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    Skinny No More

    Skinny No More

    Guest Writer: Kaitlyn Benson, Marketing Manager

    The initial surge in skinny jeans was something I refused to partake in. Lets be honest, jeans are a girls best friend when you find that perfect pair, but shopping for that perfect pair is like shopping for a nice apartment in New York, on a budget – IT COULD TAKE YEARS. They have to fit just right and I can never seem to find that pair of jeans –ironically I also failed at the apartment search when I lived there.

    I’ve been an athlete my whole life and now I’m weight training 5-6 days a week with only a few unfortunate days of cardio involved. It is next to impossible to find a jean that fits my bigger quads and my thinner waist, so the skinny jean was not going to happen for me. Fast forward five years later and I’m on the bandwagon, with three pairs of skinny jeans that aren’t my favorite fit, but in the world of fashion you pick your battles.

    Trend forecasting has revealed that wide leg gaucho pants are on the rise. Not in your local H&M yet, but just you wait because it is around the corner. STOKED. My life will be made easy and I can retire those skinny jeans until the next recycle of them in 20 years (and fit in them, hence the three days of cardio). I’m not talking about the jersey gauchos that cling and reveal way more than anyone other than your significant other should see. I’m talking the perfectly wide, slouchy trouser pant that slims and cuts right at the ankle. Paired with a pair of gladiator heels, fresh kicks or even ankle boots – BOOM, you’re set.

    See ya never skinnies – hello wide leg!

    (Information source: Refinery29) 

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    Bike Life: Find Balance and Keep Pedaling

    Bike Life: Find Balance and Keep Pedaling

    Krimson Klover makes beautiful, everyday clothes for real women whose busy lives are filled with adventure and purpose. These ladies converge at the intersection of passion, talent and giving. They are women supporting women. They are women making an impact. That said, we think it's important to honor these women in all of their bold pursuits and tell the story of  how they are affecting real change from their backyard to the boardroom and doing it in style. These are the women for whom Krimson Klover exists.

    Meet Becca Heaton: Krimson Klover "spokes"person and bike enthusiast.

    The Earth moved the day Becca Heaton's mom gave her a 10-speed bike when she was just twelve years old. Adventures to neighboring New England towns began and her passion for cycling was ignited. It blossomed into road, mountain and cyclo-cross biking as well as long-distance touring, and eventually advocacy. In 2014 Becca helped start BikeLife Cities, a program that promotes biking in cities across the country. It began in response to Americans wanting a lifestyle less centered around driving and commuting – thus an influx of people moving back to urban centers and utilizing bikes as their main mode of transportation.

    BikeLife Cities provides information and resources on safe bike routes and lanes, tips on riding, great gear, shops, bike groups and more, through their website and bi-annual magazine. It isn’t about spandex clad athletes doing intervals on bikes, it is about everyday people that want to make cycling a part of their everyday life. Speaking to women is important for BikeLife Cities for they are typically household decision makers and are concerned with the safety of their kids. From families to millennials – their goal is simply to get more people on bikes…and its working! They are currently in 11 cities and have 5 more ready to jump in. Becca is at the helm of all content creation and distribution as well as developing the program in new cities. Her background in outdoor, health, wellness and sport journalism with Women’s Adventure and Competitor magazines make this a perfect fit.

    Top 4 places you’d rather be?

    • Alaska – exploring the insanely special, wild backcountry
    • Austria and Switzerland – relishing in the magnificent mountains
    • Iceland – to visit family and, you guessed it, enjoy the natural beauty
    • Island – Any island as long as it is remote with crystal clear water

    What is your go-to outfit?

    • I love bohemian chic clothing that has a soft, flowy feeling to it. The KK’s Wildflower Waltz open cardigan fits this perfectly. It feels good, is fun and stylish, versatile and can be thrown on over my go-to outfit of skinny jeans, clogs, and a super soft t-shirt.

    Morning person or night person?

    • They don’t call our exercise group the morning girls for nothing! Up at 6 am. Meet the girls at 6:30 for a hike, bike or yoga class. Then a quick get ready and off to work.

    Best advice ever given to you?

    • Can’t change the past, can’t change the future, so live today.

    Follow us on Instagram @krimsonklover and show us your #everydayKK

    What to Pack for Your Beach Vacation

    What to Pack for Your Beach Vacation

    Outfits Right to Left: Ella Moss Dress, Frye Sandals, Krimson Klover Sweater, Mango Jeans, 3.1 Phillip Lim Flats, Krimson Klover Cardigan, Isabel Marant Top, Paige Denim Shorts, Keds

    As an east coast girl, when summer hits Colorado I long for days on the water, salty air and a cool sea breeze. If you are taking off for a vacation by the sea, here are a few ideas for what to pack for all of your beach vacation to-dos.

