Get Ready to Shout at Bachelor Auction to Benefit Susan G. Komen

March 4, 2015 | 8:37 AM | Events | By Staff

Scoop Auction

If you are single and ready to mingle, then The Shout House’s bachelor auction to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day is where to be on March 11 at 8 p.m. The event will help longtime Shout House guest Allison MacDonald reach her $2,300 donations goal to participate in the walk.

There will be 11 eligible bachelors for single ladies to get in a bidding war over. The highest bidder will enjoy a date package that each bachelor has created to reflect his personal interests, such as a hot air balloon ride or indoor sky diving.

Guests can also support the cause by participating in the raffle, which offers up prizes such as luxury resort stays, wine tastings, and much more. Raffle tickets start at $5 per ticket, or three for $10 or 10 for $20.

The fun doesn’t end when the bachelors have been claimed, guests are encouraged to enjoy The Shout House’s dueling piano show at 9 p.m. Additionally, The Shout House offers a full dinner menu and drink specials.

For more information about the bachelor auction, visit


The Renaissance of The Renaissance

March 3, 2015 | 11:59 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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Has anyone else noticed the dramatic uptick in cool happenings going down at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel?  It starts when you walk in the door, as you might bump into some front of the house staff that includes downtown artist Jesse Perry and chief mixologist Clint “Spottie” Spotleson.  But it goes beyond the actual hotel experience, as the hotel hosts some of this town’s most refreshing events.

Thursday, March 5th
Palette to Palate is a new event to the Devoured Culinary Classic repertoire, and blends the visual arts and culinary arts by pairing chefs and painters to interpret each other’s work for a show that is at once unique and insightful into the worlds of the two artists. This year’s Palette to Palate event will be an exclusive VIP evening on the 6th floor balcony of the downtown Renaissance Hotel. The evening will feature Arizona wines and award winning chefs, like Bob Tam (pictured) from the red-hot Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour and Gio Osso from Virtu in Scottsdale, paired with regional artists like Randy Slack of Legend City Studios who will prepare new works for the event.  Tickets are $40 and are available online at

March 27th – 29th
McDowell Mountain Music Festival invades Hance Park later this month, but the real party seems to be developing after hours at the Renaissance.  Featuring intimate shows each night from Strfkr, Sunsquabi, Treezus, and more, the festy crowd will have a chance to party into the wee-morning hours.  Tickets vary, and can be purchased at

26 Blocks™, a 109-piece art installment and iPad app named after the 26 letters in children’s alphabet blocks and 26 randomly selected downtown Phoenix city blocks, premiered on January 16thinside the hotel and includes pieces of art that celebrate the past, present, and imagined future of these 26 city blocks with the help from local writers, photographers, sculptors, and illustrators. The unveiling in January included seven postcard illustrations on a wall map, with five more to be added each month until May of this year.  Admission is free, and the exhibit will run for three years.  For more information about the 26 Blocks™ exhibit, visit this website:


So Much for Working, Spring Training’s Back

March 2, 2015 | 9:24 AM | Sports | By Staff

Baseball in the Infield

“For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out, at the old ball game!” Despite the wet weekend, March in Arizona can only mean one thing for baseball lovers: Spring Training and soaking up the best outdoor weather in the country.

Since 1947, Spring Training has seen dedicated baseball fans flocking from all over the country to bask in the Arizona sun and enjoy games with a hot dog in hand.

The first official Spring Training games start tomorrow and are located at stadiums around the Phoenix area. Without showing too much favoritism to our hometown team, we must suggest that baseball fans give some love to our Arizona Diamondbacks, who play at beautiful Salt River Fields.

So, grab your favorite cap and baseball mitt – there are no bad seats for America’s favorite pastime during spring training.

