Friday, August 23, 2019

Casual Summer Nights

So, this has been my summer uniform. I've worn this outfit more than any other because it's comfortable, it's flattering and it fits in perfectly for basically any event in Denver. I bought the t-shirt on clearance for $4 in Target but the top, which changes colors seasonally, is usually $8 (so a steal!). Basically, I'm obsessed...and I wish I had bought more of the tops - xoxo darling, Hayden.
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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Sail to Sable Knock-Off

Happy Thursday! It's almost the weekend and this week has gone by so quickly for me...what about y'all? Anyway, I kind of love this outfit. I bought the top — which I can't find anywhere online — at a consignment shop near my apartment. It's from Talbots and it's just like the Sail to Sable clothes I've always wanted but cannot justify purchasing. The top itself is really flattering, which is something I've found to be true with tunics from every brand. Also, the clutch is something my mom got me for Christmas and it's just so cute. I imagine this outfit (maybe with white jeans instead) would go over real well on Nantucket. What do y'all think? - xoxo darling, Hayden
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Week Re-Cap

A Pigott family vacation.
Oooo it was such a good week! My friend and I went on another "vacation" to the northern Denver towns (they're adorable and a blog post is coming soon) and then my parents came to visit for a long weekend. We went to cute mountain towns, visited Estes Park, went down south to Paint Mines/Elizabeth, drank at our favorite breweries, went to a Rockies game and just had a blast in general. Below are some shots from the weekend. 
The rest of the week seems pretty chill, I have a conference Friday/Saturday and some ladies and I might go to the Denver sunflower fields on Sunday. Football season also starts this weekend so I know Saturday night I will be on the couch with a beer watching the games. Can y'all believe August is almost over?! - xoxo darling, Hayden
 A Sunday game of Scrabble.
Obsessed with houses in Wash Park & Platt Park.
 Cookie dough ice cream sandwich at Sweet Cow.
 One of the fam's favorite breweries.
 Love these two.
 Friday breakfast at Main Street Restaurant in Idaho Springs.
 Some shots from our drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
 Chimney Cake with vanilla soft serve from Rollin' Street Bakery.
 Some shots from Trail Ridge Road.
 Smokin' Daves BBQ in Estes Park.
 An alt beer at Avant Garde.
Rockcut Brewing in Estes Park.
A very Bojangles biscuit at Rise 'n Shine.
 Iron Mule Brewery in Castle Rock.
A cute lil shop in Castle Rock.
Our favorite brewery on the east side of Denver, Comrade.
The cutest building at Denver Botanic Garden.
Obsessed with the glasses at Tupelo Honey.
 A Sunday afternoon Rockies game.
Southwestern nachos at New Image Brewing.
Iced latte at Allegro Coffee on Tennyson.
A vanilla cupcake pick-me-up from Happy Bakeshop in the Highlands.
Post Oak BBQ, which was so good!
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Seven Years, Part Two

Most Popular:

Ultimate Austin Restaurant Guide (578) — One of my proudest creations to date, this guide took so much time to write. I'm thrilled it took the number one spot this year because, y'all, I ate at so many Austin restaurants in order to write it. And it's also nice to know that the thing I have the most passion writing about (aka restaurants/food) is what you readers enjoy reading the most. 

Current Inspiration (548) — This post was one where I knew I wanted to challenge my Illustrator/graphic design skills. If you hadn't noticed, I've been trying to up my graphics and not just paste text on a photo in a special font and call it a day. I combined the mediums of photography (the photo is torn out magazine pages on my bedroom wall) with Illustrator graphics and I'm really proud of it. Plus, as the months go on my wall of inspo just keeps filling up, which makes me happy. 

A Too Early Swim Suit Post (474) — I have no idea why y'all loved this so much? Like...I like the graphic but it was just a round-up post of swim suits. However, they are all cute and I'm happy you got use out of it! 

My Current Denver Dining Guide (286) — Another dining guide made the top six! And this one isn't even the "ultimate," it's just where I've been eating as of late. Don't worry though, I've got another one coming for you soon. 

The New Year with Paperless Post (142) — Paperless Post is one of my favorite companies to work with so I'm happy their #sponsored post was one of my most viewed. If you don't use them already, their e-cards are truly the cutest. 

Hvar, Croatia Guide (105) — I'm glad one of my Croatia guides topped the charts. I was so proud of each of 'em and they all took forever for me to write. But I truly love making guides for y'all — aside from outfits it's my favorite thing to do on the blog so I'm glad you enjoy reading them and I hope you use them when you travel. 

