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VOLUME 38, NO. 5


Ruth Ritz By Bill Dougherty


Remembering Marty Bell


Remembering Ruth Ritz


Design Barbara Kaplan Design and Lifestyle


Publisher La Dolce Vita


Society Experience Matters


Fashion Samantha’s Favorite Finds


Society Homeless Veterans Food Drive


Society Dine with Your Dogs


Society Dancing with the Stars Arizona


Design Barbara’s Picks


Inner-View O’Connor Institute


Inner-View Phoenix Art Museum


Society Veterans Luncheon

Ruth was an extremely active member of the philanthropic community. When the Arizona Opera Ball and Phoenix Symphony Ball were still huge events, Ruth was always there; dressed to the nines and giving any support the balls needed. She was very involved in the Phoenix Heart Ball, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Weizmann Institute, the Arizona Costume Institute, Brandeis, the Kivel Auxiliary Board and the Western Historical Society. Ruth was also a long-standing member of the Arizona Opera League. But these were just a few of her favorite things. At the end of the day, truth be told she would rather be front and center on the court at a Phoenix Suns game. She would often say that women understood sports just as much as men did.


Inner-View Hospice Thrift Store Opening


Trendy Travel Private Jet Etiquette


Design Barbara’s Picks


Society Boy & Girls Club Gala


Interior Design Christopher Coffin


Society Runway for Research


Travel Amansala Retreat


Pets Arizona Humane Society Pets of the Month


Trashy Summer Retro Read

Ruth Ritz will forever be remembered as the beautiful blonde in the simple suit. She loved jewelry and believed that less is more. “Wear simple suits and dresses and knock it out of the park with oversized accessories,” she used to tell me. I will miss our friendship and our lunches with Betty McRae and Kathrine Woods. Ruth loved Vincent’s and we had the privilege to lunch with the lovely lady there on occasion. I still have the letter Ruth wrote me in 2005 when AZ Society Magazine appeared. They told everyone who would listen that they planned to put Trends Magazine out-of-business. At the time several Trendsetters joined their board. Ruth was furious in her letter to me. She asked how those women could be so cruel after everything Trends had done for them. The publication lasted only several seasons. I may not wish to remember, but I will never forget. She was forever faithful and loyal to the end. In life certain people pass through your world and really make a divine impact on you. Ruth Ritz was one of those very special people. She was as beautiful on the outside as she was on the in. Ruth had a very long and remarkable life. She will be missed by so many.


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As the hot months of summer approached, we learned of the passing of 1994 Trendsetter Ruth Ritz. She will always be remembered for being the most beautifully dressed socialite in the room and always the nicest. Many of the 1994 Trendsetters and myself shared a special bond. That was the year I joined this publication. I got to know Ruth and the other nine ladies through various social gatherings at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and of course the annual new Trendsetter luncheon that was and still is held at Vincent On Camelback. It was quite a treat to be in the presence of such well-accomplished ladies. Ruth and I bonded almost immediately and became good friends for the rest of her life.


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REMEMBERING ... Marty Bell


By Bill Dougherty

Just as the social season, as we once knew it, came to a grinding halt; we learned of the unexpected passing of Dr. Martin Bell. Like so many, Marty left us far too soon; yet he leaves a lasting and indelible legacy in our society and culture. Shortly after I purchased Trends in 2000; I was introduced to Marty Bell and his lovely and effervescent wife, Linda Herold, at a dinner party. The evening was hosted by the famed architect Michael P. Johnson and his equally attractive wife Suzanne. While I found Linda to be gregarious, Marty was quiet; but during dinner I sat in awe of this amazing gentleman and his truly iconic life. Marty Bell seldom told anyone that he was a leading board-certified plastic surgeon. Many people did not know that he was also a top medical malpractice attorney and consultant to countless medical establishments and legal firms. Dr. Bell was also an accomplished ice skater and ice hockey player. He loved to sail and kept an impressive vessel in Southern California for decades. His dedication to refinement and culture was marked by his ability to play almost any classical movement on the piano. He also found time to serve his country in the United States Army as a reservist. All this from a man few if any really got to know. He chose to cloister his unbelievable achievements rather than wear them on his sleeve in vulgarity. We have lost a true renaissance man in Dr. Martin Bell. Together with his wife Linda of more than 41 years, they did extraordinary things to aid and support the community. All this was done in a very often quiet and under the radar way. Dr. Bell never brought attention to himself but chose to shine that light on so many charities, arts and organizations that are far better off because of him. A stunning coffee table book on the architecture of Miami sits in our family room. It is a cherished gift the Bell’s gave us at the annual Trendsetter party at our home last spring. Marty knew how much we loved architecture. Every time I look at that book, I smile. He will be missed.


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LA DOLCE VITA The Season October to May By Bill Dougherty

Let’s face it, these are strange times. But with all the negative things

In other news, the Arizona Costume Insti-

that have happened in the last several months, we must remember

tution has replaced Dennita Sewell who

that there is always a silver lining. While it may see a bit glib to say

left the museum last winter for a position

this in the face of so much that has happened, remember that Arizona

at ASU. Helen Jean, who did a splendid

is a strong and dynamic place to live. The Wild West is still alive and

job with a recent exhibition on the colors and fabrics of India; just

well and we need to realize that is why we are all still living here. If this

before the whole world went into lockdown; has officially been hired.

sounds too preachy than cancel your subscription to Trends. All we

People were talking the night of the opening about the magnificent

can do is move forward and onward and upward.

job Ms. Jean had done gathering countless costumes and biogra-

The good news is that great things are happening at the Phoenix

phies for the exhibition and on very short notice. We all knew that

Art Museum. In just a short period they gained a new director and the Arizona Costume institute did as well. When we last reported

night, as we watched the blonde and attractive lady move through the room, that she was going to make her respective mark on the

on the stately institution, things were not going well. I still believe in

institute and she already has.

my heart of hearts that the former director should be sued for all the

With the loss of so many people this last winter and spring. I was sad-

havoc she created. God help any institution that inherits her. Anyway,

dened to learn of the passing of country great Kenny Rogers. Several

that was then and this is now. We had the privilege of interviewing

years ago, when Mr. Rogers made an appearance at Celebrity Fight

Tim Rodgers, who is now at the helm of the museum. He brings

Night, the event’s founder Jimmy Walker granted me an exclusive

incredible people skills and a vast and rich resume of all-things art to

interview with the famed performer. We must have spoken for more

the museum. Just watch him soar!

