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pretty overload: Chanel, Victoria's Secret

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Well my friends, today you may have noticed a whole lot of pretty all over your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. Both Chanel and Victoria's Secret staged their fashion shows so there was a lot more to take in than your usual Tuesday. A lot of workout motivation, shopping inspiration and maybe even the makings of a YouTube makeup tutorial or two. Here are my favorite looks and images from the extravaganza.

Chanel (aka, my precious)

Love the laid back yet glam vibe. Leggings, statement boots and jacket - I can do that. Image courtesy of Style.com.

Love the laid back yet glam vibe. Leggings, statement boots and jacket - I can do that. Image courtesy of Style.com.

Tuxedo stripe trousers at Chanel. Style.com

Tuxedo stripe trousers at Chanel. Style.com

Love the whole look and omg, the gloves! Style.com

Love the whole look and omg, the gloves! Style.com

I'd love a similar look for New Year's. Style.com

I'd love a similar look for New Year's. Style.com

Check out the full Chanel show here. According to the write-up, this is only part one of 3? I'll add more pics if new ones pop up.

Victoria's Secret

After scrolling through the online coverage, I was left feeling an immediate need to perfect my golden, olive, smoky eye look and smoothed out (read: not beachy) waves. Worry not, I'm on the hunt for new YouTube inspiration as we speak. 

randomness - Cartier Jewels, Ankle Boots, bkr water bottles

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It's Tuesday and I've got a lot going on - work. Special, top secret, if-I-told-you-I'd-have-to-kill-you projects. Trip planning. Juicing. With my mind all over the place, I just have an epic dose of randomness for you today. Ya ready? Alrighty, here we go...

Thanks to a quick trip to Neiman Marcus, I may have found the booties to end my ongoing ankle boot search. But with as much as I love a good deal, I'll have to see what options Nordstrom Rack has for me before I give in and order these bad boys. 

Rag & Bone Harrow ankle boot, $525

Rag & Bone Harrow ankle boot, $525

I'm beyond excited but yet very, very afraid to go to the Cartier Jewels exhibit at the Denver Art Museum - properly known as Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. I'm forever in love with the one and only Cartier watch in my collection but, still my wish list is filled with quite a few of their other pieces (see below). I suspect this exhibit may cause me temporary insanity concluding with a quick and dramatic maxing out of my credit cards. This could get interesting.

Last thing: is it possible to have too many...water bottles? They're such a necessity (especially in Colorado) so I think it's ok to have a bunch, but I'm doing some hardcore freaking over bkr's current lineup and might be in danger of veering into crazy bottle lady territory. But did you know that staying hydrated is a key to looking young? Best. Excuse. Ever. a.k.a looks like I just found my reason to keep buying. Here are the colors I'm choosing from:

Stay fabulous, my friends.

I'm baaaaack - sale prep, fall/winter fashion picks

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Hello, it's me! Swamped with work and random party fun times and apparently every excuse not to blog. And I must be coming down with something because I'm even way out of the loop with my usual fashion and shopping activities. This is serious you guys - I don't even have a "buy now" list for when the sales start. Because I need to get it together, I started combing through my usual go-to's including Saks and Net-a-porter and surprise(!), I have already found quite a few things to sale stalk. Btw, I'm a total accessories girl - can you tell?

Stay warm and wear cat ears. Eugenia Kim Felix - currently $145 at Zappos 

Stay warm and wear cat ears. Eugenia Kim Felix - currently $145 at Zappos 

Jimmy Choo is apparently my new everything...can't wait to grab my first pair...and my second...and my third. #addictivepersonality

These are not even negotiable - absolute. must. have. Jimmy Choo Melba, $995

These are not even negotiable - absolute. must. have. Jimmy Choo Melba, $995

Scarves!

Saint Laurent Abstract Hearts scarf - $795 at Saks.com

Saint Laurent Abstract Hearts scarf - $795 at Saks.com

Athena Procopiou - $300 at Saks.com

Athena Procopiou - $300 at Saks.com

I'm also on the hunt for a long wallet and I'm drooling over this one by Gucci. I'm also checking out Bally, which is a new brand for me but I'm in love after spending some time in their duty free boutique in London. 

Last but not least, the only piece of outerwear I want to spend money on this season. Usually I'm all about the coats but what's out so far hasn't really impressed me. But it is well past due for me to add this classic piece to my lineup.

