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ON THE COVER Fashion: Neiman Marcus Denver Willow Boulder Photo: Frances Marron Hair: Erin Ferris Dollarhide Makeup: Bre Ortola Vintage Snowshoes: Ruby + George On the gentleman: Vince Check Button-Down Shirt, $225; Vince Black-Rinse Selvedge Denim Jeans, $245; Theory Wool-Blend Coat, $745 On the lady: Willow Boulder’s Layla Vida Voile Top, $187; Tory Burch Giselle Button-Down Mock-Neck Sweater, $225; Tory Burch Macy Vest, $350; Tory Burch Emmy Printed Skinny Pants, $225 All via Willow Boulder and Neiman Marcus Denver






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Our picks for the best watering holes in Colorado’s iconic ski towns.

Aspen’s stylish history, revealed.

Valentine’s Day, as imagined through the eyes of Hollywood’s quintessential couples.



Your guide to getting gorgeous and glowing in 2015.

Auna and Andrew say “I do” against an unforgettable backdrop.

From parkas to pea coats, our favorite outerwear this season.

Winter fashion takes a trip to the great outdoors.



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What our editors are smitten with this season










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

A farm to table engagement soirée

Bob vivant Jenny Lee Walsh shares her wanderlust spirit


Haunts and happenings for the man about town



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Karmen Berentsen of A-Line Boutique opens her stylish handbag for Reign

From the nouveau to the classique, Reign’s perfect week in the City of Lights


Exploring America’s most iconic enclaves







A Denver penthouse that redefines the art of fine living

Snapshots from the hottest tickets in town

Our parting thoughts

Isn’t it time we met?

To us, business is personal. We’re a Colorado company with a local touch and a global reach, and we’d like to welcome you into our home. We’ll introduce you to our collection of the rare and the beautiful from around the world. And we’ll bring it all together for you with incredible service, whether it’s quick delivery from our deep inventory, or in-home custom design. Because that’s how we like to be treated when we shop. Like we said, it’s personal. So, stop in and see us. It’s time we got acquainted. Celebrating 15 years as a Colorado company Cherry Creek North : Denver


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I AM CERTAIN THAT I speak for many of us when I say that 2014 has flown by. It seems like yesterday that we were shooting our first ever Aspen Issue cover in the midst of a fall snowstorm that made for unforgettable photos. Fast forward twelve months and here we are again – another stunning photo shoot and another issue celebrating all that is extraordinary in and around Aspen. I will be the first to say that I adore this mountain enclave. From the couture to the cocktails, the ski runs to the starlets, and certainly the world-renowned art and culture, Aspen’s spirit and sophistication belies its size. Belying one’s size. That is a notion I can appreciate on a very personal level. Much like Aspen, Reign has created great strides despite being small in every sense, save its quality and class. As our magazine enters its fourth year, I am humbled and proud of how far we have come and excited for how high we’re certain to climb. While our team may be small by any standard – publishing or otherwise – it’s a group of individuals who collectively, form a family. My husband, our Associate Publisher Kevin Marr, began as my biggest cheerleader in this pursuit and that enthusiasm and belief in my pipedream has never waned. He’s the voice of reason, the brawn and oftentimes the backbone that holds Reign together. Particularly at this time of year, I realize what a gift his support and his strengths truly are. Our Art Director, Chelsea Connolly, was a girlfriend prior to our publishing adventure, and today, is perhaps my closest. The eyes

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to my voice, Chelsea’s vision never ceases to amaze me, nor does her resilience and her ability to juggle an entrepreneur’s workload while raising two young sons and being her husband George’s best friend and biggest fan (George is also an entrepreneur and along with two close friends, just opened The Canteen in Breckenridge. Read more about it on page 59). Chelsea Magness, who joined us two years ago as an intern, has climbed the ranks and earned her stripes to become Reign’s Associate Fashion Editor and admittedly, my right hand woman. I am impressed by her humility, grace, work ethic and sense of humor each and every day. While in the traditional sense, she’s here to learn from me, I can say with conviction that I learn just as much, if not more, from her. Four people, all of whom are strong, smart, creative and kind, collectively form Reign’s family. And so at this time of year, it seems apropos to celebrate them through this letter, much like any family would in their holiday missive. In case there was any question, Reign simply would not be Reign without any one of them, and for that I am grateful beyond words. Everyone has coworkers, but rarely do they form a family. And while we are small, like Aspen, this family will always belie its size. Yours in style,

Betsy Marr

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1 ZOE SETTLE Zoe Settle is a native New Yorker who honed her editorial skills at Town & Country, where she covered architecture and design and reviewed home-related products for over five years. When she’s not penning her latest article, Settle also runs a registry consulting service – Maxwell Silver NYC. In addition to a penchant for interiors, Settle's wanderlust spirit finds her traveling as often as possible. In Jetsetter: Paris J’Adore (page 38) she shares her latest Parisian passions with Reign. 2 FRANCES MARRON Frances is one of the most celebrated photographers in Colorado. She has been hired from coast to coast, as well as internationally, to photograph weddings, boudoir and family portraits for celebrities, sportsstars, and everyday people. Her passion for creating contemporary yet timeless imagery shines through in Reign’s winter cover and fashion feature, Baby it’s Cold Outside (page 46).

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3 CATE CROFT Cate Croft is a self-described entrepreneurial soul, typography aficionado and morning person. In addition to co-founding The Kin Collective, her Denver-based design studio, Cate recently opened WiMi Spaces, a shared workspace for creative entrepreneurs. Driven from a young age by an obsession with color and design, she loves to build brands for social enterprises and businesses with big, world-changing missions. Cate is the driving force behind Reign’s online presence – REIGNMAG.COM.

4 CC DICK CC Dick is one of Denver’s most sought after wedding planners, having been awarded several of the industry’s top honors. Along with co-founder Paige Goodson Reberry, CC leads a talented team of women via her firm, Colorado Wedding Company. With a passion for planning and a penchant for details, CC’s work is often seen in the pages of both national and regional wedding magazines. In An Affair to Remember (page 88) she perfectly executed the fairy tale wedding of Auna and Andrew, with the help of her visionary team of planners and vendors.

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IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE that a new year is upon us. In chronicling our visit to The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California earlier this year (page 44), the whole trip brought back fond memories of growing up in the area, particularly around the holidays. New Year’s Day in Pasadena means the world renowned Tournament of Roses Parade. Floats and marching bands and horses and celebrities and of course the Rose Court comprised of the queen and her princesses. The route begins on Orange Grove Boulevard before turning the corner down Colorado to thousands watching in person and millions watching on television. As a child, I would sleep out on the parade route with my friends the night before, if for no other reason than to gain some freedom and stay up until dawn. In what is purely an incredible coincidence, my father grew up on Orange Grove where the parade route would start. Back in the 1940s, the Rose Queen and her court would dress for their big day in my grandparents’ home – a family memory that I have always cherished. Of course on the heels of the parade was “The Granddaddy of Them All,” the Rose Bowl game. Back then and for several decades, the match-up was always the Big 10 Champion versus the Pac 10 Champion in one of the most unrivaled venues in all of sports. For me, the parade and the Rose Bowl game marked the commencement of new beginnings, resolutions and renewed faith and hope in everything that life throws at you 365 days at a time. Ultimately Pasadena will remain a part of my history and will automatically trigger memories of new beginnings every January 1st. With Reign closing in on its third year, I don’t so much have resolutions moving forward as I do promises and guarantees. As always, we’ll continue to offer thoughtful and genuine content while also creating new aspects and avenues for our ever-growing platforms. In the coming months, expect to see Reign roll out more fresh and original features while introducing you to new subjects and styles. Here’s to turning another corner in 2015 and adding plenty of sidewalk for everyone to make the trip with us…even the children in sleeping bags on the night before the Rose Parade. Cheers!

Kevin Marr Co-Founder and Associate Publisher

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Club Preppy


Join the Club Offers to join flash sites have taken over our inboxes. And while we’re up to our ears in of-themoment trend pieces and half price home goods, what we’ve been missing is a good deal on classic tried and true wardrobe staples. Where’s the half off pique polo or the at-cost whale print shorts? We’re speaking of the preppy, tailored pieces that remain in our closet season after season. Until now, there was nary a deal to be had on such items. But that all changed when Katherine and Jared MacLane launched Club Preppy this fall, the site for all things classic and colorful, at deeply discounted prices. If their names sound familiar, they should. The couple is the tour de force behind KP MacLane, the collection of



luxury polo shirts celebrated by WASPs the world around. Now, the MacLanes have entered the flash site space, retailing wares from both their namesake collection as well as preppy mainstays like Sail to Sable, Jack Donnelly, JP Crickets, Kirstie Kelly, Social Primer and more. “I was surprised that something like Club Preppy didn’t exist yet,” Katherine explains. “Everyone loves a good deal. It was easy to find trendy and high fashion items at a discount, but time consuming and frustrating to try to find amazing deals on preppy and classic items.” From smoking slippers to tailored button downs to colorful twill trousers, Club Preppy’s inventory is ever changing and brimming with stylish separates that seamlessly blend into your existing wardrobe. “For us, preppy is the art of classic integration. The items on our site don’t force you to reinvent your look.” And with pieces priced at 50% off, following the MacLane’s “save your money for the party” credo is just a needlepoint belt away.

Trek to Breck Sweeping mountain views, ski in ski out access, designer interiors, fine dining and a world-class spa are typically trappings associated with an out-of-reach price tag for most mountain lovers. But the latest project from lauded Breckenridge Grand Vacations is delivering luxe for a bit less. The Grand Colorado on Peak 8 officially unveiled its plans for a new 59-residence property this fall, with private offering sales beginning in December. Billed as the company’s most luxurious resort to date, The Grand Colorado is located directly adjacent to multiple express chair lifts and the “Breck Connect” gondola that connects the historic Victorian town to the ski slopes of Peaks 7 and 8. “It’s a new era of slopeside resort ownership,” BGV’s Rob Millisor explains. “You don’t find these types of amenities at these prices anywhere else.” Slated to open its doors in 2016, plans call for both indoor and outdoor pools, four hot tubs, outdoor fireplaces, three private theatres, a rooftop garden, restaurant and spa while individual residences, ranging from suites to 4-bedroom units, are all professionally designed by Boulder’s The Ranch House interiors firm. “You can’t get closer to the ski slopes and the chairlifts than this,” BGV’s Mike Dudick attests. “The views of the ski slopes and the halfpipe will be unparalleled in Breckenridge. You’ll have a front row seat.”

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THE CLARE AFFAIR Our love for Clare Vivier’s namesake bags is one that was, admittedly, at first sight. Now rebranded as Clare V. and more chic than ever, the covetable collection of totes, clutches and cases is quickly becoming the glitterati’s go-to. With a Los Angeles meets Paris style sensibility, California-based Vivier designs bags that are equal parts traditional and trendy. “Her ability to meld the classic and the edgy allows a lady to fall in love over and over again,” Heather Seeley, buyer for Boulder’s Willow Boutique - one of the front range’s only Clare V. stockists - explains. “She ups the style quotient for any outfit.” Indeed, a Clare in your hand can take a ho-hum look and turn it into something worthy of your Instagram feed. And with most of the collection under $300 a pop, there’s no reason not to have one in every color.

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Maine Stay L.L. Bean Park Meadows Retail Resort

We remember our first one. We were six, and it was filled to the brim with sand toys. Since then, it’s had many iterations – from beach bag to slumber party tote, to college lug-it-all and these days, makeshift briefcase. We’re speaking of course of the Boat-n-Tote. And now, Coloradoans can take in all the Boat-n-Tote, Bean Boot, Fisherman Sweater loveliness they want with the opening of the region’s first ever L.L. Bean retail store at Park Meadows. The Freeport, Maine based heritage brand has been outfitting preppy adventurers since 1912, when Leon Leonwood Bean reimagined the hunting shoe. Still family owned, L.L. Bean has had a rich and ever-

changing history over the past 102 years and today, the iconic retailer is beloved by outdoor enthusiasts and fashionistas alike. Case in point? Upon seeing the classic Bean Boot on more than a few models, editors and stylists backstage at Fashion Week, one Mr. Manolo Blahnik himself famously declared he must have a pair, and has been an avid fan ever since. But Bean is much more than a bag or a boot, as the 13,000 square-foot store will showcase. Everything from snowshoes to sleds, kayaks to cashmere sweaters and button downs to bicycles will appoint the space, bringing the popular brand front and center. The Park Meadows location will even carry Bean’s Signature Collection for men and women – an upscale iteration of the brand’s east coast inspired apparel – think blazers, cardigans, plaid wool trousers, sweater dresses and quilted jackets. We’re guessing Denverites will also take to L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools – hands-on clinics in archery, fly casting, stand up paddleboarding, snowshoeing and kayaking.

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There’s nothing quite like a day at the spa. Now, Denverites can enjoy a little serenity in the comfort of their homes, offices, or anywhere, for that matter. The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon launched a customizable mobile spa service – The Oxford to You – in September. The “pop-up” concept allows clients to choose treatments from a full menu of luxe services, including favorites like the Signature Stone Massage, Classic Facial, or Essential Manicure and Pedicure, plus salon services – think hair, makeup and waxing. And if a sweat session is more your style, check out the on-the-go fitness options, which include private yoga workshops, fitness evaluations and wellness competitions. The Oxford To You experience is completely customizable, with the ability to create up to 10 private spa rooms in almost any setting – perfect for a prewedding glam-fest, a private evening of zen, a ladies-only birthday celebration, or even a corporate retreat. Because the only thing better than a spa day is a spa day at your doorstep.



When Louisiana-bred Damian Guillot was working as a gallery director on New Orleans’ Royal Street, he thought he was in his element. Then, Katrina hit and that unbridled passion quickly took an unexpected turn. “I thought life was over,” he recalls. But for Guillot, it was only the beginning. Soon after, he was offered another directorship, this time with a tony Aspen address to go along with it. “I jumped at the chance to dust myself off and start life over in Colorado.” And start over he did. An eager Guillot immersed himself in the fine art world, learning everything there was to know about galleries, artists, curating and collecting. Eventually, he opened a space of his own – Aspen Art Gallery, which today stands as one of the most notable names in the gallery rich enclave. And this year, Guillot brought

his passion and pursuit to the Mile High City, with the opening of a Denver outpost of Aspen Art Gallery. Situated in Cherry Creek North, the space is inviting and eclectic – much like the man behind it. “I have a very diverse collection compared to most galleries.” Indeed, Guillot’s collection is varied and expansive, with more traditional landscape paintings from artists like Isabelle Dupuy and Linda Denison hanging alongside pop art by Todd Goldman and Ron Agam. There’s also an impressive selection of sculptural work from Randy Cooper and Mark Yale Harris. “I choose all of my art personally. If I don’t love it, I can’t sell it.” Aspen Art Gallery Locations in Aspen and Cherry Creek North 970.544.6655 303.355.5072

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When Amy Zaterman was a teenager living in Denver, her life was forever changed through a disfiguring car accident. But by dressing her best, even when she felt her worst, she got through it with more confidence and poise than ever. Fast forward several years and Zaterman found herself amongst the bright lights of New York City, where she worked as a personal stylist for the world’s most discerning and demanding clientele – many of whom were elite female entrepreneurs. Eventually, the inspiration and encouragement of the very women she dressed led the budding stylist back to her Denver roots, where she’s launched Curate by AMZ – Cherry Creek North’s newest kid on the fashion block. The realization of a lifelong dream, Curate is a self-described “wardrobe and lifestyle advisory service.” Rather than simply revamp your image for a job interview, or act as a personal shopper, Zaterman evaluates all aspects of her clients’ lives – professional, personal, social, style, inspirations – and helps them curate wardrobes of value. With a showroom/office space that speaks more gallery than storefront, Curate boasts a well-edited selection of fashions and furnishings focused on designing for an individual as opposed to selling to the masses. The front of the house reads like a page out of Zaterman’s personal style book (think Kelly Wearstler meets Rachel Zoe), while the back boasts a private space for Curate clients where according to Zaterman, nothing is out of reach. Drawing from her experience in haute couture, estate jewelry and bespoke designs, Curate by AMZ caters to a well-heeled crowd of men and women wanting more than just a fashion stylist, but rather, a life stylist.


