December 2017 Lifestyle Letter

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Pulling out the decor? Sending the annual holiday cards? Making those once-a-year family recipes?

WIN with Heart

Women in Networking hosted the 3rd Annual WIN with Heart event November 7 at Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch. It included food and wine pairings and a silent auction--the perfect opening acts for the comedy show by Girls Only, The Secret Comedy of Women. 
PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY DIANE KAHLER.

ACS Champions of Hope Butterfly Ball

On November 4, the American Cancer Association hosted an evening of entertainment, dancing, fine dining and an auction. The gala was hosted at the Mile High Station, and proceeds will go toward researching a cure as well as helping those in the midst of fighting cancer. 
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHOTMAKERS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Parker Panache Fashion Show

The autumn chill set the right mood for pining after gorgeous frocks in anticipation of the holidays. Parker Panache hosted a fashion show to celebrate, as the evening aimed to highlight a diversity of women. Models ranged from age 17 to the mid-50's.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENDRICK HOWARD OF BLUE TALON PHOTOGRAPHY.

Who Am I?

Many years ago I stopped by Abloom Florist in Highlands Ranch for a bouquet of flowers. Picking up a business card at the register, I was surprised to see that the owner, Maxine Alcott, and I shared a surname. To be clear, my maiden name was actually Allcut, but our family bible shows a documented misspelling around the time of…

Luxe & Luscious, Tech & Tots

Can you keep shopping simple and still spread holiday joy to everyone on your list? We think so. This year, spend more time merrying and less time shopping with gifts they'll be happy to touch, smell, hear and taste all year long.

Reuse & Rejoice!

There's no shortage of Do-It-Yourself ideas online these days, and after seeing these dressed-up bulbs on display, we decided to try this holiday project for ourselves. With its simplicity and sparkly appeal, the hardest part of this craft will be deciding whether or not to let the kids help out!

December 2017 Around Town

From Holiday Delight with Magical 3-D Lights to Santa and the Debut of His New Village to Complimentary Gift Wrap and the Largest Selection of Stores Park Meadows Offers Guests Something Truly Special this Holiday Season

Rent the Runway, Make an Entrance

Statement tops are all the rage during holiday-party season, and for good reason. Just add bottoms of black, white or denim, throw on some earrings, grab a clutch, and you're good to go!

A Show of Tradition

It’s finally here--the biggest, baddest, reddest, greenest, sparkliest holiday of all!

Grandkids and Granddogs Welcome

 THE CONSUMMATE HOSTS  As a couple, David and Rena Michael have been cultivating their hosting skills for nearly five decades. When it comes to hosting for the holidays, whether it’s “just family” or for large parties, Rena summarizes the secret to success in one word, “Planning!” she declares.  “I take the time to decide who should sit where, which serving dishes I’ll be…

Abloom in Winter

When Maxine and Adam Alcott opened their first floral business in 1986, a small studio west of Santa Fe Drive that specialized in events and hotel decor, Highlands Ranch as a community was just getting going. "We were watching Highlands Ranch grow up around us, and it seemed like a natural move to open a retail store right there, in…

November 2017 Lifestyle Letter

The word gratitude comes up a lot these days, especially in yoga class. I’ll admit I used to hear the yoga instructor talk about gratitude as an “intention,” and I’d immediately think, “Oh yes, I need to be grateful today!” Cross-legged on my mat, I’d send a quick but sincere prayer of thanks out into the universe.

Block Party

Forget the Miracle Mile. We've found the Miracle Block - or two - on Main Street in Historic Downtown Littleton. With unique finds of all kinds, you can revel in retail while keeping your carbon footprint to a minimum. 

For local artist Julie Janney

When artist Julie Janney takes her brush to acrylic paint and works it on the canvas, she finally feels free. “I’m a perfectionist by nature,” Janney says. “I pressure myself to be perfect. But when I paint I can let it all go and just work with the acrylic and get in the zone.”

T is for Table, G is for Gathering

If you're looking for a unique gift that wows, check out the sweet sophistication of the Prouna My Dragonfly, Honeybee, Butterfly, Ladybug, and Frog Prince collections. With stunning colors – vibrant oranges, purples, rich burgundies, and greens – and sparkling Swarovski crystals. 

