Fashionable Outerwear

From vests to capelets to down coats, bundle up this season in style.

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Hoss Long Puffer Vest available online on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE $360 including shipping or locally in Boulder at Willow {LISTmember}

Camel Wool Capelet available online on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE $174 including shipping

Black Bomber Jacket with Vegan Leather and attached hoodie available online on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE $79 including shipping or locally in Denver at Inspyre {LISTmember}

Feorran Wool Vest available online on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE $363 including shipping or locally in Boulder at Willow {LISTmember}

Gorski Fur Vest

Gorski Apres Ski Jacket

Taupe Vest available online on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE $79 including shipping or locally in Denver at Inspyre {LISTmember}

Jakett Robin Leather Jacket available online on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE $532.50 including shipping or locally in Boulder at Willow {LISTmember}

 

Cornbread Oyster Stuffing Recipe

jaxfc_Ricky_webAs the executive chef at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in Fort Collins, it’s only natural that Chef Myers would think to include oysters in his Thanksgiving dressing. Jax has its own proprietary Emersum oysters grown in the Chesapeake Bay area by Rappahannock River Oysters, a company known for its sustainability practices.

Oysters can be pricey. (You can find them fresh at Whole Foods for $1 an oyster.) If you can’t afford raw, Chef Myers suggests adding a tin of smoked oysters instead.

Makes 12 servings

For the cornbread (Makes two 9-by-13-inch pans):

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups corn meal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 ears fresh corn, kernels removed using a box grater (see note)
  • 1/2 pound butter, melted
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 9 eggs

For the dressing:

  • 3 slices smoked bacon, small dice
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 rib celery, small dice
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 bulb fennel, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 large baguette, cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
  • 1 (9-by-13-inch) pan cornbread, cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
  • 3 dozen east coast oysters (such as Wellfleet), shucked, chopped or cut in half,
  • reserving 1 cup of briny liquor
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco (or preferred hot sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley

To make the cornbread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-by-13-inch pans with vegetable cooking oil. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together corn, melted butter, buttermilk, milk and eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and blend thoroughly. Pour batter into pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove pans from oven and allow to cool. (Make-ahead tip: Cornbread can be made the day before; use one pan to make dressing and the other to serve separately, as a side.)

To make the dressing: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish. In a medium-sized skillet, cook bacon over medium-low heat until crispy; remove bacon but reserve the fat. Add butter. Once the butter has melted add celery, onion, carrot, parsnip, fennel, garlic and shallot. Cook the vegetables over a medium-high heat until almost tender; add paprika, cayenne, thyme and oregano. Continue cooking for 10 minutes, until vegetables are very soft and spices are incorporated. (Make-ahead tip: Vegetable mixture can be precooked and kept in a container in the refrigerator then rewarmed and combined with bread.)

Place cubed breads in a very large mixing bowl. Add vegetable mixture, reserved bacon and chopped oysters to the bowl and use clean hands or a spoon to mix thoroughly. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, reserved oyster liquor, hot sauce, salt, pepper, lemon juice, scallions and parsley. Pour liquid mixture into bread and oysters. Mix ingredients thoroughly and spoon in to prepare baking dish. Bake casserole for about 45 minutes, or until heated through and crisp and golden on top.

Note: If you can’t source fresh corn for the cornbread, thaw and drain frozen corn then pat with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Per serving: 453 calories (37 percent from fat), 19 grams total fat (9 grams saturated), 198 milligrams cholesterol, 57 grams carbohydrates, 15 grams protein, 1,100 milligrams sodium, 3 grams dietary fiber.

 

Opening Night of ArtDenver 2014

On November 14th, ArtDenver opened with a high profile fashion show featuring four designers: Geoffrey MacJustin LeBlancMondo Guerra, and Michael Costello.

Geoffrey Mac opened the show with colorful edgy swimwear and dresses. His innovative designs feature an unexpected mash-up of futurism and vintage eras. Followed by feminine romantic designs by Project Runway Star Justin LeBlanc. Then Monda Guerra, a Denver-based designer and Project Runway Star, showed off his psychedelic 70’s inspired designs topped with funky hot pink wigs. The show ended with to-die-for, red carpet ready, gowns by Micheal Costello, another designer featured on Project Runway. I particularly loved Mondo’s show the best. The music and the clothes all came together.

