Spotted: Suede

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Proenza Schouler short sleeve t shirt dress / Marios Schwab brown suede dress / Victoria Victoria Beckham red suede dress, $1,775 / Isabel Marant loose top, $480 / Miu Miu suede coat, $4,185 / Burberry slim fit jacket / Dsquared2 blue waist belt, $3,080 / Loewe gold pants / Yves Saint Laurent suede skirt, $1,795 / Burberry beige suede booties, $1,035 / Heels & pumps, $585 / Proenza Schouler logo bag / Balenciaga suede handbag / LANVIN Suede Jacket, $3,545

Getaway: Girls Trip to Telluride

Having lived in Colorado for  almost 17 years now, Telluride is at the top of my list of favorite mountain towns . It is completely worth the 6 1/2 hour drive from Denver to this magically place.

Telluride is tucked into a box canyon, surrounded on all three sides by 14,000-foot peaks making this mountain town one of the prettiest in Colorado. The town of Telluride is just eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long. The core area of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964. This listing is the highest level of historic status available from the United States Secretary of the Interior. With its colorful Victorian-era homes, clapboard storefronts, boutiques, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, historic buildings, Telluride was a joy to explore. I have fallen head-over-heels in love with Telluride’s small-town mountain lifestyle.

You get 2-for-1 deal in Telluride. There are TWO towns in Telluride. The historic “downtown” and the Mountain Village.

Mountain Village is perched above the valley floor at 9,500 feet, providing access to the Telluride Ski Resort and Uncompahgre National Forest. The Town of Mountain Village was founded in 1987 and includes approximately 2,100 acres of rolling aspen and spruce-covered mountainside. This is more of the “resort” where all the luxury hotels call home in Telluride. This European-style village tempts guests with the best of everything in the Telluride region.

I stayed at The Inn at Lost Creek in Mountain Village. It’s perfect location next to the Gondola made for super easy access to the slopes especially considering the ski valet would have my skis waiting slope side every morning. The hotel room was a big one bedroom apartment complete with a full sized kitchen, fireplace, balcony and a steam shower. I highly recommend The Inn at Lost Creek for your next trip to Telluride.

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One of the best things about this “2-in-1 town” is that the two towns are connected by a free, scenic gondola—the only transportation system of its kind in North America. The 13-minute ride is a daily event for residents and visitors alike. Exploring both Telluride and Mountain Village is easy with the convenience of the gondola. The views on the gondola are remarkable. I even saw elk roaming around under the gondola a few times.

Telluride is known for its quirky charm. Here’s a sampling of what makes this place so interesting:

  • At 9,078 feet above sea level, the Telluride Regional Airport is the highest commercial airport in North America.
  • At the east end of Telluride, Bridal Veil Falls is Colorado’s tallest free-falling waterfall at 365 feet.
  • Ski Magazine rates Telluride Ski Resort in the Top 10 ski resorts in North America.
  • Telluride Helitrax is Colorado’s only helicopter ski company and has been in operation since 1982.
  • Telluride was the first city in the world to have electric streetlights. Once called the “City of Lights,” the world’s first alternating current (AC) power plant was built here.
  • Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in Telluride on June 24, 1889, walking away with over  $24,000.
  • The Galloping Goose’s oldest bus, #101, runs on non-toxic, biodegradable, vegetable oil-based biodiesel fuel.
  • There are no chain restaurants or shops in Telluride.
  • The nearest stoplight is 45 miles away.

Our itinerary for this girls trip included skiing, spaing, shopping and dinning. PERFECT!

Skiing: Telluride Resort offers over 2,000 acres of beginner, intermediate and advanced skiing terrain with a vertical drop of 4,000 feet./

Spaing: Nurture body, mind, and spirit upon entering The Peaks Resort’s rejuvenating mountain wellness spa, the largest spa in Colorado. Focused on the promotion of holistic, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle through self-care and rejuvenating services. The Spa at The Peaks Resort uses eco-friendly practices to sustain the natural beauty of Telluride, Colorado.

