Libations 101: La Bella Donna, vol. 1

Lauren:  And so it was.  Two girls met mid-morning at a coffee shop.  They talked blogs, travel (Halley had just returned from Italy), neighborhoods, backgrounds.  They went to lunch.  They talked love lives, jobs, plans.  Now after many dinner parties … Continue reading


Yesterday was an ultra hectic work day.  I mean sometimes . . . clients just be crazy.  By the time my lunch break rolled around all I wanted to do was take a stroll.  Picked a new route to freshen things up, and low and behold, there was a BCBG just blocks away.  I was drawn in more so by the architectural lines of the shop, as I don’t own much of the BG. Ever since my retail design assignment back in INDS (JCREW remodel set in Shibuya, Japan), I’m bound to notice these kinds of silly details.

The atmosphere was nice and bargains were abundant.  SIXTY percent girls.  Whether you’re talking music or a discount, you mention that key word and I’m in.  Had to take their “Serena” dress home with me.

Missoni-esque, ah, it was a MUST!

Definitely a summer frock, but here in Denver with all this sunshine and warm weather, one can get away with certain things!  Here are some picks that would help stretch the glam of this piece into the fall season:

Get in my closet, please.

If you’ve got a dress in a semi-neutral colorway, and it makes you want to bust a move, by all means darling – keep wearing it.  It’s important to feel good in your threads!!!  And if you want any of these yourself, click away . . .


^Most of them are super affordable, thought it best to harmonize with the thriftiness of the original find!!  Hope you’re looking forward to the weekend, and the outfits you’ll be enjoying it in!



Olfactory Indulgences

Who knew a scent could transport me, almost instantly, four years backwards?  With my feet on the ground (in work shoes nonetheless), my mind was drifting through all the deep, mediterranean-blue memories.  I was right here, with freckles on my shoulders:

Delightful Dwellings

And here : Walking along the coast of Santorini.

Santorini Cliffs

And here: Basking in the Grecian rays.

Sunlit Soirees

Cord Coen, Co-Founder of Zents, understands the gravity of our sensual experiences.  His pure fragrance line originated due to a significant brain injury.  His sense of smell was lost entirely.  After immense dedication to Eastern medicine, he thankfully regained the capability to SNIFF!!  What a blessing to be able to delight once more in the defining aromas of his life.  Listen to his powerful story:

While I was working as a therapist in Boulder, I was involved in a life-changing car accident that left me with brain damage, chronic pain and many physical problems.  At a certain point my healing with physical and cognitive therapy stopped, and I was still in a very bad place.  My family and I were determined to not stay in that place for the rest of my life, and we started looking for other avenues to continue my healing.

We heard about a doctor in India and I packed my bags, moved there, and spent a year and a half in alternative therapy.  I had a year’s supply of Tibetan medicine and did my physical and cognitive rehabilitation along with 6-8 hours of yoga and meditation per day.  I received 3 massages a day as well as a good amount of energy work, and my body and brain started to heal.

Zents was born out of this healing.

I felt so lucky and grateful for my own healing that I wanted to create a treatment line that made people smile and would be part of a healing process for other people.”  (

Ooh La La!

Each scent in the Zents fragrance line is based upon a significant facet of Cord’s past.  WATER is a delightful interpretation of his time spent living in Mykonos, Greece.  It’s uncannily accurate – I’m telling you.  Just trust and SNIFF!  Definitely my favorite ;-)  The two products of choice would have to be the Concreta & the Attar.  Using the balm from the concreta  is perfect for skin, hair, cuticles, even lips!  Just go for it!  The Attar (meaning “anoint”) is so ideal for travel!  Roll away.

SUN reminds Cord of spending time with his mom in the kitchen while making dinner.  EARTH reflects his childhood spent in the Rocky Mountains.  ORE is about spending a fun night out with friends.  Basically, there is a relatable story behind each fragrance.  By overcoming the most difficult of trials, Cord was able to generate an idea that would provide comfort and rejuvenation to individuals all over the world.  Talk about resourcefulness!  Coming from someone who has dealt with serious physical impairments, I find Cord’s mission extraordinary.

He has gained recognition from locals of his home town in Boulder, CO to celebrities alike.  The Today Show, Oprah Mag, Lucky, People etc. have all noticed what he’s up to – and they’re in diggin’ it.

You, me, Beyonce. . . we got it goin' on.

Zents are meant for custom blends.  Layer the scents that bring a smile to your face and reminisce on your own stories.  Life is for living.  Smelling lovely is a fun little perk ;-)