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Lifestyle Letter

EFFORTLESS SEPTEMBER STYLE

SEPTEMBER 2017 PUBLISHER

Brendan Harrington | Brendan.Harrington@LifestylePubs.com

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ow more than ever, our personal style tells people who we are — our political persuasion, our social status, our religious belief, which “tribe” we belong to. We might wish it weren’t so, but according to acclaimed designer Miuccia Prada, “when you get dressed you are making public your idea about yourself. Clothes are powerful signifiers.” Wow, that’s a lot of pressure. Who needs the stress? And who wants to look like they put a lot of effort into their look?

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Robin Bond | Robin.Bond@LifestylePubs.com ACCOUNT MANAGER

Susan Wist | Susan.Wist@LifestylePubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Kelli Ruhl, Nancy Ruiz, Sam Trueheart, Robin Bond CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Kylie Fitts, Galina Khrestsov, Poppies + Paisley Photography, Raemi Vermiglio

In all honesty, I try hard to look like I didn’t try hard. I don’t mean I ‘try hard’ like I stare at my closet every morning, try on 3 outfits, and ask my husband if this dress makes my butt look big. I mean I do a little advance work so that I can quite literally be ready to walk out the door in 20 minutes. I wait until the rare shopping mood strikes and do a couple of strategic pre-season shopping trips where I capitalize on online sales, local boutique finds, and unique consignment pieces. And then I’m hopefully done thinking about it for a while. Whether you’re a planner or more of a wear-what-my-hand-touches-first type, we hope you’ll enjoy this month’s focus on effortless style — for men and women. The good news is you don’t even need to go to the mall! Check out cutting-edge fall looks you can find at local boutiques, five for women (“Rites of Fall,” p. 16) and one for men (“Sharp-dressed Man,” p. 12).

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Departments

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Around Town

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Trend Setter

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Culinary Creations

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Artist’s Palette

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

12 The Sharp-dressed Man

1 Flannel, 3 Ways

14 Season's Change

The new fall menu at Seasons 52

16 The Rites of Fall

Shopping the local boutiques for the most luxurious fall looks, with local fashionista Nancy Ruiz

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Trend Setter

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ARTICLE ROBIN BOND

1 FL ANNEL , 3 WAYS

ffortless fall style is what outfitter Alexandra Suppan of Trumaker Denver is all about.

“I think it’s amazing when a guy can get a fitted flannel that’s a little lighter weight that be worn tucked in our

“Fit is everything,” says Suppan. “I’m a personal stylist,

untucked... dressed up or down.  Even my guys who are

so I do all the measuring, help guys pick out items for their

CEOs and partners in law firms buy flannels all the time.”

wardrobe, and do wardrobe consult for them if they need it.”

Trumaker clients span the gamut in age, occupation

The Trumaker brand describes itself as “built-to-fit cloth-

and taste. “I’ve got clients in their mid-20s all the way

ing for men — like custom, but easier.”

up to their mid-70s. Maybe they wear business-casual

“Trumaker is about simplicity," says Suppan, “getting

for work, but they have to wear suits a couple times

things into your closet that fit, where everything coordinates

month. I have construction workers who want to spice

with everything else. So a guy can pick a blazer, and he’s

it on the weekend.

going to have 12 different shirts that will go with that.” “The 'rustic businessman' - that wholelumber-sexual look is big in Denver this fall, so we wanted to show guys how they can get three completely different looks with a flannel shirt.

“Confidence is so important,” says Suppan. “When you’re wearing something you feel good in, you do better — in your job, as a father, as a friend.” Trumaker.com [For the layout] - 

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DRESSY LOOK Sansome Belt Tan Wing-tipped Dress Shoe

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Culinary Creations

The Bosc Pear and Burrata Salad comprised of Bosc pear, burrata cheese, arugula and an accent of honey comb (too sweet to resist!)

SEASONS CHANGE ALONG WITH THE MENU AT SEASONS 52

ARTICLE JODI HORNER | PHOTOGRAPHY RAEMI VERMIGLIO

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n a quest to avoid falling into a rut, I venture into Seasons 52 in Lone Tree and find myself asking why I had not yet tried this fantastic

local hub of fresh and exotic cuisine. General Manager Matthew Youssef is the authority on all things fresh and colorful. “We try to bring in as many fresh vegetables and fruits as possible, at peak season, and we try to feature exotic items like truffles from Umbria,” Youssef says. “They’re an awesome product.” I try the truffles on one of their signature flatbreads; they have a very earthy, pungent and deliciously funky taste. It’s almost like crossing something off my bucket list.  I scan through the expansive Seasons 52 menu and am intrigued by the possibilities. 

