Valentine’s Date Ideas

Everyone’s favorite holiday that we love to hate is coming up: Valentine’s Day. Between the cards and candy, flowers and pre fix dinners, this Hallmark Holiday has a tendency to be over rated, overpriced, and underwhelming.  Every year I end up wracking my brain for a present for my significant other that he needs or wants, and ultimately spending more money than I had intended. This year, instead of creating a gift guide I thought I would come up with some fun Valentine’s date ideas that you and your sweetie can do on V-day or any other day of the week for that matter.

  1. Cooking Classes. What’s better than going out to dinner? Going out and learning to cook a new recipe with your main squeeze. Check out Charleston Cooks!  schedule for class options. V-Day might be full, but it can always be a later gift to each other, especially if you are one of those couples that doesn’t like to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day!CharlestonCooks3
  2. Boat ride and Picnic.  As of now, the weather on Valentine’s Day is supposed to be 62 and partly sunny. Pack up your picnic basket and hop on the boat to head to Dewees Island or Capers Island. My picnic basket would include Govino wine glasses, a bottle of my favorite red, charcuterie board staples, and crackers!Picnic
  3. Take a stroll on the beach and then head to dinner on Sullivan’s Island. I suggest a casual meal at Home Team BBQ or Poe’s Tavern.  My boyfriend and I go to Home Team almost once a week, and we always order nachos and wings. fieryronsfacade_54_990x660_201405312336
  4. Cooking at HomeEpicurious has a list of Valentine’s Day menus. Peruse through the list and choose a fancy meal to cook in the comfort of your home. If you don’t feel like trying hard, but want to impress, use the Engagement Chicken recipe that plenty of people swear by (Note: cooking this chicken could lead to engagement)364889_engagement-chicken_1x1
  5. Dinner Out- If you want to dive into the Valentine’s Day spirit then make a reservation and head out to one of the many places offering prix fixe menu. High Cotton will serve a three-course prix fixe menu for $48. “Love potion” and wine options include La Marca Prosecco, a Valentine’s Day Chocolate Martini, and Billecart-Salmon Burt Reserve Champagne. Another option is Old Village Post House where you can enjoy a neighborhood style Valentine’s Day menu for $36 or $42 to add dessert.

Hope these Valentine’s Date ideas help you plan a special day for your babe.  Any day with your significant other, or any loved ones for that matter, is a day to celebrate. Enjoy each other’s company, eat way too much chocolate, and stick to the funny cards!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

xoxo,

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Get Ready for Summer with Yoga

In order to get ready for bikini season and the move back to Charleston, Hermosa has been hitting the yoga mat!

A trend seeming to stick, yoga is good for not only the body, but also the mind. It releases stress levels while detoxifying the body as a whole. In fact, a study done at the University of California Berkeley found that women who practice yoga rated their body satisfaction 20% higher than those who only practiced aerobics. The practice makes you use your body and push it to its limits, producing a toned outcome from your own strength.Yoga Transforms Body | Hermosa Jewelry

My favorite studio in Denver to practice is CorePower Yoga, which was started by an avid outdoorsman from Telluride, CO.  With multiple locations in Denver and across the US, CorePower is a company based on making yoga accessible to all levels through variety.  I’ve noticed a significant change in my body as a whole.  Since regular practice of hot power yoga, I’ve noticed better sleep, have higher awareness and energy during the day, and stand taller with confidence in myself.

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There are so many ways to get involved with yoga. For more information on CorePower visit their website or Facebook page. The studio offers a free week to new students. Not ready to make the commitment yet? Try these beginner poses listed in Fitness Magazine at home.

Namaste!

xoxo,

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My Trip to Tucson

Last week I embarked on a wonderful three-day adventure to the world’s largest gem, mineral, and bead shows in Tucson, AZ.  Now you need to understand, that there isn’t just one show that everyone goes to but several that take place all over Tucson in hotels, convention centers, random tents, RVs, even on the sidewalk.  You can literally buy anything that you would ever need that involves rocks, gems, minerals, crafting, and gifts.  Suppliers come from all over the world and so do the shoppers, with over 55,000 people in attendance every February.  It was such an amazing experience- a true mash up of cultures, customs, and languages.

I travelled with my friend Karla, who is a jewelry designer and entrepreneur from Costa Rica.  We had a wonderful time shopping our little hearts away and then wining and dining around the town of Tucson.  We both found amazing materials for our jewelry lines and we couldn’t be more excited about getting back in the studio to design our Spring and Summer Collections.

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Hundreds of rolls of chains in every color and size
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Boxes of beautiful gems
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Pearls on pearls
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Karla picking out some beautiful new druzy pendants
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Wackiest booth that I found at Tucson
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Booths at the Gem Mall
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Our last day of shopping!
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Beautiful Tucson sunset
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Carved turquoise owl
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Massive geodes
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KINO Mineral Show
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Wouldn’t mind having one of these for my house…
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Karla and a quartz crystal city
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Note the SOLD sign in the right corner
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And we shopped our little hearts out! This is right before we left Tucson. Karla and I are standing in front of the largest amethyst geode I have ever seen in my life.

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Take a Hike: Summiting a Colorado 14er

Yesterday was an early morning. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and was on the road by 6 a.m. Where we were heading? To hike Grays Peak, the highest peak on the Continental Divide in the U.S. Grays Peak sits at a whopping 14,238 feet and is the tenth highest summit in the Rocky Mountains. There are 54 mountains in Colorado that are 14,000 feet or more above sea level (hence the name fourteeners).

I completed my Sunday hike with two of my good friends, Andrea and Caroline. We drove about an hour and half from Denver to Bakerville, CO. After bouncing up a few miles of a rocky dirt road, we made it to the Grays Peak trailhead. The hike up is 3.5 miles with a climb of 3,040 feet. The higher in elevation you climb, the thinner the air is and the tougher is becomes to breathe. It took us two hours to hike up with a few stops along the way. The last 500 feet was definitely challenging, but we finally summited the beast.  Getting to the top is the most rewarding part especially because of the incredible views.
Summit of Greys Peak in Colorado
Summit of Greys Peak in Colorado

 

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Hiking down is way easier, but it can be pretty painful for your knees.  We made it down a lot faster than the way up.  As we were about thirty minutes from the car, a hail storm sailed right over us.  It hailed on us for about twenty minutes and then it started raining.  We rushed back to the car, feeling exhausted yet accomplished.

Being prepared is very important for hiking a 14er. Hydration is key as well as packing the right gear. You can find in my Camelbak backpack: water, sunscreen, rain jacket, extra layers, extra socks, snacks, camera, and trekking poles. In Colorado, the weather can change in an instant, and its important to be more than prepared.

I hope to hike a couple more 14ers while I still live in Colorado.  Even though they are tough, the feeling of completing one is so gratifying.  Nothing compares to spending the day enjoying the natural beauty of the magnificent Rocky Mountains.  I am so grateful to live in a such an amazing state that is overflowing with adventure.

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