Hi there! My name is Bethany Kemp and I live in Denver, Colorado. Since I have a lifestyle blog, Colorado Pretty, I was thrilled when I learned of Bluprint, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s new, expanded subscription service and premier digital destination for lifestyle learning through online classes.
What exactly do I mean by lifestyle learning? Great question! When I went to Bluprint’s site, I was blown away by the wide variety of classes available. Bluprint’s classes promote and facilitate self-expression in areas including music, writing, dance, yoga, fitness, home decor, entertaining, and kids and family.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I’m into everything related to interior design, so naturally, the first place I headed to on the site was the home decor section. Here are two of my favorites classes!
- Blank Wall Rehaul w/ James Worsham: How to fill a big blank wall? In this Bluprint original series, designer James Worsham helps homeowners and businesses around Nashville transform blank walls into unforgettable installations. It’s your one-stop shop for DIY tips and tricks.
- The Flower Kitchen w/ Carly Cylinder: You don’t have to be a celebrity to surround yourself with beautiful blooms! In this Bluprint original series, floral artist Carly Cylinder demonstrates easy, approachable methods to building breathtaking bouquets in your own kitchen. You’ll learn how to visualize arrangements, pick the perfect blooms and expertly style them.
One of the other areas that piques my interest the most is the Cooking section. Here, I found classes including “20 Essential Cooking Techniques” and “Fall and Winter: Root Vegetables & Winter Squash.” I absolutely love this class on plant based meals!
- Easy and Delicious Plant Based Meals w/ Nicki Sizemore: Join culinary expert Nicki Sizemore to learn how to make well-balanced, easy plant-based meals so good you’ll never notice the meat is missing!
Bluprint is also the place for families to turn online inspiration into offline ways to imagine, play and grow. With 24/7 access to exclusive series and easy-to-follow classes, families can learn and try new things together — no matter their skill level. Bluprint’s family content is developed with kids 6-12 in mind, and led by trusted, family-friendly experts.
What’s Included With A Bluprint Subscription
Bluprint has a deep content library with more than 3,000 hours of original classes and produces original entertainment series featuring creative experts who will help inspire, empower and entertain both the experienced creator and everyday doer.
Bluprint serves a passionate and engaged community of more than 13 million and growing, keeping them informed and one step ahead of trends. It connects members with similar interests through premium and enhanced original editorial content, social media engagement and live, one of a kind events.
Did I mention a surprise?
Beginning this Friday, October 5 through October 12, Bluprint will be hosting its Get Started Event allowing makers, doers and creatives alike to stream unlimited classes and series for free with registration. And now through October 20, visitors have the option to select one of two limited time offers: Monthly subscription for $9.99 (regularly $14.99) OR Annual subscription for $100 (regularly $120) + a free Bluprint Box of their choice.
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Ever since the days of Adam Chandler on All My Children, a well-stocked bar cart in a dimly lit room in someone’s home has been a symbol of class and prestige. I remember watching Adam saunter over to the bar cart (and the camera), sigh as he thought of his most recent enemy or current love interest(s), and plan his next calculated move that would ultimately result in the continuation of his position of power.
Since that time I’ve dreamed of styling my own bar cart and stocking it with staples suitable for every type of guest. Enter Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. There is so much inspiration out there on Pinterest and other sites to take ideas from. Here I’ve compiled great deals from the sale that are must-haves for every bar cart. Stock up with this glassware and decor and all that’s let is liquor. Have fun!
The fact that I’m writing a blog about what to wear to work seems a bit ironic. On a normal day, I step into my office in Golden in what would be considered less than business casual. I have a lot on my plate at work, as many of us do, so putting on makeup and doing anything other than throwing my hair into a top knot is out of the question. We’ve all been there right?
I usually roll up to work in what I would call ‘soccer mom clothes.’ Cute yoga pants, some trendy trainers, and whatever I can find as a top to match. I forgive my dismissal of corporate attire in favor of soccer mom clothes by justifying that I’m dressing for the job I want, not the one I have. #kiddingnotkidding As you may expect, this comment always makes my boyfriend laugh … followed by silence when he realizes that I’m probably serious.
Today I had a short presentation to give during my company’s monthly strategy call. I thought if I dressed the part it would help me feel more confident and therefore sound more confident when presenting. Sure enough! Spending that extra time this morning helped me to project a more self-assured “girl you got this” voice.
Until it’s soccer mom time, I’m willing to bet that there is a connection between how I present myself at work, how I’m perceived, and possibly how I’m compensated. To be continued…
For now, I thought I would share with you my #ootd from today at the office. Slay on.
The clock is winding down on the Nordstrom Early Access Sale. Less than four hours and the doors will open wide to everyone. Now is the time to snatch up those last minute items that have been sitting in your shopping cart for the last week!
Interior design has grown to be one of my greatest passions. It’s rare to find high-end home decor statement pieces at a price that doesn’t send you running to the nearest IKEA. Fortunately, this Nordstrom sale has an endless inventory of everything you could possibly want to perfectly complete the aesthetic you desire–whether it’s this chenille pillow to finish off a perfect bedding ensemble or this hand-knit throw to complement the armchair in your study.
Sit back and daydream while picturing these in your own cozy home.
Hello lovelies! I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access! I took a break from the wonderful madness to go on a hike in Aspen (photos and deets to come in a later post).
