TOP 10: Fall Fun

Denver has one of the longest periods of fall colors of any city in the country. That’s because there are five different climate zones within a two-hour drive of downtown Denver. Pick your elevation and you can find yourself at the height of fall colors for more than two months, from mid-September to mid-November.

Here are Ten Ways to have fun in the Fall and where to view Fall Foliage.

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ADJUST YOUR ALTITUDE

Aspen trees in Colorado grow from 6,500 to 10,500 feet in elevation. Although many factors make leaves turn color, as a general rule, the higher the elevation, the sooner the leaves turn gold. That means that over a period of time, you can often see a variety of shades of color on one mountainside, with deeper golds on top at 10,000 feet, blending to pale yellow in the 8,000 foot range, while down in the valley or along the plains of Denver, trees might still be green.

There are 1.9 million acres of aspen trees in Colorado – over one billion trees that if placed together would cover an area larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Aspen leaves don’t just turn color in the fall, they positively glow in a luminescent bright yellow, almost as if they had their own light source. The leaves are small, delicate and tissue-thin with an aerodynamic shape that keep them in perpetual motion. Even a slight breeze sends every leaf on the tree shimmering.

Although seasons can vary greatly, there are generally four distinct areas and time periods for fall colors in Denver.

Mid-September to Early Oct. above 9,500 feet

Winter comes early to the high country. There are many roads within a short drive of Denver that climb to elevations of more than two miles above sea level. Some great places to see early fall colors above 9,500 feet include:

1. Guanella Pass, located just one hour from Denver, climbs to 11,670 feet and has many high aspen groves on both sides of the pass. An excellent hike is on Abyss Lake Trail (20 miles south of Georgetown) into the Mount Evans Wilderness Area. There are aspen groves at all elevations along the trail, offering a good chance of seeing color somewhere on the mountainsides.

2. Rocky Mountain National Park, one hour to one and a half hours from Denver, has many groves of high aspens around Bear Lake. There are also many high aspen groves getting to the park on the scenic Peak to Peak Byway (Colorado Hwy. 72 and 7) from Black Hawk to Estes Park.

Late September to mid-October, from 7,000 to 9,000 feet

Most of Colorado’s resort towns such as Vail, Keystone, Beaver Creek and Winter Park are in this elevation and have ample groves of aspens. Some interesting places to see fall colors include:

3. The quaint, old Victorian Mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume, located approximately one hour from Denver (40 miles) are surrounded by aspen groves. An interesting way to see the fall colors is by riding the Georgetown Loop Railroad, where a historic steam locomotive pulls passengers up the steep grade between the two towns, at one point crossing over itself on a 100-foot high trestle.

4. The area around Lake Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne is filled with aspen groves and is just a 75 minute drive from Denver. An 18-mile paved bike path circles the pretty lake, offering mountain and fall views in every direction. Bikes can be rented in Frisco or Dillon.

Most of October, from 6,000 to 8,000 feet

At lower elevations in the foothills of the Rockies and in mountain valleys, you can find brilliant fall color throughout October with riverside Cottonwoods and scrub oak trees adding more yellows and browns to the show. Some interesting lower mountain choices include:

5. Two old mountain gold mining towns, Central City and Black Hawk (30 minutes from Denver), have legalized gambling with 10,000 slot machines, poker, black jack, craps and roulette. But the real gold can be found on the surrounding hillsides, which are covered with aspen. Several historic old cemeteries near Central City have groves of aspen, and many other trees can be seen on the dirt “Oh My God Road” that runs between Central City and another old mining town, Idaho Springs.

6. Golden Gate Canyon State Park, located 20 miles west of Denver in the foothills (45 minute drive), has many aspen groves at lower elevations, as well one of the best panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. By late October, this area may already be covered with early snow at the higher elevations.

Early October to mid-November, 5,280 feet above sea level

Down on the plains, Denver has a completely different climate than the mountains. Some 300 days of annual sunshine keep Denver warm enough to support most hardwood trees, from maples and ash to linden, elm, poplar and oak. There are 73 varieties of trees in Washington Park alone.

More than 850 miles of paved, off-street bike trails are available, criss-crossing Metro Denver. Don’t have your own bike? Hop on a B-cycle, Denver’s bike sharing program with more than 800 bikes available at 84 different stations. Some great places to bike or walk and see fall colors in and around Denver include:

7. Selected by USA Today as one of the top 5 bike paths in the country, the Cherry Creek Bike Trail is a paved off-road path that follows the tree-lined creek for more than 40 miles from downtown Denver to Cherry Creek State Park. Most of the path is lined with trees that turn a variety of colors.

