prAna Sustainable Gift Guide

PrAna is a men and women's clothing line, that aims to equip you for fitness, travel, and adventure.  That about covers all the good stuff!  In addition to quality craftsmanship and attractive designs, they pride themselves on their sustainability. What does that mean exactly? Well, this concept appeals to me so I gave it some serious thought.  I've concluded that to me, "sustainability" (as it applies to clothing) means when we, as consumers: Blend old garments with new. Purchase quality pieces that will last. Select timeless, versatile styles that can serve many purposes and won't soon be outdated. Consider the materials used in making of clothing - choosing recycled, eco-friendly fabrics. What does sustainability mean to prAna? prAna's Sustainable Clothing prAna's clothing aligns nicely with all the sustainability concepts I outlined above.  I love that they use fabrics like organic cotton, recycled wool, and recycled polyester. "By using materials and … [Read more...]

The Merrell Jacket She’ll Love

For years, Merrell has been my go-to maker of awesome hiking boots.  They know outdoorsmen and their adventure needs well, and definitely build a quality, comfortable boot.  Now they've also branched out to offer a clothing line.  I was recently able to try out the gorgeous Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket, and have been enjoying its use in higher altitudes where we've found early snow. If you're looking for a great gift for that outdoor lover in your life (maybe even for yourself?)... this is a Merrell Jacket she'll love. Merrell Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket The Silversun Featherless Puffer jacket is made from 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation - 600g fill power.  This technology mimics or surpasses the performance of natural down in fill power, loft and performance when wet, and certainly seems to deliver as a down alternative.  It kept me cozy warm when I recently tried it out on a sledding adventure.  The temperature that day was in the 30's.  The jacket was … [Read more...]

Aventura Now Accepting Ambassador Applications

12/12/16 UPDATE: The search is on for 2017 Ambassadors!  Read on to apply... Aventura Clothing has decided to extend their Ambassador program yet another year!  This exciting opportunity offers a chance to sample and represent a family owned, eco-friendly, outdoorsy chic women's clothing brand. I've had the privilege of serving as an Aventura Ambassador for two three years now, and can tell you nothing but good things about this attractive, high quality line.  They offer wonderful fabrics and pieces made with lovely details, that work well for both everyday and travel. The variety of flattering, comfortable styles will have you looking fantastic and ready for anything from a busy day chasing your kids, looking classy at the office, or dressed to impress for a night out.  And just wait until you see their impressive collection of trendy hats, great fitting leggings, and luscious scarfs. Aventura Ambassador Application Are you a social media influencer?  Do you live an … [Read more...]

Aventura Clothing Fall Favorites & Discount Code

Because I'm an Aventura Ambassador, you may have heard me talk about this eco-friendly brand, or seen some photos I've posted of myself in their outdoorsy chic styles.  Aventura is a small, family owned clothing brand that use green initiatives in their business practices.  I love the fabrics they use, such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and modal (my favorite - so soft!).  I have become a loyal fan of their quality and fabulously cute clothes. Being an Ambassador allows me to select three outfits from the Fall 2015 season.  Then I proceed to order a bunch more on my own.  Because I'm addicted.  But that's another story.  Suffice it to say, I get a nice overview of the entire line and am happy to share my Aventura Clothing Fall Favorites with you. Aventura Clothing Fall Favorites ~ Ambassador Picks Let's start with a great jacket.  There are many foxy options to choose from this season on Aventura's site, but I think the one with the most character and distinct design … [Read more...]

One Week of Adventure in prAna #7DayStretch + Discount Code

A few years ago, I purchased my very first pair of what I call "outdoorsy" pants, made from durable fabric with some stretch to it.  They were made by prAna.  The comfort factor blew my mind, and they warmly welcomed me to my new "Life Beyond Jeans".  I was hooked.   Now prAna pants are better than ever. I was recently approached to try out a #7DayStretch test in some prAna pants, and quickly accepted the challenge.  Excited to see they come in three length options, I selected a tall pair of Women's Halle Pants. My mission:  To sport my new prAna Halle pants for 7 days straight, testing out the fit, fabric, and wear. Unfortunately for me, I can't really go play outside for a week straight. But fortunately for me, prAna Halle pants look great and work for just about anything you plan to do during your day. Are you ready?  Here we gooooo.....!  (Plus there's a prAna discount code for Colorado Mountain Mom readers at the end.) One Week of Adventure in prAna Halle Pants … [Read more...]

