Showing posts with label Vail. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vail. Show all posts

1/12/16

What to Wear in Winter to Shop & Dine in Vail, Colorado

Mountain Casual Chic


1. Choose a Cross Body or Messenger handbag. 

Here are two we really like. 



2. Choose a large tote to carry all your gear. 


Featured: Louis Vuitton Neverfull




3. Wear All black with black vegan leather leggings.


Featured: Fur Stole



4. Mix Faux Fur & Real Fur.


For example, mix a faux fur hat with a real fur coat. 





 5. Pretty in Pink.


Pink sweater, Printed vest, pink scarf, pink Handbag. Everything Pink



6.  His/her Rolex Watches, Cartier love bracelets accessorize with MCM Leather Gloves. 

7. In the winter, leave the spike heels at home and instead, opt for rubber bottom boots with a wedge.  





For the Boys


1. The Louis Vuitton Duffle Keepall is great for travel or holding all your gear for skiing or Apreski.




2. Accessories pull it all together. 

Hermes Belt

Rolex Watch




What to Wear in Vail during Winter on the Ski Slopes



1. Bright Colors are the rage on the slopes. Colors such as pink, orange, purple, & turquoise are all popular choices. 



2. Choose a jacket with a fur accent on the collar.



3. Custom fit boots from Beaver Creek Sports


Ask for Greg @skibootfitting on Instagram. 


4. For the kids, we recommend renting skis, boots and poles for a full season. 


Go to Base Mountain Sports before Thanksgiving and rent for a full year for the same price for less than a week rental.



Activities for Kids in Vail During Winter.



1. For intermediate children's Snow Skiing, we highly recommend Ultimate 4 Lessons and recommend reservations. In peak season, classes fill quickly. 



2. Ice skating in Vail, Lionshead, & Beaver Creek. Call ahead for availability but reservations aren't necessary. 



DOBSON ICE ARENA, indoor, located in Lionshead.

For the recreational skater, Dobson Ice Arena hosts open skating sessions for all ages and abilities. The arena also offers a wide array of hockey options for youth and adults, beginners to seasoned players. Call 970-479-2271 for more information. Skate rentals available. Click here for online information.



BLACK FAMILY ICE RINK, located in Beaver Creek Plaza.

Located in the center of Beaver Creek Village, Black Family Ice Rink offers endless family-friendly fun. Skate and helmet rentals are available at the walk-up booth located next to Base Mountain Sports.


NOTTINGHAM OUTDOOR ICE RINK, located in Avon.

Nottingham Park ice rinks will be open to the public for ice skating seven days a week, weather permitting. Skating is free to anyone who has his/her own skates. Skate rentals are available to children and adults at the Recreation Center. Click here for information.


ARRABELLE OUTDOOR ICE RINK, located in Lionshead.

Open daily during the winter season and located in the Lionshead Village surrounded with fire pits! Ice skates available for rent.


SOLARIS OUTDOOR ICE RINK, located in Vail Village.

Open daily, located at the Solaris in Vail Village. Skate rentals available next to the bōl restaurant in the Solaris.

3. Bowling at Bol in Vail Village at Solaris. We recommend making a reservation. Click here for information.





4. Vail library is a great place for story time and visiting authors. Bella and I hosted a book reading of The Vintage Contessa & Princessa. 





5. Ice cream at Rocky mountain Chocolate Factory.



6. Watch a Movie and Dine at Cinebistro at Solaris. Reservations highly recommended. 



7. Watch TV8 for Local News, Activity and Weather.


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1/3/13

Antique Jewelry, Fine Watches and Chanel in Vail



Betteridge hosted a fabulous sparkling evening of taste and libations with a treasure chest filled with antique jewelery, fine watches and one of my all time favorites...Chanel. Our host, Captain Hook aka Mike Manjos, opened the vault of antique diamond, sapphire, emerald, ruby, one of a kind jewelry pieces that
dazzled the pirate themed party in Vail Village. We sipped on wine and enjoyed amazing bites  in the midst of Van Cleef, Cartier, Rolex, Patek Phillipe, and Panerai with the Karrs, our fabulous Greek friends from Chicago and the Brunos, our favorite Italian Vail locals.  The highlight of my night was a in depth conversation with Courtney the international world traveling Chanel watch expert in town from
Chicago with a case full of Chanel diamond encrusted watches. We discussed our mutual love of CoCo Chanel's time capaul apartment in Paris where we both were in awe of her timeless style that still
prevails today. I learned about the silver boxes Chanel showcased on her coffee table, gifts of the Duke of Westminster. They were as beautiful on the inside as they were on the outside, expressing his thoughts  of Chanel.  This is true of Chanel's designs, specifically, her jackets,  as beautifully on the inside as the outside with luxurious lining materials and chain detailing. To me, that is one of the true signs of a designer who looks at their pieces as a form of art.  Thank you to Betteridge for hosting such an enchanting evening surrounded by beautiful baubles and a memorable group of guests.















