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run the world: Devon, Louboutin and the beaded dress

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The funny thing about being the girl who owns the camera is that while you do take a lot of pictures but don’t wind up in a lot of them. That’s both good and bad - good because I’d like to be a much fitter person before I start throwing pictures of myself on holiday all over the internet (hello vanity!) and bad because, well sod it (Brit term, you like?), I am here in my version of paradise and would like a ton of pictures of me cavorting about in the countryside or beach or whatever else have you. Let’s wait and see which side of the argument wins for me on this trip, shall we? But truth be told I’m sure it will be vanity. Don’t judge - I’m sure you know exactly where I’m coming from and maybe have been there too! Current level of squishiness aside, I’ll have you know that I knocked everyone out with my choice of dress for the wedding we attended over the weekend, so I don’t feel too off my game. We all get squishy from time to time, right? 

So…we landed at London Heathrow early Friday afternoon and I somehow managed enough discipline to bypass the duty free shops and head on to our final destination of the day. I won’t go into too much detail on our first stop other than to say it was a phenomenal time. We stayed at Combe House, which was also the hotel where the wedding was held. It is a centuries old house turned hotel in Devon and the staff was some of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to deal with. In fact, they were so good that they helped confirm the ridiculous notion that I need a personal assistant or butler of my own. Hopefully one day I can make that happen but I should probably start playing the lottery soon as that’s my current best chance at it. Ugh and sigh. Anyway, as I'm prone to do, I drank far too much champagne. There were also the. most. delicious. finger sandwiches that I could not stop eating. Here, enjoy some random pics that I couldn’t get onto Instagram because apparently wifi isn’t really a thing in old English manors:

The spectacular Combe House in Devon.

The spectacular Combe House in Devon.

Combe House was open only for guests of the wedding.

Combe House was open only for guests of the wedding.

View from the room.

View from the room.

The scene outside Combe House.

The scene outside Combe House.

Gin and juice. I kid you not. Dress pic coming soon to Instagram and I'll probably update this post once it's up. I was a little too drunk on champagne to remember to document everything - naughty blogger! 

Gin and juice. I kid you not.

Dress pic coming soon to Instagram and I'll probably update this post once it's up. I was a little too drunk on champagne to remember to document everything - naughty blogger! 

I got a lot of compliments on my dress and there was apparently quite the discussion about my shoes. I finally got to break in my basic black Pigalle pumps and I guess the red bottoms drew a lot of attention, although I didn’t know it at the time. That’s actually the one thing I hate about Loubs, which is weird since most people buy them for the attention-grabbing red soles. Good news, they were far more comfortable than I expected. But then after the ceremony, we were all ushered out for drinks and canapés on the lawn - which if you’re a girl you know that spells trouble for high heels. Oh yes, I was doing that dreaded walk where my heels were sinking into the sod with each step I took but I was far from the only one, which was oddly comforting. I could only take so much of that before I just took the shoes off to stand barefoot in the grass. I looove my fashion goodies but I’m also a very practical girl at heart. High heels and grass do not mix, folks! And do you know what else doesn’t mix with high heels? Champagne. Eventually I had to choose to either keep on drinking champagne or continue wearing the heels since bubbly makes my ankles go wobbly. Guess which one won out. Thankfully I had a pair of beaded Steve Madden sandals to slip on and keep my ankles safe to see another day.


down to the wire and...does my wish list ever end?

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T minus ONE day to takeoff and I'm finally taking care of my trip prep to do list like a boss. Whoo hoo. I spent the morning making phone call after phone call, sending emails, straightening out my calendar and am about to head out for some (more) last minute shopping. Yeah that's right, more shopping. I spent the last few days stocking up on cute summer pieces and now I have some last minute swimwear issues to attend to. While I'm excited to finally get away, I seriously wish I had a couple of more months to get ready for this. Although I fully realize that anything I have left undone is entirely the fault of my procrastinating self. I get it, change is a process, whatever. 