At the hotel, I threw on my usual workout clothes that I had packed and headed out to the trail head about half a mile away. It wasn’t until the hike was over and I was enjoying a well-deserved breakfast that I realized how gross and sweaty I was and needed a shower ASAP. I also realized that I have owned the workout clothes I was wearing since …wait for it … 2011. It’s so not ok in so many ways!!! Enter the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access! Take me straight to activewear please!
Holy overwhelming! Sports bras and leggings and tanks OH MY! So for you, my little workout fiends, I’ve pulled together a collection of ten activewear items that will get you on the road to looking fabulous both in and out of the gym. Phew! Don’t worry! We’ve got this!
Day two of the #Nsale craziness is upon us! I love being a resource for all of you fashionistas! Have you had a chance to find your favorites with early access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Are you thrilled with what you’ve picked up so far?
Dates to Remember
Remember, early access ends on July 19th before the sale opens to the public the next day. If you want early access, apply for a Nordstrom card here.
If you aren’t interested in the Nordstrom card, the sale opens to the public on July 20th and will run until August 5th.
How to shop
One of the best parts about this sale is the fact that you can do it all from home. Who doesn’t want to sit in their pj’s online shopping this weekend? Shopping online is best to way shop this sale to ensure that you’re favorites pieces don’t sell out before you can get your hands on them. So get to it!
HELLO LOVES!! I’m so freaking excited today … because it’s the most WONDERFUL time of the year! Early access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here!! That’s right, early access has officially opened up and if you have a Nordstrom card you can shop ALL of the deals now before anybody else!! If you don’t have a Nordstrom card and you want one to shop these sales now, you can sign up here. Now is the time to score some great deals on your new fall wardrobe … or spoil yourself with the home decor you’ve had your eyes on!! Before I get into it all, I wanted to say, you DEF want to be following me on my Instagram stories during the sale. I am going to make it my life mission to show y’all my favorite finds during the first couple of days!
Today, I’m sharing my FAVES in women’s sweaters and coats and jackets! So, grab some coffee and let’s shop! Make sure to check back to my website as I’ll constantly be updating the best sale items throughout all of your favorite categories … shoes, accessories, jeans, home decor … you name it!
Don’t forget, Early Access runs from now until July 19th!! You’ll probably notice that items are already starting to fly off the shelves but not to worry as I know they’re working hard to restock items. If you see something that’s sold out, make sure to check back as it COULD be available again soon!!
Happy shopping (and saving) and don’t forget to share what you’ve stocked up on for the fall season!
Dates to Remember
Early Access for Nordstrom Cardholders: July 12th – July 19th
Sale opens to the public: July 20th – August 5th
Last day of the sale: August 5th
It’s 3:27 PM on Sunday and the weekly broadcast of this week’s Sunday scaries is well underway. My anticipation of Monday morning is now in full swing. FULL. SWING.
When I graduated from college seventeen years ago and entered the career world, I made a promise to myself that if I consistently dreaded the arrival of Monday morning for more than a month or two, for reasons that were more than just a phase, I’d find a new job. If I didn’t absolutely love my job, fine. However, I vowed that I wouldn’t sign myself up to drag myself anywhere on a regular basis during this lifetime, including work. I’ve kept this promise to myself and have never looked back.
This time feels different. I’m not convinced that it’s the job I’ve had for the last twenty-seven months that’s at the heart of the issue. I’ve been on a personal journey for the last five months, to be reflected on here at another point in time. This journey has left me depleted. Just really damn tired and exhausted on every level. While the chapter that began in January is appropriately coming to an end, I find myself struggling, although I know that how I feel is more complex and consuming than the word ‘struggling’ implies. What I envision for myself is to end this chapter by enthusiastically turning the page to find myself staring at the blank page before me. Cue the Hillary Duff theme song from “Laguna Beach” here and yes, I’m LC, eyes wide, shoulders back, smiling wide as I look into my future. I am acutely aware that right in front of my eyes are endless blank pages, bare and unencumbered by the mental, physical and emotional heaviness that the last five months have carried.
In reality, the page, as I turn it, seems so heavy that I’m unable to overcome its weight. When I’m finally able to turn to a new, clean, crisp blank page and I put pen to paper to write the beginning of the next chapter I’m finding that there’s no ink in the pen. So I push harder. I scribble frantically in endless circles. If these efforts prove successful, it’s only for a word or two and it’s unable to be sustained. These few meaningless words come nowhere close to the representation of the amazing, can’t wait to be lived chapters upon chapters I’ve already written in my head.
As I anticipate the new week just fourteen hours away, I know that there are people depending on me and expecting me to be on, and I don’t want to disappoint them. I don’t want to disappoint myself. The next emotion I feel is fear. Not the fear of what I’ll find when tomorrow comes, but the fear that tomorrow will find me and I won’t be ready.
When I included a dedicated “redesign” section on Colorado Pretty, I had grand ideas of posts filled with lavish “after” photos that came from uninspiring and drab “before” scenes of a living room, bedroom or office that I had swooped in and rescued. But dreams really do come true, and one day, sooner rather than later, those are what you will see. We’re publicly putting it out there into the universe now.
For now, let’s take good advantage of smaller scale aspirations as training for what’s to come. My spare room in my condo is a tiny one and has slowly been used as a place to literally throw everything that I did not want in plain sight. Until this weekend. The work began around 7 PM on Friday night and as I write this at 5:30 PM on Sunday evening, it has just concluded.
So here it is, the before (eek), during, and after of what was a major clean out.
This desk, in white, is on its way from Wayfair and will arrive soon!