Monthly Archives: December 2015

Hangover Remedies that Work: What to Eat and Drink

During the holidays or for special occasions, like our birthday, we might indulge in one too many celebratory drinks and wake up the next day with a pounding, excruciating hangover. We all know an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, so remember not to drink on a empty stomach and try to drink water between glasses of champagne and cocktails.

pancakes

Eat carbs, like a side of toast, waffles, or pancakes to absorb and metabolize the alcohol in your system. Next, Click the “Full Story” arrow below for more of what you should eat and drink to help you recover from that nasty hangover–FASTER!.

*Blog originally published to Mode.com, where stories inform and inspire.

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by FCFashionista at Mode

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Rescue Runway Presented by Furry Little World

December 4th, 2015 was the first annual Rescue Runway fashion showcase and silent auction. This event was held at the beautiful Pinehurst Country Club in Denver. This event was for an even greater cause. Student designers from The Art Institute of Colorado produced the fashions for this show, while their furry models were looking for forever homes from the Denver Animal Shelter. Something very wonderful about this event was that all proceeds benefited the animals at the Denver Animal Shelter.

Walking into this amazingly large venue, I was welcomed by multiple people standing at each doorway. In one room, they had set up an enticing display of fruits and cheeses, while in another room there were multiple cakes for dessert.

Cake for Dogs

I must say there were plenty of things to do prior to the show to keep one entertained. There was a whole room dedicated to silent auction items, perfect for the holiday season. As I walked through the silent auction room, there were many items I wanted to contest for, some included a dog bed basket, two lift tickets to Arapahoe Basin, a Cat Handbag by Barking Bitches, Comedy Works tickets, etc. There were so many fabulous items for auction, most pertaining to pets and things to do in Colorado.

rescue runway

Volunteers from the Denver Animal Shelter had set up a few tables to help spread the word and to get people involved in adopting, volunteering, and donating. A few young men were helping people donate to the shelter by purchasing tennis balls for a particular dog in the shelter. I purchased my own and donated it to Mason.

Animal Shelter

Animal Shelter

Prior to the show, I was able to talk to a few designers and the event coordinators of the show. I first ran into Adriana Farnen, she was the designer for the Pinocchio outfit. She was fueled with excitement waiting for the show to start.

Denver designer

Backstage I was able to take a look at the designs before they would be displayed. Each design was so unique in and of itself. I knew this would be an awesome and exciting show.

dog apparel

Another remarkable designer I was able to speak with was Anthony Heimann. He was the designer for the Tinker Bell and Donkey outfits for the Pleasure Island Boys. For a student designer, Anthony is very successful already. He has his own brand called Nicholas Anthony and he even has a clothing website! You can find out more about Anthony and his designs at www.Nicholasanthonyclothing.com

Denver designer

As the time began arriving closer and closer to the start of the show, I was able to talk to the fabulous student designer and event coordinator, Chantal Goethals. Her designs in the show was the Tiger Lilly 2, which was part of the Lost Boy dogs. I asked what the most difficult part of coordinating a show like this was and her response was epic, she said, “Herding Cats.” This was very funny to me since it was a dog fashion show. Her explanation was that it was difficult organizing a large group of people.

Denver Designer

And the show began!

To introduce the show was the lovely Chantal Goethals. She expressed how excited she was to be a part of such an amazing and giving event. Next was the owner and founder of Furry Little World, RaeAnn Wilson. It was so great to see her ideas turn into reality with her first annual fashion showcase. Another very important person to come on the stage was the director of the Denver Animal Shelter, Alice Nightengale. She expressed how important it is to find homes for the animals.

Starting the show was Cinderella and Prince Charming, a very young Shar Pei who was in need of a forever home. This show was dedicated to fairy tales, some very noticeable fairy tale inspirations of the night were from Cinderella, Pinocchio, Queen of Hearts and Red Riding Hood. All the dogs displayed in this show were available for adoption for only $50.00! According to a source, there were two dogs on hold by the end of the night and three had been adopted.

The first annual Rescue Runway was a success. Each and every person dedicated to this show was able to express their love for animals. It was a very unique show in my opinion, something Denver has never done in the fashion community. FCF would like to give a huge shout out to all the student designers from The Art Institute of Colorado, Furry Little World, and the Denver Animal Shelter! Congratulations on this very successful event and I can’t wait to see what happens next year.

