Friday, December 30, 2016

five things I learned in 2016

I know most people are ready to see 2016 bite the dust, but for me I've actually had a really great year. 2016 was honestly one of my best. Maybe I'm just being optimistic and trying to remember the good instead of the bad. So here are five things I learned in 2016

1. Hard work pays off - This year I received not only one, but two promotions at work. I put my mind to it, worked my butt off to prove my worth, and it was all worth it in the end. I have no doubt that if I keep working hard more good things are in my professional future.

2. Trust your gut - Remember how last year I was offered a job that I ultimately turned down because they would only offer the very lowest of the pay range they had advertised? And then I ended up freelance writing for this same business later in the year? Well without going into too many details I'm no longer free lance writing for that company, and it taught be a very important lesson. If someone seems shady, they probably are.

3. You can love someone without them being the one - While my relationship this year came to an end I learned an important lesson about love. You will fall truly in love with more than one person in your life. Really I had a great relationship that I don't regret at all, but in the end it just wasn't meant to be.

4. Always purchase renter's insurance - This was the very first lesson I learned this year, only a week into 2016 in fact. A water line burst in my condo building forcing my roommate and me out for about two weeks. Thank goodness I had renter's insurance that covered our living costs during that time, and work for a hotel so I was able to actually find a place to stay until we could move back in.

5. Say yes to spontaneous stuff- I went on two rather spontaneous trips this year. The first in April to Dallas for a week with my now ex boyfriend and the second to Las Vegas with Ashliegh in September. The first I decided to tag along about two days before we left and the second Ashliegh and I went with zero things planned other than our cheap flights and hotel. I'm so glad I threw caution to the wind and did these unplanned adventures.

What did you learn this year?

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

6 things to do in a ski town if you don't ski

When I first decided to move to a ski town everyone was shocked because I'd never been skiing before. I've now worked for a ski resort for over a year, where a ski pass is benefit given to all employees, and I've used that ski pass less than 10 times. Learning to ski is still something I want to accomplish, but I'm having a very difficult time getting over my fear of accidentally going down a double black diamond. Honestly if I never learned to ski I would still love calling my little ski town home. There is so much more to ski towns than just skiing.

1. Eating - I've already documented some of my favorite spots to eat in Vail, but that barely scratches the surface of all the local spots. I always enjoy eating local foods when I vacation because it's so different than where you're from and use to eating. If fancy restaurants aren't your idea of fun there are still plenty of local bars to enjoy. Apr├ęs is a time honored tradition in all ski towns that can be enjoyed wether you spent any time on the mountain or not. And the best part is these bars are super casual so you'll always be dressed appropriately.

2. Shopping - There's more than just souvenir shops and sports stores. There are lots of local boutique stores that sell everything from furs to hand-made wooden treasures. My favorite store in Vail is Gorsuch which has the most beautiful treasures I'll never be able to afford. I like to play a game where I'll go in and try to guess the price of items before looking at the price tag.

3. Riding the gondola - Did you know you can ride the gondola up and down? It's not just a one-way ride. You can purchase a discounted ride ticket if you aren't skiing and just ride to the top to see some of the best views of your life. Ride the gondola up, meet your friends for lunch, and then ride it back down. This is something I've actually done more than skiing down.

4. Spa Day - Most ski town hotels have fabulous spas. Maybe you just want to get a  manicure and sit in the steam room or maybe you want a full day of treatments. The spa at my hotel has lots of great body treatments specifically designed to rehydrate your skin and ease your sore muscles after a day on the slopes. You'll also probably have access to a hot tub which is always fun, even when it's below freezing out.

5. Relaxing - Just picture yourself sitting in front of a giant fireplace, mug of hot chocolate, and a good book with the snow gently falling outside. Doesn't that sound relaxing? Or maybe you're more into sitting on a heated patio with an Irish Coffee doing some people watching. There is great people watching in ski towns, from the rich and famous in full length furs to small children waddling in their very puffy coats, there's always someone interesting passing by.

