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Jackalope Art & Craft Fair Returns

Denver, CO-  November 14th-15th

With the holidays right around the corner, if you’re stressing over buying gifts for loved ones, stress no more! On Saturday November 14th & Sunday November 15th from 10am-5pm (both dayunnameds), the Jackalope Art & Craft fair will return to the EXDO events center (1399 35th Street, Denver CO 80205).

As an encore to its first successful fair this past July, the fair will feature over 100+ artisans with handmade, speciality goods. Community meets artisan at this land of unlikely creations! Shoppers can expect to find  one-of-a-kind accessories, dry goods, home décor, and more plus attend art-focused workshops and activities for all ages!

Hope to see you there!

Fashion/Culture 2.0: A Tribute to Icons of Fashion and Culture

Fashion/Culture 2.0: A Tribute to Icons of Fashion and Culture
Saturday, October 24th
Turnhalle Theather, Tivoli Student Union
900 Auraria Parkway
VVIP & VIP Pre-Event Reception 6 – 7:30 PM;
General Admission 7:30 – 11 PM

Gold dress_scottlentzNow in its second year, Fashion/Culture 2.0 is a gala evening of entertainment featuring a live fashion show inspired by icons of fashion, music, and culture. The event will showcase designs by El Salon, Charlie Price, Fancy Tiger, and Leon Designs, with a silent auction, cocktails, photo booth, and more. Hosted by Denver artist, educator, and El Salon stylist Natascha Seideneck.

The fundraiser is a collaboration between CPAC, Metro State University, and Denver’s fashion and arts communities. Proceeds will help support the Colorado Photographic Art Center’s move to the RiNo Arts District in 2016.

Tickets available online at: 

Sponsored by CPAC, Metropolitan State University, The Center
for Visual Arts (CVA), El Salon, Tivoli Brewing, Reed Art & Imaging, and Shine Graphic Design.

Ticket Levels:

$125 – VVIP: Includes front row seating during fashion show, pre-event reception with light

snacks and drinks, gift bag, CPAC one-year membership, and photo booth

$80 – VIP: Includes priority seating during fashion show, pre-event reception with light snacks and drinks, gift bag, CPAC one-year membership, and photo booth.

$35 – General Admission: Includes 1 drink ticket
$20 – Student General Admission: Includes 1 drink ticket (21+)
Cash bar available for duration of event; Free garage parking for all guests; Cocktail Attire

Photo by Kevin Alexander and El Salon, inspired by Grace Jones

ABOUT CPAC: The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the appreciation of photography through education, exhibitions, and outreach.

Web site: | Facebook: cpacphoto | Instagram: @cpacphoto | Twitter: @cpac_photo ###

Contact: Megan Ross, CPAC Communications Manager, 571-215-9031;, or Samantha Johnston, CPAC Executive Director, 303-837-1341;

1513 BOULDER STREET, DENVER CO 80211 303.837.1341

Blackberry Maverick Opens new design studio

Blackberry Maverick Grand Opening
Thursday, August 20th
2785 N. Speer Blvd #05
Denver, Co. 80211

Blackberry MaverickThe time has finally come! Blackberry Maverick is ready to bust open the doors of our new commercial design studio in Denver! Come see where all the sewing, painting and creative magic happens.

This is a cocktail fashion event so put on the Ritz!

While you’re at the event grab a swag bag with a coupon for 25% off a custom piece or a dress from our current collection!

  • Lounge in the hookah pit.
  • Enjoy creative appetizers by Justin Castor
  • Select cocktails provided
  • On site photographer and Logo backdrop
  • Fire dancers and other entertainment

“We are Blackberry Maverick and we “take the retro woman to the edge” by merging the Classic Betty & the Unpredictable Fox. An unprecedented combination that brings together Lexis love of the vintage 50’s and Leslies bold, edgy force of the 80’s- with a modern twist. We are a woman’s apparel brand creating fashion for the fearless female.”

