Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What I Wore: Denver

So, I'm splitting my Denver recap into two posts, and yet, I still feel like this post is going to be very long and photo heavy! I apologize in advance, but I do feel like it was too much fun not to share all the gory details with you! Today, I'll focus on what I wore and what we did. On Friday, I will tell you all about my shopping date with Kellie and Stacie and what we bought! Lots to cover, so let's get started!

Scarf: Express (option) | Jacket: Express (option) | Necklace: CS Gems (c/o) | Top: Express | Tank: Target | Bottoms: Express | Booties: Frye

It was so hard to pack for this trip, you guys! These girls I was meeting are all from a Style and Beauty online forum! Oh the pressure! Not to mention the weather - it was only supposed to be in the low 20s for the highs all weekend! The struggle! For my airport outfit, clearly comfort and ease of going through security were key. I just started layering and ended up with this look, which could easily transition into shopping or happy hour, or whatever we decided to do that afternoon (plans had not been finalized for the afternoon yet.)

Friday Happy Hour at Euclid Hall

I landed a little after noon - one of the Colorado locals was picking 3 of us up at the airport. We waited about an hour for the other two girls to arrive before we headed downtown. We grabbed a quick lunch at Mod Market and then met up with the other half of our group at Euclid Hall for happy hour.

How cute is our group?! We did have two others not pictured who joined us for dinner Friday night, and then one other Denver local who joined us for brunch on Saturday.

Sweater: DVF | Necklace: CS Gems (c/o) | Top: ExpressBag: Express (option) | Bracelets: H&M (gifted) | Scuba leggings: ExpressOTK boots: Vince Camuto (option, option)

The two outfits I brought for dinner was this one and my leopard romper with tights and a black blazer. The romper looked awesome with the blazer, but I had to strategically plan which night to wear it - preferably the night I would drink LESS, so that I didn't have to worry about getting in and out of the romper as much to go potty. Yes, these are the fashion dilemmas we face. I thought Friday night may be the "crazier" of the two nights, so I opted for traditional, easy to potty in leggings. Ok, well not potty IN my leggings, but you get the idea.

Dinner at Osteria Marco

You are looking at ladies from Illinois, Jersey, Minnesota, and Denver. I'm sure you're wondering why on earth we chose Denver instead of the beach? We don't really know ourselves! There was a huge group of Colorado locals already, and it was really easy to find flights into Denver, so I think accessibility was truly the deciding factor.

Dinner on Friday night was at Osteria Marco. It just happened to be restaurant week, which was just an added bonus for us and our trip. I ended up ordering off the restaurant menu - 3 courses means a full belly! But I also knew it was better to eat hearty during a night of hearty drinking. Know what I'm sayin?

After dinner we went to Lannie's Clocktower Caberet which was…. interesting!! Entertainingly awkward at some points, but I have no regrets going because the stories and memories it left with us are priceless! And I will just leave it at that!

Vest: JCrew | Necklace: Express | Top: JCrew FactoryTank: Target | Bottoms: Express | Booties: Frye

Saturday morning wasn't too terribly early. We were meeting at one of the girl's houses for brunch. She was gracious enough to accommodate 3 of the out-of-towners in her house AND host Saturday brunch for the rest of the group. It was the perfect setting though - her house was beautiful, and we literally sat around her dining room table chatting, gossiping, laughing for about 6 hours.

Saturday brunch

Oscar <3

Don't you just die from cuteness at his face?! I could not resist posting his underbite on my blog! Yes, we bribed him with a bit of food so I could take this photo. Adorable!!

Beer: Jagged Mountain pale ale | Polish: Chanel Azure (gifted)

After our marathon of chit-chatting, we decided to head out for happy hour - I mean, isn't that the most logical thing to do after brunch? Ha! We tried to go to Great Divide, but it was jam packed. Not even room to stand, much less walk around. So, we ended up walking a few blocks to Jagged Mountain, and I enjoyed a pale ale and some pretzels.

Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Necklace: Express | Top: Express | Bottoms: Express | OTK boots: Vince Camuto (optionoption)

I was freezing all day. ALL day. And I even tried to take a nap before dinner, but woke up cold and shivering. I couldn't imagine trying to wear the romper, and frankly, did not have the energy to try and fight with it all night, so I just recycled my tee from the first day and added my blazer and OTK boots to make it a bit more evening friendly.

Dinner at Vesta Dipping Grill

We had dinner at Vesta Dipping Grill and zomg, it was pretty amazing. And ridiculously affordable, I might add. Three courses, which included a wine pairing with each course, for under $50. Yes please and thank you.

Clockwise from top left: German meatballs, pork tenderloin, bread pudding, butterscotch bread pudding

OK, so the butterscotch bread pudding was actually from Friday night's dinner, but I had to finish the little 4-square of food photos somehow! I didn't think to take photos of my food on Friday, sorry about that. It was equally delicious though! So dangerous!

We ended up at a basement bar after dinner. Not the classiest of places in Denver, but we needed to shake our tushes some, and the booze was cheap. Win/win. And you know what?! The 6 old married ladies you see in this photo closed out the bar! Yep, we still got it, folks! 

It was so so much fun, you guys, and this is only 2/3 of my trip! I will have to save the last third for Friday's post. If you read to the end of this post - thank you! I hope you thought it was as fun as it looked! Even though it was only a long weekend, it felt good to truly be on vacation and turn work off for a couple of days. I needed a little mini recharge!

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  1. The trip looks and sounds like so much fun! Your outfits were perfect!
    An Unblurred Lady

  2. Wow yes I read the whole post and now I'm jealous. I want to go on a girl's trip so badly, you all look so cute and I'm down with all the eating and drinking.


  3. Okay, that's it. I need to go try on that awesome new Express tee. It's just too good! I am so glad you had such a good trip! I am loving that sequin top, plaid shirt, OTK boot combo!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  4. hahaha I had a little laugh at the potty in the leggings comments. And that's so true about the romper being too much work when you have to pee. lol! Looks like you girls had an amazing time!

  5. Does this post sound as fun as it looks. Giant. YES. It looks SO fun. And all of your outfit were so cute. I think I will just be using this as a packing guide for my upcoming trip. That is so amazing and awesome that all of you girls planned a weekend together!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  6. Ah, such fun!!! I'm tired and cold myself from just reading this...great recap!! Was that Pat's basement bar by chance?? Cheap drinks, dancing, closing the bar down....sounds like a place I've been before :-) The weather was so difficult to pack around but you did a great job...each outfit is spot on!! Planing on duplicating the blazer, white tee, OTK boots with my new jacket :-)
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

  7. That mimosa photo has me so jealous and those OTK boots... HOT!! Looks like you had a blast. And now I want a vacation

  8. Sounds like a fun trip!! Your outfits were so chic!
    xo, Lee

  9. Firstly, this trip looks like it was a blast! Secondly, I love the sparkly sweater with the plaid shirt underneath. Such a cute outfit!


  10. I am loving all of your looks in this post!! Looks like you had a fun time! :)


  11. Look like you had a blast. When I can, I going to get that knotted top from Express. So pretty.

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

  12. Too funny about wardrobe choices being based on easy of going potty LOL ;-)

    Love the over-the-knee boots - and all your outfits - so cute! And it sounds like such an amazing weekend!

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