For a complete list of stadium and ticket contact information for spring training games, go to


Get Pampered at Mane Attraction Salon

February 27, 2015 | 1:13 PM | Events | By editorial dlt

Scoop Factory Beauty to the Rescue

According to ASPCA, “Each year approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized in the United States.” To help fight efforts and put an end to pet euthanasia in Maricopa County through shelter rescue and adoption, Mane Attraction Salon has partnered with AZ RESCUE (Reducing Euthanasia at Shelters through Commitment and Underlying Education) for its 15th annual Beauty to the RESCUE Fundraiser on Sunday, March 1st from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This year, Mane Attraction, a 2014 Salon Today STAMP award winner for their philanthropic efforts, has set a goal of raising $20,000 to help find homes for the 45,000 unwanted pets at shelters across Arizona. So bring your pets along for a day of pampering and fun.

Even better, guests can enjoy top-flight treatments such as haircuts, blow dry style, or deep conditioning masques for a minimum donation. Additionally, there will be 16 boutique venders, chair massages, vitamin B-12 shots, and psychic readings.

Don’t forget to come with an empty stomach because the event will have complimentary beverages, BBQ from Bobby-Q, and music by DJ Blake Acension.

For more information, go to or call 602-956-2996.


The Musical Instrument Museum

February 27, 2015 | 10:09 AM | Events | By Staff

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Attention all brides-to-be: the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is hosting their wedding showcase on Thursday, March 5 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., and one lucky couple will win a wedding package valued at $25,000.

The package, eloquently titled the Symphonie de l’Amour Wedding Giveaway, includes, among several other fantastic items, use of the MIM for the ceremony and reception, a one-night stay at the beautiful JW Marriot Desert Ridge hotel with a couples massage and poolside cabana, $1,000 towards catering from Bon Appetit, five hours of photography from Erica Velasco Photographers, and a video package from Everly Films valued at $1,000. If you would like to see the full list of vendors participating in the showcase, click here:

Entering the giveaway is easy: simply RSVP for the MIM Wedding Showcase (email [email protected] or call 480.245.6913 by Sunday, March 1) and attend the showcase on Thursday, March 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The drawing will take place at 6:45 p.m. and guests MUST be present to win.
The event will also have live music, dancing, complimentary cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets to the wedding showcase are free, so engaged couples have nothing to lose and nearly $25,000 in wedding luxuries to win.


Tasting Table’s 2015 Oscars Drinking Game

February 20, 2015 | 11:41 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Imelda

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This Sunday pretty much everyone will be glued to their TV sets watching the Oscars.  DLT recommends checking out the below ultimate Guide via Tasting Table to make the evening all that more entertaining, especially during the boring parts.

The 2015 Oscars Drinking Game Download via Tasting Table


Scrapbook Convention

February 20, 2015 | 11:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Imelda

DesertLiving_250x300For the 19th year in a row the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention is coming back to the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, March 13th & 14th!

Here’s what you can expect:


OHHHH, the shopping! With a Vendor Faire packed with booths from brands including BEE Creative, Heartfelt Creations, Queen & CO, SEI, Quick Quotes, Paper Wizard, and so many others – it’s no wonder the lobby is packed with excited shoppers long before the doors actually open. Many attendees opt to purchase an EARLY BIRD ENTRY ticket so they can shop an hour BEFORE the rest of the crowd!


Taught by industry experts, CKC classes educate attendees on the newest techniques, allow the opportunity to play with the latest products and tools, and the best part – in most cases, provide a completed project at the end of class! Whether you’re creating a mini album, greeting cards, 10 new layouts, a fancy new home décor item, or learning how to tell your story through photos … you’ll be so glad you signed up for these can’t-miss lessons!



Without a doubt, most scrapbookers & paper crafters have unfinished projects on their “to-do” list. Our Thursday, Friday, and Saturday crops are the PERFECT opportunity to gather your girlfriends, your tools, and your photos to complete those projects while having a great time! Crops are full of socializing, creativity, fun games, contests, prizes, and inspiration. All in all, a chance to celebrate the craft you love and surround yourself with people who love it just as much as you do!


Discounted tickets are available online HERE through March 9th! After that, tickets can be purchased at the door!