Rick Owens biker jacket - $2,620 at Net-a-porter

Rick Owens biker jacket - $2,620 at Net-a-porter


#fitnessfriday - Fed Up, Ballet Beautiful and Tracy Anderson

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I still haven't won the lottery and thusly, I still don't have a personal chef. <Heavy sigh>. But somehow I'm going to be ok and even seem to be on some sort of a...cooking kick? I'm feeling creative and energetic and surprisingly down to keep myself rolling in healthy vegetarian meals. This week I've had zucchini veggie lasagne (with zucchini slices replacing all pasta), stir fried spaghetti squash with teriyaki tofu and veggies and my famous breakfast hashes with brussel sprouts, onions, tomatoes, potatoes and mushrooms and two eggs on top. And if I'm honest, the real reason I wasn't cooking more often is that I hate to clean up afterwards (#lazy), but somehow I don't mind it as much at the moment. Apparently the secret is to wash up right after cooking so that things are easier to clean. Who knew? Yay for learning new things every day (#olderandwiser).

My newfound culinary prowess has come just in time. Trust me and do yourself a favor and watch a little documentary called Fed Up. Between that and Forks Over Knives, I just can't even right now with processed food or my favorite junky indulgences (Reece's Pieces, chips, M&M's - it was nice knowing you). #fitnessfriday bonus, I always kick butt in my workouts if I've been eating a really healthy diet. And about those workouts...I'm still totally obsessed with Ballet Beautiful and I don't see falling off the bandwagon any time soon. While I'm still working on my 5-6 workouts per week goal, I'm also ready to step this up a notch with added cardio. Have you ever tried Tracy Anderson's dance aerobics? I'm obsessed. It makes me feel like a dance party spontaneously broke out in my living room, which is obviously a good thing. She has quite a few DVDs available but I'm a very lucky girl in possession of Tracy's original and currently out of print Dance Aerobics DVD (yes, that one, the single DVD that sells for $100 on eBay) and it is basically happiness on a disc. This is not your typical dance aerobics, just ask Ms. Goop Gwynnie P herself:

From what I understand, her new DVD (Unleash Your Inner Popstar) is most like the original DVD and I can't wait to get it to see how the two compare. So go forth and dance, lovelies! And if you need me, I'll be over here loving my workouts in all their booty shaking or proper ballerina goodness. 

halloween costume ideas

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Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I get to wear outlandish makeup or a crazy costume (or both!), pretend to be something else for the day and eat all the candy? Really, how could anything else compare? And if you want to be my bff, on this day, I'm pretty easy - donate all your mini Twix bars to my pile and I'll let you have all my sour candies.

And in my classic master-procrastinator's style, Halloween is only a week and a half away and I still have no idea what to be. That's because I spent the last three weeks balking at spending a ton on a costume and getting totally overwhelmed trying to decide while sticking to a budget. Oh the pressure. Of course, always in the running is the classic Catwoman - especially now that the official 1960's-Julie Newmar-Adam West-TV show Catwoman costume has been released (Pow-Kaboom-BAM!). This is my favorite version of Catwoman ever so this must happen one year, although probably not this year. So what are my other options? While web-surfing for inspiration, I checked out celeb costumes from years past and totally fell for Alexa Chung's nun from last year. I think she killed it between the cigarette and totally mod eye makeup. What a great way to be cute without going for the usual sexy santa/cat/playboy bunny/etc. cliche.

Other ideas still in the running? Cleopatra. Khaleesi (bonus points if I can get the boy to be my dragon). And I really love the idea of painting my face sugar skull-style like this girl at last year's Refinery29 party:

Wouldn't it be brilliant to go as a bent iPhone? I think it'd be hysterical. But that's my top secret idea, so don't tell anyone because I may need to whip that one out last minute. Full disclosure: I'm reallllllyy annoyed that I can't get my hands on the 6+ yet and this may just be me trying to vent my frustrations through my Halloween costume. It's still a cool costume idea though. But has anyone heard of any cool and unique costumes that are trending this year? I want to hear about them so please share! 

#fitnessfriday - Ballet Beautiful update and Gemma Ward weight loss motivation

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Just a heads up, my #fitnessfriday posts may sometimes come in the form of #slimdownsaturday, #superfitsunday or #motivationmonday, because if there is one thing that I have never been called in my life it is - consistent. But hooray for me, I have managed to be pretty darn consistent in my workouts the last few weeks doing about 4 days a week of my beloved Ballet Beautiful workouts. These next two weeks have to be all about stepping that up to a consistent 5 day a week practice and I can't wait to share how it goes and the results I'm seeing. But if you're looking for discussions about pounds lost or before and after measurements, I'll have to direct you elsewhere - I'm a bit too private to share quite all of that. However I'm going to keep a running total of inches lost over the next six weeks to keep as a bit of motivation to keep my workouts at that nearly-every-day frequency. Today's update? My muscles are continuing to get it together so I'm currently in that phase where I can't stop poking at my biceps or feeling on my flexed legs. I know that sounds crazy but thankfully I'm surrounded by people who are very understanding about these sorts of things. 

