We had a great time last week at FTW Denver! A fun filled night full of entertainment, shopping, networking and games! A big shout out to everyone that came to wish me a Happy Birthday too! You guys rock! We also had some really awesome Swag Bags! If you missed us, please make sure to come to our next event on April 24th at the Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery.
RSVP and snag your FREE ticket here!
In the meantime, I wanted to share with you all the businesses that were featured throughout this event. They are all fantastic and everyone loved them at the event. If you are interested in any of their services or products, please feel free to contact them. They would love to connect with you. So, here are the Locals We Love: March edition.
A HUGE "Thank You" to For The Win (FTW) Denver for hosting this event, providing the Swag Bags and adding some fun Free Playtime Cards into the mix! Everyone was super excited to attend and see all of the fun new games in the Arcade! That Mario Cart and the 3-D Zombie scary game were my favorites!!
I am very excited to feature a truly amazing woman for the February edition of our Leading Ladies Series. Shawnte` Smith opened Beauty Lounge in 2012 after building up a huge following while being employed by a local high end department store. They are now the official eye brow sponsor of the Miss Colorado USA, Miss Colorado Teen, Miss Wyoming USA and Miss Wyoming Teen USA pageants.
Shawnte` and her team of artists are experts of their industry and take pride in their craft, and ability to be among the best of the best.
Shawnte`, tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
I am the owner of Beauty Lounge, a high-end specialty spa in Lone Tree, CO. We specialize in Eyebrow shaping, Eyelash extensions, Makeup, and Facials. We have been open for 5 years and we are currently expanding. I have over 12 years experience in the spa and skincare industry. I began my tenure as a licensed esthetician for Aveda, as well as a make-up artist for Hard Candy, Too Faced, Urban Decay, and Duwop. My real passion is in Eyebrow shaping.
I was trained by Anastasia Beverly Hills in 2005 and then worked as an eyebrow specialist at Nordstrom Park meadows for over 6 years. I built up an amazing clientele and opened Beauty Lounge in 2012. I currently still shape eyebrows and do about 20-30 clients a day!
I 'm also obsessed with skin care, I launched my very own skin care line in October 2016 after working with a chemist/naturopath here in Denver who help me develop a natural, toxic-free, nutritional skincare line. My courage has always come from my mother and grandmother who have always taught me that I could achieve anything I wanted and to never take no for an answer. The hours are very long but I have found it is not work if you love what you do. At the end of the day it really only comes down to 2 basic traits; you have to believe in yourself and work hard to achieve anything. Lastly, I have found if you surround yourself with honest, trustworthy, positive people a positive outlook is the byproduct.
Describe yourself in three words:
Compassionate, Optimistic, Loyal
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Growing Beauty Lounge from 2 employees to 11 and starting my Shawnte` Smith Skin Care line.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would love to work with kids in an outreach program.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Work/Life balance is very important to me. I work very long days, but on my days off I try to enjoy everything life has to offer. I also leave an hour early every Wednesday night so my husband and I can have a date night.
What websites do you visit every day?
Amazon (I always need something)
Social Media (IG, FB, ect)
The Daily Skimm (so I know whats going on in the world)
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
I absolute love to try new food in Denver. Brunch is my favorite meal so I am loving Gozo on Broadway right now. I also love Denver Central Market where you can eat, drink, get coffee, indulge in Ice cream, and do your shopping all in one place!
For a night out on the town we love The Rack House Pub in RINO. They have amazing food and are the home of Bierstadt Lager Brewery & C Squared Ciders.
What is your goal for retirement?
My retirement goal would be to travel the world with my incredible husband.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
Do something you are very passionate about. Start small, then grow slow and steady. Relationships are the most important thing in business so be kind to everyone.
Any final comments?
If you want it, work for it.
BuxieJo Bags is graciously giving away one handcrafted Branded Cowhide Cuff!
Handcrafted, Branded Cowhide Cuff
I am officially in love with BuxieJo Bags in Denver, Colorado!
