Today’s Object of Desire: Modern Sprout Plug-In Planter

May 8, 2014 | 10:31 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

modern-sprout-plug-in-planter-cropped-thumb-768x512-39640Everyone needs a little green in their lives. It’s amazing how just a couple plants can really liven up the room. Even if you don’t particularly have a green thumb, the Modern Sprout Plug-In Planter makes it easy for you. You really only need two things for this. First, you need a window that provides some sunlight. Obviously, plants need sunlight to live. Second, you need an outlet to plug this bad boy in. You can choose from weathered gray wood, reclaimed wood, gloss white, or a chalkboard design for the planter. Inside, all of the necessary components for a hydroponic system that will take care of all the hard stuff for you.

Pamper Mom at The Spa for Mother’s Day

May 5, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

Spa at Gainey VillageThis is another friendly reminder that this coming Sunday, May 11, is Mother’s Day. You better hurry up and make those brunch reservations because they’re going to fill up fast, if they haven’t already. If you’re still looking for a gift for mom, the gift of relaxation is always a good idea. Consider getting her a treatment from The Spa at any location of the Village Health Club & Spa. There will be a special rate for the Ginger Champagne Breeze Package, a whipped citrus infused sugar and Shea butter body polish that’s followed by a wrap of mint, champagne, and Shea butter and finished with a moisturizing ginger sorbet scented body milk. The package includes a body treatment, manicure + pedicure, facial and massage to pick and choose from. You can choose a single treatment for $89, two treatments for $159, three for $240, which includes lunch and champagne, and four for $310, which also includes lunch and champagne.

Today’s Object of Desire: Riedel Boa Decanter

May 1, 2014 | 9:52 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

riedel-boa-decanter-cropped-thumb-768x512-39779Today’s object is all about bringing you the vino. This might be the craziest looking decanter we’ve ever seen. That makes us really want to buy it. Some of you may not care whether your wine is opened or has enough aeration. Once you get a load of this one, you’re mind will change. The Riedel Boa Decanter is not only cool looking but also serves a greater purpose. Its unique shape opens of the wine in just moments. Shaped like a snake to commemorate the Chinese year of the snake, the glass is all blown by mouth, a very difficult process. It can hold up to 69 ounces of vino and will be the perfect conversation piece for your next party.

Today’s Object of Desire: Glowdeck

April 24, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

glowdeckToday’s object of desire is dedicated to all you techies. You’re all about aesthetics and that includes your smartphone’s accessories. The Glowdeck is the perfect clock/stereo/cool thing to put on your nightstand. The best part is that it is all cord-free. There are no ugly wires hanging out here.  The Glowdeck has a bluetooth music play back, wireless charging, and notifications built into the deck’s screen. Available in three wooden options, you can choose from cheery, maple, and walnut. There is also a black acrylic option, as well. It’s the perfect gift for all of the techies in your life.

Today’s Object of Desire: Krups ZB500 Infinity Slow Juicer

April 17, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

krups-slow-juicer-cropped-thumb-768x512-39248It seems as though every health nut out there is now obsessed with juicing. No, not steroid use but actual juice. Juicers are starting to pop up every around the Valley and they’re a hit. How difficult is it really to make juice? If you had the Krups ZB500 Infinity Slow Juicer, you could easily make your own. Sure, you have to spend an initial couple hundred dollars to purchase the juicer, but we imagine it would be overall worth it. The ZB500 is different, though. You have the option to make either juices or cocktails or you can make thicker things, like sauces and smoothies. The high-tech motor is also super quiet, which is a plus if you plan on juicing in the morning.

Prom & Mom Deal at SHINE a Blow Dry Bar

April 10, 2014 | 12:15 PM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

image003With late spring comes prom. If you have teenagers in your home, chances are, you’ve known about prom for the last few months. Or longer. For a lot of teenage girls, it’s a night where they can get all dressed up and dance the night away. Aside from the grueling task of picking out a dress, the girls hair is a huge factor in the prom process. This can be equally stressful for mom. To make things easier and to add a little mom and daughter bonding to the whole thing, SHINE is offering a Prom & Mom deal. For $60, mom and the prom girl will get a blowout. Moms can choose a later date for theirs, if they choose. For prom day, blowouts are just $30. They also offering styling and braids. So, yeah, there you go.

