Our AspenRealLife Team
Jillian Livingston – Founder/Editor of AspenRealLife.Com
Jillian studied Broadcast & Film at Boston University. Writing was always a passion of hers and she began her writing career in New York City working for Simon & Schuster as a publicist, and then as a Merchandising Editor for Seventeen Magazine. She moved to Aspen in 1990 and worked for what was then called Aspen Film Festival, DanceAspen and IDCA. Her last job before having her three boys was working in film production with real people Casting Director, Dede Brinkman, at Aspen Production Services. The blog began in 2009 as an outlet for stories, videos and pictures of raising three boys in a resort town. In 2013 AspenRealLife was getting 40K page views a month without any marketing and so she decided to monetize the blog and start telling the local story.
Jillian became a travel writer traveling around Colorado with her family and reviewing hotels through the eyes of a mom with three boys. She also wrote for luxury travel sites such as; Inspirato, Quintess, Bespoke Concierge Magazine, Destinations Travel Magazine, and she was the Roaring Fork Examiner.
If there is adventure involved Jillian wants to cover it, whether it is a romantic weekend at Aspen’s “Secret” Hotel in Aspen, a girls’ getaway weekend at the Sorrel River Ranch in Moab, or an eight hour drive over treacherous passes for a family ski trip to Wolf Creek.
Alex Blanco of Alex Blanco Photography – Photographer
Elizabeth Winn – AspenRealLife Calendar Guru
Elizabeth grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and graduated from Basalt High School before attending the University of Denver were she received her BA in Communications with minors in International Studies and Studio Art. Since leaving the University of Denver, Elizabeth has garnered a wealth of experience in destination and hospitality marketing in Colorado, California and Oregon. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys time spent with friends and family, the outdoors, good food, good wine and snuggling up on the couch with her Scottish Terrier, Clubber, a movie and a ball of yarn.
Bear Matthews – 2017 Summer Intern
Bear Matthews, 16, was brought up in the southeast countryside of Kent, England until he was ten, before moving to live in Brooklyn, NY, where he was mentored under Zackary Davis in organic sculpture and abstract design. It was with his time spent at Zack’s side, that Bear found his true love for organic environmental design, of which he took with him upon later moving to Pacific Palisades, CA at the age of fifteen. Since then, Bear has experience working for Snapchat, Looksery and is the founder of several successful teenage run startups all across the U.S. Bear’s greatest joy is split between his time hiking and skiing with his younger brother, Zander, and his team brainstorm sessions.
Christopher Gsell – College Student/Writer/ARL Intern