So it's still Sunday in some parts, but let's call this one #motivationmonday anyway. I'll need it as I embark on my 5-day-a-week plan and right now my motivation is none other than Miss Gemma Ward. Gemma was big in the modeling world before gaining a reported 30-40 pounds. Some say she was rebelling against the fashion industry, others say she was grieving her boyfriend's passing (she was dating Heath Ledger at the time of his death), but last week she surprised a few folks with her comeback which had her opening Prada's show. I'd love to know what she did to get back in model form but I suspect it involved a lot of green juice and a dance/pilates/yoga-type workout routine, so here we go. If she can do it, so can I (and so can you!)

Left, Gemma during her original modeling career. Right, Gemma plus 30-40 pounds.

Left, Gemma during her original modeling career. Right, Gemma plus 30-40 pounds.

Last week at the Prada SS '15 show..

Last week at the Prada SS '15 show..

Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2015 - front row picks

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Daydream with me for a moment will you? Let's pretend that I have actually won the lottery. Where do you think I would be right now? Yep, in Paris, front and center for the fashion shows this week. First of all, it's practically a fact that Paris was my hometown in a previous life, so the first thing I'd do with my lotto winnings is buy an apartment in the city. Second of all - and you probably already suspect this about me, but I might just have a thing for designer fashion. So really, where else could I be? But since I haven't won any jackpots (yet), I did the next best thing and flipped through the shows at Style.com. Be warned, it is very easy to get lost in those gorgeous galleries and I spotted more than a few things I would immediately buy. Meaning, our little daydream would end with me plunking down the Amex black, ripping the samples off the models and running off to live in my designer dud filled closet...happily ever after.

Chanel

Can a fashion house be a spirit animal? I'm thinking yes and Chanel is it for me

I'd like to respectfully request that someone give me all of the Chanel arm candy. Please and thank you.

And the clothing...

The rest of my fantasy shopping list from the recent Spring 2015 shows:

All images courtesy of Style.com.

fabulous Denver: CCN Celebrate Fashion

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By Friday night, I was a girl exhausted. I've been working too much! Money is great but I haven't had time for much of anything except work. Surely you've noticed the lack of party time posts or pics of tempting meals at amazing restaurants around town. I was in need of a break, Amanda-style. Meaning, must be fashion, food or travel related. A walk around the park or yoga class would not cut it. Well lucky me, there was a fall fashion soiree in Cherry Creek that night - in perfect timing with both my fall fashion post and to save me from my workaholic self. I love how life works out sometimes!

So the event was called Celebrate Fashion. It was a showcase for Cherry Creek's boutiques and a fundraiser for Denver Health Foundation. Win-win. So how was it? Hmm, let's see. Cocktails? Check. Yummy food? Check. Special shopping events? Check. Fashion Show? All the checks. This was one of Cherry Creek North's signature annual events and by this point, I'm hooked. It doesn't hurt that Celebrate Fashion helped in my what-to-wear-and-where-to-shop-for-fall considerations. Truth be told, I have my regular places that I always hit up when looking for new clothes but I've been looking to add a few local boutiques to that list. With this show, I think I finally found a few to call my own here in the Mile High.

My faves? Let's start with Inspyre Boutique. They showed looks that were exactly my style, while taking it up a notch in fashionista levels. The quilted knee jeans, leather leggings and flawy vests had me ready to whip out my Amex. It doesn't hurt that every piece in their shop is under $100(!) which makes it a great spot for a fashion lover on a budget. 

Photo courtesy of The Denver Post.

Photo courtesy of The Denver Post.

Alicia, the Boutique. Check out their cool brand line-up and what they sent down the runway. I could definitely see myself in the patterned dresses and full skirts they chose for the show. (I made plenty of mental notes of what to wear for a few upcoming events.)

Gabarini. I'm seriously considering giving up my apartment and going to live in a corner of this gorgeous shop. I dare you to check out their designer roster and gem of a boutique and tell me you wouldn't be tempted, too. They also put on a great show - minus the slightly school-girl look in the front, I'd wear every single thing on that runway. The leather, the jeans, the skirts, pretty sure I need it all. And of course, it doesn't hurt that they paired with Europtics, my long-standing favorite place to indulge my minor sunglass obsession. The models were wearing Thierry Lasry sunnies which was extra exciting because I've been hellbent on adding a pair or two to my collection for about a year now.  

