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34 GARDEN PARTY GLAMOUR A fashionable afternoon in the Botanic Gardens

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AROUND THE CLOCK

THE REEL SIDE OF VAIL

FLYING COLORS

IN HER KITCHEN

BIRTHDAY BLISS

KID ROCK

WORKING IT OUT

Three Colorado designers get colorful

Vail’s Kelly Liken takes us inside her eponymous kitchen

Throwing a fête that’s fit for your mini majesty

A peek into the new life of Holly Kylberg and her beloved Clock Tower

An intimate look inside Vail Film Festival

Denver’s fashionistas in training

The state’s most stylish couples dish on their secrets to success

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What our editors are swooning over this season

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BAG LADIES

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BEAUTY QUEEN

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JETSETTER:

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

Local beauties open up their handbags and share their style secrets

Cos Bar’s Lilly Garfield revealed

ESCAPE TO SOLARIS

Vail’s hottest new property sparkles with charm

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BARCELONA BECKONS

A city that dazzles with old world charm and allure

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Two new design havens open their doors in Colorado

The state’s best hot spots for patio dining

Real weddings fit for a queen

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Denver’s most sought after wedding planners create a one-of-a-kind soirée

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Snapshots from the hottest tickets in town


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Fairytale weddings don’t always have to look like they are out of a storybook. Four Seasons can take any dream, from the sublime to the outrageous, and bring it to life like never before. Your wedding is once-in-a-lifetime. We vow to turn your imagination into reality and showcase why you fell in love. Why resemble anything done before? For more information about our two majestic ballrooms, breathtaking rooftop terrace, expansive views of the city and truly intuitive service, visit www.fourseasons.com/denver/weddings or call 303.389.3133.


Publisher & Editor in Chief BETSY MARTIN Associate Publisher KEVIN MARR

Reign Media, LLC 2075 South University Boulevard Number 171 Denver, Colorado 80210 Ring 303.997.9749 For advertising inquiries, please contact kevin@denverreign.com To subscribe, please visit denverreign.com/subscriptions

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Copyright 2012 by Reign Media, LLC, All rights reserved. Reign Magazine is published quarterly. Reproduction without permission of the Publisher is prohibited. Reign Media, LLC and its affiliates, employees, contributors, writers, editor (Publisher) accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies, errors or omissions with information and/or advertisements contained herein. The Publisher has neither investigated nor endorsed companies and/or products that advertise in the publication or that are mentioned editorially. The Publisher assumes no responsibly for the claims made by the Advertisers or the merits of their respective products or services advertised or promoted in Reign. Publisher neither expressly nor implicitly endorses such Advertiser product, services or claims. Publisher expressly assumes no liability for any damages whatsoever that may be suffered by any purchaser or user for any products or services advertised or mentioned editorially herein. Opinions expressed in the magazine and/or its advertisements do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Publisher.

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Editor’s Desk

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED MAGAZINES. Growing up, I looked through my mother’s issues of Town & Country with a wishful eye. The photos, the parties, the models – I loved it all. Soon, I would become passionate about YM, Teen, Seventeen and Rolling Stone, my ambition to one day become a fashion or rock journalist. Torn pages depicting the likes of Christy Turlington, Nikki Taylor, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford graced my bedroom walls and an affinity for Cameron Crowe and PJ O’Rourke grew to epic proportions. In college my tastes elevated to Vogue, Elle and Vanity Fair. I maxed out my credit cards on subscriptions and spent hours in the periodical section of the library when I was supposed to be studying. Then, life happened. I fell into a chance career in public relations, one toe always dipped in the media waters. I spent my days working with editors and stylists on behalf of a sublimely talented mix of clients, to whom I am eternally grateful. Yet something inside of me always longed to hop across to the other side where the stories were written, the concepts were crafted and the art was created. A year ago I was fortunate enough to launch Reign Denver, an online hub for all things fabulous and my little piece of the editorial universe. While I expected to have fun with what was intended as a side pursuit, I never expected to watch it grow so rapidly into what you are holding today.

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Reign Magazine is a celebration of the Colorado I have grown to know and love over the past twelve years. The Colorado that boasts the country’s most brilliant interior designers. The Colorado that is home to the world’s most incredible resorts. The Colorado that has become the most impressive culinary hub in America. The Colorado that stakes claim to world-renowned art and fashion exhibits. The Colorado that I am proud to call home. It is my hope that our magazine will inspire you – whether it’s through a newfound appreciation for entertaining (Garden Party Glamour, page 34), a decision to finally take that trip to Spain (Barcelona Beckons, page 56) or breathing new life into a tired living room (Flying Colors, page 68). Whatever your passion and whatever your pursuit, Reign hopes to become your inspiration and your indulgence. It is with great humility and sincere gratitude to those who helped me turn this dream of mine into an incredible reality Kevin Marr, Chelsea Connolly and Joe Keum – that I give you Reign Magazine. Yours in Style,

Betsy Martin


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CHELSEA CONNOLLY Chelsea Connolly’s sophisticated eye for design has been transforming luxury publications for years and her inimitable style has undoubtedly influenced Reign Magazine’s debut issue. The Colorado native has lived all over the globe and brings a fashionable, modern edge to Reign’s aesthetic. Connolly’s boutique design house, Chelsea Ink, is responsible for some of Colorado’s most iconic brands and her work has been engaging and inspiring readers and consumers for over a decade. Chelsea lives in Denver with her husband and baby boy.

2 JOE KEUM Joe Keum sees the world through the lens of his camera and Reign Magazine’s distinctive photography stems from his unique vision and undeniable talent. As one of Colorado’s most sought-after wedding and event photographers, Keum has had the pleasure of sharing life’s most

3 JAEGER STANDER This New York City transplant is passionate about fashion and beauty and has worked with the likes of Barney’s New York and Estee Lauder. His style evokes a vibe that’s equally modern and nostalgic and his ability to use color and contour to complement a woman’s natural beauty shines through in Reign’s Garden Party Glamour feature. 4 ERIN FERRIS Erin Ferris has been beautifying brides for years and has become one of Colorado’s best-known hair stylists. Her wit, panache and candor bring a fresh perspective to Reign’s photo shoots and her undeniable talent helped the magazine deliver inspiring yet attainable looks throughout its fashion and beauty pages. Erin’s business, Erin Ferris Designs, is consistently booked for private events and fashion shows by local designers, socialites and tastemakers.

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From the Publisher

UNEXPECTED STYLE. EFFORTLESS DESIGN. BUILDING REIGN FROM THE GROUND UP HAS been nothing short of amazing. The relationships formed and the experience of working with the brightest minds and most respected businesses in Colorado have made the past year absolutely incredible. The reception and support that Reign has already received has been overwhelming and solidifies our mission to feature the greatest events, products and people that this region has to offer. While we are thrilled for this first issue, I’m already excited for the next one and the wide array of news, features and photos that we have lined up for you come late Fall. We hope Reign brings you something you can’t find anywhere else with a style and sophistication coupled with a whimsy and simplicity that is undeniably the fabulous of Colorado and beyond. When Betsy conceived the idea of Reign, I knew we could carry it out and deliver a wonderful service and brand. What I didn’t know was that we would meet so many new friends and incredibly talented people in the process. Now it’s time to get to work on Issue Two. Cheers,

Kevin Marr

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WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE SWOONING OVER THIS SEASON

Kate Spade New York Melinda Floral Print Satchel, $278, Neiman Marcus Denver, 3000 East First Avenue, Cherry Creek, Ring 303.329.2600, neimanmarcus.com Hervé Léger Bandage Dress, $1050, Due Luca Bruno, 40 East Meadow Drive, Vail, Ring 970.476.1667, lucabruno.com Trina Turk “Mirage” Ice Bucket, $58, trinaturk.com Swell Caroline Monogram Ring, $35, swellcaroline.com Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings, Pink Agate, $60, Neiman Marcus Denver, 3000 East First Avenue, Cherry Creek, Ring 303.329.2600, neimanmarcus.com The Impossible Collection of Fashion by Valerie Steele, Assouline, $650, net-a-porter.com Lilly Pulitzer Sticky Notes with Lilly Pad, $7, Sugarlicious, 3000 East Third Avenue, Cherry Creek North, Ring 303.388.8650, sugarliciouscandy.com Jonathan Adler Nixon Throw in Hot Pink, $295, laylagrayce.com Lollia “Relax” Perfumed Shower Gel, $22, The Perfect Petal, 3600 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, Ring 303.480.0966, theperfectpetal.com Deborah Lippmann Limited Edition Sweet Dreams Nail Lacquer, $18, Fresh, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Ring 720.389.9662, myfreshplace.com

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Flower Power Nothing quite compares to a summer garden party. The picnic basket and blanket, the causally chic dresses on the ladies, the warm breeze of a quintessential Colorado sunset. Fortunately, Denver’s award-winning Botanic Gardens have us covered. From concerts under the stars to chic cocktail soirées, the Gardens play host the summer’s most stylish events. We are particularly

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excited for the annual Fête des Fleur, a black-tie event that raises funds for the Gardens in grand style. This year’s Fête, held August 24th, will showcase the season-long celebration of Japanese art and culture at the Gardens with a Hana Matsuri (Festival of Flowers) theme. Guests will enjoy signature Sake cocktails and a decadent Japanese dinner amidst the newly expanded Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion and Tea Garden. For those in search of a more casual evening in the Gardens, the Summer Concert Series is just the ticket, offering the musical stylings of acts like B-52s, Natalie Merchant, Al Green, Kenny Loggins and Gipsy Kings. For a complete lineup of summer events, or to purchase tickets to Fête des Fleur, visit botanicgardens.org.


It’s in the Bag They say the perfect man is hard to find. Respectfully, we disagree. While we have the gent of our dreams, it’s the handbag of our dreams that’s been missing. And so we were starry-eyed when we stumbled into Kismet’s new(ish) Lowry location and found MZ Wallace. The brainchild of former stylist/ editor duo Monica Zwirner and Lucy Wallace Eustice, MZ Wallace delivers all of the oomph a gal could want without sacrificing one bit of function. We’re smitten with the signature Bedford line, a perfectly conceived collection of Teflon coated nylon bags. With three exterior pockets and six interior pockets that fit everything from your lipgloss to your iPhone, the “Jane” bag ($355 and the company’s best seller) is the does-it-all number for which we’ve been wishing. Large enough to fit an iPad or a 13-inch laptop, but small enough to comfortably tote around town, these bags hit the mark. What’s more, the detachable wristlet that’s tucked away inside is perfect for transitioning to evening. Little details like the Italian leather trim and protective leather feet are indicative of Wallace Eustice’s past life at Manolo Blahnik and the line’s trend right looks pay homage to Zwirner’s stints as a stylist for likes of Gucci and Clinique. Choose from a fresh palette of colors like cayenne, peacock and clover, or go for basic black. MZ Wallace, available at Kismet, 200 Quebec Street in Lowry Town Center, Ring 303.366.0513 or kismetaccessories.com.

We’re smitten with the signature Bedford line, a perfectly conceived collection of Teflon coated nylon bags.

MONOGLAM There are certain things that instantly exude classic good taste and the monogram, be it on your stationery, your barware, your towels or your linens, tops this list. Swoozies, the darling new shop that graces Denver’s 6th Avenue, is chock-full of pretty presents just screaming for those three little letters. The Georgia-based proprietor of gifts, home accessories, invitations and posh party supplies is equal parts girlish and glam and specializes in personalizing just about anything. Whether you’re popping in for a quick hostess gift or you’re looking to style a garden party for fifty, Swoozie’s has it all…in every color. Our pick? This adorable Lucite wine chiller from Nico & Lala. Also check out the stationery section, where you’ll find names like Kate Spade, Vera Wang and Crane’s. Swoozies, 589 Fillmore Street in Denver, Ring 720.328.7195 or swoozies.com.

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Flying High When it comes to fashion, little boys have limited options and Denver mom and budding designer Lindsay Black Mangat knows this all too well. Born and raised outside of San Francisco, Mangat has long been inspired and surrounded by textiles. From her mother’s career as an interior designer, to her time as a model for the iconic 1980s line Esprit, Lindsay Black Mangat has been immersed in style from the very beginning. It was only natural that when she became a mother to two young boys, Lindsay would delve into the design world and create a children’s clothing line all her own. Black Kite, Mangat’s Denver-based, locally made collection of boy’s apparel, delivers bold button down shirts meant to inspire confidence in little guys from one to seven years. The limited run line boasts funky fabrics, bright colors and contrasting threads. Unexpected details like pocket notes that hold secret messages of inspiration appoint each garment and collections are named after clever notions like significant men in history (Dali, Newton and Darwin) or childhood games (Kick the Can, Skipping Rock and Marbles). Black Kite, available online at blackkiteshop.com or in Denver at Nest, 2808 East 6th Avenue.

