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ON THE COVER Shot on location by Chad Riley in the town of Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy. Swimsuit by Shabby Apple, the vintage-inspired collection of artful apparel. The womanowned and operated company donates a portion of each sale to help other women launch their own businesses. Learn more and shop at Shown on cover: The Farfalle, $91 Shown here: The Vida, $85 Photos: Chad Riley Swimwear: Shabby Apple Makeup & Hair: Christie Lee Stylist: Marloes Mandaat Photo Assistant: Ignazio Nano



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Scottsdale as you’ve never seen it founders reveal their travel beauty secrets

One week, one carry on

Bundling up in style

Resort fashion perfect for a girl’s getaway


Music legend Quincy Jones gives big in Denver

Escaping to the Amalfi Coast’s most colorful village, Positano



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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 carry-ons to share their travel must-haves


Interior design superstar Mitchell Gold revealed




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Three perfect days in Punta Mita, Mexico

A photographer turned travel writer unwinds in Turks & Caicos

Castles Home Décor gives Cherry Creek North a fresh new look

The polished pros who lead the style pack

Snapshots from the hottest tickets in town

Our parting thoughts

World Premiere

The most important romantic choice you’ll make this season. Repressed passion? Soaring emotions? Should you listen to your head or your heart? See what Jane Austen’s Dashwood sisters do in the original romantic comedy. A performance 200 years in the making, Sense & Sensibility The Musical combines Jane Austen’s trademark wit, unforgettable songs, and the irresistible allure of romance, gossip and high society. Staged by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime) and costumed by ESosa (Porgy & Bess, “Project Runway”), this year’s most talked about fresh, new musical premieres right here in Denver.

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Yours in Style,

Betsy Marr


WHEN WE STARTED THIS MAGAZINE, I knew it would be an adventure. But I don’t believe I fully understood what that meant. Now in our third issue, Reign is growing wings. Over the past few months, we’ve seen what began as a creative pursuit between my husband, a dear friend and myself transform into a thriving business of which I am undeniably proud. For several reasons, this issue struck a chord with me. Hands down the most challenging to date, I also believe it to be the most visually stunning and editorially compelling in our growing body of work. Of course it doesn’t hurt that it is also our biggest magazine yet, with 164 pages, 80 of which are dedicated to the inaugural issue of Aisle Style by Reign. This anthology of Colorado’s most decadent weddings was as inspiring to compile as the gorgeous celebrations that adorn its lovely pages. It even afforded me the opportunity to share my own October wedding (The Editor Weds, page 26 of Aisle Style), which I hope you’ll enjoy.

Yet the most inspiring and most significant moments I have had as Reign’s editor are those I have shared with the people who grace our pages – from music legend Quincy Jones, to up-and-coming fashion designer Tara LaTour. Interestingly and perhaps somewhat serendipitously, they both shared parallel sentiments. In Hit Man (page 36) Mr. Jones told us that careers like his can never be planned. “I look back on it and think ‘it must have been somebody else.’ You can’t plan it. It blows my mind sometimes.” In Style Icon (page 16 of Aisle Style) LaTour shares a similar notion, candidly asking “how is this my life right now?” While I have yet to win a Grammy or walk the runways at fashion week, to me, Reign is much the same. On more than several occasions I have wondered (sometimes out loud) ‘how did I get so lucky?’ While the throes of a start up company are not without their unique challenges, Reign is a dream come true for me. Much more than a magazine and infinitely more than a business, it is my heart and soul and labor of love. It is this passion that has been my compass as we’ve decided where to take our publication. And as long as this passion remains, I’m confident that we’ll continue to build something special, something significant and something that resonates with the many women who make Colorado the sweetest place to live. After all, you can’t plan a career like this.









GRACE MCCLURE Grace (fondly known as Gracie) McClure brings a fresh eye and fashionable aesthetic to Reign Magazine. Born and bred in the Mile High City, she knows a thing or two about the Colorado woman and is instrumental in helping Reign uncover the city’s hidden gems. A Buff through and through, Gracie earned both her Bachelor’s degree and Masters at The University of Colorado. In her spare time, she loves to travel. Her favorite destination, the Amalfi Coast, makes its appearance on Reign’s Resort cover. Her keen eye can be seen in the pages of Aisle Style, where she helped realize our Mountain Glamour vision (page 18). Gracie lives in Observatory Park with her husband Kyle and pup, Wanda.

2 BRE ORTOLA & SALLY WALKER Bre Ortola and Sally Walker are the dynamic force behind Alchemy Mineral Blends, a Boulder-based line of mineral makeup. When they are not in the

studio, Bre and Sally lend their talents to photo shoots, including Reign’s Checking In and Mountain Glamour features. Both Bre and Sally attended the Cinema Makeup School in Hollywood, California. The pair also work extensively with brides and are sought-after wedding day makeup artists. Bre and Sally live in Boulder where they enjoy the active Colorado lifestyle.

3 CHELSEA MAGNESS A Colorado girl in every sense, Chelsea Magness is the newest addition to Reign’s editorial staff, lending her expertise to photo shoots and scouring the city as one of our online editors at Chelsea lives and breathes for fashion. She attended the Art Institute of Colorado where she earned a degree in fashion retail management, honing her visual merchandising and styling skills (Checking In, page 36). A thrill seeker, animal lover and travel aficionado, Chelsea spends her days outside of the office racing off-road trucks in Mexico, volunteering with local veterinary clinics and riding horses competitively.

4 STACY PISANI Stacy Pisani has been in love with all things design from a young age. After learning the logistics of event planning in corporate America, it became abundantly clear that she loved the emotional charge of the social event world. With that, she left the corporate world to open Alexan Events. Today, Stacy is amongst the top coordinators in the nation. A rarity in the wedding planning industry, Stacy and her Alexan Events team offer comprehensive, show stopping designs as well as full-service décor and furniture rental. Her talents and eye for style can be seen on the pages of Reign’s Mountain Glamour feature, which Pisani and her A-list team designed from top to bottom. 5 CHAD RILEY Chad Riley is a small town guy turned big city fashion photographer. Having grown up amidst citrus groves in the rural enclave of Lemon Cove, California, his aesthetic stems from days spent observing his surroundings. The unpaved roads of the Central Valley led him to the shores of Santa Barbara, where he studied at the esteemed Brooks Institute of Photography. Soon after, he moved to New York City where his pursuit of a career in fashion photography found him at the doorstep of world famous artist Annie Leibovitz. With a front row seat to the industry’s most culturally significant and iconic photo shoots, he quite literally learned from the best. Now based in San Francisco, Chad circles the globe shooting on behalf of fashion and editorial clients like Vogue, Vanity Fair and Louis Vuitton in addition to Apple, Wired Magazine and Capital One. His talents can be seen on Reign’s Resort 2013 cover, shot on the Amalfi Coast and featuring fashion favorite Shabby Apple. When Chad is not globetrotting in search of the perfect shot, he can be found spending time with his lovely wife and new baby boy.



From the Publisher

LAST OCTOBER, CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY FOR ME. I had the privilege of sitting down with music legend and entertainment icon Quincy Jones. “Q,” whom his close friend Frances Sinatra first nicknamed him, was in town to support the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. We chatted about all the great things his friends Anna and John Sie have done for the cause and we also talked a bit about Jones’ illustrious career. To call him a genius might be an understatement. I don’t think most of us realize how prevalent Jones has been through music - whether it’s in film, videos, concerts, plays, writing, producing or conducting. From the mean streets of Chicago to a chance encounter with a piano that would change his life forever, Q has had his fingerprints all over the musical landscape for 65 years. Starting on page 36, read about his life with the likes of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and old pal Sinatra. He even indulged me with a little known story about one of my music heroes, Eddie Van Halen. Speaking with Q reminded me of all the good that still exists in the world. While he turns 80 years young in 2013, he still has some big plans and some unfinished business for us to enjoy. Constantly giving back to others less fortunate, his energy and zest for life can’t help but resonate. As we ended our interview, Q looked at our magazine and yelled, “Reign Supreme!” Given all the talent he has directed over the years, who wouldn’t take that command to heart?

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As always, I hope you enjoy this issue. Cheers!

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The Suite Life A penthouse overlooking Australia’s Great Barrier Reef sounds like heaven enough for us. Add the letters “DVF” to the mix and it’s sheer bliss. This fall, design icon Diane Von Furstenberg unveiled her custom designed two-bedroom suite at Hayman, the continent’s most lauded five-star resort. Styled from top to bottom with Ms. Von



Furstenberg’s signature fabrics and colorful décor, the refurbished penthouse is, in a word, fabulous. The space boasts an expansive balcony where guests can revel in the garden, beach and Coral Sea views. Inside, DVF’s charm is ever-apparent with a custom-made four-poster bed, DVF-designed floor rugs and fanciful finishes. Beach sand walls and vivid white trim allow for a bold mix of Von Furstenberg’s whimsical textiles as does bleached wood flooring. Other tony appointments include rainwater showers and artwork from DVF’s personal photography collection, impressively curated from her years of travel. The DVF Penthouse at Hayman Resort Australia, Ring +61 7 4940 1838,

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There’s something about good stationery that makes our heart skip a beat. Combine that notion with receiving delightful packages in the mail out of nowhere and we’re officially smitten. Enter Idea Chic’s Parcel Post Subscription – the brand new club from Denver-based paper proprietress Julie Sandusky and her darling company, Idea Chic. A stationery lover’s dream, subscribers receive quarterly packages from the company’s latest releases – everything from greeting cards to gift tags and calendars to cocktail accoutrement (we love these super fab drink stirrers). Each shipment includes four-five of Idea Chic’s most popular products before they are released online or in stores. Members will even receive items made exclusively for the club. Just $30 per quarter gets you in and you can save a bit by purchasing the whole year for $108 (hint: best gal pal gift ever). Bonus? The box itself is a gift – Sandusky’s creative whimsy shines through in each container, making the packaging anything but ordinary. Idea Chic’s Parcel Post Subscription, $30 per quarter,

CROWNING JEWEL Jewelry has always been in Christy Lea Payne’s blood. Only her father, an Oklahoma farmer, didn’t know it. While he was outside on his tractor, Christy was inside the barn, tinkering with his tools and creating crosses and frames out of old metal and wood scrap. Fast forward two decades and Denverbased Payne is one of the nation’s most lauded metalsmith jewelry designers, gracing the pages of Robert Redford’s Sundance catalog and the closets of celebrities like Hilary Swank. Known for her rustic, well-worn designs, Christy Lea Payne works with gold, sterling, leather and stones to design jewelry that’s unique, inspired and incredibly personal. Wishbones, hearts, crosses and stars are among the icons used throughout her collections as are words like “Peace,” “Protect” and “Kindness.” We’re especially fond of Payne’s recent collaboration with Denver favorite Kismet – a charm bar featuring CLP designs that can be made into custom, one-of-a-kind pieces. We’re also coveting CLP’s clutches – a new addition to the line featuring hair on hide leather and horsehair tassels. Available in neutrals, brights and metallics, we’ll gladly take one in every color. CLP Jewelry, and at



Queen of the Hill While skiing down Aspen Mountain is a time-honored tradition, we’re becoming fond of the posh peak’s more indulgent activities. Yoga, bubbly, breakfast and live music are among the slope-side goings-on that warrant a reason to take a break from the powder whilst visiting Colorado’s toniest mountain enclave.

