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ON THE COVER: Kay Unger dress, Neiman Marcus Denver Hair: Erin Ferris, Tonto Salon Makeup: Bre Ortola, Alchemy Mineral Blends Photography: Frances Marron Model: Grace, Wilhelmina Denver Shot on location at Corridor 44







Celebrating the season with bubbly

What’s old is new again. Fall’s most fashionable looks



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Decadent holiday décor

Dressing for the occasion at holiday soireés

An A-Z guide to Colorado’s most luxurious spas

Our picks for everyone on your list

A gourmet holiday with Boulder’s best

A Colorado woman’s mission to do well by doing good

Colorado’s grand holiday traditions and a few new ideas to inspire




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What our editors are swooning over this season


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


Local lovelies open up their handbags and share their style secrets


InStyle’s Hal Rubenstein revealed




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Cuvée Ventures defines luxury travel


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Real weddings that inspire

Local favorites for the holidays and throughout the year

The polished pros who lead the style pack

Snapshots from the hottest tickets in town

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FOR ME, THE HOLIDAYS TRULY ARE the most wonderful time of year. Unlike many who dread the hustle and bustle, I remember the days as a little girl when I so innocently waited in line for Santa, labored carefully over my wish list, modeled my holiday church dress in the mirror and dreamed of a white Christmas. Even as an adult, I still become starry eyed when the lights go up on Larimer and the tree graces Cherry Creek North. Putting together our holiday issue was almost as sweet as those memories. This, our sophomore issue of Reign, is one of which I am especially proud. We listened to your feedback, both glowing and constructive, and aimed to produce a magazine that would be equal parts indulgent and inspirational. We tapped into the experts to create gorgeous holiday décor (One Mantle, Three Ways, page 50) and uncovered the stories behind the Colorado women who are changing the world, one gift at a time (Gifting Globally, page 80). We even took it upon ourselves to finally interpret those dress codes on our favorite holiday party invitations (Deck the Halls, page 53).



We hope that you’ll enjoy reading Reign as much as we enjoyed creating it and that you’ll take away an idea or two for starting your own holiday traditions as delightful as those I remember so fondly. For us, the greatest gift of all is knowing that we’re engaging the women of Colorado in a way that inspires. We look forward to seeing you again in January as we unveil our first ever Weddings issue – one that is particularly special to me as I get ready to head up to beautiful Beaver Creek for my own nuptials. This, dear readers, is the last time I will sign my letter as Betsy Martin. As this issue hits newsstands, I will become Mrs. Marr. A title almost as sweet as editor. I guess dreams really do come true. Yours truly,

Betsy Martin


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FRANCES MARRON Frances Marron is one of Denver’s leading family and wedding photographers and is now making her foray into editorial as the lead photographer on Reign’s holiday issue. Formally educated at the esteemed Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Frances also spent her formative years as a dancer, contributing to her keen eye and innate ability to create both poses and flattering compositions, lending perfectly to the boudoir and maternity photography Frances is known for. Her talent can be seen throughout the issue and on Reign’s debut holiday cover.



2 MATTHEW MORRIS A Colorado native, Matthew Morris began his career as a makeup artist. With high demand for his celebrated work, it was only natural for Matthew to make the transition into hair styling. He quickly rose to the top of his game and is known nationally for his work backstage at New York Fashion Week, at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and on Bravo’s hit series Shear Genius. He owns the eponymous Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare along Denver’s South Broadway corridor where a loyal following of the city’s fashion elite sit in his coveted chair. Matthew lent his undeniable talents to Reign in our Antique Chic fashion feature. 3

KATIE SHAPIRO Katie Shapiro lives for and through media. She started young…just ask her mom whose basement in Ohio is still filled with storage bins of her library worthy collection of magazines. After earning her BS in Marketing from Miami University (also in Ohio), she headed straight for New York City, where most of her beloved magazines were made. Among her experience:

publicity for Cynthia Rowley, a real-life Devil Wears Prada type of gig. After four fast years as a city gal, Katie landed in Colorado as the Public Relations Director of Denver Magazine (RIP) while earning her Master’s in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder on the side. Katie brings her fresh, fun perspective to Reign in features such as Gifting Globally and A Very Frasca Feast.

4 BRANDIS BECKY PELLETIER Born and raised in Denver, Brandis began her career in Los Angeles and spent the last 15 years building extensive retail, manufacturing and design experience with companies like Nordstrom and Nicole Miller before opening her well known Cherry Creek North boutique, Brandis B. in 2001. In 2007, she moved on to Brandis B. Style, a personal shopping and wardrobe consulting business. Her unique expertise and knowledge of the garment industry has made her a sought after commodity by many high profile clients in the Denver area. Her work can be seen in Reign’s Antique Chic fashion feature and was present on the runway at the popular Fashion’s Night Out event on Larimer Square. Brandis chairs and supports a number of organizations in the Denver philanthropic community including Mutts and Models, Citizen of the West, Fashion Group International, Western Fantasy and the MAX Fashion Show.



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Gifts that Dazzle & Delight 1071 South Gaylord St. 303.722.2900 AS WITH EVERY HOLIDAY SEASON, I FIND MYSELF giving thanks for what I have and look back on the year that was. This year, I am overwhelmed with how Reign has already progressed and feel privileged to be a part of something that is helping make a difference to those less fortunate than I. The opportunity to give back and support so many wonderful groups is something Reign has been proud to be a part of, including the Flight to Luxury event benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Colorado, the Excelsior Youth Center Gala, the New Genesis Perfect 10 Auction and the Global Down Syndrome Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, among many others. With this only being our second issue, the sky is the limit as we continue to form incredible relationships across the state that allow for unbelievable resources and opportunities. Now it is a time for family, friends, love and laughter as well as counting our blessings for all of our good fortunes. May you and your loved ones have a glorious and safe holiday season. I thank you for your continued support and feedback and I hope you enjoy our sophomore issue of Reign. I can already tell you that our next issue come January featuring Resorts and Weddings will knock your holiday socks off.



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Centrally Located New restaurants may come and go, but every now and again something special – something with true staying power – hits the scene. And so it goes with Central, the contemporary space opened in LoHi by Isiah Salazar. Central perfectly blends modern with classic into dishes that are balanced, creative and inspired. What opened this summer has quickly become the city’s eatery of choice



amongst foodies and families alike, (the joint gives children a drawing of the Denver skyline to color) and with good reason. Executive chef Lance Barto (past accolades include Strings, Wild Catch and nearby Linger) expertly crafts decadent yet down-to-earth comfort food with an imaginative twist. Think Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese, Corn & Bacon Risotto with Cheese Curds and a Lamb Sirloin and Carrot Puree that will change your life. And the scenery isn’t bad, either. The patio and bar offer perfect views of the city’s skyline and the carefully curated décor uses modern materials paired with vintage finds for a look that’s both authentic and appealing. We also love Central for its Sunday brunch, where Colorado Fried Chicken, Nutella Waffles and Rice Crispy French Toast steal the show. Central, located at 1691 Central Street in LoHi, Ring 303.477.4582,

Eye Believe This season, it’s all about the eyes and we’re not just talking about a simple coat of mascara or a sweep of shimmery shadow. We’re talking about dramatic, lush lashes that are full of glamour. And while we’ve been on to the eyelash extension trend for a while now, our hearts (and our lashes) fluttered when we learned about Live Love Lash, the brand new lash bar in Cherry Creek North. Owner and Master Lash Stylist Amy Dickerson is bringing her expertise (she’s a certified trainer for Xtreme Lashes, the best product in the biz) to Denver’s glamazons by way of her darling new digs on Clayton Street. The lash studio also offers skincare treatments and massage therapy as well as makeup services and lash and brow tinting. What’s more, the studio doubles as a boutique, showcasing adorable handbags, accessories and gifts as well as skincare products including our favorite, Colorado-based Sanitas. Full lash sets range from $225 to $450 depending on how lush of a look you desire and lashes last for three to four weeks with touch ups available for nominal fees in between sets. Live Love Lash 275 Clayton Street, Cherry Creek North Ring 303.388.5274

We’re talking about dramatic, lush lashes that are full of glamour. And while we’ve been on to the eyelash extension trend for a while now, our hearts (and our lashes) fluttered when we learned about Live Love Lash, the brand new lash bar in Cherry Creek North.


Wine is one of those staples that just makes everything, well…better. And learning about wine should be fun, not stodgy or pretentious. At least that’s the philosophy of Club W, the new non-wine club wine club that takes the guesswork and snobbery out of your next bottle of Shiraz. Club W is an online community of wine enthusiasts bound and determined to make buying and enjoying wine fun and hassle free. Members create a Palette Profile and Club W curators select varietals wellsuited to your personal tastes. Dubbed simply as “a better way to buy wine,” Club W delivers three bottles directly to your doorstep every month, for just $39. Additional bottles are $13 and typically retail for $15-$20 (sometimes much more). Because the fine folks at Club W purchase straight from the growers, there’s no double mark-up that one ordinarily pays when buying retail (first from the distributor and then from the wine shop). Our favorite part? The groovy QR code that comes on every bottle that’s shipped. Scan it with your smart phone and you’ll find yourself watching a short little video that walks you through simple tasting notes, if you’re so inclined. Club W, online at



Jonathan Adler 158 Fillmore Street, Denver Ring 303.377.1742


TOTAL ADLERATION Prince of pattern Jonathan Adler has set up shop in Denver’s Cherry Creek North district and our living rooms couldn’t be happier. Adler’s bold prints, modern pottery and vintage-inspired furnishings have long been lauded by style savvy design lovers and Colorado girls can finally get in on the happy chic action. The store carries all of the usual Adler suspects – needlepoint pillows adorned with daring graphics, fabulous lamps aglow in unexpected pops of color and cheeky little accessories like Adler’s popular “pillboxes” emblazed with words like “Dolls,” “Uppers” and “Prozac.” And while we love a Jonathan Adler throw (opt for the Zig Zag blanket for the perfect dash of chevron) just as much as the next girl, we’re particularly smitten with his furniture collection. Adler’s sophisticated furnishings reflect a chic ‘60s sensibility mixed with clean, modern lines that make his pieces so very now. Check out the tufted Lampert Sofa for the perfect streamlined shape that’s equally comfy, or our favorite, the Nixon Cocktail table for a look that’ll have Don Draper knocking on your door in mere minutes.

Kate Takes Aspen

Kate Spade has come a long way since the nylon mini-backpack days and also a long way from New York. With over 40 boutiques across the country (and even more worldwide), she’s finally landed in Colorado, setting up shop in the heart of Aspen. Lucky for us (and our loved ones), it’s just in time for gift giving season. The store mirrors the brand’s colorful, whimsical, sophisticated style and carries everything under the Kate Spade umbrella (which are also for sale). Think handbags, apparel, shoes, eyewear, home goods and paper. In Aspen or not (they have a stellar shopping site) make it your go-to for girly gifts. Our picks: bright baubles, monogrammed stationery and graphic cosmetic bags. 300 South Galena Street, Aspen 970.925.1373



Cartel Noir

When we think of homegrown fashion, we typically conjure images of funky a-line skirts crafted from remnant fabric and sweet little handbags sewn with love. We do not, however, think of glamorous couture and edgy basics. Until now. Enter Cartel Noir, the Colorado-based line designed by CSU grad Gregory Garman that’s taking the runways by storm. Garman’s line, inspired by his penchant for the dark aesthetic of 1940’s post-Depression America, boasts sleek, wearable, sophisticated dresses and separates ranging from tuxedo suits, to riding leggings, to sequined mini dresses befitting any discerning fashion plate. “We create clothes for the chicest people while still keeping them approachable,” Garman attests. “We explore complicated tailoring on every single piece to complement the highest grade fabrics, trims and treatments available.” Garman’s meticulous attention to detail is paying off. Cartel Noir has attracted the attention of Barneys, Intermix and Fred Segal and is gaining a widespread following with tastemakers in Denver and across the country, supermodel Heidi Klum among them. Cartel’s pieces range from $72 for a silk-blended V-Neck Tee to $1,500 for a tailored wool/cashmere jacket with lambskin trim (that is worth every penny). We’re also enamored with the Canterville Ghost Dress ($260). The asymmetrical hemline, body conscious silhouette and cutout back is just the right amount of sexy, while still remaining refined. Cartel Noir Available in Denver at Goldyn in LoHi ( Ring 646.807.9448




MADE OH SO WELL Colorado is stepping up in the retail world and the entrée of Madewell is the icing on the all-too-fabulous cake. Our favorite purveyor of preppy opened its first Colorado location in August and is set to put down roots at Cherry Creek Shopping Center this fall. We’ve been swooning over the pages of Madewell’s catalog for eons and having a brick and mortar storefront in our very own backyard is the best holiday gift we could imagine. Known for great denim, wellcut basics and girlish trimmings, Madewell perfectly blends classic style with trend-right looks that translate to the stylish urban gal, whether she’s a downtown diva or a suburban soccer mom. We’re particularly fond of Madewell’s signature Skimmer Flats ($98) that are as chic as they are comfortable. Whether you fancy leopard, polka dot or plain-Jane prints, there’s a Skimmer suited for you. We’ll take one in every color, please. Also check out the Denim Bar, where you’ll find the jean that’s just right and don’t miss the fab button downs that the brand is known for. Madewell Open at Park Meadows and soon to open at Cherry Creek Shopping Center

Beauty on Broadway No two salons are created equal, and never has this adage rung truer than it has with the opening of Shear Genius star Matthew Morris’ new space on South Broadway. Known and beloved by Mile High hipsters, fashionistas and society mavens alike, Morris is Colorado’s reigning king of hair and now, he’s got the palace to match. His 6,000 square foot digs are a collaboration of Colorado’s best with coveted firms including West Standard Design & Build,

Studio Collaborative and Fin Art lending their distinctive vision to Morris’ SoBo headquarters. The ultra-posh space boasts repurposed materials at every turn – refurbished airplane wings adorn the reception desk, stylist stations are fashioned from railroad carts and accent walls are made from reclaimed Colorado beetle kill wood. What’s more, Morris and his crew, which includes life and business partner Marvin Gutierrez, are making salon time as convenient as possible for their power-set clientele. Stylist stations center around a color bar where clients can belly up and access docking stations for laptops, cell phones and tablets. A collection of iPads is also used by salon staff to book appointments, check clients in, conduct consults and showcase before and after photos. The salon, which doubles as a trendy event locale, is also appointed with a private parking lot and roll-up garage doors giving it a flexible indoor/outdoor vibe. While there, check out the plush skincare rooms in the back and don’t miss the faux-leather croc embossed walls in the powder room.

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What’s Inside BEATS BY DRE: Headphones so I can listen to the same song over and over again without bugging my family.

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As Boulder’s PR maven and a staple on the Denver restaurant scene, Kate Lacroix is known and loved by many. We adore Kate’s quirky candor and the spot-on style that she brings to her work at d i s h Publicity, her lifestyle public relations agency. Here, she opens up her all-too-fabulous handbag to show us what makes her tick.

KINFOLK: A great magazine out of San Francisco that is dedicated to the art of small and intimate dinner gatherings. BURGER BATTLE VIP BRACELET: My client, Mateo, was participating in the Burger Battle the other day and the evidence is still in my handbag. TRILLIUM MENU: Before this shoot, I stopped by to get new menus for the launch of our lounge space. TOM FORD WHITNEY SUNGLASSES: A must.


ANTHROPOLOGIE EARRINGS: I wear them when I need a pop. Joel (Kate’s sig other) says they make my eyes even bluer. CHANEL LIP GLOSS: A recent splurge from Jeffrey in the Meatpacking District while on a Manhattan adventure. KEYS WITH A GREAT DVF TOGGLE: A gift from my fashion partner in crime, Claudia Batten. IPHONE CORD: I run out of juice twice a day. LE LABO ROSE 31: Unisex perfume that I just adore.

JANE TRAN HAIRPINS: I love to twist and turn my hair into different looks as I go along with my day.

OSIS+ DUST IT HAIR TACK: More of my “stopped at a red light” styling fixes.

SAND: The photographer wasn’t too thrilled when I showed up with sand in my bag but at least I had the good sense to pack a bottle. Yep, my inner zip pouch was filled

MOLESKIN JOURNAL, GERMAN PENCIL SHARPENER, BRAMBLE & HARE PENCILS: There’s never a time that I am not writing something down about a client.