The Weekender: Bulleit Alexander

December 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Sierra Bonita Grill - Bulleit AlexanderChristmas is practically here. Your family will soon be at your door step. It’s time to get the party started. Once again, we’re bringing you a holiday edition of the Weekender. This week, courtesy of the good people at Sierra Bonita Grill, this is the Bulleit Alexander.


1.5 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
.5 oz. Genepi Liqueur
1 oz. Creme de Cacao
1 oz. cream
Scoop of eggnog or vanilla gelato
Fill shaker with ice. Add all ingredients, except gelato, and shake thoroughly. Place a scoop of gelato into a martini glass. Strain cocktail over gelato. Top the drink with a drizzle of maraschino liquor and grated Oaxacan chocolate.

Hotel Valley Ho Adds Loft Suite to their Tower

December 18, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Local | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedJust when you thought the Hotel Valley Ho couldn’t get any cooler, they go and do something like this. In their seven-story tower, the hotel has added an amazing Loft Suite. What looks like a loft apartment you can only find in San Francisco or New York comes to the Valley. You’ll actually be able to afford, unlike San Fran and NY. The 1,500 square foot suite also has 350 square feet of outdoor space on four terraces and is complete with a kitchen. Like the rest of the hotel, the suite’s design is reminiscent of mid-century modern. It features a floating stair case leading to the bedroom, bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub, a washer and dryer, and a walk-in shower. Rates start at $699 per night.


Today’s Object of Desire: Johnnie Walker Brogues

December 18, 2014 | 10:10 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

oliver-sweeney-johnnie-walker-cropped-thumb-768x512-47438With Christmas exactly one week away, you may find yourself surrounded by in-laws for an extended period of time. Maybe it’s a dry household. Maybe you need a pick-me-up here or there. Whatever your excuse is, the Johnnie Walker Brogues are probably a wise investment. They would also make a prettying ridiculous gift. The Oxford style shoes come with a special compartment that snuggly fits a mini bottle of Johnnie Walker. Made from genuine calf leather, the shoes are classy as they are practical.


Have Man’s Best Friend Take a Picture with ‘Santa...

December 17, 2014 | 10:14 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Santa & PomsDog people can be strange. We’re not judging, but you have to admit that some people are unusually attached to their dogs. Often times, man’s best friend are treated like children. And what do children love about this time of year? Santa Claus, of course. If you’re four-legged child is need of some gifts from Kris Kringle, the Santa Paws event at Malinda’s Pampered Pets is the place to be. This weekend, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, Malinda’s will be hosting their annual event to raise money for the Potato Chips Pomeranian Rescue. From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., you can have your pup take a picture with Santa while enjoying food and drinks from local food trucks. All of the proceeds will go to helping out pups in need. For more info, click here.


Preparing for the ‘Cold,’ Crudo Launches Seasonal...

December 16, 2014 | 12:19 PM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

utL4n5Dkod5v94zF2rG8_2hADE8-kdjkNvqSZdXHRakIf you were awake early this morning, you probably felt a chill. We did. It was below 50 degrees. That says a lot about us who have lived in the Valley for a while. With the dropping temperature, cold cocktails might be a little too difficult to grip. To combat this monumental problem, Crudo has just announced the launching of their new seasonal cocktail menu. The drinks will be weather appropriate, a.k.a. they will be warm. Already known for their incredible mixology, Crudo introduces drinks like the Hans & Frans ($11), made with Averna, Krogstad Aquavit, amotillado sherry and hot mulled apple cider. We’re feeling toasty just thinking about it.


Are You My Ride? Audi Prologue Concept

December 16, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Are You My Ride? | By Maxfield Barker

audi-prologue-concept-cropped-thumb-768x512-46909Audi is known for innovation. They often dream big when designing new cars. For instance, their concepts are usually out of this world. The Audi Prologue Concept is futuristic but also realistic. Under the hood, its 4.0 TFSI V8 engine can produce an 605 horsepower. That’s enough to accelerate it from zero to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds. Obviously, the interior will feature a state-of-the-art touch screen panel. Our favorite part of the ride is the lack of door handles. This is what cars in the next couple of years are going to look like.


