Tag: feature

Bring On the Neon

February 27, 2012 | 3:22 PM | Her | By Staff

Roses are red, violets are blue; Neon is in and should be on you.

Bring on the neon for Spring 2012. A blast from the 90s past, the bright, bold hues of neon add dramatic color to your ensemble.

So bring it. Bring on the neon.

Credits: Corded Neon Bracelet, $198, Anthropologie.com; Neon orange patent belt, $24.95, Gap.com; Louvicious Clutch, $1495, christianlouboutin.com; Stella McCartney Lomax Satin Heel, $1025,  stellamccartney.com; Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Citrus, Cosmic pink, and Ultra Violet, $23 each; One-of-a-kind fashion jewelry on Esty.com, prices vary; DianeVonFurstenberg Fumi Dot-Embroidered Dress, $598, NeimanMarcus.com; H&M Neon Tank, $29, in stores.

SMoCA Spring 2012

February 10, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, or as it’s more affectionately known, SMoCA is unveiling three new exhibits this spring, with an opening celebration this Friday, February 10 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The free event tonight features DJ P-Body, cocktails and more in the SMoCA lounge.

About SMoCA’s Spring 2012 Exhibitions:

Distrito: Delicious by Design

February 3, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Scottsdale’s new establishment The Saguaro Hotel may be Arizona’s freshest and most vibrant place for a weekend respite. More destination than staycation, the hotel, which was designed by New York-based architectures Stamberg Aferiat, is a vivid tribute to the colorful sights and animated settings of the Southwest, with a color palette of tangerine, buttery yellow, magenta and bright, rich green. If the atmosphere and welcoming spa isn’t enough to bring you out, however, perhaps the restaurants will – most notably, modern Mexican eatery Distrito, the sibling of Iron Chef’s Jose Garces’ celebrated Philadelphia dig of the same name.

Stemming from the hotel’s southwestern shades, the delicious interior design of Distrito is energetic and contemporary, based upon the brilliant, spirited hues of Mexican culture. Designer Jun Aizaki, who hailed from Brooklyn, New York’s Crème Design Collective, was inspired by the landscapes of the region and created the restaurant’s interior to feel both traditional and fresh. A colorful skull feature by the lobby entrance, for example, is celebratory of Mexico’s Day of the Dead; a backlit resin bar counter with butterfly embeds, a mosaic felt ball feature wall resembling bright gumballs and a woven flat elastic screen wall at the banquettes are novel, modern and invigorating. Clothespin chandeliers and table tops sprinkled with pink and gold glitter add a further funky edge to the restaurant’s style. Guests can order Hamachi tacos fresh off the skillet, a variety of Barbacoa, margaritas from over 100 varieties of tequila at the margarita bar and the tortilla and guacamole station, where tortillas are made-to-order on a quilted stainless steel food-vendor-style post, are authentically delicious by chef’s design.

Distrito at The Saguaro | 4000 Drinkwater Boulevard | Scottsdale, AZ | 480-970-4444

Fashion Meets Architecture: Studio Joy Li

December 22, 2011 | 9:30 AM | Her | By Staff

You may have seen Studio Joy Li at the Scottsdale Waterfront Mix Shops and thought it’s a pricey designer boutique from New York or Los Angeles. Though the design, craftsmanship and the storefront would rival any NYC or LA boutique, Studio Joy Li houses the local designer clothing of Joy Li.

The warm and friendly woman-owned boutique of Studio Joy Li houses the brilliant, wearable collection of designs by Joy Li, a veteran designer in the fashion industry working during her career for companies such as Liz Claiborne and Guess. The philosophy of design is described by the designer as “confident, comfortable” and is unconcerned with trends. Rather, she focuses on the customer and her lifestyle with an emphasis on the European contemporary color-palette, which centers on sophistication and neutrality allowing pieces from Studio Joy Li to mix-n-match almost effortlessly. Li says, “Our Scottsdale store is our testing lab,” meaning this first and current flagship boutique is where Li tests her merchandise for quality, listens to feedback from customers, responds to the market and runs her business with business partner Jean Bartolomei.