Baker-front_grandeThe gamine blonde (Leslie Robertson) grew from a weirdly dressed outcast to a feature on the Today Show, Time Magazine and fashion celebrity at Colorado College. The fiery redhead (Lexi Raney) grew from an imaginative kid nicknamed “bobbins” to a graduate from FIDM fashion school in San Francisco.

They met,  got lost in their own world of conversation finishing each others sentences and sketching the same designs. They knew they were each others yin and yang, with that Blackberry Maverick was born.

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Piper Cub Joins The Denver Music Scene

It all started in line, waiting for drinks at the Big Wonderful in the Rino district of Denver. While waiting in this exceedingly long line for drinks, one jitterbug, Brandi Shigley, yells out “I hope no one minds if I dance!” While the dancing party of one develops, another jitterbug comes up next to her and joins in, which so happens to be Daniel Morgan. This is the very moment when Brandi and Daniel became instant friends.

Screen shot 2015-05-12 at 4.28.53 PMFrom the moment they met, they instantly began playing music for hours. Both are extremely passionate about playing out to different mixtures of people and both decided they should start a band. This is where Piper Cub developed, through the love of music, dance and people.

The name Piper Cub came from Brandi’s memories of flying with her dad. 6 months ago, Shigley wanted to change her musical name to Piper Cub Gonzales (Gonzales is Shigley’s birth name). When deciding what to name their band, they both agreed that it would be a great time to put Piper Cub into motion.


Both Brandi and Daniel’s vibe and voices are very complimentary to each other. While learning how they’re sounds intertwine, they are also learning more about each other along the way. “It’s fun because I’ve never started a band with someone I don’t really know at all. The adventure of making music together while getting to know one another is really exciting!” states Brandi.

Since Piper Cub is so new, they are still developing their sound. However, they both agree that it feels like indie-folk- pop with beach inspirations.  It is a fun mix of sound that will be unique and comfortable to listen to.

Brandi has been playing music in her own band B.Sue since 2008 and Daniel has played music across the country, most recently in the desert town of Tucson, Arizona.

“Playing in Piper Cub has been an incredibly organic experience, one that is evolving each day into something truly special and representative of who we are as individuals,” says Morgan.

Their first show is on First Friday, June 5th at Bannock Street Garage. They’re putting their setlist together which includes new music and the revision of some of their individual music that they’ve put out from their previous band life. This is a show you don’t want to miss!

Ily | Iley Grand Opening Party

ILY | ILEY GRAND OPENING PARTY                                                                      Thursday,  May 14th 2015                                                                                               6:00pm-10:00pm                                                                                                                 2525 15th St. Unit 1C                                                                                                         Denver, CO 80211



SAVE THE DATE!!!!!!!                                                                                                       Denver, CO. On Thursday may 14th, ILY | ILEY, LoHi’s newest women’s boutique, invites you to the in-store Grand Opening Launch Party. Come celebrate with co-owners, Ilyse Mark and Bailey Lemark, and indulge in two levels of shopping, while enjoying cocktails, appetizers, and socializing. Located at 2525 15th St. Unit 1C from 6pm-10pm. Come shop and enjoy 10% off your entire purchase. 

Just a few blocks from The Highland Pedestrian Bridge, LoHi’s newest women’s fashion boutique, Ily | Iley, has opened!!! Co owners and stylists, Ilyse Mark and Bailey Lemark, have perfectly curated a fashion haven and bring a higher standard of boutique shopping. Located directly across from destination bar, Forest room 5, Ily | Iley makes a clear statement of individuality and brings Denver a new, truly unique, shopping experience.

The start to Ily | Iley is truly a story of destiny and fate. The two met briefly at a party in Miami while both were coincidentally living in New York City. However, the hustle and bustle of the city did not allow them the time to nurture a budding friendship. It wasn’t until years later that their friendship truly began here in the mile high city.

“We both had the vision of filling the major void in the fashion market here and we realized there was an opportunity for us to introduce a unique shopping experience to Denver that was not currently offered,” replied Ilyse.

And thus, the two fashion mavens began to build their brand, Ily | Iley, a combination of their names, Ilyse and Bailey.