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than two hours. In all the years I have had the opportunity to interview

his field and became one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

celebrities, largely due to Mr. Walker, Kenny Rogers is in my top five.

Yet he remained humble and thankful for his extraordinary success.

You never know what you’re going to get when you interview some-

He will be missed.

one famous. Remember Jane Fonda? You get the picture? Anyway,

As we close for the hot Summer months Trends Magazine and the

we talked about his early beginnings in the New Christy Minstrels, who he claimed tried to cheat him out of royalties. Then there was the move that followed to the First Edition. It was there that Kenny Rogers would have one of his biggest hits. The anti-Vietnam protest song, “Ruby,” became one of the biggest Country crossovers of the 1960s. We also spoke at great depth about his duet partner Dottie West. She had become the first female Country singer to win a Grammy in 1964 for “Here Comes My Baby.” Together the two would go on to sell-out massive football stadiums and Las Vegas showrooms throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. They charted countless number-one hits and sold millions of albums. But Ms. West perished in a car accident in 1990, ending their international success. Almost three decades after her passing, it was painfully obvious that he still grieved her loss. He joked with me about his legendary plastic surgery and said at times he did not even recognize himself in the mirror! When we concluded our interview, he gave me his cell phone number and asked me to keep it and said, “call me anytime.” Mr. Rogers was a man who charted more number-one hits than most in

Trends Charitable Fund wish to thank all of you for helping to make our community a better place for those who are less fortunate. An Evening of Trends has been postponed until the fall of 2021. This is the first time in our thirty-eight-year history that our Fabulous Phoenician and Trendsetters will hold their respective titles for two years. We will see you back here next Fall. We hope you have a great summer! BAD SOCIAL BEHAVIOR: A much-adored and dearly departed socialite maintained that the charitable world was about giving back and not about money. While she often said that to many, “money was necessary, giving back was far more important.” “It’s not about the check you write, it’s about the work you do to make things better.” At the end of her life she had become so wary that money was overshadowing the rarified circles of the charity ball circuit. She would often say, “We never talked about money, we talked about building a future.” Cautionary tale…



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More than 550 people made their way to the Camelback Inn for the 4th annual Experience Matters luncheon. This year, past Change Makes Award recipient Lattie Coor returned with his lovely wife Elva as Honorary Chairs of the prestigious luncheon. Janet Napolitano was this year’s award winner for her tireless dedication to the state and a community she has never forgotten since her departure. Greg Stanton served as the mod-


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The brainchild of local community leader Liz Agboola, the Senior Placement Services, of which she is CEO, held a hugely successful food and supply drive for the Valley’s homeless veterans. There were so many of our local socialites that generously contributed by dropping food and hygienic supplies off or mailed checks in, that people on the food drive team made

countless runs for bulk food and supplies. The participants are too numerous to be mentioned here but that’s a good thing! We all felt a need to help out in some way during the quarantine and this opportunity gave an easy way for our community to be charitable. That’s what do here in the Valley, after all, so congratulations to all who participated.




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The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona did a magnificent job yet again. Dancing With The Stars Arizona brought out some of the biggest movers and shakers in the community and matched them with top-rate dancers. The event is still growing and going strong after more than a decade of wonderous talents and dedication of its participants. Ashleigh Schufeldt who handles all the special events for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona must have been so pleased with the outcome of yet another successful gala. After all, the spectacular evening benefits the foundation and that’s more important than anything. A tremendous round of applause for all who dedicated time and dancing to this worthy cause. It’s a lot of work!

Anna Aquino and Jay Bair

Jim and Kayla Dulle

Kavita Saggar and Sandeep Patel

Denae and Dan LeMoine

Coverage courtesy of Veronica Cook


Roshini Bagal and Nancy Kim

Loralee Langlilde and Leslie Rich

Leonard McDonald with Leslie and Patrick McReynolds

Coverage courtesy of Veronica Cook

Susan and Jim Allen with Mark Brammer

Marcia Benjamin, Charlie Shikany, Matt Benjamin, Roxanne Shikany, Joseph Levine, Rue Bax

Michelle Felker and Janet Brooks

Matt Kertesz and Holly Hutton

Sagouya Bauman and Bathsheba Adams

Suzanne Brown with Heather Kirk and Kevin Bauer




Comfort, Productivity & Well-Being Working from Home or Anytime By Barbara Kaplan,

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Avoid eating at your desk. Enjoy a break elsewhere. Have fresh flowers or plants by your desk. Use favorite writing utensils-pens, pencils, paper. Change your favorite screen savers often. Stand up every 20 minutes to stretch and walk a few steps. Whenever returning to your computer, wash hands and refresh your wrists and back of neck with cold water. When waiting for a call, new screen to open, or anything – take a few slow deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Don’t wear shoes if you don’t have to. Wiggle your toes, ankles, and fingers as often as possible. Do arm curls at your desk.

10. Wear lipstick or guys Chapstick to keep your lips moist. 11. Take a drink of water every 15 minutes. 12. Change the chair you sit on, at least once a day. 13. Alternate working at a standing desk. 14. When on a phone call, pace as you talk.

a. You can even schedule some phone calls for when you walk outside.

15. While sitting, be aware of your posture and move it often. 16. Stretch your arms, back and shoulders and notice when you start to slump forward.

17. Be mindful of your body and move it when and where needed. 18. Don’t twist your body or cross your legs when sitting at your desk. 19. Don’t read doom and gloom emails. 20. Play music you enjoy. Let the people you speak to on the phone over-hear it too.