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Denver Holiday Things to Do with Family and Friends

Looking for a way to get in the spirit of the holidays? Retail overload got you down? My advice is to get out there and enjoy something seasonal and fun. Denver, with its perfect blend of snowy mountains and metropolitan city streets, has a lot to offer to get excited about the season again. If you are entertaining family and friends from out of town, consider taking them along with you to a fun event! It’s a great way to bond together and to give them the gift of “presence” over “presents”.

Blossoms of Light

Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanical Gardens

Head over to the Botanical Gardens and check out a light show amidst the beautiful plant life! This annual event features thousands of lights strung throughout the gardens. There is an illuminated walk along with a fire pit and hot drinks and treats for sale at the Hive Garden Bistro. This is open on Christmas and New Year’s Day as well if you want to surprise someone with a visit!

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily until January 2

Cost: $6-$13/per person

Denver Pavilions  Holiday Carousel

The Holiday Carousel at the Denver Pavillions

If you are searching for a little holiday magic to bring to the kids, look no further than the Denver Pavilions downtown. Children will be able to ride the carousel all day and experience the fun from the back of a gilded horse.

Time: Dec. 11 – Dec. 23, 2015. 9 am- 10 pm

Cost: $3/per person

Denver Christkindl Market

Denver Christkindl Market

Set in Skyline park, this event is a blending of European and Colorado vendors to create a fabulous atmosphere and experience for all who attend. Grab some authentic treats, drinks, and crafts while you are down; or simply take a look into the entertainment. Don’t miss out on bringing your out-of-town guests- this is a unique experience.

Time: November-December 24. Sun-Weds: 11am-7pm. Thurs-Sat: 11am-9pm.
Cost: Free! (unless you find some things you can’t live without)

Skyline Rink

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

During the holiday season, Skyline Park is converted into an outdoor skating rink to provide fun for all ages and to activate a vital space in the core of Downtown. Besides the free skating, people can enjoy live entertainment, face painting, holiday movies, broomball, a photobooth and hot cocoa.

Time: Now-Feb 15th. Rink hours vary- see their website for full listing.

Cost: Free if you bring your own skates; $2/per guest to rent a pair. Kids 12 and under skate for free every Sunday.

 

Denver Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

 

A holiday classic Follow Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to learn redemption through the Christmas spirit of goodwill. This musical adaptation at The Stage Theatre will delight people of all ages.

Time: Nov 27 – Dec 27, 2015

Cost: Ticket prices vary by day and patron. See their website for prices here.

Denver Christmas Events

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Head over to The Buell Theatre for another holiday tradition. This show of music and lights will bring the magic of the season to life. If you are in the mood for a bit of tradition mixed with fun, check it out.

Time: Dec 12 – Dec 13, 2015

Cost: Ticket prices vary by day and patron. See their website for prices here .

nutcracker

Colorado Ballet: The Nutcracker

Speaking of tradition, you haven’t fully experienced a Colorado winter until you’ve seen the Nutcracker, performed by the Colorado Ballet. This will be its 55th season; there’s a reason it is a classic. Shows are selling out, so if you are interested, check it out as soon as possible!

Time: Now-December 27th

Cost: Cost varies by performance. See their website for prices here.

Historic Homes

Holiday High Teas at the Molly Brown House

In the mood for a little less normal and a little more different? Check out the holiday high tea sessions at the Molly Brown House in Capitol Hill. Traditional tea rich with the history of the house and of tea itself!

Time: Dec 5th-Dec 20 Thursday December 17th – 11:15 am & 2:15 pm Fridays December 11th, 18th – 11:15 am & 2:15 pm Saturdays December 5th, 12th, 19th – 11:15 am & 2:15 pm Sundays December 6th, 13th, 20th – 12:15 pm & 3:15 pm

Cost: $26.00 adults / $20.00 children

So, what do you think? Anything strike your fancy? I’m dying to go to the Botanical Gardens. I had no idea they did this kind of thing before! Bonus: climate change has left this December warmer than previous years, so I can sip some cocoa now and leave the miserable crying in a snow parka until February or so. Take advantage; toss on a cute scarf and get out there and enjoy the holidays!

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Gift Ideas for the Extra People on Your Christmas List

The babysitter will think you’re the best when she opens this cute cell phone wallet case.

gift ideas for babysitter
Link to wristlet from Target here.

Your girlfriend was showing off her new boots at happy hour, so get her a cardigan cape to go with them.

cape
Link to Emily Aztec Cape Cardigan from Boohoo here.

The neighbor mowed your lawn and picked up your news papers while you were away on vacation. Everyone has a family movie night at home. Instead of getting the holiday tin of popcorn from Walmart, they might like this nostalgic Old Fashion Movietime Hot Air Popcorn Maker.

xmas gift ideas
Link to popcorn maker from wayfair here.

