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July 27, 2012

Feel Good Friday 072712

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Tragus/targus piercing, celebrated by Cook’s champagne at the kayak park, a 60-cent canister of salt and 25-cent Starbucks cup, and Dale/dial soap.
  • “Let’s go play basketball” turns into foot massages and shopping …
  • Rainy-day porch-sitting where I traded two bottles of wine for a flat-screen TV
  • Long catch-up phone call with a bestie!
  • Some of my favorite things: sushi (and sushi while driving), g-free beer, coffee, and sand volleyball!

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

July 20, 2012

Feel Good Friday 072012

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Happy wedding to Scott & Rhianna!
  • Got to do almost everything on my ambitious Austin list, including some things not on the list: rock climbing with my baby bro, Barton Springs, and a hilarious dinner party at my parents’ house.
  • New opportunities? Big decisions ahead, always exciting/terrifying!
  • … last-minute trip to the beach! Toes in the sand. Body in the Pacific.❤ beach hair.
    pacific ocean
  • I’m grateful for my puppy dog and all the friends who help take care of her, run/bike with her, and bring her (and me!) treats.
  • Finally made it to Thursday free concert in Snowmass! Also got to scarf Venga Venga’s delicious nachos and mezcal margaritas.

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

July 16, 2012

Summer Fashion Updates

I just updated the sidebar (yes, I realize we’re already halfway into summer) with summer fashion nays and yays.

Fashion Sticky Notes … actual hideous things I see people wearing, and how to remedy the problems they present

+ Why are people STILL doing this?! Despite my warnings, people are still slapping skinny belts onto a dress—or worse, a shirt. Do not understand. If your waist isn’t your skinniest feature, why would you highlight it??

+ Crop tops. Srsly, didn’t everyone in the ’90s heave a collective sigh of relief when they went out?

+ Peep-toe booties. 1. WTF 2. It’s summer, you don’t need booties. 3. WTF 4. Why bother wearing a foot-covering shoe if your toes are going to stick out? It looks really weird.

+ Mustache jewelry. I dig funny mustaches on dudes, but mustache jewelry has had its moment and even that lasted too long.

+ Suede shoes in summer. Suede = winter. Not up for discussion.

Things I like … and you should too, because I knew about jellies shoes way before they were cool

*the resurgence of friendship bracelets
*layered jewelry
*open-knit sweaters
*funky manis (loving sea green personally)
*sequins all the time
*big, bold stripes
*rainbow denim cut-offs and skinnies
*chambray shirts

Currently pinning things I love here.

July 13, 2012

Feel Good Friday 071312

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Sunday TAD (Typical Aspen Day): King Yoga Flow + Ute Hike with 2 pups + Sunbathing at the Sky Pool
  • Serendipitously booking the same flight to Austin as my bestie in Denver … drinks and giggles on the plane!
  • Austin. Seriously, it’s always busy and I can never see everyone I want to, but I love coming home.
  • Two great workouts with two awesome girls!

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

July 11, 2012

Aspen: Green Drinks

Thursday from 5-7pm, meet new people, learn some stuff, snag some snacks, AND check out the new exhibit Seasons of the Nuche at Aspen Historical Society—a must for anyone who calls Aspen home, even part time. It’s your history!

green drinks

July 6, 2012

Feel Good Friday 070612

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • BBQ that turned into all-night adventure … when your friends wear outfits like this and hang out in art galleries until way past bars close, what else could you expect?


    he doesn’t have facebook so I have to post embarassing pics on the blog!

  • New crafts!
    bracelets <—from this pin

    magazine recycling bin

    Recycling bin made of recycled magazines

  • My girl crew. This week: late night phone calls, wine bombs and hunters, champagne + steaks + bikinis, black skinny jeans, and moby.
  • Writing about what is quite possibly my fave topic: giving + getting, shopping on sites that donate to charities.
  • I’m going to be honest, I’m struggling to find the good in some of the things that happened this week, but I know good must be there. More time to focus on myself, my personal growth, and figuring out what I really want.

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

July 5, 2012

Festival Summer in Telluride

It’s hard to leave Aspen. Which must explain why in the three summers I’ve spent in Aspen, I’ve never made it to Telluride. However, nestled in the very-different-from-the-Rockies San Juan Mountains, Telluride (elevation: 8,750 ft.) lies in a box canyon, surrounded on three sides by 14,000-foot peaks, which makes for something awesome. Plus it connects to Mountain Village (elevation: 9,540) by a free, scenic gondola.

