Local Band the Flippin’ Switches Hopes to Bring Out the Rock Star in All of Us

Much like superheroes, the Flippin' Switches have careers by day and turn into their rock star alter egos at night. 

Artist Richard Retter Uses His Vast Knowledge to Help Others on Their Artistic Journeys

Artist Richard Retter has coupled his passion for art with a yearning to help those in need to put forth a philanthropic project that combines both.

The Sicilian Butcher Offers Guinness Book of World Records Drink and Delicious Italian Cuisine

The Sicilian Butcher combines skilled butchery and creative dishes all set in a modern-casual restaurant. The choose-your-own-meatball and build-your-own charcuterie board experience is unlike anywhere else. The hand-rolled meatballs and saucy attitude pair well with fresh-made pastas and Italian butcher-style meats. Located in Phoenix at 15530 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 160, this unique experience is perfectly paired with a drink…

All You Need Is Love

February is the month of love. With Valentine’s Day on the 14th, we get a chance to give a little extra attention to those we love and cherish. As you focus on your Valentines this month, remember to hold tight those you love and shower them with a little extra affection. That being said, I … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Fourth Annual Vegan Food Festival The PHX Vegan Food Festival will be held on Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at Margaret T. Hance Park. The event will feature more than 100 vegan and vegan-friendly vendors, including food trucks, restaurants and packaged food and non-food products. On Sunday, restaurants … Continued

Luxury and Class Combine in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS 63

This month I enjoyed the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS 63. The words that came to mind while driving were luxury, comfort and class. With its classic sophistication, this vehicle not only drives with ease but it is also incredibly comfortable.

Palette to Palate Event Is Perfect for Valentine’s Day

The Winter Palette to Palate three-day art retreat designed to awaken the senses, soothe the spirit and create picture-perfect memories to last a lifetime will take place Valentine's Day weekend at the Hermosa Inn, beginning with the Friday Corks & Concert and followed by a delightful range of creative workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. For … Continued

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

The 2019 Ferrari Portofino Is a True Masterpiece

Succeeding the company's successful V8 grand tourer, the California, the Portofino aims to strike the same balance between an easy-to-drive GT car and a typical Ferrari sports car. It carries over the same philosophy as its predecessor but is now more refined and agile, courtesy of its new design and technical elements. Faster, smoother and more efficient, the Portofino has…

Local Artist Marless Fellows Draws Inspiration from the West

Marless Fellows feels her journey to becoming a well-known local artist was a slow and steady process.

FineMark Puts Focus on the Future with Smart Financial Choices

The new year can be a time of financial fear for some people. It can bring about worry for the future and an unclear vision of what can be done to protect and grow finances. If you’re feeling like this is the time to begin anew with a solid plan for financial success, FineMark can help.

Luxury Car Review: The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

As a mother of four boys, I often feel like a bus driver. I am sure this is common for most parents, however, I have a true appreciation for the sport of driving that comes from my roots.

Mountainside Fitness CEO and Founder Tom Hatten Pens New Book about an Exciting Fitness Journey

Tom Hatten, CEO and founder of Mountainside Fitness, has built a fitness empire based on simple principals, like a philosophy of teamwork and finding those with a passion for what they do. His recent book, Dream On, is available for purchase, and it details the beginnings of Hatten's success but delves into so much more.

Happy New Year!

I love this time of year. January is when we hit the reset button, set our New Year’s resolutions and focus on the good that is to come in 2019. I welcome you to spend some time targeting your goals, finding ways to improve, and most of all, to practice positive thinking! There is so … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

The Eighth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships proved that it was the place to be! Event highlights and record-breaking numbers include: a five-figure crowd; the most DJs playing on site at once; a record number of musical and cultural performances on site; and new concepts such as the Hall Pass, … Continued

Off the Record at Earnhardt Lexus to Benefit PCH

The PCH50 hosted Off the Record, an exclusive party with live music from talented recording artist Russell Dickerson to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Nov. 10. Nearly 400 guests joined the PCH50 at an intimate party of music, drinks, food and fun at Earnhardt Lexus’s beautiful showroom at 800 E. Camelback Road. 

59th Annual Heart Ball

The 59th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball, hosted at The Phoenician Resort and Spa, welcomed a sold-out crowd of 750 guests. Heart Ball funds play an essential role in the American Heart Association’s lifesaving work.   Attendees encountered breathtaking decor, entertainment provided by West Coast Music’s Impulse accompanied by the Contemporary Rainbow Room Dance Orchestra and a … Continued

Healthy Lunches for Kids that Pack a Simple and Nutritional Punch

The new year is a time when we resolve to make life changes. Eating healthier is often at the top of the list, however, packing lunches that are well-balanced and cost-effective for kids can take a backseat. Kids can be fickle when it comes to lunchtime, especially at school with limited time and social distractions. Making sure to pack a…

At Kathy Sweet’s Venue, Nonprofits are the Main Event just ‘because’

When Paradise Valley residents Kathy Sweet and her husband, Dave, set out to create an event venue, they faced challenges that allowed them to open what is now a thriving business with hefty philanthropic undertones.