Studio Joy Li creates “styles that empower women to lead life with confidence and balance of mind, body and spirit.” With three lifestyle focuses of her collection including: Go, Lead, Be. “Go” includes styles that travel well. “Lead” incorporates styles that project confidence in a professional setting and “Be,” styles that work for chill weekend or personal time.

Li’s current collection photographed by Christos Sewell at the award-winning Desert House by Circle West Architect’s Peter Koliopoulos, is an exquisite expression of fashion meeting architecture. For Li, Desert House was the perfect setting for her latest designs, saying Desert House “speaks” with the layers of organic and modern textures from the house including rock, water and earth, like the interchangeable, contemporary and textural pieces found at Studio Joy Li. Koliopoulos said this of Li, “Joy’s design aesthetic moves beyond the mere symbols of fashion. Details express what the basic idea of the design requires for each relevant piece: belonging or separation, tension or lightness, friction or fragility…When I design building environments, I try and give them this kind of presence.”

Beyond a successful fashion designer in Arizona, it’s not often in our community of fashion professionals to hear of a business partnership. Li told us having a business partner and having a strong team is key to her success and growth. “Jean means what she says,” said Li of the integrity of her business partner. This overall company integrity and the agility of being a small business, has led to the steady growth and expansion of Studio Joy Li. Starting from just over 400 square feet with shelves, desk and merchandising sets designed and built by Li and her husband Glenn, the store now claims over 870 square feet with “a lot to see in a little space,” said Li. Surprisingly, Li’s team includes a growing infrastructure of local seamstresses, offering job opportunities for local women, keeping the entire production of some garments within Arizona.

For more information about Studio Joy Li or to shop online, please click here.

Studio Joy Li at The Mix Shops | 7144 E. Stetson Drive, Ste. 100 | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | 480-970-1043

Photography by Christos Sewell



Destination: Downtown

December 2, 2011 | 9:30 AM | City Guides | By Staff

The newest destination to Arizona’s list of staycation escapes isn’t another golf resort or a multi-acre Southwestern playground. The latest destination is downtown.

Vacationers and staycationers searching for an urban-style escape like us recently, can find themselves at the newly opened Westin Phoenix Downtown hotel. With dramatic floor to ceiling window views from each signature Westin Heavenly Bed, waking up urban in one of the 242 rooms is a breath of fresh white-tea scented air.

120 Seconds: Chef Eddie Matney

November 28, 2011 | 1:30 PM | 120 Seconds | By Staff

On the clock today, the most colorful chef in the Valley Chef Eddie Matney, fresh from cooking up more than 1,000 pounds of turkey for Thanksgiving, is giving us his tips on how the food lover dropped 40 pounds in a bit of a surprising way and how the upcoming 2012 “Cruise with Eddie” came about. Details on how you can cruise with the colorful Chef and more after the jump:

So you know how this works, we fire off questions and you fire back. Looks like your ready…

Red, Red, Whine for Fashion

October 27, 2011 | 8:30 AM | Her | By Staff

Red. The color of the season. The inspiring color – filling, spilling, sipping from our glass. We whine and whimper in the presence of this year’s haute, bold, deep reds. From very primary to sophisticated, luscious burgundy, our visual collection of red-y to wear pieces from our favorite designers and boutiques will leave you pouting like Veruca Salt screaming, “I want it. I want it NOW!”

Fresh Picked from the Farm

October 26, 2011 | 2:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Are you a food fanatic? An avid cook? Or maybe you’re just a Farmer’s Market junkie. And hey, we can’t say that we blame you. Fruits and vegetables always seemed to just taste more wholesome when purchased directly from the grower. You’re in luck. The Valley hosts some great Farmers’ Markets where you can pick up your favorite fall foods, fresh and delicious. Just the way they should be. Below you’ll find a quick schedule of this fall’s Farmers’ Markets. 