Get Your Om On There’s nothing quite like a stretch session before you hit the slopes for the day. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 to 10:30 skiers with valid lift tickets can take advantage of a yoga class atop the mountain, inside the Sundeck. Did we mention that it’s free? Namaste. The Breakfast Club Early risers can make the sunrise sweeter with Aspen’s popular First Tracks Breakfast. Every Saturday during the season, guests may upload the gondola before it opens to the general public at 8. At the summit, you’ll find the best breakfast a girl could have at 11,000 feet. While you’re there, chat with mountain insiders to learn the location of those secret powder stashes. On the way down, you’ll be privy to the first tracks of the day. Tickets are $25 with a pass or $35 for non-skiers.



You Had Us at Clicquot A ski-in, ski-out champagne bar may be the most brilliant invention of the decade. Add in views of Aspen and that iconic yellow Veuve Clicquot label and it begs no question. The Oasis, The Little Nell’s mobile champagne bar, serves up bubbly by the bottle (or glass, if that’s your thing) along with caviar, a solar powered sound system and sweeping views of Aspen every weekend beginning in midFebruary. Skiers find the whereabouts of the secret location by following @TheLittleNell on Twitter and are rewarded with all the Veuve the heart desires (so long as they remember their credit cards).

Aspen Rocks If you want to make the evening count, soirée atop Aspen Mountain at one of the Party Under the Stars events. Held February 16th, March 1st and March 15th, you’ll enjoy dinner and drink specials, plus live music and a killer dance party at The Sundeck. Tickets are only $10 and include starlit views of the town and plenty of photo ops. For more info on Aspen Mountain, visit

Hotel Jerome 330 East Main Street in Aspen Ring 800.331.7213


MAKING OVER AN ICON Aspen’s Hotel Jerome has seen the likes of royalty, celebrities and socialites grace its storied halls over the last century and now, the town’s grand dame is even grander. This past August saw the nearly five-month closure of the iconic hotel as it underwent a massive interior renovation. In December, the respite reopened its doors and revealed the show stopping results, including a brand new (and long awaited) spa, updated lobby and completely revamped guest rooms. Famed interior designer Todd-Avery Lenahan, along with Aspen-based architects Rowland + Broughton, carefully created a modernized space that preserved the hotel’s historic integrity and rich details while bringing the accommodations up to par with five-star standards. Finishes like the hotel’s Indian rug-patterned tilework floor and legendary Chippendale chinoiserie bar remain, while updates like cashmere curtains and a minibar fashioned from a leather chest bring the space into a new era. The hotel’s 93 guest rooms ditched their matronly furnishings in exchange for current, yet architecturally appropriate touches. Custom wall coverings, bespoke furniture and leather writing tables appoint the quarters. The makeover also includes an impressive renovation of the hotel’s restaurant with the entrée of Prospect, the newest introduction to Aspen’s culinary scene. Chestnut and cream colored hardwood flooring, hand stitched leather chairs and iron pendant lights appoint the space with undeniable charm. Around the corner is another new addition to Jerome’s amenities – an intimate on-premise spa offering treatments inspired by the Ute Indians. The famous J Bar and lobby spaces have stayed put, yet showcase updated interiors and a more spacious, contemporary feel.

Gimme Some Sugar

We’re big proponents of eating dessert first. So is Jenny Ford, the Denver mompreneur whose latest venture, online sweet hub Sugar Loco, just rolled out the candy coated carpet for her sweet-toothed fans. Sugar Tours are Ford’s new way of sharing her passion for all things saccharine with Colorado, one dessert at a time. The monthly outings take a small group on a jaunt to Colorado’s sweetest spots, where they sample desserts and drink pairings at each stop. You’ll even get a swag bag filled with goodies any gal would love. Past tours have seen the likes of the legendary Broadmoor Hotel, downtown’s Crave Bar, Larimer’s Chocolatier Blue and the opulent restaurants at The Inverness. Tours are $45 and worth every sweet little penny. Sugar Tours by Sugar Loco,

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Trillium 2134 Larimer Street in Denver Ring 303.379.9759

FOR THE TRILLIUMTH TIME The Ballpark neighborhood continues to bustle and Trillium, the popular restaurant opened by chef Ryan Leinonen, is perhaps the quarter’s shining star. The casual yet urbanely chic eatery dishes up exceptional American food with a strong Scandinavian influence and has quickly become a favorite amongst the city’s discerning foodie crowd. The menu boasts inspired cuisine like seared duck breast with a pear-rutabaga smash and cranberry mint relish and small plates including a chicken, bacon and mushroom terrine. The décor is equally hip without being hipster and feels cool and collected with exposed brick, high ceilings and plenty of light. Another favorite? Trillium’s French Press Cocktail menu. Rolled out exclusively to keep patrons warm during the chilly winter months, the libations are a far cry from your typical hot toddy. Made by infusing delicate herbs with premium alcohol and hot water, the cocktails are served for two or for a table and are composed in one French press with accompanying glasses. Selections include the Lillehammer, a berry, lavender and gin concoction and The Oslo, a spiced akavit, red wine, raisin and almond mix.

The casual yet urbanely chic eatery dishes


Bag Ladies

What’s Inside HOT PINK LEATHER “D”: I bought this tiny leather case in Vegas 10 years ago during my bachelorette weekend. I use it for business cards.

Dana Berry Four Seasons Denver Hotel

As the public relations director for Four Seasons Denver Hotel, Dana Berry is well versed on traveling in style. A Denver native, she is a hometown girl with big-city sensibilities. Whether flying to New York for a media junket or visiting one of the chic Four Seasons resorts, there are certain items that Dana will never leave behind. Here, she opens her stylish tote to reveal what she simply cannot jetset without.

“D” SATIN SHOE BAG: I prefer to travel in flat sandals or boots, but pack a pair of dressier heels to change into. A cute shoe bag is a must. MAGS: I’m addicted to magazines and have several subscriptions. InStyle, ELLE and House Beautiful are some of my faves. LITTLE BAG: I always pack a little bag inside my larger one, so I can ditch the large one when I arrive at my destination. This small Tory Burch is great because of the cross-body strap. I easily get annoyed with hand-held bags. HAT: Protecting my face is a big thing for me nowadays! This collapsible wide brim hat packs easily and covers my entire face from the sun’s harmful rays. NON-FICTION BOOK: Currently reading Jacqueline Kennedy’s Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. I have a slight obsession with all things Jackie O. FICTION BOOK: White Girl Problems by Babe Walker is a fun, mindless read just passed on to me by a good friend.

SWIMSUIT: If I’m going somewhere with a pool, or even a hot tub, I am going in! I practically lived in this orange reversible Oakley bikini while at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita last August. IPHONE, AND IPAD, IN PINK MARC JACOBS CASE: comes in handy for reading online mags and Facebooking. MAKEUP: YSL Lipstick is the best; this particular color (Rouge) is a little too red, but it looks great layered under a Laura Mercier gloss, and the color lasts a long time. Cover Girl compact: These old school compacts are effective and cheap; so I have one everywhere, in my car, in my desk at work, in all my bags. Gucci perfumes: these mini bottles are great for travel. L’Occitane After Sun Repairing Balm: I have dry skin, and this thick lotion really helps! NOTEBOOK: I’m not one to type notes into my iPhone. I like writing in a cute notepad. The hub picked out this “Heydey” one for me, resembling a vintage fashion magazine cover. FRAMED PIC OF THE FAM: Love to take a photo of my family (hubby John and two boys, Connor, 5, and Lawson, 3) wherever I go!

Missoni for Target Day Tripper Bag, $29.99



Jon Hart Carry On, $437

What’s Inside STA PASSPORT/DOCUMENT HOLDER: If I travel overseas, I always bring my organizer to keep track of my passport and other important documents. I’ve had it since college and it hasn’t failed me yet.

SOME FAB EARRINGS: You always need to bring a couple of crazy pairs of earrings just in case. I made the feather earrings myself, so they usually travel with me. I never know when I might find a new customer!

KINDLE: I never leave home without it. I can bring dozens of books on a single trip in one convenient place.

FUNKY SCARF: It’s an easy accent for almost any outfit and doesn’t take up much space, so I always bring a patterned scarf with me.

GAIAM YOGA SOCKS: These socks are great for hotel rooms or basically anywhere you want to throw down a downward facing dog without a mat.

NAIL POLISH: I’m not sure why anybody would leave home without neon pink and green nail polish.

VIBRAM 5 FINGERS: I always bring these in lieu of sneakers because they take up less space. I’ve also tested them in security lines and you can wear them straight through as shoes without taking them off! I think they just baffle TSA. HAIR CRIMPER: Seriously, why wouldn’t you need a crimper whilst traveling?


BOOKS: Yeah, yeah, I have a Kindle and real books. A girl needs options. IPHONE : My iPhone is basically an extension of my brain. If I lose it, I just wander around until it or I am found. GOOD OLD BLUE JEANS: My #1 rule is to never leave home without a pair of comfortable blue jeans. I love my Hudsons best.

CANON REBEL T2I: Depending on where I’m going, I like to bring a camera that actually takes good pictures, unlike my iPhone. I like the Rebel t2i because it’s powerful, yet compact. Perfect for traveling. COLLAPSIBLE TRAVEL HULA HOOP: I love to hoop and it’s great exercise. This hoop collapses which makes it really easy to travel with. And I kid you not, it always creates a good conversation in security. TRAVEL PILLOW: I always bring this trusty guy on long plane rides. You never know when you might accidentally end up in a middle seat. SCOTTEVEST TRAVEL VEST: These bad boys are designed so you can basically walk through security with everything in your vest, so you only need to shed it to walk through the x-rays. It’s brilliant, really - with pockets for everything from your water bottle, to your phone, to your IDs to your keys.

Krista Paul Using Miles Krista Paul lost nearly 30,000 airline miles in one year because frankly, organizing her frequent flyer numbers was time consuming and inconvenient. With that, she founded, a site that tracks all of your loyalty programs in one handy place. When she’s not being lauded by the likes of Inc. magazine or USA Today, the savvy entrepreneur (naturally) loves to travel. Here, the quintessential Colorado adventure seeker shares her musthaves when using her own miles.



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MITCHELL GOLD NEEDS NO INTROduction, but HW Home’s Ron Werner offers one anyway. “This is Mitchell. He’s a genious.” Indeed, the well-known pillar of interior design is an icon, and one who’s unaffected by the label. The designer, known for the eponymous furniture line he started with then life partner and now business partner Bob Williams, has taken the concept of comfortably chic to new levels with mass appeal. Having practically invented the slip covered sofa, Gold and Williams made comfortable furnishings chic when avant garde impracticality was en vogue.

