Colorado Autostraddler Brunch

Hello

So long ago we had our first Autostraddle Brunch here in Denver. Since then the group has grown and we have had brunches and gatherings sporadically over the last two years. I have met some really amazing people through these get-togethers. Really brilliant writers, teachers, feminists, fashionistas and so much more. I probably would not have met many of these people if Autostraddle had not repeatedly encouraged us to build our own local real life communities.

So I planned a brunch and park time outing for this recent Saturday. It was great. We ate too much, had some mimosas and headed to a nearby park afterwords. We started at Watercourse Foods, a great vegetarian restaurant, and then we headed to Cheesman Park (otherwise known as the gay beach). I have a special spot under some giant oak trees that I like to lay my blanket and watch adorable queer couples read to each other or watch the half naked gay men play volleyball. It’s always great people watching.

Watercourse Foods has THE BEST vegetarian biscuits and gravy.

Watercourse Foods has THE BEST vegetarian biscuits and gravy.

 

really adorable humans amiright?!

really adorable humans amiright?!

 

sitting in the sun at the park is the best way to get through a food coma. fyi.

sitting in the sun at the park is the best way to get through a food coma. fyi.

 

park time selfie! a special thanks to my late grandma for the great sunglasses.

park time selfie! a special thanks to my late grandma for the great sunglasses.

 

I’m going to miss my Colorado Autostraddle group when I move in June. Y’all are the best!

Ciao Torrebelle

thinning my closet is proving to be really really hard.

I’m moving. First across town then across the country in a few months. I have an insane amount of clothes, shoes and accessories. Like rolling-rack-in-my-living-room-aside-from-every-closet-being-full amounts of clothes. I have been going through and thinning out the pieces that are too worn out or don’t fit or that I just don’t feel amazing in. I did pretty well with this project over the last two weeks. . . or so I thought.

After taking two giant car loads full of stuff to Buffalo Exchange and selling $300 worth of clothes and costume jewelry plus multiple trips to the goodwill donation center, I am still left  with two really full closets. Two full closets and a few giant tubs filled with shoes and accessories.

It is still too much. Too much to lug across the country. I feel like some tears will be in my near future when I end up taking some pieces I love to Buffalo Exchange.

I am telling myself that I won’t really know what to bring there anyway. I am moving from Denver to Portland and am not entirely sure how to dress for the climate. Denver is soooo dry. Will I wear any of my 20 pairs of open toed shoes? Will I regret wearing those long maxi dresses that I imagine turn into soggy mops on almost any given day in Portland?

I am amazed at the sheer size of my wardrobe and overwhelmed with the work of reducing it. How do people live vibrant lives with less that 10 crisp button down shirts? It is a mystery to me.

ciao -Torrebelle

 

My Selfie on Tomboyfemme.com Yay!

Hello! Every now and then I submit a photo to tomboyfemme. A super fabulous fashion inspiration tumblr. I fluctuate quite a bit from very very femme to tomboyfemme. Which is a place on the presentation spectrum I find to be very comfortable. This is the second photo they have posted of mine. Yay!

Anyways, I took a selfie of my first day of this semester and here it is. Thanks to tomboyfemme for posting it!

selfie

 

Danielle Spires, Photoshoot

I had the fabulous opportunity to model and style a shoot for the amazing Danielle Spires. She has a few series that I have been so thrilled to be a part of in the past. Recently she has been wrapping up a series titled “Girls Eating Food in My Kitchen”. I happened to be visiting L.A. at the perfect time and was able to spend an afternoon with her and her camera.

Here are some of my photos from the shoot. But be sure to check out the rest of the “Girls Eating Food in My Kitchen Series” along with all the rest of her crazy good work at www.daniellespires.com 

Toto-47_r copy Toto-48_r copy Toto-58_r copy Toto-60_r copy Toto-63_r copy Toto-65_r copy Toto-69_r copy Toto-71_r copyThis shoot was so silly and really fun to be a part of.

A few things though: No, that’s not meat. It is spicy jackfruit. Yes, that is a stick of butter. Do you know that body shaming can be directed towards anyone? Including thin people? I can’t tell you how many times I have been told to eat a sandwich or eat a stick of butter because I am “too thin”. Also, that was one of the best butter croissants I have ever had.

Ciao Torrebelle

Gratitude tastes so good.

My friend J, the gal who recently got married from my post “the sweetest wedding ever” took me out to dinner as a thank you for all my hard work. I would have done it all three times over regardless of any sort of pay off. But, I have to say, this dinner was a really unexpected and amazing treat.

She took me to Olivea. The pastry chef there wins all sorts of national awards every year. Pastries!!! I am a bit of a pastry monster (much like the near cousin of the cookie variety). So I was thrilled when I heard about his accomplishments.

hungry eyes (for dessert!)

