Black Floral

Rochas silk dress, $1,815 / Dolce Gabbana dolce gabbana dress, $2,160 / ADAM black mini dress, $1,895 / Floral dress, $20 / Giambattista Valli floral skirt / Balmain black mini skirt, $2,005 / Jonathan Saunders cotton skirt, $550 / Alice Olivia black mini skirt / Glamorous elastic waist shorts, $28 / Dolce&Gabbana black patent leather pumps / Vivienne Westwood floral shoes / Vans floral shoes / Charlotte Russe pointy toe flat / Pointy toe pumps, $16 / Isaac Mizrahi tote bag

Staycation: The Inverness Hotel

unnamed-3I never quite understood the allure of a staycation but now that I have kids……… I totally get it!!!! A one night getaway not only recharges you but it allows time for you and your spouse to reconnect. My husband and I try to do a staycation four times a year.

There is no better time to plan your staycation at Inverness Hotel. They just completed at 1.3 million renovation of their lobby, The Garden Terrace Restaurant, and The Fireside Bar & Grill. I personally check it out myself on a one night getaway. The sunlit lobby has a cool mid-century vibe to it that makes you want to stay a while. It is complete with super stylish lounges, a slick fireplace, and a barista waiting for your latte order.

Spotted-Dog-2-insetI had dinner at The Fireside Bar & Grill which served up lots of tasty Colorado-inspired entrees and locally brewed beer. I personally had the Rocky Mountain Trout with spinach and toasted pine nut butter. YUM! After dinner, my husband and I played pool at The Spotted Dog, a charming old-world pub. OMG, we were starting to feel like our old selves again!

After a good nights rest, we filled our tummies with an amazing breakfast at The Garden Terrace just in time for our 10am tee timeunnamed-4. This PGA championship golf course did not disappoint. It was well maintained and since it is semi-private it was not as crowded as other public Denver courses. After 18 holes, we ended our day with a massage. The Spa at The Inverness is a full service experience including a steam room, outdoor hot tub, and pool. The massage was one of the best I have had. Request Jenny, she was amazing!

The Inverness, located in Englewood (Tech Center), created a package with stacations in mind. This exclusive package allows local guests like you to take a break from daily life and golf, spa, dine and relax in your own backyard.  The Staycation Package is comprised of the following:

  • A round on our PGA-championship golf course for two including the cart
  • The Inverness Spa Island Massage with the Pure Fiji vitamin enriched oils for two
  • Drinks for two at any of our food and beverage outlets
  • A special discounted room rate
  • Complimentary room upgrade based on availability


* Visit The Inverness for your next Staycation where we believe in elevating every day from ordinary to extraordinary. Minimum of two night stay. Stay date must be between April 14, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Blackout dates and restrictions may apply. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion. New reservations only. Not valid for group bookings. The offer is subject to change at any time and is based on availability.

The Parenthood Project

A major cable network is set to begin production on a new series, The Parenthood Project (w/t), this winter right here in Denver!

Vinnie Potestivo Entertainment Inc is currently seeking couples who are at odds about starting a family and would like to experience parenthood for a week prior to making the final decision. Do you and your spouse/partner go back and forth about how and when you plan to start a family? Hopefully this once-in-a-lifetime experience can help you and your partner decide once and for all if you’re ready for parenthood!unnamed-1

“I’m excited be casting this series in Denver for a variety of reasons, namely the mix of traditional & modern family values, cutting edge parenting styles and let’s face it.. Denver makes a beautiful backdrop for a Documentary TV Series like this!” says Casting Director and Reality TV veteran Vinnie Potestivo.

This is NOT a gimmicky reality show, you won’t get famous from being on an episode of this series. You WILL have a full week to experience parenthood courtesy other Denver families who are passionate about seeing your dreams of having a family come true. If you would like to take part in this gratifying and rewarding experience (or if you know someone who does), then Vinnie and his casting team would love to hear from you!

Couples should be between the ages of 25 and 45 and live in the Denver area.

For more information, please send a photo and a brief description of why you and your partner would like to participate to


Aug 29th & 30th: Inspyre Semi-Annual Sale

50-90% off super cute clothing and accessories at Inspyre!

Inspyre Boutique is dedicated to finding the most incredible fashion, accessories, and gifts at a price that will keep your wallet happy. Everything is under $100!

Inspyre now has three locations:

  • Cherry Creek: 171 Detroit Street Denver, CO 80206
  •  Lower Highlands: 2021 W. 32nd Avenue Denver, CO 80211
  • Park Meadows: 8441 S. Yosemite Street, Suite #1, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Happy Shopping!

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I Am: Kristi King

Our friends over at Goldyn, one of Denver’s hippest boutiques, has shared with us their “I AM” series.