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Rebecca Minkoff Mini Morning After Clutch $495

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What’s Inside MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SCARF: I love this McQ homage to the original Alexander McQueen skull scarf, this version features razor blades.


ELIZABETH AND JAMES SUNGLASSES: These frames are super classic, mid century style but still funky and oversized to protect my eyes from the Colorado sun.

RICH HIPPIE PERFUME: I love Rich Hippie perfume because it’s made from all organic essential oils. My skin is very sensitive to synthetic fragrances so these perfumes are perfect for me.

IPOD: I am a music fiend so my iPod goes everywhere with me.

JEWELRY: I always have a stash of jewelry packed! I work late hours and often times have to go straight from work to dinner. Adding bold accessories dresses up any outfit. Two of my favorites include The Woods and Pamela Love.

“JUST KIDS” BY PATTI SMITH: I am obsessed with the late 60’s and early 70’s New York City culture, as well as Patti Smith. This book is definitely a must-read.

REBECCA MINKOFF WALLET: The color and studding on this wallet are amazing... plus, it would make for a good weapon in a back alley late at night, if ever needed.

Vanessa Barcus possesses a sophisticated, edgy panache befitting a New York fashion editor. Yet the talented style hound is a Colorado girl through and through. Raised in Boulder, Vanessa owns and operates Goldyn, one of Denver’s most happening retail hotspots. Here, she opens up her Rebecca Minkoff handbag to reveal the makings of a life that’s equal parts big-city chic and Colorado causal.



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“Clothing and food should be fun. I don’t understand people who eat to live and I certainly don’t understand people who dress just to fill a function. I think both are celebrations.”



FOR SOME, LIFE IS A DESTINATION. For Hal Rubenstein, life has been a journey – and a storied one at that. Best known as InStyle magazine’s Fashion Director, the 100 Unforgettable Dresses author is, in a word, an icon. From food to fashion and teaching to travel, there’s not much he hasn’t done, and done with undeniable panache. Today, he’s bestowing his style savvy on Denver with an appearance at Neiman Marcus to celebrate the new Donna Karan collection. We sit down with him amidst a bustling crowd in a small private space where we’re tucked away from the chaos, if only for a moment. Hal opens a diet coke, and soon after, opens up. “Truth be told, I wanted to be a pediatrician,” he chuckles. “Fashion is a happy accident that I fell into. I always loved clothes and my grandmother was a seamstress, but it was never intended as a career – nor was cooking.” Yet he has made a career out of both, with a pedigreed resume that includes work at The New York Times, Elle, Vogue and Vanity Fair in addition to owning a catering business and teaching high school English. A modern day Renaissance man in every sense, his perspective on fashion and style is one that is both noble and refreshing. He starts by sharing his insight on Donna Karan’s fall line, which we are about to see for the first time. “One of the good things that has happened to fashion in the last couple of seasons is that purchases are more thoughtful. Which means designers are getting back to their core – to what they do best. And that’s when you truly see a label succeed,” he explains. “Donna has a connection with American women that’s unique, structured and sophisticated and she pioneered a sleek, independent, positive way of dressing that’s also style-driven. She designs for the urban woman, the woman who lives and works – her day is not of leisure and she is not taking cues from anyone else. And that requires a certain type of wardrobe.” But the authority on celebrity style and creator of InStyle’s popular “The Look” section is just as familiar with the red carpet and runway as he is with the everyday woman. And he’ll be the first to tell you that despite a lot of gloss, there’s little difference between the two. “I’m a

populist and a pragmatist. It’s fun to look at the red carpet, but the reality is nobody’s life is on the red carpet – even the people who are on the red carpet,” he reveals. “They’re playing dress up, and it’s the best game of dress up ever but virtually no one you know goes to the Oscars. Your big grand night is a wedding or a holiday party. So we have to translate red carpet fashion into something that works for real women.” Without missing a beat, he poetically points out the real power dynamic behind design. “It’s not a woman’s job to adapt to fashion. It’s fashion’s job to adapt to women.” Yet how does a man who is so passionate about fashion also know so much about food? And vice versa. According to Rubenstein, the two are closely related. “Not everybody gets up every day and paints or sculpts or writes an opera. But everybody gets up every day and says ‘What am I going to eat and what am I going to wear?’ Which is why food and fashion are the two areas of pop culture that interest me most. Because everyone can participate. It’s real art for real people, and they are accessible, everyday pleasures. Clothing and food should be fun,” he continues. “I don’t understand people who eat to live and I certainly don’t understand people who dress just to fill a function. I think both are celebrations.” Celebrations indeed. It seems as though Hal Rubenstein has found, quite literally, the ingredients for a life well lived – whether it is in front of the camera, behind a desk or inside the home. Without hesitation yet with predictability, we end our time by asking him for a style tip. The answer? Not so predictable. “Don’t be anybody’s understudy. Don’t wish you had somebody else’s lips, somebody else’s curves or somebody else’s legs. It’s a waste of time. I think there is something extraordinary in the fact that there are over 6 billion people in this world and that none of us look like the other one. It’s kind of marvelous to realize that when you look in the mirror, nobody else sees the reflection that you get back. Instead of wishing it was something else, find all of the things about you that are remarkable and special, celebrate those things and get dressed accordingly.”






Left: The Cuvée Ventures Manhattan Penthouse Below: An oppulent Hawaiian property Next Page: The ultimate indulgences in Mexico and Vail


The Cuvée Way THE SHORES OF MAUI. THE SKYLINE OF Manhattan. The snowcapped peaks of the Rockies. There are some views that simply inspire. And there are some properties that leave you saying “that was incredible.” And so it goes with Cuvée Escapes, the Denver-based portfolio of elite villas and penthouses owned by Cuvée Ventures. As a private equity fund, the members of Cuvée Ventures collectively purchase opulent luxury real estate the world around, enjoying their investment while also watching it grow. The unique twist? The properties are available for rental to non-investors as well, making homes with an average value of $9 million accessible to jetsetters from a reasonable

$1,500 a night. Not a bad concept, and certainly not a bad way to vacation. With homes in Hawaii, casitas in Los Cabos, penthouses in Manhattan, ski chalets in Vail and a private island in the Bahamas, Cuvée’s couture collection of properties is impressive to say the least. And because the partner investors own the residences as opposed to the renting, the firm is able to control every last element so that a guest’s experience is elevated to an entirely new level. Known as Cuvée’s “six star” approach, the ability to have virtual carte blanche at each property makes for an unparalleled stay. One that includes the likes of a personal concierge to arrange private chef services, spa treatments, ski lessons, deep sea



fishing excursions and just about anything else one could imagine. And it doesn’t stop there. The attentive Cuvée concierge makes it their business to get to know what makes a traveler tick. From their favorite wine to their musical tastes and breakfast of choice, once you’ve stayed with Cuvée, your personal preferences are captured and flawlessly referenced for future visits. While most of Cuvée’s residences are secluded for ultimate privacy, the collection also includes the crème de la crème accommodations at the world’s best resorts – think Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton and One&Only Palmilla. Guests enjoy the same full access to resort amenities that any other vacationer would experience, yet with the freedom of a spacious villa or penthouse. Current residences include Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch and Arrabelle at Vail Square, making the trip easy and indulgent for Denverites. What’s more, all Cuvée residences, whether they are on or off a resort property, are expertly appointed. Careful attention is paid to interior design, original art and enhanced architecture to create environments that are exquisitely reminiscent of their local beauty. Cuvée has even enlisted one of the nation’s top designers from the Parsons School to create award-winning spaces that are as eye-catching as they are contented. Yet while Cuvée’s portfolio is undoubtedly impressive, investors say this is only the beginning. In the near future, the firm will be offering access to properties in Aspen, Napa Valley, Italy and the Caribbean. And with access to special jet charter pricing via Cuvée’s master membership with Jet Linx, the sky is, quite literally, the limit.






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“I don’t think I’ve ever drunk champagne before breakfast. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before, before.”


Paul Varjak, Breakfast at Tiffany’s REIGN • HOLIDAY 2012

Tiny Bubbles It is sipped in celebration, enjoyed over leisurely brunches and toasted at weddings the world around. It is the drink that signifies something special is occurring – whether it’s a milestone or a Monday afternoon. Champagne is, in a word, fabulous. ➻

Words Betsy Martin Photography Frances Marron Hair Erin Ferris, Tonto Salon Makeup Bre Ortola, Alchemy Mineral Blends Assistant Kara Walbrun Model Grace, Wilhelmina Denver Shot on location at Corridor 44 WWW.DENVERREIGN.COM


BLUE DRESS: Alice & Olivia, Neiman Marcus Denver, 303.329.2600,, Headpiece by Victoriana Antique & Fine Jewelry, 303.573.5049, BLACK DRESS: Trina Turk, Neiman Marcus Denver, 303.329.2600, Hair Pin by Victoriana Antique & Fine Jewelry, 303.573.5049, SILVER DRESS: Kay Unger, Neiman Marcus Denver, 303.329.2600, BLACK & WHITE DRESS AND PEARLS: Gracie’s, 303.628.2229,



It’s effervescent and vivacious and at the same time it offers fantastic complexity and refinement. Yet not all sparkling wines are champagnes and no two champagnes are truly the same. And while Colorado may be a far cry from the French countryside or hills of Italy, we do have our fair share of aficionados more than happy to divulge their secrets to enjoying the festive fizz in grand style. Perhaps the most apropos spot to pop a bottle of brut in the Mile High City is Larimer Square staple Corridor 44. As Denver’s only true champagne bar, Corridor 44 (aptly named for the narrow 44 foot corridor that flanks the space) serves a bevy of bubbly by the glass or bottle and offers 21 champagne cocktails that are thoughtful, creative and decidedly delicious. At the helm of this chic little champagnerie is Brian Siffermann, general manager and expert on all things bubbly. And he’ll be the first one two tell you that while champagne may have a reputation for being elitist, it’s a fabulous everyday drink, much like a nice glass of wine. “Tasting champagne is quite similar to still wines. There is usually a bouquet and color differences representative of region, as well as fruit,” he says. “Glass shape matters, too. Champagne flutes tend to be tapered at the bottom of the glass and open up wider at the top. This allows the bubbles to rise and bring the bouquet to the palate better,” he finishes. Yet while flutes may look lovely, experts like Sifferman will admit that another type of glass is actually preferable. “I prefer to drink champagne from a wine glass. It has a larger mouth, which allows it to open up. This is particularly important in Vintages due to long aging.” While this certainly throws a wrench in our desire to sip bubbly from saucers, it does not deter us from celebrating the holidays with a wonderful bottle of brut rosé. And while we’ve all heard of ‘champagne taste on a beer budget,’ a gal can certainly indulge in a glass of bubbly without breaking the bank. Sparklings like Domaine Carneros from the esteemed Tattinger label or the lesser known Lucien Albrecht Brut Rose Cremant D’Alsace both offer incredible fruit notes with an excellent finish. And both are under $20 a bottle. The secret? It’s all in the grapes and not in the label. Grower champagnes or Recoltant Manipulant (RM) grower producers are unique in that they are very small, boutique producers. Production quantities are quite smaller than companies like the larger champagne houses or Negociant Manipulant (NM) (Moet & Chandon or Veuve Clicquot, for example). Negociant Maniopulants have a “house” style that they must maintain

from year to year. Yet according to Siffermann, grower champagnes are exempt from these rules. “Last year’s champagne could have consisted of a varietal blend of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier. This year’s might be 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. The large champagne houses have to keep a consistency so they outsource their grapes from the growers. Almost all the growers that I feature contain Grand Cru grapes which are the highest rated, yet not always associated with the highest price tag,” he tells us. But don’t just take his word for it. Corridor 44 offers a Grower’s Flight that includes three niche labels, each more fabulous than the last. Looking for something with a bit more flair? Try one of Corridor’s signature champagne cocktails. Ranging from the traditional Kir Royale (Crème de Cassis, currant berries, champagne and a lemon twist) to the whimsical Cucumber Fizz (Gin, muddled cucumber, simple syrup and champagne) there is one to please any palette, mood or time of day (the Strawberry Sunrise is perfect for imbibing in the am).

What’s in a Name? Champagne: A white sparkling wine associated with celebration, typically made in the Champagne region of France. Prosecco: A sparkling white wine from the Veneto region of Northeast Italy. Cava: A Spanish sparkling wine of Denominación de Origen status, most of which is produced in Catalonia. Sparkling Wine: Any effervescent wine, such as champagne, produced by a process involving fermentation in the bottle.



Antique Jewel tones, peplum, velvet and layers of texture… this season’s fashion trends are taking their cues from the past. What’s old is undoubtedly new again.



Styling: Brandis Becky Pelletier Photography: Joe & Joyce Keum Hair: Matthew Morris, Matthew Morris Salon & Skincare Makeup: Jillian Berres, Matthew Morris Salon & Skincare Models: Yannis, Siena & Yanna, Wilhelmina Agency Assistant: Kara Walbrun SHOT ON LOCATION AT 9TH AVENUE COLLECTION, 899 Broadway, Denver Ring 303.623.4200, All women’s fashions: Neiman Marcus Denver 303.329.2600, All men’s fashions: Nordstrom Cherry Creek 720.746.2424,



PREVIOUS PAGE – On the ladies: Alice & Olivia Peplum Dress, Nanette Lepore Gold Shimmer Dress. On the gentleman: - Etro Jacket, Trouser and Shirt; To Boot New York Wingtip Oxford THIS PAGE – Alice &Olivia Green Velvet Top, Alice & Olivia Floral Denim Pant OPPOSITE PAGE – On the lady: Trilogy Green Jacket, Alice & Olivia Gold and Black Beaded Top, Alice & Olivia Black Leather Legging On the gentleman: John Varvatos Trouser, Etro Cotton Blazer, Shirt and Scarf; Gucci Boots





ON THE LADY Lela Rose Marigold Sheath ON THE GENTLEMAN Boss Black Double Breasted Suit, Nordstrom Trim Fit Dress Shirt and Tie







PREVIOUS PAGE – On the ladies: Stella McCartney Navy Beaded Dress, St. John Couture Beaded Top, St. John Satin Long Skirt. On the gentleman: Hugo Boss Tuxedo THIS PAGE – Escada Black Jump Suit



Styled by Katie Wolfe Agron Photos by Frances Marron

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Children will love the whimsical, personal touches in this schematic. It’s family friendly while remaining fashion-forward and chic. KATIE’S TIPS Use the holiday cards you receive as decoration. Put a bulletin board above the mantle and add new cards each day. Put away your Christmas books each year and bring them out just before the holidays. They will all seem new and it will become a treat and tradition to read them again each year!

MODERN GLAM For some, a simple, sophisticated palette is the ultimate way to celebrate the holidays in style. KATIE’S TIPS: Less is more! Use clean lines and few colors. Monochromatic schemes read more modern.



SOPHISTICATED TRADITIONAL Traditional holiday décor goes far beyond tinsel and stars. Use sophisticated elements found in interior décor to create a holiday look that’s elegant, timeless and trend-right. KATIE’S TIPS Focus on classic holiday colors like green, red and white. Using antiques during the holidays is a great way to share family traditions and showcase items passed down from one generation to the next. For example, ginger jars are a traditional accessory that can be on display or used as vases.

Wolfe Design House’s Katie Wolfe Agron is one of Denver’s most celebrated interior designers and developers. Known for her sophisticated, refined and sometimes whimsical aesthetic, Katie is sought after by Denver’s well-heeled homeowners. She lives in Cherry Hills Village with her husband and two young daughters., 303.322.1547




{ Words by Betsy Martin Photography by Joyce Keum }



From cocktail soirées to black tie affairs, the holidays are filled with fun and good cheer. Yet sometimes, deciphering the dress code on that gorgeous invitation can be a bit of a challenge. Fret not, fashionable one. We have you covered with glamorous looks for every type of engagement – from family gatherings to evenings on the town.


Julie Sandusky JS Design & Idea Chic Julie Sandusky is a paper and product architect who has been designing, creating and building since childhood. Together with her husband David, she owns and operates JS Design and Idea Chic - two custom design and letterpress printing companies. Her work is inspired, timeless and creative. Reach her at 303.484.1771.



