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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays purely because of the food. The holiday itself has a checkered past that I think we as a nation need to deal with. Instead of celebrating the pilgrims we should be celebrating Indigenous Peoples. The links below are just a few of the places you can donate/spend your time. Hope you enjoy the time off with your family/friends/whomever you choose to celebrate with — xoxo darling, Hayden.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Week Re-Cap

Baked Alaska pop at Constellation Ice Cram.
Since last Wednesday I've been running like a headless chicken. I ran around Denver grabbing a ton of to-go foods so I could take photos for Denver Food Adventures as I won't be in Denver for quite some time, went on my daily walks, wrote four articles and filmed 70 TikToks...you read that right. Basically I haven't sat calmly for a week. I agonized over my articles for three straight days (literally spent 7+ hours a day on 'em) and missed my daily walks on Sunday & Monday purely because I didn't think I had time. But, now I'm in FL and everything is chill again. I've been looking forward to coming home for so long and now I'm here and it feels so good. Please enjoy this photo dump that is incredibly out of order & I'll see y'all next week — xoxo darling, Hayden.
Crush Tap & Pizza's personal cheese deep dish pizza.
Buttercream Bakeshop's red velvet cupcake.
Ribbon pasta & a massive meatball from Grammy's Goodies.
Pumpkin bread from The Noshery.
Cranberry twist & pain au chocolat from Le French.
The French sandwich from Curtis Park Delicatessen. 
Mochi donuts from Third Culture Bakery.
Pumpkin whoopie pie from Denver Bread Company.
Torchy's breakfast tacos with Little City's nitro cold brew.
Look at these cute sheeps!
Goodies from Wooden Spoon Bakery.
Salt & Grinder spicy turkey sandwich.
The best vegan smoothies I've ever had from DittyPop.
Rye Society sandwich
Denver Bread Company loaf
Owlbear pulled pork sandwich
Strawberries & Cream from Fresas
La Fillette butter croissant 
Detour Bakery chocolate almond croissant
Sugar High's neon sign
Sunny's strawberry fields waffle
Asian salad from Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery
Thai-style ice cream from Sugar High
Sandwich from Lou's Italian Specialties 
Watermelon Sprite from Sipp Soda Bar
Southwestern salad from Reiver's Bar & Grill
Peppermint ice cream from Bonnie Brae.
Whole Sol Blend Bar's acai bowl
Goodies from Dolce Sicilia Bakery
Sushi Rama rolls
Tap & Burger's cheeseburger
The cutest wreath on our front door

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Nine Favorites inspired by Half Baked Harvest

I've been using Half Baked Harvest's recipes for years but I recently started reading her blog every day and have fallen in love with her Sunday "Nine Favorite Things" so I thought I'd give a try for ya today! Let me know what you think — xoxo darling, Hayden.

1. Things I'm loving

How SNL pulled off Kamala Harris' white suit.

Woman get saddled with a lot...

Some of the best books by Trans authors.

Jess' gift guide is epic.

Definitely want to watch this documentary

I admit I've been reading some favorites from high school as of late.

100 percent want all of these.

2. Holiday Cards

3. Recently watched & read

Read...The Devil in the White City — I finally did this one after years of meaning to. I listened to the audiobook and found it absolutely fascinating. 

Read...The Penguin Who Knew Too Much — I love listening to these on Axis360! They make them even more fun.

Watched...The Crown — If you haven't yet...why not? Diana's wardrobe is KILLER.

Watched...Great British Bake-Off — Love putting this on in the background while I get things done.

4. Sunnies for the bright winter sun

5.  Holiday bucket list

— Make Reindeer Food —
— Watch all the new Netflix movies —
— Go on a holiday light walk —
— Make Christmas cocktails —

6. Cozy recipes from Haute Table

Breakfast Grilled Cheese (perfect for Christmas morning!)

7. Snuggly pajamas

8. Get ready for the holidays

9. Some recent favorites from Pinterest

Friday, November 20, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide Under $60

It's yet another gift guide! Welcome to under $60 — I think these are so fun! I want that Rudolph stocking and the sterilizer. What about you? — xoxo darling, Hayden 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Links from Around the Web

Gifts for book lovers.

Cabins for next fall (definitely thinking OR...).

Such a cool London apartment.

Shall we start a Stacey Abrams book club? I for one love a good romance.

Want to make this for dinner real bad.

Adore Jill.

Home self-care ideas that I can get behind.

37+ holiday treats that we should all try?

I want to be in the English countryside.

Chrissy Teigen's heartbreaking story about the birth of her child.