Dinner was really great. I had the Vegetarian special which was basically the fanciest version of falafel, hummus, and swiss chard I have ever had. It was super tasty.

one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth.

J’s super chocolatey heaven.


But the desserts stole the show once again. I had the almond torte, with lemon custard ice cream and fresh berry compote. This was quite possibly one of the best pieces of cake I have EVER had. I’m not kidding, at all. J had a caramel chocolate tart type thing with chocolate ice cream on the side. She said it was really good. I don’t like chocolate (I know, I’m crazy) so I’ll just have to take her word for it.

I wore a skirt that I got at forever 21 when I was probably 21. I’ll just leave it at that, I’ve had it a while. The pastel yellow button down is also new, from Anthropology. I really like its 1930’s silhouette. Pair with white sandals and white basket purse. ta da!

Thank you sooooo much J! It was great.

Ciao Torrebelle

Bitches who Brunch, Autostraddle style.

As I have mentioned before I love Autostraddle. I have told you about my excitement regarding A-Camp (lesbian/queer summer camp) that they have organized. Now I am here to tell you about another great Autostraddle event that recently took place.

It was International Autostaddle Brunch Day a couple of Sundays ago. I know, you are asking yourself  “what? why did I not know about this? why was I not invited?”. It is because you don’t read Autostraddle, yet. Get on it. Basically queer ladies all over the world amassed to eat breakfast food simultaneously.

I am totally nervous about going off to have brunch with strangers.

International Autostraddle Brunch Day (IABD) was too much fun, although a little nerve wracking for the shyish person that I am. But I was out to make more queer friends and that’s exactly what I did. I met up with about 15 total strangers who’s only connection was that we all lived in Colorado, we all read Autostraddle and we all like eating brunch foods. Who doesn’t though?

The first few to arrive, we met at the bar. I think it’s going to be okay.

Anyhoo, I met a bunch of really awesome, funny, pretty, interesting ladies and am soooo glad I built up enough courage to go. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not always shy. Just at first, when I am trying to figure everyone out, trying to sit back and take all the newness in. I can be really quiet and that is often misread as bitchiness. But I think I did a fairly good job of being open.

We just sat down. All the ladies minus myself.

We ate a Lucielles. It is a Denver brunch favorite with lines out the door all the time. So I had never been, mainly because I was worried that I would not be able to find any veg friendly foods to eat at a New Orleans style breakfast joint.

so many tough menu decisions!

I was wrong! I had a really great veggie benny, a super tasty beignets and a few delicious greyhounds. MMMMMMMM, greyhounds. I love grapefruit. I didn’t have the room, but I found out that the amazing looking biscuits were also vegetarian, so, next time.

Food! Booze! Queerness! Can life get any better?

so darn good.

feast!

We laughed a lot, chatted a lot and all got on rather swimmingly. I even got a Florence and the Machine (at Red Rocks!!!) ticket! I am still in a bit of shock about that. The gal sitting next to me said she had a spare ticket and offered to me. For Free! Like I said, they were all soooo nice.

We even decided to do brunch monthly. So next month we are doing brunch at City’ O’ City.

What I wore: I chose my super bright 1950’s shirt dress. It is an amazing print of orange, pink and white stripes with scattered white block print flowers. I paired it with black and white accessories. Like my black head scarf that belonged to my Grandma, my black patent wedges and my white basket purse. I think I got the dress at Boss Unlimeted. Though I have had it so long I could be off on those details.

um, Pockets. need I say more?

my new homos.

Yay! Queer Brunch!

Ciao, Torrebelle

One of the Sweetest Weddings ever.

One of my oldest friends, J married P on Friday. It was beautiful.

the cute DIY decor at the band shell.

the Boat House at Denver City Park.

Here comes the Bride!

J and her bridesmaids.

the happy couple.

their fabulous footwear.

J and I, and our friend Mr. Mojito.

the DJ, our friend S who always looks so dapper.

hair thingy I made for J that morning.

first dance

Rockabilly Baby, he loved the speakers!

the Rockabilly table, as I dubbed it.

yours truly!

shoe porn!

So much love!

I am so proud of this picture, except for that guy walking in the back. Otherwise, so hot, so sweet, so beautiful. I can hardly stand it 🙂

Where to begin?! The wedding day was a little hectic, but nothing I didn’t expect. I knew my time to primp was going to be limited and that I would be doing all sorts of lord know what throughout the day. I was carrying boxes, setting up tables and chairs, literally running around all day. So I was happy with my choice of cotton sun dress and my ever faithful black patent wedges. The dress was given to me once upon a time and I think it is from the 70’s. I quickly tossed my hair into the standard side ways dutch braid bun combo that I do on the regular. I just added a gray flowery head band to spiffy it up.

