Top Trends in Engagement Rings

Oh my are we excited to feature Liz Kantner on today’s blog! Liz Kantner has been blogging, tweeting and creating connections since 2008. She is the founder of the marketing and communications company STAY GOLD. Liz is passionate about jewelry and the stories behind each design. We asked Liz what her favorite spots are to shop for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring! Read on to learn more from the one and only Liz Kantner!
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When it comes to shopping for engagement rings, shopping local is always best. Here are my favorite stores and designers based in Denver and Boulder.

Margery Hirschey: Margery handcrafts each of her designs in Boulder, Colorado. She uses gorgeous diamonds in in simple, organic settings.
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Art & Soul: Art & Soul on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado carries a wide selection of unique jewelry designers. They also have some incredible bridal options. Polly Wales creates small one-of-a-kind works of art using a very interesting casting technique. Adel Chefridi grew up in the Mediterranean city of Tunis and collected antique coins as a child. Much of his inspiration comes from these coins. Alex Sepkus designs bright gold jewelry with intricate mosaic detail. His bridal designs are so unique and beautiful.
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Todd Reed: Todd has a beautiful showroom on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado. Using recycled metals and ethically sourced diamonds, his master goldsmiths forge stunning designs featuring natural colored diamonds. If you visit the studio, you can see these designs being made.
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Goldyn: Vanessa, the owner of Goldyn, has curated an incredible selection of unique designers in her Denver Highlands boutique. She also carries some very pretty bridal options. Katrina LePenne designs and creates intricately detailed, Victorian-inspired rings, perfect for anyone looking for a modern take on an antique design. Joy, the artist behind Communion by Joy, meditates prior to carving the wax to create a ring. She puts a special spiritual intention into each design. They are delicate and incredibly well crafted.
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Samantha Louise Jewelry: Samantha Louise designs modern, sophisticated jewelry that you can wear daily. She just opened a brand new jewelry store in the Denver Highlands called The Metalmark House – visit the new store to see her designs and many other incredible artists. Samantha Louise’s bridal designs are very pretty and handcrafted in Denver.
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Vendor Spotlight: MUD Facial Bar

Any time we get to pamper ourselves without paying a pretty penny it put a smile on a face.. which is why we can’t stop grinning about our latest preferred vendor: Mud Facial Bar!

In its first year to Boulder, this Chicago-born company made waves in our community and beyond by introducing a new way to spa: fast, convenient, affordable, and so dang fun!

We love any excuse to shake up our beauty routines so when the MUD team reached out last December, our team immediately scooted in for a treatment. We were incredibly impressed, leaving the salon after 30 minutes with a fresh face and an armful of skincare goodies.

MUD is a wonderful stress reliever and wellness destination for the blushing bride, or really anyone in need of some skin TLC. We chatted with the MUD experts to find out what treatments are best for every wedding planning occasion, and want to try all of them and more! We promise, you do too.


If you’re day is packed and you’re looking for a quick treatment:

Our facials are the perfect service for you, and your esthetician will recommend the best treatment for your skin type! Our Pumpkin Peel add-on service is perfect for quick exfoliation, re-texturizing the skin, as well as evening skin tone and improving the appearance of make-up.  We will have you in and out in 30 minutes and promise you’ll leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on any last minute wedding details!

If those seating chart arrangements have given you a few too many stress blemishes:

We recommend our Detox Facial (probably a few days to a week before the big day) paired with our Spot Treatment add-on service, which will help get rid of those stubborn blemishes. We also recommend taking home our Savasana Stress Fix Toner. This product will help keep the skin at its natural pH while euaclyptus and peppermint essential oils help keep skin purified and shine-free, especially on the go.

If you’re having a Girl’s Night In and and need a pampering session:

We recommend our ‘Just Add Milk’ mud mask. Just like it says in the name, add milk and you’re all set! For other benefits you can add apple cider vinegar instead, or aloe, water/tea, etc. As always, your esthetician will recommend the best take-home treatment for your unique skin type. Using toner afterwards will rebalance the skin’s pH. Finish with a nice moisturizer or facial oil – we recommend our Carrot + C Face Oil to even skin tone or our Power Greens Face Oil for extreme hydration. Don’t forget to layer on an SPF if you plan on being out in the sun – we recommend something with zinc oxide, which has healing benefits.