Now, twenty-three years later, they’re continuing to push boundaries – whether it’s drawing inspiration from a desk belonging to a 19th century novelist, or creating the furnishings for the first family’s private White House quarters. Yet for Mitchell Gold, it starts and ends with one word – comfort. “The biggest design mistake someone can make is ignoring comfort. If you have young kids and your home is decorated in such a way that they’re constantly being told what not to do, that doesn’t work. The most beautiful spaces are comfortable and functional.” Having started their company with the intention of staying small (Gold and Williams originally wanted 20 or so key clients), their steadfast approach has paid off. Today, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams’ designs can be found in major retailers worldwide (Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware both tap the duo for the mainstay of their sofas) as well as the nation’s most sought-after independent retailers, Colorado’s HW Home among them. They also boast more than a dozen US signature stores, with another three worldwide. Not bad for a couple who twenty years ago, wanted to earn a modest $75,000 a year between them. “There was a point when I looked at Bob and said ‘I think we have something here. This is going to be more than the little company we’d imagined.’ From there, we had to decide what kind of corporation we wanted to run – how we wanted to function – and we’ve held very true to those early decisions.” Decisions like installing air conditioning in their North Carolina factory when no other label – including industry giants – did, or building a health-conscious café, employee gym and on-site daycare center for over 700+ employees. Decisions that have made Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams not only leaders in style, but also in business. With karma like that, it comes as no surprise that success continues to unfurl for the brand. Their latest venture – a licensed collection with CBS’s smash hit, The Good Wife – is being met by rave reviews. And today, it’s the reason they’re visiting Denver and their friends at HW Home. “Beth Kushnick, the show’s set designer, initially came to us when she was creating the spaces. As the show gained popularity, they were getting as many calls about the furnishings as they were about the wardrobe,” Gold explains. “At that point, CBS had an ‘ah ha’ moment and approached us to do a line based

off the furnishings we’d already designed for the set.” Having never licensed a collection before, Gold and Williams were initially hesitant, but the partnership seemed natural. “We didn’t have to change our style to fit another label – they loved what we were already doing and so the fit was there. It was the perfect scenario for us to take this leap.” The collection, offered at HW Home, includes eight pieces each more beautiful than the last. The style is reminiscent of what one would expect to see in a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams line, but adapted and named for The Good Wife characters. Sofas and chairs make up the mainstay of the line, with occasional pieces rounding out the mix. And while Gold’s designs have also graced the sets of shows like Frasier and Sex and the City, his inspiration isn’t always drawn from Hollywood. “We find inspiration everywhere. In fact, my husband Tim and I just spent ten days at furniture shows in Europe, only to find our biggest muse at a Parisian Museum,” he laughs. “We were browsing through a museum and stumbled upon a replica of Prus, the famous novelist’s, bedroom. It had his actual chair, chaise and desk and I couldn’t help but get inspired. There may be nods to it in our next collection.” True to form, Gold maintains you don’t need a passport to draw inspiration. “It’s everywhere. The first question I ask someone when designing a room is how will it be used? You have to get inspired by your surroundings and create spaces that work for you.” With two successful design books, The Comfortable Home and its follow up, Let’s Get Comfortable, Gold and Williams have plenty of practical, yet equally inspired advice. “People tend to either fear design, or the opposite – they go overboard. For me, when someone uses too much color, it’s a mistake. If you’re going to use a bold color on a wall, complement it with a soft or neutral palette,” he explains. Yet ultimately, it all goes back to that one word – that single philosophy that Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams was built upon – comfort. “When you look at a piece of furniture, it should appear comfortable and when you pick up the price tag, it should be comfortable too. Our overriding design philosophy has to do with comfort – to the eye, to the body, to the wallet – it’s everything.” Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and locally at HW Home stores,

“The biggest design mistake someone can make is ignoring comfort. If you have young kids and your home is decorated in such a way that they’re constantly being told what not to do, that doesn’t work. The most beautiful spaces are comfortable and functional.”




Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita



A Private Paradise IT’S NO WONDER FOUR SEASONS HAS the most prime property in all of Punta Mita – when the resort opened in 1999, it had its pick of Mexico’s Bay of Banderas coastline, claiming the most choice spot of all. Since then, others have followed suit, but none as opulent or enchanting as the original. Set amid 1,500 oceanfront acres, Four Seasons Punta Mita (Spanish for ‘point of the arrow’) is every bit the dreamy beach getaway one would expect from the world-famous brand, but with the charm of a boutique hotel. As appropriate for a romantic respite as it is for a family vacation, the property is a vast departure from nearby Puerto Vallarta and is perched on its own coastal cliff behind the decidedly private gates of Punta Mita village. Gates that see the star studded likes of Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta and the Kardashian clan enter on a regular basis. One needn’t worry about the trappings of a larger Mexican city – Punta Mita is a world of its own, with a handful of charismatic beachfront eateries and boutiques peppering its colorful streets. Simply put, it is old-world Mexico as its very best. With 141 rooms and 32 suites, Four Seasons Punta Mita offers luxury on every level – from a quaint casita to the 9,000 square foot Coral Suite with its own private spa and fitness center. Regardless, there’s not a bad view in the house, each and every unit boasting a private terrace overlooking white sand beaches and natural islands. The property’s three swimming pools accommodate a variety of tastes. The Nuno infinity pool, the resort’s largest, is ideal for taking in ocean views while sipping on



Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Ring +52 329.291.6000

a tropical cocktail. The Tamai pool complex offers an adult-only option and ten private cabanas. Children (and adventure-seeking adults) will love the Lazy River, a wraparound black-bottomed pool whose mild current enables guests to leisurely drift past the jungle-like landscape that surrounds them. Dining choices abound, with five on-property restaurants each showcasing world-class cuisine. A foodie’s paradise, each is more authentic and decadent than the last. Ketsi, the open-air thatch roof eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and dishes up sophisticated Mexican cuisine that makes it a favorite with resort guests, both big and small. Nearby Nuna Bar is small and quaint, specializing in fresh ceviche – the perfect midday



snack. Aramara is the resort’s signature restaurant, serving dinner on a breathtaking outdoor terrace. A departure from the rest, Aramara’s menu is Asian contemporary. Dishes like hot rock Kobe beef and sushi delight guests with choices uncommon for a Mexican resort. The shining star of the group is Bahia. This beachfront restaurant is the brainchild of celebrity chef Richard Sandoval and serves elegant Mexican cuisine that transcends the typical. Sleek contemporary design is juxtaposed against the rustic surroundings of giant Manzanilla trees. Flavors for which that the famed Sandoval is lauded (perfectly grilled seafood with a robust marinade) appoint the menu alongside unexpected signature dishes like Buttered Crab Mashed Potatoes and Chipotle Hollandaise Puttanesca. For the spa aficionado, Apuana couples regional products and native treatments with a chic, tranquil facility. Opt for the 80-minute Hakali Massage, where a warm meringue made of cactus is therapeutically applied to the body, or the Punta Mita Massage, which involves tequila and indigenous sage oil. True to its over-the-top form, the resort will even arrange for an evening treatment that includes dinner in a secluded spot and in-room bath selections. Yogis will find their om in one of the early morning classes, held on the property’s iconic seaside cliff. Adventure and opulence converge with the myriad activities offered by the resort – from private yacht charters to deep sea fishing trips. Stand-up paddling and surfing lessons are also popular with guests, as are decadent tequila and chocolate tastings. Guests may even request a private tour of the property’s regional art or partake in a complimentary Spanish lesson.

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March 7, 2013

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The 4th Annual Women’s Event will be an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to support the research and treatment of Women’s Cancers taking place at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in Colorado. Join us for a cocktail mixed by Denver’s finest bartenders, mingle for a cause and have a direct and local impact on the fight against cancer!

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2013 Bartenders James Lee with The Bitter Bar Jolene Monteilh with The Capital Grille Allison Anderson with Frasca Food and Wine Mike Delmonico with Gas Lamp Sean Kenyon with Williams & Graham

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THE REGENT PALMS, QUITE LITERALLY, had me at hello. From the moment I walked off the plane and into the sweet salty air, I was certain that island life was for me. As you would expect, sojourning at one of the grandest resorts on Grace Bay Beach did nothing but further convince me of my need to immediately sell all of my worldly goods and spend my days in a sarong. Greeted at the door by a big smile and a cool lavender scented towel, the resort exuded a sense of understated luxury, its colonially inspired design only adding to the chic opulence. Seconds later a cocktail was placed in my hands, along with the keys to a suite with sweeping views of the ocean and the resort’s picture-perfect infinity pool. Alas, I was left to bask in the glow of the warm lights and dreamy surroundings. After inspecting the giant wrap around porch and the pristine bathroom, I plopped onto a fluffy white bed. I had arrived.

The following morning, I awoke with the excitement of a five year old on Christmas morning. With the sound of the crashing waves echoing throughout the room, I dove into my bikini and headed for the beach. The ocean was exactly as promised - a supernatural shade of turquoise that at first glance, looked fake. Pure white sand stretched in both directions for miles. I walked along the beach for what seemed like hours, delighting in every step and stopping only for a quick dip in the warm ocean water. Back at the resort, I plunged myself into the infinity pool, sipped on an espresso and planned my day. What to do first? Lay on the beach? Lay by the pool? Relax on my daybed? Eat? I decided to do all of the above, in no particular order. Having just received a “World’s Best Spa" award, my trip to the resort’s expansive Regent Spa was one that was highly anticipated and one that didn’t disappoint. A photographer’s dream, the

25,000 square foot open-air retreat also had me at hello. The symmetry of the individual treatment rooms lining a long narrow waterway of palm trees and fountains was as serene as it was stunning. Prior to my first treatment, I sat peacefully in the steam room with the tiniest gecko that I coaxed into my hand. Still as could be, the diminutive creature turned his head and looked at me as if to say, "it's not a dream. It's real." We understood each other completely. The spa menu itself was as flawless as the surroundings. Therapists, I learned, trained all over the world to offer indigenous experiences like the Mother of Pearl polish with crushed conch shell and the Zareeba detoxifying treatment featuring herbs from nearby Jamaica. Naturally, a true five star experience wouldn't be complete without impeccable food options. Each morning at the resort’s Parallel 23 restaurant served a beautiful buffet of fresh fruits and homemade granola, as well as a full menu including my favorite, smoked salmon eggs Benedict. Next door, the more casual Green Flamingo served a plethora of island cocktails and small plates dripping with Caribbean authenticity. Plunge, the poolside restaurant and bar was perfect for mid-day cravings, ranging from a conch salad to jerk chicken wings to lobster tail. But the treat of all treats was the private tasting I was fortunate enough to experience with the head chef himself. I left more satisfied than I have been in years, even at the heels of American Thanksgiving made by my dear mother. It was to die for. For the adventure seekers, the scuba diving is world-class and competes every year with Belize for the 2nd and 3rd "best diving" in the world, led only by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Back at sea level, Regent Palms has no shortage of high-end retail shops, and for the sports-lover, a croquet lawn and tennis courts. For the foodies, it’s a dream come true. For the spa-goers, it doesn't get better. For the families, it’s a perfect choice. For the couple, a wildly romantic getaway. Simply put, The Regent Palms abounds with sophisticated charm. I think I’ll stay a while.