Former Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman Inspires Others with a Sustainable Fitness Routine

Former Olympic Gold Medalist and Paradise Valley resident Misty Hyman spent many years training for excellence in swimming. She has parlayed that passion and motivation into a career and way of life for her and her family. She knows that fitness is essential, and fitting it into a busy lifestyle can make it attainable as well.

Azure Luxury Residences Wants You to Find the Perfect Home This Holiday Season

This fall, Shea Homes brought the first Shea Signature luxury community to Paradise Valley. Azure Paradise Valley is located at Indian Bend Road and Mockingbird Lane in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. This exclusive guard-gated community will include 66 homes on 23 acres, adjacent to the upcoming Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley.

The Ultimate Gift Guide

Gift-giving shouldn't be stressful, but gifting friends and family items that are both on-trend and meaningful can be a daunting task. Make this a holiday season your loved ones will remember, with ideas that they will not only appreciate but also be excited to showcase all year long.

Hearth ’61 Is the Place to Be for New Year’s Eve

The perfect meal coupled with ambiance and celebration is why Hearth ’61 is the place to be for New Year’s Eve and throughout the holiday season.

The Human Services Campus Brings Hope and Homes to Those in Need

Homelessness plagues our society and can have long-term damaging effects to those who fall victim to it. It is difficult for someone who is experiencing homelessness to reach out for help, and often they are unsure where to turn or who to trust. This is why the mission of the Human Services Campus in Phoenix is so important in tackling…

Chocolate Martini, Oaxacan-style

This decadent cocktail features a blend of Absolut Vanilla and Absolut Vodkas, shaken with dark Godiva chocolate liqueur and our secret sweet cream recipe. It’s a classic holiday favorite, finished with a house-made chocolate straw from our pastry shop and served with the resort’s famous hot Oaxacan cookie. It pairs perfectly with a good read this season.

‘Tis the Season

It’s that time of year when we feel extra cheerful and count our blessings. In that spirit, I am very grateful to introduce myself as the new owner/publisher of Paradise Valley Lifestyle! It brings me so much joy and excitement to become a voice and amplify the voices of this beautiful community in which I … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Brunch Club Event at Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale League for the Arts, a local nonprofit, will host The Brunch Club, a fundraising event that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1. Local chefs and bartenders will showcase a delicious menu that revolves around brunch. The 21-plus event will be held at the Mountain Shadows Resort. Some … Continued

Evening of Trends Event Benefits TGen

The Trend's Charitable Fund's Evening of Trends honored Fabulous Phoenician Sue Glaw and Trends Magazine’s Bold and Beautiful Trendsetters. This year’s event funds went to Translational Genomics Research Institute's Ovarian Cancer Research and to the Center for Rare Childhood Disorders. The event was chaired by Vicki Vaughn and took place at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. 

Christmas by Design Book Showcases Paradise Valley Designs

As the weather cools down and days get shorter, it is the perfect time to de-stress with a decadent cocktail and gather inspiration for your holiday and home decor from a good book.

Good Faith Casting Holds Party to Raise Money for SWAN

Good Faith Casting's fifth annual charity Halloween party this year raised money for SWAN (Someone Worth Accepting Now). SWAN is dedicated to supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence. Good Faith Casting works with thousands of actors, models and clients every year.

Hometown Heroes Help Fellow Veterans this Holiday Season

Veterans in our community have not only served our country, but they also are proudly serving others here at home. These hometown heroes know the difficulties veterans face when they return to civilian life and have worked closely with their comrades to make the transition easier and protect their families, while also providing them with stability and friendship.

Counting Our Blessings

It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of 2018. If you’re like me, you’re wondering, “Where did this year go?!” I seem to ask myself that more and more often. And then, I step back and realize, that even with as fast as time seems to fly, I’m so grateful for all I’m experiencing along … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Candelaria Design Associates Featured in New Coffee Table-style Holiday Book Candelaria Design Associates, one of the leading custom luxury architecture firms in Arizona, said several “elves” were very busy preparing three of its local custom residential home designs for a very special Christmas-themed hardcover design book that will be available on Amazon.com. “I feel humbled … Continued

Ways to Give Back this Season with Local Charities

 Debbie Gaby Charities   This organization is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Arizona who need help. Since 1997, Debbie Gaby has been providing assistance, support and other resources to deserving Phoenix Valley charities and organizations in need. Each year, Debbie supports more than 35 charities throughout the Valley. If interested in volunteering for the nonprofit,…

Meet Paradise Valley Lifestyle Photographer CJ Gershon

Photographing a monthly magazine such as Paradise Valley Lifestyle requires a sharp sense of style, a keen eye for detail and an uncanny ability to capture important aspects of the community. CJ Gershon has done just that, bringing an artistic and sophisticated look he hopes readers enjoy every time they open an issue.

