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Features 46 RICKY BARNES The PGA Tour golfer shares his commitment to helping the well-being of today’s youth

52 FIERCE. FABULOUS. FEMALE. Meet seven of the Valley’s most eligible women

92 FASHION Ring in romance


Perfection A one-on-one interview with renowned French stylist Jo, owner of Jo Paris Salon


o Paris Salon features the lavish, luxurious surroundings you would expect in any upscale locale, but there’s a crucial difference within the welcoming atmosphere, suffused with a familial warmth that puts you instantly at ease. And the differences don’t end there; in every facet of the experience is the evidence of a deeply connected team, each member striving to provide premium-quality services and unforgettably gracious treatment. The salon is the kind of place its owner and namesake, Jo, had always dreamed of opening. With an innate sense of beauty and talent, he began his career in Paris mentored by France’s most celebrated stylists. After moving to Cannes, Jo quickly gained an illustrious reputation as the premier stylist of the Cannes Film Festival, where he spent a decade styling celebrity clientele. But it was another move, this time to Arizona, that led him to open Jo Paris Salon – and the Valley has never looked better. We sat down with Jo to find out a few things about his salon, his stylists, and which products he can’t live without. Q: Your salon has quite a sizeable staff. How do you choose your stylists? A: I make sure that we don’t have a revolving door of stylists. We try to make sure we hire stylists with years of experience who add something to the team. Everyone has a specialty, and we try to showcase that strength – we are one of the few salons that can accommodate just about any client with any kind of hair. Q: So you have specialists for every need? Amazing! What services do you offer? A: We offer almost anything. Color, cuts, extension, ombre, balayage, perms, relaxer, keratin treatments, updos and Olaplex. We offer services to men, women, and children. We also have an amazing aesthetician and offer Microblading. Q: With such a variety of services, you must use a lot of products. Are there certain lines you swear by? A: We use four different styling lines. The most prestigious line we offer, and we are incredibly proud to have, is Oribe – they’re the best products I have ever used. They are specially formulated for every hair type and super-concentrated. I’m not sure I have ever used an Oribe product on my client and they aren’t absolutely in love with their hair. The smell alone keeps people coming back, but it really does what it says it will do. For curly hair, we are also a Ouidad salon. Our color

line, Goldwell, is the only one that actually has hair preserving protein in the color itself. It’s easy to work with, true to tone color that lasts much longer than most. It’s also one of the few color lines that we found to be friendly for people with sensitive skin or color allergies. We also happen to have our own in-salon Goldwell educator as part of our staff, so the education we get for color trends makes us experts in the line. Q: Do Jo Paris Salon stylists participate in any other continuing education? A: Yes. You never stop learning, and we try to expand our knowledge. The staff is constantly choosing to learn new things and stay ahead of the trends. They love what they do, and it shows! Q: Your friendly, hospitable service makes everyone feel comfortable. Why is that important to you? A: Everyone deserves to be pampered. We do have some very prominent clients, but we also have everyday regular people. I wanted to make a place where someone could come in as they are, have a cup of coffee and maybe make a friend while doing it. Our guests can expect that every experience they have with us will be a great one, from their very first visit.

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Contents Pulse 31 UP CLOSE Trevor Wilde brings teamwork from playing on the field to planning at the firm

34 BEAT Commercial real estate broker Adam Finkel is building legacy

36 BEAT Meredith Young combines her love of creating fine jewelry with philanthropy

38 HIS STYLE Meet Aaron Fox




Women on the scene

Arizona Musicfest presents Lee Ann Womack

62 LOWDOWN News to know

66 DO Six great upcoming events

68 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

72 EVENT Cavalia’s Odysseo

74 EVENT Canal Convergence

76 OUT Grown-up playgrounds

78 OUT Cozy up for after-dinner drinks

80 CULTURE Gersten Fine Art


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Style 83 MUST-HAVE A perfume fit for a bride

84 DWELL Floral finds

86 ALLURE Red haute

88 SHOP Heartfelt style

90 SHOP Gifts for him and her

Luxe 101 INDULGE A token of love

102 HAUTE PROPERTY A bright abode

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This month, when it comes to affairs of the heart, we’ve got you more than covered. Toast your love for our great state with a cocktail that’s in homage to just that (page 114), or, if love has you feeling a little bitter, there’s a spirit for exactly that, featured in 10 drinks on page 112. Cozy up for after-dinner drinks (page 78), spice things up with fiery foods (page 116), plan a fun date night (page 76), and whisk away your special someone on a hot air balloon ride (page 106). Short on ideas for lavishing your valentine? Check out gifts for him and her (page 90) and some ways to ring in romance (page 92). Plus, flowers that are seemingly forever (page 101), fashion that says “I love you” (page 88), and a two-in-one fragrance with florals (page 83) are always in style. We’re also shaking things up a bit with, perhaps, a bit of a “ladies first” mentality and definitely one of female empowerment. Usually, our singles feature includes both men and women, but we decided to make it ladies-only, highlighting seven eligible Valley women who are fierce and fabulous. Could one of them be a match for you? Find out on page 52. Of course, there’s also love of a different kind, be that for a passion or a cause. Like in every magazine issue, we showcase people living that love out loud by helping others and bettering our community with their careers and compassionate hearts. This month, those include jewelry designer Meredith Young, who gives back through her beautiful creations (page 36), and PGA Tour golfer Ricky Barnes (page 46), who is committed to improving the well-being of our youth. Now, that’s something to love. Wherever February leads you, may you find love and joy in the small moments, the big ones, and everything in between. All the best, Chelsea Young Editor-in-Chief Instagram: @young_chelsea Connect with us! Facebook: @soscottsdalemagazine Instagram: @so_scottsdale_magazine


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FROM FOOTBALL TO FINANCE Trevor Wilde brings teamwork from playing on the field to planning at the firm

There are a lot of lessons about both work and life that can be learned on the football field, according to Trevor Wilde. The oldest of four kids, three of whom are adopted (including him), Wilde grew up in North Scottsdale, playing football from a young age.

“Learning how to set short- and long-term goals, both big and small, was ingrained in me from the first moment I stepped on the field,” Wilde says. “And while not all goals were always realistic or immediately achievable, I learned that setbacks were only temporary and to always push forward.”

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Pulse UP CLOSE Push forward, he did, eventually earning a linebacker position on Horizon High School’s nationally ranked football team – a team that would go on to win the 1995 Arizona State Football Championship. “As my position’s name would imply, we linebackers literally line up behind the defensive linemen. What most people don’t realize is the amount of verbal and nonverbal communication required by the position to be effective,” he says. “We also have to read plays quickly and respond immediately because one misstep can result in missing the tackle, or causing someone else to miss something critical.” Wilde continued to pursue football throughout college, eventually walking on to the University of Arizona’s football team, where he red-shirted one year and played two years on the national stage. “Especially then, competing on a national stage, I really started to see how every single play, every single practice, every single win, and every single defeat was preparing me for my future in business and beyond,” Wilde says. During this time, Wilde also saw the critical role that understanding teamwork, taking calculated risks, and having the ability to be coached played in the lives of everyone around him. After graduation, Wilde moved back to Scottsdale and started a career in the finance industry, where his father had worked successfully for several years. “When I began in the industry in 2000, I worked for a big firm, but we focused very narrowly on retirement planning and investments,” he says. “Used to working on a team that always had an eye on the bigger picture, I found myself wanting to do more to help my clients beyond simply working toward their retirement goals.”

Beyond the Norm So, in 2003, Wilde broke away from the traditional planning mold, partnering with his father to form Wilde Wealth Management Group. His mission was two-fold: to offer boutique, customized investment and planning advice in a fiduciary capacity, and to offer clients expanded in-house services from fellow independent experts and specialists in the fields of legal, taxes, risk management, family services, real estate, and even insurance. Over the next 10 years, Wilde Wealth Management Group would earn accolades from Forbes, Barron’s, The Arizona Republic and Cetera while bringing independent investment advisors, certified financial planners, attorneys, mortgage specialists, an insurance team, and even a certified public accountant on board – and in-house – as trusted partners. Together, the team is not only able to take all the pieces of a client’s financial puzzle and organize them, but also use them to build a solid foundation that will serve clients and their families for generations to come. “Today, we have more than $750 million in assets under management, and we serve individuals and families as well as businesses across the Southwest. We’ve grown to four offices across Arizona, including a 7,200-square-foot headquarters in the heart of Scottsdale,” says Wilde, who married a fellow Horizon


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alum along the way and is now a father to four daughters: Peyton, Presley, Piper and Paige. With the business’ roots firmly planted, Wilde also wanted to ensure he took one more lesson from the football field and translated it into his life – the concept of community stewardship. “Every team I was ever a part of believed that we were not strictly meant to represent our school or organization on the field, but off of it as well,” says Wilde, who has worked with his office since day one to develop projects and programs that positively impact the community at large. “We call our collective efforts our Wilde for Arizona Community Outreach Program,” he says. “Through it, we empower our entire team to be active volunteers, fundraisers and neighborhood champions, both together and on their own.” Wilde for Arizona recently stepped up to raise 400 toys as well as cash donations, altogether totaling more than $8,300 for Toys for Tots in December. The firm also works as volunteers with local food banks, Child Crisis Arizona, and Sunshine Acres Children’s Home. “While I am still part of a team – both one at work and one at home – I’m not a linebacker anymore, but, instead, the coach. Today, my role is to build leaders, encourage teamwork, instill work ethic, and remain their rock in both victory and defeat.”

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HAIR COLOR IS TRICKY. Ensuring the perfect shade, finishing the process with hair that is still healthy, creating the perfect look—there are not many who can do it all or who are known as the go-to expert in color. But now Scottsdale has a color guru. Rod Gentry, one of the industry’s color experts, has relocated from Chicago— where he spent 24 years working in the field—to Scottsdale. His clients know four main things about Rod: They’ll receive undivided, personalized attention at their appointment (no double booking!); he’ll use only the top and best products to ensure their hair stays healthy; his wealth of knowledge and expertise will allow them to achieve the look they want; and that the color will be perfect, every time. Rod approaches hair color differently than others, first working with a client to determine the look they want, and then taking into account the client’s complexion and lifestyle to make sure that the end result will be something that is both flattering and workable.

One of his main focuses is always on the health of the hair, and so he uses only highend, enzyme-based developers (rather than peroxide-based ones) so that hair is left in a better condition, and extremely shiny. He also always finishes a color process with a conditioning treatment as part of the color service. “You can have long hair and great color, but if it’s damaged, it won’t look as good,” he explains.

HIS WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE WILL ALLOW THEM TO ACHIEVE THE LOOK THEY WANT; AND THAT THE COLOR WILL BE PERFECT, EVERY TIME. He relentlessly pursues education to stay at the top of his field, traveling worldwide to learn about the newest innovative techniques, products and knowledge, training in such places as London and New York. “I really think that education is the key to success,” he explains. Rod’s services include single process color, highlights, color gloss, color paneling, ombre, extended conditioning, color correction, color removal and more, as well as cutting-edge haircuts. “I guarantee my work. Period,” he says.

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TOWER OF POWER Commercial real estate broker Adam Finkel is building legacy


Adam Finkel owns commercial real estate finance firm Tower Capital with his best friend, Kyle McDonough. Together, the two have worked synergistically to create a company that is making a powerful name for itself. The duo attended Arizona State University and hit it off immediately when they had a business class together. Finkel went on to intern at Scottsdale-based LevRose Commercial Real Estate, where he grew in the industry and gained real world experience. “I was handling office leasing and sales, some retail and industrial, and representing landlords and tenants,” Finkel says. “It gave me a great education with different property types and also taught me how to negotiate the inner workings of a commercial real estate transaction.” Finkel then moved to Los Angeles to work for a regional tenant representation firm. Several years later, he returned to Phoenix and was ready for a bigger challenge. At the time, McDonough happened to be at a similar career crossroads as Finkel. Their love of commercial real estate was as strong as their combined talents in the industry, and they founded Tower Capital in 2014. Even the name of Tower Capital has special meaning. “We were trying to think of something that was lofty and sounded like a bigger company that had been around forever,” Finkel explains. “I’m a huge fan of medieval history ... What does a tower do? It protects the king’s gold and the investments and gives you a lay of the land. I thought this went well with what we’re doing with people’s money and capital markets.” This lofty name fits Tower Capital’s growth. Recently, the company secured a $28 million acquisition bridge loan for a renovation and rebrand of the old Days Inn on Scottsdale Road, north of the Scottsdale entertainment district. The hotel will be remodeled and rebranded as a boutique hotel catering to clientele that are drawn to the Downtown Scottsdale area. Learn more about Tower Capital at


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Meredith Young combines her love of creating fine jewelry with philanthropy


Meredith Young is a jewelry designer that seamlessly combines passion for jewelry design, business savvy and philanthropy. Her various areas of expertise culminated in the founding of her company two years ago. Young, who started metalsmithing in high school, found herself at a creative crossroads in college. Though she ultimately majored in art history and English, she later enrolled in metalsmithing classes at night while working a successful day job in the recruiting industry, eventually ending up in the technology sector. Working hard and procuring the necessary tools and equipment, eventually the time was right to found her company and commit to creating jewelry full-time. Young orchestrates fine jewelry designs that think outside the proverbial jewelry box. Her work often reflects imagery from the natural world with the incorporation of mini-geodes and leaf and spider web motifs. “My source of inspiration is two parts. One being sheer inspiration from the raw materials, whether it’s a different kind of geometric-cut opal or rough tourmaline with a certain type of inclusion in it, and the second being what happens during the fabrication when I make prototypes,” she says. “Sometimes [when I’m] out in the studio, I’ll be making something and then I get an idea, and I give that a chance.” Young currently serves on the board of TAG Ranch & Foundation in Utah and supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, a place she visits often to see family. Locally, she has also worked with Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids (MASK) and Breakfast Club 100 through Valley of the Sun United Way, the latter of which receives a portion of proceeds from Young’s jewelry line. She also has some designs in the works that will specifically benefit moms. “It’s a legacy thing. I don’t have kids, so this is my legacy,” she says. Meredith Young Jewelry is available at Stephanie’s in Old Town Scottsdale, or online at


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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Aaron Fox nails cool comfort and classy casual


The stereotypical college student boasts a closet inundated with baggy sweats and school T-shirts. Aaron Fox, currently studying corporate accounting at Arizona State University, is a different story. Even when he’s digging a laidback look, the fulltime student turns to refined brands like lululemon and Adidas, having mastered the tricky art of athleisure. “My obsession with Adidas sneakers came after a trip to Italy and Spain where I saw them paired with every pant imaginable,” he says. “That’s when I realized how versatile the look is.” Fox rotates between three different styles and six different pairs, often coupling them with lululemon Off the Chain pants and an ultra-soft Fresh Clean Tee. And while he is undeniably a comfort connoisseur, Fox’s wardrobe is thoroughly prepped for occasions requiring a higher level of class. There’s just one caveat. “I no longer compromise comfort when trying to look stylish. [As a result], I find myself buying a lot of the same styles in different colors,” he says, alluding to his collection of J Brand Kane denim, Ted Baker Endurance button-downs and To Boot New York footwear. As for accessories? Fox is a strong proponent of the pocket square. “That little accent piece is a gamechanger.”