The Regent Palms Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Island, B.W.I Ring: 649.946.8666





By Betsy Marr with Kevin Marr Photos by Eric Stephenson



To fully grasp the significance of Quincy Jones’ impact on music would be impossible, as even a glimpse at the names that dot his colorful resume is mind-boggling. What began as a nightclub gig with best friend and fellow legend Ray Charles at the age of fourteen has since cemented Quincy Jones as the Renaissance man of American music. Yet working with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, 2Pac, BB King, Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan and Will Smith is only the beginning of the his awe-inspiring story. IT’S A BIG NIGHT IN DENVER. THE BULBS are flashing against the reflection of a step and repeat and the red carpet is crowded with the city’s bold faced-names. Gowns sparkle and diamonds all but blind as guests saunter past the cameras. But this event – this night – is different from the rest. There’s an electricity in the air that says, “this is big.” It’s the Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show, which in just four short years has become the most sought-after ticket in town, attracting more than 1,200 well-heeled guests annually and raising more than $3 million for its beneficiary, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. To understand how the event has gained so



much ground in such a short time, one needn’t look further than its roots – roots that stem from Starz Entertainment founder John Sie and his wife Anna. After their granddaughter Sophia was born with Down Syndrome, the couple took action, creating the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at The Children’s Hospital. Soon after, they looked to their A-list friends – friends with big names and even bigger hearts. Among the crew was John’s longtime pal, Mr. Quincy Jones. And since 2009, the music legend has repeatedly graced Denver with his iconic presence, all in the name of children like Sophia. “I’ve always enjoyed having something to share,” the illustrious Jones begins. “Call it cockeyed, but I grew up in Chicago in the Depression days. I paid my dues there – we had nothing. I’ve felt what it’s like to need and I can’t let that feeling go. It’s all about people for me.” But despite a career than spans seven decades, 27 Grammys and the highest grossing album of all time, Quincy Jones’ life hasn’t always been charmed. As the son of a carpenter who worked for what Jones calls “the most notorious OGs of all time” he saw it all. Including a move to Seattle in the middle of the night after Al Capone ran his father’s bosses out of town. But fate had a plan, one that began when the Jones family moved to the Northwest. “My father was working in the Navy shipyards and we spent our days on base. We thought we were baby gangsters. We knew everything – when the ice cream trucks would come in, when the pies were delivered,” he begins. “We’d break into the barracks and ravage the place – food fights, you name it.” One particular evening in those Seattle barracks changed Jones, and the face of American music, forever. “I broke into the supervisor’s office and saw a piano in the corner. I almost closed the door but something stopped me. Something – it had to have been the voice of God – told me to go back into that room,” he says with a visible chill. “There in the dark I walked over to that piano and when I touched it I knew that’s what I would do for the rest of my life. It saved me. That one moment, man. It’s astounding.” The experience isn’t something that Jones takes lightly, admitting that it’s more than rare, it’s unheard of. “To fall in love with music at the age of eleven and know that’s what you’re going to do the rest of your life and then somehow end up having worked with greatest musical treasures of America? It’s ridiculous. You can’t plan it. I look back on it

and think ‘it must have been somebody else.’ It blows my mind sometimes.” After that fateful night, the Quincy Jones we know today began to emerge. The young boy played every instrument he could get his hands on, eventually finding the trumpet. “As soon as I picked up that horn I started hearing other instruments in my head. So I started arranging. From the very beginning I was hooked,” he explains. “Composing is my passion. I love it.” That love and passion saw Jones performing in nightclubs by the age of 14, right alongside lifelong pal and fellow music legend Ray Charles. A few years later, he dropped out of Boston’s Berklee College of Music to go on the road with bandleader Lionel Hampton, which quickly led to work as a freelance arranger – Jones’ favorite and perhaps most prominent role in music. He soon settled in New York, and a career as one of the most indemand young writers in history began to unfurl. Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley and his old friend Ray Charles all called on Jones to write melodies throughout the early 1950s, eventually landing him a gig as trumpeter and music director for the Dizzy Gillespie band. By the end of the decade, Jones found his way to Paris where he studied under Nadia Boulanger, his self-admitted mentor. “She took me there,” he explains. “She told me ‘I have to treat you differently though. Jazz musicians shack up with the music first. They court and marry it later.’ It’s true,” he laughs. While in Paris, Jones received a phone call that he’ll never forget. It was Frank Sinatra (Frances, to Jones), asking him to bring his house band to Monaco and play for Princess Grace. Naturally, he obliged, assembling a group of 55 musicians including greats like Lucky Thompspn and Kenny Clark. For Jones, the night was epic. Six hours passed like minutes, ending with a pat on the back from Sinatra. “Great job, kid,” he said as he left. Fast-forward four years and Jones receives another unforgettable phone call – this one careerchanging. “I remember it like it was yesterday. ‘Hey Q (coining Jones’ now proverbial nickname)! This is Frances. I’m in Hawaii and I just heard that thing you did with Basie. It was a waltz,’ dum dada da dum” Jones begins to hum a recognizable tune. “Frances continued, telling me this was the way ‘he wanted to do it’ and asked me if I’d consider doing a record with him.” That record ended up being the Sinatra-Basie

collaboration It Might as Well Be Swing and the familiar humming Fly Me to the Moon, a song that stands as one of America’s most epic pieces of music and the first notes ever played in space as Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon in 1969. That was only the beginning for Q and Frances. The pair continued to work together until Sinatra’s passing in 1998, producing more than twenty albums together over the years. “He had no gray. He either loved you or forgot you. He was such a friend – I can’t even begin to tell you.” But Jones tries anyway. “When my son was born, he sent him a card that said ‘let Uncle Frank welcome you to this world with an education knowing that you’ll make it a far better place than the one we screwed up.’ Inside that card was a bond for his entire college education. That’s just the kind of man he was.” It was relationships like this that allowed Jones to produce the 1985 single, We are the World, selling more than 20 million copies and raising more than $63 million to benefit USA for Africa. The tune also garnered Jones three Grammys, but it was no small task. “You get that many stars together and you are playing with fire, man,” he recalls. “We were smart enough to record all of the solos first. Otherwise, it would have been over. Then, I had to tell 46 people, all stars, that only 21 solos would be in there. That wasn’t easy. Boy, some of them went crazy,” he laughs. But the pro-



Page 38 Quincy Jones recording in the studio. Page 39, from top Quincy with Michael Jackson, accepting one of his eight 1984 Grammys for Thriller. Frank Sinatra and Quincy Jones – the pair recorded more than 20 albums together throughout their careers. Quincy recording with legend Sammy Davis, Jr. This Page, Top to bottom, left to right Mr. Quincy Jones chats with Reign Magazine about his storied career and work with Denver’s Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Jones with Anna Sie and her granddaughter Sophia, the inspiration behind the Be Beautiful Be Yourself charity fashion show. DeOndra Dixon (sister to Jamie Foxx), Quincy Jones, Anna Sie, John Sie and Jamie Foxx in Denver to celebrate and support GDSF. Jamie portrayed Jones’ lifelong friend Ray Charles in the 2004 hit, Ray. The sign Jones famously hung on the recording studio door when making the 1985 hit, We are the World. Jones assembled 41 superstars to perform and record We are the World, the benefit for Ethiopia that raised $63 million and won three Grammys. Quincy Jones and close pal Ray Charles, who first played together as teens in a Seattle nightclub. Opposite Page, from top Jones and Frank Sinatra playing with the Count Basie Orchestra in Las Vegas. Jones recording with artist and friend Stevie Wonder. One of the most award-winning music men of all time, Jones counts 27 Grammys amongst his accolades.



“There in the dark I walked over to that piano and when I touched it I knew that’s what I would do for the rest of my life. It saved me. That one moment, man. It’s astounding.” ject proved successful, in no small part due to the sign Jones famously hung on the recording studio entrance reading ‘Leave your ego at the door.’ “We hung that sign, but they didn’t need it. These people came in willing to give everything they had to help Ethiopia and boy did they ever. It was incredible. Truly incredible.” Surprisingly, We are the World was not Jones’ most ornamented work of the 80s. Three years earlier, he had produced Thriller – the highest grossing album of all time and the record that turned Michael Jackson into the King of Pop. The nine hit songs nabbed Jones a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards and remains today as the bestselling album in history at more than 65 million copies. Regardless of the album’s success, Jones maintains that he wasn’t after acclaim, he was after great songs. “You don’t think about that when you make a record. You go after songs. I learned a long time ago that this whole business is about a song and a story,” he explains. “A great song can make a terrible singer a star but the greatest singers in the world can’t save a bad song.” It was this philosophy that helped Jones sift through 800 songs to get to the nine that eventually became Thriller. But Jones didn’t stop there. “There’s a little trick that I use at the end of making an album. We take all the songs and pick the four weakest. Ray (Charles) always helped me be very honest with that. Then we try to make them the strongest. It turns the whole album on its head,” he explains. “That’s when we added Lady in My Life, wrote PYT and did Beat It and Human Nature. You mix that with tunes like Billy Jean and

Thriller – Lord have mercy! It was like lightening. You could feel it.” The album also counts one of the greatest guitar solos of the century amongst its accolades with Eddie Van Halen’s legendary performance on the Beat It track. “There’s a funny story there,” Jones says with a grin. “The first five times we called (Eddie) he didn’t believe it was me. ‘Eff off man! ’ he’d say. So we kept calling. When he realized I was legit, he couldn’t stop apologizing,” he recounts. “I remember when he came into the studio. We got two six packs of beer and two Gibsons and let him go to town. Michael was in the other room recording, but I stayed with Eddie. We had it nailed in no time. I told him ‘I called you because I want you to be you. Respond to this like anything else you play. Get your personality out.’ And it was perfect.” Despite enough stories like these to fill thousands of pages, nine movies and six albums on his schedule, Jones says he has unfinished business. “I’ve always wanted to do something on Broadway and we’re going to. I’m producing four shows – one on Michael Jackson’s life, one on Stevie Wonder’s life, one on my life and one I have been working on for thirty years – Afro Glam. It goes through the entire evolution of jazz and blues,” he reveals. “But you cannot rush it. It’s complex and it fascinates me.” Jones, who turns eighty years young this year, will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April, an honor that’s been a long-time coming. And while he acknowledges that he should be retiring about now, he knows himself all too well to call a wrap on his 65-year career. “I’ll never stop working. Music is who I am. It’s my heart.”



Escaping to Scottsdale, one spa at a time Elizabeth Arden knew it in 1940 when she opened the doors to her spa on Camelback Mountain. Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner declared it at their 1957 Valley Ho wedding and JFK and Jackie said it every time they swung a tennis racket at the nearby Biltmore resort. Scottsdale is fabulous. While some may raise their eyebrows at the notion of a respite in the Phoenix outskirts, the savvy traveler raises only her glass as she toasts to the good life (poolside of course). A short, affordable (our last pedicure cost more) flight from Denver, the Sonoran desert gem is a snowbird’s paradise, fraught with dreamy day spas, opulent hotels, picture perfect swimming pools, decadent dining and majestic sunsets. Here, we chronicle where to stay, play, wine and dine in the desert town that stole our hearts.