Shopping: Since there are no chain shops in Telluride, shopping is great for one-of-a-kind finds. The historic downtown offers an array of boutiques from outdoor gear to cowboy boots to women’s clothing. I fell in love with the assortment of jewelry at The Telluride Gallery (pictured below). The Mountain Village is home to a few of my favorite boutiques in Telluride: The Swanky Buckle, Heritage, and a beauty boutique AlpenGlow

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Dinning:  Alpino Vino is one of the best dinning experiences I have ever had. It is a MUST if you are in Telluride in the Winter (they are only opened in the Winter). It is a quaint European hütte at the highest elevation fine-dining restaurant in North America at 11,966 feet. Before getting on the snow-coach which takes you to Alpino Vino, I would suggest a pre-dinner cocktail at Alreds, Telluride’s flagship restaurant at the top of the gondola.

As we inched our way up the mountain in the snow-coach, the views kept getting better and better. Then we arrived at the cutest little cabin. There we enjoyed a five-course Italian themed menu with an optional wine pairing.

With hand-hewn beams and furniture crafted from reclaimed wine barrels, Alpino Vino provides a high alpine ambience and is reminiscent of restaurants found throughout the Dolomites of Northern Italy. Inside, a warm and inviting atmosphere, complete with a wood burning fireplace, stone floors and exposed wood beams, provides a perfect retreat from the slopes. Originally a private retreat built on a historic mining claim, Alpino Vino is a cornerstone of Telluride’s award-winning restaurants.

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telluride_1305.jpgPhotography: Rachel Gomez {contributing photographer} | Photo Shoot Coordinator: Décor Design + Production Group {LISTmember}

Wardrobe provided Obermeyer {ski clothes} | Neve Designs {ski clothes and jackets} | Gorski {cape and fur trimmed Apres Ski Coats} | The Swanky Buckle and Heritage {casual clothing, sunglasses, hats, and jewelry}

Make up by Alline Arguelles at AlpenGlow Beauty | Hair by The Peaks Resort’s

Thank you to Telluride Resort and The Inn at Lost Creek {accommodations}

Top 10: Wardrobe Essentials

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How many times have you been standing in your closet feeling like there is absolutely nothing to wear? We have all been there and it’s an awful feeling. Through years of shopping escapades I have learned the important lesson of creating a wardrobe with a set of essential staples that can make most outfits. When you have the tools within your closet that you know are constant go-to’s, the battle is already half over. The question is, what are those essential items worth their weight in gold? To make your day to day dressing that much easier, here are the Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials by Fashion Stylist Liz Finkelstein of Mile High Style. She is the master of curating your closet to custom fit your style and lifestyle, check out her advise on what to invest in now!

 

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1. Great Jeans- depending on which style fits you best, high quality jeans are my #1 wardrobe staple.

 

2. Clutch Bag- nighttime style requires the proper bag.

 

3. Nude Patent Heel- they go with any outfit, from jeans to a day dress, and work in every season.

 

4. Cute Sneakers- so often overlooked in the search for the perfect heel.

 

5. Navy Blazer- adds structure to a blousey top or dress, refinement to jeans and a tshirt, and is the ideal 3rd piece for any outfit.

 

6. Statement Jewelry- whether it’s a Woods necklace or a Carla Morrison cocktail ring, splurge on one or two statement-making pieces rather than 20 forgettable ones.

 

7. White T-shirt- if you’ve ever had something you didn’t know how to wear, one answer is always ‘with a white tshirt’.

 

8. Fabulous Coat- please don’t ruin an incredible outfit with Patagonia. Invest in the proper outerwear.

 

9. Chan Luu Scarf- this is the Rolls Royce of scarves. Lightweight, incredible body and available in every color under the sun.

 

10. Cocktail Dress- it doesn’t have to be little and it doesn’t have to be black, but every woman needs at least one cocktail dress.

 

Image Credit to LISTmember Chowen Photography via LISTmember Mile High Style

DIY: Feather Earrings

To make these gorgeous feather earrings, begin by cutting the feathers to your desired length. Paint them gently, moving your brush away from the spine of the feather. While the feathers are drying, place a bead onto the end of your wire and twist it around to secure it. Add a few more beads and thread the feather through. Top it off with a crimp bead, secure the earrings with your pliers. Attach the wire to the earring hooks.