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Wall Flowers Wallpaper is back and Covered, a brand new boutique in the Berkeley neighborhood, is tuned into the growing trend. This slip of a space is big on style and showcases modern and vintage wall coverings in an array of posh patterns that you won’t find in other Denver showrooms. Inspired by indie artists and updated retro looks, owners Ashley Allen and Carrie Dailey scour the design universe to find hip prints from niche brands. The duo will help DIYers with ideas and catalogs to peruse and the shop’s ornamented walls are sure to inspire a home makeover. Stocked with labels like Aimee Wilder, Ferm Living and Cavern, Covered was initially conceived as a blog to showcase the walls of Denver’s most clever spaces like Forest Room 5, Fancy Tiger and Linger. The fateful blog now lives on Covered’s website and Allen and Dailey have turned a hobby into a booming design shop. While the store is currently open by appointment and on weekends, the girls have big plans for the future – think a remnant exchange program and a design your own wallpaper bar. Covered Wallpaper, 4318 Tennyson Street in Denver, Ring 303.455.2372 or coveredwallpaper.com.

This slip of a space is big on style, and showcases modern and vintage wall coverings in an array of posh patterns that you won’t find in other Denver showrooms.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Mamooh (above) offers custom fabric lighting that adds an artful pop of whimsy to your walls while simultaneously functioning as beautiful ambiance. Available in over a hundred fashion-forward prints, designer and young mother Courtney Mamuscia originally intended the line to serve as a calming night light for her daughter’s nursery. Soon, the handcrafted collection of eyecatching lights found themselves gracing her home’s more grown up spaces and Mamooh was born. Each light features a sturdy pine frame and LED bulbs that will ensure a 25,000 hour life span. Choose from eight standard styles and sizes or customize your own. Larger sizes are ideal as bold wall statements, while Mamooh’s smaller iterations cast a perfect glow atop a dresser or bookshelf. Mamooh, available in Denver at the Giggling Greenbean, 3929 Tennyson Street, or at mamooh.com, Ring 866.626.6642.

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Renew at the Ritz While arguably any spa treatment at Denver’s Ritz Carlton property is bliss, the unveiling of a brand new menu ensures sheer euphoria. The revamped selections are all based on four basic tenants – Relax, Renew, Refresh and Reconnect. Each designed with a set purpose, these spa treatments range from Relaxation Falls, a Vichy shower escape that exfoliates and moisturizes using calming scents like lavender, to the Aspen Leaf Renewal Facial that combats fine lines and dry skin. Each treatment may also be customized with enhancements like a hot oil scalp massage, paraffin wax treatment or foot balm. Our favorite? The Herbal Peaks Poultice Massage. Inspired by the Colorado mountains, the deep heat therapeutic massage renews using hot poultices and aromatherapy. Ahhh….now that’s bliss. The Spa at Ritz Carlton Denver, 1881 Curtis Street in Denver, Ring 303.312.3800 or ritzcarlton.com/denver.

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CONNECT THE DOTS

Every girl loves gifts, especially when they feature the likes of personal chefs, shopping sprees and spa treatments fit for a queen. Enter Keri’s Connections, the Denver based style club that’s bringing together the city’s most fabulous gals in the name of fashion. Sought after image consultant Keri Blair’s latest brainchild, Keri’s Connections offers its members a gift of style each and every month. A far cry from the typical “{insert random perishable} of the month club,” Keri’s Connections bestows a select group of Colorado style mavens with gifts they love and actually use each and every month. Past indulgences have included gift certificates to Denver’s toniest boutiques, handbags, personal training sessions, massages and a series of blowouts. What’s more, members are invited to quarterly events where they can mix and mingle with likeminded ladies while taking in the town. Forty dollars a month gets you in and gifts are worth a minimum of $60 – typically much more. Plus, if you’re not in the market for a new bag or a facial (although we seriously doubt that’s the case) you can gift the gift to your mom, sister or gal pal. Signing up is easily done online and members can join on a month-to-month basis. Keri’s Connections, keriblair.com or Ring 303.575.1606.

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Bag Ladies

Jenny Lee Walsh JJ Scholl

jjscholl.com Chicago-native turned Denver transplant Jenny Lee Walsh has quickly made a name for herself in the Mile High City as one of the most style-savvy bloggers, editors and brand consultants in town. Recently, she added “bag designer” to her already impressive resume with the launch of JJ Scholl. Inspired by the jet-set lifestyle of the designer’s great uncle, Dr. Scholl, JJ Scholl creates scooter accessories for wanderlust spirits and refined commuters. Here, Jenny opens up her own fashionable bag and reveals her everyday must-haves.

What’s Inside PERSOL SUNNIES - A must all year long in Colorado and Persols are an absolute classic... not to mention the shade of choice to Steve McQueen. DATE BOOK - I prefer writing, so all my appointments, notes and scribbles are kept on pages. COLOR SWATCHES - I always have various color or furniture tear sheets for interior decor clients. IPHONE - I abhor talking on the phone but I am constantly emailing and texting. I’d be fibbing if I said I didn’t drop my phone at least once a day, so the J.Crew leopard case is a lifesaver. LIP GLOSS - Addicted GUM - Again, addicted....but only sugarless to keep my dentist pleased. CAR KEYS - Needs an eye-catching key ring because I’m always fumbling through my bag for them...and it matches my leopard iPhone case. LOUIS VUITTON CARD CASE - Stuffed with my JJ SCHOLL business cards and cards of clients whose brand logos I’ve designed.

Balenciaga First Bag $1,395 My fav! This bag has just enough edge to keep it cool while still being a timeless edition. There is plenty of room to fit all my “necessities,” but it’s not too big to fit into my JJ SCHOLL scooter trunk when I am on the go.

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Louis Vuitton Mahina Leather Cirrus MM, $3,900 Disclaimer! I am an avid Louis Vuitton collector and have been since I was 18. I try to add at least one new piece to my collection every year (if not more). LOVE when I can find rare pieces- such as the purse and my wallet.

What’s Inside FAST COMPANY - Great info! I have a subscription and carry it around to pass time when I need to. BOSE HEADPHONES - Great for working out and great “ears” for G when we are out and about. GUM! - Lots of gum, mints and Listerine breath spray. Both girls and I are addicted to gum, and we like lots of variety! IPHONE - Fully loaded with princess coloring apps, mermaid games and puzzles for Grace…and a bad-ass music selection suited for all three of us. PERFUMES - “I AM” perfumes- “HOT” and “PASSION” are great little scents to roll on for a quick pick me up. I love to get them from Stephanie at Denim One in the “Walkway” at Larimer Square. JUSTIN’S CLASSIC ALMOND BUTTER- I eat three times a day and snack twice a day. A handful of almonds or this packet of almond butter does the trick! LOTION - I love the way Johnson’s Baby Lotion smells. Plus my tin of L’Occitane Shea Butter for anything and everything dry. CLASSIC AVIATOR RAY BANS - I’ve had these sunglasses since 1994…not kidding. CHANEL GLASSES FOR WHEN MY EYES GET TIRED - As I get older I’m constantly updating the prescription, but never the frames- had them for eight years!

Leigh Sullivan Leigh Sullivan Enterprises leighsullivan.com

Quintessential gal about town Leigh Sullivan exudes a chic sophistication that is equal parts high society and edgy rockstar. The PR maven and hospitality goddess is always on the go, often with toddler Grace and teenager Mackenzie, her darling daughters, in tow. Here, she opens up (quite literally) about what keeps this busy business chick and mom of two going on a daily basis.

DISNEY PRINCESS BAND AIDS - You never know when you’ll need one or ten... it’s a “toddler thing!”

PHOTOS BY FRANCES MARRON

PONY, PRINCE CHARMING AND SLEEPING BEAUTY - Did I mention I have an almost three year old? PACIFIER (AKA MUTE BUTTON) - Makes a long car ride shorter or a sleepy toddler more manageable. LOUIS VUITTON COSMETIC POUCH - Filled with “Beauty Rush” lipgloss from Victoria’s Secret. LOUIS VUITTON LARGE RING AGENDA -I’m old-fashioned and HAVE to write everything down. LOUIS VUITTON ZIPPY WALLET IN LEOPARD MONOGRAM VERNIS ($1,750) - Collectors piece and a present from my dad. I LOVE this wallet! WWW.DENVERREIGN.COM

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Beauty Queen

Lily Garfield WORDS BY BETSY MARTIN

Cos Bar 309 South Galena Street Aspen Ring 970.925.6249 cosbar.com

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IT’S A WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND LILY GARFIELD IS perched behind a desk in a deceptively modest Aspen office. Lipstick tubes, fragrance samples and skincare jars surround the unequivocally chic woman. We’ve just taken a seat across from her and despite a pedigreed resume dotted with the world’s most iconic beauty brands, the industry legend is more interested in hearing about our own endeavors than spilling the secrets of hers. It’s this humility that has hoisted Garfield and her twelve Cos Bar stores to cult status. In 1976, Lily opened the doors of her first Cos Bar location. Fresh from New York City and determined to enjoy the quintessential Aspen lifestyle, she soon realized that access to the cosmetic and skincare brands she knew and loved was nonexistent. Having started her career as a beauty consultant for Bloomingdales and quickly working her way into the Estee Lauder Companies, Lily Garfield

knew how the business worked. She remembers making her first fateful phone call to beauty giant Lancome. Soon after, the original Aspen Cos Bar opened. Fast-forward 35 years and Lily now owns twelve stores – from the shores of Hawaii to the tony streets of Montecito. Today, she’s planning what we later learn is her national debut into the Shops at Target and you can tell that she’s simply giddy over the endeavor. “I still have not taken it in. In my mind, I’m still this little girl inside who grew up on a farm and is just moving through life,” she candidly tells us. And move she has. With a concept that began based on finding Garfield’s coveted face cream while staying close to the slopes, Cos Bar has come a long way. True to its roots, the company still believes that women should be able to shop for cosmetics in their neighborhoods, just as they would their groceries and other necessities. “There’s just something about buy-


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ing your products around the corner from where you live. You don’t have to go downtown to the big cities.” A smart philosophy, shopping locally means that women are getting the products that work best in their environments, Colorado being one that’s particularly complex. “Women in Colorado need to understand that there is a difference between dry skin and dead skin. A lot of women will come into our stores and say ‘Oh my skin is so dry,’ and they apply cream on top of cream, on top of cream. When we ask if they exfoliate, they say no. Our Colorado estheticians will tell you that no cream in the world is going to penetrate dead skin.” So what does a beauty maven like Lily Garfield use on her face? “I can’t live without a good concealer and a good serum,” she reveals. “Serum is what goes on first – it is like a canvas for everything else.” Admittedly, she’s also big fan of Crème d’ Olives, a line carried exclusively by Cos Bar made from olive and pea extracts. And one Garfield stands behind. “I have to personally love everything we put in our stores. Packaging is important, but the product has to have substance. It has to really be doing something,” she says. “We look for things that are totally unique and not gimmicky.” Garfield’s no-nonsense approach is evident in her store, where a decidedly European vibe can be felt. While Americans clamor for color, women in Paris, Milan, Madrid and London are all about the skin. Something that Garfield believes is the cornerstone of beauty. “Color is just the icing on the cake. Skincare to me, is the crux of the beauty industry,” she affirms. So what’s trending in “icing” this season? According to Garfield, it’s all about Chanel. “Chanel is the barometer for color and right now, they’re going for beautiful pastels,” she reveals while showing us a gorgeous display of sorbet-hued shadows and glosses that haven’t yet hit the shelves. As we leave Garfield’s offices, she wishes us luck with what you can tell is genuine sincerity. Then, she gives us some advice – advice that we’re rather fond of and this time, it has nothing to do with makeup or moisturizer. “This business of mine grew out of passion and yours will too. Cos Bar had nothing to do with money – it was a passion that took on a life of its own. The bottom line is, whatever you are going to do you have to absolutely love it.” Wise words from a true beauty.

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HOLLY KYLBERG ONCE NEEDED NO INTRODUCTION. KNOWN AS DENVER’S RESIDENT SOCIALITE, SHE COULD BE FOUND, LIKE CLOCKWORK, AT ALMOST EVERY A-LIST EVENT, DONNING A DESIGNER GOWN ON THE RED CARPET, OR DINING AMONGST A RECOGNIZABLE ENTOURAGE AT THE CITY’S TONIEST EATERIES. THE BOLDEST OF DENVER’S BOLD-FACED NAMES, SHE GRACED THE SOCIETY PAGES WITH PREDICTABILITY. TODAY, SHE MIGHT SURPRISE YOU. THE QUINTESSENTIAL GAL ABOUT TOWN HAS TAKEN A STEP BACK FROM HER ONCE FAMILIAR SCENE AND IS STAKING HER CLAIM ON DENVER BY DIALING INTO ITS RICH HISTORY. AS THE OWNER OF THE TOP FIVE FLOORS OF THE HISTORIC D&F CLOCK TOWER, HOLLY KYLBERG IS TAKING AN EMBLEMATIC PIECE OF DENVER’S PAST AND MAKING IT HER FUTURE. WITH A NEW MAN BY HER SIDE (HER SIGNIFICANT OTHER IS HANDSOME MOTORCYCLE PRO SCOTT YENZER), SHE’S LIVING LIFE WITH A RENEWED SENSE OF PURPOSE AND PASSION AND FROM WHAT WE CAN TELL, THE VIEW ISN’T BAD.

