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VOLUME 35, NO. 3

Remembering ... Kathleen Lang By Bill Dougherty

When I was told early one morning this spring about the passing of 2000 Trendsetter Kathleen Lang, I was not surprised, I was shocked! I knew she had been very quietly battling melanoma cancer, yet I don’t think many of us really knew the profundity of the situation. Just last winter I helped the Lang’s find their car in a darkened parking lot at a Christmas party. Kathleen did look thin but she was still so heart-stoppingly beautiful that it never crossed my mind that many of us would not see her again. My first introduction to Kathleen Lang came at an Evening of Trends cocktail reception at the Camelback Inn. I remember when I introduced myself to her as the Society Reporter from Trends, she could not have been any nicer. A year later when I purchased the publication, I had the opportunity to work with her on the Trends


Remembering Kathleen Lang


Remembering Gary Herberger


La Dolce Vita


Barbara’s Picks


Oday Shak at Neiman Marcus


Checking In with Jennifer’s Bistro


Arizona Science Center Thank You Page


Azadi Interview

42 Trendspotting 44

Scott Foust Interview


Pets of the Month


Paradise Valle Estate Interview


Trendy Reading Lilly


Trendy Reading Once Upon a Time


Wedding Bells


Aaha! Gala


History Makers Gala


2017 Trendsetters at Donovan’s


Honor Ball


A Morning with Neiman Marcus


Florence Crittenton Luncheon

Everyone knew Kathleen’s true passion was Liberty Wildlife, even though she had


Panda Luncheon

chaired the Barrow Ball, the Heart Ball and countless other Valley fundraisers and


Fresh Start Gala

originations. I truly believe Kathleen was instrumental in getting Liberty off the


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Charitable Fund Board. I remember one afternoon when we were seated together, Kathleen took off her glasses. I was so taken by her beauty that I gasped! I told her she was too pretty to hide behind glasses. She took my hand and said “Oh Bill, aren’t you nice, what a lovely thing to say.” That was Kathleen Lang in a nut shell. Class and graciousness personified.

ground. She was so lovely that everyone wanted to work with her on just about anything with which she was associated. Her down to earth personality, charm, wit and tenacity proved unmatchable in our community. She was a person that never said a bad word about anyone and instead always found the good in people. To know Kathleen was to love her. Together with her husband Tom, they raised a brilliant and beautiful daughter, worked diligently in the community and became the toast of the town without even trying. Kathleen was taken from us far too soon,

40 Arizona Humane Society Luncheon ON THE COVER: Trends Magazine salutes the Arizona Humane Society, Compassion with Fashion Luncheon. The luncheon was held on March26, 2017 at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn. Model: Faustine Moulton

yet we should not dwell on our loss but rather look at all the brilliance she instilled

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Remembering ... Gary Herberger By Bill Dougherty

A gentleman and a scholar: those are the two words I think of when the name Gary Herberger comes to mind. The 2004 Fabulous Phoenician passed away late last winter and left one of the most amazing legacies imaginable. When I was first introduced to Gary and Jeanne Herberger in 1994 at a cocktail party, my first thought was that they looked as if they were sent from central casting to play the parts of beautiful and wealthy philanthropists. They were both so attractive that one was left almost speechless. But that was just the icing on the cake. They were one of the first true power couples in the Valley. Everything they touched turned to gold. Gary was a true visionary. His background in architecture proved to be a tremendous benefit to not only his family business but ASU as well. Through the years, Jeanne and Gary Herberger donated more than an unspeakable amount to the Tempe University. Today there are countless buildings and schools named for the great man. They will serve students for years beyond yours and mine. Gary was also one of the last to study under Frank Lloyd Wright. This was something of which he seldom spoke, largely due to his shy and retiring personality. A genus, a dapper and handsome man; yet completely understated and elegant. He was a man who never called attention to himself, yet deserved it more than most. My last interactions with the Herberger’s on a constant basis were when they chaired the Phoenix Symphony Ball and due to their brilliance turned it into a New Year’s Eve black tie ball. Their idea and subsequent success was tremendous. We were so impressed with the ball that we offered to chair as a family the next year. People such as Gary Herberger only come around once. He belongs to a lost breed of men who built buildings on a handshake and made the world around all of us a much better place to live. He will be missed.