What are the best and worst pieces of style advice you’ve ever received? The best: Grow your hair out! After I got married, I went a full year without cutting my hair and it was down to my shoulders. The worst: Cornrow your long hair. What is the most expensive clothing item or accessory you’ve ever bought? My everyday Salvatore Ferragamo bifold wallet and Gucci wayfarer-style sunglasses. An outfit isn’t complete without … The right hair. I’ve been known to mix up my hair styles frequently. I also love a nice scent. My go-to cologne is Bleu by Chanel.


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Christina Edgar delivers classy, practical style every hour of the day


In some lines of work, comfort trumps fashionability. Christina Edgar, a labor and delivery nurse at HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, is proof that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. “Working nights from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. is not glamorous,” she says. “It’s a fast-paced, think-on-your-feet kind of environment … Comfy and functional are two pretty common trends in our profession.” Through trial and error, Edgar has pieced together the perfect uniform: modern workwear from FIGS Scrubs to accentuate her silhouette and Asics GEL running shoes to combat long hours circulating the OR, accented with a rose gold Apple watch, seasonal badge holders, and delicate stud earrings for a practical yet personal touch. Though her off days call for a slightly different look, Edgar’s proclivity for dainty jewelry transitions well from work to play. Kendra Scott and David Yurman are among her favorite brands; both pair flawlessly with her everyday ensemble of boyfriend jeans, neutral-colored tees, and Tory Burch sandals. And filling her closet with classic statement pieces – little black dresses, great blue jeans, a timeless denim jacket – serves as a cue to keep things simple. “Whenever something trendy comes up, I always remind myself to be ‘a little less Kim [Kardashian] and a little more Kate [Middleton],’” Edgar concedes. “It keeps me from going overboard!”

What was your most recent extravagance? Remodeling my condo and giving it a fresh new look. What is the greatest love in your life? My Yorkie-Poo BOO-bear! Six pounds of pure love and joy. Do patients comment on your style choices? My patients always compliment me on my earrings and nail polish. But it’s not always about what you’re wearing. How you make a patient feel is what they’ll remember you by.


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The Desert Foundation Auxiliary held its 52nd annual event at The Phoenician


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DRIVE THE DREAM GALA The 14th annual event benefiting Childhelp took place at the Arizona Biltmore


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PGA Tour golfer Ricky Barnes shares his commitment to helping the physical and mental well-being of today’s youth


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Whether he’s hitting the golf course on the PGA Tour or heading up the golf tournament for the Ricky & Suzanne Barnes Foundation, Valley resident Ricky Barnes is the kind of athlete that puts forethought and hard work into everything he does. Barnes’ father, Bruce Barnes, was a punter who played in the NFL for the New England Patriots and also enjoyed golf. Growing up, young Barnes was exposed to golf and its atmosphere. “My dad and all his buddies used to play a course in Northern California in Stockton. I liked the camaraderie, [though] it was just another sport, considering that my brother and I played just about every sport,” Barnes says. “Where golf really got me was probably the first time I was able to shoot under par from the back tees. Then it kind of clicked!” At that point, Barnes realized that he wouldn’t need to rely on a team member to play golf, and he could excel individually in the sport. Barnes earned four-time All-American honors at the University of Arizona. He kicked off his golf career with flying colors by winning the prestigious Ben Hogan Award, which is given to the nation’s top collegiate golfer annually. He was the U.S. Amateur Champion in 2002 and soon turned professional in 2003, joining the Nationwide Tour in 2004. He landed the 25th spot during the 2008 Nationwide Tour money list, which, in turn, earned him his PGA Tour card for 2009. During the 2009 PGA Tour, Barnes tied for second in an impressive finish at the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.


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Even with this success, the golf pro – who is also a Tommy Bahama ambassador – says he does have some golf goals for 2018. “I’m still trying to go out there and win. I have yet to win an individual PGA Tour event, and I think that’s kind of the pinnacle of where you want to be,” says Barnes, who, at press time, was not yet confirmed for this month’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. “I’ve succeeded in the sense that I’ve finished second or third or shot 65 on the final round to move from 30th place to eighth. Still, when you leave a tournament and you haven’t won, there is still something inside of you, even if you finish second, that isn’t completely gratified.” Barnes, who has lived in the Valley for about 20 years, is married to pro beach volleyball player and University of NevadaReno alumna, Suzanne Barnes (nee Stonebarger). They live on the Phoenix/Scottsdale border with their two children, ages four and six. “I chose and love Scottsdale because of the year-round weather, and I feel it’s a great place to travel in and out of and raise my family,” Barnes says. “It is still close enough to lots of family in California, and there are lots of great golf courses and facilities to practice and play as well as restaurants and pro sports teams, as I love sports. All of those factors add up to being such a great place and city to live in.” And Barnes admits he does have some favorite Arizona courses. “I enjoy playing a little bit of desert golf, but we are also

members of Phoenix Country Club. I really still enjoy feeling like I’m in California or somewhere with trees, instead of playing near gravel and desert areas,” he says. “We’re spoiled around here and we’ve got a good mix of golf courses. I’ve always enjoyed playing TPC and Whisper Rock up north and the Phoenix Country Club.”

HELPING YOUTH With a passion for empowering younger generations, especially those in his hometown, the Ricky & Suzanne Barnes Foundation was founded in 2012 and benefits organizations that promote the physical and mental well-being of children while encouraging

involvement in sports. When the couple was initially talking about starting a foundation, the cause was clear from the beginning. “We both wanted to give back,” Barnes says. “We wanted to get the kids from where we grew up interested in sports. We both are, what we feel, healthy athletes. If you can engrave that in kids’ minds early enough and often, I think that’s where we can keep them from getting into trouble early.” Barnes continues, “Sports are the best outlet for kids, which also transitions into less time for other things to happen or possibly getting involved in other unhealthy things. You wake up and you go to school. When you’re done with school, you go play your sport. When you’re done playing your sport, you eat dinner and you’re so tired you don’t want to do anything else but go to bed.” The foundation’s flagship fundraiser is the annual Ricky Barnes Charity Pro-Am tournament that takes place each October at the Stockton Golf & Country Club in Stockton, California, where Ricky and Suzanne were raised and where their parents live. “I am able to get 12 to 15 other PGA Tour pros to golf and that is our main fundraiser,” Barnes says. “From there, we see how much money we are able to raise, and then we pick out three or four main beneficiaries for those funds. We try to add one new beneficiary every year.” Certain schools, the homeless shelter in Stockton, or youth programs become the recipients of sports equipment, courtesy of Wilson, a sports company that has allowed the Ricky & Suzanne Barnes Foundation to purchase that equipment at a discount. “Our biggest beneficiary is the First Tee of San Joaquin Valley, where I’m an ambassador,” says Barnes, noting that since the foundation has been involved, the youth organization has quintupled in size in terms participation and coaches. Some of the other recipients of the foundation’s generosity include One.tlc School for Homeless Children in Stockton, California; public schools; and the Morgan Amelia Foundation, which supports children who are living with a particularly catastrophic form of epilepsy. Barnes also gives back to various local elementary schools. “Pretty much every component serves youth,” Barnes says. “Like our mission statement says, it’s all to help the health and mental well-being of kids. Mostly, that leads to underprivileged kids who need an outlet and don’t have the resources right in front of them to keep them out of trouble.” Barnes continues, “Every year we get letters, notes and emails about how we’ve affected kids’ lives, usually from First Tee. We also get letters from kids at One.tlc, and they’ll draw us pictures and tell us how they’ve used the money.” The foundation has donated more than $650,000 since it started in 2012. “This has been really rewarding. [When] we hand out the checks, it’s then that we actually get the gratification from putting in all the hours of raising money, reaching out to people, and people making donations.” Together, the Barnes have a long-term goal for their foundation. “We want to continue to grow each year and continue to make a difference in the community where we grew up and where we live now. We will hopefully cross the $1 million mark this year in charitable donations, something that Suzanne and I are very proud of.”

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Left to Right: Tamir Mosharrafa MD, Co-Founder, Brandie Barclay, Creative Director, Kara Schell, Executive Director, Ali Mosharrafa, MD, Co-Founder

Truly Using Beauty for Good Anyone can write a check and send it off to a charitable organization. In return, they get a short-lived “I did a good deed” feeling and a tax deduction. This is enough for some. But for more than 20 years, Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery has been impacting our community through service to patients and personal giving to various local charities by doctors Ali Mosharrafa and Tamir Mosharrafa, brothers and plastic surgeons. They had a desire to do more than write a check to support local nonprofit organizations who are doing tremendous work in the Valley. “In our medical practice, over the span of our careers, we can and will do a lot of good, and that will impact the lives of our patients who walk through our doors,” says Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa. “Through Beauty for Good, we are able to reach countless people and impact many more lives beyond our patients. One day, these doors will close, and we will no longer perform lifechanging cosmetic and breast reconstruction surgeries. But through our foundation, we have an opportunity to build a legacy that will continue to reach many.” In 2015, the doctors co-founded The Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery Foundation (dba Beauty for Good), a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Beauty for Good’s mission is “to help beautiful changes in individuals inspire beautiful changes in our community.” Their goal is to bring awareness to and support causes in the Valley that are close to them – causes they believe in. Dr. Ali Mosharrafa is the chairman of the advisory board for Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, and Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa has given his time and talents removing branding from human trafficking victims for The Phoenix Dream Center. Kara Schell, managing director of Beauty for Good, has volunteered many hours for the charities that they support and is part of a mentoring group with Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. They truly have a personal, hands-on approach to their support of local nonprofits. “Being involved is more than writing a check. We choose our charitable partners carefully, and we commit to be a true partner, not just a sponsor to their cause,” Kara says. “Many small nonprofit organizations are unheard of, and the work they are doing could make a significant impact with more resources and support from Valley residents and businesses. We help those organizations showcase their mission in many ways through Beauty for Good by providing monetary gifts and hosting events to bring awareness to our charitable partners.” Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery is preparing to host the Second Annual Beauty for Good Gala at the Arizona Biltmore on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The gala will benefit five local charities and is co-hosted by emcee Olivia Fierro, Good Morning Arizona news anchor. You can learn more, support the cause, and purchase your tickets by visiting

A2ndAct.Org – A2ndAct. org was founded by breast cancer survivor Judy Martens. Judy has an unwavering belief in two things: one, valuable lessons can come out of all journeys, even the difficult ones. And two, we all owe a payback to humanity. While recovering and preparing for “life after cancer” she found herself asking, “I have beat cancer, now what?” The question was no longer “Why me?” but, rather, “What next?” This was a common question in the survivor community. A2ndAct. org provides many resources and support for women asking themselves that very question, women who have beaten cancer and are now creating their own “Second Act” in life. provides workshops and support groups that allow survivors to find strength in healing each other and giving back. It also provides microgrants to women who are starting a new venture in life, their own “Second Act.” To learn more about the impact that A2ndAct. Org is making in our community, visit

Pearce Family Foundation (PFF) – The Pearce Family Foundation is committed to being the bridge between the hospital and the home. They are devoted to giving back to families in their community by making a positive impact everyday. PFF was founded by Meghan Pearce Alfonso, whose mantra is “Service to others is how you pay for your room here on earth.” She feels that it is important to help those in need, which is how PFF was born. The foundation’s main initiative is Angels Around Us, which helps families get back on their feet by providing grants of monetary support for the home, so parents can focus on their child’s journey to get well without the worry of losing their homes or utilities – since care costs can consume financial resources that would otherwise go toward rent or electricity. The foundation’s newest initiative, Angel Pups, helps pay for a service dog for children in need of one. To learn more about PFF, visit

Phoenix Dream Center – The Dream Center started with one goal: “To find a need and fill it, to find a hurt and heal it.” From housing 60 people and outreach services for 500 in the streets with food, they grew to providing housing to over 450 each night and reaching 36,000 in the community. They provide resources for many, from a simple hot meal and a pillow at night for the homeless to supporting young adults who have aged out of the foster care system and now have nowhere to turn to women who have been pulled into human trafficking by choice and force. They provide invaluable services to our community, including medical care and education. Their efforts in providing rehabilitation services to human trafficking victims is supported by Beauty for Good fundraising and awareness campaigns. Programs are designed to give women a safe place and show them their value to our community. To learn about The Phoenix Dream Center, visit

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona (PCAAZ) – Prevent Child Abuse Arizona is shifting the public conversation about child maltreatment so that prevention is the priority, finding ways to prevent child abuse and neglect before it happens. PCAAZ provides training, parenting education and prevention services to families, foster parents, child welfare professionals, social service providers, law enforcement, court personnel, and the public. PCAAZ has been the state’s leading child maltreatment prevention organization for more than 25 years. Through programs, advocacy and training, PCAAZ implements strategies to keep children safe and support families in our communities. The PCAAZ family of programs are designed to promote child well-being, strengthen families, and prevent child maltreatment. Research confirms that providing education and support to parents prior to or just after birth of a child is the most effective prevention strategy. To learn more about PCAAZ, visit

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Campaign (BRA) – Breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or lumpectomy is not for every woman, but every woman should be informed of the options to which she is entitled. In this spirit, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) lead the Breast Reconstruction Awareness USA Campaign, one of the few breast cancer campaigns dedicated to building awareness around breast reconstruction. The Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund supports research focusing on breast reconstruction and provides financial assistance to uninsured or under-insured women seeking breast reconstruction following a lumpectomy or mastectomy. We believe that education is key to awareness, most women are not education on options available to them on their journey to become whole again post mastectomy following breast cancer treatment. To learn more: www.

