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
Rob Hollis – Writer/Photographer/Pro-Snowboarder/ Mountain Biker/Green Architect
Winslow McCurdy – Writer/Photographer
Winslow McCurdy is a travel photographer and writer from Seattle who has spent extensive time living abroad in Latin America. He attended Colby College in Maine where he majored in Latin American Economics and History as well as Spanish. He currently splits his time between Aspen, Colorado and contributing to his own travel blog through his travels in the Spanish-speaking world. Winslow spends many afternoons fishing, mountain biking, hiking and generally enjoying the beautiful places where he happens to hang his hat.
Dipika Rai – Author/Writer
Dipika is the author of Someone Else’s Garden (published by Harper Collins USA). Born in India, Dipika schooled in the foothills of the Himalayas and earned a BA in mathematics and an MBA in finance. She has written for over 25 magazines including Vogue, Marie Clair, Arts of Asia, Aspen Magazine, and now AspenRealLife.com. I currently live in Aspen with my husband and children.
AspenRealLife Marketing and Sales Director – Website Designer/Ghost Writer/Copywriter
Lee Junkin – Writer
Lee studied history at Colorado College where he also played lacrosse and club hockey and wrote for the school paper, satirical newspaper, and sketch comedy groups. After growing up outside of Boston, Lee now lives in Snowmass Village, though he is still a die-hard supporter of Boston sports. In his free time Lee enjoys writing, playing sports, playing guitar, attending concerts, and fishing.
Stephanie Hirsch – Website Designer/Ghost Writer/Copywriter
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.
AspenRealLife Past Interns
Christopher Gsell – College Student/Writer/ARL Intern