Publisher: BILL DOUGHERTY Editor-in-Chief: BETTY McRAE Travel Editors: TERI HUMPHREYS | MARY MORRISON | LAUREN AND IAN WRIGHT Food Writer: LAURIE FLORENCE-MANUCCI Advertising Manager: PATRICE METZLER 480.276.2282 | Executive Consultant: SUZANNE EDER New York Correspondent: JJ BUCHANON Los Angeles Correspondent: JENNIFER BENTLEY Art Direction: STEPHANIE SWEET, SWEET DESIGNS Fashion Photographer: SCOTT FOUST, IMAGE-INDUSTRY Senior Society Photographers: PETER AND SALLY KRZYKOS Trends Makeup and Hair Stylist: LAURA FLAGLER | KAREN HALL Lifestyle Editor: BARBARA KAPLAN Fashion Editor: SAMANTHA DEROSE Society Editors: SHAYNE ANTHONY | CAROL BENNETT | GEORGE BENNETT LAURA BISHOP | J.J. BREWER | VERONICA COOK MAYA FOX | MICHAEL HARDIMAN | GAIL LITTLETON | DEBBIE MAY JESSICA PATE GRACE SAMPO | KATHY SCHEIB FRANK SCHMUCK | BOB STEARNS | NICOLE STEARNS CONNIE SUNDAY | MICHELLE THOMPSON Certified Public Accountants: THOMAS S. HOLLY, CPA, PLLC Printing: MEDIA PRINT Information Technology: BEN AMES Music Production: CHRIS BECKLEY/THE PRODUCTION GROUP Special Events Fashion Coordinator: MARGARET MERRITT Trends Charitable Fund Board members are Darlene Keller Price, Betty McRae, Pamela Overton Risoleo, Jinger Richardson and Susie Wesley. SUBSCRIPTIONS: To guarantee receiving every issue of TRENDS, send a check for $25 (one year), $45 (two years) or $70 (three years) to Trends executive office (address below). Subscription will start the next month of publication. No refunds. Please send checks and address changes to: TRENDS Publishing 5150 E. Orchid Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 Phone: (480) 990-9007 Website: Published monthly October – May by Trends Publishing. Editorial E-mail: Advertising E-mail: © 2017 ISSN 0742-034X

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La Dolce Vita The Season October to May

Spring is in the air and what better time to showcase our 10 new Trendsetters and Fabulous Phoenician. Donovan’s Steak and Chop House, which incidentally was just awarded the Best Steak House in Phoenix yet again, opened its doors to the honorees just a few weeks ago. 2015 Trendsetter Jan Jozoff, who couldn’t be any lovelier, did an extraordinary job making sure the richly paneled walls, fine works of art and unbeatable ambiance of her restaurant were absolutely perfect for the many ladies who would join the others for our annual luncheon. During the orientation, I had the opportunity to explain to how the award started in 1985 and how it has evolved today. Originally the 10 ladies were called “Fashionable Phoenicians.” Several years later the award was named “Fashionality” and in 2001 we changed it to “Trendsetter.” This is the oldest award in the state to honor women for their tireless dedication to the community. The award has been greatly imitated by many organizations. However, it’s still the first and the most prestigious. Sorry to disappoint. Elsewhere Neiman Marcus Scottsdale, a great friend to this publication and an even better one to the community, threw out the welcome mat as well. General Manager Tim Braun together with

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the store PR czar Ashleigh Schufeldt and BJ Johnson, everyone’s friend and Fine Apparel Manager, pulled out all the stops for our new Trendsetters and the rest of our group as well. In an opulent fashion show, the elite Dallas based specialty store showcased heart-stopping ball gowns for this season as well as next fall too. It was a beautiful morning and it was another great opportunity to thank these amazing women for their outstanding efforts to make Phoenix such a great place to live. We see these women out constantly, yet I doubt many of us really know just how hard they work, not only in their occupations but the boundless amounts of charity work they quietly do. We applaud our 2017 Trendsetters, our Fabulous Phoenician and the more than 350 people that have come before you since 1985. You deserve this! It’s no secret that the Arizona Humane Society’s annual luncheon Compassion with Fashion was founded in 1999 by my wife Beth, her sister Stephanie and their mother Betty McRae. I attended that first luncheon at the Biltmore for this publication as a reporter. There Continued on page 10

