food & wine classic in aspen

So, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.  This festival has been on my bucket list for years.  Jordan & I first visited Aspen and fell in love with the city when we went with Jordan’s brother and his family and friends for a quick weekend.

The town was so charming – everything was in walking distance, the Farmer’s Market was amazing and the shopping was incredible.  Hotel Jerome really made an impression on me because of the breathtaking interior design.

The actual festival is something I have read about many times and with Top Chef being one of my favorite TV shows – this was the ultimate festival for the contestants to attend.  Jordan and I share a love for food and wine and we both consider chefs celebrities so we were beyond excited about the idea of attending one day.

So, how in the world did we cross this off our bucket list so early?

One of Jordan’s best friend & his wife gave us the tickets.  He was supposed to attend for work but, instead attended a wedding and thought of Jordan when he had his extra tickets.  How lucky are we to have such thoughtful & generous friends?!

The festival was incredible.  We saw cooking demos, attended wine tastings, grand tastings, and even had dinner at the top of Aspen mountain with all of the famous chefs that were in attendance.

It was a once in a lifetime trip and it also happened to fall on Father’s Day weekend.  Missing our Dads is something I have in common with the friend who gave us the tickets.  I think she truly knew how hard the first year is and this incredible experience was a great way to help distract from what could have been a very hard weekend.

SO!  Here are just a few pics I snapped while we were there 🙂

[Prep for the trip….]

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[Find the below blue dress HERE.  Shoes are from Zara and they are old 😦 ]

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[LOVED the below dress and was so excited to wear it!  Perfect Aspen dress – find it HERE]IMG_0220

[I also loved loved loved my hat!  Favorite one for the summer – find it HERE]

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[Lisa Vanderpump and her daughter have a new rose & they had a booth for tasting!  Thank goodness we walked by right at the perfect time for a little photo opp!  AND Lisa poured me a glass 🙂 ]

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[Was also loving this cute blogger from Weelicious!  One of my friends texted me saying her fave blogger was there and we happened to run into each other a bunch! ]

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[And one of my absolute favorite chefs – Richard Blais]

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[Dinner at the top of Aspen mountain was insane.  We took the gondola to the top of the mountain and the views were just stunning.  We were up there right at sunset and it was truly breathtaking.

I could say a million things about the night but I will just keep it to it was one of the best nights I’ve ever experienced.  The food was just so good, prosecco was flowing :), and we got to chat with a bunch of really interesting people.]

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[And day two…]

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[Of course we had to make a stop in Hotel Jerome for a quick drink….]

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[And this lady was one of the highlights of the trip!  Angie Mar was just named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs and we were chatting with her for awhile because she is the chef at The Beatrice Inn in New York!  She was loving the fact that we are both BEAkeepers and was so kind in repeatedly extending an invite to her restaurant when we bring Bea to NYC.  She was so amazing!]

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Again,  truly an incredible weekend thanks to just really thoughtful friends.  Something I will never forget and hope to repeat again 🙂

Hillary

weekly wears

Hi 🙂

So, I promise to post pics from Aspen this week.  My weeks are flying by and it’s been hard to keep up with everything.  I didn’t take a ton of pics this week but here are a few 🙂

 

[Miss Poppy – 8 months, 4 teeth, pulling up on everything, and crawling so fast]

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[How darling is this fabric for Look Good, Feel Good?  It’s going to make a little boy or girl so so happy]

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[My #BEAstrong babies]

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[Friday I traveled to Chicago for one of my best friend’s baby shower.  I lived in Chicago for a couple of years after college with 3 of my best friends and it was so incredible.  Being back in the city with them made me miss that time in my life so badly but also made me excited for everything that is ahead of each one of us.]

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[How cute is she pregs?!  :):)  Find my dress HERE and earrings HERE.  I also wore THESE shoes with it!]

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[One of my bests (the blonde pictured above :)) was so kind and let us stay with her while we were in town.  She is beyond talented at decorating – her place was visually so stunning but had this comfiness about it too – the best combo in any home!  I didn’t want to leave!  The best part (sorry, Tim) was her brand new puppy – Brooks.  I mean, how cute is he?!]

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More later this week!

xo

Hillary

i still have a dad.

Happy Monday 🙂

I hope you all had a great weekend and spent time celebrating your Dads, husbands, grandfathers, brothers etc.  I also hope that those missing their Dad spent their day reflecting and reliving great memories of theirs.

If you follow me on Instagram (@hillarykweidner) you know that I had a crazy incredible weekend at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.  It. was. insane and I can’t wait to tell you all about it later this week.

Right now, I want to talk about Father’s Day.

I woke up Sunday at 4am for our day of travel back to Cincinnati and I just had one of those days.  Every day is sad, you know?  But all day Sunday I had a larger pit in my stomach than normal.

As Jordan always does he asked “what are you thinking” and I said “It’s just sad that I don’t have a Dad on Father’s Day.’

He quickly (and almost with a little anger in his voice like he was defending him) said,

“Hillary, you still have a Dad.”

And it’s true.  My Father’s Day wasn’t spent as it typically was – with breakfast with Dad at The Echo and Sunday night dinner with everyone celebrating the greatest man in the world.

This year was different.

I received a lot of really really nice text messages and notes from friends and one of them, who also lost his father, reminded me that Father’s Day for us is supposed to be a time to reflect on Dad and appreciate everything he did for us.

So, although it was a sad day, it was a good time to talk to Dad.  Talk to him and tell him how much I appreciate him and all he did (and is still doing) for me.

Because after all, it was Father’s Day and yes, I still have a Dad to be thankful for.

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xo

Hillary