Fabulous Finds Spring 2017

Hello my beauties…I have neglected you, I admit it, and I apologize. Life has been, well, intense and fascinating! What’s been going on? Well next month will mark my 1-year Tattoo “Graduation” Anniversary! I am happily putting art on people’s skin at Preying Mantis Tattoo in Lakewood, Colorado with a bunch of great guys. (…and still painting of course đŸ™‚ You can see what I’ve been creating at http://www.vlasicstudio.com, just click the “Tattoos” link. I have a few openings so message me to book your tattoo! In other news, We spent a week in my favorite city, NYC, a few weeks ago to meet some of my hubby’s long-lost relatives (Ancestry.com, we thank you for hooking us up with our fabulous “new” cousins!) It was a great trip, and we’d move there in a heartbeat if we could…This weekend finds us with a multitude of hounds in the house, ten in total,  (we are still dog-sitting, 4 years and counting!) and having lots of furry fun.

But what about the “Fabulous Finds” you ask? Well 2017 has thus far been a treasure trove of amazing from my favorite thrift store and more. Here are a few of the highlights so far this year…bagsshoes

Manolo Blahnik slides, Goodwill, $7.99, Marc Jacobs key holder, $1.99, lace-textured Botkier bag $8.99, and a Furla “Candy Bag” for $30 at Buffalo Exchange.

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3 Beautiful Bangles from Goodwill, left to right J Crew, Tory Burch and Kate Spade, $1.99 each.

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Burberry translucent blouse, $28 from the Buffalo Exchange outlet.

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Vintage Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, Goodwill $8.99.

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Stuart Weitzman blue suede envelope bag, $6.99 at Goodwill.

What amazing finds have you scored lately? Id love to hear about it in the Comments section…

 

It’s that Time of the Month again…First Friday, February Editon!

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It looks like the weather is going to be AWESOME on Friday! Put on your walking shoes and let’s go see some ART!

In addition to an evening of fine art on Friday, It’s FREE DAY at the Denver Art Museum on Saturday, and FREE DAY at the Denver Zoo on Friday and Saturday!

If you are really itching to get a head start on your art viewing, tonight (Thursday) There are some great openings at Hinterland, Walker and William Havu among others.

Here is the line-up art events, courtesy of Denverarts.org. Have a great weekend everyone!

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October First Friday in Denver is TONIGHT! And BONUS: the Best (Cheapest) Downtown Denver Parking Secret!

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Albert Chong: The Photomosaics: Works on Paper, Wood, and Stone
Courtesy of Counterpath Gallery

OK kids, it’s our favorite time of the month, FIRST FRIDAY! All the Arts Districts in Denver (Santa Fe, Rino, Golden Triangle) will be in full swing. Yea I know, it’s chilly. Time to break out the Fall boots and sweaters and go see some art!

In addition to all the art happenings, there is also the (Free) The Four Mile Historic Park Pumpkin Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th from 10am to 4pm. The festival is located at 715 South Forest Street. Yes, Halloween is a mere 4 weeks away, time to pick out the perfect pumpkin.

OK, I know this one isn’t free, but MCA is only $5 after 5pm. They are open till 9pm on Fridays, and there is a very entertaining, interactive exhibit at the museum right now. You might want to hurry, as it closes this Sunday. www.mcadenver.org.

And…here is a BIG Downtown Denver Parking tip: The massive parking garage across 15th from MCA is only $3 after 4pm, every day. Best Parking Deal in Town! You can walk just a couple short blocks to 16th street and jump on the free 16th Street Mall Shuttle too. It’s also about a block from Union Station. If you haven’t been since it reopened, you owe it to yourself to go. It’s beautiful. Hint: Take your parking ticket (the one the machine spits out at you at the entry gate) with you, because you’ll pay for the parking upon your return at a standing kiosk next to the elevator in the lobby, not at the car exit.

Without further ado, here is the Art Lineup, courtesy of denverarts.org

 

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A Sunday Funday Fashion Post! Yes, you CAN Look Great Wearing Clothes from the Thirft Store…

I know I haven’t done a fashion post for awhile, so here it goes! I really liked the funky outfit I put together last night so I’ll share it with you.

I always like to prove you can do almost all your shopping from the thrift store and look great, so here is what I wore last night, with descriptions and prices on everything…

(Pictures taken at Denver’s Union Station)

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I love a little pop of color when wearing neutrals! It makes the outfit.

From Top to Bottom:

The long-sleeve square-neck black top is by “Velvet”, Goodwill $3.99, purchased this Summer.

Faux Fur Vest by Charlotte Ruse, also from Goodwill, $6.99, purchased last Fall.

DIY Black Heart Necklace (see it HERE) Created February this year.

