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EDITORIAL FEATURES BARBER SHOP TALK 18 A glimpse into the “original social network” with looks to compliment.

STATE OF STYLE EVENTS Denver area events and outfit ideas curated by State of Style Denver.


SEEN IN THE STREET 26 Fall and winter Street Style looks featuring local Denver Style Contributors.

THE BLACK VELVETEEN 10 Navigating consignment with style blogger, Lucille from The Black Velveteen. DENVER DESIGNED 34 Denver, the new hub for fashion designers that are creating wearable, affordable, and convertible pieces of art.

ON BOARD 54 Get to know the Denver entrepreneurs that are on the move.


INSPYRED WITH STUDIO9720 50 Denver’s style blogger team that is devoted to the local fashion community and their Inspyre Boutique style. GIFT GUIDE Your holiday guide to giving local.


CONTRIBUTOR FEATURES ALENA ACCESSORIZED 46 ALENA GIDENKO Step out of your comfort zone in style with accessories that make a statement.

NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: 40 CHLOE PROFANT Get familiar with the RiNo Art District and the businesses sprinkled through Denver’s upand-coming neighborhood.

HAIR NERD 32 VERNON FUENTES A pretty update to your everyday hair routine in a few simple steps.

TREND REPORT STEPHANIE ROWE Rock this seasons new hue with pieces carefully curated by Trend Reporter, Stephanie.

LOVE YOUR #SELFIE 33 VERNON FUENTES The tips and tricks you need before clicking the shutter.

TWO IN TOW 42 HEIDI YARGER A busy mom’s tips to planning ahead and staying stylish with two kids on the go.



DENVER LOCAL LOUNGE BY RAC Ryan Alexander Creative (RAC) hosted their first Denver Local Lounge, an event that brought Denver’s fashion scene together to showcase local brands at INDUSTRY Denver on October 23, 2014. The LA & Denver based communications agency also partnered with Denver Style Magazine as a media sponsor to release the cover of our premier issue and to host a fashion show highlighting the participating brands. @thinkRAC PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CHELSIE KAPPIUS


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR HEATHER OKIMOTO Editor-in-Chief, Creative Director @321chic

Denver Style already existed. We just gave it a home. As a transplant to this not-so-secret gem, I learned early on about what makes Denver so great. You. Can be You. And, I. Can be Me. I can wear a ball-gown, and the person next to me can wear a panda costume. We are a city of entrepreneurs, creatives, thinkers, dreamers, but most of all doers. We connect, share, collaborate, and create really incredible things. Denver Style Magazine is one of those things. This is the product of talented photographers, artists, and stylists showcasing their craft. This is an opportunity for you to discover new designers and affordable local boutiques, connect with our contributors, and indulge your fashion, style, and beauty craving. Welcome Home. Keep your high-heels, hiking boots, or panda costume on, grab a beer or cocktail, and let’s explore our vibrantly stylish city together.

Heather Okimoto Editor-in-Chief, Creative Director Owner, Denver Style Magazine, LLC



Editor-in-Chief, Creative Director @321chic


Art Director, Editorial Layout @hannahtruly


Copy Editor @samfaks


Editorial Intern, Social Media Manager @er_cox





Web Master




@rkpublisher /denverstylemagazine @denverstylemag @denverstylemagazine


ALENA ACCESSORIZED ALENA GIDENKO MODA PRINTS | WWW.MODAPRINTS.COM @MODAPRINTS Fashion and style blogger Alena Gidenko, is passionate about inspiring women to feel beautiful, love themsleves, and feel confident in their own skin. Follow her fashion journey on modaprints. com and catch her jewelry contribution: Alena Accessorized.

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CONTRIBUTORS Get to know the Denver Style Magazine contributor team.

