Fall into October

While much of the country is experiencing warm hues of fall colors, those of us in the Valley of the Sun are experiencing cooler temps and getting back outdoors. It's exciting to think that fall is officially here. And you know what that means—sports (the World Series, soccer and football), comfort food and beer!

Mix and Mingle with The Miksta Team and Lifestyle Publications

V.I.P. Mortgage's The Miksta Team graciously hosted Lifestyle Publications' partners and friends at their new location. The guests enjoyed a variety of delectables from Emily's Events as they mingled and connected in the spacious community room. Visit them at TheMikstaTeam.VIPMtgInc.com.

October 2017 Around Town

Students ages 5 through 18 enrolled in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale scholarship programs for low-income families shopped for new school clothes, shoes and supplies, thanks to community leaders Ellie and Michael Ziegler, who have generously contributed $500,000 to the program over the past five years. Each recipient from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Branches had…

Lifestyle’s Guide to Local Fall Sports

While the rest of the nation goes inside to warm up, we're cheering on our hometown teams while grilling outside and wearing flip-flops. Welcome to fall in the Valley of the Sun.

Ask the Expert 

As the owner of Scottsdale’s ‘Ohana Salon, Chandra Chriswisser has a passion for not only creating beauty through both hair and makeup but also teaching it to other stylists in the industry. The co-author of the best-selling book, "Success in Beauty: The Secrets to Confidently Following Your Dreams Effortlessly," Chandra is happy to share her top trends for fall, as…

Score!

It’s fall, which means many sports are taking off locally and nationwide. What are some of the best apps to help you keep up with your favorite teams and players? We asked a few Valley sports enthusiasts to find out.

Eliminating the Fear

For some women, getting a mammogram isn’t something they want to do, but it’s an important appointment that should not go ignored. Solis Mammography is changing the way mammograms are perceived and performed by providing a comfort-driven, patient-centric environment that helps put patients at ease while offering advanced, top-of-the-line breast-imaging technology and expert interpretations.

For the Love of the Game 

As the president of sports management for FineMark Bank, David Highmark helps professional athletes achieve their financial goals. An athlete himself, David’s life has woven together his love of both sports and business for more than 30 years. Here, he shares four of his most memorable highlights.

Take Flight: Local Beer Guide

It was the love of great beer that had brothers Jim and Jason Ebel traveling the world. In 1996, having returned from living in France, they decided to take their passion to another level and opened Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville, Illinois. Then, in early 2015, the successful brothers opened the Scottsdale restaurant and taproom and started beer production…

What’s Your Style?

Fashion: a - a prevailing custom, usage or style; b - (1) - the prevailing style (as in a dress) during a particular time; (2) - a garment in such a style. We all have (or desire to have) a style. So what's yours? Are you classic or trendy? Conservative or flashy? I probably lean more towards trendy, but definitely…

Classic Abstraction

Gallery curator John Reyes and notable Arizona artist John Armstrong hosted a recent art opening at The Gallery at Mountain Shadows. The event included complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from Hearth ’61. Classic Abstraction, the exhibition, juxtaposed the hard-lined compositions of John Armstrong with the color fields of Dorothy Fratt. Photos by Shane Baker Studios.

New Leadership for Notre Dame Prep

On July 1, Jill Platt became the fourth principal of Notre Dame Preparatory, located in Scottsdale. She is the first woman to lead the high school in that role since it opened its doors in 2002.

Backpack Drive

The fifth annual Backpack & School Supply Drive donation drop-off event was held July 15 at Office Max on East Thomas Road and helped fill 5,000 backpacks. The backpack drive is sponsored by Executive Council Charities benefitting Arizona Friends of Foster Children Found, Arizona Helping Hands Inc. and Voices for CASA children.

Scottsdale Fashion Square Renovation Event

Members of the media and blogging community attended a behind-the-scenes “soft hat” media tour of Scottsdale Fashion Square on Thursday, July 27, where they received an up-close look at how the best address keeps getting better. For more information about Scottsdale Fashion Square's renovation, visit FashionSquare.com/SFSRedevelopment. Photos by Haute Photography and Videography.

September 2017 Around Town

The James Beard Foundation is pleased to announce the fifth anniversary year of the Taste America national culinary tour. The cross-country program will heat up this fall in 10 dynamic culinary destinations including Phoenix.

Lasting Color

Few things can help to freshen up a look like a coat of paint. For those looking for something that looks good and lasts, however, not all paints are created equal. Whether it is a cabinet, a wall, an accent room or even the entire house, Benjamin Moore is sure to have the perfect solution for any painting project.

