Friday, May 10, 2013

Words of wisdom from Julie Andrews

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By Brittany Anas

I'm a sucker for good, inspirational quotes -- in fact I put one on top of my to-do list every day. That's why, as a higher education reporter, I love covering graduation. It's where inspirational quotes twirl all about, I tell you. 

This morning was a special treat because the ever-so-eloquent Julie Andrews delivered the graduation address at the University of Colorado's graduation this morning. That's right. Mary Poppins gave the commencement address in beautiful Boulder. 

Here's my coverage of the morning's graduation in the Daily Camera. 

And, as a supplement, I've put together some of the memorable quotes from Andrews, starting with my favorite. 

• “Be a part of all that is decent and be an ambassador for the kind of world you want to live in."
• "Hello Buffalo people!" 
• "Live lightly on this Earth and give generously."
• “I too had a very late evening last night. It started out with a lovely dinner on Pearl Street, and even though it was not my 21st birthday, I made my way to the pub to kiss the buffalo. Why not? I segued on to The Sink on the Hill, where I think I may have seen some of you this morning. You have such amazing stamina.”
• “Now you stand on the threshold of the next phase of your lives. Some of you may know what lies ahead of you, and perhaps some of you have not made a decision, yet. Whatever the case, this is the first of many transitions you will likely encounter in your lifetime. Believe me, feeling nervous is just par for the course.”  
• “When adversity hits, go out and learn something.”  
• “Keep learning as you go. Acknowledge that there will be fear and adversity. Then go out and kick butt.”  
• “Leave everything you do, every place you go, everything you touch a little better for your having been there.”
• "The hills today are truly alive with the graduating class of 2013. Bravo”

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dressing for spring ... when it's cold

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Look 1: Leather skirt + floral scarf 

Look 2: Military jacket + pops of fuchsia 

Look 3: Floral skirt and pinks + army green coat

Dressing for spring in Denver is kind of like dressing for winter -- except you've packed away all of your cold-weather clothes because there was that one 70-degree day that inspired optimism.  The calendar is telling me to bust out the sundresses and the barometer is like, oh, you should get some hot chocolate and blanket. 

Here are a few of my favorite fashion and fitness articles I've written recently over at 

Mom's know best: The best fashion and beauty advice passed down from mothers
Bikini bootcamp: 5 no-gym drills to get your body ready for summer
• Health benefits of tomatoes, plus a recipe to satisfy your pizza cravings
How to host a smashing Great Gatsby party

- Brittany Leigh

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Shady lady + exciting designer collaborations

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There's something about a big pair of sunglasses that makes women look mysterious. Or crazy. Or famous. Perhaps all of the above? Throw on a pair of big shades and, boom, you've instantly got a dramatic look. I was flipping through a fashion magazine this weekend and came across an article about the "right size of shades for your face." After matching my face to the scaled-down images on the page, it turned out I fell into an ambiguous, shapeless category that said I could wear whatever size and shape of sunglasses I wanted to.  (I could have-would have worn whatever silly sunglasses I wanted to anyways, but now I've got a magazine condoning my choices). So I said to my five-head (kinda like a forehead, but bigger) "go on with your bad self." 

A few things I'm excited about this month? Designer collaborations. Here are some links about exciting collab-o's. Almost as exciting as when Tim McGraw and Nelly paired up for a song that played on country and hip-hop stations. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Watercolor florals

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Here in Denver, we got one sunny day that flirted with 70 degrees, and I was like, boom, it's spring and summer is just around the corner. Then, the next day, it snowed. This spring, I'm loving romantic watercolor florals and am still deeply committed to pattern mixing. I bought a pair of polka dot jeans, which I will wear until the dots fall off and are proving to be the MVP of my closet. MVP meaning Most Versatile Player. 

I'm super-excited about posting more outfit shots this spring. I think my sense of style and creativity goes into hibernation in the winter. Or, it's just that I'm cold and want to layer three sweaters. But, I've also been busy writing for the Daily Camera and ShopAtHome, so some times my typing fingers need a little nap.

Click here for a piece I wrote for ShopAtHome about wearing floral prints. 

-- Brittany Leigh

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Skinny-fied "chicken wings"

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I sometimes crave chicken wings. But, those lil mother cluckers are major diet busters. So, I made a skinny-fied version for Superbowl Sunday. The ramekins are blue and orange because we live in Bronco's country. Here's the recipe. (If you do Weight Watchers, these are just 5 points for four pieces of chicken, four pieces of celery and two tablespoons of fat-free blue cheese dressing).

Lil bit of cooking spray
1 1/4 LB boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 ribs of celery 
1 TSP Salt 
1 TSP Paprika
T TBSP Margerine
7 TSP Frank's red hot wing sauce
1/2 cup fat-free blue cheese dressing

- Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. 
- Chop up your chicken into strips and then sprinkle it with your paprika and salt mixture. 
- Add chicken to skillet, cook on medium-high, turning it occasionally until it's a light brown and cooked all the way through. (About 7 minutes).
- Add garlic and reduce heat to low. Stir for about 30 seconds.
- Remove skillet from heat and pour margarine and hot sauce over your chicken. Stir until melted.
- Serve with celery pieces and 2 tablespoons of blue cheese dressing. 

Brittany Leigh