6. Take a ski lesson - If you're on a vacation to a ski town and have never skied I 100% recommend taking a ski lesson at least one day. You could be the next Lindsey Vonn, but you'll never know unless you get on the slopes. I wouldn't recommend going up alone, or just with a friend, but you'll be in great hands with an instructor. Most of them have been instructing for years, have taken hours of training, and are even certified. Honestly the only reason I've used my pass as many times as I have is because I've had such great experiences with lessons.

Would you go on a ski vacation even if you don't ski? Ski resorts aren't just for winter, they're also great to visit in the summer!

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Gift Guide 2016 vol 6 : gift guide roundup

Here we are at the end of the gift guide 2016 posts. I've rounded up the best gift guides from across the internet. Hopefully all your holiday shopping is finished, but if you're still searching for the perfect something for someone hopefully you can find it here. It seemed like the gift guides were fewer across blog land this year, but still overwhelming. Each of these guides is seriously great and different. I hate when I look at gift guides and every single one is the same 15 items over and over again.

$50 and under from Carly of The College Prepster
Guys from Emily of Life with Emily
The frequent flyer from Jess of Bows and Sequins
Feminine from Brighton of Brighton the Day
Small extras (think stocking stuffers) from Kate of The Small Things Blog
Hostess from Ashley of the Fancy Ashley
Christmas Pajamas from Brittney of Hosting and Toasting
Parents and Grand Parents by Belle of Capitol Hill Style

And my 5 guides
what I'm wishing for
holiday lover
$25 and under
last minute gifts

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Gift Guide 2016 vol 5 : last minute gifts

Christmas is less than two weeks away! I feel like we were just talking about Thanksgiving. I dropped the last of my gifts to mail off at the post office yesterday; leaving just my work Secret Santa left to buy for. The deadline for most stores to guarantee shipping by Christmas without the ridiculous overnight prices is this week so if you want to skip the in-store madness you need to get a move on. I've rounded up a few of my top picks, at varying price points, that you can still get in time!

necklace / mug / pajamas / book

Really running short on time? In one Target run you can make a movie night basket; wrap up a Christmas favorite or new release, a couple of cute mugs for hot chocolate, and a box of popcorn. Or whip up a batch of cookies (easy recipes here, here, and here) pack them in a cute tin and you've got a great, homemade with love, gift.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Gift Guide 2016 vol 3 : children

I am in no way shape or form planning to have a child anytime soon, but I've accepted the fact that I've reached the point of my life where many of my friends are, and that's great. Celebrating Christmas with children just makes the holiday more magical. I've always said the Christmas my little  sister stopped believing was the worst. Even when you no longer believe having someone around who does makes everything more merry and bright. Plus who doesn't love shopping in the toy aisle? Wether you're shopping for your niece or the child you selected from the Angle Tree at church; children are some of the most fun to buy for.

I think any of these would be more exciting than the latest Barbie or nerf gun.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Gift Guide 2016 vol 4 : $25 and under gifts

The $25 and under gift is the most versatile gift type. These are for your neighbor who picks up your mail when you're on vacation; the office Secret Santa; or your old roommate who you never see anymore but still want to send something to. Some people love opening presents; give them three of these smaller gifts and they'll be more thrilled than with just one large gift. I'm also of the school of thought that all stocking stuffers should be $25 and under gifts.

I may have gone a little bit overboard with this one, but these are honestly my favorite gifts. $25 and under gifts are mostly frivolous, the best type of gift in my opinion. Plus I promise anyone of these will be a bigger hit than a Starbucks gift card at that White Elephant party you're going to.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Gift Guide 2016 vol 2 : the holiday lover

Lately I've been thinking that the holiday themed gift is the most underrated gift of all. There are so many cute holiday decorations out that I would love someone to gift me. I wouldn't buy myself something holiday themed, but I think it's the perfect frivolous gift, especially to use as a hostess gift for that tacky sweater party you're going to. Plus it's something to use year after year.

The kitchen towels and a jar of your favorite baking mix or a cute mug with some hot chocolate mix are the perfect last minute throw together gift. A darling classic ornament is one way to make sure you're thought of every year.

What's your thoughts on holiday themed gifts?