ALENA ACCESSORIZED ALENA GIDENKO, MODA PRINTS WWW.MODAPRINTS.COM @MODAPRINTS Fashion and style blogger Alena Gidenko, is passionate about inspiring women to feel beautiful, love themsleves, and feel confident in their own skin. Follow her fashion journey on and catch her jewelry contribution: Alena Accessorized. FASHION FORWARD EVENTS WITH STATE OF STYLE MERIDA TEOT & KELSEY BIGELOW, STATE OF STYLE DENVER WWW.STATEOFSTYLEDENVER.COM @STATEOFSTYLEDENVER State of Style is a local designer rental service owned and operated by local fashion and style bloggers, Merida Teot and Kelsey Bigelow of Studio9720. The duo provides personal styling services with each appointment helping you choose the perfect locally designed outfit for your special event. HAIR NERD VERNON FUENTES, PULSE HAIR SALON WWW.PULSEHAIRSALON.NET @VERNONFUENTES Climbing the salon hair ladder from receptionist to salon owner and now traveling platform artist participating in hair shows across the country, Vernon Fuentes calls Denver home for his West Wash Park salon. Vernon’s work has been featured in various industry and fashion publications and his mission is to work with people who share his passion for the hair industry. NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: RINO ART DISTRICT CHLOE PROFANT, THE PURSE EMPIRE @THE_PURSE_EMPIRE Up and coming purse designer Chloe bounced around the globe before returning back to her native city of Denver. In addition to producing handbags with delicate handmade details, Chloe stays active writing and designing for the art and fashion community. #SELFIE HELP WITH CLINT LATHAMJR PHOTOGRAPHY CLINT LATHAM WWW.LATHAMJRPHOTOGRAPHY.COM @CLINTLATHAMJR Clint Latham loves to create. Whether that’s creating beautiful images through photography or an amazing cup of coffee, Clint carefully approaches each step of his craft with grace and fully expresses his artistic brilliance through each process. TREND REPORT: BLUSH STEPHANIE ROWE, THE CITY BLONDE WWW.THECITYBLONDE.COM @STEPHANIE_DANIELLE Lifestyle blogger, Stephanie Rowe documents the things she loves, fashion trends, designers, and highlights Denver’s growing fashion scene through her fashion and style blog, The City Blonde. Stephanie is an advocate for local fashion and loves to write about fashion, beauty, health, and everything in between. TWO IN TOW AND ON THE GO WITH HEIDI YARGER HEIDI YARGER, SPITFIRE GIRL DESIGN AND SPITFIRE MOM SOCIETY WWW.SPITFIREGIRLDESIGN.COM, WWW.SPITFIREMOMSOCIETY.COM @THESPITFIREGIRL | @THESPITFIREMOMS Heidi Yarger is the petite design dynamo with a not-so-secret superpower for creating compelling and memorable designs that resonate. As Creative Director of Spitfiregirl, a branding and design studio with 20 years of experience in identity, web design and packaging, Heidi works with lifestyle, wedding, hospitality and kids brands to deliver compelling and profitable solutions. She is also Editor in Chief of SpitfireMom, a website devoted to the juggle and hustle of being a working mom and entrepreneur.


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Looking for some of Denver’s best fashion pieces? You had better be checking out this city’s array of great consignment shops! Most people are at least somewhat familiar with the concept of consignment. While it is similar to thrift in the sense that the clothes and accessories have usually been owned by someone else before you buy them, the process of consignment is much more about the relationship between the seller and buyer (and you, the next buyer). The shop owner acquires pieces from the consignor (the previous owner), then prices them for sale according to original cost, quality, and condition.


A lovely thing about local businesses is that they thrive on word of mouth. I am always looking out for a new shop to explore, and when I mentioned to friends that I was hot to trot on consignment, one name kept popping up. I headed over to the much-mentioned Birds & Belles Boutique, and wouldn’t you know it? I fell in love. The owner, Kyla DeTienne, is an excellent curator of all things fabulous. Between a Marni couture capelet, a luxurious reversible faux fur, and a fun sequined bolero jacket, it was easy to see why Denver-ites frequent Kyla’s shop. The eclectic mix of high end, fast-fashion, and local pieces means there’s something for everyone at Birds & Belles. Kyla was kind enough to lend me a few things so I could demonstrate how you can seamlessly incorporate consignment finds into your winter wardrobe (and I bought a few for myself!).






Nestled in Wash Park West, Birds & Belles lives on the same block as a fitness center, a hair salon, and a nail shop. You can work up a sweat, get a whole new look, and show off your new digs at the pub on the corner.


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LUCILLE’S TIPS TO CONSIGNMENT: Find the perfect pieces next time you shop.

Chat up the owner. Does the shop mostly receive high-end, designer items? Do they deal exclusively in vintage, and if so, what decades do they focus on? Since the owner usually decides what product comes into the store, a few friendly questions will help you know if that particular shop is likely to have things you’ll enjoy.

Fit is everything! Be sure to try on your finds before leaving the store, because many consignment shops have strict return policies. If it doesn’t fit the way you want, don’t buy it. It’s that simple.

Go bold! You usually don an edgy monochrome palette? Spring for a vintage petal pink coat. Don’t be afraid of the suede kitten heels you’ve been eyeing that are just your size. Consignment shops are a great place to pick up pieces you might normally shy away from, and chances are they’ll be at a price you’re more willing to pay. Pay it forward. You’ve got a great new piece that you love and that fits you amazingly, and by now you’re best friends with everyone at your local shop. Give selling a try! Make sure your items are clean and in good condition. Most places will either give you money or store credit; either way, your wallet will thank you.

