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.

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.

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…

‘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.

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.

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,…

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

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

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

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…

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.

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

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…

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

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

Tailor-Made

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Provided  Feeling good in the clothes you wear professionally, casually and formally says a lot about self-confidence. Aladdin Hussein of Artful Tailoring knows all about creating clothes that fit your physique using beautiful fabrics that are durable and comfortable.   Aladdin grew up in Syria in a family of tailors. Ever since he was a child,…

Timeless Designs

 Article Kathleen Blair  Nina McLemore has spent her life in fashion. She and her mother, who was an artist and florist, made her clothes growing up in Mississippi. They would choose fabrics, design and sew the outfits. Even at a young age, Nina wanted clothing that was more stylish and had a higher quality than those available in stores.   Nina graduated from…

Elements of Style Exhibit at Royse Contemporary

Royse Contemporary presents a vibrant multi-media group exhibition entitled Elements of Style: Color, Line & Texture. Curator/Owner Nicole Royse selected artists based on their distinguished styles, accomplished work and distinctive voice, each creating and embodying elements of style. The exhibit showcases eight artists that are original, captivating, pushing boundaries and redefining their mediums.

Buon Appetito!

 Article Danielle Accovelli | Photography CJ Gershon  Tucked away along Camelback Corridor, The Parlor, with its modern brick exterior, hardly looks like an imposing structure. But once situated inside with one of their signature dishes, be prepared to be transported to the height of Italian culinary greatness. Co-founder Aric Mei opened The Parlor in 2009 with one singular culinary vision: to…

Pet-Friendly Restaurants

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography David Apeji  Chelsea’s Kitchen  A roadhouse on the canal, Chelsea’s Kitchen is a neighborhood favorite offering meals prepared with fresh ingredients. Smoked barbecue entrees have been recently added to the menu, so you’ll want to be sure to sample some of these new mouth-watering items on your next visit. Pets are welcome, with water service on the large,…

One Good Deed a Day

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography David Apeji  Twenty years ago, Kathy and Paul Donaldson and their friends began doing a good deed a day as a tribute to Kathy’s sister, Patty Neroni, who died of cancer at the age of 34. It was Patty’s dying wish, and that one good deed a day has turned into a multitude of great deeds…

Love at FURst Sight

 Article Danielle Accovelli | Photography CJ Gershon  Pets are undeniably important members of our family. They teach us responsibility, care, compassion and the true depth of unconditional love. From that first good-morning lick to get you ready for the day to snuggling at your feet on the couch while the night winds down, for many people it’s hard to imagine…

Five Favorite Things

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Sean Egan  Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, which has been in the Valley for more than 30 years, is the recipient of the 2018 Paradise Valley Lifestyle Reader’s Choice for Best Orthodontist. Husband and wife team Dr. Tal Masserman, an orthodontist, and Dr. Danielle Masserman, a pediatric dentist, joined the practice six years ago. Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics provides pediatric…

Saving Grace

 Article Danielle Accovelli | Photography CJ Gershon  From the moment your eyes meet the large, loving ones of the dog staring back at you, it’s love at first sight—and the beginning of something very special. No one understands that unique bond between dog and owner more than Arizona Small Dog Rescue. That’s why the volunteers at this no-kill rescue shelter—considered…

Celebrating Family

According to Dictionary.com, the definition of a family is as follows: a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for. In this day and age, let’s not forget animals, too! This month in Paradise Valley Lifestyle we’re celebrating Kids + Pets, two things that warm my heart and … Continued

The Phoenician Rising

 Article Danielle Accovelli | Photography Provided  Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the grand and majestic Phoenician has continued to redefine the luxury resort experience since its opening in 1988. True to form, the resort has recently embarked on a redesign of its accommodations, amenities and grounds to be completed in 2019, transforming it into an elegant example of…

August 2018 Around Town

Nonprofit Gabriel’s Angels to Celebrate Daphne’s Headcovers’ CEO  Gabriel’s Angels, the only organization in Arizona that delivers healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children, is excited to announce its eighth annual Salud! 2018 Signature Wine Dinner event on Nov. 3 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Jane Spicer, CEO and owner of Daphne’s Headcovers, … Continued

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation 8th Annual Arizona Awards Dinner

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation hosted the 8th Annual Arizona Awards Dinner at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge. The event raised more than $1 million to provide college scholarships to children of Marines and Navy Corpsman.

Childhelp’s 25 Men Who Think They Can Cook

The Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse celebrated 25 Men Who Think They Can Cook on Saturday, May 12, at Aunt Chilada’s Squaw Peak. The tasty extravaganza netted a record of more than $52,000 for Childhelp programs and services in Arizona. Attended by more than 200 people, the culinary fundraiser was emceed … Continued

Cool Off with a Refreshing Cocktail!

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography David Apeji  Summer has arrived, and it's always fun to serve new beverages to enjoy around the pool or at a barbecue. Adam Reeder, director of food and beverage at Hotel Adeline, has come up with just the right ingredients for a refreshing cocktail for our Paradise Valley Lifestyle readers to enjoy this summer: The Lifestyle Hydration! …

July 2018 Around Town

Notre Dame Prep Imagines a Bright Future for Students More than 660 people filled the banquet hall at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Resort on May 5 for the Notre Dame Preparatory Imagine Auction and Fashion Show. The event raised money for school improvements, scholarships and enhancements to Notre Dame Prep’s STEM, arts, clubs and athletic programs. Parents and Notre Dame … Continued

Dog Days

Listen…can you hear that? It’s the sounds of summer. Whether it’s splashing in a pool, the humming of a motorboat or the rhythmic ocean waves, it’s a refreshing sound. It means relief from this heat — and usually making some fun memories!  For me, growing up, those were on lakes in New York state. From … Continued

A Sky-High Gem

 Article Joyce Selk and Kathleen Blair  You know you are in for a treat when you are given the special code that allows the elevator to take you up to the penthouse at Bella Sirena. Walking inside the beautifully etched doorway of Penthouse C1301, you find yourself in the spacious yet comfortable, living area with a large dining table for 12,…

Five Best Indoor Theaters

 Article Mindy Haskins  When it gets excruciatingly hot outside and you can't bear it any longer (let's be honest, we're already there), what's better than a dark, air-conditioned theater where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the show—and maybe with a frosty beverage in hand! Escape the heat and head indoors to these speciality theaters.   iPic Scottsdale Patrons can experience the…

Signature Fundraising Event Recognizes Community and Impact on Individuals with Autism and Their Families

“With You, We Can” was the theme of this year’s Annual Community Breakfast, hosted by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. More than 1,600 guests gathered on Thursday, April 26, at the Arizona Biltmore for SARRC’s 20th event. Event co-chairs were Kathy and Mike Bosco and Stephanie and Socrates Papadopoulos. All proceeds support SARRC’s mission to … Continued