Sep
02
Style Profile: Rachel Bilson

Some people are born with good taste. At least that’s my ultimate epiphanic realization. As I was creepin’ on my girl Rachel Bilson over the internet, I don’t think I came across a single outfit that was less than impeccable. It was really hard to picture her struggling over what to wear in the morning, while it’s no secret some of us have a little bit more trouble. Ahem.

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What makes her everyday style so flawless? Is it the monochromatic theme she adopts so confidently? While I’m usually more drawn to color, I also can’t deny that Rachel usual has me craving a little more black and white in my life. And a little bit more self-assurance! Can you imagine how different the world would be if we all adopted her strut while carrying our morning coffee?

If I will deem any celebrity as taking “classy” to the very next level, it will be Rachel Bilson. Not only does she has a signature style, she also seamlessly “breaks” fashion rules in the process. Did anyone even notice her bag and shoes don’t match? “Wait, were they even supposed to?” A girl that doesn’t follow the trends, but practices her own style, definitely deserves a spot in our style files.

If you feel like exuding your inner Rachel Bilson today, check out some of our picks!

 

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Shop the look: Bag / Blouse / Boots / Necklace / Jeans / Sunglasses

Xo,

Mellanie

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Aug
28
Burning Man

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Have you ever felt like moving to Mars on a very random, hectic time, when you just couldn’t deal with the amount of emails piling up in your inbox? You know you have! It’s OK, most of us have felt that way at some point. Do you need verification? There’s the annual Burning Man festival to prove it. ;)

What’s the Burning Man, you ask? Hah, a very fine question, indeed. I can’t begin to explain how much fun I had researching pictures for this thing. (Need proof, again? See below!) The Burning Man festival takes place every year in the week leading up to Labor Day in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. So it’s going on right now! Tens of thousands of people – artists, actors, dancers, hippies, and just about anyone else – gather together to form a community involved in art and self-expression. It definitely isn’t your usual festival with tons of vendors, and stage-perfomances! In fact, like their website says, it’s more of a city that arises from the bottom once every year and vanishes once the festival is done, leaving no trace that that much people were there creating and unifying this ephemeral little world in the name of self-expression. Every year there’s a different theme to guide the participation of people involved in the festival. This year’s theme is Caravansary.

One of the most interesting things about the festival is that it’s almost a test of survival. People have to bring everything they need to survive in a hot Nevadan desert for up to a week. This includes water, food, and shelter, and they even turn you down in the gate if the personnel believe you aren’t prepared enough to take care of your survival, first and foremost! The only thing sold inside is coffee and ice! It’s not necessary that people stay the whole time, but they definitely don’t sell one-day passes!

Can you image what coming back to the real world after this must feel like? You can bet there’s no wi-fi, or electricity plugs! But what there is, is a whole bunch of people connecting with one another and creating beautiful things. I can’t imagine what that heightened sense of self-awareness must feel like, when all your attention is just focused on you, and what’s in front of you. But I guess the less you have, the more creative you become, right? At least I like to think so!

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Have any of you guys been? What has the experience been like? 

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Xo,

Mellanie

Aug
26
Time to Get Back to Work!

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Hey everyone!

So, is it me or did summer just flew by faster than Babe ever did? (Wait, Babe didn’t fly? I’m sure I read it in a book somewhere!) And now we’re probably getting back to the first days of (insert here). Work? School? All of the above? Don’t worry, it’s not all lost in the piles of papers, receipts, syllabi, and contracts. Here I rounded up some of my favorite items that scream “Back to Work!” in case I might spark a little inspiration and shine a little light during the rest of your work week. Who knows? Maybe with your hard work you might be shopping some of these by the end of the week!

Work hard, play hard, right?

Shop: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Xo,

Mellanie

 

Aug
21
The Best Version of Yourself

It came to my attention, the other morning, as I was sitting in the bus on my way to work quietly repelling anyone and everyone that may give sitting next to me a second thought, how lamely we hold stewardship of our time, of our potential to give, and ultimately our lives nowadays. Have you ever felt like this? It dawned on me as I sat quietly tense in my seat in case I locked eye-contact with anybody I knew and had to spark that much dreaded conversation of “How are you’s” and “How was your weekend’s”. I didn’t feel very much like myself that morning, and I just didn’t feel like giving anything of myself to others.

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I haven’t lived very long, but if there’s something I’ve learned it is that the way you begin a day can very much set the tone for how you feel the rest of the day, for whether you let small things get to you like the waiter in the restaurant forgetting to fill your glass of water, or a co-worker complaining more than usual. It’s a funny thing sometimes, don’t you think? That we become so easily irritated by other’s differences: the way they do things, or the way they communicate, or about their subtle lapses in judgements, while at the same time requiring nothing less of each other than the very exceptional.

Don’t we all have that right of expecting the best from others?

