Michelle Cottrell


A regular on the Colorado social scene, Michelle Cottrell’s heart of gold is as incredible as her spot-on sense of style. The darling Denver mom gives her time to nonprofits galore, most notably Excelsior Youth Center, where she serves on the planning committee for the 2012 annual fundraiser as well as AMC Cancer Fund, where she is working on this spring’s Cocktails for a Cure Event. Here, the philanthropic fashionista gives us the scoop on a few of her favorite things.

Reign Maker: Michelle Cottrell

  1. My husband and I never took a honeymoon, but we are planning an amazing trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast in 2012. Wine tours, here we come!
  2. Maybe it was my love of Mad Men that found me at to buy new glasses. This amazing website ships you 5 pairs to try on for free, and with names like Colton, Felton, and Thatcher who wouldn’t love their heavy plastic frames? Did I mention they are only $95 per pair? Actress Anne Hathaway wears them, too!
  3. Like many girls, I have a penchant for bubbles, and Henriot is absolutely my favorite champagne!
  4. I’m obsessed with the Blue Copper line by Osmotics, especially the Lip and Tuck. It is the only thing that truly works for me in this dry Colorado climate.
  5. I love Tory Burch, and when I saw the Bond East/West Bag in a magazine over the summer I knew I wanted it for fall…hopefully my husband remembers my birthday September 14th!
  6. My most treasured possession is the strand of pearls my dad gave me on my 7th birthday. I wore them to one of my first downhill skiing races as a child in upstate New York, and I placed first that day. Naturally, I wore them on EVERY race day after!
  7. I love Romance…as in the perfume. I have worn this fragrance since Ralph Lauren debuted it in 1998.
  8. Having spent two years working at Colorado Homes & Lifestyles I still get excited every time I pick up a new issue! I could build a dream house every day with the things inside that magazine! I have such a lust for home design…
  9. Although it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like (hint hint) my husband brings home the most amazing flowers! His go-to place is More Flowers. This great LoHi neighborhood shop never disappoints!
  10. This past spring I started playing tennis. Nothing makes me feel stronger than when I am playing sports. Plus, who can resist the cute outfits and accessories? I just got this bag from Ame & Lulu.
  11. With my love of wine comes my love of wine festivals! Steamboat Wine Festival is hands-down the best in Colorado.
  12. Hands down the best nail polish is by Deborah Lippmann, which I found years ago after an amazing pedicure at The Woodhouse Spa. My go-to color for summer is Makin’ Whopee!
  13. My ultimate wish list item is the Garavelli Three Band Diamond Ring at Oster Jewelers – the perfect right hand ring. Ahh…someday!