Leopard as A Neutral

Accessories, Fall, fashion, lifestyle, Shoes, Style, Sweater Weather

 

Leopard Print Inspo

I whole-heartedly believe that leopard-print is a neutral.  My closet proves just that!  Over the years, I’ve accumulated plenty of animal print pieces to mix-and-match.
Leopard-print is usually rendered in black and various shades of tan, making it the perfect pattern to pair with color and dare I say, even other patterns!  Going for a classic look, pair leopard with red.  Looking for a more subdued outfit, team the feline print with black, white , cream and tans.  And if you’re ready for a walk on the wild side, style your leopard with denim, bold colors or even stripes. Animal print is a trend that won’t go out of style.  Here’s my top picks to make you the cat’s meow!

XO, Libby

Kitchen Renovation

Denver, Entertaining, Family, Home Renovation, lifestyle

 

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May I present our newly renovated kitchen!  Scott and I are definitely still in the “Do we really live here?!?” phase.  We’re very happy with the results.  And I’m so glad because mid-reno, when we were on our fifth week of being gypsies with a toddler and in the fourth house we were staying in, I couldn’t see an end in sight and I thought we had lost our minds.  Carter did his time sleeping in a pack-n-play, and we cleaned someone else’s house each week before we packed up and moved on to the next.  But now that the dust has settled, and so have we, I realize that it was all worth it and I would do it again.  I believe that loving your home is important and I’m so grateful to come home to our newly updated kitchen and my family each night.

My Top 10 Toddler Reads

Family, Maternity, Motherhood, Parenting

IMG_0987As a mother of a now two-year-old (how did that happen?!?), I wanted to share our favorite story books.  The ones we read over and over and over again.  These books are 100% Carter approved, Carter requested and mom likes the messages too!

Two is a Zoo Birthday Party

Birthday Celebration, Denver, Entertaining, Family, Motherhood, Parenting

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We’ve heard Two is a Zoo!  So we decided to embrace the chaos and throw our little guy a wild bash fit for a pack of party animals. 

Hamilton Island & The Whitsundays

Australia, Beach, fashion, Island, travel, Travel Guide

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As you descend the stairs from the plane on the Hamilton Island runway, you instantly feel like you’ve landed in paradise.  Nothing beats leaving air plane air conditioning and having warm, salty ocean air wash over you.  The small airport is open to the outdoors and baggage claim has views of the ocean.

We spent our last week in Australia on Hamilton Island and it was amazing.  The island which is part of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland is truly a paradise with beautiful scenery at every turn, and although Scott and I weren’t alive at the time we imagine it to be somewhat like Waikiki Beach in the 1950’s.  There’s plenty to do on the island, yet somehow it seems untouched and undeveloped which is a rarity and so very peaceful.  There are no cars on the island aside from those of the maintenance and service crews, so you get around by “buggie” or as we Americans know them – golf carts.

Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

Australia, fashion, travel, Travel Guide

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The Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia was a fun detour out of Sydney.  If you missed my Guide to Sydney, make sure to check it out.  To get to Hunter Valley we rented a car, which for us Americans was an adventure in itself with driving on the opposite side of the road and the driver sitting on the right side of the car.  Scott and I did end up on the wrong side of the road more than once, but we made it safe and sound to Lovedale, which is situated in the Hunter Valley – a region renowned for it’s wine.  So we knew we had to visit when we booked our flight to Sydney!

You baby, are My Exception

Family, lifestyle, Maternity, Motherhood, Parenting

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Only you could keep me up at night, deprive me of so much sleep and still deserve smiles in the morning.

You alone could projectile vomit in my hair and have me feel bad for you, not myself.

Kissing anyone else’s feet, wouldn’t even be a consideration.  Or picking their nose.  Ick!

I wouldn’t cook for anyone else after they threw what I made on the floor.

You baby, are my exception.

Sydney, Australia

Australia, Beach, fashion, Holiday, travel, Travel Guide

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We recently went on an Australian adventure and our first stop was Sydney.  After the longest flight of my life (15 hours from LAX), we arrived in Sydney two days after our departure from Denver and at 6:30 am local time.  We threw jet lag to the wind and were ready to explore!

We stayed at the Pier One Marriott which is just under the Sydney Harbor Bridge and in a great location to explore all of the city’s major landmarks.  On our first morning, we walked along the water with Luna Park across the harbor, headed to see the Opera House and in search of caffeine!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Beauty, Decor, Entertaining, Family, fashion, Footwear, Gift Guide, Hats, Holiday, Jewelry, Leather, lifestyle, Motherhood, Parenting, Shoes, Spring, Style, summer

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, actually six weeks to be exact.  But if you’re a planner like, me and want to get a jump start on shopping, look no further.  I’ve put together a Gift Guide for a little something to go with those hand-printed cards and macaroni necklaces.

XO, Libby

1. Military Jean Jacket || 2. A Pretty Apron (also here, here & here)

3. A Gorgeous Beach Towel (also in coral)

4. Mimosa Sun Hat  (also comes in Off Duty, Sunkissed, Beach Bum + You, Me & the Sea )

5. Satin Slides (on sale here, similar here & a gorgeous splurge pair here)

6. A Dainty Zoe Chicco Ring (also in turquoise, and gorgeous styles here, here and here)

7. Outdoor Voices Leggings (also here, here & here)

8. The Season’s It Bag (also in natural, tortoise and black)

9. Modern Art Print (another one I love here)  || 10. Hexagonal Candle (and here)

10. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick || 11. Gingham Pom Pom SunDress (also in black/ coral)

A Black Tie Winter Wedding

Accessories, Beauty, Black Tie, Denver, fashion, Jewelry, lifestyle, Shoes, Style, Wedding, Wedding Season, Winter

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We attended a black tie wedding this past weekend at one of my favorite hotels in Denver, The Brown Palace.  (You may have seen the classic hotel on the blog before, as it’s the hotel that holds the annual Champagne Cascade, each year to kick off the holiday season.)  I love a good reason to dress up… and Zach and Michelle’s winter wedding was the perfect excuse to really go for it!