The New! Avondale Farmers’ Market
Begins November 5
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friendship Park by the lake
12325 W. McDowell Rd.

Digs We Dig Tour

October 18, 2011 | 9:30 AM | Events | By Chad Hays

Salenger Home images by Mark Boiclair and Bill Timmerman.

We see the works of architects all around us every day. We all have our favorite buildings here in the Valley – whether it be a classic brick building, a mid-century mod construction, a brand-new sustainable design or something altogether different. But have you ever wondered what the living spaces of the talented architects who design our favorite digs are like? If so, you’ll want to check out the 3rd Annual Architects’ Own Homes Tour, November 11-13, Valleywide.

The tour, presented by Gnosis, Ltd., showcases the homes of nine Valley architects plus the living spaces of students at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.

Tickets are $65 – $50 with a student ID – and include the following:

Friday, Nov. 11
Pecha Kucha & Panel Discussion/Symposium at Taliesin West, hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, moderated by Max Underwood AIA, President’s Professor, ASU School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Cocktail Party: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Symposium: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 12
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
FLW Student Shelters will be open to ticket holders via 20-person tours, 15 minutes apart

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Self-driving tour throughout Valley to see architects’ own homes

Sunday, Nov. 13
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Self-driving tour throughout Valley to see architects’ own homes

Get a sneak peek of one of the homes on the tour with a look at the 1954 renovated bungalow in Tempe of Matthew and Maria Salenger:

Too Suite To Leave

October 4, 2011 | 11:15 AM | City Guides | By Staff

Outside of our hot summer months, Phoenix has long been a hot spot for travelers, including the hottest celebrities, musicians, chefs and dignitaries. So where do the chic stay while visiting the Valley? We’ve rounded up a few of the sweetest suites around town. Rooms so luxurious and sweet, we would hate to leave.

Hotel Valley Ho:
The new Loft Suite at Hotel Valley Ho offers the most exclusive accommodations in The Tower, with two levels connected by a floating staircase. Enjoy an abundance of natural light and two private balconies overlooking the pool. On the lower level is a spacious bedroom, work space and master bathroom with a walk-in closet and washer/dryer. Upstairs, the kitchen and living room form a fun, modern space, with a second bathroom and shower. 1,335 square feet of indoor space is complemented by 212 square feet of sunny outdoor space. Guests of the Loft Suite can enjoy 24-hour room service, or have renowned Chef Charles Wiley prepare a meal right in their kitchen. Style and comfort meet for an ideal resting place away from home.

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown:
Located on the hotel’s higher floors, the Executive and Governor’s Suites of the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Hotel feature stunning views of the city and nearby sports stadiums. Inside the soothing neutral rooms, the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed is designed to eliminate uncomfortable pressure points that cause tossing and turning. Slip into the comfort of the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper and recover from a long flight or hectic day.  Also, for guests who bring their furry friend, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel offers a dog amenity package that includes two bowls, a dog bed, and dog treats!

The W Scottsdale:
The sweetest hotel for nightlife in the Valley is a sweet home away from home for the chic, jet-setter crowd. The fashionable Extreme Wow Suite at The W Scottsdale delivers the utmost in functionality with the latest in high-tech amenities. Touch screen remote controls provide access to a state-of-the-art sound and entertainment system featuring Wii, XM Radio and ambient lighting and drapes – all at the touch of a button. If you’re not in the mood for the party-going poolside crowd, step onto the 1,300 sq. ft. private patio and host an in-room soiree for up to 40 of your closest pals.

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa:
The Presidential Suite at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa are in a word: heavenly. With the Westin Signature Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath amenities included in the 1,708 sq. ft. space overlooking the award-winning golf course, past guests have included Giada De Laurentiis, Emeril Lagasse, Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen, Dick Van Dyke, Miley Cyrus and more.

