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JETSETTER: LOS CABOS

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CALMING COLORADO

Escape to Los Cabos Mexico’s most awe-inspiring properties

We head back to our alma mater for a nostalgic weekend filled with fashion

Reign takes a decadent culinary journey with chef Linda Hampsten

Holiday gift ideas inspired by our icons

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ROAD TRIP Reign’s guide to hitting the Colorado roads in style

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FROM THE PUBLISHER TICKLED PINK

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IT’S MY PARTY

What’s fresh, fun and fabulous in Colorado and beyond

A nautical baby shower filled with style and sentiment

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History’s Molly Brown revealed

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Bon vivant Jenny Lee Walsh shares her wanderlust spirit

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Haunts and happenings for the man about town

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The polished pros who lead the style pack

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SOMETHING BLUE

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A few of our favorite things for your big day and beyond

Modern simplicity abounds against a backdrop of autumn delicacies

Katy + Thomas say “I Do” in awe-inspiring style

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WITHOUT QUESTION, FALL IS MY favorite time of year. The weather turns crisp, the Aspens are ablaze and fashion is at its finest. Yet my favorite part of fall has nothing to do with cable knit or cashmere. To me, fall is the time when we begin to slow down, reflect on the year that is quickly approaching its end and give thanks for the things that have shaped our lives. To say the list of things for which I am grateful is long would be akin to saying that Colorado is stunning in the fall. An understatement. Anyone who has been following Reign’s journey since its inception three years ago knows that this magazine – this labor of love – is the realization of a little girl’s pipedream. To wake up every day and do what I love most in this world is perhaps the greatest blessing imaginable. I know that I am lucky to be living my wildest dream and I also know that few people can say the same. No matter how challenging publishing can be, I’ll take it. For me, this business is anything but. It’s not an investment or an opportunity; it’s a passion and a pursuit. And to me, that is personal, not business. Yet this issue in particular was more personal than ever. To shoot my favorite cover to date plus an incredible pictorial feature at my alma mater was extra sweet and somewhat surreal (School Ties, page 38). Reign turned the lawns my friends and I frolicked on and classrooms we admittedly avoided into our stage for all things ivy-league inspired in our fall fashion story. Thank you, Regis University, for allowing me to take my collegiate memories and reimagine them into our fashionable fall pages. Of course, the photos and memories from my baby brother and new sister-in-law’s nuptials (Oh Happy Day, page 106) are near and dear to me as well. To see a vision come to life so magnificently

has me somewhat speechless. My dear friends at DesignWorks and Ashley Nicole Events may never know how much their time and talent have meant to me and my family, but it is my hope that Cassidy Brooke’s incredible photos of Katy and Thomas’ day will illustrate how special their work truly was. Next, we jaunted to gorgeous Los Cabos, Mexico, where we indulged in a much-needed respite with our closest friends and family at the spectacular Cuvée Escapes villa. The vacation of a lifetime, this home’s beauty, both inside and out, remains unrivaled. In our Jetsetter feature (page 32) we take you inside its stunning walls as we celebrate all that is amazing in and around the Sea of Cortez. Finally, we commemorate the season with our favorite friends in An Urban Harvest (page 48) where Chef Linda Hampsten’s culinary prowess delighted our guests and inspired a whole new way of thinking about the holiday meal. From the dreamy table décor to the completely reinvented menu, our harvest dinner is anything but expected. As we dust off the scarves and sweaters, it is our hope that you too find your passion and make it personal. Yours in style,

Betsy Marr

P.S. We hope to see your faces on October 25th as we once again gather to support the Global Down Syndrome Foundation at the annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show and gala. An event and cause that is near and dear to Reign, it’s the can’t-miss evening that will leave you feeling both grateful and inspired. Won’t you join us? bebeautifulbeyourself.org


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AND JUST LIKE THAT, IT’S FALL AGAIN. The heat of summer goes away and the beauty of this season reemerges. The kiddos go back to school. Holiday chatter hums a bit louder. For some of us, football’s return serves as an indispensable tonic. In other corners, reruns of our favorite shows cease and we get new programming. New programming. That can apply to more than just television. What are you going to wear over the next few months? We give you more than a few ideas as we took everyone back to school for a lesson in autumn fashion (page 38). I reinvent myself every year. It’s imperative for me to reassess and recharge as well as hopefully grow as a person in the way I view and handle things. Our Jetsetter feature on Cuvée Escapes’ unmatched property in Los Cabos (page 32) will have you thinking differently about life. So will the fare that we examine on page 48 where private chef Linda Hampsten introduces a new take on Thanksgiving and the wondrous flavors that ensue from our intimate dinner with some of our favorite people. Since this is also the season for “will you marry me?” we whet the whistle with some remarkable unions that you’ve come to expect in Aisle Style (page 93). I also feel we’ve raised the bar online at reignmag.com. You’ll see extended features from the magazine as well as daily content to tide you over until our upcoming Aspen/Winter issue. For the man in your life (or the tomboy in you), Reign Man (page 30) continues to grow and I’m very excited for the content and coverage we have planned moving forward across all of our platforms. (Hint: models and photo shoots, interviews and more.) So here’s to new programming in every sense of the phrase. We’re privileged to have you on board.

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3. CLP JEWELRY We’ve always been a sucker for a lady who can wield a torch and hammer. These are the tools of choice for Christy Lea Payne, the visionary behind CLP Jewelry. With roots in Oklahoma, Santa Fe, and now Colorado, Payne’s jewels are truly an exploration of her environment. She expertly molds gold, sterling silver, and brass into worn and weathered pieces, adding touches of elegance with the addition of precious or semiprecious stones. The result? Jewelry that is rustic, relaxed and classic, with a touch of edge and a hint of imperfection – simple enough to wear every day and love for a lifetime.

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1. OOH! AAH! JEWELRY Okay, this enchanting Denver boutique didn’t exactly get its start in Colorado – it originated in Albuquerque – but ever since Ooh! Aah! Jewelry opened on Tennyson Street in 2006, it has become the go-to place to pick out a little something special for a loved one, or splurge on a treat for yourself. The small space is packed full of contemporary and traditional jewels, along with purses, scarves, hats and other fashion accessories. Not to mention that owner Sarah Ortega is one incredible custom jewelry designer, handcrafting gorgeous, highly covetable engagement rings to please even the most untraditional bride. Buyer beware: it’s almost impossible to leave here empty-handed – but why would you want to? 720.855.7241 | oohaahjewelry.com

2. TODD REED It’s not often that you find “recycled” and “luxury” in the same sentence. But then again, there’s no one quite like Todd Reed. The Boulder-based jeweler has been crafting incredible works of wearable art for more than 20 years, specializing in incorporating unique, raw stones into statement pieces that never go out of style. A true artisan, Reed and his staff of 16 master jewelers, with whom he works closely, sees the beauty in sustainability, mixing recycled metals with high-quality, responsibly-sourced stones of all shapes, sizes and colors. And to top it off, each piece

4. THE WOODS Who doesn’t love a dichotomy? That’s what you get with The Woods, a fine jewelry line founded by sisters Shawn Hecox and Samantha Hitchcock and based in Aspen. This pair has perfected the art of creating pieces that make contrasting materials look like a match made in heaven. Why can’t a skull crafted from bone be paired with beads of coral and a tassel made of chains? Or diamond balls accompany white bone beads and raw crystals? With an artistic perspective this diverse, the potential of The Woods line is limited only to the sisters’ imaginations. We can’t wait to see what they think of next. thewoodsfinejewelry.com

5. RASK At the “Rask” of sounding a bit hokey, natural gemstones have always been hailed for their incredible healing properties. From offering protection to easing stress and providing clarity in times of confusion, each gemstone’s unique energy offers the wearer exactly what she needs. At Rask Fine Jewelry, this earth energy is the centerpiece of every design. Each stunning item is handcrafted with conflict-free diamonds, gemstones and precious metals to create a look that’s modern, unique and irresistibly beautiful. Rask – which in Danish means good health, wellness and positive energy – infuses all of these attributes into each statement-making piece. As if you needed another reason to snatch up one of their beautiful baubles! raskjewelry.com


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We’ve always been told not to judge a book by its cover, but in this case, we’re willing to make an exception. Thatcher Wine, founder and owner of Boulderbased Juniper Books, has built his career on his unique and uncanny ability to seek out tomes that fit his clients’ intellectual interests — from rare, classic novels to theme-specific art books to historical writings and more — and recreate them to match their personal aesthetic (think specific color stories, custom-printed images or vintage, leather-bound covers). The result is incredible, bespoke libraries that will spark the literary interest of even the most apathetic reader. In a time when print books are often seen as more of a novelty than a necessity, Wine is bringing back the library, with clients ranging from residential estates to

commercial properties around the globe, including the NoMad Hotel in New York City, the Four Season Residences in Austin and the Loren Hotel in Alexandria, Va., among many others. Of course, Wine’s curation skills come at a cost – up to $750 a foot, depending on the project – which is why his business expanded in 2010 to include a secondary component: customizable and ready-made book sets that customers can purchase directly from the website. For more about Juniper Books, as well as Wine’s tips on how to create your own stylish, at-home library, visit our exclusive interview at reignmag.com. Juniper Books 303.946.1494 juniperbooks.com

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Dazzling at DAM Cartier has always been synonymous with style, elegance and the utmost exclusivity. Now, Coloradans can experience the grandeur of this prestigious jeweler’s iconic pieces firsthand at Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, a retrospective on display at the Denver Art Museum, November 16, 2014 to March 15, 2015. Curated by Margaret Young Sánchez and designed by Nathalie Crinière – who also designed DAM’s Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective – this exceptional exhibit features Cartier jewelry, timepieces and objects produced between 1900 and 1975, and tells the story of the brand’s rise to preeminence through the inclusion of original sketches, historic photos, film clips and more. With seven all-encompassing themes, ranging from art deco pieces and men’s collections, to the age of glamour and the style icons who donned these extraordinary jewels, Brilliant offers a complete look at Cartier’s expansion and influence throughout much of the 20th Century, while also painting a picture of the overall cultural, societal and economic shifts of the time period. It’s a can’t-miss for anyone who wants to be dazzled by diamonds (and who among us doesn’t?).

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The heart of Boulder’s bourgeoning wine business can be found not among the vineyards in Palisade, where most of the state’s luscious grapes are harvested, but just north of Boulder, in three adjacent industrial warehouse spaces. It’s here that three separate wineries – BookCliff Vineyards, Settembre Cellars and What We Love: The Winery – run their businesses and welcome customers into their tasting rooms. But despite what one might imagine, the proximity between these businesses doesn’t breed any competitive tension. Instead, the three wineries have banded together to create Boulder Wine Studios, a collaborative effort to increase the visibility of Boulder wine in the community – and have some fun while they’re at it. “We started thinking that three is better than one,” says John Garlich, co-owner of BookCliff Vineyards with his wife, Ulla Merz. “We really see ourselves as artists, distinct in our own styles. That’s where the idea of Boulder Wine Studios came from.” The collaboration, which offers visitors an opportunity to experience all three wineries during any afternoon the tasting rooms are open (hours vary, but weekends are your best bet), as well as attend themed events hosted throughout the year, was launched with a packed grand opening celebration in late June. “I think people enjoy the concept of going tasting room hopping and seeing all the different things that can be done in Colorado,” Garlich says. “We’re having lots of fun with it.”

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WHEN GRACIE MCCLURE ANNOUNCED she was expecting, our hearts skipped a beat. As a former Reign gal and close friend, we could not have been happier to hear the news of Baby Boy McClure. Along with Gracie’s close family friends and gals-about-town Maureen Regan Cannon, Shelley Magness and Susan Hamilton, our editor helped host a fête fitting for Baby Lawson and his oh-sofashionable mother. Using Denver’s oldest and most picturesque country club as our backdrop, we followed an edict of all-things-nautical as we designed Gracie’s baby shower. Immediately, we turned to the city’s event visionaries, DesignWorks by Dave and Mike. Together, we followed our nautical theme to create an afternoon that the mother-to-be would not soon forget. To set the tone, guests received custom designed invitations in a navy and green seersucker pattern, each ad-

dressed in white hand lettering on a stunning navy envelope. As they approached the club, the same familiar look and feel greeted guests via an elaborately draped entrance, clad in striped fabric with custom anchors and ropes flanking each side. As they stepped onto the club’s iconic patio with sweeping golf course views, each of Gracie’s guests delighted in mimosas rimmed in pale green sugar and a decadent seafood bar ice sculpture, carved to spell L-A-W-S-O-N in honor of baby-to-be. Cocktail tables were draped in a nautical seersucker fabric with miniature ships in a bottle and blue and green florals. Inside, jaws dropped as guests entered the shower’s main space. Seating for 75 on custom tufted French fabric sofas and Louis style chairs was anything but ordinary. To commemorate baby boy, a graphic installation that mimicked the shower invitation spelled Lawson and was hung above the mantle. Nearby, boxwood topiaries were placed atop two stunning gift tables, their bases also wrapped in boxwood. All the while, Gracie opened her gorgeous gifts with the help of her husband Kyle, who made a surprise appearance. The perfect celebration of baby Lawson and his ever-deserving parents.