Ooo let's go here.

Definitely going to watch this new show.

Truly looking forward to a bunch of the things on this Everygirl list.

Info on the biggest grocery store markups.

Some things to do this month.

I want to go to Williamsburg & do all of these beautiful things.

Would love to stay at this Miami hotel.

A post COVID bucket list.

Great books for the kiddos with main characters of color.

Alex Rider is going to be a TV show (these were some of my favorite books as a kid). 

Such a cool DIY!

Donate to Fair Fight for the Georgia.

Some of the best travel books to read while we're stuck inside.

Going to volunteer for Vote Forward again.

Holiday DIYs to do while you're at home in December.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Week Re-Cap

Strawberry cake from Trompeau Bakery.
It is quite a busy week so I'm just photo dumping some things on you & will see ya next week — xoxo darling, Hayden.
Taco salad from Los Dos Portillos.
Some succulent chicken from Urban Village.
Banana pudding ice cream from Ice Cream Farm.
The sweetest mail from friends.
The lunch special at Romano's is killer!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Best Advent Calendars 2020

Advent calendars have gotten so fun (although I just buy the 99 cent ones from Trader Joe's). I've rounded up some of my favorites & there are also some luxury versions like this, this & this. Which one are you leaning? — xoxo darling, Hayden

Friday, November 13, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide Under $80

It's another gift guide! This time it's gifts below $80 as the title says. I find this category to be so fun — you get quality items but they are a tad more playful. Let me know your favorites — xoxo darling, Hayden.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Monthly Inspiration No. 13

happy november lovelies! hope you're month is off to a good start — xoxo darling, Hayden. Images here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Week Re-Cap

One of Colorado's best pizzas from Virgilio's.
Happy Wednesday and what a week it has been. Basically, I feel lighter than I have in four years...thank god Biden/Harris won! This past week I did a lot of eating, a lot of writing and just got a lot done. I've entered my semi-quarantine before getting on a plane in 13 days. I'm going for my daily walks and getting food for takeaway but I'm not seeing friends. How are y'all doing? — xoxo darling, Hayden
A Sunday lunch at Hapa.
BBQ nachos from Cub Q.
Saturday morning donuts from Yummy's.
My fancy election night takeaway from Wolf's Tailor.
American Elm's massive burger.
Finally tried Sweet Combforts.
Gelato from Heavenly Creamery.
Gnarly Mountain Cookie Company's maple bacon chocolate chip.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Best Hot Chocolates in Denver

As the weather gets colder in the Denver metro area, I thought y'all might like a list of my favorite hot chocolates...for those days when you need to warm up but also want to treat yo self. I scoured the city looking for unique and delicious options to compile into this list and I have to say, I'm pretty happy with it. Did I leave any of your favorites off? Let me know below — xoxo darling, Hayden.

Chocolate Lab — Denver

This might be my absolute favorite that I tried because it was so creamy and the homemade whipped cream provides a delightful addition. For $6.50, it's one of the priciest options, but it just makes it feel even more special. I stopped by one cold afternoon and had the restaurant to myself while I read my book and it was so peaceful. At the moment, they do have outdoor seating with space heaters if you don't feel comfy drinking your hot choc outside. 
Chocolate Elixir (choice of dark, milk, white), $6.50, 
Chocolate Lab, 2504 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

D Bar — Denver

If you're looking for the most aesthetic cocoa and the most...millennial D Bar is where it is at. It comes with this marshmallow on a stick and whipped cream on a bed of chocolate nibs. It's a beautiful presentation. I would say it's pretty rich — more of a dark chocolate taste than that classic Swiss Miss milk flavor, but good! They have an outdoor patio with space heaters at the moment.
Hot Chocolate, $5.50
D Bar, 494 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO

The Chocolate Therapist — Littleton

Maybe the best bang for your buck is this delightful cup from a cute chocolatier in downtown Littleton. It's made with their homemade milk chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla sugar. Just look at how frothy it is! Plus, downtown Littleton's main street is definitely something out of a Hallmark movie, so grab your hot chocolate and walk the streets...maybe you'll fall in love with the local cutie. 
Extraordinary Sipping, $2.75
The Chocolate Therapist, 2560 W Main St, Littleton CO 80120

Enstrom Candies — Arvada

I was so pleasantly surprised by this one! It's in a very industrial part of Arvada (like you wouldn't expect it to be there), but the white hot chocolate was so creamy. Obviously, it's very sweet/sugary because it's white & doesn't have cacao, but I really liked it. I went on a nasty, grey, cold day and this was the perfect thing to warm me up and get me in a better mood. While you're there, get some of the homemade chocolates as well!
White Hot Chocolate, $2.85
6770 West 52nd Avenue Unit C, Arvada, Colorado 80002

