BIJA LIFE RETREAT

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” -Joseph Campbell  bijalifeyoga

Above: Jayne Gottlieb and students practicing yoga on Sunday morning

We just spent a day with two very special people in Aspen. Jayne Gottlieb and Lisa Cohen are the “Bija Girls” who lead our retreat on Sunday. Joseph Campbell’s quote help set the theme of the day; transition. Transitioning into different yoga poses, moving forward into healthier eating habits, and setting personal life goals. It started out with an uplifting and spiritual Bhakti Flow class at Jayne’s le cercle yoga studio.

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Following yoga, we had a short walk to Lisa’s house for a healthy snack and green smoothie. Lisa Cohen is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist and really impressed us! She started us off with cherries and whole wheat toast with almond butter and sliced strawberries-a much better alternative than strawberry jam!     bijalifesmoothie_0116

This was our favorite part of the snack, a green smoothie! It is such a refreshing and clean way to start your morning. Lisa recommends 16 ounces in the morning and she shared her recipe with us:

1 cup almond milk

2 handfuls of spinach or combo with kale

a few basil leaves

2 stalks of celery

a few parsley leaves

half a cucumber, peeled

1 handful of ice

1 red apple

1 banana

some optional but important add ons:

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon of essential fatty acid supplement

Blend all ingredients together until smooth, then add the apple and banana. Blend again and voila! Your green smoothie is ready to drink!

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From top left: Robbie Mascotte, Anna Bugge, Marcella Mascotte, Emily Petrilla and Kathryn Adickes with our Bija Girls Lisa Cohen and Jayne Gottlieb. From right: Lisa Cohen hiking up Basalt mountain

Lisa and Jayne led us on a beautiful hike up Basalt mountain. Look at Mt. Sopris in the background, it was so inspiring!

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Above: Chef Krisi and the beautiful lunch she made for us

After our hike, we went back to Lisa’s where Chef Krisi had prepared lunch for us. She outdid herself with this light and refreshing summer Vietnamese Salad. Most of us couldn’t help but go back for seconds! We begged for Krisi’s cookie recipe, they were a perfect something sweet after lunch to get us ready for weight training.

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During our weight training session, Lisa gave us some excellent tools to take home. Whether you’re traveling or in the gym after 30 minutes of cardio, it is a great way to tone and tighten!

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Jayne ended our day with a short mediation and closing thoughts. We had a few minutes to reflect on our day and all came up with one word to describe how we felt at that moment. Rejuvenated, peaceful, happy, excited! We highly recommend that everyone go to Bija Life, it was an experience that will keep you motivated and moving forward in the journey of life. Lisa and Jayne, thank you for everything, we had an amazing time and can’t wait to do it again!

Tell them Scout sent you!

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Jul
16
2014

7 Things We love about JULY!

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1.BBQ: This is the best time of year to be outside and grill with friends and family! If you want to plan a big get together and need some help putting together a fabulous soirée, call one of our amazing event planners EKS Events or Bluebird Productions! Don’t like to man the grill? Call Caribou Catering or Catering at The Little Nell to whip up some yummy food!

2.PATRIOTISM: Celebrating all things American. Shop Local. Love Local.

3.BLUEGRASS: Enjoy Bluegrass on Sundays at the top of Ajax Mountain. Visit Aspen Chamber to see schedule.

4.HIKING: Go for beautiful hikes around the valley and enjoy the amazing surroundings.

5. FLY FISHING: Call up our favorite outfitters at The Little Nell Adventures and schedule a fly fishing trip.

6.ROSE: What better way to spend your afternoon. Go to Aspen Meadows Resort, Hotel Jerome, or The Little Nell Aspen and sit on their patio to enjoy a nice glass! If you feel like staying home, stop in to Catherine’s Store and grab a bottle from their AMAZING selection!

7.PICNICS: We love nothing more than to hike up to the Maroon Bells and set out a picnic or pack up a lunch and go fishing for the day! Grab some goods from one of our local stores and a bottle of wine and relax outside.

Tell them Scout sent you!

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Jul
12
2014

SCOUT IS OUT, volume 3 is here!

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Above: Editor Brooke Casillas in front of Baldwin Gallery

SCOUT IS OUT!

What a succesful launch to volume 3 of The Scout Guide Aspen! Bluebird Productions and Caribou Club Catering pulled all the stops to make this a beautiful evening.

The Scout Guide is a growing network of 50 + cities and growing everyday (Aspen was one of the first 4 locations). We wanted to highlight this unique network by showing off some of the fabulous cities in the Scout family through our food and beverages.

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Catering by Caribou Club Catering

Flavors of the night…

Palm Beach, FL: Gazpacho Shooters with a green chili tostado

San Francisco & Marin County, CA: Causaki Style California Roll

Aspen, CO: Caviar & creme fraiche on blini

South Shore, MA: Oysters Poblano

Austin, TX: Texas smoked brisket soft taco

Drinks

What’s a party without signature cocktails??

