Base Coat Modern Nail Salon & Gallery: More than a polish.

October 16, 2013

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It really was a sunny fall afternoon when baby and I strolled over to 44th & Tennyson to try out a fabulous new, modern, and 99.9% all natural nail salon owned by cool mom-praneur Tran Wills.  (I just hate when a lot of articles start with, ‘It was a sunny morning.,..’ but in this case it was, it was!)

I HAD to try a mani at Base Coat Nail Salon to compare it to my previous experience with getting a mani at a high end salon in Cherry Creek.  One who usually opts for convenience of locale when choosing a place to polish, it really must be spectacular for me to drive and pay a slightly higher price for this service.    I wanted to give the “all natural” mani thing one more go.  I have to say that my experience with it the first time around, at a Cherry Creek North salon was a big waste of money, but Base Coat is completely different and I was seriously impressed.  No need to browse an i-pad here as the nail techs, if that’s what we call them professionally but I prefer nail pamperer, get to business right away grooming long cuticles and shaping nails and massaging in their specially formulated and branded “Moisture Milk” by another local company, R.L. Linden  & Co.  You can pick up a bottle of the EcoBeauty brand’s “Moisture Milk”, incredible for defense against this Colorado dry climate, at Base Coat.  They also have several other products available including a hand soak and a refreshing face mist.

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Although childcare services are not included in the super reasonable prices of a mani, I was fortunate enough, and SUPER thankful, that owner Tran was in the house that day to keep baby occupied long enough for mommy to get her mani.  Although, not quite long enough for mommy’s awesome black RGB polish with a black matte top coat finish by Chanel to dry.  Costs of being a mommy I guess.

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Owner Tran Wills

They have at least five brands of polish in a bevy of shades, all natural and minus the big, bad, five chemicals- formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, and camphor.  This makes a new, breast feeding mommy very happy!  That alone, is worth the trip across town, but don’t think that just because it’s focus is on eco and what we’re putting on our precious bods that fashion and style go out the window.  On the contrary!  Tran selects the trending shades by the season from each line she carries!  No half empty bottles all gummed up on the shelves here.  Happy to report, only the best, curated shades of pink and red here, not a wall full- whew!

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Back to what’s in a name.  It also happens to be a gallery.  When I was in a few weeks ago, local photographer Sara Ford’s work graced the sleek white walls, reinforcing my previous note that you most likely won’t be browsing your mobile device on your visit here.  Art work will rotate monthly, and yup, stop in on a first Friday along Tennyson.  This month they had $10 quick manis!  You just might also catch a local celeb!  When I was in, the owner of super cool bike shop Salvagetti was also in getting pampered.  Almost forgot to mention the shopping element!  Telling you, Base Coat has it all covered, right down to the fashion books and comfy couch by the window!  So each month, as the art rotates, so too will the clothing rack in the back.  Through the end of October you can catch the dresses by Tess Vigil, 50 Dresses.  There’s also a bit of jewelry by JLH Jewelry Designs.

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All tech is not lost, you book your appointment online- SO EASY, and convenient!  They automatically send reminders.  A saving grace for mommy brain!  Thinking it’s about time for me to book another right about now…If not for the incredibly long lasting manicure, but for the locally made chocolate by Ritual you get as a token of gratitude when you check out.  Also this month on Saturdays when you book, get a tarot card reading!  Sip on tea or champagne while you hear your reading.

Dates of Toes & Tarot event are Saturday, Oct 19th – 12p-5p, Sunday, Oct 20th – 12p-5p, and *Saturday, October 26th – 12p-5p bring the kids from 10am-2pm for Trick-Or-Treat on Tennyson Street. Between 38th & 45th Avenue. They will have fun stickers and temporary tattoos to give away!  Finally on Sunday, Oct. 27th – 12p-5p.

Book on-line today!