Wardrobing provided by Lucille & Birds & Belles Boutique: 1113 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80210

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Don’t throw out your summer pastels just yet - blush shades are emerging as this season’s hottest trend. Sophisticated and feminine, these blush hues are as refreshing as they are unexpected when it is snowing outside. Denver isn’t afraid of going against the norm, and this trend goes against almost all winter fashion logic. Looking to step up your wardrobe? Soft hues of blush, as seen in Gucci, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, create a fresh take on cold weather musts. For an elegant vibe, feature these blush tones with grey or camel- or go ultra glam by pairing it with a winter white. (No white after Labor day? Not anymore!) Stay modest by adding a blush scarf, or up the ante with pastel from head-to-toe. We prefer the latter- we’re all for going big. And no winter wardrobe is complete without a stand-out coat. Blush tones add a fresh take to this winter staple. And don’t worry about experimenting with different textiles — shearling, leather, knits — an over the top faux fur jacket in blush? Perfection.

- Stephanie

stephanie rowe, style blogger @stephanie_danielle

A pop of blush for your lips and nails

Blush Pink Faux Fur Jacket, Sparkle Clutch, Gold Midi Rings, Denver Street Boutique. Aria Vest, Blush Wander Free Dress, Rustic Thread. Earrings and necklaces,



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TREND REPORT: BLUSH Rock this seasons trendiest hue with the help of Stephanie, style blogger at The City Blonde.

A complimentary piece in the perfect neutral hue JEROME DREYFUSS CLUTH, GOLDYN @shopgoldyn

Cozy up with this layering piece FLORAL INFINITY SCARF, RUSTIC THREAD @rusticthread

Delicately stack this ring for a subtle sparkle DRUZE WRAP RING, STUT BOUTIQUE DENVER @strutdenver

Make a statement in winter’s new tone FOLSOM BOOT BY FREEBIRD, STEVE MADDEN MOUNTAIN STORES, CHERRY CREEK @stevemaddenmountainstores




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FASHION FORWARD EVENTS Denver area events curated by State of Style founders Merida Teot & Kelsey Bigelow.





Nov. 16th - March 15

Nov. 29th - Dec. 27th

Admission Cost: $25 (DAM Member, Senior & Student Discounts available)

Admission Cost: Tickets starting at $53

The DAM brings another great fashion collection to Denver with “Brilliant” which chronicles Cartier’s rise and transformation into a name synonymous with luxury.

Get lifted out of the holiday overload at the holiday tradition of the Nutcracker in their 54th year. This family friendly performance dazzles young at old alike at the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

MERIDA SAYS: An evening date at an expose about jewelry means you should shine as well. This dress blends the line of dressy and casual and is wonderful to enjoy a glass of wine and dinner after viewing the last tour of the night.

MERIDA SAYS: Dress this one up! The No. 1 dress from 50Dresses is the perfect holiday staple and can be paired with simple earrings, black tights, sparkly heels, and an updo for your night or afternoon at the ballet. Don’t be surprised if you catch me at the ballet in this dress!

salwa owens @salwaowens denise style line dress rent this dress for $25

tess vigil, 50 dresses @tessvigil no. 1 dress rent this dress for $25

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Dec. 31st is your front-row and backstage access to Denver’s most stylish events, markets, and fashion shows. View the Event Gallery to see a designers collection or yourself on the red carpet.

Admission Cost: Tickets starting at $79 Shine your sequins and dust off your fedora’s for the 13th Annual White Rose Gala featuring a “Roaring 20’s” theme to ring in 2015. Flap and swing your way across the dance floor, watch exhibitions, visit the multi-levels and balconies, and say hello to the New Year with a Balloon drop at midnight. This all inclusive party benefits the Clear the Air Foundation and elegant attire is a must. Get your tickets early to this sold out event!

MERIDA SAYS: Need a standout gown? Make a bold statement for the night and save the space in your closet by renting an elegant locally designed custom gown that’s straight from the runway.

State of Style Denver is your place to rent locally designed dresses and gowns straight from the runway for your special occasion, event, or night out. Find them at Pop-Up Shops around Denver or schedule aN on-location fitting online.

gabriela martinez, gabriela designs @gabrieladesigns custom gown rent this dress for $75


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SHOP TALK The aroma of aftershave and sounds of vintage jazz immediately greet you upon entering Crisp Barber Shop. There’s an old school vibe that is authentic all the way down to the vintage barber chairs that are emerald green and brown leather. It’s a throwback to a different era with a modern twist, that is all about community and cultivating relationships. >>>




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THE “ORIGINAL SOCIAL NETWORK” The brothers, Joey and Louie, opened the shop five years ago with the intention to give men a place to go to get a fitting haircut. Their grandfather was a jack-of-all-trades barber and is one of the main inspirations behind the men, that the brothers grew up to be. His attention to the meticulous detail of a haircut and work ethic are obvious in every detail of Crisp. A haircut is more than a service here; it’s an experience. Joey and Louie’s philosophy is that the haircut is the final piece of a man’s presentation so it needs to be sharp. Barbers at Crisp know the structure of a man’s scalp and manicure the hair with their own artisanal touch. The finished product is complimented with high-end clays and sculpting creams that are used and trusted by each barber.

