Happy Weekend!

COUTUREcolorado is taking the weekend off to enjoy all the fabulous things that Colorado has to offer this Labor Day Weekend. If you are looking for something to do, check out our Top Ten list of things to do this Labor Day Weekend in Denver.

Typically on Saturdays, I share trends that I love through our SPOTTED post. Please take a little time this weekend to catch up on what is trending in the fashion world on our weekly post: SPOTTED.

Have a lovely weekend!

Introducing The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp

The Broadmoor, the Five-Star, Five-Diamond resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, opens Cloud Camp, a wilderness retreat on Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain on August 15, 2014.

Sitting 3,000 feet above The Broadmoor, at an elevation of 9,200 feet, Cloud Camp is on the historic 1924 site of Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose’s original Cheyenne Lodge, and overlooks Pikes Peak to the north and the Colorado Rockies to the west.

Guests are welcomed by a gracious 8,000 square foot Main Lodge designed to capture the feel of the historic timber and stone lodges found in some of the great national parks of the U.S., with hand-hewn beans, two stone fireplaces, and art depicting the great American West. The great room inspires relaxed gatherings with Adirondack chairs rockers, and a dining table for 28, while the cozy library welcomes guests with books and board games. An expansive wrap-around deck offers magnificent views.

Sleeping 56 guests in total, guestrooms feature hickory wood flooring and hickory paneled wood walls. Custom designed beds are outfitted with sumptuous feather beds and beautiful throws, while leather chairs and custom area rugs further define the western feel of the property.

The Main Lodge offers seven guest rooms, including a romantic honeymoon suite perched on a rock outcropping, which features a copper soaking tub, fireplace, and private patio. A short walk from the Main Lodge are 11 one and two bedroom cabins, each with private porches and views of Pike National Forest and Colorado’s Front Range.

Unique to Cloud Camp is the Fire Tower Suite, a spectacular suite accessed by way of 145 steps, perched atop a historic Colorado fire tower, which features stunning 360-degree views.

The culinary program at Cloud Camp is inspired by the Rabbit Club, an eating and drinking club for Philadelphia bluebloods that Spencer Penrose brought to Colorado Springs in 1914. The cuisine of Cloud Camp is inspired by the life and times of Penrose during this Golden Age of the 1920s with reimagined interpretations of the classics of the time period, such as Beef Wellington, Duck a l’Orange, Filets de Sole Newburg, and Apple Tarte Tatin. The celebration of this era is carried through to the beverage program, featuring Cloud Camp’s signature drink the Spiced Rum Punch, cocktail hour, where Caviar & Blinis are served, and after dinner, with Hot Toddies enjoyed around the fireplace, all preserving Penrose’s vision that gourmet meals should be shared.

Says Tina Harlow, General Manager of Cloud Camp, “From its spectacular locale atop Cheyenne Mountain, to its inspiring culinary program, Cloud Camp is a truly unique experience for our guests. Introducing the property to our growing Wilderness Experience portfolio, which also includes The Ranch at Emerald Valley, The Broadmoor’s Fishing School, and The Broadmoor’s Fishing Camp, continues to define our commitment to offering exceptional, and varied, guest experiences.

During their stay, guests hike in the Pike National Forest, enjoy birding, photo safaris, and rock art, as well as assist Chef each evening with the preparation of the Social Hour hors d’oeuvres.

To arrive at Cloud Camp, guests check-in at The Broadmoor and have the option of being transported to Cloud Camp in a four-wheel vehicle, on the back of a mule, or by way of a guided three-hour hike. Luggage is transported separately.

Rates begin at $600 per night, based on double occupancy, and are all-inclusive. To make a reservation at Cloud Camp, please visit www.broadmoor.com/cloudcamp or call 888-976-3090.
Photo Credit: The Gazette / Mark Reis

The BROADMOOR is the longest consecutive winner of the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards for excellence. Situated at the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, the resort encompasses 3,000 acres, 779 rooms and suites and includes three championship golf courses, a Forbes Five Star spa and fitness center, nationally recognized tennis staff and program, 26 retail boutiques and 19 restaurants, cafes and lounges including Colorado’s only Forbes Five Star restaurant, Penrose Room. The new “BROADMOOR Wilderness Experience” encompasses The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp and The BROADMOOR Fishing Camp (opening in 2015). Colorado Springs is serviced with non-stop flights from 11 US cities via Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American, Delta and United. With connections to worldwide destinations, Denver International Airport hosts more than 1,600 national and international flights daily.

The BROADMOOR is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Historic Hotels of America. For more information on The BROADMOOR please call 800.755.5088 or visit www.broadmoor.com.


Can I Afford A Stylist?