Celebrating distinctive, extraordinary women, embracing their true self and individual style, I AM features and celebrates a group of strong women with close ties to Goldyn. They’re friends, family, customers, partners, designers, and most importantly, the boutique’s day-to-day inspiration.

All rooted in Colorado, the women of I AM range in age, careers paths, all with different life perspectives. Some are life long friends while others are new to Goldyn’s world, one even being Goldyn owner, Vanessa Barcus’s own mother. I AM is important for all women, it’s a reminder that we are to be celebrated.

Meet Graphic Designer Kristi King {guest post by Goldyn}:

Perhaps it was our mutual obsession with fashion and art, or maybe it was our fanaticism over music, or animals, or jewelry, that made me instantaneously love Kristi King when I first got to know her as a Goldyn customer.  Kristi would walk in the door, and all of us would end up chatting about this or that band, this or that designer, and before you knew it we were going to concerts, and a friendship had evolved.  Kristi is also the kind of woman with a strong, tough exterior and an incredibly soft, warm interior which, once you break through to, makes you only want to continue getting to know her more.  She’s a fashionphile in the best sense, an urban cowgirl of sorts, and also an incredibly kind, thoughtful, generous soul.  Her creativity and artistry come through not only in her graphic design work, but also just in the way she dresses and carries herself.  She pulls off some pretty wild, fashion-forward ensembles in a city where not too many people have the gall to do so, with ease and elegance. We were lucky enough to catch up with this spunky woman in her home, and learn a little more about what makes her tick.  – Goldyn

Kristi wears a tee by Helmut Lang, leather skirt by Helmut Lang, vintage suede fringe vest, and necklaces by The Woods x Ruby + George and Anne Gangel.


Kristi and her dog Hank Williams at home. Photography by Sara Ford.

Goldyn:  What do you do for a living?  How does that influence your style?

Kristi:  I’m a graphic designer that specializes primarily in print-related collateral materials. I’ve been doing this for 25 years & no, I don’t have a web site. My passion is print. Even though I’m generally in work-out gear or yoga pants while I’m working (I work from home), I am OBSESSED with fashion. I think fashion has such a huge influence on art, music, design, interiors, basically EVERYTHING. I have had a subscription to Vogue since I was 14 & continue to subscribe to Vogue & way too many others to mention or keep track of (I happily recycle these to a budding teenage fashionista/seamstress who keeps her favorite images organized by categories in scrapbooks). The postman hates me especially when the September issues arrive. These magazines and all my fashion books are bibles to me. Type, layouts, logos, colors, printing bells & whistles bring out the real design geek in me.


Curios…. Dia de los Muertos is a favorite theme in Kristi’s house

Goldyn:  How would you define your style in a nutshell?

Kristi:  Hmmm, I think a little bit eclectic that has evolved into more classic with the eclectic part transforming into a beloved collection of jewelry. As I get older, I would prefer to spend money on classic pieces as far as clothing is concerned (fewer pieces), and have found that more classic clothing ends up being a canvas for incredible jewelry. At Goldyn, I’ve been fortunate to discover The Woods. I have a few of these pieces & seriously every time I come into the store & see these pieces, I just never get tired of looking at them (and wanting every piece)! And honestly – I think [they’ve got] some really good bang for the buck. I’ve also been impressed with Goldyn’s edited vintage pieces that are not on separate racks, but interspersed through the store validating their timelessness. That’s why I wanted to wear this suede fringed vest. I could find this vest new with the nod to the 70’s trend going on right now for A LOT MORE bank. After seeing the IRIS [Apfel] documentary last week, I’m sorry we didn’t add MORE jewelry, cause that’s exactly how I hope my style evolves. I’m working on it. I know Iris would love this fringed vest, The Woods and of course Goldyn.


Kristi stands among her artwork

Goldyn:  What would you say has been your favorite project that you’ve worked on in the past?

Kristi:  Well thanks to one of my biggest & best clients (VISIT DENVER) – I was really fortunate to get to work on all the Democratic National Convention credentials. It got real when I customized the credentials for some VIP’s. I was able to press check in Tennessee with a top secret printer because everyone of these credentials had to have a custom security feature. And I took advantage of taking 2 extra days to drive to Memphis & go to Graceland, Sun Records & the National Civil Rights Museum. All eye-openers & 3 places that should be a must-see for everyone. This was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of project. My husband & I also received some really sweet VIP passes to almost every event. My VERY FAVORITE pieces however are the yearly (well almost) cards I do as a promo for my business & my beloved Scottie dogs that I’ve had throughout the years. I’ve had 3 Scottish Terriers who are like walking cartoon characters & they have always been my very best friends. I would take a bullet for them. So I created these cards that have been over-the-top to showcase my boys (MAX, Tiny Elvis & now Hank Williams or H.W as I like to call him) and their crazy personalities. With the added assistance of AWESOME local talent – Patrick Merewether, Gary Isaacs, & Kristin Adams. I refer to these projects as “Loving Hands at Home”. They can be extremely time intensive. And thank God I married an engineer, cause there have been times when we’ve had to figure out how to make these puppies work. I always say it’s my last year to do these. And then I always reconsider.


