A Jumper and Harem Pants

First off- check out that view! It’s shots like this that make me take a deep, appreciative breathe for the daily view I am surrounded with living in Boulder. For this rooftop look, we focused on billowy, boho silk looks. We paired Melissa with a cropped jumper, Tanner with a military inspired button up and Kate in the ultra trendy harem pants and asymmetrical blouse. Add some funky & bold jewelry to the mix & viola- instant style!

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Huge Thanks to Participating Shops:

Willow {LISTmember} | Starrs Clothing {LISTmember} |  Swoon Jewelry Studios {LISTmember}  |   Arcatus {LISTmember}  |  Barbara & Company  |  Nod & Rose  |  Cedar & Hyde |  Eleanor  |  Chelsea  |  Two Sole Sisters  |  Todd Reed |  Frisk  

And to our talented helpers who made everything possible!

Photographer: Andrea Flanagan Photography {LISTmember}

Stylist: Jill Carter Stylist {LISTmember}

Models: Melissa Cairns, Kate & Tanner Wilkonson

Melissa Cairns: A true resident of Boulder, Melissa lives with  her hubby and adorable dog  right in the heart of downtown Boulder and enjoys living the lifestyle that goes along with living in such a beautiful & fun small town!

Kate & Tanner Wilkonson: Kate is the intuitive mastermind behind the beautiful line Acartus Jewelry {LISTmember}. She designs as a response to the way the world feels and wants to stir buyers senses while giving the opportunity to have them feel that they are expressing their true self. She lives in Denver with her husband Tanner and her inspiration ranges from architecture and stones found on her travels to the curves of a root winding across a path in the mountains

Summer Style on the Morning Show Colorado’s Best

This morning, I was thrilled to show off a few of my favorite summer looks on the morning show Colorado’s Best. With the launch of our online boutique, I have been bursting at the seams to spread the word and to share with the world all the awesome products we have listed for sale.

For this TV segment, I decided to take the trends that I have been seeing in the fashion magazines and translate them to fit into our casual Colorado lifestyle. So each outfit is comfortable yet chic. And all are available locally and on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.

Maxi Dress from Inspyre available on COUTUREcolorado for $47

Chambray Top from Inspyre available on COUTUREcolorado for $47

Swing Necklace (on the maxi look) by Mildred & Bernice available on COUTUREcolorado for $46 *15% until August  17th with promo code MBlaunch

Chain Gang Necklace (I wore) by Mildred & Bernice available on COUTUREcolorado for $61 *15% until August  17th with promo code MBlaunch

Coral Top (I wore) from Inspyre available on COUTUREcolorado for $34

Aztec Romper available from Starrs available on COUTUREcolorado for $107 *10% until July 31st with promo code WSlaunch

Ring of Sunshine Necklace (short necklace on romper look) by Swoon available on COUTUREcolorado for $111 *20% until July 31st with promo code WSlaunch

Leather Snake Necklace (long necklace on romper look) by Mildred & Bernice available on COUTUREcolorado for $86 *15% until August 17th with promo code MBlaunch

Utility Pant from Willow available on COUTUREcolorado for $278 *10% until July 31st with promo code Wlaunch

Gray Tank from Willow available on COUTUREcolorado for $51 *10% until July 31st with promo code Wlaunch

Felix Bag by Winter Session available on COUTUREcolorado for $273.50 *10% until August  17th with promo code WSlaunch

Garrison Bag by Winter Session available on COUTUREcolorado for $293.50 *10% until August  17th with promo code WSlaunch

Top 10: Best Beaches in America

The heat is on and I for one am always looking for the next watering hole. While we do have some spots to frequent in Colorado, when I am feeling like a beach day, it’s usually to another state. If you are in dire need of a summer break, check out this list of top beached in the US and take your pick for a mid-summer getaway. Have a favorite beach of your own? Share it in our comments section, we would love to know your favorite sandy spot!

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1. Manele Bay, Hawaii

Hulopo’e Beach on the island of Lana’i, lies at the base of the Four Seasons Lana’i at Manele Bay. Overlooking the bay and a marine preserve filled with colorful fish and dolphins. With 70 degree waters, you will find some of the best snorkeling around with an amazing view to match.

2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

As the largest resort along South Carolina’s 60-mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is the ultimate vacation on the East Coast. Full of summertime action with beaches along the Strand, water parks, restaurants and live entertainment, it is an amazing time for all. Myrtle Beach’s actual beach is an extensive stretch of silky white sand, with opportunities for fishing, sunbathing, surf and swimmings.