21. Keep lights off, as much as you can and work in natural sun light from windows.

22. Open all windows, as long as the weather allows. 23. Consider taking your work outdoors, if possible. 24. Stick to eating healthy food at mealtimes and curb snacks unless they are healthy ones, too.

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Celebrating the Legacy Luncheon December 2020 People are talking about the Legacy

charity, we are prohibited from participating

Luncheon which has moved to December

in the political process. The O’Connor Institute

18th at the Arizona Biltmore. The much-

is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.

anticipated afternoon will be chaired by Jan Lewis and Carolyn O’Malley. We had the opportunity to ask the O’Connor Institute and the Ladies of the Court about the differences in what they both do and what they do together.

What are some of the beneficiaries that fall under the Institute’s banner? Among the educational programs of the O’Connor Institute are Camp O’Connor, a civics and leadership program for middle schoolers primarily from Title I schools;

Why was the O’Connor Institute

the Emerging Leaders Network to advance

founded? Following Justice O’Connor’s

civic engagement among young adults

retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court,

ages 18-39; the Sandra Day O’Connor

the Justice founded our nonprofit in

Scholarship Fund for exceptional law

2009. The O’Connor Institute continues

students in need and civic engagement

her distinguished legacy and lifetime

events such as our Issues & Answers

work to advance civics education, civic

Forums and more.

engagement and civil discourse.

Tell us a little bit about Justice O’Connor’s

Why was The Ladies of the Court

political philosophy? Justice O’Connor’s

formed? The Ladies of the Court

hallmark is as a consensus builder across her

is the brainchild of Gena Bonsall

career. When she served as Majority Leader

and Penny Gunning who co-chaired

in the Arizona State Senate, she worked

our Distinguished Speakers Series

alongside colleagues from both sides of

luncheon in 2017 that featured Lesley

the aisle including Burton Barr and Alfredo

Stahl of 60 Minutes. Subsequently, they

Gutierrez, often hosting them to dinner in her

formed a volunteer group of women to

home. The same trait held true on the U.S.

support the legacy of Justice O’Connor

Supreme Court where she served for a quarter

and the mission of the O’Connor

century. At the O’Connor Institute, our core


values emanate from her example: inclusive,

What is the difference between the two organizations and do they fund

Jan Lewis and Carolyn O’Malley

civil, nonpartisan, fact-based, objective and collaborative.

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and Sarah Suggs

the same mission? The Ladies of the

What is the purpose of your annual History Dinner held every fall? Launched in 2015,

Court is not a separate organization,

the dinner showcases historic figures and statesmen who have helped to preserve our nation’s

it operates under the umbrella of the

democracy. This November’s event, Dinner with Eisenhower: The War Years, will feature

O’Connor Institute and its 501 (c)3

Eisenhower’s grandson, historian David Eisenhower. Attendees gain a vibrant and deeper

nonprofit tax exempt status.

understanding of our nation’s history that truly leaves everyone inspired.

Was The O’Connor Institute designed

What is the purpose of the Distinguished Speakers Series? Now in its 10th year, the

to be a political organization? The

Distinguished Speakers Series presents national and global luminaries who cultivate

O’Connor Institute has never been

leadership and statesmanship. Past speakers include Secretary Colin Powell, former Soviet

a political organization. As a 501(c)3

Union President Mikhail Gorbachev and Nobel Peace Prize recipient F.W. de Klerk.



Meet Tim Rodgers; Phoenix Art Museum Director Background: Born in Iowa, I grew up mainly in North Dakota. After a particularly severe winter, my family realized their geographical error and re-located to Phoenix. At 19 years old, I followed their lead and enrolled at Arizona State University where I graduated as a studio art/art history major. A master’s and a doctorate in art history from Brown University completed my lengthy education. Tenured as an art history professor at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, before turning 40, I had an epiphany while shoveling snow that I had made the same geographical mistake as my parents. I moved to New Mexico and became the Chief Curator at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, and eight years later, the Director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. I am currently finishing my tenure as director at The Wolfsonian-FIU. On July 1st I will begin my new position as the director of the Phoenix Art Museum. I am proof of the adage: we are all like messenger pigeons, eventually we find our way home. Why PAM? The first museum of note that I attended was the Chicago Art Institute; however, the Phoenix Art Museum and the ASU Art Museum are the two collections that formed my understanding and appreciation of art. My first art history professor, Dr. Claudia Brown, was also a curator of Asian art at PAM. She had us write a paper on one of the pieces in the collection and I selected William Merritt Chase’s pastel, The White Rose, c.1886. Not really understanding how to write like an art historian, I produced a paper based on a recent reading of Eugene O’Neill’s play, A Long Day’s Journey into Night. Dr. Brown let me pass the class but recommended that I tone down the purple prose! For me, returning to the institution that welcomed me as a young art historian in training, feels like the completion of a story. Not wanting


to lapse into purple prose, but I am honored to be part of a team that will guide the museum into its future. Changes in the future? Museums reflect the communities that create them; as communities change so, too, do the institutions. Phoenix has become a much more diverse and international city since my arrival there 40 years ago. The museum has also become more open to art from around the world. Recently the PAM website was redesigned to be in both Spanish and English so that the varied population of Phoenix can learn and appreciate all that the museum has to offer. Such inclusive moves will continue to shape the future of the museum and will create changes and opportunities to present world art in unexpected ways.




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Larry Ersnt with Jacob Bagley

Tom and Ann Kirk

VHP Table

Barbara Barrett with Tom Kirk and Jacob Bagley

Pinning of Purple Heart

In March, the 2nd Fundraiser for Veterans Heritage Project was held at Hilton Scottsdale with a sold-out and enthusiastic crowd. These funds make possible the sharing of stories of service and priceless wisdom with students within our school systems. Barbara Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force, Coverage courtesy of Trisha Anthony and Betty McRae

Michelle DiNuro with Tom Kirk and Barbara Hatch

presented the long-awaited Purple Heart from the Vietnam War to Colonel Thomas H. Kirk, Jr., USAF. He also received the 2020 Storyteller Award for his survival from the “Hanoi Hilton.” Another shining star was 15-year-old MC Jacob Bagley. What a special evening!



