Your Definitive Guide to Watch Straps

There are no hard and fast fashion rules to break when it comes to watches. With so many different types of product out there for you to choose from, the important thing is that you find items that appeal to your individual sense of style. Whether you’re into vintage swagger, contemporary chic or anything else, you’ll be able to find the perfect timepiece for you.

One of the issues you’ll have to consider is the type of strap you opt for. This brief guide should help you to make up your mind.


A classic choice is leather. It’s possible to choose from an array of Shinola watches for women featuring straps made using this material. Bear in mind that there are varying types of leather on offer and these products can look and feel very different. Some are designed to be especially soft and comfortable to wear, while others are tougher and more hard-wearing. Leather can also vary in its texture and it can develop a different surface finish over time.

These straps are easy to use. Typically, they have a straightforward buckle that fastens into place. One of the advantages of the straps is the fact that they are adjustable in length. This makes them a flexible solution. You can loosen or tighten them if you happen to gain or lose weight. This can save you having to buy a replacement.


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Metal straps are also a great option and they come in a range of materials and colors. Silver and rosegold are popular hues and they have an elegant, sophisticated look. Metal straps are generally worn a little looser than leather versions and they often feature a fold-over buckle. If you’re planning to buy these products, make sure you select versions that complement your existing jewelry and accessories.

Bear in mind that by removing the straps and taking links out, it’s possible to adjust their length. However, this usually requires special tools.

You can get metal chains made from mesh or links. Bangles are also available for certain dress watches and these items can be ideal as an accompaniment to evening wear.

It’s worth noting that metal is a robust material, meaning it can stand the test of time. However, it must always be treated with care.


It’s also possible to get fabric straps. These items have a fun and casual look and they can work perfectly with your everyday ensembles. Usually, these products fasten with a simple buckle similar to those used on leather straps.


Rubber is another option. This durable material is ideal for sports watches and so it might be ideal for you if you lead an active lifestyle. However, if you’re choosing rubber straps because they are robust, make sure you get an equally hear-wearing watch.

Like fabric versions, these straps come in a range of vibrant, bold colors. This means they’re perfect if you want to make a style statement.

By making sure you’re fully clued up about your watch options, you can ensure you choose the perfect products for you.



Black and Brown Fall Look

Fall has arrived. Yes, my favorite season is here! The wardrobe alone is a reason to love Autumn. This wardrobe inspiration board features a vegan leather jacket that I own and LOVE. For only $75 (including shipping), you simply can’t lose! I paired this with a black tunic and super soft black skinny jeans and accessorized it will a necklace called the leather snake by Denver-base designer Mildred and Bernice.  All are available on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.



Black Skinny Jeans $73 on COUTUREcolorado (including shipping)

Black Tunic $55 on COUTUREcolorado (including shipping)

Vegan Leather Jacket $75 on COUTUREcolorado (including shipping)

Leather Snake by Denver-Based Designer Mildred & Bernice (including shipping)

TOP TEN: What makes Denver Unique

2013-05-03_00331. Denver has 300 days of annual sunshine.
Located east of a major mountain range, Denver has a mild, dry and sunny climate with more annual hours of sun than San Diego or Miami Beach. In winter, Denver is dryer than Phoenix with an average daily high of 45 degrees in February. Golf courses remain open all year and have been played as many as 30 days in January. Denver receives only 14 inches of precipitation a year – about the same as Los Angeles.

2. Denver’s arts and cultural scene is thriving.
In its Old West days, Denver had a performance of Macbeth before it had a school or a hospital. That performance took place in a saloon. Today, Metro Denver collects more for the arts on a per capita basis than any other city. The seven county Denver metro area has a self-imposed 10th of a cent sales tax for the arts that raises more than $40 million a year, which is distributed to 300 arts organizations and facilities.

The city’s cultural renaissance can be found in places like the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Covering four square blocks, the complex is the second largest in the country, with 10 theatres seating more than 10,000 people for opera, symphony, ballet, Tony Award-winning theatre and touring Broadway shows. The $92-million Ellie Caulkins Opera House is recognized as one of the finest acoustical venues in the world and Denver voters recently approved a $90 million refurbishing of Boettcher Concert Hall.

Denver has recently added art museums including the new Clyfford Still Museum (opened Nov. 2011), dedicated solely to the works of Clyfford Still, one of the world’s most influential abstract American painters. The Brad Cloepfil designed building is an artistic marvel unto itself, and created specifically to display the artist’s multi-dimensional work. The Denver Art Museum’s astonishing new Hamilton Building is designed by world famous architect Daniel Libeskind is “mesmerizing” according to the “New York Times”. In addition, the LEED-certified Museum of Contemporary Art was designed by David Adjaye, which is his first building in the United States.