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AROUND TOWN… Restaurant: Restaurant Kevin Taylor Fashion Designer: Missoni, especially vintage City: Florence, Italy Movie: The 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens Trend of the moment in events and weddings: Less emphasis on formality and tradition like the seated, plated dinner concept. People want to move around, socialize and enjoy a unique venue and food.

REIGN: WHY THE CLOCK TOWER AND WHY NOW? HK: The D & F Tower had always held a magical allure for me. When first built nearly 100 years ago, the building and its top floors were the crown jewel of the city. I felt a desire and an obligation of sorts to return that functionality back to the space after it had been closed and mysterious for so many years. I felt like that’s what the original owner and visionary of the Clock Tower, William Cooke Daniels, would have wanted – to have the top space once again become a vital part of the city –which it has. REIGN: WHAT WERE SOME OF THE MORE MEMORABLE EVENTS THAT YOU’VE HELD IN THE RENOVATED SPACE? HK: There have been many but to name a few, we hosted Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his executive team for a top secret meeting when they had a conference in town, hosted the Avalanche hockey team and their wives

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for a Halloween party and are getting ready to shoot a fashion spread for the Neiman Marcus catalog which is super exciting. They scout locations all over the world and are coming to Denver because of the Tower. REIGN: BESIDES THE CLOCK TOWER, WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HISTORIC SPOTS IN DENVER? HK: One of my favorite hidden gems is the Telephone Building at 931 14th Street. I love the Gothic Revival Style exterior and the amazing murals in the lobby painted in the 1920’s by Colorado artist Allen Tupper True. REIGN: YOU HAVE STEPPED BACK A BIT FROM YOUR PHILANTHROPY WORK TO FOCUS ON THE CLOCK TOWER. ARE THERE ANY CHARITIES YOU ARE STILL INVOLVED IN? HK: I am still involved in the non-profit world but my causes have shifted a bit due to my cur-

rent passion. I’m now more focused on raising money and awareness for historic preservation and am currently a board member of Historic Denver. When our economy shifts back which it will, we need to make sure our historic structures are protected. I also use my event space to give back by donating it for charity fundraisers to auction off during their silent and live auctions. Also, I share my love of the Tower’s history with many school groups throughout the year. REIGN: WHAT’S NEXT FOR HOLLY? HK: To start taking care of myself and get back into shape. I’m currently doing a cleanse and I’ve never felt better! REIGN: GREATEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED IN LIFE? HK: I ran a marathon once and I saw a female runner wearing a t-shirt that read, “He said I couldn’t.” I’ve learned that you have to tune out those negative voices in life and trust your own instincts.


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The table is in the gazebo, the croquet set is out and the champagne is chilling. We’re ready for a garden party. Put on your favorite summer frock and grab your beau. It’s an afternoon of decadence and delight.

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PREVIOUS PAGE ON THE LADIES - Lela Rose Floral Jacquard Sheath Dress, $1,395; Oscar de la Renta Beaded Short Tassel Earrings, Pink, $345; Shoshanna Yellow Cotton Dress, $330; Available at Neiman Marcus, 303.329.2600 ON THE GENTLEMEN - Zanella Cotton Twill Trousers, $298; Robert Graham X Collection in Green Stripe, $178; Ermenegildo Zegna Navy Cashmere and Wool V-Neck Sweater, $495; Available at Andrisen Morton, 303. 377.8488; Peter Millar Jersey Polo, $89.50; Paul Smith Blue Blazer, $985, Plaid Shorts by Peter Millar, $89.50; Available at Neiman Marcus

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ON THE LADIES - Shoshanna Wendy Printed Dress, $375, Gold Earrings, $345; Trina Turk B-52 Eyelet Dress, $268; Shoes, Model’s Own; Available at Neiman Marcus ON THE GENTLEMAN - Ermenegildo Zegna Tangerine and Navy Sport Shirt, $395; Betenley Navy Shorts, $135; W. Kleinberg Belt in Papaya, $145; Available at Andrisen Morton

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PREVIOUS PAGE & REMAINING LOOKS ON THE LADIES – Kate Spade New York Gimlet Combo Dress, $438; Lagos Pearl Earrings and Bracelet; Kate Spade New York Contessa Floral Print Dress, $438; Majorica Pearl Drop Earrings and Bracelet; Available at Neiman Marcus; Shoes – stylist’s own ON THE GENTLEMEN - Peter Millar Two Button Wool Blazer, $795; Etro Striped Shirt, $243, Peter Millar Khaki Pants, $85, Carrot & Gibbs Bow Tie, $70; Hickey Freeman Navy and White Jacket, $665; Seven for All Mankind White Jean, $178; Michael Kors White Linen Shirt, $125; Available at Neiman Marcus

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The Reel Side of Vail

Words by Betsy Martin, with Kevin Marr Photos by Joe & Joyce Keum

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t’s the beginning of April in Vail, and spring skiing is in full swing. The village is bustling about with jetsetters and locals looking to get in that one last run. Yet for a town that’s typically brimming with mountain enthusiasts, there’s a surprising number of people who appear to be ready for a night on the town more so than a day on the slopes. They’re unassumingly chic and have that “I’m somebody” look, without being obvious. They’re in town for Vail Film Festival, one of Colorado’s most celebrated cinematic events, and one that’s surprisingly under the radar given the level of talent it draws. The festival’s ninth year on the circuit, it’s evident that Hollywood has grown to respect the small but capable fête. Names like Kate Bosworth, Adrian Grenier, Jane Seymour and Luke Wilson grace the lineup with familiar regularity and equally well-known directors, producers and writers clamor to enter their work. Galas and AList parties dot the agenda, in between sold-out screenings, panel discussions and receptions. The stars and starlets have descended in grand style on the chic Sebastian Hotel and the Stella Artois is flowing by the stein. It’s the making for a perfect conversation about movies, luck, love, Hollywood and all of the trappings that surround a life in front of the camera.

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red Schepisi sits rather unassumingly in the lobby of the Sebastian Hotel. His film, The Eye of the Storm, opened the Vail Film Festival the evening prior to rave reviews. He’s already won best feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival and in a few days, he’ll repeat the honor by winning Best Picture in Vail. For now, he’s focused on chatting about his project, one of which you can tell the venerable Australian director is particularly proud. “I loved making this film because Patrick (White) very much believes we’re all actors. That we’re one thing to our family, another to our friend, another professionally – we’re acting the part based on the relationship. And as cynical as that may be, it’s also very fascinating.” The film, which explores the emotional death of the matriarch of an incredibly dysfunctional family, is equal parts dramatic and caustically funny. Adapted from Australian Nobel laureate Patrick White’s acclaimed novel, The Eye of the Storm is smart and compelling. A world-class cast including Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling bring the film to enigmatic heights. Something that Schepisi has grown accustomed to over the years. Having worked with the likes of acting royalty Meryl Streep and Stockard Channing, he’s learned the careful nuances of directing his cast to award winning performances and Eye is no exception. “I call her shimmer. She’s like magic,” he says, referring to Meryl, with whom he worked with in 1988’s A Cry in the Dark and for which she received an Oscar nomination. This time around,

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Schepisi worked with another talented young actress only now it was his own daughter, Alexandra Schepisi, whose performance as Flora, a young nurse, is both moving and incandescent. “I realized early on that there was no way I could make that casting decision, even though I like to think I am objective. So I had all of my creative colleagues watch. They told me I’d be mad not to use her. We made the decision quite nervously. The last time we worked together she was about fourteen months.” In a movie that deals with very dark subject matter, Schepisi was able to bring an unexpected levity to his characters. “The main thing for me to do is to create a situation where they can give everything they’ve got to give in those parts,” he says of his role in cultivating such iconic talent. “You have to make them learn to trust you enough to take chances. You’re a sounding board and a mirror. They know you’re not going to let them look ridiculous, so there’s no fear,” he finished. Although Schepisi has directed Streep and Channing to Oscar nominations and has worked with legends like Steve Martin on the 1980s project Roxanne, he remains humble, grounded and relatively unaffected by what most would consider an epic career. As we end our interview, he graciously thanks us in a way one wouldn’t expect from such an esteemed director. The next evening his film wins the Festival’s ultimate honor, Best Picture. When Schepisi accepts his award, it’s with the same passion and gratitude typically reserved for an Oscar. It’s this humility and reverence for his craft that makes Fred Schepisi not only a great director but also a great man.


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!fe Happens is an emotive story that many women know all too well. A romantic comedy that’s the right amount of raunchy, the film explores the relationship between two best girlfriends after one suddenly becomes a mother. L!fe follows the story of roommates Kim and Deena, whose simultaneous one-night stands and a single condom left in the box leave an effervescent Kim (Krysten Ritter) with a baby boy. Thrust into motherhood, Kim finds herself in a world to which Deena (Kate Bosworth) can no longer relate. We sit down with an adorable Kat Coiro, who wrote and directed the film. She’s running behind, as she just dropped her four-year-old daughter off at ski school. Apropos, given the movie’s subject matter. Her husband, Entourage’s Rhys Coiro, is back home in LA, but his character Marc, an Australian pro surfer and Ritter’s “baby daddy” in the film, is very much present. “Krysten and I started writing the movie when my daughter was three months old and it was really based on what the two of us were experiencing at the time. I was the first of my friend group in Los Angeles to have a baby and I really had to figure out how to balance motherhood and career while my best girlfriends like Krysten were in a totally different place,” she candidly says. Because Coiro, Ritter and Bosworth, who Coiro presented last year’s Best Actress award to

at VFF, are real life pals, the script came together naturally, albeit over a long four year process. Originally optioned by a major studio, then turned into a sit-com and eventually back on the indie circuit, L!fe, had several lives, ultimately landing exactly where it belonged. The movie sparkles with hilarity, from the inopportune breast milk scene with Ritter’s costar Geoff Stults, to the oddball musings of Weeds’ Justin Kirk, who plays Bosworth’s would-be boyfriend. Rachel Bilson and relative newcomer Fallon Goodson also pepper the plot with amusing dialogue. “I love that this movie is genuinely entertaining, but also pulls at your heartstrings. It’s a strong female comedy and shows women hellbent on having it all faced with the reality that life doesn’t always work as planned,” Fallon Goodson, who has been vacationing in Colorado for years and is a first time Festival nominee, tells us. Ritter agrees. “When you’re writing a script with your girlfriends, something very authentic happens in the process and I think that’s depicted in these characters. Deena is as hard as nails, but in the end she softens. And Kim’s character is surprisingly relatable.” Coiro chimes back in. “There is a level of detail in this that comes from years and years of writing. It is very personal and it takes reaching into the recesses of your mind. But the greatest thing about writing with someone else, someone you love, is that after a while you can’t remember who came up with what. It is such a collaborative and creative process.”

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6 Month Rule Blayne Weaver, Natalie Morales, Brandon Barrera

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layne Weaver is coming off a big night. The movie that he wrote, directed and starred in just premiered at Vail Film Festival and there’s a certain buzz circling the festival circuit. There’s also a certain buzz circling Weaver, who explains that the film’s executive producer rented out Bol, the chic watering hole meets bowling alley in Vail Village, the evening prior. “We had a bar minimum to meet, and I’m pretty sure we did,” he laughs. It’s not at all surprising that Weaver starts the interview with a joke. He’s undeniably funny and so is his movie, 6 Month Rule. Weaver plays Tyler, a jaded photographer who believes that no woman is so wonderful that she can’t be forgotten in six months. A philosophy that’s tested when he meets Sophie, played by the equally charming Natalie Morales. The actress, whose upcoming roles also include HBO’s much-antic-

ipated series The Newsroom, sidles up to Weaver on the couch, along with actor and co-writer Brandon Barrera. The trio is electric when they talk about their film – and each other. “I remember watching tape after tape (of Natalie) and trying to find something that didn’t work. She’s funny and she’s quirky and she’s naturally likeable. She has you eating out of the palm of your hand. Everyone falls in love with her,” Brandon tells us. Natalie blushes and we ask her what it was like to play such a strong female lead. “Roles like this are written very rarely – especially for Latin women – roles that are real and not based on the fact that I am Latin,” she tells us. “For me, Sophie was strong in some ways but very weak and very fearful in others. I think she was just as flawed as Tyler was. She didn’t deserve him either. She didn’t trust. And that can hold you back from a lot of good things.” Weaver chimes in, agreeing. “The last rewrite we did, we went in and took out everything that

was fantastical – which is risky when you’re making a movie – after all, it’s a movie. You want it to be heightened. But I didn’t want anything to be fake. We made it real,” he says. “It’s a story where a 35 year-old goes from being a man child to becoming a grown up. And the only reason things like that happen are because of love.” 6 Month Rule does, in fact, feel rather authentic. Which makes sense, given the film’s inspiration. “It’s all drawn from personal experience. Anyone who’s been single for any length of time can relate to someone in the movie,” Barrera and Weaver say. 6 Month Rule does, in fact, speak to the fearful part in every singleton. The part that’s indeed very real. A comedy in the traditional sense, the film is also quietly intelligent and anything but expected. “We want the audience to feel like they went on a journey with these characters. One that’s not just about a clever notion or a touching story, but rather one that is relatable. One that teaches a lesson,” Weaver finishes.

