don’t go chasing waterfalls

A few weeks ago Marla tried to twist my arm into going to Colorado.  I told her I would think about it.  I’m pretty safe.  I like to plan ahead.  I’m a schedules and lists type.  A little Type A? Perhaps.  But a few weeks passed by and I kept thinking about it… and my thoughts eventually turned from “you really shouldn’t go, you have a lot on your plate right now” to “why not,  it’s just a few days“  so I checked flights and they were cheap, so I booked.  Marla already had a car and hotel… all I needed was my plane ticket.  So generous of her to let me crash her party.  I was quite proud of myself for being spontaneous.  I needed a break.  My creativity has taken a beating lately, and nothing really inspires me like traveling.

As you probably already know, Marla is a professional photographer.  An excellent one.  And she has a sidekick, her brilliant assistant, Brittany.  Brittany is a dream assistant.  Here she is:

She drove us around, she had already researched all the best restaurants, she knew the maps, the sightseeing, the parks, pretty much everything we needed to know… Brittany already knew.  She is not only beautiful, but kind and caring and talented (she’s a photographer) too!  Marla had three or four photography sessions booked so they were there for work.  Me, well, I was there to totally check-out from reality.  And I was successful.  If you are a fellow schedules and lists type (Type A sounds so harsh) you know that it is challenging.  Well, I did a pretty good job.  I rode in the backseat.  Did zero research and just let the fun fall out in front of me.  I did a decent amount of backseat driving, but I couldn’t help it.  I don’t ride well.  And come on, being up in the clouds on mountain roads is enough to make a blind person nervous.

We hiked, we ate, we hiked, we ate, we laughed, we shopped, we laughed some more.  We met some real characters.  Like Doc (below).

We spent an evening with Marla’s friend, Denver photographer, Laura Siebert (who is phenomenal) and took pictures on a rolling hill at sunset.  Here’s a beautiful picture of Marla, I’m not sure if Laura or Brittany took it?  Thanks for letting me be a third wheel Marla!!!

We laughed a lot.  I’m pretty sure Marla (aka “Left Eye”) sang “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls” all weekend long.  Did we hear it on the car radio?  Or is she just secretly the biggest TLC fan ever known?  I’m not quite sure.  I’m also not quite sure how many hints I have to drop about that bracelet (see Marla’s bracelet)… I really would like to have one.

One of Marla’s photo sessions was at the Denver Botanical Gardens.  While they worked I wandered around like a kid in a candy store.  Hello little squirrel.

I liked you Colorado.  I hope to come back and see you again real soon.  And thanks to Marla and Brittany for inviting me to join them on their little adventure!  A spontaneous break is good for the soul.


  1. Linda White says:

    The pictures are just spectacular! I am glad that you took a break with good friends! I would love to visit after viewing these!!! Thanks for sharing! I keep checking back for updates on your kitchen – I know it will be fabulous!!! I hope you get inspiration.


  2. I’m gonna eat all the swiss chard there on the left. Sauteed with bacon – yumminess

  3. Maybe it is rainbow chard, yes I think it is

  4. that song is trapped in my head now!!!! too funny. gorgeous pics and so glad you were able to escape for some fun and relaxation:) i’m very jealous;) xoxo grace

  5. Sigh… these pictures make me miss the west soooo much.

  6. I live in Colorado!! And I am continually amazed at how beautiful it is!

  7. yeah!

  8. I am pretty sure that is my right eye you see!

  9. LOVE laura siebert! she took our family photos in st.louis about a year ago!!!

  10. Erika, you are so funny! I just love reading your blog!

  11. I love Colorado…I used to live there awhile ago! So jealous of you while reading your post!!

  12. beautiful photos!!!!

  13. Lindsey W. says:

    I read your blog all the time, but I never comment. I had too this time because I grew up in Colorado! It’s the most beautiful spot on the planet (in my opinion). And the people are nice as can be. Glad you had fun.

  14. I wish my yard looked as good as that last picture (it doesn’t)

  15. LOVE me some Colorado! Did you make it to Boulder?! So pretty and fun! Love these pics!

  16. Where’s a picture of you? I will no be pleased until I see one. Thank you, good night.

  17. The photos are so sooooo beautiful! Does the fact that you went to an old man’s bar make me like you even more weird??!!

