LIFE LATELY

life lately

01 Mornings have become my faaaavorite. Which is funny because I’m definitely not a morning person. (Confession: I get up at 8:30. Hey, this gal needs her zzzs.) Anyhoo, my routine is iced chai and blogs + email in bed… usually while wearing cat pajamas. And I love it. What’s your morning routine?

02 Pets have a way of keeping everything in perspective, don’t you think? Throughout the day Meowmers reminds me that nothing is worth stressing over… and there’s ALWAYS time for snuggle breaks and bird watching (his favorite pastime, close 2nd to napping).

03 THESE. And this: “We’re all golden sunflowers inside.” – Allen Ginsberg

04 Denver friends, have you been to Aiko Pops yet?? If not, GO. NOW. I wanted to try one of everything, but settled on grapefruit rosemary. So yum. When will they invent popsicle flights??

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EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY RECAP!

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It’s official. The Eat Drink Create holiday party was amaaazing and we have the photos and video to prove it.

I want to start with a major shout out to our sponsors. Seriously, without them we would’ve been crafting in my living room. Thanks to Yoked, Happy Cakes, Minted, Zevia, and the awesome crew at West Elm in Cherry Creek, we partied and we partied in style. I think I speak for everyone at EDC when I say: THANK YOU!!

EAT

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EDC holiday

EDC holiday

“These are the best cookies I’ve ever had in my life.” I heard that several times that night. Happy Cakes knows how to make a damn good sugar cookie. And the cupcakes?! Omg I could’ve had 50. If you haven’t been to this bakery, GO NOW. Seriously, leave work. It’s that good.

DRINK

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

Zevia is such a favorite of mine. It’s rare to find a drink company you truly love and believe in, don’t cha think?! Right when we started planning our holiday event I knew I wanted Zevia at the party. When they agreed to donate super adorbs bottled soda for everyone, I KNEW this was going to be our best party yet.

HUGE thank you to Zevia, not only for the bottled soda, but for letting us get creative with our holiday mocktail! The Merry Berry mocktail is made with equal parts Lemon Lime Twist Zevia, orange juice, and cranberry juice… oh and love. Get the full scoop on the Merry Berry mocktail here!

CREATE

What’s cooler than a holiday diy station? TWO holiday diy stations! We teamed up with the amazing and talented ladies from Whimseybox to bring our party people even more crafting fun. Thank you, Whimseybox!

DIY STATION ONE

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EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

Whimseybox rocked the house with their wrapping paper diy. Seriously, it was every blogger and instagrammer’s dream scenario. Kraft paper, stamps, paints, ribbon, and your imagination. YES.

DIY STATION TWO:

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EDC holiday

EDC holiday

My incredibly talented EDC partner in crime, Lexy of the Proper Pinwheel, created possibly the cutest and easiet diy ever (that’s why I love her), jingle bell stir sticks! Glue your choice of bells and other wintery accessories on a drink stirrer – it can’t NOT look adorable.

GOODIE BAGS

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

It just ain’t a party without a goodie bag. SO of course we had one. Well actually we had two because we’re crazy like that. Crazy awesome.

How cute is that card from Sugar & Type?! She donated a variety of cuteness for our guests – this one is my fave!

My girl L of Design Stitch Go donated the cutest measuring tapes in the entire world. Fact. She’s the best. Also fact.

And of course, I added some disco ball ornaments and tinsel… cuz that’s just what you do.

How rad are those bags and custom labels from Pinhole Press?! Super adorable + super legit, right?? P.S. Pinhole Press lets you customize way more than just goodie bag labels… I was on their site for hours.

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

Goodie bag numero dos included these adorable little gable boxes from D & P Celebrations! Their store is FULL of cuteness. You’ve been warned.

Guess what was inside… HOT CHOCOLATE ON A STICK from Ticket Chocolate!! Even more cuteness in their store. Warned again.

Speaking of all things cute – Minted donated so many party goodies for us I about screamed when I got the package. Ok, maybe I did scream… like an excited blogger squeal. Their party supplies are definitely my go-to. Check out the cute Silver and Gold party supplies we got here!

