Author Archives: Julia Swem

About Julia Swem

Julia Swem is an intern at AZ Big Media and a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She enjoys music, fashion and of course writing and reporting. She loves the fact that this profession allows her to meet interesting and influential people on a regular basis as well as learn something new with every story covered.

Natural Stone Countertops: A Cost-effective Way To Update The Look Of Your Kitchen

Perla Modena

The natural stone age: Natural stone countertops are a cost-effective way to update the look of your kitchen. Want to transform your kitchen for your family and friends to enjoy while simultaneously increasing the value of your home? Think twice about gutting it floor to ceiling; install a natural stone countertop instead. Go with granite… Read More →

Do You Have Irregular Hormone Levels?

irregular hormone levels

Another medical diagnosis for similar symptoms to thyroid disease is hormone deficiency. Dr. Angela DeRosa, internal medicine doctor for DeRosa Medical in Scottsdale, says as women age, they become more at risk for irregular hormone levels; this includes both estrogen and testosterone. She adds that hormone deficiencies begin earlier than many women think, with the… Read More →

Thyroid Disease Can Happen To Anyone, Just Ask Gena Lee Nolin

Gena Lee Nolin

Making waves: Thyroid disease can happen to anyone, just ask ‘Baywatch’ star Gena Lee Nolin. Are you struggling with exhaustion, noticeable weight-gain and severe moodiness? If you answered “yes” to all three questions, you may be dealing with thyroid disease. The thyroid gland manufactures hormones that control metabolism. Thyroid disease occurs when the thyroid gland… Read More →

K.I.S.S. Opens In Old Town Scottsdale With Mayor Jim Lane

K.I.S.S., Keep It Simple Stupid, opens in Old Town Scottsdale
December 3, 2012 by in Events

K.I.S.S., an East Coast-style pizza and beef joint, makes its debut today, December 3 at 11 a.m. K.I.S.S., or Keep It Simple Stupid, pays homage to classic American favorites found in the heart of Chicago and New York City. The menu features Chicago and New York styles of pizza (offered whole and by the slice)… Read More →

Scottsdale-Based Hearts Helps Make Social Awareness Fashionable

Hearts
November 23, 2012 by in Connections | Cool Products | Profiles | Style

Fashion has and continues to have a profound influence on shaping culture and society around the world. The amount of influence may vary depending on where you are, but there is no arguing that the influence is there. What if a group of like-minded people did more with it — cultivating the power and influence… Read More →

Eagle Mountain Golf Club Offers Girls, Girls, Girls Golf Package

Eagle Mountain Golf Club
November 20, 2012 by in Escape | Events

If you were to ask vacation-goers what they believed were the usual activities of men and women on their weekend away at the resorts, many would probably answer that the men hit the golf course while the women relax at the spa. But who says the green is only for your guy? Eagle Mountain Golf… Read More →

DLA helps Grand Canyon student thrive

Photo - Jordan Prudente
November 5, 2012 by in Business News | Education

Jordan Prudente – Soft-spoken, shy smile, and a calm nature. But if the time is taken to look closer you’ll notice something more – an unmistakable glimmer of confidence in his eyes. Prudente, a freshman at Grand Canyon University, says the Diversity Leadership Alliance is responsible for that. “Before I joined the DLA, I was… Read More →

STUDIO Joy Li Puts The Client First, Debuts 2013 Lifestyle Collection

Studio Joy Li STREAK collection. Photo: Sylvia S. Hardt
October 23, 2012 by in Lifestyle | Profiles | Style

STUDIO Joy Li isn’t your typical retail store or boutique. The home of Joy Li’s clothing line streamlined to accommodate today’s woman, STUDIO Joy Li is filled with knowledgeable stylists, including Li herself, to help guide women toward their perfect outfit. Co-owned by Li, the designer, and Jean Bartolomei, CFO of Joy Li Concepts and STUDIO Joy… Read More →

Celebrity Designer David Meister Creates Fashions Suitable For All Women

David Meister Gowns, Photos: DavidMeister.com
October 19, 2012 by in Events | Lifestyle

The next time you’re shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue in Biltmore Fashion Park, you may notice a couple new additions — celebrity fashion designer and dress guru David Meister’s fall 2012 and signature collections. Whether you are walking the red carpet or enjoying a picnic on a warm, fall day, Meister has a dress that… Read More →

Phoenix Fashion Week 2012: Highlights, Standout Designers

Furne One, Photo: Style Image Studios, Phoenix Fashion Week
October 9, 2012 by in Events | Lifestyle | Style

Phoenix Fashion Week 2012: What a hit! From established to emerging designers and wearable to high fashion collections, Phoenix Fashion Week is Arizona’s biggest and most prestigious fashion event. It may not be New York, but Phoenix Fashion Week has a unique appeal — and that’s variety. The average person will “ooh” and “aah” over… Read More →

Bob "GoDaddy" Parsons To Debut First Annual Bob’s Biker Blast

Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and Go AZ Motorcycles logos
October 5, 2012 by in Events | Play

Most of us know Bob Parsons as the founder of GoDaddy, the industry’s leading web hosting site, or the mastermind behind of some of Arizona’s biggest parties in history; but there’s a side to him not everyone may know about — he loves motorcycles. Parsons will kick off the first annual Bob’s Biker Blast on… Read More →

El Dorado In Scottsdale: Not Your Average Vacation Resort

El Dorado in Scottsdale
October 1, 2012 by in Escape | Interior Design | Lifestyle

El Dorado is Scottsdale’s newest boutique-style vacation hot spot — or is it? It’s certainly a hot spot, but not entirely new. El Dorado in Scottsdale has been a vacation rental since the 1960s and is located in a back pocket of Scottsdale that was known as a vacation destination at the time. The suites… Read More →

Nic Roldan, Polo Prodigy, To Play Scottsdale Polo Championships [VIDEO]

Scottsdale Polo Championships
September 21, 2012 by in Events | Lifestyle | Profiles

We all know and love the Fiesta Bowl, Waste Management Phoenix Open and Barrett-Jackson’s Collector Car Auction, but now a new player is joining that list of must-see annual events — the Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower. The event, which takes place October 20, is projected to attract thousands of viewers and will showcase… Read More →

Grab The Girls For A Getaway At Kimpton's FireSky Resort & Spa

FireSky Resort & Spa
September 18, 2012 by in Escape | Events | Lifestyle

Sometimes ladies’ night needs to be expanded to an entire weekend. Why? Because your girlfriends are the perfect companions to help you relax and have fun. To take it one step further, how about turning ladies’ night into a weekend vacation? The “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” package at Kimpton’s FireSky Resort & Spa takes… Read More →

TOPMAN, TOPSHOP Arrive At Nordstom In Chandler Fashion Center

TOPMAN/TOPSHOP
September 10, 2012 by in Beauty | Events | Style

Looking for that hipster look without as much grudge and more of a sophisticated, European edge? Well, you’re in luck because today marks the opening of TOPSHOP and TOPMAN in Nordstrom at Chandler Fashion Center. I’ve actually been in these stores when I went to the U.K. this summer and the best way I can… Read More →