Home Organization Tips

When I was a child, I took on the project of transforming our family’s extensive collection of books into a home library . . . and of my own volition! I labeled each book and cataloged them per the Dewey Decimal System. There was a check-out system in an index card box. I monitored the comings and goings of each…

Fall Fashion Trends for 2017

When it comes to fashion, everyone wants to create a look that reflects their own style and personality. We want designs and fabrics that are comfortable and colors that make us look great. This fall, nothing makes a bolder fashion statement than the color red. It is a power color that women can incorporate into their wardrobe in a dress,…

Fall Fashion Picks


Scottsdale blogger Marlene Srdic covers fashion, beauty and all things luxury on her lifestyle website. She curated her favorite fall finds to share with readers. Take a peek into her glamorous life at LifeWithMar.com.

Animal Style

If you're in the mood to lighten up your wardrobe, aim for natural tones inspired by nature. Shades of neutrals with pops of camel and olive green will make you feel like you're coming straight off the plane from the Serengeti. These light colors ooze with warmth and coziness, which are perfect for everyday wear.

Where to Begin

For more than two decades, Lauren Rautbord of Scottsdale’s own Paul Lauren Design Consultants has been helping her clients create the spaces of their dreams. She has learned that making sure homeowners know what to expect along the way is a key component to any successful renovation and offers a few pointers on managing renovation expectations.

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher

It’s hard to believe we’re flipping the calendar page, or scrolling through another month on our devices, and landing on August. Summer always seems to fly by. We look forward to those more relaxed days and vacations, visiting family and friends or maybe a new destination. We’ve celebrated our country’s independence with parades and fireworks. And, here in The Valley…

ALS Bite Nite

ALS Bite Nite on Saturday, June 3, raised a record $250,000 and more than 750 guests attended! ALS Bite Nite is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, raise money for a cure and come together for something you care about. 
Photography by Ben Arnold and Brian Flora.

Publisher’s Playlist

Kat McMahon grew up in Syracuse, New York. As a kid, she listened to the radio and strategically recorded mixtapes with her boom box, carefully hitting the stop button so she wouldn’t record the DJ over the song. Her favorites included pop, Motown, disco and southern rock tunes. Rhythms changed with the seasons, and summer brought melodies from John Denver,…

August 2017 Around Town

The sweltering summer heat is upon us, which means it's the perfect time of year to enjoy seasonal shakeups. Using some of the season's best produce, Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails is creating an all-new menu of Southern-inspired, fresh and light favorites to beat the heat all summer long.

Influential Teachers

What makes a teacher great? Typically, the answer is rarely one that is easy to summarize in a word or two. With summer winding to a close and students across the Valley dusting off their backpack and preparing to head back to school, we asked a few of the community’s teachers to see what makes them tick.

Lunchbox SOS

As the new school year begins, coming up with some creative ideas for lunchboxes can be challenging. Here are a few healthy alternatives that will make lunches fun and tasty.

Back-to-School Fashion

School is back in session for kids across the Valley, and, while everyone wants the latest school supplies, they also want to look stylish, too. Here are a few of our favorite fashion picks for kids that are available locally and online.

The Beat Goes On

Nothing beats live music, but finding a place that does it right can sometimes be a challenge. Fear not, however, as the list below shows, whether your vibe is rock, R&B, jazz or even a touch of country, when a night out on the town calls for a bit of live music, the toughest decision might just be deciding where…

Explore. Dream. Discover.

The summer days I grew up with are very different than the summer days in Arizona. It was the time to be outdoors—riding bikes, going to the beach, water skiing and enjoying the longer days. Our daily activities weren’t hindered by the blazing hot temperatures, but I’m learning how to handle an Arizona summer by embracing, and tweaking, the adventures…

Vino Con Stelle

Richard J Stephenson, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Gateway for Cancer Research founder and chairman, and Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, CTCA chair, Functional Medicine and Gateway board of directors, hosted “Vino con Stelle” at The Silverleaf Club. The exclusive evening under the stars was inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s "Starry Night." For information on Gateway, visit GatewayCR.org.

VALLEYLIFE Bernice Kussell Society’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Party

At their exquisite Paradise Valley home, Drs. Cie and Aaron Scott hosted the VALLEYLIFE Bernice Kussell Society’s annual Cinco de Mayo party. Society members and guests gathered for an evening of fun, food and entertainment in support of VALLEYLIFE’s mission to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities.

Hash Kitchen Hosts Lifestyle Publication’s 
Connecting with Community 

North Scottsdale Lifestyle and Paradise Valley Lifestyle shared an evening of connecting with fellow partners and guests at the creative breakfast and bar, Hash Kitchen. Taste buds were treated to menu items like caprese skewers, carnitas hash and the BYOBM bar as attendees enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere.

July 2017 Around Town

Make this a summer to remember with a getaway, or staycation, to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Experience sunrise hikes to adjacent Pinnacle Peak Park, dining alfresco under a blanket of stars and poolside pampering at the sparkling, two-tiered pool complex.