Kristi showcases her yearly Hank Williams the dog greeting card

Goldyn:  I know you’re an animal lover, and specifically an equestrienne… how did you get into that, and how do you incorporate it into your day-to-day life?

Kristi:  Well, saying that I’m an equestrienne – almost makes me laugh – cause I’m not. I started taking classes 2 years ago after riding in the Westernaires adult program offered on Wednesday evenings during the winter months. I take private lessons out in Broomfield with an awesome woman named Ariel who runs a company called Urban Cowgirlz. I have learned & embraced that being on that horse is the most ultimate sense of accomplishment & the most Zen feeling that I’ve ever had in my life. This summer, I plan on perfecting my riding skills (Western – not English) cause Ariel is leasing one of her horses to me! Pretty excited about that. Riding gives me the opportunity to forget about everything else. Maybe what you’re supposed to do in yoga – I could never do that. But when I’m on a 1,000 lb. plus animal & he’s relying on my confidence for commands & trusting me for guidance, well trust me, my mind is on nothing else. It’s truly been life changing and a confidence booster. Watching the movie “Buck” was the catalyst for this life changing sport for me. I think his general take on life is an inspiration. You fall, get bucked off, you get back up again & figure out what to do differently. Learning from unfortunate incidents (his were kind of awful) only makes you stronger and a better person. And damn, what’s not great about cowboy gear? I’ve always collected cowboy boots & now I’ve learned from experience that form follows function. I do love me a good equestrian look too.


Goldyn:  If you could be anyone at any time, who would your fantasy self be (famous or just made up!) and what would she be doing?

Kristi:  I have thought about this question since you sent this to me. And I’ve dwelled on this for a long time. I’ve always said that in my next life – please let me be Kate Moss. I want to know what it feels like to be a “super-waif”. Something I will NEVER experience in this life that’s for sure. I have so many icons that will always be an inspiration – Yves Saint Laurent, Joey Ramone, Betty Catroux, Mick Jagger, Elvis, Helmut Newton, Frida Kahlo, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kurt Cobain, Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithfull, Nick Cave, Jenny Lawson, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, Carrine Roitfeld…. OMG, I could go on forever. Bottom line is that I would never want to be them cause the majority of these amazing folks have gone to a very dark place to be who they are or were. I refuse to go down that rabbit hole. I have so many amazing friends and family & a husband who have contributed to the EXACT fantasy self I want to be. Ok, let me just be Mick Jagger singing Sympathy for the Devil in a sold out stadium in tiny little bell-bottoms & scarf with those lips & hair that’s never seen a bad hair day. Just for one song, getting in a limo with screaming fans & then back to me.

Goldyn:  What do you love about your home?

Kristi:  Ha! Everything. I love that I live in suburbia & when someone walks in here – it kind of floors them. It’s certainly not a typical home on the inside. I’ve always identified with Alice in Wonderland. Alice has always been my inspiration. My house is my rabbit hole. It’s dark, weird & funny. I’ve collected so much art through travels, various art galleries, and I even incorporate my jewelry & shoes as pieces of displayed art.  This essentially is our home & gallery. And I love it. My husband Ace agreed that when we got married, he owns the garage, the house is mine. It sealed the deal. I married him. He built me a custom closet that’s ALL mine. I’ve also found that as I get older, this is my safe happy place. I love this house.


Kristi’s incredible dressing room

Goldyn:  Any words for girls growing up today about style?

Kristi:  YEP. Invest in awesome sunglasses. They can be turned into prescription glasses. And don’t forget your sun block. Ice cream is your friend. Laugh as much as you possibly can. And shop at Goldyn. Not only have I bought some awesome things here, I’ve made friends for life. The friend part is the most valuable.

img_3540-1Kristi and her insane vintage Navajo cuff

Leather Skirt

leather skirts

Balmain red mini skirt / Isabel Marant blue skirt / Brunello Cucinelli leather skirt / Veronica Beard brown skirt / Drome grey skirt / Opening Ceremony yellow skirt / J Crew j crew skirt, $170 / Topshop skirt / Topshop green skirt, $115 / River Island faux leather skirt / River Island summer skirt / MANGO fake leather skirt / Zara faux leather skirt / H M mini skirt, $23

Restaurant 1858 opens at The Base of Seven Falls

The Broadmoor, a Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond resort, announced that Restaurant 1858, the resort’s newest dining experience at the base of Seven Falls, has opened on August 13, 2015. Taking its name from the Gold Rush era and the famous motto, ‘Pikes Peak or Bust’ of that time, Restaurant 1858 offers uniquely Colorado cuisine and seats approximately 100 guests in the restaurant’s main dining room and in additional outside seating and at the bar.


