Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Weekend Adventures Vlog

This weekend was an absolute blast. My little, Julia, came to visit and we ventured to Penrose, Colorado Springs, Boulder and of course, downtown Denver. Check out the vlog to see just how much fun we had, hope you enjoy - xoxo darling, Hayden.
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Monday, October 22, 2018

Quotes of the Week

Had the most amazing weekend with my little Julia. We went to a ton of places, you'll see them in the vlog tomorrow & in the week re-cap, but some highlights were Boulder, Garden of the Gods & apple picking. This week I have plans with a ton of different people and I get to go to another watch party, which I'm excited about. What plans do y'all have for the week? - xoxo darling, Hayden
All images here.
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Articles I'm Reading

  1. Love this city // 36 Hours in Nashville // The New York Times
  2. Oh my, how cute // Little Plaid Shift // Classy Girls Wear Pearls
  3. Kasey Musgrave's is ahhhmazing // See Inside Mandy Moore, Lauren Conrad And More Celebrity Closets // Us
  4. Agree with so many of these // The Gal Meets Glam Ultimate London Travel Guide
  5. I want this so bad // Can't Clutch This Reveal: October // Studio DIY
  6. Bratislava looks beautiful // Escape to Bratislava: A Secret Charmer on the Danube // The Wall Street Journal
In Case You Missed It:
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Friday, October 19, 2018

How to Make a Gallery Wall

Since I moved into a new apartment (rip my Austin apartment, I will always love you) it was time to make a new gallery wall. And this is one of the questions I get the most - how did you do it? And you know what, it's suuuuuper easy. Basically you go on Etsy, find some instant download prints, print them out, buy some core board & spray mount, mount the prints to the core board, choose a wall, buy some painters tape and command strips, and stick them up! It's very easy, I filmed a video below that really shows the process below. And there are also links to where I got the prints & supplies. Let me know if you still have questions - xoxo darling, Hayden.
Where to Buy:
Iris Apfel PrintHunter Boots Print , Till Gabriel Blows His Horn PrintParis Print {Similar}As If PrintSay It Out Loud PrintShe Needed a Hero PrintOh Darling Print {Similar}Tube PrintFeminist PrintPineapple Print {Similar}Spray MountCore BoardCommand StripsPainter's Tape
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

How to Make Friends in a New City

Moving to a new city at any time in your life is a challenge. However, when you are first out of college, moving away from all of your best friends it can be even harder. And since I just did that I thought I would share with y'all how I'm making new friends. 
As a very social person, I knew when I moved to Denver I would have to put in a ton of effort to make new friends. I cannot survive without hanging out with people, talking and just being around other people that I know and love. So I created a plan long before I moved out here or even knew I was officially moving out here. First, I decided to join Bumble BFF, second was joining organizations and those are the two things I'll be giving advice on in this post. And please, share with me how you've made new friends in your respective cities because I am always looking for advice/new besties.

Bumble BFF

You may or may not know this but the dating app Bumble has two other components to it. The first is networking (yeah, I know), which I don't use and the second is BFF. This is a part of the app that let's you find friends in your area. You make a profile just like you would on the dating side but this is for you to find friends. Then you do the simple swipe right, swipe left, read through bios, look at their photos, etc. Personally, I think we are much better at choosing our friends than our potential significant others. Once you make a match, either of you can start talking and then who knows where it will take you. I've met two people on the app that I'm already really close with, plus, I'm still on the app looking for more friends. I'm sharing screenshots of my profile below so you know what it's like. And let me just say, saying you want to go apple picking/pumpkin patching is a huge help for getting matches. We ladies love that stuff, hahaha. 


My second step was looking into organizations to join. First, I researched my area to see if there was an alumni association chapter for my university and low and behold there was! I am now a proud member of the Rocky Mountain Texas Exes. If you live in a major city and went to a fairly large college there is a fairly large chance there will be an alumni chapter for you. The Exes here hold watch parties for our games and through those I met two wonderful gals I'm now really good friends with. One I share a mutual friend with, the other we had never heard of each other. But now we watch Love Island, eat Taco Bell and drink wine together. It's been wonderful. 
Second, I joined a chapter of the American Association of University Women, which I was part of in college. My chapter is full of adorable older women whom I love. They've already got me helping with the state's facebook page and donating toiletries. It's been wonderful. This is a great org to get involved with if you a) have a college degree and b) care about women's rights. All of the women in the chapter are incredibly smart and are great for connections for your future. I would highly recommend, they have a lobby branch in D.C. that works toward getting equal pay for women (hopefully by 2030). 
Third, I joined the Colorado League of Women Voters, another feminist centered organization. I had the help of some of my AAUW ladies to join and I'm trying to be very active. A lot of women just donate, which is amazing & fine, but I was dead set on actually helping with the effort. I'm planning to learn how to register people to vote and I'm going to work on their social media as well. The LWV is so important in every state so please think about joining. It's amazing.
Lastly, I plan on joining a few more groups but those I'm still deciding on. I would highly recommend MeetUp, it's a place where people can create organizations for almost anything. I'm thinking about joining a few of them but I might be at my time limit at the moment. Other than that I'm still doing my research. But if you live in Denver and have an org you think I'd love please reach out. Hope these tips help you - xoxo darling, Hayden.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Week Re-Cap