Words by Betsy Marr



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STAY Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Nestled on the north slope of tony Paradise Valley, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has all the trappings of a luxury resort with the charm of a boutique hotel. Its 74 mountainside casitas boast sweeping views of the valley, one that Arizona’s wealthy and well-heeled call home. A mid-century modern aesthetic is evident, with bright colors, sunken living rooms, wood burning fireplaces and expansive private patios the norm. If your budget accommodates, opt for one of the seven vacation homes situated high on the property for the utmost in privacy (Beyonce and Jay Z honeymooned in one of the palatial estates). Regardless of your room number, Elements, the on-property restaurant, is not to be missed. One of the most lauded eateries in the city, celebrity chef Beau MacMillan of Food Network acclaim creates farm-fresh American cuisine with just the right amount of Asian influence. Dishes like roasted pork belly with braised bacon hash and citrus hoisin glaze and butternut squash dumplings with goat cheese, ginger and carrot butter are served against a backdrop of jaw-dropping desert views. Outside, the resort’s infinity edge pool, patio and cabanas are the perfect way to unwind. Sip a mixed berry and vodka lemonade concoction poolside, or float your worries away in the water. The scene is relaxed, understated and decidedly chic – as cool and collected as the hotel itself. Also not to miss? The spa. Twelve indoor/outdoor treatment rooms offer Asian-inspired therapies, ranging from your typical massage (ask for



vices, a gourmet food menu, signature cocktails and complimentary private cabanas. The nearby spa, with fourteen treatment rooms, is on par with the resort’s other five star luxuries and boasts a salon, sauna and steam room in addition to indigenous treatments like the Sedona Earth Clay Body Mask. Dining options are plentiful, with three equally impressive on-property restaurants – tony Talavera, the causal Saguaro Blossom and the newest addition, Proof. Having just opened this November, Proof is somewhere between a main street diner and a hip hotspot, offering inspired comfort food, crafted cocktails and authentic soda fountain favorites (including spiked floats). A shuffleboard table adorns the space, as does a speakeasy style bar. During your stay, be sure to get starry-eyed with one of resort’s weekly stargazing sessions, led by a professional astronomer or check out one of the nearby hikes of picturesque Pinnacle Peak, followed by a special "yoga for hikers" session.

Jane or Azure) or facial to our favorite, the 90-minute Wild Lime Blossom treatment. A recipe of hazelnut, avocado and macadamia oils is blended with wild lime blossom, sandalwood and ginger and applied to your scalp, neck and shoulders to stimulate circulation and nourish your hair. While the oil works its magic, a full body massage ensues. Pure bliss. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain 5700 East McDonald Drive Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253 Ring 480.607.2321

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North 10600 East Crescent Moon Drive Scottsdale, Arizona 85255 Ring 480.513.5049 Fairmont Scottsdale Princess For families, the sprawling Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a perfect fit. 450 acres of four swimming pools, five tennis courts, two golf courses,

two waterslides, five restaurants and even a fishing pond translate to a little something for everyone. For the gal who needs some R & R, head straight to the resort’s Willow Stream Spa – and don’t leave. You’ll find an expansive and wildly indulgent haven that deserves its place on the "World’s Best Spas" list, and then some. An open-air atrium, gym and wellness café stocked with health-conscious treats greet you. Inside, his and hers locker rooms boast Swiss showers, steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools and a eucalyptus inhalation room. Venture outside to the Havasupai Waterfall cascades, where three different water pressures flow over red Sedona-hued stones, each offering a different therapy to the body. Upstairs, you’ll find the piecè de résistance – a rooftop pool where you can relax, soak up the sun and swim the day away pre and post spa appointment. Treatments themselves are stellar. Opt for the Balance Body Experience where a lemongrass and ylang ylang footbath is followed by an oatmeal and honey body scrub and full body massage. Also of note is Willow Stream’s impressive wellness program. Consultations with an integrative medical physician, nutritionist, personal trainer and skin care expert will ensure your results outlast your tan lines. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 East Princess Drive Scottsdale, Arizona 85255 Ring 480.585.2706

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Set on forty acres of stunning desert landscape is the secluded Four Seasons at Troon North. The perfect place to leave the rest of the world behind, this property is as opulent as it is enchanting. It has become a favorite destination for ladies who lunch and their golf-loving plus ones, and with good reason. Spacious adobe casitas and suites open to views of native desert landscape and centuries-old Saguaros, some with private plunge pools and outdoor showers. For couples, there’s even a romance enclave, where an entire adult-only building is dedicated to love – think heart shaped soaps, massage oil amenities, conversation starter cards at turn down and kama sutra books on the night stand. The property’s three pools (children’s, main and adult-only) are a treat, offering poolside massage ser-



Come Fly With Me Arizona is gorgeous when viewed from land, but from the sky it’s simply stunning. What better way to see the desert than from a hot air balloon – handmade wicker basket and all? A bucket list must, sailing through the sky in a brightly colored balloon is thrilling, romantic and inspiring – not to mention a photographer’s dream. And Hot Air Expeditions, the crème de la crème of Scottsdale balloon operators, doesn’t miss a beat. Upon landing, you will be welcomed back to earth in the traditional manner with flutes of champagne and breakfast – a French custom dating back more than 100 years. Hot Air Expeditions Ring 602.354.8912 By the Light of the Moon The legendary Boulders Resort is known for its secluded charm. Whether you’re staying at the resort or not, the Waldorf Astoria Spa’s moonlight bicycle tour is a Scottsdale must-do. Equipped with a mountain bike and night vision goggles, you’ll see the desert like never before as night-blooming cactus explode in a kaleidoscope of colors and wildlife scurry about. You needn’t be a pro to partake – expert guides take paved trails along a halogen-lit path and the ride itself is a leisurely pace. Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Boulders Resort 34631 North Tom Darlington Drive Carefree, Arizona 85377 Ring 480.488.9009



Easy Riders If you’re looking to see the desert with a side of adrenaline, a Tomkar tour is for you. The off-road expeditions take place with a specially designed, military-grade vehicle, which you get to drive. Along the way you’ll spot towering cacti, bald eagles, wild horses and the Verde River. During the tour, friendly guides fill you in on the geography, history and nature of Arizona. So long as you can focus while speeding through the desert. Green Zebra Adventures Ring 480.214.4435

Barrio Queen Tequileria Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza is a Pheonix legend. Her famed Barrio Café sees nightly lines around the block, diners clamoring for a taste of her storied street tacos. So when she opened up an offshoot in Scottsdale, it was not without its hoopla. With the notion of blending in with the other upscale eateries on the block, Esparza’s original intention was a Euro/Mexican café. The concept was quickly abandoned and Barrio Queen now mimics its popular sibling, the no frills Barrio Café. The joint offers traditional street food favorites likes tacos and tortas. Also on the menu: more than 250 varieties of tequila. 7114 East Stetson Drive, #105 Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 Ring 480.734.4513 The House Tucked away in a shaded corner of Old Town Scottsdale, The House evokes a bygone era, literally being “housed” in one of the very first residences in the city. The pine tree once planted by the original owner for his daughter still stands in the back and patrons dine on a quaint, dimly-lit patio that’s both cozy and cosmopolitan. Inside,


vintage furnishings create an inviting vibe. Foodies will love Chef Matt Carter’s re-imagined classic Mediterranean dishes, from house-made pastas to shellfish cooked over an Argentinian-style grill. Hand pressed cocktails and a notable wine list add to the accoutrement, as does flawless service and unrivaled ambiance. The House, in all of its charm, may just be our favorite restaurant. Period. 6936 East Main Street Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 Ring 480.634.1600 Spotted Donkey Cantina Fresh, lively and energetic, the Spotted Donkey Cantina embraces Arizona’s southwestern influences with “cantina-style” dishes and western flavors in a relaxing, bustling space. Top-notch artisanal ingredients are locally sourced and Mexican dishes come with a modern edge – think mac and cheese with hatch green chiles and pan roasted pork tenderloin with a sweet potato tamale. 34505 North Scottsdale Road, #G2 Scottsdale, Arizona 85266 Ring 480.488.3358



HAVE BEAUTY, WILL TRAVEL TO CHECK OR NOT TO CHECK? That is the question, and one that typically stems from just how much we do (or don’t) want to lug our bevy of beauty products along with our already overstuffed suitcase. While we want our hair to be bouncy and soft in only the way our fave shampoo can deliver, it’s a definite toss up. Is it worth the baggage carousel or worse yet, loosing our luggage in a dreaded airline oversight? And does scooping our La Mer into that unmarked travel-size container merit the inevitable ounce of wasted product? We think not. That’s why we’re head over sensible travel-height heels for, the adorable online hub for all things sample size. Co-founders Kate Duff and Alexi Mintz created the product-junkie paradise in 2009 after the gal pals grew tired of losing their favorite lotions to the regime-following hands of TSA. The site offers luxe beauty brands in airport-approved sizes, with names like Blow, Fekkai, Phtyo and Yes to Carrots rounding out their growing roster. We love the site’s custom “kits” that make packing your vanity case a no brainer with travel size essentials for occasions like beach vacays, hitting the gym, a weekend at a music festival (think blister pads, energy boosters and facial mist) and even the dreaded ‘walk of shame’ (facial towelettes, a detox eye roller and dry shampoo). Ring 212.791.3331

We caught up with the darling duo to get the inside scoop on their TSA-approved travel must-haves. Here’s what Alexi and Kate have to say about staying gorg on the go. REIGN: Quick! What staple go-to can be found in your handbag at all times? 3FLOZ: Air Repair Rescue Balm. It is the best all-purpose salve. We use it on our lips, hands, feet and face. Alexi and I never go anywhere without it! REIGN: Your newest, must-have products? 3FLOZ: (Kate) One Love Organics Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque. I use it every morning and I feel like it gives my skin a fresh start every day! It isn't harsh like traditional scrubs and I just pour a small amount in with my face wash. (Alexi) Philip B Oud Royale Shampoo and Conditioner. We are about to launch this line on the site and I know it is going to be a hit! This combination is so luxurious. My hair feels amazing, and the fragrance is to die for. REIGN: What is your favorite type of kit to put together and why? 3FLOZ: The kits that we know will help people look and feel their best while on the go. We all have such hectic lives and a couple of good products can make life a little bit easier. The gym kit for example. The kit has everything you need to transition from the gym to work, cocktails, or just freshen up so you aren't "that person" on the subway. REIGN: Favorite travel hotspots? 3FLOZ: (Kate) My favorite family vacations have been to Ireland and the south of France and my FAVORITE spa retreat getaway is to the Eden Rock in Miami.


REIGN: Your best travel tip? 3FLOZ: Wear your heaviest clothes and shoes on the plane so you have more room to pack all your must haves.



One Love Organics Essentials to Go Kit, $48

3floz Clutch Kit, $46

Somme Institute Mobile Travel Kit, $85

3floz Gym Kit, $56.50




COLOR BLOCK By sticking to a color palette, you can ensure that your separates and accessories are interchangeable. Start with a few neutral bottoms, and work from there. Choose bright complementary colors in two or three hues for your tops and dresses. This will give you the most versatility between outfits. Another option? Base your vacation wardrobe around one or two shoe colors. This saves room and allows you to justify bringing that incredible pair of Louboutins. BOTTOMS UP The formula is simple. Choose three tops for every bottom. Chances are, you’ll recycle your pants, shorts and skirts while wearing your blouses but once. Slacks and skirts typically take up more room than shirts, yet are less noticeable when worn multiple times. LIGHT THE WAY Instead of packing bulky sweaters or heavy jackets, layer lighter, thinner clothing. This will give you more options and will be significantly more compact. Opt for rayon blends over wool and take skinny jeans or jeggings instead of heavy denim. For tops, think tees, tanks, cashmere, cardigans and scarves. MULTITASK Bring along clothing that functions in more ways than one. Tunics, maxi dresses and leggings can all be dressed up or down and yoga pants can be worn poolside, at the spa or as pajama pants. ACCESSORIZE YOUR HEART OUT Because you’re likely bringing neutral, interchangeable clothing, have fun with accessories. Jewelry and sunglasses take up very little room yet pack a punch of color, adding oomph to your look. A bright envelope clutch is perfect for evening and slips neatly into your bag.

