City Dwellers, Design

Urban Details, Captured.

Urban Details Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Urban Details Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Urban Details Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Urban Details Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Urban Details Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Urban Details Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Urban Details Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Urban Details Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Urban Details Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Urban Details Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Urban Details Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Every morning I wake up, my favorite place to go is to the window. Remember that window next to my favorite chair? That view does things to my heart. In fact all cities do that to me. The reflections of the rising sun off the skyscraper’s windows, driving into the city with the beautiful skyline on display and the lights – oh those lights. Walking through the city almost makes my legs wobble. Each city street has a look about it and those looks, they’re made up of details. And just the other day, I decided to capture a few.

Happy Monday, Friends!

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Inpsiration, Style, What to Wear

Inspire Me | Lauren with Pearls Poppies Pinkies Up

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I’ve been inspired by so many bloggers, friends and creatives all around me. Denver is filled with some downright geniuses in the creative world. I’m always discovering new and exciting artists as I slowly dip my foot into this pool of Denver Creatives.

Chic to Chic Blog | Photos by Pearls Poppies Pinkies Up Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

All Photos by Lauren Tien

But there’s a special creative I’d like to introduce you to, Lauren. Lauren is the writer behind Pearls Poppies Pinkies Up, several blogs and articles in Darling Magazine and her newest venture, Nellie Magazine. We met through blogging, in particular, the day it snowed on May 1st  here in Denver. We both posted pictures on Instagram – soon finding out we lived just blocks from each other at the time! That turned into a coffee date I won’t soon forget.

After reading her blog and articles on Darling, I built up this image in my head of who this amazing Lauren would be! She was that and so much more. I felt an instant connection to her in that little coffee shop. She is one of the kindest people I know. She’s a lady in every sense of the word, but with a bohemian twist. She is an incredible listener, friend and I never cease to feel completely encouraged after time spent with this precious gal. So, today I wanted to share her, her blog in hopes that her beautiful writing and ability to share in a raw, selfless way will encourage you as much as it has me.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Celebrate Good Times, What to Wear

A Blues Party!

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This past weekend, we celebrated my birthday and Matt’s birthday. Mine was on the 14th and Matt’s was the same day as the party, the 16th! We settled on blue as the theme and ran with it! I have to say, it was a fabulous! From the clothes we wore, to the drinks, to the rock candy – all shades of blue. We decided to have it at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. We had our party there last year and it was such a hit, we decided to go for it again. The museum has an incredible rooftop café and that’s where the party took place. The food was incredible and the cake was sweet! We ate our rock candy, had good conversation, posed with our photo props and made the best of memories! My amazingly talented friend, Lauren from Pearls Poppies Pinkies Up was so wonderful and captured so many special moments. She even did a mini photo session after the party for our Christmas cards and did a little feature on her blog today! So, without further adieu, enjoy our Blues Party!

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

And that friends was our Blues Party. Our annual parties mean the world to me – to be able to bring together all of our closest friends from different areas of our lives, treat them to a party that gives them an experience and opportunity to explore something they might not otherwise, like the MCA. On our birthdays, we like to love on our friends, spoil them a bit and let them know how thankful we are to have them in our lives. Good friends are hard to come by and best friends, even harder, but I tell ya – we were surrounded by some of the best Saturday afternoon. I hope they had as good of a time as we did. We made memories that will last and genuinely had the best of times. So thank you friends for taking time out of your day to celebrate with us and for letting us treat you to a little bit of blues and fun!

Happy Monday, Friends!

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What to Wear

Let’s Talk Dress

Let's Talk Dress | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.comCredit | Richard Rutledge Vogue

Let’s talk dress – inspired by a conversation with my fellow classmates yesterday afternoon. Who do you dress for? Why do you dress the way you do? Are you trying to project a certain image with your style?

Dressing, is a very important element in my life. Whether or not we like it, people judge us based on what we are wearing and how we hold ourselves. It’s important to keep that in mind when choosing what to wear to class, work, dinner or in any situation, especially where first impressions will be made. There are a few quotes I like to keep in mind while readying myself for the day – at the core of it all, Audrey says it best, “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you’re never alone.” Those are some powerful words and the thing that stands out the most is that there is no advice about the outward appearance, but for anything to look beautiful on the outside, there must be a flood of beauty that comes from the inside.

The second quote I’d like to share is “Being well dressed is a beautiful form of politeness.” When you dress well, you show those around you whether at work, school or a dinner, that you care about this situation and you took the time to prepare for it. Along with that, I’d like to share one last quote that as a college student and freelancer, I take seriously; “Don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.” As a student, I do my best to treat my classes as an interview, a time to learn for the job I want and to project the image that I hope future employers will see. I work hard and I dress for the future opportunity I want when meeting new and current clients. Dressing in a professional way, in most circumstances shows a future client or employer, that you will take your job seriously and handle it in a professional way. Along with your outfit, complete it with a confident air, you’ll feel ready to take on any situation.