Thrifty is nifty: White Dove shop debuts in Arcadia Few things are as satisfying as stumbling upon something unique, beautiful or charming – and then paying pennies on the dollar for it, because you discovered it in a thrift store! I confess to being an avid thrift shopper who delights in finding one-of-a-kind bargains – it’s a thrill like no other! Those with the same sense of adventure will now have another place to hunt for treasures because Hospice of the Valley is opening a brand-new thrift shop in the Arcadia area this month! Midtown White Dove, at 2711 E. Indian School Road, is a hip new space to find excellent quality resale furniture, housewares, art, oneof-a-kind fashion, designer shoes, purses and jewelry. The store is housed in a two-story, freestanding cream building with a gray façade and cool industrial vibe. A receiving and processing area, along with more parking, are being built in the space next door. This is Hospice of the Valley’s fifth thrift store in the Valley – and all of them support care for patients and families without insurance or financial means. What makes the stores extra special? There are only a few store employees – all the people who process donations, stage the displays and wait on customers are volunteers! The call for volunteers to work at the new Midtown location has begun. “As you can imagine, we are excited to welcome a whole new group of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers into our Hospice of the Valley family,” gushed Volunteer Coordinator JoEllen Feltham. “We’re looking for people who want to stay active, make new friends, have a ton of fun and give back!” Volunteers are the heart of the White Dove Thrift Shoppes. Over 350 strong, many have personal stories about family members who were

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Lin Sue Cooney, director of community engagement at Hospice of the Valley, shows off her latest designer White Dove Thrift Shoppe bargains - a mustard Diane Von Fustenburg blouse ($15), matching Donald J. Pliner studded sandals ($12) - and a Coach bag (half off at $23). Total cost: $50.

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cared for by Hospice of the Valley. “It’s my way of giving back,” said Fran Oberst. “I don’t know what I would have done without the wonderful care and understanding when my husband was so sick. I love supporting this beautiful mission so others can have that same care.” In addition to using proceeds to fund charity care programs, the nonprofit agency can provide essentials like pajamas, bed linens and medical equipment to patients in need. When Hospice of the Valley social workers notice a hardship, they can also supply items like kitchen accessories or backpacks for children who don’t have them for school. “It’s a privilege to help our patients and families in need,” said Diana Murray, Hospice of the Valley’s vice president for facilities and purchasing. “And we’re thankful for the generous community that supports our thrift shops, so we can be that safety net.” Consistently ranked among the best thrift shops in Arizona, White Dove stores take furniture, appliances, clothing, accessories, housewares, collectibles, art, jewelry, electronics, sports equipment, vehicles and medical equipment. Donations are gratefully accepted during business hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 602-274-3683 for large item pickup by the White Dove trucks. Visit to learn more about all five stores. And if you’re interested in volunteering at the new Midtown White Dove Thrift Store, contact JoEllen at or call 602-530-6968.

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Private Jet Etiquette By Heather Wagenhals Private jet travel is an auspicious opportunity to commune with successful individuals in a meaningful way, travel luxuriously, and avoid the dreaded TSA. But flying private has its own “jetiquette,” so observe the following guidelines: •

Dress appropriately. Select clothing for the destination or the requisite meeting only. Don’t be the “tuxedo” at a pool party.

Imbibe responsibly. Free drinks do not mean “all you can drink.”

Be early. Although security is minimal, there are procedures such as confirming a passenger manifest with governmentissued ID that must be completed. Arriving 30 minutes early should be sufficient.

No “two in the loo.” Skip your high-fiber breakfast bar as big odors in small planes don’t mix.

No blathering. Your host may use flight time to meditate, catch up on reading, or get in a power nap. Be observant and respectful if they are trying to take quiet time.

Follow up with a handwritten thank you, and perhaps a bottle of their favorite wine or spirit to sincerely acknowledge your gratitude.

Pack light. Smaller planes mean smaller cargo space. Stick to a small carry-on if possible.

Always sit last. The plane owner or host usually has a favorite seat, so don’t get caught sitting in theirs.

Ask before taking photos. No exceptions, including selfies. Also ask permission before posting on social media.



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ROOMS HAVE NO FEELINGS, YOU DO! By Barbara Kaplan, Interior Design for Holistic Living benefits our well-being by supporting wellness of mind, body and spirit in all our environments. Holistic living supports happiness and productivity in our most personal spaces, helping us discover why we make certain choices. By asking questions and being honest with answers, we better understand our authentic inner-selves and enable us to confidently make design and other decisions. Holistic design supports thoughts and feelings to nurture our success and joy. Simple ideas to take better care of ourselves during this time of change and uncertainty: It has become popular to have our own video rooms in our homes to watch movies. Now we are creating our new type of viewing room where we are being viewed. Video conferencing; such as Zoom, Skype, BlueJeans, FaceTime, WebEx and Microsoft Teams; offers a unique opportunity to introduce and connect with people all over the world. As we move our family, work and organization meetings into our homes; our personal spaces have taken on a new meaning. They have become our stage! No longer can we close the door and live anyway we want. At least not in one or several areas, which are needed as our designated podium. Now the whole world is a voyeur into our style, taste and way we live. This presents an entirely new set of requirements and opportunities. We can now create a look and image as to how we want to be perceived. We don’t have to be dressed in expensive jewelry, drive expensive cars, or take clients to expensive lunches and dinners. It has now become simplified to one thing; our home setting becomes our authentic image. Well, not entirely so simple. We are being judged by our furnishings, design theme, collections and neatness. Books and other accessories have become our status symbols. Our surroundings speak to who we are and more intimately speak to how we live in our most personal environments. And this is all in one picture! It is important that people listening will keep their interest on our faces and words and not try to see what books we collect or art we have chosen. Now more than ever; we need to know what colors we look good in, what style neckline flatters us, best shape and color glasses to wear, and perfect color lipstick for