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THEY CALL HER UNSINKABLE AND her likeness has been portrayed by starlets such as Cloris Leachman, Debbie Reynolds and Kathy Bates to name but a few. Yet the true Molly Brown is much more than a myth or a movie role. She’s an icon and an inspiration. And she’s perhaps Denver’s most silent celebrity. Born to Irish immigrants in rural Missouri, Margaret Tobin Brown, affectionately known as Molly, always possessed a certain pioneering spirit. Her parents instilled in her the values of freedom and equality from a very young age. At 13, Molly began working in a local factory where she came to know the perils of long days, low wages and instability. This is where she first became attune with the plight of the working class and where her desire to change the world around her first stemmed. Soon, her wanderlust spirit would take her west. Along with her brother Daniel an 18-year-old Molly moved to Leadville, Colorado, where she worked in a department store. Yet as she arrived in the Rockies, she became acutely aware that the

pioneer dream was anything but. Molly witnessed one too many of her silver-seeking community members giving up their ambitions and forced into exploitive, harsh labor for unfair wages. A fervent Molly soon began the charity work that would eventually define her life by volunteering in Leadville’s soup kitchens. Around this time, the vivacious young Molly Tobin met J.J. Brown, a mining engineer. Although he was bright and witty, Brown had no prosperity of which to speak – something that ambitious Molly saw as a detriment. Having watched her own parents struggle and suffer, she was determined to either make or marry her fortune out west so that she could properly care for them. But love won out, and Molly soon became Mrs. J.J. Brown. “I wanted a rich man, but I loved Jim Brown. I thought about how I wanted comfort for my father and I was determined to stay single until a man presented himself who could give to the tired old man the things I longed for him. Jim was as poor as we were, and had no better chance in life,” she is credited with saying. “Finally, I decided that I’d be better off with a poor man whom I loved than a wealthy one whose money had attracted me. So I married Jim Brown.” All the while, Leadville was losing its luster and miners who once came seeking riches through the silver boom began to leave the economically depressed community where no fortune had been found. Around this time, J.J. Brown had the fortuitous notion to excavate the Little Johnny Mine. His plans were bold, yet very well researched. Ultimately, he struck gold, and the mine’s owners rewarded Brown with significant shares in their company. Simply put, J.J. and Molly Brown were rich. Soon after, the Browns moved to Denver where they took up residence in their now famous abode on Pennsylvania Street. Molly became the unlikely belle of the ball in the mile high city, where she was a charter member of The Denver Women’s Club, started the Denver Dumb Friends League, advocated for public parks, helped raise funds to build the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, started the Alliance Française to promote her love of French culture and established the United States’ first juvenile court system, among countless other charitable pursuits. At a time when a woman’s name was only to appear in the newspaper on three distinct occasions – her debut, her wedding and her death – Molly Brown was making headlines. A trailblazer indeed, Molly


raised more than a few turn-of-the-century eyebrows when in 1901, she ran for the United States Senate. Although she withdrew from the race prior to Election Day, the move opened doors and broke down gender barriers. Yet there was another passion that served as Molly Brown’s driving force – travel. While her newfound fortune afforded her the opportunity to create social change and give back to her community, it also afforded her the opportunity to see the world. In 1902, the Browns embarked on a world tour, during which Molly took note of India’s caste system and reported her observations through articles in Denver’s newspapers. Molly also found that she loved the lifestyle in Newport, Rhode Island, where women largely ran the town, as their husbands stayed in New York City during the week and only spent weekends in the tony enclave. There, she spent time with the likes of American royalty as they enjoyed the good life and all that it implies. But Molly was noticeably different from the rest, maintaining her pioneering spirit despite her newfound socialite status. In 1909, however, Molly did something very uncommon of a society woman in her day – she quietly separated from J.J., her husband of 23 years. While the pair never officially divorced, they remained amicably apart until his 1922 death. “I’ve never met a finer, bigger, more worthwhile man than J.J. Brown,” she told the newspapers. After the separation, Molly’s independence left her with even more time to travel and in 1912, she departed on a trip to Egypt, Rome and Paris along with her daughter, Helen and dear friends J.J. and Madeleine Astor. The trip was cut short when Molly received news of her ailing grand-

son, prompting her to book a ticket on the next available ship to America – the much-ballyhooed Titanic. And while the ship’s tragic fate is known to all, Molly’s heroic, selfless story has also been memorialized throughout the years. Not only did she lead the passengers in her rescue boat to row through the evening, searching for survivors, she also displayed an innate altruism in the hours after her rescue. Her world travels and fluency in a number of languages allowed her to help second and third class survivors who spoke little to no English. She also scoured the rescue ship for blankets and supplies, distributing them to women who were sleeping wet and frozen in the corridors. As she helped her fellow survivors, she realized that many of them (primarily women and children) had lost all of their possessions and their husbands in one fell swoop. Worse yet, they were now stranded, halfway to America with no way back. Molly famously rallied her wealthy first class friends to help their fellow passengers. By the time the rescue ship reached New York, she had raised $10,000 – roughly $250,000 in today’s day and age. When the ship docked at New York’s pier 54 reporters surrounded Molly and asked her how she had survived. “Typical Brown luck,” she replied. “We’re unsinkable.” That luck led Molly Brown to a long and prosperous life, where she continued to follow her dreams and change the world around her. In 1932, while living in the Barbizon Hotel (famous for housing aspiring actresses like Ingrid Bergman and Candice Bergen) Molly Brown passed away in her sleep, still living life with an unrelenting courage of conviction.

This September, Margaret Tobin Brown’s passions and pursuits will be chronicled on stage in The Denver Center Theatre Company’s new musical adaptation of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. A new take on Meredith Willson’s classic, the performance, like the woman who inspired it, will have some irrepressible and boldfaced names behind it. Three-time Tony Award nominee Dick Scanlan (co-creator of Thoroughly Modern Millie) has combined his own spirited book with never-before-heard music from Willson’s catalog. What’s more, the production will be helmed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall as director and choreographer. Beth Malone, a Parker native, has won the coveted title role. The Unsinkable Molly Brown opens September 12th. Tickets are available at denvercenter.org. Above: Beth Malone, pictured here in Molly Brown’s beloved Leadville, will play the icon beginning September 12th.

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As temperatures drop, my internal vitamin D barometer starts to twitch... must.find.warm. weather. I suppose this fight or flight instinct began during childhood as my family packed up for our annual retreat to desert heat, escaping the Chicago chill. Now a Colorado inhabitant, Arizona is my preferred quickie getaway - just an hour flight with reliable warm weather. BY JENNY LEE WALSH

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Desert Queen BON VIVANT JENNY LEE WALSH SHARES HER WANDERLUST SPIRIT AND STYLE SENSIBILITIES WITH REIGN FOR SUN WORSHIPERS LIKE myself, a great pool is key. Thus, a fantastic Scottsdale/Phoenix hotel is a must. We’ve stayed all over, but my top two choices to snooze and swim are the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix (stay in the new Ocatilla wing) and The Phoenician in Scottsdale. The former is a Waldorf Astoria owned Frank Lloyd Wright that has been restored with a desert meets Hollywood glam sensibility and boasts the only Lilly Pulitzer shop in the region (their darling kid’s ensembles are of interest to me as a mom-to-be). The latter is a Luxury Collection Resort with the ultimate golf course (to keep the guys occupied) and gorgeous winding pool terraces flanked by regency style yellow cabanas. A trip to Scottsdale is not complete without a visit to Old Town. This southwestern downtown oozes with charm, cowboy knickknacks,

home decor shops, fine art galleries, and tons of restaurants and bars. Lunch or dessert at the unabashedly pink Sugar Bowl is a prerequisite. Sitting at the old-fashioned counter is a complete time warp, where they serve classics like egg salad sandwiches and Camelback sodas (scoops of vanilla ice cream afloat in pineapple syrup and seltzer). My favorite shops are the two Bischoff’s outposts located across the street from one another. One is overflowing with fab “junk” finds like local hot sauces, chili pepper ristras, Minnetonka baby booties, kitschy tabletop decor and Day of the Dead figurines. The other is a well-curated selection of finer objects and home decor from hammered bronze chandeliers and vibrant Equipale chairs to handbeaded moccasins and pricey antique turquoise jewelry. I can always score a unique piece for an interior design client here. On the other side of

Camelback Road is every shopper’s Mecca, Fashion Square Mall, where you can find just about every designer and department store, including one of my favorite Barneys in the country. All this shopping works up an appetite and it’s on to Arcadian Farms where I’m in good company with in-the-know “ladies who lunch.” Housed in a lovely Old Town cottage with a charming courtyard, you can’t go wrong with any of the fresh organic salads, crepes and sandwiches. If you appreciate Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie take on desert living, then head out of town to Taliesan West. Wright’s personal winter getaway, studio and architecture student campus is open for tours and is a full immersion into his aesthetic and lifestyle. A room full of low sofas and chairs gathered in conversation arrangements where the gang gathered for nightly cock-


tail hour is the epitome of cool. Another adventure I cherish is to cruise way out to MTM Ranch for a dusty horseback ride in the untouched dessert of Willow Springs Preserve. Brushing past enormous saguaro cacti on a Western saddle is to experience true Arizona. We’ve been riding with owner Patty – a rugged, statuesque American beauty – for years. For dinner we typically head back to Old Town to one of our tried and true favorites. AZ88 is an eternally hip eatery that serves straight-up tasty dishes in red plastic picnic baskets like my go-to, the AZ88 Chicken Sandwich (spicy hot in buffalo sauce). The no frills menu is juxtaposed against a wild cocktail list and an avant garde ceiling art installation that changes every year. Think painted straight jackets dangling over your table. Another favorite is the Mission, which

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007: ZERO TO SIXTY The London Film Museum has delivered Christmas early for all James Bond fans. Through the end of the year, Bond in Motion will be featuring the largest official collection of 007 vehicles including the Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s Rolls Royce Phantom III and the unrivaled Lotus Esprit S1 submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me. There are no replicas here. Everything is an original used for filming. In addition, you’ll be privy to never-before-seen concept renderings and storyboards outlining creative processes from the production company’s art department. Accompanying the vehicles will also be the unique gadgets and inventions from “Q,” that were paramount in getting all six Bond characters from all 23 films out of trouble. Hello jetpack! I am both shaken and stirred by this one.

EGG-CELLENT I normally wouldn’t write about a salad. However when I’ve been convinced it’s something much more than a collection of greens then I feel it’s my duty to report it to others’ taste buds. Acorn at The Source has such a creation. The crispy egg and applewood bacon salad immediately reveals the stars of this show. It’s remarkably light but also with that perfect amount of savory and when you consider the adjoining arugula, shaved Napa and purple cabbage, pecans, a honey mustard vinaigrette and manchego (Spanish cheese), you’ve found a new addition to your food rotation. The true catalyst here is the egg and how chef/owner Steven Redziowski prepares it. In three stretches of four-minute spans, he soft boils the egg, turns off the stove and lets the egg sit in the hot water before submerging it in an ice bath. After the egg is cooled, it is peeled and rolled in panko breadcrumbs. Then the egg is flash fried to order with the center resulting in a nice medium and the yolk slightly runny when the guest cuts in to it.

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PEARLS OF WISDOM Pearl Jam has always marched to the beat of their own (or Matt Cameron’s) drum. They’re unconventional. They boycotted Ticketmaster. They do their own thing. So you can imagine my unsuspecting joy when it was announced that the final leg of their 2014, ten town tour is going to wrap up in Denver on October 22nd. The Seattle band that’s still standing tall from the grunge era of the early 90s, Eddie Vedder and the boys will bring the likes of Even Flow, Jeremy, Yellow Ledbetter, Daughter and Rearview Mirror to a very lucky Pepsi Center audience. With it being the tour finale, you have to think something special could happen. Book it…and expect the unexpected. Pearl Jam would want it that way. ›› MORE AT PEARLJAM.COM

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BEST OF BRECK It’s nice to have a few watering holes of choice scattered throughout town. In LoDo, I’ve become increasingly attached to one of Breckenridge Brewery’s signature cocktails, the Breck Mule. Here’s a look at the goodness that keeps me coming back. 1.5 oz. of Breckenridge Distillery Vodka Half an oz. of fresh lime juice 5 oz. of Gosling’s Ginger Beer Garnish with a lime The most important ingredient? The copper mug. Not a vodka fan? Try it with Breckenridge Bourbon, the Breck Mule kick. Sidenote – Breck Distillery owner Kevin “Litch” Politch and Breck Brewery GM George Connolly started their Colorado adventures together back in 1989 as lift operators at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Today, they’re operating the cocktail scene, and we’re glad they are. ›› MORE AT BRECKBREW.COM OR BRECKENRIDGEDISTILLERY.COM

How did it take this long for a fed-up camper/beach goer/ tailgater to come up with a profound new cooler system that could revolutionize the way we play? Ryan Grepper has created the ultimate bar cart/snack shop/music station for any outdoor occasion or destination. Appropriately dubbed the Coolest Cooler, it has a built-in 18 volt battery powered, rechargeable ice crushing blender, integrated storage for plates and a knife, bottle opener, USB charger for your electronics, a removable waterproof Bluetooth speaker to listen to some tunes, a cooler divider/cutting board, gear tie-down, extra wide easy rolling tires and even an LED light so you can fish out a drink in the dark. Production of the Coolest starts later this year with the first coolers reaching Kickstarter backers in February. After that, expect retailers to be all over the coolest thing that’s ever hit the market. ›› MORE AT COOLESTKICKSTARTER.COM

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CUVÉE ESCAPES CASITA 378 LOS CABOS, MEXICO THE WARM BREEZE FROM THE SEA OF CORTEZ ENVELOPS YOU FROM BELOW. THE PRISTINE BEACHES, SO PRIVATE THAT EVEN SPOTTING A NEIGHBOR ALONG THE TWOMILE STRETCH IS RARE, GLISTEN LIKE TINY DIAMONDS DANCING IN THE SUN. AND THE VILLA PERCHED ATOP IS, IN A WORD, SPECTACULAR. NOT SURPRISING AT ALL, REALLY. IT’S ONE OF THE DARLINGS IN DENVERBASED CUVÉE ESCAPES’ GROWING PORTFOLIO AND IS RESERVED FOR THE WORLD’S MOST DISCERNING TRAVELERS. WORDS BY BETSY MARR

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CUVÉE ESCAPES Seaside La Casita 378 cuveeescapes.com

Jetsetter SITUATED WITHIN THE PALMILLA coast’s gated Villas Del Mar community, Casita 378 is in a league all its own. Built on three levels, all boasting unobstructed seaside views, the home is an old world, Spanish style gem. And while it’s available for discriminating vacationers, throw away every preconceived notion you have about “vacation” properties. This is a Cuvée home, which means the utmost in luxury at every turn. From the moment you enter, greeted by your private concierge and personal chef who have prepared freshly made ceviche and margaritas, the villa is an escape like no other. It’s a respite that inspires nothing but relaxation and an appreciation for fine art, fine architecture, fine dining and at its very core, fine living. The five-bedroom private sanctuary is built around a grand al fresco living space. From the infinity edge swimming pool and spa, to the expansive terraces flanked by Spanish style chandeliers, to the natural stone fire pit, outdoor fireplace and full outdoor kitchen, the villa’s outdoor spaces are as opulent as the home’s impressive interiors. Once inside, a welcoming hand-carved fireplace graces the living room, which is well appointed with authentic Mexican antiques. An open floor plan flows seamlessly into the large dining space and chef ’s style kitchen, and the entire footprint is surrounded by floor to ceiling glass that pushes into the walls for an open air room when one is so inclined.