FIERCE. FABULOUS. FEMALE. February is the month for all things love and lovely, including seven fabulous women you need to know about – at least, if you’re a single male looking for your special someone. While we usually feature both men and women, this year we decided to change things up. Even with a tight deadline, demanding careers and busy lives, they were able to multitask – as women so masterfully do – to be part of this. And, above all, they were willing to share themselves, their hopes and their dreams for the future. Now, that is powerful. Here’s to the ladies.



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Kelsey Waite Marketing Supervisor, Homeowners Financial Group

Age: 27 How would you describe yourself? I’m an active, family-oriented Arizona native who overuses the cry-laughing emoji and is easily won over by dark chocolate. As an avid lover of aerial fitness and flexibility training, you are more likely to find me upside down than rightside up! I live by the Dalai Lama quote, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Giving back through the local nonprofit Care Fund makes my heart feel full. What do you love? I love the smell of rain, Sunday brunch with friends, conquering a hike, giving unexpected compliments, Hulu marathons in my new unicorn onesie, warm chocolate chip cookies, feeling butterflies on a date, putting your phone away at dinner, exploring new cities, and a good challenge. What do you dislike? People who bite into string cheese. Where’s the fun in that? Describe your ideal date. I love to laugh, so it would be fun to go to a comedy show or maybe just to dinner if my date thinks he’s up for the challenge with some jokes! What are you looking for in a significant other? I am a planner and always on the go, so I’m looking for someone who can keep up with a busy lifestyle but appreciates a relaxing vacation or cooking dinner at home and isn’t afraid to remind me to stop and smell the roses. Celebrity crush: I love a man with dance moves, so it’s a definite toss-up between Channing Tatum and Stephen “tWitch” Boss! Dating deal-breakers: Lack of chemistry. I keep an open mind with people and believe in compromise, but you can’t force a connection or those dating butterflies! My ideal partner is … motivated, communicative and affectionate. Favorite restaurants: My go-to spots are Sushiholic, Ingo’s Tasty Food, Malee’s Thai Bistro and Olive & Ivy. If you haven’t tried the bottomless brunch at SumoMaya, it’s the bestkept secret in town (well, until now). The food just keeps coming!


Most prized possession: When I was a baby, my mom started a gold charm bracelet for me. Each year until the age of 18, she added a charm relevant to my life and interests that year. It is such a special piece of jewelry as I am very close with my family. I still wear it often!

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Kristen Iwuc Event Producer at The Farm at South Mountain & Santa Barbara Catering

Age: 25 How would you describe yourself? I’m a fun, loving, energetic gal originally from Rhode Island. I moved to Arizona three years ago and have been living my life to the fullest working as an event producer. If I’m not producing some of Arizona’s most exciting events, you can find me in Old Town Scottsdale playing giant Jenga with a mimosa in my hand! What do you love? I love spontaneous adventures, the beach, brunching, the sound of rain, reading a great book on my patio with a cup of coffee, and watching The Bachelor/ Bachelorette with my girlfriends every Monday. What do you dislike? I don’t like mustard, pickles, spiders, roller coasters, and avocados (but if you’re lucky, I’ll get them on the side for you!). Describe your ideal date. Grabbing dinner with an amazing view and a nice big glass of red wine, followed by churros for dessert. What are you looking for in a significant other? A simple guy who likes to travel, makes me laugh, and is able to handle me when I’m hangry. Celebrity crush: Thomas Rhett. How could you not love him after seeing the music video for Die a Happy Man?! Dating deal-breakers: A smoker is a major turn off. Also, someone who is too smothering in the beginning of a relationship; everyone needs their personal space here and there! My ideal partner is … funny, adventurous and ambitious. Favorite restaurants: There is nothing better than a farm burrito at Morning Glory Cafe after a hike on South Mountain. I also love AZ88 for their chicken sandwich, waffle fries and contemporary atmosphere. Most prized possession: After my dad passed away, I kept his Bruce Springsteen concert T-shirts to remember the fun times we had jamming out around town in his 1987 Corvette with the top down.



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Jaime Cerreta Anchor/Reporter at Arizona’s Family 3TV/CBS5

Age: 41 How would you describe yourself? I am a vivacious, driven and social woman. I pursue my work with passion and my life with zest! I’m a natural explorer who loves to learn about the people and the world around me. What do you love? As a Phoenix native, I love everything local. It’s from that love that I developed Jaime’s Local Love, which I host every Wednesday on 3TV’S Good Morning Arizona. It brings me so much joy to share the stories of our Arizona entrepreneurs and give them the attention they deserve. What do you dislike? Internet trolls and bad attitudes. Describe your ideal date. I love a man with a plan – and maybe even reservations! I’m a good planner so I find it very special when someone else takes the lead on how to spend the evening. What are you looking for in a significant other? A faith-based man of integrity. He must be kind, a good decision-maker and have a love for travel. Mandatory: Must laugh at my jokes ... sometimes they flop and I need backup! Celebrity crush: Patrick Dempsey. Then and now. Dating deal-breakers: A man who’s bad with numbers. (I never want to calculate the tip again!) My ideal partner is … a good man. Favorite restaurants: I have a soft spot for a patio with twinkling lights and live music. View of Camelback Mountain, too? Sold! Most prized possession: My experiences – past, present and to come!


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Sandra Munoz Founder of, auto journalist

Age: 46 How would you describe yourself? I’m a vivacious Latina that lives in the fast lane with a soul as bright as an Arizona sunset. I’m a proud mother to a handsome college student. I love inspiring others to pursue what sets their soul on fire. What do you love? I’m Latina – we are passionate about everything! I love life and all that is alive. What do you dislike? Ungrateful people – those who seem to think the rest of us were put on this earth to serve them or fix the messes they get themselves into. Describe your ideal date. As an auto journalist, my ideal date is a fun evening at Bondurant Racing School and burning rubber on the race track. What are you looking for in a significant other? I’m looking for a best friend and a man of character. Someone who is fun, adorable, kind, intelligent, and emotionally fit who loves my Hispanic culture. Celebrity crush: Ben Affleck. Dating deal-breakers: Dishonest and inconsistent behavior. My ideal partner … must love dogs. Favorite restaurants: Fàme Caffe and Two Hippies Beach House. Most prized possession: I’m not a possessive person. What I value most is life itself.



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Annica Benning Public Affairs Specialist, Arizona Diamondbacks

Age: 23 How would you describe yourself? I’m an import to Arizona by way of France, Germany and California. I live for immersive travel, late nights laughing with dear friends, and recipes involving chocolate. By day, I work for the Arizona Diamondbacks at the intersection of public and government affairs and baseball. What do you love? Hosting dinner parties. An early morning on Camelback Mountain. George Strait. Lux’s chocolate chip cookies. Spending time in London, Mexico City or Hvar. Playing polo with the Arizona Polo Club. What do you dislike? Name dropping. Describe your ideal date. Surprise me! What are you looking for? Someone who is ambitious but understands that there is more to life than work. Not afraid to take the lead, loves adventure, and appreciates the finer things in life but also doesn’t mind ordering in pizza and watching a movie. Celebrity crush: I don’t have one! Dating deal-breakers: Drug use, excessive drinking and smoking are all not hot. My ideal partner is … fun, intelligent and honest. Favorite restaurants: Dieci, Ocotillo, Virtù, True Food Kitchen, St. Francis and Kaleidoscope Juice. Most prized possession: My custom Carrara marble coffee table. A dear friend of my rabbi’s gave the marble to me, and I designed the base. I love how personal the piece is. I also have a vintage Wassily Chair that I would probably grab in the event of a fire before anything else (marble is heavy!). So, can I have two?


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Kelli Leslie Owner of Kelli Leslie Photography, makeup artist

Age: 48 How would you describe yourself? I’m definitely loving, loyal and happy! I love to laugh, and I love to make life fun. Family and friends mean the world to me. I believe in beauty from the inside out. A positive mindset and attitude are important to me. What do you love? I love the beach. I’ve also I always said, “I work to decorate,” as decorating is one of my favorite things to do. I’ve been told, “Your house just hugs you when you walk in.” That made me smile! What do you dislike? Too many distractions. Describe your ideal date. It would be a day on a boat or a day at the beach and then having some dinner and listening to live music with a nice ambiance and drinks. What are you looking for? I am looking for, of course, attraction from the inside out. All in all, I think it’s important to laugh a lot together! I want funny and fun, yet a good overall balance, and trust and commitment. Someone that believes in the importance of goals and wants to create a great life together! Celebrity crush: Matthew McConaughey. Dating deal-breakers: Negative attitude or not being present with me. My ideal partner is … loving, handsome and funny. Favorite restaurants: Houston’s, Los Olivos and Mastro’s restaurants. Most prized possession: My house because it represents family to me, and home is my happy place!



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Brandy Wells Vice President of External Affairs at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Age: 33 How would you describe yourself? I’m a science nerd at heart, eager to talk about natural history, bioscience and astronomy. Sometimes my sense of humor gets me into trouble. I say what I’m thinking. I love political activism and get deep satisfaction from long drives on wide open roads with loud music. What do you love? I like long conversations about Jurassic Park, philosophy and current events. I admire avocados. I appreciate sarcasm and enjoy good-natured, intellectual sparring. I love reading books and listening to podcasts in the sunshine. What do you dislike? I don’t like parallel parking or waiting behind people who block store entrances while meticulously wiping down their shopping carts with sanitizing wipes. For hundreds of years human civilization thrived in spite of dirty shopping carts. Describe your ideal date. My ideal date would be a trip back in geologic time roughly 540 million years ago to explore earth after the Cambrian Explosion. Or maybe just a trip to Disney World for a week to hang out in Frontierland. What are you looking for in a significant other? I’m often drawn to deep thinkers with beards. But I don’t want to list a bunch of subjective qualities, so I’ll be specific: An Arizona man with whom I have chemistry. Celebrity crush: Oh gosh, Nicolas Cage in the ’90s still makes me swoon. Now, it’s most certainly the looks of Bradley Cooper and Joaquin Phoenix. Dating deal-breakers: I go to a lot of events and functions, and if he won’t go with me, we won’t work. If he doesn’t like dogs, is he even a good person? My ideal partner is … reliable, strong and funny. Favorite restaurants: I can’t get enough of Casa Añejo (those guacamole choices!) and The Parlor Pizzeria. And weekend mornings are for the Breakfast Club or Chelsea’s Kitchen. Most prized possession: A little chug (pug-Chihuahua mix) named Kanga after his kangaroo-like bouncing abilities. MAKEUP BY JALIA PETTIS AND HAIR BY VION EUBANKS, BOTH OF STYLE EXHIBITION, 702.907.5208; WWW.STYLEEXHIBITION.COM

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The annual Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival is a mecca of all things musical, presenting artists across many genres such as classical, jazz, country and pop. The 27th annual festival, which goes until March 16, is comprised of 19 concerts. February’s highlights include singer/pianist Michael Feinstein (Feb. 8) and Festival Orchestra Week (Feb. 20-25), which brings together musicians from the nation’s top orchestras. Of particular note, country superstar Lee Ann Womack – whose famed hit I Hope You Dance sold more than 6 million albums – will make her Musicfest debut on Feb. 16. Behind the music, Arizona Musicfest is a nonprofit organization committed to cultivating aspiring young musicians through music education, performances and scholarships. As such, ticket sales will help fund the organization’s charitable efforts. Times and prices vary. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit So Scottsdale! February ‘18





One of Old Town Scottsdale’s newer places to nosh, Famous 48, is now dishing out brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tavern-themed venue features regional favorites in tribute to America’s lower 48 states, and this carries over into the brunch menu with elevated takes on morning classics. Think short rib eggs Benedict, scrambles and skillets, and maple-bourbon chicken and waffles (you can even make it Nashville hot!). Even better, sip on mimosas and bloody marys for $20 with penny refills.


Make the most out of your next night out with the recently relaunched Surf & Turf and Wine Night at Ocean Prime. Happening every Sunday and Monday from 5 to 9 p.m., the menu will include a soup or salad starter, an eight-ounce filet mignon with your choice of a “surf” topping (shrimp scampi, a crab cake or scallops), and a side dish – all for $55 per person. Plus, enjoy half-price bottles of wine (those priced at $99 or less) from the eatery’s Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.


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Who doesn’t love food paired with a good deal? has launched a new VIP NOM Card, giving cardholders exclusive access to a 15 percent discount (before gratuity) at select restaurants for an entire year, including alcohol, no matter the day or time. Many Valley favorites are on board, including Citizen Public House, Hotel Valley Ho, Sorso Wine Room, Cafe Monarch, Farm & Craft, Hearth ’61 and Rehab Burger Therapy. Grab it while you can – there are only 1,000 cards available. To be a part of this exclusive new dining club, purchase a VIP NOM Card for $187 online.


The newest addition at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is the STEM Gallery, an innovative space exploring the connection between music and science. Inspired by MIM’s most popular student field trip, the gallery examines themes such as sound creation and technological innovation. Videos, interactive technology, and global instruments illustrate just how science brings music to life. Open to guests of all ages as part of paid museum admission.


Last month, eco-conscious jewelry line ALEX AND ANI opened its first Arizona store at Kierland Commons. The line, which is comprised of jewelry featuring delicate charms, pendants and simple designs, is full of symbolism and meaning rooted in positivity, empowerment, human connection, and self-expression. Going a step further, ALEX AND ANI uses recycled materials with eco-friendly processes to create its jewelry and has donated $50 million to nonprofits worldwide.

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Blind Dragon – a seductive karaoke, supper club and lounge – has landed in Scottsdale, marking its third location, with flagship venues in Los Angeles and Dubai. Located at Old Town Scottsdale’s former Blur Nightclub, the new Asian-inspired hot spot has a speakeasy entrance that leads to opulent decor, chic seating, and six private luxury karaoke rooms. The menu features exotic small plates and tiki cocktails.



There’s a new dating app in town, only it’s not your average swipe right (or left) version. The League is an invite-only app with a mission to create power couples out of its influential members, who are selected based on factors such as education, profession and referrals. Think of it as a private members’ only club a la Soho House, with the addition of highly curated singles. Currently, only 500 Phoenixarea users have been selected, and there are thousands more on the waitlist. But, you can skip the line! Download The League app and message your Concierge with #soscottsdale to get complimentary expedited review (valued at $99). This allows you to move to the top of the review pile – without it, time on the waitlist averages up to six weeks.