8. Another 40+ mile bike path, the South Platte River Bike Trail, follows the South Platte River from downtown Denver to Chatfield State Park and Waterton Canyon, where it meets up with the Colorado Trail and continues 400 miles to Durango. In Waterton Canyon you can see herds of Big Horn sheep right along the bike path.

9. The Highline Canal meanders through Denver for more than 70 miles, and almost all of it is lined with old Cottonwood trees that turn brilliant yellow in the fall.

10.  In the fall, many of the small truck farms between Denver and Boulder open up pumpkin patches where you can pick your own pumpkins, take a hay cart ride pulled by an antique steam-powered tractor, or bike or hike on trails over the rolling prairie with mountain vistas in the distance. Some prime pumpkin patches in and near Denver include Four Mile Park, Chatfield Botanic Gardens, Mile High Farms and Berry Patch Farms.

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Oct 18th: Love for Lily Masquerade Ball

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Cordially invite you to the 3rd Annual Love for Lily Masquerade Ball

October 18, 2014 7pm

Agora Riverside Event Center: 1724 Broadway St.
Boulder, Colorado

Magic will be in the air as we Masquerade to benefit families of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Enjoy Signature Cocktails, Delicious Bites & Decadent Desserts Under the Venetian Stars.

Curated Silent Auction from 7-9

Celebrate with a photo booth, DJ & Dancing all Night long.

Through your generosity The Love for Lily Organization have served more than 150 families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in our Breakfast groups for moms and families living with babies in the NICU.

They have delivered more than 500 Essentials Bags to families admitted to the NICU.  Our 3rd grant is open for appicants & will be awarded at the Masquerade Ball.

Together, they can continue to provide support & expand our service in the Denver Metro Area.

This organization and event holds a special place in my heart. My twin daughters were born two months premature and spent one month in the NICU. We were lucky. They were ahead of the game and could breathe on their own at birth and within only a month they  went from getting fed through a feeding tube to a bottle and gained a 1 pound each making them just over 4 lbs. The NICU staff was incredible and made us feel at ease through this process. The doctors kept us informed daily and the nurses taught us how to care for them.  We feel very blessed and grateful for our NICU experience.

Purchase Tickets and/or Donate Here. 

For one lucky reader, I am giving away a pair of tickets (royal entries, a value of $150). You have until this Friday, October 3rd to enter.

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Spotted: Radiant Orchid

Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority, has announced PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Radiant Orchid for Fashion

Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. A dazzling attention-getter, Radiant Orchid permeated the runways during the spring 2014 fashion shows and is already making its way onto the red carpet. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2014, including Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi, are incorporating Radiant Orchid into their spring collections and variations of this hue will carry into men’s and women’s clothing and accessories throughout next year.

Radiant Orchid for Beauty
A modern and surprisingly versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.

This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid’s exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.

Radiant Orchid for Interiors
Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.

Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.

Radiant Orchid for Weddings 

Radiant Orchid for Baby

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Donna Karan special occasion dress / J Crew racerback tank / Pink sweater / Christian Dior blazer / Karl Lagerfeld coat / Flat shoes / Tory Burch crossbody bag / Roberto Cavalli sunglasses / Dolce Gabbana nail care / Serena Lily upholstered chair / Glass shades / Home Book Decor  / Country home decor /

About the PANTONE Color of the Year

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

For more than a decade, 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 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)

Celebrate Fashion Runway Show at Cherry Creek North

Celebrate Fashion in Cherry Creek North is one of the most sought out fashion events in Denver. Complete with a red carpet, VIP tent, signature drinks, gourmet bites from neighboring restaurants, and, of course, the latest fall trends on the runway, this event attracts a fashion-forward crowd all for a good cause, Denver Health.

The Denver Health Foundation raises private funds to support patient care, medical research, facilities development, academic program enrichment, equipment purchases and professional education.

From faux fur vests to leather leggings to edgy booties to boho chic denim, fall trends are always about having fun with layers. Dark grays and monotone is an apparent theme this season.