Dressツオ CASUAL THE SOIRテ右: Festive, not fancy. Good friends and good style without the fuss.

KATE SPADE Embellished Tippy Sweater, $248

J BRAND Mid Rise Twill Skinny Jeans, $175

THE DRESS CODE: Take it up a notch but stay comfortable. Tuxedo pants or a colored jean work, but add some sparkle and glam!

ANYA HINDMARCH Valorie Metallic Leather Clutch, $635

BLOOM JEWELRY Silver Flower Studs, $77 KATE SPADE Skye Patent Slingback Heel, $328



COLORADO CHIC THE SOIRテ右: Revelry, Rocky Mountain style. All the accoutrement but none of the attitude.

THE DRESS CODE: Understated sophistication with a dash of western flair. Think fur trimmings, turquoise, snakeskin and gemstones mixed with designer basics.

ALEXANDER WANG Snake Effect Leather Pouch, $295 CITIZENS OF HUMANITY Amber Mid Rise Bootcut Jean, $190

YSL Agate Cuff, $995 GUCCI Monogrammed Wool & Silk Blend Scarf, $410

BURBERRY London Stretch Silk Satin Top, $550

KELLY WEARSTLER Brass Knot Stud Earrings, $195

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Shearling Ankle Boot, $1,895



COCKTAIL COUTURE THE SOIRテ右: All dressed up and ready to sip, see and be seen! Plenty of bubbly and laughs to go around. THE DRESS CODE: A skirt or dress, please. Short in length but not on style. Accessorize with something sparkly and don your favorite high heel.

KATE SPADE Carolyn Dress, $478

JIMMY CHOO Cayla Patent Leather Clutch, $1,150

KATE SPADE Kati Cardigan, $298

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Decollete 554 Pump, $625

KATE SPADE Set in Stone Ring, $78



BLACK TIE THE SOIRテ右: Over the top glamour in every way. A night to remember with everyone in their most fabulous attire.

THE DRESS CODE: Men in tuxedos and women in long gowns that turn heads. Pull out all the stops, this is your chance to feel like a movie star, if only for a moment.

ANYA HINDMARCH Valorie Metallic Leather Clutch, $1,435

JIMMY CHOO Valiant Mirrored Leather Sandal, $795 BIJOUX HEART SCRIPT 24-Karat Gold-Plated Swarovski Crystal Earrings, $620

ROBERTO CAVALLI Embellished Silk-Chiffon Gown, $8,950



Spa Savvy An A-Z Guide to the Colorado’s Most Decadent Spas by Betsy Martin and Katie Shapiro Whether we’re running marathons, hiking 14ers, hitting the slopes or climbing rocks, Colorado girls like to play hard. Lucky for us there’s no shortage of luxurious spas to rejuvenate tired muscles, recuperate after a long workweek or just plain indulge. We’ve scrubbed, rubbed, plucked and polished our way across Colorado to bring you our favorite spas and treatments, from A-Z (just don’t ask us to repeat them backwards).


SPA SAVVY Whether we’re running marathons, hiking 14ers, hitting the slopes or climbing rocks, Colorado girls like to play hard. Lucky for us there’s no shortage of luxurious spas to rejuvenate tired muscles, recuperate after a long workweek or just plain indulge. We’ve scrubbed, rubbed, plucked and polished our way across Colorado to bring you our favorite spas and treatments, from A-Z (just don’t ask us to repeat them backwards). BY BETSY MARTIN AND KATIE SHAPIRO




ASHIATSU BAR THERAPY SpaAspen at the Aspen Club and Spa Having a complete stranger rub their bare feet on your body doesn’t sound like the most relaxing of treatments (we must admit to a slight foot phobia). But just minutes into an Ashiatsu Bar Therapy session, you forget about it completely. The designated treatment room is equipped with two parallel wooden bars suspended from the ceiling. The setup allows the specially trained and licensed therapist (ask for Shannon) to use their body weight to achieve deeper pressure while covering a broader area. Located in the 77,000 square foot Aspen Club, SpaAspen is the second largest spa in Colorado with 34 treatment rooms and one of two resort spas to offer this unique oriental treatment. Stay tuned for a rejuvenation of their own, the Aspen Club and Spa is breaking ground on a multi-million dollar renovation in April., 970.925.8900


BOULDER BOUND The Spa at St Julien Without argument, Boulder’s swankiest spa digs are located inside the St Julien Hotel. With 10,000 square feet of modern spa space, the St Julien’s facility is well appointed with steam rooms, grand changing areas and an attached indoor pool and hot tub. But the therapists are the shining stars of this upscale facility. We’ve been several times and the consistency of our treatments, regardless of whom we’re paired with – is unmatched. Our most recent tryst at St Julien included the over-the-top, 75-minute Mountain Mojito treatment. Fresh mint from the hotel’s garden and organic sugar are combined to create a fragrant handmade scrub that one of the spa’s rockstar therapists gingerly rubs into the skin. Next, you’ll wash away your worries with an aromatherapy massage using mint essential oils. Afterwards, rinse off in the steam shower and finish with an application of hydrating body cream. The best part? Post-treatment, a Mojito awaits you as you relax in the lounge., 720.406.9696


CHAMPAGNE & CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE DECADENCE BODY FACIAL Remede Spa at St. Regis Aspen As one might expect, Aspen’s Remede Spa at the St. Regis is, in a word, impressive. The 12,000 square foot respite is indulgent and decidedly

decadent. With an oxygen lounge, steam caves, cold plunges, hot tubs, fitness center and Confluence waterfall, Remede Spa might be the state’s most opulent. And the most lavish of the spa’s treatments is the perfectly conceived Champagne & Chocolate Truffle Decadence Body Facial. So much so that just saying the name sends us into a state of sheer euphoria. The treatment itself is every bit the experience a gal would imagine. The service begins with a champagne scrub followed by a hydrating, warm chocolate mask that covers the body from head to toe. While you’re wrapped in chocolate bliss, you’ll receive a soothing scalp massage. The experience culminates with a 30-minute massage using (what else?) chocolate lotion., 970.920.3300


DOWNTOWN’S BEST Ritz Carlton Denver Spa There are some spas that simply stand out amongst the rest. Denver’s Ritz Carlton is one of those spas. A tried and true favorite, we’ve frequented this haven since its opening five years ago and have yet to leave disappointed. The spa itself is warm, inviting and indulgent – just what we need when we’re looking for a respite in the city. From the well-appointed locker rooms complete with steam, sauna and whirlpool (our ultimate spa trifecta) to the comfortably chic treatment rooms, Ritz Carlton doesn’t miss a beat. We love the couples suite, which offers a plush relaxation room in which to unwind post treatment with your sweetie. Book the 80-minute Reconnect Couples Massage for romance and relaxation, or opt for the Hops & Honey Pedicure for a true Denver experience., 303.312.3800

Opposite Page: Spa Anjali, Westin Riverfront Beaver Creek This Page: Four Seasons Denver Hotel


EXOTIC ROSE BATH RockResorts Spa® at The Lodge at Vail We’re suckers for spa “add-ons” and the Exotic Rose Bath is a must when spa-ing at The Lodge at Vail. The sexy yet calming scent of roses fills the room while this traditional soak using pure rose milk leaves your skin feeling like velvet. Schedule an early evening appointment for any of their custom massages followed by this 25-minute bath in a stone tub. You might just have the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had. And don’t forget your iPod…guests can listen to their own soundtracks through personal sound systems in every treatment room. lodgeatvail.rockresorts. com, 970.754.7828


FOUR SEASONS GINSENG FACIAL Four Seasons Resort Vail Spa This is not your average facial. Or your average spa. The Four Seasons Resort Vail is one of the newest - and ritziest - kids of the spa block. Boasting a stylish relaxation garden surrounding a lavish outdoor fireplace, his and hers jetted Jacuzzis and mineral pools, eleven treatment rooms and a eucalyptus steam room, the Spa at Four Seasons Vail is the Grand Dame of Vail Valley spas. While there, indulge in the Ginseng Facial. This signature treatment is perfect for replenishing the moisture you lost after a day on the slopes and includes an uber luxurious facial massage followed by a Ginseng mask and imperial jade rollers that improve circulation. The result? A glow like no other., 970.477.8600



locks. Now, we can take a bit of his magic home with the new Kerastase Home Lab treatments. These spa services for the hair nourish tired locks with three customized at-home conditioning treatments that help keep our hair in shape between visits. After one use, we were flipping our soft, silky mane with unabashed delight., 303.715.4673

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THE GROTTO Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch From touch therapies and skin prescriptions, to indigenous remedies and water cures, the award-winning spa at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch has the most tempting of treatment menus. But look no further than one of our favorite spa hangouts, the Grotto. Soothe soreness in the oversized hot tub in this co-ed cave made of natural rock with a waterfall. After you soak, completely zone out on a chaise lounge with a cold compress and pair of cucumber slices for the eyes. Pure heaven., 970.343.1138


HERBAL STEAM Oxford Club & Spa A favorite amongst locals, The Oxford Club is always bustling with spa-goers, and for good reason. The accessible and indulgent spa is consistently praised for its quality. We have become particularly fond of the Herbal Steam treatment. The one-of-a-kind service starts with a full body dry brushing to improve circulation before moving on to a relaxing and aromatic steam in the spa’s steam tent while contrasting cool stones are used to massage your face. The treatment also includes a full-body massage., 303.628.5435


ION SPA FOOT TREATMENT Sonnealp Spa One of the resort’s specialties, the Ion Spa Foot Treatment is an instant fix for the feet. After a day on the mountain hit the expansive Sonnealp Spa to take advantage of the Turkish steam room, Finnish



sauna and cold plunge. Warm up in the grand fireplace alcove before the feet are treated to a detoxifying foot bath followed by a scrub and massage. Stop by the juice bar on the way out for a fresh fruit smoothie like the “Spa Peach” with Palisade peaches, bananas and apricots with Greek yogurt and crushed ice., 866.284.4411


JAVANESE LULUR Alegria Spa, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Allegria Spa stands out amongst its Vail Valley neighbors. With 30,000 square feet of space, multiple water sanctuaries, co-ed mineral pools and 23 treatment rooms, Allegria is one of Beaver Creek’s most celebrated spas. If you’re looking to break out of your typical spa ritual, opt for Allegria’s new Javanese Lular treatment. Traditionally designed to prepare Javanese princesses for their wedding day, this is, quite literally, the royal treatment. The 100-minute service begins with a purifying scrub of rice, jasmine, turmeric and spices. Afterwards, a honey yogurt is delicately applied to the skin to naturally hydrate. Once the product has soaked into your newly subtle skin, you’ll relax in a hot bath infused with jasmine and frangipani with cool violet compresses. A massage using a rich jasmine shea butter completes the treatment., 970.748.7500.


KERASTASE HOME LAB Matthew Morris Salon & Skincare Hair God Matthew Morris always knows what’s best for our over-processed, dry Colorado

LOVE MY FACE O2 Aspen O2 Aspen’s mission is simple: to create a space where both skin and spirit are nurtured, revitalized and renewed. Beyond a stellar schedule of Pilates and yoga, the spa menu is straightforward, as it should be. One of their most popular treatments, the Love my Face Facial is often a first stop on vacationers schedules and a regular appointment for locals. Using products from Epicuran, Eminence Organic and Jan Marini Skin Research, aestheticians customize each facial to the skin’s specific needs. The luxurious and restorative 90-minute facial includes microdermabrasion, acid peel and oxygen treatment followed by extractions, masque, paraffin hand and foot treatments and ending with a lip enzyme therapy. While there, treat yourself to more than just a fresh face and stock up on chic active wear from the likes of Rese Pilates, Nicole Miller, Kain, Mai Cashmere and Lululemon in the boutique., 970.925.4002


MORNING GLORY Bloom Spa at Sebastian Vail On vacation, it’s a rarity to start the day with an early morning treatment. But the Sebastian Vail’s Bloom Spa offers a full service menu specifically tailored to its guest’s active lifestyle. A perfect prep before setting out for a hike or a ski, the Morning Glory treatment will wake you up in an instant with a cool blast of peppermint infused oxygen to clear the mind and energize the body. The body is then expertly stretched to increase range of motion and the feet are protected with an application of a warming foot balm to ward the inevitable – blisters., 877.820.7971


N IR SKIN TIGHTENING Faces First Sometimes a gal needs to up the ante. While facials are refreshing and relaxing, there are certain lines and wrinkles that no mask or toner can possibly combat. That’s why we love Faces First, the medically supervised skin spa that uses

the most powerful tools possible to turn back the unforgiving clock. Our latest obsession is NIR (Near Ifra Red) Skin Tightening, a new light based solution for tightening sagging skin without surgery or downtime (i.e. no one will ever know). Using a safe, pain free light, the treatment stimulates remodeling in the deeper dermal layers and can help smooth out fine wrinkles and sagging skin. NIR is most effective when done in a series of six-eight and should only be performed in a true medical environment like Faces First., 303.744.2300


OUTER PEACE ACNE RELIEF FACIAL Copperfalls Spa Tucked away in historic downtown Castle Rock is Copperfalls, one of our favorite day spas. The Aveda concept spa delivers a plush atmosphere and consistently superb treatments. For those who struggle with their skin, try the Outer Peace Acne Relief Facial. Instead of invading the face with harsh chemicals, the botanical approach to treating acne offers a natural alternative that’s equally effective. Part medical facial and part relaxation, the treatment is personalized with extractions and professional exfoliation utilizing Aveda’s Outer Peace Acne Relief product. Available in 60 or 90 minute intervals., 303.814.2035


PONDEROSA PINE THERAPY Spa Anjali at The Westin Riverfront Beaver Creek We’re having a love affair with the Westin’s Spa Anjali and frankly, we’re not a bit ashamed. The 27,000 square foot wellness facility in the Vail Valley boasts 14 treatment rooms, a full service salon and extensive fitness offerings. What’s more, it’s the first Silver LEED certified hotel and spa, which makes us feel a lot less guilty when spending the day in the steam room as opposed to the office. Our favorite treatment is the aptly named Ponderosa Pine Therapy (75-minutes), the massage to rival all massages. The therapy borrows ancient Native American remedies and incorporates deep tissue massage and stretching for total bliss. The crowning jewel is the heated poultice filled with sage, pine and lavender that is gently pressed into the skin., 970.790.3020


QUICK & SIMPLE: FOCUS MASSAGE The Spa at the Inverness The Spa at the Inverness is one of the city’s true hidden gems. The expansive facility is decked out with an outdoor patio, Jacuzzi and fire pit and interconnects to a full-sized indoor pool. Treatments are luxurious and the architecture rivals the high country’s most opulent resort spas. Yet if you’re looking for a mid-week pick me up, no need to take a day off. Book the Focus Massage, where 25 minutes is all you need to target key areas like the back, neck and shoulders. You’ll leave de-stressed and ready to finish the week., 303.397.7808


RUSTIC WHISKEY WRAP The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera Only in Colorado can you find a spa treatment dedicated to a cowboy’s drink of choice. Located just outside of Beaver Creek, the 56-room retreat regularly finds itself on the top of industry award lists. Warm up with a pre-heated bourbon bubbler scrub to prep the skin for a hydrating wrap of honey glaze topped off with a “chaser” of thick body cream and a nightcap for the stroll back to your room. Get even more

Complimented with a calming hot oil scalp massage, full body massage and healing foot and hand treatment, Bear Dance Ritual Drawing on the traditional ceremony symbolizing a bear coming out of hibernation, a full body exfoliation renews the skin. A warm shea butter infused wrap puts you into a hibernation of your own until you’re awakened by a full body stone massage. It ends deep with an official “offering ceremony” complete with a plume in a cedar bowl. Abandon all “spiritual journey” judgment at the door because these two treatments are among the best of the best. snowmass, 970.923.8000

V rustic and book this booze infused escape under the stars in one of the tented treatment rooms., 970.569.6359


S HOP AND SPA PACKAGE Spa at Cherry Creek, JW Marriott Cherry Creek North’s JW Marriott is on to us. They’ve taken all of our favorite indulgences and wrapped them into one can’t-resist package. Gals about town can book the hotel’s Shop and Spa package for a weekend of sheer bliss. You’ll feel like a princess as you cozy up in one of the property’s luxury rooms before heading downstairs to the ultra-fab Spa at Cherry Creek. You’ll have a $100 gift certificate to use as you please (may we suggest the Warm River Stone Massage? Total bliss). Once you’re done spa-ing, let the shopping begin with yet another $100 credit – this time to one of the hundreds of posh Cherry Creek North retailers. Post-shopping trip, unwind with two complimentary cocktails at Second Home, also included in the package., 303.320.6012


T RAVELER’S RELIEF MASSAGE Spa at the Brown Palace If you’re simply passing through the Mile High City, there’s no need to spend your short-



lived visit recuperating from jet lag and altitude sickness. Instead, head straight for the Spa at the Brown and indulge in the Traveler’s Relief Massage. Deep tissue and pressure point techniques blended with a careful selection of aromatherapy oils will sooth the aches and fatigue associated with travel, leaving you ready to explore the city, hike a 14er or simply imbibe at one of downtown’s best breweries., 303.312.8940


U TE INSPIRED RITUALS Spa at Viceroy Snowmass The Ute Indians were the first inhabitants of the Roaring Fork Valley and this mountain inspired spa pays homage to the tribe and their traditions with two 120-minute rituals. The spa itself is all about ritual too, with guests treated to a warm footbath in the dark and cozy relaxation lounge prior to each service and a cup of green tea following. Ute Sun Dance Ritual Ute means “land of the sun” and this ceremony was the most important among their people, as they believed there is no true end to life. This journey begins with a hot salt soak followed by a detoxifying red clay body wrap.