One Week, One Carry On… Top to bottom, left to right: Michael Kors Ikat-Print Matte-Sateen Shorts, $795 Miu Miu Pentagon-Frame Acetate Sunglasses, $33 Diane Von Furstenberg Faux Textured-Leather Case and Travel Adapter, $95 Eugenia Kim Craig Embellished Toyo and Cotton-Blend Trilby, $265 Citizens of Humanity Avedon Low-Rise Skinny Jeans, $190 Diane Von Furstenberg Kenley Chain-Print Cashmere Scarf, $250 Tory Burch Biarritz Printed Cotton Tunic, $225 Oscar De la Renta Beaded Tassel Clip Earrings, $395 Monica Vinader 18-Karat Rose Gold-Vermeil Diamond Earrings, $495 Melissa Odabash St. Tropez Bandeau Swimsuit, $205 Miu Miu Embellished Candy Top, $1,495 Pierre Hardy Cube-Print Coated-Canvas Tote, $895 Marc by Marc Jacobs Scooter Striped Satin-Twill Skirt, $260 Bottega Veneta Patent-Leather Sandals, $540 J. Crew Vintage Cotton T-Shirt, $30 Jimmy Choo Preya Leather and Raffia Wedge Sandals, $595 Lanvin Elaphe Clutch, $990 Tory Burch Reva Patent-Leather Ballet Flats, $195 Alice by Temperley Ricardo Jacquard-Knit Cotton Sweater Dress, $360 Emilio Pucci Low-Rise Flared Jeans, $565 Tory Burch Elandia Halterneck Bikini, $250 Kate Spade New York Striped Vivien Dress, $448 Kate Spade New York Pop of Color Colorblock Tee, $68 Kate Spade New York Field Day Ring, $78 Kate Spade New York Paper Bangles Check Bangle, $148 Spanx Active Stretch pants, $118





Splendid Cotton and Modal-Blend Camisole, $45 Gracie’s Unique 303.698.2229 Tibi Striped Knitted Cotton Top, $325 Kate Spade New York Squared Away Necklace, $128 McQ Alexander McQueen Printed Woven Scarf, $305 Eugenia Kim Wool & Cashmere Blend Beanie, $195 Kate Spade New York Suze Jacket, $498 J Brand Patsy High-Rise Skinny Jeans, $238 Gracie’s Unique 303.698.2229 Diane Von Furstenberg Color Block Leather Tote, $545 Miu Miu Studded Leather Gloves, $595 Dolce & Gabbana Animal Print Patent Rubber Boots, $395



IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BOOTS The single most important thing for any gal to know in the snow is to invest in boots. And not the over the knee, high heel, come hither kind. Sensible, rubber soled, take no prisoners snow boots. Find a pair with a great, true leather upper yet under no circumstances wear a leather sole in the snow. The salt alone will destroy your fabulous shoes and you’re likely to end taking a painfully embarrassing spill on the streets. Fur lined boots are ideal for staying warm and boots that are easy to clean and polish work best. Brands like Sorrel, Hunter and UGG deliver adorable yet reasonably priced picks, or opt for something ultra fabulous yet equally appropriate like the sport collections from Prada and Valentino. LAYER IT ON, LADIES If there’s one piece of fashion advice a Colorado woman must heed, it’s learning to layer. With the nation’s most fickle and unpredictable weather, planning your wardrobe is an oftentimes-futile lesson in versatility. Yet layering can be a Mile High girl’s best friend. A long sleeved mini dress, layered under a sweater dress, paired with a legging or skinny jean is a style-savvy look that’s also smart. Another trick of the trade? The Lululemon Wunder Under legging ($82, – a water resistant pant that works well on its own or under a skinny jean should the weather outside be particularly frightful.


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ACCESSORIZE! Accessorizing in the snow has true purpose – to keep you toasty – yet also offers a plethora of options for adding color, texture and style to what may otherwise be a ho-hum ensemble. Scarves, hats and gloves are paramount and having a collection from which to choose makes snow days bright. When it comes to scarves, avoid ultra-thin versions intended for warmer days and look for something with substance. Anything with a wool blend is perfect as is cashmere or fleece. For gloves, opt for something with a wicking fabric that’s easy to pull on and off for answering phone calls and texts. KEEP IT COATED The Colorado snow warrants an investment in a few good coats – dressy, casual and blizzard proof. While an investment up front, classic coats will last for years to come and are worth every penny. At minimum, you should have a black wool option, a warm down option and a waterproof ski jacket. Brands like Burberry, Patagonia, J Crew and Kate Spade consistently offer incredibly chic looks that will stand the test of time and the freezing temperatures. Once you’ve purchased the basics, build on your collection with fun wool blazers, girlish peplum and colorful trench coats. -BWM


Life is too short not to take a time out with the girls. We packed to the hilt and headed for the city’s fivestar escape. Our respite was as fashionable as it was fun and we lived on bubbly and sweets. Full of color and laughs, a girl’s getaway was never so stylish.

Looks from Left to Right: Nannette Lepore Shanghai Disco Dress, $428; Miu Miu Crystal Bow Sandal, $690; Kate Spade Gumdrop Stud Earring, $38; Marc Jacobs Tote, $2,150; Echo Scarf, $48; Oliver Peoples Sunglasses, $340. Louis Vuitton and Jon Hart Luggage, price upon request; Orange Tote, $183. Diane Von Furstenberg Dress, $345; Gucci Studded Wedge Sandal, $895; Michelle CXS-36 Watch, $2,295; Moon and Lola Monogram Necklace, $180; Target Gold Bangles, $9.99; Tortoiseshell Necklace, $38; Valentino Gold Snakeskin Handbag, $3,346. Tom Ford Miranda Sunglasses, $395



Theory Moto Jacket, $845; Wilt Stripe Split Sweater, $154; J Brand Harper Jean White, $187; CUSP Mint Green and Gold Bangles, Each $25; CUSP White and Gold Bangle, $36; Kendra Scott Cat's Eye Explosion Earring, $95; Tom Ford Cat Eye Sunglasses, $425; Valentino 'Rockstud' Wedge Sandal, $795; Marc Jacobs 'Sheila' Leather Tote, $1,195. M Missoni Pant, $495; M Missoni Blouse, $395; Marc Jacobs 'Lizzie Dots' Embossed Hobo, $328; Kate Spade New York 'Norella' Flat, $328; Pink, Green, and White Hermes Clic Clac Bracelets, Each $610. Prada Sunglasses, $290; Vintage J. Crew Stud Earring, price upon request.

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M Missoni Pant, $495; M Missoni Blouse, $395; Marc Jacobs 'Lizzie Dots' Embossed Hobo, $328; Kate Spade New York 'Norella' Flat, $328; Pink, Green, and White Hermes Clic Clac Bracelets, Each $610. Prada Sunglasses, $290; Vintage J. Crew Stud Earring, price upon request.

James and Joy Dresses, $70; Tory Burch Reva Flats, $195.

Alice and Trixie Blue Greyson Blouse, $259; Alice and Trixie Remi Pant, $283; Tory Burch Reva Flat, $195; Target Pink Bangle, $12.99; Target Pink and Gold Bangles, $9.99; Kendra Scott Lapis Earrings, $80. BCBG ‘Clementin’ Dress, $248; Gucci Studded Wedge Sandal, $895; CUSP Large Bronze and Crystal Necklace, $95; Target Beaded Bracelets (Set of 3), $12.99; Target Crystal Bracelet, $12.99. Joie Lemon Marlo Blouse Lemon, $238; J Brand Harper Jean White, $187; Tory Burch Miller Patent Sandal, $195; Kendra Scott Earrings, $60; CUSP Crystal and Gold Necklace, $75. Fifteen Twenty Snakeskin Blouse, $189; Cookie Johnson Gold Coated Leggings, $165; Valentino 'Rockstud' Wedge Sandal, $795; Chan Lou Wrap Bracelet, $198; Chan Lou Wrap Bracelet , Each $168; CUSP Earrings, $45.



Herve Leger Blue Sapphire Dress, $1,690; Target Large Crystal Bracelet, $12.99; Kendra Scott Karina Feather Earring in Silver, $75; YSL Clutch, $795.



Clockwise: Aidan Mattox Cowl Back Dress, $365; Kate Spade New York Chandelier Earrings, $98; Target Gold and Clear Crystal Bracelet, $45; Prada Peep Toe Slingback Sandal, $790; Sondra Roberts Nude and Gold Clutch, $88. Moon and Lola Monogram Necklace, $180; Lush Zipper Detail Jacket, $62; Innovation Fascination Yellow Gold Dress, $54; Kendra Scott Cat's Eye Explosion Earring, $95; Large Gold Ring, $28; Diane Von Furstenberg Chain Dust Clutch, $295. Roberto Cavalli Dress, $1,360; Stella McCartney Clutch, $995; Kendra Scott Earrings, $80

Where to Purcahase Nordstrom Cherry Creek, Ring 720.746.2424, Neiman Marcus Denver, Ring 303.329.2600, Gracie’s Unique Apparel and Fine Gifts, Ring 303.698.2229, Target, Ring 303.209.0182, Hermes Denver, Ring 303.388.0700, Blush Denver, Ring 303.399.7779, Barbara & Company, Ring 303.751.2618,










Previous Page: Swimwear by Shabby Apple,; photo by Chad Riley Above: The evening views at Le Sirenuse; Positano's famed colorful umbrellas