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Three bedroom suites, two of which are masters, are perfectly appointed within the main house, along with a causal yet tasteful den. On the casita’s upper level, a detached guesthouse offers total privacy and inspired views. In fact, legendary songstress Stevie Nicks has written music while staying in the space. The guesthouse also features a gorgeous master bath and copper soaking tub, private balcony and outdoor fireplace, living room and remarkable custom kitchen. The thoughtful space makes the home perfect for multiple families vacationing together, or for larger groups wishing to have an element of seclusion during their getaway. Yet the opulent appointments are only the beginning of what most would consider the respite of a lifetime. The amenities begin when you enter the spacious abode – a wine cellar

outfitted with the finest varietals, limited edition tequilas and fine cigars is open to guests for their enjoyment. An onsite concierge is also at your service to ensure your trip is every bit the dream vacation one might expect. From coveted tee times to impossible to get restaurant reservations, she’s your personal miracle worker, even stocking the villa with groceries, libations and any other supply your heart desires throughout your stay. What’s more, Cuvée’s casita is part of the ultra exclusive Villas Del Mar community, which translates to access at Club 96, perhaps the most sought after private beach club in the area, as well as the newly opened Club Espiritu – a world class fitness facility and luxe spa that’s a short golf cart ride away. Book the 80-minute signature massage and arrive early – the spa’s


outdoor yoga room and lush lap pool make for an unforgettable afternoon of relaxation. Naturally, spa therapists will also make house calls, offering massage services on one of the villa’s many patio spaces, or in the privacy of your master suite. The home is also located adjacent to the posh One&Only Palmilla, which is consistently ranked as Mexico’s top resort. Guests of the Casita enjoy rare access to the property’s restaurants and amenities. Not to miss is the renowned Suviche restaurant, which serves up world-class sushi and seafood amidst the picturesque Mexican beaches – a juxtaposition at its very best. Also try Agua at the One& Only, which serves Mediterranean inspired fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner alike. For link lovers, there’s even access to the Jack Nicklaus 27-hole golf course.

FROM THE MOMENT YOU ENTER, GREETED BY YOUR PRIVATE CONCIERGE AND PERSONAL CHEF WHO HAVE PREPARED FRESHLY MADE CEVICHE AND MARGARITAS, THE VILLA IS AN ESCAPE LIKE NO OTHER.

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FEW PLACES IN THE WORLD RIVAL THE esoteric sense of cool that Flora Farm indelibly evokes. The ten seemingly middle-of-nowhere acres just outside San Jose del Cabo are part organic farm, part restaurant, part bar, part inn and pure magic. Make a reservation for brunch at Fora’s Field Kitchen or head over for a craft cocktail at The Farm Bar. Hint – opt for the Farm Julep, made with fresh watermelon juice. There’s also Culinary Cottages where one can extend her stay in paradise, and the property can be rented for special gatherings and soirées. If this sounds familiar, it may be the recent Adam Levine nuptials that were hosted on the awe-inspiring property. Side note – Stevie Nicks, who played at Levine’s wedding to supermodel Behati Prinsloo, stayed at the Cuvée Casita during her trip to the couple’s I dos. FLORA FARM // flora-farms.com

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A SHORT DRIVE UP THE COAST INTO THE town of Cabo San Lucas will find you at the dramatic doorstep of Capella Pedregal – which is really not a doorstep so much as a grand tunnel channeled into a mountainside, replete with crystal chandeliers lighting the way. On the other side are the sweeping ocean views of the area’s most decadent boutique hotel. Capella Pedregal boasts a number of must-sees and dos. Begin with downtime at one of the resort’s incredibly wellappointed swimming pools, of which there are several, all with equally impressive beach access and views. Yet perhaps the crowning jewel is the unmatched elegance and sheer bliss of the Auriga Spa. Far from the typical “day spa” Auriga outshines the pack with 10 circular treatment rooms all built around the spa’s outdoor pool, which begins in the canopied, cave like waters and extends into the Mexico sunshine. Treatments are inspired by the phases of the moon. A smart spagoer will choose the 180-minute full moon therapy, which includes a foot treatment, massage, body scrub, wrap and facial. Afterwards, unwind with a craft cocktail from Mixologist Osvaldo Vasquez, whose concoctions are anything but ordinary, before heading into Don Manuels for dinner. The fine dining eatery offers a farm to table chef ’s tasting menu that will forever change the way you think about Mexican food. CAPELLA PEDREGAL, CABO SAN LUCAS Capellahotels.com/cabosanlucas


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SCHOOL TIES IT’S HOMECOMING WEEKEND AND WE’RE RETURNING TO OUR ALMA MATER. THREE NOSTALGIC DAYS WHERE OLD FRIENDS ARE REMINDED WHY THEY DON’T REGRET SKIPPING CLASS ON SUNNY AFTERNOONS. STYLE RULED OUR HOURS AND WE LEFT WITH THE SENTIMENT THAT THANKFULLY, SOME THINGS WILL NEVER CHANGE.

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REIGN TAKES A CULINARY JOURNEY WITH CHEF LINDA HAMPSTEN A statuesque woman is bustling about the kitchen with purpose. Candles flicker from every corner of her renovated loft, reflecting in the windows that look out on the city’s newest darling – Union Station. Music strums in the background and unmistakable aromas fill the space. All the while, she is sautéing with one hand, and pouring a cocktail with another – in wine colored suede heels no less. Meet Linda Hampsten, the bespoke chef whose culinary prowess has captured the taste buds of politicians, actors and musicians the world around. This evening, she’s cooking for a group that’s slightly less star studded, but her dishes are just as bold as the bold faced names for whom she so often cooks. “I have a lot of provocative memories from childhood around food and celebrations. My father came from a very large Polish family and my mother, a Czech family, so there were always a ton of aunts and uncles around. Family, food and celebration was a big part of my life growing up.” Tonight, Linda is taking her 30 plus years of experience and coupling them with her fondest memories to create a holiday dinner party that’s anything but traditional. Throw away the notion of a turkey and mashed potatoes and instead think comfort food, completely reinvented. Using the Autumn harvest as her inspiration, she’s created a seven-course meal for her twelve guests. And while the task may seem daunting, the private chef has learned a number of lessons over the years that anyone can apply to their own holiday soirées. “I try to encourage everyone to step out of their routines and put a twist on their traditions. I find

inspiration everywhere – a restaurant, a conversation or a book, and then I bring it into my repertoire and make it my own. It’s much more fun for your guests to experience something that’s personal and a bit unexpected.” THE SETTING Having spent her life and career in the likes of the Tuscan Coast, Switzerland and more recently, the picturesque foothills of Boulder, Colorado, for Linda, a move to the city meant a fresh environment brimming with inspiration. Her new home, a renovated loft in the historic Ice House Building, was the ideal place to host a fall fête with modern sensibilities. Sweeping city views made for a natural backdrop when designing an evening that would be comfortable, yet elegant all the same. THE DÉCOR As important as the meal itself was the mood and décor. Here, we stripped away the rules and reimagined the holiday meal as a modern palette, with natural, yet festive elements serving as the common thread. Stylist Nicole Dominic created a stunning fall tablescape using a neutral palette of black and gold. Vintage china was mixed with contemporary elements, and geodes, gems and agate served as chic appointments for both place cards and texture to the centerpiece. A lush, dramatic floral garland spanned the entire table, with harvest inspired greenery and colorful flowers surrounding elegant candlelight. Each individual place setting was also complemented by an air plant offset by black sand, and gorgeous live

garlands ornamented each of three crystal chandeliers that sparkled from above. At the head of the table, a custom, hand-calligrpahied menu hung with grace, showcasing Chef Hampsten’s culinary journey in grand style. Its design was reminiscent of the simple yet sophisticated invitation that served as the event’s first impression, also hand calligraphied. To complement the chef ’s personal décor, modern, organic furnishings were brought in and placed around the hearth, the perfect gathering spot during cocktail hour and dessert. The chef ’s baby grand piano was also complemented by chic décor with a modern, industrial sense of style. Around the entrance to the loft’s expansive patio, a floral garland mimicking the look and feel of the tablescape was draped, adding to the festive ambiance. Party favors were perfectly placed on a nearby console - a collection of luxe body products from Zents (founder Cord Coen was one of the evening’s special guests) in the line’s Fig fragrance, the perfect fall scent. THE CUISINE Seven exceptional courses served as the framework for an evening that was unforgettable in every sense. Using the words “nostalgia, ”urban” and “harvest” as her credos, Chef Hampsten created an artfully inspired fall menu. In lieu of a large meal, Chef Hampsten chose yet another twist on tradition – tapas. “Small plates are a wonderful way to enjoy a meal out with friends. Why not bring that same concept into the holiday dinner?”

WRITTEN BY BETSY MARR | PHOTOS BY JENNIFER OLSON | STYLING BY NICOLE DOMINIC

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COCKTAIL HOUR As they entered the loft, Linda’s twelve guests were greeted with the perfect collection of fall fare and libations. Breaking and Entering Old Fashioneds were the evening’s signature cocktail, each hand crafted by the chef herself. “It goes back to the word nostalgia – I remember my parents drinking old fashioneds while I was growing up. Bourbon has this great, rich, sometimes caramel to maple flavor in it, which speaks fall to me.” To complement the flavor, Linda muddled orange peels into each drink before adding homemade dark cherry syrup for sweetness and balance. Cocktails were perfectly complemented by a series of three fall appetizers - prosciutto with apple chutney and horseradish, Tuscan sage leaves and a unique beet lox. “Beets have so much color and flavor to them. In this case, I wanted to allow for a new introduction – mimicking how you would make a traditional lox, we cured the beets with brown sugar and salt, dill and spices and served them with a very clean, sweet goat butter.” AMUSE LIVER & ONIONS REIMAGINED A far cry from the childhood staple we all avoid as adults, this take on the dish was all grown up. “We made a very simple pate that was baked in a bana maria (water bath) to a very perfect temperature before adding in shallots that we roasted in the skin on a bed of salt so that it caramelized. We then took them out of the skin and sautéed it with olive oil and local honey.” SOUP A WALK IN THE WOODS “I was so inspired to do this dish! It was a concept, an idea that has evolved from meals growing up. One of our favorite things was a Jello parfait that my mom would make – layered with fruit, bananas, apples - whatever she had. I wanted to try to create a soup in a similar style. We made a mushroom soup into a beautiful tureen and cut it into slices, placing it in individual soup bowls. We then poured hot water over it, making a very clear broth. All of the beautiful wild mushrooms, thyme and flavor really came to life.” FIRST COURSE RADICCHIO AND MASCARPONE CREPES Instead of traditional pasta, Chef Hampsten created a crepe as the meal’s first tapas course. “The inspiration for the crepes comes from my time living in Europe. Radicchio is a salad we’re all familiar with but very few people have it cooked. In this

case, it became the filling for the crepes. Radicchio, mascarpone and parmesan were transformed into a savory crepe, topped off with poppy seed butter.” MAIN COURSE ROASTED BRINED BIRDS In keeping with her edict of all things unexpected, Chef Hampsten opted not for a traditional turkey and mashed potatoes, but instead for Cornish game hens and parsnips. “We brined each bird in a salt and sugar solution with bay leaves and peppercorns. Instead of mashed potatoes, we went with parsnips because they are beautiful and have such a unique flavor. The carrots were very fun – I loved candied sweet potatoes when I was young, so these substituted those. I used a lot of beautiful organic carrots and made a glaze out of maple syrup, lime juice and butter. To complement everything, I brought in greens with a bit of a smoky flavor to round off the other plates in the main entrée.” PAUSE CRANBERRY CRANITA As a palette cleanser, our chef celebrated the season with a refreshing cranberry granita. “Granita is really like a frozen ice. The idea is to bring something clean, fresh and bright into the meal between courses and just clean the palette. It’s such a simple thing to do – it can take 5-10 minutes to get going and everyone always enjoys it.” CHEESE CANDIED PUMPKIN AND GORGONZOLA DOLCE Taking her cues from her time living in Europe, Linda incorporated a thoughtful cheese course into the meal before serving dessert. “We candied pumpkin – everyone’s favorite fall ingredient – and served it with a gorgonzola dolce, which is much sweeter than a typical blue cheese. A cheese course is such a fun way to add to the celebration of a meal with friends.” DESSERT WHITE CHOCOLATE AND ORANGE RISOTTO As a chef, Linda’s signature is reinventing dishes into something totally different than its initial form. This was done with the meal’s final dessert course – a white chocolate and orange risotto. “This also ties back to nostalgia. I remember going to my aunt’s house and having rice pudding at the end of the meal. This was a more grown up, modern version of that – a white chocolate risotto.”

CRANBERRY GRANITA Serves 8 INGREDIENTS • 2 cups pure unsweetened cranberry juice • 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice • 1/4 cup vodka • 3/4-1 cup simple syrup (taste for sweetness, see below) • 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water = simple syrup INSTRUCTIONS To make the simple syrup, combine the water and sugar in a small pot and cook at a simmer until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool. Combine the cranberry juice, lemon juice and vodka in a medium sized bowl. Add the simple syrup and stir well. Pour into a glass baking dish and freeze, occasionally breaking up the granita with a fork as it sets, about every hour. It will probably need at least 4 hours to freeze entirely. Before serving, scrape the granita again with a fork so the ice transforms into small light crystals and is easy to serve. From Cultivate, Recipes by Linda Hampsten Debuting Spring, 2015

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THE CHEF Linda Hampsten THE STYLIST Nicole Dominic THE PHOTOGRAPHER Jennifer Olson THE VIDEOGRAPHER Alizee Laroche Traveling Rock Productions THE FLORALS Plum Sage Flowers THE DÉCOR HW Home THE TABLETOP Chairished Vintage Rentals THE CALLIGRAPHY Kelle McCarter designsgirl THE FAVORS The Fig Collection Zents THE WINE Synergy Fine Wines

Linda Hampsten is a bespoke private chef whose life has inspired her signature culinary style – from childhood memories to European adventures. In spring 2015, she will open The Bindery in Denver’s Lower Highlands enclave. Modeled after Chef Hampsten’s worldwide travels, The Bindery will be an urban market and café where patrons can delight in small plates, house made provisions and truly unique take out meals to be enjoyed in their homes with friends and family.