V IN CHAUD RockResorts Spa® at Arrabelle at Vail Square The award-winning Arrabelle in Lionshead Village takes its inspiration from a European alpine village to heart…and to the spa. Also known as the “Hot Wine Indulgence,” Vin Chaud means just that. French for “mulled wine” and heated with sugar and spices, this 105-minute treatment is a true indulgence. Antioxidant rich wine extracts are used to massage the body following a detoxifying exfoliation from Dead Sea salts and a light layer of oil. A mini-facial using special scents concludes this tribute to the vineyard complete with a complimentary glass of wine., 970.754.7754


WINE DOWN PACKAGE The Broadmoor The Broadmoor’s Wine Down therapies lead the tony spa pack. Not just for happy hour, wine has extensive benefits to the skin that, when incorporated into spa treatments, can be indulgent and effective. The five-star spa’s wine therapy line harnesses the antioxidant power of chardonnay grape seed extract. Anti-aging, hydrating and fragrant, the Broadmoor’s Wine Down Package ($385) includes a 30-minute Chardonnay Sugar Scrub, Swedish Massage with Olavie Wine Therapy Oil, Spa Manicure and Signature Pedicure. And while they say that wine gets better with age, according to these tony treatments, age is getting undoubtedly better with wine., 719.577.5770


XPRESS FACIAL Vitahl We have always loved Cherry Creek North’s Vitahl med spa for injectables, lasers and other “anti-gravity” treatments, but we recently discovered the chic retreat’s Xpress Facial and have fallen head over heels in love. The 30-minute treatment may be brief, but it certainly doesn’t skimp on results – perfect for our impossibly busy schedule. This mini facial helps clear up blemishes, exfoliates and refreshes without major overhauls or unnecessary extras. We leave glowing, with enough time left to get those errands in before our next meeting., 303.388.7380


YOGA THERAPY Carolyn Midland Valdez, Denver Chinese Medicine Getting your Om on is not only good for your figure; it’s also great for relieving tired muscles or healing an injury. Yoga therapy teaches specific practices ranging from simple postures to hand positions to therapeutic chants and meditation exercises. When we need to stretch away the day, we head straight to therapist Carolyn Midland Valdez at Denver Chinese Medicine. Carolyn helps us pinpoint our sore spots and gives us hour-long sessions that rival any spa treatment in town., 303.887.8040


ZENTS Four Seasons Hotel Denver Spa Denver’s Four Seasons property undoubtedly sits at the helm of the city’s spa scene. Privileges for lucky spa goers include full-day access to the hotel’s lauded outdoor pool and plush workout facility as well as a dry sauna, relaxation lounge, eucalyptus steam room and indoor whirlpool Jacuzzi. With amenities like these, it’s tough to go wrong when choosing your treatment. From the Rocky Mountain Hot Stone Massage to the Mile High Hydromax Facial, Four Seasons understands our climate and has aptly adapted its treatments to make the most of our precarious altitude. We especially love the aromatherapy products from Colorado-based Zents that are used in the spa’s touch therapies and body treatments. Our favorite? Oolong, a sophisticated and refreshing scent of green tea. It contains notes of lime blossom, green tea, lavender, ylang-ylang and petit grain., 303.389.3000

Opposite Page: Spa at Ritz Carlton Denver This Page: St. Julien Hotel and Spa; The Grotto at Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

holiday gift guide

KATE SPADE Lewitt Squares Ring. $78 Kate Spade Aspen 970.925.1373

TODD REED Fancy Cut and Raw Diamond Bangles and Cuffs. Price Upon Request Todd Reed 303.442.6280

STEPHANIE JOHNSON Palm Dessert Pouch and Mirror, $20-$34 Layla Grayce,, 877.907.1322

MOR COSMETIC Blood Orange Collection, $9-$40 Posh Boutique, 1439 Larimer Street, Denver, 303.534.5523

KATE SPADE Trixie Leather and Glitter Flat, $228 Kate Spade Aspen, 970.925.1373



VALENTINO Jewelry Couture Bow d’Orsay Pump, $995

for HER

Neiman Marcus, 303.329.2600

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Chain-Print Tonda Clutch, $295 Neiman Marcus, 303.329.2600

ZENTS Holiday Gift Set EARTH Hand & Body Duo, $46 Zents

KATE SPADE Puffer Cyndy Coat, $698 Kate Spade Aspen 970.925.1373

AERIN BY AERIN LAUDER Brush Essentials, $148 Neiman Marcus 303.329.2600



holiday gift guide PEDAL CAR Sky King, $459 Layla Grayce, 877.907.1322

THOMAS PAUL Teddy Bear Pillow, $28 Layla Grayce, 877.907.1322

TEA COLLECTION for Boys and Girls, $35-$39 Nest, Larimer Square 303.534.1974 or 6th Avenue 720.287.1372



for LITTLE ONES GRASS & CLOVE Tie T-Shirt, $44 Nest, Larimer Square 303.534.1974 or 6th Avenue 720.287.1372

TIFFANY Candy Cane Ornament, $165; Sterling Silver Fire Truck, $1,750 Tiffany and Company Cherry Creek, 303.322.4747

MANOLO BLAHNIK and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker, $22, 877.678.9627 AMBAJAM Cuddle Blankets, $25 Nest, Larimer Square 303.534.1974 or 6th Avenue 720.287.1372

PEDAL CAR Pink Princess, $229 Layla Grayce, 877.907.1322

DWELL STUDIO Knit Block Set, $40 Layla Grayce, 877.907.1322



holiday gift guide TIFFANY Men’s Accessories, $275-$2,150 Tiffany and Company Cherry Creek, 303.322.4747

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JONATHAN ADLER Ping Pong Paddle, $72 158 Fillmore Street, Denver 303.377.1742

FRYE LOGAN Overnight Bag, $598 Neiman Marcus 303.329.2600

BEATS BY DRE Headphones, $199.95 Nordstrom Cherry Creek or Park Meadows 720.746.2424 or 303.799.3400

TUMI Tegra-Lite Medium, $795 Nordstrom Cherry Creek or Park Meadows, 720.746.2424 or 303.799.3400



BURBERRY Check Enamel Cuff Links, $165 Neiman Marcus, 303.329.2600


SPORTS SHARES MEMBERSHIP See Your Favorite Colorado Teams in style Starting at $5,000, 303.457.7777

BURBERRY Boxer Set, $125 Neiman Marcus, 303.329.2600

ELSA PERETTI Diamond Golf Ball, Tee & Tray, $31,500 Tiffany and Company Cherry Creek,, 303.322.4747



holiday gift guide BEATRIZ BALL Croc Silver Serving Tray, $215 Compleat Gourmet 7292 South University, Centennial 303.290.9222

BUBBLY ON YOUR BUDGET $12 Nordstrom Park Meadows 303.799.3400



JONATHAN ADLER Sparkle Pouch, $38 158 Fillmore Street, Denver 303.377.1742

TRINA TURK Coachella Stationery, $60 888.444.7748

MATERIAL GOOD Ceramic Vases to Benefit Cancer Research, $20 Nordstrom Park Meadows 303.799.3400



KATE SPADE Larabee Dot Votive, $35 Nordstrom Park Meadows 303.799.3400

JONATHAN ADLER Acrylic Dreidel, $28 158 Fillmore Street, Denver 303.377.1742

WINDOWS AT BERGDORF GOODMAN Coffee Table Book, $195 HW Home 303.394.9222

BEN’S GARDEN Classy & Fabulous Trinket Tray, $58 Nordstrom Park Meadows, 303.799.3400

BOATMAN GELLER Monogrammed Ice Bucket, $55 Layla Grayce 877.907.1322







WHETHER YOU’RE ENTERTAINING FRIENDS, PLANNING AN ELABORATE FEAST FOR the family or hosting a festive soirée outside the home, ending the evening with unique desserts is sure to sugar coat your celebration. We headed straight for two of Denver’s best sweet spots and asked them to share their favorite holiday treats to tempt your guests.

Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge

Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge 891 14th Street Denver, CO 80202 303.586.4199

CRAVE DESSERT BAR & LOUNGE HAS quickly established itself as the hangout to satisfy your sweet tooth. Located in the Spire, the concept of Allen Milham and his business partner Darrell Naughton, who also own the neighboring Organic Pizza Company, was an inspiration of its surroundings. “We’re in the theater district and wanted to bring in the creativity that naturally goes along with that. It just made sense for us to open a place dedicated to desserts for people to enjoy a sweet bite and specialty cocktail before or after a show,” says Milham. The duo designed the entire space paying careful attention to details drawn from desserts like the rich brown tones of chocolate, round lines

of cakes and dots of décor. The large blank wall is for a projector, which plays films tied into the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ schedule or to the tastes of a private party host. Milham, who splits his time between Denver and Chicago, loves the sense of community and family the holidays bring and credits Crave to offering that feeling year-round. “In just the past year, it’s really turned into a warm gathering place and the perfect place to celebrate the holiday season,” he says. If you’re looking for a sultry and sugary spot as a party alternative, Crave is available for private events in the lounge space or in the Spire. Milham advises to inquire early, as they started receiving calls as early as August. “If the date you’re looking for is booked, we have an amazing team that can come to you. We can provide everything from our famous desserts to savory menu items plus wait staff and bartenders,” he explains. While the focus in of course on sweets, Crave has recently introduced savory items adding breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch and small plates at night. Milham brought general manager Joe Henderson to Denver from Chicago’s famed Drake Hotel earlier this year. Together with executive pastry chef Mary Jo Szymanski, they work side by side to devise menus incorporating the ingredients and aromas of each season. Here are a few highlights this winter: • Homemade Candies • Baked Alaska • Crème Brulee with Handmade Candy Canes • Hot Chocolate with Ginger





Gateaux 1160 North Speer Boulevard Denver, CO 80204 303.376.0070



DENVER’S RESIDENT CAKE LADY Kathleen Kenny Davia has treated her customers to custom confections since 1999. Recently buying out her business partner, she now owns and operates the all female Gateaux bakery like a family. This tight-knit group of eight starts prepping for the holiday season in October and despite the long hours and 35,000 sugar cookies they’ll hand make and decorate, loves this time of year the most. The Gateaux gals go to great lengths for their loyal clientele and there’s no request too large or too last minute. “The holidays are such a special time here and even though it’s a very crazy time, it’s when we all come together and can get super creative,” says Davia. And although her baked goods recipes are “simple and straightforward” Gateaux has delved into the trend of shaped cakes to perfection. From a giant New Year’s Eve disco ball to a replica of

the Steel Magnolias Armadillo, your cake dream is their command. Davia’s right-hand woman and manager Michelle Bush agrees, “Gateaux is such a happy place around the holidays. I don’t know many people who can say the same that are working twelve hour days, six days a week.” For the past two years, she’s learned the Gateaux way in customer service. “Don’t ever hesitate to call us when you’re in a bind…we’ve never turned down an order and pride ourselves on the reputation Kathleen has worked so hard to build.” The one thing Gateaux won’t do? “Anything low-cal! If you’re going to eat it, make sure it’s the real thing,” says Davia. Here are just a few of Gateaux’s holiday specialties: • Gingerbread Houses • Red Velvet Cakes • Chocolate Mousse Tortes


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Both recognized by the James Beard Foundation along with countless other industry accolades, Stuckey and MacKinnon-Patterson carefully curate innovative, yet traditional dishes to elevate the December dining experience. Seasonal and luxurious ingredients are a focal point for the Frasca holiday menu, which begins in mid-month. “It allows us to do more luxurious items that maybe in Boulder you can’t really do year round, like foie gras,” says MacKinnon-Patterson. White truffles are also a focal point of his menu, which he’s kept relatively consistent over the past nine years. A highlight of the season is the annual “White Truffle & Barolo Dinner,” a pricey one-night affair featuring guest chef Michael Tusk of San Francisco’s Quince restaurant and James Beard Foundation Award-winner for Best Chef: Pacific. Limited to 45 guests, the evening also welcomes Italian winemaker Elio Grasso who ships older vintages straight from the vineyard to the restaurant for the celebration. “It’s one of my favorite nights all year, we go all out. We’ll pop open magnums of champagne, then we start in with the truffles and pairings. True decadence,” says Stuckey. A standard reservation in the beautiful and intimate dining room works just as well to toast with the family or your love. And for the true foodie, request the recently added table in the spotless kitchen for a sideline view of Frasca’s expertly trained staff in action. You might even get a chance to chat with the co-owners, who emulate the friendly, warm and unpretentious service of their original inspiration – the Frasca itself, which is a historic Italian tradition of a family hanging branches over the door to alert passersby they could stop in for a meal. For when you pass by this Frasca, definitely do stop in (making sure you call ahead of course). We asked for a few tips to navigate the menu and extensive wine list boasting over 200 varieties and behold, a perfectly paired meal for a very Frasca holiday feast: White Truffle Risotto + G.D. Vajra Barolo "Albe" 2007, Piemonte, Italy Frico Caldo + Scarpetta Friulano 2011, Friuli, Italy Chestnut Soup + Ronco del Gnemiz Chadonnay "Sol" 2008, Friuli, Italy Citrus Tart + Livio Felluga Picolit 2008, Friuli, Italy Italian Cookies + Isole e Olena Vin Santo 2001, Tuscany, Italy



Frasca Food & Wine 1738 Pearl St., Boulder 303.442.6966 *Closed November 22 & December 25

Turn your own home into a traditional Italian Frasca and fancify your holiday celebration. Try these two easy recipes from chef Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson:

FRICO CALDO Yield: 4 pieces Base • 4.5 ounces Yukon Gold Potato (approx. 1 large potato) • 1 Ounce Onions (approx. 1/2 onion) • 2 Ounces Grated Montasio or Piave Cheese (1/4 cup) • 4 Pieces of Sliced of Prosciutto • 1 Teaspoon of Grape Seed or Canola Oil • Pinch of Salt • Grated Nutmeg to Taste Cilantro Vinegar • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Cilantro • 1 Tablespoon Grape Seed oil • 1 Teaspoon Shallot minced • Sherry Vinegar to taste • Salt to taste Method First, poach Yukon gold potato in a pot with salted water until fork tender. This may take up to forty-five minutes to one hour. When cooked, peel the potato and crush to small pieces. Then mince the half onion. Bring the sauté pan to moderate heat and add the grape seed or canola oil. Place the minced onions into the sauté pan. Slightly sauté the onions until translucent and sweet. Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl (do not over mix). Heat a cast iron or Teflon pan on high heat. Lightly grease the pan and add the potato mixture. Let the potato cook on one side for 5 minutes, until golden brown. Then using a spatula, flip the Frico to complete cooking for 5 minutes. Mix the components of the cilantro vinegar together. Cut the Frico Caldo into wedges and serve with the cilantro vinegar. With each slice of Frico Caldo, serve one piece of sliced prosciutto.