Kerrin Pogozelski is the owner and designer of these amazing handmade, leather goods.
Using unique, old world leather crafting techniques, each item has it's own quirky personality and is truly a piece of art.
Recently, Kerrin and I met over coffee and she showed me some of her work. I am now the proud owner of a perfect Brauch Bag and a Branded Cowhide Cuff Bracelet!
Kerrin started creating these cuffs using individual words that inspire her and make her smile! I just love the meaning behind each of these cuffs!
The Brauch Bag
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What a fun and busy week! Christi is my BEST girlfriend from high school and she celebrated her Birthday this weekend! We both had the day off on Friday, January 27th and wanted to have a fun 'Girls Day' to celebrate her! We started off by going to Black Eye Coffee in CapHill (800 Sherman Street) to grab a breakfast sandwich and some tasty drinks! It is so cute on the inside and very cozy. The food and tea was fantastic!
Next, we went to The Source (3350 Brighton Blvd) to see...everything! They have 2 awesome restaurants, Crooked Stave brewery, a butcher, florist, bakery, novelty/jewelry/art shop, liquor store and a coffee shop called BoxCar. They introduced me to my new obsession. A Peppermint Tea Latte with steamed almond milk and just enough simple syrup to make it taste like magic.
I had the pleasure of meeting Robert (General Manager) and Will (our fantastic server) at the new Blue Agave Grill in Denver. They are on 16th Street Mall, (right next to The Cheesecake Factory) and boy were we in for a treat!
Christi and I wanted to try something new for her celebratory lunch and we chose wisely. The restaurant has a great layout with a fun and welcoming environment.
The entire menu is incredible, so we asked Will what his favorites were! He helped us choose the Black and White Nachos as our appetizer.
Christi chose Southwest Pork Medallions and I ordered the Tacos En Fuego.
They have an amazing selection of fun margaritas for only $2.50! Just the right size to enjoy during lunch! This was the Spicy Cucumber Margarita. We also tried the Muy Macho Jalapeno Margarita! YUM!
These aren't your normal pile of nachos. Every chip is covered with Shrimp & Lobster, Chipotle Cream, Black Beans, Monterey Jack, Asadero Cheese, Corn Pico De Gallo & Guacamole in the middle. They flavor combinations and creamy texture with a bit of bite from the shrimp was perfect. It was hard to stop eating them to save room for our actual entree!
While we were enjoying our appetizer, I smelled something incredible as another server walked past us with some dishes. I asked Will what it was! I was originally going to order the Coconut Shrimp Tacos (If you know me, you know I LOVE TACOS!)
Will said it was the Tacos En Fuego! These guys pour a shot of Tequila over the super hot cast iron skillet and light it on fire! EN FUEGO! So fun! The Tequila-Fired Tableside was so cool to see!
The Marinated Skirt Steak is perfectly charbroiled with Onion, Bell Pepper (I opted out of the peppers and added grilled pineapple) topped with Corn Salsa! The tacos are served with Serrano Avocado Salsa, Flour Tortillas, Cilantro Rice and Black Beans. Those little grilled onions and pineapple bits are flavor crystals that made these irresistible! I want to eat them all over again right now!
And then... there is DESSERT. What is a Girls-Day-Out-Birthday-Lunch-fest without the desserts, right?!
I don't really know what to say about these, other than you MUST visit the Blue Agave Grill on 16th and Lawrence to eat these yourself. These were the perfect ending to a perfect meal.
The top photo is their award winning Toasted Coconut Blonde Brownies served warm with Pecans, Toasted Coconut, Caramel Rum Glaze and topped with Vanilla Ice Cream. The glaze that surrounds this mound of warm coconut goodness is almost like a crust that you have to crack to get to the hidden treasure inside. This dessert is now one of my top favorites in Denver and I cannot wait to go back and enjoy it again!
