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Would You Call These “Mom” Jeans?

November 3, 2013

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Since becoming a momma, I can now fully “get” what they mean when they say “things change.”  Yes, you can still stay true to your aesthetic in most ways, and still have a distinct style or look, but if you’re truly being honest with yourself, and hands on with your babe, I mean, literally on the floor playing super man with your babe, then you understnad that super low rise jeans just won’t work.  Well, let me rephrase, super low rise jeans will inevitably show your crack if you at Gymboree class on the mats.  Super low rise jeans will show your thong if you bend over to fold down that stroller to get it in the back of your car.  Drawing a picture in your head now?  So, I would say my life is MORE active now than ever, what with all the bending and crouching and lifting and scooching… So, new denim was in order.

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In comes the line Poetic Justice by Kalia Kirby.  (Angel voices and bells ring.)  I received my pair of Maya Basic Blue Midrise Skinny Jeans, just $42, on Friday and I ended up wearing them all weekend long!  Yesterday, the little fam and I headed downtown for Denver Arts Week.  We visited the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, both FREE entry for their “Museum Night.”  We stopped at Pinches Tacos for an order of street tacos to go before heading home.  I wore this pair of jeans with a Madewell tee, naot shoes and a thrifted corduroy blazer.  Today I had a coffee date and I ended up wearing the jeans again, this time with a silky tank from Anthropologie, another brown corduroy jacket and heels this time.  The length is PERFECT for a taller gal like me, and the rise around the waist, well, it also sat perfectly.  Super stretchy and comfy, they really feel awesome on a curvier frame like mine.

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So, call them what you might, speaking to you childless gals out there, but I felt stylish and sexy in these, but most importantly comfortable!  Definitely slowly replacing my denim with a higher rise and this was the perfect pair to get that transition started.  Did I mention they were less than $50?!  They have a HUGE selection of rinses and styles, and free returns.  Go ahead, try a pair!  or two or three at that price!  So what do you think?

Cheers to keeping the crack under wraps!

I was able to do an e-interview with the designer, Kalia Kirby, and here’s what she had to share with us about her denim!

Name/Age/Where were you born, the city you grew up in, and where do you live now?

Kalia Kirby /29/ Los Angeles/ Los Angeles

How/why/when did you decide to start a denim line?

The idea of Poetic Justice spawned from my struggle with denim that fit my shape as well as every other woman that  dealt with the same issue. I felt that there was a need for denim that fit well and that was comfortable as well as stylish.

What celebrity or famous person would you love to see rocking your line?

Oh my… so many… Alicia Keys, Jordan Sparks, Jennifer Hudson… this list goes on.

With so many denim lines already in the market place, you really must have had the desire to fill a niche you saw.  Talk to me a little bit about the nuts and bolts.  Where is your manufacturer?

Our Manufacturer is based in China but everything is styled in the states.

How many designers do you have working on the line or is it just you?

I take the lead on most of the designs but I work with one other designer.

Share with me about the quality…. Where is your fabric sourced?

The denim we use is light weight, soft to the touch, and has great recovery. It takes a lot of fabric sourcing to get the perfect denim so we look everywhere.

Talk to me about what your background is in.  What did you do before designing denim?

My background has always been in design.  I couldn’t get enough of design so I went and got a Masters of Fine Arts.  I started my career in Knits and Woven but I always knew I wanted to design denim.

Do you personally wear your own line?  If so, what styles?  What is your favorite pair and how do you wear it?

Oh yeah! I love the basic Maya Midrise, the Camo Skinny and the Tara Black/Gold Lizard Skinny.

If you aren’t in your own denim, what brand would we find you in?  What other designers of clothing, (dresses/tops/shoes) do you admire?

You would find me in Joes and Citizens, but when it comes to tops I’m open to all different styles, quality, and price.  When it comes to shoes I love Aldo, Pour La Victore, Lamb, and Sam Edelman.

If we were to peek into your closet, what would it look like?

I love to mix trends with classic pieces.  How many pairs of denim do you own? I own over 40 pairs of jeans. I have them organized by color : )

Are you a shoe or handbag collector?

It’s nothing like an amazing pair of shoes and a killer handbag so would most definitely say yes and yes.

Do you like prints or pattern or are you a monochromatic kind of girl?

I love color.  I try to wear colors that compliment my skin tone but monochromatic are classic so I dabble with both.