 Margarita on Thursday with my friend Becky.
Oh what a week it was. I was so busy every day that last night after cleaning my apartment and making my gallery wall (photos coming soon) I just vegged out with some Taco Bell, wine, Real Housewives and my roomie. It was so needed. In this post there are tons of photos from my weekend in Texas. You can catch the vlog here. What are y'all up to? - xoxo, darling Hayden
My favorite spot in San Antonio, Mi Tierra, was our first 
stop after I got off the plane. 
 I'm drooling right now.
 One of the strongest margaritas I've ever had.
 This cat is the cutest.
 The cutest donut spot for delicious pillows of dough on Saturday morning.
 Fair warning: they have incredibly strong coffee.
 If you can vote in Texas, please vote for Beto. I love him so much.
 Two besties geeking out at a campaign office. 
 Via 313 - a favorite of Hannah and I's.
 Love the view from the Co-Op parking garage.
 Such a beautiful day but gosh was it hot.
Love my two Hannahs.
 Look at this beaut! 
He poses so well.
 My flight back to Denver went well, but it was S N O W I N G when I arrived home. 
The LWV came to my AAUW meeting on Monday and it was wonderful! 
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Weekend in My Life Austin Vlog

Welcome to another vlog! This one we visit San Antonio, Austin and our best friend. Hope you enjoy - xoxo darling, Hayden.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Quotes of the Week

Woah, it's already Monday darlings! It seems like the weekend went by incredibly quickly, however it was one of the best weekends yet. As y'all know I flew to San Antonio to visit my best friend & go to the Baylor game (we won and we're now bowl eligible!), you can see some photos on my instastory at the moment. This morning was rough waking up because getting home from the airport yesterday was a challenge, so I'm two cups of coffee in and let's be honest I'll probably drink more.
This week is exciting, I have a TON of errands to run, my friend is coming over tomorrow, I have a date on Wednesday and then one of my littles, Julia is coming to visit from Austin. We are going to do all of the fall activities. 
What are y'all up to? - xoxo darling, Hayden

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Friday, October 12, 2018

How to Deal with a Long-Distance Bestie

Since I am flying to see my best friend tonight, I thought this blog post was apropos.
When I met Hannah I had no idea we would become as close as we are today. We had both just gotten into Communication Council at Texas and rode in the same car to retreat. I thought she was sweet and funny but that was kind of it. Then she requested to interview me for her PR class about the blog/District. I was super honored. Then we went to Easter brunch and the rest is kind of history. After hanging out three or four times we decided she would come spend a week in Florida for the summer...that was how we knew. We continued to grow closer and closer. Survived her break-up, my stress-filled panics about organizations, so much school work, birthdays, graduations, travel, Europe, etc. 
And I never thought our friendship would be hard. Because, it's always been so easy. But then I moved to Colorado and Hannah moved to San Antonio. And let me tell you, it's one of the hardest things I've ever done, emotionally. Being in another state with no easy access, not knowing when we'll see each other next is so flipping hard. We talk about it almost weekly, how much we miss each other and how difficult it is. And we cannot be the only best friends out there going through something like this - and if you and your bestie do this on the daily, please let me know how y'all do it. Hannah and I have our little routines that I thought I would share with you so if you have no idea how to be separate from "your person" maybe you can use our tips.
  1. Talk every day - This changes for us, but we somehow have a convo every single day. Whether it be sending long video messages on snapchat, texting, talking on the phone, or facetiming, we talk every day.
  2. Tag each other - Facebook has opened up the world for communication and that doesn't stop when your bestie moves away. Hannah and I are always tagging each other in things on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that seem relevant. Just by mentioning them, makes your bond stronger.
  3. Facetime once a week - This is a huge one for us I think. While we talk every day, it's nice to set aside time to see the person and just talk about life while you aren't busy. 
  4. Plan trips - This was a big one for us as well as we both love to travel and have done it so many times together in the past. As soon as I got the job in Denver we decided I would visit her for this upcoming weekend and she would come for New Years to Denver. And we even have a weekend on the books in December for a possible trip to see each other. Planning ahead for this stuff makes the waiting seem less awful.
  5. Be aware - It is so hard to know exactly what is going on in your bestie's life when you two don't see each other day in and day out. You might forget important life events and while understandable, you can amend it. If Hannah tells me she has a big thing coming up I try to make a note of it so I remember to send her a text or something to let her know she is in my thoughts. On her first day of classes I sent her Tiff's Treats, when I moved into my new apartment, she sent me a tea towel. It's those little things that help keep your relationship strong. 
Hopefully these five tips encourage you to stay strong with your bestie, no matter the distance - xoxo darling, Hayden.
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