Tag Archives: Colorado

Denver in the Winter

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Denver is absolutely magnificent in the winter/Christmas time.  Sure, it may be a bit cold (high of 15 degrees today!) but you really do feel like you are walking through a winter wonderland.  Each time I visit Denver during the winter I see something even more extraordinary than I did the year before.  The whole city lights up with white lights which adds a very elegant and inviting feel.  Icicles on old buildings are natural decorations that contribute to the magic.  If you have never been to Denver, or Colorado for that matter, I strongly suggest visiting during the winter time as there is so much beauty to be seen!

The Brown Palace Hotel

The Brown Palace Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Brown Palace Hotel is an absolutely gorgeous building in Denver.  The building features architecture by Frank E. Edbrooke, who designed the building in the Italian Renaissance style.  When you initially walk up to the front doors, you can see brilliant stained glass which invites to come in and explore the rest of the hotel.  When you enter inside and look up it appears as though the hotel goes on for miles and you can see the large chandelier that is the centerpiece of the lobby.  If you decide to come here be sure to ask the front desk if you can have a tour of the Presidential suite, it is a wonderful and breathtaking experience.   

Trinity United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trinity Methodist Church is located in the heart of Denver and is Colorado’s most historic church.  When you walk inside the church you become instantly mesmerized by the stained glass and paintings.  The inside of the church has been well preserved since the late 1800’s.  Be careful, however, this church is known to be haunted, I even got a little scare from one of the friendly ghosts who closed a door on me!

The Navarre

The Navarre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navarre

The Navarre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navarre

The Navarre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navarre is right across from the Brown Palace Hotel and has been home to an all girls’ school, a museum, and a hotel.  There is even a rumored underground tunnel that connects to the Brown Palace.  The Navarre is unfortunately not open to the public but is still a must-see in Denver!

16th St. Mall

16th St. Mall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the 16th St. Mall you can enjoy various restaurants, shopping complexes, and people watching.  The mall is usually decorated in lights and is a major attraction in Denver.

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I hope you enjoyed and plan on making a trip out to Denver soon!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns let me know!  Thank you for reading! 🙂

 

 

Winter Frost Nails

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So Colorado has had almost no snow and it is not beginning to look a lot like Christmas over here!  But, alas, I tried to bring some of that winter frost look to my nails!  This is inspired by what I’ve seen on Pinterest but I used a light blue as the back drop and just applied some glitter to give it that “icy” look! 🙂 Here’s how to!:

winter frost

 

What you will need:

  • Sally Hansen: Advanced Hard as Nails, Nylon + Retinol Strengthener
  • Revlon: “Blue Lagoon”
  • China Glaze: “Ray-Diant”
  • Sally Hansen: MegaShine

First Step: Prep your nail (file, buff, cut cuticles).  Put on the clear Hard as Nails nail polish to help protect your nails and also build up the strength.  Putting on a clear coat can also help prevent your nails from being stained by your nail polish.

Second Step: Apply “Blue Lagoon”.  This is a very thick nail polish so be sure to wipe away excess polish on the edges.  This has some sparkles in it which really adds to that winter frost look!

Third Step:  Apply “Ray-Diant” to the cuticles.  You may just want to put a blob of polish on there (if you’re like me then you’ll be bugged because that is a lot of polish but fear not!).  What I do next is gently press down with my finger and move the glitter polish so it is all around my cuticle and then I push it up so there is a light bit of glitter going towards the tip of my nail.  I do this on all nails and wait a few minutes and then I repeat the process.  You want to be sure that you’re not spreading the glitter all over the nail, you want it to create a sort of “ombre” look so it will taper off in the middle and won’t be as glittery as it is near the cuticle.  I did this step about three times to be sure my nails were super glittery.

Fourth Step:  After my nails have almost completely dried, I applied the MegaShine to make this look really shine.  Icicles are glossy and that’s what I wanted this look to reflect!

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to leave a note!

Colorado Love

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Here are some things that I’m obsessed with that have to do with my home state, Colorado! Enjoy:

I am in love with this shirt! I just got it from http://www.thec-list.biz, they’re a Colorado based company that sell Colorado apparel!

A bracelet I made featuring the Colorado flag colors

Found this on Pinterest and fell in love…if only I had an Iphone.
http://www.zazzle.com/old_wooden_colorado_flag_case_mate_iphone_4_case-179089128198214805

Soo cute! Brought to you by etsy.com!

Maybe just a little obsessed with the flag…

A picture I took of a Colorado sunset with some added glitz!

One of my favorite views of the mountains!!

Fall view near Georgetown, CO

A picture of my beautiful campus at CU Boulder!

My beautiful city, Denver, CO

I guess you can say I’m just a little obsessed with Colorado, only because I think it’s the best state out there! 😉 What’s your favorite Colorado picture? What state are you in love with? 🙂

Feel free to leave a comment! 🙂 Thank you for reading!!

