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5 Unique Features at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

Sure, Arizona is probably one of the top five states in the U.S. for good ol’ country bars. We still have our cowboys, Prescott, Wickenburg, Williams…the list could continue. But while we adore jukeboxes, cheap beer and Kentucky bourbon, patrons can have just a little more if they pause after a day of Old Towne Scottsdale shopping and head to new joint Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. With an already rockin’ reputation and the name of one of the hottest country stars above its door to boot (pun intended), Whiskey Row boasts some other unique features you won’t find anywhere else.

State of the art technology: Whiskey Row offers an HDMI video system that controls video and sound from anywhere in the venue, all with help from an iPad, several iPhone and USB charging stations available around the bar and a massive 24 ft. TV on the back wall. As the most technologically advanced bar in the state, it also offers a concert quality 52,000 watt sound system and a 16 ft. by 20 ft. stage suspended from the ceiling located directly above the bar.

Beer and liquor taps: Each booth at Whiskey Row features three different beer taps and a liquor tap, a first for Arizona. Guests will have their choice of Coors Light, Blue Moon and New Castle and liquors including Yukon Jack Whiskey, Grey Goose Vodka flavors, American Honey Whiskey and more.

Bushwhacker-1Unique drinks: The drinks are like nothing you’ve ever had before. The unique mix of liquor and specialty ingredients make for mouthwatering flavor and great country cocktails:

• The Bushwhacker, a rich, chocolaty, milkshake-type cocktail, a Nashville classic, now has a new spin to it thanks to a few new special ingredients: Yukon Jack Wicked Hot Cinnamon Whiskey, Kahlua, cream coconut and milk blended with ice and served to order.

• The ever so popular boilermaker is a shot of whiskey dropped into a beer: The Working Class Hero Boilermaker is made with Bushmills Irish Whiskey, and Coors Banquet.

• Another signature drink is the Coffin Nail, with Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Black Cherry Soda, Red Bull with Fresh Blueberries.

• The Cow Tipper is a beer infused cocktail made with Dock 57 Blackberry Whiskey, lemon juice, agave nectar and muddled blackberries and is topped off with PBR.

The best dining, hospitality and live music: Riot Hospitality Group (RHG), a restaurant management with multiple nightclubs and restaurant/bars in Arizona and select U.S. markets is run by Ryan Hibbert, Mike Troyan and Jon Wright. With ownership in three successful bar/restaurants in Arizona and Chicago, RHG has set themselves apart with its trendy, “edgy” feel, excellent service and quality of product. They only use local produce and meats and the food at their venues is made to order to fit the customer’s needs. RHG promises to bring in different live talent each week making it once again stand out from other country bars around the valley. Musicians Jon Pardi and A Boy Named Sioux set the tone when they performed at the July 4th grand opening.

A Great American Gastro-pub Fare cuisine at bar prices: With quality organic food made from scratch, who could pass up the southern food offered at bar prices? Alabama BBQ Grilled Chicken is half grilled chicken basted in Alabama own white sauce with grilled broccolini and deviled egg potato salad all for $14. Or how about the Badass Bloody,  a house-made bloody mary mix, with cucumber vodka served over ice, topped with a bacon bleu cheese slider and homemade pickled vegetables?

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Marcus & Millichap Arranges Sales of 416SF & 6000SF Net-Leased Properties

Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm, has announced the sale of Service King, a 4,216-square foot net-leased property located in Peoria, AZ, according to Donald D. Morrow, regional manager of the firm’s Phoenix office. The asset sold for $1,351,251.
Chris Doty, a net leased Specialist in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, an individual/ personal trust.  The buyer was an individual/personal trust. Service King is located at 8800 North 91st Avenue in Peoria, AZ.

In addition, the firm has announced the sale of Aaron’s, a 6,000-square foot net-leased property located in Buckeye, AZ, according to Donald D. Morrow, regional manager of the firm’s Phoenix office. The asset sold for $1,685,000.
Mark Ruble and Jamie Medress, investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, a limited liability company.
Aaron’s is located at 1260 South Watson Road in Buckeye, AZ.  Located in one of the most dynamic trade areas in Greater Phoenix, as evidenced by sales figures, indicates that Buckeye has some of the top performing retailers in the region. Aaron’s, Inc., a national leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential and office furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, has more than 1,900 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada.

 
With more than 1,000 investment professionals in offices nationwide, Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services is the largest firm specializing in commercial real estate investment services in the nation. Marcus & Millichap closed 6,149 transactions in 2012, the highest of any commercial real estate brokerage firm. Founded in 1971, the firm has perfected a powerful system for marketing properties that combines product specialization, local market expertise, the industry’s most comprehensive research, state-of-the-art technology and relationships with the largest pool of qualified investors nationally.

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Arizona’s Children Association Starts New Site for Kinship Caregivers

Arizona’s Children Association is excited to announce the creation of their new Arizona Kinship Support Services website to assist kinship families and caregivers in finding the support and services they need: www.ArizonaKinship.org.

Are you a relative caring for another relative’s child? Do you know someone raising a child not born to them?  Kinship care has been a nationally-growing phenomenon for the last decade. Census reports indicate that more than 198,000 children under age 18 live in homes where the householders are grandparents or other relatives accounting for 12.2% of all children under 18 in the state (U.S. Census, 2010).  Research indicates that children in kinship care experience greater stability than those in foster care. However, many kinship families do not receive the support and resources that would help them create more stability for their household. Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) kinship programs have worked for years to empower the community to embrace and support these very special families and their potential to provide a positive alternative to traditional foster care.

ArizonaKinship.org is designed to help kinship caregivers navigate the various systems that they will encounter when raising their relative’s children and connect them to the resources they need. The program provides support groups, legal services, parenting skills education, foster care licensing and adoption support, as well as connections to food, housing and clothing resources, and much more. The program also provides assistance to caregivers involved with CPS, DES and other government agencies.

The creation of the website is part of a federal grant, “Family Connections Child Welfare/TANF Collaboration in Kinship Navigation Programs” funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, and awarded to AzCA to continue working with kinship families and further grow the program over the next three years.  The overall goal of the grant is to improve services for children being raised by kinship care providers by assisting caregivers in meeting their family’s needs, promoting public/private partnerships to meet those needs and increase safety, permanency and well-being of the children in kinship care.