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Did you know that Mountain Shadows is part art gallery? Indeed, The Gallery has new exhibits that debut every two months, and through Feb. 28, the exhibit on view is Evolution Through Color, featuring works from the 1960s by painter Paul Reed. An original member of the Washington Color School, Reed pushes the boundaries of color while exploring its complexities in vibrant, abstract paintings. Stop by before dinner at Heart ’61 to add some artistic flair to your evening.


The Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge is back! For the fifth year, local chefs will use their culinary prowess to re-imagine Girl Scout cookies into custom dessert menu items from Feb. 1 to 28, with a portion of the proceeds supporting local girls. Restaurants taking part include: Proof, Olive & Ivy, Rusconi’s American Kitchen, The Thumb, The Covenant, Super Chunk, Grape Wine Bistro, Brat Haus, Rita’s Kitchen, and Market Street Kitchen.


Head to Old Town for old-world vibes at a new eatery from local restauranteur and chef Matt McLinn (of now-closed The Grind and now-renamed BLT Steak). Dorian, named after Oscar Wilde’s classic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is an intimate escape in the former home of Stingray Sushi, blending Victorian design with modern accents and a noticeably artistic feel. The seasonal menu features about 20 items, including McLinn’s award-winning Sweet & Spicy Burger from The Grind.


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Mimosas & Monet Feb. 10, The Hermosa Inn Calling aspiring artists or simply the creatively curious! Head to The Hermosa Inn for Mimosas & Monet: Prickly Pear Blooms, where artist Carrie Curran (of Carrie Curran Art Studios) will be on site to provide art instruction paired with mimosas. Curran will guide artists of all levels on a colorful journey using acrylic on canvas to create masterpieces. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $75 per person includes instruction, all supplies, a mimosa and pastries. Reserve your spot by Feb. 8. Fresh Brunch Feb. 11, Arizona Biltmore One·n·ten, a nonprofit organization that empowers and serves LGBTQ youth and adults, will host the ninth annual Fresh Brunch celebrating one·n·ten’s program achievements and sharing the organization’s vision for 2018. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, listen to stories of resilience, and watch youth performances. A garden reception on the resort’s Squaw Peak Lawn will cap off the day. Fresh Brunch will benefit one·n·ten’s programs and services that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development, and healthy life choices. Registration, 9:30-11 a.m.; brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Individual, $100; table of 10, $1,000. Arizona Cocktail Week-End Feb. 17-19, Downtown Phoenix Arizona Cocktail Week-End raises its glass to all things shaken, muddled and stirred. The event, now in its seventh year, is a 72-hour celebration where spirits and handcrafted cocktails take center stage. The Valley’s top mixologists and bartenders will be on site, and there will be countless parties (The Cocktail Jam is this year’s opening night party on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.), intimate seminars, cocktail tastings, and even a new VIP event called Brunch in Bed (Feb. 18 at 11 a.m.). Proceeds from Arizona Cocktail Week-End will benefit The Jupiter Foundation and C-CAP (Careers through the Culinary Arts Program). Times vary. $40+. Dancing With the Stars Arizona Feb. 23, Arizona Biltmore The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona’s most groovin’ event is back with a theme of “Sonoran Nights.” The 12th annual Dancing With the Stars Arizona will pair community superstars with professional dancers for a chance to wow audiences and earn votes. Ballroom dance champion and former judge/choreographer of So You Think You Can Dance, Mary Murphy, will be the evening’s emcee. Guests will enjoy a reception, dazzling performances and dinner. Funds raised will benefit National Kidney Foundation of Arizona’s patient services and programs. 6 p.m. Individual, $500; tables of 10, $5,000+. Evening of Dreams Gala Feb. 24, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Colleen’s Dream Foundation’s Evening of Dreams Gala helps raise funds for the early detection of ovarian cancer. The gala, themed “Dream in Color,” will be a spectacle of projections, lighting and decorations. The theme pays homage to how colorfully Colleen Drury, the organization’s namesake, lived before losing her battle to ovarian cancer. There will be more than 15 NFL players in attendance with event highlights including a cocktail hour, a silent and live auction, dinner, and live music by The JJ’s Band. 5:30 p.m. Individual, $300; table of 12, $3,500. Beach Ball March 3, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Each year, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach Ball transports guests to a different beach destination. This year, for the 25th annual signature gala, guests will experience a night in Havana. Attendees are encouraged to embrace the beach theme, so leave your tuxedos and gowns at home! Among the bright, tropical oasis, there will be a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner and live entertainment. This year’s Beach Ball will benefit the expansion of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased per table through the event’s committee members.


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Living history will arrive at the museum’s doorstep when the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express blazes a trail from Holbrook, Arizona, to Downtown Scottsdale on horseback, covering a mail route of more than 200 miles. The annual delivery of 20,000 pieces of first-class mail bearing the “Hashknife Pony Express” indicia will occur at 12 p.m. Food and beverage will be available to purchase from food trucks. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with suggested donation of $5 per adult and $2 per child.


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WATERFRONT FINE ART & WINE FESTIVAL Feb. 9-11, Scottsdale Waterfront Join Thunderbird Artists for the seventh annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival. Stroll the beautiful banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront with your valentine and enjoy juried fine art including paintings, sculptures, photography and jewelry. There will also be wine tastings, live music, food and mixed media works of art by featured artist, Harut Hakobyan. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission, $3; wine tasting ticket (includes souvenir glass), $10.

SCOTTSDALE PARADA DEL SOL PARADE & TRAIL’S END FESTIVAL Feb.10, Downtown Scottsdale The Parada del Sol parade will take to the streets starting at Drinkwater Boulevard south down Scottsdale Road, with a new route and an expanded Trail’s End Festival afterward. The festival is a block party for all ages, including a kids area with games and pony rides. There will also be food and shopping vendors. Parade, 10 a.m.; Trail’s End Festival, 12-4 p.m. Free. CORKS & CACTUS Feb. 10-11, Desert Botanical Garden Sample, sip and savor your way through the splendor of the Desert Botanical Garden with boutique wines, and enjoy musical entertainment as well as food and cooking demos. There will be 40 wines featured each day and all 80 wines will be available for purchase at the garden’s retail store. All wine purchased will benefit the garden’s education, research, exhibition and conservation programs. 1-4:30 p.m. Members, $35; nonmembers, $40.


WINTER PROGRESSIVE SALE Through Feb. 9, My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited The Winter Progressive Sale at My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited is making its return with some fabulous fashions. Shop the sale, which features discounts on everything in store Feb. 1-2 (40 percent off), Feb. 3-6 (50 percent off), and Feb. 7-9 (70 percent off). On Feb. 10, the Spring Unveiling will welcome shoppers at 8 a.m. for all things spring. Events take place at all Valley locations. Times vary.

CONCOURS IN THE HILLS Feb. 10, Fountain Hills Park Relaxed and fun, this auto show is designed to allow enthusiasts to display their own vehicles and admire others. This year’s charity partner is Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vehicle entry, $60 minimum donation; admission, free.

ARIZONA STRONG BEER FESTIVAL Feb. 10, Steele Indian School Park This 18th annual event will feature 150 Arizona and national breweries and more than 500 craft beers on tap. Tickets include a commemorative tasting cup and drink tickets, and food is available for purchase. Two VIP ticket levels – VIP and Super VIP – include perks such as a VIP area, early entry, a food voucher, and a Friday Brewers Reception at Valley Bar (Super VIP only). 1-5 p.m. $10$100.

STREET EATS FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL Feb. 10-11, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick More than 60 of the Valley’s best food trucks will gather in one place, and every menu will offer $2 samples. Between bites you can enjoy live music on two stages, food eating contests, a cornhole tournament, a local vendor marketplace and free cooking demos featuring top local chefs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission, $12; VIP, $65. DINE WITH YOUR DOG Feb. 11, Heritage Square Reward your dog at this 11th annual event benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. Dine on a Champagne brunch while your pup enjoys a dog-friendly gourmet meal and pet play areas.

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ODC/DANCE Feb. 15, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1971, San Francisco-based ODC/Dance is a pioneer in American dance, incorporating pedestrian movements with skilled, contemporary dance. The company is widely recognized for its rigorous technique and for its many collaborations with composers, singer-songwriters, actors and artists. 7:30 p.m. $29-$59.

BOTTLES FOR BIZTOWN Feb. 23, Junior Achievement of Arizona Hosted by Junior Achievement, this inaugural event will include hosted wine, beer, craft cocktails, food, and auctions. All proceeds will benefit youth participating in Junior Achievement’s BizTown, a mock town that prepares students for the real world through hands-on business and financial education. 7-10 p.m. Individual, $45; two tickets, $75 total. SPRING TRAINING Feb. 23-March 27, various locations Gear up for spring training in the Valley. The Cactus League is comprised of 15 MLB teams at 10 ballparks, including two in Scottsdale: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies) and Scottsdale Stadium (San Francisco Giants). Times and prices vary.

All proceeds will support PetSmart Charities’ Paws Can Heal AnimalAssisted Therapy program, which helps motivate, soothe and lift the spirits of patients. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Individual ticket, $125; table of 8, $1,000. GREATER PHOENIX JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Feb. 11-25, various locations As the longest-running film festival in the Valley, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 22nd year by presenting 21 new films and five short films from 10 different countries. Scottsdale showings will take place at Harkins Shea 14. Times and prices vary. CINDERELLA 2018 Feb. 15-18, Symphony Hall As if stepping between the pages of a beloved storybook, Ib Andersen’s Cinderella will bring the romantic story to life, vividly delighting audiences with the beauty and majesty of classical ballet, wrapped in the promise of


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“happily ever after,” and generously sprinkled with a wonderful dose of humor. Times vary. $25-$164. VALENTINE’S SUPER LOVE JAM Feb. 16, Talking Stick Resort Arena Mega 104.3 will host this concert showcasing legendary old school artists. Performers will include Zapp; Evelyn “Champagne” King; The Jets; The Delfonics; Blue Magic; The Moments; Sunny Ozuna; and Sly, Slick and Wicked. Doors, 6:30 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m. $28.50- $49.50. www. CRUSHBREW FESTIVAL Feb. 17, Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza This third annual event will take place on one day, versus its previous weekend-long schedule, bringing together beer and wine vendors, spirits distillers, food trucks, live music, a new Whiskey Lounge, a party tent, and an after-party at

The Saguaro. 4-9 p.m. $45-$95. D-BACKS FAN FEST Feb. 17, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick At this 14th annual event, fans will get the ultimate Arizona Diamondbacks experience with access to players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters. Plus, there will be photo and autograph opportunities, a kids area with inflatables and games, Q&A sessions with D-backs players, a D-backs Yard Sale and much more. 12-4 p.m. Free. BLUE DOOR BALL Feb. 23, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale in celebrating their Youth of the Year finalists at this signature gala. The evening will feature silent and live auctions, dinner, and stories of transformation and triumph from youth. 5:30 p.m. Individual, $250; table of 10, $2,500.

CLIMBFEST Feb. 24, Tom’s Thumb Trailhead AZ on the Rocks is teaming up with REI Outdoor School to host a fun introduction to outdoor rock climbing in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Open to all fitness levels, it will kick off at Tom’s Thumb Trailhead with experts from REI and AZ on the Rocks. Attendees can try climbing courses, rope climbs, a rappelling station and an anchors class. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration, $20 (includes a harness, shoes, helmet and chalk). P!NK: Beautiful Trauma World Tour March 1, Talking Stick Resort Arena A recipient of three Grammy Awards, P!NK brims with energy and attitude as a live performer. Her global success and her full-throttle live shows ensure that fans are always entertained. 7:30 p.m. $347+. MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL March 2-4, Margaret T. Hance Park The McDowell Mountain Music Festival is Arizona’s only festival that donates all proceeds to charity. The eclectic event will include a variety of musical acts, food trucks, a kids zone, a vendor marketplace, and a beer garden. 3 p.m. Prices vary.





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Cavalia’s enchanting Odysseo gallops into Scottsdale


Opening under the massive “white big top” off of Loop 202 and McClintock Drive on Feb. 21, Odysseo is Cavalia’s newest awe-inspiring production, where equestrian arts meets imaginative theatrics. Throughout the last few years, the $30 million production has grown in size and scope without losing its soul. The sprawling touring venue – which reaches more than three stories high – will set the stage for the show, featuring more than 65 horses and 52 artists comprised of extraordinary equestrian riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, and musicians. During the breathtaking production, audience members are taken on a journey that connects the harmony between horses and humans to a forest, a savanna, a desert, and an ice cave. Cavalia’s creator, Normand Latourelle, says, “This show is a poem for the eyes and the ears.” With the help of the four-legged synchronized stars of the show, the setting recreates outdoor elements, allowing the horses and artists the freedom to display their collaboration unlike anything seen across the world today. Performers deify the liberty, power and majesty represented by horses while exploring the unique relationship between horse and man. With the addition of more horses and artists than ever before, Odysseo’s acrobats push the limits of live entertainment even further as they interact with the horses


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and the audience. Meanwhile, live musicians and vocalists immerse audiences in an enchanting, unforgettable multi-sensory experience. Odysseo’s mind-blowing theatrical effects are as spectacular as they are numerous, and they include a state-of-the art projection screen which is three times the size of the world’s largest movie screen, a life-size merry-go-round, and a tangible lake made of 40,000 gallons of recycled water. For a memorable evening, the RendezVous package will offer the best seats in the house, exquisite buffet dining before the show, an open bar, desserts during intermission, and an exclusive visit of the stables after the show.