3. Nantucket, Massachusetts

This one is a personal favorite since I am spending half of my August there soon! Like a faraway fairytale land with a bright blue backdrop of ocean and bay in a community of historic, weathered white cottages surrounded by wild roses. This former whaling community has quaint neighborhoods and a beach for everyone, including Surfside Beach and Children’s Beach, both of which feature calm waters and no shortage of sandcastles. I will be at them all enjoying the scene.

4. Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii

Located on the Kohala Coast of the Aloha-state’s Big Island, Kauna’oa Bay is the exact idea that you think of when you picture Hawaii. It has stretches of white sand, palm trees along with calm blue water. The crescent-shaped beach is a a great spot for families, active types and loungers alike.

5. Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach has brought countless families and couples to its sandy shores. The narrow 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf Coast, it straddles the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and Tampa Bay to it’s east. Enjoy sunbathing on white sand, renting fishing boats, parasailing or heading to a mainland museum or aquarium.. Plus, if you’re lucky you can spot a dolphin or two in the pristine waters.

6. Coronado, California

Coronado Central Beach is 1.5 miles behind the great homes residing along Ocean Boulevard. With the fabulous Hotel Del Coronado, swimmers, bodysurfers, boogie boarders, sand sculptors alike come from near and far to explore. North Beach attracts surfers in the morning, and at the far north is the best ever Dog Beach, where pups can frolic in the surf and play in the sand.

7. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

As summer starts, the crowds flock to Martha’s Vineyard in droves, but peace is found in the Vineyard’s far eastern reaches — up-island at Moshup Beach. Tucked beneath the infamous Gay Head Cliffs, Moshup Beach is an unspoiled paradise of soft, white sand framed by red, brown and tan striated cliffs looming from above. This is another spot I am hitting soon and can’t wait to see for myself.

8. East Hampton, New York

Beloved by New Yorkers near and far, this white sand beach with , roaring waves is beautiful in every season.  Full of your favorite A-listers, and at the end of Main Street is Main Beach, with perfect white beaches and tasty lobster rolls await with crisp glass of chardonnay.

9. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

With 72 miles along the Atlantic coast of the Outer Banks, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a skinny strip of barrier islands from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island. With high, sandy dunes and  frothy surf, it is great for beachcombing and body-surfing. Climb up the 248 steps to the top of the nation’s tallest lighthouse to view the shore in a one of a kind way.

10. La Jolla Cove, La Jolla,CA

San Diego’s most desirable spot for swimming, diving and snorkeling. The water is calm and the cove is ecologically protected. There is also a world famous dive site that is located in the La Jolla ecological preserve. I love going here on trips to San Diego and watching the silly sea animals loving their home and showing off for the visitors.

Image Credit to Trip Advisor

Jean Shorts Look

Along with the 90′s trend, jeans shorts are back! Here’s an outfit featuring a rolled jean short available on our newly launch online boutique. Get 10% off of the shorts and tank with promo code Wlaunch.

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Jean Shorts $115 on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE from Boulder-based boutique Willow {LISTmember} 10% off  with promo code Wlaunch until July 31, 2014

Tank Top $51 on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE from local Boulder-based boutique Willow {LISTmember} 10% off  with promo code Wlaunch until July 31, 2014

Felix Bag in Olive $273.50 on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE. 10% off with promo code WSlaunch until August 17th, 2014

Chain Gang Wooden Necklace $61on COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE. 15% off with promo code MBlaunch until August 17th, 2014

Sandals available on Etsy

Spotted: Tribal Inspired

One trend I am seeing on the racks constantly this season is the tribal print. In a plethora of shapes and prints, there are no specific guidelines for this look and a million ways to wear it to any degree. My personal favorite? #2, the effortless white, black & coral tunic, and #7 the perfect Nanette Lepore mini with detailed patterns and poms!

Even better- all of these items are available on our new COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE!

Tribal Inspired

1. Tibi Fog Dress from Willow ( 10% off with promo code- Wlaunch)

2. Aztec Printed top from Inspyre 

3.Eighty-Sixty Romper from Starrs Clothing Company ( 10% of with promo code StarrsLaunch)

4. Eighty-Sixty Tribal Maxi from Starrs Clothing Company (10% off with promo code StarrsLaunch)

5.Printed High-Low dress from Inspyre

6. Gentle Fawn army shorts with embroidery from Starrs Clothing Company (10% off with promo code StarrsLaunch)

7. Nanette Lepore embroidered mini by Willow (10% off with promo Wlaunch)

8. Aztec print maxi from Inspyre 

* All promo codes are valid through July 31, 2014

COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE has Launched!

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Today, our very own online boutique has officially launched! Shopping local just became that much easier.

COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE is a well-curated online shop featuring hand-crafted, beautifully designed, one-of-a-kind products that are only made better by the fact that they were created by a Coloradan {or sold from a locally owned Colorado boutique}.

