Our AspenRealLife Team
Founder/Curator of Aspen Real Life and Aspen Connect
Meet Jillian Livingston; connector, blogger, mom of three boys, life traveler, freelance travel writer. After receiving a degree in Broadcast & Film at Boston University she moved to New York City where she worked as a Publicist for Simon & Schuster, 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. As a freelance travel writer Jillian reviews hotels and resorts whenever the opportunity arises and she has written for luxury travel sites such as; Inspirato, Quintess, Bespoke Concierge Magazine, Destinations Travel Magazine. She was also 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.
Michelle Bryan – Sales Rep/Client Liaison
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Olivia Q. Daane – Contributing Writer
Olivia Daane received a B.A. From Vanderbilt University in 1992. She then studied with Syracuse University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Florence, Italy followed by an apprenticeship with internationally-recognized artist Paul Harmon. Olivia opened her LIVASPENART STUDIO in 2006 and LIVASPENART GALLERY on Cooper Avenue in Aspen, Co in February 2011-October 2013. She is a painter(known for her butterfly series begun in 2008), art consultant, songwriter, wordsmith and mom. A full time Aspenite since 1997, she spends as much time as she can in the mountains and taking in all the enriching programs Aspen has to offer. EMAIL: [email protected]me.com
Bear Matthews – Account Management
Bear Matthews, 18, 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.