Phresh Brewed in Phoenix

September 27, 2011 | 9:45 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

It’s not just any Tuesday, friends. It’s a phresh beginning for the The Phoenix Ale Brewery, opening its doors for tastings and tours today at their 15,700 sq. ft. brewery just east of downtown Phoenix.

By George, literally by George Hancock & Gregory Fretz, comes the Valley’s newest brew. With its flagship 2010 flavor Fretzy’s Unfiltered Ale, Gregory, George and Head Brewer John Donehower, are taking to the streets of Phoenix with their phresh blends for Valley beer lovers.

Futurism Meets Modernism

September 13, 2011 | 11:00 AM | Home & Design | By Staff

Curious about where Arizona’s rich and famous will lay their heads in the future? Our home and design team found out, without a Quantam Phyics Degree or time machine. We simply punched 10863 Purple Aster Way into our GPS and ended up staring at a jaw dropping modern masterpiece. Located in Scottsdale’s Sunset Canyon Luxury Golf Community, everything, and we mean everything, about this house screams futurism including the home automation systems, the cool street name, the architecture and the interior design.

The dream team who created this unique $6.25 million dollar mash of futurism and modernism include Masters of the Southwest winners Architect Gorden Rogers and interior designers Eric & Dorthy Bron. Some property highlights include a two wing floor plan, Valley wide views, 8 car garage and Desert Mountain Club Golf Membership. Take a trip “to infinity and beyond” (we couldn’t resist) by immersing yourself in the full photo gallery.

Wish You Were Here

September 8, 2011 | 1:45 PM | Shop & Style | By Staff

As autumn draws near, the angst for cooler weather is almost unbearable. But us Arizonans know fall breezes are just over our shoulder. Be inspired with these dreamy dresses and chunky accessories.






Casa Carmel Renovation

August 1, 2011 | 3:09 PM | Home & Design | By Staff

The Casa Carmel apartments have never been what one would call a ‘nice place to live.’ In fact, they were the sorts of places where you would expect an episode of Law and Order SVU to start. That is until they were purchased and remodeled by local designer/landscape architect/artist Bill Tonnesen. The 20 unit complex located at 2222 S. Rural Rd. has been entirely renovated and the transformation is entirely astonishing. A charming and cozy garden style apartment complex, take a look for yourself at the incredible before and after photos. Complete with art instillations and a “tin man’ on the roof, Casa Carmel just got a whole lot sweeter.

Retro Active

July 26, 2011 | 7:45 AM | Her | By Staff

Photography by Chris Loomis

Designers featured at:
Scottsdale Fashion Market
7050 E “Fashionable”5th Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Material Dream

July 12, 2011 | 5:03 PM | Real Estate | By Staff

IT COMES TO READING stories about high-end modern homes, you tend to run into the same phrases—“blending indoors and outdoors,” “buildings set gently on the site,” “forms that complement the surroundings.” These qualities are all part of the Bridge House—as the architects call it—in Lost Canyon, an area of North Scottsdale, Ariz. But this home has one thing many of the others do not—a physical and visual experience meant to mimic an actual walk through the desert…

Summer Brights

July 1, 2011 | 11:04 AM | Home & Design | By Staff

Liven up your summer with these punchy accessories. Your summer is so bright, it has to wear shades.

Words More Than

June 13, 2011 | 10:05 AM | Shop & Style | By Staff


A creative collaboration between Chris Loomis Photography & Galina Couture designs. This was shot in the studio/workshop of Mario Loya in west Phoenix. All of the backgrounds/finishes are example walls he created as show-pieces for clients.

Feeling Hot: Vegas Institution Gets a Pricey...