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Kelly Degnan Studio



To Kelly Degnan, a wall without art is just an empty canvas waiting to be filled. The Boulder-based painter, who has been commissioning one-of-a-kind works for private clients for almost 10 years, has mastered the art (pun intended) of creating the perfect piece to fit in any space in the home – and she proves it at her former residence-turned-studio space located in downtown Boulder. This cozy, 110-year-old home, located on Pine Street, is the perfect place to showcase Degnan’s growing body of bold, colorful work. Her first date with her now-husband took place on the front porch of the enchanting abode, and before they wed, the pair filled the home, which was under reno-

vation at the time, with family and friends who joyfully feted their union as husband and wife. Now, the place where Degnan (who’s frequently found “painting in Prada”) and her family once resided has been transformed into a living studio where potential clients can set up appointments to view an assortment of Degnan’s work displayed in an at-home setting. It’s a concept that fits nicely with the way she creates – she’s been known to work closely with her clients to fill a specific space (big or small, although she prefers big) in their homes. “I like to create art with an interior-minded presence,” she says. While Degnan’s work is somewhat eclectic, if you look at many of her pieces at once – as we did during a recent visit to her new, ultramodern (and uber-chic) home and the Pine Street Studio – you’ll notice some common threads. For one, Degnan is attracted to color, especially bright pinks, and wields it brilliantly in each of her pieces. She often focuses on abstract subjects, such as bunches of flowers, but she’s also dabbled in statement-making graffiti, using words on a palette like she would otherwise paint shapes – a style that she’s been asked to duplicate for commissioned projects. “I don’t have a signature style,” Degnan says. “I can be pretty flexible, depending on what my client wants. I just want to make them happy.” Judging by the art we’ve seen, it seems impossible for Degnan to do otherwise.


SHOPPING TIPS FOR SHINY THINGS With Valentine’s Day approaching, Hammond gave Reign her tips for finding, and buying, the perfect piece. Whether you pass this along to your beau (hint, hint) or make the purchase yourself, heed her advice… 1


“Buying fine jewelry is not like picking out lipstick!” Katie says. “Look around at what other women are wearing and how they’re wearing it.” Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, search the Internet for more information about price and quality. 2


“Look at your necklines and see what you’re going to get the most use out of,” she says. “You want your jewelry to be wearable and versatile.” 3

All is Bright

The way to a woman’s heart is through fine jewelry, but today’s distinguished dame isn’t waiting for a suitor to bestow her with baubles. She’s perfectly content to buy them for herself. With this in mind, Chicagobased jeweler, gemologist and consultant Katie Hammond has built a career educating women and men alike on the intricacies of the often-mysterious fine jewelry space. Armed with a unique background directing the consignment department at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, appraising jewelry at Trabert & Hoeffer – the iconic Chicago jewelry store her grandfather once owned – and working with private clients through her business, KH Fine Jewelry & Consulting, Hammond started Brighter, a content-rich website that pairs advice for buying and selling jewelry with educational pieces, style tips and more. The goal? To make fine jewelry affordable and approachable. “Fine jewelry is for everybody – not just the affluent,” Hammond says. “It’s important to have a few pieces in your collection that mark special accomplishments or celebrations. That type of jewelry passes the test of time and becomes a family heirloom. Fine jewelry does that in such a singular way.” In addition to her already ornamented resume, Hammond will soon be adding “designer” to her dossier. This winter on Brighter, shoppers can purchase perfectly tailored accessories designed by Hammond herself, as well as select estate and vintage pieces she’s picked up over the years. All at a price point that will satisfy even the most budget-conscious shopper.


“It’s true that you get what you pay for. But when it comes to fine jewelry, you want to make sure you’re buying from a reputable dealer who is giving you a fair price for the quality.” Katie recommends making a list of around three jewelry stores to visit (not 20). “Don’t focus so much on getting that best price that you lose the fun in buying jewelry.” 4


“Don’t be afraid to ask for a special price or more information, especially if you’re visiting a local, family-owned store,” Katie says. “A lot of times, jewelers can give you a better deal.” If you’re not buying a branded, designer piece, Katie also recommends asking for specifics about the metals used, the color and clarity of the stones (especially diamonds), or for more information about colored gemstones.



It’s My Party




WHEN MEGAN AND CONNOR announced their engagement, their broods were beyond elated. As the youngest of seven cousins, Megan’s pending nuptials were a welcomed opportunity to celebrate love, laughter, family and friendship. Without missing a beat, interior designer Katie Wolfe Agron began planning an engagement soirée that would perfectly reflect her cousin and her new fiancé. “Megan is the youngest and last to get married so we were all excited to celebrate,” Katie explains. “The wedding was planned at the Sonnenalp in Vail Village with the bride wearing cowboy boots, so I knew her engagement party should have the same relaxed feel while remaining very chic.” With this notion in mind, Katie enlisted the help of her close friend and party planner extraordinaire Jaala Sheldon to create a farm to table celebration in the backyard of her stunning Old Cherry Hills abode. Together, the duo designed a casual but stylish party focused on all things Colorado – from locally grown fruits and vegetables to craft beers.

Boulder’s Big Bang Catering, known for their rustic, organic flair, served a simple but sophisticated menu of roasted chicken, garden potatoes and field greens for 48 guests, all seated at one perfectly set family style table. Instead of a traditional wine service, a thoughtful beer tasting was served as an ode to the bride and groom’s love for barley and hops. At each placesetting, a custom designed menu wrapped around the napkin, also serving as a placecard. All the while, market lights hung gracefully from above, adding to the open air ambiance. As a favor to each guest, a basket of fresh vegetables was lovingly crafted by Katie and Jaala, who had scoured the local farmer’s market earlier that morning. After dinner, an ice cream bar with every topping imaginable was presented as the perfect sweet treat. “And of course, someone was pushed in the pool late night. Every great party should end with a splash!” Katie laughs. TO VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY, VISIT REIGNMAG.COM


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About Town


Quite seriously, Aspen is one of the most magical places in the country. The raw natural beauty, level of luxury, restaurants, people watching...the list


goes on. There is a crisp pureness in the air that draws me in every time I arrive. So much so, I even designed a jewelry collection while looking for that perfect charm to carry with me. That glimmer of diamonds and the Maroon Bells peak on my wrist is a reminder of fond memories and a temptation to return soon. When we do visit, I like to revisit the old favorites (I am a creature of comfort after all) and explore new gems.




EAT + DRINK Dinner at Matsuhisa is an absolute culinary treat. Nobu’s Aspen location has all the prestige, but achieves the comfortable feeling of a small mountain town locale. Granted I have never been to Asia, but this is honestly the best Japanese food I have tasted outside of LA. From the thinly sliced yellowtail jalapeño, to the creamy and crunchy dynamite shrimp, to the assorted sushi rolls, every bite is melt-in-your-mouth heaven. The perfectly flavored composition of each dish leaves no need for additional soy sauce dipping.... which says a lot coming from a condimentaholic. Another favorite is Cache Cache. This chic basement level destination is a local’s favorite. I prefer to sit at the bar where the fur coat people watching is fabulous. For lunch, Ajax Tavern at the base

of the mountain is a bustle with Moncler clad skiers taking a midday break. A glass of Muscadet and a heap of truffle fries is what winter vacation is all about. I love a place where daytime alcohol and grease consumption is not frowned upon. In fact, it is totally posh. If you are looking for something less naughty, Spring Cafe is a beautifully appointed marble locale serving freshly pressed juices and delicious healthy food. My new favorite haunt is the Lobby Bar at the Hotel Jerome. Recently renovated to Ralph Laurenesque grandeur, it is a cozy spot to sip hot coco while escaping the cold by day or to enjoy a post dinner digestif. Rich jewel tones, weathered leather sofas, layered kilim rugs, luxe hides, vintage photographs and brass hardware make this quite the elegant retreat.

SHOP As you probably already know, Aspen is a shopper’s mecca. Certainly the only mountain outpost for the likes of Dior, Fendi, Prada and other familiar labels. Strolling and window-shopping can be a cardio alternative to a day on the slopes. On my last visit I stumbled upon Yves Salomon. There against the back wall sat a rack of gorgeous spring leathers in pastel hues on sale. I think you know how that story ends. The supple leathers and incredible furs are perfection. While they have been producing garments for many of the famed French design houses for years, they just recently started their own eponymous line. While it is certainly not cheap, they do charge less than what the comparable retails for at other designer stores. Distractions is always on my



(somewhat biased) list as they exclusively carry my line, the Aspen Charity Bracelet. In addition, they have the exclusive on another of my favorite jewelry collections, The Woods. Exceptionally cool contemporary pieces by a Denver/Aspen sister duo. I adore an old-fashioned pharmacy and Carl’s Pharmacy is the real deal. Family owned since the 1960s, Carl’s has everything. Literally, everything. From high-end cosmetics and hippy health products to natural groceries, I always leave with something new to test. Finally, pick up a jute Aspen shopper tote Matsuhisa at Pitkin County Dry Goods as the perfect souvenir to carry around all the extras you will be bringing home with you. Or if Cache Cache canvas isn’t really your thing, check out the most magnificent selection of Celine bags in town at MAX. Ajax Tavern

DO A hot yoga class at Arjuna studio on Hopkins and Hunter is the perfect way to get a sweat and decompress into Aspen mode. The studio is petite but clean and zen-like. Hitting a class downtown is a nice way to quickly feel like a local. After class, a 30-minute foot reflexology session at A1, a hole-in-the-wall just around the corner, is another insider’s favorite. Do not expect any amenities, but it feels intensely detoxifying if you can withstand the initial pain. Hikes and skiing are an obvious must, weather dependent, but I will leave that to your discretion and skill level. Whatever you do, get out and enjoy the crystal fresh air and vistas!


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Haunts and happenings for the man about town

He’s a hardcore skier who’s famously hit the slopes in South America, Europe and the U.S., following the sport with a passion from one season to the next. But despite a decade of global travel, Stephan Drake found that the skis he needed didn’t exist. None of the well-known brands were designing equipment for the group of globetrotters who, like Drake, embodied the sport and the lifestyle in its purest, most competitive form. With that, he launched Salt Lake City-based DPS Skis and in the process, has created the world’s first pure carbon-fiber sandwich skis. The one-ski-fits-all technology took Drake years to develop and perfect, in large part due to the carbon-based design that allows a skier to optimize his performance regardless of the terrain or snow pack. ›› MORE AT DPSSKIS.COM




ON TRACK Leave it to Neiman Marcus to feature the ultimate in slot car racetracks in their 2014 Christmas Book. Slot Mods USA has created a 1:32-scale replica of some of the most renowned raceways on the planet. Le Mans. Nurburgring. Laguna Seca. Take your pick. Complete with unrivaled details like iconic structures, spectator figures, signage, period slot cars and even foliage, the lucky recipient also receives mini cameras and screens to view the action. A spare room (make that a large spare room) will be required to house the 30 by 12 foot track. You’ll also need space for the inaugural race-night party cohosted by racing legends Vic Elford and David Hobbs that’s included in the fantasy gift package. So how much to burn some epic rubber? $300K will transport you to a classic track in France, Germany or central California whenever the mood strikes. Granted, you could buy one hell of a sports car for that but you couldn’t race it at your residence, could you? ›› MORE AT SLOTMODS.COM

Colorado-based photographer Jensen Sutta has just wrapped up a 5-week exhibition of rhythmic proportions. Sutta’s gallery chronicles his intimate portraits of such musical talents as B.B. King, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, George Strait, Burt Bacharach, G-Love and fourteen other notables. While Sutta is no stranger to capturing the essence of bold-faced names (Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Clinton, plus Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Nicole Kidman and Samuel L. Jackson are only but a few of his famous subjects), the decision to feature his musical moments as his first public gallery showcase was a result of the universal reception that the industry has on such a significant group of people. Sutta’s work is available for purchase or perusing on his website. ›› MORE AT JENSENSUTTA.COM


The automobile line-up coming our way in the next year continues to reveal some serious head turners and a much needed rebirth to a number of classic styles. Case in point? The Mercedes-AMG GT. The eye-catching sports car will be powered exclusively by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine. The base GT is expected to pack about 455 horsepower while a sportier GTS model will bring 503 horsepower to the table. There will be other variants, too, including a convertible and high-performance Black Series. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission mounted at the rear, and at present has only been confirmed to spin the rear wheels. Sales in the U.S. are expected to commence by spring of 2015. ›› MORE AT MBUSA.COM

STEAK YOUR CLAIM The renowned Texas-based Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has opened its first location in Colorado at the Vistas at Park Meadows Retail Resort. From its humble 1979 beginnings as a small Houston meat market to one of the premier steakhouses in the country with a dozen locations, Perry’s has seen Texas-sized growth. In addition to Perry’s Famous Chop measuring seven fingers high, what separates Perry’s from the others are the intangible elements that everyone looks for in a dining experience but aren’t guaranteed to receive. Service is impeccable and presentation and attention to detail are key Perry’s staples. Then there’s the tableside preparation of the aforementioned chop as well as signature flaming desserts like Nutty d’Angelo and Bananas Foster. There’s something nostalgic about a dining room fire show, and we’re buying into the hype. While all of this is going on, the experience continues with a live piano singer – a further indication of the brand’s classic steakhouse roots. Add a selection of hundreds of wines coupled with the usual suspects of premium liquor and you’ve got yourself a winner. Because everything, including the pork chop, is bigger in Texas. ›› MORE AT PERRYSSTEAKHOUSE.COM OR PARKMEADOWS.COM

TELEVISION STAR There are a lot of reasons to enjoy watching television al fresco via patio or deck. But once winter enters the picture, your TV picture could soon fade to black. Sunbrite has come up with an answer to Mother Nature with a monitor built for the great outdoors. Imagine a weather-tight exterior that shields all of the internal components from the elements - snow, heat, rain, salt-air, excess humidity, dust and even insects. It has a pair of HDMI ports and other connectors insulated in a sealed screw-cover compartment, while specialized gaskets help protect the wires. The TV itself is powder-coated with rust-proof aluminum and, according to company reps, can withstand temperatures from -24 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Whoa. ›› MORE AT SUNBRITETV.COM




Bag Lady

Karmen Berentsen A Line Boutique As the force behind Greenwood Village’s A Line Boutique, Karmen Berentsen wears many oh-so-fashionable hats. From supermom to small business owner, Karmen does it all in style. Here, she opens up her tote to share the contents that help her function with fashion in mind.

Loeffler Randall Work Tote, $695

The Goods PRESSERY JUICE A delicious, healthy and refreshing drink that keeps me energized and gets me through my day. Beet and habanero lemonade is my favorite.

LOEFFLER RANDALL WALLET IN FOREST GREEN SNAKESKIN Loeffler Randall is one of our favorite brands at A Line and the color is just delicious.

MATCHSTICKS FASHION TAPE Pre-cut, problem-solving fashion tape that’s ready to go for those unexpected wardrobe malfunctions. I get it at SOL in Cherry Creek North.

REESE’S STUFF I have a three-and-a-half year-old daughter, Reese and her “essentials” are always in tow. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is her favorite book and Boogie Wipes are a MIRACLE product for moms, trust me!

SKIN ESSENTIALS ILUMA intense lightening hand cream, I Image Skincare, OeMedic Balancing lip enhancement and Jane Iredale Pommisst hydration spray. These three mini products are great to carry with me when I need to freshen up my look. VINTAGE HERMÉS SCARF A scarf is an easy throw on accessory when I know my outfit needs a little pizzazz. Plus it’s a great layering piece for the winter.



IPHONE 6 I’m an Apple junkie, and an early adopter. I’m that person who pre-orders the new releases months in advance. TOM FORD SUNNIES, “THE KARMEN” How can I not own sunglasses that are named The Karmen? Tom Ford offers one-of-a-kind, unique and stylish sunglasses. ESSENTIAL OILS FROM ARTEMISIA & RUE – CLARY SAGE Not only do these oils smell absolutely amazing, they’re just what my feet need after a day in heels – a little love. DANNIJO BANGLES – “JUST IN CASE BANGLES” Just in case I need to accessorize, these bangles are always by my side.


LILLY PULITZER PLANNER FROM SUGARLICIOUS I love my technology, but there’s something about a beautiful, old school planner that just makes sense to me. Plus, I love supporting other small local businesses, and this shop is a favorite.

COAT TALES From parkas to pea coats, this season’s trends have us reveling in the cold winter’s air. Toggles, quilting and textures are reinventing the way we look at outerwear, while the classic trench and vintage inspired cape are looks we’ll always revere.

