Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Birch Lane is coming to The Vintage Whites Market!

Denver, Colorado - You need to be at the National Western Complex from 5-8 PM on Friday, March 31st and 10-5 PM on April 1st!! We'll have over 200 vendors selling true vintage and trendy handmade. We jury all of our vendors to make sure they're brands WE love and brands we know YOU'LL love. Vanessa and I have been at this for 7 years now, and we've learned a thing or two :)

We're so excited to announce that Birch Lane will be sponsoring a gorgeous lounge for our shoppers and vendors. All are welcome to meet the Birch Lane team at their lounge space on both Friday and Saturday! On Friday, Birch Lane will be joined by Lauren Bushnell, alumna of The Bachelor, to chat with shoppers about interior design and home d├ęcor styling. On Saturday, Birch Lane will be hosting an interactive Instagram contest at their lounge space. Shoppers and vendors can stop by to style an outdoor tabletop setting for a chance to win a $500 Birch Lane gift card. Simply snap a photo and tag @BirchLane and #EntertainWithBirchLane for a chance to win!”

Our markets not only host the BEST vendors from around the US, we bring in tons of entertainment too! Check out the lineup coming to Denver next weekend:

Piper's Parlor will be giving haircuts and shaves for the guys!
Glamour Bar Denver will be doing complimentary glitter parts, lip/eye refresh, and custom lip gloss!
- LIVE music Friday and Saturday by Brady Parks of The National Parks!
- Fresh cut flowers at the Conservatrice booth!
Birch Lane will have a beautiful lounge with special guest Lauren Bushnell (Friday only!)
Rayna's Art & All-Natural Henna Designs will be doing henna!
- Cari Cucksey will be there! Meet her on Saturday!
- FOOD trucks and good drinks!
- FREE info on essential oils! 101 classes & an info station!

- A free ballet workshop from The Nomad Movement for kids 3-8!
- Sweet treats!
- Kids activities
- PRIZES for the first 50 in line on Saturday!
- A fashion show by Meek Vintage
- TONS more....don't miss it!!!!

Here's a recap video from our 2016 market

If you're looking for early shopping passes, you can purchase those HERE
Kids 12 and under are always free!

Are you coming? What are you shopping for? Let us know in the comments! 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

One Day in New Orleans!

Raise your hand if you've never been to New Orleans. Now, raise your hand if you have a desire to go. A few months ago, I would've raised my hand to the first thing but not to the second! I lived in Louisiana for a very short time when I was 8 or 9, but all I remember is that it was hot and we lived in a camper. haha...no desire to return!

We are hosting a market in Laurel, Mississippi (it is the quintessential small town) on June 9th & 10th (home of HGTV's Home Town and we'll have Ben & Erin Napier as our special guests) and our scouting trip had us flying into New Orleans. I didn't really have high expectations until I started looking at photos of the city and places to go since we had an entire day there. We flew in at night and drove straight to Laurel, so all we saw were lights and a random neighborhood that our GPS took us through.

After our trip to Laurel, we headed to New Orleans on Sunday morning to explore! Vanessa and I headed to Hotel Monteleone first, where we'd be staying for the night. Tucked away on one of the narrow New Orleans streets, we pulled around to the parking garage...decorated with gorgeous plants, a beautiful neon sign and the nicest guy ever who helped us get situated and off to the lobby to check in.

I don't think I've ever been in a more beautiful and welcoming hotel! The lobby is absolutely breathtaking with huge chandeliers, ceiling detail, antique furniture...and everything sparkles with New Orleans charm! Our room wasn't ready until 4, so we decided to check our luggage and grab a bite to eat (the first of MANY bites haha).

Nolan, the super nice guy who checked our luggage asked us where we were going to eat, but we had no clue! He put a sign on the counter, grabbed his sunglasses and took us on a 4 or 5 block walk just to make sure we got to our lunch spot which he highly recommended. We ate at Cafe Nola (Emeril's restaurant) and it was DELIGHTFUL. I had a duck gumbo that was out of this world. After lunch, we set out for the French Market and a glimpse at the famous Cafe Du Monde.

The line was all the way outside of the building once we got there, and we had way too much to see. We didn't want to waste time in line! We actually didn't even eat a beignet the entire time we were there! Remedying this in June.