ArtDenver is an all-new indoor fine arts experience in Colorado. A portion of the proceeds supports year-round art education in schools throughout Colorado. Produced by the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, ArtDenver includes juried art show with 135 exhibiting visual artists from all over the country, in 13 media categories, including ceramics, mixed media, digital art, photography, metal works and drawing.

“The Opening Night Fashion Show reflects the unique appeal of ArtDenver by presenting locally and nationally-based artistic talent featuring cutting-edge design and innovation, while exemplifying luxury and fantasy,” said R. Tony Smith, marketing and operations director of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and ArtDenver. “We are honored to have an opportunity to feature one of Denver’s favorite designers, while bringing other national designers into our thriving, art-infused urban core.”

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Spotted: Nude Heels

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Manolo Blahnik suede shoes / Kurt Geiger high heels stiletto / Barneys New York platform sandals / Kurt Geiger evening sandals, $160 / Kurt Geiger nude heel shoes, $320 / Steve Madden high heel shoes / Joe’s suede shoes / Forever New high heel shoes, $70 / Christian Louboutin platform stiletto

Zengo and The Taste of Cabo

zengo-denver_2512When dining out, I look for restaurants that offer something unique whether it is their hip atmosphere, creative food pairings, or to-die-for desserts. Zengo has been a long time favorite of mine for their fusion of Asian and Latin cuisines. The menu, designed for sharing, incorporates regional ingredients and even some unexpected ones like their pan seared scallops toped with grasshoppers. Yes, that is right! I said GRASSHOPPERS!

From September 15th to December 31st, Zengo is offering an additional menu: Taste of Cabo. The chef/owner of Zengo, Richard Sandoval, and his team of chefs traveled to Los Cabos, Mexico for a weeklong culinary exploration and created a unique “Taste of Cabo” menu that features four dishes and two cocktails inspired and created by some of Cabo’s top chefs. To help with the aftermath of Hurricane Odile, Zengo is donating 10% of the proceeds from this menu to the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation.

Some of my favorites on the Taste of Cabo menu include:

  • Sea Bass Tiradito – Avocado-Yuza Puree, Salsa Negra-Soy Sauce, Tomato, Radish, Cilantro, Crispy Shallots. Rivals the Sea Bass at Sushi Den! 
  • Infused Pomegranate & Serrano Margartia – Pomegranate & Serano-Infused Blanco, Cointreau, Agave Nectar and Fresh Lime
  • Jalapeño Margarita – Tequila Reposado, Cointreau, Agave Nectar, Fresh Lime and Fresh Jalapeño. You can’t talk about Cabo without a couple of margaritas! 

A few other favorites on their main dinner:

  • Tempura Asparagus Tacos – Won Bok Slaw, Thai Chile, Lemon Sake Aioli Avocado-Tomatillo Pico De Gallo – Flour Tortillas. With my Husband being a vegetarian, this dish is something that we will be coming back for again and again. 
  • Charred Tuna Wonton Tacos – Sushi Rice, Mango Salsa, Guacamole, Pasilla

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Top 10 Reasons to visit Santa Fe

I recently traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a much needed three day getaway. It was relaxing, inspiring, and refreshing. The Four Seasons Santa Fe provided the perfect destination for a romantic getaway with my husband. It has all the elements you would want: luxury, privacy, superior service, fine cuisine, and a 10,000 square foot spa……… really what more could you ask for?!

Here are my top 10 reasons why you should go to The Four Seasons Santa Fe for your next getaway:

1. Different. There is no denying that there is a lot of exploring to do right here in our backyard. From Vail to Telluride, most Coloradans move here for the easy access to the mountains. But after living here for 17 years, it was time to try something different. From the desert landscape to the adobe architecture, Santa Fe feels like you are in another country with authentic culture and history. Santa Fe has been recognized as one of the top 10 cities in the world by Condé Nast.

2. Drive. Coloradans seem to immediately dismiss a getaway to Santa Fe due to “how far it is”. It really isn’t that far! The 5 1/2 hour drive from Denver seemed easy compared to being in a traffic jam on I -70 for hours. I spilt up the drive with a stop in Taos and The Great Sand Dunes National Park. Just think about it, Santa Fe is closer than Telluride.

3. Privacy & Tranquility. The Four Seasons Santa Fe is set on 57 unspoiled acres tucked into the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It is quiet and secluded while only being 10 minutes from downtown Santa Fe. The Four Seasons conveniently provides a complimentary shuttle in style to downtown in a brand new Mercedes-Benz.

