Life Update: Dog Days of Summer

We’ve finally gotten to that “Dog Days of Summer” time of year, although here in CO it’s been really cool (like pants weather) this week. I’m in full speed job-searching mode around here, so life’s been a little hectic, but also exciting.

Here’s a few photos from what’s been going on around here lately:

  1. I passed the NBCOT (a really big scary national board exam for occupational therapy), and i had a special celebration with my family and this amazing bundt cake.Life Update via Imperfect Chevron
  2. doggie car rides are always the best. this dude is turning 14 next week and we’re all amazed and grateful that he’s lived this long and happy life. he had cancer a few years back, and the vet told us this year that he’s got active cancer now, so we’re not expecting a lot more time with him but we’re grateful for every day that he’s able to spend with us (still enjoying life).Life Update via Imperfect Chevron
  3. I bought this little stool for $3 at a thrift store; it had black legs and the most hideous carpety fabric. I painted the legs white and recovered the cushion in this adorable citron polka dot fabric. it’s currently functioning at my sewing table/vanity table.Life Update via Imperfect Chevron
  4. in one of my free hours last week i made this little polka dot card set. i used acrylic paint, heavy art paper (which I cut into the perfect sizes), and this calligraphy cheat.Life Update via Imperfect Chevron

Hope your week is going great!

xo

Golden Girl: 3 Products for Beach Vibes

*This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

I’ve always been drawn to the golden, glowing, natural beauty look of the “California beach girl.” It’s sort of an effortless, just-swam-in-the-ocean, free spirited look that gives you instant beach vibes.

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(I know it’s hard to tell from the poor quality of these photos…my iPhone 4s is kind of pooping out, I’ve had it almost 5 years! So I’m starting to look into getting a fancy shmancy camera, any recommendations?)

I recently picked up 3 products that I have been loving this summer to create the perfect beachy, golden girl, effortless look. The cool thing about them is they’re all pretty affordable, which is always a huge perk!

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  1. NYX Born to Glow liquid illuminator in Gleam: After applying my foundation (I mix a touch of foundation into my moisturizer), I gently pat in a little of this illuminator on my cheeks. It gives my skin just the right amount of glow, like you just finished a yoga class. I’ve been drawn to makeup that doesn’t make my skin matte, because it feels so flat and a little boring. This definitely gives you that perfect subtle glow!
  2. Maybelline Fit Me! Bronzer in Medium Bronze: The perfect amount of bronzer comes up on the brush, so you won’t be prone to over-doing it. I sweep a small amount under my cheekbones toward my temples and blend. I love how just a little bit of bronzer goes a long way!
  3. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray: Any day where I don’t have to waste my time blow-drying and styling my hair is a good day in my book. My hair has a natural wave, but this salt spray kicks it up a notch. After I shower, I towel-dry my hair gently, comb out the knots,and spray this salt spray in my hair before scrunching and twirling individual pieces. Then I let my hair air-dry and end up with messy, natural hair. I love it because the spray bottle has an amazing nozzle, so the spray isn’t just concentrated to a tiny area. Plus, my hair is soft and natural after using it–no crunchiness!

Bonus Product:

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Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical: In between washing my hair, I’ve been using this dry shampoo to keep my hair from getting oily and flat. The best part? It smells like pineapple. This dry shampoo keeps my hair from falling flat and getting oily. Sometimes I even use it before I go to bed to keep my hair from getting flat while I sleep.

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Now go get your glow on (:

xo

Visiting a Hops Farm

*This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

This week, my mom and I were lucky enough to spend an evening at a hops farm in Windsor, CO. I’m not a beer drinker, but learning about the plants and how they are grown and harvested was absolutely fascinating. And so beautiful, you guys! Something about those hanging vines blowing in the wind was eerily beautiful and special. I took about a million photos (when you see how beautiful it all is, you’ll understand why), so this post has a lot of pictures. Sorry not sorry.

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G5 Hop Fields in Windsor, CO is the wonderful brainchild of Jeremy and Tammy Gourd and their family. Their hops are nestled on 5 acres (currently, though they’re looking to expand soon!) on David Stromberger’s farm, which has been in his family since 1943. The hop fields is not only fulfilling a community need (with all of the local breweries and home-brewers needing a way to get fresh hops), but it is protecting a beautiful farm from being developed and destroyed. G5 Hop Fields is in its second year, and currently grows 5 varieties of hops for NoCO (Northern Colorado). The farm is not certified organic, but the Gourds are growing their hops as organically as possible.

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a close-up of some cones

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The structure is incredible: a series of beams that are delicately counterbalanced, with wires going across the tops, with vertical ropes to hang the hop vines. The ropes are 20 ft. tall, and I learned that hops can grow 8-12 inches a day, making them one of the fastest growing plants!