Altuzarra for Target Jacquard trench coat, $89.99 Nina Ricci Belted brushed-gabardine coat, $3,150 Diane von Furstenberg Printed felt cocoon coat, $900 Paul & Joe Kokilla color-block wool-blend coat, $1,145 Vivienne Westwood Anglomania State asymmetric wool-blend coat, $1,075 Burberry Brit Hooded wool duffle coat, $995 MICHAEL Michael Kors Hooded wool-blend duffle coat, $395 Tory Burch Jade reversible jacquard and patent coat, $495 Saint Laurent Hooded plaid wool cape, $2,550 Coach Leather-trimmed houndstooth wool-blend parka, $1,495 See by Chloé Faux shearling coat, $795 Hunter Original Hooded shell down jacket, $425





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Hotel Molitor


A Tale of Two Hotels WHEN IT FIRST OPENED in 1929, Hotel Molitor caused a stir for its large pool, one of the first in Paris, in the glamorous 16th arrondissement. Fast forward through the wars and, in 1946, it was the site where the bikini was first seen. The heart of the Molitor has always been its pool, often the site of fashion shows and magazine shoots. By 1989 it had closed and, despite being named a historic monument, was abandoned and taken over by graffiti artists. So how does the Hotel Molitor, now an MGallery hotel, which reopened this spring, honor its illustrious history while still becoming a hot luxury property? The answer is with 124 rooms, all of which face the legendary pool. Clean, modern appointments are seen throughout and an on-property art director, Joyce Attali, invites both emerging and established street artists to decorate the hotel’s public spaces. Luxurious touches like the Clarins spa with 11 treatment rooms (book the couple’s suite and spend a day in your own private haven complete with saunas and tub), restored original mosaic floors in the restaurant, and an original stained glass window contrast with a lobby replete with exposed wiring on the ceiling and a graffiticovered Rolls Royce. Even land-lubbers will be lured into their swimsuits: there’s an indoor “win-



Pullman Tour Eiffel

ter” pool (though the outdoor one remains open and heated year-round). It’s a unique sensation: at once you’ll feel both utterly removed from the city and at the same time completely apart of it. In colder months you’ll miss the roof deck, one of the largest in Paris, though lower floors alone will likely entice you back in the summer for Rolland Garros (French Open) or rugby tournaments held just a stone’s throw away from Molitor. IN THE SHADOW of the legendary monument that lends the hotel its name, in the 7th arrondissement, sits the Pullman Tour Eiffel. Originally built in 1966, it set a number of precedents in post WWII Paris – notably as the first hotel built after the war, and the first to feature air conditioning and private bathrooms for every room (which now boast C.O. Bigelow products). After a 50 million Euro investment, it’s once again at the top of its game since re-opening in April. Christophe Pillet, a protégé of Philippe Starck, was tapped as the architect to oversee the renovation, where he focused on the materials, playing up the original stone walls and complementing with wood notes

and dashes of color in the furnishings. Ask for a room on the north-facing side, all of which look onto la Tour from private balconies. Or, splurge for the crème de la crème Eiffel Tower suite, which affords views from all angles. All but the basic rooms (of the 430 total) come equipped with an iPad, stocked with information and recommendations, though it also enables you to stream whatever movie you may have been watching on the TV in the room and take it with you to continue it at, say, the gym or restaurant. Speaking of food, the hotel’s 600 square meter private garden affords its lucky fruits and vegetables arguably some of the best real estate, within view of la Tour. There’s a chicken coop that yields enough eggs for Sunday brunch, and so far enough salad fixings for the restaurant’s guests (though not events). Frame, the restaurant, bills itself as a California brasserie, fitting for the hotel that was the first American restaurant in the city back in the day, complete with California wines and an American chef, Andrew Wigger, who’s hoping to eventually encourage his Parisian clientele “to eat tacos and burgers with their hands.”

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Le Sergent Recruteur

“TWO YEARS AGO, this was a highway,” says Christophe Langrée, from the center of his new restaurant, Faust. True, we are under the Pont Alexander III, perched next to the Seine River, in a historic monument that miraculously, and shockingly, used to be better known for traffic than fine dining. When we visited in late September, the restaurant was just 15 days old, the latest venture from the Michelin-starred Langrée, perhaps best known as the chef of Hôtel Matignon in Paris, the official residence of the Prime Minister. This is the definition of an inconspicuous location, evocative of an oversized wine cellar, heavy on the stonework. Its name pays homage to the architect of the bridge, Faustino, and its tucked-away location is perfect for avoiding the paparazzi. The menu, in the grand tradition of the French brasserie, echoes the straightforward surroundings: understated and humble ingredients that are prepared to show off their fullest flavors, on a menu that changes daily.

Faust Le Sergent Recruteur

ON THE ILE SAINT-LOUIS sits the site of one of the oldest restaurants in Paris. In its latest incarnation, it’s one of the hardest tables to come by, at the quirkily named Le Sergent Recruteur. Chef Antonin Bonnet offers an ever-changing selection, and if you opt for the tasting menu, be prepared for the entire evening (or afternoon) to slip away from you as you enjoy a variety of olfactory pleasures. The refreshingly atypically French cuisine – more emblematic of clean Japanese fare than heavy sauces – is rooted in ingredientforward creations. As the chef says, “My goal is to put forward the product and producers in a beautiful gesture.” It’s an elegant meal, grounded in its simplicity, an underlying theme of the chef ’s. Bonin believes the pleasure of enjoying a meal is very much dependent on the surroundings, which explains the chic yet understated décor by Spanish design phenom Jaime Hayon. This season, Bonin is planning a warm cabbage salad with praline vinaigrette, Piedmont hazelnuts and basil, and lobster from Croizic. If you can round up a group of ten, book early and try for the subterranean Salon Privé in the wine cellar. The restaurant’s guiding theme is “le bon, le beau et le simple” (the good, the beautiful and the simple) – in LSR’s typical understatement, but c’est magnifique!

Le Sergent Recruteur

THE AIR UP THERE Since the French are known for being chic, is it any surprise that the latest all-business class airline comes from them? La Compagnie operates only one route – New York (Newark Airport) to Paris, with one departure daily from each city. Why this route? It’s second only to London in volume for European-bound travelers from the US, with just under two million fliers annually. La Compagnie is an entire airline built on two Boeing 757 planes, each with just 74 seats, whose maiden flight was this summer. You’ll have all the amenities you’d expect: plush blankets (in chic Celeste blue), USB and power ports, 180 degree lay-flat seats, an anthracite grey kit featuring Caudalie products and sleeping essentials and a Samsung Galaxy tablet filled with 50-hours of bi-lingual movies, newspapers and magazines. Indulge your tastebuds, too, with a menu by Michelin-starred chef partner Christophe Langrée, of the brand new Faust restaurant (see above) and enjoy a glass (or several) of Champagne Piper Heidsieck. Even the crew looks elegant in outfits by nine-year-old French fashion label Vicomte A. La Compagnie //




Deyrolle The legendary taxidermist Monsieur Bleu Restaurant by Joseph Dirand Edgar Hotel In the heart of Paris Merci Cool concept store/library/flower shop/restaurant La Cerise sur le Chapeau The best custom hats

Pierre Frey’s Paris On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Pierre Frey, the legendary French fabric house, we asked the namesake third-generation Pierre Frey, a lifelong Paris resident, to share his 10 off the beaten path mustdos for a long week in his hometown.

Grande Epicerie du Bon Marche The best food store Caravane A great interior design store Astier de Vilatte My favorite gift shop Killiwatch A terrific vintage and second hand store Eglé Bespoke The best men’s store

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POINT OF VIEW Paris is lovely from nearly every angle, but these can’t-miss views are just plain showing off… MONTMARTRE: The setting for the movie “Amélie” – this Bohemian area in the north of Paris is the home to the Basilica Sacre Coeur which affords some of the best views of the entire city. MAISON BLANCHE: Book a table for dinner at this rooftop restaurant, which offers magical views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. If you’re in the mood for late-night reverie, experience a “nuit blanche” here on Saturday night after 12:30 am. FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON: It’s only weeks old, but this Frank Gehry-designed art center of the legendary French fashion house sits in the middle of the scenic Bois du Boulogne. The art world is abuzz with its incredible collection and planned performances.

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A stone’s throw from the illustrious lights of Los Angeles is Pasadena – a place brimming with classic charm and traditional tastes. The backdrop to many a movies, it’s a city away from the city, and one that speaks more Mayberry than Melrose. Steeped in history, Pasadena sits at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains and is fraught with character – from the tree-lined streets and classic architecture, to the storied folklore of the world-famous Tournament of Roses. From the celebrated storefronts that dot the avenues of Old Town to the picturesque roses that grow in the Huntington Gardens, Pasadena is anything but a suburb. // By Betsy Marr //



STAY // There is no Pasadena respite more elegant than the Langham Huntington. Having just celebrated its 100th year, the landmark property sits on 23 park-like acres in the midst of one of the town’s toniest residential neighborhoods. Soon after its opening, railroad tycoon and art collector Henry Huntington purchased the property, hired a big name LA architect to redesign the main building and grounds, and in 1914, reopened the inn as a fine winter resort, where the wealthy would flock for the warm California sunshine. Since then, the Langham has seen many names and iterations – from an Army property during World War II to a Ritz-Carlton hotel during the 1990s – yet its grandeur and glamour have always endured. Today, the 380-room hotel boasts all the splendor it did when Mr. Huntington first opened its doors, and then some. All rooms are lavishly appointed, with touches of the property’s signature pale pink and bronze accents at every turn. Yet the ultimate accomodations can be found in the eight Langham Huntington Cottages, all of which were built between 1915 and 1950 to accommodate extended stays for well to do travelers during the cold winter months. Today, the spacious quarters offer an ideal getaway for families, or simply those wishing to have a bit more privacy. Of course, the luxe property is more than just legendary walls. There’s an Olympic size swimming pool (California’s first), sundeck perfect for soaking up the So Cal rays, chauffer service to old town, brand new 11,000 square-foot Chuan Spa based on traditional Chinese medicine and four on-property restaurants from which to choose.


DINE // If you’re staying at The Langham, you needn’t travel outside the hotel’s confines for some of the area’s most fêted fare. The leader of the Langham dining pack is The Royce, the property’s newly opened steakhouse that serves Prime, Wagyu and Kobe beef, all prepared on white oak in a wood-fired grill. For poolside cuisine, hit The Terrace, where a light California bistro-style menu pleases even the pickiest ladies who lunch. For the cocktail crowd, there’s The Tap Room, which offers handcrafted libations and upscale bar bites and at the opposite end of the spectrum, The Lobby Lounge where The Langham’s daily afternoon tea service takes place. Beyond the hotel, the neighboring Pasadena area has its fair share of worthwhile eateries, the newest and most notable of which is Magnolia House on Lake Avenue. Helmed by local restaurateur Chris Bicos, Magnolia serves up stylish (and tasty) cuisine in an equally stylish environment. The 100-year-old structure has had many lives over the past century, from family abode to post-prohibition liquor store, but these days, it’s the area’s hottest hotspot. Think perfectly made cocktails

served alongside upscale bar food like Roasted Beet and Barrata or King Crab Mac and Cheese. SHOP // If you love to browse, Pasadena and neighboring San Marino offer hours of curated retail therapy. Hit up both E.G. Page and Serafina on Mission Street, the latter of which boasts a well edited selection of women’s and children’s clothing from the likes of Calypso, DVF, tibi and Alexander Wang plus gifts by Assouline, Diptyque and Tata Harper skincare. Also stop by Salutations, where you’ll find yourself in the company of some of our favorite ladies – Lilly Pulitzer and Mackenzie Childs among them – plus tabletop goodies from Simon Pearce, Vietri and Juliska. Yet no Pasadena shopping excursion would be complete without a trip to the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Attracting more than 2,200 vendors and selling over 1 million items every year, the legendary market is held on the second Sunday of every month.


Hundreds of movies have been filmed in Pasadena, but our favorites are Father of The Bride, Legally Blonde and Gone With the Wind. A chick flick mecca, indeed.

The cheeseburger was invented in Pasadena in 1926 and was first served at a sandwich shop called The Rite Spot.

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The annual Tournament of Roses Parade has been held in the city since 1890 and spans 5.5 miles. It is estimated that over 500,000 roses are used every year.

The Huntington family is responsible for much of the town’s growth, including the Langham Huntington itself. The best part? Mrs. Arabella (Belle) Huntington was a collector of fine art and brilliant baubles. Eventually, her jewelry collection was sold to Harry Winston, thus launching his now famous empire.

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But maybe just a half a drink more (Put some records on while I pour) Trina Turk Elizabeth Toggle Coat, $495; Brunello Cucinelli Wool Flannel Baseball Cap, $330; Antique Skis, Ruby + George, price upon request, Welly, $148; Burberry Colorblock Check Scarf, $1250; Sofia Cashmere Fur-Pom Hat, $150



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THIS PAGE Willow Boulder Beth Bowley Stitch Knit Jacket, $341; Willow Boulder Closed Holly Pant, $279; Hunter Boot Huntress Glossy Welly, $148; ML Furs Lenore Marshall Ranch Mink Floppy Fur Hat, $870; Antique Snowshoes, Ruby + George, price upon request OPPOSITE PAGE ON THE LADY Stylist’s Own Nordic Sweater; Alexander McQueen Leather Skirt, $3,095; H&M Nordic Print Leggings, $14.95; ML Furs Lenore Marshall Mink Earmuffs, $290Fur-Pom Hat, $150 ON THE GENTLEMAN Vince Long-Sleeve Gingham Shirt, $225; Vince Crewneck Sweater, $275; Fidelity Slim Jim Jeans, $179; Burberry Giant Check Cashmere Scarf, $435





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Iconic society photographer Slim Aarons captures Aspen’s finest doing what they do best – enjoying the art of après, circa 1967. The photo, entitled Snowmass Picnic, shows a stand-up fondue picnic for skiers at Snowmass-at-Aspen, soon after the village first opened.





AURUM What better way to experience the Rocky Mountains than by enjoying a meal and sipping a cocktail on a wide-open patio? Aurum provides the perfect al fresco setting, nestled alongside the Yampa River and boasting 360-degree views of stunning Colorado peaks. And while ambiance is always key to attracting customers, for Aurum, it just keeps getter better from there. With rich flavors to please every taste bud, Aurum’s menu is anything but dull. A meal full of wild mushroom fondue, a beet salad with Marcona almonds and feta cheese, and an eight hour braised short rib would sweep anyone off of their feet. The real game changer though, is the mixology behind the cocktail menu. In fact, our favorite drink on the menu is exactly that - The Game Changer. This sipper is chock full of flavor with a blend of mezcal and amaro that is then topped with a caramel citrus foam and honey thyme.