Thanksgiving Nails

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I have this entire week off of school because of Thanksgiving so that means a week at my parents house! 🙂 I’m so excited, a week full of family and friends is exactly what I needed.  Anyway, my mom always decks the house out for every holiday so no matter where I walk in my house it feels like I’m in an autumn wonderland.  This inspired my “Thanksgiving Nails”!  All of the browns, oranges, reds, and yellows are so beautiful that I wanted to capture the autumn ambiance in my nail art.  So this is what I came up with!:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the “How to”!:

What you will need:

  • Sally Hansen: Advanced Hard as Nails, Nylon + Retinol Strengthener
  • OPI: “Suzi Loves Cowboys”
  • OPI: “So Hot It Berns”
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint in Orange (Walgreen’s)
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint in Yellow
  • Nail art fine tipped brush

First Step: Prep your nail (file, buff, cut cuticles).  Put on the clear Hard as Nails nail polish to help protect your nails and also build up the strength.  Putting on a clear coat can also help prevent your nails from being stained by your nail polish.

Second Step:  Apply “Suzi Loves Cowboys”.  Wait until it dries and apply a second coat.  This nail polish looks dark but in reality when you apply it, it is fairly light which is why you will need two coats.  I love this color and have worn it a lot this season, it is a rich chocolate brown which is perfect for fall and Thanksgiving!

Third Step:  Using the fine-tipped brush, dip it into “So Hot It Berns” and create about four lines branching out from your cuticle.  Repeat this on all nails.  BE AWARE that you will need to go over each line multiple times as this color does not like to show it’s brightness over the chocolate brown.  Even though you need to repeat this step several times, I promise the look will be worth it!  Wait for red to dry before heading onto the next step.

 

Fourth Step: Now apply the Nail Art Paint in Orange on top of the red lines.  Here you will want to put the orange in the gaps between the red lines.  This will be much easier to apply than the red because this is a neon color so I only needed to paint on each line once.

Fifth Step:  Once the orange dries apply yellow lines.  You’ll want to put this in between any gaps you have between any color.  This all will create a fan-like look.  It will almost look like an elegant array of turkey feathers or oak leaves!

Sixth Step:  Once all of the colors dry, apply the Sally Hansen “Mega Shine” to really make all of the colors stand out.  And you’re done!! The whole nail project took me about an hour and 15 minutes, so not too bad!!

I hope you enjoyed my Thanksgiving nails, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to comment!!

Be sure to follow my Instagram where I post a lot of my looks!: staciakay19

 

Pearl Street in Boulder, CO

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Boulder used to be one of my favorite places to visit in Colorado when I was growing up.  There are so many different sites to see, unique people to watch, and places to eat.  One of the spots in Boulder that you must see is Pearl Street.  Now that I live in Boulder, this is probably one of my favorite places to go…still.  I’ve introduced many of my friends to Pearl Street and they fall in love.  The sidewalks are made of brick, the trees stand tall with history, and everything just feels so alive.  There are many street performers too, ranging from magicians, to fire breathers, to contortionists.  The shops on Pearl Street are also unique.  There are some name-brand vendors but for the most part the shops are artsy and sell things that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.  If you’re hungry you won’t have to worry about leaving Pearl Street to find a restaurant since you have so many choices at your fingertips.  My personal favorite is Pasta Jay’s, it’s an Italian restaurant with white and red checkered table cloths.  They probably have the best Italian that the West Coast has to offer (but that’s just my personal bias).  So if you’re planning on making a trip to Boulder make sure you put Pearl Street on your “Place to Visit” list!

Information about Pasta Jay’s: http://www.pastajays.com/index.html

View from Pasta Jay’s

Photo from sangres.com

Stanley Hotel

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In honor of Halloween, I decided that my first post of an activity in Colorado would be about the Stanley Hotel located in Estes Park.  I visited here with my boyfriend, for our one year anniversary, and thought it would be fun to take the ghost tour!  Well, I thought it would be fun, he on the other hand is terrified of ghosts but decided to brave through it because he knew I wanted to go.  As we pulled up to the hotel, I was amazed by how beautiful the building is and the surroundings.  I definitely have a thing for the early 1900’s and this hotel captured the ambiance of the era.  We walked in and the lobby was decked out in Victorian furniture and lighting, making me thirst to walk even further into the hotel.  On the immediate right of the front doors is an original steam engine, that apparently the Stanley brothers invented.  I couldn’t wait for the tour to begin to learn everything about the hotel.  Before the tour started, however, Ryan (my boyfriend) and I read a few testimonials from the guests at the hotel who wrote of a few supernatural occurrences that happened during their stay.  Ryan squeezed my hand as we read the part about a woman who woke up to seeing a male ghost in her room.

Once we the tour began we were greeted by our lovely tour guide who informed us that she knew all about the secrets of the hotel (and she did).  We started by going out to the hotel’s rose garden where she told us the story of the Stanley brothers growing up and how one Stanley brother, his name escapes me, moved to Colorado due to an illness and believed a doctor out here could cure him.  He did and thus the hotel was built.  Our tour guide showed us around the hotel going into great depth about the different ghosts that have been spotted in particular rooms.  She told us, and I was very surprised, that the movie “The Shining” was not actually filmed at this hotel even though the book was based there.  The movie was actually filmed in Canada and parts of London.  Because of that I also learned that Stephen King, the author, was not happy about that and did not like the movie whatsoever.  He made a mini-series on ABC that did feature the hotel but different interior aspects were changed.  Unfortunately (or fortunately), I did not see any ghosts on the tour.  Ryan did, however, to his dismay.  He reported seeing a faint figure walk down the hallway we were in and he said that the figure came to just below my shoulders.  So if you’re looking to get spooked or learn and see some fascinating history I suggest visiting the Stanley Hotel!!  They do have Halloween events but they are a little pricey to get into but is on my bucket list for later down the road!!  Happy Halloween everyone!