24 May 2016
23 May 2016
I've been meaning to check out Urban Steam for a couple of years now, but part of me resisted the allure because the place is so obviously, painfully hipster-ish. But I finally took the plunge a few nights ago, and I'm so glad I did! This is literally the best coffee I've had in Colorado Springs. All I had was a decaf cappuccino, nothing fancy. It was fantastic. It was also a beautiful thing to look at. I almost hated to drink it and destroy the prettiness of it all! I was happy to find that Urban Steam also serves beer, wine, cocktails and food. Yes, the menu is definitely hipster (elderflower sangria, for instance) but I don't care because everything looks ridiculously delicious and I want to try it all! And as you know, I am ever an ardent supporter of locally owned, small businesses, and you should be too. I have a feeling that I'm going to become a regular Urban Steam customer :^)
22 May 2016
Today I'm featuring my friend Stephanie and her shocking blue hair! Stephanie's a makeup artist and I've collaborated with her on a couple of shoots recently. It occurred to me that she's got a very unique style and likes to experiment, so I asked her to pose for Sunday Style. She showed up for her shoot with her long blond hair dyed smurf blue! I love it! As you can see, she's just adorable from her blue eyebrows down to her kitty cat shoes. Thanks for posing for me, Steph! You are such a standout!
Stylist Autumn L., a mutual friend, did a fantastic job of integrating shades of blue, turquoise and purple into Stephanie's hair.
21 May 2016
Much of my misspent youth (and money) was whiled away in this legendary Denver record store. I'd skip school and drive to Denver just to go to Wax Trax. I still have every record I've ever bought there, most of them obscure American and British punk, hardcore and alternative bands. Pat and I made an impromptu drive to Denver last week, hoping to drop in at Wax Trax to pick up some vinyl, but alas it closes at 7:00pm and we got there at 7:04! That's okay, there's always next time. Wax Trax is the best kind of rabbit hole. It's really no good to go there at closing time, because you'll want to spend hours browsing through their endless multitude of music! We ended up at Twist and Shout instead, another great Denver record store, where we bought four or five LPs. Wax Trax, we love you and we'll be back soon!
20 May 2016
Since the school is currently between semesters, I was able to: A) immediately get a great parking spot, something that would normally be considered an act of God; and B) get photographs of the place looking almost completely deserted. Which was just plain weird! But I like the school with no one there. Nice and peaceful.
19 May 2016
Palmer Lake is a picturesque little hamlet a few miles north of Colorado Springs. It's part of an area generally known as the Tri-Lakes, which also includes Monument. You can see that it's a pretty place! I've only blogged about Palmer Lake once before (with pictures by my friend Jennifer), so last week when Pat and I had a rare idle afternoon ahead of us, we decided to drive up there and take a few pictures. It was a great way to spend some free time. The lake was refilled recently, after a few years of depressing emptiness. It's been restored back to its natural charm, and the waterfowl are just beginning to rediscover the place. So are the anglers! I didn't know this, but there's also a Frisbee golf course right next to the lake, a donation from the Palmer Lake Restaurant Group. A handful of teenagers were playing a round while we were there.
It's nice that the residents of Palmer Lake finally have their lake again. If I lived up there, I'd spend a lot of time just hanging around in this spot with a good book and a camera.
There were only a few ducks on the lake, and no geese. I think it might be another couple of years before the waterfowl return in full force.
Nice view to the south! In the foreground is the disc golf course.
A little bit of local history for you :^)