Mix and Mingle with The Miksta Team and Lifestyle Publications

V.I.P. Mortgage's The Miksta Team graciously hosted Lifestyle Publications' partners and friends at their new location. The guests enjoyed a variety of delectables from Emily's Events as they mingled and connected in the spacious community room. Visit them at TheMikstaTeam.VIPMtgInc.com.

Special Night of Play

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids recently participated in the Special Night of Play at the Children's Museum of Phoenix and the Special Needs Resource Fair presented by RAK. New to the Scottsdale area, they offer kids a fun, stress-free haircut experience and are known for working with kids with special needs.

October 2017 Around Town

LDV Winery, located at 6951 E. First St. in Scottsdale, is getting ready for its third annual Harvest Festival! From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, attendees can join LDV Winery in celebrating the completion of the 2017 harvest.

Fall into October

Growing up and living in the Midwest most of my life, October was always one of my favorite months of the year. Trees started turning colors as the temperatures started to drop and sports were everywhere. Baseball season was wrapping up with the World Series, and football was in full swing, the local high school game on Friday night, my…

The Ultimate Tailgate Party

Fall is in the air and, come October, sports are in full swing. Whether you prefer college football Saturdays—cheering on your favorite team, paying special attention to the various conference rivalries—or professional football Sundays—in front of the TV, keeping a close eye on your fantasy football team—everyone can use some tips to throw the perfect tailgate party, even if you…

Lifestyle’s Guide to Local Fall Sports

While the rest of the nation goes inside to warm up, we're cheering on our hometown teams while grilling outside and wearing flip-flops. Welcome to fall in the Valley of the Sun.

Score!

It’s fall, which means many sports are taking off locally and nationwide. What are some of the best apps to help you keep up with your favorite teams and players? We asked a few Valley sports enthusiasts to find out.

For the Love of the Game 

As the president of sports management for FineMark Bank, David Highmark helps professional athletes achieve their financial goals. An athlete himself, David’s life has woven together his love of both sports and business for more than 30 years. Here, he shares four of his most memorable highlights.

Fine Dining, Refined

Eddie Merlot’s in North Scottsdale is introducing exciting changes to its menu. Bill Humphries, the founder of Eddie Merlot’s, is preparing his 13 restaurants for changes that he believes will transform dining. “People are looking to be entertained not just to eat great food," he says. “Our restaurants will be adding 32 new or revised recipes to keep the restaurants…

Freshly Brewed

For a coffee lover, there’s something about sitting down to enjoy freshly brewed coffee that becomes a reason to celebrate. Altitude Coffee Lab allows you to do just that; the roastery is known for its wonderful organic coffee and skilled baristas who produce premium coffee drinks. The quaint cafe is filled with wonderful coffee smells during the roasting process and…

What’s Your Style?

Fashion: a - a prevailing custom, usage or style; b - (1) - the prevailing style (as in a dress) during a particular time; (2) - a garment in such a style. We all have (or desire to have) a style. So what's yours? Are you classic or trendy? Conservative or flashy? I probably lean more towards trendy, but definitely…

Movie Night at Harkins Theatre

Allstate agency owner Frank Schubert shows his appreciation for customers every year by hosting a movie night at Harkins Theatre. This summer, he hosted his 10th appreciation event with a viewing of "Despicable Me" at the Harkins Theatre on Bell Road. Treats were provided by Stuttering King Bakery. Photos by Kat McMahon.

Backpack Drive

The fifth annual Backpack & School Supply Drive donation drop-off event was held July 15 at Office Max on East Thomas Road and helped fill 5,000 backpacks. The backpack drive is sponsored by Executive Council Charities benefitting Arizona Friends of Foster Children Found, Arizona Helping Hands Inc. and Voices for CASA children.

Scottsdale Fashion Square Renovation Event

Members of the media and blogging community attended a behind-the-scenes “soft hat” media tour of Scottsdale Fashion Square on Thursday, July 27, where they received an up-close look at how the best address keeps getting better. For more information about Scottsdale Fashion Square's renovation, visit FashionSquare.com/SFSRedevelopment. Photos by Haute Photography and Videography.

September 2017 Around Town

The James Beard Foundation is pleased to announce the fifth anniversary year of the Taste America national culinary tour. The cross-country program will heat up this fall in 10 dynamic culinary destinations including Phoenix.

Where to Begin

For more than two decades, Lauren Rautbord of Scottsdale’s own Paul Lauren Design Consultants has been helping her clients create the spaces of their dreams. She has learned that making sure homeowners know what to expect along the way is a key component to any successful renovation and offers a few pointers on managing renovation expectations.