Gift Ideas for the Yogis in Your Life

December 15, 2014 | 12:17 PM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

16RLDDGtt_cjgALWJ9FBkLQpy2OVuQjhj-kE7HPxY24Have you really not finished your holiday shopping yet? Really? You’ve got a little over a week to do so. That probably means that you need some help with gift ideas. If there are any fashionable yogis in your life that needs gifts, there is a new store that may be right up your alley. Started by friends out of an apartment, 5 Two 3 offers BoHo inspired chic with hand-sewn yoga headbands. Garnering shelf space at local yoga studios, they finally made the jump to open their own store. With the help of a local apparel manufacturer, 5 Two 3 came into fruition in Old Town Scottsdale. Peruse their website to see if there is anything the yogis in your life would like. We think you could find something.


New Music Monday: Into It. Over It.

December 15, 2014 | 10:10 AM | Sound | By Maxfield Barker

The indie/emo scene is coming back. What was once popular in the early 2000s is starting to make a ressurgence. Into It Over It is a clear example of that. Taking cues from Death Cab for Cutie and the Decemberists, his sound is a mix of acoustic guitars, interesting drumming, and a plethora of other instruments all layered upon one another. This track, “The Shaking of Leaves,” comes from the record Intersections. It’s really quite something.


Complementary Massage for Shoppers at Scottsdale Quarter

December 12, 2014 | 12:13 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

scottsdaleqq‘Tis the season, right? It’s hard to escape it, especially when we’re so close to Christmas. If you’re a procrastinator like us, then you have plenty of shopping to finish. It can be grueling process. Lugging around those bags, spending time with friends and family while doing it, it’s unbearable. Scottsdale Quarter has a lot of shops and if you spend $500 or more in any two of them, you will receive a voucher for a complimentary, 50 minute massage or facial. Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, will be the destination after your grueling shopping ordeal. Life is hard, isn’t it?


The Weekender: Mrs. Clause

December 12, 2014 | 10:07 AM | Cocktail Recipes | By Maxfield Barker

Mrs. Clause  (3)We’re in the final stretch towards Christmas. Just like we promised, we will be bringing you holiday-inspired cocktails to impress your friends and family. Today’s drink has Christmas written all over it. Courtesy of the folks at the Boulders Resort, this is Mrs. Clause. We like to think of it as a Yuletide mimosa.


5 oz Prosecco

1 oz Elderflower liqueur

.5 oz fresh cranberry


Pour Prosecco into a champagne glass, add the elderflower and cranberry juice, garnish with a fresh raspberry.


6th Annual ‘Festival of Trees’ Returns Tomorrow

December 11, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

7 foot tree.Tomorrow, Dec. 12, the sixth annual Festival of Trees comes back to downtown Phoenix. Every Valley resident is invited to come out and have fun for a good cause. Being held at the Arizona Center, the festival will auction off some of the most beautiful Christmas trees you’ve ever seen. The event will begin with a VIP reception recognizing Executive Chef Gabriele Bertaccini of iL Tocco for his commitment to Arizona non-profits. Then, at 6:00 p.m., the holiday party officially begins with food, drinks, entertainment, a fashion show featuring designs from Dancing with the Stars, and, of course, a live auction of the trees. The proceeds from the event will go to benefit PSA Art Awakenings. Tickets will cost $75 at the door. It’s a small price to pay for a good cause and a good time.


Today’s Object of Desire: Breeze Breathalyzer

December 11, 2014 | 10:03 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

breeze-breathalyzer-cropped-thumb-768x512-47199You like to drink. That’s okay, so do we. Sometimes, though, you can drink a little too much. This may prove to be problematic if you’re the one who drove that night. Other times, you’re not sure what you’re blood-alcohol level is and just want to know. The Breeze Breathalyzer is the best way to figure that out. Utilizing its companion app through Bluetooth, the Breeze gives you police-caliber results right on your keychain. The app will determine how long it will take for your BAC to go back down to zero. It will also help you call cabs/ride-sharing services. All-in-all, it’s a cool little device, perfect for that social drinker you know.

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