pineapple in fashion
Msgm dress, $475 / MSGM green cotton dress, $360 / Tory Burch slim button down shirt / White vest top / Topshop swimsuit, $56 / Rare London 1 piece swimwear, $55 / White overall / Keds pull on shoes / Brahmin gold tote / Mondani pattern handbag / Emilie M chain purse / Lee Renee gold vermeil ring, $96 / Tech accessory / Gold home accessory / Embroidered throw pillow, $39 / Black and white home decor / H M candles candleholder, $7.79

Mount Falcon Hike

Anytime a friend is visiting they persist on getting outdoors and enjoying the Colorado scenery. The “when in Rome” theory. The Mount Falcon trails is the perfect solution for that out town weekend goer to enjoy a nice leisure hike with views of Red Rocks and the city.

The Turkey Trot Trail is exclusive to hikers so you won’t get disturbed by the mountain bikers and you won’t disturb them. The loop is just shy of 2 miles. If you and your guest have enough energy about half way through the Turkey Trot loop you can take Castle Trail further up the mountain. After 45 minutes of hiking, I drove my out-of-town guest a few minutes over to Red Rocks Amphitheater. It is a Colorado must-see in my book. We followed it up with “Colorado” pizza and a beer on the patio at Beau Jo’s in Evergreen. The patio is perfectly set right on the river.

Trail: Turkey Trot

Difficultly: Easy – Moderate

Distance: 1.7

Directions to Trailhead:  To access the Turkey Trot you will want the east parking area.  Take the Indian Hills turn off from US 285, follow Parmalee Gulch Road for 5 miles to Picutis Road, then follow the signs to the west parking area. East access is available from CO Highway 8, south of Morrison. Turn west on Forest Avenue and north on Vine Avenue.

Trail History:  The story of Mount Falcon is largely the story of Joh Brisben Walker who once owned over 4,000 acres of land in the area.  During the 1900s Walker lived in an elaborate stone house on Mount Falcon which later burned in 1918. The stone walls and numerous fireplaces remain today. He planned the construction of a summer home for the presidents of the United States, which was to have been located on the ridge of to the east of his home. The construction of The Summer White House never proceeded beyond laying the foundation. The American involvement in World War I, combined with a waning of Walker’s good fortunes, brought an end to the project.

Browse through more our featured Hike Reviews.


Ten Shoes Every Colorado Gal Should Own

1. Statement Heel – you would be surprised how many things you can pair with a good statement heel. Think bright colors, animal print

2. Ankle Bootie – this will be your go-to shoe for the fall-winter

3. Winter Boot – for those cold snowy days

4. Summer Wedge – a comfortable and stylish way to dress up your summer look

5. Casual Flip Flop – a summer “must-have”

6. Classic Nude Heel – you will have them forever and they go with everything

7. Cool Sneaker – for those casual walks in the park

8. Sexy Black Heel – date night

9. Chic Sandal – when your flip flops just won’t do

10. Fun Ballet Flat – comfort and style year round

ten-shoesManolo Blahnik cushioned shoes / Barneys New York brown ankle booties / Jimmy choo sandals / J.Crew thick high heel shoes, $315 / Madewell flat / New Balance sneaker, $115 / Tory Burch ballet flat shoes, $110 / SOREL high boots / Asos shoes, $44 / Rainbow flip flop shoes

Spotted: Aqua

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

Check out aqua wedding decor inspiration on COUTUREcolorado WEDDING.


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

6 DIY Hair Treatments to Detox, Nourish & Strengthen

“Heading to the salon or your local beauty supply store is fine and good, but your fridge and pantry can provide a host of delectable ingredients that will nourish and rejuvenate your hair, as well,” explains Wendy Rose Gould beauty expert for hair tutorial and advice site “From mashed bananas to blended carrots to strawberries, fenugreek seeds and beyond, chances are you have many of these ingredients at your immediate disposal. Snack on some, of course, but also put them atop your head as DIY hair treatments that make for glorious, glorious hair.”