Maybe I’ve been wanting to visit, but now I have the motivation: I had no idea that Telluride has become such a festival hotbed. Behold an insane amount of festivals (8 before September ends):

The homegrown Telluride Yoga Festival (July 12-15, 2012) allows new and experienced yogis to deepen their practice through many different forms of yoga led by experts from around the globe.

The Telluride Jazz Festival (August 3-5, 2012) comes to town for its 36thyear, bringing internationally recognized acts in classic, mainstream, blues, Brazilian, African and Latin jazz. Performances are staged outdoors in the daytime and in intimate clubs and historic concert halls at night. “When trumpet great, Dizzy Gillespie exclaimed on his visit to Telluride in 1977, ‘If this ain’t paradise, heaven can wait,’ he hit the right note,” says Telluride Jazz Festival Executive Director, Paul Machado.

For foodies, foragers and folks searching for something more unusual, the Telluride Mushroom Festival (August 16-19, 2012) educates citizens, both visitor and local alike, about the many incredible aspects of the amazing world of mycology.

Further up the mountain, Telluride Festival of the Arts (August 17-19, 2012) is an annual weekend-long, culinary, and visual arts event held in Mountain Village.

Cycling enthusiasts can stop spinning their wheels for the stage one finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (August 20, 2012).  Olympians, World Champions, and Tour de France podium winners will race through the majestic Rockies, enduring more mountain passes than any other race in North America (Aspen is also a stop).

Brand new Rock and Roll Festival (August 25-26, 2012) will bring a dozen acts to Town Park, including Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Los Lobos and Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

Held over Labor Day weekend, the Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2012) is not a competition, but rather a celebration of the best in film from all around the world. Films must make their North American premiere at the festival in order to be considered, which has allowed attendees to be among the first to see highly regarded, award-winning films such as “The Descendants,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Juno,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Bowling for Columbine.” Another unique aspect of the festival is the element of surprise; the program is kept secret until opening day.

The music festival season closes out with Telluride Blues and Brews (September 14-16, 2012), a three-day festival with headliners including Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule and the B-52s, along with a grand tasting featuring more than 50 of the best regional craft breweries.

For more on Telluride,

July 3, 2012

Conversations from Aspen Ideas Fest

I love that living in Aspen allows me to attend Ideas Fest sessions that I wouldn’t normally get the pleasure of joining (see past recaps here and here). This year, I attended two distinct but related panels, so I will discuss them together. The details:

Entrepreneurship 2012 with Michael Lopp, Kevin Delaney, Joe Muscat, Daniel Epstein, and Paul Sciarra (filling in for Arianna Huffington)

Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change around the World with Alyse Nelson, Laura Alonso, Kah Walla, and Amira Yahyaoui

OK, so first let’s point out the obvious, which I already tweeted about: the entrepreneurship panel is all men. The women’s leadership panel is all women.

This is a problem. This is the problem.

The festival seemed to excuse this on the entrepreneurial panel because Arianna Huffington was supposed to be on the entrepreneurship panel, but there is absolutely no excuse for not replacing her with a woman: she is not the only big-name woman entrepreneur in the world. To have a panel in this economic climate that largely discussed how to encourage young people to become entrepreneurs, it’s critical that those young people understand that entrepreneurs can be of both sexes. Currently, the world of entrepreneurship is dominated by men, and that is precisely the reason for a conversation-encouraging organization like the Aspen Ideas Fest to include women.

To be fair, the panel itself was excellent: great conversation, varied viewpoints and ages, and lots of great insight for budding entrepreneurs (like me—though it’s worth noting that I’m female). When asked about challenges, the veteran entrepreneurs gave advice on perseverance, execution (literally, “you need someone who can cross the t’s and dot the i’s”), and stubbornness. But Paul Sciarra of Pinterest summed up best a point I’ve heard before but am also reiterating constantly to myself and others: “Despite what you’ve heard, Pinterest is a four-year overnight success.” When asked how he stayed motivated, he replied, “An unwillingness to fail. You’ve told all your friends that you’re doing this … and I didn’t want to face them at the end of the day.”

Entrepreneurship may be marked by that stubbornness, but the panel members spoke a lot about the value of failure to entrepreneurship. They argue that the culture of entrepreneurship as a whole, particularly found in Silicon Valley, makes it systemically okay to fail, which is critical for entrepreneurial success.

The Vital Voices panel was excellent as well, and the women who spoke were eloquent, passionate, and inspiring. Working backwards, 27-year-old activist Amira Yahyaoui of Tunisia wrapped up her comments by saying, “We need man feminists. We have to stop thinking we are separate. We cannot do it by ourselves. Men have to act now.” And that’s exactly why the lack of men on the panel IS an issue. Women in leadership is not a women’s issue.

