Guest blog: Meet Ronda Carman

We’re excited to introduce you to guest contributor Ronda Carman, blogger behind All the BestâA Passport to Stylish Living, who muses here on her own memories from the mountains.

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I will never forget my first trip to Aspen at the age of 10 and our lunch at Hotel Jerome. I was infatuated with the charming town, mesmerized by the visitors and smitten with its inhabitants. In my ten short years of life I had never seen so many chic people residing in one place. I am still transported back to my perceived childhood memories when I see Slim Aaronsâ photo Snowmass Picnic, 1967 (pictured below). The image of a stand-up fondue picnic for skiers at Snowmass still has me longing to revisit the Rockies and relive my childhood recollections.

I was both surprised and flattered when I was asked to contribute to the Mountain Living blog. I have never lived in the mountains; in fact, it has been more years than I wish to count since my last visit to this part of the world. But, seeking out the best and creating a beautiful environment has nothing to do with geographical locations or boundaries. Itâs a desire that holds universal appealâregardless of where you reside.

My blog All the BestâA Passport to Stylish Living celebrates talented individuals in the creative fields and chronicles my personal search for “all the best.” Whether itâs wine, wallpaper, sheets or shoes, I am always on the hunt for an interesting back-story or a fascinating individual creating a life doing something they love.

Itâs the same principals and desires that guide Mountain Living. Through my blog posts I hope to share all the best with you from my home in Scotland. In the meantime, I am counting the days until I return to the Rocky Mountains this fall. It will be the first time in far too many years.

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Slim Aarons, Snowmass Picnic, 1967; photo courtesy of Getty Images

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