“We recognized that in this digital age there was not a local online resource that responded to all of the needs of kinship families,” said Candy Espino, director of operations, child welfare. “In addition to all of our kinship work throughout the last decade, we are now able to take a well-rounded approach by integrating an online resource.”

Each kinship family is unique. ArizonaKinship.org allows kinship caregivers to independently research their local resources or connect directly with an AzCA support staff who will assist them in determining the type of kinship family they are, what their needs are, and the best available resources. Our caregivers are also given the opportunity to connect with a support group or meet others in the same situation for emotional support. In addition, the website also invites people to share their personal stories and read about those with parallel stories.

“Our vision for the website is that it will link caregivers to real community supports to meet their current needs,” said Espino. “We relied on the expertise of our kinship caregivers to assist in the creation of this website to ensure that it met their needs and was as user-friendly as possible.”

Visit the Arizona Kinship Support Services at www.arizonakinship.org.  Support services can also be obtained by calling the statewide Caregiver Hotline at 1.888.737.7494.

About Arizona’s Children Association:
Arizona’s Children Association is the best resource for helping children and families in the state. For 100 years, Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) has stayed true to “Protecting Children and Preserving Families,” serving more than 42,000 children, individuals and families in all 15 counties each year. We are one of the oldest and largest statewide child welfare and behavioral health nonprofit agencies in Arizona. Learn more at www.ArizonasChildren.org.

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Cassidy Turley Completes $13.5 Million Sale of Camelwest Plaza

Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate provider in the U.S., announced today they successfully sold Camelwest Plaza, a 174,554-square-foot class B office property featuring two (2) four-story buildings at 1951 and 2001 West Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. 1128 Valencia Associates, LLC (Newport Beach, CA), advised by Apex Commercial Advisory (Brandt McCullough), purchased the property for $13,500,000 ($77.34psf) from Fenway Camelwest, LLC of San Diego. Executive Vice President Eric Wichterman and Senior Vice President Mike Coover, with Cassidy Turley’s Capital Markets Group, along with Todd Noel of Colliers, negotiated the transaction for both the buyer and the seller.

According to Wichterman, “Camelwest Plaza offered a rare opportunity for the buyer to acquire a quality, stable asset that is generating significant cash flow now and has long-term upside potential.” He added, “The majority of the leases in place were signed during the last recession, so there is strong likelihood for income growth as lease rates continue to recover in Phoenix.”

Built in 1986, Camelwest Plaza includes two (2), four-story buildings and two (2) three-level parking structures. Both of the buildings common areas were renovated between 2008 and 2010. The project sits on 4.98-acres on Camelback Road and 19th Avenue, less than ¼ miles from I-17 and immediately west of the METRO Light Rail station at that intersection. With over 45,000 riders each day, the light rail’s opening in 2008 immediately increased the demand for the property due to its accessibility to mass transit. Camelwest Plaza was 79 percent occupied at the time of sale. The property includes an on-site fitness center and café.

About Cassidy Turley:
Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,800 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the company represents a wide range of clients—from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from local non-profits to major institutions. The firm completed transactions valued at $22 billion in 2012, manages approximately 400 million square feet on behalf of institutional, corporate and private clients and supports more than 23,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and tenants with a full spectrum of integrated commercial real estate services—including capital markets, tenant representation, corporate services, project leasing, property management, project and development services, and research and consulting. Cassidy Turley enhances its global service delivery outside North America through a partnership with GVA, giving clients access to commercial real estate professionals in 65 international markets. Please visit www.cassidyturley.com for more information about Cassidy Turley.

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Cassidy Turley Completes 5,000SF Lease at Scottsdale Plaza for Giant Bicycles

Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate provider in the U.S., announced today they successfully negotiated a 5,000SF lease for Giant Bicycles at Scottsdale Plaza, on the northwest corner of 68th Street and Thomas Road in Scottsdale. Chris Hollenbeck, with Cassidy Turley’s Retail Group, negotiated the lease on behalf of the landlord, Marino Investments.

Giant Bicycles started in 1972 with one goal: Create a better cycling experience for people around the world. Over the last four decades, Giant has grown well beyond its manufacturing roots to become the world’s leading brand of quality bicycles and gear. Giant has more than 12,000 retail partners worldwide. For more information, visit www.giant-bicycles.com.

Scottsdale Plaza was built in 2008 by Marino Investments a Newport Beach, California based investor/ developer. The neighborhood retail center is located between Arcadia and Old Town Scottsdale. In addition to Giant Bicycles, the center includes Echo Coffee and Pizza RE’. The center has one remaining suite, 1,607SF. For additional information, contact Hollenbeck at 602.954.9000.

About Cassidy Turley:
Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,800 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the company represents a wide range of clients—from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from local non-profits to major institutions. The firm completed transactions valued at $22 billion in 2012, manages approximately 400 million square feet on behalf of institutional, corporate and private clients and supports more than 23,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and tenants with a full spectrum of integrated commercial real estate services—including capital markets, tenant representation, corporate services, project leasing, property management, project and development services, and research and consulting. Cassidy Turley enhances its global service delivery outside North America through a partnership with GVA, giving clients access to commercial real estate professionals in 65 international markets. Please visit www.cassidyturley.com for more information about Cassidy Turley.

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Think BOLD: Fall 2013 Beauty Trends

There’s something about fall that re-energizes our sense of style.You don’t have to completely re-vamp your wardrobe, as beauty routines are ripe for change, and it’s amazing what a big difference a little lipstick in a bold new hue can make. A change of texture for the hair can also make a fresh statement. Metallic replaces matte when it comes to eye shadow and nail polish, and summer’s beachy waves give way to sleek, chic ponytails.

Here’s a look at some new favorite trends this fall. All can be found at Beauty Brands!

176679138Metallic Nails:  This fall, think of nails as accessories, with heavy metallic and gilded golds making a statement. Get the 24-karat look with one of this season’s many precious hues from favorite brands like OPI and CND.