Then again, there were less than 10 men in attendance. So it’s not just a planning fail, it’s an attendee interest fail (which you could attribute to the planning as well, but we’ll stay away from that).

That said, the discussion was interesting and focused on two overarching themes: first, that “the time for talking is over, the time for doing is now;” and second, that “women are facilitators” as leaders. Argentine Congresswoman Laura: “All the women are facilitators … women sitting at the table feel the way the affected people feel or live, we don’t think about interest groups or corporations, that’s the second part … Business can always be fixed. You can adapt business. What we see is a different face on the people that are affected by the law.”

2011 Cameroon Presidential Candidate Kah Walla: “But if it is by accident of history or how we constructed societies, women have been in charge of taking care of human beings. So when we come to power, that is who we want to be when we come to power … The main purpose when I’m sitting here is, how much space can I create for these other people? The societies we’ve built that exclude some of us don’t work for any of us! That’s the difference.”

… in the end, I’m thrilled by the quality of the discussion at the panels and treatment within them of equality of the sexes. The makeup of the panels, unfortunately, demonstrates the deep inequality that still exists, that sections issues off into gender boxes instead of opening up discussions to all.

Also: I’m super-bummed I missed out on Anne-Marie Slaughter and Katie Couric talking over Slaughter’s controversial Atlantic cover story “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” that rocked the world last week. But AIF did a great job posting video coverage and lots of reactions here.

June 20, 2012

Aspen: Da Bears

I saw my first bear this summer, but thankfully I was on horseback. With summer hiking on the brain, it’s time to refresh our wild animal encounter skills in case you run into a bear without your trusty steed—and by steed, I could mean pistol, if you’re into that sort of thing (and I am, I mean, I don’t want Nali eaten by a mountain lion).

survival guide

For 19 other wild animals, click here: Freeze or Flee (you have to sign up to see the images any bigger than the one above)

June 18, 2012

Aspen: Summer Hiking

Last summer, I was coaching boot camp and using the abundant hiking trails in Aspen as training tools. The hiking in Aspen is absolutely incredible, but what’s even more incredible is the fact that we don’t even have to get in a car to embark on some great hikes. Here’s a rundown of five hikes you can get to from town, no car necessary!


My fave quick-and-dirty hike with a big payoff. Sometimes called Cougar Highway or Housewife Hill, this challenging 45-minute-or-less hike is steep, shaded, and super-rewarding at the top. Expect to see diamond-encrusted hikers in the latest gear talking on their bluetooths mixed with crazies running the switchbacks and lots of off-leash pups. Take Original until it turns left into Ute Ave, the trailhead is before the Aspen Club on the right.

Hunter Creek

One of the most gorgeous hike/walks to be found in Aspen, it’s great for trail running since it’s not too steep. The scenery can’t be beat: the creek roaring over the rocks is the best soundtrack you could ask for, and the majority of the trail is shaded until you reach the rocky hill (no fun) just before Hunter Valley. It’s strictly dogs-on-leash though, so be careful. Start behind the Hunter Long Houses on Lone Pine, the first right if you follow Mill on the slight curve left, past the Art Museum. Connects to Smuggler …


The original Cougar Highway, this is my least favorite hike but for some reason everyone else seems to enjoy it. It’s a gradual, easy hike up a dusty, rocky dirt road (that cars, dirt bikes, and mountain bikers can also use) to an observation deck that gives a great view of Aspen towards the mountain. If you ask me, the only time to do Smuggler is to walk and chat, which plenty of people do. It also connects to Hunter Creek through Hunter Valley, so you can start or end a point-to-point hike there.

Rio Grande

Its proximity to town and length renders it worth mentioning even if it isn’t a hike, per se. The paved path starting behind the post office and stretching all the way downvalley offers great scenery and easy walking, jogging, and biking.

Little Cloud

A baby hike partially up Aspen Mountain, it’s a great quick primer hike for your first day or two in Aspen. Start a few streets past Koch Park (3rd & Hopkins?), follow some switchbacks up before the trail opens up onto Aspen Mountain near Lift 1A.

The Mountains

Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Highlands, and Snowmass all offer great hiking. The most fun way to hike Aspen Mountain is to take Ute and then continue left from the top, past Gent’s Ridge, and on up to Sundeck. Then you can gondy down! You can also hike straight up the center from under the gondola, but that’s pretty much just like using a stairmaster for a couple of hours.

Of course, there are a billion other awesome hikes over Independence Pass, through the Bells, out Ashcroft, and so on. But am I missing any hidden in-town, no-car-required gems?


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