IF YOU GO… What: Cavalia Odysseo When: Feb. 21-March 4; times vary Where: White Big Top, 1475 N. McClintock Drive, Scottsdale Tickets: General, $39.50-$159.50; VIP, $149.50-$284.50 Information:

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IF YOU GO… What: Canal Convergence When: Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3; 4-10 p.m. Where: Scottsdale Waterfront between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard Tickets: Free Information: www. canalconvergence. com

Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light will take place at the Scottsdale Waterfront over two weekends in February and March. Local, national and international artists will participate in this free educational and interactive art extravaganza that seeks to engage the senses and elevate art appreciation. Entering its sixth year, Canal Convergence will include large-scale art installations, which will remain featured throughout the week. During the whimsical event, visitors will be indulged in a one-of-a-kind art experience that includes public art installations suspended above and placed throughout the canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Special events and educational activities


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presented by Scottsdale Public Art will include outdoor dance performances, community bike rides, artist talks, a poetry reading, and screen-printing workshops. Designed to delight, inspire and educate, art installations will feature themes exploring everything from recycling and conservation to light and technology. Additionally, local musicians and bands will perform live Friday and Saturday nights, and guests can also enjoy a food, beer and wine garden at Soleri Plaza. A VIP preview event (open to the public) will take place Thursday, Feb. 22. “Canal Convergence is Scottsdale Public Art’s premiere annual event for February and March, with installations,

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Youthful attractions turned grown-up playgrounds after dark Just because an attraction is meant for kids doesn’t mean it’s only for kids. Several seemingly “kid-focused” venues work hard to put on special events, programs and even exhibitions with a more mature crowd in mind. See what’s in store at these playful places – with a dash of full-grown fun.


NightLife at OdySea Aquarium On select dates each month, Odysea Aquarium hosts an after-hours adventure designed for adults. Taking place this month Feb. 1 and 15, full beverage service is available at three bars as well as five “strolling” food stations throughout the aquarium. Plus, its Lighthouse Café offers a dinner menu for two with specialty pricing. Beyond taking behind-the-scenes tours, guests can enjoy an “after-dark” ambiance with two NightLife “Chill Zone” Lounges featuring comfortable seating and dimmed overhead lighting, while the 3-D theater features live acoustic entertainment and love seats. Tickets start at $29.95 per guest. Polar Play Located next to Odysea Aquarium, Polar Play is the Valley’s first ice bar, and starting at 7 p.m. daily, it becomes an adults-only zone. The $15 admission includes a parka (with an option to upgrade to a faux fur coat), gloves and entrance into the bar. The wintry wonderland has walls, a bar, and benches all made from ice. Special lighting and music further enhance the chilling experience. Plentiful games, such as shuffleboard, corn hole and checkers, add to the fun. Roars & Pours Its happy hour gone wild – literally! Starting March 1 and then continuing on the first Thursday of each month, the Phoenix Zoo will partner with a brewery (Ballast Point on March 1, Oskar Blues Brewery on April 5 and Heineken on May 3) to offer a 21 and over experience called Roars & Pours. Held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Roars & Pours will feature craft brews, wine and food plus animal encounters on select zoo trails, yard games, live music, and entertainment. Admission is $10 and includes entrance into the zoo and access to games and entertainment. Food and beverages are available for purchase, with $5 beer and wine. Science With a Twist On the third Friday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m., the Arizona Science Center hosts an interactive party for adults. Dubbed “Science With a Twist,” each 21 and over event has a central theme and features music, a cash bar, live demos, and interactive adult-themed activities with a unique science spin. The Feb. 16 theme is Pompeii, and as a special treat, its blockbuster exhibit, POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION, will be open late for an added fee. Admission starts at $12 and includes entry, entertainment, and access to several exhibits. Beverages and food are available for purchase.


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End the night right at seven places that ignite romance You know that feeling when a date is going so well you don’t want it to end? Thanks to these picturesque patios, cozy corners and romantic rendezvous spots, it doesn’t have to.


Bar 1936 Among the most famous views in the Valley is certainly Camelback Mountain. And among the most romantic ways to enjoy the view day or night is from the patio at Bar 1936, located at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. Lit by fire pits and strategically set twinkle lights, the patio is not only romantic, but upscale-rustic and uniquely Arizona. Dominick’s Steakhouse Certainly, the steakhouse itself is the epitome of romance any night of the year. But, after dinner, slink over to the nearly hidden lounge area, which is tucked behind the massive formal bar area, before heading home. It’s not only intimate with seating for less than 60 people, the floorto-ceiling glass wine cellar provides the sexiest of backdrops. Isabella’s Kitchen Isabella’s offers 180-degree views of Camelback and Mummy mountains and is planted right on the 18th hole of Grayhawk Golf Club with greenery as far as the eye can see. After sunset, strings of twinkling lights dot the night sky, and the patio offers fire pits, picnic tables, couches, rocking chairs and even bar seating both indoors and out. LON’s at The Hermosa Inn Nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, the iconic outdoor patio at LON’s is notably considered one the Valley’s most romantic. It’s flanked by lush, colorful gardens, towering trees with sparkling lights, a large trickling water fountain, and five outdoor fireplaces with intimate enclaves and cozy conversational couches, perfect for sipping a craft cocktail. Onyx Bar & Lounge Located by Talavera at the Four Seasons Resort, Onyx Bar & Lounge is romantic indoors and out. Inside, the lounge’s centerpiece is its actual bar, which is custom-made out of a mesquite tree bursting with amber ribbons. Outside, on the 1,000-square-foot elevated patio, there are unobstructed desert and city views as far as the eye can see and live music on weekends. Saguaro Restaurant Located inside the boutique hotel of the same name, this vibrantly colored patio with a massive fireplace (totally made for cuddling up next to) has become such a popular hidden date gem, it recently launched a “Desert Nights” specialty menu featuring spiked hot chocolate, mulled wine, apple cider and small bites to share with someone special. It’s available nightly until 10 p.m. Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar A dreamy escape, Second Story is perched above Scottsdale Road and 3rd Avenue, hidden away from the bustle of the scene below. A sexy cocktail bar with decor to match, the space caters specifically to late-night lovebirds, staying open until 2 a.m. on weekends and offering a specialty late-night food and drink menu.


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WHIMSICAL ARTISTRY Geoffrey Gersten transforms pop culture into fine art


Located in Downtown Scottsdale, Gersten Fine Art Gallery is far from your average gallery. Geoffrey Gersten, a painter and the gallery’s owner, opened Gersten Fine Art two years ago along Main Street with the objective to show new work beyond some of the traditional art usually found in the Scottsdale Arts District. Born and raised in Scottsdale, Gersten recalls walking through the galleries during his teenage years, eventually starting to paint his own works at 21 years old. Though many galleries praised his whimsical, surreal work, they wouldn’t take the risk to represent him. It was then that Gersten decided to open his own place. Now, together with his wife, Amelia (a fine art photographer), he runs Gersten Fine Art Gallery. It’s here that art aficionados and appreciators can have a chance to talk directly to the artist about his ideas and inspirations. The self-taught artist was originally inspired by the Dutch masters, including Rembrandt, and he’s driven by classical beauty. Some of his artistic influences also include Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, and the new movement of high-end “lowbrow” art. Gersten now specializes in surreal oil paintings blended with pop culture motifs, such as wide-eyed caricature-like animals and robots. You’ll also find the unexpected in his paintings – a cat posing like Mona Lisa or the Mario Brothers inside Salvador Dalí’s world. “[The paintings] form a link between subculture art styles and the finer world of classical art history and exceptional technique,” Gersten says. Gersten works with oil paint, mostly on canvas and sometimes on antique wood. “When I get an idea, sometimes it’s just something that appears in my mind and I seek out reference material to make it happen,” he says. “The ideas usually come to me, and, luckily, I don’t have to spend time seeking them out.” He notes that he always begins by making a preliminary drawing, followed by blocking in the main colors. “Many layers of glazing later, I add the final details on top of the major forms.” Besides Gersten’s unconventional paintings – often full of symbolism – art lovers can find modern photography followed by imaginative welded sculptures in the gallery. Gersten’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including solo shows in Taiwan, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and around the Valley. This year, he’ll have a solo show in LA, followed by a major mural at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas and a solo show at La Fiambrera Art Gallery in Madrid, Spain. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., though you can call for an appointment from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. any day of the week. Gersten Fine Art Gallery, 7008 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 602.769.3804;


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A University Study revealed that 89% of patients over 20 years old have gingival recession. If you are concerned about receding gums due to gum disease or have gum recession because of aggressive brushing, smoking or medications, turn to Dr. Erik Svans, a Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique® Provider. This surgical treatment rebuilds the gum line without cut and suture surgery. You can walk out of our office with a beautiful new smile in a single visit! In fact, the Pinhole Surgical Technique® is often called the “Lunchtime Gum Lift” as it takes as little as an hour to perform and is done under local anesthesia so you can return to work after your appointment.

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Guerlain’s gorgeously packaged Le Bouquet de la Mariee – meaning “bouquet of the bride” in French – is an extra-special gift for your valentine, and even more specifically, your bride or bride-to-be. In fact, the 4.2-ounce bottle was created as a must-have accessory for a woman’s wedding day, though it is sure to make any day memorable. With notes of rose, vanilla and orange blossom, the tender floral scent is displayed in the brand’s iconic quadrilobé bottle that’s cut like a diamond, with lace enveloping the glass like a bride’s graceful veil. Delicate white florals are the finishing touch for this extravagant elixir. $1,000 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.

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BEYOND THE BOUQUET Floral finds for your home

White carved wood frame mirror, $259 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Indigo side table, Deny Designs, $149 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Printed square throw pillow, $99.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, Dandelion wool rug in Sky, $449-$1,399 at west elm, www. Tufted upholstered chair, Haute House, $1,899 at Horchow,


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RED HAUTE Rosy hues for the month of romance

Whether getting dolled up for date night or going glam for a Galentine’s Day party, nothing says va-vavoom like the color red. From lipstick to nail polish and everything in between, these bold beauty products will leave you looking radiant with a rich pop of color.

Curlipops 1 1/4inch Tourmaline Ceramic Wand, Bed Head, $29.99 at Ulta Beauty, Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Viscera, Rituel de Fille, $38 at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, Cream Blush in Above and Beyond, Kjaer Weis, $56 at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar. Nail Lacquer in Carnal Red, Tom Ford, $36 at Saks Fifth Avenue, wwww. Color is Bae Lip Crayon in Cherry, $20 at Elizabeth Mott, www.elizabethmott. com. Va-Va-Plump Shiny Liquid Lipstick in Boldly Go, $20 at Buxom Cosmetics, Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Pigalle, $24 at Stila Cosmetics, www.


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Whether you are challenged with short, sparse, or thinning eyebrows, Rachell Hall’s 28 years of expertise in makeup artistry, custom color blending, art and science will be your perfect solution plus... Remember, discounted prices are not an indicator of value in permanent cosmetics. Trust YOUR face only to the very best. For over 20 years Rachell Hall has eased the makeup woes of an international clientele with her exclusive perfected signature procedures. Be beautiful at breakfast and still look fresh at four! Work out or go out your permanent make up will be perfect! Save time with any procedure. Always natural, always pretty, always perfect. Don't you deserve wash and wear beauty? • Powder soft eyebrows create the illusion of fullness, frame your eyes with the perfect arch, and of course save all that time in the morning! • Smokey eyeliner, never smears, enhances your lash line and eliminates daily tugging at delicate eye tissue • Custom contoured lips- naturally full and blushed lips with contour and colors blended just for you! • Restores lip fullness without the "duck lip effect" and eliminates lipstick bleeding into fine lines • Breasthetics, 3-d nipple areola restoration post mastectomy

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Sweeten things up with the trademark of love

Heart-shaped sunglasses, Saint Laurent, $490 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Printed zip-front top, $55 at Topshop, Textured gathered skirt, J.Crew, $110 at Nordstrom. Diamond and turquoise bangle, Chopard, $2,840 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Metallic crossbody bag, Rebecca Minkoff, $195 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Snakeskinembossed sneaker with embellished design, Gucci, $830 at Nordstrom.


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With over 30 years of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgical experience, Dr Wolin and his staff not only Talk the Talk… they also Walk the Walk. Listen to what his patients have to say about their care and surgical results… (Verified independent interview) Just a few months ago I got a good closeup view of my lips in the mirror. I was horrified. How could I possibly have gotten so many wrinkles in not only my lips but also in the areas surrounding my mouth? I never even smoked cigarettes..I immediately decided that I would try and remedy the situation. I went to a local spa where I was told that a temporary filler combined with a skin peel would solve my problems. After undergoing multiple injections and peels, it was evident that the solution to my problem was not in a little jar of magical potions nor in a minuscule injection of temporary filler. The problem could only be solved by a combination of permanent volumizing as well as resurfacing my skin. I had heard of Dr Wolin and his ability to use Fat Transfer techniques and Laser to re-volumize and smooth the wrinkles around the mouth and the face. He has been doing this procedure for the past 20 years and has hundreds of happy patients. With just a 45 minute procedure under local anesthetic, I was able to reclaim my lips and the entire area around my mouth.. My results were fantastic…natural and permanent.

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Dr. Andrew Wolin has been a leader in the plastic surgical community of Scottsdale since 1985, and his extensive years of experience benefit each patient. His top-notch reputation as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and for cutting-edge procedures draws patients from near and far. Dr. Wolin is the Medical Director of the Wolin Plastic Surgery Center. His practice offers a full-range of face and body procedures, including facelifts, browlifts, nose surgery, facial fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, fat transfers, fotofacialsTM, laser skin resurfacing, ear surgery, breast augmentations, breast implant/exchanges, breast reductions, breast lifts, arm lifts, bodylifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, and Coolsculpting to freeze away your unwanted fat. Dr Wolin also offers the newest technology in Permanent Hair Restoration, NeoGraft for men and women. Dr. Wolin is located at 8415 North Pima Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale 85258. You can call 480.945.8440 or visit to set up a consultation to learn more about these incredible procedures.

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SWEET SOMETHINGS Unique his and hers gifts for Valentine’s Day

Crystal-encrusted mosaic drop earrings, Alexis Bittar, $265 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. The One for Men Eau de Toilette, Dolce & Gabbana, $100 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Taiga striped leather wallet, $745 at Louis Vuitton, BR 123 GMT 24H watch, Bell & Ross, $3,600 at Barneys New York, Lip print bag, Prada, $1,300 at Barneys New York. Printed infinity loop scarf, Lily Pulitzer, $68 at Zappos,


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in ROBE: Red lace, Paul & Joe for Cosabella, $225. BODYSUIT: Golden garden nude and gold lace, For Love & Lemons, $237. Both from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.

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WRAP: Blush cropped ballet, ELSE lingerie, $220. CHEMISE: Blush silk, ELSE lingerie, $248. Both from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.


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ROBE: Black lace, Cosabella, $225. BODYSUIT: Black lace, Hanro, $185. Both from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.