Thanks to The Embellished Nest for the gorgeous DIY!

Top 10: Fashion Rules to Break

Gosh, I love breaking rules. There are too many to begin with! Plus, there’s something exciting and dangerous that comes from knowing you are intentionally saying “hell no” to a rule, especially when that involves fashion. I began making a list of fashion rules that need to be broken and realized just how many there are out there. It’s ridiculous! You want one hard, fast rule of fashion?! Be confident. Oh, and don’t wear white to a wedding.

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1. Mixing Brown & Black: I love this look. Why these two have been separated for so long is unknown to me. Many shades of brown can accent a black item and give it a fresh new look that you wouldn’t have anticipated.

2. Pink & Red: Another friendly combo that seemed almost too close to combo. The two actually look great together often creating a color block look.

3. Pattern Mixing: This rule has been breaking all season in a big way. So much so that t is actually a trend it’s self. I love mixing patterns. The key is to make sure they look good together. Sounds simple, but really if your just tossing random prints together, you may look like the reason for this rule. But if you key in to patterns that compliment each other, you pull of a unique, covetable outfit!

4. Overalls: Overalls are back in a very wearable way. I am a huge fan of a funky overall look and think it can be worn in many versatile ways. Want to go camping? Grab a henley and overalls. Thinking of going bold on your next girls night out? Add heels, a silk blouse and a blazer!

5. Matching Shoes & Belt: Accessories need to sync up to some degree, but that does not mean that the old adage of your shoes & belt matching is the only way to do that. Get creative.

6. Denim on Denim: I think Madewell has taught us all that denim combos can create an uber chic, parisian look. I love pairing a super light distressed skinny with a darker chambray button up and statement necklace. Easy and stylish.

7. Sequins in the Day: In all honesty, beautifully done sequins are an absolute favorite of mine. What better way to add a bit of glam to the day job!

8. Mini’s in Maxi’s: Being about 5ft flat, I break this rule constantly. A well worn maxi gives the magical illusion of height! As with any outfit, just make sure the fit is right for you and you are in the clear.

9. White after Labor Day: How can you say that an all white snow bunny ares-ski outfit trimmed with fur isn’t in style poor to labor day? Exactly.

10. Cropped: There’s an old saying; if you’ve got it- flaunt it. I don’t think you need to go overboard on that, but subtle ways are available that accentuate your favorite features in a playful & sexy way. How cute is this cropped outfit?!

{Image Credit to others who have also pondered this “fashion rule” conundrum:  Style Print, Buzz Feed, Style Caster}

Beautiful Breck

Breckenridge is one of many mountains towns in Colorado that I just adore. I remember taking family ski vacations there when I was a teenager. I loved it then and I still love it today.

Breckenridge, known as “Breck” by the locals, offers a vast array of unique winter activities. The Breckenridge Ski Resort continues to be one of the most popular winter destinations for visitors from all over the United States and the world. More than 2,300 acres and 152 trails are covered annually with 300 inches of white gold. In addition to the downhill skiing and snowboarding on four mountain peaks, Breckenridge boasts miles of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails. No matter the season, a trip to this Victorian mountain town delivers a memorable experience.

Fun Fact: Breckenridge was the film location of the 1989 comedy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and some scenes in Dumb and Dumber {shots of Aspen in the movie are actually Breckenridge}.

Where to eat: One of my favorite restaurants in Breck is South Ridge Seafood Grill. My husband and I always eat there when we are in town. It is cozy and always delicious. Also, it is a block off Main Street so you get away from the tourists a little bit. I definitely recommend a reservation. While strolling the many boutiques, grab a warm cookie and latte at Clint’s {131 S Main St}. For apres ski, Modis has a great happy hour starting at 3. Try out their truffle fries. Modis is also a great stop for dinner. Check it out in the summers for their roof top patio.