By Personal Stylist Liz Finkelstein of Mile High Style {LISTmember}

One of the largest impediments to hiring a fashion stylist is the matter of money. In my experience, people both overestimate the cost of working with me and underestimate their ability to pay for it. There’s a very simple way to answer the question of  ‘can I afford it’ and it involves an honest exercise.

Add up all the tops from Anthropologie that you’ve worn only a few times, the Nordstrom Rack purchases that (individually) don’t drain the bank account, the piles and piles of cheap jewelry from ‘here and there’, and the items purchased on trips, impulse buys and anything else that lacks cohesion and purpose.

The honest math should show that you have spent over $1,000 on things and stuff that, simply, don’t do enough for you. Instead, consider investing that money in your style future. $1,000 won’t buy you an entirely new wardrobe, but it will cover the beginning stage.

Details of my services are available here.

By Personal Stylist Liz Finkelstein of Mile High Style {LISTmember}

Aug 27th: COUTUREcolorado Pop-Up Shop & J. Hilburn Trunk Show

You’re invited to COUTUREcolorado’s first pop-up shop!

On August 27th, in conjunction with J. Hilburn, COUTUREcolorado is thrilled to announce their first pop-up shop featuring accessories and gifts.


Join Laura Pearson of L Elizabeth Weddings & Events {LISTmember} for a firsthand look at the amazing style J. Hilburn has to offer. Menswear for everyday or your special day including  personalized suiting, custom shirts, tuxs, ties, cufflinks, and more.  To browse prior to the event, please visit laurapearson.jhilburn.com

From handcrafted jewelry to purses to baby bibs to dog collars, check out in person COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE’s accessories and gifts. 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}.

Where: Von Tornow Gallery 1255 Delaware Street Denver CO 80204

When: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 5pm – 8pm


Bring your gently used career clothes, for Urban Peak, and receive $20 off your new J. Hilburn digs OR 10% off select items with COUTUREcolorado BOUTIQUE.

*Urban Peak helps youth who are experiencing homelessness and youth at risk of becoming homeless overcome real life challenges by providing essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-sufficient adults.

For more information email Laura Pearson at laura.pearson@jhilburnpartner.com or COUTUREcolorado at 720-366-2011 info {at} couturecolorado.com


Leather Jacket

A leather jacket is the must-have for fall. Whether is a rustic tan or edgy black, there are many options for this trend to fit your 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

Spotted: Orange is the New Black

I am hooked on the T.V. show The Orange in the New Black! Whether the creators of this hit show realized it or not, but orange has been spotted on all the runways.

In the baby world, orange is a perfect gender neutral color and is popping up everywhere. Check it out on COUTUREcolorado BABY.

This hue has been heating up summer weddings this year as well. Check it out on COUTUREcolorado WEDDING.


Upgrade Your Pony

“Anyone remember the topsy tail? I know I know, it may sound a little retro, but this double wrap topsy tail tutorial takes an old school ponytail and quickly morphs it into a super trendy look that is guaranteed to turn some heads,” explains Latest-Hairstyles.com contributor Jennie Kay. “This pony style works just as well for the office as it does for a day at the pool. Let’s get started, shall we?”


What You Need:

  • a hairbrush
  • a comb
  • two clear hair elastics
  • a few bobby pins
  • your favorite soft hold aerosol hairspray
  • a smoothing pomade (optional)

Step 1: Using a brush, smooth hair into a ponytail at the mid to bottom of your neck and secure with a small rubber elastic.

Step 2: Take a small section of hair from the ponytail (about 1/2-inch thick) and pull it aside.

Step 3:  Wrap that section of hair around the ponytail to camouflage the elastic and secure with a bobby pin. Spritz the hair in the ponytail with an aerosol hairspray (or smoothing pomade) and comb through to smooth the ponytail.

Step 4: Using an additional small elastic, secure it midway down the shaft of the ponytail.

Step 5: Spread apart the section within the elastics into two. Flip the bottom of the tail up and through the opening.

Step 6: Repeat step 4 again.

Step 7: Repeat step 5 again. Spritz the entire style with an aerosol hairspray to smooth flyaways or frizz.



Goldyn’s Bi-Annual Sample Sale

Denver-based boutique Goldyn is hosting its bi-annual sample sale both in-store and online for 4 days only – August 18, 19, 20 and 21. Customers will have the opportunity to save up to 90% off Spring and Summer merchandise from top designers… it’s definitely the sale of the season!

Customers can shop some of the best apparel and accessory designers including Helmut Lang, A.P.C., Loeffler Randall, 6397, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, J Brand, Mara Hoffman, and more.

Shoppers in the Denver-area are urged to stop by the Goldyn store in the Olinger Building in LoHi to shop this amazing sale, located at: 2040 West 30th Avenue, Denver, Colorado.