Shimmering Lids: Fingers and toes aren’t alone in going for 138026930the gold in shades of metallic this season. Paint eyelids in dramatic washes of gilt, silver, and copper, or dust on a little for subtle shimmer. At Beauty Brands, you can choose from powder and cream shadows and layer them on as you wish. Stila and Too Faced offer day and night options.   (And for a more dramatic effect, line your eyes with stunning cobalt for a fun change from black!) (Eye palette to try: Too Faced Natural at Night Eye Shadow Sexy & Sultry Neutral Eye Shadow Kit, $36. Available at BeautyBrands.com)

133430049Lips Like Wine: Set aside summer sips of Chardonnay and effervescent rosé.   It’s time to raise a luscious glass of deep Merlot or Pinot Noir to your lips. Anyone can wear these dramatic, black cherry hues. The trick is choosing the consistency that’s right for you, from long wearing crème lipsticks to sheer, glossier versions. And they look great with the pale, porcelain complexion that’s trending for fall. (Recommended luxe lipsticks:  Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Wild, $26 and Too Faced La Crème Lip Cream in Divine Wine, $21. Available at BeautyBrands.com.)

155221424Do the Pony:  There’s no better way to frame a flawless, polished face than by gathering tresses into a ladylike pony tail. There are many ways to style it, from a bouffant crown to a deep side part to ballerina sleek. At Beauty Brands you’ll find straightening creams and weatherproof sprays, as well as tools to help create the smoothest look. (Get the look with TIGI Bed Head Straighten Out Straightening Cream, $17.98 and AG Frizzproof Anti-Humidity Spray, $23.98. Available at BeautyBrands.com.)

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Van Dyke Laser & Skin Launches “Refreshed & Fabulous” Lunchtime Seminar Series

Get ready to lunch and learn with Van Dyke Laser & Skin! The award-winning dermatologists in Paradise Valley are teaming up with the (also) award-winning beauty care company, SkinMedica, with a “Refreshed & Fabulous Lunch Series.” Slated for noon, Friday, Aug. 16 and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, attendees will enjoy a complimentary lunch while learning about SkinMedica’s new skin rejuvenation product package, Essential System. According to Dr. Van Dyke, this customizable anti-aging regimen uses a combination of growth factors and retinoids to correct prior skin damage, while anti-oxidants and sun protection prevent and protect the skin from future damage. SkinMedica’s Essential products have been featured everywhere from the “The View” to the “The Today Show,” and was named a “Best Beauty Buy” by InStyle magazine.

Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 5.02.19 PMAll “Refreshed & Fabulous Lunch Series” attendees will receive a personalized complimentary skin care assessment.

Limited seating is available! Call Van Dyke Laser & Skin at 480-948-5045 to reserve your seat.

5206 N. Scottsdale Rd., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

About Van Dyke Laser & Skin:
With over 28 years of experience, renowned expert Susan Van Dyke, M.D. and her staff deliver unparalleled excellence in cosmetic dermatology. Offering a wide variety of procedures ranging from injectables such as Botox and fillers to state of the art resurfacing lasers, the staff at Van Dyke Laser & Skin helps clients reach their goals and provides stunningly beautiful skin that everyone is meant to have.

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Product of the week: Creme D'Olives

Unlike other products, Creme d’Olives is not an exfoliant, a peel, or an agent which temporarily puffs up the skin. Instead, one of the key ingredients in Creme d’Olives – olive leaf extract – is a powerful anti-oxidant, and another, pea extract, protects elastic tissue, which is so important to the maintenance of proper skin tone. Together, these naturally occurring ingredients help slow down the aging process.

Creme d’Olives provides four key benefits that are easily remembered by thinking of the word “Acme” – which appropriately means – the highest point, as of perfection.

A – Antioxidant: Oxidation is a complex process caused by free radicals that break down the skin’s structure. The natural antioxidants from the olive leaves in Creme d’Olives inhibit this process and help prolong the skin’s youthfulness.


C – Circulation: Creme d’Olives is applied by gently patting the skin which, in combination with its ingredients, increases micro-circulation, boosting nutrient levels and flushing waste by-products.

M – Moisturizing: The painstaking way in which oil and water are bonded together in Creme d’Olives results in a formula that increases moisture retention in the skin.

E – Elasticity: Creme d’Olives helps preserve the skin’s elastic components and produce a paradoxical “firm-softness” effect, which decreases the appearance of aging, eliminates dryness, and leaves the skin feeling protected, relaxed, and radiant.

Available for purchase at Cos Bar at Kierland Commons.
15205 N Kierland Blvd
,  Suite 150, 
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 | (480) 607-277

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Organization, Your Way – Quick Tips for the Scatterbrained

I’m like every one of you. I’m organized, but then I’m not. I’ve got 50+ pairs of shoes (I also have weaknesses, apparently) and I don’t know where to put them (weaknesses, too). I have a skinny closet and I’m not sure if my hangers are too fat (delusional, I must also be) or if I have too many dresses and too many jeans? Can one even have too many pairs of jeans?

Obviously, I’m also a little indecisive, and I’m learning that amongst indecision, crazy amounts of stuff, things to do, places to be, people to see and a naturally scatterbrained manner, I crave organization more than caffeine (or a nap) after 2 p.m. To deal with this, I’ve been re-imagining and re-invigorating my life. I have a new notebook that is strictly work goals and to-dos; I make time to drink plenty of water, go to bed early and take long baths. These little health focuses allow me to get done what I need to accomplish during the day, and while I’m nowhere near where I want to be yet, I’ve learned a few other tips along the way, too. For the scatterbrained, listen up:

1337346371. Reach for the Skies:

Shelving. It’s the best thing since the clap-light. In a small space, or even a large space with lots of accoutrements, creating attractive shelving and building storage space above eye-level is a lifesaving endeavor. Decorative shelving can be found at hardware stores or even spaces like Hobby Lobby, where my own came from, and though many options may seem too short, shelves can be lined up to accommodate longer walls or in my case, stretches of shoes. Awesome: it’s also affordable.

1756843152. Write it Down:

Take it from the editor of two magazines and member of a local business where multitasking is as common as the sun: writing things down triggers your brain to remember things more quickly and easily. The physical act sticks with you more than making a “mental note” ever will. While I love a good pen-and-ink list, apps like Evernote, Do! and even Google Calendar allow for easy access and throw all cases of losing the list completely out the window (unless you literally toss your phone out the window, and then I applaud you…but don’t expect to get anything done after that!)

3. Defend yourself!

Being naturally ADD or scatterbrained is emotionally frustrating, and being around others with excellent organizational skills – those who get everything done and still manage to float through sane, beautiful lives – can be a downer. I understand this fight, and I understand the insecurity of comparing yourself to others. Here’s my advice: once you have your own ways established, defend them. There are specific ways to systematize and get through the day for everyone, and people who are scatterbrained physically need their own ways probably even more so than those who are naturally more put-together. Don’t let others get frustrated with you if you know your tasks will get done and in due time – just be responsible, respectful of their time and honest.

