perspective.

U.S. Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC — Aug. 2010

I’m currently on a family trip out of state, so I’ll keep this post short and simple. Spending time with the fam (both nuclear and extended) is a wonderful reminder that life is crazy, sometimes unexpected, and always beautiful.  Here’s a few of my favorite pics from recent travels that reaffirm this fact.

Funky paneled structure outside Denver Botanic Gardens — Jan. 2011

Zen garden inside the Denver Botanic Gardens — Jan. 2011

Top of Loveland Ski Resort in Loveland, Colorado — Jan. 2011

purple + pastel.

f21 cardigan + top + shorts; steve madden flats

Back in undergrad, I used to be a jeans girl — denim pants, denim shorts, denim skirts. Life was so easy in jeans. Then again, where’s the fun in that?

I’ve been making a conscious effort to inject a little color into my pants and shorts (pink pants anyone?). It’s a fun challenge discovering new color combos beyond those that involve denim blue. Best of all, a little color is a surefire way to cure the Monday blues.

A little shout out to the man behind the cam!

green machine.

I know my past food-related posts haven’t portrayed me in the healthiest light. Yes, I’m a sucker for mac n’ cheese, sweet treats, and desserts, but I also have another obsession: juicing.  As soon as my friend Sarah turned me on to juicing, I immediately ordered my juicer and a recipe book and have been in love with ever since.

Raw, fresh juice is wonderfully rejuvenating and great for your energy, skin, digestion, and immune system.  It’s a quick and delicious way to take in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other phytonutrients.  And the pleasure of making it yourself is definitely an added satisfaction.

My favorite juice is currently the Cucumber Refresher.  The combination of pears and cucumber creates a subtle, yet refreshing flavor, while the ginger root (just an inch or less) provides an energy and immune boosting zing.

Cheers and happy weekend!