DIY Hair Treatment Recipe Instructions:

Carrot Detox


Either finely shred your carrot by hand, or put it in a blender to break it down. Combine with two tablespoons of coconut oil and mix well, then apply to dry hair. Let it set for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse in the sink (to keep carrots out of your bathtub drain). Condition and style per normal.



Strawberry Banana Hair Detox



Chop your four strawberries into small pieces and then either mash them by hand or use a blender to puree. Combine with one mashed banana and two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Apply to shampooed hair and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Shampoo, condition, and style per normal.



Almond and Avocado Treatment


Crush or blend your almonds, then cut your avocado in half and remove the pit. Mash the almonds into the avocado and then combine with olive oil, mixing well until you have a smooth consistency. Let the mixture set for 20 minutes before applying to allow the ingredients to fuse, then apply to shampooed hair and let set for 10 to 15 minutes before shampooing.



Egg Yolk Mask



Separate your egg yolk from the white and beat the yolk. Slowly add the milk, mixing as you do, then add the honey. Apply the mixture to your hair, starting at the ends and working your way up. Let the mask set for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Hot water can make the egg cook, so stick with cooler water.



Fenugreek Strengthener



Blend your fenugreek seeds into a powder, then combine with yogurt to make a paste. Apply to dry hair and allow it to set for 30 minutes before rinsing and shampooing. Fenugreek is rich in proteins and vitamins, which strengthens hair.



Blackseed Oil Conditioner


Maximize the effects of a normal conditioner by adding equal parts coconut oil, blackseed oil, and your normal conditioner. Mix well, then saturate hair and throw on a shower cap. Blackseed oil makes hair fuller and stronger while coconut oil adds shine.

Aug. 8th: 7th Annual Cherry Creek North Food & Wine

The 7th Annual Cherry Creek North Food & Wine event will take place Saturday, Aug. 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fillmore Plaza (Fillmore Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues) with exclusive early entry for VIP ticket holders beginning at 5 p.m. 


The 2015 Cherry Creek North Food & Wine celebration includes menu items from over 20 of the district’s finest dining establishments and wines from William Hill Estate, Columbia Winery and LaMarca.

“Cherry Creek North Food & Wine continues to be a highly anticipated event. This year is no different, with the participation of four much-talked-about, yet-to-open restaurants: Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Blue Island Oyster Bar, Del Frisco’s Grille and Osaka Ramen, ” said Jenny Starkey, director of marketing and community relations for Cherry Creek North. “Denver foodies and wine aficionados won’t want to miss the event, which is the perfect way to showcase Cherry Creek North’s diverse offerings under the beautiful summer canopy of Fillmore Plaza.”

General admission tickets are $60, and VIP early-entry tickets are $80. Click here to purchase tickets.

In addition, the public has the opportunity to visit Art Feast on August 1 to get a preview of Food & Wine, while enjoying the fine art at Cherry Creek North galleries. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., eleven galleries will open their doors and feature food from seven of the Food & Wine restaurants. Begin the gallery journey at 2nd Avenue and Fillmore Street for a map of the participating galleries and a chance to win prizes.

For a full list of participating Food & Wine restaurants and their websites, please visit


What to Wear: The Nautical Party

I am co-hosting The Nautical Party at The Four Seasons Denver AND you are all invited! Rooftop Pool AND Champagne! Yes, please.

Presented by Moet Chandon Imperial Ice

Nautical-Themed Poolside Cocktail Party  
Thursday, August 6 – 6pm
Pool Terrace, Four Seasons Hotel Denver 1111 14th St, Denver, Colorado 80202

VIP Poolside Party: 6-7:45 p.m – a donation of $20 to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is required at the door to get access to the VIP party

8 p.m.-1 a.m. The party continues in EDGE Bar with a DJ.

Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best “Yacht Club” attire. Dress code enforced. This event is 21 and over only.

RSVP on our facebook event page.

$20 suggested donation at the door benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Colorado.

Bottle Service Tables available. To reserve a table, please contact Angela at

Hope to see you there!