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BODYSUIT: Black ruffle longsleeve, For Love & Lemons, $190. From Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.


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ROBE: Black lace, Eberjey, $264. TOP: Half-cup pink and black marquis bra, Aubade, $149. BOTTOMS: Pink and black marquis garter belt, Aubade, $109; pink and black floral embroidered thong, Aubade, $89. All from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.

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ROBE: Black fairy print, Only Hearts, $171. TOP: Black balcony lace detail bra, Marie Jo, $129. BOTTOMS: Black lace briefs, Marie Jo, $65. All from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.


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ROBE: Blue and nude lace, Lise Charmel, $356. CHEMISE: Blue and nude lace babydoll, Lise Charmel, $268. Both from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.

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H AU T E P R O P E RT Y / W H E E L S / WA N T / P L A C E S


Flowers are a token of love, and if your love is long-lasting, don’t you think that token should be, too? Made in Los Angeles, The Million Roses collection specializes in (somewhat) forever florals. Roses are preserved by hand using a delicate technique that allows them to retain their natural appearance and feel, as if they were fresh-cut flowers. Delivered in a handcrafted box (with your choice of gold, silver, white, pink or black), the flowers will last one to three years, perhaps even longer. Even better, they don’t need to be watered. There are a range of sizes, colors and patterns – from a solid display to an alternating blend – though the large Million Eternity box (pictured) features 80 to 90 roses, with the center lovingly shaped into a heart. Pricing varies; display shown is $649 plus shipping. So Scottsdale! February ‘18



SPOTLIGHT: A BRIGHT ABODE Ideally situated on a prime cul-de-sac lot just off of 64th Street and Cactus Road, this beautiful home is in one of the most sought-after, guard-gated communities: Equestrian Manor. With five bedrooms and six bathrooms, this home is the perfect blend of form and function – with plenty of space for family and friends. Throughout the 6,152-square-foot property, there are large open spaces that blend seamlessly from one room to another, making this the perfect place for everyday living and entertaining. Floors are a mix of stone and wood, while the kitchen features granite countertops. Overall, using ivory tones, the home has a clean, open and bright feeling with plenty of natural light. Notable features include five en suite bedrooms, a split master bedroom that includes a large bathroom and jetted tub, an office, formal dining and living rooms, an oversized great room, and an eat-in kitchen. The kitchen is well-appointed with top-ofthe-line appliances, two walk-in pantries, and an extended breakfast bar with seating for up to six people. The backyard has the feel of resortstyle living, with a built-in barbecue, a crystal blue pool and spa, and mature landscaping. Large covered patios house enough room for seating at the high-top bar, chairs and a table, and a pool table. 11846 N. 61st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Listed for $1,850,000 with Jack Luciano and Raul Siqueiros of The Agency, 602.690.2188 or


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2018 JEEP WRANGLER The beloved auto debuts a redesign for the first time in 11 years BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $26,995

Jeep Wrangler may be the most recognizable vehicle in the world. As such, when a new Wrangler is introduced, it’s a big deal not only for the company but also for the millions of Jeep owners around the world. A redesign happens only about every 10 years, and great care is taken to respect the brand’s history and legacy. For 2018, the time for a redo has arrived. Jeep loyalists will be pleased to know that the new Wrangler is an absolute home run, the best in the brand’s 75-plus-year history. Its off-road capabilities boggle the mind, and its on-road manners are significantly improved. Much is familiar, but better. All trim levels – Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon – come standard with a removable soft top and are available with two or four doors (Sahara is four-door only). Previously, removing the top was labor intensive, and reinstalling it was madly frustrating. The all-new Sunrider soft top takes less than four minutes to fold. Same goes for the folding windshield, and a new head bar keeps the rearview mirror in place. Replacing the zippered side windows is a new, easy-to-use, slide-in configuration. An optional Sky One-Touch power top (available


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on Sahara and Rubicon four-doors) retracts with the push of a button. Driving the new Wrangler about 40 miles on paved roads, I immediately noticed the improved ride. Steering is much more precise thanks to the electro-hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering system, a new and welcome standard for Jeep. And, the new model improves on Wrangler’s already world-class off-road capability. Approach, departure and breakover angles are better, minimizing undercarriage scraping during off-roading. Ground clearance is up across the board, and the Wrangler can ford up to 30 inches of water. Visually, the new Wrangler pays tribute to Jeep’s design heritage. The legendary seven-slot grill has been updated, with the outer slats intersecting the headlights. The interior recaptures the original Jeep’s “horizontality;” round gauges and air vents are simply aligned. A 5- (standard), 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen houses the Uconnect system; the latter two have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s a perfect blend of old and new. The improvements to the 2018 Wrangler render the previous generation practically ancient by comparison. I expect it to fly off dealer lots.

Price as tested: $53,110 Engine: 3.6-liter V-6 Horsepower: 285 Fuel economy: 18/23 mpg city/highway Seating: 5 Fab features: Variety of new engine options Improved on-road ride and handling Enhanced world-class off-road capabilities


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You’re just catching your breath after the holiday season and somehow it’s already time to plan the perfect day for your valentine. With pressure to buy an amazing gift, set the reservation and turn up the romance, there’s no wonder why people get lost in the work and forget to genuinely enjoy Valentine’s Day. This year, Drs. John Robinson and Cristina Bosch—aka the Sex Docs—want you to forget all the unnecessary stress and get back to basics. All it takes to get the love hormones flowing this year is using sweet treats and your body’s natural responses to get in the mood for a day of love and appreciation with your partner.

Treat Your Sweetheart to a Luxury Chocolatier

Valentine's Day is all about indulgence in a day of love, luxury and the treats that come with them. Although it’s easy to settle for an all-or-nothing mentality, our bodies and souls get more out of life when we enjoy our goodies in moderation. In fact, eating one to three ounces of high-quality dark chocolate not only satisfies our cravings faster (good news for those of us on a weight-loss journey), it also offers great health benefits. With high levels of magnesium and phenylethylamine (PEA), this treat lowers stress, boosts our energy and increases the flow of feel-good hormones like oxytocin, aka the Love Hormone. Add its properties as a natural aphrodisiac and

it’s obvious why chocolate has become such a romantic go-to. Visit a luxury chocolatier for a tasting for two or order custom truffles to-go as a surprise for a sexy night in.

Get Drunk on Love

We love raising a glass to each other, but alcohol doesn’t fit into everyone’s fitness goals. Another delectable way to shake things up on date night is to mix a sidebar of healthy cocktails, tonics and superfoods into your festivities. Top off pomegranate juice and sparkling water with blueberries for a delicious drink that stimulates your senses in all the right ways, waking you up and kick-starting your libido. Botanical ingredients like rosemary, jasmine or chile pepper add a sensuous element to any drink recipe. Mocktails are a great way to stay hydrated throughout a night of celebration, and can even prevent hangovers and stamina issues in the bedroom. Mix up a few pitchers to sip all night or alternate between other cocktails for a tasty and low-maintenance way to up the ante on a romantic evening.

Stay Sexy Year-Round

Even though Valentine’s Day only comes once a year, focusing on you and your partner shouldn’t stop there. Investing in our health allows us to meet unique, long-term needs that positively affect our relationships. One aspect of our health that’s central to a successful relationship is our hormone levels. As these numbers decrease with age, so do our energy, desire and libido. Rather than letting the flame go out, use this holiday to learn how you can take tangible steps to meet your emotional and physical needs with a visit to the Hormone Zone. With options like the O-Shot™, P-Shot™ and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, the Sex Docs help patients to foster satisfying, fulfilling relationships well after the holidays. These therapies provide our bodies with necessary supplements to improve sexual performance and breathe new life into our relationships. Want to learn more? Find the Sex Docs at: Website: Phone: 480.338.8070 Instagram: @TheSexDocs


UP, UP AND AWAY Fly high (and in style) with Float Balloon Tours


For many people, a hot air balloon ride is one of those bucket list adventures. It’s also the perfect way to add some flair to the new year (or a hot Valentine’s Day date) with an undeniable feeling of exhilaration. Phoenix-based Float Balloon Tours is in the business of just that – offering adventure and thrills with a breathtaking dose of sky-high views, as well as a rare perspective of the landscape below. “Our biggest goal is to create a more iconic flight,” says Preston Lindsey, Float Balloon Tours’ director of operations, noting that they seek to give riders a glimpse of nature (rather than city views). To do this, balloon rides head out over the North Phoenix desert and even near Lake Pleasant, which means, of course, plenty of photo ops. Float Balloon Tours offers daily sunrise flights (which take off just after sunrise) throughout the entire year, while sunset flights (which take off a few hours before sunset) are offered daily from November to March. Balloons are operated by two or three crew members plus FAA-certified commercial pilots.


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The balloons themselves are certified to carry two, 10 and 15 passengers, though larger groups can fly in multiple balloons. Perhaps the most unique aspect is the addition of a gourmet culinary experience. No matter what time of day you fly, you’ll receive pre-flight cookies and locally roasted coffee from Cartel Coffee Lab (lemonade before the sunset ride), a post-flight sparkling craft cocktail demo and toast, and a three-course sunrise brunch or sunset dinner – served right where the balloon lands. Partnering with local food purveyors and wineries, Float Balloon Tours serves seasonal, locally sourced meals prepared tableside in the out-of-doors and curated by the executive chef of Cloth & Flame (www., which is also operated by the same owners. The sentiment behind this – to support and share all things local and invite the uniqueness of the Southwest into each experience to engage all the senses – is at the heart of each ride. Even more unique is a private balloon charter, which offers an intimate flight for special occasions. It includes all the bells and whistles, plus a customized experience (just talk to the staff for ideas!) for whatever you’re celebrating, be that a birthday or a proposal. Though balloons are typically airborne for up to 1.5 hours, the whole experience – from arrival to the meal – will last about four hours. Bonus: a professional photographer is part of the whole package for the duration of each tour and can even be scheduled for a mini photo shoot with a private charter. Starting prices are $185 (sunrise), $205 (sunset) and $950 (private). Float Balloon Tours will also offer readers a special discount. Simply mention So Scottsdale! to receive $10 off the purchase of bookings for morning or afternoon flights. For more information and bookings, call 480.256.8695 or visit

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MEET ME IN MONTEREY Wine, whales and wonder await in Northern California


Less than a two-hour flight from the Valley, Northern California’s Monterey County boasts the gorgeous locales of Carmel, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and, of course, Monterey Bay. With a fraction of the crowds that descend on the area in the late spring and summer months, this time of year marks the sneaky best time to visit. Here is our handy guide on where to stay and what to do all season long, and you can find even more information at

Stay Inn at Spanish Bay If there is a golfer in the family, this resort needs no introduction. The Inn at Spanish Bay is situated on the historic, iconic Pebble Beach (and its golf course), which is on the western edge of the Monterey Peninsula along the Pacific Ocean. A blend of old-world charm and luxury, the resort has newly renovated rooms and suites with cozy fireplaces, a sophisticated design and unrivaled views of the course, ocean and surrounding forest. With first class always in focus, the resort offers complimentary Lexus test drives to guests as well as five award-wining dining destinations, nightly bagpipers who “put the golf course to sleep” at dusk, and even its own wine cellar experience with more than 250 bottles by the taste, glass and bottle. Carmel Valley Ranch Upon arrival at the newly renovated Carmel Valley Ranch, it’s impossible not to drink in the heady fragrance of fresh lavender growing on the nearby hillside. In addition to the sheer beauty of this family-friendly resort, because of its location, the climate tends to be a lot warmer, sunnier and less foggy than the coast – especially during winter months. In addition to being one of the top resort destinations in the U.S. (opt for a lavender suite, by the way) they have one of the most unique on-site activities you’ll find anywhere: A bee experience, which puts you in a beekeeper suit for the buzziest adventure in the area.

Play Carmel Valley Wine Tasting The Carmel Valley Wine region is among the most beloved in the world, and for good reason. Many of the area’s award-winning wineries – including Bernardus Winery, Holman Ranch Vineyards, Cima Collina Winery and Joullian Vineyards – are within walking distance of each other and focused on giving guests personal interactions versus simply tasting and selling wines day in and day


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out. Insider tip: While not on the main wine path as the others, take the short drive to Folktale Winery & Vineyards, which is less than a mile from Carmel Valley Ranch and oozes otherworldly charm. The tasting room is whimsical, and the expansive outdoor space is filled with games, sparkling lights and gorgeous greenery. The winemakers’ goals are to express the beautiful acidity and minerality of Monterey’s cool climate and rocky soils, succeeding on all levels, especially in their pinot noir and chardonnay offerings. Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey Bay Aquarium is the ultimate window to the magical marine world for all ages. It is home to 35,000 creatures and more than 550 types of sea life including sea otters, sharks, seahorses, jellyfish and penguins. In addition to ever-evolving special exhibitions, their acclaimed permanent exhibits include a towering three-story Kelp Forest (one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world), touch pools and other hands-on exhibits, the award-winning Splash Zone family galleries, and the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit.



Discovery Whale Watch Think of Monterey Bay as ground zero for whales, with winter being prime time to see the mighty gray whale and several species of dolphins. When fully grown, the gray whale can measure more than 50 feet long. Discovery Whale Watch, the most respected tour outfitter in the region, not only guarantees you to see the majestic mammals on their daily three- to four-hour trips, but has a marine biologist and/or naturalist aboard each trip to narrate the entire adventure.


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Jacks Monterey This newly renovated restaurant in the heart of downtown Monterey, at the Portola Hotel & Spa, focuses on the globally inspired traditions on California cultural cuisine, emphasizing small plates, fresh seafood and a selection of house cocktails, local wines and craft beer. jeninni kitchen + wine bar Redefining the modern wine bar experience, jeninni kitchen + wine bar offers a contemporary take on the sultry cuisines of the Mediterranean coast – with a special emphasis on southern Spain – alongside unique wines and housemade specialty beverages. Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse If you have something a little more seductive and sophisticated in mind when considering dining options in the area, look no further than Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse, which uses the rich, fertile land of California and the nearby Pacific Ocean as well as specialty ingredients from the owners’ travels around the world to source nearly everything on the ever-changing menu. Located in the heart of Carmel (and near many of its best wine-tasting rooms), it is the ultimate special occasion restaurant in the region.