My Favorites:

Introducing the Denver Diaries: Lakeside Amusement Park — This is a post that I'm just excited about. I've always loved "off-the-beaten-path" things and I want to use the blog as a resource for people in Denver and those that visit to find things to do. Lakeside was always going to be the first post because I'd been obsessed with it since the week I moved to Colorado and saw it peaking out behind some trees. It didn't disappoint and now I'm excited to do more Denver Diaries with even more interesting topics. 

Red Pendleton — Debz came to visit and I needed outfit photos so I kind of forced her into it...but she did such a wonderful job and these photos became some of my favorites I've ever done on HT. Seriously, I love the pink background with the red coat, I love the lighting, I love the outfit and I even love the way I look in the photos (that's not usually how I feel). There's something about these pictures that are magical to me and remind me why I've been doing the blog for so long. Sometimes things just come together. 

Green Blue Pumpkin — Probably my second favorite outfit shoot of the year (see above for #1). I made Julia drive down to a tiny town south of Colorado Springs to go to this apple orchard with a pumpkin patch to take these photos but I'm so happy I did. I love them and will always want to use them for #fallcontent. 

Summer Drink Week: Frozen Prickly Pear Margarita — Since I graduated from college I've been trying to get the "table" back in Haute Table. When the blog first started it was my intention to blend fashion with food because those were the things I was most passionate about. Some of that has changed over the years but I do love to cook, bake and blend. Denver has given me the opportunity to bake again and to be creative. I've never really written recipes before but the summer drink week series is where I started doing it. I would just combine the ingredients I thought worked until it tasted as good as I wanted it to. And I'm so happy with the turnout. Going into the fall there will be more of stuff like this! 

The FOMO Factory and My Thoughts on Instagram Experiences — First, I adore the photos from Marcus and I's trip to the FOMO Factory, so that alone is why it is one of my favorites for the year. But second, I knew I wanted to go more in depth about Instagram experiences and I'm proud of how this post was received. Even the founders of FOMO read it and agreed with me. Going somewhere and taking photos doesn't make you less of a person, just because you enjoy a photoshoot doesn't make you less of a person. You have one life to live so if you have fun paying to see the way cool rooms are decorated. laughing with your friends and taking goofy photos — go for it! 

Denver Womxn's March — If you've been following HT for a while you'll know I've always been a feminist but you'll have seen me grow into the feminist I am today. I'm much more...militant seems like the wrong word, maybe forceful? about how I feel and I'm proud of that. I love attending the Women's March every year and this was no different. People's signs are so creative and the whole experience is magical. 

Croatia Travel Vlog — This is more of a personal one. I love making travel vlogs and my trip to Croatia with the fam bam was one of our favorite trips ever. And I think that comes across in the vlog itself. We had an absolute blast and even though it ended kind of horribly for me, it all worked out in the end and I got to see parts of the world that so few do and I feel so fortunate to have been able to share that here. 
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Haute Table Turns Seven!

Usually when Haute Table's birthday is coming up, I'm ready. I know months in advance where I'm going to shoot the photos and what I'm going to say. But this year, it truly snuck up on me. I had to make my parents shoot these photos this past weekend when they came to visit and I wracked my brain for what to do. Seven years is a long time to do anything. And to be perfectly honest, I cannot believe I'm still doing this. There have been so many times over the last two–three years that I've wanted to call it quits because being inspired after so long is really hard. But...somehow, we've made it. We've spent 2,555 days together...isn't that nuts? Like who has time for that? Apparently me? 

Anyway, this isn't meant to be negative, but joyous. I'm so freaking proud I've made it seven years in the blogging world. While HT might not be a "successful" blog, it's my corner of the internet. It's where I call home and feel I can express myself be that through outfits, drink recipes or a guide to where I've been traveling lately. Haute Table is part of who I am and I would never want to change that. 

So, let's cheers to another year of www.hautetableblog.com. Let's get excited for all of the fall and holiday content I've got coming for you and just be happy we've made it this far. It's cool to have been committed to something for so long and I hope you will stay committed with me another year. I love reading your comments, seeing your page views and talking with y'all. You make the brain power I put into this site totally worth it. Thank you. 

See y'all tomorrow for the beginning of yet another year — xoxo darling, Hayden. 
Photo Location: Denver Botanic Garden
Dress is old from River Rose Boutique, Shoes are custom Jack Rogers
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