A year-round signature item is the Cedar Plank Salmon with roasted potatoes, spaghetti squash and seasonal vegetables. 14

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Roasted Mushroom Flatbread with oyster shiitake, portobello mushrooms, goat cheese and white truffle oil.

But it’s the Mediterranean lamb shank that grabs my attention, a generous portion that’s been braised for 3-1/2 hours, making it smooth and flavorful. It’s accompanied by the vegetable of the fall: mashed potatoes and spaghetti squash. Complementing this robust ensemble is a specialty drink called the Pearfect Strom, containing Bosc pears, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, Absolute Pear soda, St. Germaine At the bar, with its gently lit ambience and impressive center pyramid of glass bottles, it's always open season for open seating.

Elderflower liquor and simple syrup. “We’re

also

a

wine

bar,”

Youssef

says, directing my attention to the gleam of the spacious bar. “We try to use local artisan spirits and local draft beers as much a possible. We want our guests to come in and discover something new each time they’re here. “Since we work with seasonal items, we go where we find the best ingredients for our guests, so we don’t always source from one place,” says Youssef. As the chef, Caleb Benton is well-versed in far more than the preparation of exquisite food; he knows how and when to get the right ingredients to his kitchen.  “The wild-caught Alaskan salmon is caught fresh starting in late spring,” Benton explains. “It transitions down through the regions, starting with Copper River, then Bristol Bay, and it keeps going down the coast.” The businessmen strive to capture produce during their “micro seasons,” bringing them to the menu for their patrons to discover. With Seasons 52 extensive menu, there’s likely to be a pleasing offering for anyone who sets foot in the restaurant, where clearly,

Chef Caleb Benton

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the Rites ofFall

Here’s how to to shop the local boutiques for fall’s most luxurious looks. With Denver model and fashion Instagrammer Nancy Ruiz (@nancyruiz). ARTICLE ROBIN BOND WITH NANCY RUIZ | PHOTOGRAPHY GALINA KHRESTSOV

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utumn’s best looks bring together the best of all worlds. Comfort and luxury. Structure and flow. Feminine florals and bold silhouettes.  Power-reds and jewel tones.

And did you know you can find it all at your local boutiques? Here, our favorite looks from five

local boutiques near you. (Pssst... you can skip the mall!) 

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Cool & Cozy Rebecca Elliot Long Knit Hooded Sweater $117. Dear John Comfort Skinny $89. Basic V Neck $26, all from Rooted Boutique.

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RITES OF FALL (CON TI N U ED)

Flowy Florals + Textured Coats Dress $68. Suede Jacket $85. Jubilee Crystal Drop Earrings $30, all from Rooted Boutique.

Strong Silhouettes Coat by Joseph Ribkoff from Parker Panache $186.

The Flow of Fall Dress by Free People from Chic Couture $78. Cover-up by Mystree from Chic Couture $79. Necklace from Bellezza Boutique $28.

Jewel-Tones in Delicate Fabrics Myka Slip Dress from Fabrik $62. Necklaces by Harper Made at Fabrik. CONTINUED >

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RITES OF FALL (CON TI N U ED)

Fringe Benefits Cover-up by Joseph Ribkoff from Parker Panache $194. Boots, model's own.

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Soft Surroundings Rebecca Elliot Sweater from Rooted Boutique $98. Jeans by Dear John at Rooted Boutique. Hat from Bellezza Boutique $38.

Lady in Red Dress by Joseph Ribkoff from Parker Panache $231. Shoes and earrings, model's own.

Jewel Tones in Delicate Fabrics Myka Slip Dress from Fabrik $62. Necklaces by Harper Made at Fabrik. CONTINUED >

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RITES OF FALL (CON TI N U ED)

Tasseled Velvet P il lows | Anthropologie.com “So luxurious and comfy.”

Cecily Weekender Bag Anthropologie.com

“It gets better with wear.”

Dots and chokers! zara.com

Pol ka-dot C hoker Shirt | zara.com

Pearled Sweater MisguidedUS.com

Wide Black Belt | Zara.com “Pol ka dots paired with wide belts are so ladylike.”

Nancy Ruiz’ Fal l P icks @nancyruiz

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“Soft and Luxurious.”

P laid Shirt TopShop.com

“I’m mad for neutral plaids this season!”

Fringe Leggings Revolve.com

“Fringe is everywhere this fal l!” Dayna Decker Cand les Houzz.com

“The crackle of the wick mimics a fal l fireplace.”

