Judie Schwartz

Packing tips for Colorado’s traveling elected officials

The Colorado Statesman

‘Tis the season when politicos find themselves kissing babies, glad-handing voters and washing underwear in motel sinks. As soon as the final gavel descends at the state house, elected officials make plans to go home and tour their districts. Summer visits are key times to keep up with community issues and placate voters. But staying in touch can involve grueling car rides, overloaded itineraries, and lots and lots of packing and unpacking. Colorado weather can be as capricious as an ornery supporter, so even if the trip is just a day, knowing what to bring and what not to, can ease the mood of a worn-out legislator.

What to wear when you want to influence people

The Colorado Statesman

Lobbying: The process of influencing public and government policy at all levels: federal, state, and local. Lobbying involves the advocacy of an interest that is affected, actually or potentially, by the decisions of government leaders. (From thefreedictionary.com)

STYLE MATTERS

Penne Baguta and the closing of an institution

Contributing Columnist

While my love of shopping is well known, fewer people know what Mr. Style Matters likes to do. Well, its camping and mountain biking, specifically in Moab, Utah, with good friends and our two sons. The night before each trip, Mr. SM stops at Strings and buys a quadruple portion of his favorite dish — Penne Baguta. He freezes the pasta into a giant block and hides it in the back of his Toyota 4Runner. By the time the sweat-clad, cycled-out group arrives at their first campsite, the penne has melted just enough to be ready for some heating and eating.

STYLE MATTERS

Hair today....

Contributing Columnist

The last time hair made a splash was when Jennifer Aniston debuted “the Rachel,” on the hit show “Friends.” The “Rachel,” named after Aniston’s character, was the perfect hair style. Google it and you will see what I mean. It looked flattering on everyone. Cut “piecey” (as my stylist described it) and layered at the ends, rounded at the top, face-framing and relatively easy to blow dry back to its style, the “Rachel” took off across the country almost as fast at the iPhone. Not since Farrah Fawcett’s ‘do (May she rest in peace with those perfectly blown back golden wings of hair) have so many women adopted the same hairstyle all at once. For a while “Fawcetts” abounded; “Rachels” spread like the flu. And then... nothing. These styles disappeared. A “Fawcett” today looks old-fashioned and dated. A “Rachel” encourages critics (and by critics I mean my best friends), to threaten a hair intervention.

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Spring Fashions, 2013

Contributing Columnist

Nancy Sagar, public relations doyenne of Neiman Marcus, rushed into the tony Edge restaurant in the downtown Four Seasons hotel last week, minions and models following in her wake. I knew immediately that something was very wrong. Now Nancy and her staff dress in black, always black. It’s their uniform, and if they should one day find a darker shade of black, you can bet they will switch.

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Stars of the West Shine at Citizen of the West Dinner

Contributing Columnist

Style Matters loves attending fundraising dinners, social events with deserving honorees, and women’s luncheons where the finest jewelry and newest facelifts are on display. To misquote Shakespeare’s description of Cleopatra: “Custom cannot stale their infinite variety.” As many as I have attended, both as working media and as a guest, I still get a bit choked up when the honoree is introduced and clap as enthusiastically as any volunteer. But I must say that the Citizen of the West dinner, part of the annual National Western Stock Show, has a special quality to it that sets it apart. Maybe it’s the abundance of tall handsome ranchers, or the bolo-bedecked owners of feedlots, or the turquoise and silver belts wrapped around ironed, well fitting jeans. Whatever it is, Style Matters has contracted a bad case of “Bonanza” fever.

STYLE MATTERS: Exploring Gift Shops at Denver’s Cultural Institutions

Contributing Columnist

Last issue we visited the museum stores at the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Style Matters was even more impressed with their inventory than we had hoped to be. Looking for the unusual, the unique and the one of a kind? Denver’s gift shops have them all. Figuring we were on a roll, this week we hit the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Zoo.

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Hidden Treasures at the Gift Shops of Denver’s Cultural Institutions

Contributing Columnist

(Sung to “Deck the Halls”)

Deck the stores with pre-wrapped presents, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la
Not much new from last year’s remnants, fa-la-la-la-la la la la la.
Hold your breath it’s more perfume, fa-la-la-la-la la la la la.
Ditch the malls for something new... fa-la-la-la-la la la la la.

STYLE MATTERS: Inaugural dresses show style of Colorado’s First Ladies

Contributing Columnist

At the outskirts of downtown Denver, at 12th and Lincoln to be exact, rests a jewel of three-year higher learning — the Art Institute of Colorado, herein known as the AIC. Accredited by the national higher learning commission, the AIC has an extensive fashion retail management and design department with about 200 students enrolled. The program grants Bachelors of Arts degrees, and from the looks of their facilities and design work, well, all I can say is “move over Michael Kors!” Some of these budding designers could go straight to “Project Runway” without passing sew. The win by Denver designer Mondo didn’t hurt the confidence of these baby fashionistas.

STYLE MATTERS: Great Fashion Moments at the Denver Art Museum’s “Becoming Van Gogh” Gala

Contributing Columnist

The Denver Art Museum is on a roll. The institution has been staging one stellar exhibit after another. On the stiletto heels of the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit (shown only in Paris, Madrid and... Denver) to Madeleine Albright’s unusual collection of pins commemorating her diplomatic career, the DAM now brings to Colorado “Becoming Van Gogh,” the first major display of his work in the Rocky Mountain region.