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

EDC holiday

The food, the drinks, the diys, everything looked amazing. And I think that’s because we had the best location: West Elm. It’s the perfect backdrop for a party AND they gave away the cutest throw and a gift card to two of our lucky guests! Many, many thanks to everyone at the Cherry Creek store (Edward, Sean, you guys are the BEST!).

Also, we could never have captured the amazingness without our rockstar photographer, Katie Hellinger, and videographer, Annabelle Mintz of Evergreen Lane Productions. Thank you, ladies! Mwah!

Speaking of, it’s video time!!! Get excited.

SO much love to everyone who came and everyone who made this night possible!! I had such a blast and it’s all thanks to YOU. xoxo

See Lexy’s recap for even more photos and don’t forget to check out the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate!

The hosts: artsocial, The Proper Pinwheel, West Elm
Photos by: Katie Hellinger
Video by: Evergreen Lane Productions

Thanks to:

+ D & P Celebrations
+ Design Stitch Go
+ Happy Cakes
+ Minted
+ Pinhole Press
+ Sugar & Type
+ Ticket Chocolate
+ Whimseybox
+ Zevia

Special thank you to Yoked: Where bloggers & businesses meet. They had such a huge hand in making this party bigger than we imagined!

DENVER GUIDE: COOL SPOTS ON BROADWAY

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I am so proud of my little hometown. It’s grown so much over the years. SO many amazing shops and restaurants have popped up everywhere. Like GOOD shops and restaurants, places I recommend to everyone.

A few of those spots can be found on South Broadway, an area that’s equal parts cute, hipster, and grungy. Hey, grunge is part of any city right? It’s nothing dangerous… just gives the ‘hood some personality.

I’ve been a South Broadway regular since I bought my very first graphic tee and Ramones purse at the age of 15. The Ramones purse is long gone (bummer, I know), but Broadway is still one of my favorite places to find unique goodies.

I teamed up with the incredibly awesome and talented Annabelle Mintz of Evergreen Lane Productions to create this video of a few Broadway faves. Talk about a fun day. We might need to do another. What do ya say, Annabelle? The Highlands next?


Here are a few spots you’ll see in the vid plus some other South Broadway gems!

+ Sugar Bakeshop: I took a high altitude baking class here and fell in luurrve. They had me at homemade poptarts. Plus with typewriters and local artwork decorating the joint? I mean, come on. I love them.

+ Fancy Tiger Crafts: an all time fave. Remember those adorable mini embroidery projects from the summer Eat Drink Create? Yep, the supplies were from Fancy Tiger.

+ Fancy Tiger Clothing: awesome + unique finds (yes, I did buy the Arts & Cats button from the video… I wear them proudly).

+ Punch Bowl Social: bowling, arcade games, de-licious foods… nuff said.

+ Starlet: so much cuteness in this store! They have 2 locations here in Denver AND an online shop! Hands down my favorite clothing store, I can always find something cute & unique.

+ Sweet Action Ice Cream: heavenly + hand made + local. I eat it in the summer. I eat it in the dead of winter when it’s -5 degrees. It’s that good.

+ The Mayan Theater: the coolest old school independent theater (decorated in art deco Mayan revival style (obvs) and the top is shaped like a Mayan temple!).

Are you in Denver? What are some of your favorite places?

Images by artsocial; video by Evergreen Lane Productions.

EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY PARTY!

EDC holiday party

Friends! It’s time. The Eat Drink Create holiday party is next month, December 5th to be exact, and you need to be there. Lexy and I are teaming up with some incredible folks to make this party the BIGGEST and BEST yet. We’re definitely taking EDC to the next level, we’re straight up cray over here.

SO, the deets! You. Me. West Elm in Cherry Creek. Treats from Happy Cakes. Sips by Zevia. DIYs (that’s right, plural!) you won’t wanna miss. Goodie bags for the first 50 guests (with somethin’ special from Sugar and Type!). A sparkly holiday photo booth. AND – drum roll – a super top secret giveaway. I told you we’re cray.

Special shout out to Minted – we love those guys – and Yoked for making this party come alive. I KNOW you’ve heard me gush about Yoked before, right? Where bloggers and businesses meet? As a blogger, I know how much you have to hustle to connect with sponsors. Yoked makes the hustlin’ and collaborating sooo much easier, like a dating service for your blog… check ‘em out.