For additional gift ideas for your boss, client, coworker, housekeeper and the kids’ teachers. Click the “full story” arrow below!

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by FCFashionista at Mode

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7th Annual Red Ball Runway Show Review and Pics

This year Red Ball produced an extravagant experience for all hair and fashion lovers! If you missed this event, let me tell you about it.

Red Ball 2015 took place at the EXDO Event Center, on November 29th. This event is produced to raise money and awareness for the Denver Colorado AIDS Project. This year we had 15 local designers, 14 local salons and 75 of Denver’s most beautiful up-and-coming models. With a successful silent auction to start the show and raise some big money, the bubbly and always entertaining Brandi Shigley was the MC of the night. She helped the fast talking auctioneer, Kevin Rutter, find some forever homes for some very rare and expensive items.

AND THE SHOW BEGAN!

Kicking of this exciting event was Parasite Eve Designs. The hair and make-up of their models was created by Studio. The designs of Parasite Eve were very avant-garde and showed exquisite dress styles.

AnnaFesta partnered with Bell & Beau Salon to show off some very colorful designs. AnnaFesta did something very unique during their time on stage. Each model was holding a large petitioning banner, which expressed a statistic or fact about AIDS. With one banner in particular that said, “THERE IS NO CURE.” This was a very moving experience during the show and reminded everyone why we were all at Red Ball supporting this very important cause.

Some of the next designers showed off amazing designs on stage. These designers and salons include Julia Rhoden Designs with D’Ametris Aveda, Jaymie’s Touch with Serenity Salon & Spa and James ETC with Scarlet Salon. Each of these designers showcased 5-6 ensembles with each model’s hair and make-up showing the style imagined by the designers.

The 6th designer to warm up the runway was Studio Yoshida, with hair and make-up by Halo Salon. This designer showcased a geisha meets military style within each look; revealing a bright colorful palette, in design styles of Kimono robes and Obi wrist bands.

Studio Yoshida

I want to congratulate a very close friend of mine who had the opportunity to walk for this designer, Madeline Haenel.

Red Ball Denver 2015

Next to hit the runway was R:15 with hair and make-up by Ergo Aveda Salon. This presentation showcased an element of fright, as each model had shocking red eyes! These looks gave a futuristic feel with geometric style lines.

Red Ball Denver

Red Ball Designers

This next young lady has been a supporter of First Class Fashionista for years now and we were so happy to see her present on stage; Rachel Marie Hurst. Accompanying her designs was make-up created by Casandra. As her models hit the stage, the music changed to a bouncy beat which reminded me of children playing in a school yard. Her designs were dresses of life-size porcelain dolls. I really enjoyed Rachel’s designs they were so “little-girl” like.

Rae Marie Designs

Lucky Lady Designs and Fleur Salon captured the audience with some fresh styles and chic dress designs. To continue the commotion was Infernal Contraptions Apparel with Room for Style Beauty Salon. These designs looked like they just walked off a Las Vegas show, in the colors of red to vibrant purple. Also to add, the hair was amazing with sky-high Mohawks!

Red Ball Denver Designers

As if this show wasn’t entertaining enough, the next designer to honor us with his presence was Kimono Dragons with salon help from Vanity Dollz. His designs were outstandingly animated in the story of three Japanese warriors protecting their precious queen and geisha princess.

Denver designers

Another huge support of FCF, who delivered her unique designs made with elegance and class was Gabriela Designs with hair by Planet Laboratories.

Denver designers

Red Ball always has a way of pushing the limit when producing their fashion shows. YOCISCO was the designer of the night who pushed the limit by showcasing his line of men’s underwear.

Men in Underwear

To capture the audience with his dazzling designs was Gino Velardi and hair by 3rd Ave. Studio. This man brought some culture to Red Ball with his plaid-tastic designs, showcasing the Scottish elements of kilts and belted accessories.

To end this amazing show with a BOOM! D’Lola Couture emerged onto the stage with her stunning ballgown designs, which were accompanied with hair by Henry’s Salon. It seems like these designs were in the making for 5-years! This was an amazing showcase and it spoke to the true work of a real couturier.

Denver designer

Denver designers

Denver Designer

This was an extremely wonderful event and I hope everyone in Denver gets the chance to attend Red Ball at least once in their life. It was such an amazing experience to see these beauties start dancing on stage after the final run.

Runway Show

I want to give a special thank you to Andrew Kimmell for offering me tickets to attend this remarkable show.

As always, thank you so much for reading and being an FCF follower!

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