In light of that, I’ve thought a lot lately about what it takes to truly be the best version of yourself in the day-to-day. It’s not so simple really! It’s not everyday that’s it’s your graduation, or your wedding day, or your baby shower, or just the best day ever! But I think it’s all in the small thing we do each day to feel most like ourselves, and in turn, help others to feel like the best version of themselves, too.

Someone wise once said: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”- Maya Angelou

1. Take good care of yourself. No matter how much I try to deny it sometimes, I know that I will never, ever, ever, be moved to change anybody’s life if I feel like I slept four hours last night. Yep, you heard me. It’s all in the small things. And it may truly sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at the fair amount of mornings I had to spend sitting in lecture halls next to grouchy, smelly, sleep-deprived people who had had very much fun the previous night, and were very much hungover the following day. All in good fun, forget changing anybody’s life, these people weren’t moved to let me borrow a pencil! In all seriousness, however, the only way to ever remotely start to forget yourself a little and live a little more for others, is if you got yourself less to worry about. Do whatever it takes to feel the most like yourself today. Did you eat? Did you sleep well? Did you relax a little? Did you check things off your agenda? Did you put on that perfect shade of lipstick you love so much?

You’ve heard it: “Love yourself first, and everything else will fall into line”- Lucille Ball

2. Putting others first.We all have something to bring to the table; let that be funny wit, or good listening ears, we all have something we like to share with others. But I think the universal kindness we can always pay others if the knack of putting them first. And this doesn’t always have to translate to the literal example of letting someone else before you in the grocery line, but just having the tact of lending listening ears where needed, and the disposition to put yourself in another’s shoes. It can go as far as helping to assuage rising arguments and sore spots with people by lending you the patience to return to the discussion or conversation with a little more heart. Remember how good it feels when somebody tells you you’ve made their day?

You’ve heard it: “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours”- Les Brown

3. Give. Give a little bit more of your time, a little more of your food, a little more of your craft. If you have things to bring to the table, bring them! That’s not to negate number #1 on this list, but always, always strive to give without asking, and to not expect things in return. It’s never good to become so self-absorbed in our own wants and needs that we forget what it is to be there for others, and to find meaning in ourselves through the joy our lives can bring to others. Write random thank-you notes and bring donuts to work, #whydontcha.

You’ve heard it: ” A candle does not dim by sharing its flame” – Unknown

 

Why don’t you ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world?’ – Gandhi

Xo,

Mellanie

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Aug
19
The Table Diaries: Jump On the Green Smoothie Train!

I jumped in that bandwagon myself, I must confess. Back in the beginning of summer when I had just come back to my little small town of Ames, Iowa from a truly decadent (in all respects of the word!) vacation time in my sunny Island of Puerto Rico. As you can imagine, said vacations involved something like…excessive voracity and some of this, this, and this.

I’m not helping, aren’t I? Point established, once I got back to Ames I went back to my usual: pretty clean diet, active lifestyle, and beauty sleep. However, I had yet to try detoxifying with a good ol’ smoothie; a problem easily resolved when I bought Candice Kumai’s Clean Green Drinks book. And boy (girl?), let me tell you! Umm, this is what I’ve been doing all summer. Forget my usual hobby of rock climbing, or dancing salsa! All summer long I’ve been blending smoothies.

Alright, maybe I’m exaggerating a little.

In light of that, however, I can say that I’ve tried tons of recipes: most of them leaving me with my mouth open and wondering why I haven’t been blending my whole life. Here are some of my favorites!

1. The Green Warrior Protein Smoothie by Oh She Glows

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Oh She Glows is the epitome of healthy and clean eating. And as her motto implies “Glow from the inside out”, this smoothie will have you radiating beams. Let’s just start with how amazing it is to consume 17g of protein and 12g of fiber for breakfast. Move over McGriddle! And if you’re a little bit reluctant about kale, I’d say this one is the perfect one to start planting your love for cheap iron and protein.

2. The Bright Morning Apple Lime Leafy Green Smoothie by Boulder Locavore

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If you’re already leading the green life and just want to give that old smoothie a facelift, this one would do! Blending a couple of different greens together (kale, arugula, parsley, and baby spinach) this one may seem a daunting hill to climb, but actually marries the flavors together perfectly! Am I the only one who’s sometimes afraid of what kale can do a smoothie? It’s not many that get it right!

3. The Favorite Green Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

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Now, if you like things more decadent and just can’t get away from that jar of peanut butter, this green smoothie just brings it home! A perfect one for beginners, this smoothie keeps it simple with just spinach, flaxseed, peanut butter, berries, and bananas. Things you most likely eat on your own so, get blending! It’s definitely bound to make your usual morning routine feel new.

4. The Green Smoothie by Marshalls Abroad

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Bringing a more tropical palate to the table is Marshalls Abroad! I completely understand it might take a little while for those of us who are new to the green life to warm up to our smoothies looking green and well, just having so many vegetables in it. So to your rescue comes Marshalls Abroadcombining more fruits, while still adding some “veggies” to keep things green. You can bet this one’s the one you want to have in leu of that piña colada.