the ladies. We need our faces to look our best. We need to be aware of not distracting attention with anything below our chin or behind our heads. Most importantly, we want to present our finest image. Our online picture should characterize what we are saying, selling and points we are making. We must appear real and in our best light! We are now like talking heads and we have to be congruent with the message we express. Create the Mood and Focus of Your Setting 1. The camera angle must be straight and the proper distance from your face. 2. Know your best colors. Wear them and be sure those colors are behind and all around you 3. Know your best shapes for necklines and jewelry. 4. Lighting must come from straight ahead onto your face. Not just from one side. 5. Be certain there is no glare onto your face from any window in the room. 6. Avoid reflection from a mirror or glare and reflection from picture glass. 7. There should be no people or objects moving behind you. 8. Make sure the chair you are sitting in and everything that is seen is in good condition. 9. Bring in a prop or sign that illustrates what you are talking about. 10. Plants behind you are calming, but have to look like they are thriving. 11. Use body language as you would naturally. 12. Don’t hesitate to use your hands when talking. As a designer today, I am also helping clients see themselves as others see them and also how they want to be perceived in their Zoom Room! Always remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do! |


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Everyone you know and adore made their respective way to the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort the other evening. The much-anticipated Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottdale had a lot to celebrate! Janet Caldarelli and Marianne Guenther chaired the big night and what a splendid job they did. The evening played host to eight exceptional teens. They were there to share their stores and life-changing impact the club has had on them. Nine extraordinary live auction items found the perfect bidders. And an after-party capped off a night of wonderment. A very special thank you to Mary Ellen and Bob McKee and Ellie and Mike Ziegler and countless others who have stood by these fine and very important organizations for decades. Bravo to an exceptional night!

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Fresh Attitudes on Timeless Style By Christopher Coffin Fresh Attitudes on Timeless Style Just like a simple, classic dress can become more memorable when adorned with a unique piece of jewelry, adding fine antiques and personal collectables to a simple, classic room can finish the space off in the most stunning way. Interior Designer Christopher Coffin works with his clients to embellish rooms with treasured collections. The result is a home that is warmer and more inviting because there is always something interesting at every turn. Artful Designer Before opening Christopher K. Coffin Design, Coffin traveled the world, working in the fashion and beauty industries. Each residential interior Christopher Coffin creates draws inspiration from his vast travel experiences and his astute knowledge of antiques, exquisite textiles and current design styles. He remembers feeling drawn to beautiful accessories even when he was a young college student earning his degree in apparel and textile marketing. “While most of my work has a bit of a European twist to it, my projects have a chic and timeless quality to them as well,” Coffin says.

and neutral, which makes the space restful to the eyes. Coffin’s work to make the room exude sophistication happens as he selects exquisite materials. He works closely with clients to weigh each small decision regarding structure, appearance and decoration. He says sourcing nicequality items to go in the room really pays off. “Design is definitely in the details,” he states. Making a scene “Tablescapes created with accessories are a wonderful way to make a house a home,” says Coffin. A tablescape is a combination of objects, artfully placed. They tell the story of a homeowner without a word needing to be said. “Have fun with accessories,” says Coffin. Items people tend to keep in cabinets or hutches can be layered and showcased in the open, providing a conversation piece and revealing the homeowners’ passions.

In this fabulous living room, Chicago brick floors lay the foundation for a room that is light and airy with French doors that spill out onto a patio. Classic pieces of furniture give it a warm and inviting quality. Dressy touches include plaster relief on the ceiling and either side of the fireplace.

Attention to detail The key to making a room look fresh looking involves keeping the color palate modern

This “morning room” is round in shape and has 20-foot ceilings. Coffin incorporated bold European portrait paintings on the walls, giving the homeowner “instant ancestors” Coffin says with a smile. There are toile drapes and instead of using a chandelier, he selected an iron lantern for the light fixture.


A bedroom desk is adorned with a tablescape by pairing a Tiffany clock, whippet lamp and black and white portrait of a bust. The colors all go together and compliment the overall room they’re in as well.

An entry tablescape including tortoise shell calling card holders which heralds a visitor’s arrival and define the homeowner’s personality.

The color of light slate grey is incorporated in this bedroom that is elegant but not intimidating. Elegant touches include a collection of antique mirrors above each nightstand and a selection of Fortuny textiles for the drapes and bedding.

Ornate antique French Old Paris apothecary jars, which used to hold perfume or store components for medicines, now provide a kitchen storage solution for flour, dog treats and tea bags.

Gleaming antique silver pieces and are both prominently displayed and put to good use in this bright kitchen. An antique silver loving cup found a new life as a holder for kitchen cutlery.

The savvy renovation of this kitchen involved taking a room that “looked like a black and red TGI Fridays restaurant� according to Coffin and creating a kitchen that now reflects the soft colors of the rest of the home. Illuminated by an antique lantern, a marble top now adorns an old French furniture piece for the kitchen island. The family crest is painted on the wall above doorway.

Deep chocolate-brown velvet upholstered walls help create a cocoon so all the noise and chaos of life disappear. A bed drape surrounds the headboard and side wings. All of the touches make the room much more intimate.

The room is neutral in color with caramel and tan tones but blue and white provide a fresh unexpected pop of color. The walls are upholstered with a charming printed fabric that features framed portraits of dogs.



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What happens when you pair two of societies greatest fund raisers, Robyn DeBell and Vicki Vaughn, with fashions by Neiman Marcus, their savvy VP Tim Braun, high stylist Margaret Merritt and Scottsdale Fashion Square? The result, TGen benefits tremendously and the community gets one heck of a great breakfast! This would serve as the last event before Covid-19 overshadowed the world. Everyone you know and adore got up early that


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day to raise their respective coffee cups to the amazing Trans Genomic Research Organization. Their groundbreaking research is needed now more than ever for the virus and many other life-changing challenges. Very special thanks to; Pakis Family Foundation, GTL, Mercedes Benz of Scottsdale, T.W. Lewis Foundation, Charlene Berge-Blum, Gretchen Ventura, Nita Francis, Charles Schwab, The sauce Foundation and Don & Kathy Grubb Family Foundation.

