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.

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!

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…

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. 

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…


“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…


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…

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!)

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,…

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,…

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.

From the ‘Burbs to Bali

Famously renowned as “the Island of the Gods and Goddesses,” Bali has recently seen a sharp increase in tourism and international acclaim. Thrust into the limelight largely by Elizabeth Gilbert’s beloved bestselling book “Eat, Pray, Love”, Bali offers a truly unique and magical mix of experiences: yoga classes taught in Ubud by the world’s preeminent teachers, a rugged volcano hike…

Live Music Under the Stars (or Sun!)

It’s not just the word “free” we like about our summer concert roundup. It’s the “no-tickets-needed, go-when-the-weather-is-perfect-and-it-strikes-your-fancy” element that comes along with the word “free.” No tickets needed, so you can keep it loose, no need to plan ahead. Save this calendar and check in when the weather and the mood seem right for live music that spans the genres.…

There’s No Place Like Home

Come summertime, Coloradans aren’t just living for the outdoors, they’re living in it. But for those of us living at 5,280, there’s just one tiny problem, and it goes by the name of traffic… Luckily, Four Elements Landscape & Outdoor Living excels in merging the best of both worlds right in your backyard. What started as a small family-owned business…

(not) Shaken Not Stirred

What’s the perfect recipe... for success, a happy home life, market leadership, or continuous innovation? We asked seven prominent businessmen in our community, and they shared their personal recipes for success in business and in life. 
Two parts passion, 1 part patience, a muddle here, a garnish there...

The Mother of Reinvention

The Indian Motorcycles brand has had more lives than a cat. Originally produced from 1901 to 1953 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Indian became the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world in the 1910s and perpetually morphed its brand and focus throughout the 20th century. From its World War 2 focus on designing military models exclusively for the U.S and its Allies…


Marino’s Pizzeria in Littleton is exactly what locals hunt for: that nestled-in-the-neighborhood, mom-and-pop place that relies upon word-of-mouth to attract a following to its authentic Italian cuisine. The “mom and pop” of Marino’s are he and his wife, Angela. Marino is the maestro cook and Angela delights in managing the operations of the restaurant. “I would not be here if…

Summer Fest 2017

f you’re someone who thinks Coachella is for kids or that bohemian-inspired festival wear won’t suit your grown-up lifestyle, take another look. Lifestyle Pubs recently caught up with Leslie Clay, owner of fab'rik Denver, who premiered the boutique’s new private collection at Denver Fashion Week 2017. The Spring-Summer line, called Asher by fab'rik and made in the USA, is full…


Being a stepmom has its challenges – especially with no prior parenting experience - but I’ve learned that a positive attitude and a generous dose of humor are key to thriving. Maybe I’m one of the lucky ones, but I love being a stepmom to my two awesome bonus kiddos. To honor all the stepmoms this Mother’s Day, here are…

The League of Extraordinary Women

The southern ‘burbs of Denver are thriving and changing shape thanks to the contributions of innovative, entrepreneurial women like the ones you'll meet here. In addition to honoring the accomplishments of our 2017 Women to Watch. we leapt at the chance to learn who inspires them, the best advice they ever received, favorite quotes, what they would tell their younger…

Day Trippin’ in Palmer Lake

While it seems spring has been “springing” all winter, there’s nothing like the damp, fresh-cut smell of April that makes you want to grab your peeps for a road trip. Rather than putting it on auto-pilot and heading west, how about navigating south for just under an hour—35 miles to be exact —and stepping back in time? No need to…

April 2017 Local’s Choice

WHO | Susan Wright, WHAT | Owner/Stylist/Expert at Reggio Imports, WHERE | 2334 Briarhurst Drive Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Muy Bueno Cookbook

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and I credit my love for Mexican food and culture to my mother and grandmother. After my grandmother passed away in 2004, my passion for keeping my culture alive became a high priority. I realized that cooking my family’s recipes and celebrating Mexican holidays would be the thread that would hold…

A Fresh Perspective

In a neighborhood development, it’s common for each home to look quite a bit like its next-door neighbor. That’s why the thoughtful personal touches make such a big statement at 3921 Timeless Drive in Castle Rock. “There are a lot of homes nearby that are of like quality, but the previous owners did a really fantastic job executing some of…

A Triad of Wellness

With the holidays long behind me and spring staring me in the face, it was time to rejuvenate. I’d enjoyed massages and facials in the past, but I wanted something more; I wanted to recapture a sense of wellness. A few hours at the Highlands Ranch Massage Green Spa sounded like the perfect ticket. I had never been there, but…

Modern Home Gadgets

“There’s no place like home,” and, there’s really no place like home when it comes to 2017 technology. With the modernization of technology and automation of homes, who wants to leave? We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest modern “home” gadgets you won’t know what you ever did without.

Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her

Parabo Press: Inspired by small-batch print processes, Parabo Press is the perfect gift for the photo-taking woman in your life. Offering products from square prints, both black and white and color engineer prints, 14-month photo calendars, glass prints and hardcover photo books, there’s truly something for everyone. Parabo.Press


It’s a cold early January morning in the Centennial home of sculptor Stephanie Wilson Thomas. She’s filling coffee cups for her artist friends as they gather in her warm kitchen, scribbling down their plans for the coming year. The women, some of whom have known each other for more than 20 years, are laughing, making jokes, but they are serious…

Call of the Wild

My ideas about dog sledding came from Jack London’s famous novels Call of the Wild and White Fang; Disney also threw in a bone with their not-so-famous 2006 movie Eight Below. All in all, it seemed like an amazing experience. So when we had the assignment to do a dog sledding feature, I was all in.

In the Kitchen with Chef Brett Shaheen

Weirdest thing – if you’re looking for a great fine dining, sushi, farm-to-table or pretty much any other type of restaurant, you go to Denver. But if it’s delicious, authentic Italian food you’re after, you have to head to the suburbs. Cozy neighborhood eateries, like Greenwood Village’s The Wooden Table, just do it better.

Contemporary Neutral

Amy Ehmann is a graphic designer by trade, whose talented work can be seen all over She recently invited us into her home where we learn that her passion for design takes a new form through her newly remodeled kitchen. Take a seat and learn a thing or two from Amy’s tips on how she brought her modern farmhouse…

Of Batter + Dough

As far as I’m concerned, there are few desserts that don’t benefit enormously from being brushed with amaretto, doused in rum, spiked with bourbon, or dipped in Frangelico. Case in point: the classic carrot cake.


Feeling stressed about getting something for everyone on your “nice” list? Don’t worry, we did the work for you. Here’s our curated local gift guide to make 
shopping a breeze.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

When Darren Martin flips the switch in his model train room, he giggles. Five train sets buzz on their tracks, a Ferris wheel spins, a movie theater marque blinks, teeny people fish at a pond, work in a coal mine, stand in line at a food truck.

Fernet Hot Cocoa Gifts Sets

Need a gift idea? Or just a little boozy cocktail to get you in the holiday spirit? This Fernet Hot Chocolate makes a perfect gift, or treat for yourself, this holiday and winter season.

So you want to ski out-of-bounds, eh?

In Colorado, much of today’s ski culture has an emphasis on backcountry or big mountain exploration. While inspiring, the prospect of setting out on exploratory ski missions in the middle of nowhere when avalanche deaths seem to be at an all-time high can seem uninviting and overwhelming. Where the heck do you even begin? Here are seven suggestions to follow…


Kim Ferraro takes her title of Aunt Kim very seriously. And if she occasionally has to be blunt, or forward, or sometimes even a little rude to help the little ones who call her Aunt Kim, well, that’s OK by her.

Top of the World

he wildlife we’ve seen includes dear, elk, wild turkey, fox, bear and mountain lion,” says the current homeowner of 7225 Box Canyon in Sedalia, who’s had the pleasure of living above it all - yet close in - for 13 1/2 years. “We purchased the home in 2003 and have enjoyed an amazing lifestyle, hiking the half-mile trail through the…

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

A healthy twist on a 
favorite fall spice

The [Natural] Path Taken

It seems to me that “everyone’s got something,” and I’m struck by how many of my friends and family are flocking to naturopathic medicine for healing and experiencing amazing results. To understand this seismic shift so many are making in the quest to feel better, I sat down with South Denver-based Naturopathic Doctor (ND) Dr. Mark Carney. It’s a busy…

Mind Over Meningioma

Liz Holzemer is an author, writer, speaker and survivor of a baseball-size brain tumor know as a meningioma.Given the scary diagnosis by her doctor when she was 32 years old, Liz called on her already-quirky sense of humor to brave the journey back to recovery and write her award-winning book, “Curveball: When Life Throws You A Brain Tumor.” Liz shares…

Bikers & Babes

For our Bikers & Babes shoot captured by the talented Noah Berg, we partnered with stylist Wendy Talmon and Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson, a unique creative pair, who added edge to these timeless classics. (Think denim, leather and more leather!) Completing the style trifecta was illustrator Sarah Nicholsen of Petite Press who brought her own creative stylings to create the dreamy,…

Inside an Artists’ Colony

John Updike famously said that art offers a space for the spirit. If that’s true, then what the Valor Center at Valor Christian High School offers young artists is a universe. You’d expect a high school to be quiet in July, but that wasn’t the case when yours truly got the deluxe tour of the one-year-old, 100,000-square-foot Valor Center from…

Brand New You

When the season changes, so should your hair and skin regimen. “Just like you switch up your wardrobe [with] the seasons, you should also be rotating your products to protect your complexion against the elements,” says beauty writer Marianne Mychaskiw.


By now you’ve probably heard that shelter pets rock. They’re often healthier and better socialized than those from breeders and pet stores, and adopting enables shelters to help even more dogs. (And psst ... the Buddy Center in Castle Rock offers a 30-day exchange period in case you don’t find your perfect love-match the first time around.)