Relax & Light Up

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography David Apeji  Cigar smoking is recognized as a way to relax, and one of the finest smoking lounges in the Valley is Churchill’s Fine Cigars located off Camelback Road and 44th Street. Noted as the largest cigar store in Arizona, Churchill’s offers a wide selection of the finest cigars that include many limited and hard…

A Rugby Workout

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Provided by Phoenix Rugby Club  Rugby, the oldest sport ever played, is one of the fastest-growing sports worldwide. It is played with a football with 15 players on each team. In 1969, Bob Blakely and his fellow Arizona State University law students formed the first rugby team in Arizona, The Phoenix Rugby Club. The club’s…

The Miksta Brothers

 Article Mindy Haskins  Money Clip  M-Clip.com, $140

June 2018 Around Town

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Awards Grant to Arizona Helping Hands Arizona Helping Hands has seen phenomenal growth in every phase of their operations over the past five years, growing into the largest provider of material items to make homes safer and lives better for the 15,000 boys and girls in the state’s foster care … Continued

Dear Gents,

Welcome to June! It’s filled with celebrations throughout the month: Flag Day, Father’s Day and the official kickoff of summer—although it feels like we’ve been there for a while already! As we celebrated women in our last issue of Paradise Valley Lifestyle, it’s time we do the same for the men in this community. This … Continued

Third Annual NDP I Heart NDP Breakfast

On Wednesday, April 18, more than 250 people filled the Dale M. Jensen Gymnasium at Notre Dame Preparatory to listen to Arizona State University men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley, the keynote speaker at the Annual I Heart NDP breakfast. In his talk, he shared stories about the lessons he has learned through sports and how … Continued

12th Annual Childhelp Wings Fashion Show Luncheon

The event, held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa and co-chaired by Abby Leadon and Alexis Earnhardt, included a celebrity runway, live and silent auction and the latest trends from top brands like Dillard’s. It netted $185,000. Nick Ciletti hosted the event alongside actress Kat McNamara. Awardees included Luke Airforce Base, Childhelp … Continued

Swirl, Sip & Savor

On April 13, more than 160 guests came together to support Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa to raise awareness and funds for ThinkAsperger’s, an initiative creating awareness, early diagnosis and solutions for individuals with Asperger’s syndrome and their families. The event raised more than $375,000, and featured … Continued

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH)   1 cup all-purpose flour   1/2 teaspoon ground paprika   1/2 teaspoon garlic powder   Cayenne pepper, to taste   … Continued

Men Making an Impact

 Article Mindy Haskins  Larry Lytle, First Vice President of RBC Wealth Management  Larry Lytle’s path into wealth management was long but intentional. Sixteen years ago, he and his father reflected on the question, “If there were no barriers, what would you do with your day?” This led to monthly meetings to discuss potential careers.

Local Female Movers + Shakers

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Tony Marinella  The Agent  Robin Orscheln

Girlfriend Weekend on Coronado Island

 Article Kathleen Blair  White sandy beaches, fantastic shopping, great restaurants and historical charm are all waiting to be discovered and enjoyed on the charming resort town of Coronado Island. Located across the bay from San Diego, its a great weekend escape to a beach town with a carefree lifestyle.   

Live Your Life in Style with Great Design

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Provided by Camelback Interior Designs  For more than 30 years, interior designer Lynda Martin has been creating beautiful, functional yet comfortable and inviting spaces. Her goal is to always design spaces that best reflect her client's style and aesthetics.   

Nina McLemore Designs Set the Stage

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Tony Marinella  Cocktails at Paradise Valley Country Club  Lyn Kotzen looks beautiful in this outfit—a fantastic hot pink and red reversible silk dupioni jacket with white active nylon elastane slacks—meeting friends for cocktails and a concert after. The sleeves can be cuffed to the desired length you want. The jacket teams up beautifully over a…

Kristin Edwards and Her Mom

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Tony Marinella  MAC Lipstick in Snob  Nordstrom, $15

May 2018 Around Town

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers Opens 10th Location Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers has opened its 10th location, 4731 E. Cactus, Phoenix, AZ 85032, delivering the casually delicious and friendly dining spot to families and avid sports fanatics alike. CBCB features leather booths, a centerpiece bar, butcher block tables and more than 55 HD flat-screen TVs with … Continued

To Strong Women

May. It’s when we at Paradise Valley Lifestyle focus on the “Women’s” issue. A time when I, as publisher, get to share how honored and blessed I am to be surrounded by such great influencers and those that touch my heart in this community. It’s no secret that there’s an abundance of amazing women in … Continued

Eco Chic

Most of my life I've lived where April showers brought May flowers. However, we know that's not how the Valley brings it in. We're fortunate enough to live in a climate where things bloom all year long.
 

