04Oct

Bash Wednesday | Harvest Moon BBQ

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The perfect setting under the sun © Whim and Fancy

My brother is my best friend. And, I love him to death. So, since his 30th birthday was quickly approaching, I knew I had to do something to honor him and show him how much he means to me and all of our friends and family. He said he didn’t want anything crazy. Well, A: I don’t know what “not” crazy is, and B: I’m his sister so I don’t have to listen to him all the time. Thus, I decided to throw a Harvest Moon BBQ with good friends, good food, good music and a few surprises!

The Setup

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Setting up! © Whim and Fancy

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Party time! © Whim and Fancy

As usual, this party was done on a budget and with lots of creativity. I had some amazing people team up with me to make this happen! Everyone came together to pull off a wonderful party – Big shout out to Terese, Koye, Rachel, Randi and my parents for all their help and resources!

For the theme, I was inspired by the long farm table rustic dinner party. We have a small backyard, so I decided to utilize the alley parking lot instead for the space. It’s bordered by a rustic brick structure and lots of greenery. It was a beautiful foundation for the theme!

Lighting

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It’s all in the lighting © Whim and Fancy

My good friend Koye is a wizard. Seriously, any idea I throw at him, he just miraculously does it with ease. He installed a wired system for hanging lights over the space. Needless to say, it was perfect and really set the ambiance for the party. We also added mason jar lights throughout the space that also acted as a barrier between the party and the alley street.

The Details

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© Whim and Fancy

To execute the farm table dinner look, we needed a long table to fit everyone as well as white table cloths. Luckily, my good friend Terese came to the rescue and provided these things! For the centerpieces, I wanted to utilize burlap table runners and empty wine bottles as candle holders for an extra rustic ambiance. Thanks to Novo Coffee in Denver, I picked up several burlap sacks that came from family coffee farms all over Africa and South America. My team and I cut them into table runners for the party. Thanks to my friend Rachel, I didn’t have to consume 25 bottles of wine before the party and she brought some from a bartender at a wine bar she knew! We filled them with water for extra stability and added candles that melted beautifully throughout the evening. My mom also handpicked fallen aspen branches from the mountains to add an extra bit of rustic warmth.

For food and drink, we served Blueberried BBQ Pulled Pork (as mentioned from this party), homemade Moscow Mules, my signature Lavender Lemonade, Ryan’s favorite (and famous) Strawberry Cake from NoNo’s Cafe, some speciality sides and everyone brought additional sides and drinks to share!

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© Whim and Fancy

One of my brother’s favorite poems is “Shake the Dust” by Anis Mogjani. He literally manages to show everyone this poem within 10min of meeting them. It’s incredibly inspirational and focuses on living and loving your best. Take a look here. I wanted to make it a central message. Thanks to Pinterest, my incredible team and I used this project to convey it rustically and beautifully. Plus, he got to keep the sign as a gift!

The Surprises

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© Whim and Fancy

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© Whim and Fancy

I couldn’t let the night slip away without a few surprises. Ryan and I’s favorite local bluegrass band is Trout Steak Revival. They are so laid back and talented and really get the party goin. I just had to call them to make a surprise appearance at the party. They came up the alley singing Happy Birthday and really blew us all away with their entire set. Even the neighbors were opening their doors and windows because they enjoyed the music so much!

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© Whim and Fancy

Since we were headed to Ryan Bingham at the Ogden Theatre for our last event of the evening, I couldn’t just let us walk. We had to arrive in style! So naturally, I hired a hay ride to take us around the city and drop us off at the venue. It was the perfect end to a perfect evening!

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 © Whim and Fancy

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 © Whim and Fancy

This was so fun to plan and put together. I couldn’t have done it without the help of our friends and family! Until next time!

 

 

 


26Sep

Van Camping | A Guide to the Simple Life

Check out this little video on Van Camping featuring Foster Huntington from The Burning House and A Restless Transplant

If you haven’t checked out Foster’s The Burning House, do yourself a favor and check out the blog and his new book based on the project. The project is derived from the question, “What would you take with you if your house was burning?” It’s an incredibly interesting viewpoint and glimpse into lives of individuals all over the world.

Cheers to your adventures!


05Sep

Savoring Summer

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Elsie and I went out last weekend on a little trip to explore the Colorado mountains. I can’t bare to think she’ll be hibernating soon! I’m going to make sure and take one last trip to see the Fall colors before I put her to bed for the season. For this adventure, I took my best gal pal and headed Southwest to Crested Butte.

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© Whim and Fancy

The Fall colors are already changing!

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We had to stop at “Coney Island” for some giant hot dogs. A definite MUST.

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I loved rolling in and out of summer rains and, of course, catching rainbows.

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I hope you savor those last bits of Summer and get out on the road!

 


05Sep

Free Fallin’ for Free People Sept 2012

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I’m not one to get excited for Fall. Don’t get me wrong, I ABSOLUTELY love the slightly cooler weather, the rich colors and kicking my feet through the leaves. But, it gets me one step closer to winter and… I’m not gonna lie, I’m not thrilled about the upcoming freeze. That is, until I saw the September 2012 Free People catalog. IN LOVE. It’s my perfect mix of bohemian chic meets edgy meets fem. It made me SO excited to break out my leather skinnies and boots.

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Basically, the cold weather uniform. Perfectly fitting skinnies, detailed calf boots, statement coat (love the peplum cut), and studded/fringed accessories.

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Add a tunic-length statement sweater to your wardrobe. Trust me. You’ll be so glad you did!

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Leather leggings or skinnies is a go-to basic for cold weather. Add a broken in vintage tee and a girly-girl sweater or jacket and you’re styled for stardom!

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A good chambray is a popular item this Fall. You can pair it with skinnies or a mini skirt and it’s boyish shape will have you looking a well-balanced sexy.

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Bring on the crushed velvet! I love this dress with sheer hosiery and rocker knee boots. Still love the addition of fringe to every outfit!

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A pair of light denim is always easy to warm up for Fall.

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Leather and glam are always a sure combo. Pair this rebel meets fem look and you’ll always be a statement!

Are you excited for the season now?! I’m getting there, too. Now, if I can just find one of those long haired, bearded men to complement my outfits!

Images via here // here // here // and here // and are all originally from the Free People September 2012 Catalog.

 


24Aug

The Fruits of Dystopia

Take a break from your day and watch this new Cyrus Sutton short, The Fruits of Dystopia. It’s described as:

“The Fruits of Dystopia” is a short film about having fun in a less than perfect world. Cyrus Sutton explores an escape from modern trappings through excerpts from classic dystopian novels “1984,” A Brave New World,” and Fahrenheit 451.”

The video is not only beautifully shot and edited, it serves as a reminder to simply enjoy our imperfect lives as they lay out before us, just as they are meant to be. I love the excerpt, …so it is suffering and evil which makes possible the recognition of virtue.

Enjoy!

The Fruits of Dystopia – Sea Movies from www.KORDUROY.tv on Vimeo.


21Aug

I was here.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about purpose lately. There may be millions of things you can do and thousands of things you’re passionate about, but, at the end of the day, I believe your main purpose is to LOVE. So, regardless of what I accomplish today on my to-do list or how far I come in my art, if I have loved, then I certainly have lived.

This video is pure perfection for this realization. Bey does it well, per usual, and I would definitely full screen this badboy. If you’re feeling useless or without purpose today, just take a moment to love someone. Write an encouraging e-mail, open the door for someone with a genuine smile and hello, or pick up the phone and thank someone for being who they are.

In honor of the recent World Humanitarian Day, how will you have made your mark on the world today, tomorrow and thereafter?