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La Dolce Vita – Continued from page 8 were around 450 people there. This year the luncheon broke the bank at 1,200 people! It was an amazing afternoon. The Camelback Inn did a tremendous job moving the crowd from check in to the Sonoran terrace and then into the packed ball room. They should also be complimented on their service, which I think is still the very best in the Valley. Here’s who made the guest list: Walt Danley, Anne Sarvas, Catherine Jacobson, Steve Schopf, Duffy and Pat McMahon Mary Cantrell, Ellie Shapiro, Sallie Brophy, Steve Serrano, Tochia and Stan Levine, Leslie Budinger, Daryl Weil, Cindy Waits, Tara Farnsworth and on and on and on! Ann and Jenny Siner together with their sister Tess Loo did an amazing job creating our spring cover but also served as the premier sponsor of the event. My Sister’s Closet wowed the crowd with elegant recycled fashions. Joni Davis, this year’s event chair, must have been delighted with the afternoon’s outcome. Perhaps the best part of the day came when we were treated to a video on the before and after effects of helping abused animals and the amazing rehabilitation done by the Arizona Humane Society. What a fantastic organization.

issue there will be full page articles on what these great charities are doing to improve our community. And don’t forget about our Trendsetters Jan Cacheris, Sue Glawe, Billie Jo Herberger, Cheryl Londen, Tahnia McKeever, Deborah Pshebniski, Leslie Rich, Mary Ann Sheely, Kristine Thompson and Candace Wiest and Fabulous Phoenician Laura Grafman. The big bash Linda Surdakowski is chairing will take place Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. I hope you can be there to support our community leaders and raise funds for the 2017 charities.

Finally, the Trends Charitable Fund wants you to know about the three 2016 charities. Darlene Keller Price, Jinger Richardson, Pam Overton Risoleo, Betty McRae and Susie Wesley have been working diligently to showcase these fine organizations. In the next

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ONE GREAT CAUSE An opulent group of people gathered at the Arizona Biltmore the other night to peruse fine art, sip wine and raise tons of money for Hospice of the Valley. Celebrating its 40th year, the fine organization had a lot to celebrate. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were passed in the Gold Room before guests made their way into the Arizona Ballroom. Susan and Bill Levine served as Honorary Chairs for the magical night!

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History Makers Gala

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Donovan’s Steak & Chop House Introduces 2017 Trendsetters

Billie Jo Herberger, Candace Wiest, Leslie Rich, Tahnia McKeever, Cheryl Londen, Jan Cacheris, Mary Ann Sheely, Kristine Thompson and Deborah Pshebniski (not pictured, Sue Glawe)


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PUT A STEAK IN IT Trendsetter Jane Jozoff thought her restaurant Donovan’s would be the perfect place to introduce the 2017 Trendsetters and our Fabulous Phoenician. The restaurant served as a splendid backdrop, with its richly paneled walls, beautiful flora and fine wine and spirits. More than 60 Trendsetters packed the house to meet and greet the new ladies. Champagne flowed like water and each new lady was handed a yellow rose, to signify the bond that reaches back to 1985. You should have been there! Laura Grafman

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Nanci Bruner, Loretta Haugen and Susie Muzzy

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Honor Ball

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Howard and Robyn DeBell

Joan and Bud Potter

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Laura Grafman must have been delighted with the outcome of this year’s Honor Ball on behalf of Scottsdale Health Care. Chairs Sue Brueckner and Mary Pat Friedman did a splendid job creating an absolutely fabulous ball. The Phoenician must be commended for their more than attentive style of service during the cocktail reception. Cocktails flowed and passed hors d’oeuvres were abundant, something seldom seen at most affairs. The White House transformed the ballroom into one of the most breathtaking venues imaginable. Joan Potter took home top honors as the Belle of the Ball in shades of black and gold.

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NEIMAN MARCUS HOSTS 2017 TRENDSETTERS Savvy General Manager Tim Braun together with Ashleigh Schufeldt and B J Johnson threw open the doors of their fantastic Scottsdale store. The 2017 Trendsetters together with a smattering of previous Trendsetters came together to sip champagne and eye some of the most stunning ball gowns imaginable. For over 2 decades Trends Magazine has been fortunate enough to have a wonderful relationship with the Dallas specialty store. We are so grateful for their constant involvement in our community. Anne Hess Wellington

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Tahnia McKeever and Jan Lewis

Billie Jo Herberger, Debbie Gaby and Barbara Kaplan

Susie Muzzy and Candace Wiest

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TEAMING UP FOR GIRLS The Camelback Inn served as the perfect spring venue for the much anticipated Florence Crittenton luncheon. This year’s featured guest was none other than Olympic Gold Medalist and foster care advocate Simone Biles. Chairs Tahnia McKeever and Kathy Stein did a tremendous job in the execution of such an enormous luncheon.