Executive Sous Chef of Broadmoor Restaurants David Patterson and Chef de Cuisine Kathleen Symons oversee a menu that showcases traditional Rocky Mountain flavors and takes its cue from the heritage of the Old West, blending low-country style with early frontier cooking. The menu’s wide array of German, French, and Creole cuisines are inspired by the immigrants who traveled west to seek their fortunes in the gold rush, making Restaurant 1858 the culinary melting pot of Cheyenne Cañon.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Restaurant 1858 offers a menu that changes seasonally and features many local Colorado growers and ranchers, including Broadmoor Farms, Bio Herbs and More, Arkansas Valley Organic Growers, and others. All seafood featured on the menu is sustainable, as outlined by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, while Colorado-raised meat is served whenever possible.

“Restaurant 1858 is a crown jewel in the newly-restored Seven Falls,” says Craig Reed, Director of Food & Beverage. “Local guests and those from out of town will have a unique Colorado dining experience they can remember for a lifetime.”

The restaurant’s décor features hand-hewn stone and reclaimed barn wood, large wooden beams, hardwood floors, and custom lantern mining inspired light fixtures. “Gold Rush” art from The Broadmoor’s Western Art collection is showcased throughout the restaurant, and is accented with historic photographs of the area from yesteryear. The patio offers guests an opportunity to dine al fresco near the thundering water of the spectacular natural box canyon into which 181 feet of falls tumble.

Guests enjoy starters and snacks such as BBQ Colorado Trout Fritters with creamy creole mustard, Roasted Tomato Tortilla Soup with cilantro, avocado and lime; Buttermilk Biscuits & Country Ham with house apple butter, andSmoked Summer Sausage with creamed corn, marinated tomato, and crispy pork rinds.

Entrée selections feature sustainably-raised meats, including the 1858 Mixed Grill with Eagles Nest Ranch quail, bison roast, venison sausage, black pepper roasted garlic spaetzle, and summer pole beans; and Slow Roasted Prime Ribwith roasted potatoes, garden vegetables, and butter popover. Guests enjoy Colorado Rocky Mountain Trout eight different ways, including Cast Iron Classic, trout sautéed with hickory smoked bacon, brown butter, lemon, and parsley;Prohibition Style, trout in a bourbon and honey glaze with almond brown butter; and Back East, trout wrapped in Virginia country ham with grilled brandied peaches.

Guests with a sweet tooth are tempted by classic desserts such as Lemon Icebox Pie, Palisade Peach Cobbler, and Grandma’s Chocolate Cake.

Seven Falls re-opens to the public on August 13, 2015, the same day as Restaurant 1858. Known as “Colorado’s Grandest Mile of Scenery,” Seven Falls offers a newly restored park, including not only the sights and sounds of the falls but also The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, a series of two unique zip-line courses situated on 1,400 acres adjacent to the park.

The Rosette Embellished Ponytail Tutorial

“Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol ponytail? Luckily, this one takes the same amount of time and is ten times cuter than the average pony look,” explains contributor Melissa Cook. “It is perfect for any season or occasion and will have all your friends oohing and ahhing at your amazing styling skills. This rosette embellished ponytail is so pretty and feminine, and it’s exactly what every girl needs in her beauty rotation. Let’s get on with the tutorial, shall we?”

What You Need:

  • brush
  • two clear elastic bands
  • four to five bobby pins
  • medium hold hairspray

Step 1

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Begin by brushing through the hair to remove any tangles and part the hair in the preferred spot. Separate off small sections of hair on each side of the head.

Step 2

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Bring the two sections to the back of the head and over the rest of the hair, then tie it together with an elastic band.

Step 3

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Now braid this small ponytail section into a basic three-strand braid and tie off the end with a second elastic band.

Step 4 

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Roll the braid up and towards towards the elastic band at the top, creating a rosette shape.

Step 5

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Pin down the edges of the rosette with four to five bobby pins, making sure they stay hidden underneath.

Step 6

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Spray the style with a medium hold hairspray and you are ready to go!


Recap: The Nautical Party

Last Thursday, I was thrilled to host The Nautical Party at The Four Seasons Denver Pool Terrace. We raised $1,700 for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The party started with cocktails on the pool terrace. While the DJ spun a few of our favorite tunes, The Level 3 Salon treated guests to air brushed makeup. Then guests ventured to The Edge Bar for more cocktails, music, and dancing.

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photography by rachel gomez {contributing photographer}

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