Anya Bowman

From luxury resorts to chiropractic centers and everywhere in between, Anya Fletcher spent the first 15 years of her professional life providing massage services all over the Valley. Regardless of where she was headquartered, however, she had always maintained her own private practice, which was the only time she felt she could provide her clients the level of service they…

Summer in Sierra Vista

Looking for a great day trip or active long weekend away without even having to leave the state? Located just three hours southeast, Sierra Vista has something for everyone from history buffs to outdoorsmen to even food and wine enthusiasts. The region is also a global leader in military intelligence as well as a bustling hub for cybersecurity research, workforce…

Swing Into Summer!

Discover your wild side this summer at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, PhoenixZoo.org, with special activities like Winter in July, where families can chill out with tons of snow, enjoy cold weather activities and taste dozens of icy treats. Or, behold the beauty of night and all of the fascinating plants and creatures to be found at Desert…

We All Scream for Ice Cream

The weather has hit triple digits, and, besides moving from one air-conditioned location to the next, there’s no better way to cool down during the hot summer months than the classic frozen treat: ice cream. Luckily for locals, the Valley is full of some delightful eateries that specialize in all things chilled and delicious.

Staycations: Survive The Summer In Style With The Perfect Oasis

It’s easy to appreciate desert life in January when temperatures are in the 70s and outdoor activities include hiking instead of shoveling snow. However, during the summer months when the heat is relentless and storm clouds evaporate before breaking the city limits, I recommend swimming in a pool you didn’t clean, sipping on a cocktail you didn’t mix and sleeping…

Refreshing Poolside Recipes


1. Process cantaloupe chunks, ice cream, honey and orange juice concentrate in a food processor until smooth, in batches if necessary; transfer to a large pitcher or serving bowl. Cover mixture, and chill for at least 1 hour. 
2. Just before serving, gently stir in the ginger ale. Garnish individual servings with fresh mint leaves.

Pinnacle Aviation Helps Maximize the Value of Clients’ Jet Experience

Pinnacle Aviation is a full-service aircraft sales, acquisition, charter and management company based at Scottsdale Airport. For nearly 30 years, Pinnacle Aviation has assisted many jet buyers and sellers to maximize the value of their jet experience. After purchasing an aircraft, it is not unusual for a client to request some refurbishment work on the interior and/or the exterior of…

Memories, Movers and A Man Cave

Luther Vandross had a song, "Dance with My Father." It always makes me think of my dad. Not because it was popular when I was younger, or that we have a memory of dancing to that song, but because of the lyrics within the song.

notMYkid’s Annual Fundraiser

“Come Fly with Me,” notMYkid’s annual fundraiser, featured a reception, live and silent auctions and Vinum 55 hosted champagne lounge. The program included a tribute video to honorees, award presentation, concert by Sal Valentinetti from America’s Got Talent, dancing, photo booth and Microsoft virtual reality flight simulator.

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center Annual Community Breakfast

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) hosted nearly 1,800 guests at the Arizona Biltmore and were joined by individuals with autism and their families, business, community and elected leaders. Revolution: Redefining the Status Quo was the theme of the breakfast co-chaired by longtime supporters Kathy and Mike Bosco.

June 2017 Around Town

The HonorHealth Charity Golf Classic at Grayhawk Golf Club was a great success. The tournament, held March 31, raised more than $125,000 to support the Military Partnership Program at HonorHealth which provides lifesaving training to military medical personnel and first responders. The 334 golfers who participated enjoyed a fun, shamble-format tournament on Grayhawk’s Raptor and Talon courses.

2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Give Him What He Really Wants This Year

Making a Gentleman

The switch has officially been flipped on the desert heat, and residents across the Valley are doing whatever they need to stay cool. For the fashion minded, however, a little bit of hot weather is no reason not to look your best. “The one trend I see this summer is that everyone is moving toward four-way stretch, both in pants…

Stop and Sip … and Have a Bite

If you haven’t been to Sip Coffee and Beer Garage on the corner of 36th Street and Indian School, you are in for an enjoyable experience. Formerly an auto oil and lube shop, Sip has been creatively transformed into a popular neighborhood hangout. The relaxing atmosphere has a great selection of specialty coffees, an inviting menu, locally crafted beers, handcrafted…

What My Great Dad Taught Me

Growing up, my dad frequently shared with my sister and me that he had essentially grown up without a dad, and therefore, didn’t have a role model to inform how he would father us. Yet, today, as the father of two young boys, I strive to be as great of a dad as my dad was to us. The truth…

Ultimate Man Cave

Imagine for a moment returning from a long trip. You haven’t worried about your luxury home because you live in a lock-and-leave community. While waiting on the tarmac, you fire up your hot tub with a touch of a button on your phone. On the way to your Ferrari, you decide it’s warmer out than expected. You grab your phone…