In need of a wardrobe update? Skip the endless trolling of the mall searching for perfect summer knits and go-with-everything shorts and just find yourself a new bag. You can refresh your look simply by adding a pop of color, an eye-catching pattern or some heavy duty hardware and it’s probably cheaper in the long run. Check out our favorite bags just cool enough for the hottest season after the jump. »READ MORE
Oh, hello triple digit temperatures. While we haven’t missed you in the slightest, we do realize you are as inevitable as death and taxes in the desert and have come to accept it (with the help various coping methods and modern technology). One of these methods involves staying cool while still looking hot. Shades of mint have been prominent this season and for good reason. The color is flattering on most anyone, it looks good with everything and it’s easy to accessorize with chunky mixed metals or bright neon pops. Check out our favorite “minty fresh” looks after the jump. »READ MORE
It’s hot. Already. The sweaty weather has arrived and it’s not even May. This is either a cruel joke played at the hands of our favorite frenemy, Mother Nature, or a climate controlled conspiracy that has us shopping for summer clothing for the benefit of both the fashion industry and every boy who doesn’t also like boys. Guess we’ll have to suck it up and shop for everyone’s favorite onesie: the perfect summer dress. We’re loving the look of above-the-knee silhouettes in bold prints this season, but the maxi still has a special place in our fashion-obsessed hearts. »READ MORE
Perhaps it’s all this festival chatter, but the funky patterned carryalls we keep spotting in stores and slung over the shoulders of those effortlessly stylish “It” girls are really getting to us. A splash of color and a spattering of Southwestern influence is just what your wardrobe needs heading into the warmer months, not to mention it’s the perfect, worry-free accessory for wherever your travels may take you. A bevy of bags await your after the jump in all shapes, sizes and prices. »READ MORE
Whether it’s date night, girl’s night or sit-on-your-couch-with-a-pizza-and-watch-hilarious-movies-t0-avoid-crying night, February 14th is just an excuse to buy a new outfit and the goal is basically the same: to look your best so you feel your best. Don’t wallow, work it. An outfit guide for your Valentine’s Day situation is awaiting after the jump. »READ MORE
The sun is shining, birds are chirping and Phoenix is all abuzz with the Waste Management Phoenix Open rapidly approaching. So what does this mean for locals besides bad traffic? We’ll tell you. It means every little frat boy (young and old) and club hopping fist pumper will be emerging in daylight hours to drink excessively and set up a$$hole camp at the 16th hole. Gentlemen, don’t be these guys. You are better. You don’t wear argyle socks or graphic tees. Here are a few tips to dressing up that classic t-shirt and making people stop and stare….for the right reasons.
<—Sorry Ricky Fowler. You are clearly dressed like an undesirable.
What’s that? A chill in the air? Time to haul out the treasured “winter” clothes that have been hibernating under your bed. While being satisfied with what you have would be ideal, true shopaholics will know that a new season update is necessary. If you’ve got to add one thing to your shoe closet this season, it’s the lace-up bootie. All prices, heights and styles, these must have accessories will ensure you are hot-to-trot. »READ MORE
No, this isn’t groundbreaking fashion news, the fringe trend has been “hanging” around (get it?) since the Milan shows of 2009, but it seems that we are all still tangled up in it. Boots, bags, skirts, dresses, the flowy strands of fabric are still fascinating celebrities and retail buyers the world over meaning that it’s still a big look for Fall. Perhaps it’s time to invest in a signature piece? Check out our picks and see the true benefits of fringe after the jump. »READ MORE
Just because the temperature goes up, doesn’t mean your personal style needs to take a dive. By incorporating a few key pieces and some trendy accessories to your summer wardrobe, you can stay effortlessly stylish well into the warmer ridiculously hot months. Check out our top seven summer styles after the jump. Image via shopplanetblue.com
Father’s Day is the one day solely devoted to appreciating and pampering your dad. Thank him for teaching you how to ride a bike, always being your cheerleader and for paying your bills throughout college. Skip the cheesy gift baskets and personalized photo mugs and get your dad something he will be talking about for months to come.