5. The Green Vanilla-Almost Post-Workout Shake by Candice Kumai for Shape

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And now, from my favorite homegirl Candice Kumai comes one of my personal favorites: the green smoothie combining protein powder for after the sweat session. What could feel better than going out for a run and then coming home to this? She says it takes like a vanilla milkshake, and I can definitely second that thought.

Today I’m waking up to that green warrior smoothie. Which one will you be blending?

Do share your favorites!

Xo,

Mellanie

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Aug
14
Meet Andrea, Our New Design Intern!

spitfiregirl-team-andreaWell, my team is complete guys…our new design intern Andrea, or Drea as I like to call her – just started today. I’m extra excited because she’s local, so now I can finally talk to someone (other than the radio). Please welcome her to Team Spitfiregirl!
~ Heidi

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Hello! I’m Andrea, or Drea for short. As a recent college graduate and new resident to Denver, I am very excited to work as a design intern for Heidi and the Spitfiregirl team!

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio I grew up with a strong interest in the arts. This eventually led to my path in graphic design and now I spend my days drawing inspiration from handwritten typography, experimental design with non-traditional materials, and more recently app design and development. I am always trying to find ways to merge my interests together and I am all for a new learning experience. I think this internship opportunity will be just that as well as a much-needed challenge to get me started in this wonderful creative field!

Other loves and what makes me, me:

-Bold patterns and the color yellow
-Weiner dogs and teacup pigs (my best friend is the cutest dachshund around, Martini the Cocktail Weenie)!
-Strong coffee (weak coffee is essentially just dirty water)
-Friends will forever be the best TV show. Ever
-Traveling, exploring, and eating my way around the world

For me, inspiration is found through my daily wanderings; whether it be in the architecture I walk past, the ice cream shop I am hanging out in, or in the work by favorite designers and artists. I am drawn to color, hand lettering, illustrations and watercolors and I try to incorporate these into my designs daily! Thanks for taking the time to get to know me! If you want to know more or view my work, please visit my portfolio and instagram. I look forward to the next few months and am thrilled to be apart of the Spitfiregirl team!

Nice to meet you all!
xo, Drea

 

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Aug
12
Staving Off Those End-Of-Summer Blues

Today is just a day like no other. Except that it’s not. Except that today when I woke up and looked at my cute Ban.do agenda I almost had a hyperventilation “sess” (that’s short for session; that extra ‘ion’ will be the death of me), because as I flipped a couple of pages ahead I noticed I have officially two weeks left of summer. And fine, so summer doesn’t officially end until the 23rd of September (I googled that), but is it just me or does everyone else also mourn the end of 15-hour daylight and impromptu bbq’s when classes start back up and trips to the devastated aisles of Target turn into a ludicrous feat? Tell me I’m not alone!

3-Template-2But as hard as it can be to sometimes transition into another glorious autumn from the depths of sun-laden days and Stage Four sleeping, I do think there’s activities you can engage in to make the transition a little easier, and make yourself actually start craving the pumpkin lattes and apple cider binges to come. #IfyouknowwhatImean.

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1. Start planning ahead. Have you ever felt you needed a vacation from your vacation? That’s what I’m hinting at here. I’ve always felt the best way to prevent an unpleasant case of the end-of-summer blues is to actually have things to look forward to once the summer ends. Whether that is a fun conference you’ll be attending in October, or a family reunion in September, or the release of the next book in your favorite series, planning ahead can actually find you making your happy dance for what’s to come. And what’s better than to write it all out in a cute agenda?

Shop my favorites: Kate Spade  Lilly Pulitzer  Vera Bradley

2. Host an End-Of-Summer soiree. What better way than to bade farewell to summer than by having all your loved together for a fun night of grilling smores, or a pool party? Anything goes. From a cozy movie night in your patio, to a fancy dinner party, you can get creative and bring some closure to your favorite season. Or is it just mine?

Browse some ideas: Smores  Dinner  /  Camping

3. Take yourself shopping for some new work/school clothes. There’s something infinitely exciting about getting things together to start your first day back to (insert here) with new clothes in tow. It’s not a new year yet, but reinventing yourself and your wardrobe can start any day you decide it’s a new beginning. For me, it’s always been a matter of it being a new school year, or taking on a new job.

Shop my favorites: Paper Crown  Anthropologie  Free People

4. Make a list of goals. In accordance with idea number #3 above, making a list of things you want to accomplish for what’s left of the year is not something that needs to be left for a new year. A new season looming means a new chance to get yourself together for all you left up in the air when you new year’s resolution started falling through. And if they didn’t, I totally commend you! Then it’s the perfect time to make new ones. For me it’s all about finalizing a portfolio, applying to graduate schools, and learning more photoshop.

Browse some ideas: Notebook  Bucket List  Postcard Calendar

Now tell me, which of these will you be trying? I honestly can’t wait for number three!

Xo,
Mellanie

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