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Recently, I had the unique opportunity to visit a magical place in

wood, stones and all-natural materials. It’s very thoughtfully planned

Tulum, Mexico, called Amansala, an eco-chic resort and retreat. It

out, all by Melissa, who is hands-on at Amansala.

has a strong Valley connection with owner Melissa Pearlman having been raised here locally. She spends nine months out of the year at

Most importantly, Amansala is right on the beach. And I when I say

Amansala and the rest visiting Phoenix and traveling to her two res-

right, I mean you literally walk out of your room and onto the sand.

taurants, Gitano in New York City, and Faeno in Miami.

You have windows open all of the time for the fresh air and sound of the waves. It‘s probably the most peaceful place I’ve visited, and I’ve

Amansala has four programs you can select from to visit: Beach N’

been all over the world, including Bora Bora and Tahiti (not to brag).

Bliss, Beach Camp Body, Restore N’ Awaken and Bikini Bootcamp. I was there with my Ayurvedic healer, Laurene, and we went for the

The on-site restaurant (which can be part of your package or you can

Beach N’ Bliss program. All programs are routinely filled, year around.

pay to order off the menu) has beachfront views and loads of outdoor

Beach N’ Bliss is full of spa treatments, meditation, yoga sessions, and

seating, not mention healthy and delicious meals, all sourced locally

healthy eating, all from the well-appointed rooms, filled with the local

from fishermen and farmers.


spending six years in Tokyo. From there, she moved to New York City, where she stayed for six months, leaving due to the cold weather. A friend brought up Tulum, so she decided to visit, buying a ticket to Cancun, where she road in one of the old “chicken buses” and said that when she landed in Tulum, it was like “Gilligan’s Island.” It was nearly uninhabited, and she stayed in a little cabana on the beach. After walking up and down the beach, she decided Tulum was the place for her. She knew no Spanish. She conceived of creating a place where people could connect with nature and themselves, with an authenticity they wouldn’t find elsewhere. She went to a construction site and began designing the first building. She rented out rooms to help finance the rest of the project and later started Bikini Bootcamp, hiring the local people to do the training. As she built it, the place was continually filled to capacity. She worked in a macho-oriented society as a “gringo,” overcoming government issues, land disputes, and the like.

The Bikini Bootcamp program is what Melissa started with when she created Amansala. It attracted the attention of people like Linda Evangalista, Drew Barrymore, Demi Moore, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz. It first attracted the attention of a member of the Bvlgari family, Veronica Bvlgari, and took off from there. Melissa has no formal training in running hotels or restaurants. She learned how to build the plane as she was flying it. She’s a classic serial entrepreneur and feels the need to constantly be creating. She even created the first website for Amansala. Here’s a little bit about the story of Amansala. When she was younger, Melissa was living in Asia and traveling around to Thailand and Bali,


Her vision prevailed. She wanted to send people home looking and feeling better than when they arrived. It was about taking time to nurture, heal and reconnect – people would even feel comfortable visiting by themselves. Amansala has a multitude of ways you can visit: through in-house retreats for Beach N’ Bliss and Bikini Bootcamp, retreats at wholesale prices (organized by people such as yoga instructors), and those who just come out for vacation time and the various spa retreats and daily activities (like visiting a mangrove and the Tulum ruins). The capacity is 75 to 100, with most people in the age range of 30 to 50 years of age. People do not fuss with makeup or fancy clothes. Melissa says, having been raised in the desert, there is definitely something magical about Tulum. People come there, year after year. Amansala has been so popular, she added a smaller version of the resort, called Chica, in 2014, when she purchased another beach parcel a few doors down from a local farmer. Every part of Amansala and Chica is from the local people: builders, cleaning and wait staff, check-in desk staff, chefs, farmers, fishermen, etc. Along the way on her Amansala journey, Melissa had her two beloved children, Dylan in 2006 and Leah in 2010. Her kids spend nine months at Amansala, attending school there, and the remaining months in Phoenix. They are bilingual, of course, and learning on the ground in Tulum. Amansala has a special tradition of having Labrador dogs on the property, ever since Melissa bought two puppies on the side of the road. She plans to always have Labradors at Amansala, as part of its special


appeal. She says she would expand in a second if she could find the right property. And for Melissa? She feels blessed to be at Amansala every day. She is fearless and has followed her heart and her gut instincts and taken a dream and spun it into gold. By the way, she’s looking for a good guy out there who wants to live at the beach, just in case you know someone. Getting to Amansala is very easy. You fly into Cancun and take the Amansala transportation ($135) about two hours north into Tulum and Amansala. If you book rooms and activities a la carte, the rooms range from $230 (garden room with two queen beds) to $515 (two queen beds beachfront) and activities range from $20 per yoga class, $45 for a ruins or cenote tour, $80 for a private training session for one or two people, and $125 for a Mayan healing session for 90 minutes, to name a few. Money can be saved if packages are booked in advance or groups brought in. The Amansala site is, where you can go for more details on the packages and how to get there. You can get $250 off a five-night stay with either a Bikini Beachcamp or Beach N’ Bliss package, using the code “Trends.” Talk about transformational, if you think you know Mexico, you are wrong until you have visited Tulum and Amansala. It is absolutely worth the trip and I would return in a second!


