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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Articles I'm Reading

  1. Yaaaaaaas to these cafe // Ruby and B
  2. So beautiful // BuzzFeed
  3. London Fashion Week lookin' good // Man Repeller
  4. Shower products I can get behind // BuzzFeed
  5. Love this bold suit // Atlantic Pacific
  6. I want to bake those stat // Sugar and Cloth
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Friday, March 29, 2019

A Final Thought on Women's History Month

I had an epiphany while reading "Bad Girls Throughout History" by Ann Shen a few weeks ago. My mind took me back to elementary school where we did something called the "wax museum." We chose a historical figure, made a tri-fold board, dressed up like them and memorized a 45-second speech. I chose Paul Revere, and I distinctly remember discussing this decision with my parents. I said something along the lines of, "well there aren't any cool women in history, so I'll be a man."
Oh, how those words hurt me now. I sat on my bedroom floor and cried as I thought about that moment when third (or was it fourth) grade Hayden didn't think women were good enough to be portrayed at the wax museum. 
But, at the same time, I will give myself a little credit because this wasn't entirely my fault. Every history book I had read in school (and still, now that I've graduated from college) focused on men's achievements. In the past few years, I've read many a book about women, and I had no idea Belva Lockwood was the first woman to run for president with a full-fledged campaign back in 1884 and 1888! We had a woman running for president 35 years before women were granted the right to vote. BUT WE NEVER LEARNED THIS. I know so much about all of the Founding Fathers, but we couldn't take the time out of our history class for a small paragraph about a woman running for president in the 1800s. 
Why did I learn about men millionaires and billionaires but not Madame C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire, who was a woman of color?! We got a few sentences about Betty Friedan but never anything about Margaret Sanger, a woman who revolutionized women with birth control and Planned Parenthood. 
There are countless women who have been left out of textbooks simply because someone decided a long time ago that men's achievements meant more. And I'm not saying we shouldn't learn about those men — George Washington is critical to America but so is Nellie Bly. We need a revolution in the way we teach history in this country, and it starts by including women (ALL women) in our textbooks and lesson plans. Their achievements are just as remarkable — hell, we wouldn't have WiFi or dresses that showed knees or the EPA without them - xoxo darling, Hayden.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Articles I'm Reading

  1. This post goes along with my love of Whataburger // BuzzFeed
  2. This girl is amazing! // Orange Street News
  3. Fascinated by this // Messy Nessy
  4. A gorgeous dress // Atlantic Pacific
  5. I want to try this, it looks amazing // Ambitious Kitchen
  6. Oh I love this apartment // Apartment Therapy
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Friday, March 22, 2019

Feminist Quotes for the Weekend

In continuing with my Women's History Month Friday content, I thought I'd round up some of my favorite quotes about feminism. The crazy thing was, as I was pinning them and reading them, I teared up! A good quote can just move ya, you know? Women standing up for themselves is also a very moving thing to witness. We need equality for ALL women and we need it now. I encourage you to check out last week's post on how to donate and volunteer for organizations working to further women's rights. Because at the end of the day, women's rights are human rights - xoxo darling, Hayden.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Week Re-Cap

Happy Week Re-Cap day lovelies! This past week started off with an insane blizzard {apparently one of the worst ever in Denver}. As you can see in that photo above, the roomie and I crazily went for a little jaunt while it was snowing and took some photos. The snow was beautiful on Wednesday but by Thursday afternoon it got kind of nasty. Now, it feels like spring and most of the sun has melted. It's basically been in the high 40s and 50s and I just want it to stay this way!
Later on in the week I was invited to try a restaurant called Teriyaki Madness, the food was delicious and now I cannot wait for it to actually open. The roomie and I went to a roast of the movie Clueless on Friday night that was absolutely hilarious. Clueless is one of my all-time favorite films so seeing it being roasted was the highlight of my week. Saturday I had an AAUW meeting where I was officially nominated to be the communications director {I'm very excited}, I will be elected at our meeting in April. Every time I go to a meeting the ladies inspire me even more. I also did a huge library trip...that I might regret because now I have to read a bunch of books in a short amount of time, but I think I can do it.
Sunday was St. Patrick's Day so Blair and I went to Breckenridge Brewing for a late lunch, that was delish. Then I came home, got a lil drunk with the roommate and watched Magic Mike XXL, aka the far superior Magic Mike. And we bought tickets to a male strip show happening in early August in Lakewood! We are probably too excited for it...but yeah!
Thus far, this week hasn't been super exciting. I got on a Netflix comedy special kick and last night Alamo showed The Mummy, one of my all-time favorite bad movies so I went to that. I have some exciting plans for the weekend so I'm sure I'll take y'all along with me - xoxo darling, Hayden.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Nonprofit Organizations for Women's History Month

