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.