The second dessert is the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake. This is gluten free folks (TONS of amazing GF options on their entire menu, BTW). This chocolate ganache covered delight is made from scratch by Becca's Gourmet in Wellington! Another reason to love and support this locally, family owned restaurant! They source locally which is so great! Inside of that chocolate coating is a Chocolate Sponge Cake with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mousse sitting on top. How can you say no to anything with chocolate and peanut butter?
n We had such a great time at Blue Agave Grill and I am so happy to know there is another great restaurant on the popular 16th Street Mall in Denver! Thank you so much to Blue Agave Grill, Robert and Will for the hospitality and making this Girls Day Out a success!
You can find Blue Agave Grill at:
1201 16th St #104, Denver, CO 80202
Denver! So busy, full of life and hundreds of things to do every weekend! The Denver Metro Area is one of the fastest growing areas in the country and people cannot wait to move here.
Being a Native, I often take the wonderment of this state for granted! Recently, I was with a group of friends at Dry Dock Brewing Co (15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014) and we were talking about all of the things that someone MUST do in our region! Here are some things we came up with.
1. Red Rocks Amphitheater (918300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465)
This area is not only the place to be for any concert you could possibly catch, but they also host tons of other events. Anything from Yoga, Easter Sunrise Service, a summertime favorite for Film on the Rocks (when the sun sets, they feature fun classic movies like the Goonies, Beetlejuice, The Big Lebowski and Deadpool).
2. Casa Bonita (Lamar Station Plaza, 6715 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214)
Known for their cliff divers, giant gorilla on the loose and Black Bart's Cave, this is a great place to go with friends or family. If you were a kid in the 80's or 90's, you likely had your birthday party here. Just raise that little red flag for more sopapillas, please!
3. Have a Sunday Funday at Lakeside Amusement Park. (4601 Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO 80212)
This historical amusement park has been open since 1908. Originally named White City, it was opened and spearheaded by prominent Denver brewer Adolph Zang.
My Uncle Mark worked here when I was a kid and I remember going on dozens on rides and coming home with my arms full of stuffed animals. Check out the Wild Chipmunk ride!
4) Profess your love for Green Chile!
Just about every restaurant has a signature Green Chile that they will smother your favorite dish with! Hip RiNo restaurants, staple hole-in-the-walls scattered throughout Denver and specialty small batch businesses!
Our favorite is Ele's Sooo Good Green Chile based in Centennial, CO. It is quite possibly the best Green Chile sauce around and everyone in Colorado thinks so. The owner, Eleen, won 2 first place awards at the Colorado Chile Festival. Try it for yourself - www.ElesSoooGood.com
5) First Friday Art Walk (Santa Fe Dr and 10th Ave - ish)
On the First Friday evening, every month, the dozens of eclectic galleries open their doors for all to visit. From fine art to large artist co-ops, you can meet and greet with local artists and purchase one of their pieces to hang and call your own. This is a definite must-do for me every year. The block parties are so fun on a warm summer evening with food trucks, music and street buskers galore. The people watching is sometimes just as entertaining!
6) Take a stroll around Union Station (1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202)
Union Station is sort of like Denver's living room. Recently renovated, this is a 100 year old historical landmark that visitors and locals all adore. You can walk around in the train station, eat at any of the surrounding amazing restaurants or grab an ice cream treat at MilkBox Ice Creamery. With tons of patios, a lit up fountain and the busy energy of the area... this is a super fun area to check out.
What are some of your favorite places to see/visit in the Denver area?
What does your Denver Bucket List look like?
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Happy New Year! It is officially 2017 and I am trying to wrap my head around how the Y2K scare was 17 years ago! I posed a question on my Facebook page asking where they were the night that we changed from 1999 to 2000. There were some funny answers, including some of my friends parents confessing that they filled bathtubs up with water! I think that was the first "viral" hype we encountered in the beginning of what would eventually become a social media and technology driven society.
Here we are 17 years later on a thriving social media and communication platform, everyone consumed by viral stories (Hello... Mariah Carey) and hundeds of new outlets to share our lives, favroite cat videos, keeping in touch with far away friends & family, and sharing breaking news!