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ALL WRAPPED UP HOLIDAY SENTIMENTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST, INSPIRED BY THE MOST ICONIC GIFT GIVERS OF ALL TIME.

the FASHION ICON: Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn’s classic sense of style has endured for decades, inspiring a new generation of fashionistas to don driving loafers and oversized sunglasses with undeniable panache. From Givenchy to YSL, Ms. Hepburn’s love for labels is one that translates to a gift full of glamour and grace.

the DESIGNING WOMAN: Dorothy Draper The unrivaled first lady of interior design and the consummate hostess, Dorothy Draper was known for her modern baroque style – mixing contemporary pieces with the classics – and encouraging women to embrace their inner designers via her now iconic tome, Decorating is Fun! A gift from Dorothy Draper would have been rooted in style and sophistication with just a dollop of whimsy.

the BEJEWELED BOMBSHELL: Elizabeth Taylor by BETSY MARR

Elizabeth Taylor is synonymous with dazzling diamonds and brilliant baubles. Famous for overthe-top glamour and jawdropping jewels, the starlet’s gifts would undoubtedly sparkle in every sense.

the CULINARY QUEEN: Julia Child Known best for bringing French cuisine to the American public, Julia Child is the inspiration for many a chef, be it in the home or in the world’s most coveted kitchens. She was both brazen and beloved. A gift from Julia would be steeped in culinary prowess, keeping both celebration and partiality in mind.

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for HER

for HIM

Prada Round Frame Acetate Sunnies, $310 nordstrom.com

Visionaire Fashion Limited Edition Portfolio in Leather Louis Vuitton Case, $6,600

Tod’s Glossed Python Loafers, $995 net-a-porter.com

Christopher Raeburn Contrast-Sleeve Merino Wool Bomber Jacket, $960

Saint Laurent Monogramme Cabas leather tote, $2,890 neimanmarcus.com

Mulberry Medium Clipper Hold All Bag, $1,000

for HOSTESS

Hermes Samarcande Ornament, $275 usa.hermes.com

All via mrporter.com

for LITTLE ONES

Petit Nord Leopard Shoes, $80.85 gift-library.com

Fornasetti Architettura Thyme, Lavender and Cedarwood scented candle, $190 net-a-porter.com

Moulin Roty Little Wardrobe Suitcase, $90.75 gift-library.com

Alexandra von Furstenberg Coasters in Magenta Smoke, $108 gift-library.com

Hermes Hermy Plush Horse, $455 usa.hermes.com

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Jonathan Adler Striped Richard Nixon Alpaca Throw, $295 jonathanadler.com

Jonathan Adler Puzzle Table Lamp, $1,250 jonathanadler.com Zinc Door Medley Pillow, $150 zincdoor.com

Taschen 100 Interiors Around the World, $60 taschen.com

Bungalow 5 Jasper Square Green Ginger Jar, $260 zincdoor.com

for HOSTESS

DL Rhein Frequency Pillow, $150 zincdoor.com Nina Campbell Jewel Champagne Flutes, $40 each gift-library.com Williams-Sonoma Home Monogrammed Soap & Towel Gift Set, $59 williams-sonoma.com

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Le Prince Jardiner Set of 6 Stainless Steel Tumblers, $80.85 gift-library.com

for LITTLE ONES

Marie Chantal Cashmere Tino Blanket, $245.85 Win Green Fairy Cottage, $387.75 Ercuis Penguin Square Frame, $313.50 All via gift-library.com


for HER

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Bremont ALT1-Classic/GN Automatic Chronograph Watch, $5,900 osterjewelrs.com

Loree Rodkin 18-karat Rhodium Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Earrings, $32,000

Trianon 18-Karat Gold And Stingray Cufflinks, $1,650 mrporter.com

Kimberly McDonald 18-karat Gold, Uvarovite Garnet and Diamond Ring, $8,470

B Home Gentleman’s Valet Tray in Vienna, $156.75 gift-library.com

Assouline The Impossible Collection of Jewelry, $695

Foundwell 14-Karat Gold Tie Clip, $995 mrporter.com

All via net-a-porter.com

for HOSTESS

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Plated Resin Elephant Necklace, $130 net-a-porter.com J. Crew Jeweled Quill Gold-Plated Crystal Earrings, $80 jcrew.com Kate Spade New York Space Age Floral Cuff, $198 katespade.com

for LITTLE ONES

Ovale Heart Necklace in Gold, $658.35 gift-library.com Tiffany & Co. Ballet Slipper Charm, $250 tiffany.com Tiffany & Co. Girl Tag Charm, $185 tiffany.com

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for HER

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Assouline Craft Cocktails Book, $50 hwhome.com

Fissler 7-Piece Cookware Set with Box, $1,477 gift-library.com

Cedes Milano Wine Traveling Box, $3,053 gift-library.com

Boatman Geller Seersucker Glass Cutting Board, $55 laylagrayce.com

Alessi Max le Chinois Colander, $416 gift-library.com

Jessie Steele Bombshell Apron, $37 laylagrayce.com

for HOSTESS

Coyuchi Diamond Chambray Assorted Kitchen Towel Set, $50 laylagrayce.com Vanquish Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Champagne – Bottle, $354.75 gift-library.com Berti Knives Cheese Knife Set in White, $372 Gift-library.com

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for LITTLE ONES

Beatrix New York Juju Lunch Box, $47.85 Carrs Egg Cup and Spoon Set, $486.75 Marie Daage Baby Special Star Set in Pink or Blue, $238 All via gift-library.com


PACK YOUR BAGS, PICK UP A SNACK AND PUT ON SOME JAMS – WE’RE GOING ON A ROAD TRIP.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN

Road Trip


YOU DON’T NEED TO LEAVE THE STATE TO ENJOY AN ELEGANT (OR EXTRAVAGANT) VACATION. COLORADO IS HOME TO MORE THAN 100,000 SQUARE MILES OF AWE-INSPIRING LANDSCAPES, DELECTABLE DISHES, FABULOUS FASHION AND, OF COURSE, OUTRAGEOUS ADVENTURES. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? REIGN HAS SCOUTED FOUR INCREDIBLE LOCATIONS FOR YOUR NEXT COLORADO GETAWAY. By Erin Skarda, with Betsy Marr

ASPEN WHERE TO STAY There’s no shortage of luxury hotels in Aspen. But for impeccable service, comfy amenities and a taste of history, book your stay at the Hotel Jerome. This 125-year-old lodge, located on the edge of downtown, received a multimillion-dollar facelift in 2012. The result? A stunning and refreshing hotel that offers every contemporary convenience while preserving the historic elements that earned it the moniker “Aspen’s Crown Jewel.” While there, step into the property’s newly built spa for some R&R. Don’t let this quaint space fool you. What the Auberge Spa at Aspen’s Hotel Jerome lacks in size it more than makes up for in innovation. Tucked away in the basement of the original (and recently renovated) hotel, the Auberge Spa offers visitors a relaxing, intimate experience that’s not only a blissful escape from the energized mountain town, but also an authentic homage to Aspen’s storied history and awe-inspiring Alpine environment. The unique treatment menu is brimming with refreshing reinventions of all your favorite spa therapies, mixing both ancient healing methods and newfangled technologies to create an experience unlike anything you’ll find throughout Colorado. The therapies take you on a journey through the history of the Roaring Fork Valley, with collections that honor the indigenous Utes, who were the first to utilize the area’s natural botanicals; the forsaken mines, where rich minerals are uncovered from the mountains and river beds; and outdoor adventure, the centerpiece to any stay in Aspen.

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WHERE TO DINE BREAKFAST: Start your day at Peach’s Corner Cafe. This cozy spot is a go-to for locals and visitors alike. If it’s nice, snag a table outside and enjoy the people watching. Try the Open Face, Peach’s signature dish stacked with poached eggs, toasted bread, peach butter, bacon, tomatoes, arugula and shaved parmesan. LUNCH: Enjoy an extraordinary lunchtime meal at the Ajax Tavern. With a seasonal menu, there’s always something tasty to explore. (Don’t skimp on the cocktails.) Or, if you want to get out and picnic in nature, grab a sandwich or salad to go at Annette’s Mountain Bake Shop. Try the Secret Sandwich, followed by a famous dessert. We particularly enjoy the house-made macaroons. Delicious! DINNER: For a distinctive dining experience, claim your spot at the The Chef’s Club by FOOD & WINE, located inside the St. Regis. Here, you can try inspired creations from a rotating roster of FOOD & WINE magazine’s Best New Chefs, a prestigious award bestowed upon the country’s most promising culinary geniuses. For added interaction, grab a seat at the chef’s table – bar-style seating directly opposite of the kitchen – and enjoy watching these world-class masters prepare a meal you won’t soon forget. If you have a large group, consider the 24-seat Friends Table at the cozy Casa Tua. This downtown spot serves up warm and inviting Northern Italian cuisine, paired with delectable wines and cocktails. Or if you’re planning your trip well in advance, book a reservation at the ever-popular Matsuhisa, the Aspen branch of restaurateur Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s burgeoning empire of Japanese fusion hotspots.

WHERE TO SHOP No trip to Aspen is complete without at least a little shopping. Luckily (or not, depending on your wallet), most of the stores are located within walking distance, in the heart of downtown, so you can do quite a bit of damage in a short amount of time. Of course, you can hit up all the luxury brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Burberry, Gucci, Valentino, Prada and Christian Dior. But there has also been an influx of more contemporary designer labels in recent years, including Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang and French company Zadig et Voltaire. You can also pop into locally owned (and equally fabulous) boutiques such as MAX, Nuages and Pitkin County Dry Goods, which has been open since 1969. And if you’re looking for something sparkly to complete your binge shopping, head over to Covet Bright and Shiny Things and pick up exactly that.

WHERE TO PLAY In Aspen, the whole town is a party. From the moment the sun rises, visitors and locals alike are off to experience the great outdoors, whether hiking, biking, fishing, riding, rafting or otherwise. Fall is a prime time to visit Aspen, when the valley is alive with color from the leaves changing. Check out Maroon Bells or Hunter Creek trails for some picture-perfect shots of those golden Aspens. If hiking isn’t your thing, head on over to The Little Nell and sign up for one of their Jeep Rubicon Tours. Ranging from two to six hours, these excursions will allow you to experience Aspen without getting your feet dirty. The renowned hotel offers even more adventurous outings, such as helicopter and airplane tours, The Whiskey Fly Experience (drinking and angling, what could go wrong?), horseback riding, and more. After all that adventure, it’s time for some cocktails. One hot spot is Justice Snow’s, a local favorite featuring hand-crafted cocktails and bites. Or head back to the Hotel Jerome and claim a spot at J-Bar, which offers a fun and relaxed vibe and delicious, vintageinspired drinks.

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Pit Stop ... For a breathtakingly beautiful drive, ditch I-70 at Copper Mountain and traverse the high and windy Independence Pass, which tops out at an elevation of 12,095 feet. Allow extra time to pull over and enjoy some of the incredible sights along the way, including Twin Lakes, Mount Elbert – the state’s highest peak – the overlook at the top of the Continental Divide, and Independence, the first settlement in the Roaring Fork Valley, which is now a ghost town. But beware of bad weather. The pass will close in the winter due to heavy snowfall.


BOULDER WHERE TO DINE BREAKFAST: For 30 years, Boulderites have been breaking bread at Walnut Cafe. The popular establishment, which now boasts three locations, offers traditional breakfast and lunch fare, as well as vegan and gluten-free menus. If you’re looking for a special brunch experience, head to The Greenbriar Inn for their tasty champagne buffet brunch, which is all-you-caneat on Sundays. And if all else fails (and you don’t mind a wait), there’s always Lucile’s, the creole cafe franchise that was started in Boulder in 1980. LUNCH: How do you choose? Check out Brasserie Ten Ten, a French-inspired restaurant that’s been a favorite on Walnut Street since it opened in 2003. The lunch menu is unique, with traditional sandwiches and salads, along with tempting treats like mussels, escargot and flavorful crepes. Just across the street, you can dine at The Mediterranean – known locally as The Med, which offers delightful tapas and an inviting atmosphere. DINNER: There’s no doubt that Frasca Food and Wine is worth the hype – and a visit. The restaurant’s eclectic menu is inspired by Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a sub-alpine region in Northeast Italy. It’s classic, but unique Italian, with a focus on using locally-sourced ingredients when possible, and pairing the perfect wine with whatever meal you choose. If that doesn’t spark your hunger, check out OAK at Fourteenth, which features local and seasonal New American comfort food. Or cozy up to the woodfired oven at Basta and order from their enticing menu of pizzas and small and large plates.

Pit Stop ... WHERE TO SHOP

Pull off Highway 36 and head to Louisville, the tiny town whose size belies its wow factor. All the charm of a 19th century mining camp abounds, as do art galleries, boutiques and restaurants aplenty. Grab a bite at The Huckleberry, a charming bakery café that describes its cuisine as “funky country.” Little known fact – the building sits on top of prohibition tunnels used by miners to get from one saloon to the next.

For a highly curated collection of contemporary designers from around the world, visit Willow, a women’s clothing boutique that opened in Fall 2013, featuring must-live-in denim, unique accessories (including highend jewelry), staple and statement clothes, as well as shoes, handbags and more. You may just discover your new favorite label while perusing the petite, crisp space. Of course, shopping options abound on the popular Pearl Street Mall. Some standouts include Nod & Rose, a boutique owned by husband-and-wife duo Nod Norkus and Elizabeth Rose, which offers classic clothing items with a twist. Also visit Weekends, which stocks upscale casual men's and women's fashion and footwear, and Cedar & Hyde Mercantile, another new shop (opened in October 2013) that offers items with yummy textures for men and women, as well as kitschy home goods.

WHERE TO PLAY To fully appreciate the beauty of Boulder, you’re going to have to go outside and experience it for yourself. The Flatirons offer ample space for hiking, biking and climbing. You can also visit the charming Chautauqua Park, which is a historic landmark. If the outdoors isn’t your thing, check out the other thing Boulder is known for – its breweries. You can set up a tour through Boulder Brew Tours and enjoy beers from microbreweries such as Avery Brewing, Boulder Beer, Upslope, Mountain Sun and more.

