Staycation

Choosing to vacation locally makes sense. It cuts out the money and the hours spent traveling, you can avoid being surrounded by strangers in terminals, you can pack all the toys you may need into your car, and above all else, you can explore the destinations located in your backyard, generally hidden from the periphery of your daily life. Staying…

The Art of Glamping

I remember the sky as a place of quiet. It was inhabited by colorful dreams and elaborate stories; it authored tales of adventure out of slow moving shapes in the stratosphere and fed me robust ruminations. Now in my twenties, I reside in a small, cluttered apartment where fluorescent lights pollute the night and fast-flying technology stifles all stillness.

Summer Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt

Inspired by my three-year-old’s interest in finding treasures, I created a Farmers Market Treasure Hunt for my two young boys. 
Transforming this otherwise typical outing into an adventure seemed like a perfect way to plant the seeds that could bloom into a lifelong interest in healthy eating. Well, a mom can dream. If nothing else, it would be a fun…

Best In Show

B
eer is typically considered crisp and refreshing. Usually, a happy hour steal or a pick your own six-pack and take home kind of deal. But to some, beer is an art. To these local brewers, beer is more than just the meaning behind “let’s crack a cold one.”

Creative Nourishment

The chopped celery, carrots and potatoes strewn across the table were not for soup or a salad. In fact, they were not even in a kitchen. The produce stood in for paint brushes and palette knives in a workshop at The Makerie’s April retreat in Boulder. At The Makerie’s creative retreats, materials of all kinds abound: fabric, paint, embroidery floss,…

Planet Bluegrass

Planet Bluegrass has held festivals for over a quarter century and is responsible for three of Colorado’s largest: Telluride Bluegrass, RockyGrass and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. The last two are held on their ranch 25 minutes north of Boulder, in the small town of Lyons. The first RockyGrass festival was held in Lyons in 1992 on rented property. When…

Create A Room to Grow

Taking on the project to decorate a kid’s bedroom or playspace might feel overwhelming with so many styles and looks out there. “I’m a lover of design magazines,” says Jamie Harriman, a mother of three, who transformed a part her basement into a play space for her children to put on concerts and dance rehearsals.

Tackiness Gets the Boot

When Vince Romano, owner of Truman Boot Co., started crafting his own boots, he never intended for it to turn it into a business–it was simply a solution to a problem he was experiencing himself. “I travel a lot–I lived in New Zealand, Switzerland, Italy and all over the United States–and I was doing organic agriculture on large-scale sheep and…

Rapidgrass

Rapidgrass is a homegrown, Colorado Front Range bluegrass band that crafts songs and lyrics in celebration of mountains and whitewater rapids. The seeds for Rapidgrass were sown when Colorado native, Mark Morris (guitar and vocals) and Coleman Smith (violin, mandolin and vocals) were hired straight out of music school to play for the same band in New York. After some…

Tied Up

Boulder is a hotbed of creative, entrepreneurial ventures and a playground for the passionate individuals who ignite them. Whether it’s the craving for learning that emanates from the University of Colorado Boulder campus, local encouragement of pursuing unique ideas, or the exceedingly supportive local community, Boulder attracts driven, talented entrepreneurs whose busy days and “on the go” lifestyles don’t come…

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Taro Smith is a man of many, many interests. He works as an artist and photographer and is also the co-founder of Boulder Cycle Sport and 90 Monkeys, an online yoga school, as well as co-owner of Pro Peloton, another cycling store in Boulder. A University of Colorado Boulder graduate with a Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology, Smith has an extensive…

les femmes

With everything from orthodontics and law, to jewelry and clothing design, to publishing and tech, this collection of Front Range success stories speaks to these women’s humble yet fierce attitudes towards carving their own path. These entrepreneurs are creative problem solvers and solution-oriented, contributing to the uniqueness and strength of this community.

In the Field

These are the faces of food and the future of farming. Each woman has a small farm with a purpose. They are the mothers of Mother Nature and are cultivating a culture and passing their knowledge about the ancient field of farming.

An Open Channel

Stepping into Marie-Juliette Bird’s studio, the tack house tucked behind her home; a lavender aroma welcomes you and sunlight floods the floors. At a closer look, a grand piano is perched in the corner, and delicate crystals hover over the wooden table where her collection of intricate creations lie. There’s something of a fairytale quality about this place.