IFCS Gives Hope in Douglas County

Douglas County ranks in the top five wealthiest counties in the nation, having climbed up the financial ladder yearly, according to a 2017 report from Headlight Data. But for the 25,000 individuals served annually by IFCS (Integrated Family Community Services), the rising level of affluence in the county only serves to intensify the already glaring gap between the wealthy and…

Tasting La Vida Local

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that this lyric from Katherine Lee Bates'  “America the Beautiful” was penned in Colorado; here we are, 134 years later, and those amber waves have lent themselves to the local beer crafting, testing and connoisseur-ing that has become a legitimate Colorado past time. Our state ranks second as the state with the most breweries, and that makes local beer-tasting especially fun, if not convenient. 

Have Snow? Let’s Go

As someone who has lived in Florida most of my adult life, I had forgotten the experience of snow and mountains. 

There’s an App for That

For the last few years my husband and I have hosted between 25 and 30 people at our home for Thanksgiving, and one of my favorite parts of this tradition is the appetizers.  Our Thanksgiving menu is mostly traditional. I try to mix it up a bit each year, adding a new twist to the stuffing or the vegetable sides…

FALL’S FINEST MOMENTS

For a quiet moment alone or with loved ones, the Sanctuary Center in Sedalia might just be the most mysterious, tranquil and little-known (till now) places in Douglas County. Small shrines created by previous visitors commemorate beloved pets and lament lost loves, while a "wish tree" made of ribbons blows softly in the wind, revealing the written hopes and dreams of…

Feeling Good, Being Well

It seems everywhere we turn we hear about wellness, but what does it really mean? A current study underway at the Stanford Prevention Research Center is setting out to learn just that.

Project C.U.R.E. and Vicente Fox Celebrate Giving

Project C.U.R.E., the nation’s largest provider of donated medical equipment to developing countries, recently welcomed Vicente Fox, Mexico’s 55th president, to its distribution headquarters in Centennial. Fox was there to commemorate the nonprofit’s 70th, 53-foot-long cargo container of medical supplies donated to Mexico. Photography by Jimmy Dozer

CASA Holds Annual Golf Tournament 
to Help Children, Families in Need

Advocates for Children-CASA held its annual golf tournament, the Advocates Open, on August 18 at The Ridge at Castle Pines. Proceeds benefit CASA's programs for abused and neglected children.

The Highlands Ranch Chamber’s Busy Summer

Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce revels in the dog days of summer with ribbon cuttings at INNGI Float and Barre 3, a luncheon with Congressman Coffman and, of course, their eclipse party.

HRCA Events Wind Down Summer, Welcome in Fall

While the Annual Doggie Splash meant the closing of the community pools, Highland Ranch Days welcomed in fall.

Day of the Dead Dinner Party

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that dates back hundreds of years. November 1 is “Día de los Inocentes” (Day of the Innocents) and also known as Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels). November 2 is Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Día de los Muertos is a time…

OFF THE MAT AND INTO THE WORLD

“Off the mat and into your life.” That’s how Dr. Karen Pascoe hopes her yoga students - and her counseling patients - will use their training to attain a happier, calmer, more present state of being in all aspects of their lives. A Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, and a Registered Yoga Teacher…

Aging Gracefully

What’s your philosophy about looking and feeling good as we age? It’s easier to look beautiful when you’re in good health. Optimizing health means optimizing appearance. Case in point, if your hormones aren’t balanced, you have a lack of estrogen or you have too much testosterone, you could experience unwanted hair growth, pimples or lack of collagen in your face.

The Stories of Us

There are few things in life more precious than candid photographs of those special moments. As a professional photographer, I put a huge emphasis on capturing natural spontaneous photographs. Extreme photojournalism I call it! Here, a few tips for commemorating those special, often unexpected, moments.

WELL-READ

Chicken soup might be for the soul, but these inspiring non-fiction reads by our fellow Coloradans will feed your heart and your mind. Honest and often funny real-life stories about the ordinary experiences that make us extraordinary people will leave you inspired and smiling.

FARM+FRESH+FALL

With the fall comes many good things - relief from the summer heat, a chance to watch the aspens shift from vibrant green to fiery yellow, shorter days and a sense of things becoming a little bit cozier. But fall can also be a time of hurriedness - kids are heading back to school, and languid summer days at home…

Making Your Way to 10K

1 Build your mileage - The biggest challenge of running is to actually start running! At first, running won’t be fun and your body will rebel. But I promise, it’s all about consistency. Make sure you’re running 2-3 days a week so your body and muscles can build up strength and endurance. Remember—it’s not about volume, it’s about making it…

EFFORTLESS 
SEPTEMBER STYLE

Now more than ever, our personal style tells people who we are — our political persuasion, our social status, our religious belief, which “tribe” we belong to. We might wish it weren’t so, but according to acclaimed designer Miuccia Prada, “when you get dressed you are making public your idea about yourself. Clothes are powerful signifiers.