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Escape to Solaris WE ALL KNOW WHAT MAKES A GREAT HOTEL – FLAWLESS SERVICE, PLUSH ACCOMMODATIONS, DECADENT FOOD, A BED YOU’LL NEVER WANT TO CRAWL OUT OF – BUT SOLARIS IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A HOTEL. THE NEW GRAND DAME OF VAIL VILLAGE, SOLARIS IS ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE. AND WHAT AN EXPERIENCE IT IS.

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EVEN BEFORE YOU ENTER SOLARIS' comfortably chic lobby, you know that you’re vacationing somewhere extraordinary. The prearrival concierge has phoned you to ensure your suite has been stocked with all of your necessities and favorites. When you do arrive, the staff already knows your name, personally welcoming you before you’ve presented any actual form of identification. As you make your way to one of the 79 private residences, the effortless sophistication of the property’s architecture becomes evident. Details like textured wallcoverings, a crackling indoor fire pit and opulent lighting abound and well-dressed patrons are dining below at Matsuhisa, the latest addition to famed Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s portfolio. Once inside your residence, which can range in size from 900 to an expansive 6,700 square feet, the luxe factor grows exponentially. A computer panel controls the entire unit, from lighting preferences, to temperature and music. You can even view outdoor conditions on the slope, a welcomed amenity during ski season. Each custom designed and decorated space boasts an opulent gourmet kitchen and a number of bedrooms, plus bathrooms with jetted Jacuzzi tubs, marble and natural stone at every turn. The décor is decadent, while remaining unequivocally tasteful. Plush throws, coffee table books chronicling favorite artists and fashion designers and fanciful accessories make a guest feel as though they are staying in a well-appointed home as opposed to a hotel. Venture to the pool, where you’ll find a comfortable hot tub and Turkish bath-style lap pool adjacent to a modest gym that offers private training and yoga sessions. Downstairs, you’ll enjoy a spa with a small offering of treatment rooms for massage (in-room massage is also easily accessible). In the winter months, you’ll take comfort in the private ski locker that lays just beneath the Vista Bahn chairlift. Outside, Solaris offers a bevy of activities within

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its massive 547,000 square foot property. Bol, the upscale bar/restaurant/bowling alley combo is one of Solaris’ flagships and has become increasingly popular with the celebrity and A-List crowds that frequent the storied ski town. Patrons of Bol can lounge in ultra comfortable leather chairs while they watch television on over fifteen different screens. For those who actually choose to partake in the namesake sport, 12-pin bowling alleys fit for a king abound. Many, however, visit for the culinary delights – from a simple dish of grilled Calamari to a decadent Kobe steak. In the same plaza, jetsetters can shop from the likes of local fashion favorite Luca Bruno, Betterridge Jewelers, The North Face, Manrico Cashmere and galleries including Carrie Fell and Zuger. There’s also a movie theatre – one

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that serves fine wine and chef-prepared cuisine during the previews. Back inside, lucky residents and guests are enjoying the lounge before retreating to their private getaways. In the winter months, they watch as families ice skate on the rink that flanks the center of Solaris’ retail area. Yet as the new “town square” of Vail Village, the space bustles year round. While Solaris aims to please even the pickiest of travelers, its most impressive amenity remains out of the ordinary - a personal assistant assigned to each guest. A far cry from your average concierge, these assistants cater to a visitor’s every need, arranging everything from tasks like the aforementioned prearrival grocery shopping and dinner reservations, all the way to the extraordinary, such as arranging ice

skating lessons with a princess on the property’s rink or a visit with Santa’s reindeer for your little ones. Whatever you fancy your wish is, quite literally, their command. The resort even plays host to a custom proposal program, where a private concierge will plan the proposal of your dreams – think a photographer hidden on the chairlift behind you while you pop the question, or rose petals spelling ‘will you marry me?’ on the skating rink. For those who can’t get enough of Solaris, residences – raging from $1.5 to $19 million – are available for purchase and are owned by local ski bunnies and international titans of business alike. For lucky vacationers, many of these units become available for rental in addition to the property's thirteen permanent rental units.


Let us indulge you head to toe with a Citrus Lavender Salt Scrub. Let us ease away tension with the soothing warmth of a Colorado River Stone Massage. Let us replenish your skin with our special High Altitude Oxygen Facial. Let us allow you to contemplate nothing more serious than the aroma of your therapy.

Experience the benefits of a spa treatment designed just for you. For more information or to make an appointment, call The Ritz-Carlton, Denver at 303-312-3800 or go to ritzcarlton.com/denver.

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Barcelona Beckons THE CAPITAL OF CATALAN, BARCELONA EVOKES A RICH, ROMANTIC FLAVOR THAT IS DECIDEDLY DECADENT, AND CHARACTERISTICALLY EUROPEAN. WHILE THERE ARE CERTAINLY COUNTLESS OLD WORLD CLASSICS THAT ARE NOT TO BE MISSED, THE NEW BARCELONA BECKONS WITH MODERNIST VIEWS, CHIC EATERIES, CUTTING EDGE BOUTIQUES AND BUSTLING NIGHTLIFE.

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The Grandeur of Gaudi PART ALICE IN WONDERLAND, PART Architectural Digest, the famed houses of Antonio Gaudi evoke an awe-inspiring, fantasy-like feel. The most famous of the Catalan Architect’s works is Casa Batllo, situated in the hub of Passeig de Gràcia. This spellbinding structure is Gaudi’s most emblematic work and a masterpiece of whimsical shape, color and light. Originally built in 1906 for the aristocratic Batllo family, the home has been perfectly restored and maintained. From the wavy exterior plastered with lime mortar, to the ornamental rooftop, Casa Batllo is a treat for the eyes from top to bottom. Casa Batllo, 932 16 03 06, Passeig de Gràcia, 43 08007 Barcelona, www.casabattlo.cat. Next on the Gaudi tour is a stroll along the toniest section of Passeig de Gràcia, where Casa Mila (La Pedrera) majestically sits. More sculpture than structure, this home is fraught with hypnotic intricacies that only Gaudi could have imagined. Casa Mila, 34 93 484 5900, 92 Passeig de Gracia, www.lapedreraeducacio.org. Yet the final and most impressive stop on the Gaudi route is the famed Sagrada Familia, the spectacular church that has been under construction since the late 1800s. Sagrada Familia is a treat for the eyes from the inside out and deserves its billing as Barcelona's most recognizable structure. La Sagrada Familia, 932 07 30 31, Carrer de Mallorca, 401 08013 Barcelona, www.sagradafamilia.cat. Opposite Page: The interior ceiling of La Sagrada Familia This Page: Gaudi’s famous Casa Batllo

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Left: The Museu Picasso Below: La Boqueria, the city’s most touted market

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The artists of Barcelona are both storied and spectacular, the most famous of whom include Picasso and Dali. The Museu Picasso is one of the art world’s most significant and is situated in the charmingly hip El Born neighborhood. The home to Picasso’s more important pieces including Man in a Beret and The Wait, Mueseu Picasso also boats traveling exhibitions like the current installation of works by Javier Vilató – painter, engraver, sculptor and Picasso’s nephew. Museu Picasso, 933 19 63 10, Carrer de Montcada, 15, Barcelona, www.museupicasso.bcn. No visit to Spain is ever complete without viewing the works of Salvador Dali. If your Spanish holiday is limited to Barcelona, you can take in an edited sampling of Dali at the city’s smaller museum paying tribute to the artist, located adjacenet to the (not to miss) Barcelona Cathedral. Yet if travel plans permit, a day trip to the small coastal town of Figueres, Dali’s hometown and the location of the Dali Theatre-Museum, is warranted. Not only is the museum an artwork in itself, it's also home to many famous paintings by Dalí. The building holds the broadest range of the artist's works, including everything from his earliest pieces to his final paintings. Dalí also chose to include some pieces from his personal collection by other artists such as El Greco and Antoni Pitxot. Dali Theatre Museum, 972 67 75 00, Plaça de Gala i Salvador Dalí, 5 17600 Figueres, www.salvador-dali.org.

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Shop in the City SHOPPING IN BARCELONA IS A THRILL for even the most discerning fashion plates. Names like Desigual, Zara and Mango hail from Spain, but we suggest you spend your time on open air markets and vintage finds that you won’t see back home. Enter the Barri Gòtic corridor and go directly to La Manual Alpargatera, the famous espadrille store. Typically, this iconic purveyor of footwear gets so crowded that you’ll have to take a number. Literally. La Manual Alpargatera is the quintessential Barcelona boutique. It has a rich history (there's a photo on the wall of customer Salvador Dalí, who famously wore his espadrilles with his linen suits) while remaining incredibly current and coveted

(Jean Paul Gaultier is a client). Once your number comes up, you’ll find yourself happily buried in stacks of ribbon-tied espadrilles, T-strapped espadrilles, platform-wedge espadrilles and flats. La Manual Alpargatera, 93 3010172, Avinyó, 7, Barcelona, www.lamanualalpargatera.com. Collectors and vintage lovers won’t want to miss the Thursday-only antiques market in the Plaça de la Seu at the base of the massive 15th-century Catedral de Barcelona, whose spires soar over the Barri Gòtic. You’ll find limitless troves of jewelry, books, mirrors, furniture and other accoutrement that is quintessentially European. Plan to stay awhile – this authentic market is large and full of hidden treasures. Finally, hit up La Boqueria, a picture-perfect food market on the site of an old convent — go to eat, shop or simply absorb the sights and sounds. La Boqueria, Rambla, 91 08001 Barcelona, www.boqueria.info.


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Beauty for your big day and beyond...

Mandarin Oriental, the crown jewel of Barcelona Hotels

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MANDARIN ORIENTAL If you’re looking for luxury, Barcelona’s new Mandarin Oriental property is your respite. Built as a stylish 98-room hotel by leading Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola with contemporary yet elegant interiors, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is the city’s most luxurious and exclusive place to stay. Case in point? Private butler service. Offering a discreet level of bespoke service, butlers will provide complimentary sunset cocktails in-room, overlooking Barcelona’s picturesque vistas. Morning tea or coffee with guest wake up calls and newspapers is the norm and bath and pillow menus can be tailored for a custom experience. For those looking to indulge in retail therapy, the butler can arrange for private in-room shopping with personally curated pieces selected from the hotel’s own Manolo Blahnik store. Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, 34 93 151 88 88 , Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40 Barcelona, www.mandarinoriental.com/barcelona. 303.722.1178 • ShopMKStyle.com • 1882 South Pearl Street • Denver


the Spanish iteration of a cheeseburger, which is a good idea given the amount of bubbles you’ll be imbibing. La Champagneria closes by 10 pm every night – unheard of in Barcelona and an indication of the bar’s legendary popularity. We suggest arriving by 7 if you want to truly experience the glory. La Champagneria, Carrer de la Reina Christina 7, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona.

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Cava is good, inexpensive cava is better and cava with a toasted cheese or bacon bocadillo is sheer delight. La Champagneria is a minuscule cava bar that inconspicuously sits along the Carrer de Reina Christina. It’s a place where there are no chairs and patrons pack in shoulder to shoulder, becoming instantly familiar with one another’s personal space. Screaming your order across the bar is the preferred method, as the polite will sit sans cocktail the entire evening. Cava is sold by the glass and by the bottle but there’s a two tapas minimum for every bottle you order. And by Tapas, we mean

With more than 300 different bottles on its wine list, this is Barcelona's best wine bar and it also boasts one of the most beautiful terraces, looking out over the grandiose Santa Maria del Mar church. Unlike a typical Spanish wine bar, this is both chic and expensive, but the incredible choice of wines from around the globe make La Vinya a must-visit for oenophiles. It also has an inventive chef who creates original tapas. La Vinya del Senyor, 34-93-3103379, 5 Plaça de Santa María, Barcelona.

Bar Pinotxo Barcelona's most savory breakfast is found at this storied space, by the entrance to the legendary Boqueria market where Juanito Bayen, clad in a bow tie, serves tomato-rubbed toast and grilled rock lobster and salt cod croquettes to vendors and shoppers alike. Café con leche or cava—you decide. Bar Pinotxo, 011-34-93-317-1731, Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona.


WHAT TO PACK From walking the storied streets of Las Ramblas to indulging in tapas and Cava, Barcelona lends itself to an effortless wardrobe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as alluring as the city itself.