 

Happy Thursday, Friends!

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Little Blue Birthday Dress

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If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have been annoyed by my blast of blue dresses. So sorry for that, but I assure you it was for a fantastic purpose. It’s official, this year’s birthday party theme is a Blues Party. It’s a “Blue Out”! Blue dresses, ties, decor, cake and music. We’re going all out, ya’ll! If you know me, you know I have this crazy love for event planning. My poor husband still doesn’t understand why I can’t just do dinner for our birthdays, which are two days apart. You see, I love to celebrate, every. little. thing. But my favorite thing by far to celebrate is my birthday. It’s not about celebrating me or the fact that I’m a year older, it’s about making a big to-do, getting all of our closest friends together, dressing up and making memories. I love spoiling my friends and this is a way to do just that! In my mind, that’s a full fledged party complete with invitations matching the theme, a special dress for the event and of course a custom cake. So, this is the first, but probably not last, little post you’ll be seeing between now and mid-November. Today I finalized the space and  now I’m set to pick out the dress! So, on to the LBBD (Little Blue Birthday Dress). This indecisive gal, has about fifty or more dresses on her list, but I’ve somehow managed to narrow them down to four. Now, I’d love opinions! Some background – it’s an afternoon, cocktail styled party at the Museum of Contemporary Art on their little rooftop. So, it could get a little chilly up there. My hair will probably be down and curled. So.. tell me what you think! I’d love to hear your thoughts – Classic, Lacey, Curvy or Flowy? What’s your fave?

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City Dwellers

City Dwellers | Pillows

Blossom Pillow Co. | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blossom Pillow Co. | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blossom Pillow Co. | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blossom Pillow Co. | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Decorating a new home is not an easy task! My first project was the pillows. After hours of searching for the perfect pillows, I was drawn toward different patterns. Then I decided I loved the options available with pillow covers. I’ll start with my favorite four and then when I want an update, all I have to do is purchase a new cover. I got these great pillows inserts on sale at Nordstrom. Then after researching and messaging several Etsy shops, I happened upon the Blossom Pillow Co.  Julie, the owner, was incredibly helpful. She went above and beyond, sending me samples for not only the four prints I requested, but several other black, white and ivory prints. It was so hard for this indecisive gal to narrow my choices down to four. After messaging her my final print decisions, before I knew it, I received the beautiful covers in the mail. They fit my 20×20 pillow inserts perfectly. They were exactly what I was looking for. I love the variety in black and white prints and absolutely love walking into our main area and seeing them on our couches. They provide the perfect touch. Our guests love to cuddle up with them with their after dinner tea. We enjoy propping them up for the latest Modern Family. And, I enjoy telling my girlfriends all about the incredible service I received from Julie at the Blossom Pillow Co. Next on my list are her darling placemats, in black and white of course!

Be sure to check out Julie’s Etsy Shop and tell me what your favorite items are! And if you’re in need of any pillow covers, placemats or even coasters, Julie’s your gal!

Happy Saturday, Friends!

 

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City Dwellers | A Weekend Dinner Party

Darling Magazine | Illustration by Natalia Swarz | Layout by Aubrey Hubbell | Chic to Chic Blog www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Darling Magazine | Illustration by Natalia Swarz | Layout by Aubrey Hubbell

Being a wonderful hostess is something I hope to achieve in my near future. It means so much to me to be able to have friends and family to our home, make them feel comfortable and relaxed and fill them with delicious food and good company. This little snippet from Darling Magazine embodies everything I’d like my home to be and how I feel as our guests arrive. This weekend we had a lovely couple over for dinner. They’re great friends with the best stories and always leave us with feelings of a good time. Anita is an incredible cook. So I encouraged her to share a recipe and I’d buy all the ingredients before her arrival. We then prepared the main course together, a stuffed chicken with a side of green beans, rosemary bread and a fruit and walnut salad with a yummy lemon honey dressing. It was a feast and so much fun to prepare together. The boys chatted and ate the spinach and artichoke dip I had ready for their arrival, while we bustled around in the kitchen. In the end, we sat and enjoyed a wonderful meal with the best company. Saturday morning was filled with cleaning in preparation of our guests and I even found the time to create a fall-like atmosphere. A last-minute fall arrangement and mini centerpiece sat in the center of the table. Little pumpkins were sprinkled all around the main area and it was a fabulous memory made. Being the perfectionist I am, I can stress a bit too much beforehand, but at the end of the night, I was happy as could be. Knowing that we were able to share our home with good friends and make a night of it, makes me feel that I’m that much closer to being a wonderful hostess. There’s nothing like lovely friends, delicious food and priceless memories.

I can’t wait to share the recipes and little details that helped make this dinner party unforgettable. Be on the lookout!

Happy Monday, Friends!

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