From handcrafted jewelry to custom baby bibs to fashionable clothing to unique wedding favors, the boutique offers an ever growing diverse selection of products.

To celebrate our newly launched boutique, we are having a BIG SALE on select products for a limited time only.

Stay tuned…..

Each month we hold a GIFT WITH PURCHASE promotion. We partner up with a local business that we love and gift you with something special. Whether it is a discount to a spa or a gift card to a new restaurant, each month come back and see what exciting item we are gifting. Gift with Purchase promotions will start on August 1st with The Four Seasons Denver.

And we plan on holding a series pop-up shops through out the year. Our first pop-up shop will be held at our Launch Party on September 12th. Details to follow.

*pictured above is the winter session felix bag. get 10% off until August 17th with promo code WSlaunch

High Style in Sand Dunes

The Great Sand Dunes National Park provided the backdrop for this style shoot. Stylist Stephanie Danielle and photographer Jason Siegel collaborated on this shoot featuring Child of Wild Jewelry and Flash Tattoos. The Perfect Petal provided a stunning floral crown.

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Styling: Lifestyle and Fashion Blogger Stephanie Danielle of The City Blonde  | Photographer: Jason Siegel | Necklace: Child of Wild Jewelry Tattoos: Flash Tattoos | Floral Crown: The Perfect Petal | Location: The Great Sand Dunes National Park

Top 10: Summer Activities in Aspen

Aspen is a beautiful and luxurious town. Having just gone there recently for Aspen Fashion Week, I quickly saw the appeal to this small yet grandiose mountain town. When the snow melts and the mountain heats up, the fun really begins according Aspen locals Brigid & Sally of Wagstaff Worldwide who filled us in on Aspen’s Top 10 Summertime activities! From picnicking at the Maroon Bells mountains to spaing at the #1 hotel spa in the world, there is no place quite like Aspen to spend a summer getaway.

Aspen Summer

 

1. Cooking Classes through the Chef’s Club at St Regis Hotel. Offering in-house classes to learn how to chef your own tasty dinner.

2. Take a scenic bike ride to Woody Creek Tavern.

3. Try out a day of Kayaking with the Aspen Kayak Academy.

4. Fly Fishing with your own personal guide at The Little Nell.

5. There is no better way to get some much needed mid-summer R&R then at the St Regis Remedé Spa. If you really feel like being pampered go for the one and only Remedé Spa Sanctuary which was just named #1 hotel spa in the world by Travel and Leisure!

6. Bluegrass Sundays are every Sunday through end of August on the Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain.

7. For the adventurers among us, there is no better way to see the city of Aspen then to go paragliding over Aspen Mountain!

8. Aspen Food & Wine Classic. Happening every June, this is the event to be at!!

9. Aspen Golf Club is a beautiful place to tee off while taking in the beauty of Aspen.

10. My favorite way to see new landscapes is by hiking. Locals recommend hiking to Crater Lake by the famous Maroon Bells mountains. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day soaking up the sun! The views of North Maroon Peak from this basin are some of the most photographed in the country.

Image Credit to COUTUREcolorado Life & Style

Turning 60 in Style

Celebrating turning 60 with a Tuscan style food and wine pairing with live jazz, chef onsite …….yes, please! This intimate 60th surprise birthday party in Breckenridge, Colorado was planned by one of our LISTmembers Laura Pearson of L Elizabeth Events.

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Photographer: Jamison Gale Photography | Event Planner: L Elizabeth Events {LISTmember} | Chef: Cole Crocker, All Love Catering | Florist: Lilli Black, Bella Calla | Sommelier: Tod Bergler | Paper Design: Jenny Herrick, An Artist’s Touch | Calligraphy: Evette Goldstein, Pretty Writing | Cake: Katy Schabert, Sugar Breck | Handmade Toffee: | Miss Kelly’s Candies | Custom Wine Openers: Etsy

Spotted: Bikinis

It’s time to soak up the rays with our itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini! Each season regardless of how many swimsuits I have, there is always a least a dozen that I simply must have. I mean, if you’re taking a vacation somewhere fabulous, a girl needs a variety of suits to go with it. On my honeymoon to Kauii, I swear I wore a different one daily- tan lines be damned! This season is no different and I am currently drooling over these gems below.

Teeny Bikinis

 

1. Seafolly Goddess Bandeau

2. Mix & Match Set

3. Mara Hoffman Tribal Bustier Bikini

4. L’Space Fringe Halter Combo

5. Festival Crochet Set

6. Maaji Floral Flight One Shoulder Bikini

7. Plunging Serena Wrap Set

8. La Blanca Diamond Combo

 

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