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Gift Guide 2016 vol 1 : what I'm wishing for this year

When I was six years old I mailed my Christmas list to Santa for the last time. I carefully thought about what my little six year old heart desired most and carefully wrote it down; quit the task for someone still learning to read and write. I anxiously awaited Christmas morning when I could tear into all the presents I'd earned from being so good all year. But sadly on Christmas morning I didn't receive a single thing I'd asked for that year. All my presents were the matching of what my big sister had asked for instead. Poor little six year old Hillary was devastated and never wrote down a Christmas wish list again. Until this year; 19 years later I've finally recovered enough to write down a Christmas list again. Here's what I'm wishing for this year

The number one thing I want this year is a mermaid tail blanket. A few years back my mom bought me a snuggie as a bit of a joke gift, but it's turned into one of my favorite things; I feel like this is the new snuggie. I really love the look of the handmade ones on Etsy, but those are about $145 which is a bit much for a blanket. I tried to convince my younger sister to make me one but instead she's making scarfs for the needy. I'd love that flannel nightshirt; it just looks so cozy. I've reached the age where sleeping in my old sorority tees and nike running shorts isn't my favorite anymore. I have the best summer pajamas so now I need a good winter alternative. I've been wanting Cravings for months. I love Chrissy Teigen; she's so funny and real. If you don't think the food she Instagrams looks gorgeous, you're kidding yourself.

The other thing I want is a new work bag. The handles on the one I'm using now are wearing out so I think it's time to be replaced. I'm torn right now on what I want. Part of me wants something fun and similar to the Lilly tote I'm currently using, and then part of me wants something more grownup in a neutral hue I'll use for years to come. Or maybe I'll go with something in-between like a Longchamp or Jon Hart tote.

PS: The reason I didn't receive any of those gifts that Christmas when I was six was because I received them all a month and a half later as big sister gifts when my baby sister was born. I wasn't too excited about having another sibling and my parents thought if the new baby gave me these gifts I'd like her more.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Should I buy them a gift? A guide to deciding who I actually need to buy for

With the biggest shopping holiday just days away gift guides are everywhere. Now I'm not going to knock on bloggers posting gift guides because I plan to share some too this season. But let's all be honest with ourselves and admit that it's gotten a little out of control. There is lots of money to be made during the holidays, and props to the people who hustle and make that money, but if we aren't careful there's a lot of money to be wasted during the holidays as well. For the past few years I've used this guide to deciding who I actually need to buy for and it has helped cut my costs. Here are my four questions for asking yourself "should I buy them a gift?"

1. Will this person buy you a gift?
I always feel so awkward when someone buys me a gift and I don't have one to give in return. You may not care at all. I always like to have a few small gifts on hand during the holidays for the person that I didn't expect to get me something and then did. Trying to think of who'll buy me a gift and getting something with them in mind makes me feel like I'm getting a jump on my shopping

2. When was the last time you saw this person?
Just because you don't see each other every day doesn't mean you shouldn't buy them a gift, but you also shouldn't buy someone a gift just because you see them everyday. Are they the person that overtime you are together it's like no time has passed, or are they that friend from high school you secretly hope not the run into while you're home for the holiday.

3. Will a gift be meaningful to this person?
Some people love gifts, some not so much. Some people would enjoy a thoughtful card with a handwritten note more than whatever you're going to buy them from Nordstrom. Some people love nothing more than unwrapping a gift.

4. Do you actually like this person?
This should be the obvious no brainer question, but sometimes I think we forget to ask ourselves this. Simply put, if you don't like someone, don't buy them a gift.

There's no magic formula to deciding if you should buy them a gift. I wish this were as simple as an old Seventeen Magazine quiz where a certain number of yes answers meant one thing a certain amount of no answers meant another. These are more questions to make you pause before you buy hit purchase on something from every gift guide you'll see this season.

How do you decide whom to buy for?

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Friday, November 18, 2016

what I did on my first trip to vegas

A few posts back I shared my tips for your first las vegas trip, but I realized after hitting publish that I didn't really share what I actually did on my trip. So today I'm going to share what I did, the good and the bad. There is so much to see and do in Vegas there just isn't a way to do it all in one trip, so hopefully my reviews will help you decide what to do on your next trip. This is in no particular order

Brunch at the Flamingo - The Flamingo does a $20 bottomless mimosa brunch, and well you get what you pay for. The food selection was small and the service was slow. But this was the cheapest meal of the trip. While I probably wouldn't recommend the brunch, the actual flamingo habitat is a must see.