May 31, 2011 | 12:14 PM | City Guides | By Alanna Watson

What does 180 million get you in Las Vegas these days? Well, if you ask the fine folks at the formerly famous (and now hopefully trendy) Tropicana Hotel, it will give you a complete hotel remodel and a monstrous new beach club from the world-renowned night club brand, Nikki Beach which opened over Memorial Day Weekend with a blowout “White Party”. In an effort to live up to the ever rising resort expectations of Sin City, the hotel, which opened opened in 1957, was a Vegas destination featured in films like Viva Las Vegas and Diamonds are Forever. It was even mentioned in the Godfather Part II which solidified its place in history, but not necessarily among the hot, new resorts that kept popping up on the strip like multimillion dollar weeds on a very adult playground.

Cue the transformation.

Now, the Tropicana Hotel is hard to miss when driving down the strip. With an entirely new (and bright white) exterior, new rooms, a new spa and updated fitness center, new retail, new restaurants and the opening of the world’s largest Nikki Beach Club, it seems the Tropicana adopted the American mantra, “newer is better” and left no detail in the dust. With the goal to “bring the best of South Beach to the heart of Las Vegas”, this is not your mother’s Tropicana Hotel. Bring your bathing suit, some sun block and drink something out of a coconut because Miami just met Vegas and it’s now only a 30 minute plane-ride away. Check out photos of the “Hot” new joint after the jump. 

Tinsel Town

May 24, 2011 | 2:05 PM | Shop & Style | By Staff

Take a cue from this summer’s bold and bright palettes with smudgy summery makeup. All aboard to Tinsel Town!

A Soaring Sanctuary

May 12, 2011 | 2:44 PM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

Once Arizona’s largest construction project, Phoenix Children’s Hospital recently wrapped up a much-needed $538 million expansion, including a landmark 11-story tower. Designed to provide world-class care for the Valley’s most precious residents, hopefully you’ll never need to step inside this life-saving sanctuary. However, we thought you’d enjoy a photo tour of this stunning (and eco-friendly) facility. Brimming with bold, beautiful colors and kid-friendly design, it’s a beacon of hope that’s as functional as it is beautiful and peaceful. Kudos to everyone at PCH, HKS Architects and Kitchell Constuction, AZ’s largest employee-owned company, for completing this amazing, life-changing project.

Photographs courtesy of Phoenix Children’s Hospital

A Perfect ‘Ten’

May 9, 2011 | 9:13 AM | Home & Design | By Staff

This Paradise Valley home recently underwent a remodel that resulted in open, flowing spaces and a stunning new exterior by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects that brings the outdoors in. In the home of Duke and Patricia Reiter, good design does not come from what is cutting edge or avant garde. It comes from what is lush, livable and sensible. This might catch you by surprise, not only because the list of project participants involved in some of the most experimental designs in the desert, but because as the remodel was underway, Duke was serving as dean of the College of Design at Arizona State University (he’s now president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago). A “Dean of Design” would surely live in something that pushed the envelope. Not so. When your day is spent evaluating design of all types, it seems, you want to come home to a sanctuary, and that’s what this house has become. The clean lines of his existing Paradise Valley ranch home were retained, but spaces were opened up, now with few doors between them and natural light pouring into every room. Central to the design’s livability theme is landscaping by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects and their project lead, Trish Bigler.

Desert Oasis

May 3, 2011 | 2:08 PM | Home & Design | By Staff

Timeless is not exactly the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of a 1980s stucco track home, but that was exactly the inspiration for the 6,000 square foot Fountain Hills Loisi Home. The contemporary design aimed to translate this standard design into a timeless jewel in the desert. The interior design by Est Est is both sleek and comfortable transforming this desert staple into something both beautiful and livable, outside and in.

Behind the Apron With Barneys’ Chef Todd...

May 2, 2011 | 1:20 PM | Restaurants | By Staff

Chef Todd HendersonRecently, we spent some quality time at Barneys New York inside Scottsdale Fashion Square—all without trying on a single outfit. Yes, we were there to talk food, farming and the joys of room service with Todd Henderson, executive chef at Fred’s Scottsdale. Housed inside a sumptuous space on Barneys second floor, this fine diner is one of only three Fred’s in the nation, including Chicago and the original in Manhattan.

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