This Women's History Month, let's keep women's history going! Below I've created a list of some of my favorite organizations/charities you can donate to or volunteer for. Each of them are unique and important, trust me - xoxo darling, Hayden.
Join the American Association of University Women - I'm involved in this one {and I'm soon to be the communications director for my local branch} and I love it. If you are about women getting equal pay this is the org for you. Their goal is to have equal pay for all women by 2030. They have a legislative branch, they give out college scholarships and every single one of them is so smart. You have to have a college degree to be part of the org, but please join! 
Join the League of Women Voters - You can donate or join (or both) and this is all about making sure laws are fair and people can vote. Meaning everyone can vote/know what laws and lawmakers are on the ballot. 
National Women's Law Center - All about getting justice for all women, this org is about advocating and fighting for gender justice. They make changes and it is so amazing what they do. 
Girls Not Brides - If you're against child brides, how could you not donate to this one? It's all about preventing and ending child marriages across the world. 
ACLU - The ACLU is about freedom of rights for absolutely anyone but they have a huge arm in the women's category. RBG was head of their women's rights sector, so clearly it is important. 
9to5 - All about getting justice for working women, 9to5 works on equal pay, childcare sick days, housing and sexual harassment. The Colorado chapter spoke at the Denver Womxn's March and they were incredibly inspiring. 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Articles I'm Reading

  1. Love this morning routine // Cupcakes and Cashmere
  2. Such beautiful photos of Paris // Bon Traveler
  3. Oh holy cuteness // BuzzFeed
  4. Public libraries are so important !! // City Lab
  5. This cracked me up // Man Repeller
  6. Do y'all agree with this list? // Rolling Stone
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Florals for Spring: Groundbreaking

The other day I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I saw the cutest Lilly dress and it got me thinking...oooo spring is coming and that means florals. 
Now I am not your typical floral wearer, in fact I kind of hate most floral prints because I think they make me look like a grandma {and my personality is already enough of a grandma, I don't need to further that reputation}. However, I've always had a soft spot for Lilly and I found some other pieces that I would rock...or I think you could rock. Check them out below and let me know your thoughts. Are you team floral or team tolerating floral? - xoxo darling, Hayden

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Week Re-Cap

Beautiful coffee from Lula Rose General Store.
Well, it is snowing like crazy outside so I am tucked up in my bed, with the covers pulled over my head writing some articles for work. I went out late last night for dinner {mainly pie} and milk so I could make hot chocolate today. My plan is to work until I'm off and then sit with a good book, multiple cups of hot chocolate and watch the snow fall. My hope is this is the last bad storm of the winter, because it was 61 yesterday !! THAT IS SPRING. We shall see, this blizzard may have other ideas. 
In other news, this past week has been lovely. Lots of time by myself, which I think I need but also time with some friends. I got a massage, saw Captain Marvel, tried three different coffee shops and baked. Truly, it was just a lovely week. The week ahead also looks nice, I have a few events/meetings to round out the week. Then I'm trying to convince some friends to do something for St. Patrick's Day because as a former Irish dancer, if you're not drinking green beer on the 17th, what are you doing? 
I hope you've had a lovely week, let me know what you've been up to? - xoxo darling, Hayden

Treated myself to a lil spa day last week, if you live in Denver, Five Wellbeing is amazing! 

A piece from work that looks amazing!

 Dirt Coffee in downtown Littleton is adorable, has a good cause 
and is absolutely perfect in morning light.

Our mall in Littleton has a cute makers space.

Saturday shoppin' at Trader Joe's.

Made a new flavor of cupcakes for the 101 in 1001 !! These were chai flavored.

Serena sent me this little gem from exactly a year ago 
and I miss college so much.

S'mores pancakes at Syrup in Cherry Creek...look at those beauts.

Quite possibly my favorite coffee shop in Denver, Lula Rose General Store.

I have a monthly meeting near downtown and I stumbled across this coffee shop directly across from the building that is adorable {and serves alcohol!}.