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BISTRO CV Brian Vaughn not only owns this new-age Rocky Mountain bistro, he’s also the culinary artist who delivers what he calls a “Manhattan in the mountains feel.” With a sophisticated atmosphere, Bistro CV is known for its classic Colorado dishes with an inventive twist, with much of the cuisine being locally sourced. The up-tempo menu takes the simplicity of a burger and elevates it by using Wagyu beef as the patty while pairing it with La Belle Farms foie gras, garlic aioli, pickled onions and potato puree. What more could one ask for? Wine. No, seriously - that’s where the wine comes in. Bistro CV offers a carefully curated wine list for each season. With an emphasis on supporting boutique wine companies, the list of vino has a wide variety fit for every palate, as well as every wallet. 970.879.4197 / LOW Nothing says comfort food like some southern style cooking, and LOW is the ultimate mountain destination to get your fried green tomato fix. Co-owner Katy Vaughn is the wife of Bistro CV’s owner and chef Brian Vaughn, and together they make a seamless duo for creating this southern meets Steamboat menu. Colorado isn’t known for its down home cooking, so understandably, Vaughn wanted to bring a bit of her southern hospitality to 6,700 feet. With dishes like chicken biscuits and Mississippi catfish, LOW is the ideal balance of just enough country without all the grease. For the cherry on top, try one of their peach sweet tea cocktails. Complete with peach infused Jim Beam, southern sweet tea, lemon and peach bitters, this concoction will make you feel like you’re sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch of an Atlantic Coast plantation. With snowcapped peaks, of course. 970.761.2693 /



THE BARley The BARley had us at “Colorado Craft and Draft.” THE place in Steamboat for any beer aficionado, The BARley boasts a self-described “farm to shaker” experience in an “Americana brew to barn” environment. Reclaimed barn wood and burlap covered walls give the space a cozy Colorado feel, and an ever-changing tap list that leans towards the local keeps it fresh. Of course BARley’s food follows suit, with a pub fare meets Top Chef vibe. Think whiskey fondue with pretzel bread and smoked salmon with horseradish and caper berries. 970.761.2195 /

SLOPESIDE GRILL You can’t think après ski in Steamboat without thinking Slopeside Grill. The casual, kid-friendly eatery is a quintessential ski bum hangout, with hardy food like wings and cheese fries topped off with a plate of baby back ribs. Sure to satisfy the avid skier, no one will leave here hungry. Slopeside’s also known for the best nightlife scene in Steamboat, with a killer happy and a more than respectable live music lineup. 970.879.2916 /

THE CANTEEN TAP HOUSE AND TAVERN When Breckenridge veterans George Connolly, Mike Steger and Greg Dalrymple were slinging drinks and shredding powder in the 1990s, their sights weren’t yet set on restaurateuring. Fast-forward two decades and several rungs on the watering hole ladder, and the trio are the brains and the brawn behind The Canteen Tap House and Tavern, the town’s newest après hotspot. Located in the former Steak and Rib space, The Canteen is completely renovated and reinvented, with a decidedly mountain modern vibe. Think highbrow bar food and handcrafted cocktails, all in a style that’s authentically Breck (The Canteen itself is housed in one of the town’s oldest and most historic buildings). The menu is thoughtful and impressive, without being elitist or over the top – house smoked wings and hand cut steaks are a standout, as are the modern takes on classic bar bites that all speak fluent après (a local favorite is the Ahi Bamba – classic Ahi Poke made with fresh avocado bamba and served with housemade tortilla chips). We also love the fact that all sixteen of The Canteen’s beers on tap are brewed right here in Colorado. Added bonus? The boys have curated perhaps the best wine list in all of Breck. Sign us up. 970.453.0063 /

T-BAR AT ONE SKI HILL PLACE Located right on the base of Peak 8, T-Bar is one of the hottest après ski spots in town. The boisterous bar may not be the quietist place to unwind after a day on the hill, but it will be the answer to your social prayers. T-Bar has an array of drink specials, a spacious outdoor patio and is a haven for NFL Sunday-goers, making it the best place in Breck to cheer on our beloved Broncos. Another plus about T-Bar? The gondola is conveniently located a stone’s throw from its front door. 970.547.8837

an early and a late night happy hour every day of the week, so whether you’re looking to make it a true après experience or a nightcap (or two) after unwinding, Sevens has you covered. Either way, don’t miss the lemon mascarpone and pistachio stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto, which are on both happy hour menus. Had a long day? Add a $5 glass of wine. 970.496.8910 / COPPERTOP BAR AND CAFÉ Located at the base of Peak 9 at the Beaver Run Resort, Coppertop Bar and Café is the easiest place to ski-in and ski-out when in need of a quick bite. Not in a hurry? Sit down and take it all in. Replete with mountain views and live music, Coppertop is a winter-only destination that’s worth the inevitable wait. 970.453.6000 / MI CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND CANTINA Mi Casa’s Alexandra Storm and Dick Carleton have brought the authentic flavors of Mexico to the mountains. The hacienda style space is decked out with genuine Mexican tiles and original oil paintings and is the longest standing single-owner restaurant in Breckenridge. Don’t miss out on their award winning Mango Duck Quesadillas and the tres leches dessert. But let’s cut to the chase. The real reason it’s an après favorite is the tequila list – the largest in all of Summit County.

THE CANTEEN-AH-RITA Breck’s newest watering hole, The Canteen, shares one of its sure-to-become classics with Reign. In a pint glass combine ice with: 1½ oz of Tequila ½ oz Couintreau Several lime wedges 3 oz fresh lime juice 1½ oz of simple syrup in a pint glass. Shake vigorously, top with ½ oz of Bartender's Nectar and serve Canteen style.

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SEVENS AT THE GRAND LODGE ON PEAK 7 If you’re craving a more contemporary setting, head to Sevens. Situated inside the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, the restaurant and bar sit alongside an open-air kitchen and look out on an expansive deck with equally expansive mountain views. Sevens has both



GARFINKEL’S Known as Garf ’s by the locals, this uber popular watering hole is as classic as they come. A bar and grill in every sense of the word, Garf ’s skips over all the Vail pomp and circumstance and goes straight to the basics – a deck with great views, a huge selection of draft and bottled brews, and simple, tried and true cocktails that get the job done après ski. Case in point? The Garf ’s Toddy, which is exactly what it sounds like – Jack Daniels, whiskey, lemon and hot water. 970.476.3789 / THE MINTURN SALOON Okay, so it’s not technically in Vail, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t pay our respects to The Minturn Saloon. The most historic restaurant in the Valley, the building has been around since 1901 and has been The Minturn Saloon since 1976. Brimming with quirky mountain memorabilia, the joint is known for its huge fireplace and mouth-watering margaritas – voted Colorado’s best by more than a few folks in the media. Much like its namesake mining town, The Minturn Saloon is a throwback to the old west and despite a mostly Mexican menu, offers a smattering of gamey Colorado faves like duck and quail. 970.827.5954 /

SHAKEDOWN BAR The name alone – a nod to one of our favorite Grateful Dead tunes – should suggest what this bar is really all about – music. Voted Vail’s best live music venue, Shakedown is one of the Village’s most popular spots for après and nightlife alike. Proprietor Scott Rednor toured the world making music with bands like Blues Traveler, Dave Mathews and Lenny Kravitz before hanging up his guitar strap, and his skis, in Vail. Now, he helms not only the bar, but also its house band, which is made up of Rednor, Michael Jude and John Michel, both of whom have played with Hall and Oates’ John Oates. If you’re lucky, you may just see a big name or two perform, as Rednor’s rockstar pals are known to gig on occasion. 970.479.0556 /

PEPI’S Any local will tell you that Pepi’s is synonymous with après in Vail. With roots that trace back to 1964, just two years after the ski resort first opened, the Austrian themed restaurant and lounge has forever been a favorite. Today, the space still feels a lot like it did when the original owners Pepi, a famous Austrian ski racer, and his wife Sheika poured their first cocktail and plated their first schnitzel. Naturally, Austrian décor abounds, as do dishes like veal, bratwurst and wild game. Pepi’s patio is the largest in all of Vail and if you ask us, their Bloody Mary is Colorado’s best – a winning combination. 720.476.5626 /

RED LION Laid-back après ski spot by day, hot nightclub with live music by night, the Red Lion is a Vail Village original. Opened in 1963 by Marge and Larry Burdick who lived with their seven children above the restaurant, the Red Lion serves bar food and barbeque alongside unfussy cocktails and small town hospitality. And although it has changed ownership twice since the Burdicks first opened its doors, the Red Lion’s traditions and casual vibe have both endured. 970.476.7676 /



CLASS ACT A short drive from Vail is the Ritz-Cartlon Bachelor Gulch – a luxer than luxe resort with its own ski lift among other things. If you’re fortunate enough to be their guest, you’ll find yourself in the midst of après heaven. The Ritz has not one, but three suitable cocktail spots in addition to a fine dining restaurant. Baffaloes has been around since the respite first opened in 2002 and offers up burgers, brews and bar food in a lodge like setting whereas Daniel’s Bar, the resort’s slopeside al fresco space ideal for sunny ski days, serves Colorado inspired chili that’s to die for. But the hotel’s latest locale for libations is Bachelors Lounge, a posh watering hole where après abounds in high style – both literally and figuratively. Having just opened its tony doors earlier this year, the space boasts a sommelier selected wine list, craft cocktails, fine cigars and even a hookah lounge with loose tobaccos. This season, Bachelors Lounge is upping the après ante with a bevy of cocktail classes. Après Beer & Cheese Class

Let one of the resort’s brew experts guide you through the art of indulgence in a Beer & Colorado Cheese Tasting that features primarily Colorado-based fare. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m., $35 per person Craft Cocktail Class

Bachelors Lounge mixologists teach the history of a weekly featured cocktail while guests learn how to make it. Wednesdays and Fridays, 4 – 5 p.m., $35 per person Secrets from the Cellar

Resort sommeliers deliver a private wine experience as they showcase the secret selections from the Ritz-Carlton cellar on the Bachelors Lounge terrace. You’ll also nosh on perfectly paired appetizers as you sip away the afternoon. Saturdays and Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m., $35 per person 970.748.6200



APRÈS SKI COCKTAIL CLASSIC CHAIR 9 While Ajax at The Little Nell is certainly the most popular of the après bunch and perhaps the best people watching this side of the Rockies, we also love the resort’s new watering hole, Chair 9. The bar opens just as the lifts are closing, when live bands take to the stage daily. Launched last winter, the swanky space is appointed with mountain avant garde art and furnishings in a casual atmosphere. Bar food like Wagyu beef sliders abounds, as do happy hour specials that are surprisingly affordable - $6 brews and cocktails plus a $4 shot du jour. 970.920.4600 / THE RED ONION The oldest restaurant in town, The Red Onion is as classically Aspen as it gets. Having opened at the height of the silver boom in 1892, its history is as colorful as the restaurant’s bright red exterior. Rumor has it that back in the day, the joint’s upstairs housed a brothel. Today, locals and visitors alike love the Red Onion’s history and its happy hour. Après-goers can fill up on unpretentious cocktails and filling comfort food. Don’t miss the Mac n Cheese with Bacon and Pico de Gallo or the house made Pork Raviolis. 970.925.9955 / THE OASIS POP UP BAR Few things say après in Aspen more so than Veuve Clicquot and exclusivity. Now in its fourth year, The Oasis is returning in 2015 with its secret pop up locations on the slopes of Aspen Mountain. Every weekend in March, The Little Nell’s social media followers receive clues directing them to an on-mountain bar that features nothing but Veuve. Look for the iconic yellow label to show up in the most unexpected of places with the most unprecedented of views. 970.920.4600 / 39 DEGREES Housed inside the swanky Sky Hotel, 39 Degrees is a chic throwback to the days when cocktails were shaken, not stirred. The social scene is as hot as the toddies, with the space feeling equal parts cozy and cool. The food is bar bites, elevated and locals claim that the burger is Aspen’s best. 970.825.6760 /

We’re glad that we’re not the only ones who think cocktailing is a sport. Every year, the Après Ski Cocktail Classic celebrates the art of après and the craft of the cocktail with a weekend long shebang. Part foodie fest, part cocktail party and all après, the Classic serves up slopeside seminars, mountain top parties, fireside chats and a cocktail-paired dinner series. The Snowmass/Aspen soirée even boasts what’s dubbed as “The Great Après Ski Pub Crawl,” where cocktailers hop from one watering hole to the next – last year’s included the likes of Justice Snow’s, J Bar and Jimmy’s among others. Much like Aspen’s other famous foodie fête (The Food and Wine Classic), The Après Ski Cocktail Classic’s big draw is the Grand Tasting Village, where one can make her way from one salacious sample to the next. It’s not all just sipping, though. The Classic’s lineup tends to include educational seminars like The Gin Renaissance, Après Absinthe and Cheese Fondue and Champagne. Well, okay – so maybe it is. Either way, get your tickets. The Après Ski Cocktail Classic is always a sellout. March 5-8, 2015




An après ski ensemble translates from the summit to the saloon with stylish ease. A statement-making coat, cashmere scarf, boots, and bejeweled accessories will make you the toast of the mountain town.

Lanvin Crystal-Embellished Wool Beanie, $650

Lacroix LX Frameless Mirrored Anti-Fog Goggles, $255

Gucci Bezanson Wool and Cashmere-Blend Scarf, $595

Emilio Pucci Quilted Printed Shell Down Jacket, $1,590

Kjus Razor Padded StretchShell Ski Pants, $700

Stella McCartney Quilted Mini Faux Brushed-Leather Packpack, $1,120

Chinti and Parker Guernsey Striped Cashmere Sweater, $485

Rodin Lip Balm, $34

Hermès Long Socks in Khaki Merino Knit, $415

DKNY Verna Faux Fur-Trimmed Shell Boots, $175

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Aspen’s history is rich in fortune. Fitting perhaps, when you think about the town’s utopian-like image as a mainstay of modern-day glamour. The Aspen we know and love today isn’t much like the town discovered for its loads of silver ore. Nor is it quiet, as it was in the years before the ski lifts were constructed. It’s not the same Aspen as the undisturbed Eden that Walter Paepcke discovered when he arrived with his wife, Elizabeth, in 1945. It’s different today than even in more recent years, when celebrities descended on the town, snatching up second homes and making Aspen their escape from the all-consuming concrete jungle. Today, when you walk the streets of downtown Aspen, the charm that attracted the visionaries, artists, movie stars and thousands of ordinary folks – all looking for a slice of the good life – is accompanied by all that is shiny and new. And in Aspen, you can find that in abundance, especially when it comes to fashion. In recent years, Aspen has built upon its nearmythical reputation of opulence and allure and become known, worldwide, as a fashion hotspot. For the wealthy, shopping in Aspen could be considered a competitive sport, as the world’s top designer brands have opened, moved and remodeled downtown boutiques over the past few years, oftentimes pushing out locally-owned shops in their quest to vie for those elusive discretionary spending dollars. Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Moncler, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior – in no other city in America, or even the world, can one find so many designer brands in such a small area. And that’s only a sample of the beautiful boutiques that line the streets of Aspen. But how did a small mining town transition to a must-visit destination for contemporary couture? Come along with Reign as we explore this city’s ever-fashionable history.

By Erin Skarda





to be the next St. Anton. With that, he started buying up old mining claims and properties, his dream to raise enough money to build a chairlift to the mountain’s summit. Yet it wasn’t until Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke arrived in 1945 that Aspen began its rebirth. Walter saw the town as a place where the greatest minds could come together to reflect on society and culture and find solutions to the problems that plagued the world. He knew the town held enormous potential. So he met with Friedl about his plans for Aspen’s first ski lift. Less than two years later, in January 1947, the world’s longest chairlift opened on Aspen mountain, taking skiers 11,000 feet up. It was, as they say, all downhill from there (and we’re not just talking about the skiing). Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke are heralded as the parents of modern-day Aspen. In fact, it was Walter who brought the first visionaries to the town, for the celebration of the 200th birthday of German poet and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The event, hosted in 1949, was the precursor to the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization that thrives today. Modern-Day Mayhem Now, thanks to the Paepckes, Aspen was on the

Aspen Becomes Fashionable Until now, fashion wasn’t the town’s trademark. Far from it, really. In fact, in an October 1974 issue of Ski magazine, writer Abby Rand advises visitors to, “Pack your mangiest sports clothes or, if you prefer, pack extremely dressy ones – long skirts for women, but don’t bring men’s neckties or suits.” (The one thing Rand does recommend packing? Money.) That doesn’t mean that shopping in Aspen was nonexistent, especially for outerwear and sportswear. Famed ski pioneer Elli Iselin from Austria opened the ski shop Elli’s of Aspen in 1954, bringing the hottest ski fashions from Europe to Aspen’s elite. In 1961, Klaus Obermeyer opened the first Sport Obermeyer factory warehouse in Aspen, creating such innovations as “soft-shell”