Here are a few style boards to inspire your nautical wardrobe.


Shift dress / Yves Saint Laurent black sandals / Modalu leather handbag, $615 / Round sunglasses


Rebecca Minkoff red shirt, $110 / J Brand stretch jeans, $280 / Stuart Weitzman leather sandals / Mansur Gavriel leather bag / Rag bone fedora hat / Cat-eye glasses



Topshop jacquard dress, $78 / MICHAEL Michael Kors strappy wedge sandals, $110 / Alexander Wang red leather shoulder bag / Dsquared2 plastic jewelry / Tom Ford brown gradient sunglasses


yacht wardrobe

Raina romper / Black sandals / MICHAEL Michael Kors messenger bag, $190 / Marc by Marc Jacobs analog watch / Yves Saint Laurent black glasses



nautical attire
Nautical striped shirt, $46 / Acne studios jeans, $140 / Dsquared2 wedge heel sandals / Bohemian style handbag / Prada black square frame glasses, $295


10 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Medicine Cabinet

Women take on the weight of the world. If we’re not busy making a living for ourselves in the workforce, we’re taking care of children and spouses. It’s like our responsibilities go on forever. A woman who is constantly on the go can often experience little ailments that slow them down. Unfortunately, if you’re like most women, slowing down is not an option, and as such it can’t hurt to have a mini “survival kit” of sorts that will get you through those difficult days.

Below are just a few key things that every woman should have stored in her medicine cabinet.

1.  A Good Pain Killer

Whether you’re suffering from a migraine, or dealing with an achy body after a great workout session, there is nothing that can slow you down more than pain. While excessive or excruciating pain should be communicated to your doctor, lesser pains can be quickly resolved with a good pain killer. There are several types of pain killers which all aid the body in some way (muscles, joints, headaches, teeth, etc.) so make sure you have a good one that will aid you when you need it most. However, don’t overdo it… if you take a pain killer or two and find no relief in a day or so, then visiting a doctor is best as there could be underlying issues going on.

2. Thermometer

Always good to now if you have a fever and how severe it is.

3. Cold Medicine

A cold can come on quick. It is best to have cold medicine on-hand for day and night.

4.  Gas Relief Medication

Gas, of course, is a common occurrence, and no matter how embarrassing or smelly it can be, it is ultimately a fact of life. However, there comes a point when excessive gas causing complications such as bloating and indigestion. There is nothing worse than having company over and you’re passing gas constantly – which is why you need to have some form of relief. In this case there are things that you can take that will provide you with the relief you need. Investing in over the counter gas relief medications can do the trick. There are even combination medications that will treat all stomach issues such as heartburn, nausea, indigestion, upset stomach, or diarrhea.

5. Antiseptic

For a minor shaving cut or an accident in the kitchen, it is a must to have a antiseptic in your cabinet to clean and heal your cuts/wounds.

6.  Allergy Medication

Nothing slows you down like allergies. On days when pollen count is high you can experience things like excessive sneezing, runny nose, postnasal drip, sore throat, fatigue, and a whole lot more. All you want to do is crawl under the bed and get some rest as you pray for the rain to come. Unfortunately the latter is not an option, so having something in your arsenal of medications or remedies is the next best thing. There are several allergy medications you can find over the counter. Having these on hand can get you through those high pollen days without missing a bit.

7. Pepto-Bismol

You never want to be left without this remedy for an upset stomach and/or diarrhea due to overindulgence in food and drink, including heartburn, indigestion, and nausea.

8. SPF

With over 300 days of sunshine here in Colorado, SPF is a must. I personally use a daily 30 SPF but for those long days out in the sun, I bump it up to 50 SPF.

9.  Hemorrhoid Relief

There are plenty of causes for hemorrhoids including excessive weight or pregnancy, but there is nothing more painful than having to deal with them. Hemorrhoids can make it hard to use the restroom and even more difficult to sit down comfortably. Not to mention how embarrassed you might be to become intimate with your significant other. For this reason, you want to have some products to relieve the effects of hemorrhoids such as an over the counter hemorrhoids treatment product.