Fall Fashion Trends for 2017

When it comes to fashion, everyone wants to create a look that reflects their own style and personality. We want designs and fabrics that are comfortable and colors that make us look great. This fall, nothing makes a bolder fashion statement than the color red. It is a power color that women can incorporate into their wardrobe in a dress,…

Functional, Luxury Living With Heart

Mark and Bev Nuessle toured 50 houses in search of the perfect place before deciding to build. When they finished their masterpiece, they had an elegant and functional European-style home imbued with old-world charm. “We spent three years drawing, three years building and we got just what we wanted,” Mark Nuessle says. The 15,600-square-foot Scottsdale home in the Merit Crossing…

Fall Fashion Picks

Scottsdale blogger Marlene Srdic covers fashion, beauty and all things luxury on her lifestyle website. She curated her favorite fall finds to share with readers. Take a peek into her glamorous life at LifeWithMar.com.

Home Organization Tips

When I was a child, I took on the project of transforming our family’s extensive collection of books into a home library . . . and of my own volition! I labeled each book and cataloged them per the Dewey Decimal System. There was a check-out system in an index card box. I monitored the comings and goings of each…

Animal Style

If you're in the mood to lighten up your wardrobe, aim for natural tones inspired by nature. Shades of neutrals with pops of camel and olive green will make you feel like you're coming straight off the plane from the Serengeti. These light colors ooze with warmth and coziness, which are perfect for everyday wear.

Lasting Color

Few things can help to freshen up a look like a coat of paint. For those looking for something that looks good and lasts, however, not all paints are created equal. Whether it is a cabinet, a wall, an accent room or even the entire house, Benjamin Moore is sure to have the perfect solution for any painting project.

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher

Growing up, my family’s summers revolved around going to the pool and the annual family camping trip, but mostly hanging by the pool. With five kids in the house and Dad on the road all week, Mom used the pool as a babysitter. We shuffled off early in the morning and usually only showed up at home for meals. By…

ALS Bite Nite

ALS Bite Nite on Saturday, June 3, raised a record $250,000 and more than 750 guests attended! ALS Bite Nite is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, raise money for a cure and come together for something you care about. 
Photography by Ben Arnold and Brian Flora.

August 2017 Around Town

The sweltering summer heat is upon us, which means it's the perfect time of year to enjoy seasonal shakeups. Using some of the season's best produce, Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails is creating an all-new menu of Southern-inspired, fresh and light favorites to beat the heat all summer long.

Lunchbox SOS

As the new school year begins, coming up with some creative ideas for lunchboxes can be challenging. Here are a few healthy alternatives that will make lunches fun and tasty.

Influential Teachers

What makes a teacher great? Typically, the answer is rarely one that is easy to summarize in a word or two. With summer winding to a close and students across the Valley dusting off their backpack and prepare to head back to school, we asked four of the teachers at Notre Dame Preparatory High School to see what makes them…

Publisher’s Playlist

Music was a big deal in Mike McMahon’s earlier years. When he grew up, he listened to more albums than singles and wore out "Hotel California" and "Desperado" by the Eagles. Today, the music he listens to is situational. If he’s by the beach, he wants Jimmy Buffet and a beer. If he’s exercising, he wants rock 'n' roll to…

Back-to-School Fashion

School is back in session for kids across the Valley, and, while everyone wants the latest school supplies, they also want to look stylish, too. Here are a few of our favorite fashion picks for kids that are available locally and online.

The Beat Goes On

Nothing beats live music, but finding a place that does it right can sometimes be a challenge. Fear not, however, as the list below shows, whether your vibe is rock, R&B, jazz or even a touch of country, when a night out on the town calls for a bit of live music, the toughest decision might just be deciding where…

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Dive into the pages of any good adventure book—or into the screen of a movie at the local theater—and you’ll quickly be immersed in captivating stories. You’ll be pulled into worlds of wizards fighting dark magic, pirates trying to seize control of ghost ships, a quest for revenge on a whale, a 1,100-mile hike for self-discovery and healing, the visit…

Hash Kitchen Hosts Lifestyle Publication’s 
Connecting with Community 

North Scottsdale Lifestyle and Paradise Valley Lifestyle shared an evening of connecting with fellow partners and guests at the creative breakfast and bar, Hash Kitchen. Taste buds were treated to menu items like caprese skewers, carnitas hash and the BYOBM bar as attendees enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere.

July 2017 Around Town

Make this a summer to remember with a getaway, or staycation, to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Experience sunrise hikes to adjacent Pinnacle Peak Park, dining alfresco under a blanket of stars and poolside pampering at the sparkling, two-tiered pool complex.

Refreshing Poolside Recipes


1. Process cantaloupe chunks, ice cream, honey and orange juice concentrate in a food processor until smooth, in batches if necessary; transfer to a large pitcher or serving bowl. Cover mixture, and chill for at least 1 hour. 
2. Just before serving, gently stir in the ginger ale. Garnish individual servings with fresh mint leaves.