Hold Your Horses for Derby Days

Much like our Publisher likes to throw a good party, we'll take any excuse to pull together a styled shoot. In anticipation of the upcoming fifth-annual Boulder Lifestyle Derby Days, we got to do just that. Insert design and style dream team from La Dolce Events, Todd Reed and two of our favorite local boutiques, Willow and Eleanor and Hobbs…

IN THE STUDIO OF

In 2016, The Color Bureau was born, a brand design and social change concept founded by illustrator, paint slinger and brand designer Neil Mackay. When first opening the yellow door to Boulder Creative Collective’s space, I was greeted by a few pups and hung paintings that made a pathway to Neil's creative space with “The Color Bureau” proudly visible by…

Simply Wildcraft

Tori Fleming is the woman behind local catering company Wildcraft Kitchen. Educated in herbal nutrition, Fleming decided to branch out a year ago and start her own business. The name is fitting considering the dictionary definition of wild·craft /ˈwīldkraft/ (verb) is to gather herbs, plants and fungi from the wild. That's precisely what Fleming strives to do with each recipe…

Bringing the Outdoors In

When building a home, most families focus on the great indoors. But when the Timbos built their Boulder home, the outdoors were equally important. “Being outdoors is incredibly important to us, and offering green space for us all to play was a priority,” says Sue Timbo. In fact, when the Timbos met with their architect, Brad Burch of Index AD,…

Designing a Life

Emily Tucker starts her day with a fresh cup of coffee, in the comfort of her home, where she has cherry-picked each item filling her space to fit her aesthetic. Surrounded by items that meet her specifications, everything is easy to clean and would stand the test of time, in style as well as durability. Less practical things have simply…

The Spring Awakening

We’re excited to celebrate the arrival of spring. Hibernation is coming to an end as sure signs of spring start revealing themselves. As one season ends and a new one awakens, it’s a new chance to reinvent yourself, career and life, or just your home and wardrobe.

Vision Into View

When the Real family purchased a 1975 ranch-style house situated on 9 acres in East Boulder, they had a clear vision for fitting the home to their lifestyle. It would be contemporary but soft, fun and open. Most importantly, it would take advantage of the clear views spanning from the Flatirons to Longs Peak.

Tiny Homes, Big Impact

In 2016, the University of Colorado Denver’s Colorado Building Workshop (CBW) continued its partnership with the Colorado Outward Bound School; a not-for-profit organization focused on outdoor education. After designing and building 14 insulated year-round micro cabins for students of COBS the year before, this year’s goal was to create a village of seven cabins for its senior staff.

Street Art

Nowadays, it’s common to see murals dotting buildings, storefronts and underpasses throughout city centers and small towns. “The sentiment that murals are vandalism or not real art is becoming all but non-existent. The legitimacy of the work speaks for itself,” explains Leah Brenner, the Boulder-based founder of And Art Space, an organization connecting local artists with Denver and Boulder-area companies…

Say Hello To

Amelia Davis first started exploring with clay during her freshman year of high school while she was away at boarding school—with the studio becoming a quiet haven from everyday stressors. “I was captivated by making functional pieces and the difficulty of getting each piece to a place where I was happy with it (including the first month of failing miserably…

at your service

Frasca is hands-down one of the best restaurants in Colorado, 
but when people sing its praises, the food isn’t usually the first thing they mention. It’s the hospitality. (Although the food isn’t so shabby itself…) Clearly, we’re starving for an eatery that makes us feel welcome and cared for, and when Frasca opened its doors in 2004, it set the…

BONE APPÉTIT

Bone broth—a type of stock that’s been kicked up a nutrient notch, a.k.a. super stock—sipped like a warm beverage (such as coffee or tea), is a hot, trending topic among wellness enthusiasts. What once started as a budding Paleo movement has spread to butchers, restaurants, and prepared food sections of grocery stores, and is bubbling up across Boulder.

Natural Beauty

This time of year is a recipe for dry skin. Whether it's the dry climate or winter weather, skin could use a little buff. To combat annoying dry skin, or just to show yourself a little love, here are four do-it-yourself face and body scrubs with ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. Many foods we enjoy every day…

Cooked!

I think it’s safe to say that cheese is a mystery to most people. Where does it come from? How is it made? What are these ‘cultures’ people speak of? Bread can be equally puzzling – how on earth do the heavy ingredients of flour, salt, yeast, and water come together to make something so light and airy? Food, if…

Oyster Profiling

If you're a coastal transplant loving the Rocky Mountains but missing some fresh seafood, we have some good news for you. Although this may sound counterintuitive, osyters are best when they are shipped directly from the growers through overnight or second day delivery. That's actually the ideal way to get super-fresh, high-quality oysters, which makes these molluscs one of the…

To & From

The holidays and giving are synonymous. Yes - gifts are an obvious part of that equation but it’s not the only way we give this season.

Cherishing Childhood

Tucked inside a little navy house, on historic Louisville’s Main Street, sits Pitter Patter, a small boutique devoted to treasuring childhood moments. “Pitter Patter is bringing families a place where children are cherished and life's most precious moments are celebrated. We are delighted daily to share in our customer's excitement over a new birth, a visit from the Tooth Fairy…

That’s a Wrap

We believe in quiet design in all things, including our gift wrapping. With this in mind we select simple, yet elegant, wrapping material. This includes a medium-weight dark green paper with a subtle stripe, classic black ribbon, an Alpine Modern sticker. Sharp scissors and double sided tape are necessary to achieve the clean look.