8/14/12

Vail, Co: High Fashion & Pop Art

Vail is undoubtedly unrivaled when it comes to skiing the back bowls. However when it comes to fashion and art, many perceive Vail to take a back seat to it uber wealthy and chic neighbor, Aspen. After a bit of hands on investigating, I beg to differ.
Visiting Luca Bruno Due, and Luca Bruno in Vail, Co , I found exceptional international brands that rival what I find when traveling big cities throughout the world. However, I felt like I was shopping in my own town with a personal friend; in the business. Both of their fashion houses offer exclusive brands hand selected by owners Luca and Jen Bruno for their growing international client list.

I've been shopping at Luca Bruno for almost a decade, adding pieces annually that I still wear today. Luca is so personable and warm with his authentic Italian accent and zealous Italian hand jesters, you cant help but find him fabulously endearing. In fact, I still remember the first day we met him. I walked in with my very Italian father, Vito Cangelosi, and was offered hard parmesan cheese cut off a huge block in the front of the store. His wife Jen, raised in Manhatten, has such a great eye for hip and cool pieces in luxe brands that are modern yet wearable in the casual yet chic ski town of Vail, Co or a big city like Houston, Dallas, or Austin.

When walking thru the store, I as instantly drawn to an amazing modern yet timeless designed suit jacket by Les Copains. It became even more coveted when Jen told me it was worn recently by the stylish and beautiful Catherine Zeta Jones.

I had the honor of meeting the sophisticated CEO of Les Copains, Paolo Torello-Viera, in town with an amazing array of pieces from the Fall ready to wear line, joining the Brunos for a private style show at the nearby exclusive Sonnenalp Hotel. The Italian brand surprisingly named after French talk show, Les Copains, is 100 % Italian, designed and manufactured in Italy.

Coming from my background of an Italian owned family business with a focus on craftsmanship and quality, I was impressed to learn from Paolo that the owner himself, Mario Bandiera who founded the company in 1959, still walks the factory in Bologna daily, overseeing every detail of the line personally.

Knitwear is the primary element of the line, with cashmere as Les Copains first love, even as the brand has evolved throughout the years. Currently designed by Alessandro Dell Acqua, there is an elegance mixed with a sensuality that is very glamorous and luxurious without being stuffy.

The headliner piece was a fabulous cable knit cashmere sweater that was surprising lightweight due to its genius design of a base sheer layer of cashmere. The reality is that Les Copains created a uber stylish sweater that can be worn and belted by real women who aren't necessarily 6 foot tall and 100 pounds. For myself and my amazingly talented yet equally short friend, Tricia Swenson, there was a shorter version that was a better proportion for petite girls who are better suited with pieces that synch at the waist.

The even more practical yet equally sporty chic equestrian line is Les Copains Blue. I found a pair of irresistible suede like jodhpurs that will be fab with riding boots and a tailored jacket. My favorite look was a vintage styled Gucci or Versace turtleneck that took me back to my early days in Vail with big hair and deglo ski jackets. Thank goodness we aren't revisiting those trends.

The timeless sporty aristocratic vibe that dates back to the brands inception comes through loud and clear with the tundra and military accents. The menswear houndstooth, mini checks and prince of whales patterns are offset by a form fitting feminine silhouette of the 21st century woman.

What would be the ultimate piece of outerwear for a ski town and a Texas woman? The amazingly stylish and über luxe fur brand, Dennis Basso. I had the pleasure of meeting the stylish and debonaire New Yorker Mitchell Adelman, International Director of Sales for Dennis Basso. I was utterly delighted to see, feel and try the beautiful pieces made from exotic sable, chinchilla, mink, and lynx.

