Winter Wonderland

Proclaimed “Arizona’s Christmas City” by former Gov. Rose Mofford, Prescott is a short two-hour drive from Phoenix and offers the white Christmas that you’ve been looking for.

‘Tis the Season

There is something magical about the holiday season here in the Valley. That something goes well beyond the sidewalks and streets lined with luminarias and the twinkling lights that adorn saguaros and palm trees just as frequently as they do spruces and evergreens. What is truly special resides within those groups in our community who embody the season of giving,…

Fernet Hot Cocoa Gifts Sets

Need a gift idea? Or just a little boozy cocktail to get you in the holiday spirit?

Decoding the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? That is, until party season starts and we all have to not only find the time to pick the perfect outfit for our annual holiday shindigs, but we have to figure out what in the world to wear. Among office parties, ornament exchanges, Christmas cocktails at the neighbors, family dinners and more, the…

Out of the Kitchen

Brian Downey discovered his love for wine while working at Penelope, a French restaurant in Tucson in the late 1990s. After the sommelier was let go, the owner needed someone to step up and learn wine fast. Downey was game. As the owner pushed and quizzed him on the restaurant's wines, Downey became increasingly more passionate about the subject. He…

Holiday Traditions

Traditions connect us with family and history as nothing else can. One whiff of my mom’s sweet potato dish mixed with cinnamon and apples then topped with roasted marshmallows induces years of memories and jokes about it being the dessert we pretend is a side dish. But my new traditions are treasured as well. My husband’s family cooks a turkey…

Holiday Wine Pairings

“Rich, full-bodied whites like Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Rhône White Blends pair delightfully with many of the dishes found on the Thanksgiving table. For example, pumpkin soup or butternut squash with brown butter and sage is a delicious match for a richly textured Chardonnay. The warmer spices of autumn, like nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, are complementary to this style of…

Cooking with Wine


1 butternut squash
¼ cup butter
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup red wine
½ teaspoon herb seasoning mix
½ teaspoon clove
Pumpkin seeds

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.

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…

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,…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Give Him What He Really Wants This Year

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…

Movers, Shakers & Decision Makers

David Rippy’s passion for paint began in a most unlikely place: while he was working as an audit partner with a large, regional CPA firm. There, he closely interacted with many construction and real estate-related clients, including a Benjamin Moore Paint retail dealer. Rippy was immediately taken by the amount of science that went into making the high-quality paint, and…

Courage Changes Everything

Like all Porsche models, the Panamera is both dynamic and practical. In 2009, Porsche introduced the Panamera, and it quickly became the most usable sedan with the best handling on the market. For 2017, the Porsche Panamera sports sedan introduces two all-new models with familiar names: the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo. Along with two new engines, both vehicles feature…

Romance In The Desert

Stylist Lana Gerimovich, Bespoke Designer, Alis Fashion Design / Photographer David Apeji, Assisted By Steven Fellheimer / Model Hanna Bee / Model Subyn Wadsworth / Editorial Design Danielle Accovelli / Makeup Helen DeMun, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Hair Simone Hall, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Cars Scottsdale Ferrari and Maserati, A Penske Automotive Group Dealership / Location…

Inspirational Women of Paradise Valley

Cathy Kleeman has been involved with Fresh Start Women’s Foundation for nearly two decades. She has served on its Executive Board and was a part of the lead capital campaign team to build the Jewell McFarland Lewis Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center. As a board member for Fresh Start, Kleeman chaired several fundraisers, including the foundation’s Fashion Gala in 2002…

For The Love of Leggings

Livia Margulies grew up on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, where movement is a way of life. She walked to the beach, hiked the coast and played in the ocean almost every day. She walked to school, roller-skated for fun and started exercising at the gym when she was 12. People in Rio wear moisture-wicking clothes built for an…

Beautiful Blooms

It’s officially spring, which, for many, means it’s time to plant all the flowers, fruits and vegetables possible while the weather is still tolerable. Even though continuous triple digits are just around the corner, Christine Fortman, owner of Berridge Nurseries, shares that there are still many plants that can bloom in the desert during spring, and year-round. Given that Berridge…

Handpicked Perfection

Cactus Flower imports blooms from around the world. But when Eric Luoma wants something that looks, feels and smells like Scottsdale, he keeps his eye peeled on the side of the road and creates a “Roadsidia” bouquet. He has a good sense of humor, but also recognizes the value in slowing down to smell the creosote.

Fashion In Bloom

Spring’s freshest looks come in the form of romantic ruffles, bold hues, super-sized stripes and dressed-up sportswear. It’s a season heavily influenced by the ’80s, aka the decade of decadent fashion, and minimalism is definitely taking a backseat.