Leopard-print brushed cotton jeans by Jones New York, Goodwill $8.99. Purchased last year.

HYPE black and gold clutch, Neiman Marcus Last Call, $38 (Originally about $200) purchased about 6 years ago. (this bag was a splurge for me, but I actually use it a ton.)

Costa Blanca Hot Pink satin ankle boots, Neiman Marcus Last Call $18. (originally over $100) purchased about 7 years ago.

Bracelet, Goodwill, $2.99, purchased a couple months ago.

 

So there you have it, more great looks from your neighborhood thrift store. What have you found lately? I’d love to hear about it.

 

I know, I’ve Been Neglecting You…but here is your First Friday & Awesome Free Events Line-up for September 4-6!

Dearest Fabulous Readers,

I know I’ve been neglecting you of late, and for that I apologize. The main reason is I just returned from that big crazy arts festival in the desert where we burn things, otherwise known as Burning Man. I brought my Black Rock Portrait Project out there once again, and the prep work for that and for the trip itself was hugely time-consuming, among other things. But I’m back! And here with your September First Friday line-up and awesome Free stuff to do this weekend…

My Favorite Pic for the Weekend…Saturday’s TOUR DE FAT Free Freaky Adult Fun in the Park (City Park that is) with live music, games, and bikes bikes bikes. Bike ride registration is at 10am, the fun in the park rolls all day long. See the full schedule HERE.

Saturday is the monthly Free Day at the Denver Art Museum

I know it’s not technically on the weekend, but Monday is a Free Day at the Museum of Nature & Science.

September is a BIG First Friday night in Denver! The Arts Districts will be in full swing tonight. The weather is cool, so break out your favorite Fall sweater and boots and go see some art tonight. Here is the First Friday line-up courtesy of Denverarts.org…

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Be sure and check out the Heads of Hydra photography exhibit, closing this Saturday. Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery in the Rino Arts District.

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

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It’s a 3-Day Weekend Denver! And there’s loads a great FREE stuff to do…

It’s almost Summer here in Denver! The weather is nice, so break out your skirts, shorts and sandals and go play. There’s loads of fun, free stuff to do this weekend…

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My Top Pick for this weekend…I always go for the strange and unusual…

 

Here are my favorite To-Do Picks for the weekend:

The Downtown Denver Arts Festival is all weekend at the Performing Arts Complex (http://www.downtowndenverartsfestival.com/), and  the ARTSTIR Arts Festival is Saturday & Sunday downtown, between 15-16th on Glenarm. http://www.artstirdenver.com/

the Wash Park Grill is offering up free music over on South Gaylord Saturday from 4-10pm http://www.washparkgrille.com/

One of favorite freaky places to shop, the Burner Bazaar is always great fun, (and supports local artists!) at the Fusion Factory, 3850 Walnut, Sat-Sun Noon-7pm https://www.facebook.com/events/360135230782282/

the Denver Flea kicks off it’s inaugural weekend in the South-West corner of City Park at 2pm http://www.denverflea.com/

Denver Day of Rock offers free concerts on the 16th Street Mall http://denverdayofrock.com/

 

And of course, there is ART! Here are this weekend’s art events, courtesy of DenverArts.org:

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

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Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

FIRST FRIDAY tomorrow! Plus lots of Free Stuff to do & Cinco de Mayo!

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It’s time again for our Favorite Free Date-Night, First Friday, and the weather is great! No excuses, get out of the house and go see some art…

In addition to the usual Fun First Friday Madness at the usual Arts Districts, (Santa Fe, RINO, Golden Triangle, etc.) There are a heap of openings. (See the list below)

ALSO Saturday is FREE DAY at the Denver At Museum.

The Denver Botanic Gardens is FREE on Cinco De Mayo! (Monday)

Here’s an odd-ball event of note: Remember the Fonz? (Yes I know, I’m showing my age đŸ˜‰ What teenage girl didn’t have a crush on him? Henry Winkler will be signing his new children’s book & giving autographs at Mile High Comics Mega Store on Sunday. (you do have to have a ticket (they are free, but limited! So contact the store asap) http://www.milehighcomics.com/newsletter/041614email.html For tickets: boyd@milehighcomics.com. AND May 3rd is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

The Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market starts back up for the season on May 3rd, Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The produce ain’t free, but the window shopping and entertainment is. (Most of the other Denver Farmer’s Markets start back up in June.)

And of course there is the big Cinco De Mayo Festival in Civic Park both Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am. Free admission.

Ever fantasize about riding the rails? Saturday is FREE DAY at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. Open 9-5.

Here is your listing of Art Openings this weekend and beyond, courtesy of DenverArts.org. Have a Fantastic Weekend Everyone! Happy Cinco De Mayo!

[Upcoming Events from the DenverArts.org Calendar]

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