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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

TRAVEL DIARY | PORTLAND, OREGON - A BACHELORETTE WINE TASTING WEEKEND


HAPPY Tuesday, EVERYONE!

I JUST GOT BACK FROM A WONDERFUL WEEKEND GETAWAY TO CELEBRATE MY DEAR FRIEND MORGAN'S UPCOMING WEDDING NEXT MONTH IN CABO!

SIX OF US LADIES HEADED TO PORTLAND FOR A 3 DAY WINE TASTING BACHELORETTE ADVENTURE AND HAD A FANTASTIC TIME!

TODAY, I'M BACK WITH ANOTHER SEGMENT IN MY TRAVEL DIARY SERIES IN A PICTURE SHOW THAT TAKES YOU ALONG ON OUR FUN-FILLED JOURNEY!  IT IS A BEAUTIFUL CITY WITH SOME WONDERFUL WINERIES, AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO PORTLAND?  PLEASE SHARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW IF YOU HAVE! 
MY AFFORDABLE TRAVEL ATTIRE.

DENIM JACKET BY KUT: EVEREVE  |  STRIPED DRESS: FOREVER 21  | TAN BAG: MARSHALL'S  | NAIL POLISH: SALLY HANSON "SHELL WE DANCE" PRO GEL KIT  | GOLD LUGGAGE TAG: FOREVER 21  | SUITCASE by PACIFIC COAST LUGGAGE: MARSHALL'S
A LIGHT DINNER AT WOODY CREEK BAKERY & CAFE AT
DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
READY FOR TAKEOFF AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
OUR CHARMING AIRBNB IN THE HEART OF PORTLAND.
BUFFALO ART AT OUR AIRBNB, WHICH I SAW AS ANOTHER SIGN FROM THE UNIVERSE.
LOVING THIS WINE WE HAD UPON MY ARRIVAL!
TIME TO CELEBRATE THE BRIDE-TO-BE!  A CROWN VEIL AND
LIGHT-UP WINE CUP WAS SO NECESSARY!
BRUNCH AT THE EASTBURN IN PORTLAND.
LOVING THEIR MORNING COCKTAIL MENU OPTIONS!
MIMOSAS CHEERS!
ADORABLE MIMOSA FLIGHT.
ENJOYING THEIR CAPRESE EGGS BENEDICT OVER A POLENTA CAKE,
I ADDED AVOCADO!
THEY HAVE THESE AWESOME SWINGS AT THE FRONT OF THE RESTAURANT
AS CHAIRS, SO FUN!
WE WALKED AROUND THE PORTLAND SHOPS, AND I HAD TO
TAKE THIS FOR MY FRIEND LENA!
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO RAIN THE ENTIRE TRIP AND MAGICALLY THE SUN CAME OUT AND IT WAS ABOUT 70 DEGREES, SO, WE TOOK FULL ADVANTAGE OF IT!
BEAUTIFUL SPRING CHERRY BLOSSOMS!
AUTHENTIC THAI FOOD DINNER THANKS TO THE BRIDE-TO-BE'S MARVELOUS MOTHER!
FULLY CELEBRATING THE BRIDE-TO-BE WITH SOME FUN
COCKTAILS AND KARAOKE AT CHOPSTICKS!
celebrating the bride-to-be and her love story.
WINE FLIGHT TASTING TIME AT PONZI VINEYARDS, WHICH WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL!



SMALL TASTING BITES FROM CHEESE AND MEAT TO FLATBREADS, YUM!
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN!
IT STARTED TO POUR, BUT WE DIDN'T LET THAT STOP OUR FUN!
ENJOYING SOME DELISH ROSé AT THE STOLLER FAMILY ESTATE, WHICH WAS a GORGEOUS property despite the wind and rain!
WE BROUGHT OUR OWN SPREAD OF YUMMY SNACKS TO ENJOY WITH THEIR WINE, SO LOVELY AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE STOLLER FAMILY ESTATE!
SHARED A YUMMY BBQ CHICKEN SALAD AND A GLASS OF SAUVIGNON BLANC AT THE AIRPORT WITH MORGAN BEFORE OUR FLIGHTS HOME.
READY FOR TAKE OFF ON A VERY RAINY PORTLAND DAY!
APPROACHING OUR LANDING AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, I LOVED THAT WE COULD SEE OUR PLANE'S SHADOW AND THE AIRPORT IN THE BACKGROUND!
THE DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAS SOME BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE ON THE WAY TO THEIR REALLY WELL DONE TRANSIT CENTER.

