DBK’s Guide to Denver

December 7th, 2016

I have to admit, for someone who thought she would never leave Dallas, I have fallen in love hard with Colorado.  There are so many things to see and do. This is a blog I’ve wanted to write for a long time (and I’m hoping my other fellow locals will do the same!). Today I’m sharing my list of personal favorites and bests for the city of Denver.

BEST HAIR SALON 

I’ve taken research of this topic probably a bit too far, but I’ve finally landed on my favorite.  Lisa Sackman at Posh Salon in Cherry Creek gives the best haircuts.  My mom also goes to her for color.  She’s adorable, talented and not terribly difficult to get into.  Call (303) 333-3750.

BEST BLOW OUT 

If you have an event or need in a rush, we are thankfully with the times and finally got a Drybar. If you’ve never been, it’s fabulous. Who doesn’t want to sit back and sip a latte while someone else does your hair? You can book an appointment for their Cherry Creek location here.

BEST STYLIST 

If you’ve never tried Nordstrom’s free styling service, YOU ARE MISSING OUT.  It’s free, and no it’s not a weird high pressure situation. Maribeth at Park Meadows will take your budget, load up a room with snacks and fabulous outfits and leave you to it.  I freaking love her. Give it a try!

BEST BRUNCH 

This one I’ve also taken a little too far in the research department, but hey, brunch is my favorite meal of the day. If you’re new or visiting, you have to hit Denver Biscuit Company, Snooze and Syrup.  And Second Home… and maybe Lucile’s

BEST SUSHI

I realize we are nowhere close to water, so maybe this terrifies you.  Sushi is one of my very favorite meals (no matter where we are). If you’re looking for sushi on the cheap, Land of Sushi in Cherry Knolls is surprisingly fabulous.  Our friends introduced us and we have been going quite a bit. You also can’t beat Sushi Den on Pearl Street.

BEST ICE CREAM 

I recently tried Sweet Cow after many recommendations from my co-workers and it was fantastic. I also love Sweet Action and Little Man is a Denver staple (especially after you go to a Rockies game). Great atmosphere and ridiculous ice cream.

BEST SHOPPING 

Larimer Square is a really fun place to take company for dinner or boutique shopping. Make sure you stop in The Market for a latte while you’re perusing. Cherry Creek is also a Denver staple and now has some of my favorite Dallas stores (like Kendra Scott, Kate Spade and West Elm).

COFFEE SHOPS 

I’m not going to lie, I LOVE a cold brew with sweet cream from Starbucks.  When you’re not in the mood for semi-burnt coffee, I would head to Pablo’s or Black Eye Coffee.

BEST PLACES TO ENTERTAIN GUESTS 

It’s no secret I’m slightly obsessed with Union Station.  It’s new rennovation is beyond fantastic and chock full of local Denver vendors. You can grab Little Man ice cream or an iconic burger from The Kitchen Next Door after you marvel at the amazing lobby. A Rockies Game is always a good idea (especially with our climate) and like I said, love a stroll in Larimer Square.

BEST PARKS

You really cannot beat Denver’s weather, and come Spring or Summer the city is full of fabulous parks. Wash Park, Cheeseman, City Park and Sloan’s Lake are just a few personal favorites.

BEST HIKES NEAR THE CITY 

This one may fall more into my co-worker’s personal favorites, but there are plenty of places close to the city to hike on your spare time. Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Roxborough and The Flat Irons are some great choices.

What are your personal Denver bests?

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Prepping for Holiday Guests

December 2nd, 2016

This post is an oldie but a goody! With the holidays approaching, I’m trying to get our house ready.  Here’s a few tips on how to have your home ready for holiday guests:

One thing I like to focus on is giving our guests (whether close friends or mere acquaintances) a hotel like experience.  This cuts down on awkward moments of your husband’s college friend asking you for shampoo in the hallway at 6am. I always start with a hospitality basket in the room with a few Colorado items as well as bottled water and chapstick.  My Texas friends are never prepared for the altitude and lack of humidity, so it’s always nice to have this ready to go.  Voss is my favorite bottled water to get.  You can pick it up at Whole Foods for the same price as most bottled water, but people are always very impressed by it.

I also have a nicely framed printable with our WIFI password on the nightstand (you can find the one I have shown here), as well as a small ironing board and high quality steam iron ready to go in the closet.  To top it all off, I stock our medicine cabinet in the guest bath with travel size toiletry items. If you want to be a real all star, add robes and slippers to your closet, but don’t take it too far or they may never leave.

I hope you’re more inspired to pull out all the stops for future company!

Happy weekend.