So excited for this one, friends! Will I see you there??

WARBY PARKER CLASS TRIP

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Guys, I think Denver’s getting cooler. Like, waaay cooler. My proof (and the only proof I need)? The Warby Parker bus came to Denver and hung out for 3 whole weeks!

They’re touring the U.S. in a refurbished school bus made to look like a professor’s library, complete with leather sofas, wood paneling, vintage books, and a way cute selection Warby Parker frames. Oh and a photo booth! Whaaat. You know I love that.

warby parker class trip

I had such a blast visiting the Warby Parker crew last week. It makes me so proud of Denver. Big things are happening around these parts… and I finally got a cute pair of glasses, I’ve been wanting a pair ever since the coolest lady I know introduced me to them a couple years ago.

Their class trip isn’t over yet. If they happen to be in your town, go say hi… and maybe get some Baxter frames, too, so we can be twinsies!

Images by artsocial.

EAT DRINK CREATE // SUMMER

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

Summer EDC was a major good time, y’all. And we didn’t get rained out – HOORAY! We would’ve had this party rain or shine. Even if it was hailing! Okay, maybe not if it was hailing, but we didn’t have to make that decision. The weather ended up being perfect.

Big hugs to my partner in crime, Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel. She’s amazing and talented and her creativity is what makes these parties so awesome. High five, girrrl.

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

EAT

We had the BEST PIE OF MY LIFE from The Humble Pie Store: strawberry-rhubarb, apple cheddar, and cherry. Seriously. People of Denver, go immediately.

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.
Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

The details of each event are my absolute favorite part. We had individually-sized pie boxes with wooden forks and baker’s twine (for maximum cuteness) and mini bags of cherries. Thank you to Erin, Katie, and Annabelle (and her husband Cory!) for helping us set up the pie and cherries! You’re all hired, k?

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.
Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

DRINK

I mean, it’s not a picnic without lemonade… and strawberry lemonade… and cute cups & straws. It’s just not. Our EDC-branded water was obviously invited back for round deux, and they made really great blanket weights. It got a little windy at times… but I was still able to rock my striped jersey dress. I know. Dress in the wind. I live right on the edge.

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.
Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

CREATE

For the create portion of the evening, we partnered with the crazy awesome folks at Fancy Tiger Crafts & October Ink to give everyone mini embroidery projects. The cherry design and faux wood embroidery hoops could not have been more perfect for our picnic theme. Lots of love to these local creatives!

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.
Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

Speaking of local, we also teamed up with Common Threads to make this par-tay possible. Big thank you to these wonderful ladies for sponsoring our event and helping us celebrate the creative Denver community. If you’re in Denver (or Boulder), check ‘em out, yo. Their stores are FULL of cute clothes and accessories, plus they offer creative classes like sewing & knitting!

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by artsocial.
Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by artsocial.

WAIT, THERE’S MORE

Whimseybox – who just made the move out to Colorado, woot! – also donated 3 boxes of goodies for us to raffle off. I really really wanted to enter this raffle, guys. I’m so jealous of our winners. Congrats, you lucky ladies!

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

Minted! Oh friends, Minted party decor is no joke. They donated the PERFECT party decor for our picnic. Exhibit A: an EDC bunting banner. That banner is going to live at my house forever and always. I love it.

Eat Drink Create summer event. Photo by Petit Soul Photography.

Oh-hoo-hoo! Now for the video. Annabelle of Evergreen Lane Productions is seriously one of the most talented ladies I know. She captures the mood & details of our events SO perfectly.

HUGE thank you to everyone who came out! We had a blast. Thanks again to everyone listed here. We couldn’t have done this without these amazing folks. Srsly, say hi, follow them on twitter, send them love.

+ Common Threads
+ Evergreen Lane Productions
+ Fancy Tiger Crafts
+ The Humble Pie Store
+ Minted
+ October Ink
+ Petit Soul Photography
+ Sarah Fritzler Design
+ Whimseybox

Read Lexy’s recap here and don’t forget to check out the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate for more photos! A holiday EDC is already in the works, Denver. Stay tuned…!