The Four Seasons Santa Fe has 65 casitas. All are spacious and comfortable with a chic contemporary interpretation of the traditional Santa Fe design.

4. Relax. With an outdoor pool oasis with whirlpool and fireplace, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a one of the top 101 spas in the world (according to Tatler Magazine), The Four Season Santa Fe is a destination for relaxation.

Santa Fe has long been considered an energy center, attracting healers to what has become an alternative healing community and spiritual hub. Drawing from this energy, The Spa features an innovative selection of spa and wellness services that honor healing traditions indigenous to the region, while paying tribute to Santa Fe’s contemporary appreciation of health and wellbeing. The 10,000 sq-ft spa incorporates the outdoors with pools, fountains, courtyards and outdoor garden soaking tubs and showers.

5. Scenery, Sunsets, & Stars. The Four Seasons has vast views of the peaks of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the unique rock formations native to Northern New Mexico, as well as pristine nature stretching to the horizon in all directions. Grab a seat by the fire pit with a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the mountains. When walking a back to your casitas in the evening, be sure to take a look up at the stars……. seriously soooooo many stars!!!

6. Food. I personally had huevos rancheros for breakfast three days in a row and it never got old. With over 200 restaurants featuring foods ranging from the region’s savory cuisine to modern southwestern fare to internationally inspired meals, Santa Fe had become a destination for foodies.

In 2012, Santa Fe was selected as Best Food Town in a national Best of the Road competition, winning high praise for its indigenous fare, craft distillers and sophisticated fine dining. Santa Fe’s microbreweries have continued to multiply and the city was listed as One of America’s Best Beer Cities in 2013.The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, santafefarmersmarket.com, is a year ‘round source of fresh produce, proteins, herbs, artisanal cheeses and food products that fuel the city’s robust Farm to Table and Farm to Restaurant movements. The farmers market has been recognized as one of the top markets in the country and Santa Fe restaurants take great care and pride is using the freshest of ingredients that come from the market’s hundreds of venders.

Terra, the restaurant at The Four Seasons, is one of Santa Fe’s most sought out fine dinning experiences. I personally had the crab cakes and the lamb chops and it was one of the best meals I have ever experienced. Executive Chef Andrew Cooper offers an inventive interpretation of classic Southwestern dishes and regional influences from organic, locally sourced ingredients.

7. Culture. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe is the second oldest city in the United States and is both the highest and oldest capital city in America. The Atlantic named Santa Fe the Most Artistic City in the United States. Travel + Leisure Magazine named Santa Fe the #1 Cultural Destination. From the art galleries to the museums including to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum to the Santa Fe Opera, there is no shortage of the arts and culture. You will leave Santa Fe feeling inspired and possibly with a few pieces of jewelry and art.

8. Outdoor Playground.  Hiking, biking, white water rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, golfing, skiing….. Santa Fe is an adventurer’s paradise. Four Seasons features exclusive immersion programs with AdventurePartners, offering on-site booking for guests to experience a variety of northern New Mexico adventures.

9. Sunshine. 300 days of sunshine……need I say more?!

10. Fireplace Butler.  There is a wood burning kiva-style fireplace inside your castia and on your own outdoor terrace AND with one phone call the fireplace butler whisks in a builds the fire for you. Yup! That is Four Seasons Service for you! There is nothing more romantic than sitting in your white robes with a glass of wine by the fire.

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Spotted: Fringe

Whether it a swinging dress or a cool clutch, fringe adds a little bohemian romantic flair to your outfit….. perfect for fall.

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cross bodySTELLA McCARTNEY lace fringe dress, $870 / Tim Ryan going out dress, $1,430 / Topshop fringe tee / Evening top, $32 / H M long black skirt, $29 / Valentino black fringe booties / Minnetonka brown shoes / Marni leather crossbody purse / Forever 21 cell phone shoulder bag / Cross body

Nov 15th: J. Hilburn Pop-up Shop at Willlow

Guys and gals, you do not want to miss Willow’s upcoming pop-up shop on November 15th from 11 AM – 5 PM with menswear line J. Hilburn. This in-store event will be hosted by personal stylist Natalie Guggenheim, who will be available all day for individual style consultations.

Founded in 2006, J. Hilburn is the fastest growing luxury menswear label in the world; revolutionizing the industry by continually designing and producing high quality, well-priced, professional and casual clothing. J. Hilburn’s fabrication, craftsmanship and exceptional fit earned the line Esquire Magazine’s coveted Best Shirt award.