WHERE TO STAY The St. Julien is a stunning hotel offering a world-class escape in the center of downtown Boulder. With remarkable views of the Flatirons and a short walk to many of the acclaimed restaurants and shops on our list, you will experience the best of what Boulder has to offer while enjoying every perk of a luxury establishment. But the real magic happens at the hotel’s acclaimed Spa, where qualified therapists work to revive sore muscles, relieve altitude sickness, and restore serenity. Through the use of organic elements such as plants, seeds, extracts and stones indigenous to the Rocky Mountains, the spa infuses nature into every treatment, while maintaining the modern amenities that one would expect from a luxury establishment. Some treatments, such as the Mountain Mojito scrub, even utilize fresh herbs from the on-site garden. Sound delicious? It certainly is. Another option is the Hotel Boulderado, just a few blocks away. This historic hotel first opened in 1909, and offered the city’s only “first-class” accommodations. While there have been numerous renovations over the years, many of the original, beautiful details – such as the magnificent mosaic-tiled floors in the entryway, dining room and lobby – still remain.

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All this driving is probably causing some stiff muscles. Pull off at Glenwood Springs and take a dip in the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. Yes, it’s just as incredible as it sounds. To counteract the sleepiness that’s sure to follow, pick up a caffeinated drink at Deja Brew Coffee & Tea before jumping back on the road.

WHERE TO STAY

Palisade is the heart and soul of Colorado wine country. So it’s natural that you’d want to stay on a vineyard. The Wine Country Inn is a charming Victorian-style hotel, where you can truly relax and disconnect, all while sipping luscious wine produced from 21 acres of grapes that are grown on-site. If you’re looking for a more intimate escape, book a room at one of the city’s acclaimed bed and breakfasts, such as A DiVine Thyme, Vistas and Vineyards or Palisade Wine Valley Inn.

WHERE TO DINE

There aren’t a lot of restaurant options in Palisade, but there are some good ones. Visit Inari’s Bistro, an Asian-inspired joint in the center on Main Street that features seasonal menus and a wide selection of wine (of course) and beers. Or head over to the Wine Country Inn to eat at Caroline’s, a formal French restaurant focused on local ingredients, or Tapestry, a casual lounge that serves small plates. If you’re feeling adventurous, drive 20 minutes to Grand Junction and dine at Bin 707 Foodbar. We’ll take the Lobster “Pot Pie,” please.

WHERE TO SHOP

You’re not likely to find designer duds in this quaint orchard town. However, don’t skimp on the antiquing! Main Street offers some interesting and eclectic shops such as Arts and Antiques of Palisade or Lupita’s Bizarre Bazaar. You never know what gems you might find.

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WHERE TO PLAY Wine and more wine. That’s why you journeyed all the way to Palisade, right? You could spend a full weekend doing nothing but visiting each and every tasting room – we certainly wouldn’t fault you for it! Your best bet is to hit the Colorado Fruit and Wine Trail, a beautiful byway divided into three routes, which can be traveled by car or bike. This way you can get a glimpse at everything Palisade has to offer – from the sprawling orchards to the stoic vineyards to the enticing fruit stands and more. As for the wineries, you really can’t go wrong. We recommend Maison la Belle Vie, Colterris, Garfield Winery and Plum Creek. If you get tired of only tasting wine, head over to Peach Street Distillers, the oldest locallyowned distillery in Colorado, for a change of pace (and alcohol content).


TELLURIDE WHERE TO STAY

There’s no better home away from home than Hotel Madeline. Perched on a hilltop in tony Mountain Village, the inn plays host to a number of starlets time and again (Brad Pitt anyone?). The skin in-ski out property is luxe as luxe can be, minus the elitist attitude. In fact, Madeline is pet-friendly, allowing Fido to tag along, too. Rooms are, well, roomy and offer views of the quintessentially Colorado village, or the sweeping mountainside, depending on your preference and budget. The hotel itself offers all the amenities of an alpine lodge, with grand fireplaces, tea and cookies in the lobby and an indoor pool for those who wish to float the afternoon away après-ski. We love the Hotel Madeline’s serene on-property spa, where therapies break the mold in every sense. Local beauty maven Bunnie Gulick’s ISUN line is incorporated into several standout treatments, including the 90-minute Gem Stone Ritual. Part energy balancing massage and part body treatment, the therapy combines organic aromas and crystal energy wands to bring the body and mind back into sync and it may just be the most relaxing spa treatment on the planet. For those who have spent their day hitting the trails or in the winter, the worldfamous Telluride slopes, the spa’s bath baristas will become your new BFFs as they draw the perfect in-room bath with your preferred salts and oils. And for those whose adjustment to the elevation proves more challenging than others’, there’s also an in-spa Altitude Adjustment Oxygen Bar.

WHERE TO DINE BREAKFAST: For the town’s best breakfast, you needn’t venture outside Madeline’s confines. Head to Rev, the on-property eatery that does farm-to-table fine dining with unrivaled panache. Chef Bud Thomas, the hotel’s Ched de Cuisine, dishes up winners like the Colorado Style House Smoked Trout Benedict and Mountain Style Homemade Granola. Rev’s also open for dinner, when you’ll want to try the Snake River Braised Pork and for dessert, the Eton Mess – rhubarb, strawberry sorbet, wild strawberries and crispy meringue. LUNCH: If you’re in town prior to October 10th, hit the Telluride Farmer’s Market and snack on local goodies as you get to know the charming mining enclave that’s been transformed into one of the world’s most celebrated ski resorts. Back at the ranch, head to SMAK (pronounced smock) at the Madeline, where comfort food and cocktails abound. Snack on the likes of Colorado Lamb Sliders with roasted chutney, goat cheese and arugula or the “Smakaroni” and cheese with beef short rib. We also loved the White Mountain Farms Organic Quinoa Salad for something a little lighter. Either way, cap it off with tableside s’mores. DINNER: Head into town and dine at Cosmopolitan, the grand-saloon turned foodie haven. Chef Chad Scothorn serves inspired fare in an elegant, 80-seat restaurant inside the newly remodeled Hotel Columbia. Lobster corn dogs are a must, as is the Organic Norwegian Salmon Sashimi that is literally served as it hickory smokes on the plate. Entrée choices are myriad and equally evocative. Our pick? The Seared Sea Scallops with Balsamic Glazed Organic Pork Belly. Another must-try culinary staple is Allred’s, perched at the top of the gondola. Traditional fine dining abounds, as do craft cocktails, an impressive wine list, and the town’s best views from every table.

Pit Stop ... A drive to Telluride can be a serious hike, so break it up by exiting in Avon and noshing at Vin 48. We’re mildly obsessed with this wine bar/gastronomic goodie, and so are the locals. The smoked bbq pork cheeks with kale slaw will change your life, but only if you follow them up with maple bacon pecan bread pudding.

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Telluride is chock full of darling boutiques. From gift shops to “green rooms” (the town plays host to a recreational dispensary for those who are so inclined), the retail scene is one that could take up the better part of an afternoon. We fell head over designer heels for Two Skirts, the adorable women’s boutique with a perfectly curated collection. Think Milly, DVF, Tory Burch, Calypso and Alice + Olivia – all at 10,000 feet.

WHERE TO PLAY This town is not short on adventure. Hike through the 325acre Bear Creek Preserve, where a steady 2.5 mile climb leads to upper Bear Creek Falls and connects to the Wasatch Trail and Bridal Veil Basin. Or for those who prefer to catch the views from four wheels, book a 4WD Ophir Pass Tour (weather permitting) where you’ll climb through winding forests and mountainsides to nearly 12,000 feet. Afterwards, get your om on at Studio E, the town’s yogi hotspot.

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Reign scours the state in search of the most quintessentially Colorado spa treatments By Betsy Marr and Erin Skarda Among the picturesque peaks of the Rocky Mountains hide places of solace where visitors and locals alike can relax, recover and rejuvenate from the stresses of daily life. It’s here that elements of our natural surroundings — stones from our many streams, botanicals gathered from the wilderness and minerals carefully collected from bubbling hot springs — perfectly harmonize with indulgent opulence to create unique and inviting treatments that are quintessentially Colorado. Take a journey with us and experience the state’s supremely serene spas, where you can awaken your senses, lift your spirits and relieve your body.

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SPA OF THE ROCKIES AT GLENWOOD HOT SPRINGS GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. Since 1888, people young and old have found relief for their weary bodies and minds in the healing waters of Glenwood Hot Springs. Today, the amenities may be a bit more upscale – the historic bathhouse (built in 1890) and lodge (built in 1986) got a multimillion dollar overhaul in recent years – but the resort’s focus on the property’s natural springs, where more than three-and-a-half million gallons of hot water fill the massive pool every day, remains the same. Naturally, the 15 essential minerals found in these therapeutic waters are seamlessly incorporated into the treatments performed on-site at the acclaimed Spa of the Rockies. And why wouldn’t they be? The ancient Utes called the water source “Yampah,” meaning “big medicine.” For centuries these elements have been praised for their ability to

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purify your body and revitalize your health. With access to such a vital energy source, the Spa of the Rockies has created one of the most compelling (and Colorado-centric) treatment menus in the state. From the Signature Organic Aromatherapy Massage, which uses oils derived from local botanicals, to the Mineral Mud Ritual, which features a mineral soak, Moor Mud scrub, and magnesium-base body massage, to the Stonecrop Hydration Facial, which utilizes a plant indigenous to the region, you can’t go wrong no matter what treatments you choose. Of course, all spa guests receive a pass to enjoy the outdoor mineral pools, so make a day of it. You’ll leave refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle anything that comes your way. TREATMENTS TO TRY: Colorado River Stone Massage, Stonecrop Hydration Facial, Moor Mud Wrap. Bonus: Add a Signature Mineral Wellness Bath

MOUNT PRINCETON HOT SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA NATHROP, COLO. Between the small mountain towns of Buena Vista and Salida, surrounded by the statuesque, snow-capped summits of the Collegiate Peaks, and tucked away in a tree-lined canyon lies a relaxing respite from the ordinary Colorado getaways found off the bustling I-70 corridor. At Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort and Spa, located in the tiny town of Nathrop, visitors can enjoy a serene sojourn in the soothing pools that dot the estate, which will feel incredibly refreshing after scaling the neighboring mounts, fishing the meandering Arkansas River or exploring the historic Ghost Towns of the surrounding areas. Of course, no respite would be complete without indulging in a soothing spa experience. In this case, the Mount Princeton Spa aims to please. The newly built facilities offer creekside treatment rooms, where you can enjoy invigorating salt and sugar scrubs, customized organic facials, and a variety of classic and contemporary massages while listening to the tranquil sounds of a babbling brook. For a unique experience, add a 60-minute raindrop therapy session, where organic oils are dropped along the spine to induce deep relaxation and renew the body and mind. With the breaktaking view of the majestic peaks, Mount Princeton Spa offers Colorado contentment at its finest. TREATMENTS TO TRY: Blueberry Bliss Body Treatment, Arkansas River Hot Stone Massage, Raindrop Therapy

THE SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA PAGOSA SPRINGS, COLO. Venture into the heart of Southern Colorado’s San Juan National Forest for a mystical and restorative experience at The Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs. This expansive retreat offers hotel guests 24-hour access to the Great Pagosa Hot Springs, a series of pools that have been hailed for their healing powers for centuries. In fact, the small, history-rich town of just more than 1,700 residents is named for these pools – “Pagosah” is the Southwestern Ute word for “healing waters.” At The Springs Spa, visitors receive all-day access to bask in the therapeutic mineral waters of 23 naturally-heated soaking pools, or take a swim in a geothermal pool. The waters provide the perfect


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complement to the spa’s unique treatment menu, which was carefully crafted using elements of the surroundings – from the use of stones taken from the San Juan River to custom-blended aromatic oils and a manipulative massage performed while floating in the hot springs. Inside, the spa feels cozy and minimalistic, and that’s no mistake. The true grandeur of The Springs Resort and Spa can only be experienced in the great outdoors. TREATMENTS TO TRY: The Wrath of the Rockies Massage, Hot and Cold Stone Facial, AquaZen Therapy

SPA ANJALI AT THE WESTIN RIVERFRONT AVON, COLO. The Vail Valley plays host to a number of wellappointed spas, but none more modern and certainly none more eco chic than the oft-touted Spa Anjali. Housed in the palatial Westin Riverfront Resort, Spa Anjali boasts 27,000 square feet of pure bliss. Fourteen treatment rooms, a fullservice salon, steam, sauna and an over the top relaxation lounge all make it clear why the spa has received more than a few highly coveted accolades since opening in 2008. With a commitment to the environment, Spa Anjali is the #1 LEED certified respite in the world, which translates to organic and all-natural therapies that are mindful of the Colorado surroundings. Treatments are all inspired by the healing properties of the mountains – specifically the Rockies, Alps and Himalayas. Colorado spagoers will want

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that encompasses the finer side of Colorado, while taking its cues from the surrounding mountains and spring water. Yet the respite’s latest feat is its Farm-to-Spa treatment menu. Therapies are centered on organic, ethically produced products curated from a variety of environmentally minded local companies that use seasonally grown botanicals with no artificial dyes or fragrances. Imagine soothing your skin with super-hydrating organic pumpkin and papaya enzymes paired with gentle exfoliates. And as the seasons change, so do the treatments. Scrubs, Wraps, Baths and Manicures all play off the most freshly harvested ingredients possible, making for an ever-changing farm-to-spa menu.

to opt for the Wildflower Polish Treatment (we prefer the Deluxe version – which offers a full 75 minutes of zen). Formulated with the high, dry climate in mind, an herbal scrub made with wildflowers from the nearby meadows exfoliates the skin with soft, sweeping strokes before it is washed away in a warm, candle-lit bath that the therapist draws beforehand. While you’re slipping away into oblivion, essential oils fill the air with a soothing aroma. Afterwards, a full body massage using ultra-rich shea butter nourishes moisturedeprived skin. Post-treatment, enjoy a complimentary dish of the resort’s sorbet while relaxing in the newly remodeled spa lounge. TREATMENTS TO TRY: Wildflower Body Polish, Riverstone Massage, Ponderosa Pine Therapy, Red Clover and Mountain Honey Body Mask

THE SPA AT THE BROADMOOR COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. Few spas rival the legendary Broadmoor in terms of opulence and amenities. For starters, there’s the luxe relaxation lounges (yes, plural) with sweeping views of picturesque Pike’s Peak. In fact, everything about the spa echoes a certain sense of luxury in keeping with the rest of the worldfamous resort. A credo that follows the footsteps of Broadmoor founders Spencer and Julie Penrose who traveled the world to create an oasis of culture in the then uncivilized West. Today, that world is exceedingly civilized and with it, a spa