Where others lack innovation and vision, ILY| ILEY is always looking beyond the expected and ordinary. Refusing to carry over saturated brands, this boutique stands at the top of what’s on-the-verge in contemporary fashion. Two levels of diverse and versatile shopping, you will find a range of today’s cutting edge collections. The girls offer an even more eclectic shopping experience, by also carrying a small inventory of unique, hand picked vintage apparel, accessories, and housewares.

“Fashion is a lifestyle and an attitude expressed through your own unique style. We live and breathe fashion, new and vintage, and incorporate both into each of our wardrobes. We want to offer our customers the opportunity to shop & explore the vast spectrum of choices and possibilities, that the fusion of both vintage and modern apparel have to offer,” express Ilyse & Bailey.

This is the ultimate location for the style savvy female looking for chic wearable designs and options to expression her personal style through fashion.

But it does not stop there!!! They offer another attraction that sets them apart from others. ILY| ILEY is not just a boutique, it is a full service styling team. Both Ilyse and Bailey have a resume in personal shopping and styling, and offer their talents and discerning eye to enhance one’s individual style. With their services, they find creative and insightful uses for garments and accessories for you to make the most out of your wardrobe.

“We believe the possibilities are endless when you know how to dress for your body type and learn how to expand your entire wardrobe by styling single pieces into so many different outfits. As style consultants we can help, and we cater to your own personal style and lifestyle,” says Ilyse and Bailey.

The list of exclusive styling services offered are closet clean-out & organization, personal shopping and styling (in house or in store), and travel packing. “You will be happily surprised by what you can wear and would have never thought to try on.” (For more information about their services, visit their website @ )

ILY| ILEY is located at 2525 15th St. Unit 1C Denver, CO 80211. They are open Tuesday- Saturday 11:30 am-7:30 pm, Sunday 12 pm-6 pm, & Closed on Monday (or my appointment only).

GRAND OPEING LAUNCH PARTY: Thurs. May 14th, 6pm-10pm @ ILY| ILEY

For additional information please contact:                                                       E: P: 303.284.3814                                   

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“Empowering Women Through Fashion & Beauty”

Denver’s Salwa Owens Presents “Empowering Women Through Fashion & Beauty” 

Saturday, May 23rd 12:30pm – 3:30pm                                                                   Hotel Monaco Lobby 1717 Champa Street                                                            Ticket Information


Denver fashion designer Salwa Owens invites you to attend a glamorous day of fashion shows, indulge in exquisite sweets and cocktails, enjoy live musical entertainment, have 11206474_734940663289276_6430198465262132549_oexclusive trunk show access, and be treated to beauty services to help you feel extra spoiled and empowered on Saturday, May 23rd from 12:30 to 3:30pm in the lobby of Hotel Monaco, 1717 Champa Street in Denver. In honor of some of the most empowering women out there, Moms, this event will be friendly to all ages and mini fashionistas are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ohio Health Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group, which assisted Salwa in her time of need. or

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Sahar Paz Book Reading

“Be the shero of your story.”

Just a reminder that the Sahar Paz book reading is in 3 days! Sahar Paz will be reading out of her book, “Find Your Voice: The Life You Crave is a Conversation Away” on April 25th from3pm-5pm at the Fashion Denver Headquarters. The book reading will be free and open to the public.

In “Find Your Voice” Sahar shares the stories that not only took her voice, but brought back her voice. The book also serves as  a guide for you to peel back your layers to listen and understand your inner voice. Finding your voice is not a one size fits all remedy. Sahar will share how she found the right remedy, a perfect and realistic way of living.

Follow the Facebook link below and RSVP to the event. If you RSVP, you will be entered into a raffle where you will be eligible to win a “I am the shero of this story” journal and tank top as well as one free 45 minute coaching session.

To read more about Sahar and her book visit her website at and to RSVP to the Facebook invite follow this link

Hope to see you all there!



Saturday, April 25th 6pm-9pm                                                                             Mix Hookah Lounge 3124 S Parker Rd                                                                   Ticket Information or

Denver, CO – A collaborative Fashion Showcase featuring art, performance and community.