Atlanta, GA: Georgia Peach Bellini

Washinton, DC: Dirty Martini

New Orleans, LA: Hurricane

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It’s all about the Details!

Each table was topped with an absolutely gorgeous arrangement by Mountain Flowers of Aspen! Tasty Roaring Fork Beer was served in Mason Jars for a rustic Colorado feel.

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Top Left to right: Marcella Mascotte Abramowicz (year one and two editor for Scout) with Estela Cockrell, Anita Lupow & Rachel Hansen, Holly Upper from JazzAspenSnowmass & Brooke Casillas, Ashley Chod, Sarah Gercke from Gray Aspen and Kate from Kate Baby, Rachel Manning and Samantha Jacobs, Mark Welgos from Ride Aspen and Suzi Johnson from Souchi, Michael Reveal & Daryl Cramer from Genshaft Cramer.

Thank you everyone for coming out to help celebrate!

Tell them Scout sent you

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Jul
3
2014

7 Things we love about: JUNE

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1. MUSIC FESTIVALS: Kick off with Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival on June 19th, Following with Aspen Music Festival beginning June 26th! Many different opportunities to enjoy some music!

2. CAMPING: Contact Aspen Chamber and Resort Association to find out the best places to go out and camp… or glamp!

3. SUNDRESSES: We love a good sundress! Check out the selections from Souchi.

4. FARMERS MARKET: One of our favorite things is walking around town enjoying local produce, meats, and more! Saturday Markets begin June 14th from 8am-3pm!

5. DINING OUTDOORS: Go enjoy the beautiful outdoors on the patio at either The Little Nell or Plato’s at Aspen Meadows!

6. SEASONAL BREWS: Enjoy a tasty local brew at Roaring Fork Beer’s new tasting room in Carbondale!

7. FOOD & WINE CLASSIC: One of our favorite summer activities, sipping on wine and eating tasty treats by top chefs at the Food & Wine Classic!

Have a fabulous June and don’t forget to tell them SCOUT sent you!

 

Jun
12
2014

Interior Designer Barbara Mullen’s recent trip to Paris

We recently caught up with Barbara Mullen, Interior Designer and Owner of Caroline-Edwards Inc. , to hear about her trip, earlier this year, to Paris for the 5th Annual Paris Deco Off. A celebration of the world of decoration where International Interior Designers and Decoration Editors gather to view the latest collections of the world’s top fabric designers.

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Her trip kicked-off with The Americans in Paris Party presented by 12 top US design houses including Denver based John Brooks, Inc. and Kneedler Fauchere, at the jaw-droppingly ornate and beautiful venue, Le Salon des Arcades in the Hotel de Ville.

Bottom right: Ben Menke, General Manager of John Brooks, Inc., Barbara Mullen, and Art Ellsworth, Owner John Brooks, Inc.

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A shot of the fabric wrapped street lamps that zig-zagged the rues of the Paris Design District.

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Barbara Mullen and Patrick Frey, President and Creative Director, of fabric company Pierre Frey in front of one of the company’s embroidered design collections. We absolutely love the color and the 3 dimensional element of the embroidery and are simply mad for this fabric!

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While in Paris, she toured the factory of Charles Paris, renowned for using a 100 year old process of metal crafting by hand. The Charles Paris factory’s excellence and innovation in interior lighting ranges from traditional to ultra-modern design. The intricate detail of  the hand-stamped metal flowers (lower left) inspired Barbara to design a pair of lamps adorned with leaves, currently in production for an Aspen client. The lamp, lower right, with it’s angular lines and raw metal finish is feminine, earthy and fabulous, love.

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A visit to the famed Marche aux Puces, home to world’s largest collection of antique furniture and second-hand furnishings, is a fabulous source of unique home accessories, inspiration and well worth a visit according to Barbara.

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While there, the Interior Designer rented the apartment of Brussels based Casamidy furniture designer Anne-Marie Midy in the Saint Germain des Pres neighborhood of Paris. Filled with open-air cafes, shops, galleries, museums and parks, the location couldn’t be more desirable.  Casamidy has 2 apartments in Paris and 1 in Saint-Paul de Vence, France available for weekly rentals, click here for more information.

Thank you to Barbara Mullen and her assistant Jody Feagan.

Enjoy, and please mention The Scout Guide sent you.

MarcellaandBrooke

 

 

May
28
2014

May Loves

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1. Mountain Flowers of Aspen | 103 S Monarch Street Aspen | 970.920.6912

2. ACES Morning Birding | Ages 7 and up | Tuesdays at RBR or Hallam Lake | Visit their website for more information

3. Robert G. Sinclair Architecture | 710 E Durant Avenue W4 Aspen | 970.925.4269

4. Aspen Chamber | Scenic drives

5. Re-Cycle Art Aspen | recycleartaspen@gmail.com | 970.948.9888

6. City of Aspen  | Enjoy free parking Saturdays in town throughout the off season

7. Souchi | 205 S Mill Street Aspen | 970.925.2580

 

Enjoy,

MarcellaandBrooke

May
8
2014