Woodgrain Bagels — Denver

I got my Campfire Mocha to-go, so I feel this photo doesn't really reflect how it looks normally. It's a combo of espresso, chocolate, smoked maple syrup and a graham cracker dust toasted marshmallow (she's hidden in the photo above). This is the only one on the list that includes coffee — they do offer a regular hot chocolate for $3.50. I liked it because it provided that extra bit of caffeine. It's a little bitter, but we can blame the espresso for that. And it's a bit pricey, but if you're already there to get their delicious bagels, I would splurge!
Campfire Mocha, $6
Multiple locations, including Denver and Golden

Paciugo Gelato — Lakewood

100 percent this is the richest of the hot chocolates on this list. And why is that? They use actual gelato in it! I'm serious. It's so chocolaty, so creamy, so over-the-top. It's just so...everything. It's the perfect thing to pick up if you want to walk around Lakewood's Belmar (an outdoor shopping center), especially when it is lit up for the holidays. 
Choccolata, $3.79
7181 West Alaska Dr., Lakewood, CO 80226

Legends Coffee — Aurora

If you don't live in Aurora, this will be quite the drive, but it's worth it. The hot chocolate is really creamy and made from the spot's homemade chocolate ganache (fun!). The shop itself is really cute but can get super crowded on a Saturday morning, so be wary of that in COVID times. It's near an outdoor shopping mall so you can pick yours up and walk around that. Or be like me and drink it in your car with a book...you do you boo! 
Hot Chocolate, $2.95
Legends Coffee, 24100 E. Commons Ave. #103, Aurora Colorado 80016

Toast Fine Food — Littleton

Toast is one of my favorite local breakfast places in south Denver. They have a dish of honey fried chicken biscuits that I think about almost weekly. But we're here for the hot choc! And look at that delightful cup of hot cocoa. It comes in a cute mug with whipped cream & chocolate sauce. I would say this might be one of the most classic cups in Denver. It makes you feel like you've come home from school on a cold day and your guardian made this for you. 
Hot Chocolate, $3.99
Toast Fine Food, 2630 W Belleview Ave. Ste. 100, Littleton, CO 80120

Monday, November 9, 2020


In 2016 I was at an election party. I saw the vote totals rolling in and I knew it wasn't going to end the way I thought it was. I left. Went to my apartment, took a long shower, cried the entire time and basically blacked out (without alcohol, just sadness). This Saturday morning I cried again. But this time it was tears of pure joy because we get another chance. This victory is only a tiny step in all of the work we need to do to improve our country. But electing Biden and Harris is the perfect step. The tears I cried were for women everywhere now having an inspiration. Kamala broke the glass ceiling that had prevented us from being vice president for years. Not only is she the first woman but she is a Black woman. An Asian woman. And Joe Biden will inspire children with stutters — they too can be president one day. I am so ready to begin the work on a local, state and national level of holding these politicians accountable to the standards that we want and I hope you are too. It's going to be a long two months before Joe is installed in the White House. More people will die because of COVID-19. More people will go hungry because they can't afford food due to this pandemic. We must work to fix this. We have no choice. 

I feel lighter than I have in four years. I'm excited. And terrified. But mainly happy. See y'all tomorrow — xoxo darling, Hayden.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide Under $100

It's time. It's here. Gift guide season. And you know what? This might be the most fun I've had making them in a while. I really went through the internet trying to find the most unique, most fun presents you can get for your loved ones. And I hope you like them! Let me know if you're planning to buy any of these for your friends/fam/co-workers — xoxo darling, Hayden.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Lates TikToks

Here are my latest TikToks — xoxo darling, Hayden.

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Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 201: The Amanda Jones ##WorldSeries ##GamingLife ##foryoupage ##fyp ##amandajones ##cocktails

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 202: The Margaret Valadian ##ThatWitch ##FallDIY ##MargaretValadian ##AboriginalWomen ##foryou

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 203: The WASPs ##SFXMakeup ##ThatWitch ##ComingOfAge ##wasp ##foryoupage ##fyp ##airforce ##foryou

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 204: The Frances Harper ##HeinzHalloween ##InteriorDesign ##ThatWitch ##foryoupage ##fyp ##drink

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 205: The Adella Hunt-Logan ##TikTokFood ##HeinzHalloween ##foryoupage ##fyp ##adellahuntlogan