Ruby Farias Design Launch

Ruby Farias is a long-time artist who turned to painting on clothing and accessories in January 2014. Her latest project includes having her paintings photographed and having those images printed on fabrics. She has taken that fabric and has created her new line. Photography by Marion Rhoades Photography.

Hotel Adeline Media Reception

Hotel Adeline, a stylish new boutique hotel in Old Town Scottsdale, hosted an exclusive media reception March 1. Guests at the housewarming party-themed evening enjoyed bites and craft cocktails from the hotel’s three restaurant concepts, live music by the J Forte Duo and behind-the-scenes tours. Photography by Keith & Melissa Photographers.

dig in

Using the right soil, tools and equipment can make all the difference in desert gardening. Knowing where to go for inspiration and expertise is helpful, too. The Green Goddess is a family-owned and operated full-scale nursery, and for more than 55 years they have helped desert dwellers with their gardening needs. Here are a few items they recommend for a healthy…

April 2018 Around Town

Bobby Hurley, Arizona State University's men's basketball coach and former Sacramento Kings player, will be speaking from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale. Hurley is also known for being a standout collegiate basketball player at Duke University. He will present "Lessons from Sports—Learned and Applied to Life" at the Third Annual I Heart NDP…

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation Beach Ball Gala

Benefiting the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Noche en Havana, the 25th anniversary of the gala, was held March 3 at the JW Marriott 
Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Since its inception, the gala has contributed more than $17 million to provide hope, healing and the best health care for children and families.

Range Rover PHEV

Range Rover’s new Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) 
blends the classic beauty and power customers expect from the Jaguar Land Rover brand with modern eco-friendly innovation.

Singh Urban 
Farming

Ken Singh, a farmer and entrepreneur of Singh Farms and Singh Meadows, is passionate about cleaning up toxic dirt. He has transformed a plot of barren desert and a chemical-laced golf course and turned the dirt into healthy, toxic-free soil. Ken's secret is the compost he developed that puts nutrients back into the earth. He’s been so successful doing this…

Chef Zipora Book Release Reception

Guests mingled and shared stories at a special reception held for Chef Zipora to celebrate the release of her book, Recipe for a Delicious Life, on March 3 at Royal Palm Resort and Spa. The book shares interesting anecdotes and adventures of her time traveling the world as a private chef. Photography by Kat McMahon.

produce with a purpose

More than 20 years ago, two mothers met regularly with their developmental pediatrician to find ways to help their children with autism. That was the beginning of Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC). The center’s programs, services and research help autistic individuals of all ages develop skills to help them engage in the community and live independent lives. On…

Room to Grow

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to…

Chef Zipora

On a cool night in Tuscany, Zipora Einav, also known as Chef Zipora, perfected her vegetable soup recipe. 
She found inspiration in the beautiful countryside and bountiful selections of fresh, colorful vegetables.

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

There’s No Place Like Home

When I thought about what to write in this month's letter knowing it's the "Home" issue, three things popped into my head: the saying "Home is where the heart is," Michael Buble's rendition of "Home" and Dorothy's famous statement, "There's no place like home." They all conjure up a feeling of comfort for me.

Childhelp 14th Annual Drive the Dream Gala

Childhelp, a Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, celebrated its 14th Annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria presented the sold-out extravaganza that netted more than $1.4 million for Childhelp programs and services, including the Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center of Arizona dedicated to Linda Pope.

March 2018 Around Town

Mark your calendars for April 14 as the 19th annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. The theme for this year’s event is “A Jewel in the Desert" and the event will benefit epilepsy. The PANDA Children’s Epilepsy Project will support the Steele Center’s exploration, in partnership with Rady Children’s Genomic Institute in San Diego. 

Get Inspired

This potting shed was custom built in a rural Mediterranean-style home in the heart of Paradise Valley and features a spectacular view of Camelback Mountain. The indoor-outdoor feel of the space allows the air and sun to flow in, giving plants much-needed nourishment to grow and bloom. Scottsdale-based Candelaria Design Associates worked carefully to create this space with the end-user…

FIX24 Health Summit

FIX24 co-founded and recently participated in a health summit at the Musical Instrument Museum where they educated the public on the importance of Joint Biomechanics and structural health. The presentation can be found on YouTube @drmikerobb! Photography by Bullseye Video & Photo.