I'll have to point out my new pieces in my live-from-the-road posts, but I wanted to share with you a few things I'm already planning to snag once I get back. One thing I'm taking with me is a new T-bags maxi dress that I found and am absolutely obsessed with...so while I hate the brand name (I mean c'mon...T-bags?), I think their stuff is amazing. I want to grab one in all black because it is the perfect casual but dress-up-flexible piece for summer nights and I could even see it going into fall with the right layering strategy (Rick Owens draped leather jacket, anyone?). The biggest reason behind my new obsession - the cut and drape of this dress will flatter pretty much any figure and make you look good even on, um, "fat" days. You know what I'm talking about. If you're on the shorter side, you'll have to trim the unfinished edge of the dress so you're not dragging it on the ground. I'm 5'8" and it hits the top of my feet. 

Ok, so these are for fall, but I have my eye on these booties from Pedro Garcia. A few months ago, these slouchy ankle lovelies went on sale down to $119 so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that type of goodness to happen again. 

Aside from these pieces, I also have to start planning a few Vegas-worthy outfits because I'm going to spend a few days there in September. Hooray, I see more swimsuit and dress shopping in my future.

sweat it out: gym search, Ballet Beautiful and #fitnessfriday

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I love to workout, but I just can't deal with most gyms. To avoid crowded classes or waiting for equipment, I usually workout only at home or in private training sessions. That's one thing I miss about NYC, I had my favorite fitness spots and I was spoiled rotten. I worked out at Equinox and the Reebok Sports Club/LA which were both places I could hang out all. day. long. What was so great about them? The staff, the equipment, the locker rooms (one word: plush), the spa, and even the classes since they were usually cutting edge, led by phenomenal instructors and limited in size. And both gyms also had fantastic cafes so I'd literally go in the morning, workout, take a snack or lunch break, get a massage, do some yoga and thus wind up spending nearly all day at the gym. I miss that! So now I'm currently searching for the Colorado equivalent to my NYC fitness havens. I'm thinking a petition for Equinox to open a location in Denver is totally in order, don't you think?

In the meantime, I am getting my sweat on at home. I've got all the same goals most of us do and big plans to follow when I meet them, so I'm one motivated girl. Bonus: I'm nicer when I get a good workout in. I don't have a trainer to come to my home but I just started Ballet Beautiful, which funny enough has an option to do private workouts with a trainer via Skype. But for now I'm just working with the DVDs and streaming videos and let me tell you, Ballet Beautiful only looks easy. Seriously, if you were to watch any of the routines, you'd think you weren't in for much of a challenge but then about one minute into the workout it becomes clear that you were very, very wrong. Be warned that Mary Helen (trainer and creator of the system) likes to do 32 reps of each exercise so if you're not a fan of high-rep workouts, this one isn't for you. Since I just started this a week before having to take a 2.5 week long break (due to the trip), I'll have to update you on results after I get back and into the routine again. But I'll take this chance to declare every Friday #fitnessfriday on Jet Set Heart where I'll give an update on my week's fitness adventures and any new fitness fashion and gadget favorites. That last part is a must because cute fitness fashion is honestly half the battle for me to enjoy my workouts in the first place. You too? We have so much in common ;) Take a look at my current wish list and be sure to let me know what's on yours!


countdown to takeoff

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In 7 days I'll be leaving on a jet plane, headed for England, Spain and Iceland. I'm pretty freaking excited and yes, that is a bit of an understatement right about now. After all, it's been SEVEN YEARS since I've been to Europe. Wait, seven years? Wtf? It used to be that I HAD to go at least every two years, just to keep my sanity. But somehow, moving to Colorado changed that and I haven't cared as much about escaping to foreign lands. Well while it's lovely that I adore where I live - I miss my wanderlust. It's who I am! My guess is that this trip will be all I need to fire that back up again.

With only a week left, I've got a lot to do to get ready. Did you know that I am a master procrastinator? It's true, I am a master procrastinator. I always wait until the very last minute to do just about anything. But I'm trying to be better in my prep with this trip because packing the night before and frantic last moment shopping is stressful. That said, I'm supposed to be out beach-outfit shopping right now and am blogging instead, so...old habits die hard. But I have accomplished one big trip-prep thing in buying a new laptop. I sold my heavy 15" Macbook Pro and brought home a new travel-friendly 13" model instead. It's super cute and way faster than my old one. 