September 2017 Around Town

Registration is going strong for the 2017 Highlands Ranch MTB Series sponsored by Giant of Denver! All of the race categories will have Mens and Women's races; and with races for all ages, abilities, and type of bike... there is not a better way to spend your Wednesdays this summer!

The Rites of Fall

Autumn’s best looks bring together the best of all worlds. Comfort and luxury. Structure and flow. Feminine florals and bold silhouettes. Power-reds and jewel tones. And did you know you can find it all at your local boutiques? Here, our favorite looks from 5 local boutiques near you. (Pssst... you can skip the mall!)

The Birth of a Craftsman

From his shop in North Boulder, artist Alexander Giray has made the seamless transition from climbing guide to craftsman. Upon meeting Giray, creator of aptly named Alexander Giray Designs, it is clear to see he is a man who has found his passion; upon seeing his work, you’d assume he’d found that passion a lifetime ago, and that he’d been…

Boost your Zen

The transition into fall is exciting, but it can be stressful too. Getting the kids back to school and ourselves back to work can make us feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here, are few tips for achieving mindfulness in under 10 minutes a day.

Harmony and Peace

There’s an old zen adage that says, “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes everyday—unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” And for me, life was swirling with business; I could barely sit down to check Instagram let alone spend the time meditating. I was past the point of reasonable, normal stress.

Seasons Change

In a quest to avoid falling into a rut, I venture into Seasons 52 in Lone Tree and find myself asking why I had not yet tried this fantastic local hub of fresh and exotic cuisine. General Manager Matthew Youssef is the authority on all things fresh and colorful. “We try to bring in as many fresh vegetables and fruits…

The Sharp-dressed Man

Effortless fall style is what outfitter Alexandra Suppan of Trumaker Denver is all about. “Fit is everything,” says Suppan. “I’m a personal stylist, so I do all the measuring, help guys pick out items for their wardrobe, and do wardrobe consult for them if they need it.” The Trumaker brand describes itself as “built-to-fit clothing for men — like custom,…

Dogs and Brews, no 
Back-to-School Blues

August in Colorado is a funny thing. It’s dead in the middle of summer (summer doesn't end till September 22), yet we find ourselves getting the kids back to school and refocusing on work obligations that in other parts of the country are left to the post-Labor-Day realm.

Gallery Gala at Deep Space Gallery in Parker

Live jazz, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the inspiring art of Sarah Bowling brought art lovers to the Gallery Gala at Deep Space on July 27. 
Sponsored by the Barrington Group, the Jim Gill Foundation, Vines Wine Bar and JDUCE Design, with proceeds benefitting Parker Creative District. 
Photography by Kendrick Howard

Pup Crawl

Nobody knows your dog like you do. Is he/she of the hyper ilk that like to get up in other dogs, er, grills? Or is Max/Bella the well-socialized type who can chill happily, basking in your glow as you sip on a beer? If it’s the former you may want to leave puppy at home. But if it’s the latter,…

August 2017 Around Town

The Parade of Homes, the hallmark event hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA), returns this summer for its 32nd year. Today, the HBA is excited to announce the line-up of Denver area home builders and developers participating in the 2017 Denver Parade of Homes.

Express Yourself

Fun back-to-school looks to copy—without getting in trouble!

Sips & Sunsets

I’ve lived in Colorado for almost two decades now and I still get confused by the duality of August. Can we just enjoy those precious days of mid-summer (for Gosh sakes summer doesn’t end till September 22), or do we join the frenzy of back-to-school shopping for the kiddos? How about both? Lucky for us locals, there are plenty of…

Go Big and Stay Home

Sometimes you just have to go all-out when remodeling—that goes for indoors and outdoors. When Mike and Theresa Garland decided to replace their 10-year-old deck they did just that—and constructed a living space that fits the needs their current active lifestyle with two young boys as well as the inevitable whirlwind as the children grow.

Coffee and Calicos

At the cat café, the question is not one of “cats or dogs,” but rather one that draws from our love for animals in general. This theme is concurrent in mostly everyone, so why not combine two of the loves of Coloradans? Coffee and animals.

July 2017 Lifestyle Letter

If I had a dime for every time I heard the expression, "Work hard, play hard," well, I'd have a lot of dimes. Whatever happened to making work and play fit seamlessly into our lives, instead of turning them into life-or-death pursuits in which one endeavor rescues us from the perils of the other? 

Sure, there’s a certain hardcore, risk-taking…