Landscape Lore

Sean Andersen got his start in the landscaping business as an entrepreneurial 15-year-old, carrying his lawn mower behind him on his bicycle as he rode around Paradise Valley. After earning a degree in Engineering and Construction from Northern Arizona University, Andersen founded Mountainscapers Landscaping in 1994, in North Phoenix. Every day, Andersen and his crew work with Valley and Flagstaff…

New Beginnings

For local design professionals and homeowners in need of homebuilding products, materials and services, the PV Design Center has always been the go-to place. However, this spring, the PV Design Center is transitioning into the PV New Home Center—a most welcome change that will certainly benefit its customers and the community.

Modern Western Farmhouse

A neighborhood steeped in history, Arcadia is known for its unique ability to blend the past and present together. However, there have been some significant changes in home development happening in the area over the past year, namely on East Exeter Boulevard, which used to house the historic Nordon Manor.

Beautiful Barestrings

Tucked away on a quiet residential street in Paradise Valley is a quaint home unique for its magnificent greenery, vine-covered wrought-iron fence and vintage cars parked in the driveway. Step inside and be transported to the interior of a traditional New England-style home, complete with a grand library, a cozy breakfast nook and exquisite antiques scattered throughout. It is here…

A Colorful Life

For someone who has built such a successful following in the local art scene, it’s hard to believe that Bela Fidel originally didn’t plan on being an artist, having had dreams of becoming a writer before she discovered painting in oils.

Plain Jane to Glittery Dame

Scottsdale artist and designer Ruby Farias can take anyone’s little black dress and pair of high heeled shoes and paint them with an elegant gold trim to refashion a modest outfit into a chic, one-of-a-kind ensemble. She can breathe life into a plain pair of sneakers with the fabric paint she creates herself, or transform a wall flower into a…

Finding Inner Strength

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get into shape, Scottsdale’s Pulse Fitness is here to help. From getting enough sleep to not buying processed food, here are some key tips for leading a healthier lifestyle from Fitness Director at personal training studio Pulse Fitness, Brent Moore, that will last you into 2017 and beyond.

Fighting For a Cure

It’s not something you often hear about on T.V. or read in the news, and it rarely comes up in conversations. It’s not something you really even think about, and it’s certainly not something you ever expect to face. Yet it’s still there; and can come on in swift, silent and unexpected ways.

Getting Healthy With HYPOXI

Valley residents searching for a new exercise method to kick off the new year with will find exactly what they’re looking for in HYPOXI. HYPOXI is a unique training method that was founded in 1997 by a sports scientist in Austria, and has since expanded into more than 50 countries. The first Arizona location opened in 2015, in Scottsdale. Another…

Great Gifting

Something Special for Everyone on Your List

Sweet Gatherings

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the shortening and sugar together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the sour cream and vanilla and blend together until…

Winter Romance

From the moment Mallory and Jackson got engaged they knew they wanted their wedding to be special; a beautiful reflection of their individual personalities coming together in a perfect union. However, with family flying in from Nashville, Tennesse for the big day and both bride and groom having busy work schedules, planning their dream wedding became much more of an…

Hearts in Rhythm

Can you hear it? Listen closely, for it’s always there. That strong, steady, eternal beat that is uniquely ours, the rhythm of our lives—our heartbeat. It has always been there and always will be—from that very first pulse heard on an ultrasound to the nervous flutter of a first day at school to the thrilling sensation of first love and…

Feeding the Future

There is nothing like coming home from a long day, grabbing a snack from the pantry or fridge and sitting down to relax and unwind. It’s a simple thing that most of us do on a daily basis without even thinking about it, yet it’s also something we oftentimes take for granted.

One-of-a-Kind Cafe

Located inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library is a small cafe with a big mission. Nationally, more than 90-percent of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed. However, this coffee shop—aptly titled Beneficial Beans Cafe—is looking to turn that statistic around locally, by providing internship opportunities to adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Where Past Meets Present: Arcadia’s Nordon Manor

Nordon Manor has what many Phoenix homes sorely lack: history. Built in the 1970s to resemble a Pennsylvania farmhouse, the mansion is now receiving a massive upgrade and expansion to make it feel both modern and historic all at once.

Coming Full Circle

As the morning sun breaks through the lazy fog rolling down from the Chiricahua Mountains a peaceful hush falls over the land surrounding them. Down below, drops of fresh dew glisten off lush green leaves sprouting from seemingly endless rows of grapevines. A closer look reveals bunches of plump grapes, ripe for the picking and ready to share their plentiful…

Tailgating Treasures

Phoenix is in the midst of a craft brewery boom, and Helio Basin Brewing Company is the latest arrival on the scene. Located on the corner of 40th and Thomas, Helio quietly opened in mid-July and has steadily been establishing a foothold in the area ever since.

Winds of Change

Who would have guessed that only an hour or so drive to Florence, Arizona would uncover a cozy, country-chic winery so picturesque that it has become a must-visit destination venue for corporate meetings and weddings.

Through the Looking Glass

Chances are that you’ve looked in at least one mirror today. You’ve looked at your hair, makeup a few times, or maybe even took a look to see if your bum looks too big in what you’re wearing. When we look into a mirror, we are actually looking for reassurance. We want to reassure ourselves that we look neat, young…