The show started with the kiddos dressed head-to-toe in stylish threads by Heloise {LISTmember}.  Inspyre {LISTmember} showed us how to get these fall trends while not breaking the bank. Every item is under $100 at Inspyre. You can shop Inspyre at their three locations in Denver (LOHI, Cherry Creek and soon to be Park Meadows) OR you can shop online on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.

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Retailers: Alicia, the BoutiqueCalypso St. BarthEccentricityGarbariniInspyre Boutique {LISTmember}MarielMarks Lloyds FursNora’s RetroSOL..Store of Lingerie

Children’s Retailer: Heloise {LISTmember}

Accessories: EuropticsJohn Atencio

Salons: Antoine du Chez, Planet Laboratories, Salon Utopia, SoCo Salon & Spa

Makeup:  SimplyMoore Makeup Artistry & Skincare Studio

Photography by Laura Dombrowski of COUTUREcolorado.

 

 

Sept 25th: Willow’s One Year Anniversary Party

I wanted to personally invite you to Willow’s 1-Year Anniversary Party on September 25th from 6-8 PM.

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

Celebrate with snacks, cocktails, music and shopping (20% off of one item).

Read more about Willow on our spotlight interview feature.

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Top 10: Colorado Mountain Towns

One of the reasons I moved to Colorado was for the mountains. The well-known saying is true:  “you move to Colorado to ski in the winter but stayed here for the summers.” These are my top ten Colorado mountain towns. Whether it is hitting the slopes in the winter or hiking in the summer, these towns make you fall in love with the outdoors. I feel so lucky to live in a state with sooooo much to do and so many places to explore.

1. TELLURIDE

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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.

Check out our recent feature on a Girls Getaway in Telluride 

2. ASPEN

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A popular retreat to celebrities, Aspen is a mountain destination that has the small town attitude with big city amenities. Aspen is an incomparable destination with outdoor adventures from hiking to biking, kayaking to fly fishing, a passion for visual arts, music, and the written word, and some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world. The sun shines in this part of the Colorado Rockies more than 300 days per year, making Aspen an ideal training environment for world-class athletes and those who just want to get lost in the mountains. Just in case you needed another reason to visit Aspen, it is home to the number one spa in the world (by Travel+ Leisure) at The St. Regis Aspen. It is the perfect combination of rustic and luxury. (photo of The St. Regis Aspen)

 3. BRECKENRIDGE 

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I may be a biased. Breckenridge was the first place I learned to ski…. over 20 years ago!

Prospectors discovered gold when they founded Breckenridge in 1859. Today’s riches come in the form of casual mountain charm filled with locally owned restaurants, bars, and boutiques. And of course, all that snow.

As one of the nation’s premier year-round destinations, Breckenridge offers an incredible selection of activities that help you unleash your sense of adventure or unwind from a hectic schedule. Either way, don’t be surprised when you make new friends that feel like old ones. After all, the community prides itself on its inviting nature. See it first-hand when you explore downtown Breckenridge. Still need motivation? Consider Breck’s 300 days of sunshine and 300 inches of snow! (photo credit: Carl Scofield / GoBreck)

4. VAIL

In 1966, the town was established and built as the base village to Vail Ski Resort. Vail Ski Resort now has grown to be the third largest ski mountain in North America since it’s first season 1962. Vail is a Rocky Mountain paradise. While Vail is more “resorty” than the other mountains town, this does come with luxury like The Four Seasons and The Arrabelle (one of my favs).

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Beaver Creek is Vail’s stylish little sister. It tends attract a more discerning crowd and is home to The Ritz Carlton.

In the 1970′s, the founders of Beaver Creek Resort tried to convince the Denver Organizing Committee to hold the 1976 Winter Olympics alpine events at the yet to be built ski resort. However, when Denver backed out from holding the Olympic Winter Games in November 1972, Seibert’s plans of building the resort collapsed. When Vail Associates was purchased by Harry Bass, an oil tycoon of Goliad Oil, he continued Seibert’s dream of building Beaver Creek. Finally in 1980, Beaver Creek held their first ski season.

A fun fact about Beaver Creek and one of the perks of skiing is there is there world famous chocolate chip cookies. They are served daily to skiers and snowboards. AND they hold a contest each year to select the best recipe.