Rich Beginnings Aspen has always attracted the affluent, even from its very beginnings as a mining town. In 1883, New York millionaire Jerome B. Wheeler eschewed his job as president of R.H. Macy & Co. to come West and ride the silver boom. He put money in the town, buying mine claims, ranch lands and building a quarry and mills. Eventually he opened the Hotel Jerome and the Wheeler Opera House (both of which have undergone dramatic restorations, but still exist today). Yes, Aspen was booming – until it wasn’t. In 1893, the U.S. government stopped subsidizing the price of silver, effectively bankrupting Wheeler and other pioneers of the mining era. At that time, the mines had produced more than $100 million worth of ore, yet without the influx of new money, the mines closed, the people left and the town became quiet. But there was another plentiful resource in the Roaring Fork Valley that had the potential to attract new wealth: snow. In 1942, the Tenth Mountain Division hiked 72 miles from Camp Hale in Leadville to Aspen. Among them, Sgt. Friedl Pfiefer, who happened to once head the ski school at Sun Valley. He looked at the pristine mountains and knew that Aspen was destined

map and the people came pouring in. It wasn’t just the skiing that attracted them, either. There was something special about this old mining town. Not only was it rapturously beautiful, it had also become a cultural epicenter, just like Walter envisioned. “Since then, we have had a blending of mind, body, and spirit, which is really the philosophy of the town,” says Giovanna DiRusso, fashion columnist for the Aspen Times and 16-year Aspen resident. “You had athletes, industrialists and celebrities, like Lana Turner and Gary Cooper. They all came here and hung out at the J-Bar and The Red Onion – two bastions of the silver mining era that never closed.” As the popularity (and population) of Aspen exploded in the 1960s and 1970s, so did its glamorous image, helped along by the celebrities who visited frequently and bought up real estate. From Hunter S. Thompson to Jill St. John to John Denver and Jack Nicholson and many, many more. As Mark Seal wrote in a 2006 article for Vanity Fair, “You get the feeling that the 60s and early 70s were so wild in Aspen that those who lived through them have spent the rest of their lives trying to recapture the old atmosphere.” Some might say they still are.

jackets, the first waterproof and breathable fabrics, as well as nylon wind-shirts and double-lens goggles. All these products, while considerably high-tech, were also fashionable for the time. “Sportswear and outerwear have always been a huge industry here,” says Kalle Edwards, merchandiser for Sport Obermeyer, which is still based in Aspen. “Obviously people come here to enjoy their mountain homes. They don’t ski a lot, and they want to look ‘Aspen.’ They wait to get here to shop so they can look like they’re on trend.” As for off-the-mountain wares, shoppers of the 60s and 70s could head to Therese David – “crazy clothes for matching people” – considered by many as the first designer store in Aspen. Pitkin County Dry Goods opened in 1969 as the town’s only source for “60s mod fashion,” and still exists today. Of course, as with any town success story, the influx of visitors, second-home owners and wealthy individuals began to price out the locals. Real estate values skyrocketed. Taxes increased, as did rents. Shops and restaurants popped up left and right. The airport was enlarged, which opened Aspen to jetsetters from all over the world. Condos sprung up among the old Victorian buildings. And the tourists, with their fur coats and designer bags, seemed to take over the town. Aspen had become fashionable. When Mary Moyer opened her boutique, Nuages, in 1986, there were no high-end, mono-brand designer stores like there are today. “There was just a handful of nice stores then,” Moyer says. “And this corner [on Cooper Avenue and South West End Street] wasn’t a really good corner. All the action was on the mall.” But after the gondola was built and the Little Nell opened in 1989, Moyer’s little corner became part of the main thoroughfare. “And stores have been popping up continually ever since,” she says. A Hotspot Is Born One of the first big designers to move to town was actually one of the first to leave. Chanel opened an Aspen boutique in the early 1990s, but shuttered before the first influx of designer

spen’s Most Fashionable Events Aspen is only as glamorous as its fabulous fundraisers – and there are plenty of those to go around. Here, we breakdown the most fashionable fêtes hosted in Aspen each year: Aspen Art Museum: ArtCrush Summer Benefit Each August, notable artists, collectors, gallery owners, celebrities, and philanthropists from around the world gather for an exclusive gala to benefit the Aspen Art Museum. In 2014, more than 650 guests donned their best designer duds to celebrate the 10th annual party, which was also the last ArtCrush hosted in the museum’s Mill Street space, before moving on up to the new location in the heart of downtown. Aspen Art Museum: Freestyle Winter Benefit For over a decade, Aspen Art Museum has hosted a winter auction and fundraiser that doubles as a fashion showcase. In 2014, Italian clothing company Lora Piana was the event’s title sponsor, with its famous woolen and cashmere pieces expertly styled on mannequins posted around the splendid St. Regis ballroom. Of course, the attendees are also dressed to impress, as they sip champagne, eat caviar and bid on the incredible treasures – all for a good cause, of course. Green Is the New Black Fashion Show Sure, it’s not technically in Aspen, but the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ (CCAH) annual fashion show has become a must-attend for Aspen locals. The event, which helps sponsor after-school art classes for area elementary schools, focuses solely on eco-friendly fashion lines. Aspen International Fashion Week Despite the drama (for more, see page 69), Aspen International Fashion Week has been hailed as a brilliant showcase for sportswear and outerwear designers who are sorely underrepresented in more traditional fashion weeks. Leave it to Aspen to put a runway in the middle of an ice rink, keep the champagne flowing, and put on a raging four-day party, all while benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.



“You get the feeling that the 60s and early 70s were so wild in Aspen that those who lived through them have spent the rest of their lives trying to recapture the old atmosphere.”



labels – Gucci, Prada and Ralph Lauren, among others – around the 1990s and 2000s. After that, the retail space stayed somewhat consistent through the early 2000s. Then, the economy crashed and everything started changing – fast. “Suddenly we had this dramatic turnover of stores,” says DiRusso. “We had what became known as the pop-up store syndrome. Stores would come in for a month, a few months, or one season to test the waters. Some made it and some didn’t. Or they’d move around a lot. I used to call it tic-tac-toe. Where’s the store now?” Once the economy recovered, landlords began pricing out local stores to make way for designer labels that could afford the higher rents, sparking ire among some longtime resi-

dents. “There’s a real dichotomy in how people think,” DiRusso says. “Some people want the economy to do well and want Aspen to stay on the map. But for the old-timers, that’s all you hear about – how Aspen has changed and lost its heart and soul.” Although Aspen is first and foremost a ski town, its focus on mind, body and spirit has drawn international visitors – and kept them coming back, year after year. “There’s something for everyone,” says DiRusso. “You get a lot of happenings here that wouldn't happen other places, because this is a mecca for people who love the good life, but have a lot to give back.” Indeed, Aspen’s cultural, fashion, charitable and sporting events are a draw in themselves –

he Many Iterations of Aspen Fashion Week

whether it’s the Aspen Art Museum’s famed fêtes, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the Aspen Institute’s events, Aspen International Fashion Week, or the X-Games, people love traveling to the Roaring Fork Valley. And while they’re here, they might as well show off their most expensive wares, especially at parties, where the guests often look like they walked right off the runway. That’s not to say that everyone in town is always dressed to the nines. In fact, Aspen can be quite casual, although Moyer claims it’s much dressier now than in the 1980s. Still, any visitor can wear whatever he or she wants and feel right at home. “No matter how well-traveled and dressy somebody is, or where they live, they can come here and relax, hike and stay in their hiking

clothes, gym clothes and ski clothes and be very comfortable,” Moyer says. “I think everyone likes to come here to unwind and that’s part of it.” So while some locals find the influx of designer stores, sky-high prices, and rampant tourism to be the downfall of a once pristine mountain town, judging by Aspen’s past, one really shouldn’t expect anything less. “Aspen has evolved into this larger-than-life status symbol,” says Edwards, who grew up in Aspen. “For a while it was secret and undiscovered. That was part of its allure. And then, just like anywhere, it gets overrun. Eventually they’ll find somewhere new that’s cool.” But not yet. Right now, it’s still all about Aspen.

New York. Paris. Milan. London. Aspen? Yes, this old mining town plays host to its very own fashion week, where striking young models strut the outdoor runway clad in the latest and greatest sportswear and outerwear, with the majestic Aspen Mountain looming in the background. But like most things in fashion, this four-day event hasn’t been without its drama. Aspen Fashion Week was started in 2009 by Lisa Johnson, an Aspen local. After four years of running the show, which featured glamorous parties and events at local retailers, as well as chic runway shows and high-end sponsors such as Bentley and the Wall Street Journal, Johnson allegedly abandoned the event, following reports that she was unable to pay for the talent, vendors and other employees who helped make the weekend-long showcase happen. That’s when Brooke Fogg stepped in. Fogg, a Denver-based business woman who helms the modeling agency Wilhelmina Denver, Fogg Management and Premier Image Agency, saw the potential that this event had to offer. Wilhelmina had previously supplied models for Aspen Fashion Week but claimed, according to a lawsuit filed in Pitkin County District Court, that the agency never received payment of more than $30,000 in fees past-due from the 2012 event. Despite the fact that the court ruled in Wilhelmina's favor, the agency was unable to recover the missing funds. So in March 2013, Fogg announced that she was creating a new entity, Aspen International Fashion Week, to pick up where Johnson had left off. “This is an opportunity to formalize and form an Aspen fashion week that will garner international attention,” Fogg said in the announcement. “And to operate a respectful, ethical organization that will further bolster the Colorado fashion community and the town of Aspen.” The first AIFW event, which was held March 13 to 16, 2014, was a resounding success, featuring designers such as Dennis Basso, Columbia, Obermeyer, GORSKI, Jitrois and Pilar Tarrau. Throughout the day, local shops hosted special in-store events, while at night, attendees were entertained by private parties at hotspots such as Escobar and Bootsy Bellows. The fashionable fête culminated with the Black and White Ball, a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which took place at the Caribou Club on Saturday night. The event is expected to continue in 2015, but the dates have yet to be released.




Where to Shop Now “They’re calling Galena Street the Rodeo Drive of the Rockies,” says Giovana DiRusso, fashion columnist for the Aspen Times. And with good reason. Many of the world’s mostcoveted designers boast mountain-chic boutiques in Aspen – all within the small grid of downtown. “I’ve never seen a confluence of high-designer stores per square foot like in Aspen,” DiRusso says. “If you shop here, you don’t have to go to New York!” So where does one start? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for. Here’s your ultimate Aspen shopping guide: FOR A UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE: Zadig et Voltaire: This French brand, which just moved into Aspen in early 2014, offers casual clothing for women, men and children with a luxe twist. Nuages: You can’t go wrong at this multibrand boutique, which has been an Aspen staple since 1986.

Obermeyer: A true Colorado brand, this mountain-inspired ski wear is one of only a few fashion lines headquartered in Aspen. Moncler: The first U.S. outpost of this incredible French-Italian outerwear and sportswear brand was, fittingly, opened in Aspen. Dennis Basso: Only in Aspen can you pair your jeans with a distinctive fur coat created by this master of design. FOR THE DESIGNER-ADDICTED SHOPPER: Burberry: Located in a historic bank, a large vault acts as the boutique’s centerpiece. Dolce & Gabbana: This new-to-Aspen boutique is covered in red brocade wallpaper and split into two spaces – one for men and one for women.

Souchi: Can you say cashmere? Find a comfy après-ski casual look at this unique shop – one of only two locations worldwide.

Valentino: Also new to Aspen, don’t miss the accessories outpost for this iconic brand. Hello stilettos!

MAX: Check out an interesting mix of contemporary designers. REIGN • WINTER 2014

The Ute Mountaineer: A family-owned, oneof-a-kind outer goods store that’s been a part of Aspen since 1977.

Bloomingbirds: With a devout following spanning four decades, this boutique is hailed as the only legit shoe store in town.

Pitkin County Dry Goods: Known as “Aspen’s original clothing store,” this famed boutique has been open since 1969.


Gorsuch: This Colorado franchise is a staple in the Rocky Mountain’s chicest ski towns.

Ralph Lauren: The wares of one of America’s most well-known designers is a constant presence in this ski town. Gucci: The Aspen location of this luxe Italian brand has it all – and if it doesn’t, they will get it for you.



Theirs was a love that was meant to be, and one that lasted for fifty inspiring years. Far from the typical Hollywood starlets, the Newmans loved their privacy and were decidedly down to earth. Along with their three daughters, they lived in rural Connecticut, away from the glare of the spotlight. Their love for one another was evident to the world, with Paul spearheading and directing films like Rachel, Rachel, in part so his wife could play the title character, garnering her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Upon the film’s release, Newman remarked in the press that Woodward had “given up her career” for him, and that’s why he directed the movie “for her.” In their private lives, the Newmans dedicated their time to philanthropy and politics, with Mr. Paul Newman even serving on a United Nations Conference on Nuclear Disarmament. Eventually, they would go on to found Newman’s Own, a “pet” project whose now famous dressings and delicacies have raised more than $220 million for charities.

RICKY AND RALPH LAUREN When Ralph Lauren met Ricky Anne Loew-Beer at his eye doctor’s office in 1964, he wasn’t quite Ralph Lauren, but rather Ralph Lifshitz, a boy raised in the Bronx by Jewish immigrants. The young man was quite taken with the dazzling receptionist, and a courtship soon ensued. Six months later they married, and Ricky was by her husband’s side as he built the fashion empire beloved by the world around and became the Ralph Lauren we know today. In December, the Laurens will celebrate 50 years of marriage, most of which has been in the glare of the public eye and the decidedly scrutinizing face of fashion. Yet the Laurens have remained authentic, humble and deeply in love. Along with their three children, they’re the epitome of All-American, laid back, outdoorsy sophistication. A style the couple exudes from the inside out.

LAUREN BACALL AND HUMPHREY BOGART Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall met on the 1944 set of To Have and Not Have, and despite a staggering 25 year age difference, remained a couple, and Hollywood royalty, from that point forward. They quietly married in 1945, and went on to co-star in more than few Blockbuster hits. Yet their biggest hit was an enduring marriage that stood the test of time, and of Hollywood. Together, they raised both a son and daughter in their sprawling Holmby Hills home.


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JANE BIRKIN AND SERGE GAINSBOURG Jane Birkin may be a Brit by birth, but she’s best known for all things French. From her starring roles in films like Slogan and Don Juan (opposite Brigitte Bardot) to her fabled 1981 airline excursion seated opposite Hermes chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas (when she unwittingly inspired a handbag phenomena), Jane Birkin is synonymous with modern French culture. Her love affair with Serge Gainsbourg was also fabled, and though the pair never married, he remained her mentor, creative counterpart and love for more than 13 years. Their music album, Je t’aime... moi non plus, featured salacious duets and solos from the couple that raised more than a few eyebrows, yet equally propelled them to great fame. Together, Jane and Serge have a gorgeous daughter, actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.


THE ENSEMBLE Easy, breezy, casual and chic. The two of you exude effortless, unfussy style.

HER Issa Blanche wool-blend jacquard straight-leg pants, $595

THE DATE A private evening at home. Think candlelight dinner made together in the kitchen, followed by an impromptu living room dance party as records play on the vintage hi-fi. This date has all the trappings of romance and revelry, without the spectacle or spotlight.

THE GIFTS Your kindhearted ways shine through. Naturally, you give gifts that give back. Altruistic and oh-so-sweet is the name of your game.

Valentino Leather-trimmed wool and cashmere-blend sweater, $3,100

FOR HER Pour Le Monde Empower Perfume, $95

Tory Burch Nicki point-toe leather flats, $250

FOR HIM Solo Eyewear Sunglasses, $95

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THE INGREDIENTS Revel in a gourmet cheese board like this one from Greenwich Villagebased Murray’s ($79.99) enjoyed at home, in front of a crackling fire. Sugar Paper’s Recipe Binder ($65) will come in handy as you cook side by side over a bottle of One Hope Zinfandel ($18.99). You both love the fact that half the proceeds go to Support Our Troops. //

HIM Burberry Brit Slim-Fit Check Cotton Shirt, $295 NN.07 Marco Herringbone Cotton-Blend Trousers, $165 Saint Laurent Leather-Trimmed Herringbone Slip-On Sneakers, $595 All via






Adventures in Telluride, home to the Lauren’s sprawling ranch, abound. It’s all-American, with an infusion of western spirit. You’re playful, casual, outdoorsy and impossibly put-together. Your Valentine’s Day is much the same – think style and sport, all rolled into one.

Casual meets couture. Your ensembles are both modest and modish – just like you.

THE GIFTS From your namesake collection as one might expect (why settle for anything less?). A little something for the preppy style monger in both of you. FOR HER Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Continental Wallet, $650 FOR HIM Ralph Lauren Sporting Collection 45 MM Ceramic Automotive Watch, $14,500 Both via

THE INGREDIENTS HER Alexander McQueen Ribbed wool and cashmere-blend sweater, $1,125 HIM Berluti Shearling and Leather Coat, $9,250

Saint Laurent Leather skinny pants, $2,890 Polo Ralph Lauren Tartan Wool Scarf, $150

Polo Ralph Lauren Fair Isle Wool Hat, $125



Just across the mountain from your beloved Telluride is the perfect spot for secluded R & R. Dunton Hot Springs is your idyllic Valentine’s Day respite – rustic, exclusive and brimming with outdoor indulgences. You can’t decide whether to snow shoe or heliski, so you opt for both. Afterwards, you indulge in fine food and fine wine before retreating to your secluded cabin. Dunton Hot Springs 970.882.4800


THE ENSEMBLE Sophisticated and stunning. Your look is both elegant and graceful, but never boring.