Do you plan to expand the line into other products?

We’ve actually started to produce jackets which should be available at the end of December.

How did you come up with the name for the line?

My team and I were just playing around with names for a few days.  We wanted something catchy and easy to remember.  From that process Poetic Justice was born.

Where can people purchase a pair?

Currently we are only being sold online at

Thanks so much for reading!  Let me know if you end up getting a pair!


Base Coat Modern Nail Salon & Gallery: More than a polish.

October 16, 2013

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It really was a sunny fall afternoon when baby and I strolled over to 44th & Tennyson to try out a fabulous new, modern, and 99.9% all natural nail salon owned by cool mom-praneur Tran Wills.  (I just hate when a lot of articles start with, ‘It was a sunny morning.,..’ but in this case it was, it was!)

I HAD to try a mani at Base Coat Nail Salon to compare it to my previous experience with getting a mani at a high end salon in Cherry Creek.  One who usually opts for convenience of locale when choosing a place to polish, it really must be spectacular for me to drive and pay a slightly higher price for this service.    I wanted to give the “all natural” mani thing one more go.  I have to say that my experience with it the first time around, at a Cherry Creek North salon was a big waste of money, but Base Coat is completely different and I was seriously impressed.  No need to browse an i-pad here as the nail techs, if that’s what we call them professionally but I prefer nail pamperer, get to business right away grooming long cuticles and shaping nails and massaging in their specially formulated and branded “Moisture Milk” by another local company, R.L. Linden  & Co.  You can pick up a bottle of the EcoBeauty brand’s “Moisture Milk”, incredible for defense against this Colorado dry climate, at Base Coat.  They also have several other products available including a hand soak and a refreshing face mist.

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Although childcare services are not included in the super reasonable prices of a mani, I was fortunate enough, and SUPER thankful, that owner Tran was in the house that day to keep baby occupied long enough for mommy to get her mani.  Although, not quite long enough for mommy’s awesome black RGB polish with a black matte top coat finish by Chanel to dry.  Costs of being a mommy I guess.

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Owner Tran Wills

They have at least five brands of polish in a bevy of shades, all natural and minus the big, bad, five chemicals- formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, and camphor.  This makes a new, breast feeding mommy very happy!  That alone, is worth the trip across town, but don’t think that just because it’s focus is on eco and what we’re putting on our precious bods that fashion and style go out the window.  On the contrary!  Tran selects the trending shades by the season from each line she carries!  No half empty bottles all gummed up on the shelves here.  Happy to report, only the best, curated shades of pink and red here, not a wall full- whew!

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Back to what’s in a name.  It also happens to be a gallery.  When I was in a few weeks ago, local photographer Sara Ford’s work graced the sleek white walls, reinforcing my previous note that you most likely won’t be browsing your mobile device on your visit here.  Art work will rotate monthly, and yup, stop in on a first Friday along Tennyson.  This month they had $10 quick manis!  You just might also catch a local celeb!  When I was in, the owner of super cool bike shop Salvagetti was also in getting pampered.  Almost forgot to mention the shopping element!  Telling you, Base Coat has it all covered, right down to the fashion books and comfy couch by the window!  So each month, as the art rotates, so too will the clothing rack in the back.  Through the end of October you can catch the dresses by Tess Vigil, 50 Dresses.  There’s also a bit of jewelry by JLH Jewelry Designs.

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All tech is not lost, you book your appointment online- SO EASY, and convenient!  They automatically send reminders.  A saving grace for mommy brain!  Thinking it’s about time for me to book another right about now…If not for the incredibly long lasting manicure, but for the locally made chocolate by Ritual you get as a token of gratitude when you check out.  Also this month on Saturdays when you book, get a tarot card reading!  Sip on tea or champagne while you hear your reading.

Dates of Toes & Tarot event are Saturday, Oct 19th – 12p-5p, Sunday, Oct 20th – 12p-5p, and *Saturday, October 26th – 12p-5p bring the kids from 10am-2pm for Trick-Or-Treat on Tennyson Street. Between 38th & 45th Avenue. They will have fun stickers and temporary tattoos to give away!  Finally on Sunday, Oct. 27th – 12p-5p.

Book on-line today!

Oh and about that logo…XX…Roman numerals for ten fingers, ten toes…That Tran is so clever…

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