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Fashion Calendar

Cat is working on an gigantic review of the Max Fashion Show that happened last Saturday night — almost 100 images! — but is having technical difficulties making a slide show. Until that's ready, here's the fashion calendar for what is one helluva busy week:

Thursday, December 7: Lee Alexander Trunk Show Stop by STRUT at 3877 Tennyson Street for a trunk show of Lee Alexander Jewelry. I used pieces from this collection for our Summer Guide fashion shoot earlier this year, and the work was amazing. Plus, you get a 10 percent discount on all the delicious shoes and handbags in the store. Click here for the evite; the party runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 9 through Saturday, December 16: Holiday Boutique Crawl Cat went to the mall last weekend. It was a hellacious experience that she doesn't intend to repeat any time soon. But she deserved it: She went there looking for boots instead of hitting all of the great local stores Denver offers. She knows better this time and will finish her holiday shopping at the Holiday Boutique Crawl that the independent shops in northwest Denver are hosting. Stop by each of the eighteen participating stores — Starlet, Skinchic, Dragonfly, The Perfect Petal, Studio Bead, Frolik, Max & Me, Strut, Mouthfuls, Clotheshorse, Zelda's, Swank, Anna Be, Red Door Swingin', Mona Lucero, Disrespectacles Eyewear, Zen Dog and La Ti Da — pick up a trinket or ten and enter to win the $750 shopping spree. Eighteen stores, eighteen chances at bliss. Cut out of work early, get some hot chocolate, stroll through the streets and actually spend an afternoon enjoying how beautiful and amazing Denver is at this time of year. For Cat, that's the best part of December.

Saturday, December 9: Snow! This one-day-only extravaganza hosted by Brandi Shigely at Fashion Denver is a not-to-miss event. Brandi always pulls together the best of the best of local designers and puts on a killer show. (Disclaimer: Cat helped Brandi choose this year's exhibitors, but she takes no credit. Ms. Brandi works her butt off for her quarterly fashion markets.) Every year Cat finds at least one thing she can't live without. Stop by Flying Dog Brewery, 2401 Blake Street, between noon and 8 p.m. to taste some Snow! If you can, try to be there around either 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. for the fashion shows, featuring wares that are actually for sale on site. It's $5 to get in, but all the money goes to the Denver Rescue Mission, so you can feel good about shopping.

Saturday, December 9: False Idols Mannequin Art Show 20% Off 12-Hour Sale After Snow!, head over to The Fabric Lab, 3105 East Colfax Avenue, for the False Idols Mannequin Art Show. Fashion power couple Josh and Tran Wills gave a host of artists — including Mike Graves and Ray Young Chu — a mannequin and let them go at it. The results are on display until 11 p.m. (along with you guess it — more shopping!), when the party moves down the street to RockBar.

Plus, you get 20 percent off everything in the store from noon to midnight, today only.

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Amy Haimerl