Clover Clover is my name, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to take me home! I’m a 3-year-old Silky Terrier Mix and I weigh 19 pounds. I also only have three legs so I’m a tri-paw’d and am just one of almost 12,000 pets who received lifesaving care in the Arizona Humane Society’s animal trauma hospital! I can be a bit shy at first, so please give me time to get to know you. I would love a calm, quiet home where I can adjust at my own pace and get comfortable. Before coming home with you I must meet all dogs and family members with whom I will be living. Come meet me today! Clover can be found at AHS’ PetSmart Scottsdale location on the southwest corner of Miller and Camelback Road. Her adoption fee is $410 and includes her spay surgery, current vaccinations, a microchip and a free follow-up wellness exam with a VCA Animal Hospital. For more information, visit

Gracie Meet Gracie, a 2-year-old Domestic medium hair cat. Gracie is a very pretty girl with nice, soft fur and beautiful eyes. She can be a little shy at first, so she will need time to get to know you but we are sure that after she warms up she can be the purr-fect match for you. Gracie would prefer a calm, quiet home where she can adjust at her own pace. Gracie can be found at AHS’ PetSmart Scottsdale location on the southwest corner of Miller and Camelback Road. Her adoption fee is $60 and includes her spay surgery, current vaccinations, a microchip and a free follow-up wellness exam with a VCA Animal Hospital. For more information, visit Please note: These pets might have been adopted by the time you visit the shelter, however AHS has dozens more wonderful pets who also need loving homes. Please take a moment to meet some of the other dogs, cats and other companion animals at the shelter! To see all adoptable animals right now, visit



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79 Park Avenue By Harold Robbins She has legally changed her name to Maryann Flood to hide her lower-class Polish/ American roots. She is perhaps the most beautiful woman in New York. She stands almost 5 feet, 10 inches, with mesmerizing topaz-colored eyes and hair the shades of a fiery sunset. She also happened to enjoy her line of work. For the past 20 years, Maryann Flood has been one of, if not the most, sought-after high-priced call girls in Manhattan. But that was then. Now she owns Park Avenue Models, the most upscale escort service in the city. It showcases the most beautiful women and men imaginable. Her clients take her from the opulent penthouses of the city, to the warm sands of Palm Beach and the seclusion of Bel Air and Beverly Hills. She will forever love Mike Keyes, a man who now serves to prosecute her for her deeds. Her unfortunate ties with the mob keep her from going straight. But that is just the beginning … Harold Robbins and Jacqueline Susann were the leading king and queen of trash novels from the 1960s into the late ‘70s. There are many imitators of their work, but none ever came close. This 1969 best-selling offering is just one example. So, this summer while you are in the sand, in far cooler climates, flip one page and you won’t be able to put it down. Available on Amazon



The Last Voyage of the Andrea Doria By Greg King and Penny Wilson In July of 1956 television was still in its infancy, but those who were alive that hot summer sat glued to their black and white sets. The world watched in horror as the fairest maiden of the seas, the SS Andrea Doria, lay almost on her side sinking. The glamourous ship had collided with the SS Stockholm the previous evening. Both ships were off course and speeding in the fog. The liner had become the most famous ship afloat in the glamorous 1950s. There was not a passenger vessel that looked anything like her. She was launched to great fanfare in 1953. Even the SS United States launched that same year, looked dated compared to the Doria. The entire ship was air conditioned and boasted a three-class configuration. All classes had swimming pools, opulent dining rooms and dance floors. But unlike her sister ship the SS Cristoforo Colombo, the Doria was loaded down with priceless Italian art on loan from the most famous museums of her native Italia, sports cars in transit from Ghia Pininfarina and more la dolce vita than one could imagine in a six day transatlantic crossing. This is a harrowing story of survival. The liner had listed so badly immediately after the collision that all aboard feared she would capsize and or sink within minutes. However, the following eleven hours would prove the world and the Doria survivors wrong. An excellent read for anyone who enjoys great suspense and grand maritime glamour lost. Angiolo Livi Chef, Owner

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Talking to Strangers By Malcom Gladwell Fidel Castro fools an entire generation of people that believe he is sincere in his ambitions. Neville Chamberlain is hood-winked by Adolph Hitler who he believes he can trust. Poets Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton often discuss in the presence of friends, how they plan to commit suicide. Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Does a new generation of television sitcoms teach us about how we talk to one another in todays complicated world? Talking to Strangers is the latest offering by famed British and Canadian writer Malcom Gladwell. The book is a rich and intellectual adventure into the history, psychology and scandal that are all presented to us in daily news. Mr. Gladwell visits the bizarre scandals and tales of Bernie Madoff, Amanda Knox, Sandra Bland and many more placing these noted stories and others into doubt. This book is a great glimpse into the way we talk to strangers and the good and bad results it can often have. Gripping in its delivery and profound, Talking to Strangers is a great read for anyone who must speak publicly, professionally or simply at a cocktail party. Everyone should read this.



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THE COUPLE Mackenzie Anne Koss Steven Robert Oleksak

MEET THE PARENTS Wayne and Jennie Oleksak Scott Koss (Linda Koss deceased)

CEREMONY Original Plan: North Scottsdale, AZ Desert at MacDonald Ranch COVID-19 Plan: family friend’s quiet piece of desert among the mountains and saguaros, Paradise Valley, AZ

RECEPTION Original Plan: Cloth & Flame immersive desert experience North Scottsdale, AZ COVID-19 Plan: Oleksak backyard Phoenix, AZ


FLOWERS AND DÉCOR Mother of Pearl roses, spiral and silver dollar eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, and white spider mums from Arizona Flower Market assembled by the couple & Katie Oleksak

PHOTOGRAPHER Molly McElenney Photography

HONEYMOON Original Plan: Hotel Mousai in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico COVID-19 Plan: Quaint cabin in Greer, AZ

SOMETHING DIFFERENT • Planned in less than 1 week (community came together to help make it all happen) • Very small due to CDC restrictions (guest seats at tables 6 feet apart) • First look at same trailhead couple had their first date 8 years prior • Catered by Vincent Guerithault, the same chef that catered Wayne and Jennie’s wedding over 30 years ago in Jennie’s parent’s backyard. • Houseparty video streaming for guests to watch ceremony virtually



Entertaining the Valley since 1981 How did you get into the catering business and in what year? I opened Robert’s Catering in 1982. The reason I wanted to do catering was because of being able to go to different venues and homes. Being able to design custom menus for different occasions, Weddings, Businesses, Political Events gave me more freedom to be creative. What is the most important lesson you have learned in these challenging times? Not to take things personal when the events, weddings, wedding cakes postpone or cancel. Knowing that the business is strong and will continue and come back even stronger than before. What sets your catering apart from other Valley establishments? Building a solid customer relationship. Going the extra mile for your customers. Having your customers contact you to make sure things are good with you and your families. Do you have a specialty of which you are most proud in your business? Being able to create Entrees, Pairings with Side Dishes that blow customers minds away ... and ask for again ... Our Bakery for our Birthday Cakes and Wedding Cakes ... European Flair.

