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Colorado Local LIFE TRAVEL Weekend Recap

Exploring the Small Towns of Ouray and Silverton

Exploring Ouray Colorado |

After exploring Black Canyon of the Gunnison the day before (full post here), we spent a little time enjoying the small town charm of Ouray, Colorado before continuing on our way to Telluride. First things first though…breakfast at a local favorite spot, Roast & Toast Cafe. Allen got a hearty helping of buttermilk pancakes, while I got a traditional breakfast sampler plate with the best roasted potatoes! Yum! I’m getting hungry just looking at these pictures! 😛 After breakfast we…

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Colorado Local LIFE National Parks TRAVEL Weekend Recap

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado |

Hi friends! I’m finally getting around to recapping our road trip to Telluride, CO from before the break. It seems like an eternity ago, doesn’t it?! These recap posts of our fun adventures are some of my favorites but take so long to edit and write-up. My goal this year is to never get too far behind on these (and to catch up on all the trips I haven’t recapped yet!). So today I’m starting by recapping our 3-day trip…

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The Little Things {Guatemala}

Guatemala Coffee |

Hi, friends! This Christmas break has been a blur. Between traveling home to Tulsa for the holidays and then heading straight off to Guatemala, it’s been a real whirlwind! …and believe it or not, we’re trading in our sandals and sundresses for ski boots and insulated coats this weekend as we head off on yet another fun adventure in the mountains! But you know how it is as a grad student–gotta take full advantage the time we have off before school starts…

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STYLE Winter Fashion

Styling A Chunky Knit Sweater With A Plaid Skirt

Styling a Chunky Knit with a Plaid Skirt |

After the initial shock of returning to the icy temperatures of Colorado after residing in the hot tropical jungle that is Guatemala for New Years, I’ve officially come back around to the idea of sweater weather. It is after all, just hovering above freezing all week long, so I think it’s warranted. 😛 One of my new favorite ways to wear sweaters this winter is with a cute high-waisted skirt. I love that chunky knits like this one give an oh-so-cozy feeling to snuggle…

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LIFE Personal Notes SERIES STYLE Winter Fashion

Hello, 2017!

J. Crew Red Pom Pom Sweater with Jeans |

Hi, friends! Allen and I have returned from Guatemala (you can see our travel adventures here). As for starting the new year ahead…. I may be a week late, but I am so glad to be here and getting back into the swing of things. You too? New year, new goals. Let’s do this, 2017! I love fresh starts, and that’s what this new year brings for me. This year, I want to make intentional and sustainable changes that improve my…

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LIFE Personal Notes STYLE

Best of 2016 Highlights

Best of 2016 Highlights, Cupcakes and the Cosmos Blog |

With the beginning of a new year, I like to reflect on all the milestones and achievements of the previous year. So today I’m sharing with you my favorite blog posts of 2016 and highlighting some  of the most fun adventures we’ve ever been on. Thank you so much for following along on this journey with me! P.S. – Allen and I will be traveling in Guatemala all of next week (you can follow along HERE). But I’ll be back…

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STYLE Winter Fashion

Blush Pink + Sequins for NYE

Blush Pink and Sequins for New Years Eve |

While Tuesday’s New Years Eve look was all about comfort (albeit with a statement), today’s look is all about the sparkle and glitz! I’ll be traveling somewhere special on NYE this year, but this blush pink and sequin look is the one I’d wear if I had a fancy party to attend. It’s no secret that I love a sweet blush pink and white look. So this year, I took the traditional edgy black + sequin look NYE is known for and…

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Holiday STYLE Winter Fashion

Embellished Sweater for NYE

Jeweled Cold Shoulder Sweater for NYE |

Hi, friends! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas holiday this past weekend! It goes by so fast, doesn’t it? With the new year upon us, this week I’ll be sharing two different looks for New Years Eve inspiration. Today’s look focuses on feeling festive in a more casual setting with a jewel embellished sweater,  while the next look is all about sparkle and glam with a sequin skirt out on the town. If you know me well, you know I’m very much a homebody,…

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101 in 1001 Days LIFE SERIES

101 Things In 1001 Days: Update 5

101 Things in 1001 Days Goals |

Happy Monday, friends! A lot has happened over the past few months and we haven’t tagged up about progress on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list recently. So today, I’m updating you on some of the items I’ve completed, as well as those goals I’ll be focusing on in the new year! P.S. – I’m already over half way through my 1001 days…how did that happen?! Gotta get cookin’ on some of my goals in the coming months. Let’s do…

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Holiday STYLE Winter Fashion

Christmas Eve Traditions + Sailor Button Dress Pants

Sailor Button Dress Pants for Christmas Eve |

Merry Christmas Eve Eve, friends! I hope this post finds you close with family (or on your way to them very soon!). Christmas is always such a special time for me and my family, and some of my favorite traditions happen on Christmas Eve. So today I thought I’d share a few of my favorite traditions and what I’ll be wearing for Christmas Eve church service this year. It seems like the Christmas season goes by much too fast every year,…

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