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Scott and Connie Robison with Rachael and Tom Maison


Kellie Warren, Judy Capra, Sharon Dupont McCord and Rona Kasen

Nancy Gaintner, Carolyn O’Malley, Kathy Munson and Christina Martinez

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Julie Duncan, Lauren Davis, Lindsey Wahlberg and Stephanie Sandell

Joan and Fayez Ghishan

Robyn DeBell and Penny Gunning

CHILDREN HELPING CHILDREN The PANDA luncheon, which was founded by Robyn DeBell and Penny Gunning 18 years ago, and held again at the Phoenician didn’t disappoint this year. The sold out afternoon proved magical and beneficial to the organization’s bottom line. Since we don’t like to talk about money, we will just say that they raised a ton! Janey Henze-Cook and Tammy Ryan chaired the big day and what a success it was. The Steele Children’s Research Center is ever-grateful. Kari Denk blew it up in a fantastic kaleidoscope of spring colors, setting her apart in the stand-alone best-dressed in the luncheon category. Janey Henze-Cook and Tammy Ryan

John and Geri Farr


Lisa Barnes and Kari Denk

Peter and Debbie Backus with Jack Eamans

Coverage courtesy of Bill Dougherty

At the Market by Jennifer’s we use the freshest ingredients to create a local twist on American classics. Our new look and feel includes additional soft seating and a cocktail menu crafted by Rattle & Rum that features local ingredients and Arizona spirits. Come join us for lunch, dinner, and brunch and enjoy three meat meatballs with roasted tomato merlot sauce (Jennifer’s secret family recipe!), petite Dungeness crab mac n’ cheese, the Market burger with housemade potato chips, or chilaquiles with chicken chile verde and fried eggs. We’ll save you a seat! Closed Mon & Tues | Lunch Wed: 11am – 5 pm Brunch Sat & Sun: 9am – 3pm with Bottomless Mimosas Dinner Wed – Sat: 5pm – 9pm (10pm Fri & Sat) 3603 East Indian School Road, Suite A Phoenix AZ 85018 | 602.626.5050 | 602.579.5327




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Saturday, May 6, 2017 Discover, interact with, and marvel at artists using innovative technology and media. We also honor Dorothy Lincoln-Smith, SMoCA emeritus advisory board member. Expect the unexpected! Tickets: Call 480-499-8587 or visit VIP Virtual Table: $2,500 (up to 10 guests), 6 – 10 p.m. VIP Ticket: $250/Guest, 6 – 10 p.m. General Ticket: $175/Guest, 7 – 10 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities: Contact Catherine Turner, corporate relations and events manager, or 480-425-5353 Squidsoup, Submergence. Photo: Paul Blakemore I 7374 East Second Street, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 I 480-874-4666


Fresh Start Gala

Pat Petznick, Beverly Stewart, Amanda Garmany, Annette Musa and Amy Videan

Jacquie Dorrance

ANOTHER SMASHING SUCCESS The Phoenician was all a buzz with the much-anticipated Fresh Start gala held last weekend. Amanda Garmany, Amy Videan and Annette Musa chaired the bash, while Jan Lewis was this year’s Founder’s Award Honoree. The Whitehouse Design Studio did an amazing job transforming the ball room. Zang Toi showcased amazing fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue. The Hamptons brought down the house with an incredible selection of music. Founder’s Pat Petznick and Beverly Stewart must be thrilled! Tracy Bane Abernethy and Karen Pratt

Daniel and Karen Dietheim with Brett and Megan Angner


Kaitlyn Lang and Christian Overton

Betty McRae

Phil and Jacqueline Tatman

Coverage courtesy of Peter Krzykos and Dominick Krzykos


Art is a Total Part of My Life – Patsy Lowry Art is a total part of my life. Every breath I take, everything that I see is eventually absorbed into my art work. As an artist, I become aware and translate what resonates in my spirit and soul. Creating art is a spiritual release for me. It strengthens who I truly am. Art is the intangible made tangible. I become what I pay attention to, so I focus on all things colorful, beautiful, magical and mystical. Sometimes I dream in technicolor. I often paint my dreams in technicolor. Lucky for me that I live in a technicolor landscape - Arizona. For information visit on facebook at