Dennis Basso is the leading American furrier, at the top of the style chain with a combination of modern styling reminiscent of times past. The Fall 2012 collection trunk show showcased the deep rich tones of chocolate and caramels mixed with brilliant hues of cayenne orange, amethyst purple and navy blue.

I was most drawn to the fab luxe cape in caramel tone of woven sable that felt as soft on the inside of the cashmere lining as the outside. The interior lining detailing of each coat and wrap was so spectacular that each piece seemed couture in styling and certainly worthy of glamorous divas Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren.

The dress that immediately caught my eye consisted of a full detailed skirt in a palette of pastel pink so lovely I dreamed of twirling in it just as If I were a 4 year old girl showing off her Easter dress. However it was so beautifully styled I could see Carrie Bradshaw running across a bridge in Paris dawning the dreamy style.

Being a lover of vintage handbags and train cases, I must mention the femme fatale style of the Russian broadtail retro styled train jewelry and cosmetic case. Again, the leather interior was so magnificently designed, I would want to leave it open in my closet so I could see the stunning craftsmanship.

When speaking of luxury furs and femme fetals, one often conjures an image of Marilyn Monroe with her sultry pin up style. With a short walk down the cobblestone streets of Vail Village toMasterGallery you will find DeVon Stanfeld's version of Cozy Marilyn popping off the wall. Wearing a fur and diamonds, the prexy glass image of Marilyn is stuffed with feathers, almost bringing the icon to life.

When asked about his Marilyn pieces DeVon stated, " I believe in magic still, it's a little bit of magic." In choosing style icons Marilyn and Audrey Hepburn as the focus of his pieces, he hits a cord in all women.

Luxury fashion brands and artists alike are blurring the lines between art and fashion. When watching Breakfast at Tiffany's for the umpteenth time, I was mesmerized by Audrey's timeless style. DeVon captured that indelible image on plexiglass with alternating Tiffany and white boxes creating a backdrop.

Using Swarovski crystals as Marilyn's diamonds and Audrey's rose; he captures a moment in time and a moment of the subject not seen in a flat image. DeVon wants to uplift, make people think and become aware of their environment and surroundings. By layering images, his pieces are constantly evolving.

Director of Masters Gallery, Rayla Kundolf, caters to an international clientele, understanding their love of pop art in Vail. DeVon, who ironically resides in his own ski country, Park City, Utah is a unabashed artist pushing the envelope in his pieces focusing on heroes.

He said he believes there is a hero in all of us that needs to come out, so his art is a call to be a hero. I suspect he is referencing his art showcasing images of Superman and Spiderman but as a fashion lover, I can inequitably state that Audrey is my hero.















8/10/11

Vail/Beaver Creek Style



The Vintage Contessa's favorite style picks for an effortless, glamorous summer in Colorado.

August is here. In Houston everyone is trying to escape the heat. Fortunately we were able to run away to a great adventure in Beaver Creek and Vail, CO for the month of July.
The weather was cooperative to the point you could actually wear what was shown on the fashion pages for summer style. A sweater at night, great summer scarves to accessories, hats to block the heat of the day and LOTS of accessories.

It was surprising what a difference a few added accessories would make to a basic summer pallet of white. One night while entertaining a few friends for dinner, serving Rob’s catch from a fishing trip in Alaska just 2 days prior, I opted for a basic white t shirt and white pants. When the summer evening shower came through with a temperature drop of 10 degrees, I added a lace scarf and linen newsboy hat. Tricia and Jen both said, you changed and look so dressed up now. How odd is that, what a difference two accessories make???

I get so excited to see the transformation simple dress by adding a few great accessories. Of course adding a Birkin bag to anything will make any ensemble just that much better. My precious friend, Jen, a talented and amazingly soulful jewelry designer who lives part time in Hawaii, London and Vail ( not a bad gig if you can book it) is now the proud owner of an amazingly coveted Vintage Contessa Birkin. She is precious from the get go, but I am in love with the look with the new Birkin… What do you think?

And my very outgoing local celebrity from the Vail Valley, Tricia, was on hand for every day at the Antique Show rocking her looks. The scarf in her hair and the Chanel belt bag is so fresh and fun. Of course her personality would make a burlap bag look great. She is a living doll.

And with that I offer our final fun pic of our antique shows in the mountains. My precious girlfriends and me (on the far right) wearing fun. Because after all, isn’t that the best accessory of all???

These are a few of my favorite style picks for summer in Colorado.