The Haus of Von Leeche & Sullivan is an art and design company created to inspire artists and give them a home to express themselves.

U.N.I.T.Y. is a collaborative effort between T.KEONÁ and Michael Sullivan. Inspired by Queen Latifah, Janelle Monét and Ancient Egyptian goddesses, they came together to create this collection, making it impossible to miss their love of design and their drive for success.

Fashion is one thing ‘The Haus’ will always celebrate and showcase, but there will also be local music including Denver’s own Su Charles (they are so honored and humbled to have her be a part of this amazing event), fine art, vendors to suit the needs of the interests and demographics, and charity. The Haus will be supporting ‘Hey Denver’ with this show to give their hears and support to the LGBT community.

Last years’ collection ‘Grafiki’, as well as a preview of ‘U.N.I.T.Y.’ will be shown at Blush and Blu on April 24th. The official U.N.I.T.Y. collection will be fully premiered the next night at Mix Hookah Lounge on April 25th, 2015. Doors will open at 6pm. Hosting the show is Denver’s own, Brandi Shigley. Producer, Director & Founder of Fashion Denver (We are honored to have her represent us on such a huge level). Jervay Jknow Vanderhorst will also be hosting! He has promoted for the BET Honors, Latin Billboards, NFL Honors, Soul Train Awards and so many other incredible events. They are so humbled by his presence and his support.

The Haus is putting on this event to promote local artists and to inspire everyone around us to live and follow their own hearts and passions. They strive to bring creativity to the community and we know that our events will only get bigger and better from here. This is only because of our community though, and they hope that we can see all of you on this night of art, experience and joy.




Sahar Paz “Find Your Voice” Book Reading

Book Reading with Sahar Paz
April 25th, 2015 3-5pm
Fashion Denver HQ
1070 Bannock Street

“Words. It’s the one thing we all have in common.” Words are what helped Sahar Paz write the book “Find Your Voice: The Life You Crave is a Conversation Away” in which she shares the stories that not only took her voice, but brought back her voice. The book also serves as a guide for you to peel back your layers to listen and understand your inner voice. Brandi Shigley with Do What You Love, Love What You Do will have the pleasure of hosting Sahar Paz for her “Find Your Voice” book reading on April 25th at the Do What You Love World Headquarters, 1070 Bannock Street. The book reading will be free and open to the public.

FYV-cover-300x300Through “Find Your Voice” Sahar shares how she found the right remedy for living. She’ll help guide you to form daily habits that help you learn how to tune-in and listen to yourself. And once you have centered yourself, “Find Your Voice,” will help you build a vocabulary that is unique to your personality. And soon, your everyday practice will be the way you voice what you deserve with peace and clarity. This book is more than a memoir, it is a tool for reflection and a guide, based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, for tuning in to your authentic, powerful inner voice to create the life you crave.

Screen shot 2015-03-09 at 7.39.49 PMSahar was shamed and shushed from the ages of 9 to 25, her thoughts, wardrobe and existence as a girl were ignored. Early in her life she didn’t have the emotional vocabulary to release the negative energy she was digesting in revolutionary Iran. Her family then relocated to the United States or Denver, Colorado to be exact when she was in third grade. This became a new life for her, the land of the free. Trying to endure a new home became harder than surviving the Iraq-Iran war. It took her over 15 years, several failed attempts at partnership and suicide to understand and overcome the effects of her previous experiences and learn to live with them.

This is not the first time Sahar Paz and Brandi Shigley have come together and collaborated. They first met in 2005 in which Brandi offered Sahar a scholarship to her “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” workshop. With the help of Brandi, Sahar became inspired, motivated and armed with the tools and techniques to go from a dreamer to a doer. They officially collaborated for the WorldLove tour, which was a workshop that inspired people to speak from the place where their soul and personality intersect, turning dreamers into doers.

Sahar and Brandi


To find out more about Sahar and “Find Your Voice,” visit her website at