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Artist’s Palette

THE BIRTH OF A CRAFTSMAN ARTICLE KELLI RUHL PHOTOGRAPHY POPPIES + PAISLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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HOW SELF-TAUGHT BUILDER ALEXANDER GIRAY IS TURNING HEADS WITH HIS BEAUTIFUL TAKE ON MIDMODERN STYLE FURNITURE.

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rom his shop in North Boulder, artist

With nothing but a few years as an

Alexander Giray has made the seamless

architectural student under his belt-and

transition from climbing guide to craftsman. Upon

the vast collection of designs, he’d been

meeting Giray, creator of aptly named Alexander

sketching since he was a kid. Giray turned

Giray Designs, it is clear to see he is a man who

to YouTube videos, a welding class and

has found his passion; upon seeing his work,

internet threads to learn to build the works

you’d assume he’d found that passion a lifetime

of art he can now call his own.

ago, and that he’d been honing his skills ever

Giray employs the graceful combination

since. In reality, Giray began building furniture

of walnut and stainless steel to create

just over a year ago, and in that short time, he

furniture that “pushes design boundaries,”

has made a name for himself creating stunning

and becomes, due to a production limit for

pieces inspired by the timeless aesthetics of Mid-

each design, a numbered work of art.

Century Danish and Scandinavian design.

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Artist’s Palette

(CON TI N U ED)

Sitting down with Boulder Lifestyle, Giray

my mental vault of designers that I admire

gives an inside look at the inspiring evolution

before I let my creativity take over.

of Alexander Giray Designs. KR: WHO ARE A FEW OF THE DESIGNERS KR: HOW DID YOU FIRST GET YOUR START

IN YOUR “MENTAL VAULT”?

BUILDING FURNITURE?

AG: Mainly any designer that created a

AG: I had this tight space between the

piece that was out of the norm. Furniture

couch and wall, and I couldn't find a table

that pushes design boundaries and is

that fit, so I built my own. The fun from

more than a functional object; some-

making one got me working on another,

thing you want to look at every day. In my

and so on. I have loved being a climbing

opinion, Adrian Pearsall, Gio Ponti, Arne

guide for the past eight years, but this sat-

Jacobson and Vladimir Kagan are all men

isfied my creative side.

that believed furniture should be more than what it is.

KR: HOW DID YOU TEACH YOURSELF TO BUILD?

KR: OF ALL THE PIECES YOU’VE

AG: After my first piece I kept upping the

DESIGNED, WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

ante, which is sort of my personality. I

AG: I like them all in the way you like all

started with a welding lesson, but every-

of your children. They inspired me to do

thing else, including the woodworking,

better. However, lately, I'm infatuated with

is all YouTube and threads. To make up

my August chair. İt signifies such a big leap

ground for my lack of experience, I need

in a direction that I was hesitant to go in.

to continuously learn from any source that I can, then apply what I've learned to my

KR: HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK

new designs.

EVOLVING MOVING FORWARD?

AG: Wood is known for its warmth KR: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE

because of the curves you can give it. I

STYLE OF YOUR WORK?

would like to get to a point where I can

AG: Due to my passion for mid-century

mix my geometric style, which I developed

Danish and Scandinavian designs, I can't

in school, and organic lines like those of

help but incorporate those design funda-

Vladimir Kagan or Adrian Pearsall, and to

mentals into what I am making. But there

do it with stainless steel. Eventually with

is also a lot of me, and a lot depends on

those skills, further down the road, I can

what the materials dictate. Overall, I would

design entirely without influence.

say that my pieces are my interpretation of an evolving continuation of mid-century

KR: WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING

modern furniture.

PART OF WHAT YOU DO?

AG: The most rewarding part of it all for me KR: WHERE DO YOU FIND THE INSPIRATION

is what I do after I’m done building each

FOR EACH NEW PIECE?

piece: I take it home and live with it for

AG: Like most artists say, "it just comes

several days. I examine it; I soak up its per-

to me." Of course, each design starts with

sonality and presence. If I have created a

some fundamental requirements, depend-

piece that I would not mind admiring every

ing on the type of furniture. Then I dig into

day, then I have done a good job.