Grilling season is here and there’s nothing better than a juicy steak or a fresh piece of fish. So whatever your dad is cooking he will love these aFire Mini Grilling Planks that will add a bit of flavor flav to just about anything. They can be ordered from Amazon for $12. Pair this with the Grill Alert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer, sold at Brookstone for $70.
For the sports fanatic father, the ESPN Films 30 for 30 is the perfect gift. The DVD collection includes 30 documentaries that highlight milestones, trends and rivalries from the past thirty years in sports. The set sells for $50 on Amazon or can be downloaded on iTunes. More picks after the jump. »READ MORE
It’s time to finally give back for all your Momma gave you. And, let’s face it, she probably gave you a lot. This is the woman who allowed you to dress yourself for pre-school despite public humiliation; the one who taught you the importance of thank you notes; the one who showed you how to clean behind your ears and the woman who always seems to have a solution for every stubborn stain and broken heart.
This woman deserves the world. Since you can’t actually give her that (no word on whether or not it’s on the market), take her out for a nice brunch and check out our gift suggestions sure to make her smile after the jump. »READ MORE
Ever find yourself sitting in traffic, bored, but soaking in your surroundings? Maybe it’s a cool-looking new florist shop, or a mom and pop deli you’d never noticed before. Or maybe it’s a sprawling 20-acre organic farm perched atop one of the Valley’s busiest freeway intersections.
Tucked behind a wall of earthen berms and mesquites at the northeast corner of Thomas Road and the 101 North, Singh Farms is a tiny plot of land with a big-time reputation among local chefs and landscapers. That’s because, aside from providing fresh-plucked produce and herbs for high-end kitchens such as Prado at the InterContinental Montelucia, everyone from Whole Foods and Nordstrom to the Desert Botanical Garden brings their green waste here to have it transformed into organic compost.
Imagine walking into a resale clothing boutique, and not having flashbacks of rifling through lost and found boxes in your elementary school days. Then, imagine finding not one or two worthwhile-ish things to try on, but dozens. And (added bonus) nothing smells like the back of a school bus.
Still with us? Fabulous. Finally, imagine walking up to the cashier and realizing that you are only paying $36 for the brand-new, beaded Cynthia Vincent dress you fell in love with when you saw it at Neimans last month and boom, you are imagining a real-life experience at Sunset Clothing Xchange in Tempe. Located on University with an unassuming store front next to an auto-repair shop, Sunset might be the kind of place you pass a dozen times without ever noticing, but once you discover the merchandise inside, it’s hard not to think about dropping in whenever you find yourself within a five 10 20-mile radius. »READ MORE
Well, it’s the third Monday of the month. Which means it’s time to talk money (and the joys of being a male cocktail waitress) with CEO and blogger, Nathan J. Reis. This month: The Customer is Always Right Truth is Perception
“The customer is always right….? Whoever said that obviously has not talked to a customer before….” – Nathan J Reis 2006
The customer is always right. I speak about this topic frequently. This is honestly my most valuable lesson learned not just in business, but in life. Once I figured out what that statement really meant, I realized I had figured out the key to business, friendship, and relationships. Where we all generally fail is in the difficult task of determining who the customer is …
Although the weather hasn’t quite gotten the message yet, Fall and all of the fab fashion it entails is here. If you haven’t succumbed to your bi-weekly seasonal shopping spree just yet, take notes as we help fill your ever expanding closets. Autumn’s absolute must-haves after the jump, get ‘em while they’re hot!
Hopefully you have a favorite Italian restaurant selected, your friends clearing their schedules and (most importantly) a hankering for the beautiful Julia Roberts. If so, it is high time to think about your evening attire. While whipping this style guide together, we could not help but notice all the vibrant orange. We’ve found Summer 2010’s transition-into-fall color.
Take a look! And, channel Elizabeth Gilbert’s global journey after the jump.
You thought tie dye was “so last summer.” So did we. Then we found these fab new fashions that take this formerly Hippie-dippy look to a whole new level of sophistication. In other words, tie dye done right. Slideshow after the jump.