Shelfie Style

When decorating modern shelves, think about functionality and style. If your shelves are in the dining room, for example, select items that serve a purpose such as trays, plates and wine glasses. If they are in the living room, you can use cute boxes, books and candles. Then add some interest with pieces that reflect your personality and taste. In…

Building 
Modern Homes

According to Bill Knutson, owner of Uptown Construction, getting to know the people and the community they live in is key to building successful custom homes. 

Feels
 Like Home

Joey Maggiore is the executive chef of the Maggiore Group’s latest concept, The Sicilian Butcher. One of the most favored dishes on the menu is the Sunday Sugo, an all-time favorite of the chef’s that was served in his childhood home every “Domenica” as a cultural tradition on Sundays.

Outdoor Living

With Arizona’s wonderful climate, it’s only natural for homeowners to expand their living space onto their patio and yard. Ryan Roberts, owner of Arizona Iron Furniture, has many designs and color choices of beautifully handcrafted patio furniture made here in Arizona. His keen business sense, superior quality and customer service have grown his business into five stores over the last 10…

February 2018 Around Town

Get your tickets now to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as legendary frontman Steven Tyler performs in front of special guests, celebrities and VIPs at Celebrity Fight Night on Saturday, March 10.

McNight to Remember Under the Sea Gala

Ronald McDonald House Charities hosted the McNight to Remember Under the Sea Gala on November 11 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. It was a record-breaking night: 667 attendees raised $563,350 to ensure families staying at the Valley's three houses will not be turned away. Both numbers broke previous highs. 
Photography by Gudenschwager Photography Inc. 

And the Winners Are …

It's here; it's here!!! The 2017 Readers' Choice Awards issue is here! Let me start out by first saying congratulations to all the businesses that were nominated in each category. From dentists to dog groomers, baked goods to boutiques, we had a great list of candidates that you, our readers, suggested.
 

Green Goddess Holiday Open House

Several hundred people came to Green Goddess' Annual Holiday Open House and enjoyed the beautiful Arizona weather and food from Manuel Mexican Cantina. Gelato Spot stopped by and dished out their yummy gelato. The seventh annual fundraising raffle raised more than $2,400 for the McKenzie Monks Foundation. 

Best of Paradise Valley

Nothing Bundt Cakes
17025 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.502.8900 | NothingBundtCakes.com

Terra Pike

Terra Pike, owner of Tailored to You Home Management, considers herself part concierge, part home inspector and part personal assistant. 
She ensures each home she manages is professionally cared for while clients are away. This career was a natural transition for Pike after years of managing luxury condominium complexes and master planned communities.

Our Contributors

Mindy Haskins was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Chandler. She's a wife and mother of two young girls and enjoys freelance writing, cooking, reading and seeing movies. She has a fitness goal to complete 100 workouts in 2018. Mindy loves the scenic beauty of Paradise Valley, a hidden treasure amongst the vast Phoenix area. 

A New Year’s Change

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! Now that 2017 is behind us, it's time to turn the page (or swipe the device) and embrace a new year: new goals, new dreams, new beginnings. And, a new look for us! With 12 fresh months at our fingertips, we’ve opted for a new year of renewal, reflection and change here at…

Notre Dame Prep Culinary Festival Gets an A+

On November 1, more than 400 guests gathered at Notre Dame Preparatory to celebrate all things delish at the annual Culinary Festival. This magical evening took place under stars and party lights and featured signature dishes from 17 local restaurants, beer from Scottsdale Beer Company and music by Elvis Before Noon. Photography by Casey Green Studios.

Galaxy Gala MMXVII Kickoff Event

Arizona Science Center recently celebrated their Galaxy Gala committee kickoff with a reception at the beautiful home of Ben Lytle. The evening was hosted by chairs Tracey and Larry Lytle and vice chairs Susie Wesley and McKenna Wesley.  “A Night in Pompeii” will be held Saturday, February 3. Photography by Eric Cosh.

Fashionably Pink Survivor & Celebrity Runway Show powered by Tal Barkel at Talking Stick Resort

Breast cancer survivors and local celebs took the runway, during October's Phoenix Fashion Week, to model more than $1 million in Tal Barkel Designs jewelry and fashions by Glam Squad Couture. Community and fashion came together to raise more than $15,000 for breast cancer charity Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! Photography by James Almanza, Almanza Photography.