HER Marchesa One-shoulder draped silk-gazar gown, $6,950

THE DATE Old Hollywood at its finest. It’s classic glamour at every turn as you celebrate your status as the toast of the town. There’s nothing understated about you and you revel in every unabashed moment, yet you do it with unassuming class. You, my darlings, steal the spotlight without even trying.

THE GIFTS Classic and refined, with a twist. Glitter, glam and just a bit over-the top.

Charlotte Olympia Octavia suede and mesh platform sandals, $1,125

FOR HER Tiffany & Co. Pave Diamond Flower Ring with 5.25 Carat Center Stone, $919,000

Olivia Collings 1940s 18-karat white gold diamond clip earrings, $19,800

FOR HIM Ercuis Cocktail Shaker, $908

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THE INGREDIENTS You book the Presidential Suite at Denver’s oldest hotel, The Oxford, where starlets and presidents have staked their claim on the mile high city. Its history, architecture and innate charm speak to your style sensibilities, as does the 80-minute couple’s massage in the adjacent Oxford Club Spa. You indulge in a romantic treatment before the two of you get dolled up in the salon for a night on the town. First stop? The Cruise Room, which opened the day after prohibition was repealed in 1933. Its art deco style and famous martini list are just the ticket for you and yours. The Oxford Hotel 800.228.5838

HIM Dolce & Gabbana Black Three Piece Tuxedo, $3,675 Charvet Silk Pocket Square, $125 Both via




THE ENSEMBLE Formal, French and completely fabulous. Your look is as avant garde as your relationship.

HER Givenchy Cape-effect gown in emerald jersey, $3,390

THE DATE A tres chic celebration of all things French. From the couture to the cuisine, you’re a couple that lives for fashionable fare. You’re stunning, refined and totally on-trend. Your Valentine’s Day is one fraught with romance, revelry and joie de vivre.

THE GIFTS Luxe as luxe can be and the pinnacle of status. Of course, she’ll receive the eponymous bag her effervescent sense of elegance once inspired. He on the other hand, deserves something equally fab and just as Parisian in spirit.

Christian Louboutin Follies Resille 120 metallic leather and fishnet pumps, $895

FOR HER Hermès Birkin 35 Violet Crocodile Porosus, $49,000

Saint Laurent Monogramme metallic python clutch, $2,150 All via

FOR HIM Cartier Paved “clou de Paris” Decor Gold Cufflinks, $16,400

THE INGREDIENTS Your evening of fashionable romance begins with a showing of the much-ballyhooed Cartier exhibit at Denver Art Museum. You peruse the jewels as inspiration for designing your own his and hers pieces via your custom couturier. Brilliant, Cartier in the 20th Century, All those sparkles set the stage for an enchanted meal at the city’s quaintest French eatery, Bistro Vendome. You order the mussels and pomme frites to complement your bottle of Perrier Jouet.

HIM Lanvin Leopard Jacquard Blazer, $3,200 Lanvin Plaid Buttonhole Flower Pin, $195 All via



Your Brightest Year Yet nutrition


By Erin Skarda

A NEW YEAR IS UPON US, and with it comes resurrected resolutions to eat cleaner, feel better, look lovelier and lead a more balanced, thoughtful life. Your goals might feel lofty – especially after a holiday season packed with decadence and indulgence – but with dedication, a little patience and the right team of helpers, you’ll be amazed what you can achieve. Reign tracked down Colorado’s top experts in health, beauty and wellness to get their tips and tricks on how to make this the best year yet. From the trends to the fads and the tried-and-trues, here’s your guide to getting (and staying) healthy and beautiful in 2015.



Many diets make lofty statements about how they will improve your health, whether by promising to help you drop 10 pounds a week or burn an extra 1,000 calories a day. For the most part, educated consumers can rest assured that these claims are false—or at least overexaggerated. Sure, a supplement may help you drop a few extra pounds, but in many cases, as soon as you stop taking the pills, the weight comes right back. “When diet companies or food companies come out with these plans, of course a population that’s obese and overweight is going to jump all over them,” says Sara Kosick, a nutritionist and trainer at Cherry Creek North’s acclaimed Pura Vida Fitness & Spa. “They want the pill or the quick fix. But that doesn’t teach you anything about your relationship with food.” It may not be sexy, but the experts agree: the only way to lose weight and improve your health is by combining a balanced diet with exercise. And for women, the diet portion is often the most overlooked. “For women, the more we keep our diet in check, the better our results are going to be,” Kosick says. “If you fluctuate in your exercise, that’s more acceptable to me if you can stay consistent on your diet. We need to shift our focus to the kitchen.” But that doesn’t mean that women should put themselves on a strict diet, either—at least not in the traditional sense. “I have a hard time with the word ‘diet’,” Kosick says. “Assuming you eat, you’re on a diet. The word definitely has a negative connotation.” The problem with many so-called diets, according to Kosick, is that they’re extreme—no carbs, no gluten, no cheating—which means they’re nearly impossible to sustain. “If you can’t maintain it, it won’t work,” she says. So what does work? Again, the truth isn’t sexy and it sure doesn’t offer any quick fixes. Kosick recommends that her clients eat a clean diet full of whole foods – such as lean animal proteins, vegetables, fruits, and nuts – and free from processed foods, refined sugars, dairy, gluten and alcohol. Yes, this can be considered “extreme,” but so is eating whatever you want all the time. That’s why Kosick encourages her clients to gain a better understanding of how foods impact their bodies and find a balance between these extremes that not only works, but is sustainable over time. “Being healthy is a lifestyle,” she says. “Of course, life happens. There are things that come up and you’re not going to eat this way. But for the most part, this is a change you need to make for a better life, a longer life, a more sustainable life.” Pura Vida Fitness & Spa 303.321.PURA

A CLEANSE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN When you hear the word “cleanse,” do you picture tall glasses of lemon water spiked with cayenne pepper? Do you imagine yourself wasting away in “hanger” from a lack of adequate nutrition? In popular culture, cleanses are either revered or revolted. But they’re not all created equal. Some cleanses even allow you to eat as much as you want. Enter the Conscious Cleanse, a two-week system created by Jules Peláez and Jo Schaalman of Boulder. Unlike an all-liquid juice cleanse, the Conscious Cleanse focuses on using whole foods to detoxify the body, increase energy, identify food allergies and jumpstart a journey to a more healthful life. We sat down with Peláez to find out more about the cleanse and how it can benefit your life. WHAT ARE THE MAIN COMPONENTS OF THE CONSCIOUS CLEANSE? When some consider a cleanse they assume they’re going to be starving. But with the Conscious Cleanse, you’re going to be eating lots of food – maybe more than you usually do. Nuts, seeds, veggies, fruits, non-gluten grains, fish, wild game and lean cuts of meat are all approved. You put these choices together in unique food combinations that optimize digestion and help clean out your colon. It’s an allergen-free diet plan, for the most part. We always tell people that these two weeks are for you to be an active investigator to find your perfect blueprint for eating. It’s about learning what foods feel best in your body and being able to take that beyond the two-week cleanse. Yes, you’re going to really cleanse and detoxify, but hopefully you’ll also set yourself up to eat in a way that makes you feel vibrant year-round. We run the online program five times a year, but we like to encourage people to cleanse with the changing of the seasons. The next cleanse will start January 17. WHY 14 DAYS? We wanted it to be approachable for people. They always say it takes three weeks to create a habit. If you do [the additional] purification and allergy testing, the cleanse comes out to 21 days. From a logistical standpoint, two weeks is easy to carve out, but a month is a whole lot harder. Generally people can find two weeks in their lives where they can slow down and really focus on making their health a priority. WHAT DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE ACHIEVE FROM THE CLEANSE? We really want it to be educational. Of course, we hope that people feel good, but also that they find a way to create a better relationship with food. We want them to take components of Conscious Cleanse into their lives. We know that starting your day with a green smoothie is going to change your life. From that point forward, we tend to make better choices throughout the day. I hope that people learn what food makes them feel the best and that they realize that they have the answers. And that food is medicine and it can really take their health to a whole new level. To learn more about the Conscious Cleanse, visit, sign up for email updates and download a free e-cookbook.

Paleo Power Dubbed “the world’s healthiest diet”, the Paleolithic (Paleo) Diet is the only traditional eating plan that Kosick recommends and for good reason. The basic premise of a Paleo diet is to eat like a caveman – if you can hunt or harvest it, then you can eat it. This plan encourages followers to eat a high amount of protein, such as meat, seafood and animal products and nonstarchy fruits and vegetables; moderate amounts of healthy fats; and low amounts of sodium. The diet discourages, of course, all processed foods, legumes, refined sugars, potatoes, grains and dairy. The Paleo Diet team claims that this way of eating will not only reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, but also helps followers lose weight, improve their athletic performance, slow or reverse autoimmune disorders, improve mental clarity and sleep and increase longevity. Critics of the diet – it was ranked dead last on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Diets list in 2014 – claim that it’s too pricey and restrictive, which makes it difficult to follow over time. But like Kosick mentions, being healthy is a lifestyle, not a fad and this one is as clear as it gets.




YOUR NEW AND IMPROVED NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION IT’S THE SAME STORY EVERY YEAR: You accidentally splurge on treats over the holidays, feel incredible remorse and then resolve to make your health your number-one priority in the New Year. Sure, you stick with it throughout January and maybe even into February, but then Valentine’s Day rolls around – with its chocolate and candy and romantic dinners – and your willpower wanes. The next thing you know, you’re spending weeknights lounging on the couch in sweatpants instead of hitting that new cardio-busting class you’ve heard so much about. We feel you, ladies (and gentlemen) – getting in shape is tough work. So how can you make those well-intentioned resolutions stick yearround? Reign talked with Carlos Martin, a rockstar trainer – no really, he’s basically a rockstar – at Denver’s Define Fitness to get his six no-frills tips to getting (and staying) fit in the New Year. Define Fitness | 303.691.3497





“This won’t work if you’re not willing to make changes,” Martin says. Whether it’s limiting your “cheating eating” to once a week, booking appointments with a trainer or promising to do something small at home every day, consistency is key. “Some people say, ‘Well [something] is better than nothing.’ Okay, but if you want to change your life, you need to commit.” 2


It may seem self-explanatory, but find something you like to do – and then do it. “I have clients who hate running, but they join a running club,” Martin says. “So what happens? The motivation to participate is never there.”

TREND TO TRY: Orangetheory Fitness Want to feel the burn during your workouts? Look no further than Orangetheory Fitness. With 10 locations throughout Colorado (and five more coming soon), Orangetheory is igniting this alreadyactive state with its high-intensity, interval-focused workouts, which promise to help participants



“A lot of women run and do cardio, which is fantastic, but they fear they’re going to get big if they lift weights. That’s just not true,” Martin says. “If you’re working out consistently, you’ll gain muscle and lose body fat. A lot of women overlook weighttraining or don’t do it properly, and that’s a big mistake.” If you’re uneasy about weight training, consider hiring a trainer to show you how to do it. 4


You’ve probably heard it before, but we’ll say it again – when it comes to your overall health, the number on the scale does not matter. “Even medical professionals admit that the Body Mass Index (BMI) is an antiquated system. It makes you feel terrible!” Martin says. “I prefer to ask my clients, ‘How do you look? How do you feel? How do your pants fit?’ How you feel is much more important than how much you weigh.” 5

lose weight, increase energy and boost overall athletic performance. Each 60-minute session is comprised of three components – indoor rowing, treadmill training (some studios offer spin bikes and striders as well) and weight training (either using TRX cables or free weights) – combined to increase strength and build cardiovascular health. Participants have reported burning between 500 and 1,000 calories per session. Plus, the workout is backed by the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), meaning that the training is specifically designed to keep heart rates in the target “Orange Zone,” which not only stimulates the metabolism and increases energy, but also provides additional calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout. Orangetheory is certainly one of the most efficient workouts around, which explains its meteoric rise in popularity. “We’re not reinventing the wheel here in the sense that we’re using heart rateand interval-based training,” says Collette Jones, trainer and manager of Orangetheory’s Wash Park studio, which is set to open this winter. “We’ve put the two together to make an efficient use of your time. You’re building muscle, along with practicing cardio.” Sure, Orangetheory sounds challenging (and it most definitely is), but don’t let that intimidate you. Anyone of any fitness level can successfully complete the Orangetheory workout (and, dare we say, have fun doing it). “I think one of the coolest things about Orangetheory is that you can have someone in class who is extremely deconditioned alongside an elite athlete,” Jones says. “It truly is for everyone in the sense that you can customize it to what you need.” Ready to give it a try? The first session is always free and includes a consultation with a trainer who will prepare you for the class before it begins. You have nothing to lose (except weight, of course).


Even if it’s a small goal, make it specific. “Setting an attainable goal is the best you can do for yourself,” says Martin. “For instance, say ‘I want to drop my body fat percentage by X percent.’ Once you reach that goal, make new goals. Even if it’s something like, ‘I want to feel more comfortable in this skimpy bikini in six weeks.’ My ego is wrapped up in your goals. We’re in this together.” 6


When you commit to getting fit, you’re basically embarking on a new journey to a healthier life. “This won’t work if you’re not willing to make changes and I’m up-front about that with my clients,” Martin says. “If you want to change your life, you need to eat clean and live clean.”

Orangetheory Fitness



mind & spirit

MEDITATION 101 Nestled in the heart of Denver’s Platte Park neighborhood is an oasis for the ever-buzzing minds of Colorado’s worker bees (or anyone, really). At Mayu Sanctuary, the doors are open Monday through Saturday for visitors who want to drop-in for informal meditation practice (stay as long as you want and pay as much as you want). Sit in silence, enjoy a foot bath or listen to the one of the dozens of guided meditations pre-loaded on iPods. Better yet, stop in for one of the formal classes offered throughout the week. Whatever you choose, know that showing up is the hardest part. From there, you’re one step closer to living a more mindful life – something we read about often, but is incredibly difficult to put into practice. “Often people don’t know why they come here,” says Cierra McNamara, founder of Mayu Sanctuary. “What everyone recognizes is that they’re quite stressed out, their life feels out of balance. They feel disconnected to themselves and the people around them. Everyone is here to check in with themselves. They don’t know how to bridge the gap between their disconnected, chaotic lives and this thing that promises to be the remedy.” To the untrained, over-stressed individual, meditation can seem like a daunting task – just one more thing you “should be doing” to live a better life. But it doesn’t have to be. At Mayu, the goal is to make meditation approachable, no matter how restless your mind may feel. “Everyone thinks, I’m too something – worked up, agitated, stressed out – to do meditation, as if they need to have the skill before they come in,” says McNamara. “Yes, it’s natural for you to have a wild mind and restless body. As with anything, it takes practice.”

Mayu Sanctuary 303-832-0033




Put Me In, Coach EVER FEEL UNFULFILLED or disconnected from life? You’re not alone. Everyone is searching for life’s true meaning, in one way or another – whether it’s through work, relationships or spiritual connections. It’s no wonder then that life coaching has become a booming business. According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), the profession’s largest accreditation organization, life coaching is now a $2 billion industry with membership exceeding 20,000 coaches worldwide (although the true number is much higher, due to a plethora of certification programs). These professionals are trained to help clients work through times of transition, address personal or business goals and help identify challenges and roadblocks along the way – all while effectively acting as your number-one cheerleader. What’s not to like about that? “If you’re ready to climb that mountain, but need extra support along the way, then you could truly benefit from working with a life coach,” says Lisa Bobby, founder and clinical director of Growing Self Counseling and Life Coaching. “This differs from therapy [which is also offered in my practice], because people who need therapy often have to fill the hole before they can reach the mountain.” While each session with a life coach is different, depending on what the client is looking for and the techniques the coach employs, Bobby says she begins each new consultation with an assessment, which helps her determine who the client is and what he or she is looking for. From there, she moves on to what she calls the “working phase,” where she designs assignments focused on helping individuals get around their obstacles. Lastly, she moves into the consolidation phase, which teaches clients how to maintain progress over time. While some clients come to a natural end of the life coaching process, others continue to keep a coach on-hand for the long-term. “I think people enjoy the luxury of having a life coach and want to retain the relationship on an ongoing basis as a touchstone,” Bobby says. “It’s less about the coaching in terms of what are we going to do next. I think it helps people stay connected with their own authentic selves.” So what should one look for in a life coach? First things first, make sure that the coach you’re considering is accredited by a verified professional program. “In Colorado, there’s zero regulation on life coaching. Your neighbor could potentially read a book about it and then call himself or herself a life coach,” Bobby says. She recommends looking for a professional who is a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing or Education or has attended an ICF-accredited school. Either way, if you want to make a change in your life and are ready to work for it, life coaching could help you find your way. “Personally I think everyone would benefit from having a life coach,” says Valerie D’Ambrosio, life coach at Organic Twist in Steamboat. “A coach holds you accountable. They’re not going to give you all your options or tell you what you should do. My job is help you find the answers and cheer you on while you do it.”