3. Denver is near the mountains, not in them.
Denver is located on high rolling plains, 12 miles east of the “foothills,” a series of gentle mountains that climb to 11,000 feet. Just beyond is the “Front Range of the Rocky Mountains,” a series of formidable snowcapped peaks that rise to 14,000 feet. Denver might not be in the mountains, but the mountains still dominate the city. The picturesque mountain panorama from Denver is 140 miles long. There are 200 visible named peaks including 32 that soar to 13,000 feet and above. State law prohibits building any structure that would block the view from the Colorado State Capitol. Penetrating the mountains west of Denver required building the highest auto tunnel in the world (Eisenhower Tunnel) and the sixth longest railroad tunnel in the country (Moffat Tunnel).

4. Denver is a city of many colors and cultures.
Denver grew by 30 percent in the 1990s – an average of 1,000 new residents a week, every week for 10 years. In this period, the Hispanic population in Colorado increased by 73 percent. Today, 32 percent of the City of Denver is of Hispanic and Latino descent and 11 percent are African American. Denver’s diversity is celebrated at numerous festivals and events including the nation’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration and the largest Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally, referred to the locals as a “marade”. Denver has a population of 594,740, while there are 2.7 million people in the metro area.

5. Denver’s history is short, but colorful.
In 1858, there was not a single person living in the Denver metro area except for some migrating camps of Arapaho and Cheyenne Native Americans. Just 30 years later, Colorado was a state with a population of almost 200,000. It was a Gold Rush that caused this boom and in a 30 to 40 year period Denver saw some of the wildest events in the “Wild West.” This fascinating period is brought to life at museums, old gold mining towns and in hundreds of elegant Victorian buildings. LoDo, a 26 square block historic district, has the largest concentration of Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings in the country. Today, LoDo is home to 90 brewpubs, jazz cafes, restaurants, sports bars and nightclubs.

6. Denver loves its sports.
Denver is one of only two cities (Philadelphia is the other) to have seven professional sports teams: NFL Denver Broncos; NBA Denver Nuggets; NHL Colorado Avalanche; MLB Colorado Rockies; MLS Colorado Rapids; MLL Colorado Outlaws; and NLL Colorado Mammoth. The Colorado Rockies have 11 Major League Baseball attendance records, while the Denver Broncos have sold out every game for more than 20 years. Denver also hosts one of the world’s largest rodeos – the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo. Denver is the only city to build three new sports stadiums in the 1990s: 50,000-seat Coors Field; 75,000-seat INVESCO Field at Mile High and 20,000-seat Pepsi Center.

7. Denver brews more beer than any other city.
The first building in Denver was a saloon, so it’s natural that Denver would become a great beer town. Coors Brewery is the world’s largest. Denver’s Great American Beer Festival is the largest in the nation, with more than 1,900 different beers. The Wynkoop Brewing Company is one of the largest brewpubs in the country. On an average day, Denver brews more than 200 different beers. Why is Denver the “Napa Valley of Beer”? Well, just as the water tumbling down from the Scottish Highlands has made Scotland a renowned center for whiskey, the great taste of Rocky Mountain spring water provides a key basic ingredient for the city’s booming beer brewing industry.

8. Denver – The Mile High City, really is exactly one mile high.
By an amazing stroke of good luck, the 13th step on the west side of the State Capitol Building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level – one mile high. In Denver’s rarified air, golf balls go 10 percent farther. So do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more of a punch than at sea level. The sun feels warmer, because you are closer to it and there is 25 percent less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a must.

The Mile High City is also extremely dry, so it is a good idea to drink more water than usual. With less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado.

9. Denver has the 10th largest downtown in the United States.
Unlike some Western cities, Denver has a definitive, exciting and walkable downtown – the 10th largest in the nation. Within just a one mile radius, there are three sports stadiums, the country’s second largest performing arts complex, an assortment of art and history museums, a mint producing 10 billion coins a year, a river offering whitewater rafting, the country’s only downtown amusement park, a new world-class aquarium, more than 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 300 restaurants, brewpubs and music clubs.

10. Denver has the most unique city park system in the country.
Denver has more than 200 parks within the city and 14,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains, including spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheater. The city has its own buffalo herd located in the mountains with a panoramic view. Other mountain parks include Echo Lake, at the base of the Mount Evans highway – the highest road in North America and Buffalo Bill’s Grave on top of Lookout Mountain. Denver plants more than 200,000 flowers in 26 formal flower gardens every spring. There are more than 800 miles of off-street bike paths, 90 golf courses and one of the nation’s largest urban trail systems. Due to all of these recreational opportunities, a federal study found that Denver has the thinnest residents of any major U.S. city.

