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Preparing Your Closet for Spring

Every January, resort and spring clothing start popping up in our favorite local boutiques.  But before you start rebuilding your spring wardrobe, take time to edit your closet for a fresh start in the New Year. Vital Image

The Scout Guide Denver welcomes Lauren Vitalie of Vital Image, a respected image and wardrobe consultant with more than 15 years experience counseling groups and individuals on professional appearance and behavior.  Her advice when it comes to building your spring wardrobe?   “When it comes to finding new looks for the New Year, think less about spending and more about closet creativity.”

Join us as Lauren’s shares her styling rules on preparing your closet for spring:

RULE #1: shop your closet

You probably already have quality, key items or “closet staples” in your wardrobe that are strong foundation pieces; you may simply need to “fill the voids” with a few additional pieces to make complete outfits.

RULE #2: build upon the classics

“Building upon key statement pieces can be an easy way to update your style without breaking the bank.”  Key, classic pieces Lauren suggests you have in your closet:




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Some may consider this the classic of all classics, the Trench Coat is perfect for all occasions and seasons.



Nesting: Redecorating with Nadia Watts

Although Denverites do love the cold outdoors, January is the perfect time for nesting. While thinking about the welcoming warmth of your abode, the bedroom often stands out as a favorite room. And what goes better with nesting than a little redecorating?

Nadia Bedroom

The Scout Guide Denver reached out to Nadia Watts, local interior designer extraordinaire, for tips on redecorating your bedroom or perhaps giving it a bit of a “facelift”.  Nadia’s specialty in attention to detail and communicating the personalities of her clients clearly shows in the bedroom above with its sublime color palette and sense of warmth.  Please join us as Nadia shares her design expertise and décor suggestions on giving your bedroom a breath of fresh air.

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Pillow play!  A bright, bohemian printed pillow adds a playful twist to a soft palette. While a distressed and hand-planed traditional designed side table provides a vintage feel.//Vintage Patina Narrow Bedside Table and 18″ BOHO Ikat Square available at HW Home


Nadia Lamps

Sleek and polished lighting. These ceramic lamps bring in a touch of sophistication and are ideal for reading or until you are ready for light’s out!//Lydia Lamps available at Lulu & Georgia

Nadia Cosy Throws

Add a hint of the exotic. A warm fur throw brings a sense of “wild beauty” and coziness to the room.//Exotic Fur Throw available at Restoration Hardware

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Mountain Pond Telluride II, both bright and airy, brings fresh note of nature to your room.//The Mountain Pond Telluride II by K.L. McKenna available at Vision’s West Gallery

For more on Nadia Watts and her unique approach in providing you with a “home that reflects how you live, who you are, and what you love”, visit her website

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  Make sure to tell them Scout sent you!

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Scouted: Pepper Blossom Cocktail


A little bit of sugar, some spice and a dash of ”creative energy and balance” and you have one of Root Down’s Signature drinks, the Pepper Blossom.  Created by Mike Henderson of Denver, this can’t-put-down cocktail starts your new year off with a bang!


1¼ ounces vodka

1¼ ounces St-Germain

¾ ounce lemon juice

½ ounce grapefruit juice

½ ounce jalapeño-infused simple syrup*

2 basil leaves

Shaken & served in a cocktail glass with a basil leaf.

(the above serves 1)


Combine all ingredients except basil in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.

Strain liquid into a lowball glass and garnish with basil leaves.

*To make jalapeño-infused simple syrup, add 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water and a fresh jalapeño (cut in half with seeds removed) to a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Let syrup cool and remove pepper before using. Will keep in the refrigerator up to four weeks.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!


Photo credit: Tina Caputo



VERT Beauty: New Year, New You

Vert-699 A new year is just around the corner and what a perfect time for a skin care & makeup consultation and application!  When stepping into VERT Beauty, Denver’s premier beauty boutique, you are truly entering a lifestyle beauty oasis.  A new world of green beauty awaits you - join The Scout Guide Denver as we step into the clean, beautiful world of VERT Beauty…

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VERT’s goal is to “empower you to feel and look the most beautiful version of yourself”.  Offering natural and organic brands with a targeted purpose – “to create the healthiest options that highlight your natural beauty”, each product VERT carries is hand-picked based on its quality, performance, ingredients and environmental sustainability of the manufacturer.

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Skin care is the first step to flawless skin. VERT’s featured lines include Tata Harper, 100% natural and non-toxic luxury skin care. Tata Harper’s one-of-a-kind skin care is manufactured in small batches in their Vermont laboratory, ensuring their products are fresh as possible and of the highest quality every step of the way.