But really, who cares about me? Did you see how adorable the bride and groom were? J, the bride wore a super pretty sunny yellow dress. It is a new dress but has that great mid-century semi-formal feel. We tacked on the little ruched caps that morning (Did I mention it was a bit hectic). They chose yellow, gray, black and white as their colors. So she found some delicate gray satin kitten heals and also wore a gray bow in her hair that I hot glued that morning.  One of my favorite parts of J’s bridal outfit was the necklace that she made. She made it out of a glass heart that her Grandpa had made for her Grandma.  He made the heart during the war out of an airplane wind shield! We all teared up when that choice piece of nostalgia was shared. So sweet.

P looked dapper in a dark gray jacket, a lighter gray button down shirt, black jeans and gray chuck taylors. Actually the whole wedding party on the grooms side wore gray chucks. It looked great. The fellas also all wore little boutonnieres made out of tiny silver gears and red hearts (DIY alert).

The bridesmaids were mismatched in two really great retro inspired day dresses. L wore a sear sucker dress with yellow piping. She looked great. J, the brides sister wore a white dress that had a black floral print. Everything had a really fresh and romantic feel to it.

Obviously you gathered that gears were a theme for this wedding. All the table and venue decor was envisioned and executed by P, the groom. He is a great artist and designed their totally adorable invitations that featured little cartoon versions of the couple.

Fashion, fashion, fashion, Blah, blah, blah. . . Can we take a moment and talk about the dessert buffet?!!! J’s sister (the gal wearing the white and black floral dress) can cook/ bake like non other. She bakes so well that she teaches pie crust classes. PIE CRUST! Do you know how hard it is to make great pie crust?

Anyhoo, dessert buffet, amazing. I don’t think I can express with words how great it was.

I ate: pecan pie, strawberry rhubarb pie, berry pie, pineapple upside down cake, coconut cake, pound cake, cherry pie (homegrown cherries), vanilla malt ice cream and watermelon sorbet (from Sweet Action Ice Cream, Denver).

Whew! Don’t worry I danced it all off. Thanks to the awesome friends who DJ’d.

Thanks to the lovely couple for letting me partake in their special day. It was an honor to be present.

Ciao Torrebelle

Justice League of Street Food

Yay! Food, Drinks, Friends, Summer, Night Time Bike Rides! What a great way to spend an evening.

I was really excited about the Vegan Van!

I believe this was called “Cosmic Slop”. It was a vegan version of a pulled pork sandwich. Yum!!!

Not my best fashion moment. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

totes adorbs. That is all.

the Denver Design Center, home of the French Fry Statue (that’s what I’ve called it since I was little anyways).

Mmmm, french fries.

So, here in Denver there is a magical thing called the Justice League of Street Food. A group of food trucks that work together and throw summer gatherings all over town. There are probably 15 or so trucks, DJ’s and booze tents. This time around they held it at the Denver Design Center. Ever since I was little, I thought the statue was a rendition of a giant stack of french fries. It was perfect weather that night.

I was in a bit of a rush to get there. So I ended up throwing on my grey cotton shorts, an olive green v-neck tee (target) and my favorite pair of metallic sandals. I got them at the salvation army thrift store with the original tags still on them for only $1. It was a great find. I love that they have silver, gold and bronze colored leather, I can wear them with anything. I also wore my rainbow owl pendant.

I currently live super close to the Denver Design Center, so I hopped on my bike and stuffed my self on a vegan sandwich, popcorn, street tacos and sangria. It was great. I ran into quite a few friends and got in some great people watching.

Ciao, Torrebelle

Trivia, geeking out in hopes of winning free pints!

So I go to trivia with a few friends pretty much weekly. We dont always go to the same pub. Sometimes the Irish Rover, sometimes the Brittish Bulldog. Anyhoo, we get a bit competetive and when I say “we” I really mean G. It’s always loads of fun, even when we do really poorly.

my go-to black ballet flats

Hair is off my neck, that is key.

Super cute summer purse. Possibly 40’s or 50’s, I’m not really sure.

G, she takes this seriously 🙂

I wore one of my favorite summer dresses. It is a super breezy, light weight rayon/silk blend from the 1940’s. I am fairly sure I got it at Boss Unlimited in Denver. I really love the faceted pink plastic buttons.

This is just a quickie. I’ve got a lot going on right now. I found a new place to live (yay!) because my land lord decided to sell the duplex I live in 😦  Sad day. I love my place. But I am looking forward to my next chapter. I found a great room mate and we found a totally bitchin place in the Highlands. It is only three blocks away from my favorite sushi place in town, which could be trouble for my wallet.

I get to move there in mid August.

Well, I hope you are well in internet land.

Ciao Torrebelle