Grooming all type of styles from the good to the hood, Crisp will keep you looking fresh. Crisp Barber Shop 9116 W. 6th Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215 @crispbarbershopcolorado


Barbershops are described as “the original social network� and this one is no different. When you are here, be ready to talk or at least listen to constant witty banter. Unlike many other salons and barbershops, you will not find superficial entertainment gimmicks at Crisp. The entertainment is the barbers, the patrons, and any other character that may be in the shop on the day you’re here. Dull moments do not exist at Crisp as the cast rotates daily and they are never silent.




COMMUTE Commute by The Bespoke Pedaler @bespokepedaler 1550 Platte Street Unit A Denver, CO 80202 Urban Legend Reflective Vest & Hooded Shirt, $115 Yakkay Helmet, $89 Yakkay Helmet Cap, $54 Upright Cyclist Denim, $119 Quoc Pham Vintage Leather Bike Shoes, $169 Portland Design Works The Cuff Link, $30

Drink & Dine by Sully & Co. @sullyandco 2443 Eliot Street Denver, CO 80203 Hertling Corduroy Trousers $240 Baldwin Shawl Pullover $199 New England Shirt Company Gingham Button Down $195 Ivy Prepster Tie $95 Getaway by Armitage & McMillan @armitageandmcmillan 1550 Platte Street, Suite D Denver, CO 80202 Save Khaki United: Slim Trousers, $124 Camp Shirt, $125 Marine Stripe Crew Neck T, $60 Winter Session Olive Day Bag , $295 DZR Tosca Sneakers (at The Bespoke Pedaler), $120

Commuter Model: Tony Pham @tonyneeks Drink & Dine Model: Chad Klein @chad_daniel_tattoos Getaway Model: Brandon Tyler


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Add some texture with soft sweater details

Stash your weekend essentials




HE STREET We asked for your Denver Street Style looks, and you totally delivered. Check out these incredibly fashionable ways our Street Style Contributors got fall and winter ready.


DENVER STYLE SEEN IN THE STREET All images submitted by our Denver Street Style Contributors

Karissa Estrada @karissamariie Winter ready layers are a must in the Mile High and Karissa of starts with the perfect boot and gives stylish ways of layering and looking fashionable in the cold. Photography: Kari Geha Photography Model: Kelly Geha MUAs: Blair Jones and Geimi DeLarge Hair: Graham Nation, Juno Salon Photographer Kari Geha, elegantly styles her models in furs as accent and statement pieces.

Karen Geitzenauer Karen of accessorizes her outwerwear with luxe details like leopord booties and ruby rich gloves and tights in this perfectly paired winter combination. Laura Pilcher @sourceofsubstance Laura at Source of Substance is flawlessly ready for cooler weather in her button detailed poncho and chic felt fedora.


Carolina Hellal @shop.chictalk Carolina of chictalkch style blog and now owner of online boutique,, uses a plaid scarf as the perfect layering accessory belting at the waist to create a feminine silhouette.

Jessica Garduño @gglachic Photographer: Natalie Grisham @nataliebionicbooty Jessica goes against the deep winter hues and opts for rich pastels. Check out her stand out style at

Mandy Anderson @milehighthrifter Mile High Thrifter style blogger, Mandy Anderson gives us a way to update our wardrobe using what we already own. Create a ‘scarf cuff ’ by wrapping a skinny belt around your favorite cool weather layering piece for the perfect way to accessorize your outerwear.

Brett Wagner @bespokeedge Brett Wagner, of the men’s custom clothier, The Bespoke Edge shows the fellas how to rethink business casual by pairing a bold gingham dress shirt with a versatile jacket.

Lacey Spruce @myboringcloset Lacey Spruce of roars in animal print details that peek through torn jeans for an unexpected treat. Gina Khrestsov @galerisaphotog Model: Irisa pshichenko Photographer Gina harmoniously marries green and gold for a bold statement and neutral accessories to complete this street styled ensemble.

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GIFT GUIDE: STYLISH GIFTS FOR THE GUYS AND GALS Curated by Editor-in-Chief, Heather Okimoto

Dapper Classic Socks, $20 @SullyCo Sully & Co, LoHi

Uppercut Mo Wax: Mustache Wax, $12 @CrispBarberShopColorado Crisp Barber Shop, Lakewood or

Heather & Hide Hand Purse $40 @heatherandhide

Ratio Custom Pinpoint Men’s Shirt, $98 @RatioClothing Ratio LoHi, or

Zeal Optics 6th St Sunglasses, $179 @ZealOptics

Seamly Moto Fleece Jacket, $98 @seamlyco

Jiberish Musigny Peacoat, $775 @Jiberish Jiberish LoHi, or

Jacob Bromwell + Winter Session Flask, $245 @JacobBromwell @Winter_Session Armitage & McMillan LoHi, or

The Woods Diamond Encrusted Teardrop Earrings, $660 @shopgoldyn Goldyn, LoHi or 31

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HAIR NERD An update to your everyday look by Pulse Salon owner and stylist, Vernon Fuentes. @VernonFuentes

Within Denver’s diverse community is a hair trend that’s common with most women and a few men in our active city, ponytails. Here is an easy trick to dress up your ponytail for a quick routine change or night out.