The 59th Annual Heart Ball

Since 1959, the Phoenix Heart Ball committee has raised funds to support the American Heart Association. The 59th annual Phoenix Heart Ball will be held Nov. 17 at the Phoenician. Chairman Carolyn Jackson and her team recently had their Addressing Luncheon. This included stuffing invitations and a fashion show courtesy of Oscar de la Renda … Continued

From Actresses to Activists

Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson not only have a friendship that expands decades, but they also have a limitless passion for helping children and blending their talents with their heartfelt dedication to the community.

Arizona Adventurer Takes You on Journeys Ideal for Fall Travel

 Havasupai Falls, Supai  Skill level: challenging  Permits must be acquired online: HavasupaiReservations.com

KOVO Puts a Modern Twist on Mediterranean Fare at its New Paradise Valley Location

A unique concept to the Valley, KOVO highlights a wide selection of cuisine from the Mediterranean region. KOVO showcases the traditional cuisines of the Mediterranean region, combined with new world flair and ingredients.  

Local Chefs Serve Up Elegant and Unique Dining Experiences

 Chef Paul Valenzuela, Lincoln at Camelback Inn  Creative freedom and a flair for simplicity in his dishes are what make chef Paul Venezuela unique in his craft.  “My motto is, if it looks good and tastes good, it should be good, right? That is the standard I teach my staff and that I stand by myself. It’s that easy,” he…

F Is for Foodie

Can you smell that? (Did you actually sniff?!) Perhaps it’s the aroma of a seasonal latté or a fresh-baked apple pie. The heat is subsiding, and our cooler weather is beginning to settle in—a perfect time for our Foodie issue. Although we don’t have any “scratch-and-sniff” pages, we can provide you with a visual feast! We are print, … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute The Arizona Historical Society, in partnership with Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, will host Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a special exhibit from the George W. Bush Institute. Growing out of President George W. Bush’s personal commitment and the ongoing work of the … Continued

Love’n the Kitchen Talks Tools for the At-Home Chef

Growing up in the Midwest, Connie Kirchner, creator and owner of Love'n the Kitchen, was taught that the kitchen was the heart of the home. Her mother and grandmother prepared delicious meals from scratch, and that was a mindset that stuck with Connie.

Let the Cooler Weather Drive You to Apple Annie’s

With crisp autumn air comes much-anticipated activities connected with the season. Apple Annie’s has long been the ideal road trip for Phoenicians to participate in all things fall including a festival, delicious seasonal foods, fruit picking and choosing the perfect pumpkins.

Eddie Merlot’s Offers a Wine Selection for Any Occasion

Eddie Merlot's is a prime steak and seafood restaurant that prides itself on pairing your meal with the perfect wine. 

Sunfare Offers Chef-Prepared Meals that are both Delicious and Nutritious

Food intolerance, time constraints and not knowing where to begin when starting a diet or adapting to a healthier lifestyle can leave you with meal burnout and have you reaching for the takeout menu. Instead of giving into something unhealthy, focus on an option that is good for you, your budget and your dietary needs.

Coming Home

 Article and Photography  Fashions Kiss Me Kate Boutique, KissMeKateAZ.com / Photographer CJ Gershon / Models Madi Esteves & Madison Kemp, represented by MTM Model and Talent Management / Hair & Makeup Simone Hall, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Hair & Makeup Wayne Brawner, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Editorial Design Danielle Accovelli and Kat McMahon / Car Lexus…

Earnhardt Lexus

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Wade Griffith Photography  When Tex Earnhardt became the youngest Ford franchise owner in the country in 1951, he had no idea the family business would grow to 21 dealerships throughout the Valley and Las Vegas. Tex, who grew up in Southern Texas before moving to Chandler with his family, is known as the cowboy car…

Season of Style

It’s official! School’s back in session, the monsoon season is almost over (thank goodness!) and our annual style issue is now in your hands. I can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been up to here at Paradise Valley Lifestyle. In a sense, we’ve traveled the globe. From a New York designer to a … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week  Diners can once again enjoy the creative menus of some of the state’s most popular restaurants with the return of the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week. From Sept. 21-30, participating restaurants offer dining specials that showcase their chefs’ culinary skills with items not always featured on their regular … Continued