Denver Travel Guide

Every time I visit Denver, Colorado I feel so healthy and motivated. I try to travel to Denver once a year to visit family and always feel so at peace when I am there. Just spending a weekend here is incredible and so refreshing. I love traveling to hip, modern and fun cities and I find Denver so unique. Only 3-4 hours away from Toronto, the flight is a reasonable distance away for the perfect weekend getaway. I stayed at the AC Denver Downtown by Marriott and had the most incredible experience.

Downtown Denver is a fantastic spot for some of the best rooftop bars, hip healthy restaurants, and Instagram worthy hotels. Consider checking out a local market for a bite to eat, I love Denver’s Central Market for this. The freshly baked pastries and desserts at Izzio Bakery are to die for. Another one of my favorite spots is, Denver’s Union Station; it has the cutest esthetic and little shops! They have a little ice cream shop called Milkbox, a colorful flower boutique, and a delicious coffee shop all under one roof!

When finding a hotel in a city you are not familiar with, it can be a tricky and confusing process. Personally, I ask myself a few questions when searching for the right accommodations for me. Is the hotel Instagram worthy?, Is this a suitable location for a foodie? Is the hotel in a safe and exciting neighbourhood? Well…. I found all of the answers that I was looking for at The AC Denver Downtown by Marriott! This hotel was everything I wanted and more completely exceeded all of my expectations.

I stayed in the King Deluxe Suite and everything was amazing especially the view! The floor to ceiling windows stretched across one side of the room and had the most gorgeous view of the mountains from the comfort of my bed. The room and hotel decor were European and urban-influenced, very modern and chic. If you get hungry, try checking out the in hotel restaurants; Corinne, AC Kitchen and Bar AC. During my stay, I indulged at all of the in house eateries and would highly recommend trying one of the fresh juices at Corinne for breakfast. At the Bar AC, the Strawberry Fields cocktail was unlike any other; I highly recommend ordering it! Everytime I stay at a hotel, I love ordering room service because I find that it adds to the experience and breaks up the difference of your everyday routine. Make your stay a bit more special by requesting decadent macaron and chocolates.

I would highly reccomend visiting Denver this summer! There are endless possiblities in terms of shopping, culinary, nature, relaxation, and athletic adventures. Discover more on my Instagram @MelinaMagnatta_

AC DENVER DOWNTOWN BY MARRIOTT

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Denver Union Station’s Milkbox
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Denver Union Station; Flower Shop

 

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Denver Union Station

 

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Thank you again AC HOTEL DENVER for an excellent stay. I cant wait to check out other AC locations for my next travels.
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Getting into Gingham

As the weather slowly starts to warm up, Gigham starts to peek its way out! Step your style game up this Spring/Summer and add some print to your wardrobe. This year im incorporating more Gingham pieces into my everyday looks. Check out my favorites below. 

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Winter Skincare Routine

For months, I have really suffered with my skin and finally, I can write this post with confidence; in hopes of helping some of you. My relationship with my skin has been very off and on the last 6-8 months. Anywhere from a minor breakout to a cystic pimple and anywhere in between. I have fairly sensitive skin and have tried a lot of products through this journey to clearer skin. I wanted to avoid oral medication to treat my skin and try and fix things on my own.

A friend of mine had recommended trying products from Kiehl’s. I went to the location at Toronto Eaton’s Centre and was blown away by there helpful staff. I explained my skin concerns and they worked with me to pick out the best products for me. I use a variety of their products daily; in the morning and night. I really noticed a difference in the appearance and feeling of my face. As an everyday cleanser, I use the Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser. It is super gentle and you only need a small amount of this. Most of my everyday skincare products are from Kiehls because I find that they work best for my skin and they are fairly priced for the quality  I also really enjoy using the Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub by Kiehl’s. I did not include a photo of this because I actually need to replenish, but it leaves your body feeling smooth and radiant. My favorite scent is the Grapefruit!

After using my Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser in the evening, I use an additional makeup removing product. I use the Cleansing cloths by Consonant Skincare to help ensure all of the makeup is off of my skin before bed. They are super gentle on the skin and are 100% biodegradable!

Now…for what really changed the skincare game. I got the Luna Play brush by Foreo not too long ago and I can honestly say it has improved my skin so much. I never really paid much attention to these types of devices, but this one works! I use it with my Kiehl’s cleanser for one minute 2x a day.  This is my favorite part of my face washing routine.

Lastly, something that has drastcly helped my skin is making healthier dietary choices. I go to a lot of restuarants and try a lot of foods that are unfirmilliar to my skin. I try to limit the ammount of dairy I consume because I know that can cause flare ups sometimes…but I cant say no to icecream. Drinking more water has really helped with clearing up my skin too. Sometimes we forget to be good to our bodies, not oly from the outside but the inside too.

 

Winter Skincare Routine

 

 

Cleansing Cloths by Consonant Skincare
Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator by Kiehl’s

 

Luna Play; Electric Cleansing Brush by Foreo
Face and Body oil by Bio-Oil. This helps so mmuch with any scarring or discolouration on the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar Drink by Welo
Smoothie Bowl for breakfast 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Valentines Day a Success

 

January is finally over…And the countdown to Valentines Day; is officially on. I believe that Valentines Day is an important time to focus on what is important to you, who and what you love. Personally, I like to celebrate by doing something together and spending money that way. This may be at a restaurant, spa, cafe, hotel or anything else that may capture that special moment. I have been dating my boyfriend Adam; for over 4 years and to me, Valentines Day is just another excuse to go out for dinner and order tons of yummy things.  Although, thats not where this post is going. I will actually be focusing on the material gift side of things. I know how challenging it can be for both men and women to pick out the perfect gift and sometimes you may even feel a bit lost. Whether you have been dating for months or years; it can be a procsess for present purchasing.