ABOVE IMAGES BY LIESL EHARDT.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

AFFORDABLE HOME DECOR | FESTIVE SPRING AND EASTER ACCENTS FROM TJ MAXX


HAPPY WEDNESDAY, EVERYONE!

I HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A LOVELY START TO SPRING! IT IS SUNNY AND IN THE 60'S, ALMOST 70, HERE IN DENVER!

I'M BACK THIS WEEK WITH SOME AFFORDABLE FESTIVE SPRING AND EASTER HOME ACCENTS FROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOPPING SPOTS, TJ MAXX!

ARE ANY OF YOU DOING ANYTHING FUN TO CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY OR GOING ON A FUN SPRING BREAK TRIP?  SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
TJ MAXX = $59.99

Monday, March 12, 2018

DESTINATION DENVER | EXPLORING B&GC - A MAD MEN INSPIRED SECRET SPEAKEASY


HAPPY MONDAY, BLOGLAND!

I'm back with chapter 6 of my destination denver series!

This week, i explore a hidden speakeasy called B&GC that has been rated one of the top bars in denver if you can find it and get in.

BELOW, I EXPLORE THE SPACE, TRY SOME DIVINE COCKTAILS, SMALL BITES AND SHARE MY ENTIRE EXPERIENCE, ENJOY! 

CHAPTER 1  |  CHAPTER 2  |  CHAPTER 3  |  CHAPTER 4  |  CHAPTER 5


IMAGE BY: DEVON EHARDT SHELTON

LOCATION: ASPEN, CO - SUMMER 2016  |  DRESS: FOREVER 21


A VERY 60'S THROWBACK WITH THE CLASS OF THE MAD MEN ERA AND AN
INCREDIBLY COOL CIRCULAR, LIT CEILING.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE VIA TEXT ONCE YOU ARE CONFIRMED A DATE AND TIME.
It IS VERY HARD TO SIMPLY SHOW UP (IF YOU FIND IT) AND GET IN.
THEY STAMP THIER LOGO IN THE VERY COOL SQUARE ICE CUBES, A CLASSY TOUCH!
DRINK ON LEFT: A QUIET DIVORCE | DRINK ON RIGHT: OUR BARTENDER (MARCELO) CREATED A BOURBON BASED COCKTAIL FOR ME
A CLOSER LOOK AT THESE BEAUTIES!
MEAT AND CHEESE PLATE, A MUST FOR ME ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!
TIME FOR ROUND 2 - DRINK ON THE LEFT: A [SOMETHING] RELATIONSHIP (WE CAN'T FULLY REMEMBER)  |  DRINK ON THE RIGHT:  OUR BARTENDER (MARCELO)
CREATED A FUN CITRUSY GIN COCKTAIL FOR ME, VERY REFRESHING!


ALL IMAGES BYLIESL EHARDT

LOCATION: DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12, 2018



CHAPTER 6  |  EXPLORING B&GC - A MAD MEN INSPIRED SECRET SPEAKEASY


Saturday night I went on a little adventure to discover a hidden, somewhat secret, underground, speakeasy in Denver called B&GC.  

Once you find the golden doorbell, you are greeted by a host who will escort you down a set of long stairs and around some back hallways to a large, extravagant door.

Behind which, a romantic cocktail bar appears before you that will immediately transport you to the Mad Men era of the 1960's with glassware and cocktail presentations that exude class and elegance!

The bartenders, we had Marcelo, are full of personality and truly know the art of mixing a fantastic cocktail!  Whether choosing one of their signature cocktails, which they change every season, going with a classic or having them create something special, as I did, they won't disappoint!

The experience, quality of cocktails and overall feel warrant the $15 price tag, similar to New York City pricing.  However, I'd go as far as to say, they are better, and most definitely prettier than those in the Big Apple!

So if you are in Denver, I think it is a go-to and fun experience that you should definitely add to your to-do list...if you can locate it and get it, but that's half the fun! 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

SATURDAY SAYINGS | HOPE, TRUST AND POSITIVITY


HAPPY SATURDAY, EVERYONE!

I KNOW I HAVEN'T POSTED MY USUAL INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FOR SATURDAY SAYINGS IN A FEW WEEKS, BUT I AM BACK TODAY. YAY!

I HOPE YOU ARE ALL HAVING A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND HAVE FOUND THINGS IN YOUR LIFE THAT KEEP YOU FEELING HOPEFUL. 
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by Liesl Ehardt