This would be a fantastic opportunity for you to update your wardrobe and get a jump start on holiday shopping! Added Bonus: Willow’s in-house stylists will be on-hand to help build holiday wish lists too, which they will share with loved ones just in time for the holidays.

At Willow {LISTmember}: 2595 Canyon Boulevard, Suite 105, Boulder, CO 80302

Opened in the autumn of 2013, Willow is a destination for style rooted in modern sophistication. Featuring both emerging designers and established luxury brands, fine jewelry, leather goods and shoes.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you will see at the J. Hilburn Pop-Up Shop.

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Inspyre Expands to the Burbs

Last month boutique shopping in the burbs just got a little bit better. Thanks to our LISTmember Inspyre Boutique. October 18th marked the Grand Opening of Denver-based Inspyre Boutique’s third location. The new 2,000 sq. ft. boutique, located at 8441 S. Yosemite St., Suite 1 in Lone Tree, joins Inspyre’s two existing Denver boutiques, in the Lower Highland (LoHi) and Cherry Creek neighborhoods. The Lone Tree boutique is open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Inspyre Boutiques feature a consistently changing array of women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes and gifts from local, national and international designers, including BB Dakota, Voluspa Candles and Denver-based Hippo Kiss Creations. Dedicated to providing Denverites with a selection unavailable elsewhere, the Inspyre buyers travel nationwide to handpick merchandise each month. Despite the time and care that goes into curating each store’s selection, every item found at Inspyre is under $100. Each location is designed with a mix of feminine décor, such as crystal chandeliers, and local and eco-friendly materials, including reclaimed beetle-kill lumber.

Denver native Britni Jensen founded Inspyre Boutique in 2011. After completing high school in just two years, Jensen began attending college at age 16. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology, and later received an MBA in Strategic Management and International Business from Regis University. While in college, after stumbling upon a national clothing retailer that was lacking women’s merchandise, she carved out her own successful position as a women’s clothing buyer. Following graduation, Jensen utilized her formal education, working in environmental compliance for a large construction company for nearly four years, before realizing her true passion continued to lie in the fashion industry. In 2011, she opened the first Inspyre Boutique.

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Ten Thing to do in Aspen by Klaus Obermeyer

GetLocal-KlausKlaus Obermeyer founded Sport Obermeyer in 1947. His enthusiasm is contagious, his energy seemingly endless and his optimism without bounds. Klaus leads by example skiing most days of the season, “The days you don’t ski, they don’t come back”. He also continues to work at the office every day, play tennis in the summer and swim a half mile a day. The company continues to thrive in Aspen today.

See what Klaus’s favorite things to do in Summer and Winter are!

Klaus’s 5 favorite things to do in the summer:

1. Klaus enjoys playing tennis in the Summer and plays daily at the Smuggler Raquet Club.  With a variety of courts the Smuggler Raquet Club has a tremendous view of Aspen Mountain and is slightly off the beaten path from town near Hunter Creek. For information call (970) 925-8216

2. Klaus is an avid swimmer,  swimming laps at the Aspen Meadow’s pool is a daily routine for Klaus during the Summer.

3. When not Windsurfing in Maui, Klaus will head  up to Ruedi Reservoir in Basalt, CO.  About 30 minutes up the frying pan river,  Ruedi Reservoir is a great spot for boating, fishing, and windsurfing. Learn more.

4. Biking on the Rio Grande which runs all the way from Aspen to Glenwood.  If your heading down valley from Aspen be sure to make a stop at the Woody Creek Tavern, a locals favorite.

5. Hiking around Ashcroft has a lot of beautiful trails,  favorites include American and Cathedral lake.  Bring your fishing pole if you head up there, some of the most beautiful native Cutthroat Trout live in these lakes.

Klaus’s 5 favorite things to do in the winter:

1. Skiing at Aspen Mountain and Tiehack at Buttermilk are my favorites. Aspen is the best on a powder day and Buttermilk will still be good 5 days after the storm for the leftover stashes. Learn more

2. Klaus is an avid swimmer, swimming laps at the Aspen Meadow’s pool is a daily routine for Klaus during the Winter.

3. To stay fit, Klaus cross trains at the Aspen Recreation Center aka the ARC.

4. Klaus skis whenever he gets the chance.

5.MORE SKIING!!!

thank you to aspen chamber for providing these local tips. 

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