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FASHION INSIDER FOR March 14, 2013

Men's Style: Shoe Shine

Don't be the guy in the clunky, square-toed slip-on this spring. The shoes of today are brown not black, round not pointy, and more versatile than ever—so bring your footwear up to date with a proper fit and a touch of flash. Here are five ways to refresh your look. READ MORE...

PICTURED: Wingtip lace-up Dalt boot by Allen Edmonds, $395, Scarpaletto Shoes, 1436 Larimer St., 303-321-5771, scarpaletto.com

Beauty: Osmia Organics

Going hand-in-hand with Colorado’s reputation for healthy living is the abundant roster of organic skincare lines coming out of the area. The latest one to cross my desk: Osmia Organics from Carbondale. A former emergency physician, Sarah Villafranco applied her knowledge of both chemistry and dermatology to launch a line of nontoxic, ethically sourced natural skincare and body products. Handcrafted in small batches, Villafranco’s attention to quality is evident in everything from the thick recycled paper packaging to her divine scent choices. READ MORE...

PICTURED: Milky rose soap, $12

Vintage Special: Repro-Retro

Have you ever wished your mother had passed one of her fabulous vintage cocktail dresses down to you instead of giving it away? If so, turn to Repro-Retro owner Patricia Tomlinson. An art and fashion historian with a passion for 1950s and early 1960s style—think Christian Dior’s iconic “New Look,” costume designer Edith Head’s work for Hollywood films, and early seasons of Mad Men—Tomlinson designs reproductions of retro clothing (Repro-Retro, get it now?). It's a response to what she considers a “lack of elegance and magic in today’s world.” Her creations offer modern gals a classic mid-century look without the problems that normally arise when buying vintage pieces. READ MORE...

PICTURED: The Grace (left), $569; The Lana, $717

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