Not currently in Colorado? No problem! Everyone is welcome to shop the sample sale from the comfort of their own home at Goldyn’s extensive online boutique: www.shopgoldyn.com

Remember to shop early as styles and sizes are certain to sell out quickly. As always, Goldyn offers free domestic ground shipping.


Top 10: Labor Day in Denver

What better way to kick off Labor Day Weekend than driving up the highest paved road in North America? The scenic highway to the summit of Mount Evans is just 60 miles from Denver, but it twists and turns through five different climate zones before reaching the summit at 14,260 feet above sea level. From the top, you can see five states, all of metro Denver and hundreds of snowcapped peaks. It’s not unusual for it to snow at the summit – even in July and August. The road is frequently closed for the year by weather as early as mid-September, so Labor Day is traditionally the last guaranteed weekend to make the trek. Along the way enjoy herds of big horn sheep, Rocky Mountain goats, lakes, tundra, hiking trails and dozens of varieties of colorful wildflowers.

And Mount Evans is just the beginning. Spread out below the mountain are an assortment of urban adventures. Here are 10 ways to enjoy Labor Day Weekend 2014 in the Mile High City.

WHEN: Through November 30
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.

Denver Botanic Gardens presents Chihuly, the Rocky Mountain Region’s first major outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated American artist, Dale Chihuly. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging from unique water features to a 30-foot neon tower – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis. For more than 40 years, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as fine art. There’s truly nothing else quite like seeing Colorado’s soft southwestern sunlight bursting through Chihuly’s amazingly colorful work.

One of the best ways to enjoy Chihuly is to take an hour-long, guided tour of the impressive, site-specific artworks as expert docents lead guests through the exhibition to learn more about the artist and his sculptures. There are also tours designed specifically for families! Dates and times for tours are: Friday – Sunday, 8:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Learn more and register.

Book a room at a top Denver hotel and get two exclusive VIP tickets to Chihuly at the Denver Botanic Gardens. With VIP tickets attendees receive “front of the line” access to the Gardens, 10% off in the gift shop and free docent tours on Fridays-Sundays. Learn more. 


Denver Union Station, July 9, 2014.  Photo by Ellen Jaskol

All aboard! Denver’s gorgeous 1914 Beau Arts Union Station celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014 with a massive restoration and redevelopment, making it the “must-see” spot of the city. The transportation hub has added 8 new tracks for AMTRAK and light rail, is the starting point for two electric free downtown shuttles, and has added 8 new restaurants, as well as new retail and two new bars.

Must-try restaurants: Top Chef Jen Jasinski’s multi-coastal seafood spot, Stoic & Genuine; The Kitchen Next Door, a wallet-friendly, but-still-gourmet community pub; Mercantile Dining & Provision, a new venture from the culinary minds behind longtime foodie favorite Fruition; and a new location of Snooze, The Mile High City’s wildly popular breakfast joint.

For dessert, head to Milkbox Creamery, located in the station’s classic former barber shop, to choose from 16 flavors of hand-churned Little Man Ice Cream, frozen yogurt, cones and milkshakes.

Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and an extensive wine and spirits list at the swanky Cooper Lounge, located on the second floor balcony, or sample two or three of the more than 30 Colorado beers on tap at the Terminal Bar.

Cool off in Wynkoop Plaza, a refreshing outdoor space with 300 water jets to frolic in.


Denver excels in many things, but two for which it is nationally famous are beer and bikes. Denver brews more beer than any other city with 36 breweries in city limits and more than 100 breweries in the metro area. Some 200 different beers are brewed in Denver every day, from sours to stouts, pilsners to pale ales. And Denver is a biking capital with 850 miles of paved, off-street bike trails. Denver’s B-cycle, the first bike sharing program in the nation, offers more than 800 bikes available at 83 stations across the city. Swipe a credit card and it’s just $8 a day for unlimited 30 minute rides. Breweries located on or near bike trails include Prost, Denver Beer Company, River North, Great Divide, Wynkoop, Rock Bottom, Chop House, Hogs Head, Breckenridge, and many more – just be safe and stick to tasters. USA Today declared Denver’s Cherry Creek Bike Trail to be one of the Top 10 bike routes in the nation.

WHEN: August 29 (kickoff at 7 p.m.)
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St.

One of the longest football rivalries in the country dating back to 1893 comes to clash when the University of Colorado Boulder Buffaloes take on the Colorado State Rams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. At stake? Bragging rights for Colorado. There’s a new wrinkle this year: for the first time ever, the Showdown will take place on a Friday evening. Whether you’re a Buff, a Ram, or just love the game, experience the passion and excitement of the Rocky Mountain Showdown – college football at its Mile High finest!

Individual tickets range from $25-125, and a fan-four pack is just $99. Buy yours now.