It is fascinating to me how things have evolved.
With that said, at the beginning of each new year, we see so many New Years Resolutions and self made promises to have a fresh start! This year, I feel like so many people are focusing on bigger goals, getting back on track and not worrying about the "New Year, New You" facade.
I can personally attest to that mindset too!
I have HUGE goals that I want to achieve, but they aren't any different than what I had set out for myself in 2016. I just need to work harder to hit them.
However, the "New Year, New You" clean slate is just that... a clean slate. 2016 was a rough year for a lot of people and that is all now in the past. I think we are all excited to welcome 2017 and see what is has in store!
What are you excited to do in the New Year?
In just a few short weeks, we will all have to get used to writing and typing 2017. That is something that always takes me awhile to get used to each year! I recently put a post out in the world of social media and asked everyone what their favorite thing about the Holidays was. So many people said that they loved spending time with friends and family, a lot of people said the fun and food was their fav and even more people said that the gift of giving was what filled their hearts!
I have to agree! I absolutely love giving gifts. At any time of the year and for any reason. Not to mention, I am a bit of a "shopaholic", but we can talk about that later.
On December first, we hosted our monthly Ladies Night Out event and showcased some amazing businesses that were so friendly and fun to shop with! I scored some awesome goodies from them, not to mention some pretty sweet stuff in the Swag Bags!
Here are the businesses who joined us and why I think they are amazing!
LuLaRoe Jed and Steph Dixon
Stephanie Dixon is such an amazing role model and business owner. She has an amazing story that includes her husband, 2 kiddos and 2 cute pups! Steph has overcome all odds, including cancer, and now runs her LuLaRoe business online and out of her home. Her basement has been converted to a cozy clothing boutique full of the most comfortable and flattering clothes out there. LuLaRoe has something for any size woman, from leggings to dresses and cardigans to comfortable baseball style tee's. I am a self-proclaimed addict and will never admit to the amount of leggings I own. If you would like to learn more about LuLaRoe, join Steph's group (and her hubby Jed!) on Facebook!
Ok... is this not the cutest picture ever?? That dog is the real life Scooby Doo! I love it! The lovely Donna Grossman is the owner and creator of this super fun line of Furry Friend Fashion. She handcrafts Dog & Cat collars in the foothills of our beautiful Rocky Mountains. She had so many different patterns, prints and colors + all varieties of sizes! If you are a proud pet owner and are looking to score something cute to put in their stocking, look no further!
You can contact Donna by visiting the website, www.puptrend.com
Amanda's Usborne Book Shop
Amanda's Book Shop has been at the last few Ladies Night Out events and she has books flying of the shelf! These are the best books that are the most exciting, engaging, educational, high-quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated, that kids L-O-V-E to read! Books for children of all ages. Visit Amanda's website to discover fiction and non-fiction, award-winning titles that will stir the imagination and make children say, "Read it again, please!" What a fun gift for the Holidays, baby shower, birthday party or graduation! Shop with Amanda here: www.amandalovesbooks.com
Jean Pool Boutique
Karen Bohland owns this super fun clothing boutique located inside of Unlisted Artisian Market at 8262 S University Blvd Suite 120, Centennial, CO 80122. Karen's unique sense of style and fun, comfortable wears have been a fan fav for the last few months at our events! I personally bought the Baby it's Cold Outside shirt in the photo above. It is so soft and comfortable! She has some of the most stunning faux fur vests and fun tops! I always have people asking me if she is coming back each month! Make sure to visit Karen's boutique inside of Unlisted (countyline and broadway) or find us at the January Ladies Night Out event!