175944667And here’s where my scatterbrained insecurity sets in: these tips don’t seem like enough! I could go on for pages, but for the sake of organization I have to stop at that pleasant number three (see what I did there?). I hope you take these tips to heart, however brief, because life isn’t about stressing out or getting things done. It’s about enjoying what we do get done and what that allows us to experience – maybe today’s tasks, for example, will make your day off next week that much sweeter. Need help and want to chat more about little ways to organize your life? Email me at hannah.hayes@azbigmedia.com. Now go home and have a glass of wine!

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The Best Of Scottsdale – Rock the Vote!

The Scottsdale woman.

She owns a proper tweed jacket fit for Kate Middleton but pairs it with a bronze glow of which the duchess dreams.

She knows confidence is her best feature and best friends are better than therapy.

She loves  a solid cocktail but always keeps a few more wits about her than the other girl.

She’s a savvy spender, a curator of closets and, when it comes to beauty of her own as well as the beauty of her home, she’s a benefactor of the truly talented.

Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 4.59.54 PMThis month, we debuted the Best of Scottsdale: the Hot 100, which showcases, supports and celebrates the best of what our fair city has to offer in the ways of health, beauty, home, garden, style, food and fun. We believe our nominees (and any you share!) are the quintessential particles that make up the big reason people love to live, shop and visit here.

Don’t find your fav? Add them in! We’re depending on you to celebrate your local hotspots. And hey, hot Scottsdale folks, in case you were wondering: YOU’RE the reason they come. Our great people are behind why others love to live, shop and visit here.

Keep up the good work, and vote here.

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Go Home for Lunch! Recipe: Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers: yields 6

Ingredients:
2 cans black beans, rinsed and strained

1 shallot

1 chopped
 garlic clove, minced

1 – 2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Salt & pepper to taste

Zest & juice of lime

2 teaspoons Madison’s Original Hot Sauce
1 1/4 cup cooked quinoa

2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:
1. To cook the quinoa, add 1 cup rinsed quinoa to 1 ¼ parts liquid. Bring to a simmer; reduce to low and cover, cooking around 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit covered for an additional five minutes. Set aside and let cool completely.

2. To prepare the burgers, add 1 ½ black beans, shallot, garlic, spices, lime zest, juice and Madison’s Original Hot Sauce into the bowl of a food process fit with a steel blade, processing until mixture is a coarse, chunky puree and transfer to mixing bowl. Set aside.
3. Add remaining beans, cooked quinoa and tomato paste and stir together. Shape the mixture into 6 patties and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or longer. Over medium heat, add olive oil and patties. Cook 3-5 minutes per side.

4. Serve on top a butter leaf lettuce cup, slice of beef steak tomato and garnish with micro greens and a drizzle of Madison’s Original Hot Sauce.

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DUI Downlow: Rights and What You Need to Know

None of us plan on getting a DUI, but the stark reality is that there were more than 39,000 DUI arrests in Arizona alone last year, and more than 75 perfect of those were business professionals. It is no secret that AZ has the toughest DUI laws in the state with a zero tolerance (even if you blew below a .08 BAC, you would still be charged with a DUI), so it is important for Valley professionals to be in-the-know about what to do if they are pulled over under suspicion of drinking and driving and what their rights are. There is a lot of misconception on what you should and shouldn’t do when you are pulled over, so we sat down with valley’s first, hottest and ONLY DUI Defense Law Specialist Craig Rosenstein of Rosenstein Law Group to finally get in the know. Note: be aware of your rights, but please, be SAFE and RESPONSIBLE on the road!

SL: What exactly are our rights when pulled over under suspicion of begin intoxicated?

good oneCR: There is an old joke among defense attorneys about the DUI exception to the 4th amendment. The 4th amendment protects our rights from unlawful search and seizure. It seems that some of our most precious rights are less precious when we discuss someone accused of DUI. As a result, officers are allowed to stop someone if they have reasonable suspicion that some criminal activity has taken place. In DUI cases, there is usually a driving infraction of some sort. Everyone thinks that most people are pulled over for swerving or some other driving behavior typically associated with drunk driving, but that is the exception, not the rule. Most people are stopped for speeding, or not pulling into the curb lane when turning, which is typical everyday driving behaviors. When the officer asks a driver to step out of the car, they will almost always be arrested and subjected to a blood draw. If you are asked to step out of a car, it is in the driver’s best interest to politely and respectfully request an opportunity to speak with an attorney before participating in the investigation. Some officers will tell drivers that they are not allowed to speak with an attorney and that they legally have to participate in the investigation (one of the above mentioned exceptions to the 4th amendment).

Although technically true, officers cannot make you balance and dance on the side of the road. Therefore, being firm and explicit in one’s desire to speak to a lawyer is essential. Politely demand to speak to an attorney and do not do any of the field tests.  Ironically, these field tests are not passable by definition. One can fail the tests, but if one does well and the scoring should reflect a ‘pass,’ it is instead graded as “inconclusive.” Therefore, it is rarely in someone’s best interest, even a totally sober driver’s interest, to participate in these types of field tests.

SL: Any advice on what you should do if pulled over – any questions drivers should ask or say?

160421208CR: Drivers should say very little. Everything is being viewed through a prism that assumes that you are impaired. Officers are given statistics that are often times questionable, and that makes them suspicious of every driver at night. Lobbying groups such as MADD disseminate information like,  ”2/3 drivers on the road at midnight are impaired.” I once tried to find the source of this information and found out that it was baseless; however, officers don’t know that. Officers only know what they’ve been trained, and as a result are extremely skeptical, which is illustrated through the inordinate amount of sober drivers whose blood is drawn and tested by the crime lab. As a result of  skepticism, I always recommend saying as little as possible because your sentences and actions are being viewed by someone whom automatically assumes impairment, and sees “impairment” where it often does not exist.

SL:  What are the big “don’ts” when begin pulled over under this suspicion?

CR: The biggest “don’t” is not asking to speak to an attorney right away. Speaking to an attorney protects your rights and prevents you from being wrongfully convicted of a DUI, which happens more times than you may think. In fact, DUI defense lawyers receive batch data containing the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) blood test results, and these often show huge percentages of the blood tested having either zero alcohol or alcohol levels considerably under the legal limit.