Colorado State University Tailgate Party: Join CAM the Ram, the CSU Marching Band and the Spirit Squad for a fun, public tailgating event to gear up for the big showdown.

University of Colorado Tailgate Party: CU Buffs fans can party in Lot C at a family-friendly tailgate party with music, entertainment, games, Ralphie, the marching band, Chip, cheerleaders and plenty of giveaways for CU fans.

WHEN: September 2-7
WHERE: Cherry Hills Country Club, 4125 S. University Blvd., Englewood

Here’s a winning combination: some of the world’s best golfers will be at one of Colorado’s most beautiful golf courses, the Cherry Hills Country Club designed by the famed William Flynn, for the BMW Championship 2014! This nationally televised game provides spectators with a wonderful outing on the course, watching their favorite pro golf athletes. At this altitude, a golf ball travels 10 percent farther, which should add some dramatic tension to the game. Fore!

WHEN: Aug. 29-31
WHERE: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 8000 Victory Way, Commerce City

For the second year in a row, Denver’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park has got one of the most popular jam bands in the world for three nights this summer. Phish have earned a wildly devoted following over the past 20 years, thanks to the guitar heroics of Trey Anastasio, an always-unpredictable live show and unparalleled instrumental interplay.

WHEN: August 30-31
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, CO


No summer is complete without at least one trip to Red Rocks (selected by Rolling Stone magazine as the best outdoor amphitheatre in the U.S.). Sitting under a star-studded sky listening to the sound of the world’s best musicians echoing off the towering red sandstone monoliths is unforgettable. Over Labor Day Weekend, groove to the sounds of indie rap superstars Atmosphere (Aug. 29) and get the blues (the good kind) with guitar hero Joe Bonamassa (Aug. 31).

WHEN: August 29 – September 1
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave.

More than 500,000 people make the free A Taste of Colorado the focus of their Labor Day Weekend.

Fifty of Coloradans’ favorite restaurants and food establishments offer everything from small plates to full meals at this smorgasbord of Denver dining. Don’t miss The Culinary Showcase, located in the Fine Dining Area, featuring local and nationally-renowned chefs offering tips and techniques you can take home to your own kitchen.

Work up an appetite dancing to hot regional and national performers. From smooth jazz to feisty rock-n-roll, five outdoor stages offer free music all weekend. Highlights include the R&B superstars En Vogue (Aug. 29), Christian rockers For King and Country (Aug. 30), American Idol’s David Cook (Aug. 31), Motown legends The Commodores (Aug. 31) and breakthrough Country artist Jana Kramer (Sept. 1).

There will be plenty of music, magic, clowns and puppets on the KidzStage, and the KidZone has play equipment and a great variety of free, hands-on craft activities. KidZone hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 29; and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat., Aug. 30 through Mon., Sept. 1.

Find unique arts and crafts, home and gift items, furniture, jewelry, imports, and more, at 280 booths in the Arts & Crafts Marketplace.

WHEN: September 1
WHERE: Coors Field, 2001 Blake St.

Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this Labor Day Colorado Rockies matinee game at downtown Denver’s classic ballpark, Coors Field.

In 2014, Coors Field got even better, with the addition of The Rooftop. The gigantic new deck (the largest outdoor deck at any sports stadium in America) offers the best views in the stadium, with a long terrace overlooking the ballpark, as well as downtown Denver and the majestic, snowcapped Rocky Mountains. The centerpiece of the Rooftop is the Tavern Ballpark, offering 52 beers on tap at a bar that is 52 feet 80 inches long and exactly 5,280 feet above sea level – one a mile high!

WHEN: August 29
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Birdwatching in the Denver Art Museum? That’s just part of the unexpected happenings taking place at Untitled, the museum’s final Friday series of out-of-the-ordinary evenings. These are witty, irreverent events, each one radically different from the last. Get an offbeat art fix, pick up a creative skill, and mix and mingle with local movers and makers. Top it off with a cash bar, munchies, and a dose of pure whimsy and you’ve got a great night out.

Smooth Tomato Gazpacho by Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg

Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold. It is refreshing and cool….. perfect for summertime. Originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, gazpacho is widely eaten in Spain and neighboring Portugal.




  • 20Red Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • 6Cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 3Red Onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4Red Bell Peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2Jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 1 BtlSherry Vinegar
  • 4 TSalt
  • 1/2 CHoney
  • 2 CEVOO

Place tomatoes in large pot of boiling water for one minute, or until skin begins to crack.  Plunge in ice water.  Peel skin off, then cut in half and gently squeeze out seeds.  Bring onion, peppers and vinegar to full boil for 5 minutes.  Cool. Combine pepper mixture, tomatoes and cucumbers and puree in blender ediu very smooth.  Whisk in oil.  Strain through china cap.  Check seasoning, add salt and/or vinegar if necessary, and chill for 4 hours.



 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.


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