1. Start by gathering hair into a sleek low ponytail and secure with elastic.

2. Separate hair right above the elastic in the middle with your fingers.

3. Flip ponytail and pull 3/4 way through the hole. Leave ‘tail’ portion out to cover your hair tie.




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LOVE YOUR #SELFIE Tips to a better #Selfie from expert photographer, Clint Latham, Jr. @ClintLathamJr


Find a simple background. Simple backgrounds put the focus on your portrait and doesn’t leave the viewers eye wandering through all the clutter in the background.

No 2 Shoot your best side. The easiest way to find which side of your face you find more appealing; look to the part in your hair. Naturally you will part your hair to the side of your face you find more appealing.

No 3 Lift the camera. When you shoot from a higher angle this will cause a ’foreshorting’ affect. This affect will make you look thinner because the closet thing to the camera appears the largest. In this case your face thus making your body look smaller.

AFTER Click the shutter button and don’t forget to Hashtag #DenverStyleMagazine to show us your favorite ‘selfies”

HAIR: MALLORY L | MODEL: B$ @mfbmallory




Convertible Pantsuit $98, available at Cosmic Thread Jewelry (this page and cover) $15 - $170, available at


Photography: Demi Deherrera @demidearest

Makeup: Tawna Coose @tawnacmua

Hair: Vernon Fuentes @vernonfuentes

Styling: Heather Okimoto @321chic

Model: Madison Spialek @radmaddd

Styling Assistant: Erin Cox @Er_Cox Written by: Sam Faktorow @samfaks

Denver is the new hub of American style and design. With creatives flocking to the Mile High, it’s only natural that this sun kissed city is blessed with brilliant design from everyday people creating unique pieces that are wearable, affordable, and, more importantly, accessible. Our style is edgy, eclectic, and modern, much like the Mile High city itself. And don’t be fooled by our size. As the city grows, trends change, and the fashion scene will continue to evolve into something to be envied by creative communities across the country. IDenver style is on it’s way to earning its place on the global runway. Trust us. You’ll want to keep a close eye on the Mile High. Trust us. You’ll want to keep a close eye on the Mile High.


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Mixed Metal Jewelry made by Adorn, Body Chain, $48, Double Triangle Necklace, $28 available at, Common Era (Denver and Boulder), and The Denver Fashion Truck

MADE IN AMERICA, DESIGNED IN DENVER The convertible pantsuit from, is a combination of sleek and chic with a plethora of options to creatively wrap the straps to your liking and a silhouette that flatters more than most and pairs well with all jewelry styles. All of the smartly designed pieces in the inventory are the brainchild of owner/designer, Kristen who uses her customer and follower base to vote on new colors, styles, and features while paying special attention to the process of manufacturing. Kristen is making manufacturing cool again and you can follow her process online at

Shop with coupon code DENVERTSTYLE to receive discounts from our featured designers at: and check out other Exclusive Discounts at


Sterling Silver Jewelry made by Adorn, Rings $18 - $36, Necklaces $28


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Curated by: Chloe Profant @the_purse_empire The RiNo District is the most unique, up and coming neighborhood in Denver. A decade ago, the area was more or less a desolate collection of old warehouses. It is now a hotspot for entrepreneurs, artists, craft brewers, wineries, and creatives. Sprinkled amongst the crafty businesses and shared workspaces are quiet eateries and carefully designed storefronts that include gourmet tacos, giant sandwiches, drag queen performance, and resilient men’s wear. Check out Denver Resident, Chloe’s picks for RiNo’s hidden gems.


RINO EVENTS: FINAL FRIDAYS ART WALK Stop in at one of the many galleries that open their doors to show off artist works or get tickets for a VIP Art Tour that includes receptions at up to 5 galleries. FINAL FRIDAYS MUSIC WALK & URBAN BAZAAR Take a walk through Rino and listen to local bands while visiting vendors at this hip event. TRACKS DENVER Tracks Denver is the Mile High’s premier GLBT nightclub with unforgettable events. From Drag Nation Performances to Roller Derby, and themed parties, this is the perfect place to play dress-up and party until it’s time to go to Pete’s on Colfax. Find upcoming events on their website.