PIGNOLI COOKIES Yield: approximately 100 cookies Base • 3 3/4 cups Almond Paste • 2/3 cups Granulated Sugar • 1 1/3 cups Powdered Sugar • 2/3 cups Egg Whites Method First, process almond paste and sugar in mixer with paddle attachment until no lumps remain; remove replace in mixer. Then, add powdered sugar and mix until distributed. Add the egg whites slowly to emulsify after each addition (keep in mind that all of the egg whites may not be needed). Refrigerate until dough is manageable. Portion 1 tablespoon-sized pieces of dough and chill in freezer for 10 minutes (so the dough doesn't stick to your hands). Roll each dough ball in untoasted pine nuts, flatten gently, and bake at 425˚F for 7 minutes total. Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar to serve.

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ith an education and career in social work, Edgar already had experience working with women and children – whether in homeless shelters, schools or domestic violence cases in Chicago and then Denver after relocating with her husband. “Brenda, my mother-in-law, always came back with these amazing, intricate gifts for us from their travels matched with the heartbreaking stories of the women who made them,” she says. The pair began chatting about how they could help these poor yet talented women. Edgar knew there was a way to create a market for them beyond the sporadic waves of tourists and aid workers visiting their villages. After three years of indepth discussions, she decided to take action and founded Global Girlfriend in 2003. However, traveling around the globe was also a foreign concept for Edgar, who at the time didn’t even have a passport. “Global Girlfriend began not so much as my brilliant business idea, but more as an awareness and social cause event for my circle



of friends,” she says. Using a modest tax-refund, Edgar started with an order of $2,000 worth of goods from the Gemini Trust in Ethiopia, one of the groups her in-laws had first visited with the WFP. “These women made beautiful cross necklaces, which at first I was hesitant because I didn’t want to start out with any religious affiliation,” she says. Edgar invited about 100 women to her home in Littleton to share the Gemini Trust’s story and showcase their jewelry. It struck a chord among the group – including women of all faiths – and she sold out of her first shipment in one night. “That first evening was a real barometer for me of the fact that women wanted to get involved and help other women across the globe. This was a very simple way and I saw them instantly connect to the story behind the product,” recalls Edgar. Since that first night in her living room almost ten years ago, Edgar has built Global Girlfriend into a multi-million dollar business working with 65 women’s groups in 21 countries. The Global Girlfriend success story is part trial and error and part “just plain luck.” And although the concept of

“We’ve come a long way but have a long way to go. A lot of people have the misconception that what we do is all non-profit because of who we work with. But it goes way beyond that. Global Girlfriend doesn’t give any handouts, we simply give these women the opportunity to build a business of their own and achieve their dreams.”

traveling the world (or placing orders around it to start), bringing back handmade goods and selling them to girlfriends seems fairly simple, the logistics proved far more complex in Edgar’s early days. “I didn’t really know anything about getting product – I had worked with the Women’s Bean Project here in Denver and also contacted a few of the organizations I was familiar with when I lived in Chicago,” says Edgar. Edgar started small with about five groups in both India and Nepal - some of which had never exported before. After expanding her standard DHL pickups thousands of miles away, she placed her first order that would arrive in Denver via air cargo. “I was pretty uneducated. I ordered $6,000 worth of purses from India, which was a big, big investment for me at the time. When they arrived, I got a call from border patrol telling me they were going to have to burn them because the shipment didn’t include a ‘Made in India’ label sewn into each bag.” Edgar learned the hard way what U.S. Customs requires and luckily was given just a warning – and only three days to remark each purse by hand. Im-

mediately hiring a customs broker after the incident, she learned the ins-and-outs of importing, like obtaining a permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service so she could purchase products that use mother-of-pearl. “Something I would have never thought of in a million years,” she laughs. After two years of exporting from the faraway places she’d never visited, Edgar was ready to take her first trip overseas to finally meet the women Global Girlfriend was working with and experience the way these women lived, worked and even played. “India was the perfect first place to visit because it represents everything about who we are and what we do. The poverty is so extreme but the people are incredibly warm and even more incredibly tenacious. And there is so much possibility,” she says. It was once Edgar started to travel that her business really grew. “When you’re sitting down with a group in India or you’re meeting with a village leader in Nepal, they all have ten other people they want you to meet. My first trips to both countries expanded and changed Global Girlfriend immensely,” she says. Today, Edgar typically takes three trips per year

to new places, usually with Mary-Mike Simpson in tow, who was Edgar’s next-door neighbor and has been with the company since the very beginning. With seven years of globetrotting under her belt, Edgar has fallen in love with every village in every country she has visited, but Nepal holds a special place in her heart. During her first trip to the country, she met the Khadgi family, who she now stays with and also has returned the favor of inviting them into her own home. “It’s like a second home for me. Nepal is such an inspiring country with a close-knit feeling, not just amongst families, but also amongst all of the groups we work with,” she says. One such group is Fair Trade Group Nepal, which is comprised of 14 separate organizations. Edgar is impressed with how the network continues to evolve and the progress they have made for social causes despite the failing infrastructure of the country. “The last time I was there, which was about a year ago, the pollution…the government…it’s all really declined in a very visible way since I first visited and yet these groups are constantly looking for



To experience just the joy of these people – who at first glance have nothing – that’s when you learn that they really have everything.

solutions for everyone in the Kathmandu Valley because of political pressure from the Maoists,” she says. “It’s amazing to me…their sheer persistence and their problem solving regardless of the lack of good government.” Kenya stands out as another beloved place for Edgar who recalls her most awe-inspiring moment among all of her Global Girlfriend experiences. “I was out in the middle of absolutely nowhere with this group of weavers sitting in the sun for seven hours looking at baskets. We brought them 400 kilos of cornmeal as a gift, because these women had no food, no crops and their families were starving. At the end of the day they danced and danced and danced like they had endless energy. To experience just the joy of these people – who at first glance have nothing – that’s when you learn that they really have everything.” Edgar realizes that most Global Girlfriend customers are not afforded the opportunity to have these life-changing experiences traveling the world, which is exactly why she does what she



does, “to bring awareness to global women’s issues and empower women to make a change.” And making a change is as easy as purchasing anything from Global Girlfriend’s affordable collection of handmade shea butter soaps, organic cotton tees, beaded jewelry, woven totes, handmade papers and recycled glass bracelets. With each purchase, Global Girlfriend also directs a charity royalty to Camfed (Campaign for Female Education), a nonprofit organization focused on providing seed money to young women to launch small businesses in rural areas of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania. Following the success of her many home parties, Edgar built her website which quickly gained traction. After a mention in a Denver magazine in 2005, she received a call that would change her business – and the lives of her many girlfriends around the globe. “Whole Foods in Belmar had just opened [in 2005] and they saw the article. They said, ‘we would love to carry your products – you’re a Colo-

rado company and this is exactly the type of thing we are looking to support.’ I told her thank you, but we don’t do wholesale.” She goes on to explain that she decided to wholesale shortly after that call and credits the chain to the company’s rapid growth and success. “It was total and sheer luck and Whole Foods really walked me through the entire process on what exactly we needed to do to get our products on their shelves – tags, UPC codes, everything,” she shares. Global Girlfriend is now carried in 250 Whole Foods Market stores around the country and also is available through Edgar continues to send a mail order catalogue, which she started in 2004 and has grown from her original list of 100 party guests to 35,000 subscribers. Just last year, Edgar released a memoir, “Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide,” published by St. Martin’s Press. The book shares her inspiring story of following her con-

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victions to start a company and the heartwarming encounters she’s had with the women she’s so passionate about helping. Shedding light on the business of fair trade and the global economy, Edgar also shares how exactly she parlayed her passion into a thriving career. The Global Girlfriend team remains small with six employees who are of course, all women. What was once run entirely out of her home, Edgar now operates out of a corporate office space in Littleton and works with a warehouse in Michigan to manage importing and distribution. “We’ve come a long way but have a long way to go. A lot of people have the misconception that what we do is all non-profit because of who we work with. But it goes way beyond that. Global Girlfriend doesn’t give any handouts, we simply give these women the opportunity to build a business of their own and achieve their dreams.” Edgar’s dreams for women around the world continue to come true and she continues to collect stamps on her very own passport.

Northern Lights Cotton Scarf, $22 We call this our “good mood scarf” because there is no way to wear it without a smile. The brightly multi-colored this scarf is hand dyed and hand trimmed by women in Agra, India. Freeset Signature Tee, $28 We love this bold graphic of signatures of the women freed from human trafficking in the sex trade by Freeset in Kolkata, India. Once illiterate women sign their names with newfound pride and freedom, as they create new lives for themselves and their children. “Global Girlfriends” Book, $15 Start small, dream big and change lives! We love sharing the stories of our tenacious women artisans, as well as our own story of how every woman can make a difference in their life and the lives of other women worldwide. Recycled H’mong Textile Tote, $32 Richly patterned old H’mong Hill Tribe skirts are transformed into artsy totes by women in Vietnam. This tote is one of our favorites because it preserves classic hand embroidery while creating new opportunities for women in need. Recycled Magazine Healing Hearts Bracelet, $10 This bracelet is an all time customer favorite! Made by women artisans in Kenya and Uganda, each piece directly supports artisans in two countries. Plus 50 cents for each bracelet goes to Gertrude’s Garden Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Holidays Every mom knows that holidays with the family can be overwhelming, chaotic and filled with stress. But with some planning and a bit of compromise, they can be lovely, memorable and fun for parents and little ones alike. Here, we share our favorite Colorado holiday traditions, minus the hoopla. Words by Betsy Martin



SANTA, BABY A visit to Santa Claus is a tradition that every child remembers oh-so-fondly. Every parent, however, conjures images of impossibly long lines, screaming children and less than frame-worthy photos. Skip the pomp and circumstance and opt for one of Colorado’s lesser-known Santa sightings. Streets at SouthGlenn The outdoor plaza at SouthGlenn plays host to a range of holiday events including an A-List appearance with Santa, minus the A-list lines. Santa’s sleigh cruises into the Centennial plaza on November 18th (plenty early enough to avoid the crowds) and sticks around every weekend until December 24th. Added bonus? SouthGlenn has mom and dad snap their own photos instead of paying for less than stellar, logoed photos from a mall employee. Facebook away, fabulous. They’ve set the stage and hired the man in the suit – all you need to do is bring the camera. Andrisen Morton If your idea of Santa is one that’s a bit more tailored than the rest, visit Cherry Creek North’s iconic purveyor of men’s style Andrisen Morton. Clients of the shop can bring their kiddos in for photos with a very posh Santa. What’s more, mom can shop for the men in her life while her minime is getting ready for her close up. It’s incentive enough to shop at the store all year long – Andrisen’s Santa is by invitation only for VIP clients.



VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS Little girls in red velvet holiday dresses may be the most adorable sight one could imagine. Put them on stage during a classic performance of The Nutcracker and any parent will beam with pride. For years, the city’s posh little princesses have been celebrating the season as Sugarplums – a longstanding tradition of the Colorado Ballet Auxiliary. The by-application-only program gathers second grade girls together for a year of activities that culminate with an on-stage presentation at a performance of The Nutcracker. Other darling Sugarplum traditions include a mother-daughter tea, father-daughter event, holiday party and the annual Sugarplum Ball for the girls and their families. The following year, girls are invited to return as Sugarplum alums. Applications for the sought-after positions are due in January preceding the Sugarplum’s second grade year.

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A HOTEL HOLIDAY Colorado’s five-star hotels and resorts play host to some of the state’s most nostalgic traditions. We love Christmas brunch at Denver’s historic Brown Palace. The lavish hotel is decorated with magical décor and the gorgeous brunch is one that is befitting a family holiday. The adults can indulge in bottomless mimosas while the wee ones can visit with Santa, who strolls about throughout the property during the day. With beautiful Cheyenne Mountain serving as its backdrop, nothing says holiday more than Colorado Springs’ iconic Broadmoor Hotel. From decadent meals to opulent entertainment, there’s a little something for everyone. Opening in late September is the annual Broadmoor Christmas House, a holiday shopping market showcasing ornaments and gifts, plus a chance for the children to meet and take photos with Santa Claus. Also check out the classic Broadmoor Christmas Dinner Show (choose from six dates in December) that includes performances by Broadway star Linda Purl, the 25-piece Broadmoor Pops Orchestra and The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale.

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COLD AS ICE From skating to sculptures, Colorado has no shortage of fabulous activities on ice. Head a bit west to Belmar, where the rink is second to none. The center’s picturesque skating pond is always adorned with thousands of twinkling lights and stays open until mid-February. There’s also a family-friendly ice carving competition that’s fun for the little ones to watch. Looking to get out of town? Head to Vail Village and skate at Solaris, the tony new retail and residential resort that’s centered around a rink with sweeping views of Vail Mountain. Resort guests can also work with one of the property’s private butlers to arrange extras like an appearance by a princess or Santa’s reindeer.

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ALTHOUGH THEY BOTH GREW UP IN MICHIGAN, IT TOOK A MOVE TO CALIFORNIA for Devin and Jason to meet. Devin, an aspiring actress living in Hollywood and Jason, a sports fanatic living in Huntington Beach, braved hours of Los Angeles-area traffic during their romantic courtship. So when Jason was offered an incredible job opportunity in Denver, Devin soon followed, making their time spent on freeways a thing of the past and their time falling in love that much sweeter. After a year of living in Colorado, Jason popped the question in a playful and unexpected manner. Always the football fan, he took Devin to the park to throw the ball around during a sunny Friday afternoon. He began to call plays, dubbing their game the “Super Bowl.” On the last play of the game, he reminded Devin that when a team wins the Super Bowl, they receive a very special ring. Although she had struggled earlier in the day, Devin caught the final pass with ease. Right there in the park, Jason got on one knee and officially proposed to his champion, complete with a ring. The next year, the pair said their I Dos at the beautiful Crooked Willow Farms in Larkspur, Colorado. Always the actress, Devin wanted their special day to be anything but typical and full of life. The ceremony set the stage for an evening of surprises with a spiral aisle, followed by dinner and dancing amidst a bevy of color and charm. Bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses and carried flower clutches, which complemented the mismatched china at each place setting. Tables were adorned with vintage salt and pepper shakers from Devin’s grandmother’s personal collection and a map of the world allowed revelers to guess where the couple’s mystery honeymoon would be. Guests played lawn games with a decidedly vintage vibe and after the ceremony, Devin changed her gown into a gorgeous Sue Wong slip dress perfect for an evening of dancing.

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THE DETAILS Wedding Planner Heather Allen, Table 6 Productions


DJ Ripm, Maestro Hughes, Blue Pepper Trio


Mulberries Bakery

Ceremony Gown

Martina Liana, Anna Be

Reception Gown Sue Wong, Mariel

Jewelry & Headpiece Mariel

Bride’s Shoes Badgley Mischka

Groom’s Attire J. Crew

Flowers & Décor The Perfect Petal

Photography Travis Broxton


Catering by Design


Amanda Abram, McCalls Salon


Michael Moore, Simply Moore

Videography Lupher Arts


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A Skier’s Paradise… JESSICA & JON June 19, 2012 Beaver Creek PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANCES MARRON



JESSICA AND JON ARE NOT YOUR AVERAGE BRIDE AND GROOM. OR YOUR AVERAGE ski bunnies. The duo, who met in Whistler, BC, are both professional skiers with a long list of accolades between them. Jessica grew up in Connecticut and later moved to the Rocky Mountains to attend the University of Colorado, and John, a Dallas native, grew up in Ontario where he skied on the Canadian National Team. And while mountains and moguls were the pair’s first love, it wasn’t soon before for they fell for one another as well. The beginning of their courtship saw the couple living in different states, but they would soon convene in Colorado, purchasing a home together in Vail. Not long after, during a romantic getaway in Aspen (a special place for the former X Games competitors), John proposed while exploring a picturesque hiking trail. Jessica emphatically said yes and soon began planning a ski-themed wedding. Their nuptials were held in beautiful Beaver Creek and featured a ski resort theme, celebrating the various spots where the pair had competed during their careers. A vintage lift ticket design served as a ‘Save the Date’ and the Beaver Creek ski terrain map framed the couple’s wedding invitation. Reception tables were named for famous ski areas, with place cards fashioned from actual maps of each resort. In lieu of a guest book, revelers left their well wishes on post cards from, naturally, ski resorts. Guests danced into the wee hours against a beautiful mountain backdrop – the idyllic setting for the decorated ski champions.



