Disclaimer: I wrote this post before Thanksgiving and forgot to schedule it! Can you say absentminded much? Enjoy, and please forgive my tardiness.

Thankful by Nakeva

I’m sure this is only the one gazillionth “thankful” posts you have read this Thanksgiving week. But I, like everyone else, fail to step back regularly and look at the big picture. Sure there are stressful weeks at work and yes, a larger savings account would always be nice…but sadly, we routinely miss what really matters amidst the hustle and bustle of our 27/7 lives.

For whatever reason, this Thanksgiving I am feeling more in-tune with my blessings than ever before.

  • I am thankful for my husband, who accepts me each and every day for who I am. I am grateful that every year of our relationship (nearing 10 years together!) just keeps getting better and better.
  • I am thankful for our families – parents, siblings, aunts, uncles…everyone. Everyone cares deeply about one another and teaches Mike and me so much about life, marriage, etc.
  • I am thankful for my other family, my family at GroundFloor Media. I am surrounded by hilarious, passionate and genuinely kind people who help me grow every day.
  • I am thankful for my friends, far and wide. These women know me better than anyone and I know they will be there for me through anything. Years of laughter, trouble-making and downright craziness have bonded us and I wouldn’t be the same without them. You know who you are ~ thank you for being such incredibly important people in my life.
  • I am thankful for the roof over our head – our roof. We have been homeowners for almost a year and it has been an adventure in patience, compromise and love. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
  • I am thankful for our crazy pup Kona. Who knew we could love a furry creature this much?! He is spoiled rotten and stole my heart the day I saw him at the adoption event.

Life has its ups and downs, but wherever you find yourself today, I hope you have love and peace in your heart. Life is so precious. Be thankful. Don’t miss a moment.

First 30 Days of 30: Day Eleven

Bloody Mary Recovery at Pizzeria Locale

It’s fitting that today’s very short post is late. Today’s theme is the phrase, “we’re not as young as we used to be.” We’re exhausted. This weekend we were up in Boulder for the wedding of Mike’s best friend since childhood. Dozens of our friends from San Diego, San Francisco, NYC and beyond all came to town for the celebration. And celebrate we did.

Following big nights out on Friday and Saturday, everyone moved slower than our college days — complaining of more headaches and other drinking related aches and pains. That 1 a.m. tequila shot? Yeah, not a good idea anymore.

I have finally learned to stick to a few key tricks to try and avoid the dreaded all-day hangover. Tons of water and sticking to just one type of alcohol helps tremendously. I refuse 99% of shots offered to me and no longer feel like I have to have a drink in my hands at all times when in a bar. My best friend Kimbra also helped me realize that coffee in the morning can actually make things much worse. That took me a long time to believe.

I wouldn’t trade these weekends for anything but they also suck the life out of me. I guess that’s to be expected as I settle into my 30’s?!

My BFF is Having a Baby!

My dear friend Jessie and her husband David are expecting their first little one, set to make his (or her – it’s a surprise) arrival in late April. I teamed up with two of her other best friends to plan and host a baby shower on Sunday. We were lucky enough to be able to have it at Jessie’s gorgeous childhood home here in Denver. Let’s just say that it didn’t take much decor to make the entire shower look oh-so-chic!

Jessie looks radiant and people still can’t believe she is just two months from her due date. She is so tiny! I know our entire group of friends cannot wait to meet little “Baby J.” Luckily we live just eight blocks from Jessie and David, so I hope we’ll get lots of Baby J time.

It was such a fun day, and lucky for me I am still snacking on these tasty little pastel Jordan almonds. Also, continues to amaze me. The “Drink Me” straws were the decor hit of the party and that is where I found them.

Congrats again to Jessie & David. I can’t wait to share pictures of their little bundle in a few short months.

Unplugged: Girl’s Trip Edition


Some of my favorite ladies on the planet are visiting me in Colorado this long President’s Day weekend. I refuse to miss a second of it by being online, in front of the computer. Chances to connect with friends, especially those who do not live nearby, are getting fewer and far between because of how busy we all are these days…and none of us even have kids yet.

So, I am unplugging and wishing you all a very wonderful President’s Day weekend. I hope it is filled with a lot of fun, tons of laughs and in our case, quite a bit of wine.


Spotlight: Jessie Jaudes Jewelry

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

I was probably the only eight year old who sang this song constantly. That’s because I am quite sure I was the only eight year old who was obsessed with Marilyn Monroe and the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Thanks to my grandmother I was introduced to such classics at a very young age and literally ruined our VHS tape due to the number of times I watched it.

It makes perfect sense then that 20+ years later, one of my best friends is a diamond dealer. I met Jessie Jaudes (she was Greenberg back then) just a few days into our freshman year at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The rest is pretty much history. We have traveled the world together, been in each other’s weddings, and today live just four short blocks from one another. Our friendship is one I cherish and I am so proud of her for starting her own jewelry business!

Jessie attending to my jewelry on my wedding day

Without further adieu, I want to introduce you to Jessie and let her tell you about her exciting new venture.

Jessie Jaudes Jewelry

Q.) How did you get started in the diamond business?

A.) After I graduated from college a great family friend offered me a job at his company in New York City.  It is a 115 year old company with an impeccable reputation within the diamond industry. I had the privilege of traveling the world learning the diamond trade. After three and a half years in NYC and earning a graduate gemologist degree, I decided it was time to come back to friends and family in Colorado.

Q.) What made you decide to go out on your own?

A.) Going off on my own was the easiest decision I have ever made! After eight years of diamond dealing to friends and family the business was growing at a rapid pace, therefore, the next logical step was to start my business full-time.

Q.) What is the most exciting part of having your own business?

A.) Being your own boss isn’t too shabby, but I would have to say the joy and excitement that creating an engagement ring or a beautiful piece of jewelry brings to the clients.

Q.) Where do you see yourself in five years?

A.) In five years I hope to continue to bring wholesale jewelry to the general public. By growing and continuing to learn in the industry and expanding my estate buying business, I hope for nothing but success.

Q.) If you could provide jewelry and style on person, who would it be?

A.) My engagement ring is modeled after the Princess Diana Tiffany and Co style. She was a classic, elegant icon that any jeweler would be lucky to style.

Q.) If you could buy yourself any piece of jewelry in the world (new or vintage) what would it be?

A.) A diamond art deco bracelet, circa 1920. The art deco period produced some of my favorite pieces of jewelry!

Q.) If a woman can only treat herself to one investment piece, what should it be?

A.) Jewelry is personal so invest in something that is chic and wearable. You can never go wrong with a classic pair of diamond stud earrings.

Q.) What accessories/jewelry style advice do you live by?

A.) Less is NEVER more!

Q.) Any tips for women thinking of starting their own small business?

A.) Take a risk. I have dreamed of starting Jessie Jaudes Jewelry for years and taking the leap of faith has never made me happier!

I can tell you first hand that Jessie does amazing work! She helped Mike design my engagement ring and wedding band and they are stunning. She does an incredible job of accommodating any budget and works hard to stretch every dollar to create a one-of-a-kind piece. Jessie also buys back jewelry and can reset old pieces to make them entirely new and fresh.

Jessie, I am thrilled for you and know you will be extremely successful. Cheers to many more years of friendship and of course, diamonds!

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