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Friday, June 24, 2016

Rockies Game Day Guide

*This post was originally published at www.denverstylemagazine.com



Summer is baseball season, and summer in Denver is Colorado Rockies season. Some of the best summer days are the days spent at Coors Field taking in a game. Since Rockies games are one of my favorite ways to spend a summer day, I thought I would share some tips I have picked up along the way.

Where to go:
Pre-game festivities are just as fun as the game itself, so plan to get downtown a few hours early to take full advantage. If you are driving, there are paid parking lots all around the stadium. However, Coors Field is just down the street from Union Station, so RTD is an even better alternative to driving, and then you will never have post-game traffic to deal with. Before leaving Union Station, stop at Pig Train Coffee for a quick caffeine fix (they have the best green tea lattes I have ever tasted!), or if you are more daring, grab a boozy milkshake at Milkbox.

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There are so many great bars near Coors Field to grab brunch, an appetizer, or drinks before heading into the stadium. Some of my favorites are HaytersTavern Downtown, and Viewhouse. At Viewhouse, you can enjoy corn hole, horseshoes, and even volleyball on their awesome patios. As far as cocktails go, be sure to try the Viewhouse mule or the Colorado sunset!

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What to Wear:
Summer weather being unpredictable as it is, I recommend layers that can be taken off and added at will. Summer days can be pretty hot in the stadium, but nights cool down pretty fast, so be prepared for both! You will walk a lot throughout the stadium and downtown, so plan on cute comfort on your feet.
If Rockies gear is your gameday go-to, the best places to find a wide selection is definitely the official Rockies Dugout StoresThey have a huge variety of sizes and styles to choose from, so you’re bound to find something you like, and with locations all over Denver (including the 16th Street Mall), you will definitely find one close to home. One of my favorite looks is a simple jersey, frayed skinnies and sneakers. I actually almost always prefer children's jerseys; I feel like they have more of a jersey-esque (is that a thing?) fit than women's and a much better length than men's. In the sneakosphere, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star IIs are my current favorite, because they have the classic Chuck design with Nike Lunarlon footbeds, which add cushion and coolness after walking on hot concrete all day.

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If Rockies gear isn’t your thing, take this as your opportunity to bust out your athletileisure finest. High-waisted leggings will keep you comfortable and cute all day long. Fancy Tiger Clothing on South Broadway has a big selection of really cute graphic tees and tanks, as well as a great collection of sunglasses. Dress up the outfit with add-ons like a moto jacket and lace up flats.

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Don’t forget about your skin either! The sun can get pretty intense on clear days in the stadium, so make sure and slather on the sunscreen. A moisturizer layered under a foundation with SPF will increase your protection. Waterproof eyeliner and mascara will also ensure that you will have no runs or smudges if it gets a little sweaty.
While inside the game, don’t stay in your seat the whole time. Walk around, check out the different areas (The Tuaca Terrace on the Rooftop is one of my favorites), and see the game from different angles. Have a beer, yell, jump, and enjoy yourself! Go Rockies!

Lessons From The Middle

*This post was originally published at www.denverstylemagazine.com


Ah, the middle sizes. The grande in the Starbucks of body shapes. Not a size 2, but not a size 16. The girls that knew we wouldn’t ever be able to be straight size OR plus size models. And that is perfectly okay with us. Our bodies are our temples, and we love the size that we are, large or small. However, with a surge of body positivity in fashion media over recent years, curvier frames are getting more attention than ever. Now we have not only straight sized models showing trends, but we also have plus-size models becoming more and more prominent. However, dressing the middle-sized body type can still be a little different than what we see at Fashion Week or in our favorite blogs. Here are a few types for figuring out how to nail style one a body that is not fashion-defined.
1. Know what you love the most
Yes, we all have our own individual body shapes, and some items are more flattering on a certain shape than others. An hourglass shape looks phenomenal in waist-cinching skirts, and strong shoulders are best shown off in strapless styles. If flattering is your primary goal, then it is important to know your shape and what works on it. However, there is a whole world of style out there! If you do not want to bind yourself to one style, then do not! If you have muscular legs that most style experts would say do not work in skinny jeans and booties (*raises hand*), find a way to make them work. Perhaps with a tunic top and little bit of ankle showing between the jeans and booties to create a slimming line on the leg.