THE DETAILS Wedding Planner

JoAnn Moore, Mountains & Meadows Wedding Planning


Rose Braden, Rose Petals of Vail


Frances Photography

Design & Lighting

Pink Monkey Solutions


Beaver Creek Chapel

Reception Venue Beano’s Cabin, Beaver Creek

Bride’s Gown

Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston

Groom’s Attire Hugo Boss

Bridesmaid Dresses Priscilla of Boston






From wining and dining to home interiors and haute couture, Colorado is filled with hidden gems. Introducing Marketplace by Reign, our guide to what’s fresh, fun and fabulous in the Mile High City and beyond. WWW.DENVERREIGN.COM



Visit: 1511 South Pearl Street Denver Colorado Ring: 303.887.2574 Web:

Visit: 1423 Larimer Street Denver, Colorado 80202 Ring: 720.328.9138 Web:

Visit: 3600 West 32nd Ave. Denver, Colorado 80211 Ring: 303.480.0966 Online:




Nouveau Wax

The gem of Denver’s charming South Pearl shopping district, Gracie’s carries fabulous niche designers ranging from high to low and everything in between. Texas-bred proprietors Lisa Johnson, Susan Hamilton and Grace McClure bring a welcomed southern charm to the store’s atmosphere while offering eclectic and affordable finds that will fill your closet with color. With styles ranging from denim to dresses and boots to ballet flats, Gracie’s hits the mark every time. Also check out Gracie’s for gifts and accessories that are sure to please!

There’s something to be said about being smooth, and at Nouveau Wax, you can get rid of that unwanted fuzz in grand style. Owners Krista and Alaina are pros, and know how to get you in and out in seconds flat. Heralded as the home to the Fifteen Minute Brazilian, the Nouveau Wax gals ensure a comfortable, professional experience that’s also easy of the purse strings. With a no-tipping policy, this adorable waxing spa makes staying silky a regular luxury for every gal-on-the-go. What’s more, Nouveau Wax also offers fun little extras such as the Swarovski Sparkle-kini and amazing eyelash extensions.

Visit: 2222 South Albion St. Denver, Colorado 80222 Ring: 303.758.9883 Web:

Denim One

Little Me’s

Nestled in the hip and happening Larimer Walkway is Denim One, the boutique for the Colorado fashionista. Designer labels for ladies and gents such as J Brand, Citizens of Humanity, Paige, Red Engine, Wildfox, and PUR Premium Denim line the store’s discerning shelves, while edgy accessories and gifts round out the mix. Proprietress Stephanie Brown serves up spot-on style that’s effortlessly chic and perfect for the casual-meets-couture look of the Colorado man or woman. Denim One also gets it right with unique gifts and extras. Whether the style you crave is casual, formal or somewhere in between, Denim One delivers.

With the hottest brands for today’s coolest kids, Little Me’s is Denver’s must-visit destination for children’s fashion and gifts. Ranging from classic to contemporary, Little Me’s carries the most coveted collections for your trendsetters in training. From infant to tween, the shop outfits your children in styles as unique as their little personalities. Shop the Cherry Creek North favorite for everything from baby gifts to hip looks for tween girls including some of the most sought-after labels in the city.

Visit: 3000 East 3rd Avenue Denver, Colorado 80206 Ring: 303.322.6222 Web:

The Perfect Petal


Part floral wonderland, part glamorous gift shop, The Perfect Petal is the ultimate indulgence for the gal who lives with effortless elegance. Known for its stunning stems and decadent décor, this Highlands Square gem is a favorite among the city’s tastemakers, and with good reason. Owner and designer Cindy Ollig’s spot-on style is evident at every turn, from custom floral displays crafted with rare finds to incredible candles from names such as Apothia and Voluspa. Planning a wedding? The Perfect Petal’s 16+ years of experience creating dazzling displays will please even the most discerning bride.

Unexpected urban wares abound at this fanciful downtown boutique. With an eclectic mix of lifestyle finds, Posh delivers a chic array of furnishings, lighting, textiles, fragrances and correspondence. A haven for the welltraveled gal whose love for modern design is only matched by her lust for vintage treasures, Posh exudes an antiquarian chic style that’s as trendright as it is traditional. Whether you are looking to appoint your home with repurposed sofas and cabinets, or to find that perfect gift for the friend with flawless taste, Posh is brimming with big style and sophisticated charm.


Visit: 1439 Larimer Street Denver, Colorado 80202 Ring: 303.534.5523


Visit: 8000 East Belleview Ave. Greenwood Village Colorado 80111 Ring: 303.740.1100 Web:

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Visit: 2563 15th Street Denver, Colorado 80211 Ring: 303.854.8345 Web:

Delish Demure


Delish Demure offers delectable fashions, accessories and small gifts in an irresistible environment. Whether you are a styledriven woman or you prefer to have wardrobe design assistance, Delish Demure will satisfy your craving by helping you find the perfect style. The store has something for every aspect of your life including work, play and party and boasts niche lines like Analili, Black Halo, Bleulab Denim, Donna Degnan, Elliott Lauren, Fabrizio Gianni, Hale Bob and Ted Baker London. With an updated new look from one of the industry’s most lauded visual merchandisers, tasty indulgences like chocolates at every turn and delectable décor that inspires, Delish Demure is guaranteed to having you coming back for more.

Nest is Denver’s premier neighborhood boutique for children 0-8. With distinctive, whimsical clothing as well as curated gifts and novel community programming, Nest has quickly become the go-to destination for stylish parents. Nest’s brands are inspired by kids who like to express, explore and create and the shop is proud to be the city’s only locally-owned source for the Tea Collection. Nest is a destination store for parents who want to go beyond the internet to see and touch merchandise and beyond chains and big box stores for unique yet practical clothing and gifts.

Visit: 2808 East 6th Avenue or 1408 Larimer Square Ring: Cherry Creek: 720.287.1372 or Larimer: 303.534.1974 Web:

Alchemy Mineral Blends

Lola Gray

After seeing their clients struggle with the Colorado climate for years, local makeup aficionados Bre Ortola and Sally Walker were determined to find a solution that would work for Colorado women without compromising quality. The result is Alchemy Mineral Blends, the Boulderbased line of all-natural mineral makeup that provides a flawless finish while actually improving the quality of the skin. From custom blended foundations that perfectly match the skin’s color, tone and texture to lip glosses rich in antioxidants all the way to highly pigmented, long lasting eye shadows, Alchemy Mineral Blends are free of unhealthy perfumes, talcs and dyes.

With a nod to all things classic and an affinity for the unexpected, designer Barbara Bork has opened the doors to her latest retail haven, Lola Gray Home Collection. Named for Bork’s grandmother’s dearest and most fashionable friends Lola and Gray, the shop purveys high style, lighting, affordable accessories, plush textiles and contemporary furnishings under one decidedly chic roof. You’re sure to find incredible treasures and may just find yourself spending the afternoon browsing through the hundreds of inspiring fabric books that adorn the shop’s design studio.

Visit: 2516 Broadway Boulder, Colorado 80304 Ring: 303.997.8230 Web:

Sipping N’ Painting

Frances Photography

Sipping N’ Painting speaks to the artist in all of us. The eclectic urban studio offers a friendly, hip and creative environment for an evening on the town, a bachelorette party, a bit of “me” time or an out-of-the-ordinary date night. If you haven’t painted since elementary school, step into Sipping N’ Painting and your inner artist will be rekindled. With your first drink included in your ticket price plus complimentary parking, the woman-owned and operated business has you covered, and will walk you step by step through the painting experience giving one-on-one instruction while affording you the freedom to create.

Frances Marron is one of Colorado’s most sought-after photographers. Known as a “life” photographer, Frances is there to capture all of those special events that mark a family’s history. “My clients are my friends. I naturally build relationships with others when I document and share their special times.” These friendships have shaped the evolution of Frances’ business – from engagement shoots, to weddings, to pregnancy shots and eventually family photos. A true testament to her work, and her character. Clients love Frances for everything from tasteful boudoir photography, to weddings, to maternity photos and everything in between.

Visit: 13739 West 85th Drive Arvada, Colorado 80005 Ring: 303.424.3800 Web:




{ TASTEMAKERS } They’re stylish, they’re savvy, they’re totally in the know. Meet Colorado’s Tastemakers, the fashion-forward experts who keep the glitterati glowing. From boutique owners, to photographers, to doctors, dentists and more, these businesses are setting the bar.

Dr. Robert Fante ..................... 104 Drs. Brett & Gina Kessler ......... 106 Sonia McCloskey .................... 108 Dr. Gary Radz .......................... 110 Faces First ................................ 112 Fresh ......................................... 114 Georgia Gallagher ................ 116 Sugarlicious ............................. 118 Studio JK .................................. 120 Erin Ferris .................................. 122






“When a patient sits in my office, our top priority is hearing their concerns and addressing them in a friendly, relatable, honest manner.”




Dr. Robert Fante Do one thing, and do it well. That is the advice that Dr. Robert Fante was given years ago, and it is advice that has carried the lauded cosmetic surgeon far. As the founder and driving force behind the eponymous Fante Eye and Face Centre, Dr. Robert Fante has learned that listening is half the battle. “All too often, doctors do not listen to their patients,” he tells us. “When a patient sits in my office, our top priority is hearing their concerns and addressing them in a friendly, relatable, honest manner.” It is this underlying philosophy that has turned patients into raving fans and has created a loyal staff, most of whom have been with the practice for more than a decade. The warm, pleasant, welcoming vibe that Dr. Fante and his staff exude can be seen and felt throughout their spacious, well appointed Denver offices. Comforting décor that is more reminiscent of a living room than a waiting room adorns the space and the notoriously intimidating feel that accompanies a plastic surgeon’s office is nowhere to be found. Instead, a smile and a kind team are waiting to make you feel right at home. Whether you are visiting Fante Eye and Face Centre for something as simple as a skincare treatment or as life-changing as a face and neck lift, you’ll know right away that you are in capable and caring hands. “I believe in knowing your limits and I don’t buy into gimmicks or fads. I speak openly with my patients about their options and I tell them candidly what really does and does not work,” Dr. Fante attests. Which isn’t to say he is not well versed on the most recent developments or trained in the most modern equipment. As a member of more than five medical boards and an associate professor at the esteemed University of Colorado Medical School, Dr. Fante is an expert in every sense. He just believes that a procedure or product must be proven before he will recommend it to his patients. He also believes that what he does is about so much more than aesthetics. It is about changing lives, building confidence and giving patients the tools to achieve their goals. “Our appearance is the first thing someone notices about us. It is our passport to the world. Improving that appearance always puts a spring in a patient’s step and for me, that’s the ultimate reward.” And what does an accomplished plastic surgeon like Dr. Fante recommend for keeping your appearance youthful without major overhauls? “It’s about starting early and staying consistent. Taking great care of your skin in your twenties will delay the need for injectables in your thirties. Having preventative Botox and fillers in your thirties and forties will pave the way for lasers and maybe an eyelid tuck in your forties and fifties. Ultimately, in your fifties and sixties, you can opt for surgical procedures. Yet because this has been a slow progression over time, the look will be natural – not shocking or overdone,” he explains. Regardless of the cosmetic concern, Dr. Fante and his staff have the answer. With services ranging from skincare and chemical peels to lasers and fillers, all the way to facial cosmetic procedures like fat grafting, eyelid surgery and neck rejuvenation, Fante Eye and Face Centre is well-versed, well-trained and well-equipped to treat you with the utmost of care. Fante Eye and Face Centre 3900 East Mexico Avenue, Suite 510 Denver, Colorado 80210 Ring: 303.839.1616

MEDICAL DEGREE Boston University School of Medicine RESIDENCY University of Arizona TRAINING Oculoplastic Surgery, University of Michigan CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS Fellow, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Member, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Member, Colorado Society of Facial Plastic Surgery Member, Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Member, European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinical Associate Professor, University of Colorado Medical School Fellow, American College of Surgeons Board Certified, 1993; Recertification 2002 & 2012 AWARDS & ACCOLADES Named as one of America’s Top Doctors (peer reviewed and selected) Named among Best Doctors in America (peer-reviewed and selected) Patient Choice Award Winner, 2008-2012 Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare AAO Achievement Award ASOPRS Executive Committee Member & Scientific Program Director

Photos by Frances Marron




“When I restore a patient’s smile, they become more confident. They smile more. They approach life differently. For me, that’s the ultimate accolade and the one that keeps me truly inspired.”




Drs. Brett & Gina Kessler

SERVICES • Aesthetic, Functional and Reconstructive Dentistry for Adults

They say that a smile Town Center Dentistry & Orthodontics is your best accessory 7479 East 29th Place and according to Dr. Denver, Colorado 80238 Brett Kessler, the adage Ring: 303.321.4445 couldn’t be more pos. Along with wife and colleague Gina, Dr. Kessler sits at the helm of Stapleton’s Town Center Dentistry, where the pair and their kind and caring team believe in a holistic approach to dentistry… and to life. “We really believe in getting to know a patient and understanding who they are as a person before recommending a particular treatment or service. It’s all about fitting in to their active lifestyle so that issues or aesthetic goals are addressed in a way that really works long term,” Dr. Brett Kessler says. “We’re not looking to offer band aids. Instead, we look at the big picture and create solutions that are effective and achievable.” And while for many, a trip to the dentist is associated with discomfort, for the Kessler’s patients, it’s anything but. “No two patients are alike and therefore, every smile we create is uniquely crafted with this in mind,” he says. “We really aim to make oral health and aesthetics comfortable, feasible and positive.” From everyday preventative care to smile makeovers like orthodontics and veneers, the Kesslers do it all, and they do it all in style. Lauded as two of Denver’s ‘Beauty Gurus’ by city magazine 5280, and recognized in national publications like Self and Woman’s World, they’re at the top of their game – and with good reason. Far from your average dentists, the duo are esteemed in their professional and personal circles and are well trained in the latest dental technologies, procedures and solutions. Dr. Gina, whose focus is on orthodontics, works with patients ranging from seven to eighty seven and has a warm way about her that makes an otherwise daunting experience seem heartfelt. Dr. Brett, who leans more towards general and cosmetic dentistry, is equally compassionate and talented. “We love to watch the changes that occur in our clients when we improve their smiles and their oral health. The smile is truly the window to the soul and we do everything we can to help our client’s soul shine through,” he says. “I have never had a ‘tooth’ walk into my office. It is always attached to someone and we want to treat that someone with genuine courtesy and care.” And while he is at the top of his industry when it comes to skill level and accolades, Dr. Brett Kessler will tell you that his education has been twofold – filled with knowledge he learned in dental school and lessons that no classroom could ever teach. “When I was in dental school, they taught us the physical aspect of dentistry. What I learned as I got into practicing is that the physical aspect of dentistry is hugely important, but the emotional and spiritual aspects are what keep me coming to work every day,” he says with conviction. “When I restore a patient’s smile, they become more confident. They smile more. They approach life differently. For me, that’s the ultimate accolade and the one that keeps me truly inspired.”

• Orthodontics for Children and Adults • Traditional Braces • Invisalign • Porcelain Veneers AWARDS & ACCOLADES • Golden Apple Award - the American Dental Association’s highest honor for “Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring” • Vice President, Colorado Dental Association • Mentor & Instructor - California Center for Advanced Dental Studies

Photos by Joe Keum




“I really believe in taking the time to create sound strategies for my clients that speak to their goals and their lifestyles. It’s all about long-term investment plans and not the latest investment fads.”