The Art of the Bar

Tis the season to "eat, drink and be merry." And what goes hand-in-hand with that old saying is entertaining. From December first to January first most people are expecting family members and friends to come visit in hordes. Turning what's normally your home into a Holiday bed and breakfast. As we frantically sat on Pinterest in panic mode trying to…

Pinpoint

We headed out in our rented jeep, my husband driving, with two photographers and a wedding planner in tow, we drove around the mountains and the dessert, exploring and pulling over to collect and foraging as necessary. There we definitely some sketchy moments, standing over a hill with and endless drop below, reaching to cut the perfect little hot pink…

High Alpine

For many rock climbing Coloradans, ice climbing is a way to extend the rock climbing season and experience climbing outdoors with a different set of challenges. There are a wide variety of ice climbing spots in Colorado, from beginner routes in man-made Ouray Ice Park to much more remote and committing climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park. For this feature,…

Nonprofits Helping Real People

Nonprofits act as conduits between people in need and affordable products or services, providing items not always readily available to those in crises or living in the margins of society. We talked to four people to hear their personal stories about benefiting from outstanding local nonprofits.

The Local Pilgrimage

Four days earlier, I was sitting on my bed at home in Boulder, Colorado, and nervously laughing at the email from my future ski guide. “Next order of business is the renaming of this camp,” Evan’s quick, introductory note to the group read. “Powder can sometimes be a mystical/elusive creature in Colorado and that will be the case next week.…

Gravel Grinding

Somewhere on the cycling spectrum—between road biking, cyclocross, cross-country trail riding and amongst the population of spandex-clad riders—lives “gravel grinding.” In this genre of riding, cyclists choose routes that incorporate mountain and county roads, terrain with loose dirt or rockier features and gravel roads that could include any size of gravel and rock.

Olympian Pride

Triathlete Flora Duffy has life hacked. Born and raised in picturesque Bermuda, the CU Buff alumni splits her time between training in Boulder through the warmer months and then heading down to Stellenbosh, South Africa, to spend her winters. “It is a beautiful place and reminds me a lot of Boulder,” she says of Stellenbosh. “A lot of triathletes, cyclists…

Off the Wall

Fall is so beautiful in Colorado, and it gently guides us into a new season of fashion. It offers up the chance to change our wardrobe and personal style. Although fashion and interior design go hand-in-hand, the role our own personal style plays in how we design the very space we live in is often overlooked. Our walls can emulate…

Bikers & Babes

September in Colorado might still feel like summer, but here at Lifestyle, we've got fall on our minds: a fresh, new season for a chic, new you. 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.…

Stay Golden

Natalie and Allie Toth have a vision — making vintage more accessible, approachable and as green as possible. Originally from Arizona, the sister duo recently reunited in Colorado and brought their originally online-based business, Old Gold, on the road. For two years, they have been hunting for quality vintage and selling it on Instagram and Etsy. But, after finding a…

Indi-go Wild

Indigo Shibori is our newest obsession this season. The pattern making technique first arose from Japan and Africa centuries ago, and uses wood blocks and intricate folds, clamps and binds to create a resist patterns in the fabric.

Performers on Pearl

When first entering Historic Downtown Boulder, you're greeted by planters brimming with fresh flowers, and visitors are invited to follow the red brick road. Is it somewhere magical like Oz? Not quite that magical, but it’s still one of the most active places around town. Pearl Street Mall, dedicated August 6, 1977, has been the hub in Boulder since the…

A New Kind of Brew

There’s a new buzz in Boulder. Java, joe, the sweet, sweet nectar otherwise known as coffee is making an entrance into the brewing world. Specifically, cold brew coffee. But before we start putting our steaming morning mugs into the fridge, read on.

Dog Days of Summer

Before meeting with Illustrator and Designer Annie Herzig, I suspected we would hit it off. From the moment I was introduced to her Instagram, @annieherzig, I was hooked. There are dog illustrations galore, and I happen to be a dog fanatic. Each whimsical portrait features a piece of the dog’s personality.

BRÜ meets Heifer and the Hen

Some things are a match made in heaven, like peanut butter and chocolate or champagne and orange juice. Obviously, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Another not-so-obvious duo is ice cream and beer. Two of the ultimate guilty pleasures combined into one delicious pairing experience. Yes, please. This is so much better than wine and cheese.

Not to Miss Summer List

If you’re like me, you want to get out and explore Colorado this summer, but you are limited by a few small details. Your little ones can’t sit still in the car for a drive to Telluride, and you’re not so great at planning anything two months in advance. But you need to get out of the house or you…

Mountain Flower Dairy

Between the months of February and May, as the snow sluggishly vanished, the ground thawed and greenery blessed the hillsides of Boulder, Mountain Flower Dairy was busy welcoming 20 baby goats. Once old enough, many of these kids will be passed along to other farms and four or five will be mixed into the herd, becoming permanent residents at this…

Botanist’s Variety

Via Arabic ليلك lilak from Persian نیلک nilak meaning "bluish." 
The genus name Syringa is derived from Greek syrinx, meaning a hollow tube or pipe and refers to the broad pith in the shoots in some species, easily hollowed out since ancient times to make reed pipes and flutes.