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AS A GIRL GROWING UP IN ONE OF Denver’s most heralded real estate families, Katie Wolfe Agron always knew she’d end up designing. In fact, she fondly remembers drawing her first house plans on the back of the collection envelope during church services. Fast-forward two and half decades and Agron is unpacking box after box of shiny new accessories in the dining room of her quintessential Cherry Hills home. This time, the accoutrement is not for one of her high profile clients at Wolfe Design House, but instead for the adorable new retail gem she’s about to open in Denver’s South Pearl district. Joined by best friend and local style maven Molly Simons, the home furnishings boutique, aptly named MK Style, mimics the decidedly preppy (a monogram serves as the brand’s logo) yet comfortably chic style of Molly and Katie’s own classic Denver homes. Inside, eclectic wallpaper adorns the shop while

fine china, linens, coffee table books and other stylish accessories balance out a mix of vintage and new furnishings. Known in their circle of friends as the hostesses with the mostess, Molly and Katie have selected a perfect blend of entertaining staples and gifts for their eponymous store – think bright napkins, lacquered trays, silver candlesticks and timeless china patterns. “Denver is filled with classic neighborhoods and stylish homeowners. Molly and I want to inspire people to keep it fresh, while also keeping it fun. We’re all about layering color, pattern and texture for a look that’s perfectly imperfect,” Katie Wolfe Agron explains. Their store, MK Style, will boast niche brands as well as old favorites like upholstered pieces from Kravet and Brunschwig and Fils. A gift registry, be it for weddings, birthdays or just because, is also available.


“Denver is filled with classic neighborhoods and stylish homeowners. Molly and I want to inspire people to keep it fresh, while also keeping it fun. We’re all about layering color, pattern and texture for a look that’s perfectly imperfect.”

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BOULDER’S BARBARA BORK HAS LONG been a staple on the Colorado design scene. Now the lauded interior designer is bringing her coveted style to Front Range shoppers with the opening of Lola Gray. Named for Bork’s grandmother’s dearest and most fashionable friends, the shop purveys high style, lighting, affordable accessories, plush textiles and cotemporary furnishings under one decidedly chic roof. Bork has curated a careful balance of classic and modern styles, mixing investment pieces built for longevity with trend-right, daring trimmings and unexpected pops of color. “I love mixing high with low and classic

with contemporary. I think this is what really adds character to a room. It’s all about the little things – like a stack of vintage trunks used as an end table in the same space as a pair of oversized honeycomb lamps and a modern wallpaper treatment.” It is Bork’s reverence for details that make Lola Gray so special. From the vintage yellow patent leather chairs that she found at a Hollywood flea market and later restored, to the clean lines of the Barclay Butera sofa that anchors her showroom, thoughtful nuances abound inside Lola Gray.


“I love mixing high with low and classic with contemporary. I think this is what really adds character to a room. It’s all about the little things – like a stack of vintage trunks used as an end table in the same space as a pair of oversized honeycomb lamps and a modern wallpaper treatment.”

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THIS SEASON’S TRENDS ARE BRIGHT, BOLD AND FULL OF SPARKLE. THREE COLORADO DESIGNERS INTERPRET AU COURANT HUES FOR THE HOME AND SHARE THEIR FAVORITE TREASURES.

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ORANGE CRUSH “A POP OF ORANGE CAN INSTANTLY TRANSFORM A ROOM. IT’S A COLOR THAT’S BOLD, CHEERFUL AND BRIGHT. IT PUSHES THE ENVELOPE AND IS VERY UNEXPECTED, WHICH I LOVE.” BARBARA BORK, LOLA GRAY HOME COLLECTION 1. Thomas Paul 20” Square Pumpkin Pillow; $128 2. Orange Piecrust Outdoor Planting Pot; $22 3. Petal Parisian Bistro Chair with Paris Plaque, $329

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1. Flavor Wallpaper, “Kabloom” in Artichoke, $350/roll; flavorpaper.com 2. Madeline Weinrib Apple Green Mandala Rug, ABC Carpet & Home, abchome.com 3. JANUS et ci Forest Armchair in Acid Green; janusetcie.com 4. JANUS et ci Amari Low Back Lounge Chair in Bamboo Green; janusetcie.com 5. Studio Lilica Fortune Cookies Sculpture; studiolilica.com 6. Bungalow 5 Jacqui Three Drawer Side Table, $910; laylagrayce.com 7. Maharam Path B Mural; maharam.com 8. Jonathan Adler Lime Lacquer Cube, $350; laylagrayce.com

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SOLID GOLD ONE OF MY MENTORS USED TO ALWAYS SAY EVERY ROOM NEEDS YELLOW IN IT. IN THE SAME WAY I FEEL EVERY ROOM NEEDS A METALLIC ELEMENT TO ADD A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR AND SPLASH OF EXCITEMENT. I FIND GOLD METALS AND METALLIC GIVE ROOMS A FINISHING TOUCH, BUT THEY SHOULD ALWAYS BE USED SPARINGLY – OTHERWISE THE ROOM CAN GET OVERDONE AND TOO FLASHY. KIRSTEN BRANT, K BRANT INTERIORS

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LINGER As one of the city’s newest hot spots, Linger has quickly gained foothold with Denver’s well-heeled ladies and gents. Built in a renovated mortuary, the eatery’s quirky décor gives a cheeky nod to the space’s former life with a Harold and Maude theme. The second of Justin Cucci’s two popular haunts (his other, Root Down, boasts a mighty fine patio, too), Linger deserves the praise it has received. And the restaurant’s expansive patio, tucked just under the iconic Ollinger sign, is certainly worthy of a few bragging rights. While the view of Denver’s skyline is lovely from the inside, the sweeping outdoor views are to die for (pun intended). You’ll covet the stunning scenery of downtown and on a clear day you can see all the way to Pike’s Peak. Even though the patio is typically packed, strands of white lights and a hand crafted cocktail will make it feel oh-so-intimate. LINGER 2030 WEST 30TH AVENUE, DENVER RING 303.993.3120 LINGERDENVER.COM

Al Fresco! IT’S SUMMER IN COLORADO AND FOR MANY, THAT MEANS SCENIC HIKES IN THE HIGH COUNTRY, CAMPING IN THE STATE’S PICTURESQUE NATIONAL PARKS AND RAFTING ALONG THE ARKANSAS RIVER. AND WHILE OUR AFFINITY FOR THE OUTDOORS IS UNDENIABLE, WE ALSO LOVE COLORADO SUMMERS FOR THE OTHER ADVENTURE SPORT – PATIO DINING. WORDS BY SUZANNE LANGDON

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The gem of South Pearl Street, Black Pearl is a longtime favorite for Sunday brunches. But we also love this tony restaurant for its ultra fabulous patio. Perfect for summer dining (and sipping) Black Pearl’s outdoor space centers around an in-table fireplace that’s both opulent and ambient. Creative American cuisine sourced from local farms is presented via entrees like Basil Potato Gnocchi and Hickory Smoked Game Hen, while half off wines and cocktails headline Black Pearl’s happy hour menu. You’ll enjoy plenty of people watching as the city’s movers and shakers saunter past and the small plates, ranging from goat cheese flan to oysters on the half shell, serve as the perfect complement to your glass of Rosé. BLACK PEARL 1529 SOUTH PEARL STREET, DENVER RING 303.777.0500 BLACKPEARLDENVER.COM

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This quintessentially Aspen watering hole is touted in the winter as the Aprés Ski destination of choice, but Ajax is equally impressive in the summer months. The perfect place to sip, see and be seen, Ajax dishes up its signature truffle fries and a variety of other casual-fare that is just the ticket after a long day of hiking (even if just from Gucci to Prada). The sundrenched mountainside patio offers idyllic views of Aspen Mountain and boasts an outdoor bar flanked by rows of dining tables ideal for chatting into the evening.

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CREEKSIDE CELLARS A short thirty-minute drive from Denver, Evergreen is a quick respite with the trappings of a mountain getaway in the time frame of a long lunch. Situated in the heart of historic downtown Evergreen and alongside the banks of Bear Creek, this tiny gem of a restaurant is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. Our favorite part? The balcony patio that offers unobstructed views of the river below. Sip on one of the award-winning wines that is grown locally and made onsite. We love the Viognier for its crisp, refreshing notes and suggest pairing it with Creekside’s signature Cheese Board, your favorite lunch date and a lazy afternoon on the patio.

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teur soar to success in her entrepreneurial ventures. KELLY LIKEN HAS MADE A NAME FOR HERSELF IN Yet she also grew up with a deep appreciation for the culinary world. The former Top Chef and great food and great restaurants. Both Liken’s Iron Chef contestant is among the most respectmother and grandmother were avid cooks. ed in her industry and her eponymous Restau“My mother loves to cook. She’s not a great cook rant Kelly Liken is one of Vail Valley’s, if not because she had to be; she’s a great cook because she the country’s, most celebrated eateries. Yet she wanted to be. She had subscriptions to all of the food didn’t always know that food was her calling. magazines – Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine – In fact, the young gastronomic star originally and tried every single recipe. She took pleasure in gothought she’d be gazing at another type of star. ing to the grocery store daily to shop for fresh ingrediHaving majored in physics at the University of ents. It was her thing. Her way to relax and unwind, Colorado, Liken always imagined she’d become and I grew up seeing how cooking can be a cathartic an astronaut. Yet a would-be part time job in a release and creative endeavor.” Boulder kitchen changed her fate, and the resThose early memories watching her taurant scene, almost immediately. “From the moment I stepped into Restaurant Kelly Liken mother in the kitchen inspired Liken 12 Vail Road, No. 100 from a young age and helped her devela professional kitchen it was like my Vail, Colorado 81657 op an awareness of how food could be hands knew what they were doing. I Ring 970. 479.0175 much more than a meal, but a groundknew immediately that was what I was kellyliken.com ing force that creates a sense of comsupposed to do. I fell in love with it munity. “Every night we ate together and dove in feet first.” so I really learned how food can bring people toGrowing up in Pittsburgh, Kelly Liken had a gether and become so much more than just a meal. relatively normal upbringing, much of which was It’s an experience for family and friends and that’s spent learning to put her head down and work what I strive to create in my restaurant.” hard, a lesson that would later help the restaura-

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“EVERY NIGHT WE ATE TOGETHER SO I REALLY LEARNED HOW FOOD CAN BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND BECOME SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A MEAL. IT’S AN EXPERIENCE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND THAT’S WHAT I STRIVE TO CREATE IN MY RESTAURANT.” Most who are lucky enough to dine at Kelly Liken would agree that the Vail-based chef has succeeded in her pursuit. Not only has she built a restaurant with a dazzling menu and long list of regular diners, she has also remained very true to her mission of exclusively using local, sustainable ingredients. A passion she first discovered while working with renowned chef Patrick O’Connell at The Inn at Little Washington. “Patrick gave me my passion for local and sustainable food. He was operating arguably the best restaurant in the country if not the world, and 90% of the food came from within a 50-mile radius. Learning how he refused to compromise on fresh, locally-produced ingredients was how I was able to create what I have at Kelly Liken.” After working alongside O’Connell in Washington DC and witnessing the harrowing 9-11 attacks, Liken knew it was time for a change. Looking to settle down someplace where she could truly wrap her arms around a community, she chose Vail, in part because her parents had just relocated to the Valley in their retirement.

A month after arriving in the Rockies, Liken met Rick Colomitz, a co-worker at the restaurant in which she was working in. Eight months later, they became engaged, and soon after, they opened Restaurant Kelly Liken. Today, Colomitz is the restaurant’s General Manager and Wine Director. “I knew right away that it was something special. From the moment I met him, we just fit together. We have this great mutual respect for each other,” she says. “About six weeks before we opened, during the busiest week of the year, I began to stress. Rick looked at me and asked ‘what can I do to help you?’ and I said ‘quit your job.’ He went in the next day and resigned. From that moment on he’s been my business partner.” A born entrepreneur, Liken somehow balances work and home life. Yet she never thought that building a successful restaurant from the ground up would happen so fast. It is this naïveté that she credits for her unrelenting gumption. “I am actually really glad I was young and naïve. I don’t know that I would have done it otherwise, had I known what I was getting myself into,” she laughs.

SOWING SEEDS Kelly Liken is passionate about food. And nothing shows her dedication to locally grown, sustainable ingredients like the Sowing Seeds project she founded with husband and business partner Rock Colomitz. The most recent of the Vail Valley Foundation’s educational initiatives, Sowing Seeds focuses on the scientific aspect of teaching children about how foods grow, as well as the accompanying nutritional message of eating healthy. What started two years ago has become a vastly successful curriculum-based greenhouse program at Vail’s Brush Creek Elementary School. Under Liken’s tutelage, students plant and care for their own gardens. Vegetables are then integrated into the school’s cafeteria food and during the summers, students sell their produce at a local farmer’s market. Serving over 800 students, the program expanded last year to include the nearby town of Edwards. “It’s an experience-based learning program that we enrich with botany, horticulture, nutrition and the life cycle. We’re really closing a loop that used to exist. We’re teaching in a more well-rounded way,” Liken attests. Sowing Seeds, vvf.org.

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From over-the-top tea parties to jetsetting excursions, children’s birthday parties have come a long way. Gone are the days of store bought cakes and Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Today’s kiddie celebrations are fraught with details and as grandiose as any adult-size soirée. Here, we share our picks for an out-of-the-ordinary bash that’s fit for your mini majesty. By Donna Montgomery

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BUTTERFLY PAVILION Little ones will love the shindigs put on by the Butterfly Pavilion – from the make-your-own butterfly craft project to buggy story time. For the more adventurous bunch, book the live animal encounter where guests can get up close and personal with the Butterfly Pavilion's ambassador animals including Rosie, the friendly Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula (photo op included). For a reasonable add on fee, Pete the Praying Mantis will make an appearance clad in his costume and escort the children around the Pavilion for a guided tour. Other fun options include goodie bags, gift cards for a shopping spree in the Pavilion’s kid-friendly gift shop and a “Buggy tunes” CD to take home.