Doing some planning and reading. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Bachelor

Hi hi hi! I'm sorry there is no real post today/that I'm late posting anyway. BUT, I decided to watch The Bachelor for the firs time ever...why you ask? I don't even know. But it seems like everyone in my office/in my life watches it so I decided to give it a try and now I'm addicted.
So last night instead of finishing up my blog post {you'll see it on Thursday instead} I watched the part one of The Bachelor. And let me tell you, I'm frustrated as heck but oh well, the things we do for reality tv. 
Are you watching the show? Let me know so I can know I'm not insane - xoxo darling, Hayden

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Articles I'm Reading

  1. This man is #goals // Kitchn
  2. Get your vintage LL Bean here // ManRepeller
  3. Take me there // Goop
  4. I want to go to all of them // This Is Glamorous
  5. Mackenzie visited Boca Grande & it's everything I love // Design Darling
  6. This was one of my favorite shows a few years ago & it's set in such a beautiful place // Conde Nast Traveller
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Friday, March 8, 2019

Feminist Accessories You Need

While today is International Women's Day {and I hope you're wearing your red}, I made this post for the broader Women's History Month. Because we all need some feminist merch, right? I'm loving all these pieces and think they would make a great accessory to your closet/kitchen/desk. Check 'em out and let me know your favorites - xoxo darling, Hayden.
Wild Femme PatchFeminist BraceletFeminist NecklaceSuffragette PitcherFeminists Do It BetterShe Came, She Saw, She Voted ToteRuth Bader Ginsburg PennantFeminist AF T-ShirtWomen BowlFeminist TankYou are Supreme EarringsGirls Can Do Anything Notepad

Thursday, March 7, 2019

101 in 1001 Update Update #4

It has been longer than a hot minute...maybe a hot week...since I updated my 101 in 1001. But it's less than a year until my list ends and I've only completed 40 items...which is scary! Basically, I need to get my butt in gear. I will say I am super proud though, I only completed 51 of my first list and I remember scrambling to finish up that many. So I definitely have more this time than I did last time, but still, I would love to do better than last time. My goal is about 70, give or take a few, because there are some that just didn't work out and are now impossible. 

And I think this brings up a good talking point. 101 in 1001s to me are not about being so easy that you can complete all of them in three years. I think they are about challenging yourself and laughing about how your life changes throughout the years. Things on my list (or Hannah's) now crack us up because we really question what we were thinking — for Hannah it was skydiving for me it was going to see Hamilton...because who do we think we are? 

Anyway, here are my updates, enjoy - xoxo darling, Hayden.

Travel somewhere new - Completed

This past fall I ventured to Michigan! So I got a new state and was able to travel somewhere I'd never been before. It was really cold, but I was with my parents so it made it perfect. We drank a lot of beer, ate heartily and I got to experience Detroit airport's fancy interior train.

Read 55 Books - Working

God y'all, as a person who loves to read, reading can be hard! But it's okay, I'm definitely doing better. My goal for 2019 is to try to read 52 books, so even more than this goal. Still loving mysteries and the occasional adorable romance novel. 

Get a big girl job - Completed

Phew, this one was a long time coming. I applied to over 150 jobs and ended up getting one at Miles, where I had previously interned. Because that's life, ya know? But I knew I wanted to live in Denver and pursue my passion for travel writing and I did just that! It was an insane whirlwind of moving out here, getting a car and settling down. But I think I'm finally hitting my stride and I'm really happy.

Volunteer somewhere new - Completed

Since I feel more settled in than ever, I've started working on volunteering at various places in Denver. Volunteering has always been second nature to me since early on in my life. To start I am working on a committee at a domestic violence shelter here in Denver. We are throwing a food-related event and I'm hyped about it!

Do three more Haute Table travel guides - Completed

Doing travel guides is something I've been trying to be better at. I write travel as my job and sometimes I can get burnt out that way. But there is nothing I love more than crafting these things! It's so fun to relive my trips and help y'all out when it comes to where to eat and what to see. London is probably my favorite and my most recent {you can also find Houston and Paris}.

Watch three documentaries - Completed

Documentaries can be fascinating, but for me personally I have to be really into the topic. Otherwise I just find myself on my phone, and that was not the point of this goal. However, I did find a few things that suited me and I'm trying to find more {also, yes I watched the Fyre doc on Netflix and am just as obsessed as you are}. The Gaga doc was so good and made me cry, would recommend. And Super Tunnel is just fascinating if you've ever wondered how hard it is to drill giant holes in the Earth. 