Photographer by Drake Busch Photography {LISTmember}

Check out the full photo shoot on COUTUREcolorado WEDDING.

Hard Cider “Toddy” by Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg

Warm up with this winter cocktail. Consider serving it on Thanksgiving……your friends and family will love you for it!




For the Spiced Apple Cider Ice Cubes

1 gallon organic apple cider
¼ cup honey
¼ cup white wine
½ teaspoon lemon zest
grated ½ teaspoon orange zest
grated 2 cinnamon sticks
2 cloves

For the Cocktail (1 serving)

1 tablespoon honey
6 ounces ginger-lemon tea
hot 1½ ounces Leopold Bros small-batch whiskey
1 twist orange

Place honey
 in a warm mug. Add hot tea, whiskey
, and an orange twist. Top with a spiced apple cider ice cube and serve immediately



 Recipe by Chef Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Catering & Events {LISTmember on WEDDING} 

Blackbelly Catering & Events is a full-service catering and events company that offers private custom dining experience parallel to none.  From intimate multi-course wine dinners in your home, to outdoor farm dinners, to full-blown corporate events, farm dinners and weddings, our mission is to provide a perfect event experience. Thier services include unique catering experiences with custom menus prepared by celebrity chef Hosea Rosenberg, event planning, menu consultation, drop-off cuisine, and beyond. They specialize in ‘farm-to-table’ cuisine. In fact, they source all of our ingredients locally from the Blackbelly Farm where they raise our own Pigs, Lamb, Chickens, and Rabbits, and also tend to our greenhouse. What they can’t get from our own farm, they source from other local Colorado farms. Their menus are all very seasonal, so they are in constant communication with all the local farms to see what is growing well and at it’s peak when we design our menus.

Check out more of Hosea Rosenberg’s recipes featured on COUTUREcolorado.

Spotted: Leopard


RED Valentino flare dress / Markus Lupfer sweater, $625 / H M zip top, $24 / Armani Jeans leopard print coat, $635 / Balmain print pencil skirt / J.Crew chunky heel pumps / Tory Burch leopard print flat, $365 / Balmain black studded purse, $3,070 / Dolce Gabbana leopard bag, $495 / Eugenia Kim grey hat, $255 / Calypso Private Label leopard fedora hat / Tory Burch tech accessory

Giveaway: Xtend Barre

Ladies, here is your chance to get in shape! 

From Pilates to barre to yoga to spin, I am addicted to group exercise classes.

The Xtend Barre class was a complete body workout: arms, legs,core, and cardio. It took my favorite things of each of my group exercise classes and put it all in one!

Developed from a dance/Pilates background, the Xtend Barre workout combines the amazing results of dance with the principles of strength and safety in Pilates. This total body workout serves to strengthen, lengthen, and stretch the body from top to bottom. The end result is a long and lean physique… without added bulk. Plus, it’s really fun!

I am thrilled offer you the chance to win ONE MONTH OF CLASSES and more.

Starting today, you may enter to win the following prizes. One winner will be chosen on November 7th. Don’t worry, we have a little something special for all the entries too!

  • One month of classes at Xtend Barre Highlands Ranch
  • Xtend Barre Gift Bag: Two different Xtend Barre tank tops, a pair of Xtend barre grip socks, a pair of Sashi Mesh grip socks and an Xtend Strap to help sculpt their thighs and arms!
  • Three Barre Buddy Classes (bring a friend to a class for free)

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TOP 10: Resources to Change your Life Now

Ok, technically on Tuesdays I share my top ten list with you. But today, I am sharing with you a Top FIVE list. It is life changing ideas that will blow your mind…… so we only need five…. right?!

And today’s post is by Jewelry Designer Harmony Scott {LISTmember}

Here are 5 things I am doing right now that are really making a difference in my day-to-day life.  Even when we are busy, and especially when we feel “stress” it is so important to find ways to nurture and support ourselves for our highest possible good. I am sharing these with you in hopes they will inspire and enrich your days too!