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Healthy Lifestyle

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should sit for an hour.” And for me, life was swirling with business; I could barely sit down to check Instagram let alone spend the time meditating. I was past the point of reasonable, normal stress. To calm my mind and give myself some self-love, I decided Jalan Facial Spa was the perfect retreat I needed to get out of my head and relax. Jalan Facial Spa is in the heart of downtown Denver and centered around helping you restore and feel your best by using Eastern Asian traditions with modern skin care expertise. Every guest at Jalan Facial Spa embarks on a self-paced journey to finding their inner harmony. First, I began my experience with a custom-blended lemongrass tea and a complimentary coconut cookie from Mama Kim—the founder of Jalan Facial Spa and owner of many restaurants throughout Eastern Asia. Next, I was taken to soak my feet in a warm footbath. Because we were in “fire” season, my footbath had pink Himalayan salt, Epsom salt, coconut oil, and sweet orange and clove essential oils to soothe, cool and center myself. Once I felt ready, I made my way into the meditation garden; a beautiful space with cushions and a zen garden to drop into a tranquil state. I noticed my shoulders softening and my jaw beginning to relax. Stephanie, my esthetician, came to get me and start my 75-minute advanced facial. As a novice to facials, I showed my ignorance by getting on the bed belly-first. But Stephanie had a cheerful attitude that helped ease my embarrassment and lessen my stress even more. She examined my skin and pinpointed specific areas that needed extractions or more moisture. I quickly fell into a deep meditative state and fully relaxed throughout the entire process. By the end of the session, all stress and anxiety had vanished. Once finished, I was taken back into the meditation garden to listen to an audio meditation that focused on healing, freedom and acceptance. Once complete, I watched soothing ocean scenes on a screen while drinking a red date tea with goji berry and dianhong. The entire experience at Jalan Facial Spa completely unraveled my stress and helped me enter back into the busy streets of Denver with a little more inner peace.

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SEPTEMBER 7 - 9 HIGHLANDS RANCH DAYS HIGHLANDS RANCH MANSION Come celebrate your community’s heritage This event features historical reenactments, blacksmithing, pottery, an authentic tipi, a petting zoo, livestock displays  and more.Tours of the mansion held throughout the event. Adult $5, Child $3 (2 and under free) Tickets sold at gate Free Shuttle to the mansion begins from Mountain Vista High School at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 2:30 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 9 DOGGIE SPLASH AND PET EXPO WESTRIDGE REC CENTER, 9650 FOOTHILLS CANYON BLVD 10-11 AM for small dogs only.15 pounds and under and/or 15" in height and under. All dogs welcome from 11A-2P. Join us as we open the Outdoor Pool at Westridge to our fourlegged friends ONLY!  Tickets $7/dog in advance. Limit two (2) dogs per adult.  Come explore the PET EXPO for pet adoptions, supplies and more. Free to the public.

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Parting Thoughts

BOOST YOUR ZEN A SEASON OF MINDFULNESS ARTICLE GRACE ESTRIPEAUT

T

he transition into fall is exciting, but it can be stressful too. Getting the kids back to school and ourselves back to work can make us feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here, are

few tips for achieving mindfulness in under 10 minutes a day.

SPEND AT LEAST 5 MINUTES EACH DAY DOING NOTHING.

Absolutely nothing. You can sit or lie down; just make sure the focus is on you, returning to yourself, your sensations, your breath. No multi-tasking, scrolling through your phone or solving problems in your mind. Just be with you. Breathe. Hint: If your mind wanders, try a phone app for a 3-5 minute guided meditation and mindfulness session. My favorite is calm.com, but you might also like HeadSpace.com or Buddhify. com. Do this for 5 minutes over 2 weeks, and you won’t believe the difference.  HIT PAUSE BEFORE YOU TAKE ON A NEW TASK. 

Create some space between one thing and another. Maybe you’ve finished a project at work, or you’re between one meeting and the next. Take a moment to be fully present, pause, notice. Take a walk, get a drink - consciously move from one activity to another.  DETOX FROM THE DAY.

Before going to bed, give yourself 7-10 minutes to write it all out — I call it a day detox. Just write and write. Let everything go on paper. Get the thoughts and worries off your mind so you can rest. Then rip the piece of paper to shreds. Sweet dreams. BE PRESENT IN YOUR OWN DAY. 

Does your day just fly by? You look up, it’s 5 pm and you wonder where the day went. To break the daily grind, try this: Be more aware of your body, your mind, and your breath throughout the day. Become aware of when you lose your intention or when your energy goes into fluster mode. To do this, set reminders on your phone to help you hit pause and return to intentionality. Search your phone under “mindfulness bell.” Program bells to ring as much as you want them to. COMMUTE WITH PURPOSE. 

Use your commute time to be present with yourself. Turn off the radio. Let this be a time to breathe through and mentally let go of your day. Or use the time to prep for your day and set your intention. What do you want for yourself? When you’re at a red light take a couple of deep breaths, roll your neck and your shoulders, roll your wrists out. Grace Estripeaut is the founder of www.boostyourzen. com, which provides companies and individuals with practical approaches to increase your calm and focus in a chaotic world. You can learn more at www.boostyourzen.com And http://boostyourzen.com/the-breathing-room

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