Be Productive: HUCKLEBERRY ROASTERS @huckleberryroasters 2500 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205 The tunes playing from the record are easy going making it a great place to stay focused while sipping on a mean mocha. Weekend Brunch: FUEL CAFE @FuelCafeDenver 3455 Ringsby Ct #105 Denver, CO 80216 Fuel provides a little bit of everything that fulfills your sweet and savory cravings. From scones to delicately decadent biscuits and gravy, Fuel is the perfect lazy morning brunch. The Happiest Hour: LOS CHINGONES @LosChingonosDenver 2463 Larimer St. Denver 80205 We’re going Loco for the Happy Hour of $2 gourmet tacos and $5 mimosas at this neighborhood taqueria.

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RINO ART DISTRICT curtis park delicatessen

Hidden Lunch Spot: CURTIS PARK DELICATESSEN 2532 Champa St., Denver, CO 80205 The fella’s behind the counter carefully craft each sandwich with freshly sliced meats, cheeses, and in house made aioli. The giant sandwiches wrapped in butcher paper make them perfect to take back to the office or sit at one of the communal tables to nosh on and wrap up the leftovers for later. Brewery: BLACK SHIRT BREWING @BlackShirtBrew 3719 Walnut St, Denver 80205 The small batch brews are just as laidback as the atmosphere at this off the beaten path brewery. This taproom stays open until 10pm from Wednesday - Saturday and 7pm on Sundays.

Get Outfitted: TOPO DESIGNS @topodesigns 2500 Larimer St #102, Denver, CO 80205 Locally based Topo Designs calls a reconstructed shipping container it’s headquarters right here in Denver. The resilient and carefully designed men’s apparel and accessories are Made in the US and is focused on staying local. The growing brand has plans to include a women’s line in Spring 2015. Get Fit: STUDIO THRIVE FITNESS 2490 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205 Working out should be fun, not a chore. This studio offers a variety of classes to test your fitness ability and agility, including Capoeira and Zumba. There are $6 drop in rates on classes throughout the week. Decorate: STUDIO 2B 2527 Larimer St. Denver 80205 Studio 2b has a unique, sophisticated collection of home furnishings. Owners, Samantha and Alan curate their inventory from small companies in Europe with a focus on products that are comfortable as well as aesthetically pleasing.

studio thrive


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tips from a super mom with two on the go,

Mom Contributor: Heidi Yarger @thespitfiregirl @thespitfiremoms Photographer: Julianne Brasher @juliannebrasher Hair & Makeup: Erin Luke Styling: Heather Okimoto Wardrobing Provided by: Sous le Lit 1550 Platte St. Denver, CO 80202 @souslelit

As a small business owner, blogger, wife and mother of two children under the age of 5, I am always on the go. Between work, client meetings, family outings, and the day to day bustle of being a mother, there is never a dull moment. To save my sanity, I’ve developed a few shortcuts to making getting out of the house with two in tow as painless as possible.



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Prep Everything in Advance If I’m heading out with my children, I try to get all their clothes set aside, snacks packed, and everything put in the car ahead of time before I get them. If I’m walking then I pull the stroller out, and have the sunscreen and diaper bag set aside. Despite this foresight, I typically still forget something and run around looking for it...usually my keys or sunglasses!

Double Duty In the event I need a blanket for Noe, I use an inexpensive pashmina. It’s simple, stylish and I can use it too!

Dress for Comfort Don’t get me wrong, I love my Lululemons as much as anyone, but if you want to avoid the stereotypical mom uniform, you’ve got to kick it up a notch. Skinny jeans (must have stretch!) and a tunic top look pulled together without sacrificing comfort. Avoid anything short or cropped as you’ll likely be bending, squatting and generally running after your kids. A vibrant jacket, simple flats or boots, and a hat are the perfect addition to pull your look together. Also, never underestimate the power of a great pair of sunglasses.


Devil’s Food Bakery

Cory Merrill Playground

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

2300 Steele St. Denver, CO 80205

1020 S. Gaylord Street, Denver CO 80209

E Yale Ave & S St Paul St Denver, CO 80216

799 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80209

We love to walk here on Sunday mornings for their homemade pop-tarts. Easy and delicious!

I love that there is a good amount of sun protection, something that is lacking in a lot of Denver’s parks.

Fresh, local, and a delicious treat that my kids always look forward to!

I recommend getting a membership - that way you can pop in, visit a few animals and bounce!



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ALENA ACCESSORIZED Step out of your comfort zone in style. Style Blogger, Alena Gidenko of Moda Prints, shows us how!

Handmade jewelry inspiring lives from Threads Worldwide EARRINGS @threadsworldwide

Head to toe accessorized with a heel spur from M.Kaltenbach @mkaltenbach


I love to encourage women every day that adding layers of jewelry is fun. Not only does it give your outfit a new look, but it adds character. Take a leap of faith and don’t be scared—you won’t like it until you try it. Here are some ways that you can style your pieces. In time, you will be able to play around on your own with lots of different looks! First, instead of layering necklaces around your neck, you can add it to your waist as a belt, or to your hat, or even to you boots. It would make your outfit pop, fresh, and bedazzled. This fun, unique outfit would look great at a girls night out, dinner date, or even out for some coffee. Trust me, while you are walking on the street, heads will turn. You can also style your accessories by adding a color to a specific piece, like a turquoise statement necklace, to a color you usually wear. The rest you can layer with you favorite jewelry. This will help you step out of your comfort zone; it might look very different than you originally expected. There is plenty more you can try out and experiment with over time. Have fun, don’t be shy, step out, and be bold!