Growing Self | 720.370.1800 Organic Twist




SURGEON TO THE STARS Spend any small amount of time with Dr. John Grossman and you’d never guess that you’re speaking with one of the top plastic surgeons in the country (and arguably the world). For a man who has operated on Hollywood’s elite and has no shortage of beautiful and wealthy clients marching in and out of his stunning Denver office, Dr. Grossman is about as friendly and approachable as any person can get. No pretentious banter or bragging here – just an incredible wealth of knowledge about his field of choice, coupled with a clear passion for art and beauty and topped with the dignity of always doing right by his patients. Indeed, at Dr. Grossman’s office, either you heed his advice or you can find yourself another surgeon. “It’s not uncommon for me to send patients away and say, ‘You shouldn’t do this. We’re not going to like what this will do for you,’” Grossman says. “‘I can take your money, but that’s the wrong thing to do. I promise you will find someone who will do the operation. My advice is don’t do it.’ Being able to say those things is just as important as the surgery itself.” We’re a culture obsessed with aesthetics. Just look at the tabloids or the cover of any fashion magazine and you’ll be greeted with images of perfection – manufactured or otherwise – with nary a wrinkle in sight. In the real world, humans have fine lines, unwanted fat and exaggerated or unflattering features. It’s only natural to want to correct them. For decades, plastic surgeons have smoothed wrinkles, lifted, tucked, and implanted, and in the process, proven that you don’t have to live with imperfections. With a skilled surgeon, discretionary dollars and some time to spare, you can look like the best version of yourself. “[Plastic surgery] suits my artistic and creative nature, as well as my technical nature,” Grossman says. “Those who go into plastic surgery really tackle the most complex area of medicine, because in reality the domain of a plastic surgeon is the skin and its contents. There’s no part of the body we don’t operate on. There’s not one part that we can’t make better.” In nearly 40 years as a plastic surgeon, Gross-



man has seen it all. He describes the first liposuction he viewed in great detail: “The suction was the size of a garden hose!” Now, liposuction is a boon for business, ranking alongside breast augmentation as the top procedures requested nationwide (and in Colorado). In fact, contrary to the world of aesthetics, where new treatments and technologies are coming out all the time, plastic surgery enjoys a much slower growth. “There are things that come along every 30 years, 20 years, 10 years and there are incremental improvements made, but we don’t have advances in the same fashion as other industries.” And that’s a good thing. Whenever Grossman and his team at Grossman Plastic Surgery is approached about a new technology that promises revolutionary results, he takes it all with a grain of salt. “The public is looking for some way to make themselves more beautiful and youthful. They want to believe that the magic is in the machine,” he says. “But if it’s too good to be true, it’s not.” Trends aside, what are some things to consider before undergoing a cosmetic procedure? Grossman imparts some necessary dos and don’ts: Do be prepared for your appointment and know what you want. Do bring pictures, both of features you like and photos of yourself at a younger age. Do research your surgeon thoroughly and make sure he or she has done the procedure in question many times before. Do heed your doctor’s advice. He or she knows what they’re doing. Don’t be the first one to have a new operation or treatment. Don’t go for the “overdone” look. Don’t be unrealistic. Don’t be afraid to go for it.

Grossman Plastic Surgery | 866.221.9665


TREATMENTS TO TRY THE WORLD OF aesthetics is not about chasing the trendiest treatments and technologies. The experts agree that the tried-and-trues are only getting better, while a few new innovations are worth adding into your rotation. “We like to evaluate new technology to make sure it’s something good for our patients, in terms of being safe and effective, and that it isn’t too pricey,” says Pamela Hill, founder of Denver’s Facial Aesthetics med spa. “The most important thing is that it achieves the results we’re looking for, for the price we charge.” We talked to Hill and Dr. Leslie Capin, founder of Cara Mia Medical Day Spa, about the treatments they recommend for the New Year (and beyond):

These procedures, which use fractional lasers that keep the outer layer of skin intact, are increasingly popular due to their minimal downtime. “People are busy. They don’t want to do big procedures and take two weeks off. They want to come in, do something and go back to work the next day,” says Capin. “Some of these new procedures utilize ultrasound and radiofrequency waves. They’re very safe and effective.” ULTHERAPY

This new, noninvasive, in-office procedure lifts and tones loose and lax skin, using ultrasound energy. “It’s sort of like a nonsurgical facelift,” says Capin. “This therapy delivers ultrasound energy into deep layers of the skin and muscle. It hits the tissue from the inside, stimulating new collagen and elastin to lift, tighten and tone the skin.” EMATRIX

“This is brand-new technology that has been shown to effectively treat mild to moderate wrinkles, red and brown spots and textural irregularities in the skin,” says Capin. “It’s amazing how it can tighten skin and get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. We’re using it quite a bit.”



Hailed for its ability to take “years off your face” in less than 15 minutes, medical micro-needling is a newish procedure that uses an electric skin-needling device to break down old tissue and stimulate skin cells, uncovering new layers of elastin, collagen and capillaries. At Facial Aesthetics, Hill says this procedure has been increasing in popularity ever since they introduced it. “For us, it isn’t going to be plain microneedling. I think it will be a combination therapy in order for it to achieve the efficacy that we’re looking for, pairing it with a little bit of microdermabrasion or dermaplaning or perhaps some peeling. We’re finding a nice place for it here.”

“A lot of what worked yesterday still works today,” says Hill. “I’m a fan of a nice peel. When done correctly and in the right hands, they’re less dangerous than lasers, and while there’s some downtime, what the patient gets as a reward is very beautiful skin.”

The TriedAnd-Trues: BOTOX

Both Hill and Capin claim that it’s rare to see clients who have never experimented with (or at least thought about) Botox. “It may not be hot and new, but it still complements anything else you’re going to do,” says Capin. There’s definitely a commitment to Botox, but that doesn’t stop women and men who have experienced its effective results. “People who do Botox really do it for the long-term,” says Hill. “They see what it can do and then they make their own decisions about how often they can do it. Every month, three months, six months – it all works.”


“Fillers are different than Botox in that they fill underneath the tissues, where Botox acts on the muscles themselves,” says Hill. “Filler is usually used on the lower part of the face, so it would go anywhere from smile lines to lips to lines on the side of the face and cheeks.” Hill is especially excited about a new filler from Juvéderm called Voluma, which is injected directly into the cheeks to make them look fuller. “It’s been a game changer for us and for our patients.”

Cara Mia Medical Day Spa Three locations in the Denver-Metro area Facial Aesthetics 303.377.2868 Two locations in the Denver-Metro area




Sanitas Skincare Topical C, $48,

Revision Skincare Retinol Facial Repair, $56,

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Sunscreen, $33.50,

YOUR BEAUTY SUPPLIES SHOPPING LIST Ever wonder what products the most glamorous esthetician in Colorado swears by? Pamela Hill, founder of Denver’s Facial Aesthetics med spa and creator of the luxe Pamela Hill Skin Care line, shares the items she can’t live without: TOPICAL VITAMIN C: “I think as an antioxidant, it’s one of the most important things people can be doing.” RETIN-A OR RETINOL: “Far and away, this is the number one [product] people should be using. It has all the studies behind it. We know what it does. We know that it works.” A GOOD MOISTURIZER: Enough said. “We have them in my own line. We use them after lasering. We have a green tea moisturizer that is very popular. It’s a little bit active but good for all skin types. ”

Pamela Hill Daily Moisturizer with Green Tea, $44,



SUNBLOCK: “If you’re not using sunblock, you’re really doing yourself a disservice. You’re out in the sun, every day, regardless of what you think.”

An Affair to Remember AUNA AND ANDREW SAY “I DO” September 21st | Denver, Colorado



ike many Coloradoans, Auna and Andrew’s courtship began on a cold winter’s night in Vail. Yet while most chance mountain meetings take place slope side or over après at a local watering hole, the couple’s first connection was a bit different. They had become unwitting housemates in a ski chalet that a group of friends had rented for the season. “She caught my eye from across the room and was different than the rest of the folks in the big gathering area,” Andrew recalls. “Cozying up quietly in the corner to wine and cheese and a friend she hadn’t seen in a while, she was way out of my league.” But Auna was intrigued, and the pair salsa danced until dawn that fateful night. Fast-forward eight months, and Auna and Andrew’s courtship was going strong – perfectly, even. Yet as it so often does, life had plans of its own when Auna was faced with unexpected medical problems that would require several surgeries. Golfing and ski dates were put on hold and the true, genuine friendship on which Auna and Andrew’s love was based prevailed, as did her resiliency. “We went through some really challenging times early on in our relationship and despite life’s adversity; we took the curve balls in stride. Anyone can be a friend during the good days, but only in instances of real difficulty, like discovering and overcoming an illness together, is one able to confidently move forward with a partner for life,” Andrew remembers. Soon, Auna was given the best gift one could hope for – a clean bill of health. Andrew knew that he wanted to propose and so he planned a getaway to the legendary Broadmoor resort, telling Auna that it was a trip to celebrate life. Little did she know that by the end of the weekend, there would be even more to celebrate. As they took to the links, Andrew slyly slipped a ring box

By Betsy Marr Photos by Ben Chrisman & Christopher Bobek





in the hole on the seventh green. A proposal ensued, followed by a teary acceptance from Auna. Next, the planning of Auna and Andrew’s dream wedding began. Wanting a hometown celebration, the couple transformed the stunning Cherry Hills Country Club into a wonderland of elegance and intrigue. “We wanted to recreate a very fun version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in hopes that the guests would cry, laugh, smile, dance and fall in love all over again,” Auna explains. With this notion in mind, Auna, her sister and her mother set out to design the perfect reflection of the bride-to-be and her groom. “I had no idea how much fun I would have with my mom and my sister. We’ve always been three peas in a pod, but this was definitely the most fun we’ve ever had together,” she chuckles. “We made so many memories laughing about flowers and ballet slippers and bustles and table seating.” With a clear vision and a trio of talented ladies at the helm, what transpired was a heartfelt celebration brimming with classic good taste, unexpected elements, elegant décor and plenty of personal touches. And while detail oriented, yes, the wedding remained tasteful, refined, warm and incredibly sentimental – a testament to the spirit of both the couple and their respective families.

The Ceremony

The ceremony, held at Denver’s historic Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, was traditional and filled with love. The bride’s uncle Logan, a priest, officiated, while a couple whose marriage Auna and Andrew deeply admire read Laughter by Pablo Neruda, a favorite poem. As Auna walked down the aisle in a one-of-a-kind Carolina Herrera gown, she carried a bouquet of tulips (her favorite flower) and lily of the valley (a surprise from her sister, and the flower carried by many classic brides before her – Jacqueline Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn among them).

The Décor

To say that Auna and Andrew’s reception was stunning would be akin to saying their love story is touching – an understatement. From the orchids that adorned the entryway, to the floral pomander chandeliers hanging from the transparent tent, no detail was overlooked. Colorado Wedding Company’s CC Dick and her visionary team took the lead on orchestrating the implementation of a design plan that incorporated custom made bars,





“When I open my eyes and close them, when my steps go, when my steps return, deny me bread, air, light, spring, but never your laughter.” Pablo Neruda, Laughter

cocktail tables fashioned from live greenery and food stations with lily pads and water features. Yet the reception was amplified with the addition of an acrylic dance floor and bridge installed over the club’s Olympic size pool. The couple, having originally scouted wedding venues in the likes of Newport and Palm Beach before deciding to marry in the bride’s hometown, was granted their wish of dancing on the water!

The Tablescapes

Flawlessly appointed dinner tables created drama and delight inside the reception tent. Fine natural fiber linens and chameleon chairs offset high/low centerpieces of tulips and orchids, while the tables themselves were lit from below, creating a glow throughout the space. Vintage pearl flatware, bone gold-trim china and damask glassware were all carefully selected to complement the table’s crowning jewel – Anna Weatherley chargers in varying shades of blue and green, each handmade in Italy and finished with a custom calligraphied menu and live tulip stem.

The Cuisine

In keeping with the evening’s fantasy-like feel, the cuisine was artful and impressive. Guests dined on delicacies in every sense. As they entered cocktail

hour, Auna and Andrew’s guests were greeted by custom-made acrylic water tables showcasing oysters, lobster, caviar, deviled quail eggs and tuna tartar. Once seated to dinner, the meal began with an amuse bouche to set the tone, followed by a perfectly paired entrée duet. All the while, the entire menu was gluten free, allowing the bride to enjoy every item on the menu without worry. Even the six-tiered fondant cake was made without gluten. As a personal touch, Auna’s grandmother’s beloved potatoes were served family style, in custom stoneware bearing the words ‘Rosie’s Potatoes.’

The Music

From the ceremony to the surprise after party, the musical stylings of Auna and Andrew’s wedding were selected with great care and attention to detail. An orchestra, two soloists and full Baptist Choir made the ceremony both memorable and entertaining, while a jazz trio and violinist set the tone for cocktail hour. The reception was brought to life by a live band that had guests - from ages eight to eighty – on the dance floor. To end the evening, a DJ spun tunes until the wee hours of the morning at an after party that boasted festive décor and latenight snacks. Yet perhaps the most special musical moment occurred when Auna’s Godfather, a country music singer, customized the lyrics to George Strait’s I Saw God Today during the memorable father daughter dance.