Make A Wish Ball

Andrea Stewart-Pritchett, Evon Yaro-Fig and Katie Wilson

Barbara Jean Adelson

Wheaton and Jessica McClanathan

BLACK AND WHITE WITH LOTS OF COLOR There really is no better place than the Camelback Inn for a springtime affair. The resort is a spectrum of color and the temperature on the terrace for cocktails is always inviting. The other night Co-Chairs Evon Yoro-Fig, Andrea Stewart-Pritchett and Katie Wilson created a marvelous evening and all in black and white. Make A Wish, Arizona; brought out the finest and for such a worthy cause. Rod Riley was dapper in a white dinner Jacket, then again so was Wheaton McClanathan in a smashing kilt. The sister “dress off” between Jill Riley and Abby Curtis proved to be the night’s tie for Bell of the Ball with both beauties stealing the show. Imagine That!

Ira Gaines and Cheryl Hintzen Gaines


Jen and Brent Moser

Rod and Jill Riley

Janet Callahan and Manny Molina

Abby and Mark Curtis

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Compassion With Fashion

Daryl Weil, Steven Hansen and Joette Schmidt

Catherine Jacobson and Walt Danley

Steve Serrano and Steve Schopf

HOLLYWOOF Event chair Joani Davis must have been pleased with yet another sell out luncheon the other day at the Phoenician. Every animal lover made the scene. Adoptable animals were there for the taking, not to mention a sprawling raffle and silent auction. The Hollywood –inspired afternoon proved to be perfectly fitting for our k-nine friends and models on the catwalk. The luncheon was founded by Betty McRae and her daughters Beth and Stephanie in 1999. So many thank you’s to the Arizona Humane Society for everything they do every day for animals. What a blast! Joni Davis

Jenny and Ann Siner


Anne Sarvas and Mary Cantrell

Brandon Lee and Heather Moore

Stan and Tochia Levine

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Interview with ... David Neishabori of Azadi Fine Rugs By Barbara Kaplan Walking into Azadi Fine Rugs you will be greeted with an attitude of celebration. It may feel like a celebration of life! You will be asked what your needs, wants and desires are in finding the perfect rug for your home, your most personal spaces. At Azadi, their goal is to deliver to you more than you expect, provide exceptional service and make your experience in their showroom unforgettable. The Azadi showroom is filled with carefully selected fine rugs. David Neishabori owner and master rug expert, calls his rugs “Interior Home Luxury Enhancers” which personalizes and reflects the homeowner. He believes rugs enhance one’s mood in luxurious ways. He also believes that “the area rug is the foundation of a room” the way a home has a foundation and you build from there.

David went on to say how much he respects what interior designers

David goes on to say, “when designing a home you must create the

do. How they help people create their vision for their ideal environ-

feeling you want to live in. Whether it is comfy cozy, elegant, luxuri-

ment. He continually promotes interior designers in his company

ous, your mood is enhanced by the feeling you have created and

and Azadi Fine Rugs is a member of IFDA and Industry Partner

that can all begin with your reflection of the perfect rug for you.”

of ASID.

Colors have the ability to make us feel good, to feel special! As

David is proud to be known, world-wide, as the rug company that is

well as their patterns and designs. So when we are selecting a rug

made with childfree labor. His passion and dedication to the world

it is important to consider what the rug is saying. Yes, a rug speaks.

is to eliminate child labor completely and this has been accom-

Not so much in words as in feelings. To quote David, “when the rug

plished by 85% already. He is dedicated to bringing that number

speaks, it says what you want to say yourself”.

to zero!

This of course is also the consideration when the Azadi Fine Rugs

To sum up the causes he feels so urgent about, he creates awareness

knowledgeable staff help people select a rug. They guide their

of the effects of mood and what he can do in his life to make people

customers to find the rugs that speak to their hearts.

feel better. And by doing so they will live happier and healthier lives

David Neishabori is 6th generation in his family’s rug business dat-

themselves and can bring the same to others around them.

ing back to 1760 in Azarbayjan, Russia. His family then moved the

Ultimately, David Neishabori believes, “that the right rug for you,

business to Hamburg, Germany where they were in the wholesale

will create your happy and healthy home.”

rug business, until his dad brought the business to California in 1977. David chose to bring the business to Arizona in 1995 and

Did you know that buying a rug can do so much?

opened his retail store on Scottsdale Road and Indian School.