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INSPYRED WITH MERIDA & KELSEY OF STUDIO9720 blogger spotlight on studio 9720 @studio9720

Written by Kendall Schoemann @dippedinyellow

Any successful partnership requires a delicate balance of give and take and trial and error. Bonus points if the partnership is made up of a duo of dreamers who share a common passion. When Kelsey Bigelow and Merida Teot met as college classmates, they instantly knew they shared a need to be creative and make a difference; they just didn’t know how they were going to do it. Fast forward a few years and the friends-turned-roommates added business partners to their list of credentials. Noticing a disconnect in the Denver fashion community and a void between designers and consumers

the quirky duo created an avenue to highlight Denver fashion creatives, empower local designers, elevate a sense of community, and position Denver as an emerging fashion hub.

Photography: Molly Seeling Cedar House Photography @cedarhousephotography

“We were seeing some really talented designers and successful boutiques speckled throughout the Denver area, but no one was talking about them,” said Merida. “When we first came up with the idea of the blog, we were consistently told we needed to move to a fashion-forward city to be successful.” Denver’s fashion reputation was the initial drive behind the idea for Studio 9720. Placing their trust in local talent, the Colorado natives were determined to stay in Denver and work to make their vision for the industry a reality.


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Studio 9720 features event coverage, interviews with designers, and profiles of boutiques. It also includes unique features, like the popular “Closet Raid” Series, in which Kelsey and Merida raid closets of fashionable bloggers and Denverites to showcase their style. Studio 9720 has no shortage of ideas for the future. “We are always thinking of ways to expand and have plans to pursue some non-blog projects,” said Kelsey. “Our overarching goal will always remain the same. We want to influence and promote the cohesive nature of the Denver fashion industry and help position this city as a talented fashion community that deserves to be taken seriously.” Since Studio 9720 was born over two years ago, they have already seen this change take form.


“We think Denver is on its way to being a city known for design and craftsmanship,” said Merida.

“THE PEOPLE WE MEET CONSTANTLY INSPIRE US AND ARE WORKING SO HARD TO PROPEL THIS CITY FORWARD.” Of course, there is more work to be done and Studio 9720 believes Denver is up for the challenge. “We need to come together and be united or we will fail before we succeed, “ said Kelsey. “The Denver fashion industry is built on community, not competition, which will be the key to moving forward.” Using Studio 9720 as a megaphone for community, encouragement, and collaboration, Kelsey and Merida are taking steps to weave the Denver fashion community together, one dreamer at a time.

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It was my fourth meeting like this in half a year. I scanned the coffee shop looking for a young couple with plans to open a mobile boutique by the end of 2014. As we did when we first started, the pair had questions. Though in this business just under a year, as one half of Judith & Joe I’m one of the few in Denver with just enough knowledge to shed some light on a nearly unknown business model. You may have passed by


one of us and not even known it. Or maybe you’ve hopped on and been one of many to ask, half serious, if we’re going to kidnap you. Or perhaps you’re thinking of adding to the mobile boutique community yourself. You wouldn’t be alone. Established mobile boutiques get countless emails weekly inquiring about what it takes to shrink a store down to the size of a delivery truck. Though it’s unconventional there’s


something that just makes sense about style on the go. There’s a reason why mega fashion heroes Madewell, Buffalo Exchange, and Warby Parker have added mobile boutiques to their offerings. By the end of the year Colorado will boast at least 10 mobile boutiques from Pueblo to Denver with several more set to launch in 2015. Much like the explosive growth of food trucks, mobile boutiques are multi-


plying faster than rabbits with more than 300 operating across the United States since 2010. Active in the heart of the city, and on social media, smaller space means smaller runs of the unique fashions and finds you’re looking for. Just four of Denver’s own, Denver Fashion Truck, La Lovely Vintage, Denver Street Boutique and Judith & Joe have spent a collective 49 months popping up in your neighborhood. Here, they share their stories. Catch ‘em if you can!