What is your biggest challenge when planning an event? Being able to communicate with the customer and make them feel like they are the only client with whom you are dealing. What do you consider your finest hour as a top Valley caterer? May 14, 2019; I received a phone call letting me know my sister’s aneurism had burst and she was in a coma, unresponsive. I went to the hospital along with my nephew because they would not take her off life support until her son (Who Works for Me) and I were present. I said my goodbyes and headed out to a very custom catering event in Paradise Valley. I cooked my butt off preparing 5 Caribbean entrees and side dishes along with my crew for that event. It turned out to be one of the best meals I had ever created. A lot of the guests were also customers and knew my situation at the time. They rallied around me ... I can never thank them enough for their support. It was a tough night, but I knew my sister was looking down on me and smiling.

How did you learn to cook, and do you ever come across a challenging menu for clients? Challenging menus ... I have about 450 cookbooks and the internet. Research and lots of travel to regions around the country and Europe ... Growing up in Detroit, Michigan ... One of the country’s melting pots of nationalities ... I have learned a considerable amount about ethnic foods and how they are to taste. When in doubt ... look up the same recipe in several cookbooks and pick the best features from each recipe and presentation.



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THE COUPLE Karlyn Byxbee Ashton Kent

MEET THE PARENTS Kelly and Charlie Byxbee Tyler Kent and Sandy Baker

CEREMONY/RECEPTION Toscana Country Club Indian Wells, CA

WEDDING PLANNER MacKenzie Swift Details Darling

FLOWERS Arrangements Floral + Party Design

HAIR Arrangements

MAKEUP J Russell! The Salon

RENTALS Signature Party Rentals Planks + Patina


VIDEOGRAPHY Wildlight Films

INVITATIONS Celebrations in Paper


SOMETHING DIFFERENT • During the reception, Karlyn’s sisters performed a stunning rendition of the 1954 musical classic, White Christmas which received a standing ovation that brought down the house. • All the bridesmaids wore white



Different Ways of Entertaining During Uncertain Times What has been your biggest challenge as a restaurant owner and caterer lately? At Fabulous Food, now more than ever, we need to convey to clients we are here for them. For those concerned about going to the market or if they can’t find something (specifically cooked or raw proteins, grains, pastas and vegetables), we can deliver what they need. Our equipment is also at their disposal. With Gertrude’s, our great food and amazing location have helped to create a tremendous customer following. Gertrude’s is now providing delivery service too, including alcohol kits! What decisions did you make to keep your business afloat and profitable? Afloat and profitable are two different things … Gertrude’s now only has a delivery dining option due to the closure of the Desert Botanical Garden. Our goal is to keep our employees. If we can provide enough revenue through deliveries, it will help cover that expense. What do you think the next several months will hold for you and others in your industry? Summer will be brutal for a business that already slows down once it gets hot. Future events will be smaller, more cautious. We are in the process of planning late fall and holiday business. We hope that everyone will be ready to head back to Gertrude’s once it’s safe to do so.

What is the secret to your success? Our employees are our greatest assets and we are so honored to work with them. Our support team (marketing, design, IT, research), Garden friends, vendors, guests and Clients are valued assets too. Tell us more about Gertrude’s and how it was formed? Named for Mrs. Gertrude Divine Webster, a visionary environmentalist, who founded the Desert Botanical Garden in 1939; Gertrude’s opened in 2013 as an ingredient-driven restaurant with top-quality food, beverage and service.

Did you find any benefit to the quarantine? We have to find the silver lining … in our case, we’ve been able to connect with Clients and loyal Customers, have conversations, send emails and catch up with their lives. We are also working on rebranding Fabulous Food with new logos, new services and refining what we already offer. What are your plans after the world returns to daily activities? We plan on launching our new services, continuing to plan future events and serving some incredible food at Gertrude’s.



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THE COUPLE Holly Lauren Hutchinson Drayton Wyatt Harris

MEET THE PARENTS Marilyn Williams Harris and Jerry Lee Harris Kathleen and William Hutchinson

WEDDING CEREMONY Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek Park, Dallas, Texas

DECOR Gro Floral and Event Design, Dallas, Texas

PHOTOGRAPHER Christian Oth Studios, New York

WEDDING PLANNER Gro Floral and Event Design, Dallas, Texas


INVITATIONS Paradise Design Company

MUSIC The Sultans of Swing

HONEYMOON Harbour Island London and Tanzania

SOMETHING DIFFERENT • An In-N-Out food truck supplied guests with burgers, fries and milkshakes with monogrammed hamburger holders after the reception • This was the first event ever to have a Sperry Tent at Arlington Hall • The Bride’s “Something Borrowed” were earrings by Sue Gragg Precious Jewels and a bracelet from her Godmother • The Bride’s father played the drums with the band for a few songs at the reception • The Bride’s childhood Pastor married them


BREATHTAKING VIEWS. IMPECCABLE SERVICE. Framed by Camelback and Mummy Mountains, El Chorro offers a scenic desert setting to savor fresh seasonal cuisine. Gather with friends for happy hour, dinner or enjoy a relaxed Sunday brunch. Experience Arizona destination dining at its best!

5550 East Lincoln Dr.

Paradise Valley, AZ


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