So I should probably make a to-do list or something, huh? That sounds like a very get-stuff-done type of thing to do, very anti-procrastination. I'll do that right after breakfast.

I have to rock a bathing suit and I'm worried about my hair?!?!

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My euro trip is fast approaching. Yes, I'm stoked but I'm also...panicking, just a bit. There's still a crap ton of stuff to do - some outfit shopping, sorting out the luggage sitch, packing, etc. And I'm trying to figure out what the plan is for my hair. Yes, I said that. I have naturally curly hair that I go through love/hate phases with and lately it's been on the hate side of that cycle which means I've been rocking the straight look for months now. But seeing as how I'll be on a beach for about 10 days straight, and since I'll likely be going straight from the beach to the tapas bars most days, I need to be ready to deal with my curls. Usually on vacation I'm super laid back and don't care if my hair looks crazy but that will get tired very fast over the course of 10 days, so a plan here is vital. But I'm thinking I'll be ok if I have a few braided styles up my sleeve, so I'm spending my last week at home trying out a few options. A pic or two from my experiments will be up on my Instagram this week so tune in for potential hilarity.

Braids all over:

I love this kind of look, especially with the added interest of having two types of braids. The tutorial is courtesy of The Beauty Department, which I mentioned in a recent post as a regular source of inspiration. Find the full tutorial here.

This next one was done by the phenomenally talented Ashley at Matthew Morris Salon. How fab would this be for both on and off the beach?  

Pic from the Matthew Morris Salon & Skincare facebook page.

Pic from the Matthew Morris Salon & Skincare facebook page.

Cornrows:

Thank you Elizabeth Ruedas for breaking it down for me. I'm planning on something similar to the one she puts together, except with just 2-3 slightly bigger braids at one side in the front but then my curls can go crazy everywhere else. I could also throw the rest of my hair into a loose french braid or a few knots...think the Kristen Stewart / Chanel campaign look (btw I hated that campaign but the hair was fantastic).

Kristen Stewart / Chanel

Kristen Stewart / Chanel

Saturday - how fabulous?...best laid plans

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White tents, flowing champagne, gourmet food - that is what my Saturday was supposed to look like - chilling out at the Denver Polo Classic in Littleton. And it was a gorgeous day. Absolutely ideal for lounging and eating and champagne-ing outside. So what happened? Well, one of my fur-babies who NEVER gets sick, woke up sick. She was lethargic, panting and seemingly in pain, so I spent my beautiful Saturday morning...at the vet. How posh. And after we headed home - her with a fever and me with her antibiotics and a big fat vet bill in hand - I just couldn't bring myself to leave her unattended to go party at the polo fields. Boo. So I stayed home and cuddled with her because she is the type who, even on a good day, always prefers cuddles over anything (food included). I suspected that it would make us both feel better. And it did, she already seems to be on the mend. Denver Polo Classic - I'll just have to see you next year!

jet set beauty: YouTube beauty guru crushes and glitter eyes

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I've had a lot going on lately - namely a lot of parties and events, so naturally I've been thinking a lot about makeup. Like any other girl, I have a couple of go-to looks but with this newly packed schedule, I'm craving a little variety in the beauty department. Plus certain events just seem to call for something more special than the usual go-to routines. Looking for inspiration, I love to check out tutorials on YouTube and some of my favorites are makeup artists/vloggers like Lisa Eldridge and Pixiwoo. I also love The Beauty Department blog and enjoy spending way too much time at Sephora online checking out new products (hence the VIB status, ha). My recent haul includes the Heavy Metal Glitter Liner by Urban Decay, a new eyeshadow palette (Electric, also by Urban Decay) and false eyelashes to play around with as my first foray into the world of falsies. In the end though, even when trying something new, I always prefer my own make up looks to be pretty low maintenance and quick to complete. And I'm definitely not a touch up through the night kind of girl, so whatever I paint on at home had better stay put. That's why I love, love, love this tutorial that I found by Lisa Eldridge and I plan to rock it during fourth of July festivities next weekend. Apparently shiny sparkly things are my weak spot. Please tell me it's not just me :)