WHEN JOHN STEINBECK WAS SENT TO Italy’s Amalfi Coast on assignment for Harper’s Bazzaar, he knew little of what to expect. Yet the eclecticism that bestows the chic Italian beaches intrigued him, and a drive up the scenic coastline changed both Steinbeck – and the tiny village of Positano – forever. By the mid-sixties, the jetset had caught on. Positano, rising out of the cliffs with vibrant color and splendid charm, is almost too visually beguiling to be real. But real it is. Famous the world around for its steeply terraced land, Positano is a 90-minute drive from Naples along the curvy Amalfi Coast. Perched high above the Tyrrhenian Sea, the town is brimming with seaside decadence. Luxists will want to rest their heads at Il San Piedro di Positano, the town’s most opulent inn. With airy rooms and flowering gardens, the hotel is built on a series of rocky ledges and is best known for its elevator that descends down the side of the cliff to the sea. A private beach for sunbathing and a patio

perfect for afternoon cocktails sits at the bottom. Inside, the décor is elegant but unexpected – a mix of 18th century antiques and modish 70s furnishings – and rooms are all appointed with private balconies. Nearby, the poppy red Le Sirenuse delivers a dignified luxury befitting the vertical village. Steinbeck described it perfectly during his storied 1953 stay, calling the small auberge an “old family house converted into a first class hotel.” Now in its second generation of management by Italy’s Sersale family, Le Sirenuse boasts an al fresco champagne and oyster bar and is extravagantly appointed with fine antiques at every turn. Yet despite such decadent trimmings, the Sersales have managed to avoid an air of pretension. In fact, the hotel exudes an unabashed sense of comfortable style – a style that’s perfectly Italian. Lucky guests can even spend a day aboard the Saint Antonio, a wooden vessel built by the owner’s uncle. As one might expect, dining options in Positano are both decadent and plentiful. Both of the luxury hotels house incredible eateries, beginning with Il San Pietro’s Michelin-starred bistro. Local seafood and produce from the hotel’s garden dance together to create ethereal dishes like prawn Carpaccio with herbs. Inside Le Sirenese, La Sponda serves Neapolitan cuisine amidst the coast’s most romantic setting – over 400 candles illuminate the restaurant’s terrace nightly. Travelers looking for a more casual place to dine will fall in love with the seaside pizzeria, L’Incanto. No fuss, simply incredible food and unparalleled beachfront views. Unlike its Italian counterparts, shopping in Positano is not about design houses or labels, but instead fraught with old-world authenticity. Safari, set just above the village’s main beach, showcases handmade sandals and nearby 3 Denari sells rows upon rows of colorful handmade moccasins. Family owned Maria Lampo is a must visit for fashion lovers, reatailing made-to-measure linen trousers and other bespoke apparel. Originally opened just after World War II, the shop is now owned and operated by Lampo’s daughters. The Positano that Steinbeck once discovered has changed over the past sixty years. While still a small town, summers see the likes of thousands from Capri, Naples and Sorrento descending for the day and staying into the warm Italian nights. Yet one thing remains – the colors of Positano become beckoningly real after you’re gone.


Il San Pietro di Positano Via Laurito, 2 84017 Positano, Italy Ring +39 089 875 455 Left: Stellata swimsuit,; photo by Chad Riley Below: Indulge at the restaurants of Il San Pietro

Le Sirenuse Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30 84017 Positano, Italy Ring +39 089 875066


La Sponda at Le Sirenuse (See details above) The Restaurant at Il San Pietro di Positano (See details above) L’Incantano Via Marina, 4 84017 Positano, Italy Ring +39 089 811177


Safari Via della Tartana 2 Ring +39 089 811440 3 Denari Via del Saracino 8-10 Ring +39 089 875062 Maria Lampo Via Pasitea 12-16 Ring +39 089 875021 Above: The Sersale family yacht at Le Sirenuse Right: Town views via Le Sirenuse's al fresco champagne bar







THE 3000 BLOCK OF CHERRY CREEK North’s East Third Avenue is not without its retail gems – Sugarlicious, Caribou Gallery, Little Me’s and Alicia’s are reason enough to all but take up residence in the stretch of street between Milwaukee and St. Paul. And veteran designer Pamela Kelker is making that would-be residence a bit more fashionable with the entrée of Castles Home Décor, the latest kid on the all-too-hip block. The longtime home to the district’s popular Lululemon boutique (which moved just a stone’s throw away over to Fillmore Plaza), the open, airy space reemerged this past November with a fresh new look. One that’s perfectly placed amongst its style savvy neighbors. Design lovers would be hard-pressed to pigeonhole the shop into a single genre. Traditional, whimsical, earthy and artsy certainly all apply, a testament to Kelker’s wanderlust spirit. “Traveling

and being exposed to new products and artists has made this a fun project. Contemporary original art blended with a few traditional pieces give a sense of character to the store and reflect the type of design that we bring to the space.” Along with her daughter and design colleague Sydney, Pam curates a well-balanced collection in a comfortable range of price points. Something that was important to the duo from day one. “It’s not just one style, one price range or aimed at one demographic. We love great pieces, regardless of where or how we find them. Sydney and I pay attention to clothing, art, great lighting – it’s all inspiring.” Furnishings vary from custom upholstered pieces to modestly priced case goods all the way to reclaimed mantles and one-of-a-kind lighting. Familiar names like Lexington and Rothchild are among the mix, as are niche, custom sourced lines and a wellchosen collection of gifts, glassware and accessories.

“Traveling and being exposed to new products

Castles Home Décor 3000 East 3rd Avenue Denver, Colorado 80206 Ring 303.989.0801



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{ 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 stylists, to salon owners, to doctors, dentists and more, these businesses are setting the bar. Drs. Brett & Gina Kessler ................ Dr. Robert Fante ............................ Dr. Gary Radz ................................. Keri Blair .......................................... The Palms Tanning Resort .............


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DRS. BRETT & GINA KESSLER Town Center Dentistry & Orthodontics 7479 East 29th Place Denver, Colorado 80238 Ring: 303.321.4445

They say that a smile is your best accessory and according to Dr. Brett Kessler, the adage couldn’t be more apropos. 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 staff 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, no two treatment plans are identical 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 is esteemed in their professional and personal circles and is 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.”

SERVICES Aesthetic, Functional and Reconstructive Dentistry for Adults 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

5280 top dentist 2008-2012; “Denver Beauty Guru,” 2006 Before




“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.” WWW.DENVERREIGN.COM






FANTE EYE AND FACE CENTRE 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. And if there is something that Dr. Fante and his skincare experts have learned from listening, it’s that Colorado women have unique concerns when it comes to beauty. With the challenges of a dry climate and high altitude, Dr. Fante and his seasoned estheticians will be the first to tell you just how important professional skincare is for Mile High ladies. Christian Onassis, Denise Blacknall, and Gale Love are licensed estheticians that believe in a combination of pharmaceutical grade products and holistic treatments to keep your skin gorgeous, glowing and youthful. Regular facials, microdermabrasion and chemical peels are among their comprehensive list of services and the trio is considered three of the city’s best and most sought-after skin care specialists. What’s more, Christian, Denise, and Gale are able to recommend more extensive skincare treatments like lasers and injections as a complement to your regular skincare regime. The result? Younger looking skin that’s a natural progression, not a major overhaul. “We don’t believe in all or nothing esthetics. Instead, we work with our patients to help them avoid the effects of aging, recommending injections or surgeries when the time is right,” Dr. Fante tells us. “That way, they simply look beautiful and more youthful, not overdone or unnatural.” 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. “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.” 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 American Board of Ophthalmology 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

“We don’t believe in ‘all or nothing’ aesthetics. Instead, we work with our patients to help them avoid the effects of aging, recommending injections or surgeries when the time is right.” WWW.DENVERREIGN.COM






DR. GARY RADZ Walking into Dr. Gary Radz’ downtown Denver office, you may think you’ve mistakenly stepped into a posh new day spa. Rest assured, Dr. Radz and his staff at Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado are all business and are capable of giving you the smile of your dreams. They just believe that a trip to the dentist should be comfortable, warm and perhaps even a bit indulgent. 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 five 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.” Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado 999 18th Street Suite 1300 Denver, Colorado 80202 Ring: 303.298.1414

SERVICES Dental Implants Zoom! Whitening Dental Veneers Lumineers Tooth Bonding Smile Makeovers Tooth Colored Fillings Invisalign Dental Crowns Composite Fillings Inlays & Overlays General Dentistry Dental Sleep Apnea 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 Chairman, Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics Annual Meeting, 2008 & 2012 Chairman, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Annual Scientific Meeting, 2003 & 2011 Dentistry Today: Top 100 Clinicians in Continuing Education Metro Denver Dental Society Volunteer of the Year, 2003

“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.” WWW.DENVERREIGN.COM






Photo by Van Buren Pho

“From the inside out.” That seems to be Keri Blair’s mantra. Your image and how you present yourself may seem materialistic to some, but to Keri Blair, it’s a reflection of how you see yourself on the inside. Her passion is finding the true beauty within you and having that shine on the outside, so that everyone can feel the presence of ‘the authentic you’ when you walk into a room. “Within the first five seconds of meeting you people form an opinion,” she says. “Do you really know the first impression you make on others?” After meeting Keri Blair for the first time, many are struck by the graceful power that she exudes. It is this quality to say not always what her clients want to hear but what they need to hear in a way that truly honors their spirit, along with a keen eye for the clothes, makeup and hair style that most suits them, that have brought Keri to the high level of success she has attained. Confidence. That’s what Keri Blair has and that’s what she instills in her clients. “Whether my client is an executive wanting to double their income, a divorcee looking to get back out in the dating scene to meet the love of their life, or someone simply wanting to feel better about themselves, it all starts with confidence,” she shares. “Our confidence is directly linked to our image and how we present ourselves, and when my clients feel better, they often find the result they are seeking simply shows up.” Keri provides an elite, one-of-a-kind experience. Many of her clients do not have the time, or in some cases the interest, to bounce around from store to store to find their perfect wardrobe. Keri tailors the whole experience in her intimate ‘Style Studio’ along with her ‘Accessories Lounge’ with accessories that she hand-selects from New York and L.A., where clients are able to get a personalized experience. Keri is also passionate about working with brides and their bridal parties to help them choose the perfect gowns – gowns that reflect who they are and allow them to look their most stunning, each in their own unique way. From being interviewed on several Denver television networks as the top image consultant in the area to training with Stacy London in New York, it’s easy to be amazed by Keri Blair. Many often wonder, “Wow, what a unique profession, how did you get started?” “I just made it up,” she says with a big smile. “I decided over ten years ago that I never wanted to work again, and that I only wanted to do what I was most passionate about and where I could make the biggest difference.” Now there’s a small business owner you want to meet. Keri Blair Image Experts Ring: 303.575.1506







“Our confidence is directly linked to our image and how we present ourselves, and when my clients feel better, they often find the result they are seeking simply shows up.”







THE PALMS TANNING RESORT Every girl loves a glow, yet for many, our time in the sun is limited to the all-too-short beach vacation we take every year. And for most, indoor tanning comes with the fear of burns and lousy tanning results. Fortunately, there’s The Palms Tanning Resort, the Colorado-based company that’s completely changing the way we look at getting that coveted golden glow. Anything but ordinary, The Palms offers only the finest possible tanningbeds – beds made in Italy and Germany that deliver the safest, most effective, most natural looking results possible. The staff is highly trained and qualified to understand all there is to know about indoor tanning. Translation? They won’t lead you astray and will recommend the regimen safest and most suited for your skin type. What’s more, The Palms Tanning Resort also offers the best sunless tanning options in the city – from the booth-based Mystic Tan HD to the Mystic Tan Evolv – the gold standard in custom airbrush tanning. Yet perhaps one of the most obvious and important differences between The Palms and the rest of the tanning pack are the salons themselves. If you’re a gal who simply cannot get enough of the island life, you’ve come to the right place. All of the posh Palms locations are well appointed with furnishings, décor and ambiance that completely transcend the expected and take you to a world far way, if only for a moment. “We want our clients to feel cared for. It’s important that we deliver the best, most beautiful resorts but also a relaxing, carefree environment,” owner Keith Rodenberger tells us. “We go beyond the expected and give our guests a true luxury experience.” The newest of the company’s five locations is located in the heart of Denver, just minutes from Cherry Creek North and the University of Denver on Colorado and Evans Boulevards. With thatched roof bungalow huts, bamboo and mahogany walls, soaring palm trees, a private white sand beach and a twelve-foot theatre wall displaying images of gorgeous sunsets and crashing waves, a gal would never know that she was still in the city. What’s more, thesalon and its sister locations all offer luxe amenities like body sprays, lotions, complimentary robes (perfect for a tanning “cocktail” of a bed followed by spray), fresh towels and so much more. The Palms Tanning Resort Keith & Holly Rodenberger Five Front Range Locations – Now open in Denver, minutes from DU!

