10 Things to do on The Fourth of July

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1. ZAC BROWN BAND JEKYLL + HYDE 2015 TOUR

WHEN: July 3, 2015
WHERE: Coors Field

Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music’s most heralded acts and will be in The Mile High City this summer. The Zac Brown Band will continue their national JEKYLL + HYDE tour with a July 3rd concert at Coors Field.

2. CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 3-5, 2015
WHERE: Cherry Creek North, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the seven streets between Columbine and Steele Sts.

COST: Free
This free, outdoor extravaganza — the city’s signature cultural celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts – gives more than 350,0000 annual visitors the chance to meet and talk with international visual artists, enjoy a wide range of family friendly fun and  sample fine cuisine. At the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, experience Artivity Avenue, a full block of interactive activities perfect for youngsters. Visit the Cultural Pavilion, where music, dance and theater from around the globe will be presented. Culinary Avenue features tasty treats and live cooking demonstrations from some of Denver’s most popular eateries.

3. CONCERTS AT RED ROCKS

WHEN: July 3 & 6, 2015
WHERE: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison

COST: Varies
Celebrate Independence Day Weekend at Red Rocks! July 3 sees the improvisatory genius ofUmphrey’s McGee arrive at this one-of-a-kind venue. Blues Traveler, along with Guster andHanson, will return to Red Rocks on July 4 for their 21st year at the historic venue. On July 5, things get loud with the the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which features Slayer as headliner, plus five more heavy metal bands. July 6 brings rockers Steely Dan with special guest Elvis Costello & The Imposters.

4. FIREWORKS AT ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

WHEN: July 4, 2015
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, 2000 Elitch Cir.
ONLINE COST: Tickets start at $34.99

Spend the day riding the roller coasters and the water slides at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Denver’s downtown amusement park, and then watch a brilliant fireworks display light up the night sky, starting at dusk.

5. LIBERTY RUN 4 MILE RUN AND FIRECRACKER KIDS FUN RUN

WHEN: July 4, 2015
WHERE: Washington Park
, bordered by Virginia Ave. on the north, Downing St. on the west, Louisiana Ave. on the south, and Franklin St. on the east
COST: Adult registration is $35, kids are free
Work off all the BBQ and cake by running in the Liberty 4-Mile Run. Wear your red, white and blue proud and enjoy the celebration. Prizes will be given to kids and adults with the best patriotic flair. After the run enjoy food and beverages.

6. PARK HILL 4TH OF JULY PARADE

WHEN: July 4, 2015, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Park Hill, on 23rd Ave. from Dexter St. to Krameria St.

COST: Free
The Park Hill 4th of July Parade is back! This community-friendly event will again be marching along 23rd Avenue on Independence Day. This year’s parade promises to be bigger than ever before, with marching bands, acrobats and festive floats.

7. CITY PARK JAZZ

WHEN: July 5, 2015, 6 p.m.
WHERE: City Park Bandstand, 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
COST: FREE

There’s no better way to end the long weekend than with a free concert in City Park. City Park Jazz takes place every Sunday evening in June and July.

8. THE RAPIDS – AND FIREWORKS!

WHEN: July 4, 2015
WHERE: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City

COST: Tickets start at $31
Denver’s hometown heroes the Colorado Rapids are taking on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 4 — stick around for the fireworks display after the game!

9. THE OUTLAWS – AND FIREWORKS!

WHEN: July 4, 2015
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St.

COST: Tickets start at $26
Denver’s professional lacrosse team the Denver Outlaws are battling it out with the Boston Cannons. After the game, enjoy fireworks within the bowl at Sports Authority Field at Mile High — pyrotechnics paired with visuals on a 220-foot wide, hi-definition screen. You’ll never forget this kind of fireworks show!

10. INDEPENDENCE EVE PRESENTED BY ANADARKO

WHEN: July 3, 2015, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax
COST: Free

The annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park will feature a free patriotic concert, an innovative light show on the Denver City and County Building and a stunning fireworks finale. Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs are encouraged. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnics; concessions will also be present on-site. Civic Center is easily accessible by light rail, bus, bicycle or the 16th Street Free MallRide and use of public transportation is encouraged. Information on nearby Denver B-cycle bike-sharing locations is available. Parking is available at nearby surface lots and parking garages as well.

Info and image courtesy of visitdenver.com

Aug 6th: Sail Away…. The Nautical Party

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Rooftop Pool AND Champagne! Yes, please.

I am co-hosting The Nautical Party at The Four Seasons Denver AND you are all invited!

Presented by Moet Chandon Imperial Ice

Nautical-Themed Poolside Cocktail Party  
Thursday, August 6
6-10 p.m.
Pool Terrace, Four Seasons Hotel Denver

Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best “Yacht Club” attire.