Ambassador Picks ~ Aventura Best Wardrobe Staples [Discount Code]

As an Ambassador for Aventura, the makers of eco-friendly women's clothing, I've been able to try out several pieces from the new Spring/Summer line. One of my favorite things about this season is the infusion of bright and cheery color. When I spent a week in downtown LA for business, I was surprised and saddened by the dreary sea of neutral wardrobe colors.  Sorry, but that's just not me.  Especially during these warm weather months I propose that wearing fun, gorgeous colors both bolsters your mood and sends a message to others that you are full of life, and up for adventure! You really can't go wrong with Aventura Clothing, as their fabrics are all soft and comfortable, the styles versatile, and the designs typically generously cut and flattering.  But if you are looking for some core staple pieces for your wardrobe, which you can use to create outfits for pretty much every occasion - I'd love to share with you some of my favorites. Aventura Clothing ~ Best Warddrobe … [Read more...]

SPF Protection for Skin Cancer Awareness Month

As we head into some glorious, longer, sunny days... the month of May is dedicated to Skin Cancer Awareness. It's the perfect time of year to give thought to this topic that is ever increasing in importance.  And it's the time to make sure your family is ready to have safe fun this summer - with SPF protection from sun hats, sunscreen, and SPF clothing. Did you know that more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined?  It's been described as a "lifestyle disease", affecting people of all ages.   One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. The good news is, because skin cancer is primarily a lifestyle disease, it is also highly preventable.   SPF Clothing All clothing is not created equal, when it comes to sun protection.  It's the same concept as sun screen, which have varying SPF levels of protection. Well, the same holds true of that tee shirt you think is keeping harmful rays off of you while … [Read more...]

Apply to Be an Aventura Ambassador

This past year, you may have heard me talking about Aventura Clothing.  The makers of comfortable styles crafted from eco-friendly fabrics, Aventura has truly become one of my all time favorite womens brands. I love that their style is practical and earthy, and works so well for travel and everyday adventures.  Yet their clothing also has a stylish edge that I can wear and feel both age appropriate and foxy!  :) Here is a peek at some of my favorite pieces from this past year, after serving as an Aventura Ambassador through the Spring/Summer and then Fall/Winter season of 2014. As you can see, these styles are so versatile - I wear my Aventura when going to picnics, at my office for work, volunteering at my daughter's grade school, seeing the circus, DISNEYLAND (Woo Hoo!), and touring the local toffee shop then playing at the park with my preschool son on our wonderful Fridays off … [Read more...]

Stonewear Designs Pants Are #DownwardDogApproved [Instagram Contest]

Stonewear Designs is my absolute favorite active wear company, run by a fabulous group of women in Louisville, Colorado.  They truly understand the need for comfortable active wear that moves with you and flatters all figures, made from fabrics that are functional, soft, and stand the test of time. I've been an Ambassador of Stonewear Designs for three years now, and wear their clothes  daily.  They are extremely versatile, and look as cute as they feel good on.  I wear my Stonewear to work at my office, when traveling, to the gym, running around town with my kids, and for all manner of playing outside! Their product line isn't huge, but they have some absolutely awesome core staple pieces that once you've tried, you won't want to live without.  I actually love that they are a smaller company, and it truly shows in their pride of workmanship, careful attention to design, and the level of quality clothing they continue to produce. Classic favorites continue to stick around, … [Read more...]

Comfortable and Classy, from Aventura’s Fall Collection

This Fall Aventura Clothing has a fantastic line-up including soft and stretchy corduroys, luscious infinity scarves, their signature unique henleys, and a great assortment of jackets and vests. My favorite colors from this collection center around blues and Aventura's "beaujolais", a rich rosy wine hue.  By adding just a few key pieces, you could mix and match with your existing clothing this winter and feel like you've got a whole new wardrobe! Check out this fantastic jacket, the Ciera Jacket.  As an Aventura Ambassador, I received one in "federal blue" to try.  And it's one of my absolute favorite things for Fall.  Extremely soft, yet has a tailored and classy look.   Wait, I wasn't ready.  (My 9 year old has been instructed to "just keep shooting...")  Here. Beautiful!   I adore the quilted pattern (which is repeated on the back), and the contrasting texture combination of modal sweater material for the sides and sleeves.  It has two well placed pockets, feels … [Read more...]