2. Use color to create the look you want
Using color to your advantage can take an outfit from an outfit to a LOOK. Use darker colors to minimize something you don’t want a lot of attention on and to create a great base for some more daring pieces. This is why I basically live in black skinny jeans. Use lighter and brighter colors to highlight items and body parts that you want to showcase that day.
3. Ignore sizes
This sucks and is super hard because the world has trained us to care about the number in the jeans we bought.  In a perfect world, we could walk into a boutique, be measured, and be handed the perfect-fitting pair of jeans. Instead of hiring about a thousand sales associates for one store, brands streamline the process by putting a number or letter in a garment to show us how much fabric it contains. And we freak out. But we shouldn’t. We middle sized ladies are about a million different shapes, and different pieces will hang and fit differently on those shapes. Never be afraid to size up or down from the size you are to get the right fit. It does not mean your body size has changed, just that that particular brand labeled that amount of fabric with that number. This is difficult for middle-sized ladies because girls are sometimes taught that double-digit sizes are a fate equal to prison, and we HAVE to stay below a certain size. They aren’t. There is literally  nothing wrong with any size. It’s just fabric. Try on the fabric until you get the right amount of fabric, then take that fabulous fabric home. And cut the tags out there if you need to.
4. Shop deals more than clearance, and buy something fast if you love it
Middle sizes (6-12) tend to sell out first, so it’s sometimes difficult to wait for something to go on sale. Nothing flies a girl into a blind rage like going to check on, say, a pink midi skirt only to find out it has sold out in her size. However, you don’t always have to pay full price for items you love. Sign up for newsletters and loyalty clubs from your favorite brands to get deals on items. You don’t always have to wait for something to be on sale to save money on it.
5. Look to the plus-sized girls for inspiration
Plus-size fashion bloggers and models absolutely killed it in 2015, and we now get to reap the benefits into 2016. They are truly dishing out some of the most on-edge fashion inspiration, and you will get to see how a look will work on a frame larger than a sample size (Hint: fan-freaking-tastic). You will get a more realistic look at how a certain item may look on a middle-sized frame, and then take their advice straight to the department store.
6.Toe-dip into trends, and then embrace the ones you love
Some trends are scary, especially for women who are not a size 2, because so many of them seem geared toward a smaller frame. But remember, you’ve got an amazing body, and you deserve to have fun with what you put on it. Most trends look fantastic filled out a bit, so give it a shot. Try things out in a more subtle way to get a feel for it. To try a crop top for the first time, try one that just has a small cut out to keep yourself comfortable the first few times. Sometimes trends like over-the-knee boots can look a little extreme on the sexy side on bigger legs. To combat that, keep the rest of the look cozy (think fabrics like tweed and chunky knits) and covered, and make sure you get boots that hit you at a flattering place about one or two inches above your knee.

I like to add black socks sticking out the the top of my boots to add to the cozy look and make sure they are as flattering as possible. Never feel like you can’t try a trend because of your size or shape. Ever. Please. Instead, tinker with trendy pieces until you find a way to incorporate them into your wardrobe in your way.
The middle sizes can sometimes feel like the sizes that fashion forgot. But never sell yourself short of the world of style out there waiting for you. Embrace your gorgeous self, and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

10 Faces Every Teacher in June will Recognize, As Told by Beyonce GIFs




The last few weeks of school are special ones for teachers. We are exhausted and energized with the buzz of new beginnings at the same time. We are scrambling to get everything done while simultaneously telling our students they are majestic land falcons every chance we get, lest they forget over the summer. With all the craziness, there are some faces every single teacher experiences at the end of the year. 






1. When you're trying to be your best self and plan fun lessons, but summer is just like...



2. When you get asked, "What can I do to get my grade up?"


The only acceptable answer to this question is: "That grammar is awful."


3. When you and your work BFF catch a kid sneaking snacks after locker clean out day.



4. When a million missing assignments get "found in their binders".




5. When you get an IEP meeting appointment during the last week.



6. When you pretend you didn't know your walls had to be completely bare before summer.



7. When a student tell you about their favorite project from your class.



8. Every single night of the last two weeks when you get home. 




9. When you look around at the teenage weirdos that became your family over the past nine months.





10. And you, literally the moment you leave school on the last day.





But hey y'all, it's summer.