- editorial feature: denver mobile boutiques DENVER STREET BOUTIQUE Owner: Lindsey Trees

@denverstreetboutique A hectic life of juggling corporate software sales and caring for a growing family led Lindsey Trees to open her mobile boutique, Denver Street Boutique. “Making my own schedule without being tied to retail hours is ideal for me as a mom of two!” A one-woman show and one of the newest mobile boutiques getting the lay of the land, Lindsey knows that entrepreneurship, especially out of a converted Frito Lay Truck, isn’t all pretty dresses and sunshine. “Buying,


selling, styling, social media, inventory management, accounting, event planning, truck maintenance! Playing the jack of all trades can be exhausting to say the least. But,” she added, “it is oh so rewarding to see the impact in the community within such a short time.” If you’re searching for super trendy, classically pretty womenswear, the feminine green and fuchsia exterior won’t steer you wrong. By chance, Lindsey caters to the busy lunch-time

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gal on the go with a steady rotation of downtown weekday pop ups. Her day to night pieces are exactly what you’d hope to find in a women’s boutique and with her small space and great, national brands, her inventory changes frequently. In addition to her mobile boutique, Lindsey offers other services, like style consulting, right from her truck. Nobody knows how to put together a great outfit effortlessly better than a busy mom! BOOK THE DENVER STREET BOUTIQUE FOR YOUR NEXT GIRLS NIGHT-IN!



@lalovelyvintage Tara Dover has a unique knack for turning vintage into modern. With a mission to rescue and restore the finest vintage products in Colorado she not only scours the state for the best finds (yep, she’s the one first in line at Estate Sales!) but turns previously loved treasures into much more. Her line of soy candles in vintage tins and potted plants in, well just about anything, is one of her favorite parts of the shop. What started on Etsy in the fall of 2011 has turned into so much more in three short years. Knowing she wanted to branch out from the Internet, Tara opened her renovated (twice due to water damage) Shasta trailer affectionately named Lucy in the spring of 2013. Excitingly, her first storefront just opened in October! And though she’s gone indoors, she’s not quitting the mobile game, despite it’s off and on challenges. “The hardest part [about this business] is being mobile! Finding places to park can be difficult as well as keeping the trailer from getting damaged.” Tara shares that despite the trials and tribulations of owning a store on wheels, she took to the streets to immerse herself in Denver’s creative and mobile communities. “I love being able to all set up together, having friends that are knowledgeable in this business is a blessing!” One of the founders of the Denver Mobile Style Society, Tara, along with a handful of local mobile boutiques can be ordered as a group for private parties, events and more. There’s power in numbers, especially when it comes to style. FIND THEM AT markets, scheduled pop ups, and several days a week at The Vintage Cottage, 5684 S. Datura, Littleton, CO 80120.


JUDITH & JOE Owner: Brandee Castle & Sara Graff

@judithandjoe My passion project, the love of my life, my 1997 Snowmass shuttle bus-shaped heart that I co-own with friend and former co-worker Sara Graf. Sara puts it well. “Its been exciting to be involved in Denver’s creative community. Everyone is so supportive.” One thing we’ve loved about the community is the lack of competition and instead the pure support of a business model that was virtually unknown just years ago. “The growth is exciting,” Sara adds. “The more people understand mobile boutiques the less people will ask if we’re going to close the bus doors and drive off with them inside.” Judith & Joe’s motto is to Look Good, Do Good by providing a one-stop shop for conscious purchases. We carry new men’s and women’s clothing, vinyl records and accessories. Many of the brands on the bus have a philanthropic element. We have a local dress maker that outsources work to a small, happy group of women in Honduras. “One of the women in Honduras would spend hours waiting outside her daughter’s school. Now she has a place to go during the day and extra income to provide for her family.” Sara tells. It’s stories like that that give Judith & Joe its drive, so to speak. Other brands provide education, give back to local organizations like the Denver Rescue Mission, contain recycled materials or simply use good factory practices. Celebrating one year in operation just after Thanksgiving, you can usually find Judith & Joe popped up at markets or in RiNo. FIND THEM AT markets and events in Denver.


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DENVER FASHION TRUCK Owners: Adrian Barragan & Desiree Gallegos-Barragan

@denverfashiontruck It’s a family affair with Denver Fashion Truck. Husband and wife team Adrian and Desiree Gallegos-Barragan, (with occasional help from DFT heirs Jade and Alex) have formed a family of more than 25 local designers aboard their plaid beauty. Adrian’s background in music and graffiti art coupled with Desiree’s history of fashion and entrepreneurship create a funky, fun harmonious blend inside their cozy truck. You can find both of their creations (tees for Adrian, pillows for Desiree) alongside the talent of your neighbors and a handful of select vintage pieces. Denver Fashion Truck has epitomized the beauty of Denver’s digest-

ible design community in just 97 square feet. Open for nearly a year and a half, the duo pops up nearly every day of the week year-round, posting, like most mobile boutiques, their daily whereabouts on social media. “We hope [the community] continues to grow. The idea is catching on and we are seeing a lot of interest.” Desiree shares. It’s clear when you step aboard that their primary goal in all of this is community. “[There’s] a small number of fashion trucks. We are all diverse and it’s refreshing! We are in the process of starting a seminar on how to start a mobile retail business in Colorado.” FIND THEM AT markets and events in Denver.


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