Photos by Frances Marron



Sonia Rebollo-McCloskey Sonia Rebello-McCloskey knows what it takes to get to the finish line. The former Olympic gymnast and three-time Spanish National Champion is driven, astute and decidedly strategic – qualities that have carried her far as a financial advisor. “I really believe in taking the time to create sound strategies for my clients that speak to their goals and their lifestyles. It’s all about long-term investment plans and not the latest investment fads,” she says. And while Sonia’s accolades are many and her background is impressive, she’s warm, approachable and down-to-earth. “When you call our offices, you are not getting an operator or an 800 number. You are getting me, directly. Having access to the person who manages your financial future is what clients deserve and it is what I am committed to delivering.” As a woman in a traditionally man’s world, Sonia has risen to the top of her field and has nurtured other women to do so along the way. Along with her Edward Jones colleagues, Sonia hosts events specifically for women to network and address their financial needs. “We are outliving our men and as such, need to take a more active role in our financial plans. Our company encourages women to take control of their financial futures and that’s something we are incredibly proud of,” she attests. According to Sonia, not only are we living longer than our male counterparts, we are also becoming the breadwinners and the budgeters in our households. “More and more, women are deciding how their families spend their money. Whether they are single or planning for their families, I love working with other women who are being proactive about their finances and securing a bright future.” Whether you are planning for retirement, saving for college, reducing your tax bills or ensuring your estate is in line, Sonia and the team at Edward Jones have you covered. They believe in face time, not generic investment plans and are dedicated to helping a client make smart, tactical decisions. “At the end of the day, having a solid financial plan in place can and does make all the difference. No one ever achieved a goal by simply watching it pass them by. It takes hard work, dedication and a smart plan. This was true of my years as an athlete and rings true today in my career as a financial advisor,” she finishes. Edward Jones Investments 6472 Ward Road Arvada, Colorado 80021 Ring: 303.456.0282


Style Icons I am a Jackie O girl. I always wear a classic suit with pearls and a great perfume.

Style Secret My mother and best friend taught me the best trick of all. When I feel blue I put on my red Chanel lipstick. It picks me right up.

Awards & Accolades 1998 Olympic Gymnast – Spain Three Time National Gymnastics Champion – Spain Client Service Excellence Award – Edward Jones SERVICES • Financial Advising • Investment Services • Mortgages • Life Insurance • Long Term Care Options




“I have spent years learning and practicing cosmetic dentistry. This experience allows me to provide my patients with the best, most effective options that create the most beautiful, natural results.”




Dr. Gary Radz

SERVICES • Dental Veneers

Walking into Dr. Gary Radz’ downtown Denver office, you may think Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado you’ve mistakenly stepped into a posh new day spa. Rest assured, Dr. Radz 999 18th Street and his staff at Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado are all business and are caSuite 1300 pable of giving you the smile of your dreams. They just believe that a trip to Denver, Colorado 80202 the dentist should be comfortable, warm and perhaps even a bit indulgent. Ring: 303.298.1414 Equipped with modern technology like laser fillings, digital x-rays and oral cameras, Dr. Radz is at the top of his game and believes that investing in the most advanced equipment translates to more accurate results, a healthier and more beautiful smile and a more timely and convenient experience for his busy patients. And we couldn’t agree more. Yet it’s not just the bells and whistles that make this lauded cosmetic dentist the who’s who of his field. Internationally known for his expertise in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Radz is often referred to as a ‘dentist’s dentist.’ Not only do local celebrities come to him for a dazzling smile,(athletes, media gurus and politicians are often found in his lobby) dental institutes in the US and worldwide call upon him to teach their dentists how to perform the latest procedures in cosmetic dentistry. “I have spent years learning and practicing cosmetic dentistry. This experience allows me to provide my patients with the best, most effective options that create the most beautiful, natural results,” he says. And although he’s considered among the dental community as a ‘famous dentist,’ Dr. Radz prefers the down to earth Colorado style to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. “Patients in Colorado are interested in looking good, but they also want to look natural. This is so much more appealing to me than other areas of the country where looking ‘fake’ is in,” he tells us. “My most favorite smile makeovers are the ones that no one else notices – they’re simply beautiful and natural.” This approach, coupled with his impressive education and undeniable talent for the art of cosmetic dentistry, has found Dr. Radz gracing the pages and airwaves of major national media outlets. His experience in dentistry has been recognized by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Boulder Daily Camera, Charlotte Observer, Wild Blue Yonder and Parenting Magazine. What’s more, he has been acknowledged by Denver’s own 5280 magazine as a Top Dentist for six years running. And while both honorable and impressive, for Dr. Radz, it is not only about the media attention, the awards or the accolades. “To me, a smile means hope, joy and confidence, and that’s my mission – to bring more hope, joy and confidence to the patients who walk into my office each day.”

• Tooth Bonding • Smile Makeovers • Dental Implants • Zoom! Whitening • Lumineers • Tooth Colored Fillings • Invisalign • Dental Crowns • Composite Fillings • Inlays & Overlays • General Dentistry EDUCATION • University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Degree • St. Luke Medical Center of Chicago, General Practice Residency • University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Advanced Education Residency AWARDS & ACCOLADES • 5280 Magazine Denver Top Dentist, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 • Meeting Chairman, Academy of Comp Esthetics: 2008, 2012 • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 2003, 2011, 2013 • Dentistry Today: Top 100 Clinicians in Continuing Education 2004-2012 • Metro Denver Dental Society Volunteer of the Year, 2003




“People in Colorado want to look beautiful, but they also want to look natural. We specialize in minimally invasive procedures that really work, without putting patients through major overhauls and downtime.”




Dr. Christopher Cote Dr. Nicolette Picerno With a passion for creating beautiful, natural looking Faces First faces, Dr. Christopher Cote and Dr. Nicolette Picerno’s talents are only paralleled by their impressive backgrounds. As Porter Campus 850 East Harvard Avenue, Suite 575 the doctors who make up Faces First, one of Denver’s most Denver, Colorado 80210 lauded facial plastic surgery centers, both double board certiRing 303.744.2300 fied physicians are deeply experienced in creating beautiful, natural looking faces. And they have the results to prove it. Lone Tree “We love what we do and are passionate about deliver9218 Kimmer Drive, Suite 202 ing the best possible results,” Dr. Cote attests. “Yet we are Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 Ring 303.708.8787 equally committed to providing the best possible service in the most comforting, quality environment.” Double board certified in both plastic surgery and head and neck surgery, Dr. Cote has served as an Otolaryngology Consultant to the White House Medial Unit as well as acting Chief of Head and Neck Surgery at Washington. D.C.’s Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Originally from New England, Dr. Cote completed medical school at the highly regarded Tufts University in Boston, and was a research fellow at Harvard University. Such stellar qualifications are uncommon, and have led to a medical career that utilizes the latest technological advancements while breaking new ground in both otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery. His partner, Dr. Nicolette Picerno, is equally accomplished. As Denver’s only double board certified female facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Picerno brings a unique, personal perspective to facial plastic surgery. Known for her subtle yet significant approach to facial rejuvenation, her philosophy of using minimally invasive procedures to achieve maximum results has made her one of the city’s most renowned doctors. “The key to looking younger is looking like yourself, only better,” Dr. Picerno says with confidence. “People in Colorado want to look beautiful, but they also want to look natural. We specialize in minimally invasive procedures that really work, without putting patients through major overhauls and downtime.” From medical skincare, to injectables, all the way to facelifts, brow lifts and facial fat transfer, Dr. Picerno custom prescribes solutions that are appropriate to a patient’s aesthetic needs and goals. Solutions that are sustainable, achievable and natural. Dr. Cote is also a leader in his field and is well-known for his experience in rhinoplasty. With extensive training in both the form and function of the nose, Dr. Cote is one of the nation’s most sought-after experts in the procedure. He offers a wide range of options in nose reshaping and has an artistic eye that helps each patient create the most beautiful, natural-looking results possible. In addition to his expertise in rhinoplasty, Dr. Cote also prides himself in his minimally invasive procedures and holistic approach to beauty. It is this attention to detail and all-inclusive approach that helps Dr. Cote’s patients feel their best from the inside out.


Medical Degree Hahnemann University Medical School Philadelphia, PA Degree of Medical Doctor Graduated with Honors

Training Surgical Internship and Residency Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Beeson Aesthetic Surgery Center, Carmel, IN

Memberships American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Woman of the Year 2006, 2009, 2012, American Biographical Institute America’s Best Cosmetic Doctor 2005, 2006, Castle Connolly America’s Top Physicians, 2004, 2005, Consumer Research Council of America DR. CHRISTOPHER COTE

Medical Degree Tufts University Boston, MA Degree of Medical Doctor

Training Research Fellowship Harvard University Cambridge MA Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Johns Hopkins Medical Center Baltimore, MD Head and Neck Surgical Training Walter Reed Army Medical Center National Naval Medical Center

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Bethesda, MD

Memberships Board Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Former Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Consultant to the White House Medical Unit in Otolaryngology “Best of 2011” Plastic Surgery Practice Magazine




With its first location thriving in the suburbs, Fresh has now taken the Mile High City by storm with a second spot in the heart of Cherry Creek North.


Photos by Frances Marron



Fresh Nail, Wax & Dry Bar Mani/pedi sessions are staples that make any girl feel refreshed and fabulous. Mix in a blowout and your favorite glass of vino, and you may emerge a new woman altogether. That’s the concept at Fresh, the Colorado-based nail and dry bar that’s part hair salon, part nail salon, part wine bar and total indulgence. With its first location thriving in the suburbs (Littleton’s Aspen Grove) Fresh has now taken the Mile High City by storm with a second spot in the heart of Cherry Creek North. The eco-friendly salon boasts posh appointments like Deborah Lippman polish, iPads loaded with your favorite magazines and products from tony NYC salon Blo for picture perfect blowouts each and every time. Plus, all stylists are Blo-trained and all mani/pedi products are custom formulated by Colorado-based Sanitas. What’s more, Fresh offers ‘Style by the Mile’ packages where for $55 for a blowout or $100 for a blowout and makeup app, Fresh gals will come directly to you in your home or office. We are smitten with Fresh’s monthly packages, particularly the Platinum Package. For $275 per month you can have unlimited Classic Services, plus your private wine selection waiting for you on ice, purchased specially for you at cost. That’s right, darlings – all the primping, pampering and imbibing you could want for a relatively modest price tag. Plus, each Platinum member also receives a quarterly gift apropos for any stylista, a complimentary home or office ‘Style by the Mile’ blowout and makeup application and the ability to open the salon any time of the day or night with a mere 24-hours notice. For you or for your favorite beauty maven, Fresh’s platinum package may just be the gift of the season. If your budget is more modest, try the Classic membership, where a mere $29.99 per month buys you one complimentary service, free upgrades Monday – Wednesday, and additional services at just $35 each. What’s more your ‘Little Loungers’ will receive a complimentary service on any Wednesday when they tag along with mom (or aunties or grandmas). Looking to plan a holiday party? The Fresh girls will close the shop just for you and yours and offer services, catering, sweets and vino. This type of VIP treatment is also perfect for brides-to-be and their maids and can be booked year round.

Fresh Nail, Wax & Dry Bar Melissa Smith, Aspen Grove Erin Jacobsen, Cherry Creek North Cherry Creek North 180 Steele Street Denver, Colorado 80206 Ring 720.328.9754 Aspen Grove 7301 South Santa Fe Littleton, Colorado 80120 Ring 720.389.9662

SERVICES Manis Pedis Minx Shellac & Gel Polishes Blowouts Brazilian Blowouts Waxing Eyelash Extensions




“Living and working downtown gives me insight into the real vibe of different buildings, streets and pockets of the city.”




Georgia Gallagher Georgia Gallagher is a city girl in every sense. She grew up in Greenwich, CT, just outside NYC. Her family would take trips into the city for special occasions. “I always loved dressing up and going to “The City.” I was excited by all the diversity and energy; everything was beautiful and interesting to me”. The coveted real estate pro found Denver and fell in love. She has lived in six different loft buildings downtown and a single family home in Curtis Park since landing in Denver in 1994, which has given her in-depth knowledge on downtown and city-close properties. As one of Kentwood City’s most successful and celebrated brokers for nearly eight years, Georgia has built her business around a genuine, honest approach to residential real estate. The consummate professional, she loves what she does and it shows. Her strong work ethic, superior intuition and integrity has earned her the respect and admiration of her colleagues as well as her extremely loyal clientele. And for Georgia, finding the right home is not just about four walls and a checklist. As someone who is ensconced in the heart of the city, she knows that the neighborhood is just as important as the home. “Different areas have different personalities. There are so many fantastic neighborhoods in Denver and it is gratifying to help people find the one that is best suited for them.” Whether she’s working with a first time homebuyer or a seasoned real estate investor, Georgia approaches each client with the same level of attention and enthusiasm that has friends, colleagues and clients referring her time and again. And while she’s handled some of the most high profile listings in town, she is also passionate about helping Denver’s families find their perfect place in the city she has known and loved for nearly twenty years. “When a buyer is new to the process, they rely on me to guide them in the right direction and I take that seriously. Hearing from happy homeowners after they close, particularly when it is their first home, is what inspires me and keeps me going. Knowing that I helped someone start the next chapter of their life in a place they love means everything.” Kentwood City Properties 1660 17th Street, Suite 100 Denver, Colorado 80202 Ring: 303.785.3575


Style Secret I think style is all about comfort. Gorgeous high heels only look good if you can walk in them! When you’re running around LoDo showing lofts or jumping in and out of your car showing houses, you have to be comfortable. And I’m always on the hunt for the perfect bag that will hold files, keys, brochures and a lock box!

Favorite Restaurant I love to try new places but I’d have to say some of my favorites are JAX, Tables and Solera

Dream Vacation I’ve always wanted to go to India. It’s a country of mysterious paradoxes; the land where civilizations and times merge. IN THE COMMUNITY • Corporate Donor & Volunteer, New Genesis Transitional Homeless Shelter • Corporate Fundraiser, Museum of Contemporary Art • Culture Haus Board Member, Denver Art Museum, Three Years • Event Committee, Children’s Museum of Denver • Active Member of Junior League of Denver, Five Years

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“Young or old, everyone loves candy and whether your event is classic or casual, a sugar bar is always a muchwelcomed hit.”


Photos by Joe Keum and Kristen Sloan





There’s nothing quite as sweet as candy and Sugarlicious, the candy storemeets gift boutique meets purveyor of all things bold and bright, understands this all too well. With a carefully curated selection of niche-brand confections, sought-after chocolates and unique accessories and gifts, Sugarlicious doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to sweet style. The brainchild of Jill Landman Alfond, the chic boutique has quickly become known for its whimsical custom party favors, dessert bars and candy buffets. From themed confections to specially designed setups to match your party’s décor, the shop’s in-house candy buffet designer creates one-of-a-kind displays that look as fabulous as they taste. “We are passionate about sugar! There’s nothing better than building a custom dessert bar for one of our clients and seeing their face light up,” she says. “Young or old, everyone loves candy and whether your event is classic or casual, a sugar bar is always a much-welcomed hit.” Sugarlicious offers a wide array of options to accommodate any candy craving you may have, plus delivers custom-designed candy labels, ribbon, take out containers, coordinating signage and props to complement your special day – think birthday parties, bar & bat mitzvahs, weddings, holiday parties and showers. What’s more, the shop’s dessert divas can build a centerpiece that will knock your sweet socks off and can also make custom favors with just about any look and taste your heart desires. If you’re in the market for a hostess gift, a holiday gift or just a little pick me up, Sugarlicious has you covered there, too. The Cherry Creek North boutique is filled to the brim with colorful, whimsical offerings and even provides same day monogramming on many items, giving your treat that extra special pop of personalization. Sugarlicious 3000 East 3rd Avenue Denver, Colorado 80206 Ring: 303.388.8650

Same Day Monogramming 250 Candies By the Bin Niche, rare and vintage candies Custom Candy Buffets Custom Party Favors Sugar Lounges Children’s Birthday Parties GETTING TO KNOW THEM

Words to Live By If you wear a short enough skirt, the party will come to you – Dorothy Parker

Style Secret Make sure it’s clean, and make sure it’s pink.

Favorite Candy At the moment, Dark Chocolate Covered Gummi Bears




“We love to work with our clients to get them truly comfortable in front of the camera. That’s when their real personalities come out and that is when the most incredible photos are taken.”