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Photos courtesy of Mud Facial Bar

Shop Local Series: Thats A Wrap!

The time has come for our last shop local blog post! We are so pleased to have featured some of the amazing shops of Boulder, and today we are happy to give you just a few more. We hope everybody has enjoyed our series and has been inspired to shop locally to support the vibrant community of Boulder. Make sure to look out for our full gift guide later this week!

Enjoy! xx, Calluna


Element 6: 954 North St. Second Floor, Boulder, CO

Why We Love It: Element 6 is the perfect spot to treat your body to relaxation and nourishment. Element 6 will keep your body healthy & happy, which is especially important during the Holiday season!

“Through Functional Movement, Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Massage modalities at Element 6, you learn the skills to moved nourish your body in a way that will not only enhance your present activities, but will also keep you healthy well into your golden years. This is powerful. It will transform every area of your life. It will make you happier and healthier. You only have one body, treat it well and it will treat you and your family well…let’s make it well together, it is time to Up-grade and Up-lift your Body and Health.”

Featured Item: Save 25% on all services when you mention the Calluna Events Gift Guide!

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Find Element 6 on Facebook & Instagram!


Boulder Wine Merchant: 2690 Broadway St, Boulder, CO

Why We Love It: Boulder Wine Merchant is the authority on fine wines, craft beers and spirits from around the world. The experience at Boulder Wine is incredibly unique, you will be treated specially by a passionate and educated staff. The store has everything you need for any occasion!

“The Boulder Wine Merchant is a family run neighborhood retail shop specializing in artisan crafted spirits, craft beers, and fine wine.  We focus on representing the finest producers from around the world with a wide range of price points and styles.  We strive to find value in each of these regions and pass this value on to our customers. We take great pride in our customer relationships, and we enjoy our involvement in the community. As a merchant of artisan crafted wine, beer, and spirits, it is important that we are passionate about the products we sell, and that we strive to translate this sentiment to our customers in a personal, friendly way. We endeavor to create an atmosphere where our customers can walk into the store, have someone recognize them by name and know their purchase history; you can’t get this by shopping online.”

Featured Items: Glassware! We have Zalto, Riedel and Nachtmann glasses in various styles and at extremely competitive prices.  Choosing the right wine glass has a huge impact on how the wine tastes, and is possibly the single most important factor to fully enjoying a glass of wine.  We are excited to offer an outstanding sale on Nachtmann fine crystal stemware this holiday season.  With 20% off, a set of 4 glasses is just $19.00!  Be sure to pick up a case today and start improving your overall wine experience!”

Wine Keys! These little stocking stuffers can make a big difference with the ease in which you open a bottle of wine.  We have a handful of high quality wine opening devices to offer as the perfect small gift for someone.”

Coravin! If you are a wine lover who has a hard time finishing a bottle or would like to enjoy multiple tastes of the same bottle over an extended period of time, this is the unit for you!  The Coravin system is the first and only tool in the world that lets you access, pour, and enjoy wine from a bottle – without pulling the cork.  This revolutionary system is only $299 and is the perfect give for any wine lover.”

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Find Boulder Wine Merchant on Facebook & Instagram!


The Bespoke Edge

Why We Love It: For a custom, hand tailored clothing experience, there is nobody better than The Bespoke Edge. Whether you are looking for a custom design for your wedding or an amazing piece for an event, Bespoke will not disappoint.

“At Bespoke Edge, we do things a little differently. Instead of having a physical store, we come directly to your home or office anywhere on the Front Range of Colorado. You can feel the fabric, see a full-canvas construction suit, and look at each of the details that make a bespoke suit so special. We can guide you as much or as little as you like—with bespoke, you are in control.”

“Most importantly, we take all the necessary measurements to ensure that your custom suit or shirt fits you perfectly. Whether it is the difference between a single or double breasted suit, what kind of cocktail to make in the summer, or how we build our clothes, the Bespoke Edge learning center will help you out with anything you need to know.”