Photos by Petit Soul Photography; video by Evergreen Lane Productions; Eat Drink Create logo by Sarah Fritzler.

EAT DRINK CREATE // SUMMER

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That’s right, friends. Lexy and I are doing it again! We’ve been workin’ hard to prepare for the next Eat Drink Create and, I’m tellin’ you, this one is going to be off. the. hook. We’re planning one sweet little party in the park.

We’ve teamed up with Fancy Tiger Crafts and October Ink for one super awesome diy project. The Humble Pie Store will be providing – yep – PIE! And Minted is giving us a hand with some suh-weet picnic party decor. Don’t miss it, ya hear!

Check out the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate to follow along with our party prep adventures and get pumped. I can’t wait to party it up with you Denver gals!

Invitation + logo design by Sarah Fritzler.

MADEWELL PARTY RECAP

MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

You know where I’d like to shop and party every week? MADEWELL. I had such a blast co-hosting a summer party with Madewell earlier this month. Of course I asked Kate Donaldson to be there to capture everything. I’m so excited to share the photos with you!

MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

We had french macaroons from D Bar, arguably the best EVER. Seriously. If you live in Denver, drive there right now and try one. You can finish reading this post later.

MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL
MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL
MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

This lemon rosemary soda from the Backyard Soda Co. was not only delicious, but SO much fun to style… I’m now obsessed with drinking everything out of jelly jars tied with twine bows.

MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

Along with the giant and uh-mazing macaroons, we also had fruit in snow cone cups. Highly recommend for your next summer party. They’re easy to make and so much fun to photograph – clearly that’s the most important thing. Oh plus they’re healthy and stuff.

MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL
MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

Madewell asked me to pick out my favorite summer items. When I realized I couldn’t fit the entire store on one rack, I opted for a few dresses, some chambray shirts, anything with polka dots, and one of the cutest jackets in the whole world. I know, it’s summer. But sometimes it’s cold in the evenings… you know, when you’re inside and the AC is on.

MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

After the snacks came the shopping and general merrymaking…

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MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL
MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL
MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL
MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

I’m a big fan of party favors. Giving them, receiving them. Doesn’t matter. These little succulents matched the Madewell aesthetic so well. They not only made great favors, but they were the perfect decor during the party.

MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL
MADEWELL and ARTSOCIAL

HUGE thank you to Madewell and everyone who came out. Big hugs to all of you!

event by: artsocial and Madewell
photos by: Kate Donaldson Photography

OH HELLO, SUMMER

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With Memorial Day behind us it’s officially summertime! Woot woot! Bring on the sunshine and the watermelon. I mean, that’s the best part of summer, right? Maybe with a little kick? I can’t wait for picnics in the park, summer nights on the patio, and hanging out poolside (ya know, with 85 spf and prolly in the shade… hey, I’m Irish).

Planning this Dive into Summer event with Madewell has me even more excited about this time of year. Every part of the evening has a touch of summer, from the snacks to the party favors… I’ve had so much fun getting creative with the details. I CANNOT WAIT to share them with you.

If you’re in Colorado, come hang out, girrrl. RSVP to artsocialonline@gmail.com to snag your spot and get your summer fiesta on!

What’s your favorite thing about summer?

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PARTY WITH MADEWELL!

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Oh friends. You know how much I love Madewell… and guess what?? We’re having a party!! I’m beyond stoked to team up with Madewell in Park Meadows to throw a summer party for my Denver crew. Someone pinch me. Seriously.

Join us on June 6th for my favorite local sips from the Backyard Soda Co. and the cutest summer snacks. Not to mention some rad styling à la Madewell.

It’s free, it’s chill. Come hang out anytime from 6pm-9pm, try on your favorite summer items, and get your instagram on… oh there will be a hashtag and P.S. there are rumors of a photo lounge with awesome props, but you didn’t hear that from me. Okay you DID and it’s going to be RAD.

RSVP to artsocialonline@gmail.com to snag your spot (aka your party favor)! Friends + family are welcome! The more the merrier, yo.

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Ain’t no party like a Madewell + artsocial party… woot woot! See you soon!