Monte Carlo - This is where we decided to stay because the rooms were cheap and they have a lazy river pool. We ended up not using the pool because there was so much else to do we just didn't get to it. Overall we had a good experience; the staff was great, but the decor was dated. They're going through a revamp that should help with the dated factor. While they're on the Strip they are bit far down and I think I'd prefer to stay more in the action next time.

Frontier Airline - This was my first time to fly Frontier, and I'll be honest I was really nervous. All you hear are bad experiences but mine was really pleasant. The flight from Denver to Vegas is super short, it actually took us more time to get to the Denver airport than we were in the air, so that might have been part of if. Because it was a short trip I was able to fit everything in a personal item sized backpack and brought my own drink onto the plane. The staff was all nice and I lucked out and got randomly assigned to a window seat each time. Bottom line, it was well worth the $60 I spend and I would fly Frontier again.

Julian Serrano - This tapas spot inside the Aria was a recommendation from our concierge. It was a bit pricey, but tapas always are, but so so delicious. The stuffed dates were the best thing I ate on the trip.

Piece of Me - Britney was my favorite part of the entire trip and well worth the price. It was super high energy and she sang all her classics and danced the whole time. Plus you can buy a frozen drink in a take home cup.

Mesa Grill - So many people recommended Bobby Flay's restaurant that we knew we had to go. We went for lunch on our last day and I'm so glad we did! The food was great; our food was delicious and every plate that got put down on tables around us looked delicious too. Also the portions were surprisingly large, but make sure you save room for dessert!

Sprinkles ATM - Whomever decided to add this to the Strip is a pure gift from God to the drunk people. I don't want to be overdramatic, but my chai latte cupcake saved my life that first night. My feet hurt and I was drunk but that cupcake made me feel 100% again.

Bellagio Fountains - I thought these were slightly overrated, but they're iconic and you have to see them. We stopped during the day and at night and they were more fun at night for sure. I really enjoyed the elaborate flower displays inside the hotel more.

Things I want to do on my next trip:
Beatles Love Cirque show
Fremont Street
High Roller

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Monday, November 14, 2016

five ways to have a better day

I think we can all agree this last week has been a little rough. Maybe your candidate lost last week, or your team was crushed this weekend, or you broke up with your boyfriend two weeks ago and he got a puppy the next day. Oh just me on that last one? Or maybe you're just having a serious case of the Mondays. Regardless of the reason I think we're all in need of a little good ole fashion cheer up. Once you've decided you've had your share of pity party shower cries here are five ways to have a better day!

1. Buy yourself something - It seems silly but getting a gift, even from yourself, is sure to put a smile on your face. Back in college when I was having a tough week I'd go to our local pharmacy grab a cup of white chocolate with brownie bites TCBY and a bottle of my favorite nail polish. These fun fuzzy socks, this pineapple candle, or the best gummy bears ever are all great inexpensive choices to use as a treat yourself.

2. Call your mom - Maybe it's just me, but talking to my mom always makes me feel like I'm 8 years old again and all my problems in the world are gone. It doesn't have to be your mom, maybe it's a sister or your old college roommate, but everyone has that person who helps make them feel at ease.

3. Go outside - I don't know how it is where you live, but it simply beautiful here in Vail. We're having unseasonably warm weather, which isn't great for the ski forecast, but makes any time outside the best time of day. Fresh air always does me good.

4. Watch a favorite movie - Or go on a Netflix binge watch session. The point is just to get your mind off of whatever is making you sad or anxious. Watching someone's fictional life always helps take my mind off of my actual life.

5. Take a nap - My motto in life is when in doubt, take a nap.

What is your favorite way to have a better day?

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Monday, November 7, 2016

4 things to binge watch on Netflix

I had three days off work last week and decided to have a Netflix binge watching day. I recently purchased a new Smart TV for my room, a big upgrade from the one I was watching from freshmen dorm life, so this was the perfect way to break it in. I wanted to share a few of my current favorite Netflix picks incase you're in need of a good binge watch day too.