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SWEET AND SASSY

Sweet and Sassy at The Southlands 6205 East Main Street, Aurora Ring 720.870.9550 sweetandsassy.com

Every gal loves a spa day and your mini mes are no exception. The perfect party for your beauty mavens in training, Sweet and Sassy is a darling little haunt in the Southeast suburbs that dishes up decadently chic yet age appropriate spa parties. Packages hover around $300 for eight girls and include amenities like manis. pedis, DIY spa products, facials and updos. Sweet and Sassy has it down with eight ultra creative party packages, all of which include cake and presents in a private room. Have a future fashionista on your hands? Choose the Fashion Diva Party that includes a fashion makeover, dance party, pose practice, runway rehearsal and fashion show, complete with a group photo. Is the party girl a little performer? Opt for the Pop Star Package, where she’ll get to record her own music video. The best part? The optional hot pink limousine that will transport your guests in true princess style.

DENVER PUPPET THEATRE There’s something inherently adorable about an old-fashioned puppet show and Denver Puppet Theatre’s performances are second to none. Rent the theatre for up to 25 little performers and take in a puppet performance customized to include references to the birthday boy or girl. You’re free to bring in your own snacks and goodies, which allows you to easily create a special theme. Guests will even take home a puppet creation that they proudly make themselves.

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SUGARLICIOUS What’s that saying about a kid in a candy store? Sugarlicious, the Cherry Creek North purveyor of all things candy-coated and colorful, offers a bevy of sweet little party packages that any kid would covet. For the fierce competitors, engage in the Cupcake Wars package that provides an arsenal of decorating supplies and allows partygoers to battle for total cupcake domination. For the crafty kids, opt for the Bejeweled package that has your little designers making their own jewelry out of Shrinky Dinks and (what else?) candy. There’s a number of other delightful party themes from which to choose – think “candy” sushi making, candy taste testing and sugary games galore. Parties are priced per child and all packages include a bag of candy for guests to take home. Plus, if you’re looking for a little ‘flavor’ for your at-home party, Sugarlicious designs and assembles custom favors with your birthday girl or guy’s name. Looking for something a bit more chic? Enlist the shop to create a Sugar Buffet (left) in your color scheme or theme. Sugarlicious 3000 East Third Avenue in Denver Ring 303.388.8650 sugarliciouscandy.com

Last year, more than 20,000 Colorado children didn’t get to open a single holiday gift. Dolls for Daughters collects over 8,000 dolls and toys each year for Colorado’s underprivileged youth. With your help, we can ensure that every child has something to smile about. Donate or volunteer today by visiting DollsforDaughters.Com

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I'M WITH THE BAND It’s a sunny spring day and four pre-teen boys are gathered in a neighborhood park. Instead of the usual suspects – a skateboard, razor scooter or maybe a football to toss- they’re toting instruments. About to set up for an afternoon gig, Gemini, the all-boy band that’s anything but a “boy band,” has a style all their own and it's one that’s far beyond their years. The quartet is made up of eleven-year olds Evan (bass), Alec (keyboard), Sam (drums) and Quinn (lead guitar), who met at their Denver elementary school while participating in the unique Band Dynamics Program. They’ve been playing together for almost a year and already have written five original songs. “We love performing and writing together. Quinn raps original lyrics and we lay down beats. It’s a really fun process,” Evan tells us during a break from tuning his bass. They start to warm up to Green Day’s When I Come Around, and immediately we’re floored. Expecting a cute “kiddie band,” we got the opposite. Gemini sounds like they’ve been playing for years, and could easily be opening up for one of our favorites on the stage at Red Rocks. They jam awhile longer before we get back to the questions. Already, we’ve heard the likes of Nirvana, Beastie Boys and Linkin Park, as well as their latest original, which they’re hoping to turn into a single for their first album. Big ambitions for a group of eleven year olds but something tells us they’ll make it. – BWM

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A Diamond in the Rough

AMANDA & RORDAN August 6, 2011 Bachelor Gulch

MOST COMPANY HOLIDAY PARTIES END WITH EMBARRASSING TALES OF REGRET, unexpected singsongs and momentary lapses in judgment. For Amanda and Rordan, theirs ended in a budding romance that would eventually lead them down the aisle. The couple met while Amanda, a buyer for the Colorado-based Shane Company and Rordan, an Executive Vice President, were enjoying holiday cheer with co-workers. Soon after, they ventured out on their first date and the rest, as they say, is history. A surprise proposal followed when Rordan swept Amanda away for a last-minute getaway. The hopelessly romantic groom told Amanda nothing of their plans, only that she would need everything from a swimsuit to warm clothes for the snow. Five hours later, they arrived at the picturesque Smith Fork Ranch in the small town of Crawford, Colorado. During a private horseback ride, Rordan proposed to Amanda, complete with rose petals and champagne along a secluded stream. After presenting her with a hand-picked diamond that Rordan had designed with the help of one of Shane’s (his family business) top bridal vendors, she enthusiastically said yes. To top it off, Rordan had the diamond laser engraved to read “I will always love you.” The next summer, Amanda and Rordan said “I Do” in front of their closest family and friends against the stunning backdrop of Beaver Creek Mountain. Their ceremony and reception, both held at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, were brimming with personal details. Amanda, a glamour girl who’s Colorado casual at heart, had custom Converse Chuck Taylors made in her wedding colors, complete with their wedding date, that she donned under a formal Monique Luhllier gown. Gizmo, the couple’s five-pound Chihuahua, served as ring bearer while Amanda and Rordan said their vows on the legendary skier's bridge. After the ceremony, guests retreated to the grand ballroom, where they were surrounded by a mountain chic lounge glowing in pink. Gorgeous arrangements adorned the tables and the couple’s monogram graced the dance floor. Along the perimeter, lounge seating offered a comfortable respite for partygoers while a photo booth and plenty of props inspired more than a few colorful portraits. The evening ended with a surprise slide show by Studio JK, Amanda and Rordan’s photographer, capturing shots from earlier in the day. As tears of joy ran down the cheeks of their guests, Amanda and Rordan relished in the memories they were already making and ended their special evening with a smile.

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THE DETAILS Wedding Planner Heather Allen, Table 6 Productions

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Wedding Invitations Not From A Box

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LAUREN & NICK December 31, 2011 Denver

Let it Snow ... WHEN LAUREN AND NICK DECIDED TO GET MARRIED, THEY KNEW almost instantly that a New Year’s Eve wedding celebration was just the ticket. The pair, who had originally met in college, were just finishing up a three year stint in San Diego where Nick was completing law school. A winter wonderland ceremony and reception in their hometown of Denver was apropos, not only because the couple loves the holiday but also because their last name is literally SNOW! As the Snows planned their future nuptials with Table 6’s Heather Allen, they knew that they wanted an opulent venue that would capture the big, over-the-top love they felt for one another. The University of Denver’s Cable Center was the perfect place. The beautiful glass building was transformed into a movie-like setting, which worked perfectly against the theatre-set ceremony where the couple showed photos from their courtship interspersed with famous movie scenes as guests were seated. After Lauren and Nick said their I Dos, their guests were led down the “blue carpet” where they posed for photos in front of a custom step and repeat wall before entering the lavish reception site. Once inside, they were surrounded by hundreds of personal details. Snowflake décor appointed the room at every turn, from the custom monogrammed ghost chairs to the LED light up menu. The bride’s love for “bling” was also ever apparent. Her bouquet was designed using vintage brooches and signature martinis were topped with edible rhinestones. Guests celebrated into the wee hours and upon departure, were given breakfast burritos to offset their New Year’s champagne indulgences. A party indeed, Lauren and Nick’s nuptials will forever be remembered as the ultimate New Year’s Eve event.

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THE DETAILS Wedding Planner Heather Allen Table 6 Productions

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Newberry Brothers

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Videography Lupher Arts

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Indigo Sky

Mirrored Tables Design Works

Ghost Chairs

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LMD Productions

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Dazzling Ice

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Nuage, Resource One, and Chair Covers and Linens

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FOR SOME, IT WAS JUST AN AVERAGE THURSDAY. BUT FOR THE LADIES WHO were lucky enough to sit amongst the audience at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver, it was a bevy of bridal inspiration. Unveiled, a joint showcase between the two Colorado Four Seasons properties (Denver and Vail), brought together the city’s upper crust brides-to-be to take in a couture fashion show by coveted designer Angel Rivera, followed by a collection of vignettes designed by Colorado’s most sought after wedding planners. Under the discerning direction of Couture Consulting’s Kristy Chenell, Unveiled was a living recreation from the pages of the toniest bridal glossies. Jewels from Hyde Park glistened from models’ necks, while culinary creations from Executive Chef Simon Purvis at Four Seasons Hotel Denver and Executive Chef Jason Harrison at Four Seasons Resort Vail tempted the crowd.

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WORKING It Out

Three Colorado couples give us the inside scoop on how they started the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most stylish businesses and how working with the one you love has been the sweetest reward of all. By Betsy Martin with Kevin Marr Photos By Joe Keum

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Jim Hering & Ron Werner

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e’ve just arrived at a Riverfront Park brownstone in Denver. Impressive from the exterior, we’re equally inspired when we walk inside. Modern furnishings grace the wellappointed space and treasures from worldwide travels blend seamlessly with prolific art, eclectic coffee table books and causal textiles. It’s evident that this is the home of a couple that appreciates, if not exudes, great design. It’s the home of Jim Hering and Ron Werner, the business and life partners behind Colorado’s well-known HW Home stores. It’s a balmy spring day and the pair has just returned from their Palm Springs vacation home where they’ve spent the week taking in tennis matches. “Palm Springs is our haven. We call it the western White House,” Jim says with a chuckle. “What’s funny is that we actually get more work done from our vacation home than we do from our store. When we’re in one of our locations, we are 100% focused on the customers and what’s going on in the retail space. It helps to get away somewhere that we can focus.” Fourteen years ago, another vacation inspired what has now become one of Colorado’s most successful home design and décor businesses. The then Chicago-based couple had taken a trip to Boulder to visit Ron’s sister. At the time, Jim was running one of the nation’s finest design showrooms and Ron was sitting at the helm of Smith Barney, working as a Senior VP stockbroker. Young, accomplished yet yearning for a change, the duo had an ‘Ah Ha’ moment on that trip. “There weren’t a lot of places to shop for great home furnishings in Denver or Boulder. We had been driving around trying to help my sister and brother in law decorate their new home when we suddenly looked at each other and knew we were thinking the exact same thing. We need to move.

We need to open a store here,” Ron tells us. Coming off a winter where Chicago literally had eighteen hours of recorded sun, the pair took little convincing. “I looked around my office and I thought, ‘what’s the purpose here?’ Is the quest to see how much money we can make or is the quest to enjoy the journey?” Ron remembers. With that, the early plans for HW Home were conceived and while a lot has evolved over the past two decades, the cornerstone of the business has remained the same. “We wrote a business plan fourteen years ago and if you go into any of our stores, you’ll notice that the vision we described then is what you will see today. Which isn’t to say we haven’t changed – you have to adapt to the times, the tastes and the trends, but we have held very true to our values,” Jim says. And at the very core of those values is a belief and a passion that goes far beyond any business plan. “We like being together. We like living together, we like working together. When the opportunity to create a business and moreover a lifestyle, that we could build together presented itself, we jumped at it and we haven’t looked back since,” Jim emphatically remarks. But how does a couple so clearly passionate about their business, a couple who works together, lives together, travels together and plays together, strike a balance and avoid burn out (both on work and each other)? When we ask, Jim begins to laugh. “To Ron, relaxing is reading reports. Seriously. I cannot tell you how many times he has tried to show me an analysis of the Groupon conversion rate as we’re trying to relax at home. Trust me, I could tell you everything about that Groupon report,” he says sarcastically. “Yes, I have workaholic DNA in me, but we do find ways to relax. We love walking our dog Lucy in Riverfront Park, and I work out with a trainer a few times a week,” Ron tells us. Jim, an avid tennis

“We like being together. We like living together, we like working together. When the opportunity to create a business, and moreover a lifestyle, that we could build together presented itself, we jumped at it and we haven’t looked back since.” player, gets on the courts as often as he can. “It gives me mental stability. It’s my escape,” he adds. Despite a work-centric lifestyle, the couple seems decidedly in balance, and it’s clear that their chemistry works both at home and in business. “We’re lucky. We respect each other. You don’t always like the people you work with. In this case, we get to work with our biggest fan and our biggest champion,” Ron says. “We don’t always agree but we have highly complementary skill sets. I have an economics degree and am a consumer and connoisseur. Jim is the most naturally gifted and talented designer I have met. At the same time, he has an unbelievable intuition for business and people. We are able to meld these things, and at the end of the day that’s what makes it successful,” he adds. And while the duo has come a long way since that trip to Boulder in 1998 – they now boast three store locations and design luxury homes around the globe – they never forget their roots. “Every time I go into the HW Studio space in Boulder, I remember our beginning days. The days when we rented U-Hauls and made deliveries after we’d close at night. It’s our history. It’s our touchstone and it will always be ours.”