An attorney will advise you on what to do in your specific situation at the time of your traffic stop. After being pulled over and realizing that the officer is questioning you about a potential DUI, you should immediately ask to stop the investigation and speak to an attorney. If and when they tell you no, it is advisable to politely decline to participate, and again request to speak to counsel. Very often, people will be arrested at that time and taken for a blood draw. Most times it is advisable to consent to the draw, but a lawyer would be able to navigate the exceptions to that rule.

Final words of advice: One should never answer the officer’s post-Miranda questions.

Do’s:

•Provide your name, license, registration and insurance
•Firmly but politely request to call an attorney, request a private phone call with your attorney and request to be immediately released to obtain an independent test

Don’ts:

•Don’t answer the officer’s questions – your words will be used against you
•Don’t agree to do the eye test
•Don’t agree to do any balancing tests
•Don’t agree to a blood, breath or urine test until you have spoken to an attorney or until the officer advises you that “you’re entitled to no further delay”

SL: What is the law that allows officers to arrest people with a BAC under .08 and why does that law exist if the legal limit is .08?

175951468CR: I often hear people say that this is a zero tolerance state, which can mean one of two things: The punishments for DUI are tough and draconian in an attempt to dissuade the poor behavior of drunk driving, or that someone can be convicted for having any amount of alcohol in their system. The former is true and the latter is only partially correct. When someone is charged with a DUI in Arizona, they are charged with a minimum of two separate charges, and as many as six charges. In almost every case, someone is charged with driving while impaired to the slightest degree and the separate charge of driving with a BAC in excess of .08. Most scientists and biologists agree that all people are impaired to operate a motor vehicle at least to the slightest degree when their BAC exceeds .08. So these two separate charges are basically the same thing. If a chemical test (blood or breath) is done and it shows that the person had a BAC in excess of .08, that is usually the state’s best piece of evidence for both of the charges. However, the state can charge someone with being impaired by alcohol if their BAC is under .08. This has happened before; in that situation, the state would dismiss the charge of having a BAC above a .08 and can proceed to trial on the charge of being impaired to the slightest degree, resulting in a DUI with a BAC below .08. The truth is that these cases are not usually prosecuted. They certainly can be, and there are jurisdictions in the East Valley where it is more likely than not that they will be prosecuted. When I am asked why this is the case, my answer demonstrates my skepticism about the system; the practical effect of this system is that the government wins more cases (whether it is intended this way or not). Uneducated juries, who didn’t like the evidence that the state presented, will sometimes think that they are doing the defendant a benefit and instead of acquitting on both charges, they will acquit on one charge and convict on the other charge. In reality, this doesn’t do the accused any favors, and it will sometimes backstop prosecutors who have bad cases and allow them to get a win.

About Craig Rosenstein and the Rosenstein Law Group:
Rosenstein Law Group, PLLC, is a Scottsdale-based law firm that specializes in DUI Defense Law serving Maricopa County, Pinal County and Pima County, as well as tourists charged with DUI while visiting Arizona. Craig Rosenstein, the law group’s founding partner, is the only DUI Defense Law attorney in Maricopa County that is a recognized as a DUI specialist by the American Bar Association through the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. For more information on Rosenstein Law Group, please visit www.scottsdale-duilawyer.com.

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Navajo Nation focuses on first casino in Arizona

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise’s first casino in Arizona, is expected to be a major economic engine for the Flagstaff area.

“Twin Arrows will create a new benchmark in gaming entertainment while improving the economic health and prosperity of the Navajo Nation,” said Derrick Watchman, chief executive officer of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. “As northern Arizona’s premier destination casino resort, Twin Arrows will create approximately 800 full-time jobs with an annual payroll of $34 million, including salaries and benefits.”

Az Business caught up with Watchmen before the 267,000-square-foot facility opened over Memorial Day weekend to get his thoughts about Northern Arizona’s hottest new spot.

Az Business: What has been your biggest challenge opening the casino?
Derrick Watchman: This project has been going on for five years, from ideas and concepts to financing and securing land, but there really hasn’t been any one big obstacle. We’re shorthanded on employees. Each employee has to be licensed. With three other casinos, there is a lot of turnover, as there is with all restaurants and in retail. We had challenges securing money. I was hired to secure financing, but about that time (2008 and 2009), the market crashed. But, we convinced the tribe that we were a really good investment. Other challenges? We hit rock-bottom — literally. At groundbreaking. It was limestone. There are only a few big rock [demolishing companies] in the country so we had to secure them. The rock you see around here, around the lobby and hotel, is part of the land.

AB: How does Twin Arrows reflect the Navajo Nation?
DW: When we started development, we identified a cultural committee. They worked with the architects and decided how to incorporate Navajo elements. The chandelier in the rotunda is actually representational of the four levels of worlds we believe in. Each hotel depicts the four worlds of the Navajo. We commissioned 33 different, very well-known Navajo artists. They put in their vision. You’ll see depictions of Navajo beliefs, creatures, animals, plant life and different directions. Our nation is known for mutton stew and fry bread, too, which is served in the casino food court.

AB: What can visitors expect?
DW: Our goal is to be a four-diamond resort. The amenities in the rooms are all geared to four-star ratings. When someone comes to Twin Arrows, we want them to say, “Wow.” We want to be a great food venue. We have the latest and greatest slot machines. Our poker room has 12 tables. We plan on having tournaments. We want folks to stay here, have meetings here, and have fun. I’ve heard the term “oasis in the desert.” We want to be that.

AB: Why did you pick that particular location for its first Arizona casino?
DW: We’re next to Flagstaff and the Indian Reservation – right where it stops. We’re also on Route 66, a historic route, and on the way out or into Flagstaff and Winslow. It’s an ideal location.

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“ArtWalk” the Dog!

In conjunction with the Food Truck Caravan, We Are Marshall Way wants you to bring your pooches down for an “ArtWalk” the Dog from 7 – 9 p.m. Thursday nights in August on Marshall Way and 5th Avenue in Scottsdale. Enjoy Marshall Way’s art, architecture, events and stores alongside pet-friendly attractions including dog treats, pet arts, pet charities, water, pet welcoming galleries with air conditioning, rescue information, pet groomers, live pet art demonstrations, one-of-a-kind pet accessories and much more.