The Details Ceremony Venue

Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

Reception Venue

Cherry Hills Country Club

Wedding Planner

Colorado Wedding Company, LLC


Ben Chrisman Photography (Personal Photos) Christopher Bobek (Decor Photos)


DesignWorks by Dave & Mike Newberry Brothers

Design, Décor and Lighting

Deb Bump & David Squires DesignWorks by Dave & Mike


La Tavola Fine Linen


Noble Productions Party Crashers

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Elegant Bakery

Videographer Vlad Films

Printed Materials

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Bridal Gowns

Carolina Herrera Silk and Ivory Designs

Bridal Shoes

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oe Falko is not your typical real estate developer. Nor is he your typical broker. In fact, Falko’s professional past traces back to Wall Street – on the 106th floor of Cantor Fitzgerald’s south tower to be exact. Post 9/11, he found himself at a crossroads and instead of returning to the typical trappings associated with finance, Joe decided a move to Colorado was more in line with his vision and values. Slowly, he began to purchase real estate investment properties in and around Denver and soon, found himself with a thriving portfolio. With that, Joe left the finance world altogether and committed to expanding his real estate business with the same level of fervor and dedication he applies to everything in life. Falko rolled up his sleeves and immersed himself in the world of buying, selling and ultimately building properties. The result? A boutique real estate company that truly understands and serves both sides of an ever-changing industry. “Most brokers either know how to buy and sell a home or know how to negotiate a deal, but what they don’t know are the actual bones that go into the business,” he explains. “Zoning, planning and understanding the structural integrity of a home plays a huge role in the ease or difficulty of any real estate deal. Because we are both brokers and developers, we know what to look for when helping our clients find a home, or when finding a development project for ourselves,” he continues. These are the tenants that give Cardinal Holdings and its associated brokerage firm, Falko Realty, a truly competitive edge. Yet for Falko, the real advantage in representing both sides of a real estate deal has more to do with giving than getting. Because of the lower acquisition costs that Cardinal Holdings is able to realize, Joe and his team are able to parlay a portion of their profits into giving back. Recently, the company formed a part-

“WHAT’S SO INCREDIBLE ABOUT CARDINAL HOLDINGS’ PARTNERSHIP WITH COLORADO UPLIFT IS THAT THE CHILDREN WE ARE IMPACTING LIVE IN THE VERY COMMUNITIES WHERE WE ARE BUILDING. WE ARE TRULY DEVELOPING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.” nership with Colorado UpLift, a non-profit organization that builds long-term, life-changing relationships with Denver’s urban youth. “Being a single dad, I understand first hand how important it is for children to have strong role models. By donating to Colorado UpLift, Cardinal Holdings is able to help these kids make the right choices in life,” Falko attests. “What’s so incredible about this partnership is that the children we are impacting live in the very communities where we are building. We are truly developing to make a difference.” True to his word, a portion of profits from Cardinal’s recent project in Denver’s Sloan’s Lake area will directly benefit Colorado UpLift. A business model that like Falko, is anything but typical. In keeping with his Midwestern roots and values (a nod to his Columbus upbringing, Cardinal is named for Ohio’s state bird), Falko and his team take this same hands-on, proactive approach when working with clients. As a boutique agency,

both Cardinal Holdings and Falko Realty are able to create lasting, meaningful relationships and really get to know each and every client. In fact, if there’s one word to remember about Joe Falko, it’s integrity. “I really try to be fair and honest in my approach to life, my approach to raising my son and my approach to my business. I do what I say and I say what I do,” he affirms. “Competition is through the roof theses days, and those that are ethical, honest and exude integrity will ultimately succeed. We want our clients to be friends who we work with for generations. For us, it’s all about relationships that stand the test of time.” JOE FALKO CARDINAL HOLDINGS 303.995.1174 CARDINALHOLDINGSLLC.COM




Great Room: Mueller and his Cuvée design team reinvented the home’s main living space into an open great room that takes full advantage of the stunning views. Rounded columns allowed for a linear design in the rest of the room, and what was intended as a dining space was transformed into an area for cocktails and conversation.



| Domestic Bliss |

View from THE TOP By BETSY MARR | Photos by JENSEN SUTTA LARRY MUELLER IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE BUSINESSMAN. Raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, he climbed the ranks at IBM before going on to establish, take public and eventually sell one of the fastest growing software firms in the nation. Yet most Denverites know Mueller as the charismatic powerhouse behind exclusive private equity fund Cuvée Ventures. With luxury properties in the likes of Tuscany, St. Barths, Los Cabos, Manhattan, Aspen and Hawaii to name but a few, Cuvée Escapes’ (the fund’s boutique travel company) properties are the undoubted crown jewels of their respective destinations. And so it should come as no surprise that when Mueller and his wife, Mary Kay, decided to trade in their Washington Park lifestyle for downtown living, they went straight to the top – of the Four Seasons Tower to be exact. What began as a blank canvas was transformed into one of the city’s finest penthouse residences that like Mueller, is anything but predictable. Having lived all over the world throughout the years, the Muellers have a sincere appreciation for culture, and how it influences design. As such, nothing in their home – from the fabrics to the finishes – was selected without careful thought and intention. Perched atop the Residences at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver, the space in and of itself is stunning. With sweeping city and mountain views from three sides, its architecture alone would leave many agog. Yet the attention to detail paid throughout the home takes it to new heights – both literally and figuratively. As with any of the properties in the Cuvée portfolio, the Mueller residence was designed to be an artful homage to its environment, and a comfortable yet sophisticated reflection of its owners. With an empty canvas on which to create, the Muellers, along with Cuvée’s in house interior designer Cheryl Lucas, set out to build a home that was functional while also celebrating its natural surroundings and jaw dropping views. And as with all of Mueller’s projects, materials were custom sourced from Cuvée’s vast network of worldwide suppliers – from iron, to glass, to stone, fabrics and furnishings. “We do all of our own architectural design. Nothing you see in this home or any of our properties is cookie cutter. The fabric, the furnishings – we customize every last detail,” Mueller explains. In fact, the home itself was originally laid out as a 4-bedroom space that left little room for an expansive, open feel. A design that the Mueller’s found much too choppy for their lifestyle – one that largely revolves around entertaining clients, family and friends. With that, the property was transformed into three large and luxurious bedrooms, as well as an impressive great room, office, media room, formal dining room and several outdoor living spaces. The end result was a layout geared towards making time spent with family and friends as comfortable as possible, an edict that’s also ever-present in Cuvée’s collection of homes. Yet the architecture alone wasn’t the abode’s only appeal. “Like any of our properties, we always look for the intangibles. The special amenities and views that are both coveted and rare. The type of service available to us through the Four Seasons is unmatched – a world-class spa, concierge, gym, dining – it’s all right here and is conducive to the lock and go lifestyle that a travel enthusiast can appreciate,” he explains. “It’s the same authentic level of comfortable luxury that we deliver to our Cuvée community.” ➺



Wine Room/Kitchen: A custom curved-glass wine room adjacent to the expansive kitchen serves as both art and accoutrement for the homeowner’s vast collection of varietals. “The presentation of wine is like a piece of art. We wanted it to be accessible in our home but also beautiful to look at.” Patio: One of the home’s many outdoor living spaces, the patio boasts perhaps the city’s best views from the privacy of the Mueller’s personal residence. An outdoor television, sound system and water feature add to the ambiance, as does a rooftop garden. Office: A home office where Mueller can keep up with business was carefully designed to take advantage of the floor to ceiling views, while a bespoke wallcovering created to mimic the look of Aspen trees adds an organic sense of style to the room.



Domestic Bliss | VIEW FROM THE TOP



Fireplace: A custom mantle plays off the natural elements with a stone that flows perfectly with the mountain landscape seen through the floor to ceiling windows. Dining Room: Mueller adapted the home’s original layout to create a formal dining space for guests to linger over long meals and good wine. Artwork by Dale Chihuly perfectly appoints the space. Guest Room: The home’s two guest suites offer views of Denver amidst many of the same amenities Mueller’s Cuvée clients have come to appreciate – a custom coffee station, five-piece bath, sitting area and fine furnishings. In this space, a local artist has created an incredibly detailed custom paint treatment that adds texture and dimension to the room’s design.



Domestic Bliss | VIEW FROM THE TOP



Domestic Bliss | VIEW FROM THE TOP

Media Room: A media room with custom Ralph Lauren upholstered walls offers a cozy respite for unwinding in the midst of several thoughtfully curated art pieces. Wine: The Muellers are oenophiles in every sense, even growing and bottling their own varietal, Cuvée Lorenzo, on the grounds of the company’s Tuscan farmhouse. Stone Wall Entry: Mueller designed the entryway with a dramatic curved stone wall and custom art installation that mimics fallen raindrops. “The lighting in the entry was very important to us, as we wanted to highlight the custom stonework and art. We also wanted to use curvature in this space to balance out the linear design in other areas of the home.” Master Bedroom: A room with a view indeed. The home’s master flows into a well designed-outdoor living space ideal for both morning coffee and sunset views. Inside, rich furnishings and textiles complement the custom paint application that adds both warmth and depth to the space. Elsewhere, a barn door not only maximizes space and adds visual interest, but also pays homage to Mueller’s farming roots.



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Fête des Fleurs The 2014 Fête des Fleurs gala saw more than 600 well-heeled guests take over the Denver Botanic Gardens for an unforgettable evening in celebration of the highly anticipated Chihuly exhibit. Under the direction of co-chairs Kelly Eisinger and Jennifer Marsico Milo, the Fête raised over $345,000. As black-tie clad guests mingled throughout the Gardens, they enjoyed a private showcase of Chihuly’s bold colors and dramatic beauty. After indulging in a locally sourced sit-down dinner, the crowd took to the dance floor before relaxing in the late night lounge, produced by DesignWorks and Reign Magazine.


1. Babylon Floral created stunning headpieces to fit the theme 2. Jackie Bove and Greg Graeber 3. Co-Chair Jennifer Marsico Milo and her husband, Dr. Steven Milo 4. Kyle McClure is all smiles with his beautiful wife, Gracie 5. Guests mingling in the Gardens 6. Presenting sponsors, Kathy and Brad Coors of the Kathy and Brad Coors Foundation 7. The 2014 committee: Kelly Stava, Cristen Calamari, Betty Lynn Jackson, Ann Jordan, Meredith Coors, Kelly Eisinger, Abby Summers, Merritt Grothe, Caroline McMorrow, Samantha Thompson and Kathryn Albright. 8. DesignWorks created the stunning Reign Magazine Lounge 9. Co-Chairs Kelly Eisinger and Jennifer Marsico Milo




Vail’s Top Shelf Harvest

1. Top Shelf Harvest was a hit for all ages 2. Billie Keithly and Kevin “Litch” Polich of Breckenridge Distillery 3. Tiffany Root smiles with a few guests adorned in flapper apparel 4. Vail Valley Theatre Company’s Beth Swearingen and Connie Kincaid 5. T.J. Voboril, mixologist contest judge and his wife, Lauren


1. A bird’s eye view of mingling partygoers 2. Cardinal Holdings’ Joe Falko, John Matusiak and executive chef of Chinook Tavern Markus Georg 3. Joe Falko, Colorado UpLift’s operations manager Pammy Perea, and CEO, Mike Painter, pose with several of the program’s participants and recipients 4. Amy Nix and Joe Falko 5. 2511 Perry Street, the latest project from Cardinal Holdings


Vail’s inagural Top Shelf Harvest event transported guests back to the age of prohibition to experience a day of gourmet culinary tastings from Vail restaurants inentionally paired with cocktails created by sought-after Colorado distilleries, a mixology contest and live entertainment in a fun ‘speakeasy’ style setting. Specialty ice luge cocktails from Breckenridge Distillery, lively period-style jazz, flapper dancers and “cigarette” girls made for an afternoon of speakeasy style revelry.

Cardinal Holdings & Colorado UpLift Broker’s Open Local broker/developer Joe Falko of Falko Realty and Cardinal Holdings celebrated a newly formed partnership with Colorado UpLift with a luncheon and Broker’s Open on October 8th. The events were both held at Falko’s newly unveiled project, 2511 Perry Street in Denver. Guests enjoyed fare from Chinook Tavern and flowing champagne as they were given a preview of the modern, upscale home. A portion of proceeds from 2511 Perry’s sale will directly benefit Colorado UpLift, an organization that builds long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth.



Flight to Luxury Cuvée Escapes did it again, with a resoundingly successful 2014 Flight to Luxury. The annual event raised nearly $1M for Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, having grown from $50K in just five short years. More than 800 guests delighted in cuisine from the city’s finest eateries, as well as Veuve Clicquot poured by an aerialist suspended from above. A live auction showcased several dream trips to the homes in Cuvée’s growing portfolio, complete with private jet transportation, and was followed by a runway fashion show featuring local looks from boutiques such as Gracie’s and ML Furs. The live presentation began with Cuvée founder Larry Mueller and Boys and Girls Clubs CEO John Barry taking to the stage as “pilots” adorned in Air Force gear.


1. Cuvée Founder Larry Mueller and Boys and Girls Clubs CEO John Barry were the hosts of the evening 2. The live program kicked off with Emcee Vic Lombardi arriving in a Ferrari from Ferrari of Denver 3. Reign Magazine’s Kevin and Betsy Marr with Mountain Aviation’s Ty and Melissa Little 4. Dave Puchi, Tom Piercy, Dave Turner, and Cuvée Escapes’ Director of Marketing, Laura Cisco 5. Dave and Lisa Johnson 6. The Cirque USA aerial bartender was suspended in the Signature Flight Support Hangar 7. Maestro Hughes wowed guests with his musical creations 8. The theme “Art Takes Flight” was activated during the cocktail hour with Isabelle Dupuy painting live 9. Boys & Girls Clubs children celebrating




Art Crush

1. Museum architect Shigeru Ban gets together with the museum’s CEO and chief curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson 2. Fred Tomaselli and Teresita Fernandez 3. Amy and John Phelan with the Aspen Art Award recipient Ernesto Neto 4. Artist Mickalene Thomas and Nancy Rogers flashing sincere smiles during the event 5. Nancy and Robert Magoon, Barbara Bluhm-Kaul and her husband Don 6. Richard Goodman and his wife Kitzia 7. Showcasing an auction piece by artist Mickalene Thomas 8. Domenico DeSole and Kelli Questrom 9. Jeff and Nicola Marcus




The Aspen Art Museum kicked off a fourday celebration for its new, 33,000-squarefoot Shigeru Ban-designed building with its tenth annual Art Crush benefit. Museum directors, curators, collectors and artists enjoyed a reception, dinner and auction as well as the presentation of the Aspen Art Award to Ernesto Neto. The exclusive event took place on the grounds of the former museum building, which boasted a massive tent ornamented by Denver-based DesignWorks in Rio Grande Park. Art Crush 2014 raised over $3 million for the noncollecting museum.

Excelsior Youth Center Triumphant Woman Gala Kickoff


Guests celebrated at Denver’s Parkside Mansion as they kicked off Excelsior Youth Center’s annual Triumphant Faces Gala. The February 20th event will boast an over-thetop Mardi Gras Masquerade theme and draws an impressive crowd for an important cause – mental health, education, safety and support for extremely at-risk adolescent girls. This year’s fête is sure to turn heads, with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy headlining as the evening’s entertainment, and funny gal Roseanne Barr, who’s overcome significant personal and professional struggles, accepting top honors as the 2015 Triumphant Woman.

1. Sandra Hagen Solin, EYC’s gala chair, poses with Lois Paul, EYC’s board of directors chair 2. Denisa Tova and Lovedy Barbatelli 3. Tom Martino, Stephanie Riggs and Stephanie’s son Griffen Rollert 4. Ashley Prust, gala committee chair, Natisha Walton, Tina Lovelace, Sporkin, auction co-chair, Sandra Hagen, Jamie Angelich, former TW and TW chair, Cynthia Treadwell, foundation board and entertainment chair, and Kelly Spencer, the auction co-chair 5. Jamie Angelich and Chelley Schaper

Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Celebrity sightings were at an all-time high in the Mile High City on October 25th. The 2014 Be Beautiful, Be Yourself fashion show and gala benefiting Global Down Syndrome Foundation welcomed a packed house in grand style. With the likes of Alec Baldwin, Jamie Foxx, Laura Dern, Beverly Johnson, John C. McGinley and Helen Hunt taking to the runway, you can bet the crowd was brimming with smiles and flashing cameras. But we think the real stars are the incredible ambassadors of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. These amazing people strutted their stuff with pride and poise, proving that the work they do on behalf of the differently-abled is making a heartwarming, showstopping and groundbreaking difference.


1. Michelle Sie Whitten and Jamie Foxx 2. Alec Baldwin and DeOndra Dixon wow the crowd 3. Helen Hunt and Q Award Recipient Brad Hennefer 4. Denver Broncos Cheerleaders with Steven Dulcie 5. Mrs. Colorado escorts the darling Amelia Rysavy




BMW Championship Celebration

1. Mauricio Umansky of The Agency catches up with a guest 2. Musical Act, The Whitfields took the main stage throughout the evening 3. Laura Cisco, Mary Kay and Larry Mueller, Christy Andrisen, Tim Rittenhouse and Craig Andrisen 4. Jenna and Matt Samek 5. Patrick Timson, Kristen Timson, Kelsey Knapp and Markus Rothermel 6. BMW Party Hosts George and Carol Solich 7. Several delighted guests enjoyed the amazing snacks and libations. . 8. Fireworks were the cherry on top of this gorgeous Downtown Denver setting. 9. Guests enjoyed the incredible views




The pool terrace of Denver’s Four Seasons Hotel was transformed into a celebratory wonderland as a thank you to those who were instrumental in putting together the BMW Championship as well as Cuvée Escapes partners and friends. Hosted by George and Carol Solich, Cuvée Escapes, The Western Golf Association and BMW, the event featured stunning décor from Eclectic Hive, fine food and craft libations, as well as a custom bottled wine from Silver Oak. Guests were entertained by live music, and were dazzled as a custom firework show filled the Denver skyline to end the evening.

Aspen’s favorite starlet, Goldie Hawn, shares her signature funny gal style circa 1969.

Au Revoir

May you spend your days in cashmere and your evenings in front of the fire. May your spirit be brave and your heart be kind. May you relish in the views from a snowcapped mountain. May you remember that a hot cup of tea solves almost everything. And may you live your life with passion and purpose.



Reign Magazine - Winter 2014  

The Aspen Issue

Reign Magazine - Winter 2014  

The Aspen Issue