Studio JK

Comprised of husband and wife team Joe and Joyce Keum, Studio JK is one of Colorado’s, if not the nation’s, most in-demand photography outlets. With a Joe & Joyce Keum true passion for capturing moments and turning them into art, the Keums have 3070 Larimer Street, Suite 200 a keen eye for creating show-stopping images that clients treasure for a lifetime. Denver, Colorado 80205 Known for their “free flowing” approach to personal photography, Joe and Joyce Ring: 303.949.1999 bring a thoughtful, heartfelt perspective to family photos, infant and baby traits, executive headshots and most notably, weddings. “There is nothing more thrilling for us that capturing the perfect moment and sharing it with a client. The moment that tells the entire story with one simple look. The moment they’ll remember forever,” Joe tells us. And while Joe and Joyce are frequently commissioned by local celebrities, athletes and executives, they bring the same level of enthusiasm and passion to family portraits, maternity shoots and engagement sessions regardless of who’s in front of the camera. For the Keums, it is all about finding the star in everyone and letting it shine through. “We love to work with our clients to get them truly comfortable in front of the camera. That’s when their real personalities come out and that is when the most incredible photos are taken,” Joyce says. The Keum’s talent for putting a client at ease can be seen front and center in their Portrait Couture sessions, the latest offering from Studio JK. These sessions, geared towards women, pull out all the stops by bringing hair and makeup in to the studio for the ultimate in glamour. With an eye for finding the most beautiful angles in which to capture a woman, Joe and Joyce then create a personal portrait that will make any gal feel like a supermodel. The ultimate way to celebrate with your girlfriends, Studio JK also hosts cocktails, light bites and plays plenty of music to set the mood for modeling. Studio JK’s work has appeared in numerous photography and bridal magazines, including the American Photo Wedding and Portrait Guide, Professional Photographer, Shutterbug, The Knot Colorado and Destination I Do, which recently called Joe “one of the hottest rising stars in wedding photography.” Impressive to say the least. Yet for the Keums, it is all about passion and love of the game. “We genuinely love what we do. Joyce and I could not imagine anything more rewarding than sharing the most important moments in a person’s life and turning them into something that a client will have forever. It’s the most satisfying part of our business.”

SERVICES Wedding Photography Family Photography Maternity Photos Portrait Couture Executive Portraits Destination & Location Shoots AWARDS & ACCOLADES Certified Member, Professional Photographers of America Certified Member, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Hottest Rising Star in Photography, Destination I Do Magazine




“I love nothing more than when a client is sitting in my chair, unsure of what they want and together, we find a new look that’s perfectly them. It is so inspiring and gratifying at the same time.”




Erin Ferris


As the creative director for Tonto Salon, Erin Ferris is passionate about hair. The Colorado stylist and national educator travels the country taking in the latest techniques, learning about the newest treatments and uncovering the trends of the moment. Yet as a Denver girl through and through, she brings the best of the beauty industry back to the Mile High City, translating it to wearable looks for real women. The result? Great hair that’s on-trend but never overdone. “I love nothing more than when a client is sitting in my chair, unsure of what they want and together, we find a new look that’s perfectly them. It is so inspiring and gratifying at the same time,” she says. Known for her special event services, Erin is one of the city’s most sought after stylists for weddings. Brides-to-be turn to her for a look that is timeless, elegant and reflective of their personal sense of style. “A bride should look at her wedding photos and absolutely love what she sees. No one wants to look like someone else on their big day and I work with my clients to ensure they’re simply the most gorgeous version of their natural self.” Erin’s clients love her not only for her undeniable talent, but also for her colorful personality – one that makes you feel right at home when you are sitting in her chair. “I really do listen to my clients. I work with them to create a look that they’ll love and one that’s also easy to replicate and realistic for their lifestyle.” Obsessed with fashion, beauty, art and color, Erin Ferris is perfectly placed in her career. She’ll leave you feeling inspired, bright and beautiful – everything that a great hairstyle can and should be. Erin Ferris Designs Tonto Salon 5075 Leetsdale Drive Denver, Colorado 80246 Ring: 720.276.0766

Men’s & Women’s Haircuts Full Color Highlights Extensions Straightening Bridal & Special Occasion Styles Outcall Services Editorial Styling GETTING TO KNOW HER

Style Secret I love to wear all black with colorful tights – that’s my thing. And I never leave the house without MAC’s Lady Danger lipstick!

Obsession du Jour The Bally ad in Vogue’s September Issue. This crazy hard leather coat and lace up boot. Most gorgeous thing I think I’ve ever seen...

You Can Find Me At… Four Seasons’s consistently pleasing! Best valets, pool, restaurant, bar, spa and hotel. It’s my go-to for ending or spending an evening out!

Words to Live By Well behaved women rarely make history. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Photos by Travis Broxton, Frances Marron & Joe Keum




6th Annual Greenalicious

1 One of the little Greenalicious servers 2 Chef Takashi Yagihashi with his assistant at the Greenalicious welcome reception. 3 Greenalicious chefs with Betsy Fifield, founder of Children’s Health Foundation 4 Peter Work, Chef Chris Keating and Kurt Russell 5 Guests walked up the Greenalicious stairs to Gondola Plaza, the site of the welcome reception. Passersby could see the Greenalicious logo from hundreds of feet away 6 Rob and Melanie Walton 7 Olympic medal winner Chris Klug and his wife, Missy 8 The Little Nell General Manager John Speers and his wife, Ellen 9 Greenalicious guests Caryn and Rudy Scheidt




Five star chefs took Aspen’s elite on a 5-course culinary journey to benefit Children’s Health Foundation, which aims to create healthy change in schools and communities to prevent childhood obesity and ensure school safety. The evening began on Gondola Plaza where pint-sized servers (provided by Greenalicious affiliated schools) passed canapés and rock violinist Bobby Yang entertained. Children’s Health Foundation founder Betsy Fifield kicked off a luxury live auction including an exotic trip to Vietnam and a red carpet Emmy Awards package. Guests were escorted to The Little Nell’s intimate Montagna restaurant to indulge in dishes prepared by chefs Terrence Feury, Rob Evans, Anthony Martin, Lincoln Carson and Takashi Yagihashi – all perfectly paired with wines by Master Sommelier Jonathan Pullis.

Wine, Women and Shoes Ladies who lunch stepped out in style to support Child Advocates Denver – CASA at the first Denver Wine, Women and Shoes Event. Over 400 of the city’s most fashionable gals shopped and sipped the afternoon away at Four Seasons Denver Hotel. KCNC’s Molly Hughes emceed the heartwarming fashion show produced by Colorado Fashion Week and The JTA Group. Guests sipped varietals from some of the country’s top winemakers as they shopped the latest trends in the multi-designer marketplace and swooned over the charming “Shoe Guys” serving up the season’s must-haves on silver platters.


1 Ladies celebrated in style to benefit Denver – CASA 2 Women enjoyed handsome “shoe butlers” and wines poured from sponsor wineries 3 A lovely guest shopping the event’s marketplace, filled with fashions from local boutiques 4 Models strut their stuff 5 Wine and shoes, a woman’s favorite combination 6 Dana Berry, PR Director of Four Seasons Denver and Tara Tongco Rojas 7 A pint sized model showing off clothing from Little Me’s

Salt on the Rim The margaritas flowed and the party dresses dazzled at this summer’s Salt on the Rim, a benefit for the Kempe Foundation Alliance. Held at the Denver Botanic Gardens, this year’s event showcased Denver’s finest restaurants with tastings from the likes of EDGE, Japoix, Mezcal, Piatti and more. Partygoers voted on the evening’s Best Margarita as guests delighted in the backdrop of a perfect summer evening.


1 Dan Jones, General Manger of Nordstrom Cherry Creek and his partner, Greg Miller. 2 Event Co Chairs Paul Heitzenrater, John Farnam, President & CEO of the Kempe Foundation, Patricia Peterson, Event Co Chairs Terri Fisher and Lawrence French with Kempe Foundation Board Chairman Andy Boian 3 Maureen Cannon and Kempe Foundation Board President Elect, Ren Cannon with Kempe Foundation Board member Patrice Gendelman 4 Michael and Leigh McMahon with Steering Committee member Heather Fowler and her husband, Kempe Foundation Board member Bruce Fowler. 5 Guests enjoy an evening at the beautiful Botanic Gardens 6 A stylish guest posed with event Co-Chair Gregory Sargowicki




Dinner in White


Downtown Denver was blanketed in a sea of white as the 3rd annual Dinner in White™, hosted by AMC Cancer Fund, popped up on the street block of 17th Avenue between Wazee and Blake on Saturday, August 4th. The annual event, which has quickly become THE summer party since its inaugural showing in 2010, brought in over $38,000 for the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

The Perfect 10 Ticket Party

1 The Scout Guide’s Marcella Mascottie Abramowicz and Cat Tatman, Betsy Martin, Christina Brickley 2 HW Home’s Ron Werner and Jim Hering with HGTV’s John Gidding 3 Erin and Kyle Peary 4 Perfect 10 “Single” Kady Zinke and Brian Wynne 5 Donna Crafton Montgomery and Georgia Gallagher 6 John Gidding and Jill Hodges




Lovers of home design were in their element on the evening of August 28th as HW Home’s posh Cherry Creek North location played host to a ticket party in anticipation of The Perfect 10: A Date and Experience Auction. The benefit, which supports transitional homeless shelter New Genesis, auctions off five singles and five once-ina-lifetime experiences. One package even includes a home makeover with HGTV star John Gidding (Curb Appeal and Designed to Sell) who flew in for the evening and mingled with fans and guests.

Cuvée Ventures Gala: London Four-time Gold Medalist Missy Franklin received a well-deserved break on August 10th as she took time out of the Olympic spotlight for a royal-like party. Franklin attended the Colorado-based Cuvée Ventures Gala at the storied Leeds Castle outside of London. The event began with afternoon tea and continued with dinner in the King Henry VIII Banqueting Hall, where the King himself entertained.

1 Missy Franklin with the Leeds Castle butlers 2 Brooke Solich, Missy Franklin and Jordan Solich 3 Missy Franklin gets ready to hot air balloon over the English countryside surrounding Leeds Castle 4 Missy hot air ballooning 5 R.J. McArthur and Missy Franklin before the Henry VIII dinner 6 Brooke Solich, Missy Franklin and Jordan Solich with Carol and George Solich 7 Kate Mueller, Missy Franklin, and 9 News Reporter Cheryl Preheim


Aspen Art Museum ArtCrush Aspen’s art glitterati wined, dined and bid big at the 8th annual summer soiree, which raised $1.8 million to benefit the museum’s educational programming and exhibitions. The affair began with an exclusive dinner at the contemporary art-filled home of ArtCrush Chair Amy Phelan and Museum Board of Trustees CoPresident John Phelan. The following evening Aspen’s Baldwin Gallery hosted a cocktail reception previewing the works featured in the live auction lots. The Friday night gala marked the culmination of the museum’s three-day benefit, which hosts approximately 400 of the world’s most influential art collectors, wine connoisseurs, artists, gallery owners, museum directors, curators and global business leaders.

1 Aspen Art Museum National Council member and ArtCrush Chair Amy Phelan and Board of Trustees CoPresident John Phelan 2 National Council Member Eleanore De Sole and fashion icon and Board of Trustee Domenico De Sole 3 ArtCrush program guide 4 Richard Edwards, owner of Aspen’s Baldwin Gallery and Net Jets’ Mike Goode 5 Board of Trustees mebers Nancy Magoon and Simone Vickar 6 Event goers celebrate at Aspen ArtCrush 7 National Council and Board Members Susan Marx and Larry Marx 8 Tom Sachs, 2012 Aspen Award for Art honoree




Fashion’s Night Out: Park Meadows

1 Show Us Your Style Contest Runner Up Deja Ames 2 Contestants waiting to strut their stuff on the runway 3 Show Us Your Style contestant 4 Winners Deja Ames, Yuliya Surina and Lexie Sprianac 5 Guests indulged in over the top gift bags 6 First place winner Yuliya Surina


Lone Tree’s finest gathered at Park Meadows for one of the city’s biggest and brightest Fashion’s Night Out events. Guests played dress up in the custom “style closets,” got makeovers in the opulent beauty lounge and strutted their stuff on the catwalk in the “Show us Your Style” contest. Local tastemakers served as judges, including Denver Post fashion editor Suzanne Brown, Denver Life Magazine editor Alison Roth and Reign Magazine’s Betsy Martin. VIPs also took in a runway fashion show featuring Park Meadows retailers including Madewell, White House Black Market and Dillards, among others.

Fashion’s Night Out: Larimer Square

1 A Larimer Square rooftop served as the backdrop for an evening of fashion 2 Models on the runway, made to look like an urban streetscape 3 A model poses 4 Gentlemen enjoying the revelry 5 Brandis Becky Pelletier gets a model ready for the show 6 Ladies celebrating in the name of fashion 7 Last minute preparations by Brandis Becky Pelletier




Larimer Square was alive with style on Fashion’s Night Out. Guests took in a colorful fashion show styled by Reign Magazine’s Brandis Becky Pelletier. The show, which served to benefit Project Angel Heart, offered an urban spin on fashion with a graffiti-clad art wall serving as the backdrop for the evening’s rooftop event. Models walked the runway in looks from Larimer merchants including Blush, Scarpaletto and more as the audience sat in an eclectic mix of vintage sofas and chairs.

Fashion’s Night Out: SOL Lingerie


Ladies got the party started at SOL Lingerie for September 6th’s Fashion’s Night Out event. Guests kicked off the evening with lacy under things and cocktails provided by Little Black Dress Wines and Vodka, while dancing to award winning DJ Ginger Perry. Partygoers also posed for the camera with a photo booth, turning their shots into a commemorative flip book to take home.

1 Center: Lisa McInroy and friends on the “yellow” carpet 2 SOL Girls sporting their FNO shirts. L-R: Brittany Feeney, Jeanie Peterson (co-owner), Cindy Johnson (co-owner), Tracie Barnes, Meg Lalli, Jordan Padilla, Lindsey Bennett, Anna Carroll, Maggie Red, Janelle Kenny 3 Cindy Johnson, Diane Huttner 4 Leslie Dewell Smith and her lovely daughter 5 Katie Baumann, Rosemary Baumann

The Bash for the Buddies The sprawling Hurst Ranch played host to one of Aspen’s summer social sellouts. After starting in the home gym of “Boogie” Weinglass, the benefit is now in its 13th year. Over 500 guests were invited to “Dance Like No One is Watching” in the chic late-night FENDI Lounge and bid on auction items. Before the heels hit the dance floor, Aspen’s best restaurants including Caribou Club, Piñons and Syzygy served up signature dishes with an open bar provided by famed concert venue Belly Up Aspen and microbrews from Aspen Brewing Company. The Buddy Program, the evening’s beneficiary, provides resources and guidance for youth in the Roaring Fork Valley through mentoring.


1 Buddy Program Staff (left to right): Karmen Pittenger, Sole Lowe, Stacy Grimm, Kate St. Romain, Rebecca Biggar, David Houggy, Kaitlyn Archambault, Gigi Wiehe, Lindsay Lofaro, Heather Hicks, Megan Van Zandt, Sarah Evans, Kim Kraunz 2 Katy & Adam Frisch 3 Mark & Natasha Leydecker 4 Mona Look-Mazza & Carolyn Powers 5 Ellen & Johns Speers 6 Tent shot, featuring the iconic Fendi logo 7 Michael & Lisa Holthouse and Justin & Jennifer Kennedy 8 Kristin Dittmar, Eric Berg & Summer Berg 9 Raina Birden, Soledad Hurst, Tara Triplett



Au Revoir

Audrey Hepburn cheek to cheek with Santa Claus, December 21, 1953.

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, WE HOPE That you find yourself standing under the mistletoe with a handsome stranger. That your days are merry and bright and your cocktails are shaken, not stirred. That you find an unsuspecting little blue box under the tree. That the sweet scent of gingerbread takes you back to your childhood, if only for a moment. That you laugh with your loved ones curled up by a crackling fire. And that you never forget the best gifts of all are the ones from the heart.



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Reign Magazine - Holiday 2012  

Reign Magazine, Holiday 2012

Reign Magazine - Holiday 2012  

Reign Magazine, Holiday 2012