I have included some fun, romantic and sweet shoppable gift guides down below for both guys and girls. Hope this helped and feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

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WHAT TO WEAR 
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Shop my faves! 
WHAT TO WEAR ; FOR HER

GIFT IDEAS FOR HER

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Balloons; T.O. Balloons Bag; Bag Religion Flowers; Mia Luxe
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Flowers; Mia Luxe


Shop my faves!

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Tonic Blooms

Flower shops and florists have bloomed in every neighbourhood in Toronto. Giving Tonic Blooms is the perfect gift this holiday season and every day of the year. They select flowers of highest quality and freshness, so that your arrangement can last as long as it should. I highly recommend getting Tonic Blooms delivered to that special someone in your life.

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Gift Guide – Under $50 for Her

These are some cost-friendly gift ideas for that special woman in your life. Making the most out of a budget is something I personally really enjoy and look forward to. Just because the item is on sale or under a certain amount doesn’t mean it’s not as valuable.  How to score a gift for her under $50, without it looking under $50.

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NOCE Restaurant

NOCE on Queen West opened 22 years ago and I just recently went for the first time. I regret not paying this amazing Italian restaurant a visit sooner. They serve the freshest food I have ever experienced. The employees at Noce are outstanding, super friendly and outgoing! They seem to love their jobs and really engage with the guest.  The chefs know exactly how to incorporate the flavours of Italy and work with the most beautiful ingredients. Truffle, Bottarga, and Parmigiano Reggiano to name a few. I grew up eating traditional Italian food and I am very particular when it comes to choosing an Italian restaurant. I was very impressed by all aspects of this restaurant. I highly recommend checking out Noce especially, with the holidays quickly approaching.

They recently renovated and the interior is absolutely stunning. I love how rustic and retro meet modern and eclectic. They have several rooms to dine in which is perfect for a date for two to a party of 20+. I think this is the best spot to take your family or friends this holiday season and would recommend it to anyone who knows what good food is. Noce is a great place to go for any occasion and I highly recommend checking out the features on the board. It’s such a lovely restaurant to spend an evening and I can’t wait to go back during the holiday’s.

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Queen West Room – The main dining room overlooking Queen Street West at Trinity Bellwoods Park. This dining area has the perfect view of the talented NOCE Chefs preparing menu dishes.  
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Noce has a set menu but also offers specials that change accordingly and frequently. They now offer Sunday dinner service.
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“God made food, but the devil made chefs”
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The Tuscany Room – This room offers a lively dining experience is semi-private can be customized to your preferred seating arrangements; perfect for your next get-together. Book your holiday dinners here asap!
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The Queens at 875 – Aperol, St. Germain Elderflower liquor, grapefruit, Fiol prosecco   
Honolulu – Crystal Head Vodka, Mango liquor, Amaretto di Saronno, lemon, orange bitters
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Olive Ascolane –
Fried meat filled olives. These are the perfect appetizer for any olive lover! Yes, they are fried but they are not greasy at all and are the perfect combination of crispy and full of flavour.
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Crostini con Baccalà-
baccalà affumicato, bottarga di muggine. This is a must order!! Creamy cod on house made squid ink bread. topped with a true Italian delicacy. 
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Tonno Scottato – Wood fried tuna, tonnato sauce, infornate olives, crispy capers, pickle purée, parsley. I love that they used the wood oven for cooking more than just pizza. The crispy capers add the best touch on this dish. They add just the right amount of salt to the fish.

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Ecuadorian Shrimp – Giant shrimps fresh from Ecuadore. A variety of imported fish come in to the restaurant on Thursdays. These were to die for and super smokey.
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This was my absolute favorite menu item. Im pretty sure this is one of the featured specials. Pastina with a light tomato brodo, Clams and Rapini pesto. Everything about this was incredible. I love having pastina because my Nonna (Italian Grandmother) used to make it for me as a kid. But this was another level! I love the delicate clams and powerful taste of the rapini pesto. 
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Cauliflower roasted with Gorgonzola
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Crispy brussels sprouts with creamy goodness inside. Every time I go to a restaurant and there is brussels sprouts on the menu, I always order them. I have ordered them 50+ times and Noce makes them the best! Plus they are topped with Parmesan, which makes them 100x better.  
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16 OZ Ribeye – Cooked to absolute perfection. I am not a big steak orderer but I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seasoned lightly with salt and garnished with fried basil leaves. This steak is crispy on the outside and melt in your mouth tender on the inside.  

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Sex in a pan – Roasted base with Nutella, mascarpone whip, chocolate and crunchy. There is always room for dessert when it tastes this good.

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Gift Guide – Stylish Boyfriend

I know that getting a gift for your boyfriend can be overwhelming and stressful. Thankfully, my boyfriend never asks/wants anything specific and actually encourages me to just buy what I think will look good on him. I have grown to understand and know how to shop his style over the years; But, It wasn’t always that easy. Most of the time reading a man’s mind is basically impossible, So if you need some ideas; I have selected some of my faves.

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Dress for the Holiday’s

Its’s almost Cyber Monday! Now is your chance to score some of the greatest deals, from the comfort of your own home. I always recommend shopping online because during the holidays, it can be super busy and crowded at the mall. I have linked some of the most perfect pieces to shop this season. This is a guide to help you save money and look like a superstar during the holidays. Below are a number of my favourite dresses and accessories that are on sale right now. Happy Shopping!

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