And here is my final version of the look. Next time I'd probably smudge the makeup on a little heavier on my lower lash line:

MIA and June beauty faves

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Well hello there. Yes, I know I've been a little, um, quiet in the last week but I've been working a bit on my job situation. You know, the whole "not-enjoying-it-and-not-making-enough-money" thing? Well I won't go into too much detail for a topic as boring as work, but I will say that the result was that I have been working 6 days a week for the past couple of weeks and it's started to leave me in a slight zombie-like state. Not exactly ideal for blogging. But don't cry for me yet because it should be coming to an end shortly and that end will involve 10 days on the beach in San Sebastián ;)

Another nice little reprieve from the work craziness will be the Denver Polo Classic, which is being held this weekend in Littleton. I'll be there on Saturday and am excited for my first polo tournament-party-people watching experience and I'm praying that there will be some form of air conditioning going in the tents since it's forecasted to be about 90 degrees that afternoon. I guess I'll be doing a braided hairstyle and light makeup look so that if I start to melt (which I usually do), I won't look too ridiculous.

Speaking of beauty looks (which is the real reason you're reading this, no?), Sephora and I have been downright besties lately. I've put up pics of my recent hauls on Instagram but I wanted to take a moment to shout out a few of my current faves. I'm a sucker for Sephora's 500-point sample packs but only when certain brands are on offer, namely Laura Mercier, Make Up For Ever (new fave) and, of course, my beloved NARS. Recently there was a NARS pack which included a blush called Deep Throat and it's a gorgeous pink that adds a super pretty and natural flush to the cheeks. It strikes me as the kind of color that would be flattering on all skin tones so go get it now and thank me later. I've been using it every day - it's that good. My next new favorites are a trio of manicure items. I'll just list them quickly because I plan to go into them a bit more in an upcoming post. And believe it or not, they're all from Sephora Collection. CLEANSE which is used to clean the nail so that your mani products stick better (just like they do at the salon!), SMOOTH - a ridge filler and DRY - their nail drying drops which seriously work and have left me with pretty flawless manicures in less time than usual. My last June fave is Bumble and Bumble's Cityswept Finish spray. It is one of the items I was gifted at the Grand Salon / Bumble and Bumble / Sephora VIB event and I just. can't. stop. with this spray. It adds shine and a light to medium hold, which is exactly how I like it. Apparently it's also supposed to add texture and separation for a "street style" look. While I can't say I've noticed that specifically, I do usually feel like my hair is sexier (if I do say so myself) after spraying it on, so maybe that's the same thing. A few pics are below, but tell me, what should I check out as a possible July fave? I have a big trip coming up and would love anything that's easy to use, waterproof and hot weather friendly. I want to be low maintenance but still cute, so I'm on the hunt!


jet set closet: #obsessed - Barton Perriera

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I love to have fab plans during the day because...well, first that usually includes brunch and you know how much I love brunch and second...daytime = beautiful, bright sunshine most days here in Colorado and that means I get to rock a pair of my favorite sunglasses. Don't ask me when it happened, but somewhere along the line I turned into quite the eyewear lover and now yes, I am that girl who needs a little extra time in the morning to carefully pick out her pair for the day. I've even been known to switch to a different pair mid-day. To give you an idea of what I'm working with, here is a shot of my current collection:

Looking for ideas on how to display or store a (quickly-growing) sunglass collection. If you have tips, email me!

Looking for ideas on how to display or store a (quickly-growing) sunglass collection. If you have tips, email me!

And my current favorite pair:

The Dalziel! My iPhone doesn't do it justice.

The Dalziel! My iPhone doesn't do it justice.

So right now I have a few Oliver Peoples, one Chanel, Salt Optics and Paul (Smith?) and the rest - all 19 of them - are from Barton Perreira. Obviously it is by far my favorite brand and that's simply because season after season the styles are consistently so creative, sexy, classic yet fashion forward (IMHO). One look at Patty Perreira, the brand's insanely talented and cool designer and you'll understand where it comes from.

