elephant a few years back and I am blessed to do it again.....I was drawn to this little guy........
NameGenderDate BornLocation FoundAge on ArrivalCommentsReason for being Orphaned
 BARSILINGA Male Wednesday, March 28, 2012Found near Wamba area, next to his dying mother Approximately 2 weeks old His mother had to be euthanized as her wounds were too severe for recovery Poaching 
Here is his incredible rescue...............

Barsi is now a little over 2 years old and is thriving at the DSWT!!! His story touched my heart, broke my heart and yet filled my heart with love all at the same time! It would be a DREAM come true to go visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and I have been saying that for years, they truly make a difference in all these animals lives.
I will keep us all updated on his progress as I get the updates from Africa!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

World Elephant Day

Hello Friends! Today is very important to me and if you are a long time follower than you know this cause is dear to my heart! Today is World Elephant Day and my heart aches that these amazing creatures are being poached, orphaned and on the verge of possible extinction. I hope todays post will educate you on something you may not have already known about and I hope this post will instill in you a desire to make a difference!



Elephants have roamed the wild for 15 million years and today this iconic species faces their biggest threat to survival due to continued ivory poaching. As long as there is a demand for ivory, elephants will be continued to be killed for their tusks. Today it is estimated up to 36,000 elephants are killed annually, that’s one life lost every 15 minutes. Learn more about this CRISIS HERE!
What can we possibly do??? How can we change the world for Elephants??
I want to make it super easy for you...........

1. Sign the Petition HERE!

2. Foster a Elephant thru the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, this is dear to my heart...I sponsored an orphan a few years back and it really helped me to grow in a charitable way as well as the love that grew in my heart for these amazing creatures! You can Foster one HERE!

3. Wear Your Support!!! HERE

4. Print Your own poster HERE and share on social media!
#1every15 #iworry

5. Share this post, Share these 2 important websites....
Use these sites to educate yourself and share with others!

You know I really think every little bit helps, we have to think that and I want to join in on creating change. #changetheworld

Monday, August 11, 2014

Family Photo Session Styled... (UPDATED)

How beautiful is this family??? Jennifer was my roommate in college and I swear it seems like a life time ago. Jennifer has the sweetest family and she reached out to me to help style her family for her upcoming family pictures! Here is the cute family at their last family pictures...........
Here is what she wanted: 
*Jennifer sent me 2 dresses that her press little girl will be wearing and I styled the family around the dresses!
*Since Fall is fast approaching I picked out the darker tones to use to match! I love the finished products and I can't wait to see them on the family!
* Jennifer and her family are classics, they prefer to stay away from trends so I have picked out classic pieces but I have paired them and styled them a little different than you would normally think!
* I will be styling Jennifer later this week for boards and I will be using the items I have picked out for her below on those as well!

Y Family Photo Board 1!!!
This dress is adorable isn't it? I pulled out the grey to match with but also put Jennifer in a stunning yellow dress which will match her hair and skin tones beautifully! And yes, I am dying over that bomber jacket to go over the dress she will look so effortlessly chic!!!

Y Family Photos 2

Y Family Photo Board 2!
This time I played up the Navy and have made the kiddos the star of the show!!! Little brother in the adorable bow tie with the tennis shoes will make him look beyond adorable! Dad will look very cool and put together in this shirt/vest combo! And once again Jennifer will be stunning in this dress!
Y Family Pictures 1

I desperately want her to love these looks as much as I do! I am honored she trusted me to put together some looks for family photos and I can only imagine how beautiful these will turn out!

Jennifer LOVED the 2nd board best and she wanted me to give her a "pant" option and I made this board that will give her 2 mix and match option.....a jean or a navy pant and 2 sweater option both from Boden! They make the best products and always have FREE shipping!
Additional Family Photo Option

Saturday, August 9, 2014


December 2012, 176 pounds
August 2014, 141 pounds
Top: J Crew HERE ; White Jeans: Forever 21 HERE ; Shoes: Target HERE ; Necklace: Anthropologie, Sold out

You guys......I have never before looked at a picture of myself at my heaviest and then myself now.....I'm embarrassed! Why didn't anyone tell me? Ok, I take that back my brother told me....isn't that what little brothers are for???? Thanks (sarcasm)
Ok....back on track.............
As of today, I lost 19% of my body weight and I am officially down 35 pounds. It doesn't seem like that much to me until I get my Weight Watchers magazine and I see that they feature people for losing 35 pounds....that is what puts it into perspective for me. And FYI....I still have 5 more to go! 136 is the end game for me!!! And I have 2 months to do it.....until we go to Mexico in October!!!!