1. Master of None - Aziz Ansari's show is so perfect I watched every episode in one sitting. It's funny and real at the same time, making for enjoyable yet relatable viewing.

2. Grace and Frankie - I watched this one based on a friend's recommendation and I'm glad I did. It took a few episodes before I really got into it, but now I'd recommend it to anyone.

3. Gilmore Girls - If you haven't already started watching in anticipation for the new episodes you better get to it. Gilmore Girls is the perfect silly, feel good binge watch.

4. The Crown - I usually am months behind on Netflix trends, but y'all The Crown is so good. It's the most deep of these, but I promise you'll be hooked from the start.

I wish Netflix had these shows, but until then these are a good alternative. What are you binge watching on Netflix?

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Monday, October 24, 2016

tips for your first las vegas trip

Back in September I took a quick getaway for my first Las Vegas trip. I was only there two nights but that was enough to convince me I need to go back! Growing up in an area where we have casinos, and working in one for two years made me think I'd never want to visit Las Vegas. But y'all, there is so much to this city other than just gambling. If you've never been I'd suggest rounding up a group of girl friends and planning a trip ASAP.

So here are four tips for your first Las Vegas trip

1. Your shoes matter - If your boyfriend tells you you don't need to pack the flat sandals, he's wrong. There is so much walking there is just no way you're going to have a good time in heels. I made the mistake of wearing wedges on our first time and had blisters the rest of the trip. Flats when decorated in rhinestones, sequins, glitter, or metallic are even appropriate in clubs.

2. It's hot - yes every place you walk into is going to have the air blasting, but going in between them it gets hot. Make sure to drink plenty of water so you don't get over heated. And at the end of the day when you're exhausted and hot, just pay the $7 and take an Uber back home, seriously no matter where we were on the Strip it cost just under $7 to Uber back to our hotel.

3. Don't get overwhelmed - There is just no way to see and do everything in a single trip. Even if you did stay long enough you'd be so exhausted you'd just want to sleep after a couple nights. Pick a few things you most want to do and prioritize them, everything else can wait till next time.

4. Don't spend a fortune on your hotel - Let's be honest, if you're spending tons of time in your hotel room you're doing it wrong. We booked our room the week before and spent about $90 a night (including the resort fee) to be right on the Strip. Was it the best hotel I've ever stayed in? No way. But it was clean and I felt safe and it got the job done. Casino hotels make their rates lower because they're hoping you'll spend the money you saved on your room at the slots and table games.

Have you been to Vegas? What's your best tip?

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Out West Wednesday : hard work pays off

You might have noticed I've been pretty MIA around here lately. Part of that is because I recently bough a new smart tv for my bedroom and binge watching Netflix has been more appealing than just about anything else, but I've also been working my butt off at work.

When I moved to Vail in November I was only hired as a winter seasonal employee. I learned quickly and worked hard and at the end of the season was hired as a 10 month year round employee. Getting that promotion was huge because it meant I'd finally earn PTO and sick time (a serious perk I never realized existed in the work world). I knew there would be the possibility for another promotion before this next winter season started. I made it my goal to work extra hard to set myself apart as a vital part of our team. I worked overtime, sometimes 9 days in a row, took on extra tasks; I did any and every thing to prove my worth.

I'm so excited to announce all my hard work paid off! Last week I was officially promoted to front desk supervisor. This not only comes with a raise, and a garage parking spot (which let's be real is the best perk of all #nomorewinterbus), but also a boost to my resume and professional confidence. I don't talk about it much because it still makes me angry, but the lack of a promotion was one of my biggest sources of unhappiness in my old job. Working your butt off daily and never receiving the promised rewards makes you feel unappreciated and worthless. I can't even explain how wonderful it is to finally feel like my hard work and worth are noticed. I am so thankful each and every day that I get to work as part of a team that not only supports me but appreciates me. Knowing this only pushes me to work harder and continue to grow as a professional. Hard work pays off, and if you work with people who don't feel the same way, you're working for the wrong people.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

fall 2016 wants

The temperatures have slowly been dropping but it still didn't really feel like fall until the past week or two. Seemingly overnight the trees have turned golden and all of a sudden it feels like fall. Winter is truly spectacular here, but honestly I'm really loving the fall. The different vibrant colors lets you really see all the details of the mountain. And because it's the off season there are less crowds of people and even though the summer is still the best hidden time to visit, now is probably a close second. One of the most exciting things about seasons changing is the fact that your wardrobe gets to change too. I'm on a bit of a spending freeze at the moment, but I've rounded up a few of my fall 2016 wants.