Dress code enforced. This event is 21 and over only. RSVP on our facebook event page.

Hope to see you there!

PJ Pillow Fight

Here’s the story from Janie (creative director/stylist and Mom:

How is our baby girl almost done with kindergarten? I was looking back through pictures the other day and came across these pictures my husband Marcus Edwards and I did a year and a half ago! Where does the time go? This day was so much fun. When Marcus and I get to work together, we like to create experiences and capture the moments in action. There is so much beauty in authenticity. Yeah, we may jazz things up through styling and direction but you can’t fake the life happening around it. This right here is our life. A little chaos, a little fun, a little seriousness, a little sadness, a little anger, a little laughter, and a lot of love.I think we’re still finding feathers. Totally worth it.

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Photographer:  Marcus Edwards Photography | Hair Stylist: Janie Rocek

Meet Coach’s New Cover Model

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Coach, Inc., a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections, goes to the dogs as it reveals its newest advertising campaign. Titled “COACH PUPS,” the new campaign features canine stars in a series of portraits photographed by Steven Meisel. It launches this month with Miss Asia Kinney, the adorable four-legged companion of Lady Gaga.

The campaign celebrates the dogs in our lives and captures the pups’ unique personalities as they “model” Coach’s Fall 2015 star bags. Additional PUPS staring in the campaign will be revealed shortly. Miss Asia Kinney, Lady Gaga’s now famous French Bulldog has amassed a substantial social media following in only a few short weeks. The Coach bags she elegantly models in the campaign are the Edie and the Rucksack.

Art directed by Fabien Baron and styled by Karl Templer, COACH PUPS will appear in print, online and on outdoor media globally starting in July.

Lady Gaga commented: “I am so proud of Miss Asia! She’s a natural in front of the camera, and we’re both so excited that the iconic Steven Meisel shot her for Coach’s pup campaign! I really love getting to watch my best friend be a star.”

 

Stuart Vevers, Creative Director at Coach comments, “’I’ve never had so much fun on a shoot. The combination of Mr. Meisel and the pups was an extraordinary, surreal, special moment. We wanted to create playful images that make you smile. We were inspired by some images from the Coach archive, which featured Eddie—the dog that starred in the TV series Frasier—to create something joyful, with humor and character. That’s a spirit that’s uniquely at the heart of Coach.”

This new initiative will also introduce the social campaign #coachpups, including a range of online activities for fellow dog fanciers, opportunities for Instameets, special talks and other events hosted by the great and the good of the canine world. This will also mark the debut of the Coach Snapchat account.

Coach has made a donation to Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (frenchieporvous.org) on behalf of Miss Asia Kinney and her devoted owner.

10 ways to get inspired by music and art in the Mile High

Craftsmanship and curation combine for an unparalleled season of offerings in Denver this summer, rich with top athletes and musicians, history’s best artists and most notable work, and an incredible variety of craft beer and on-trend restaurants.

“The Mile High City is an active, adventurous place, so it’s no wonder it attracts travelers intentionally seeking the outdoor and cultural offerings we provide on a daily basis,” said Richard Scharf, president and CEO, VISIT DENVER. “Denver really is a four-season destination, but if I had to pick a favorite time of year, looking at how much is happening in our great city over the next few months, right now I would say summer. Ask me again this fall when there’s a new season of sports, beer brewers promoting their craft, and artists are showcasing their creations.”

Here are ten ways to get inspired by art and music this summer in the mile high. 

1. Denver Botanic Gardens  Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses  May 23 – Oct. 18, 2015
Throughout 2015, the Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates the Great Plains and similar steppe ecosystems around the world. Deborah Butterfield captures the essence of the horse with her contemporary sculpture – characters of strength, spirit and grace. Explore the American artist’s use of minimalistic line and powerful form amid the Gardens’ outdoor environment. The Nature of Horses provides a dynamic and organic complement to the varying landscapes and sparks the imagination of the attendees.

2. Pepsi Center Grand Chapiteau KURIOSTM – Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil®   June 11 – July 26, 2015
The show immerses guests into a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients the senses and challenges perceptions. Guests are invited to step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that’s as beautiful as it is mysterious. KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is an ingenious blend of unusual curiosity acts and stunning acrobatic prowess from Cirque du Soleil.

3. History Colorado Center Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s   June 13 – October 4, 2015
Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. The names capture the craziness, the joy, the sheer fun of being a kid. Beneath those nutty names are rich veins of nostalgia, memory and history. Travelers can experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.

4. Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids    Now – Sept. 9, 2015

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Dragons, Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, unicorns, and mermaids. For centuries these legendary creatures have captured imaginations and inspired stories, music, art, and many theories about their origins and existence. They are all around – hiding beneath the waves, running silently through the trees and soaring above the clouds. At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Mythic Creatures, the world’s most enduring myths from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and beyond come to life. The captivating exhibition features eye-popping, “life-size” models, paintings, preserved specimens, and fossils that spotlight the fascinating relationship between the realms of real and imaginary creatures.

5. Denver Art Museum: Joan Miro: Instinct & Imagination   Now – June 28, 2015
Joan Miro: Instinct & Imagination at the Denver Art Museum focuses on artworks the Spanish artist created during the last two decades of his career, from 1963-1981. Joan Miro’s imagination and creativity extended well into his old age. Later in life, he continued the inventive forms for which he is known and began exploring new materials, including side-02bronze. This exhibition features bronze sculptures-including Woman and Bird, which have rarely been seen outside Europe.

6. The Downtown Aquarium puts on daily swims with its sharks and MERMAIDS.

7. Music Fills the Air.  Coming up on its 75th anniversary in 2016, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre annually churns out a lineup of sell-out-worthy performances, securing every genre from blues and country to rock and electronica, and 2015 is no different with more than 100 concerts. Yoga, fitness and film events fill nearly every day in between live performances, so visitors have a daily reason to visit the 70-million-year-old monoliths that flank the amphitheatre stage.

8. The Westword Music Showcase, June 20, 2015, welcomes Flume, The Black Angels, MisterWives, Robert DeLong, Wave Racer, Roadkill Ghost Choir plus more than 100 local bands and artists still to be announced. The showcase is a celebration of Colorado’s vibrant music scene, home to internationally renowned experimental bands, pioneering folk artists, Grammy winners and more.

9. Ushering in the July Fourth weekend, three-time Grammy winner and multi-Platinum artist, the Zac Brown Band, will play the first-ever Coors Field concert. The country music group brings its “Jekyll + Hyde” tour to Denver on Friday, July 3, 2015, for one show only.

10. July 23-26, 2015, plays host to the Underground Music Showcase (UMS), Denver’s premier indie music festival, now in its 15th year. The UMS is known not only for its focus on local talent and the local community, but also for the diversity and high-energy performances. This year’s incarnation showcases more than 400 local and national act performances, across four days, in nearly 20 venues.

To learn more about Denver’s robust summer offerings, go to VISITDENVER.com.

How to Create a Woven Updo in 3 Minutes Flat

unnamed-3“Sometimes you have but a few minutes to spare, and an event calls for an updo with a bit of class and sophistication. That’s when you whip out this bad boy: the three minute woven updo,” explains explains Wendy Rose Gould beauty expert for hair tutorial and advice site Latest-Hairstyles.com.

“As the name implies, this hairstyle takes all of 3 minutes to recreate. Not to mention, the finished look makes it seem as if you spent hours slaving away in front of your mirror. We’ll leave it up to you on whether or not you want to reveal just how simple it was to do when the oohs and ahhs start rolling in. For this look, all you need are some bobby pins and a bit of hairspray. You can also apply a nourishing serum to your hair before starting in order to create glossier locks. Oh, and for your convenience, we’ve included a text tutorial, video tutorial and a photo tutorial. Whew!”

THE THREE MINUTE WOVEN UPDO 

Step 1: Gather Front Section of Hair

Take a small section of hair from the front of your head. Gently twist and then push section up a little bit to create some lift at the top of your head. Secure with two criss-crossed bobby pins.

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Step 2: Twist a Small Section

Take the section of hair that begins just above the ear and ends where your front section stopped. Gently twist it and drape across the back of your head, then secure.

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Step 3: Repeat On The Other Side

Do the same thing again on the opposite side of your head. To conceal your bobby pins, drape this second twisted section over the last bobby pin. When securing this section, make sure the bobby pin you use is tucked under the other twisted section of hair.

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Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3

Follow steps two and three again, this time using sections of hair from behind the ear. Secure with bobby pins.

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Step 5: Create a Bun

Gather the leftover section of hair. Start twisting it and then wrap it into itself to create a simple twisted bun. Secure with bobby pins. If you have layered hair like me, you may have pieces sticking out. Tuck them in and then spray lightly with hairspray. You can also apply a light coat of hairspray over the entire look to keep everything in place.

 

Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Ray-Ban Wayfarer RB2140 sunglasses are simply the most recognizable style in the history of sunglasses. The Wayfarer distinct shape is paired with the traditional Ray-Ban signature logo on the sculpted temples. After its initial design in 1952, the Ray-Ban Wayfarer quickly endeared itself to Hollywood filmmakers, celebrities, musicians, and artists; solidifying its iconic status for years to come. In the 1980s, their popularity surged when Madonna, Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise wore them. These days, Emma Watson, Bruno Mars and Mary-Kate Olsen are big fans of the classic style.

The Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses are available in a contemporary color palette allowing the wearer to express their own style and personality through this unmistakable look. History, along with fresh colorful updates have made the Original Wayfarer sunglasses a symbol of youth, fashion, and creativity for over 50 years.

10 Summer Kid Friendly Activities in Aspen

Think Aspen isn’t a great place for families?  Well then think again because recreation is king in Aspen. There are so many ways to enjoy Aspen, both indoors and out. Start outside with skiing, sledding, skateboarding, biking, rafting, rock climbing, camping, horse back riding and more. There are even camps for kids in all different disciplines like art, sport, environment and even physics. The Aspen Recreation Center, has a 32ft. indoor rock-climbing wall, a 2-story water slide, ice skating rink and more.  The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is a gem of a resource that the entire family can enjoy. Kids will love meeting the resident golden eagle and learning about all of the local wildlife.  It’s like a zoo and a museum and a fun hands-on classroom all in one.

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Here’s a list of our favorite summer activities for the kids while you’re visiting Aspen. .

1. The ASPEN RECREATION CENTER! This place is a dream for parents and kids alike. Swim at the indoor pool and ride the slide for hours, or try out rock climbing on the tower, beginners welcome! With an onsite snack bar, locker room, ice rink, pool and work out facility the whole family will be entertained.

2.  Guided Adventures. Explore the surrounding mountains via jeep, horse or foot – take your pick! Local jeep tours will take you to scenic vistas in a rugged but comfortable ride, or if sampling the Wild West is more your speed, take a guided horseback ride into the wilderness with a picnic lunch. For the active off-road family strap on your hiking boots for a guided hike to experience each trail crossing and grassy meadow on your own two feet. Better yet, let the guides teach you a thing or two about the basics of climbing and strap into a rope and harness to hang out in the hills, mountain style.

3.  Splash!  Ever try whitewater rafting? No trip to the Colorado Rockies would be complete without it! We’ve got three area rivers (Roaring Fork, Colorado and Arkansas) that have everything from Class IV whitewater to mellow day floats to accommodate the whole family via raft, kayak, ducky or stand up paddle board.

4.  Mini-golf anyone? FORE!  The Silver Circle Ice Rink located across from the Rubey Park Bus Station at the base of Aspen Mountain transforms into a miniature golf course in Aspen’s summer months.  The location can’t be beat and the kids will be entertained day or night with this family fun activity.  And CP Burger is right there with the perfect kid-friendly nosh.

5. Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES).  ACES is abuzz with children’s voices and laughter during the summer months.They offer fun and educational kids’ classes and camps that allow your child to experience and learn about the natural world.  Let your child wonder in nature and see how quickly they can foster their curious minds!

6. Aspen Historical Society. Who said history isn’t fun? Teach your kids about Aspen’s rich history starting with the Ute Indians onto the Mining Boom to the beginning of life as a ski town. The Historical Society also offers several different tours throughout the winter season as well. Go to their website for a full menu of tours and events.

7. Camps! Aspen loves its outdoor adventures in any season, but it’s second best friend is Arts and Culture of course!  It’s a good thing we’re familiar with exercising the mind AND the body around here.  See what places like the Ajax Adventure CampAspen Art MuseumTheatre Aspen, and ACES to name a few, have in store. Your kids could be coming home from a day of creative activity that will wear them out and have the begging for more!

8.  Skateboarding! Whether you’re a novice or a shredder, Aspen’s very own Rio Grande Skate Park is a great place to play. Located near the popular Rio Grande Park and Trail the Skate Park includes all types of terrain from a clover bowl, peewee bowl and pool wall extension to a deep vertical bowl. Lessons are available through Radio Boardshop and All Star Skate Camp.

9. Smuggler Mine Tours. Many enjoy hiking up Smuggler mountain, but did you know that underneath that hike is one of the most famous and productive of Aspen’s silver mines? The Smuggler produced a world record nugget of nearly pure silver that weighed almost a ton! The guided tour takes guests into the mine and shows firsthand how difficult the hard rock mining of the late 19th century was. Call (970) 925-2049 for more information.

10. Top of the Mountain FUN. Step right up! Ride the Silver Queen Gondola all the way to the top of Aspen Mountain. Once you’re there try out the climbing wall or take a jump with Eurobungy. If that’s not your thing there’s disc golf, an obstacle course and even the popular silver nugget dig! Mine for silver just like the old days in Aspen – the small silver nuggets can be taken as a souvenir. Have lunch at the Sundeck or pack a picnic of your own. The view from 11,212 ft. isn’t too shabby either!

 

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