Today’s Object of Desire: Amazon Fire TV

April 10, 2014 | 9:52 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

amazon-fire-tv-cropped-thumb-768x512-38984More and more people are unplugging. Unplugging from cable providers, that is. What’s the point of paying for cable when streaming devices are starting to become more and more prevalent? You don’t have to sit through commercials (on most of them, anyway) and you can what to watch when you want to watch it. Apple TV, Roku, and Google’s Chromecast pretty much dominate the market right now. Amazon has just joined the competition with its Amazon Fire TV. For anyone who owns a Kindle Fire, the Fire TV is the next logical purchase for you. Able to stream Netflix, Hulu, Watch ESPN, Pandora, and the obvious Prime Instant Video, the Fire TV holds up to 2G of memory and is made with a Quad Core processor. Basically, it’s fast and can hold a lot of stuff. The Fire TV will also act as a gaming platform that gives you the option to purchase a controller. We have a feeling Amazon knows exactly what they’re doing.

Today’s Object of Desire: Peugeot Onyx Sofa

April 3, 2014 | 9:46 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

peugeot-onyx-sofa-2-cropped-thumb-768x512-38948This has to be the most ridiculous sofa we have ever. Seriously. It doesn’t look comfortable at all but it does look really cool. It’s like one of those sofas you buy for no one to sit on. The Peugeot Onyx Sofa is hard as a rock. That’s because a portion of it is made out of Volvic volcanic lava stone. The actual sitting area is made from molded lacquered black carbon fiber and fused to the rock. Also, it weighs around 800 pounds. It’s not the most practical couch in the world, but if you happen to be a rich geologist, you should probably own this. Since it does weigh so much, reinforced floors might be a good idea.

Today’s Object of Desire: Apple CarPlay

March 27, 2014 | 9:39 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

apple-carplayToday’s object is for the Apple fan, specifically if you either have an iPhone 5, 5C, or 5S. Also needed is an infotainment screen in your ride. Okay, assuming you have those, Apple CarPlay is the next logical thing to purchase. When it syncs with your car, Siri and the touchscreen display will navigate you through what ever you want to do. You can get directions if you’re lost, have text messages read to you and send one back, and obviously you’ll be able to play music. It’s just a nice gadget to have that doesn’t rely solely on Bluetooth.

Today’s Object of Desire: Shelfie Bike Mount

March 20, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

shelfie-bike-rackToday’s object of desire is perfect for all who love bikes. Specifically, bicycles. Arizona is one of the best places to bike. The urban areas are flat and ideal for your road bike. We have numerous mountain bike paths for those of you who are bit more adventurous. One difficulty with biking is storage. They’re big and can be hard to find a place to park in your home, especially if you live in an apartment. The Shelfie Bike Mount solves that while be practical and stylish. It hangs your bike from the wall but in manner that will keep it out of the way.

Twin Peaks Bikini Car Wash to Benefit Family of Fallen Officer

March 19, 2014 | 12:09 PM | Local | By Maxfield Barker

twinEarlier this month, Phoenix police officer Detective John Hobbs lost life in the line of duty. It’s easy to forget how often the men and women in blue put their lives on the line to protect and serve. To help the Hobbs family, the Twin Peaks bar and grill on Camelback will be hosting a bikini car wash this Saturday, March 22. From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, you should bring your car, truck, or motorcycle to the restaurant where 100% of the proceeds will go to the Hobbs family. The Twin Peaks girls wanted to show their support for the family and police officers everywhere and they will be using their “assets” to raise funds. We’re guessing they are going to raise a lot.

Twin Peaks Camelback | 2135 East Camelback Road | Phoenix AZ 85016

Today’s Object of Desire: Wake Up & Smell The Bacon

March 11, 2014 | 12:05 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

wake-up-smell-bacon-thumb-630xauto-38096Yes, this is a real thing. We’re not joking. The Oscar Mayer Wake Up & Smell The Bacon is as real as the bacon you eat in the morning. Speaking of which, who doesn’t love waking up to the smell of bacon in the morning? There’s really nothing quite like it. The iPhone app/alarm clock, when plugged into your phone, releases the beautiful scent for when you’re supposed to wake up. It’s the kind of thing that every single person out there would love to wake to. It is truly a remarkable time to be alive. Too bad it doesn’t actually cook bacon for you. Oscar Mayer, you really need to work on that.