6. CRESTED BUTTE

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This former coal mining town is now called “the last great Colorado ski town.” Crested Butte is a destination for skiing, mountain biking, and a variety of other outdoor activities.  The four and a half drive from Denver is worth it to this charming remote mountain town.  Photo Credit: visitcrestedbutte.com

7. WINTER PARK

Winter Park Resort is Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort featuring over 3,000 acres of award-winning terrain including groomers, terrain parks, bumps, steeps, trees, and most definitely deeps. Winter Park Resort averages 329 inches of snow, much in part to its ideal location amidst the Rocky Mountains. Just 67 miles northwest of Denver, Winter Park Resort is the closest major destination resort to Denver International Airport and offers its guests an abundance of activities and events for the young and the young at heart.

 8. STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

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Steamboat is the oldest ski area in Colorado. Norwegian Carl Howelsen, who started ski jumping in the United States with Barnum Bailey Circus, introduced skiing to this small ranching town in 1913.

SKI Magazine recognized Steamboat as one of the Top 10 Family Ski Resorts in North America in its Top Resort Guide. For more than 15 years Steamboat has been featured as one of the premier family destinations by the readers and editors in this industry barometer. The resort has earned a reputation in the industry as the leader in family programs with the original Kids Ski Free and Kids Fly Free programs, its dedicated children’s center with day and evening programs, its location system Steamboat MountainWatch and kids’ specific terrain/lifts.

Real Town. Big Mountain. Whether you’re stepping foot into a local pub, one of the charming boutiques, or stepping off the gondola, the reception is the same–genuine and warm. But the down home friendliness is only half the reason people choose to vacation here. With 165 trails, 3,668 vertical feet, and nearly 3,000 skiable acres, Steamboat’s six peaks are filled with world- class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, meadows, legendary trees & Mavericks Superpipe. (photo credit: steamboat.com)

 9. GLENWOOD SPRINGS

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Glenwood Springs was named the “Most Fun Town in America” by Rand McNally and USA Today in their 2011 Best of the Road Rally contest.

At the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers, the historic resort town of Glenwood Springs is famed for the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Glenwood Canyon, Yampah Vapor Caves, and Sunlight Mountain Resort.

Explore underground caverns, pedal miles of riverfront trails, paddle the whitewater, sample local produce, shop in unique boutiques, or focus on relaxation. Home to the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world, Glenwood Springs has a deep-rooted heritage in the hospitality business. Visionaries of the late 1800’s built an internationally known hot springs resort. Travelers from around the globe soaked in the thermal waters, stayed in a luxurious hotels, and explored the wonders of subterranean caves. (photo credit: hotspringspool.com)

10. ESTES PARK

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Just 90 minutes from Denver and nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Estes Park offers seemingly endless activities for outdoor lovers, nature enthusiasts, active couples and families of all sizes. Surrounded on all four sides by nationally protected land, including Rocky Mountain National Park, year-round pursuits fueled by “leg- power” include everything from hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, wildlife and bird watching, to snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and much more. Named “Top Ten America’s Scenic Roads – Trail Ridge Road” – Travel + Leisure, 2011 and

Not surprisingly, mountain exploration remains a mainstay. Outdoor adventures run the gamut from hiking and snowshoeing to rock climbing and ice skating. Scenic drives show off the area, with Trail Ridge Road rising through the national park to more than 12,000 feet and several others wending through the valley, past historic landmarks and parallel to the fish-filled picturesque rivers.

Wildlife is so plentiful that elk often wander downtown streets. Visitors spy them and other animals while walking the path around Lake Estes, driving toward the Historic Fall River Hydroplant or touring Estes Park’s last remaining working cattle ranch, MacGregor Ranch. Sometimes, it seems, the region’s furry creatures outnumber the humans!

The Stanley Hotel also calls Estes Park home. The famous hotel hosted the horror novelist Stephen King, inspiring him to write The Shining. Parts of the television mini-series version of The Shining were filmed there. (image credit: visitestespark.com)

Colorful Gemstones

jewlery-designer-colorado_1874By Jewelry Designer Harmony Scott {LISTmember}

Signature Gemstones: Tibetan Turquoise, Orange and Red Carnelian, purple Amethyst, white Freshwater Pearls, green Peridot and golden Citrine.

I have been playing with this combination of colorful gemstones for years now…each season I am excited to “add” to this very special collection. Anjali means “divine offering” and “Cosmic Girl” is my personal muse: a woman who is comfortable in her femininity, spiritual nature, intelligence, and joyful in her expression to the world!