If you want to see more of my collection, follow me on Instagram (@jetsetheart) because I often feature them there. But I'll also start including OOTD posts here on the blog and you can bet on seeing lots of Barton Perreira - there's just no way around it since I wear them pretty much every day. But today's post isn't about what I have. Instead it's all about what's on my wish list. New styles were added to bartonperreira.com earlier in the week and since then I've just been here completely flipping out over all of them. The one thing about living in Denver is that, unlike NYC or LA, it sometimes takes longer for new fashion goodies to be stocked at our department stores and boutiques so I wind up seeing a lot of things online before I get to check them out in person. Then again, did you know that there are only TWO Barton Perreira boutiques in the whole country (yes, two!) and I'm lucky enough to have one of them right here in Colorado. Soooo worse comes to worse, I could just jump in my car for a quick little 3.5 hour drive to Aspen to raid the Barton Perreira boutique directly. And one day I'll probably actually do that, but for now I'll settle for placing 30-gajillion special orders through my verrrry patient saleslady at Europtics (if you're in Denver, go see Azra at the Cherry Creek location). That way I can see EVERY. SINGLE. PIECE and color combo I'm drooling over. Anywho, now for the good stuff...

The Farrow. You can check out this frame in 6 different colorways on Barton Perreira's site and I'm debating between 4 of the 6. I can already tell I will have a very hard time picking just one to take home...which would you choose?

Edie. I featured this one on my Instagram and my nickname for this version is the ALL. GOLD. EVERYTHING! Seriously, just loooook at it...how could I resist?!?! But if you prefer a more subtle color combo, check out the other options shown on the site. The black with gold or silver with blue lenses are my next fave combinations in this frame.

Baez. The lenses on these two pairs are MIRRORED, folks. <insert "faint" emoticon here ;) > 

Shirelle and Gamine. Here are my fave colors but definitely go to the site (or your local optician) to see the full range.  

Seriously #obsessed, I want them all. 

EYECANDY / sugar rush

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I'd bet you'd like to hear a bit about a little event I attended on Saturday night. After my FB posts and pre-party blog, I'd say it's only fair that I share the post party deets too. So, how was it? Well surprise, surprise - as expected, this year's Matthew Morris Salon anniversary party (titled EYECANDY) was utterly fabulous.

My friends and I decided to arrive about half an hour after the party started, figuring it would give us enough time before the fashion show to enjoy the open bar and food without being the first ones there. Well we got there, half an hour into it as planned and the place was already packed! I guess the sold out crowd started to pour in as soon as the doors opened. Out of the three MM parties I've been to, this had to be the biggest crowd yet. Luckily it's always a treat to mingle with the more fashion-minded crowd of Denver and in my opinion, the bigger the crowd, the better. The only downside was a lengthy wait to take advantage of the open bar. We handled that with a little creativity and ordered two drinks each at our first go round so that we could drink and check out the party without having to get back in line again. Skinny Girl Margaritas in hand, we headed to check out the items available in the silent auction which included - a football signed by last year's Broncos team! A weekend in Miami! And...packages for services at the new, coming-soon MM Salon location! The auction lineup was seriously fabulous and with proceeds from the night benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the auction winners spent their money very well. By now we were ready to eat and even though most of the food was finished by this time, the small bites I was able to try left me wanting more from joint caterers AMBLI and Epernay. So the food was yummy, there just needed to be more of it. Then we had enough time to grab one more drink before heading inside to take our seats for the runway show, which featured lingerie looks from SOL Lingerie and A-Line boutique and this is where I'll let a few pictures and videos speak for themselves:

We came out of the show to find a DJ spinning 80's and 90's awesomeness to get people dancing and a most amazing dessert bar sponsored by Sugarlicious - which, if I discovered anything as I was stuffing my face with their gourmet flavored gummy bears, it was that I have to visit that shop ASAP. There were mini cupcakes (from Smallcakes and so good!), rock candies, chocolate and other goodies and then other classic candies in bowls around the party - ring pops, blow pops, dot candies, pop rocks - there was some serious candy nostalgia going on in there and it was epic. It was a great wrap up to a fabulous night. Open bar, yummy food, fantastic runway show, stylish crowd, awesome DJ, etc, etc...this, my friends, is why I will clear my calendar for a Matthew Morris party - they simply never disappoint.