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.

Today’s Object of Desire: Kolibree Smart Toothbrush

January 9, 2014 | 9:47 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

kolibree-smart-toothbrushWith all these advances in technology, you would think we would have already reached the pinnacle of toothbrush tech. Think again, friends. The Kolibree Smart Toothbrush is probably the most intense teeth cleaning system we have ever seen. It’s perfect for those of you who take your brushing seriously. Currently, it is the only app/toothbrush combination on the market. It reminds you to brush your teeth two times a day and if you missed an important part of your mouth. It charts your progress and even has the ability to send progress to your dentist or family. It’s an interesting idea but is also kind of creepy.

Today’s Object of Desire: Lapka Bam Breathalyzer

January 2, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

lapka-bam-breathalyzerWith the end of the holidays, we found ourselves pondering over how much we drank over the last couple of weeks. If you’re like us, chances are it might have been a bit in excess. With all alcoholic comes one very important question, when do you know you’ve had too much? Don’t wait until you’re on the floor or are purging your stomach. Instead, you should purchase the Lapka Bam Breathalyzer. Using a small cylinder and your hand as a mouth piece, the breathalyzer uses an app on your smartphone to give you an accurate readout of your BAC. The more you drink, the easier the device becomes to read. It will help you decide when enough is enough but only if you shell out the $200 for it.

Remember What’s Important During Christmas

December 24, 2013 | 12:00 PM | Local | By Maxfield Barker

urlWell, as you know, today is Christmas Eve which means tomorrow is Christmas Day. Your friends and family are in town and it’s just a blast to see everyone. It’s important to remember what actually matters during this time of year. Who cares if you don’t get the newest iPad this year? Is it really a big deal if you don’t receive the material goods you asked for? During this time of year, being with good friends and family is what it’s all about. Money can’t buy you the love of a family. So, this holiday, remember why you get together with your loved ones.

image via carmenc74

Today’s Object of Desire: Classic Skee Ball Machine

December 19, 2013 | 9:58 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

classic-skee-ball-machinePlaying skee ball is one of our fondest childhood memories. There were those people who could score an insane amount of points and just made it look easy. Well, if you owned a Classic Skee Ball Machine, then you could be just as good as them. It’ll take a lot of practice, but who wouldn’t want to come over and enjoy some drinks while playing? This machine has a classic 1930s look to it with its external oak finishing and brass details. Also, this machine will set you back about $7,000. Totally worth it.

Today’s Object of Desire: Eleven Ravens Stealth Ping Pong...

December 12, 2013 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

eleven-ravens-stealth-ping-pong-table-xl-thumb-630xauto-35874Some people take Ping Pong very, very seriously. If you’re as talented as Forrest Gump was, you would, too. The Eleven Ravens Stealth Ping Pong Table is the most insane ping pong table we have ever seen. Why? Because it costs as much as a Mercedes. That’s right. This table is $70,000. It’s that expensive because its inspired by the Nighthawk Stealth Fighter and made completely out of aircraft aluminum and carbon fiber. It even features hidden drawers to store your paddles and balls. Yeah, it’s pretty ridiculous.

Today’s Object of Desire: Bacons of the World

December 5, 2013 | 9:42 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

bacons-of-the-worldWe all know the Internet has a love affair with bacon. Not only is the salty and fatty treat popular on the web, but also seems to hold a high place in popular culture. That being said, we have the perfect bacon-related object of desire for you. Whether it’s for yourself or a holiday gift for someone you love, Bacons of the World is well worth the $300 it costs. Every three months for an entire year, you’ll receive a shipment of five pounds of the delicious meat from somewhere in world. Half of them are from the United and the other half come from places like England, Germany, and Italy. You’re welcome.

DC Ranch Village Tennis Center to Accept Donations for Boys & Girls...

December 2, 2013 | 12:12 PM | Local | By Maxfield Barker

Village Tennis CenterThe all-new tennis center at DC Ranch in north Scottsdale is the perfect place for tennis and racquet ball players. The multi-million dollar facility is more than just a fancy place for rich people to go play at. From now until Dec. 31, the tennis center will accepting donations of new and gently used racquets for the Boys & Girls Club of Scottsdale. Open for anyone to donate, anyone who does drop off a racquet for donation will be eligible for prizes including a personalized tennis backpack (while supplies last). Any club member that makes a donation will also receive a one-week pass and guests will get $100 off the enrollment fee when they join the Village. Doing good during the holidays is the right thing to do, you may just make the Christmas of an under-privileged future tennis star.

Today’s Object of Desire: Ray-Ban Aviator Solid Gold...

November 27, 2013 | 9:49 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

ray-ban-aviator-solid-gold-sunglassesThis might be one of the most ostentatious displays of consumerism we have ever brought you. Even if we could afford them, we’re not sure if we could buy them. The Ray-Ban Aviator Solid Gold Sunglasses are pretty cool though. The classic aviator frame by Ray-Ban has was first designed in 1936. They were made to protect pilots’ eyes while they were flying. Soon after that, they were being sold to the public and have remained in style ever since. For $3,200, you can pick up a pair of solid gold ones. Polarized Neophan Green lenses will protect your vision while 18 karat gold wraps your face.

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