    Maxi Dresses are a summer staple for a reason- comfortable and versatile, they are an excellent item to pack. In a fun stripe for a nautical feel, this Ella Moss dress will get you through cocktails on the deck with ease or dress it up with a wedge and clutch for classy night out.

    If you are headed out for a sail, slip into crisp white denim shorts, a fun floral top and Keds. Bring along the airy Aston cardigan to protect you from the sun and keep the chill away as the sun sets.  The Aston cardigan is a must for any traveler, a perfect cover-up that doesn’t get wrinkled in your suitcase- It doesn’t get better than that!

    A seaside vacation would not be complete without a day out in one of the quaint port towns, keep your style relaxed in the lightweight Raven sweater, paired with bright red skinnys  and d’orsay flats. This outfit is will carry you through a day poking around town and keep you comfortable at a clam bake on the beach at night.

    All of these items are easy to mix and match. You can pack light and create a variety of outfits to match your daily pursuits. Head to the ocean for relaxation and bring you effortlessly chic style with you!

    Spring Break: Colorado and Beyond

    Spring Break: Colorado and Beyond

    Whether you are after spring skiing, a spa getaway or desert sun, Colorado offers it all.

    Spring has the kid in all of us longing for a spring break. Even if you can only afford a weekend off, it is time to make the most of spring with a brief staycation.

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    Spring skiing is here.  The Rockies have had a great snow season; you are just as likely to have a powder day as a sunny bluebird day this spring. Head for the hills to take in the snow one last time.  A mere 2-hour drive from Denver, Vail is the perfect place to play in the snow and indulge in good food.  Starting the weekend of April 11th through closing day April 20th “Spring Back to Vail” offers various festivities, including free concerts from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, STS9 and Steel Pulse and the annual pond skimming competition.

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    Colorado Springs is another great place to getaway this spring.  A weekend at the Broadmoor Hotel will give you the calm you have been craving. Grab a few girlfriends for the Women’s Wellness Retreat May 1st- 4th. Spend the morning hiking and doing yoga, choose from a variety of day time lectures on the healthy living and wrap up your day with a cooking demonstration and a delicious healthy meal.  The relaxing retreat will have you back on track in time for the sunny months and give you the calm you need to tackle work with a clear head.

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    If you are craving the sun, head west to Utah for a change of scenery. Moab is sunny, warm and ripe for outdoor adventures.  Bring your bike to explore the extensive trails, climb up the sandstone towers or hike to your hearts content. Home to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, there is plenty keep you occupied. The desert is the perfect way to get a tan and ready yourself for spring. You may comeback tired, but you will surely be reinvigorated for your workweek!

    Whatever your weekend can afford you, the Colorado (and Utah) spring is an excellent time to get outside and enjoy the change of seasons.  We all need a little R&R now and then and the Broadmoor will certainly get you prepared to take on spring with a rejuvenated spirit.

    Farm to Table

    Farm to Table

    One of our favorite times of the year is when the local Boulder Farmers' Market is open. With the increasing draw and demand for farm-to-table restaurants and locally grown food we wanted to spread the love and feature the Boulder Farmers' Market.

    Local farmers teamed with four university students in 1986 in the collaboration, research, and start up for locations, staffing, permits, etc. The non-profit market now makes enough money to maintain the market while the excess is donated to local non-profit agricultural and community projects.

    Farm to Table (photo credit: Boulder County's Farmers' Market website)

    We have made it a welcomed routine to venture to the market after work, (since we are only a few blocks away and who doesn't want to walk around Boulder on a beautiful day) and peruse the delicious local produce and search for incredible treasures. One of my personal favorites is a local vendor that makes apple chutney. It is addictive so now I cook with it at least once a week. A well-known treat at the market is also the abundance of homemade salsa. Hard to resist. For updated news for the markets just check out their Facebook page.

    The farm-to-table philosophy is the keystone to the increasingly popular restaurant just off of Pearl Street, The Black Cat. Also a vendor at the Boulder Farmer's Market, The Black Cat farm and restaurant harvests all produce for flavor and not for transportation. On the 130-acre farm you will find free range chickens, turkeys, lambs, and pigs in addition to their produce. Due to the changing nature of farming the menu at The Black Cat also changes daily - offering an incredible array of flavors to satisfy your pallet. Make sure to like their Facebook page to keep updated on all of their delicious creations!

    (Photo Credit: The Black Cat website)

    The KK Team had the pleasure of dining at The Black Cat, and it exceeded all expectations - which were incredibly high to begin with. Our dinner included, Brussels sprouts, scallops, lamb, and salads.

    Farm-to-table goes beyond supporting local agriculture by also reinforcing a healthy lifestyle that endorses the importance of proper farming techniques that will not harm animals or use pesticides. As a fellow Boulder based company we encourage you to browse your local farmer's market to see what you find.