the holidays.

My most memorable Christmas was during one of the hardest periods of my life. My mother was battling a serious illness, which had landed her in the hospital just a few days before Christmas. Knowing that I was going to spend the holidays in a hospital while my mother struggled with her health really hit me hard. I would just…

Colleen’s Dream Foundation’s Fashion Show and Party

Colleen's Dream Foundation recently hosted a "Cocktails & Couture" fashion show featuring top local boutiques and businesses to help raise much-needed funds for ovarian cancer research.

December 2015 Around Town

The renowned resort has recently announced the completion of its new Jackrabbit pool area following an extensive three-month, $2.5 million renovation. Designed by local architect and landscape designer Todd & Associates, Inc., the new pool area features a refreshed surface in the main pool, a new adults-only quiet pool and a new children’s pool with an infinity edge. The three…

Gracious Gifts

Channeling the calm of the ocean with its deep turquoise hue, intricate detailing and brilliant glass design, this exceedingly unique home accent evokes pure art-deco allure. $179; CopenhagenLiving.com

Ghost Towns of Christmas Past

Few places, if any, throughout the Southwest could ever be mistaken for anything resembling the North Pole. Through most of the twentieth century, however, for one small mining community in Gila County it was always Christmas (Arizona, at least).

26th Annual NiteFlite Gala and Block Party

The semi-formal event taking place at the Entertainment District of Old Town saw more than 2,500 people mingle around culinary hotspots while enjoying live entertainment and signature dishes.

Decked Out Desserts

At Brilliant Sky Bakery in North Phoenix, co-owners Shana Fischer and Melissa Thompson are staying extra busy baking cookies and biscotti. One item everyone craves is their signature pumpkin chocolate cookie.

Savoring the Moment

No matter your age, there’s always something magical about the holiday season. It’s a time of sentimental reflection and a time to create new memories. This year, add to your holiday memories by celebrating at the beautifully decorated Phoenician Resort.

Season of Giving

When Rob Perelka was a teen going through a challenging time, someone wisely taught him that every kid counts, even him. This notion was something that stuck with Perelka as he grew up and what eventually inspired him to help start the nonprofit organization Every Kid Counts, Inc. (EKC).

Celebrations in Paper

After years of helping other people get their own businesses up and going, Rene Showalter knew the time was right to start focusing on something of her own. She had plenty of experience in the interior design industry, but as she looked at the prospect of going into business for herself, she also knew that she wanted to do something…

The Gift of ‘Don’t Need To’

You know how some people get giddy at the sight of Christmas merchandise when it shows up in Costco in August? While others are bemoaning the appearance of St. Nick and his requisite team of reindeer long before the pumpkins and ghosts have made their annual October appearances, these holiday-philes are counting down the days until they can put up…

Griffin Estate Sales

Judi Scanlon-Loud is the successful owner of Griffin Estate Sales, but only a few years ago, life handed her not just one sour lemon, but a whole bag of them. She hit rock bottom after she left her husband and the reality that she needed to leave her beautiful Paradise Valley home and start anew sank in. With support from…