Screen shot 2014-08-29 at 3.17.44 PM1. Fit in a workout at home -no seriously!  I must admit, I am a busy girl and getting to yoga or exercise class just doesn’t happen often.  And it can be expensive to do regularly.  That is why I enjoy working out at home, I just need the right inspiration to stay motivated.  I have a stack of trusty workout and yoga DVD’s I like, but frankly they were getting a bit…old.  Enter  a fantastic new FREE website that has hundreds of well organized and professional videos to choose from. Yoga, cardio, pilates, barre, weight training, meditation, healthy cooking…it is all here, with tons of great instructors and a community of online support.  I also love that there are varied time lengths.  Only have 15 minutes? No problem…there are tons of “short but sweet” workouts.  Did I mention it is totally Free?  I am not sure how long they will be able to sustain this “free model” at this level of AWESOMENESS…but while it is- just create an account and you are good to go. We all know getting a variety of exercise on a consistent basis helps us reduce stress, look and feel our best, and glow from the inside out. Check out Grokker for LOTS of great motivation!  If you want, you can follow me on Grokker (Harmony Scott) to see the videos I have liked and watched:)

2. Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  Get a fresh box of veggies (hopefully organic, that may also include eggs, cheese, milk, meat, honey, jam, etc.) direct from local farmers.  Late summer is a perfect time, since it is now the height of the veggie and fruit season!  Many communities now have farm-to-you options.  It is a great way to eat a variety of healthy, local produce that is economical AND supports local agriculture, which is a win-win by any measure.  At this point, we all know eating fresh and local is good for healthy families AND communities- so what are you waiting for? Try the website to find a CSA near you, or ask at your local farmers market or health food store. This summer I am discovering delicious ways to eat a greater variety of things when I get my weekly box, it is inspiring, fun, and convenient! If it is too much food, you can always split it with someone. My CSA even delivers to my door and offers simple recipes for the more “unusual” items in my box- I never knew sliced, slightly spicy kohlrabi was such a delicious, crunchy snack with dip or guacamole- a great alternative to chips.  Seriously, good riddance to those plastic boxes of wilted veggies from the supermarket that traveled 2000 miles to reach my plate. Local, fresh CSA all the way!

3. Discover your Core Desired Feelings.  This simple exercise has changed my outlook on life, goals, and how I feel on a day-to-day basis.  If your are not familiar with Danielle Laporte, do yourself a favor and click over to her website  Her best selling book “The Desire Map” shows you how to approach life and work from a heart-centered place.  Essentially, Danielle’s book helps us get in touch with our deep “desires” that can guide our lives into becoming richer and more fulfilling. Simply from shifting our focus from outside goals and accomplishments, to discovering “how do I most want to feel”… this is a beautiful way to live life from the “inside out.”  I have found I am more relaxed around my goals, and they seem to flow more easily now that I am aligned with my Core Desires.  What are some of mine? Connected * Radiant * Divine Feminine * Flowing

4. Get into Nature.  So simple, but such a key piece to being happy, healthy, and balanced.  We KNOW this, but even I forget…and I am a true Nature Lover! When we are not connected to the Earth, we are ungrounded, and can easily become depressed and lethargic.  We also cut ourselves off from creative inspiration, and allowing insight and intuition some “space” to come and guide us with those pesky challenges of life.  Great thinkers like Einstein and spiritual leaders like Thich Nhat Hanh have all advocated time in nature as a way to reconnect to our Source. Even if you live in the city, it is as simple as taking a walk outside.  Laying on the grass somewhere and breathing deeply.  Making sure you have a beautiful bouquet or a luxurious plant in your home.  Taking a few minutes to sit quietly by a river, lake, or ocean…to gaze out to the horizon and let your mind rest.  Swim, hike, camp, walk, sit…whatever you can do to immerse yourself and get back to your roots! You can also explore the synergistic power of Nature and our focused intentions for true healing…A favorite book of mine is called “To be Healed by the Earth” by Warren Grossman PH.D.  I used his Earth meditation technique just yesterday to soothe a bad headache…and it really works!

5. Make your very own Daily Personal Practice List.  What is a “personal practice” you may ask? It is those simple things we can do everyday that support, nourish, replenish, grow, balance, and feed us as physical, emotional, and spiritual beings.  Basically, we all KNOW what we need to be happy and healthy.  If you aren’t sure, start with the Core Desired Feeling exercises (see #3) to get in touch with what feelings really nourish you, and then locate the activities and practices that make you feel that way.  What I have found to be really helpful is to make a list of my Personal Practices, and I put it on the fridge. This is more than “eat right” and “exercise”…these are SPECIFIC things. For example, on my list I start with “lemon H2O” reminding myself to do my liver cleanse of water and lemon juice 1st thing in the morning, and also includes “Prayer and Gratitude” as well as specific activities like “Dance 3 Songs” and many of my meditation practices that I know keep me happy.  Then, each day I choose as many as I can and put a heart next to the ones I have accomplished.  I update it monthly to stay fresh. This way I am reminded to DO them, and Inspired with ideas of how to keep myself aligned with what I know is for my highest good.  Honestly, the list on the fridge has REALLY helped me…remember those gold stars from school? Also, it is pretty easy to see which ones are getting neglected and which ones we do more often after a few weeks of tracking.  Well, do it for yourself and enjoy the benefits of being happier, healthier, and more aligned with those things that will nourish and support you from the inside out.