TREATMENTS TO TRY: Farm-to-Spa Seasonal Body Wrap, Chardonnay Sugar Scrub, Signature Hydrotherapy Shower, Almond Blossom Moisture Bath

THE RITZ-CARLTON, DENVER DENVER, COLO. The Spa at the chic Ritz-Carlton, Denver consistently ranks amongst our favorites, and with good reason. Besides the six thousand square feet of over the top opulence in the middle of the bustling city, the amenities outweigh most of its urban competitors’. Make a day of it and begin with a workout at the adjacent Forza fitness club, where all spagoers receive privileges. Then, spend a moment sipping tea next to the spa lobby’s fireplace before stepping into the posh lounge. Take a dip in the ladies-only whirlpool and bask for a bit before your time in the nearby steam and sauna rooms. Your treatment itself will be equally indulgent, whether it’s in the VIP Couple’s Suite replete with a living room and fireplace, or one of the cozy individual rooms. The menu is based on the great Colorado outdoors and ranges from four different Vichy “waterfall” experiences to the Rocky Mountain and Colorado Riverstone massages. There’s even a duo of treatments based around Denver’s craft beers – the Hops N’ Honey Pedicure and the Mile High Malt and Microbrew massages – both of which include a sampling of Great Divide brews post-treatment. But for the ultimate in over-the-top, MileHigh inspired indulgence, opt for the Herbal Peaks Poltice Massage. Inspired by the Colorado peaks, this deep-heat, therapeutic massage is every bit as blissful as it sounds. The therapy


itself renews the body with the warmth from hot poultices and uses aromatherapy to ease the mind. Translation? Ahhhhhhhhhhh. TREATMENTS TO TRY: Herbal Peaks Poltice Massage, Hops N’ Honey Pedicure, Colorado Riverstone Massage, Couple’s Waterfall Therapy

ARA SPA BLACK HAWK, COLO. Hidden away in Back Hawk, where one may ordinarily go for an evening at the craps table or roulette wheel, is one of the state’s toniest spas. The Ara Spa at Ameristar is so much more than a casino afterthought. In fact, it’s an off-the-beatenpath destination in and of itself. With six perfectly appointed treatment rooms, a rock wall relaxation lounge, whirlpool, steam and sauna, we’d ordinarily be in spa heaven. Yet for hotel guests, Ara ups the ante with a rooftop pool complex. The pool itself boasts a movable glass wall that encloses the space in the winter months, yet preserves the panoramic

mountain views. Outside, an open air heated patio plays host to dual hot tubs for a pre or post treatment soak. Services are all equally extraordinary and include a bevy of thoughtful, purposeful therapies that will revive and rejuvenate even the most over stressed patrons. For the ultimate in relaxation, however, opt for the Rocky Mountain Ritual. New to Ara’s menu, the 80-minute experience begins with a private soak in the spa’s specially formulated high altitude salts, while essential oils chosen specifically for Colorado’s climate help with altitude adjustment. Afterwards, you’re escorted to your treatment bed where you’ll begin with a super-stimulating dry brushing followed by sea salt exfoliation to rid the skin of dryness. Next up? A warm shower to rid the body of excess salts before the treatment concludes with a massage using a shea butter and oil blend. You’ll leave feeling silky, smooth and oh-so-calm. TREATMENTS TO TRY: Rocky Mountain Ritual, Ara Soaks, Lava Shell Massage, East Meets West Ritual

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A Deer Valley DARLING WHEN A YOUNG GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT FAMILY PURCHASED A VACATION ABODE IN DEER VALLEY, UTAH, THEY CALLED UPON ONE OF COLORADO’S MOST COVETED DESIGN DUOS TO HELP THEM TURN THEIR POSH BUT PLAIN NEW BUILD INTO A WARM RESPITE OVERFLOWING WITH CHARACTER AND STYLE. By BETSY MARR Photos by ROGER WADE Design by ANDREA LAWRENCE WOOD AND COLIN GRIFFITH ANDREA LAWRENCE WOOD AND COLIN Griffith love a challenge. As the talented designers behind Denver-based Griffith Wood, the pair is used to transforming a blank canvas into a stunning space. Yet when their Greenwich, Connecticut clients contacted them to turn their Deer Valley vacation home into a dream, a new challenge was presented. Managing a full home design would take place via telephone and email. In fact, to this day the design team has yet to meet the clients with whom they worked so closely face-to-face. “We tell the clients that we are going to surprise them and simply show up one day!” Lawrence Wood laughs. But jokes aside, the project was relatively seamless despite the unique challenges of coordinating from three different states. In just five months, the team created a space that would serve as a comfortable yet style savvy escape for the family and their guests. With a luxuriously constructed slate from which to begin, Lawrence Wood and Griffith worked within the framework of sweeping mountain views, wide plank walnut floors, large windows and mounted ceiling beams. “It was the perfect mountain resort canvas to use as a foundation for our clients.” Because the homeowners wanted to stray from the traditional lodge-like look, Lawrence Wood and Griffith created a respite that was stylish without being pretentious and warm without being overly western. “Our client had a keen eye

and a refined sensibility. She allowed us to guide the design so that it functioned well for the family,” Lawrence Wood explains. “They are younger and didn’t want a typical mountain look. They wanted something more stylish and sophisticated without looking urban.” Following this credo, a home with luxurious details and plenty of character was designed. Because the family has two young daughters who enjoy bringing friends along on ski trips, a bunk room with four built in beds was built, each replete with its own computer and lighting for video games and movies as well as four built in lockers with hooks and drawers. The rest of the residence was equally thoughtful, brimming with custom details like a coffee table wrapped in lizard, a desk in the style of John Dickinson, a walnut dining table with inlaid butternut and a headboard and side rails upholstered in Oscar de la Renta fabric. Yet for Lawrence Wood, the crowning jewel was an original painting in the living room by Colorado artist Kris Cox. “His work is amazing,” she attests. “Even though the interiors of this home are all about comfort and low maintenance, it is full of luxurious details like the cashmere pillows on the guest bed, the soft, butterscotch suede draperies with a Rogers & Goffigon on the leading edges and the olive green hornback benches in the bunk room.” A perfect balance of modern sophistication and casual mountain comfort. ➺

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Family Room: A cozy family room offers a stylish space to unwind après ski. Custom Sectional, Glant fabric; Lumbar pillows, Pierre Frey “Navajo”; Rug, CPA; Coffee Table, Joseph Noble “Venom”; Vintage carved cabinet, Nahuala, Dos Gallos; Drapery, Cowtan and Tout “Nester”; Artwork, Kris Cox Dining Room: A dining room sits a large crowd comfortably for festive family gatherings. Custom table; Chairs, Sutherland; Artwork, Walker Fine Art Bunk Room: The bunk room offers a fun, family-friendly space for the littlest vacationers to unwind. Custom bunks and lockers; Pendelton blankets; Pine Cone Hill bedding

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o two med spas are created equal and Mad Peaches, Denver’s newest destination for medical aesthetics and minimally invasive procedures, is setting the bar. With a design savvy yet welcoming space in the heart of Cherry Creek, Mad Peaches is everything a spa should be – relaxing, elegant and just a bit sexy. What’s more, the innovative medspa is results oriented, meaning you’ll not only feel good, you’ll also see a noticeable difference in your appearance. Whether you’re looking for luminous, younger looking skin or a slim, seductive shape, the highly trained staff at Mad Peaches can offer treatments and technologies that aren’t available elsewhere in the city. What’s more, the spa specializes in a proprietary “Peach Between the Sheets” intimate makeover. Using the same laser technology that women have been trusting to tighten their skin for years, Mad Peaches has developed a highly effective, non-surgical method for vaginal tightening. “While many women don’t want to talk about it, loss of tone and texture is a common occurrence after childbirth and through the aging process,” co-founder Dawnyel Himes explains. “The technology we’ve developed is truly innovative and can address these issues without painful, expensive surgery and lengthy downtime.” Along the same lines of innovation, Mad Peaches also offers one of the most effective and least invasive methods for body sculpting - Vanquish & Exilis, both of which are based on fat reduction studies conducted with the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). And either of which will help you get rid of those unrelenting pounds for good. Particularly in problem areas like the chin, thighs, rear and upper arms. Additionally, Mad Peaches is a “hands-on” working medical spa with the Mad Technical Institute (MTI) located on site. MTI offers training to doctors, nurses and estheticians

“CLIENTS, PARTICULARLY IN COLORADO, WANT TO LOOK NATURAL. WE AIM TO OFFER SOLUTIONS THAT ARE EFFECTIVE AND MINIMALLY INVASIVE. WE WANT YOU TO LOOK LIKE YOURSELF – ONLY MORE REFRESHED.” ranging from basic programs that are ideal for changing careers or advanced classes to further one’s industry knowledge in the newest, most innovate laser technology and medical aesthetics procedures. “Mad Peaches is all about innovation and using technology in a way that makes sense for both the practitioner and the client,” Himes attests. “We’re reinventing the medspa by looking at things in a different light and offering new procedures that are also proven, tested and effective.” Mad Peaches also offers a number of advanced therapies when it comes to facial rejuvenation. The spa’s technique with BBL PhotoFacials is distinguished, utilizing the “Forever Young” method. Studies over the past nine years with Stanford University have shown that patients who received these treatments look an average of ten years younger and sun-damage is literally reversed. Additionally, brown spots are eliminated and youthful collagen from within one’s own skin structure is stimulated. “Clients, particularly in Colorado, want to look natural. We aim to offer solutions that are effective and minimally invasive. We want you to look like yourself – only more refreshed,” Himes finishes.

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ruly beautiful skin doesn’t come from a wonder cream or a onetime treatment. And at Cara Mia Medical Day Spa, the trained and friendly staff understands that for skin to be gorgeous, it must also be healthy. That is why Dr. Leslie Capin and her talented team of aesthetic professionals work cohesively with their partner office, Dermatology Associates of Colorado. With a one-stop skincare shop, Dr. Capin and her staff are well-trained and board certified in all of your aesthetic and medical skincare needs – from skin checks and treatment of serious conditions, to lasers, facials, dermal fillers and microdermabrasion. “Not all procedures or treatments are right for all patients. It’s important to have a holistic approach to skincare that starts with a dermatologist and includes a variety of elements,” Dr. Capin says. “Whether it’s fillers, injectables, regular facials or medical-grade skincare, there’s a regime that will work for you and our job is to determine what will be most effective.” Another key factor in ensuring great results? Finding a well-qualified skincare professional. Both Cara Mia Medical Day Spa and Dermatology Associates of Colorado pride themselves on rigorous training and credentials, with four board-certified dermatologists including a fellowship trained MOHS dermatologic surgeon, an in-house board certified dermatopathologist, a cosmetic dermatologist and a dermatologist specializing in pediatrics, adult chronic disease and integrative medicine. A long list indeed, these credentials are not only impressive, they’re rarely found under one inviting, spa-like roof like they are at Cara Mia. Dr. Capin is also currently studying under world-renowned Dr. Andrew Weil through the University of Arizona’s Alternative and Integrative Medicine’s fellowship program. This unique perspective is unparalleled in the

“NOT ALL PROCEDURES OR TREATMENTS ARE RIGHT FOR ALL PATIENTS. IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO SKINCARE THAT STARTS WITH A DERMATOLOGIST AND INCLUDES A VARIETY OF ELEMENTS.” industry, and brings a cohesive balance to eastern and western medical aesthetic techniques. “Balance is key. Incorporating a mix of nature and science into your skincare routine will help turn back the clock and translate to a more refreshed, youthful, healthy look.” Not to be forgotten, Dr. Capin and her colleagues count themselves amongst Colorado’s most esteemed and credentialed professionals with regard to more serious skincare problems like cancer removal, mole mapping and psoriasis. What’s more, their impeccable approach to patient care carries over to the aesthetic side of their practice as well. “Our patients are first and foremost, whether they are in our office for a medical treatment or a more relaxing aesthetic service, we are 100% committed to their care,” Dr. Capin attests. “Our joint practices work together to provide the best patient experience possible. Above all, delivering safe, effective treatments in a relaxed, comfortable environment is our ultimate goal.”

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Denver Union Station Great Hall Gala More than 55 Colorado non-profit organizations were the lucky recipients of the more than $1 million raised at the highly anticipated Denver Union Station Great Hall Gala on July 11th. The Union Station Alliance and event sponsors underwrote the Great Hall Gala; each of the partner non-profits retaining 100 percent of the $1,000 a pop ticket sales to the sold out event. Partygoers reveled in the city’s most talked about opening, presented by Schomp Automotive. The event featured live music by Denver’s First Lady Mary Louise Lee and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The 1,000+ guests also sampled the delicious fare created by the eclectic mix of Colorado-based restaurants inside the historic train station. Event sponsors included the Epicurean Culinary Group, AOR Inc., Coors Brewing Co., Pepsi and Republic National Distributing Co.

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1 The Crawford Hotel at Union Station was name for Denver icon, Dana Crawford 2 Visionary Dana Crawford and Molly Broeren 3 Guests enjoy the gala in the new Great Hall at Union Station 4 A Capella Group In the Buff delights guests 5 The stunning Union Station glows in the evening light 6 The Denver Union Station partners toast to a job well done 7 Walt DeHaven and Wendy Aiello 8 An artist commemorating the new Union Station live during the gala 9 Walter and Christie Isenberg

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Do at the Zoo

1 Kathy Ogsbury meets a prickly new friend 2 Roy and Linda Palmer 3 Shannon Block and Roxanne White regale in the zoo’s many friendly features 4 Meredith Coors (Do at the Zoo Chairwoman) and Peter Coors 5 Debbie Jessup and Tim Schultz

PHOTOS COURTESY DENVER ZOO

1 Lorraine Hoover and Jada Roberts 2 June Singer Dreibholz, Susan Stiff, Chris Yaros, Jan Hammond 3 Amber Human 4 Stephinity Salazar 5 Stephanie Odak

PHOTOS COURTESY DCPA

More than 2,300 kindhearted Denverites donned their summer safari best on June 19th for the 2014 Do at the Zoo. Chairwoman Meredith Coors helped lead the charge that raised over $640,000 for the programs and purposes of the Denver Zoo. Seventy restaurants participated in the foodie fête, with top honors going to Panzano (Best Dish – Savory) and Sugar Mill (Best Dish – Sweet). The event marked the 25th anniversary of the group’s largest and most successful annual fundraiser – a soirée that has raised over $11 million since its inception.