10.  Essential Oils

Last but not least, every woman should keep some essential oils on hand as a natural remedy to many common ailments. Having oils such as peppermint can relieve a stomach ache, while oils such as lavender are great for relieving stress. Using medications all the time is certainly not ideal for the body and should be used with discretion. Having things such as essential oils on hand prevents the adverse affects of taking medication and allow the body to heal naturally.

If slowing down due to common ailments or illnesses is not an option for you, then making sure that your home is equipped with a few medications and natural remedies is ideal. Staying prepared allows you to minimize the effects you might be feeling from the everyday run around and allow you to get back on your feet sooner rather than later. Of course if you’re really feeling less than yourself, you may need to take a break or visit the doctor to get true relief.

I AM: Judith Lajoie

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 corporate attorney, Juidth Lajoie

It takes a special kind of person to navigate the role of corporate attorney while still rocking a magenta streak in their hair. Judith Lajoie is just such a person. Her presence is at once calm and centered, yet beneath that lies a torrent of clear business acumen and razor sharp strategic thinking.Couple this with a playful attitude and appreciation for art and beauty that one might not typically expect from an executive in the banking world, and you’ve got Judith. She is the stuff that powerful, admirable women are made of, in spades. Goldyn has been lucky enough to get to know Judith over the past couple years as a customer and occasional idea generator. Read below to get to know this beautiful woman and her story a bit more.

Judith wears a mint colored leather top by Collina Strada and blazer by Helmut Lang.


Judith in her garden.  Photography by Sara Ford.

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

Judith:  I am General Counsel to CoBiz Bank which goes by the name of Colorado Business Bank in Colorado and Arizona Business Bank in Arizona. Prior to this, I was lead real estate counsel to a public homebuilder (Richmond American Homes) and in private law practice.

My style is not particularly influenced by my job.  It was influenced by a consistent love of fashion and growing up in New York City.  But I do need to dress for work which has allowed me find a way to express myself while looking professional.  For me, that means suiting, dresses and pants/jackets with a flair.


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

Judith:  “Uptown funk.”  Seriously, it is about having some fun, accessorizing well, and adding a pop of color.

Goldyn:  What’s your favorite decade and why?

Judith:  The forties.  Love the big shoulders, buttons, nipped waists and pleats.


Judith showing us her dance moves

Goldyn:  Was there a favorite piece from your wardrobe in the past that you wish you still had?

Judith:  That one is tough.  I recycle a lot of stuff but I do try to keep the fabulous pieces.  I gave a way a Fred Leighton Mexican lace wedding dress which I couldn’t get clean and I regret that.

Goldyn:  If you could be anyone at any time, who would your fantasy self be, and what would she be doing?

Judith:  I would be a dancer.  Something along the lines of Janet Jackson or Madonna.


Goldyn:  I hear that you are indeed a dancer in your real life… Is that something you did growing up, or is it something you came into later in life?

Judith:  I danced for recreation a little as a kid and I consistently took jazz or ballet classes when I lived in NY and later in Colorado.  I wanted to learn tap and I found a great teacher in Colorado who I tap with and I fill in with Zumba and these amazing weeks at Gotta Dance in Canyon Ranch (Tucson).  Just returned from one.

Goldyn:  How do you make time for things like dance with your busy work schedule?

Judith:  I make time a few evenings a week and weekends.  It is difficult to fit in but if you love something and you want to do it (and stay in shape), you find the time.


The entryway at Judith’s home includes some favorite paintings, including a few by her own mother

Goldyn:  Any words for girls growing up today about style and being who they are?

Judith:  Just that – be who you are and express that through what you wear.  Don’t try too hard.  Don’t use too much makeup or wear your clothes too tight or make them too revealing.  That is the opposite of sexiness which is all about sparking the imagination.  Work to a budget and if you can buy one great piece a year, that is perfect.  Strive for well fitting and flattering shapes.  Get help from great stylists like Vanessa and her team at Goldyn!


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