I bought this jacket in the Nsale back in July and wasn't sure if I'd keep it, but it's such a fun jacket I love it! The color is perfect, not too bright but still a pop of color. These are my very favorite jeans ever! They're perfectly skinny to fit into boots or roll for booties without being so tight you can't enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie. I wore a sun hat the entire time I was in Vegas and it was so fun! I really think I need to invest in a fall hat so I can feel glamorous no matter the season.

What are you loving for fall?

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Beach Vacation Must Haves

Growing up at the beach I never realized how much I love the smell of salt water until moving to the mountains. If you'd asked me a year ago the last vacation I'd want to take would be a beach vacation, but this year I'm craving one. And while I don't see a salt water and sun trip in my near future, unless someone wants to gift me one, I can't help but lust after all things screaming beach vacation. But maybe you're luckier than I am and have an end of summer beach trip planned. So if I did have a trip to a coast booked, here's what I'd pack.

I'm especially lusting after that donut beach towel! What are your beach vacation must haves?

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Out West Wednesday : a review of Maya

Maya is honestly the very first place I ate when I moved to Vail, other than a frozen pizza in my kitchen the night I moved in, so I think it'll always hold a special place in my heart. Mexican is my favorite food, so my mom took me as treat before she flew back home.  Plus it was right across from my condo so it was impossible to get lost getting there. Located in the Western hotel right at the base of Beaver Creek, this is not your typical hotel restaurant.

When we went they were having a special off-season deal featuring an appetizer, two entrees, and dessert for a special price. Because it was the last time I was going to be with my mom for a while we decided to splurge and order that much! I clearly was thinking like a hungry girl, and not like a blogger because I didn't snap any photos until dessert, so I'll just have to rely on my words to describe our meal.

We started with a shrimp quesadilla because my mom loves shrimp in her Mexican food. I'm not a big fan of shrimp and cheese, but this was really good because it also had peppers so it wasn't just shrimp and cheese. Next we split al pastor tacos and chicken mole. The tacos were your traditional street taco size with lots of cilantro and pineapple giving them a great fresh taste. The chicken mole was okay, I prefer my mole a little spicier, but the real star on that plate were the caramelized plantains; I honestly could have eaten an entire plate of them! To finish we had the fried ice cream which was served almost like a banana split featuring three different flavors atop a caramelized split banana.

Maya isn't my favorite type of Mexican; I prefer Tex-Mex with half my plate covered in melted cheese, but it was a fun experience. They also have a great happy hour with $6.50 margaritas and 2 for $8 tapas. I highly recommend the pineapple margarita and the smoked brisket nachos. They also have a great patio next to the river that is fun when the weather is nice.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

5 reasons I'm not shopping the Lilly sale

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is upon us once again. I've been a big fan since it was formally named the Endless Summer Sale and then the New Year New Cheer Sale in January. But for the first time I didn't set my alarm to wake up early and shop it. I didn't log into my account last night and double check all my information was current. I didn't read all the shopping tips blog posts or emails plotting my strategy. For the first time in forever I'm essentially ignoring it. So why am I not as enthused as every other 25 year old female about this? It certainly isn't because I no longer love Lilly; I've been a forever fan since I first saw her perfectly cheerful prints on the mannequins at the depart stores as a small child. These are the 5 reasons I'm not shopping the Lilly sale this time.

1. I just shopped the Nordstrom sale - Y'all the Nordstrom sale ended like a week ago, and I know I'm not the only one who went a little crazy with the discounted prices. I haven't even taken all my purchase out of their boxes, the last thing I need to do is shop another sale.

2. I live in Colorado and that clothes is honestly impractical - It already feels like fall here, so I really do not need more summery items. I'm literally sitting here in a sweater as I write this, I do not need to purchase a sundress. As much as I love Lilly absolutely none of it fits into the category of items your wardrobe needs in a ski town.