My intention behind these pieces is to create an exciting, vibrant color palette that also supports us energetically and emotionally.  Grounding and protective Turquoise, energizing orange Carnelian, golden Citrine supports our self-esteem and courage, green Peridot as a symbol of growth and renewal, royal Amethyst to stimulate our higher consciousness, and white Freshwater pearls to represent purity and balance…together they are spectacular and powerful…not to mention beautiful!

2014 Cosmic Girl Look Book

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2014 Anjali Look Book

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These fun bright colors are great for showing off your creativity and feminine power. Of course, wear them with your simple neutrals, but we challenge you to get more creative and expand your color combinations. We love to take these colors as inspiration for the rest of the outfit to completely embody the look of Cosmic Girl or spend the day as a Divine Offering. See the entire Anjali and Cosmic Girl Collection here. 

Simple Summer Look: Your favorite white outfit with leather accessories or additions of color. Pick up one of the colors with a hair clip (or wear it loose), your favorite dark brown leather belt, strapy leather sandals, and as many bracelets as you dream about.

Color in Winter: Match the leather with your accessories–in the Winter we’re wearing our leather Frye Boots and thick leather belt with a neutral boot pant. You can also skip the belt and layer a long tank top under a sweater or shirt. Top it off with a vintage leather purse and let the jewelry do the rest.

By Jewelry Designer Harmony Scott {LISTmember}

Learn more about Harmony Scott on your interview feature on COUTUREcolorado.

Shop online on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.

Spotted: Aqua

Aqua, a greenish blue color, is fresh, modern and whimsical.

Check out AQUA in baby land on COUTUREcolorado BABY.

Check out aqua wedding decor inspiration on COUTUREcolorado WEDDING.

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David Trubridge sea urchin lamp / Kartell green light / Safavieh moroccan rug / Canvas wall art, $120 / Nomess rectangle tray, $115 / Emerald green throw pillow / Clock / Cherry blossom home decor / Stray Dog Designs handmade table / CB2 traditional loveseat / Bungalow 5 accent table / Bombe furniture / Turquoise armchair / Velvet armchair / Klaussner contemporary furniture

Oct 3rd & 4th: COUTUREcolorado POP-UP Shop

Just in time for fall shopping and holiday gift buying, we will be popping up in The Santa Fe Arts District for October’s First Friday!!!! And we will remain open on Saturday from 11am-3pm.

LOVE boutique shopping? LOVE finding that perfect gift on etsy? Then, this pop-up shop is for you! Fall/Winter clothing from several local boutiques, AND paper goods, jewelry, hand bags, and gifts from talented local designers will be all be there.

What: COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE POP-UP SHOP

When: Friday, October 3rd 6pm – 9pm  &  Saturday, October 4th 11am – 3pm

Where: Studio Wed 821 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

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Interview: Willow

I am pleased to introduce you to a new boutique in Boulder, Colorado: Willow.

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.

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When and why did you start your business?

We started the biz in Feb 2013… Andrea has always wanted to open a store and been an admirer of fashion.  She asked me and it seemed like a great merger of my design background.  We love working together!

Current brands you carry.

closed, milly, rvn, genetic, dl1961, halston heritage,  10 crosby derek lam, clare v., tibi, dusica duscia, humanoid, doma, monrow

What is your favorite current trend?

Heather- I love draping!  I think it is flattering on all!

Andrea- I really like the track pant look. It’s very comfortable, and can be dressed up with a heel, or worn with sneakers for a more casual look.

Who is your favorite designer?

Andrea- Alexander McQueen

Heather- Helmut Lang

What does every women need in her wardrobe?

Heather- a great pair of jeans they feel sexy in, a pair of walking shoes that are stylish and a piece of jewelry that makes them feel special.

Andrea- a tailored blazer you can throw on with anything, and make yourself feel a bit more put together.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Colorado?

Heather- I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  It’s very similar to Boulder.   My parents brought me here when I was in 8th grade.  I took one look at the mountains and knew I needed to go to college here.

Andrea-  I grew up in Rye, NY.   I came to Boulder for college as well.  After a stint in CO, I moved back to the NYC area and then 3 years ago my family and I moved back to Colorado.

What is your favorite part about living/working in Boulder?

Andrea- I love the weather here, and because the weather is so great i like to be outside on the hiking trails.

Heather- I love the weather and the slow paced lifestyle.

Visit Willow at 2595 Canyon Boulevard, Suite 105 Boulder, Colorado  or shop Willow online on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.
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Photography by Rachel Gomez {contributing photographer}

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