SERVICES Indoor Tanning Mystic HD Sunless Tanning Mystic Tan Evolv Custom Airbrush Tanning Red Light Therapy Fine Indoor Tanning Lotions LOCATIONS INCLUDING Denver/Cherry Creek (Colorado & Evans, near DU) Greenwood Village Highlands Ranch Southlands Mall Castle Rock

“We want our clients to feel cared for. It’s important that we deliver the best, most beautiful resorts but also a relaxing, carefree environment. We go beyond the expected and give our guests a true luxury experience.” WWW.DENVERREIGN.COM



Western Fantasy

1 Co-founder Sharon Magness Blake on Thunder, her beloved Arabian horse 2 Country superstar Rodney Atkins 3 Guests adorned in their western wear 4 Guests get into the spirit of the west 5 Dan Jones and pals enjoying the event 6 Kelly Ford and pal 7 Dana and John Berry 8 Rodney Atkins rocks the crowd 9 Erin Jacobsen and her guest celebrate in style




Denver’s gliteratti broke out their boots and bolos for the 2012 Western Fantasy Gala, benefiting Volunteers of America. The longstanding Denver event asked guests to come clad in costumes reflective of the “Legends of the West” theme and partygoers didn’t disappoint. In grand tradition, event co-founder Sharon Magness Blake kicked off the festivities by riding in on Thunder, her beloved Arabian Stallion. Revelers then enjoyed a riveting live auction, followed by an exclusive performance by country superstar Rodney Atkins.

Broadway Blender at Matthew Morris Hair god Matthew Morris celebrated the grand opening of his eponymous Matthew Morris Salon & Skincare with a blowout bash on October 13th. Three hundred hispsters descended on the posh new South Broadway space, where the private parking lot was turned into party headquarters under a smartly appointed tent, designed by Alexan Events. Neighboring restaurants created decadent food stations featuring sushi, pub fare and hors d’oeuvres from the likes of Beatrice & Woodsley, Deluxe, Go Fish and more. A bar boasting local favorites like Breckenridge Whisky & Vodka and Blue Moon Beer was a hit as were chic boxes of swag filled to the brim with Kersatase, Shu Umera and Sanitas products valued at more than $400. Inside, Morris, partner Marvin Gutierrez and the salon staff staged the city’s hottest runway show with futuristic themed hair and makeup and clothing from Goldyn boutique. As guests exited the fashion show, they returned to a tent that had been turned into a glowing pink haven, complete with desserts and aperitifs. Event proceeds benefited District 4 Police Department.


1 Matthew Morris and Marvin Gutierrez celebrate the launch of their new salon 2 Ben, Rob, and James of FinArt along with their dates 3 A model walks the runway 4 Guests are all smiles at the event 5 Guests posing with the hosts themselves 6 Models showcasing looks from Goldyn 7 Creative hair was showcased on the runway 8 DJ spun tunes for guests to enjoy 9 Chelsea and George Connolly, Kevin “Litch” Polich and Lauren Marinelli 10 Decadent gift boxes from Kerastase 11 Dave and Tasha Verebelyi joining other stylish guests for a snapshot




A Perfect 10

1 Will McCollum of Uber, Britt Lake and Bre Ortola pose with a pal 2 HGTV’s John Gidding and HW Home’s Ron Werner 3 Matthew Morris and his lovely mother 4 Bradley Joseph and actor Scott Elrod 5 Kentwood City’s Andi Leahey and a fabulous New Genesis supporter


1 KadyLuxe’s Kady Zinke and Audrey Fedele Hartwell 2 Makeup artist Samara Vaccarela strikes a pose with a fellow guest and her friend Sherry McClendon 3 Fabulous gifts from the evening’s sponsors 4 Guests enjoying the evening 5 Deirdre McGuire and sister Eimear McGuire with Connor Morganti and Jennifer Axcell 6 Keri Blair and her darling new daughter


A well-dressed crowd visited Kevin Taylor’s at The Opera House on 10.11.12 in support of The Perfect 10…A Date & Experience Auction to benefit New Genesis. Five highprofile singles and five over-the-top experiences were auctioned off to raise much-needed funds for the transitional homeless shelter. Fetching the most dough, and selling twice was a home makeover package complete with HGTV star John Gidding as the bidder’s personal designer. A weekend date in Aspen with Kentwood City’s Andi Leahey also went for big bucks as did an LA flyaway with Colorado-bred actor Scott Elrod. Event sponsors included HW Home, Uber (GM Will McCollum was one of the evening’s singletons), Crocs, It’s Just Lunch and more.

An Evening of Style Reign Magazine and Keri Blair Image Experts sponsored a festive evening for stylish women at Walker Fine Art Gallery on October 4th. Ladies enjoyed a fashion show by Delish Demure, prizes from Keri Blair Image Experts, Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado, and Cherry Creek Shopping Center and swag bags filled with goodies from Neiman Marcus! Wine, sweet treats from Sugarlicious and plenty of fashion made for a fabulous evening of art and style.



Ritz Carlton Denver 5th Anniversary Brunch


Ladies dined in style as the Ritz Carlton Denver celebrated its fifth anniversary by showcasing the property’s posh new outdoor terrace. The hotel welcomed all Ritz Carlton Denver brides and their guests who celebrated their nuptials at the chic locale since opening its doors in 2007. An opulent outdoor lounge was designed in the new terrace space compliments of Eclectic Hive and The Perfect Petal. Indoors, guests gathered in the adjacent grand ballroom where they feasted on a gorgeous brunch and sipped on signature cocktails.

Element 47 at The Little Nell Aspen residents, tourists, local celebrities and long-time guests gathered at Element 47 on December 13th for a special VIP opening party for the iconic Little Nell’s newest restaurant. The name pays tribute to silver, the precious metal that put Aspen on the map. The Little Nell’s latest gem revives soulful American cuisine with Executive Chef Robert Mccormick’s distinctive, artistic flair. We especially like the new Colorado Well, which offers cocktails made exclusively with Colorado spirits.


1 Mike Kaplan and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson smile for the camera 2 John Speers and Tony Dilucia 3 Renee Mackie, Melissa Long, Kim Knol and Katie Thomas are looking trendy at the event 4 Nancy Mayer, Taylor Mayer and Zina Pigorev 5 Francisco Bernot and Chantel Torres 6 Even the servers are having a great time at Element 47



Aspen Art Museum Freestyle Winter Benefit

1 Co-chairs Karin Luter, Alison Pincus, AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, co-chairs Carolyn Powers, and Amy Phelan 2 The Hotel Jerome’s Tony DiLucia and AAM National Council CoChair Toby Devan Lewis 3 AAM donors Domenico and Eleanore De Sole 4 Views of the Moncler fashion installation 5 Auctioneer C.K Swett works the room


1 Historical Enactors from the A Day in the Pompeii exhibition with the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Programs and Curator of Human Health, Bridget Coughlin 2 The museum’s Board of Trustees: M. Ray Thomasson, John Freyer, Lisa Appel, Henry Gordon, Cary Kennedy, Monty Cleworth with George Sparks – in center (Museum President and CEO) 3 Fashionable members of the Young Professional Committee 4 Guests of Lee and Susan McIntire, from the Board of Trustees, enjoy some of the museum’s artifacts 5 Museum President and CEO, George Sparks, along with the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Programs and Curator of Human Health, Bridget Coughlin


On Friday, December 28, 2012, the Aspen Art Museum hosted its annual Freestyle winter benefit at the St. Regis Resort. Each year, Freestyle presents fashion as fine art—a hip and haute celebration in support the museum’s critically acclaimed contemporary art programming. Internationally renowned luxury clothing brand Moncler, who provided a striking signature fashion installation for the 2012 edition of the après-ski gala, was the AAM’s exclusive new fashion partner. The nine-lot 2012 Freestyle live auction included a pair of Moncler’s coveted Grenoble jackets; two tickets to the 2013 Emmy Awards and Governor’s Ball; two distinctive fine art portrait commission opportunities—one by renowned photographer Ari Marcopoulos and one by L.A.-based artist Dave Muller; as well as a rare “Instant World-Class Cellar” wine lot.

DMNS Museum After Dark Gala This year’s Museum After Dark Gala celebrated the rediscovery of Pompeii in the early 1700s and the unparalleled view of this ancient empire in the DMNS exhibition, A Day in Pompeii. Nearly 800 revelers enjoyed a black-tie evening on November 2nd while experiencing the lifestyle of ancient Rome and raising a record-breaking $900,000. Wining and dining like Romans, dancing, and a silent auction took place amidst a backdrop of scientific treasures.



Cuvée Ventures Flight to Luxury for Boys & Girls Clubs More than $500,000 was raised for Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver at the third annual Flight to Luxury hangar party and fashion show held at Jet Linx at Centennial Airport. Denver’s well-heeled philanthropists came out 1,000 strong to indulge in jet tours, luxury sports cars, entertainment and a fashion show featured Sue Wong, who personally attended the soirée. Also showcased were fall outfits from boutiques in Cherry Creek North and Larimer Square including Mariel, who carries Wong’s evening collection and local favorites Andrisen Morton, Alicia’s, Cry Baby Ranch, Goldyn and Marks-Lloyd Furs.


1 The red carpet arrival with cars from Sill-TerHar Motors and Ferrari of Denver 2 Erica Beard and guests supporting Boys & Girls Clubs 3 Ariel Bartender, who poured Veuve Cliquot, Grace Ramsey 4 Larry Mueller, Founder and Managing Partner of Cuvée Ventures along with Jeff Puckett, the Managing Partner and CEO of Jet Linx Denver 5 Jacquie Palisi, Sylvia Atencio, and Diane Marcotte 6 The Cuvée Ventures gift bags stuffed to the brim for the top sponsors 7 Denise Snyder, Owner of Mariel Boutique, along with the amazing Fashion Designer, Sue Wong 8 Nancy Puckett with Mark & Katharine Honnen 9 Kyle Quincy, one of Colorado’s Former Avalanche Players, with his darling girlfriend 10 The models begin the fashion show with an adorable flight attendant routine 11 Models strutting down the runway in Sue Wong gowns 12 One of the Denver Bronco’s famous quarterbacks, John Elway with his wife Paige



Au Revoir

Actress Carol Channing vacationing with her family at Colorado’s legendary Broadmoor resort in the 1960s.

THIS YEAR, WE HOPE That you’ll fall in love with cities you’ve never been to and people you’ve never met. That you’ll put pins on the map and stamps on your passport. That you’ll learn the joys of flip flops in February. And that you’ll always enjoy the journey as much as the destination.



Reign Magazine - Resort Issue 2013  

Reign Magazine - Resort Issue 2013