The French market was amazing. It was bustling with people, smells of food, people shucking raw oysters, live bands walking through the streets playing music...it was certainly a culture that I haven't experienced and it set me on fire. I LOVED it. The fact that it was cool and quiet helped, I'm sure. I don't know that I'm cut out for New Orleans in June....but we'll find out soon enough!

Vanessa and I grabbed coffee and made our way through streets and alleys, avoiding the craziness of Bourbon Street (yes, even at 3 PM on a Sunday!). We stopped to snap photos every 10 steps or so...it was just SO beautiful. The architecture blew my mind...closest I've ever come to feeling like I was in France! Our last stop before we went to our room was the historic Bienville House, sister to Hotel Monteleone. 

The courtyard is like something straight out of a movie. Gorgeous live plants growing and hanging from every balcony, a pool with a fountain, and little nooks with conversation areas and romantic lighting. When I dream about our wedding venue, it has this courtyard. 

For decades, it was a manufacturing plant and then after becoming apartments, the Monteleone family bought it in 1972 to make it into the hotel it is today.

We walked a few blocks back to our hotel and set out to explore our room and all of the amenities. Blair helped us find a room with a great view of the Hotel Monteleone sign and showed us where the pool was.  The staff at Hotel Monteleone are so welcoming and helpful! Our room was SO cozy. It overlooked the French Quarter and the Mississippi river. We were greeted by a box of macarons from Sucre & a sweet note.

We decided on snacks and drinks at the Carousel Bar (it actually rotates, guys) before dinner and walked away with a new favorite drink -- the Fleur De Lis. Dinner was at Kingfish and dessert was at Mr. B's Bistro. We went to as many places as we could and we were SO full by the end of it! We stopped at the Carousel bar again before bed to plan our markets...and ended the night by looking over the Mississippi River from the window in our room. So peaceful! I really didn't want to leave! There's definitely something magical about the city. I'm excited to bring Tanner in June so he can experience it too! The last time he was there was right after Hurricane Katrina!

If you're planning a trip to New Orleans, I highly recommend the Hotel Monteleone. We've stayed in a lot of places, but none compare to the customer service we received while we stayed with them. The rooms are beautiful, its in a very convenient and safe location, and we can not WAIT to go back. If you're flying into New Orleans for our market, this is where you want to stay. It's only 2 hours from Laurel! Counting the days!!

What are your must-stop places in New Orleans?

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Juice Cleanse and Clean Eating in 2017!

I LOVE getting a new notebook or a new planner because of the possibilities it brings. No scribbled pages, no doodles or dog-eared pages...just a clean slate. It's the same reason I LOVE the motivation and self-reflection that the new year brings! Unfortunately, I typically start off with the best intentions and end up completing a tiny fraction of my goals! So, I actually started preparing for my year by starting early. I have been working pretty consistently out for the past 2 months and that's a big step for me. Up until now, I've avoided anything hard like exercise and dieting haha! Dessert every day, or even twice a day, was my norm and stress brought (and actually still brings) the desire to eat everything in sight! I've learned over the past 2 months that I don't need it. Exercising was really hard at first but I've grown to really look forward to it! Tanner told me that would happen but I didn't believe him ;) 

I'm ready to step it up a notch now and tackle my perspective on food. I don't think I will truly change my habits until I've learned a little bit of self-control, and just like exercising, I need that little push to start! Enter Wunder Juice, a Fort Collins based wellness company that ships nationwide! I contacted Andrea, the owner, about her Reset 30 program and it's what I have been looking for. (We are NOT being paid for this campaign). She's offering a discount for any of you who would like to join me as well! If you're local, we can do it together! If you're not local to Fort Collins, they ship this nationwide and we'll start an online support group to cheer each other on!! Here's the program in a nutshell:

The Reset 30 food plan is designed to make you energized, clean from the inside out and help you shed unwanted weight.
Why 30 Days? It takes 30 days to shift your thinking towards food and create metabolic change in the body. With Reset 30, there is no calorie counting or deprivation!
You will eat good, whole food and feel great.
 The Reset 30 is the perfect food plan designed to make you feel your best: 
  • Lose Weight
  • Detoxify and Get Clean Inside and Out
  • Increase Energy with Whole, Organic Comfort Food 
  • Build lasting healthy eating habits so that it becomes a second nature and part of your lifestyle
Benefits: Feel more energized, lose weight, sleep better and get balanced.
Total Cost Including 5 Day Reset + Detox Box= $12.50 Per Day 
$375 Total For a Month of: 
  • 30 days of an outlined food plan and grocery list to keep you energized, detoxified and on-track
  • 1 hour Kickoff/Consultation with Elaine 
  • 5 Day Reset + Detox Box includes 5 days of Juice + Soup/Broth + Smoothies
  • 30 days of recipes to make on your own 
  • Weekly support emails
  • FREE Weekly food delivery (optional)
Your box includes 5 days of:
  • 3 Juices Daily: Fresh, raw juices to detox your cells
  • Green Smoothie
  • 1 Veggie Soup made with bone broth (vegan/vegetarian avail.)
  • 32 oz Bone Broth to strengthen your digestive system, make your skin glow, build bone density & nurture your immune system.
  • 32 oz's Cashew or Almond Milky: Healthy way to treat yourself and feel satisfied

I'm a little nervous to start because self-control isn't my strong suit...but the reason I chose this program over some of the other ones I've seen online is the support and the amount of product that you get with the cleanse. It's also a more hearty cleanse than the others that is based around detoxing rather than weight loss, so you're not going to go hungry. So, my plan is to start this on the 16th of January and supplement with prayer and meditating on scriptures that talk about self-control. I am really excited!

The deadline to sign up with the COUPON is Jan 3rd. The deadline to sign up is Jan 6th. Class will kick off online on Jan 11th! Keep in mind that all national shipping takes 1 week to process.

For those of you who are doing it with me in person, we'll kick off at the Garden Juicery on Jan 13th!! If you're local, you'll pick up your supplies at the Garden Juicery on Jan 15th OR you can have it delivered for a $5 fee!

So excited to make this change, and I'm really hoping to have some people doing it with me!! 'The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.' - Socrates

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Home Tour

Christmas decorating can get pretty complicated when you don't like clutter. It becomes more of a challenge for me with each year that I become more of a minimalist. I spend countless hours studying and researching looks that I love and that's how I come up with my "plan". So here it is...

I've been wanting a deep blue linen tablecloth for such a long time! I found one on Etsy (here) and the color could not be more perfect!! My lights are vintage and rewired by my Sweetie. This room is painted with "Glacier White" from Benjamin Moore. 

I love the texture of a linen tablecloth! Normally tablecloths give a very formal feel, but the wrinkles and texture of a linen tablecloth seem to make it much more casual and relaxed. 

The beams we put in are not old. I whitewashed them with a light grey paint mixed with water. 

Those red stockings I found on an etsy shop as well. 

I wanted a very fat tree for the last couple of years. This one makes me SO happy! I told the kids we wouldn't be decorating it much at all this year and of course that made them so sad! So...there was nothing else to do but get them their own tree to decorate however they wanted. 

I can not tell you how excited I am to finally have the sofa of my DREAMS! A couple years ago I bought a NEW sofa and it was the most I've ever spent on furniture...however it was the cheap version of what I really wanted! So after getting some great advice, I decided to go for the couch I loved best! 

The sofa is from Layla Grayce and the maker is Moss Sudio. It's entirely slipcovered which is a necessity when you have 3 little kids! The slipcover is linen which I already mentioned is a favorite fabric of mine because of the relaxed texture. This sofa is AMAZING!

Remember this cabinet? Some of you will just die that I painted it but I can't tell you how it transformed the room when I had no idea it would make such a dramatic effect! I was very careful to paint it so that it still looked old and you could still see the cracks and nicks. I LOVE how it turned out! Why didn't I do this a year ago?!

I bought some Eucalyptus stems from a local florist and made the garland. I wanted a more delicate look and the Eucalyptus made for such a pretty Christmas touch!

So....are you just dying over my new painting?? I so wanted a huge painting in here and I could not find one that was the right size and shape and colors, etc. So I commissioned my really good friend to paint me exactly what I wanted. We picked out a picture that my brother took locally and I sent her the colors I love. I had confidence in her talent, but I was surprised that the end result was EXACTLY what I wanted...since I am pretty darn picky! So....if you ever want to get ahold of this artist, you can email her at krissy.deboer.art@gmail.com.

That's all I've got for now! Now I am going to enjoy my festive home with my family and I hope you all will get to do the same! Merry Christmas!

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