168766174The food trucks serving up scrumptious vittles will be Super Farm Super Truck, The Pho King Truck, Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Fire, Luncha Libre and Lulu’s Italian Ice; pet treats will also be available! There will be misters, comfortable seating, live music and a Caravan Concierge.
ArtWalk is located throughout the Scottsdale Arts District. Look for “ArtWalk the Line” (sidewalk decals) extending along Main Street west of Scottsdale Road  and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue.

ArtWalk is simple — proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants, live music, food trucks and more! Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby, look for valet parking service.

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“ArtWalk” the Dog!

In conjunction with the Food Truck Caravan, We Are Marshall Way wants you to bring your pooches down for an “ArtWalk” the Dog from 7 – 9 p.m. Thursday nights in August on Marshall Way and 5th Avenue in Scottsdale. Enjoy Marshall Way’s art, architecture, events and stores alongside pet-friendly attractions including dog treats, pet arts, pet charities, water, pet welcoming galleries with air conditioning, rescue information, pet groomers, live pet art demonstrations, one-of-a-kind pet accessories and much more.

168766174The food trucks serving up scrumptious vittles will be Super Farm Super Truck, The Pho King Truck, Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Fire, Luncha Libre and Lulu’s Italian Ice; pet treats will also be available! There will be misters, comfortable seating, live music and a Caravan Concierge.
ArtWalk is located throughout the Scottsdale Arts District. Look for “ArtWalk the Line” (sidewalk decals) extending along Main Street west of Scottsdale Road and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue.

ArtWalk is simple — proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants, live music, food trucks and more! Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby, look for valet parking service.

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Gareth Emery, Cedric Gervais, Will Sparks & More at MĀYĀ DAY + NIGHTCLUB

There are some hot happenings at Māyā Day + Nightclub this fall! Thankfully, the weather’s cooling down and though we’re sure the heels aren’t getting shorter, the days and nights are getting sweeter with some crazy sexy DJs. Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations (SLE) and Disco Donnie Presents (DDP) announce  the September lineup of internationally acclaimed DJ’s who will be performing at Māyā Day + Nightclub to kick off the cool(er) season:
The end of August will include performances by the following:

08/23 :: Quintino – The Dutch DJ and producer was discovered by house mastermind Laidback Luke at the age of 18. His 2011 release “Epic,” featuring Sandro Silva and Dada Life, topped the Dutch Top 40 Charts and went platinum in Holland and gold in Belgium. Doors open at 9 p.m.
08/25 :: Krewella with Dzeko & Torres – Electro-house/Dubstep trio Krewella released their hit single “Alive” off their EP Play Hard released in February. “Alive” remained on the Billboard dance charts for 32 straight weeks before hitting No. 1 in June of 2013 and went Gold after reaching 500,000 in sales. Doors open at 11 a.m.
08/30 :: Deorro – The Los Angeles native’s Soundcloud had over 20,000 avid followers and more than 1.5 million plays with his unique genre of electro house titled “panda funk” in 2011. He has been recognized by numerous world-renowned acts such as DJ Bl3nd, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki and Chuckie. Doors open at 9 p.m.

September lineup will include:

09/06 :: Will Sparks – This Australian DJ and producer of high-energy electro house music, known as “Melbourne Bounce,” has been making waves reaching five million plays on Soundcloud and also receiving recognition from artists such as Dada Life, David Guetta, Madeon and A-Trak. Doors open at 9 p.m.
09/08 :: Gareth Emery – The UK native and trance powerhouse is best known for his music video “Concrete Angel” featuring Christina Novelli, which has accrued over 14 million views on YouTube and was added to the MTV dance playlist since it’s release last year. Doors open at 11 a.m.
09/13 :: Starkillers – His track “Let the Love” with Dmitry KO and Amba Shepherd has garnered over 200,000 views on YouTube and has been featured on both BBC Radio 1’s “Dance Anthems” and Tiesto’s “Club Life” Radio. Doors open at 9 p.m.
09/27 :: Cedric Gervais – He produced the mega-hit “Molly” last summer and his latest remix of Lana Del Ray’s “Summertime Sadness” has been in the Beatport Top 100 since it’s release in February. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Special guest to be announced soon.

To purchase tickets please visit www.MāyāClubAZ.com.

For VIP table and Cabana reservations call 602-810-0736 or email Nolan@MayaclubAZ.com.
 
About Māyā Day + Nightclub
Māyā Day + Nightclub, named for the ancient deity that manifests and perpetuates illusion and dream, is the new standard for high-end entertainment in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Southwest. Developed by Triyar Entertainment, Māyā features a 9,700 square foot indoor bar and 17,600 square feet of outdoor pool and patio areas with a resort-style pool complete with daybeds, lounges, private and VIP cabanas. The venue also serves an authentic Mexican cuisine including, signature tacos, ceviche and taco salad. Māyā Day + Nightclub includes massive poolside LED video screens and features a floating stage in the center of the pool to host live music concerts and DJ performances. For more information on Māyā Day + Nightclub, please visit www.MayaClubAz.com

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Scottsdale-based Company MistAMERICA Makes Texas Cooler

Although it’s summer in Texas and the temperature is high, patrons continue to pack outdoor patios of restaurants like Del Frisco’s, Kona Grill and Mellow Mushroom week after week, with a little help from Scottsdale-based MistAMERICA. The multi-award-winning innovator in outdoor cooling, shade and heating solutions is transforming outdoor restaurant patios in Texas into cool and comfortable summer dining destinations with the Mist360™, a new and innovative Outdoor Cooling System that is revolutionizing the way outdoor patios are cooled.

161574_MistAMERICALogoblueThe Mist360™ puts a new and innovative twist on mist that has captured the attention of many businesses and homeowners worldwide. The cutting edge mist system combines ultra-fine misting into a fan that disperses cool (dry) mist in a 360 degree pattern. It cools larger spaces (a 15 foot radius per fan) and does not have the excessive moisture problems associated with traditional mist systems. It can also be customized with a company logo or decorative art deco design. The Mist360™ was introduced into the Texas market earlier this summer.

MistAMERICA CEO Jon Marsh says, “We couldn’t be happier with how well the Mist360™ has been received in the Texas market! We installed the first Mist360™ system in Texas a few months ago and now our systems can be found on restaurant patios in Houston, Dallas, Frisco and Arlington…and we are just getting started! If you live in Texas, the Mist360™ system may be cooling a patio near you. We look forward to packing patios across Texas all summer long!”