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That mountain view, though. Major heart-eye emoji!

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Sunset at the fields

The farm also has these horses, which to be honest I probably could’ve hung out with for an hour or two. I’m kind of afraid of horses, but I think they’re so beautiful and it’s really special being near them. They were so sweet! G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

I really enjoyed my time at G5 Hop Fields, and I loved learning about their crops and their growing processes. It’s just so interesting learning about farming and agriculture, and this company is definitely one of the good ones. If you’re interested in learning more about G5 Hop Fields, head over to their Facebook page and support a local business!

xo

*This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

Build the Perfect Green Smoothie

I’ve been on a green-smoothie kick this summer, and why not? They’re a healthy breakfast option that keeps me full until lunch, and isn’t hard on my stomach early in the morning (I’m one of those people who doesn’t wake up hungry, and my stomach can’t tolerate a lot of protein right away). Plus, I love that I can get another serving of veggies in, which is kind of hard to do at breakfast!

Anyway, after a few days of trying different combinations, I’ve finally perfected the perfect smoothie. The cool thing, is that you can substitute any greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, etc.) and fruits (berries, apple, melon, pineapple, etc.) with the base. So you can make your smoothie just how you like it!

Now all of you out there who just scoffed and muttered, “Psh, ain’t nobody got time for that!” I feel you. Mornings are pretty much a hot mess for me as I’m scrambling to get my day started or rush out the door, so I get that you don’t have time to blend up the perfect smoothie in the morning. Here’s the magic of the green smoothie: I make mine at night, with 2 large servings. So in one 5 minute blending session, I have 2 smoothies for the next 2 mornings. Magic! I find that my smoothies seem to last well in the fridge for a couple of days, but you could even freeze one for later if that works better for you!

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Ok, here’s my perfect green smoothie recipe (makes 2 large smoothies):

  • 2 cups liquid – I combine 1 cup coconut or almond milk with 1 cup water, but you could come up with any combination!
  • 1-2 cups greens – it depends on what you use and your preferences. I usually go with about 2 cups of kale, spinach, or lettuce when I’m in a pinch and don’t have time to get to the store
  • 1-2 cups frozen banana – I don’t usually measure, I just eyeball it. Also, it makes it easier to slice up bananas and freeze them in advance!
  • 2 cups frozen berries (or whatever fruit you want!) – right now I’m using Costco’s Triple Berry Blend bag with blackberries, rasberries, and blueberries. You could use any fruit, fresh or frozen!
  • Optional: 2-3 Tbsp chia seeds

Instructions: Put the liquids in the bottom of your blender, then the greens, then the fruits. If you’re adding chia seeds, throw them in there! And blend until all ingredients are combined. You can pour your smoothie mixture into 2 large glasses and keep them in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to eat them.

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Do you have a perfect smoothie recipe? Let me know if you try this recipe, and if it works for you! Happy eating!

xo

Weekend Getaway: Vail, CO

*this post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

When I graduated with my Masters degree in June, my sweet parents gave me an unexpected and amazing gift: a long weekend trip to Vail, CO and tickets to the opening night of the Vail International Dance Festival. I have always wanted to go to the festival, and I’m so happy I was able to see the performance this year. My mom found us a great little condo on Airbnb (an awesome service that I’d highly recommend if you’re traveling…so much better than staying in a hotel) within a mile of the little downtown area, and my parents and I really enjoyed exploring Vail. Here are some pictures of the trip and a little recap of what we did on our little getaway:

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Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

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Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

What we did:

  1. Hiked at this little hidden trail near Copper Mountain up to a gorgeous mountain lake, I didn’t get any photos because I was too busy trying not to cry hiking 6 miles with shin splints *sigh, dance injuries*.
  2. Fished and got skunked at the ponds off the highway by Copper Mountain.
  3. Biked through Lionshead Village and Vail Village, and through one of the ritzy neighborhoods to explore.
  4. Found the Rimini Gelato shop and splurged 3 days in a row (so. much. sorbet!). They had the best sorbet I’ve ever had, which is amazing for a dairy-free girl like myself.
  5. Admired the performers of the Vail International Dance Festival on the lawn at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater.
  6. Walked through the Betty Ford garden. Very dreamy.
  7. Spent the day just walking through Lionshead and Vail Village, listening to live music, people-watching…so good.

Anyway, this trip was so refreshing and fun. Vail is definitely a great vacation spot for people of all ages and activity levels (your trip can be really active/adventurous/leisurely, there’s so many different ways to go). It is a pretty expensive town, but we managed to save on costs by renting an affordable condo outside of the downtown area and cooking at home rather than eating out. Bring your bikes and walking shoes and you can have unlimited free entertainment!

xo

*this post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*