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GO AHEAD, GET BITTER(S) Valentine’s Day drinks with a bit of bite


Forget sweets for your sweet! Whether you’re single, coupled up or something in between, it’s the perfect time to get a little bitter, or, at least, drink that way. Here are 10 cocktails with bitters, the botanically infused liqueur that packs a punch.

Creatures Comfort OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen This handcrafted cocktail starts with bitters made from serrano peppers, cacao, black lime and herbal liqueur. It is combined with a spirit-forward blend of blanco tequila, Cocchi Americano, pineapple matcha syrup, fresh lemon and yuzu juice. $12.


Cowboy Killer Lincoln, A JW Steakhouse Muddled cherries and Peychaud’s Bitters add a sweet and floral aroma to this artful combination of Maker’s Mark bourbon, Grand Marnier and Rosso Sweet Vermouth. $15. 480.905.7979; Date Night ZuZu Lounge This fruit-forward cocktail blends Cruz Reposado Tequila, orange liqueur and Fee Brothers orange and cranberry bitters, respectively. It’s combined with a housemade cranberry date simple syrup for a hint of sweetness. The finishing touch is a Chinese five-spice sugared rim and fresh orange zest. $13.


My Lil Friend Char Kitchen+Bar A mix of Four Roses Bourbon, Don Ciccio & Figli Nocino Walnut Liqueur, and St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur is all brought together with AZ Bitters Lab’s Más Mole Bitters, which has cacao nibs and three types of dried chilies for a kick. $12. The Rested Peach Thirsty Camel Fee Brothers peach and orange bitters are dashed into this drink to ramp up the flavors of lemon juice and peach puree. They are combined with El Jimador Añejo Tequila and finished with rosemary-infused agave nectar for sweetness. $15.


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Clove Actually Sel Clove syrup and both lemon and orange bitters give this cocktail a warm, romantic aroma and taste. They are combined with a blend of Bulleit Rye Whiskey and Gran Gala, an orange liqueur that complements the bitters, for a spirit-forward drink perfect for a winter date. $15. Blood Orange Old Fashioned Hearth ’61 With Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters, Bulleit Rye and housemade simple syrup, this citrus-infused take on an Old-Fashioned cuts the rich body of the classic cocktail with a mellow blend of exotic notes that, while powerful, sits a little sweeter on the palate. $15. B N B House Manhattan Bourbon & Bones A darker twist on a traditional Manhattan, this features housemade bitters finished with pipe tobacco. It’s mixed with Woodford Reserve bourbon, Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth, and Grade A maple syrup. The result is the vibe of a high-end cigar shop – but without all the smoke. $18. Jalisco Firehouse Famous 48 Spice things up a bit with a blend of Patron Silver Tequila and housemade (and hot!) habanero bitters balanced out with agave nectar and fresh lime juice, then served over ice with a Tajin-rimmed glass. $13. Last Great Wine Thief North Italia Plymouth Gin, sauvignon blanc and clover honey are amped up with a secret ingredient, a hopped grapefruit bitters that adds a pop of citrus and sour. $10.




Good golly, this Loli! While the menu at J’s Kaiyo Sushi + Bar has no shortage of fresh flavors, its Loli Roll ($15) by chefs Jason McGrath and Todd Register is especially inspired, both to the eye and taste buds. It starts with raw cuts of bigeye tuna, yellowtail and salmon – each flown in fresh daily from all over the world – as well as avocado. The chefs then carefully slice English cucumbers, using thin sheets of the vegetable in place of traditional rice to delicately roll it all together. It’s topped with a drizzle of housemade, citrusinfused ponzu and black sesame seeds for texture. They plate it differently each day, using everything from orchids to lemon flowers from the Valley’s Twisted Infusions Farms. J’s Kaiyo Sushi + Bar, 4412 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale; 480.427.2526;

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CELEBRATE OUR STATE Spotted Donkey Cantina’s 1912 pays spirited homage to Arizona’s anniversary


Did you know that Feb. 14 is more than just Valentine’s Day in Arizona? On February 14, 1912, we became a state! “We wanted to celebrate our statehood by creating a drink that celebrates the flavors that we think make this region so special,” says Scott Peterson, the liquid chef for the Spotted Donkey Cantina at the Boulders Resort & Spa. The resulting cocktail, fittingly named 1912 ($16), celebrates all that grows wild and tastes delicious in the Southwest. “We knew if we wanted to showcase the Southwest, it had to have tequila, famously made from blue agave in Mexico,” Peterson says. “We use Herradura Double Barrel Reposado, which is aged after distillation in American oak barrels for 11 months to allow flavor maturation.” Spotted Donkey’s Herradura is even more special, as it comes from a barrel his team hand-selected in Mexico for the resort’s exclusive use. “While there, we noticed fields of lavender growing wild around the agave,” says Peterson, who plays on this natural connection by making his own lavender syrup infused with macerated celery to pair with the tequila, amping up the spirit’s subtle sweet, herbal notes in the process. Peterson then squeezes two tangerines into the shaker with the other ingredients, directly infusing one of Arizona’s famous “Five Cs” (citrus) into the cocktail. He pours the contents over a laser-cut artisanal ice cube in a vintage rocks glass, then finishes it with a splash of club soda for balance. Garnished with fresh lavender, the 1912 is a bright, refreshing homage fitting of the Grand Canyon State. Spotted Donkey Cantina, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.488.3358;


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Siegfried Hohaus

Siegfried Hohaus serves as the regional executive chef of Mastro’s Ocean Club, overseeing the masterfully crafted surf-and-turf menu that has earned national acclaim a dozen or more times over.


Is that an accent we hear? Guilty as charged. I am originally from a small town in Bavaria, Germany, called Zellingen. Did you always know you wanted to be a chef? I really did. It all started in the kitchen with my mother, who I loved to help cook, especially when we made her famous potato dumplings together. By age 14, I started working in my first kitchen. Tell us about your journey to America. After my first few kitchens, I apprenticed at Hotel Excelsior, a luxury resort in Croatia that also happens to be where I met my wife. After completing training, I began a career with Hilton International, which would take me to Switzerland, England, New York and Indonesia. A special highlight from those days – serving as executive sous chef for the restaurant atop the World Trade Center. What about your journey to Arizona and Ocean Club? My wife and I moved to Arizona in 1990 and had our daughter, so she’s a native! I took a position with the then-acclaimed Oscar Taylor restaurant and then Che Bella before joining the Mastro’s family in 2000, when I became the chef for their Marco Polo restaurant in Scottsdale. I actually helped design the original menu for Ocean Club and helped to open it back in 2001. What are some of your favorite ingredients to use? I use olive oil for just about everything and love cooking with saffron. I also love to get creative with pasta, especially gnocchi. What would we be surprised to know about you? I never formally learned English. I picked up everything I know from friends in kitchens around the world. Mastro’s Ocean Club, 15045 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.443.8555;


HOT, HOT, HOT! Amp up the night with a little spice


New Mexican Sausages

Rokerij Four grilled Schreiner’s pork sausages are handstuffed with jalapeno and cilantro for an extra kick and served over wood oven-roasted sweet onions and pinto beans. $15. 6335 N. 16th St., 602.287.8900;

Shishito Peppers

jade bar at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Shishito peppers, which are known for their distinctive medium heat and smokiness, are blistered on the grill to bring out their spice and then paired with a sweet and savory soy caramel sauce and hint of garlic to cut the heat while bringing a touch of zest to the tongue. $14. 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.607.2300;

Hell’s Fire Chips

AZ88 Billed as the appetizer tailor-made for the devil himself, these homemade potato chips are drizzled with a specialty hot sauce and then topped with melted blue cheese to help quell the intensity. $9. 7353 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale; 480.994.5576;

Carne Adovada Enchiladas

Jalapeno Inferno

Los Dos Molinos Featured on Food Network for its full menu of dishes bursting with heat, the restaurant’s flavorful enchilada dish is a standout. The pork is marinated in chilies for hours to enhance the flavors and then paired with a fried egg, your choice of red or green sauce, rice, and beans. $14.95. Two locations;

Exit Wound Bowl There are many ways to make the month of love even hotter. Candlelight and slow music may come to mind, but hot food is the real recipe for romance. Spice up your meal (and love life!) with these 12 fiery finds to raise the temperature on a cool winter’s night.

Moto Sushi Moto’s Exit Wound Bowl is particularly intense, featuring crispy shrimp, grilled chicken breast, and vegetables tossed in Moto Hell Fire sauce and served with cooling white rice. $12.95. 6845 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.263.5444;

Hellfire Wings

R Bar at JW Marriott Camelback Inn The name says it all, as these fiery, meaty wings are slathered in habanero sweet chili sauce and served with a side of ranch dressing and crudités. $12. 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, 480.948.1700;


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Crispy Hot Chicken Sandwich

Salty Sow How hot can you handle it? All-natural chicken is first rubbed in a medley of heated spices, including those from jalapeno and cayenne peppers, then deep-fried to perfection. It’s served on a toasted brioche bun piled high with kale slaw and bread and butter pickles. $15. 4801 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale; 602.795.9463;

Hatch Tacos de la Calle

Jalapeno Inferno Grilled chicken is stuffed into small, double-layered corn tortillas (made locally) and topped with onions, cilantro and spicy Hatch chiles. $14. Two locations;

Ring of Fire Burger

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers A hand-formed, half-pound burger is piled high with pepper jack cheese, jalapenos and a spiced onion ring topped with buffalo sauce and spicy mayo. $12.50. Multiple locations; Salty Sow


Spicy Seafood Hot Pot

Clever Koi Hearty udon noodles swim in an aromatic, spicy broth brimming with shrimp, calamari steak, scallops and catfish. $17.50. 4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.222.3474;

Diabla Shrimp Taco

Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila Shrimp sauteed in guajillo sauce – made from dried guajillo peppers, garlic, charred grilled onions, tomatoes and habaneros – is served on a bed of Mexican rice and a warm tortilla. $5. Two locations;

Spicy Fettuccini

Pomelo at the Orchard Spanish chorizo lights up this pasta dish and is further revved up with peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. The flavors are rounded out with garlic cream sauce, broccolini, earthy mushrooms and Parmesan cheese. $16. 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2600;

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The House Brasserie is another eatery from chef Matt Carter’s repertoire with a quaint Victorian-era cottage feel and a romantic patio perfect for a date night or just to celebrate a beautiful Arizona evening. Their dinner menu offers modern American fare with notes of Asian and European flavors. Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. and brunch is served Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Monday. 2515 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.2433;; $$$



ATLAS BISTRO Atlas Bistro is a BYOB fine dining destination using organic, local produce and sustainable meats and seafood. The eclectic menu changes daily and patrons can purchase bottles from the wine shop next door to pair with dinner. Open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Reservations highly recommended. 2515 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.2433;; $$$ AZ88 AZ88 is a vivacious restaurant and bar with swanky martinis and an upbeat ambience. The food menu consists of refined pub fare such as burgers and chicken sandwiches next to shrimp ceviche. The kitchen cooks from 11:30 am to 12:30 a.m. seven days a week. Cocktails served until 1:30 a.m. nightly. 7353 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale; 480.994.5576; www.; $$ CAFÉ MONARCH Chef and owner Gus Lewkowicz’s award-winning Cafe Monarch is recognized as one of the most romantic restaurants in America. This fine dining establishment caters to many special occasions or even an extravagant night out. The four-course, fixedprice menu is rotated weekly and the kitchen revolves around local, organic, sustainable and overall responsibly procured ingredients. Reservations only. Closed Monday. 6934 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.970.7682; www.; $$$$ FNB FnB has as enough accolades to fill their highly acclaimed wine cellar and for good reason. The superb seasonally inspired menu is paired with a James Beard Award-winning wine list. Open Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m. From 3 to 5 p.m. at the bar, special food and drink offerings are available. 7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.284.4777; www.; $$$ MOWRY & COTTON Located at The Phoenician, Mowry & Cotton offers an approachable Old West elegance for casual after work drinks or a relaxed date night. The revolving menu consists of regionally inspired American dishes such as flatbreads, hearty proteins and bounteous vegetarian options. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. At The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.423.2530; www.mowryandcotton. com; $$$-$$$$


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ALO CAFÉ This Euro-style breakfast and lunch eatery in Old Town Scottsdale offers dishes inspired by the international travels and Estonian heritage of owner Steve Martinez. Popular menu items include the signature cornflakecrusted French toast and the Chitown heat omelet smothered in New Mexico-style green chile sauce. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 6960 E. 1st St., Scottsdale; 480.878.4712;; $$ ARCADIA FARMS CAFÉ This quaint little cafe in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale dishes out seasonally inspired American dishes to enjoy on a lush garden patio. The farm-to-table breakfast and lunch spot serves daily baked pastries, bountiful salads, omelets and crepes. Gluten-free and vegetarian friendly menus. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 7014 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale;; $$ BREAKFAST KITCHEN BAR Wake up to a redefined idea of breakfast because at Breakfast Kitchen Bar, they have reimagined some rich ways to start the day. Salads, burgers and sandwiches are also alternatives to breakfast. Gluten-free and vegetarian menus are available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and brunch from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy hour/ tapas start at 1:30 p.m. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15147 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.361.6698; www.; $$ HASH KITCHEN Welcome to the home of Arizona’s largest bloody mary bar! Hash Kitchen encourages diners’ creativity to flow with more than 40 craft toppings such as bacon, chiles, meatballs and fried ravioli. Breakfast and brunch is served daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specialties include the breakfast lasagna and fluffy cannoli pancakes. Two locations in Scottsdale: Scottsdale Quarter and The Shops at Gainey Village; www.; $$