I hope some of these ideas resonate with you! Please feel free to add comments,  or share what you are going to do to make your life better!  It is so important for us to support and encourage each other with ideas and inspiration.  Thank you so much for reading this… Blessings, Harmony

by Jewelry Designer Harmony Scott {LISTmember}

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Sleek, Low Textured Ponytail

We know ponytails are the ideal go-to style for women as they can be styled up or down, are fast and simple to do, and look great on 2nd day hair. Jenny Balding, Cutler/Redken Stylist shares one of her favorite ponytail styles, the Sleek, Low Textured Ponytail. “This look is easy to do yourself and doesn’t take long with a little ‘know how’ – it immediately gives you the glam effect with minimal effort. The texture in the ponytail is key to this look as it creates a point of difference from just an ordinary low ponytail.” – Jenny Balding

  • Start with day old hair as this will be easier to manage and look better.
  • Create a low side part on whichever side suits your face shape best. Mist hair with a light spray all over to smooth any flyaway strands and smooth down.
  • Gather your hair at the nape and sweep into low ponytail and tie making sure to keep the top area really smooth and sleek. Take a small piece of hair from the under section of the ponytail and wrap around the base and pin. I love Cutler Flyaway Stick to use over the part and crown to create a sleek, beautiful sheen to the hair.
  • Using a mini crimper, take small sections of the ponytail and crimp each section. Mist a light hairspray on each section to give a little hold.
  • Brush hair through with boar bristle flat brush to create the perfect juxtaposition of the two textures – the sleek top and the textured, crimped tail.

Sleek, Low Textured Ponytail

Spotted: Booties


Christian Louboutin heel boots / Gianvito Rossi short boots / Aquazzura high heel boots, $1,010 / Narciso Rodriguez short boots, $945 / Rag & bone heel boots / Isabel Marant slip on boots, $690 / Cole Haan ankle booties / Cole Haan short boots / Cole Haan black booties / C. Wonder short boots / Sam Edelman black booties, $265 / TOMS wedge booties / Muk Luks chunky heel ankle booties / Heel boots / Maison Martin Margiela Olive Leather Pointed Ankle Boots

Bare…..inspired by art, culture and travel

I have been loving this new sustainable fashion brand, BARE, for months now. And most recently, I have met one of the founders, Justin Beil, and I couldn’t say enough nice things about him. I am thrilled to announce that BARE is now being sold on our newly launched online boutique.

Justin along with BFF Grason Ratowsky and sister Jessica Beil created BARE, a fashion brand inspired by art, culture and travel. The company creates handbags and accessories with unique design, distinctive material choices and versatility. BARE’s products cater to the stylish world traveler with an adventurous spirit and an air of sophistication and ,best of all, BARE products are sustainably made in the Denver, Colorado.

Even though BARE is locally produced, it has received global attention with a recent feature on Vogue and Yahoo Style.

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As seen on Yahoo Style: “When your sister is Jessica Biel—Hollywood star and fashion plate (the word “icon” has been tossed her way more than a few times)—it would be almost criminal not to seek some familial advice when launching an accessories line. Justin Biel, 29, the actress’s blond and equally striking younger sibling (he’s like Ryan Gosling meets…well, Jessica Biel), had the wherewithal to tell his sister very early on about his and best friend Grason Ratowsky’s concept for an eco-conscious, socially responsible collection of bags made out of burlap coffee sacks. “I thought it was an amazing idea and I trust them and believe in them,” says Jessica, who swiftly offered up both her “creative influence”—bigger pockets, longer straps, more elegant hardware—and invested enough cash for a small production run of about 200 bags. These became the basis for BARE, the trio’s Denver-based company, launched in 2013.” Read more…..(photos by yahoo style)

Their latest artist collection is available on our online shop AND we are offering them at a steep discount till the end of the month.


Also, on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM, Golydn {LISTmember} is holding a BARE trunk show. The designers and artists behind BARE will be on hand at Goldyn’s trunk show for you to meet in addition to previewing and shopping the collection.





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