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 206: The Esther Morris ##MicellarRewind ##MeLeaving ##HalloweenIsHere ##HeinzHalloween ##foryou

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 207: The Patricia Palinkas ##exprESSIEyourself ##YouGotThis ##MicellarRewind ##Yellow ##foryou

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 208: The Coralie Franklin Cook ##MyCostume ##exprESSIEyourself ##MicellarRewind ##foryoupage

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 209: The Vilma Martínez ##ShowUpShowOff ##Animation ##exprESSIEyourself ##foryoupage ##fyp

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 210: The Sofia de Veyra ##WeWinTogether ##HalloweenLook ##ShowUpShowOff ##MyPFP ##YouWantMore

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 211: The Nannie Helen Burroughs ##WellDone ##ShowUpShowOff ##WeWinTogether ##foryoupage ##fyp

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 212: The Lilly Ledbetter ##HappyHalloween ##OhNo ##WeWinTogether ##foryoupage ##feminist

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 213: The Alice Parker ##WeWinTogether ##fyp ##foryoupage ##feminist ##feminisrcocktails ##alice

Making feminist cocktails until the quarantine ends ep. no. 214: The Marsha P. Johnson ##HolidayTikTok ##RnBVibes ##foryoupage ##fyp ##feministok ##lgbtq

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Week Re-Cap

The perfect getaway to Breckenridge.
Let me make this clear, I'm writing this Tuesday at 1:34pm. I know nothing about the election results, nor do I want to at the moment, so none of this posts reflects that. But I wanted to share the photos from the last week regardless of the outcome because it was a good one. Julia and I decided to do a little Sunday–Monday getaway to Breckenridge because both of our jobs have been stressful & the election anxiety was coursing through our veins at an incredible rate. We ate, hiked and just enjoyed ourselves to the fullest. 

My upcoming week is fairly chill, catching up on a ton of work, preparing to go home in late November, etc. What are y'all up to? — xoxo darling, Hayde
A super good sandwich I picked up from Mead St. Provisions in the Highlands.
My spirit group's alumni happy hour was costume-themed last week.
Tried the hot chicken from Lake House Kitchen in Littleton. 
Lake Dillon looking beautiful. 
So clear!
Sunday brunch in Frisco.
A stroll around downtown Frisco...
...with ice cream from Foote's Rest.
Raimbow Lake hike.
The view from Sapphire Point Overlook.

Sancho Tacos in downtown Breck for Sunday dinner — truly some of the best service I've ever had.
Early breakfast Monday morning at the Blue Moose in downtown Breck.
A drive on Boreas Pass.
A hike to the Breck Troll.

Cute details at a boutique in Breck.
Classic choco chip cookie from Mountain Top Cookie Shop.
Big fan of Marigold's shop.
Lunch at BoLD.
Downtown Breck.
Peanut + chocolate cone from Higgles Ice Cream.
My favorite pupper!

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

My New Thing: Audiobooks

Back in September I decided it was time to read Pride & Prejudice. The 2005 film is one of my comfort movies...I put it on to fall asleep more than once a night and have so much of it memorized. It's one of the most beautiful films I've ever watched. But...secret: I had never read the book. So, it was time. But I'm trying to limit my social interactions (you know, global pandemic) so the library was out and I kind of refuse to buy books (not always but most of the time). I looked on iBooks and low and behold, the audiobook of P&P was FREE! And read by Kate Beckinsale!! 

I listened to it every day on my walk and when it was done I decided I would try an old book from one of my favorite authors...then I listened to a classic murder mystery...and now I can't stop. It is the perfect distraction for my long walks. Since most audiobooks are not free, I've started downloading them from my library and it has been so nice. I think I'm going to try Harry Potter next...we shall see how it goes!

For the longest time I was opposed to audiobooks because I didn't think it was truly "reading" a book...but you know what, it counts! So call me a convert. 

Monday, November 2, 2020


It is my greatest hope that you have already voted by mail/dropbox. But if you haven't, tomorrow is the day. I beg of you, truly, to make the right choice. No, Biden is not perfect. But to choose Trump is to choose hatred. If you love your LGBTQAI+ friends, your Black friends, your Indigenous friends, your People of Color friends, your women friends or your disabled persons friends you cannot vote for Trump. You are screaming into their faces that you don't care about them whatsoever. I'm hoping that come Wednesday morning we have a crystal clear victory for Biden/Harris so that we can get to work improving this country. We must hold our politicians up to higher standards when it comes to BIPOC issues, women's issues and COVID-19 in general. Please, stand with me and vote for change. — xoxo darling, Hayden