LE MACARON FRENCH PASTRIES This national franchise specializes in traditional French macaron cookies. This pastry shop also serves an array of sweets including pastries, gelato, chocolates and crepes. The main feature, macarons, come in 19 varieties and can be packaged in a giant tower for special occasions or as gifts. Some gluten-free options available. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10

p.m. (except until 8 p.m. on Sundays). At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.438.8692; www.lemacaron-us. com; $-$$ RUZE CAKE HOUSE The mother-daughter baking team has taken Scottsdale and social media by storm with their fresh, artistic designs. Beautifully decorated macarons, cactus-shaped cookies and delicate cupcakes are lined up along the pristine counter. They offer a large selection of vegan cakes and baked goods as well as gluten-free options. Perfect for special occasions, weddings and custom desserts. 7033 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.438.8692;; $-$$ SUGAR BOWL It’s hard to miss this bubble gum pink landmark in Old Town Scottsdale. Since 1958, Sugar Bowl has been serving old-fashioned sodas, ice creams, malts, floats and sundaes. And their menu goes beyond dessert, offering classic diner fare like patty melts and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch and dinner daily. 4005 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.946.0051;; $-$$ SWEET PROVISIONS Sweet Provisions is a charmingly colorful ice creamery and sweets shop that will put a smile on all who walk through its doors. They serve ice cream made fresh daily using only local Arizona dairy as well as housebaked goods, such as pies, cookies, bars and brownies. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 8120 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.275.2676; www.; $ SWEET REPUBLIC This award-winning small-batch ice creamery has gotten the attention of the Food Network and Bon Appetit magazine with their signature toffee banofi sundae. Made with two scoops of Madagascar vanilla, almond toffee brittle, bananas and salted caramel sauce, it is sundae funday in a waffle bowl. Pick up a bag of their bacon brittle or a pint of artisan ice cream as a sweet gift. 9160 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.248.6979; www.; $


FAT OX Fat Ox is a contemporary Italian concept that’s stunningly well-designed with a wrap-around patio meant for a beautiful dining experience al fresco. The menu highlights more than a

dozen housemade pastas that change seasonally, plus flavorful roasted meats. The full bar offers handcrafted, Italian-inspired cocktails; an extensive wine list; and internationally renowned craft beer. Aperitivo hour daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the bar and lounge. Dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m. 6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.307.6900; www.; $$$ FRANCO’S ITALIAN CAFFE At Franco’s, guests can experience authentic Italian Florentine cooking in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Escape for a romantic evening dining on creamy fettuccine tartufo or a hearty 32-ounce bistecca fiorentina. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. 4327 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.481.7614;; $$$ POMO PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA The Pomo family specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizzas baked in their hand-built, wood-fired ovens. Their time-tested recipe is certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana and Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani organizations, authenticating Pomo’s true Italian pizzeria experience. Open daily for lunch and dinner service starting at 11 a.m. Gluten-free and vegan options available. 8977 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.998.1366; www.; $$ THE SICILIAN BUTCHER This butchery-inspired eatery specializes in craft meatballs and charcuterie, also serving fresh pastas made in-house daily and a variety of small plates. Gluten-free options available. Enjoy happy hour drink and food specials all day, every day. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 15530 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.775.5140; www.; $$


CHART HOUSE At Chart House, guests can enjoy an elegant seafood dinner with beautiful views of Camelback Lake. Chart House is known for its Wicked Tuna tacos, herb-seasoned and slow-roasted prime rib, and fresh Alaskan king crab served with drawn butter. Their signature hot chocolate lava cake is a must, with a rich chocolate molten center and Godiva liqueur infusion. Gluten-sensitive menu available. Open for dinner nightly. In McCormick Ranch, 7255 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.629.4922; www.; $$$-$$$$

THE SALT CELLAR Welcome to Arizona’s only underground full-service restaurant! Down the wooden stairwell lies this landmark establishment that has been serving some of the best seafood in the Valley since 1971. A variety of seasonal seafood is sourced from all over the world, but The Salt Cellar is known for always having an excellent selection of whole Maine lobsters. Enjoy discounted cocktails and appetizers daily during happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. 550 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.1963;; $$$-$$$$


LINCOLN, A JW STEAKHOUSE Lincoln is a polished contemporary American dining experience with a refined steakhouse menu sourcing many ingredients from local purveyors. Guests dine in a serene setting with vistas overlooking Camelback Mountain. Dinner served daily from 5 to 10 p.m. At JW Marriot Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.905.7979;; $$$-$$$$ ORANGE SKY Located on the 15th floor of Talking Stick Resort, Orange Sky is the signature fine dining destination with panoramic views of Scottsdale at sunset. The high-back seating enclaves in the dining room provide privacy for a romantic dinner or small group event. Guest can select a bottle from their award-winning wine list to pair with the new American menu, featuring Alaskan king crab legs and Australian Tajima wagyu beef carved and served tableside for two. Open daily for dinner starting at 5 p.m. At Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale; www.talkingstickresort. com; $$$ ROARING FORK This Texas-based eatery is known for its wood-fired cooking and bold American dishes with an infusion of Southwest flavors. Select meats are prepared by either wood-fired rotisserie, an open-flame grill, or wood oven roasting. The tortilla soup is a flavorful starter. The bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with cheese grits and Mexican street corn is a popular entree. But the green chili mac and cheese seems to present itself on every table. Open nightly for dinner starting at 4 p.m. Happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m. 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.0795;; $$


KAZIMIERZ WORLD WINE BAR Hidden in Old Town Scottsdale is an unmarked door where, upon entering, guests are greeted with live entertainment, dim cavernous cellar lighting, and a thick folder of more than 2,000 listed wines. Underrated are the worldly tapas from the Kazimierz kitchen. The charcuterie and cheese plates are always winners along with the famous Cowboy Ciao Stetson chopped salad and any of the imaginative flatbreads. 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.946.3004;; $$ THE LIVING ROOM “Love, laugh and lounge” is The Living Room’s motto. The wine lounge concept focuses on hospitality and good food. Guests can get cozy on plush sofas and seating inside and on the patio. Socialize over glasses of wine and an eclectic menu that serves everything from sushi rolls to sliders to bruschetta. Drink specials are offered from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Food specials are from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Brunch is on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two locations in Scottsdale: The Shops at Gainey Village and Market Street at DC Ranch; www.; $$ POSTINO Postino WineCafe is the Valley’s original neighborhood wine bistro with complementary noshes like bruschetta and paninis to pair with an extensive collection of Arizona and worldly wines. Locals pack the restaurant on Monday and Tuesday evenings after 8 p.m. for their $20 bottle and bruschetta special. And they offer $5 wine by the glass and pitchers of beer daily from open to 5 p.m. Two locations in Scottsdale: Highland and Kierland Commons;; $$ SORSO WINE ROOM Sorso is a premier wine bar in North Scottsdale with a fantastic cellar of 150 bottled wines. Of particular note, Sorso features 32 self-pour wines, allowing patrons to sample wines before committing to a full glass. The menu features salads, sandwiches and charcuterie boards for lunch and dinner to elevate the wine-tasting experience. At the store’s market, guests can stock up on bottles, growlers, sweets and wine accessories. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.951.4344;; $$

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Held at The Phoenician, the Phoenix Open Tee-Off Luncheon was an exciting precursor to this month’s annual golf tournament. Guests enjoyed a gourmet lunch while special guest, two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning, was the headline speaker.

Tiffany Quayle and Whitney Heglie


Stephanie and Kirk McDowell

Karen Ragains and Rick Sugg

Maureen Markham and Ed Howsam

Michelle Simpson, Patty Ehmann and Erin Stone

Erin Dueck and John Creighton

Monique Porras and Johnny Hampton

Lana Breen and Cale Clayton

Craig Smith and Shannon Blair

Jodie Morrison and Matt McGuire


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This women’s luncheon took place at Symphony Hall and raised funds for The Phoenix Symphony’s programs, which support more than 125,000 people in the community each year.


Tyler Butler and Vanessa Valero-Williams

Carol Poore and Molly Stockley

Jenn Godsey and Deanna Zelinka

Ashley Hill and Patty Flint

Lecia Scaglione and Marcia Meyer

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The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction returned to WestWorld of Scottsdale for its 47th annual auction year. Barrett-Jackson included more than 1,500 auction vehicles, over 300 sponsors and exhibitors, rare cars auctioned for charity, and luxury VIP experiences.

Scott Pasmore and Ron Pasmore


Bogi Lateiner

Jeff and Joy Ring

Cary and Joseph Romano

Lynette Walker and Ronda Verdegaal

Laura Thomas

Doug and Jen Gesick

Tangie Hernandez and Hope Beneteau

Dominique Borrego and Trent Anson

Erik Gocken and Sarah Calandro


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Ray Garcia and Valerie Thompson-Garcia

Meet Artists in over 115 Working Studios 480-837-7163 26540 N Scottsdale Rd January 12 - March 25 10-week Season Pass $10; Military/Seniors $8 • Open Daily 10am-6pm

Mike and Laurie Dyer


Nick and Natasha Palumbo

FINE ART & WINE FESTIVAL FEB 9-11 7135 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale

G I L B E R T FINE ART & WINE FESTIVAL FEB 16-18 90 E Civic Center Dr, Gilbert U P C O M I N G CAREFREE MAR 16-18


Meet renowned artists, stroll throughout juried fine arts, enjoy sipping fine wines and listening to live music. $3 Admission • Held Outdoors • 10am-5pm • 480-837-5637 Becky Holton and Craig Zeller

So Scottsdale! February ‘18




The Phoenix Symphony’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala celebrated the symphony’s 70th anniversary season at the Arizona Biltmore with a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment by The JJ’s Band and The Phoenix Symphony, dancing, and a Champagne toast. Chaired by Jeff and Leslie Rich, the program paid tribute to past Phoenix Symphony board of directors.

Thomas McCaan and Karilee Ramaley


Louann Phillips and Ina Kort

Victor and Ciara Bhattacharyya

Mike Davis and Paige Pataky

Jacklyn and Michael Suleiman

Gladys and Bruce Tharrington

Teresa and Mike Dempsey

J. David and Heather Smith

Amy and Paul Pfeifer

Vanessa and Ryan Williams


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Julie and Eric Morris

Come Experience the Difference In Class & Cleanliness! 480.998.9554 8320 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale 85258 (One block North of Via De Ventura)

M-F 9:30-7

SAT 9:30-6

Appointments recommended - Walk–ins welcome Bethany and Todd Kurtchner


Sarah Jennings and Colleen Clancey


480.363.8583 |

Larry Gassner and Geena Horn

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Beautiful Bride



More than 800 cars were up for auction at Russo and Steele, held this year at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. During the five-day event, attendees had the opportunity to admire and purchase European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and custom cars.


Two by Two Hair & Makeup Artistry


3939 E. Campbell, Phoenix, 85018 Located inside Dylan’s Salon

Brenda Aguilera and Erick Hryhorczak

Kiss Me Kate Boutique is a specialty store for the fashion conscious woman. Our many labels take you to the board room, sports events, cocktail parties, or to travel around the world.

Valerie Leff and John Leff

Simply the Best!

Located at the Camelback Village Mall 5039 N. 44th Street • Phoenix • AZ 85018 602 • 840 • 6173

Melanie Perea, Joei Davis and Celina Schumpe


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Elisabeth and Josh King

Chris and Trisha Chandler

Matry Vieau and Linda Cahoe

Sheila Van Zant and Coco Schmidt

So Scottsdale! February ‘18




BOARD OF VISITORS FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON KFNX Exclusively Features Laura Ingraham and Michael Savage Ranked Top Ten Shows in the Country



Hosted at the Arizona Biltmore, this event featured clothing from Dillard’s modeled by the Board of Visitors (BOV) 2017 Flower Girls and the grandchildren of the organization’s members with proceeds benefiting BOV.


Pat Mattingly and Gina Anthony

Kate Tiffany and Mary Sandra Elder

To advertise, host a show, or for more information: Call (602) 277-1100 or visit our website: Jacquie Cox and Roxanna Zurek


So Scottsdale! February ‘18



Cindy Quinn and Cindy Willis FREE CLASSIC MANICURE


When you spend $35 or more at same visit Mon-Wed. February only.





8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 112

480.998.1100 M-F: 9:30am - 7pm . Sat: 9:30 - 6pm . Sun: 10am - 5pm Christel Tiffany and Michelle Georgeoff

Lisa Pechnik and Margie Hans

Andrea Katsenes and Nadine Hart

So Scottsdale! February ‘18



THE SCOTT A reimaged resort debuts in Scottsdale



The resort formerly known as FireSky has been revamped and reopened as The Scott Resort & Spa thanks to new ownership. Near Old Town Scottsdale, the resort has completed phase one of a $15 million renovation that updated all of the public spaces including the pool area, lobby lounge, restaurant, bar and several model rooms. “Our goal with The Scott was to evoke the area’s local Sonoran style while nodding to the property’s two muses – Scottsdale founder Winfield Scott and Cuban-American immigrant Julian Duarte – through the colors of old Havana and the elegant geometry of Bauhaus,” says John Grossman of Classic Hotels & Resorts, the new ownership group of The Scott. Upon entering the resort, guests will be greeted with vibrantly colored woven textiles, comfortable seating nooks, lush indoor and outdoor plantings, historic family portraiture, and tapestries. The overall design mimics old Spanish missions and is accented by utilitarian fixtures and finishes as well as clean geometric forms. In the lobby, caning screens contrast against the modern curved brass of Bauhaus-inspired chandeliers and rattan


So Scottsdale! February ‘18

settees scattered throughout, reflecting the eclectic style of Havana. Blue-glazed olive jars and indoor landscaping create an intimate seating oasis. A handcrafted, Spanishtiled bar and existing arches reflect the traditional, original architecture of the space. “One of the great successes of the renovation is our newly opened signature restaurant, The Canal Club. Our talented chef de cuisine, Chris Castro, has created a thoughtful menu that unites a vast range of Latin flavors,” Grossman says. Menu specialties include crispy skin salmon with Peruvian potato hash and chipotle butter ($30) and paella with vegetables and saffron rice in a tomato broth ($20). “While new in concept and menu, our bar still capitalizes on the indoor-outdoor layout people loved so much at FireSky,” says Grossman, noting that a massive indoor tree was planted as a new focal point for the bar. Among the recommendations from behind the bar are the Cubano Viejo featuring rum with Demerara, lime, mint, prosecco and bitters ($12) and the Mission Revival featuring tequila with cold-brew coffee, pineapple and bitters ($12). The upgrades to the resort’s two lagoon-like pools include the addition of high-end cabanas and new, beautiful landscaping. Guests and locals will continue to enjoy creative cocktails and light bites from The Canal Club Poolside and can dip their toes in the resort’s sandy beach pool. “We revitalized this space with the idea of balance in mind, echoing the minimalist beauty of the desert while creating purposeful moments of intimacy,” Grossman says. Plans to continue to evolve the resort are also already underway, with a second phase planned for this year to revamp the remaining guestrooms and suites, slated for completion in the fall. The Scott Resort & Spa, 4925 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.945.7666;


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