So. Denver. The city is beautiful, and the weather was amazing (60-70’s and sunny) all week. Sadly, I wasn’t able to log 10+ miles every day walking like I did last year in Salt Lake City (I was lucky to get in 2-3) because our hotel was so far away from town, and I did not rent a car. Almost immediately after we landed and started the drive to our hotel, I realized I should have rented a car so I could have done all the things outside the city I was seeing (wildlife refuges, mount evans, red rocks…). But I hadn’t, and I thought instead I’d try to get by with uber, and also maybe I didn’t need to DO EVERYTHING, and could just relax a little…
I went to the Botanic Gardens (nice, but sort of underwhelming compared to Atlanta), Red Rocks amphitheater (also sort of underwhelming and really really frustrating because it was basically closed to walking for trail/road maintenance) and the Denver art museum (AMAZING). The art museum has a special exhibit of women artists in Paris and I was truly moved by it. I can name all the female artists I know on one hand, so it was eye-opening, and breath-taking.
I’ve been unusually moved by art lately, just stunned by what people can imagine and create just using their eyes and hands, and maybe I’m a little more emotional than usual as well (I literally started crying listening to Sailing by Christopher Cross the other day. Granted, there was also a breast cancer walk going on…but still), but I found the exhibit and the art really moving. My favorite piece was one by Mary Cassatt that was of an older woman, but featuring big, bright strokes, and an honest interpretation of age – “more truthful than flattering,” according to the commentary on the placard. I even wrote that down it was so powerful. And then I had to sit to let it sink in. I am writing a whole post on that statement though, because I think it also applies to “modest” dressing and style that we talked about last week.
Anyway, if you live anywhere near Denver I highly highly highly recommend visiting the museum to see the exhibit before it leaves. Or buy the book. I’m buying the book.
Back to what I wore – Elizabeth Suzann clyde pants on the plane and all day travel days, Cecilia pants another day, and Rachel Comey steer jeans another day. With a t-shirt and Patagonia jacket on top every day. Of course I packed quite a bit more than that, but it wasn’t cold enough to wear the sweaters I brought. I wore my AllBirds sneakers all the time, but brought my Robert Clergerie sneakers also. I did not bring my Elizabeth Suzann florence pants, although I was tempted, just to have them for the hotel. I have worn them every day since we returned home, though, except today, because I think it’s time to wash them…
I did use my Sephora coupon while I was in Denver to buy the Christophe Robin shampoo bar, Kari Gran lip whip, and Drunk Elephant duo. I’ve used the shampoo bar twice so far and I love it. A reader recommended it a while ago, and since I’m trying to reduce packaging, I was excited to try it. I don’t really need the detangling/texture mist to use afterwards since my hair is so short, but I would love to try it – maybe next time there’s a Sephora coupon 😉
I popped into uniqlo while I was wandering around Denver and bought some heattech socks (for emergencies and to wear at the hotel – I still hate socks LOL) and was reminded how easy it is to give into temptation when things are SO CHEAP. They had lounge pants with pockets and a drawstring and elastic hems on sale for $9 and I almost walked out of there with several pairs I DO NOT NEED just because I thought they were cute, and so cheap, and why not? Ugh. I left immediately.
I know you know this, but there are some REALLY GREAT SALES happening this week. One of my favorites in particular (hint, hint) starts very soon, so be sure to check in!! I’ll try to keep sales/coupons mostly over at grechenscodes.com this week, and will attempt to post all the good indie designer codes/sales over there daily, but I can’t guarantee anything. I’m not really into encouraging shopping/buying just because things are on sale or with a discount code anymore. Except for certain sales/brands that are DEFINITELY WORTH IT LOL.
Nothing very compelling. Started watching Mindhunter and really liked it, but have only watched one episode. I have a lot of TV and reading to catch up on!!
My husband and I have joined the cult of Peloton. Sorry, I have no idea if it’s a “cult” or not, but I know it has some super-fans, and I might have just become one. Getting the Peloton was actually my husband’s idea; after we moved he no longer has a gym he can walk to regularly, and he really wanted to have something he could do at home again. I’m still doing Pure Barre, so don’t really *need* anything else, but all the people I know who have the bike also go to Pure Barre, so I thought it would be a great supplement. And it’s SO GOOD. The classes are really fun, and time flies by. It’s hard, and my ass hurts from the seat, but I really enjoy it.
Plans changed a little this week and my dad and step-mom won’t be coming to our house for Thanksgiving this year. My step-son is already here and we’re just planning on doing a few things around town, and enjoying quiet time at home. I’ve been baking something almost every day since we got home from Denver: Pumpkin bread, vegan gluten-free chocolate zucchini bread (a HUGE HIT), shortbread cookies from Martha Stewart (not vegan or gluten-free, just excellent, classic shortbread), and today I’m going to make the cranberry bread I always make with my mom for thanksgiving.
What’s going on with you? What do you do for Thanksgiving?