The new cooling system successfully transforms outdoor areas that typically remain unused during summer months into cool summer retreats and revenue-generating destinations, even in extreme heat environments. Unlike traditional mist systems, the Mist360™ is still effective even when the humidity is high – a game-changer for businesses with outdoor dining and lounge areas.

According to Kim Slawson, owner of Mellow Mushroom in Arlington, Texas, “Prior to installing the Mist360™ system on our outdoor patio, most patrons avoided dining outside during the summer months because of the heat. Business typically slowed down. With the Mist360™ our outdoor patio stays cool and comfortable and is busy all summer long. It has been great for business and more importantly, our bottom line!”

With its ability to cool large outdoor areas well with 100% evaporation and 360˚ dispersion, it is no surprise that the Mist360™ is being used in some of the most-buzzed about dining and vacation destinations in the U.S. and abroad. From Del Frisco’s in Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, and Washington, DC to top resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean, the Mist360™ is transforming outdoor patios across the nation into ‘cool’ destinations.

For over two decades MistAMERICA has pioneered groundbreaking and cost-effective cooling, shade and heating products, creating the perfect year-round outdoor atmosphere for businesses and homes worldwide. Earlier this year, the organization opened the World’s First Outdoor Comfort Showroom in Scottsdale to give customers a place to see and experience cutting edge cooling, shade and heating products in a true open-air setting.

For information on MistAMERICA and their full line of mist, shade and heating products, click here.

About MistAMERICA:
An innovator in outdoor comfort, MistAMERICA’s outdoor cooling systems lead the field in quality and effectiveness and are always on the cutting edge of emerging technologies. For over two decades, MistAMERICA has pioneered groundbreaking and cost-effective mist, shade and heat products to create the perfect year-round outdoor atmosphere for businesses and homes worldwide. From 5-star luxury resorts and restaurants to residential homes, MistAMERICA designs custom projects that transform the outdoors into comfortable, livable spaces all year long. The Arizona-based organization is also home to the industry’s first (and ONLY) Outdoor Comfort Showroom – where customers can actually experience the effects of top-of-the-line outdoor cooling, shade and heating products.

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Magical Relaxation, 4-Diamond Fare at L’Auberge Sedona

From my 10th floor office window in Downtown Phoenix, I can literally see the summer heat. It’s there in the yellowing grass wrapping the building below; it’s eye level as it snakes over and swallows the Estrella Mountains in the western distance. I may be wrapped up below a vent of ridiculously icy air-conditioning, but out that window, I imagine the beach breeze scarved around my neck, streaming through my hair. I smell Flagstaff’s Ponderosa Pines and crisp mountain atmosphere. I think about rain. Obviously: I want to get out.

And it was in one of those moments when what you desire the most just happens that L’Auberge de Sedona came to mind. I love when whirlwind decisions emerge more beautiful than anything planned could have – like an impulse lipstick that leads to a lifetime of love – and here I was, on a random summer day, heading up to a place at least ten degrees cooler (it does make a difference!) and a million degrees more vacation-y than, well, my office.

I am welcomed by a smiling staff that ushers me into a homey lobby with fresh lemon/mint/blackberry ice water and a cool, intimate bar. Unlike many resort destinations, L’Auberge is about luxury AND intimacy – but though it’s mostly about luxury, the intimacy of every facet, from the pathways between each cabin that are lined with ivy arbors and white jasmine to the steamy outdoor vista suite showers, is never sacrificed. On my tour, where I spot apple trees reminiscent of the days the location was an apple orchard, I see cozy creek side cottages with wood-burning fireplaces, spa cottages with dual-jet showers and stately four-poster beds; deluxe vista suites and quaint residences with gas fireplaces, modern sitting rooms with LCD TVs and private cedar showers under the sky. I couldn’t see them, but pet-friendly garden cottages hide amongst the trees. The hotel’s original lodge (the lobby of which holds courtly wooden chandeliers over grand fireplaces) offers more family-friendly rooms and a front lawn with a southern view of those heavenly red rocks that plays scene to what I’m sure are the most devastatingly romantic weddings. After my jaunt, I’m almost late for a very important date: I am led to a small cabin with a single door that is labeled “Spa at L’Auberge de Sedona.”

L’Auberge Stretch massage time. Having been out of yoga for a couple of months, I chose this service specifically, but the spa offers an array of award-winning services, including but not limited to the following:

• Advanced Skin Renewal Facial
• Gentlemen’s Facial
• Desert Sage Sugar Scrub
• L’Auberge Stretch
• Deep Tissue Massage
• Reiki

There isn’t much to say about a massage at L’Auberge that I’m sure you haven’t already imagined (some words circle like relaxing, mind-blowing, etc.) After the delightful experience, I discovered my room, a generous Vista Suite at the top of the hill above the lobby.

A shower outdoors and a robe-enveloped porch nap later, it’s meal time by the bustling creek. Chef Rochelle Daniel greeted us warmly – she’s little, kind and packs a celebrated culinary prowess that precedes our introduction. Known among the hotel for unexpectedly changing the menu, the woman works ingeniously, serving us one course after another (7!) with fresh delicacies like watermelon with tuna and jalapenos, halibut with local vegetables and an Earl Grey chocolate torte. The resort’s resident blue heron lands on a rock in the creek for a photo opportunity, fluttering his slate-blue back feathers. He hops from one perch to another down the waterway until he’s satisfactorily impressed every creek side diner.

After the stars emerge, we trudge up the hill to see the night sky through a telescope; the resort organizes star-gazing a few times a week with a local astronomer. Saturn is visible tonight, and the Milky Way casts her cloudy light upon us. It is late, and I’m impatient for that fluffy bed. Up the stairs to my private suite, I’m almost tempted to sleep on the porch under Saturn, but that bed is too tempting. After a magical day and an equally otherworldly meal to keep in the books, I’m pleasantly tired. Slipping into a bed softer than I could have expected, I’m asleep immediately, spoiled rotten and excited for the homemade scones that await us in the morning. A place to keep in mind? That goes without saying.

I cannot wait to alight at L’Auberge again.

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Meet Our Cover Model: Miranda Meyer

Meet the Models spotlights each and every model featured in Scottsdale Living — so you can get to know them better.

Tell us about your career. Do you model as a hobby?