Try five new cocktails - Completed

I think I've completed this now about 50 times over but these are some of my absolute favorites {and one least favorite}. The Bulldog Fiz at Half Pint in Austin, to be honest I don't even know if that place is still open. But I loved how fresh it was. The Sophia at Gozo is wonderful and so aesthetically pleasing. A Watermelon JalapeƱo Margarita at Comida is how I want to spend all of my Tuesdays. Now, I kind of hated the Hurricane at Pat O's but it is a tradition and everyone should have one...and them promptly throw it away. Was my least favorite truly the Bloody Mary? Why YES. I hated it, Marcus hated it, we all hate it. Who wants to drink gazpacho with alcohol in it? 

Find my signature drink - Completed

I've finally admitted to myself that I found my signature drink back in the summer of 2016 when I studied in London. It's a dirty gin martini.

Take a trip with my girlfriend(s) - Completed

Hannah and I went to Denver almost exactly a year ago and it was just perfect. There are so many reasons as to why we are best friends and one of them is that we travel well together. We both like to see a lot in a short amount of time, we eat the same foods and can always have more dessert. It was the precursor to me moving out here and I will always be so thankful for that trip. Plus, she's coming out here for our bestie anniversary in April and I cannot wait!

See five plays - Working

I'm trying to plan to see the last few this spring because there are a few that are calling my name. I love going to the theater. If you don't see plays, you totally should.

Clean out my computer - Completed

Well...as soon as I graduated I did a massive clean-out and then I ended up getting a brand new laptop so that sucker is CLEAN. And it feels so nice.

Watch all of the movies nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Academy Awards - Working
Yes, the Academy Awards have come and gone but this goal doesn't say I can't watch the movies after the fact. I have three left and I do plan to watch them I just can't get excited about 'em. But I will do it!

Update my portfolio website - Completed

When I graduated this was one of the first things I did. I've added a creative side that needs more work but at least there is something there. If you're dying to see the site, click here.

Get a library card - Completed

Yaaaaaas! I went over to my local JeffCo branch and got one. And I've been using the heck out of it!

Clean out my closet (again) - Completed

When I moved to Denver I basically created a capsule wardrobe that I'm slowly adding to. I just added some pieces from home for spring and summer and I'm finally running out of hangers. But yeah, I cleaned out my closet when I graduated and I need to do it again if I'm honest.

Go apple picking - Completed

FINALLY. FINALLY. FINALLY. And I can't wait to go back.

Send Christmas cards - Completed

This was my first year of sending holiday cards by myself. My family also did them but I loved sending them off to my friends. I've gotten so many messages of their delight when they've opened them, which makes me so happy.

See three more "classic" films - Working

I watched The Shining a while back...yeah I wasn't a big fan...but I am planning on watching two more sometime this month. I just need to remember to do so, I always just end up watching something on Netflix but I can totally do an old movie. If you have any favorites, let me know!

Find some new podcasts - Completed

Okay, My Dad Wrote a Porno is something everyone should listen to! I found it via Cupcakes and Cashmere and now I am obsessed. Cannot wait for the new season! I've also been listening to Table Manners and 99% Invisible. Let me know what you listen to because I'm always looking!

Say yes to five invitations I would normally say no to - Working

This has been a challenge but I'm working on it. I'm thinking I'll complete this more in the summer when I have free time and there isn't ice/snow involved. But I will say the first time I did it, I had no regrets. It was one of the best nights!

Try five new brunches - Completed

I mean...obvi this is completed. If you're curious, Annette and Devil's Food Cookery are my two Denver favorites.

Go to bed at 10 p.m. three nights in a row - Completed

Weirdly enough, I just did this again this week — unintentionally. I'm currently loving wearing a Vineyard Vines longsleeve tee {they are so so so soft} with LL Bean long underwear {I wear regular undies too, I'm using these more like really thin leggings} and thick socks to bed and man I put that on after a super hot shower and I'm out within 15 minutes of putting my head down.

Go one month without ordering delivery - Completed

I have since broken this but I went a long time without delivery between graduation and about two months after moving out here. Now I'm back on my food delivery train but I'm going to blame it on the snow...

Resign to feel stupid together with a friend - Completed

I'm sure this has happened a few times but I went to dinner with two of my really good friends out here a while back to a, now my favorite, pizza place. We ended up staying until close {about three hours of time} and just laughed and talked about the most ridiculous things.