Women with Hattitude Six hundred ladies donned their finest and most outrageous millinery on May 7th for the annual Women with Hattitude at the Seawell Grand Ballroom. The luncheon supports the DCPA’s Women’s Voices Fund, which finances female playwrights and directors. DCPA performers entertained guests and the celebrated “Parade of Hats” served as a delightful display of colorful fashion, from head to toe.

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Etkin Johnson 25th Anniversary Party A fabulous time was had by all on July 26th at the 25th Anniversary soirée for Etkin Johnson, one of the city’s most influential commercial real estate firms. The event, planned by John Tobey and held at Exdo Event Center, boasted eye candy from every corner, including aerial dancers, performance arists and body painters. Guests kept the dance floor full into the wee hours and regaled in the party’s theme – “Studio 25.”

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1 Todd Weider and Andi Leahey 2 Lee Stiffler Meyer and Kevin Meyer 3 Jim Theye, John Tobey, Dee Chirafisi 4 Bruce Etkin and wife Tania Dibbs, Linda Chandler 5 Dave Johnson with his lovely wife Lisa and daughter Annie 6 Missy Bell, Maury Bell, Pamela O’Neal, Michael O’Neal 7 The “Studio 25” theme was enjoyed by all

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Former Vogue editor and one of the world’s most indelible style icons, Diana Vreeland.

Au Revoir

May the wings of your eyeliner always be even. May you leave a little sparkle everywhere you go. May you always know the difference between fashion and style. May you design a life you love. And most importantly, may you always remember that confidence is the most beautiful feature of all.

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HOTEL GUANAHANI & SPA (ST. BARTH’S) Nestled on a lush peninsula between Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac is the posh Hotel Guanahani & Spa – the swankiest see-and-be-seen spot on all of St. Barth’s. And the hotel’s brand new, two bedroom Serenity Suite boasts all of the chic trimmings one might expect, including a 540-square foot private terrace where you and your new spouse can dine al fresco, and a private pool. Lovebirds can also unwind with spa treatments from the Spa by Clarins.

How Suite It Is If there’s one time in life where splurging on travel is more than justifiable, it’s during one’s honeymoon. We’ve scoured the world for the most opulent, over-the top, envy inducing respites whose honeymoon suites had us at hello.

WILDERNESS SAFARIS’ NORTH ISLAND (SEYCHELLES) HOTEL CAESAR AUGUSTUS (CAPRI, ITALY) The very notion of honeymooning in Capri is dreamy, so when you mix in the most opulent space on the island’s tallest point, the wow factor is officially escalated. The Capri Suite is the legendary Hotel Caesar Augustus’ newest penthouse addition and most spacious room on property, overlooking the Bay of Naples with a 750 square foot room and a 1,600 square foot terrace. In true honeymoon fashion, there’s an open fireplace that crackles as you drift off into the evening and the bird’s eye view of the bay and peaks of Mount Vesuvius can be seen from the private terrace. A lush Mediterranean garden with a rainforest shower envelops the entire floor, serving as the perfect and most romantic way to take in the world-famous Capri sunsets.

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Staying at the inn dubbed “the most expensive hotel in the world” brings with it some serious bragging rights. But there’s a reason that Wilderness Safaris’ North Island stakes such claim (over eleven thousand of them to be exact). The tropical Seychelles haven is a rare sanctuary comprised of 11-exclusive beachfront villas, each handcrafted by Seychellois and African craftsman from wood, local-hewn stone and glass. But the uber luxe Villa North Island Suite rules the resort roost. Secretly tucked away in the takamaka forest, guests arrive at the respite via a bridge made from trunks of two long casuarinas. Inside, the suite abounds with unbelievable views and finishings, all in the world’s most private haven. The island itself is equally opulent and brimming with adventure – think more than 20 dive sites and an aptly dubbed Honeymoon Beach, named for its private curve into the rocks.

For honeymooners wanting a more urban, yet ultra private escape, the Hotel Eden’s Penthouse Suite is the perfect choice. One of Rome’s most opulent inns, the suite itself is accessible only by a private lift. Once they make it to the top, lucky couples can bask in panoramic views of the city with windows that encircle the entire suite. Honeymooners can also indulge in romantic rooftop dining at the hotel’s La Terrazza dell’Eden where they’ll look out on St. Peter’s Dome and nosh on Mediterranean cuisine (opt for the seven course tasting menu). Hotel Eden also offers private tours of Rome – a traveler’s best bet for the inside scoop on the city’s most luxurious places and spaces. HOTEL CAESAR AUGUSTUS caesar-augustus.com +39 081 8373395 From $4,000 per evening WILDERNESS SAFARIS’ NORTH ISLAND north-island.com +248 4 293 100 From $11,036 per evening for two HOTEL GUANAHANI & SPA leguanahani.com 800 216 3774 From $5,140 per evening HOTEL EDEN dorcehstercollection.com +39 06 478121 From $5,728 per evening

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HAVE AIRSTREAM, WILL TRAVEL The lounge space has become a wedding reception staple, offering partygoers a place to relax, chat and unwind in between their epic dance moves. And a Colorado company is taking the concept a step further, with the notion that a wedding lounge can be mobile. Z Stream Event Rentals offers a fully restored vintage Airstream trailer as a traveling “lounge” space for wedding receptions and engagement parties, allowing the bride and groom to customize the space with décor, graphics and a specialty bar in the trailer’s interior. Plus, the Airstream itself makes for the ultimate photo op and party prop. Hint… it’s also the perfect mode of transportation for your bachelor or bachelorette soirée. Z Stream Event Rentals zstreamrentals.com 512.413.5747

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Most brides can attest that the registry process is daunting and at times, a tad impersonal. Now imagine having the eye and expertise of a top tier interiors editor and the wares of New York’s most coveted boutiques at your fingertips. Enter Maxwell Silver NY, the online registry site that offers exactly that. The brainchild of Zoe Settle, a former Town & Country tabletop editor, and founder Lisa Blumenthal, the e-tailer offers a well appointed selection of dinnerware, gifts and accessories from the city’s best home design shops under one virtual roof. The site combines a perfectly curated collection of décor with the likes of china, kitchenware and culinary accessories plus experiences such as cooking classes and wine delivery services. What’s more, your gift list draws from New York’s finest and most fashionable retailers like Task’s and Atelier Courbet, a gallery of luxury goods from craftsmen worldwide. Instead of a registry brimming with big box names, at Maxwell, a bride and her betrothed can have a custom wish list of unique gifts from the city’s specialty boutiques – from well known labels to upand-coming designers. Settle and Blumenthal will also help couples find bespoke selections that may not be offered in the site’s collection and, for a fee, will take NYC-based brides (and visitors) out for custom registry excursions, including exclusive “to the trade” access to showrooms as a tool to help registrants define their style in a comfortable, non-pressured environment.

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WHEN MY BABY BROTHER ANNOUNCED HIS ENGAGEMENT, MY FIRST THOUGHTS WERE THOSE OF ELATION, EXCITEMENT AND INFINITE LOVE. MY NEXT THOUGHT? LET THE PLANNING BEGIN. AS A LOVER OF ENTERTAINING, PRETTY DETAILS AND OF COURSE, WEDDINGS, MY BROTHER’S PENDING NUPTIALS WERE A CANVAS ON WHICH TO CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL, SOMETHING COMPELLING AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, SOMETHING REFLECTIVE OF MY SIBLING AND HIS STUNNING BETROTHED. IMMEDIATELY, MY MOTHER (FROM WHOM MY PASSION FOR ENTERTAINING STEMS) AND I ENLISTED OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS AND CONFIDANTS IN THE EVENT INDUSTRY – DAVID SQUIRES OF DESIGNWORKS AND ASHLEY SUMMERS OF ASHLEY NICOLE EVENTS. TOGETHER, WE CREATED A DAY BRIMMING WITH UNEXPECTED DETAILS, THOUGHTFUL TOUCHES, PLENTY OF GLAMOUR AND MORE THAN A FEW INSPIRED ELEMENTS. YET IT ALL BEGAN AND ENDED WITH TWO VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE IN MIND – KATY AND THOMAS.

THE ROMANCE Sometimes, mothers know best. Such was the case with Katy and Thomas’ courtship. Their mothers, who had become fast friends after meeting at a business conference, began chatting about their respective children and naturally, shared photos and stories. Soon, they had the fortuitous notion to connect their son and daughter. “We began chatting via social media, which quickly turned into texting. Texting turned into calling and calling turned into Skype,” Thomas recalls. “We finally made the decision that Katy should come to Colorado for a visit. I was extremely nervous. I saw her get off the train at baggage claim where I was waiting with flowers and suddenly those nerves went away, which was surprising to me. Somehow, being near her put me at ease.” That weekend, Katy and Thomas had their first official date – exploring Colorado’s Hanging Lake trail and gorgeous Glenwood Springs. The pair, one might say, was smitten. Over the next year, they turned long distance dating into an art form, meeting in the likes of Florida, Las Vegas, Ohio, Denver, St. Croix and California. Their wanderlust romance had led them far from where they began and eventually, they knew that a more permanent move was in order. With that, Katy packed her bags and left

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the world she knew back east to take life’s ultimate adventure with Thomas in Colorado. “From moment one, I loved how driven Katy was,” Thomas explains. “She pushed me to be a better version of myself. And her resilience – her ability to look at life’s obstacles and not hold onto them but instead move forward with a positive outlook – made me fall completely in love with her. Plus, she’s a babe!” he laughs. Yet life, as it so often does, took an unexpected turn soon after Katy’s move to Colorado. The grandfather she had known and loved her entire life – the man who was a father figure to Katy – was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). With an uphill and heart wrenching battle ahead of them, Katy and her family prepared themselves for a difficult fight. In the process, Katy realized that it was extremely important that Thomas have the opportunity to meet the man she so loved and admired. Without hesitation, Thomas booked a trip accompanying Katy to visit her grandfather in Ohio. During that time, their relationship grew even stronger. “For me, that was the true starting point. After my grandfather was diagnosed, I became very angry and tried to push everyone – including Thomas – away. But the way he handled me

through the process showed me how much he truly loved me,” Katy remembers. “When we were visiting my grandfather in Ohio, he sat me down and explained that he would soon lose his ability to speak or to care for himself. He told me that he knew my grandmother would need to care for him both emotionally and physically and told me that when you have found someone who you could do that for and vice versa – who would be there for you in your weakest of times – then that was true love and that was who I should marry.” Katy’s grandfather gave her his blessing on that trip and told her that he could see Thomas was the right man for her. Six months later, he passed. “After my grandfather’s funeral, Thomas refused to allow me to retreat. He was there for me in every way and to me, that meant everything. I knew then and there that I wanted to marry him.” For Thomas, the decision to marry was also an easy one – yet as with many young grooms, he needed a slight nudge. “I knew I wanted to marry Katy when she moved out here, I just didn’t know when,” he explains. “Then, last fall I took a drive with my father to pick out a birthday gift for my mother. He’s not a man of many words so you can imagine my surprise when he turned to me out of the blue and asked ‘What are you waiting for?’” Thomas recalls. “He proceeded to ask me if Katy was the one for me and if I had any hesitations. I thought long and hard and proposed soon after.” THE WEDDING “I always imagined that I would be a no frills bride on a beach – a destination wedding,” Katy laughs. “Then, I met Thomas. We began to attend other family weddings together, spend holidays together and create such amazing memories. After that, I couldn’t really picture anything other than a big, family affair with both of our sides coming together.” With Thomas’ family hailing from California, and Katy’s family from the east coast, Colorado (where the groom’s immediate family now resides) seemed like the perfect middle ground – literally and figuratively – for the couple’s “I dos.” Yet a traditional bride with a clear vision Katy was anything but. “I knew I didn’t have a solid idea of what our wedding could or should be. I was never the young girl dreaming of details. So when my future mother and sister-in-law offered their legendary planning skills I was thrilled.” “I assured her, we throw great parties,” Thomas says with a smile. “I knew from day one that with my mother and sister at the helm, it would be spec-


tacular. In the end, being a bit removed from the planning process and allowing the details to remain a surprise was the best gift we could have asked for.” With the couple’s blessing, we set out to create a day that they would not soon forget. Immediately, the indelible talents of DesignWorks and Ashley Nicole Events came into play. Together, we considered the personalities of both Katy and Thomas – namely athletic, casual, fun loving and playful – and designed a wedding that would be both traditional and unexpected. Formal yet comfortable. Serene yet stunning. SETTING THE STAGE From the earliest moments, we knew that this was a day that would undoubtedly bring joy to those who stood beside Katy and Thomas. Following this edict, the song “Oh Happy Day” began to play a part in the wedding details. A nod to the lyric was included on the couple’s invitation, and elements of the sentiment would reappear throughout the wedding day itself. For the ultimate surprise, a choir stood and sang the tune as Thomas and Katy recessed down the aisle – the perfect way to begin their lives as husband and wife. From there, we designed a color palette that would appeal to the bride and groom’s casual style while allowing plenty of room for gorgeous details throughout. Navy blue, coral and gold were selected and would drive the design of Thomas and Katy’s big day. To add a memorable graphic to the couple’s stationery suite, we incorporated a navy and white ikat pattern into the invitation design – a look that would later carry through to numerous wedding details – from the ring pillow to the linens, the photo wall to the furnishings. What’s more, a bespoke monogram was hand lettered by Kelle McCarter, a friend and colleague whose accolades include tenure at the iconic Crane and Co. and celebrity wedding commissions including the recent Jessica Simpson nuptials. This monogram would also play into the wedding’s overall aesthetic. Yet one thing was left to be determined – the venue. While Katy and Thomas wanted a Colorado wedding, they did not want to entertain the rustic glam trend, nor did they want an overly formal ballroom soirée. When they visited the picturesque Castle Cliff Estate in Sedalia, the search was officially over. Its peaceful setting against the sweeping Colorado landscape and its environment