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One Love Organics maintains a simple approach to beauty, trusting in “the healing power of plants”.  One Love Organics uses only the highest quality, most effective ingredients that directly benefit skin. Believing in beauty is from the heart, they embrace the belief that the ”power of the beauty ritual is to renew, relax, and transform”.

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Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup is based on the philosophy true makeup artistry comes from “enhancing the wearer’s natural beauty” – allowing  “personality to shine”.  Jane Iredale’s makeup products are designed so you can look good, feel good and use makeup that is good for the skin, including minerals that provide broad spectrum sun protection.  Their products aim to ensure satisfaction in performance, coverage, application and texture.

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Let’s not forget the nails! The Treat Collection presents a glamorous nail polish line consisting of 54 different shades.  Famous for being “5-free”, meaning Treat does not contain risky ingredients commonly known to be used in nail polishes.  All Treat polishes are nontoxic with special attention paid to “safety, health and environmental compatibility as well as quality” so your nails can shine every day.

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Whether it is a glamorous look to ring in the New Year or new day-to-day skin care routine, VERT’s talented and educated green beauty experts and artists will guide you through a range of services to meet your skin care and makeup needs.


VERT Services include:

New Year New You Consultation:  A 90 minute consultation including skin care and makeup tips and techniques while receiving a green beauty makeover.

Skin care Consultation:  A 30 minute consultation including the how-to’s of skin care and help finding the ideal skin care routine for your beauty needs.

Makeup Consultation:  A 60 minute consultation including a full makeup application and education on what green beauty brands work best for you.

Teen Consultation: A  60 minute consultation introducing your teen to the world of natural, green beauty – including a full make over and mini-lesson on how to apply basic, day-to-day makeup.

And, should you get engaged over the holidays, VERT also provides on location bridal party and engagement photo makeup!

Vert Logo 3442 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211           +1 (303) 623-VERT

Step into VERT Beauty, welcome a new year, a new you and tell them Scout sent you!

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NYE How to wear it

Liz Finkelstein, of Mile High Style, shares tips for New Year’s Eve and how to style the coveted ‘statement’ piece.

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For women who contemplate a closet full of amazing pieces but have nowhere to wear them, consider New Years Eve your personal invitation. Likewise, if you’re waiting for a reason to pull the trigger on a big, bold piece of fashion, here’s your excuse.

There is no shortage of incredible stuff out there, both locally and online. I love this Chloe Oliver black embroidered kimono because it looks different and vintage. Pair with skinny jeans, a black camisole, and big earrings or a cocktail ring and finish with chic, structured clutch.

Susana Monaco Black Tank - Chelsea // Chloe Oliver Tawney Kimono - Chelsea // Genetic Denim Skinny Jean – Chelsea // Etro Chandelier Earrings -Net-a-Porter // Viva Creatures! Clutch Bag - Melrose & Madison // Pierre Hardy Ankle Boot - The Outnet // Kelly Wearstler Cocktail Ring - Chelsea


Thank you Liz!!


Holiday Guide: Gifts for Ladies

Lovely ladies and the holidays - what a grand time to shop Denver.  The Scout Guide Denver brings you featured finds from local shops, perfect for the ladies this holiday season.  From antique lovers to fashionistas alike, we proudly present the Holiday Gift Guide for Ladies…

Ladies Holiday

1. Exquisite jewelry of pave diamonds combined with organic elements.//The Woods Fine Jewelry

2. The magic of master painter and a garden. “In the Garden” by Matt Flint //Visions West Gallery

3. These boots were made for holiday giving.  Calleen Cordero‘s Oxidized Garcia Bootie //Moxie

4. Keeping her warm.  AMS Pure Jacket//Melrose & Madison

5. Here’s to a colorful, whimsical holiday! Asianeye’s light wool scarves; variety of colors and patterns available//Reverie Living

6. Chic holiday. Rag & Bone Bradbury Small Flap Hobo in Leopard and Leopard Zip Glove//A line Boutique

7. Making her smile.  John Derian’s decoupage Round “Happy” Plate//Hutch & Fig

8. For warm toasty feet. Snoozie’s Booty Slippers; variety of colors and patterns available//Kismet

9. An antique lovers dream.  Ruby cut to clear Bohemian glass. c 19th century//Black Tulip

10. A sweet holiday treat.  “Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle” by Kyra Bussanich//The Perfect Petal

Happy Shopping and let them know Scout sent you!

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