Tata Harper brings her toxic-free cosmetics and philosophy to Denver

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Debbie Martin and Tata Harper
Tata Harper's father was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. During her meetings with doctors, Harper was asked to list all of the different things her father came in contact with on a daily basis. She gathered vitamins, food, lotions and anything else she could think of -- and in doing so, realized that her father was immersed in a toxic environment that she'd never before given a second thought.

That realization was the inspiration behind for Tata Harper Cosmetics. On Saturday, October 12, Harper came to Denver to teach a master class at Neiman Marcus.

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Five top fashion events for the first week of October

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Jim Wills
With bikinis packed away and the smell of sunscreen a distant memory, it is time to focus on fall fashion and all it has to offer. October is a great month for fashion events: From fundraisers to a great designer sale, there's something for every shopper.

See also: Forever Darling Fashion Show, Fashion Denver Holiday Market


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Base Coat Modern Nail Salon X Gallery focuses on a chemical-free experience

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The latest venture of Tran Wills, Base Coat Modern Nail Salon X Gallery will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday, September 14, when the combination nail salon/art gallery joins the lineup on Tennyson Street in the Berkeley neighborhood. Wills, whose name has become synonymous with style and small-business savvy in Colorado, owns the place with her mother, Sally Le.

"She's been in the nail business for a while," Wills explains. "I have aunts and uncles and cousins who own nail salons -- it's pretty typical in Vietnamese culture. I've just always been in this world, and my mom was sick of working for other people. I wanted to help her open a nail salon, but I wanted to do it 100 percent differently than the normal nail salon."

See also: Tran and Josh Wills help visitors find the "other" Denver at the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast

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Artist Estee Fox is in search of a pretty vagina


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Estee Fox's original piece hanging with other student work at Auraria.
Talk about art on the cutting-edge! On Friday, February 1, the show Estee Fox: fox tales ft. 7 and marbles -- an eclectic mix of videos, paintings and live music -- will open at Edge Gallery, complete with a screening and discussion of Fox's performance piece "How to: A Pretty Vagina." As the artist explains: "For my performance, I cut off a piece of my vagina. This is not about being sick, but of being well in the world. While I was candidly citing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the global sense, I am more specifically drawing attention to the aesthetic genital mutilation in the U.S. This procedure is more commonly know as labia-plasty. It arose with the invention of the designer vagina."

See also:

- Circumcision: Colorado to stop Medicaid coverage of snipping newborn boys' foreskins

- Residue Denver: Artists act out at Edge Gallery
- Susanne Mitchell documents African culture at Edge

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Mustaches: They're gross, they scratch my face, and the Civil War is over

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Never caught with a mustache: Nick Valensi and Humphrey Bogart, A.K.A. total babes.
Editor's note: Mustaches are derigeur on uncles, cops and closing pitchers, but they've also become a fixture on the upper lips of the young and the hip. In fact, it's hard to imagine a time since the Civil War when razors were so ignored. But the look can be polarizing, and Westword contributors Samantha Alviani and Bree Davies each represent the opposite ends of that spectrum. See Alviani's take in "Mustaches: they are exciting and they celebrate a classic ode to manhood,"; here's Davies's:

Instead of burying my position on facial hair between paragraphs full of my manifested obsession with a bygone era of male style and the notion that I'm almost always attracted to the only clean-shaven gay man in a room, I'll just say it: I fucking hate mustaches. I hate them. I hate them almost as much as I hate beards, and I only hate beards more because they have a higher volume of unnecessary facial hair on a normally attractive dude.

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- Winning Movember, week 4: On the sexuality of the mustache
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Mustaches: They're exciting, and they celebrate a classic ode to manhood

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Check out this glorious mustache.
Editor's note: Mustaches are de rigueur on uncles, cops and closing pitchers, but they've also become a fixture on the upper lips of the young and the hip. In fact, it's hard to imagine a time since the Civil War when razors were so ignored. But the look can be polarizing, and Westword contributors Samantha Alviani and Bree Davies each represent the opposite ends of that spectrum. See Davies's take in "Mustaches: They're gross, they scratch my face, and the Civil War is over"; here's Alviani's:

My love and appreciation of the mustache began at a young age, when I came across a picture of my dad taken in the early '70s. The photo was probably shot somewhere in New England, and Dad was leaning casually against the post of a wooden fence, decked out in bell-bottoms and a classic -- yet slightly unkempt -- handlebar mustache. A different incarnation of that mustache would show up a decade later when he was working in politics; groomed and polished, it had an air of seriousness, but was no less exuberant.

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- Movember in Denver
- The ten most glorious and iconic mustaches of all time
- Gentlemen, keep your mustaches: An open letter to the Durango Police Department


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Style Strike bags fashion fans with its first episode

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Photos by Natalie Gonzalez
The crew films an interview next to the style board.
Style Strike debuted yesterday in the plaza of the Denver Pavilions. In this home-grown reality show, host Samuel Schimek -- of the I Heart Denver store in the Pavilions -- chooses audience members with old, out-of-style accessories to "strike" and replace with new items that are actually in "style."

Every Wednesday through August 15, the Pavilions will feature a new Style Strike, focusing on different kinds of accessories. Yesterday, three lucky winners took home brand-new, trendy bags -- and I received free movie tickets just for showing up!
See also:
-- Denver Pavilion's new series Style Strike
-- Cash Mob at I Heart Denver

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Stay with me, bra: Finding a home for the girls

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Pictured: Not me in a Wacoal bra.
"You need to throw that thing away as soon as you get home," says Tracy. "You see how it's riding up in the back?" I do see. I'm standing in the bathroom of a suite at the Ritz-Carlton with Tracy, a woman I just met, and she's appalled -- appalled -- by my undergarments. Well, undergarment.

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Vibrators: A pop-culture history of this buzzed-about device

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Like gay marriage, marijuana use and tattoos, public perception of female sex toys is not what it used to be. While male sex toys still weigh heavy on the shame scale, a female pleasure device is mostly seen as a cute novelty. Encountering one while snooping is comparable to finding a rutabaga in the fridge or a Kid 'n Play record on the shelf: more "Oh, that's interesting" than "You filthy slut."

In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, which opens tomorrow at the Bug, takes us back to a time before female sexuality was acknowledged, when the buzzing phallus was used to treat women for "hysteria" -- and once its alternative uses were made known, was vilified as an unmentionable weapon of evil, a disgusting appliance of hell-bound harlots.

In honor of this theatrical monument to the social evolution of female sexuality, we are proud to present this brief pop-culture history of the vibrator:

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Body sugaring for summer -- I got the full Brazilian!

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J. Wohletz
It's almost swimsuit season, and I was sporting a rocking case of "winter bush."

Ladies, we all know what that is: You wear jeans and heinie-hiding girl-brief panties all winter long, into early spring, and when you finally snap and look down at your privies in the shower, it looks like you are hobby-horsing a yeti.


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