Azadi Fine Rugs

He quickly gained a quality reputation with consumers and design

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Interview with ... Paradise Valley Estate Sales By Barbara Kaplan

Paradise Valley Estate Sales is the go-to consignment shop to find the distinctive, exceptional and unusual. It also is the place to go to for quality, value and style. Each piece is hand-picked by the two talented and hard-working owners Anne Sarvas and Mary Cantrell. When I asked Mary and Ann what sets them apart from all the other shops they both answered in unison, “US!” And I certainly experienced that being there and talking to them. Their friendly, warm energy is contagious and I didn’t want to leave and when I finally did I already knew I was coming back the next day to see the new shipment of special items they were expecting and looking forward to receiving their warm welcoming smile and conversation. I asked them what they look for in the pieces they bring into the store. They replied that there isn’t any one type. However they look for high-end, custom designer pieces that are different, unique and have good bones! Every piece is cherry picked by one of the own-

price but must wait for it to reach the indicated date. Really cool and fun too!

ers. And their taste and standards are high. The pieces must be in

I asked them what they liked most about second hand pieces. They

good condition or easily recovered or refinished to personalize for

replied that it wasn’t like what you see everywhere, the character of

the next owner.

the pieces and especially their stories! To sum it up it’s the pieces

These pieces come out of the finest homes and are referred


to Ann and Mary by designers, antique dealers, private sales,

The prices range from as little as a table with everything on it sells

trust attorneys or unusual opportunities like liquidations such as

for $10 to a $25,000 armoire. The ages of the pieces may be hun-

when the Phoenician Resort had to sell some of their finer pieces.

dreds of years old as well as brand new. And every item is priced

You will still find large beautiful punch bowls purchased by PVES,

and listed on their website! So you can purchase from the comfort

which they have sold as fabulous planters, center pieces or even

of your home!

a trophy. Interestingly, a truly unique fact about their consignment business is that many of the same people who sell their pieces at PVES are also the same people who buy from them. They have such loyal customers over the 20+ years they have been in business. Mary and Ann like to think of them as friends equally as customers. I wondered what pieces were the easiest to sell and what they sell the most of. They replied, lamps, chests and accessories. Although while I was there, they had a fabulous Baldwin Baby Grand Player Piano that had a low bid offer on it already. Now what that means

When I asked them the best part of their business. They agreed it’s that they learn something new all the time! I loved meeting these incredible ladies and experiencing their creation. Mainly, I love their energy and how devoted they are to their business and each other. They love what they do and have fun which they enjoy sharing with everyone that walks through their door. Don’t miss checking out this well-kept secret … which really isn’t a secret to the people in the know!

is they use a system they call Dutch Auction. There are four prices.

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Almond Almond was feeling a little under the weather when he first arrived at the Arizona Humane Society, but thanks to the wonderful care he received in the Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, the 13-week-old made a great recovery. Ragdoll cats are known for their docile nature and easygoing personalities so when you hold Almond, don’t be surprised when he melts in your arms, nuzzles close, and purrs up a storm. However, when you set him on the ground, the frisky feline races around the room chasing his favorite ball. Great with other animals and kids, Almond would be an easy addition to any home. Meet this ravishing, blue-eyed kitty at the Campus for Compassion located at 1521 W. Dobbins Road in Phoenix. His adoption fee is $100 and includes his neuter surgery and vaccinations. For more information call 602.997.7585 and ask for animal number A549235.

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Interview with ... Image-Industry/ Scott Foust Photography By Barbara Kaplan

Entering Scott Foust Photography Studio in downtown Scottsdale is magical. It feels like stepping into a white wonderland of photographic possibilities. Your cares are left behind and the focus is all about you. The anticipation is how Scott will wave his magic camera wand and capture your essence. He has an eye for a person’s soul and strives to bring it out through the ­camera’s lens. It begins with his all white studio where he has created areas for people to prepare for their photographic adventure. Then lights, action and camera … he begins to study his subject or subjects to bring out their best features. He explains how he holds a

he takes Polaroid pictures and paints the photographs to look like acrylic paintings. He also has an advertising, corporate, commercial and editorial side to his business and employs several fine photographers that he has trained to work with him. This part of his company he calls Image-Industry.

light and waves it around a face, starting

He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

with the nose to capture the best angle

where he hopes one day to have an office.