Featured Items: You can build shirts from the Bespoke Edge website or in-person, you can select from a featured design or create your own! Click here to shop on The Bespoke Edge website!

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Find The Bespoke Edge on Facebook & Instagram

Photos via The Bespoke Edges || Images by Brumley & Wells


Featured Photo via The Bespoke Edge || Image by Brumley & Wells 

Shop Local Series- Part VIII

The Holidays are officially in full swing and we hope that our gift guides have provided some thoughtful and genuine inspiration for gift giving this season. As our shop local series comes to an end, we are so thrilled to have been able to feature so many fabulous shops. Each of these places contributes to the vibrant community of Boulder and we feel fortunate to live and work in such an amazing town.

Enjoy! xx, Calluna


Wonder Press: 946 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

Why we love it: Wonder Press has just about everything we love…fresh local ingredients, snacks and coffee! For some fabulous and thoughtful gifts, wonder press will do the trick. We can’t wait to try out a juice cleanse in the near future.

“We are a local, organic Juice, Coffee and Smoothie Bar.  We specialize in cold-press juice, but also serve organic broth, small snacks and coffee with house made nut milks. It can be really fun to surprise your friends and family with juice for a holiday party or Christmas morning breakfast.  Our juice is quite festive, and often makes a delicious mixer for cocktails. A 1, 2 or 3 day juice cleanse is also a very thoughtful gift.  It helps people get their New Year started off in the right healthy direction.”

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Find Wonder Press on Facebook & Instagram | Photos by Ali Vagnini 


Fiori Flowers: 2620 Broadway Street, Boulder, CO 80304

Why we love it:  Fiori can create beautiful arrangements for any special occasion – from your holiday soiree to the Christmas day festivities!  The show stopper below features airplants, poppy pods, fuji mums, dahlias, Lyisimachia,fern, eucalyptus, amaranthus, lotus pods, fuji mum. Wow – we love the diversity this offers.

“Here at Fiori we love to do things a little differently…. As this arrangement shows, it’s not a typical Christmas Theme but is till in full holiday spirit and very classy. We are also happy to customize that fits your traditional holiday needs.”

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Find Fiori Flowers on Facebook! | Photo via Fiori Flowers


 The St Julien Spa & Hotel: 900 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO

Why we love it: Located in the heart of Boulder, The St Julien has been so significant in our lives here at Calluna.We have thrown so many fabulous weddings & celebrations at this amazing venue, and we simply adore the space and the terrific staff. Any family member or friend would be lucky to receive a gift from the St. Julien!

**Calluna Collaboration**: We have teamed up with the St Julien to help out with their NYE Soiree “Dance the Night Away: An Evening with Hazel Miller!” Come enjoy tray passed appetizers, a midnight balloon drop and a champagne toast! For tickets and amazing packages click here!

“The St. Julien offers several options that would serve as perfect holiday gifts. For the family member that loves to be pampered, the Spa at the St Julien offers an array of luxurious treatments, just in time for some holiday rest and relaxation. Looking for some Holiday entertainment, treat the family or kids to the production “Charlie Brown Goes to the Nutcracker” performed by the Ron LeGault Trio!”

“St Julien Hotel and Spa has helped create holiday traditions for more than 10 years. Whether you’re seeking a festive family event or an evening out with your special someone, St Julien will ensure it’s exceptional.  Continuing through New Year’s Eve, let St Julien’s signature holiday offerings become part of your beloved annual traditions.”

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Find the St Julien on Facebook! | Photos via The St Julien


Chelsea: 1646 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Why we love it: Chelsea not only has some seriously trendy clothes and designers, but also an incredible jewelry collection. We are so lucky to have such a great boutique right in downtown Boulder! So treat your loved ones to some fabulous new pieces for their wardrobe this Holiday season!

“Chelsea is a women’s clothing boutique located on the charming east end of Pearl Street. We offer the very best in clothing, accessories and jewelry from your favorite designers, both local and international. The Chelsea Girls would love to help you pick out the perfect gift this holiday season!”