Today’s Object of Desire: Escape Mobile Cabin

March 6, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

escape-mobile-cabin-thumb-630xauto-37988Today’s object of desire isn’t necessarily an object. It’s more of a building. Sometime you need to escape. The daily grind can really wear down on your soul and the best way to combat that is getting the hell out of dodge. That’s where the Escape Mobile Cabin. This isn’t a redneck mobile, no it is not. The Mobile Cabin is by far the classiest mobile home we’ve ever seen. It has a built-in bed with nightstands, a bathroom with walk-in shower, vaulted ceilings, and really tall windows. We know how we’re going to escape the Valley this summer.

Learn “Meditation in Motion” at the Japanese Friendship...

March 5, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

japanese friendship gardenLife can be stressful for all of us. The daily grind can really wear down your soul and spirit. There are plenty of ways to calm that stress down and we’re always looking for new ones. One of the most serene places in the Valley is the Japanese Friendship Garden in the heart of downtown Phoenix. There, on Sunday, March 16, a lecture on  Tai Chi-QiGong by Kim Kubsch of Safe Movements will teach you to be at peace. The easy and gentle “meditation in motion” will help you in balance and flexibility, improve circulation, concentration and focus. Most importantly, though, it will help increase your energy, reduce stress, and reduce blood pressure. The lecture begins at 1:00 p.m. and we think you should attend.

Upscale Women’s Boutique Now Open in Gainey Village

March 4, 2014 | 12:05 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

designerFashion is your thing, isn’t it? You’re not satisfied until you are on the latest trend from all around the world. Good thing for you, there’s an all-new upscale women’s boutique now open in Scottsdale at the Gainey Village. Designer Studio has luxury formal wear from all over Europe from designers like Jovani, Faviana, Alyce Paris, Terani couture and more. It’s a good place to shop for dresses for prom, weddings, galas, bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, and what ever fancy occasion you can think of. Even the store has a classy feel to it with a chandelier hanging above and red velvet interior. The next time you need something with a little extra class, check out the studio.

Designer Studio | 8787 North Scottsdale Road Suite 218 | Scottsdale, AZ 85253

The 6th Annual Pints for Pat at Rula Bula

February 28, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Local | By Maxfield Barker

54b1baec-3d57-48ca-d566-9e77ad5f30a9It has been 10 years since the country lost legendary football player-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman. On March 15, Rula Bula on Tempe’s Mill Avenue will host the 6th Annual Pints for Pat. This will be in preparation for April’s tenth Pat’s Run. The Pints for Pat glass fundraiser collects funds and generates awareness in support of the Pat Tillman Foundation. March 15 was not chosen at random. It marks 42 days until the run. Forty-two was Tillman’s football jersey number when he played for ASU. To help, all you have to do is stop by Rula on the 15th and purchase a 2014 Pints for Pat souvenir glass, the sixth glass in the series. The glasses only cost $10 and 100% of the proceeds will support the Tillman Military Scholars program. Remember, you can only get these at Rula Bula and they are first come, first serve.

Today’s Object of Desire: White Whale Bold Cocktail Mixers

February 27, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

white-whale-cocktail-mixers-thumb-630xauto-37667Having a mini bar in your home is a lot of fun. You get to invite friends over and make them some drinks, what’s not to love? Not all of us are exactly skilled in the world of mixology. With White Whale Bold Cocktail Mixers, you don’t have to be a talented bartender. The three different styles are each designed to go with a particular type of liquor — vodka, gin, or bourbon. It uses all-natural ingredients and makes your bartending as easy as pie. We’re especially interested in trying the Old Fashioned one. Do you think it’ll stand up to a traditionally made drink?

Today’s Object of Desire: Shwood Fifty/Fifty Sunglasses

February 20, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

shwood-fiftyfifty-sunglassesThese might be the most eco-friendly sunglasses we’ve ever seen. Just because their environmentally friendly and natural, doesn’t mean they’re not stylish. Shwood Fifty/Fifty Sunglasses are extremely stylish, as a matter of fact. Just look at them. Shwoods are known for being made from wood but that’s not the only product they use. The Fifty/Fifty shades also use a Mazzucchelli acetate, a plant-based and renewable material, along with the wood. High quality lenses put these shades together. Summer will be here before you know it, so, pick up your pair today.

Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Hair Perfect

February 14, 2014 | 11:42 AM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

image002Let’s face it, doing your hair can be a pain. That’s why places like SHINE, A Blow Dry Bar exist. You see, they take hair seriously and want to do everything in their power to make your locks look good. From now until Feb. 23, the SHINE girls will teach you these tricks to upkeep your ‘do’. Call (480) 947-4081 to make an appointment.