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Bringing Back The Poncho

November 30th, 2016

Poncho? Cape? Scarf? Whatever it is, it’s the solution to my new problem (as least for now).  In case you missed our little announcement, I’m 14 weeks pregnant and currently in a very awkward stage. My belly is sticking out in a not so explainable way.  I’m not big enough for maternity pants but not above leaving a party early to unzip my jeans in the car.  Thankfully, everyone seems to have cute ponchos right now that make me feel stylish enough for winter while concealing my little bump.

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Here are a few of my current favorites.  This is the one I’m rocking today and it was only $39! The Nordstrom sales associate bought one for herself when I checked out!

 

 

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Black Friday Shopping

November 25th, 2016

So I have to admit, I used to get up early and go shopping on black Friday.  That was a LONNNNNG time ago. Single times. Thankfully now you can still do quite a bit online! Now that I’m old I’d much rather shop from the comfort of my king bed.  I know it’s not the point of the season but let’s get real: we all have gifts to buy! Here are some of my favorite sales along with a few things I’ve snatched:

Nordstrom has 20% off selected sale items.  I grabbed this

Anthropologie has 30% off everything with code LETSGO.  I’m snatching this

50% off everything at Gap with code TGIF50. I’d take this sweater

You can snatch 5 items 50% off at Banana Republic with code BRFIVE

Nearly everything at Old Navy is 50% off.  I’ll take this cardigan

JCrew has 40% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY

Ann Taylor has 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE

LOFT also has 50% off everything with code FRIYAY. This dress is perfect for work

Gigi New York has 40% off old faves. LOVE this bag

Jack Rogers has shoes on limited sale and these booties are perfect

JCrew Factory has 50-60% off everything. This is adorable

Happy shopping!

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Thanksgiving Table Settings

November 22nd, 2016

Good morning! I don’t know about you but I cannot believe it’s almost Thanksgiving. It’s my husband’s favorite holiday and quickly becoming one of mine.  I love any excuse to spend an entire day with my family eating fantastic food. Not to mention, it’s the perfect excuse for an over the top table setting.  How do you like to decorate? Layering pumpkins and fresh flowers are my personal favorite.

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A Unique Gift Guide From DBK

November 17th, 2016

Is anyone else having a heart attack that the holidays are nearly upon us? I am not ready and neither is my house… Last year, I was so busy my Christmas shopping took an unusual last minute turn.  I’m hoping to get a jump start on things next week so I’m not fighting the crowds (and higher prices) come late December.  I’m also really in need of some different ideas. Today I’ve pulled a more fun and unique gift guide from Uncommon Goods. If you’re not familiar with them, they have a wide range of unique (and often handmade) gifts.  They are also big proponents of sustainability (from the way they manufacture products to the way they treat their employees), so it’s easliy a company I can stand behing.

I’m especially in love with the smart phone vase.  How freaking cute would that be on a nightstand? It even comes in two colors that you can see here. I also selfishly need that grilled cheese and tomato soup plate for myself…and that tribal make up bag.  What are your favorite type of gifts to buy? You can find more unique things here as well as gifts for men here and women here! Happy shopping.

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The William Vale Hotel

November 15th, 2016

This week I had the privilege of hearing the principal of Studio Munge speak on the process of designing the interior of the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn at the BDNY conference. It’s always exciting to hear the ins and outs of the process, especially in such a dense environment. Alessandro’s attention to detail is unmatched. Take a look:

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Next trip to New York, I have to see it for myself!

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A Sneak At My Latest Project

November 8th, 2016

We got the pictures back from my Trace project on 5th and Peachtree in Atlanta.  I worked on this one for nearly three years and installed it in July.  It has been a labor of love and I am so happy with the final.  Take a look:

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If you’re looking for somewhere to live in Midown, check out Trace.

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Life Update + Things to See

November 7th, 2016

Hello and happy Monday! Does it seem like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth? Things have been hectic around here.  Work is VERY busy and so are my side clients.  So so much to do, not to mention I’m still trying to finish the house. We have family coming for the holidays, so I’m hoping to be completely finished by the time they show up.  We shall see my friends, we shall see.  I have a lot of exiting things in the works.  For now, here’s some things not to miss.

Have you seen the Obama’s private residence in the White House? I love it.

These sneakers are coming today and I am pumped

This made me laugh so hard this weekend

The perfect drink table

I’m addicted to this podcast

If you’re looking for a daybed, this is the only acceptable option

Still obsessed with this lamp

Happy Monday!

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One of my goals in the new house was to get more pictures of my husbands side of the family.  I have millions of ours, but Tim, being a guy and all, isn’t exactly running up a printing bill.  We have a large staircase in the new house and I finally ordered a ton of prints.  It looks much better, and I love the quality of the frames.  The nice thing about doing these through Shutterfly is you can upload your photos, and it will come all nicely printed and ready for the wall. No tedious scotch tape with the mat.

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Slowly but surely, we are getting our act together over here.

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