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alking into Oster Jewelers is an experience like no other. Yes, the diamonds are gorgeous, the display cases dazzle and the ambiance is breathtaking. But it’s something more – something rather esoteric that hits you immediately upon meeting Jeremy and Melissa Oster. The husband and wife duo have been running their eponymous Cherry Creek North store for over a decade. For them, partnering in business has only made their home life stronger. And you can feel it. The pair exude a vibe that makes you want to work with them. You can tell they care – that they want to be there. Sure, every business is in it for the money but for these two, it seems to be so much more. “Because we truly enjoy being with each other, working together is a pleasure. We have a common goal and path and because we are in the

same environment, we relate to what the other is feeling,” they tell us. The darlings of Denver’s jewelry scene, the Osters outfit the city’s glitterati in baubles from decadent designers like Dominique Cohen, Wellendorff and Dior and can often be found on the town donning stunning jewels themselves. After all, they do own one of the most coveted jewelry stores in the state. Yet the refreshingly down to earth couple also carries an array of affordable fashion pieces and will be the first to tell you that jewelry is a lot like art. “Buy what you love. What you simply have to have. A great silver or turquoise piece can be just as stunning as any diamond. It’s all in how you wear it,” Melissa says with a smile. Perhaps it’s this genuine attitude that makes the duo such a success. Having lived in Aspen for number of years, the couple was ready for a change and knew they wanted to go into business together. Not sure where their new venture should be based, they took a year off to travel with the intention of finding the right location along the way. The Osters narrowed it to four – three beach towns and Denver. And while the Mile High City won out, you can only imagine where their next store will likely be. A true family affair, Melissa’s brood, who were living around the globe at the time, also relocated to Denver a decade ago to help launch the business. They remember those first days fondly. “It was a really exciting, romantic time. Developing something together with the people you love makes it that much sweeter. I remember feeling truly blessed – having to pinch myself daily. And tough as it may get at times, I still feel that way now.” Yet as one would imagine, working with your spouse is not without its unique challenges and the Osters are the first to say as much. “It’s nearly impossible to take time off together and because we do work together, it’s more important to get time away from the store than if we had separate pursuits. Vacationing helps us get away from constantly talking shop yet given our hours, it’s really difficult to make that happen,” Jeremy chimes in. Yet somehow the pair manages to juggle home life and work life and their natural chemistry as a couple helps them strike this careful balance. Melissa starts projects, Jeremy finishes them. Melissa plans the social calendar and Jeremy helps her keep it straight. Jeremy conceives an idea, Melissa makes it marketable. “It sounds sappy but we love being together and feel out of balance when we are not together,” Melissa tells us.


DUE & LUCA BRUNO ITALY Jenn & Luca Bruno

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t’s a Thursday evening and Jenn and Luca Bruno are gathered at Vail’s Sonnenalp Hotel. Friends and clients surround them and a giddy group of young girls are bustling about backstage. About to begin one of their spring fashion fêtes, the Brunos are coordinating models, checking lighting and going over the lineup. All the while, they’re chatting about dinner plans and making sure their two young children are safe and sound. And so it goes in the life of the successful Vail boutique owners, fashion-forward couple and doting parents. The Vail-based couple is all about style, their two stores carrying upscale lines like Hervé Leger, Missoni, Moschino and Ted Baker. Yet despite being surrounded by haute couture in one of the world’s most celebrated resort towns, the pair remains grounded. “It takes a little bit of compromise and a lot of humor,” Jenn says with a sheepish grin. Since moving to Vail to raise their family, Jenn and Luca have become rather well-known in the small yet unabashedly chic town. Due, which carries fine men’s and women’s clothing, and Luca

Bruno, the new Solaris haunt that retails active apparel for the whole family, are two of the Village’s most touted boutiques. Undoubtedly, this success can be attributed to the couple’s unique spirit. “We are lucky enough to work with the person we trust the most. Of course we have our disagreements but because we are married, we have double the experience in figuring out solutions.” And although they’re one of the most style savvy couples in town, locals know the Brunos for their legendary dinner parties just as much as their fashion sense. “We absolutely love to cook together. Sharing meals with friends over a few bottles of wine is how we keep everything in perspective. It’s what we do to truly unwind,” they tell us. The Brunos also engage in the active Colorado lifestyle – hiking, running and skiing with their family. “People spend valuable money and time to visit Vail. We get to work and live here,” Jenn says. This deep appreciation for their business, community and family is one of the biggest factors in Luca Bruno’s tremendous success.

“There is no better person to work with than the person you choose to spend your life with. We’ve got each other’s backs. And that makes me feel like I can do anything.” “I clearly remember the days when we first started the business. We worked continuously. It was very exciting and terrifying. A bit of an adventure. We believed in our idea but you never know what the rest of the world will think. Our first big day of sales shocked us. It was a thrill to know that people had found us and liked our store.” As we continue our chat, Jenn takes a break to call and check on her children. When she returns, we ask how she manages to achieve what looks like such a healthy balance between work and family. “We’re still trying to figure that out. With two young children the way we balance our time is constantly changing.” As she unpacks a shipment of new dresses, we see that glimmer in her eye, the one that someone gets when they’re truly passionate. For Jenn Bruno, we can tell that passion is ever present in her store. She’s even working on her own line with Luca. “We are in the midst of producing our own collection of sweaters and shirts that will be exclusive to Due and Luca Bruno. It’s really exciting to think about. Kind of like launching a third business, really.” Seemingly undaunted by what is in reality a huge step in the retail world, we ask Jenn how she remains so confident. “Easy. There is no better person to work with than the person you choose to spend your life with. We’ve got each other’s backs. And that makes me feel like I can do anything.”

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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 gliteratti glowing. From boutique owners, to photographers to fitness experts and more, these businesses are setting the bar.

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“It’s important that people feel comfortable being who they really are when they are with me. I am there to encourage and confirm their inner and outer beauty and capture what is raw, vulnerable and real about them.”

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Frances Marron Watching Frances Marron at work is almost as aweinspiring as the actual photographs she produces. You can tell that the former ballet dancer is seeing something through her lens that you, from the sidelines, have looked right past. “See,” she says while showing us a preview shot, “she had no idea he was looking at her like that. It’s just so them. He absolutely adores her,” Frances continues. She’s shooting a wedding and is bustling about capturing moments, nuances and expressions that will ultimately become the perfect storybook of the couple’s big day. A few weeks later, we’re back to chat with Frances at her Denver-area studio and she shows us the final shots of the same wedding. After looking though the collection, we’re speechless. She’s taken a day and captured it in moments so expressive, so telling, so full of emotion, that we’re nearly brought to tears looking at a couple we’ve never met. But the photos make us feel like we’ve known them forever. “It’s important that people feel comfortable being who they really are when they are with me. I am there to encourage and confirm their inner and outer beauty and capture what is raw, vulnerable and real about them.” It’s this philosophy that has turned Marron, who studied at the world-renowned Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, into one of Colorado’s most sought-after photographers. Known as a “life” photographer, Frances is there to capture all of those special events that mark a family’s history. “My clients are my friends. I naturally build relationships with others when I document and share their special times.” These friendships have shaped the evolution of Frances’ business – from engagement shoots, to weddings, to pregnancy shots and eventually family photos. A true testament to her work and her character. Not afraid to push the envelope, she’s also one of the city’s lauded boudoir photographers, creating artistic portraiture that’s just the right amount of racy. And you’d be amazed at the incredible looks she’s able to capture. Looks that turn soccer moms into supermodels. Her secret? “It’s all about going with the flow and putting the client at ease. I work best when I am given creative freedom because when I’m in the moment, creating with my camera, everything I do comes like second nature to me. Even if I don’t know what I’m going to do five seconds before I do it, the technician in my brain and the artist in my heart co-exist and cooperate to always keep my visions flowing and my finger clicking. Inevitably, this approach allows me to create those magical images for my clients that have them coming back for more.” Frances Photography Ring: 303.424.3800 francesphotography.com frances@francesphotography.com

SERVICES Wedding & Special Events, Boudoir, Maternity, Baby, Family, Seniors SPECIALTIES Any and all of life’s special times people want to remember in all of their glory, for a lifetime and beyond. AWARDS & ACCOLADES CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) 2010 Association of International Boudoir Photographers (AIBP): Creative Composition Contest Winner 2012 Bride’s Choice Award 2012 Member of WPPI since 2005 Member of PPA since 2006 GETTING TO KNOW HER Favorite Movie: The Notebook (Yes, I am a hopeless romantic!) Favorite Restaurant: The Yak and Yeti (Indian food! Yum!) Favorite Spot in Colorado: Eldora -at my family’s cabin Hobbies: Snowboarding, Scuba Diving, traveling, biking with my dogs, biking in general, my dogs in general, music, dancing, Pure Barre. Style Secret: Colorado Fresh. I will always dress for the occasion, but in my own private life I can generally be found rocking some variation of a flip-flop and ponytail.

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“We realize that achieving your goals is more than improving your diet and more than working out. We help our clients look at the big picture.”

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Brandon Simmons Brandon Simmons knows what it takes to change someone’s body…and their life. “It’s all about consistency, discipline and accountability,” the lauded personal trainer says with certainty. But what really makes a program successful? While showing up is half the battle, how do you ensure that happens once the glitz and glamour of having a “personal trainer” wares off? “We take the time to really know our clients and to understand their lifestyle, eating habits and goals. That way, we create a program that’s realistic and achievable.” It’s this approach that has kept clients from all walks of life coming back for more. “Our average client has been with us for two years or more. We help them make changes and build habits they can sustain for the rest of their lives.” Far from the latest diet or workout fad, Simmons and lead trainer Todd Zalinski believe that real change only occurs with strict dedication, hard work and good habits. The private gym, which specializes in individual and small group circuit training, takes a full-circle approach to health and fitness, beginning with body measurements and fat analysis. From there, Simmons and his training team help create a meal plan and recommend supplements for total health and weight loss. Threefour weekly training sessions are the norm, each consisting of an intense thirty-minute workout, followed by thirty minutes of cardio activity. And while the program may seem (and in reality, is) tough, F.I.T.T. holds you accountable and helps you stay the course, even throwing occasional parties for their members. “We realize that achieving your goals is more than improving your diet and more than working out. We help our clients look at the big picture.” F.I.T.T. Denver 1330 South Zuni Street Unit I Denver, Colorado 80204 Ring: 720.233.0355 fittdenver.com brandon@fittdenver.com

GETTING TO KNOW HIM Favorite Movie: Matrix. I also enjoy any movie where the guy wins the girl in the end. Favorite Restaurant: I don’t have a favorite restaurant. I realized that many of my favorite places to eat were due to the company I kept. If I really had to pick it would be Elway’s in Cherry Creek. Favorite Spot in Colorado: I grew up in Boulder, so I learned to appreciate open space and the mountains at a young age. Hobbies: Training, reading (I’m trying to finish Dante’s Inferno). Style Secret: Stay in shape so you can wear whatever you want.

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

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Dr. Nicolette Picerno

EDUCATION University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Looking younger is something most women would give anything for. According to Dr. Nicolette Picerno, looking like yourself is even better. The double board certified facial Faces First plastic surgeon knows a thing or two about aging and will be the first one to tell you not to Porter Campus overdo it. “The key to looking younger is looking like yourself, only better,” she says with 850 East Harvard Avenue confidence. Suite 575 Denver, Colorado 80210 With the eyes of a woman and the hands of a surgeon, Dr. Picerno brings a unique, Ring 303.744.2300 personal perspective to facial plastic surgery. Known for her subtle yet significant approach to facial rejuvenation, her philosophy of using minimally invasive procedures to achieve Lone Tree maximum results has made her one of the city’s most renowned doctors. 9218 Kimmer Drive “Individuals in Colorado want to look beautiful, but they also want to look natural. I speSuite 202 cialize in minimally invasive procedures that really work, without putting patients through Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 major overhauls or extensive downtime.” Ring 303.708.8787 As the mother of three young boys, Dr. Picerno knows firsthand just how valuable and limited your time is. That’s why she stays on the forefront of her field and brings her pafacesfirst.com info@facesfirst.com tients the latest surgical, laser and skincare technologies that leave them looking and feeling younger without taking them away from their busy daily activities. From medical skincare, to injectables, all the way to facelifts, brow lifts and facial fat transfer, Dr. Picerno custom prescribes solutions that are appropriate to a patient’s aesthetic needs and goals. Solutions that are sustainable, achievable and natural. Always aware of the latest trends and procedures, she’s careful to only incorporate those that are proven and effective. In fact, Dr. Picerno takes a unique “3D” approach to eye rejuvenation that helps her clearly see what a patient needs while creating a truly customized treatment for the best possible results. “It’s very important to understand that in facial rejuvenation, one size never fits all. Many patients come to use thinking that they need eyelid surgery, when in reality, all they need is a simple brow lift to completely enhance their look.” Whatever your skincare concerns may be, Dr. Picerno will help you approach them with a level of confidence that ensures you’ve explored, and fully evaluated, all of your options.