Younique-Wanderlust Beauty Barn with Kenzie
Have you heard of Younique? They have such a fun line of cosmetics including some of the most amazing mascara out there! I love the deep pigments of the Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powders and the Moodstruck 3D fiber lashes! Kenzie Cunningham has an awesome website and facebook page to help you find the best picks for your needs! She is sweet and always willing to help you make the right buys! Visit her website here: www.WanderlustBeautyBarn.com/
LipSense - Senegence
If you haven't tried LipSense yet... You are missing out! I am obsessed with it (enough to join their team as well!) and am a walking billboard for this brand! You apply 3 layers of this lead and wax free lip color and after it dries, you apply the most amazingly moisturizing and soft gloss that you will ever use. Talk about soft and supple lips. Here you go! Karin Griffis can hook you up! Join her group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWAKSealedwithaKiss
Chloe & Isabel Jewelry
Lisa Haas, with Chloe + Isabel, had a gorgeous set up for our event! This jewelry is glamorous and affordable for everyone! I snagged some awesome earrings that have a really unique back to them. The back of the earring looks like solid, downward shooting stars...so when you plug it into the back of your ear, you have the stone up front and the design in the back! So cool! They have chokers, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, etc. So much fun to play with all of the designs! Lisa will help style you anytime. Find your new favorite piece of jewelry here: www.lisasciboutique.com
Using the latest sexual health education, the best in must-have beauty products, and the hottest bedroom accessories, Tori Nicole can help you find something that you may be missing! Tori displays a high level of professionalism and discretion while helping you find something she has that you might need. This business is so fun to have for a girls night in with friends, a bachelorette or bridal party or a private one-on-one shopping experience! Contact Tori Nicole and shop her website here: https://www.pureromance.com/ToriNicole
All of these ladies were so much fun to hang and shop with! Please contact them for any needs you may have! Keep your eyes peeled for our January Ladies Night Out Event - January 14th at Bar Louie in DTC!
Happy almost Thanksgiving! Last Wednesday I hosted the November Ladies Night Out Networking Event. It was a full house, tons of fun, great vendors and... it was the day after "The Election". I wanted to drive people away from that and get their minds on a different track! I had a table set up with these "Today I am thankful for_____________" cards as well as Thank You cards so the guests could write someone a Thank You card! It was a hit. I received so many positive comments from everyone stating how lovely they thought it was and how much they appreciated it.
I chose some of my favorite responses from the groups answers! Here they are!
With all of the negativity surrounding us everyday, choose the HAPPY! What are YOU thankful for today?
Veterans Day is Friday, November 11, 2016! Do you know the true meaning behind Veterans Day?
It is a public holiday which is held on the anniversary of the end of World War I to honor US veterans and all victims of war. Read about the history here:
Thank you for your service to this country.
If you are a Veteran, or have one in your life... Here is a long list of fun places that are offering some cool deals to honor and show their support On Friday, November 11th:
On Saturday, 11/12/16 - The Colorado Veterans Project ( http://coloradoveteransproject.org/ or
https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoVeteransProject ) is hosting the Denver Veterans Day Parade and Festival! This family-friendly event offers FREE admission, a music stage, kids & family activities, military displays, tons of vendors, and a wide variety of food. The Parade & Festival serves as a celebratory “Thank You” to our Veterans who have fought to ensure our freedoms. Visit their event page to RSVP and follow the festivities!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1448787868467944 or https://www.facebook.com/DVD5K/
On Sunday, 11/13/16 - The Colorado Veterans Project is also hosting the Denver Veterans Day Run! The 8th Annual Denver Veterans Day Run is a memorial 5K & 10K fun run starting at Denver's scenic City Park. Recognized as “Denver’s Run for Veterans Day” by Mayor Michael Hancock, this fun run is open to runners, joggers, walkers, kids of all ages, and dogs are always welcome. The route takes runners through the beautiful City Park running trails in downtown Denver.
The mission of the Denver Veterans Day Run is to celebrate and show support of our Veterans and their untiring efforts on Veterans Day weekend.
The Denver Veterans Day Run event begins at 8:00 AM and ends by 10:15 AM. With registration for the Denver Veterans Day Run you will receive an exclusive race day T-shirt and finisher's medal.