“We carry some amazing gift options from designers like Chan Luu, Christy Lea Payne, Vince, Minnie Rose, James Perse and many more unique brands. Our favorite item for the holiday season is the famous silk/cashmere scarf by Chan Luu. We offer this iconic scarf in a variety of colors, and it has become a Chelsea staple. It will certainly make a great gift this season. If you’d rather shop the jewelry, you can find the special item you’ve been looking for from one of our many local Boulder/Denver designers. We are known for our extensive jewelry collection and we would love to help you pick something out. Happy holidays and we hope to see you soon!”unnamed-2 unnamed-1unnamed-3

Find “Chelsea Boulder” on Facebook and Instagram! | Photos via Chelsea Boulder


Featured Image: Ali Vagnini 

Shop Local Series- Part VII

We hope that everybody had a fabulous Thanksgiving, full of delicious food and quality time with family and friends. The days following Thanksgiving should be all about relaxation and recuperation before the upcoming Holidays, and there is no better way to do that then shop for your loved ones! Shopping local is one of the best ways to support our vibrant community of Boulder, CO and these stores offer some great options for genuine and unique gifts!

Enjoy! xx, Calluna

Frasca Food and Wine: 1738 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

“Frasca is the creation of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Their shared passion for Friulano cuisine and fine wine is reflected in the exquisitely prepared fare and a comprehensive wine list boasting over 200 varieties.”

“We at Frasca Food and Wine will be offering holiday gift bags that guests can either buy in addition to a gift card or on their own. The bags will have items to start guests off at their holiday party, our spiced nuts and red pepper jelly are some of the items included (these are both great for cheese plates!)

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Photos via Frasca Food & Wine


Weekends: 1200 Pearl St. Suite 105, Boulder, CO 80302

“We are a men’s and women’s contemporary clothing store featuring popular brands such as Rag & Bone, Eleventy, AG, Rebecca Taylor, Diane von Furtsenburg, Autumn Cashmere, John Varvatos, Canada Goose, Billy Reid and many more! As well as premium denim brands.Some of our favorite holiday gifts are Frasier Fir candles, Marc Jacobs bags, Swell bottles, Shinola Watches, and Eberjey pajamas.”

“Featured item –  Troubadour Goods -they are a classic, durable, high-end leather brand and we carry amazing travel bags, briefcases, and backpacks, which would be a great father, husband, or boyfriend gift!” DENIMBIG42

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Featured Image via Frasca Food and Wine

Boulder Beer Company: 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, CO 80301

“Our brewery and pub has a full menu restaurant and bar serving our tasty suds along with appetizers, salads and sandwiches. To-go beer is also available including 6-packs, bombers, kegs and growlers. Merchandise such as pint glasses, t-shirts, hats and hoodies are available for sale at our pub and online at www.boulderbeer.com

“One of our favorite holiday gifts is our Hydro Flask 40 oz bottle. Fill it with beer or water- this baby will keep your beverages cold for days! Check it out here! Or, bring home a bottle of The Dude’s D’Spare- our super limited, barrel-aged Imperial Stout, check it out here! We’ve also got some new wearables in just in time for the holidays. Pick up a gift for the craft beer lover in your life today!”

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Vendor Spotlight :: Alchemy + Rose

When Boulder’s best beauty bar partners up with Boulder’s best boutique, we’re in for a pampered treat!

We’ve just about fallen head over heels for the new Alchemy + Rose shop that made it’s debut a month ago on East Pearl. Bre’s fabulous team at Alchemy Face Bar (previously known as Alchemy Mineral Blends) will leave you feeling flawless after one of their skin care treatments or make up trials. Float over to the retail side of the store and Elizabeth (stylist & owner extraordinaire from Nod and Rose) will dress you up with feminine neutrals and a rad accessory to complete the best spa + shopping day you’ve ever had.

Ladies, we’re not exaggerating. Bring you mom, bring your bridesmaids, bring your coworkers or fly solo, but get your booty to Alchemy + Rose. These Boulder taste makers will make you feel like a million bucks. Peek below to find out what inspires them & see a preview of their great product!