Pinnacle Aviation Helps Maximize the Value of Clients’ Jet Experience

Pinnacle Aviation is a full-service aircraft sales, acquisition, charter and management company based at Scottsdale Airport. For nearly 30 years, Pinnacle Aviation has assisted many jet buyers and sellers to maximize the value of their jet experience. After purchasing an aircraft, it is not unusual for a client to request some refurbishment work on the interior and/or the exterior of…

Vino Con Stelle

Richard J Stephenson, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Gateway for Cancer Research founder and chairman, and Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, CTCA chair, Functional Medicine and Gateway board of directors, hosted “Vino con Stelle” at The Silverleaf Club. The exclusive evening under the stars was inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s "Starry Night." For information on Gateway, visit GatewayCR.org.

Summer in Sierra Vista

Looking for a great day trip or active long weekend away without even having to leave the state? Located just three hours southeast, Sierra Vista has something for everyone from history buffs to outdoorsmen to even food and wine enthusiasts. The region is also a global leader in military intelligence as well as a bustling hub for cybersecurity research, workforce…

Ready, set, summer!

Release your inner adventurer without ever having to step foot outside at these three spots that bring the best of the outdoors in. First, traverse through the rainforest and view dozens of brightly colored butterflies at Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, ButterflyWonderland.com, where you can also enjoy a host of special activities such as Bee Talks, Yoga in…

We All Scream for Ice Cream

The weather has hit triple digits, and, besides moving from one air-conditioned location to the next, there’s no better way to cool down during the hot summer months than the classic frozen treat: ice cream. Luckily for locals, the Valley is full of some delightful eateries that specialize in all things chilled and delicious.

Staycations: Survive The Summer In Style With The Perfect Oasis

It’s easy to appreciate desert life in January when temperatures are in the 70s and outdoor activities include hiking instead of shoveling snow. However, during the summer months when the heat is relentless and storm clouds evaporate before breaking the city limits, I recommend swimming in a pool you didn’t clean, sipping on a cocktail you didn’t mix and sleeping…

A Great Month to be a Guy

As June arrives, we realize we’ve nearly made it through half the year—and wonder how that could be possible! It feels like just yesterday we were writing about New Year’s resolutions and Valentine’s Day gifts. Now, we’re planning for summer—long days and warm nights, grilling, pools and everything else the year’s middle months bring along.

notMYkid’s Annual Fundraiser

“Come Fly with Me,” notMYkid’s annual fundraiser, featured a reception, live and silent auctions and Vinum 55 hosted champagne lounge. The program included a tribute video to honorees, award presentation, concert by Sal Valentinetti from America’s Got Talent, dancing, photo booth and Microsoft virtual reality flight simulator.

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center Annual Community Breakfast

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) hosted nearly 1,800 guests at the Arizona Biltmore and were joined by individuals with autism and their families, business, community and elected leaders. Revolution: Redefining the Status Quo was the theme of the breakfast co-chaired by longtime supporters Kathy and Mike Bosco.

Arizona Helping Hands

Arizona Helping Hands held their second StandUp Society cocktail party at the beautiful home of Stan and Sharla Godbehere. Seventy-five attendees enjoyed an evening of food from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, entertainment and community. Arizona Helping Hands makes an impact on Arizona’s 17,000-plus children in foster care. For information, visit AZHelpingHands.org.

HonorHealth Charity Golf Classic Supports Lifesaving Military Training Program

The HonorHealth Charity Golf Classic at Grayhawk Golf Club raised more than $125,000 to support the Military Partnership Program at HonorHealth which provides lifesaving training to military medical personnel and first responders. The 334 golfers who participated enjoyed a fun, scramble-format tournament on the Raptor and Talon courses. HonorHealth.com/GolfClassic.

June 2017 Around Town

This inaugural exhibition will run from June 20, 2017, through September 30, 2018, at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. The exhibition features Western film posters, lobby cards and associated ephemera and memorabilia dating from the 1800s to the present, curated from the world’s largest—and most historically important and inclusive—collection of Western film graphic arts. The first of many…

Movers & Shakers

Happy hour has long been an ideal place for blowing off some steam after a long day at the office. For those in the know, however, a loosened tie with a drink in hand can be about so much more than just washing away the workday. As people let down their guard, it can be the perfect opportunity to get…

Gadgets Guys Will Love

Guys and gadgets go together like summer and baseball, chips and salsa and cheeseburgers and fries. If you are in the market for a new gadget to make your life easier or simply more fun, check out the following five guy-friendly suggestions.

You Can Have It All

Adventurous families looking for safety, all-terrain capability and versatility can have it all with the all-new 2017 Land Rover Discovery. The seven-seat SUV has secured a starring role in the latest round of Euro NCAP tests after being awarded a maximum five-star rating by the globally recognized safety testing organization.

Time for Some Smoke

A love for cigars runs deep in the veins of Cedar Room Fine Cigars & Lounge owner Andy Sweis. A 12-year veteran of the cigar industry, he has continued a long history of the family trade, which his father started after spending more than 30 years in the liquor and tobacco retail business. Having had his first experience smoking a…