I am a hair stylist. I went to cosmetology school during my junior and senior year of high school so I got a early start. I really enjoy what I do. I am new to modeling and would like to make it into a fun hobby!

Share with us any tried-and-true beauty secrets you have:

Two things that aren’t really secrets, but I have found to be very effective are lots of sleep and lots of water! When you study the rejuvenation effects of sleep it’s amazing.

You’re a hair expert. If you could us one piece of advice for taking care of our locks, what would it be?

My advice right now is taking care of your hair In the summer. Before swimming, wet your hair down with regular water and put conditioner in it so your hair soaks up less of the chlorinated water. Use this technique on your children too.

Will we see you modeling more in the future?

I hope to be doing some more modeling in the future! I had a lot of fun on this shoot. Thank you Scottsdale Living!

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Meet the Model: Jennifer Phoenix

Meet the Models spotlights each and every model featured in Scottsdale Living — so you can get to know them better.

 How did you start modeling?

I was approached by a woman a coffee shop when I was 16 and she asked if I would be interested in being a model for Vidal Sassoon hair shows. Since then, I have modeled in numerous runway shows (including Scottsdale Fashion Week), calendars, print ads, and more.

What type of modeling do you like the most and why?

In addition to working with photographers, I have posed for several painters and sculptors. I love posing for artists on fine art projects! It inspires me to be part of the creative process. When collaborating with painters and sculptors, you end up spending much more time together than you would on a typical photo shoot. This gives you the opportunity to get to know each other on a much more personal level. I love hearing other people’s life stories and ambitions. I feel so grateful that I have been able to meet so many amazing and inspirational people during my modeling career.

What is your favorite shoot you’ve done? Why?

That’s a really tough question! I’m not sure I could narrow it down to just one. I have had so many wonderful and memorable shoots…often they are in amazing locations. I have had the opportunity to see so many places I probably never would have seen if it weren’t for modeling. Travel is definitely one of the biggest perks of being a model. I also love the memorable and comical moments during shoots. For instance, I was shooting in a plaza in New York City early one morning and two full-grown men were splashing around in a nearby fountain. They took notice of the shoot and came running over, clothes dripping wet, and asked if they could assist on the shoot. The photographer immediately put them to work with reflectors. Those two were hilarious! The photographer and I still laugh about that today. It’s always an adventure on a shoot. You never know what could happen… people, weather, you name it! Some of my favorite shoots have been just because of the random, crazy things that happen. It’s great to have those crazy life experiences you can look back on and laugh until your sides hurt!

What advice would you give to someone interested in modeling?

I would tell aspiring models to first realize that modeling is not always glamorous. There are plenty of very early mornings. And several outdoor shoots when it’s very cold or hot outside. You won’t always be able to join your friends for that night out on the town if you have a shoot in the morning and need to look fresh and rested. You need to take care of yourself, which means eating right and exercising regularly. The other piece of advice I would offer is to have fun with it! Modeling is like any other profession – if you don’t enjoy it, you will be miserable. If you have fun with it, modeling can be a very rewarding career!

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Remember the Fallen at Glendale Main Library

West Valley residents are invited to view a moving tribute to the Arizona military personnel who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Honor Walk Foundation and the city of Glendale are proud to bring the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit to the Glendale Main Library, 5959 West Brown St. in Glendale. The exhibit features photos and personal mementos of the Arizonans who gave their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Remembering Our Fallen” will be on display during regular library hours. For hours and location, visit glendaleaz.com/Library or call 623-930-3530.

The Honor Walk Foundation is an Arizona-based, non-profit organization that honors Arizona’s military veterans by raising money for local veterans’ charities and providing networking and mentoring opportunities for returning vets. The Honor Walk Foundation is preparing for its third annual fundraising event, the 2014 Honor Walk Presented by Circle K, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. www.honorwalk.com

Little Luxuries

We’ve been outside, but we haven’t opened our doors and windows – you know, like in that beautiful Spring – since April. Buying new clothes and beach vacations can always be ways to deal with the heat, but we want a resort experience inside our homes. Thankfully, two little luxuries (not even splurges!) that we love this summer will do just that.

1. The Voluspa Macaron votive, $9, smells like fresh-baked macarons and burns for 25 hours.

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2. The Laguna Room Spray & Body Mist (also from Voluspa), $19, transforms any abode into a refreshing oasis.

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Camouflage: No Longer For Your Grandpa (or the 90s)

Camouflage – the biggest new trend for Fall – is surprisingly versatile and adds a uniformed excitement to any look. Really. Remember when Lindsay Lohan’s character wore “camouflage pants and flip flops” in the movie Mean Girls? No? Good, because as much as we love us a good Tina Fey flick, any fashion associated with Lindsay Lohan should be forgotten. Let’s start anew.

Traditional bright green and olive tones are always G-StarRawMixedCamo-1an option when wearing camo – also, keep the rest of your ensemble light, clean and patternless, if possible – while interpretations of the print such as “flamo” – a camo-floral combo print – will be wildly popular come this Fall. Think G.I. Jane meets Barbie.

G-StarRawCamo2-1Ok. We’re convinced a little. If you’re still having trouble, get out and go shopping. Jennifer Mumford, owner of G-Star Raw in Scottsdale, not only has a chic array of camo options in store, but some tips for you, as well:

When wearing a large camouflage piece like this light trench coat from G-Star Raw, build the rest of your outfit around the jacket for a complete look.

Sometimes camouflage can seem overpowering. Try balancing out its strength with a bold color. A royal or cobalt blue will work great.

While traditional camouflage is classic and safe, have fun with the print, and opt for different tones. Expect to see blue, gray, white and black camouflage color combos this fall.

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Cocktail Recipe: Acai-Berry Lemonade

Big thanks to the experts at JW Marriott Desert Ridge for this refreshing summer cocktail recipe! Sometimes, regular lemonade, and even a good ol’ Arnold Palmer, just will not do. What we love about this is that it’s also healthy – and can easily be turned into a mocktail. Grab a glass and sit back.

Acai-Berry Lemonade

1.5 oz. Veev Acai-Berry Spirit
4 Raspberries
4 Blueberries
One mint spring
3.5 oz. Lemonade

Garnish with fresh mint.

In a mason jar or glass add Veev, raspberries, rlueberries and mint. Gently muddle. Add ice and top with lemonade. Give the drink a quick stir with a bar spoon to distribute flavor evenly.