Visit a new island - Completed

I finally went to Cabbage Key! After living in Fort Myers my whole life, we took Hannah when she visited back in July. It was so fun, we had cheeseburgers, margaritas, key lime pie and saw the wildlife.

Join a group after I graduated - Completed

I joined a couple! Rocky Mountain Texas Exes was my first {very thankful for that one!} and I joined my local chapter of the American Associaton of University Women, which is something I'm pretty involved with. I'm excited to join more stuff and I love the people I've already met.

Participate in a donation drive, at least, once a year - Working

I need to find my 2019 donation spot but I've been doing it every year!

Treat myself to a spa day - Completed

While I didn't do an all out spa day I did treat myself to an hour long massage as well as some relaxation in a comfy robe. It was so nice to head to the spa after work and just take my mind off everything. And surprisingly the masseuse said I didn't have that much stress, so hey! Look at that! Exciting times! 

Watch three foreign films - Completed

Earlier this year I got really into Turkish rom-coms and I don't regret it. They were amazing. Would highly recommend to just let your brain rest and watch 'em.

Try five new foods - Working

It's hard to try new foods because I feel like I've tried so many. But I'm working on it. If y'all have any suggestions for some off-the-beaten-path foods, let me know.

Read five non-fiction books - Working

I bought four more and I plan on finishing them as part of my #52 challenge! 

Starting Soon:

Take a cooking class

I kind of forgot about this goal? But I found some options in the Denver-area that I'm really intrigued by. I also want to throw some dinner parties with my friends so I think taking a cooking class and learning a new recipe could be fun! So look forward to those photos.

Try five classic candies

I just need to go to a place that has old-school treats and pick some up. Maybe I'll do a taste test video or write a post about 'em, haven't quite decided.

Send more postcards when I travel

I haven't been doing this but I want to! My parents are so good at it, so now I want to take this initiative when I travel. I'm off to Florida, Croatia and of course Texas in 2019 so I have the chance!

Bake a new cupcake flavor

I just need to open my cupcake cookbook, pick one and just do it! I'm thinking one weekend this month I'll go ahead and make some.

Get more political

This is an ongoing goal, I'm not checking it off until I vote in November {that way I'll have voted each year of the 101}. I've gotten involved with AAUW and I plan to join the League of Women Voters soon. Basically, I'm all about getting women those equal fundamental rights!!

Attend a symphony

I'm looking for the perfect night at the symphony to attend here in Denver, so if y'all know of any, lemme know.

Go to a trivia night

Trying to convince a few of my girl friends to go with me! But this should be easy because there are like 1,000 breweries in Denver and they all do trivia nights.

Try a new cuisine

I'm leaning Ethiopian...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Week Re-Cap

Drag Queen Bingo on Thursday night
We're halfway through the week and good lord it seems like it's taking forever. It has been so cold in Denver, like SO COLD; literally the coldest day in Denver in 139 years. But it's okay, I got a massage yesterday as a belated birthday gift to myself and it was lovely. And of course, this weekend I went home to Florida to see my family and spend sometime sweating (in the best possible way). Check out the photos and let me know what you're up to this week? - xoxo darling, Hayden

Some post bingo beers at Coastal Dayz.

Favorite place and my favorite way to spend a morning in Fort Myers.

Chicken schnitzel at Fort Myers Brewing

Look at that!!

The only way to spend the weekend before Mardi Gras, eating Paczki!

Got to see my old Irish dance group at the Cape Coral Irish Festival.

My favorite place to eat seafood (which is not my favorite cuisine).

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

February Favorites

Happy March lovelies! February seemed like a really long month and I accumulated a bunch of products/favorites so I thought I'd share them with you. Let me know your favorites below - xoxo darling, Hayden.

Products seen in the video:

Shuttlecock Mug, Sur la Table Mug Option 1 & Option 2 {similar}, Wine Glass {Similar}, Tea TowelIce Cream CoozieEye MaskFace MaskCandleShea Butter Hand CreamOrange Pocket TeeUniversal Thread Peasant TopStriped Pocket TeeA New Day Striped ShirtSandalsFair Isle SweaterEl Arroyo BookElizabeth Street Cafe Book

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Articles I'm Reading

  1. Loving this new {to me} brand // ManRepeller
  2. The cutest shirt // Tory Burch
  3. An icon // BuzzFeed
  4. I laughed out loud at this // Clue Heywood, Twitter
  5. Amazing photos & love her sweater // Wish Wish Wish
  6. This pairing is amazing // Late Night with Seth Meyers
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