Photo via Denver Post.

Photo via Denver Post.

Those jeans! Photo via Denver Post.

Those jeans! Photo via Denver Post.

All in all, it was a very successful night and just what I needed to come back to my senses. I found a few new favorite shopping spots in Cherry Creek, a brand new favorite vodka (Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, I'm looking at you) and got to have a couple dress-shaped cookies courtesy of So Perfect Eats which was one of my faves from the Food & Wine Event last month. Once again, it seems that when in Denver, Cherry Creek has everything I need to satisfy my jet set heart and is a big reason I love calling this city home. 

Final walk!:

Sweet Tea vodka that tastes just like sweet tea. Makes a killer Arnold Palmer. Everyone else couldn't get enough of the Real Grapefruit version.

Sweet Tea vodka that tastes just like sweet tea. Makes a killer Arnold Palmer. Everyone else couldn't get enough of the Real Grapefruit version.

Cookie monster. Diet #fail but worth it.

Cookie monster. Diet #fail but worth it.

jet set closet: countdown to fall

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Hey guys, fall is almost here. At this point, I've just about survived my least favorite season (summer) by hiding in air conditioned spaces, running away to Europe for a few weeks and...more hiding in air conditioned spaces. Oh yes, I was shameless in my devotion to the indoors. Although I did make the mistake of going to a festival on a super hot and humid day earlier in the summer and the results were ehhh...unfortunate, to say the least. #neveragain But I put that behind me, now fall is almost here and I'm nearly freeeee from 80+ degree temps for another 9 months. Hooray. No wait, make that...HOORAYYY! 

So between all the overtime I've been doing at work recently and my lovely shopping compulsion, you know I'm already on the lookout for ways to freshen up my wardrobe for fall. In the last couple of years I've amassed a few collections - scarves, boots, sunglasses, but still I'm often struggling when I go to get dressed. This year I really need to focus on building out my knitwear, denim, layering pieces (tees, tanks, etc) and jewelry wardrobes. I need some shoes, too - namely ankle boots and sneakers. And I'd really like to grab this Rick Owens leather jacket. Vince also has similar styles and amazing quality but for less than half the price of this one. Once I meet my ultimate #fitnessfriday goals, I'll celebrate by finally owning this wardrobe staple. 

Rick Owens, Net-a-Porter $2,620

Rick Owens, Net-a-Porter $2,620

As luck would have it, knitwear was a part of every trend report I've seen for fall. No, I'm not really into trends and yes, knits are a total no-brainer for the cooler months but if it's a trend focus that means there will be a cooler-than-usual selection, so count me in for this one.

From Elle.com's Fall 2014 trend roundup. 

From Elle.com's Fall 2014 trend roundup. 

Apparently blanket coats are also a thing and let me take a wild guess as to where that might have come from...

Burberry Prorsum. $1400-ish.

Burberry Prorsum. $1400-ish.

Darn you Burberry and your fabulous fabulousness. No doubt this is great but I'm still torn - in some pics I love it and in others I think there has to be a better version out there. Well if there is one, I will find it. Let the hunt begin.

Time for another ballet workout but here's my shoe wish list so far. Just click on the picture to see the current full list on Pinterest and I'll be adding more as I get my online shopping on through the weekend.

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bag love: Chanel Grand Shopping Tote

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If you know me you know that I am a Chanel girl. In fact, I was in Nordstroms a few weeks ago and this salesperson started chatting me up and told me about a few new Chanel sunglasses that came in and he said he just HAD to tell me about them because I looked like a Chanel girl to him. Well, thank you Mr. Salesguy (really, you were super fab) and I’m sure that I just naturally ooze a Chanel vibe all over the place and it had nothing to do with the bag I was wearing that day or your potential commission. That being said, I still ate it up like a dufus as if “Chanel girl” is an actual compliment to most people. But really, Chanel is my number one favorite fashion house and if they sold toothbrush covers, I’d probably run out and buy one ASAP. Yes I know this is a sickness - albeit a gorgeous, expensive, quilted sickness which, when you say it like that - it doesn’t actually sound like a bad thing.

Anyway, before I get too off topic, this post really is just meant to highlight one of my favorite bags. I didn't use it much over the last year until I decided to drag it out of my closet to take along on my recent trip. The Grand Shopping Tote (GST) easily held all of my (way too many) in-flight essentials and also was perfect for the days when I needed to carry a little more with me as I toured the city. Bonus points for this tote because as much as I love my designer goodies, I hate to flash logos and that's easily avoided with this one - I just wear it with the double C's against my body and the pocket facing away. Boom, problem solved.