Let me say something to everyone wanting to loose weight fast......... it doesn't work.
This took me 18 Months!!!!! 
No fad diets, no pills, no wraps, no creams no nothing but plain and simple watching what I eat and increasing my activity. During that time I never gained it back, I only maintained in between losing and that is truly the only way to go.

Here are the things I did that help me...........

* Weight Watchers!!!! I did this religiously for the first 9 months by tracking everything I ate but after that I knew what foods where what points and what I needed to eat and what not to! (that was a mouthful, pun intended) WW is the way to is a lifestyle NOT a diet!
* No goals........... What you say??? Think about it....everyone who says I am gonna do this and loose 10 pounds this month is setting themselves up for failure. When you do not meet that goal you say "F it" and then gain back and have to start over. I just lived my new lifestyle and if I screwed up over the weekend I got back on track on Monday and then the number I see on the scale every week was a bonus!
* I also only aimed to loose weight every other week......the other weeks I tried to maintain that weight, which really worked for me!!!!!!
* NO Pop (NO diet pop which is awful for you), NO Mixed drinks, NO Beer....only Coffee, Tea and Water plus the occasional glass of wine!!!!
* What I cooked was the #1thing for me.......... Check out all my posts tagged "WW" and scroll thru and find my favorite recipes!!!! You can see that HERE

For everyone who wants to know about me "testing" the Vegan waters...........

I have played around with being Vegan for years and the main reason is my LOVE for animals and the way they are treated. But it has been hard for me to go cold turkey. The last 6 months I have found a way to make this work with me.....Part time Vegan. The book above is the perfect thing for people like me and the weight loss is an added bonus to this lifestyle! I eat vegetarian about 4-5 nights a week and now I incorporate at least ONE Vegan meal a day! Taking out meat occasionally is very helpful in losing weight! It works for me, you can look into it for sure! I have been posting some new Vegan meals on my blog lately that I have tried and loved! You can find my first 2 recipes HERE!!

And guys.....I am NOT at all the expert, my way is not best but people have asked and I wanted to share with you things that have worked for me! The #1 thing..... Patience! I am still a work in progress and yes, I still love donuts and cake in moderation!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Get ya some Gazpacho

My husband thinks that Gazpacho is literally drinking salsa but I beg to differ.....when made the right way it literally tastes like Summer....plain and simple! I love soup and I really love's the perfect lunch to take to work with you! I love it anytime but for me when I have been eating particularly bad I will mix up a batch and eat that for lunch for a week and I feel more healthy. Not at all a cleanse but a re-set button for me! I have to share with you my recipe and I usually just add everything to taste or eyeball it but I will be a little more helpful than that for you!!!

Get Ya Some Gazpacho!!!!!

Get Your Ingredients!
5 Plum or San Marzano Tomatoes
2 Large Red Bell Pepper
1 Red Onion
3 small Jalepenos
3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup of cilantro
1 Medium Cucumber seeded
Salt & Pepper to taste!
1 Tablespoon Sugar
3 Tablespoons Lime juice
3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
2 Cups Tomato Juice!
How To!
** DO NOT blend it all together at once.....or parts will become mush and some parts will be too chunky, blend each veggie individually!
1. Each go around....rough chop your vegetable, toss it into your blend with a drizzle of EVOO and blend! DO not puree it too will want a little consistency to your soup! (see below)
 2. I add each batch to a large bowl as I go..... This is my red pepper batch.
 3. Make sure you seed your cucumber and tomatoes so your soup will not be too runny!!!
 4. My secret ingredient is SUGAR!! It brings out the flavor of the tomatoes!!!! Just do it!
 5. Some recipes call for White wine vinegar but I prefer Red Wine, it gives the soup more depth! That is what you are doing here creating a flavor profile!
 6. Now....until you add your tomato juice your bowl is gonna look weird....but I promise once you add the juice it will turn into the rich red color that we are after!
7. You will be surprised at how much salt you will need to add.......I added about 1+ tablespoons!
This soup gets better the longer it sits, so my lunch today will be perfect!!!! I like to add a dollop of Sour Cream (vegan) when I eat mine to add richness!!!
TIP!!!! You can add 2 cups of diced Watermelon to this dish easy......but do not blend long at all....or it will be mush! This adds a little sweetness and I would then omit the sugar!!!
I really hope you love this as much as I do.....this dish will make you feel healthy and satisfied!


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