Friday, December 12, 2014

This is The End of the Beginning

It feels like I've been living out of a suitcase for the past two months. Oh wait! I have been! Well, suitcase living is far from over as I'm heading to NYC for a holiday getaway followed by Christmas in Cancun with the fam.

I'm looking forward to documenting my upcoming travels, sharing unforgettable moments, and capturing joy frame by frame. Life is beautiful and sometimes I can't help but look up to the stars and give thanks to whoever's up there pulling the strings and allowing this rather ordinary girl the opportunity to live out extraordinary moments.

Thank you.

{live fabulously}


Thursday, December 4, 2014

{GBF Travel | Denver Dining}

In Denver, I discovered that everything is delicious. We didn't have one bad meal as every meal was worthy of a second, third, tenth visit. 

For brunch, go to The Edge restaurant inside the Four Seasons in downtown Denver. Their chocolate chip pancakes were so good I got some to go and had them for dinner the same night. The strawberry and spinach salad is perfect for a light brunch but if you want some healthy protein try the tamari glazed salmon. For those with heartier appetites, the braised shortrib eggs benedict is addicting. 
For dinner, go to the The Source, a hipster artisan marketplace that houses one of the best restaurants in Denver. Acorn is eclectic American cooking at its best. The small plates are great for sharing and trust me you're going to want to try multiple dishes. You must get the kale and apple salad, the oak grilled octopus, the lamb shawarma, and the tomato braised meatballs. 
For dessert, visit the Little Man Ice Cream shop in the Highland area. The twenty minute wait is worth it as the instagram friendly shop housed inside a twenty-eight foot tall cream serves the best ice cream in town. Flavors change daily which is why I went three days in a row. The ice cream is creamy, perfect, and the ultimate happiness in a bowl.

{live fabulously}


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

{GBF Travel + Style | All Hail Vail}

After soaking up Denver's unseasonal sunny rays, we made the climb to higher altitudes. We found our way to Glenwood Springs, a naturalist's wonderland perched forty miles west of Vail. There, we hiked the rocky terrains of the Rocky Mountains to Hanging Lake where reward was reaped. A breathtaking panoramic view of waterfall meets sprawling lake meets chiseled canyons opened our eyes to the natural beauty of Colorado. After experiencing the best hike of my life, I was on an euphoric adrenaline high (perhaps fueled by the thinning air) as we made our way to Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, our home for the night. 

Upon our arrival, we were gifted with the most perfect moment. As we got to the hotel and stepped out of the car and into the frosty night, tiny flickers of snow emerged from thin air cascading gently into the ground. After checking in and unlocking the door to our luxe but cozy suite, I let out a big sigh. A snowy night in Vail. How perfect!

The next morning, I woke up bright and early, opened the patio door, and walked alongside the creek in the hotel's "backyard" for a morning stroll. The chilly fall air, the nearly neon yellow foliage, and the white noise-like sound of the trickling water simultaneously calmed and piqued my senses. I could've and would've stayed out there all day but the snow dropped back in. So I retreated to the hotel's library where stacks of books, games of chess, and a Wii served up enough entertainment for the rest of the day and stay in Vail. 

jacket {Three of Something}
sweater {unknown | similar}
pants {Kitson}

{live fabulously}


Monday, December 1, 2014

{GBF Travel | Stay With Me}

My stay at Hotel Monaco Denver was perfect from the first bite of red bean macaron to the last chewy red bean mochi morsel. A luxury Kimpton hotel situated in the heart of Denver, the interior is decorated with bold colors and striking textures that bring out its warmth and fun quirks. Special amenities like daily hosted wine hour and complimentary bike rentals elevate the hotel to a level of sheer fabulousness. 

But what really stands out is the impeccable service. From the moment I checked in, I was greeted by name by every single hotel staff. And that was just the beginning. In my room, a plate of perfectly shaped red bean macarons sprawled out on the table waiting to be photographed then devoured. Next to it sat a fishbowl with a goldfish intermittently swimming inside. I named him Sunshine and he became my pet for the next forty-eight hours. The next day, two perfect red bean mochi balls replaced the macarons. How did they know about my red bean obsession? How did they know? 

{live fabulously}