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reminiscent of an English garden appealed to their sensibilities. And while the estate was not original to the property, its architecture mimicked that of the older buildings that Thomas, a history teacher, loved and appreciated. THE COCKTAIL HOUR Because Katy and Thomas wanted a day that would feel welcoming, comfortable and just a bit unexpected, we flip flopped the timeline and hosted a garden party cocktail hour prior to the ceremony. As guests arrived, they were greeted on the estate’s front terrace with passed pairings - Petite Street Tacos with a Pineapple Melon Tequila Cooler, Bacon Wrapped Tiger Shrimp with a Colorado Blackberry Mule, and Apache Acorn Squash Ravioli with Poblano Pepper Limeade Vodka. All the while, a guitarist strummed away, singing familiar tunes in the background. This set the tone for an unfussy yet unforgettable day. THE CEREMONY As the cocktail hour culminated, guests were invited to enter through the estate’s foyer, which had been transformed into a floral wonderland of lush white garlands gracing the double staircase and a jaw dropping oversized arrangement set proudly in the middle. As they walked into the grand backyard, they descended through three elegantly draped entrances, each ornamented with florals and chandeliers. From there, they were seated under a dreamy white tent on the large lawn, where Katy and Thomas would recite their vows. No detail was overlooked, and the ceremony space was a stunning sight of white adornments, lush coral flowers and summery boxwood. As an homage to Katy’s late grandfather, butterflies, which have come to serve as a family symbol for the man they knew and loved, were worked into the boxwood wall and topiaries that flanked the couple’s altar. THE FEAST Post ceremony, guests were led into the gardens where dinner was served. Tablescapes were arranged al fresco, adding to the charm of dining in an English garden. Gorgeous blue and white ikat linens were offset by wood farm chairs, and elegant centerpieces were fashioned using gold candelabras with

over-the-top arrangements at both the base and top. Four family style farm tables were set on an elevated area of the garden, where the bride and groom’s immediate families and wedding party were seated. In between, Katy and Thomas dined at a lavishly set sweetheart table. As guests took their seats, they noticed a miniature floral ombred wedding cake adorned with a butterfly at each setting. Their menus read the words “A Sweet Beginning” and in the spirit of all things unexpected, guests enjoyed their dessert first. Afterwards, surf and turf entrees of Grilled Filet of Beef and Blacked Ahi Tuna were served, along with a full bar of craft spirits local to Colorado. THE CELEBRATION As guests enjoyed their dinner and toasted the bride and groom, the ceremony tent, unbeknownst to anyone, was being transformed into a well-appointed space for dancing, imbibing and connecting with friends. A live band took the stage and a custom all white dance floor appliquéd with Katy and Thomas’ monogram and a corresponding floral design earlier seen on their wedding invitations made for a stunning and celebratory surprise. Surrounding the dance floor, an elaborate 12 foot candy buffet was created, inspired by the bride’s sweet tooth. Inside the tent, which was draped with a silk lining and more than ten individual chandeliers, lounge spaces of chic linen furnishings and navy and coral accents were created, allowing guests to rest between songs or simply catch up with family and friends. In the gardens below, a photo wall unlike any other was quite the hit with camera-friendly guests. Set to appear as though it were a wall in the couple’s own home, the ikat print from Katy and Thomas’ wedding invitations was fashioned into ”wallpaper” where the pair’s engagement photos hung in lovely gold frames, with a wainscoting detail below. Throughout the wall, open gold frames served as spaces to pose and in front of it, a white Victorian chair became a fun and festive prop for each photo. As the evening progressed, guests found themselves enjoying late night delights – sliders, Chicago style hot dogs and a donut and milkshake bar. All the while, the dance floor was never empty and the smiles never left the faces of the bride and groom. A testament to the notion that initially set the stage for their nuptials – “Oh Happy Day,” indeed.


THE DETAILS EVENT PLANNERS Nicole Cruse Ashley Summers Ashley Nicole Events DESIGN, DÉCOR & FLORALS David Squires Trudy Lundberg DesignWorks by Dave & Mike PHOTOGRAPHY Cassidy Brooke VENUE Castle Cliff Estate CATERING Gourmet Fine Catering CAKE Mulberries LINENS La Tavola Fine Linen CEREMONY & RECEPTION CHAIRS Charming Chairs TENT & DRAPING Benson Tent Rent INVITATIONS Tasha Fontanes Tasha Rae Designs CALLIGRAPHY Kelle McCarter designsgirl BAND Tent Show Kings DJ Dancin' Shoes CEREMONY CHOIR A Music Plus GUITARIST Grayson Erhard BRIDE’S GOWN Watters Anna Bé BRIDE’S RINGS Oster Jewelers HAIRSTYLIST Erin Ferris Tonto Salon MAKEUP ARTIST Gina Comminello The Look Salon & Beauty Boutique

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Kajsa & Taylor NOVEMBER 1ST GLEN ELLEN, CALIFORNIA

For Kajsa and Taylor, the holidays truly are the most wonderful time

of the year. Ever the fans of the Christmas season, one of the couple’s favorite traditions has always been selecting the perfect tree and spending the evening trimming it with love. Yet on one special evening (12.12.12 to be exact) that love extended far beyond their affinity for Yuletide cheer. As they finished decorating, Taylor fell to one knee and proposed to a very surprised Kajsa, who said yes through squeals and tears of joy. As oenophiles with a wanderlust spirit, Kajsa and Taylor initially considered hosting their nuptials in their beloved Tuscany. Realizing that this would mean most of their friends and family would not be able to celebrate alongside them, the Colorado couple soon set their sights on the California Wine Country, offering a similar experience but affording their 50 closest friends and family the opportunity to attend. Their special day took place against the idyllic backdrop of Villa Montebella in the Sonoma region and with the help of the couple’s good friend and wedding planner Paige Goodson Reberry, was fashioned after an intimate Italian affair. Kajsa and Taylor’s favorite things – food and family – were celebrated over the course of several days. After a picture perfect al fresco ceremony against sweeping vineyard views, the newlyweds and their guests retreated to the property’s wine cave where they feasted on a multi course tasting menu, paired with hand selected varietals. The next morning, the group joined the bride and groom for an afternoon of lawn games, brunch and cocktails before the couple departed for a month-long Australian honeymoon. PHOTOS BY FRANCES MARRON

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THE DETAILS Photographer Frances Photography Wedding Planner Colorado Wedding Company Ceremony Venue Villa Montebella Courtyard Reception Venue Villa Montebella Wine Cave Invitations and Printed Materials The Paper Guppy Bride’s Gown Badgley Mischka Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo Groom’s Attire Simone Abbarchi Florist Julie Stevens Design Decor Classic Party Rentals Catering Elaine Bell Catering Cake Fleur de Lisa Ceremony Music Entire Productions, Synchronocity Strings Hair and Makeup Tiffany Briggs

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Mycah & Jeff FEBRUARY 2ND BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO

Mycah and Jeff’s courtship is one that in today’s day and age,

may seem rare. As high school sweethearts, the pair had always known their love was meant to be. Both Mycah and Jeff grew up in Michigan, where they first met at a Friday evening football game in their hometown of Midland. Soon, Jeff was off to college at the University of Michigan and after a long distance relationship for the first year, Mycah joined her beloved in Ann Arbor. Upon graduation, the ambitious duo put their degrees to good use by moving across the country to Seattle, where they have since worked for Microsoft. As they settled into their new home in the northwest, they grew to love long walks around Lake Washington. And so on the ninth anniversary of their very first date, Jeff led Mycah on an evening stroll around the water. While it was quite romantic, the unexpected crowds left the walk rather anticlimactic, derailing Jeff ’s plans to propose. Yet when the couple returned to their home, Jeff spontaneously dropped to one knee as Mycah was opening a bottle of wine and asked her to marry him. Next, the Seattle transplants needed to decide on a locale for their nuptials. After much deliberation, they realized that a destination wedding was just the ticket and that the Colorado Rockies would provide the rustic elegance that the couple desired. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch served as the posh backdrop of Mycah and Jeff ’s wedding, allowing their guests to don both tuxedos and cowboy boots! To make the event feel more like a vacation than a wedding reception, they hosted a hospitality suite for guests throughout the weekend, replete with a Hot Toddy bar and S’More making kits. For their big day, Mycah and Jeff followed the edict of rustic elegance. Bridesmaids wore chocolate gowns with capes, fur stoles and mittens, and groomsmen donned plaid scarves. The ceremony took place in the quintessential Chapel at Beaver Creek, and the reception itself was filled with mountain glamour – sequined linens and plenty of shimmering lights adorned the ballroom. After their “I dos” Mycah and Jeff honeymooned in Hawaii before returning home to Seattle. PHOTOS BY JAMES CHRISTIANSON

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THE DETAILS Photographer James Christianson Wedding Planner Kelly Karli Frosted Pink Weddings Florist Rose Petals Vail Decor Pink Monkey Solutions Rentals Colorado Tents and Events Ceremony Venue Chapel at Beaver Creek Reception Venue Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Ceremony Musicians Masterful Musicians Reception Musicians Soul X Invitations and Printed Materials Marjorie Maxwell Four 13 Designs Linens La Tavola Linen Bride’s Gown Oscar de la Renta Bridesmaid Dresses Lela Rose Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo Groom’s Attire Lauren by Ralph Lauren Hair and Makeup Inga Cox Videographer Larisa Graham Videography

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Laura & Paul AUGUST 10TH TABERNASH, COLORADO

When Laura and Paul first met, marriage was nowhere on the horizon.

They were elementary school classmates in southern California, whose parents had foraged a close friendship. Soon, Laura and her family would move to Colorado, where she would spend her formative years before moving back to California for a job in entertainment marketing as an adult. Little did she know when she accepted an invitation to a grade school friend’s wedding, she would reconnect with her former classmate Paul. Sparks flew, yet with Laura living in Santa Monica and Paul, now a sommelier, living in Napa, distance posed a challenge for romance. But emails were exchanged, and the following summer, Paul found himself in Los Angeles for a triathlon in which Laura, too, was participating. Those same sparks flew and Paul soon invited Laura up to Napa for a picture-perfect weekend of wining and dining. The rest, as they say, is history. Five months later, Paul made the move to Los Angeles and that fall, proposed to Laura during a long walk on the beach. For their “I dos” Laura and Paul could think of no place more perfect than Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado. Because Laura’s parents have a vacation home in the area, the bride-to-be was quite familiar with the splendor of the ranch and its surroundings. And as chance would have it, Laura’s parents also own a collection of home interior stores in Colorado – Homefest. As such, Laura’s talented father took the lead on design and décor, paying special attention to each detail along the way. Because Laura and Paul wanted to play to the property’s jaw dropping landscape without becoming too quintessentially country, their special day was crafted with elegance and sophistication against the decidedly rustic yet luxe backdrop. Paul’s background in food and wine (after a move to Colorado, Paul became the Director of Operations for both Oak at 14th and Acorn restaurants) inspired a menu unlike most. A farm to table meal was paired with hand-selected wines for each of their 75 guests. At each place setting, a homemade bottle of limoncello, inspired by Laura’s Italian travels, was placed, reading “Please Enjoy. Fatto con amore (made with love).” The perfect ending to an even more perfect beginning. PHOTOS BY LAURA ESMOND

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THE DETAILS Photographer Laura Esmond Wedding Planner Jessica Adler JA Special Events Flowers, Decor & Linens Homefest Owned by the bride’s parents Ceremony & Reception Venue Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa Ceremony Musicians Taylor Payne Reception Musicians Soul X Band Starkey Productions Bride’s Gown Amsale Aberra Sak’s Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills Bridesmaid’s Dresses Donna Morgan Bella Bridesmaid Bride’s Shoes Charles David Groom’s Attire Hugo Boss Hairstylist Shawna Pirovano Makeup Artist Bre Ortola Alchemy Mineral Blends

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Anna & Lee APRIL 19TH LARKSPUR, COLORADO

For Anna and Lee, life’s priorities have a clear stack ranking –

God, family and football. Having grown up in Pueblo, Colorado, Anna’s brood was instrumental in bringing the football program back to her hometown via Colorado State University’s local campus. Soon, she met Lee, a new recruit with whom Anna and her family had become close. And while Anna was only in high school at the time, the pair became friends and confidants. Two years later, after Anna graduated, she and Lee became a couple – mere weeks before the budding fashonista departed for her studies at Texas Christian University. Yet distance didn’t stop the duo and they dated all through college, a time that saw Lee move from the CSU Pueblo Thunderwolves to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Through it all, their faith and their love remained solid. After Anna returned home from college and Lee returned to Pueblo post NFL, their relationship became even stronger. Soon, Lee knew that he wanted Anna to be his partner in life (and in cheering on the home team) forever. He surprised her with a romantic proposal at their favorite restaurant – naturally on a weekend where CSU Pueblo, the Denver Broncos and the local high school had all led their respective football teams to victory. A surprised and elated Anna said yes and the planning soon began. With Anna’s family hailing from Pueblo (where they have been for many generations since immigrating from Italy in the 1800s) and Lee’s in Sterling (also for a number of generations), they decided that a wedding outside of Denver would be just the ticket. Wanting a mix of rustic, vintage and modern, they chose picturesque Spruce Mountain Ranch in Larkspur, enlisting the talented team at DesignWorks to bring their vision to life. Wanting an eclectic aesthetic where a number of eras were represented, DesignWorks created a mix of rustic, Victorian and contemporary elements – think Pride and Prejudice meets The Great Gatsby. Dramatic candlelight, lace, chandeliers, dreamy florals and a jawdropping four- and-a-half foot wedding cake all set the stage for a celebration that would be remembered forever. PHOTOS BY ANGIE WOOD AND LESLIE NAZARIO

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THE DETAILS Personal Photos Portraits by Leslie Decor Photos A & A Photography Florals, Design & Decor DesignWorks by Dave & Mike Ceremony & Reception Venue Spruce Mountain Ranch Ceremony Musicians Pueblo Symphony Reception Musicians DJ Chaz Miles Invitations C J Kard Printed Materials My Friend the Printer Linens LaTavola Linens Caterer Epicurean Group Cake Elegant Bakery Bride’s Gown Emma and Grace Bridal Studio Designed by the bride, Anna Meisner and Mayra Moreno Bride’s Shoes Ivanka Trump Bridesmaid Dresses Tie the Knot Bridal Studio Groom and Groomsmen Attire Lord West Hairstylist Platinum & Co. Makeup Artist Lisa Gottsegen Photo Booth See It Again Photography Ceremony Production Starkey Productions

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The lovely Brigitte Bardot marries actor Jacques Charrier in an unexpected but fabulous pink gingham dress by Jacques Esterel, circa 1959.

May you fall more deeply in love with each passing day. May your story be the kind of which movies are made. May you steal his breath and he, your heart. May you pledge not only to love, but also to laugh. And above all, may you forever be his always.

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