to photograph. He wants to show people

He also would like another office in Minne­

at their best and uses natural light a lot to

apolis, his wife’s home town. This way he

best capture them.

can spend time with family and also do the

us – we care!” His motto – is your image is

photography that he loves so much.

our business. Scott takes personal pride in

I asked him what he asks of his clients and

his completed story and also wants to be

he said” To trust me to take you where you

His wife and two children are always his prior-

most want to be-and I will create art work

ity and he strives to build his work schedule

and make memories for you”. Most of his

around the life of his family. The balance

clients he says are women and therefore

between the two is his primary goal every

When he presents the pictures to his clients

he always looks to a softer way of express-

day. He considers himself so lucky because

he is giving them a story and a memory.

ing things. From his logo, to his beautifully

he is able to split his time between his two

designed studio to his completed pictures.

loves …. his family and photography.

They are expressive, sensitive and feel

happy with the completed image of the people he sees.

Scott says, “The best part of a shoot is when people leave and say how fabulous

He encourages his own children to just

they know the photos will be before they

play with photography and see what shows

have even seen them. He believes they

He says his style is, “clean, timeless, no fads,

up. He encourages them to have their own

know, because they loved their experience

true colors and very real”. “Good photog-


with him and trust that he has brought out

good for everyone’s enjoyment.

raphy should be real not color enhanced or style changed to suit a fad”.

One of his favorite things is headshots.

the best in them.”

There he first reads his subject and gathers

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His mom was a painter and he has painted

information from them to give them con-

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since he is 6 years old. He admires artists’ tal-

fidence to create an awesome headshot.

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He encourages his clients by saying, “Trust




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Lilly by Kathryn Livingston Reviewed by Bill Dougherty There are two things that are absolutely synonymous with Palm Beach; extreme wealth and Lilly Pulitzer. Until 1963 the world knew very little about the soon-to-be fashion icon. She and her then husband Peter were arguably the most beautiful couple on the barrier island. A bit bohemian for the absolute wealth from which Lilly Pulitzer hailed, along with the publishing empire she married into, hers was not a world of high society balls. She preferred to raise her family and squeeze juice from the citrus she obtained from the family orchards at her juice stand just off Worth Avenue. But since she kept staining her dresses, she hired a dressmaker and designed several colorful shifts to disguise the stains. When she started selling the dresses literally off her back at the juice stand, she knew she was on to something. Often called the accidental fashion designer, Lilly Pulitzer changed the world almost in an instant. She became part of the mid-1960s Youth Quake and turned the fashion industry upside down. In Lilly by Kathryn Livingston, we see a far darker side of Lilly Pulitzer than her brightly colored fabrics and the poolside lifestyle she promoted. Her biography is filled with heart-breaking infidelities, scandals and loss; something the designer kept very private until the end of her life. When big business swallowed the fashion world in the late 1980s, Lilly simply paid off her creditors and shut down her business. But the world missed her vivid collections so much that the line was successfully resurrected in 1993 and taken global. This is a great insider’s view into not only all the nuances of Palm Beach but also the cut throat fashion industry and a brilliant lady who forever changed the way people dress.




Once Upon A Time by Slim Aarons Reviewed by Bill Dougherty

Before the One Up Club crammed themselves down our throats behind the wheel of a Escalade. Before Vanity Fair Magazine decided Annie Leibovitz was the best photographer that ever lived. Before everyone from the under belly of society to the rich who craved being a celebrity, we had Slim Aarons. A World War II Purple Heart veteran, Mr. Aarons moved to California and set up shop capturing some of the most beautiful and memorable photos ever taken. His was a generation that believed you didn’t flaunt what you had or were. The celebrities, Jet-Set and old money were a quiet and often private world. However, Slim Aarons always seemed to make the guest list. Whether pool-side in Palm Springs, a drawing room in Bel-Air, on the slopes of Zermatt or a deserted beach in the Bahamas; Slim Aaron always seemed to be in the right place. Perhaps his most iconic photo was that of New England socialite C.Z. Guest and her son, photographed at her mother-in-law’s exquisite home in 1955 known as Villa Artemis in Palm Beach. This elegant coffee table book serves as one of the last to showcase the beautiful people when they still had class, manners, style and grace. A fine travelogue from the end of the war to the end of the roaring eighties, each page serves as a glimpse into a more civilized era. You’ll put it down once you’re finished with it and keep picking it up time and time again.



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