I traded in my skis for my hiking boots this past weekend. I hiked the Barney Ford Trail that starts in Carter Park. The best thing is that the trail head is right in town. It is four blocks from Main Street {go east on Lincoln Street for 4 blocks, then turn right on High Street and follow it 3 for blocks}. The hardest part is the first grunt is a steep uphill for about 10 minutes. The rest of the hike through coniferous forest is fairly gentle. The Barney Ford Trail was built along old mining trails. I spent about 2 hours exploring the forest with my two dogs. I didn’t do the entire hike which I believe would have been more like 3 hours. For a winter hike that is in town, I would recommend it. If you want more of a scenic and challenging hike, I would recommend the Spruce Creek Trail to Mohawk Lake which is 2 1/2 miles outside of Breck off of Highway 9.

Photos from my hike on Barney Ford Trail.

 

Spotted: Marsala, Color of the Year

Marsala was a hit on the Spring 2015 runways with fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2015; Daniel Silverstain, Hervé Léger by Max Azria and Dennis Basso incorporated the hue into their collections. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement color when the color is used on its own or as a compelling accent when paired with many other colors.

With the ever-growing popularity of floral prints and striping,variations of this hue will undoubtedly carry into men’s and women’s clothing throughout next year. Marsala is also a popular choice for jewelry and fashion accessories, including handbags, hats, footwear and the burgeoning market of wearable technology.

This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.

Read more about The Color of 2015 in our previous post.

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Topshop midi dress, $42 / Isa Arfen red shirt, $410 / Chicwish flat top / Wool poncho coat / Hunter boots / Steve Madden short boots / Jessica Simpson short boots / Libero Ferrero leather purse / Red purse / 18k gold earrings / Charlotte Russe stretch bracelet / Burberry sunglasses / Shiraleah wool hat, $71 / Tory Burch tech accessory

Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

img_pantone_color_of_the_year_2015_press_releasePantone, an X-Rite company and the global color authority, today announced PANTONE® 18-1438 Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015.

“While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Marsala for Fashion

Marsala was a hit on the Spring 2015 runways with fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2015; Daniel Silverstain, Hervé Léger by Max Azria and Dennis Basso incorporated the hue into their collections. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement color when the color is used on its own or as a compelling accent when paired with many other colors.

With the ever-growing popularity of floral prints and striping, variations of this hue will undoubtedly carry into men’s and women’s clothing throughout next year. Marsala is also a popular choice for jewelry and fashion accessories, including handbags, hats, footwear and the burgeoning market of wearable technology.

This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.

Marsala for Beauty

An incredibly versatile color for beauty, Marsala is an appealing and sophisticated shade that’s flattering against many skin tones.

Marsala pairs exquisitely with monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks, and sparkles against antiqued gold metallics, offering an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Marsala illuminates a range of smoky-neutral color combinations, making it a captivating eye shadow color that can be worn from morning until night. Add an overlay of bronze for a dramatic look that suits any eye color, or use Marsala as a go-to finishing touch on nails.
Marsala for Interiors

Complex and full-bodied without overpowering, Marsala provides a unifying element for interior spaces. Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.

Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home. The hue will be especially prominent in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding and throws.

Marsala for Graphic Design

A rich contrasting color, Marsala is ideal for use in graphic design and packaging. Eye-catching, but not overwhelming or bright, consumers are immediately drawn to the hue, making it an alluring shade at point-of-purchase. As packaging becomes increasingly more artistic, Marsala will be a natural fit for both high- and low-tech materials, including on-shelf periodicals as well as printed assets, like calendars and stationery.

Cross-Referencing to Other PANTONE Libraries

PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala can also be cross-referenced to all other PANTONE Libraries, including PANTONE PLUS for graphic design. For cross-referencing information, see www.pantone.com/ColoroftheYear.

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About the PANTONE Color of the Year

The Color of the Year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the fashion and entertainment industries – including films that are in production, the world of art, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, the availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

For 15 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:

  • PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

About Pantone and the Pantone Color Institute Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Pantone products have encouraged colorful exploration and expressions of creativity from inspiration to implementation for more than 50 years. Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone continues to chart future color direction and study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions. Pantone furthers its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and to help them utilize color more effectively. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the Pantone Blog.

About X-Rite

X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone, develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com.

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