3. I still have items from the Lilly at Target collaboration I haven't used - Yes, the sale that occurred in April of 2015. Now granted most of those unused purchases came from the home section and I bought them knowing I wouldn't use them for a while. But I do have one dress that I love and have only worn twice.

4. I have two trips coming up - Yes you can travel for cheap, but I'd rather have a good time on my vacations and not think about staying within a tight budget. Given the choice between a bright printed dress or a dessert at a fun restaurant I'll probably never get to visit again, I'm choosing the food every time.

5. I need to save in general - I've recently decided I really want to put a focus on saving money and growing my savings account in the next few years. I've had to remind myself of my motivations to save money especially during this sale.

All that being said, I don't think there is anything wrong with shopping these Lilly sales, especially if you find an item you've been lusting after. The only item I would have easily allowed myself to purchase was a tote bag to replace the one I use daily that I bought in the sale a few years back, but none of the ones left are really what I'm looking for as a replacement. Those Riley loop scarves and coasters are very tempting though!

Did you shop the sale, what'd you purchase?

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Friday, August 19, 2016

20 questions

I've got a bunch of new faces around this little blog so I thought it'd be fun to do a little get to know me post again. Call me vain and self-centered but these are some of my favorites to write. I found this list of questions a long time ago and have had them sitting in my drafts folder just waiting to be answered and now seemed like as good a time as any!

Maybe if I start using this as my profile picture people will think I'm more athletic than I am 

1. What's your middle name?
Elizabeth, and I actually have always liked it more than my first name

2. Do you have a hidden talent? 
I don't really have a talent in the traditional sense, but I am good at random things like spotting people in the backgrounds of photos,

3. What's your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
Bloggers being shady about sponsored content

4. What's your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
I don't know if it my biggest pet peeve, but I HATE when people tear the labels off water bottles

5.What's your favorite song?
Let it Be by the Beatles

6. What's your favorite shop?
I'm a big fan of Nordstrom currently because I can get everything shipped for free!

7. What's your favorite way to spend your free time when you're alone?
Binge watching Food Network or HGTV

8. What's your favorite junk food?
chocolate covered gummy bears

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what kind and what is it's name?
I haven't since I was younger. But I'm dying for a black lab whom I'll name Elvis

10. Favorite form of social media?
I'm all about the Instagram

11. What's your favorite beauty product?
I probably use BB cream the most, but I also love lipstick because it makes me feel like I have my life together when I wear it

12. Least favorite thing about the place you live?
Colorado is great, except for the whole mountain time zone thing. Being on an hour delay for television from the east coast and central time zones is awful

13. If you could only drink one beverage for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
I'd say a margarita with salt, but then I'd sound like an alcoholic, so instead I'm going to say sweet tea without the extra lemon wedge

14. What's your favorite movie?
Roman Holiday - Audrey Hepburn as a princess who doesn't really want to be a princess any more.

15. Early bird or Night owl?
Naturally a night owl, but having to be at work for 7am has turned me into a bit of an early bird

16. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you visit?
Number one on my list is Rome, Italy

17. PC or Mac? 
Mac all the way. I bought a new one last year when my faithful first one finally died

18. Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boyfriend?
My boyfriend really is the best and does sweet things all the time, the last being sending me a sweet good night text

19. Celebrity crush?
Prince Harry!

20. Favorite Snapchat filter?
I'm a big fan of the old person and the lion, big not fan of that butterfly one - PS follow me hill_goodfellow

Monday, August 15, 2016

So you're a blogger? FAQs

The other day I announced my blog to the world. I thought many of you may have some questions about my hobby so I decided a FAQ type post would be the best way to address them.

Do you spend money on this?
I spent $12 to purchase my domain name and hosting from GoDaddy for 2 years. Other than that, no I don't spend money. I did all the design and code myself after reading a few tutorials.

Are you a famous blogger?
I wish! Companies are hardly throwing free products at me and Target isn't begging me to create my own interior design line. I did get to write this fun sponsored post though. Hopefully with now sharing and promoting myself to everyone I know I'll gain more exposure and maybe one day be a famous blogger. I'll know I've made it when someone offers to send me on a free vacation.