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Thank you for the gorgeous photos, Ali Vagnini!

Shop Local Series- Part V

Here at Calluna we believe that the first snow means it is officially the Holidays! While we still have Thanksgiving to enjoy, its never too early to start gift shopping! Luckily for us, the fabulous shops of Boulder make it exciting and easy to find the perfect gift!

Enjoy! xx, Calluna


Ku Cha House of Tea: 1141 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

“We are a traditional Chinese tea shop. We carry premium loose leaf teas and tea-ware from around the world. We also have a small tea room where one can sit and relax over teas.Our favorite holiday gifts include the tea sample packs: Classic sample packs, Herbal sample packs and Chai sample packs. Each sample pack contains 6 different samples to give the user a variety of teas they can try. We also have tea clubs, such as the tea sample club; for the club customers, we will send teas every month to their desired addresses.”

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Christinas Lingerie: 2425 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO

“Christina’s is the ideal spot to shop for gifts of love and luxury. Carrying some of the softest cashmere sweaters, robes, and scarves, be prepared to be in absolute retail heaven. Every woman deserves to feel exquisitely comfortable in her lingerie & Christina’s collection of flawless fit lingerie accentuates the devine beauty of a woman’s natural curves. They say “its whats underneath that counts,” Simone Perele will inspire you to free your spirit and embrace your inner femininity. Don’t worry guys! We have some fabulous options for you too including one of our favorite brands SAXX which features a combination of technology and innovation that makes them the most comfortable, high-performance underwear ever made specially for men.”

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Ten20: 2005 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

“Ten20 is a nail and waxing spa with a retail shop, called t2shop. We carry everything from polish, jewelry, home goods, clothing, purses, and beauty care lines. Our shop is curated to have gift items for family, friends, the fellas and even the little ones.”

” Our favorite holiday gift idea for anyone is of course our gift cards! For mom, keep her warm through winter with our Scents & Feel throw blankets. For the leading lady in your life we recommend a necklace from Dogeared. For your manly man spoil him with a Cardboard Safari Bison head cut out. For your little one, get them walking in style with Mini Acorn moccasins and for your not so little one, let them snuggle up with an Areaware Bull Dog print pillow.”

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Featured Image || Christinas Luxuries || Designer: Asceno

Shop Local Series- Part IV

With Halloween behind us, we are fully embracing the holiday season with open arms. Though the temperatures will drop, we think that winter is the perfect time to shop in Boulder. So bundle up and enjoy a stroll downtown and shop at some of these fabulous local stores!

Enjoy! xx, Calluna


Willow: 2595 Canyon Boulevard, Suite 105, Boulder, CO

“Located in the heart of Boulder, Willow is a locally owned boutique offering a well-edited selection of contemporary and emerging designer clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry.”

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Boulder Cycle Sport4580 N. Broadway St, Boulder, CO

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Boulder Cycle Sport was founded in 2005 by two University of Colorado graduates with the mission to provide a community-based bike shop to cater to all level of cyclists. Whether you are a first time rider, recreational enthusiast or an elite-level racer, Boulder Cycle Sport strives to be the foremost resource for all your cycling needs.”

Featured Item: Not sure what your favorite cyclist needs? No worries at all! The Boulder Cycle Sport Gift Card has you covered. Available in any amount and it comes with a custom gift card holder and orange envelope. Spend $50 or more and we’ll include a gift wrapped Boulder Cycle Sport pint glass for free!

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Angie Star Jewelry: 1807 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

“Angie Star Jewelry is located on the East End of the Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder, nestled amid upscale boutiques, hip coffee shops, and trendy restaurants. We custom make unique hand-craft jewelry, using sustainable & ethically sourced materials. Come on down to the East End, make a day of it!”

Featured Item: Organic, twinkle pendant in reclaimed 14 karat yellow gold in a satin finish.  Perfect gift for all the lovelies on your list! And, locally made at Angie Star Jewelry, 1807 Pearl St.

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Featured Image: Willow Boulder

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