Design

February 5, 2015

Top 5 2015 Wedding Colors

The bold & bright will forever be classic, uplifting, and convey all the happiness you’re feeling at your wedding. However, we are so excited on the recent release of Pantone’s 2015 Color Trend Report. “En Plein Aire”, which in French translates to “in the open air”, is a combination of earthy neutrals, and airy, calming hues, to envelope everything from décor, to floral, to bridesmaids dresses with an effortlessly elegant look and feel. The collection has a plethora of colors to be inspired by, but these are our top 5 favorites for 2015 wedding colors.

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 Tangerine is the perfect pop of color to be incorporated in floral.  It will subtly and pleasantly, warm up your wedding. We would love to see it used in décor or (for the more daring bride), fabrics!

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Shades of gray will forever be sophisticated and elegant. It is such a versatile color that can be used as a canvas and accentuated by contrasting colors; or used on it’s own to create a modern yet comfortable look.

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Marsala was named Pantone’s color of the year for 2015, and there is no question as to why. This color dominates in every form, from décor, to floral, to wearable fashion. Men and women both look stunning in this color as it really compliments any skin tone, (but I wasn’t passing on a photo of Ryan…you’re welcome).

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 We ADORE Toasted Almond, (and the backless beauty being worn by our very own Gold Leaf Girl, Chelsea)! This color is such a beautiful neutral and can be paired and complimented by almost any hue. We love it with Dusk Blue!

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 To close out our top 5, we have the effortless perfection of Classic Blue. It photographs beautifully, wears confidently, and will never go out of style.

Take a look at all of Pantone’s newest collection. We are positive you will fall in love, (again), and may even make a few tweaks for the big day! Just do us a favor, and don’t tell your planner we told you!

February 11, 2015

Easy Appetizers for Entertaining

The best thing about entertaining, there is NEVER a bad time to do so! Needless to say, us Gold Leaf girls look for anytime, and anything to celebrate with friends, full glasses, and snacks. If you are like us here in Aspen, you are enjoying bright skies, open windows, and trail runs with the pups. It may be throwing our bodies into shock and our ski's feeling cheated on, but we will take it with open arms! The weekends are filled with smells of roasting grills and we feel it is the perfect time to have some friends over for a cookout on the deck! (East coasters please don't hate us, we are truly envious of your powder). Since we are all praying this changes quickly and we can get our winter fix, we have included 2 easy appetizers for a Saturday get together: one for the warm weather, and one for the cold!

Our first option- Baked Tomatoes with Basil and Feta.

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I was lucky enough to grow up with a momma who always had the garden stocked with the most incredible tomatoes, and basil, among many other amazing veggies. This was my go-to almost everyday and friends and family gush over this insanely simple easy appetizer.

-3 Large Tomatoes -5 Sprigs of Basil -1/4 Crumbled Feta -Extra Virgin Olive oil

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Make sure your tomatoes are just BARELY ripe, even a little under works perfectly. Cut one tomato into 4 thick slices width wise. Too thin will wither away once baked. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil and lay out your slices so there is no overlapping, drizzle with salt, pepper, olive oil and a sprinkle of feta. Place in the oven for 5-7 minutes. While the tomatoes bake pick off all your basil leaves and leave them full and beautiful or slice them up so it's easier to eat. Once your tomatoes are out place the basil leaves on top and let cool. Serve as is or on your choice of water crackers with a spritz of balsamic.

However, are you having a normal February? Cold and wrapped in blankets? Watching 'The Holiday' on repeat? Whip these up for your guests and be warmed by the compliments.

Warm Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini Drizzled with Honey and Olive Oil.

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-4-6 Figs Sliced -4 oz. Goat Cheese (Gouda and Mozzarella also work wonderfully) -1/2 Baguette of Sourdough -Extra Virgin Olive Oil -Sea Salt -2 Sprigs Rosemary

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut baguette into 1/2 inch slices and generously cover with olive oil, a quick sprinkle of sea salt and rub both in with a sprig of rosemary (leave the leaves on if they come off on the bread-delish)! Once all slices are covered, top with cheese and bake for 5 minutes until bread is golden and cheese is soft. Once out of the oven top with figs, and drizzle with honey! Feel free to personalize this and make it completely your own. Choose your bread, add more cheese, or if you're like me, add some arugula on top of the fig and before the honey! The peppery taste compliments the sweetness perfectly.

We hope you give these a try and please let us know how they turn out! Bon appetit!

February 14, 2015

5 Last minute gift ideas for your valentine

 Did your Valentines conversation with your hubby or boyfriend sound something like this: "Just give me a card." "No, that is not fun, I’m not getting you that”, having no idea what they’re even talking about, MacBook Air with retina display? Is that the one you can fold and write on like a notebook, or if he's  just not hinting at all even when you ask, “What-do-you-want-for-Valentine's-Day”, the male species can be IMPOSSIBLE to shop for. We have done our research and found 5 easy, unique, and super cool last minute gift ideas for your man. So take a breather, run to the store, and feel confident this Valentine's Day that you don’t have to make one more “Free Kiss” Coupon.

You’ve never done that?

We all have…

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#1-REI Quarter Dome 2 - He will not be able to wait to spend a night under the stars with you, in this super lightweight, durable tent, (that I personally own and LOVE).

#2- Concord Tie Bar - We can't think of anything much more handsome than a well dressed man wearing a tie clip.  We absolutely love this sleek modern design to spice up his look.

#3- Beats by Dre: Studio Wireless Headphones - Whether he is at the gym, or in the zone behind his desk, these headphones not only sound incredible, but also stay out of the way with no wires.

#4- Engraved Herringbone Cufflinks - These cuff links are so sharp, yet subtle enough as to not steal the attention away from his smile (or tie clip).

#5- Sphere Ice Cube Molds - With a fine libation or cocktail, you can't risk ruining it by getting watered down.  Keep the goods good with a solid sphere of ice.

We are sure you will do great with whatever you choose, and always remember, he already has the best gift he could ask for!

Happy Valentine's Day!

   
February 18, 2015

Warm Cocktails for the Winter Chills

Our snow dances don't seem to be exuding the "I think I have the flu", call into work powder days.  A friend of ours suggested we start having summer celebrations to aggravate the snow gods and get them to open up!  All myths aside, what's the one thing we know we will do for sure?  Make some warm cocktails and hope.  Personally, we think making the most cold weathered, winter cocktails will give everyone the warm and fuzzies, if nothing else.  No harm in that.  Today we have found one, that honest to God stops us dead in our tracks:

winter cocktails

 Smoked Maple Bourbon Chai Tea

YUP.

Serves 1

6 ounces steaming hot water 2 chai tea bags 3 ounces Knob Creek Maple Bourbon 1 ounce half-and-half Cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour the steaming water over the chai tea bags in a heatproof mug. Let steep for 3 minutes, then remove the tea bags. Add the maple bourbon and half-and-half and stir to combine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Double the Chai, double the fun as far as we're concerned.  Grab a flannel and enjoy!  And if you get more snow than us, stop enjoying and have a pina colada!