Visit the event page to register and for more info: http://www.denverveteransday.com/run
You can also watch the Channel 9 news story from this morning, featuring Michelle Marie King with the Colorado Veterans Project and Staff Sergeant Time Chambers:
Leading ladies: McKenzie Reifschneider DC on her growing business and becoming medically integrated
Meet McKenzie Reifschneider. With a welcoming smile that will light up the room, it is very apparent that she is one of the main driving forces behind a local Chiropractic office that has grown, exponentially, in the past few years. She opened her practice in 2006 and has been in love with her job ever since!
McKenzie has 2 sweet Italian Greyhounds, Stella and Sophia (who I have personally met and they are the cutest!) and enjoys every aspect of life! She is an all around happy gal with an amazingly positive presence, a great listener and so fun to be around. I love her energy and willingness to help. She is truly a go-getter! Find out what drives her below.
Describe yourself in three words:
Confident, genuine, and caring
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today:
I knew I had such unique ideas on treating patients, I wanted to be different, I wanted a different type of practice...that entailed me starting my own clinic. Once I had the idea, there was no backing down. I am an extremist at heart, I go full hilt... I wanted to make waves in the Chiropractic/Physical Therapy profession. I work between 50-65 hours per week, I have always worked long days, but with a large staff it is necessary to keep everyone on the same page.
Our clinic is an integrative health group providing Interventional Pain Management, Sports Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Functional Personal Training and Craniosacral Therapy. We provide a range of healthcare services including yearly physicals (including bloodwork and images), muscle trigger point and large joint injections, IV therapies (hydration, immunity, weight loss), Active Release and Graston Techniques (specialized soft tissue treatments), Functional Dry Needling, Spinal Decompression, Personal Training, and Gait Analysis.
Keeping positive is easy when you are passionate about your career, but there is one quote that always rings true, "Begin each day with a decision to be happy". You make your own happiness...
What are your professional goals for the next six months?:
Within the next 6 months we will continue to perfect the transition into a medical group of my south office. We will continue to mentor our north office staff and employees as well as begin to develop a plan on our third (downtown Denver) office.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?:
Owning two offices and two businesses, one of them becoming a medically integrated clinic with multiple practitioners.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?:
I began college preparing to enter medical school, changing my professional career my senior year.
I would still like to attempt medical school, specifically a plastic surgeon.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?:
For me personally, the key is to rise early in the morning and exercise, it gives you energy for the entire work day. By 6pm you are finished with your workday, you have squeezed in some exercise and you have the evening hours to spend socially.
What websites do you visit every day?:
Mercola.com (for quick pieces of medical info), The Daily Skimm (to have a small idea of what is going on in the world on a daily basis), PubMed (try to read one or two research articles daily) and of course Google!
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?:
Amal Alamuddin (currently obsessed, she is literally changing women's lives and changing the world we live in), ClassPass (what a great idea!), Physical Dimensions (my office..my heart and soul built our practice, it really is one of my favorite places)
What is your goal for retirement?:
I never plan on completely retiring as I love what I do, but I do plan to work less hours. I hope to one day own/manage a pro bono women's only clinic that provides services to those in need, this would be a wonderful retirement project to keep me busy!
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?:
Jump with both feet it, but remember build slow. Don't spend all of your capital money on the aesthetics, material items, equipment or product right from the start...spend time building relationships and save the money for those first six months of no salary. Then begin to purchase things for your business as clients begin to increase...slow and steady.
Any final comments?:
A recent news article reported that women will eventually earn as much as men in the work world in 2059...lets make it sooner!
To make an appointment with McKenzie and Physical Dimensions IHG:
Hi There! I am Leah Ryan, Lead Publisher and Social Media + Event Coordinator for Housewives in the City here in Denver, Colorado! I have lived in Colorado my entire life, born and raised. My family has some deep Colorado roots and I am fascinated with anything related to Colorado History!
I love to spend time with my boyfriend, cook, read, use my creativity in every aspect possible and if there is a puppy around... that is where my attention will be! Please come introduce yourself to me if you see me out and about and especially at one of our monthly Ladies Night Out events! XOXO - Leah