Oh and about that logo…XX…Roman numerals for ten fingers, ten toes…That Tran is so clever…

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Goldyn Boutique Style Profile

October 8, 2013

A few weeks ago I was approached by one of Denver’s notable women’s fashion boutiques, Goldyn, to share my thoughts on my personal style for their equally notable blog.  A fan of owner Vanessa Barcus for years, I didn’t hesitate to set up an interview with their energetic, pixie-like intern Julia, who also happens to be a budding writer.  We met at Novo coffee on 6th & Gilpin.  The local coffee roaster, previously exclusive to wholesale accounts around town and bags at Whole Foods, now has two really amazing retail shops in Denver.  Check them out downtown at 16th and Glenarm or the Cherry Creek North location at 6th & Gilpin.  You can always pop in Goldyn’s store in Lohi, but if you really want an experience, get tickets to the Matthew Morris 7th Anniversary fashion show coming up on October 12th!  This post is a triple threat because I also happen to get my locks trimmed by Daniel at Matthew Morris!  Check out my style profile full interview here:

I wore: Thrifted Carol Little wrap blouse from the nineties, paired with a 3.1 Philip Lim for Target skirt (love the fit and cut on it), and taupe patent leather pumps by Jessica Simpson from Ross.  Earrings by local jeweler Madeleine O’Connell.


Channel the Fall Flannel, Duluth Trading Co. Style

September 30, 2013


Hey Denverites!  Did you have any clue that we were trend spotted as a top flannel-wearing city?!  I had no idea until Duluth Trading Co. so kindly brought it to my attention.  You MUST check out their post about it on their “Whatchamablog.”  So clever!  That’s their graphic above!  As a Colorado native, you might find it unbelievable, or not, that up until this point, I did not have a flannel shirt in my wardrobe.  I am sure I have had them when I was younger.  In fact, reflecting on it now, I am pretty sure that in my adolescence I had taken over one of my dad’s that was so over size on me, and super thin from wear.  However, since I have spotted the flannel trend creeping up on the street style scene, see my Pinterest board on it here, I let the idea of sporting one again enter my mind and added a classic flannel shirt to my “To Get” note on the iPhone.  I can scratch that off my list now thanks to the generosity of Duluth Trading Co. with the perfect shape and weight, in the new Free Swingin’ Flannel.  Since it arrived on my doorstep Friday, I have worn it pretty much all weekend.  I thought it would be fun to show how I plan to wear my flannel a couple ways below.  I thought of a few more since this little photo sesh my hubby did this afternoon.  I thought three outfit changes were enough for today and so did baby.  I will add that I will most likely play with layering it under sweaters come winter, and play it lady like and buttoned up with a statement necklace or jewel collar, tucked into high waist slacks or skirt.  LOVING this as a light jacket right now, but also having fun using it as a punky, 90’s style accessory and knotting it around the waist.  I also took a trip to their website and discovered an even better flannel!  Check out their Women’s Long Sleeve Crosscut Flannel Tunic!  What look is your fave?

Oh, P.S. I had found that awesome little red lumber jack fleece flannel coat for babe on a thrifting jaunt a while back.  She got to sport it on a brisk morning last week to check out the new Dunkin’ Donuts in downtown Denver!  Hers is by Osh Kosh, and you can’t see them, but it has elbow patches!

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Fashion Accessory:  Vintage and thrifted black wool midi-length swing skirt, thrifted graphic tee, Jessica Simpson heels and Duluth Free Swingin’ Flannel in Carbon Blue tied around waist.


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Shirted Loose and Long: Duluth Free Swingin’ Flannel in Carbon Blue, pleather leggings from Italy and black suede fringe booties from Nine West

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Open Jacket: (Truthfully this is how I wore it Saturday watching hubby tend to the lawn, and probably the uniform way I will wear it most.) Thrifted Star Wars tee, Duluth Free Swingin’ Flannel in Carbon Blue, Tory Burch denim, J. Crew hat and Naot shoes.  On Remy: Tea leggings, Nui organics dress, and Peek…Aren’t You Curious Gemma cardigan. (P.S. Peek…Aren’t You Curious just opened a Denver location at Park Meadows mall and I am itching to get babe some new fall duds, but pocket book is clenched tight.  Check out the cuteness next time you’re at Park Meadows.  It’s by the Nordstrom E-Bar.)

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*Gifted Duluth Free Swingin’ Flannel in Carbon Blue photographed throughout

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