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Psychology MEDICAL DEGREE Hahnemann University Medical School Philadelphia, PA Degree of Medical Doctor Graduated with Honors TRAINING Surgical Internship and Residency Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY FELLOWSHIPS Beeson Aesthetic Surgery Center, Carmel, IN MEMBERSHIPS American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons American Medical Association American Academy of Otolaryngology Allergy Colorado Medical Society Denver Medical Society

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“The industry has come so far over the past several years, and patients should not have to travel to LA or New York to get the best, most effective and most advanced treatments and procedures.”

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Dr. Tahl Humes

EDUCATION Indiana University, Bachelor of Science

Having spent the past decade at the helm of one of Cherry Creek’s most touted medical spas, Dr. Tahl Humes knows beauty. The darling of Colorado’s aesthetic scene, this media and style savvy doctor is well versed on trends, techniques and technologies. Vitahl, the thriving medical rejuvenation spa she founded in 2005, remains at the top of its class. The five-star spa atmosphere coupled with a physician owned and supervised practice attracts the likes of Denver’s athletes, celebrities and trendsetters, all wanting to look like themselves, only better. “Clients come to us every day wanting to slow down the aging process, correct aesthetic issues and improve their skin, but they also want to be discreet,” Dr. Humes attests. “We’ve created a true sanctuary where they can escape the hustle and bustle of their busy lives, all the while knowing they are being treated in a very private practice that’s medically sound and supervised.” Humes, her staff and partner Dr. Jason Martin are all very passionate about beauty, and make it their business to bring the latest aesthetic advancements to Colorado. Vitahl’s menu includes hardto-find treatments such as the Pearl Fusion Laser, Vaser Lipo and Smart Lipo. “The industry has come so far over the past several years, and patients should not have to travel to LA or New York to get the best, most effective and most advanced treatments and procedures.” The latest treatment to hit Denver and Vitahl is Cellulaze, the world’s first minimally invasive device created specifically for cellulite reduction. The treatment reduces cellulite in just one visit by restoring the normal structure of the skin and underlying connective tissue. The end result? Diminished lumpy pockets of fat and increased elasticity. Something that until now, no treatment or procedure could claim. Vitahl also specializes in laser tattoo removal, helping Denver’s style set forget their indiscretions with very little downtime, and is in the top one percept of Botox injectors in the country and top three percent of Juvederm injectors. When she is not seeing patients in her Denver location, Dr. Humes travels the country training other medical aesthetic professionals on the latest lasers, such as Cutera’s Pearl and Pearl Fractional lasers.

MEDICAL DEGREE Touro University

Vitahl 251 Steele Street Suite 100 Denver, Colorado 80206 Ring: 303.388.7380 info@vitahl.com vitahl.com

MEDICAL RESIDENCY St. Joseph Hospital FELLOWSHIPS Fellow, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) American Medical Association (AMA) American College of Physicians (ACP) ACCOLADES Top 1% of Botox Injectors Top 3% of Juvederm Injectors Voted “Top Facialist” by the Rocky Mountain News “Top of the Rocky” Best of City Search Top 10 in Best Spa, Best Facial, and Best Hair Removal 2007 Named 5-Star Beauty Destination by New Beauty Magazine National Laser Trainer and Speaker for Cutera Lasers

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“I love being around all these gorgeous dresses in my shop. I get goose bumps when a bride is in the most amazing and perfect wedding gown for her, and she looks and feels spectacular.”

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Cate Malone

COLLECTIONS • Badgley Mischka • Claire Pettibone

Walking into Cate Malone’s Highlands Square Little White Dress Bridal Shop boutique, you know you’re in for something special. 3420 West 32nd Avenue The quintessential bridal salon, Little White Dress Denver, Colorado 80211 is all about the experience. “We know that this is Ring 303.814.8972 not just another shopping trip. It’s a true life event. lwdbridal.com Something our brides will remember forever and we info@lwdbridal.com want it to be just perfect,” owner Cate Malone says with a smile. And perfect it is. We watch as a bride-to-be and her mother, after being warmly welcomed, are shown a selection of dresses that look like something from the pages of a chic magazine. They both light up as a gown is presented and you can tell this is exactly what they had in mind. Moments later, the bride emerges from a plush dressing room, the gown gracing her perfectly. She steps upon a pedestal, looks in the mirror and instantly her expression goes from nervousness to sheer delight. She turns around to see her mother shedding a tear and they share a look. Without hesitation, they both turn to Cate and her staff and say, “this is it.” It’s a moment they’ll remember forever, and a moment that is the cornerstone of Cate Malone’s business. Since opening in 2008, the Colorado native and hopeless romantic has taken her passion for weddings and turned it into one of Colorado’s most coveted destinations for finding the most important dress you’ll ever wear. She’s even made quite an impression on the national level, having been the destination of choice for Facebook bride Priscilla Chan, who purchased her Claire Pettibone gown for her wedding to mogul Mark Zuckerberg at the Denver boutique. And while being “liked” by the high profile bride has hoisted Malone and Little White Dress into the spotlight (she’s appeared on the likes of Good Morning America, CNN and in both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal), she still gets emotional every time she sees one of her brides step in front of the mirror in that perfect dress. “I love being around all these gorgeous dresses in my shop. I get goose bumps when a bride is in the most amazing and perfect wedding gown for her and she looks and feels spectacular.” With niche brands exclusive to Colorado, Cate and the staff at Little White Dress will ensure that on your day, you look and feel nothing short of stunning. Because while the perfect little black dress is a wonderful thing, the perfect wedding dress is everything.

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“Buying lingerie is fun! A woman can look in the mirror and love that she looks pretty, the fabric feels amazing and that the fit of her bra makes her smile. Women can – and should – love their bras, underwear and sleepwear.”

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Cindy Johnson & Jeanie Peterson SOL…Store of Lingerie 248 Detroit Street Denver, Colorado 80206 Ring 303.394.1060 sollingerie.com info@sollingerie.com

COMING UP AT SOL 15th Anniversary Party August 29th 5-8pm Fashion’s Night Out September 6th - 6-8pm

They say the right bra can change your look. At SOL Lingerie, they beg to differ. “The right bra can change your life,” sisters Cindy Johnson and Jeanie Peterson say in unison. What began fifteen years ago has since grown into one of Denver’s, if not the country’s, most iconic lingerie boutiques. And it all starts when you walk through the doors of this Cherry Creek North gem. Cindy Johnson, who is one of the nation’s top fitters, has appeared on NBC’s Today Show nine times over and has more than twenty years of experience, extensively trains all of the SOL girls. “Buying lingerie is fun! A woman can look in the mirror and love that she looks pretty, the fabric feels amazing and that the fit of her bra makes her smile. Women can – and should – love their bras, underwear and sleepwear,” she says with a grin. Both Cindy and Jeanie’s passion for pretty underthings is contagious and it’s evident that their staff, all of whom are professional bra fitters, shares this love for lingerie. With a belief that lingerie – especially a bra – is the foundation of a woman’s wardrobe, SOL is determined to educate and enlighten women about proper fittings. “One of the advantages of shopping at SOL is working with an experienced fitter who knows how a bra should fit and is familiar with the nuances of each bra that we carry. This means you don’t have waste your time trying on bras that don’t fit, but rather enjoy choosing between all the bras that do!” What’s more, the store prides itself on carrying a range of sizes from 32A – 44H. Extremely practical about the brands they carry, SOL searches for European lines that provide high quality construction, a consistent fit and beautiful design. Known around town for their eye-catching billboards, SOL’s attention to detail also crosses over to its clever marketing campaigns. The SOL girls impressively do everything in house, including their annual ad campaign photo shoots, which use local talent. This year’s theme was the 1920’s theatre, and was shot on location at the Mackey Auditorium on the CU Boulder campus. “Everything we do, from our advertising, to our in-store experience, is about having fun and feeling beautiful. When a woman feels good about herself, she has a better day and can handle life’s little curve balls.”

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MAX Fashion Show

1 Scott Searle, Max Martinez. 2 The runway glistens at the Max Fashion Show 3 Co-Chair Tricia Youssi, Scott Seale, Maria Cornejo, Max Martinez, Co-Chair Kathleen Beatty 4 Co-Chair Tricia Youssi, Maria Cornejo. 5 MAX fashion show guests enjoy the evening

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This year’s MAX Fashion Show featured celebrated designer Maria Cornejo. Her line, Zero + Maria Cornejo, dazzled fashionistas at the 26th annual event, benefiting the Mike McMorris Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Clicquot in the Snow

PHOTOS COURTESY THE LITTLE NELL

There’s nothing that quite compares to the sound of a champagne cork popping and the look of that distinctive orange label. Unless, of course, that cork is popping atop Aspen Mountain. This year, the iconic Little Nell played host to Clicquot in the Snow, a pop up champagne bar that moved around the mountain each weekend in March with skiers following Twitter clues for its whereabouts. The handsome reward? Veuve Clicquot bottle service, or by the glass, in the posh Clicquot tent.

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Aspen Fashion Week Aspen Fashion Week, now in its fourth year, showcased the hottest ski and resort brands, in the world’s hottest mountain town. With daily après ski fashion shows, in-store events, evening presentations and late night fashionable soirées, Aspen Fashion Week took the Rockies by storm.

PHOTOS BY NICK TININENKO

1 Models strut the runway in Neve 2 Event sponsor Bentley Motors kicked of the series of shows by hang gliding onto the stage in Wagner Park 3 Snow Collections, Day Two of Aspen Fashion Week 4 Models show the latest in mountain couture 5 An in-store event benefiting FEED at Ralph Lauren. 6 Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED Collection

Cocktails for a Cure The ladies came out in droves for this year’s Cocktails for a Cure event. Co-chaired by Kelly Ford and Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, the event brought together Denver’s top mixologists to raise funds for AMC Cancer Fund. Barmasters from the likes of William & Graham, Green Russell and TAG stirred and shook the night away as female guests raised over $165,000 for women’s cancer research in Colorado.

PHOTOS BY JOE KEUM

1 Guests enjoy themselves all in the name of charity 2 Dr. Virginia Borges of University of Colorado Cancer Center shares compelling statistics with the audience 3 Guests raise more than $25,000 in under ten minutes during the Paddle Raise 4 Mixologist Kevin Burke from Colt & Gray shakes up his concoction 5 Co-Chair Kelly Ford, Miss Colorado Diana Dremen, Co-Chair Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod 6 Stacy Blevins Hudson and Melanie Whitley Mantos listen to the emotional testimony of Co-Chair and survivor Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod 7 Fox 31’s Libby Weaver and guests

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Boulder Derby Party

1 Emcee Rob Meilen 2 Kathryn Skach 3 One lucky bidder won a weekend use of a Ferrari California, an event sponsor 4 Katie Swim, Dan Candee, and Jenn Patze 5 Guests enjoyed the musical stylings of Mountain Holler 6 Barbara Bork of Lola Gray Home Collection 7 Jeff Machian, Zack Goldman 8 Amy Meilen, Jennifer Maki 9 Lovely ladies in their hats were on display at the event 10 This butterfly clad gal won the award for ‘Most Creative Hat’

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PHOTOS BY JOE KEUM

Partygoers watched against a gorgeous backdrop as their horses ran for the roses at the 1st Annual Boulder Derby Party. Held at the tony Stadium Club at CU’s Folsom Field, the event raised funds for Front Range Hippotherapy, an organization that provides horse therapy to those with physical handicaps as well as Autism and Down’s Syndrome. More than 200 chic revelers came out clad in hats, seersucker and suspenders.


Sugarlicious Launch Party It was sweet occasion when Sugarlicious, the newest kid on the Cherry Creek North block, opened its doors for a belated launch party. Guests showed up in colorful attire and sipped on Jolly Rancher Vodka in style. The hot pink Comida Food Truck made an appearance, as did Lollicakes and a candy-packed ice luge. Proceeds from the evening went to the Saddle Up Foundation, a group that provides equine therapy to the mentally, emotionally and physically challenged.

PHOTOS BY JOE KEUM

1 Sugarlicious owner Jill Landman Alfond 2 Billy Warshafsky, Cooper Cannon, Tucker Cannon, Ginny Johnson 3 Chelsea Connolly and Katrina Klatt 4 Melissa Oster, Oster Jewelers and Michael Moore, Simply Moore 5 Heather Philand, Amy Bittner, Tashka Alvey, Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, Abby Pierson 6 Joanne Davidson, Denver Post, Shery “Bear” Galbreath, Saddle Up Foundation, Emma Galbreath 7 Mary Beth Armbruster, Brad Landman 8 One of the evening’s littlest revelers 9 Pretty in pink!

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The Days of Summer

This summer, we hope you’ll pack an extra bag just for the shoes. That you’ll remember the only time that matters is your tee time. That you’ll get lost in that book you’ve been meaning to read for months. That you’ll make time for a getaway with just the girls. That you’ll forget the score and play for fun. And that you’ll remember life is always better with a dash of pink.

Jack and Jackie on the coast of Cape Cod during their engagement, Summer, 1953.

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