Does anyone actually read your blog?
Yes they do. I've actually made really connections through blogging and consider some of these friends. That's the coolest thing about blogging; you get to meet so many different people from around the world.

Why is your blog called Salsa and you don't just write about food?
When I started blogging I actually blogged under the title From Mississippi with Love. My background was orange and white flowers and was truly horrendous. I then started to be interested in the design aspect and self thought myself how to create something more ascetically pleasing using skills I'd learned in journalism classes and google. My design was red, white, and blue and featured an outline of the state of Mississippi. About two years ago I realized I really loved blogging and wanted a name that would make sense no matter where I lived, so after much thought I decided to rebrand. You can read all about that process and the explanation of my name here.

What's the best way to keep up with your blog?
In general I try to post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but sometimes life happens and I just don't get a post up. You can follow along via bloglovin by clicking that button to the left. I also maintain an Instagram and Twitter account solely for my blog.

Anything else you want to know about my blog?

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Friday, August 5, 2016

5 reasons that make today great

Happy Friday Friends!! Was it just me or was this week a million days long? I don't know if it was just because I had so much fun last weekend celebrating my birthday, but I was exhausted by Tuesday afternoon. It sure didn't help that I worked an almost 15 hour day on Wednesday. Technically I still have to work 3 more days this week until I get my weekend, but the end is in sight! Here are 5 reasons that make today great!

1. Pay Day - There is nothing better than payday after a long week. Even though I won't be paid for this week's work for another two weeks it just makes it so much more satisfying. Plus I might have gone a little wild with my spending lately so my bank account is extra happy to be replenished.

2. Fun Weekend Plans - I have to wait a few more days till my weekend, but I'm already so pumped about my plans! I'm going down to Denver for a Rockies baseball game. We got great seats right behind the away team dugout because they're playing the Rangers. And because I'm a great girlfriend I agreed to cheer for my boyfriend's team. Plus I look better in red and blue than purple.

3. The Nordstrom Sale - Yes, yes, yes I know you're tired of hearing about it, but this is the final weekend. I've noticed they've been restocking things so it's worth your time to check back if something you really wanted sold out before you hit purchase. I keep debating about some things from the home section that I really want, but really don't need.

4. The Olympics - I cannot wait to see Team USA kill it! I don't care who you are, nothing helps bump up your patriotism like the Olympics. I probably won't watch much other than the opening ceremony and the gymnastics, but I just like walking into places and seeing it on every tv.

5. This song - I don't know why, but I'm seriously obsessed with this song and have been singing it all week

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Out West Wednesday : 4 reasons to visit a ski resort in the summer

Everyone knows ski resorts are top vacation destinations in the winter, but did you know a ski resort is also a great place to visit in the summer!? We have a saying around here about employees, they come for the winter but stay for the summer. After about of summer I quickly realized how true that is. With the start of August I've realized I'm sadly almost done with my first Vail summer. You might not be able to move out here, but you should visit a ski resort in the summer.

1. Price - I honestly had no idea how expensive ski town vacations were until moving out here. But they're wildly more affordable during the summer. Rooms that regularly go for $800 a night in the winter will be priced down to about $200 in the summer. Plus lots of restaurants have specials as well!

2. Crowds - Ski resorts in the summer are still a bit of a hidden gem, meaning these months are much less crowded than the winter. Less people mean you're more likely to get reservations at the hardest to snag spots in town and not have to worry about someone photo bombing your perfect Instagram pictures.

3. Weather - I honestly cannot even imagine more perfect summer weather than I've experience here in Vail. The temperatures stay around the mid 70s which is unheard of in most parts of the country for summer months. Plus Colorado gets tons of sunshine meaning you'll be able to enjoy the long hours of summer sun.

4. Activities - If you're into the outdoors a ski resort in the summer is your dream destination! There's tons of hiking trails and bike paths to keep you busy all day. Plus fly fishing, river rafting, and jeep tours! Vail recently just invested a ton of money to create summer on mountain activities including a coaster, tubing, and zip lining.

Have you ever taken a summer vacation to a ski resort?

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