Wednesday, September 30, 2009

FALL Into the Season!

Inspired by my girls C & G (A Colorado Cupcake and The Pink Polka Dot), I have compiled a list of my favorite things about fall...

With scenery like this in Aspen, the changing leaves really add dimension to the mountainside. Although the human eye can pick up so much more than any camera, it's still a lovely Colorado day.

For the layering that is mandatory in a state where we will use the heater AND the air conditioner in one day, sweaters and jackets are great mainstays to any wardrobe. I love argyle sweaters paired with oxfords or polos and the swing raincoat above are cute ways to be stylish and stay warm from the brisk fall weather.

No ensemble would be complete without boots! They are heels that keep you warm! There are so many different heel heights, calf heights, and colors that picking just one is going to be tough.

OPI has come out with a new line of polish inspired by Spain. Coleccion de Espana has an intriguing hunter green type color (Here Today...Argon Tomorrow) and a purple/wine (Give Me Moor!) that I think I will have to try. Of course, the pinks are always a good choice.

And once I am dressed, manicured, and some place gorgeous, I will need my favorite fall drink: the Pumpkin Spice Latte from the 'Buck! Curling up next to a fireplace with a good book and this delicious treat make for a perfect fall afternoon...

I know that I have more favorite things about football...but for now, these will have to fill my fall daydreams...

iPhone = iAddiction UPDATED

So, I am a sucker for technology. (Thanks, Dad.) And now have the 3G iPhone. I had to upgrade so that I could send picture messages when AT&T was ready for it. (Friday, September 25th is a day that will live in infamy.)

Here are some of the many reasons that I use this thing CONSTANTLY:

  • One stop shop - It has the phone, the email, the texting, the internet, the facebook, the weather, the camera, the maps, the calculator, the iPod. In a word? EVERYTHING.
  • Facebook Mobile - In earlier posts, I have talked about how facebook is an evil and I am still waiting for a 12-step program for social networking, but it's a great tool for uploading pictures taken by the aforementioned camera.
  • Camera - I forgot to bring my actual camera with me to a wedding and I still managed to take great pictures with the iPhone.
  • Maps - I can search for a restaurant or store and the maps function will show me nearby locations and I can get directions to there. But you've seen that in an iPhone commercial.
  • Chipotle App - Yes, you can order from Chipotle from your iPhone and skip the line during the lunch rush. It's just like ordering online, but in a handy app.
  • Movies - From one of many apps, you can find movies playing at select theatres or even where a certain movie is playing.
  • Restaurants - Urbanspoon is my current favorite app for finding restaurants in the area. You can sort by price, neighborhood, and cuisine. Not to mention, you can find restaurants based on your current location if you're not quite sure where you are or what is near you.
  • Music - Since the iPhone would not be complete without an iPod, it's nice to have some tunes when you need to pass some time while waiting at the doctor's office, the DMV, or for your hair to process...
  • Contact Information - With Bump, you can share your information, pictures, files, etc. with another iPhone that also has the app. It's a quick way to share your contact info - email, phone, and/or address.
  • Backing Up - Having a MacBook and an iPod, the iPhone syncs seamlessly into both. If I forget my phone, my iPod has all my contact information in there. My MacBook acts as a backup for my iPhone should I have to restore it, or in the case of the upgrade, get everything from my old phone to my new one. I won't be one of those with the mass message of "Lost my phone, send me your number"...
  • Books - I have found FREE classic books to read: Alice in Wonderland, Count of Monte Cristo, A Tale of Two Cities, etc. Now I have something enlightening to pass the time!!

I'm sure that there will be better phones created by other manufacturers, but the iPhone fits so seamlessly and has all the bells and whistles that keep me occupied for now...

Now, waiting for my latest techno-widget - the Garmin. I asked my dad for it for Christmas knowing that he would love to investigate and research all the options, pricing, brands, etc. However, once he knew which one he wanted, he bought it and has been taunting me by having it since August but not letting me have it until Christmas. My logic of getting 5 extra months of usage was to no avail...So, until then, I will have to obsess over my iPhone...

Monday, September 21, 2009


So sorry for my longer than expected absence!! I have had so much going on, sitting down to blog hasn't crossed my mind until my cousin mentioned it in an email. So, without further adieu, here is the first of many "catch up" posts...

In the middle of August, I played tour guide and realized that Colorado is really, well, rad! I got to show off Denver, my alma mater, the best microbrewer, my favorite, accessible view of the mountains, and really, the true sunshine state!

The view from Red Rocks Amphitheater

Keystone runs- without the snow...

Lake Dillon

And last, but not least, my favorite, most accessible view of the mountains. It's on I-70 westbound just at the Buffalo Bill Grave/Lookout Mountain exit.

Even though today's weather was more like winter than fall on the last day of summer, it's one more reason that I love Colorado. Playing tour guide around my favorite places in Denver and the front range made me have new found appreciation for my home state.