17 December 2014
Another photo from my afternoon of location scouting at Beidleman Environmental Center (see yesterday's post). If you live in the area and have not explored this great open space on the city's west side, you really should take the time to check it out. And bring your doggie!
16 December 2014
15 December 2014
On Saturday afternoon, I had lunch with my mother and then we went shopping. As I was driving her home, we noticed this giant inflatable U.S. Marine on the corner of Rangewood and Austin Bluffs, in the Walgreens parking lot. (He was a little hard to miss!) Naturally we stopped for a picture. There were several active duty and retired Marines on hand, and one of the older gentlemen explained to me that they were volunteering for Toys for Tots, a very worthy non-profit that collects toys for underprivileged children every Christmas. As I was leaving, I spied a guy wearing an Imperial Stormtrooper costume, posing for pictures with passersby. Of course I had to pose for a photo with him too before I left!
I'm the one on the left. ;-)
14 December 2014
This week's Sunday Style features clothing from Barracuda Boutique, one of my favorite stores in Old Colorado City. They always have the cutest trendy stuff, and right now they've got a ton of great party dresses and separates for the holidays. They also have the best jewelry! (One of my all-time favorite necklaces is from this store. I wear it constantly.) And for those who think shopping at these little boutiques is too expensive, I'm here to tell you that Barracuda Boutique is very reasonably priced. It's a lot of bang for the buck in the style department. Here are three fantastic Barracuda Bazaar looks on model Kiersten, all of them holiday party-ready!
This chiffon blouse is the palest shade of puce and features a delicately beaded neckline. Pairing it with a glittery envelope clutch and vegan leather pants is genius. And the blouse is so pretty, all we needed was a bracelet to accessorize the look.
It also has a gorgeous view from the back.
I want this shift dress! It's all about the pattern and the simple silhouette. Chic!
Barracuda Bazaar has a lot of unique (and reasonably priced) jewelry. I am definitely going back to buy these earrings. They're so cool.Need something to wear for the company Christmas party? How about New Year's Eve? THIS IS THE DRESS! It's super chic and flattering. What a great party dress!
One more look at this fabulous black and gold party dress. I love it!
13 December 2014
I'm waxing a little nostalgic today because it's my birthday! I'm going to see quite a few of my old friends tonight to celebrate, and that makes me think of the many good times I had with them when we were younger. So much of it involved music and going to see our favorite bands play. All of us were into alternative music, not "arena rock" bands like Journey. No, we liked small, obscure bands that played in small, obscure venues. One of the venues where "our" bands would play in Denver was called the Rainbow Music Hall. It only seated about a thousand people, give or take a couple hundred, so any seat in the house was a good seat. I saw so many great bands there! The Violent Femmes played there on their first big tour in 1985, and Fishbone opened for them. What a show! Another one that really stands out in my memory was Siouxsie and the Banshees. Awesome! I even saw "Weird" Al Yankovic at the Rainbow. He was great! Alas, all good things come to an end, and in 1988 the Rainbow closed down. It was converted into a Walgreens, and I guess now the building has been demolished and replaced with a "better" Walgreens, or so I've heard. (I can't tell you how sad that makes me.) In October, Pat and I were shopping at Twist and Shout, a great record store in Denver, and I happened to look up and see this hanging from the ceiling. How could I not take a picture? I can't believe they somehow got a piece of our beloved Rainbow Music Hall! That's so cool!
12 December 2014
The old Benjamin Moore Paints building in lower downtown Denver at 25th and Walnut, now converted into lofts. I'm glad they left the striking orange sign on the building. It contrasts so nicely with the blue sky.
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11 December 2014
On Monday I had lunch with my friend Stephani. We went to La Baguette on the west side. It's the kind of restaurant where you order at the counter and they bring your meal out to you, and (as you guessed from the name I'm sure), it's French. The "counter" is actually a pastry case, so there's no way you can stand there and order without being tempted by the sumptuous goodies within. La Baguette always has the most delicious desserts! As they say in France, miam miam! These opera pastries were calling my name, but somehow I managed to resist their charms that day. Oh but next time I am definitely having one!