1. Find the perfect shampoo and conditioner for your hair type

2. Get familiar with the texture of your hair

3. Learn the right products for your texture and style desired

4. It’s all about the brush! Explore different brush sizes.

5. See how to apply some tension with your brush when styling your hair

6. Get to know the amount of heat needed to get that gold medal hairstyle

7. Learn the direction to pull with the brush when blow drying your hair

8. See how to do your hair in sections

9. Discover what products to finish with

10. Finally, learn how to sustain your hairstyle to last for days!

Today’s Object of Desire: Dash Smart Earphones

February 13, 2014 | 9:30 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

dash-smart-earphonesEverything these days is wireless. It makes for a hassle-free existence. You know what isn’t wireless that really should be? Headphones and earbuds. Every time you get a new phone or purchase a new pair of headphones, they are always wired. Why hasn’t technology combatted this problem yet? One company is ahead of the game. Dash Smart Earphones are wireless, bluetooth enabled, smart-earbuds. For you fitness freaks, they can calculate your pace, steps, cadence, distance, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and energy spent. It has 4GB of space available for about 1,000 songs. They can also act as a headset and have a built-in mic. Basically, they do everything. Be on the lookout for them later this year.

Today’s Object of Desire: Easybreath Snorkeling Mask

February 6, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

easybreath-snorkeling-maskWe can see you summer, you’ll be here soon. If you’re planning on any tropical or beach-related trips this summer, we have the product for you. If you have ever been snorkeling, then you know how much of a pain those old masks are. They leak water and are constantly uncomfortable. The Easybreath Snorkeling Mask revolutionized that whole market. The mask covers your entire face which makes it easier to see everything in the water, not to mention that you don’t have to keep anything in your mouth. The breathing apparatus has a unique dry-top system that won’t fill with water if it becomes completely submerged. We would totally use this in our own swimming pool.

Today’s Object of Desire: Google Glass Titanium Eyewear

January 30, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

google-glass-titanium-eyewearPeople thought that Google Glass was going to revolutionize how we use technology. What they didn’t think is how ridiculous people were going to look while wearing them. Seriously, have seen anyone wearing them in public? They look absurd. One company is attempting to make the tech a little more fashionable. Google Glass Titanium Eyewear incorporates eyeglasses into the design to make it a bit more stylish. It gives the wearer more of a normal look. The eyewear, though, is only that. Google Glass comes separately.

Celebrate 100 Years of Arizona Culinary Culture

January 28, 2014 | 12:16 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

CoverIn 2012, Arizona celebrated its centennial as a state in the U.S. It has been a triumphant 100 years. One thing that has made the Grand Canyon state one of the best in the Union is our culinary culture. To commemorate it, everyone from James Beard award-winning chefs to mom-and-pop restaurants, have given their input on Arizona food to write 100 Years, 100 Chefs, 100 Recipes: A Tribute to Arizona’s Culinary Community. The book was an instant hit and sold out very quickly. Why? Because it’s showcases a history of Arizona’s food with 100 recipes from restaurants all across the state, an index of all Arizona vineyards, a list of farms and farmer’s markets, as well as historical photos scattered throughout. You can order a copy here.

Today’s Object of Desire: Reign Activity Tracker

January 23, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

reign-activity-trackerSome people just need a little motivation. Some just need a lot. We’re guessing that there are a significant amount of you who wish to become more active. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or just a goal you’ve had difficulty accomplishing, we have the perfect thing for you. The Reign Activity Tracker gives you that little extra push that you need. The tracker fits comfortably to your wrist and works with both iPhone and Android, along with web apps. It will monitor your sleep patterns and let you know when it is time to be active. It’s that constant reminder that will help you get your butt off of the couch.

Today’s Object of Desire: Polaroid Socialmatic Camera

January 16, 2014 | 9:41 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

polaroid-socialmatic-cameraWhat have you Instagrammed today? Instagram is one of our favorite social media apps. It lets you take a look into people’s lives. Some of the photography on there is really good, too. In fact, we’ve found that some of our own photos are pretty good. That’s why the Polaroid Socialmatic Camera is a great purchase. This Android connected camera allows to print your photos after you take them. You can send them out to your followers on every photo-sharing app and keep a hard copy with you forever. The price is still to be determined, but we think it’s worth every penny, regardless of how many pennies that actually is.

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