  18. i heart colorado! i am glad you had a lovely getaway!

  19. Beautiful pictures! I love Colorado too.

  20. Love your blog! I have it saved in my favorites!! So, I want the 411 on the fabric in your kitchen. Is it Imperial Trellis?? Is the green in the fabric a “kelly green”? Your blog and others have inspired me to look into using some designer fabrics in my home. I never considered it before. I’m a Target, TJ Maxx kind of girl. But the kelly wearstler fabrics and the chiang mai dragon fabric have me drooling. Do you have any sources for discount designer fabrics? I’ve been looking on ebay and etsy but only pillows have been for sale, not the fabric itself. So, maybe a future blog article on designer fabrics, names, resources, discount sources??? I would love to read it!

  21. My Dad is going to Colorado for 2 weeks in a few short days! I hope he brings back some great pictures like this.

    Another blogger I follow, The Prippy Handbook, talked about those bracelets today, too. Check it out here:

  22. I got married at the Denver Botanic Gardens! In the Scripture Garden! If you can email me a copy of that road/sky photo I would be in heAVEN!!!


  23. I love reading your blog! :)

  24. So good you joined the other “creative people” on such a beautiful work trip! Pictures look amazing.
    (sometimes when I write I catch myself thinking “this word looks as if it is spelt wrong)…almost wrote “joint” instead of “joined” :(

  25. Gorgeous! Also, does that bar not look like the same one from Dumb and Dumber, the movie? I swear!

  26. Good for you on the spontaneous break! Colorado is always gorgeous as you can tell from your photos.

  27. Oooh… what a treat to see this post this morning! My husband and I were married at the Denver Botanical Gardens 6 years ago this month. Thank you!

  28. ***sigh*** I am little refreshed just reading about it! :D

  29. Mountain roads totally make me cringe. My husband and I and most of his family stayed on top of a mountain in Pigeon Forge last Christmas and the ride up and down was nearly more than I could take…especially in a small SUV that couldn’t fit another ounce of anything in it. Fear of heights + claustrophobia + riding up a mountain road in full car = PANIC!! Good for you for being spontaneous!

  30. Candace Horner says:

    OK I’ve read the Martha post and also the Colorado post, checked Martha’s site online and read all the 50 kitchen must-haves, drooled over all of it, and that Waterfall song is still going round and round in my head!! have a feeling it’ll be there all day, HA!! Thanks Erika, beautiful pics, and good for you to get a nice little vacay in CO!

  31. Looks like phenomenal trip and what beautiful photographs. I am so inspired by them

  32. A friend just sent me a link to your blog today and I really enjoy your work and ideas (and your love for Martha from today’s post)! I live in Colorado so I had to comment on this post too. Would you come back to Colorado for clients? We are about to move (staying in Denver) and would love your help!

  33. Anna Hancy says:

    Erika, I am surprised you backseat drove. I mean, that looks like such a safe road you were curving around and you’re always such a quiet passenger!! ;) Hope you had a great time! Love – me

  34. Love your blog and your sister’s blog. Both are very inspirational in different, but wonderful ways! I wish I knew you were in Colorado, I would have solicited your help for my bedroom. You are so talented and I love your style.
    Come back soon! You would love the winter too…..beautiful snow capped mountains! shhhhh…..don’t tell too many people. The slopes are already getting too crowded.
    Blessings to you and your family.

  35. Erika! We sell Chan Luu bracelets at Soho!! You know my schedule ;) come try some on!

  36. Have you seen ‘Other Guys’ yet? Hillarious. Great ‘Don’t go chasing waterfalls reference too.

    Also, speaking of photographers…do you have a reco for someone who can photograph my family at McBeach? Would love to get a christmas photo with our four tots….just something natural with everyone in it but not posed. I’m not sure if I can afford to have Marla come up although I adore her photography. Maybe her assistant?


  37. You should check out On U Jewelry. My sister bought me my first piece, when she lived in North Carolina. I know have several other pieces, and I love them all!

  38. Keep us posted about CO visits – we need your decorating help! I live in Denver and have a membership to the Botanic Gardens. The new children’s garden on top of the parking garage is amazing – bring the kiddos next time :^)

  39. Suzan Freeman says:

    Looks like the road up Mt. Evans. Last time I traveled up that road I passed an RV on its way down. Talk about scary!

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