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Kaitlyn Carl

About Kaitlyn Carl

Kaitlyn Carl is a second year student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is originally from Chicago and is an avid traveler. In addition to writing, she enjoys fashion, baseball, unique eateries and country music.

Grammy Nails, WEB

Nailing the Red Carpet Trends: Grammy Awards Edition

The red carpet’s most anticipated nail trends


By Kaitlyn Carl


When people think of the Grammys, two things come to mind: music and fashion risks. On top of the quirky and unique dresses that we can expect to see from Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, we can also be on the lookout for one of the newest fashion accessories – nail art. 20 Lounge Nail Bar and Boutique, a hip Scottsdale beauty bar that is on the cutting edge of the latest nail trends, shares the Grammys most anticipated nail trends with us.


Historically, nail trends have always followed fashion trends, and the Grammys’ fashion trends will be no different. “In September, New York Fashion Week set the tone for nail trends, followed by the Golden Globes in early January, which continued to showcase what are bound to be the Grammys’ hottest trends,” said 20 Lounge marketing director, Erica Profitt. “Floral prints, neutral polish and white polish with rhinestones and embellishments will be the red carpet’s hottest nail trends this season” said Profitt.

20 Lounge Floral Nails

The floral print nail was first spotted at New York Fashion Week and then again at the Golden Globes, where the quirky Zooey Deschanel showed off an ornate daisy print nail. “As florals are already a signature of spring, they will be making a full appearance at the Grammys as a manicure trend,” said Profitt. “When choosing colors for your floral design, narrow it down to at most four colors to prevent the nails from looking cluttered. If a full hand of floral is too overwhelming, choose one nail as an accent floral nail and paint your remaining nails a solid color.”

20 Lounge Rhinestone Nails

Another go-to look this season is glitter’s glam 3D counterpart – rhinestones. During Fashion Week at Libertine, models rocked multicolor rhinestones on a neutral polish manicure. Because of the intensity of rhinestones, 20 Lounge recommends pairing them with a neutral polish for a more day-to-night look. “Try mixing up patterns from nail to nail,” says Profitt. “Glitter gradients and stripes were popular last season, so spice up this trend and try it out with rhinestones.”

20 Lounge White Moons

Drumroll please….the least expected nail trend of the Grammy’s: white polish. White polish was once associated with middle school-aged punk girls, but it is making a victorious comeback. If you are not ready to rock white polish, 20 Lounge says that another way to incorporate the white polish trend is to paint white moons at the base of your nail for a ‘half moon mani.’ The colorful half moon mani trend started seasons ago, but is now evolving. Say goodbye to the traditional french manicure, and add pizazz with this season’s half moon mani to get celeb-inspired Grammy nails.


To learn about 20 Lounge or to book an appointment for your Grammy-inspired nails, visit 20 Lounge is located at Scottsdale Quarter and at Seville Plaza in Scottsdale.

Botox 101

Botulinum Injections (Botox) 101 With Dr. Susan Van Dyke

A Botox Brief: Dr. Susan Van Dyke details everything you need to know about botulinum injections

Botox, or botulinum, has become a phenomenon. As the most practiced form of plastic surgery, it is now embedded into people’s daily lives. However, for those considering it, Dr. Susan Van Dyke of Van Dyke Laser & Skin explains the considerations to be taken when thinking of botulinum injections.

Who is the best candidate for botulinum?

The best candidate is someone with wrinkles that occur or worsen with movement, such as crow’s feet or the frown lines between the eyebrows.

What factors do people need to consider when selecting a botulinum provider?

Ask your provider what their credentials are. If he or she is a physician, ask what specialty they are board certified in — dermatology and plastic surgery are desired, gynecology or anesthesiology are not. If the provider is not a physician, find out what license they have, where they trained, who trained them, how long they have been providing the service and how many patients they have treated.

What are the risks of botulinum?

Botulinum, particularly Botox, has a great safety record. The cosmetic use of botulinum requires small doses, and after (millions of) treatments in the U.S., side effects are rare. Inexperienced injectors (of botulinum) regularly create unwanted results by injecting the wrong of amount into the wrong area. Luckily, the effects of botulinum will wear off over several months, so untoward reactions are temporary.

What are the benefits of botulinum?

Botulinum relaxes the muscles of the face that cause unwanted movement-related wrinkles. The effects are relaxed and pleasant — no more frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles. There are other areas that benefit from botulinum, such as lip lines, downturned corners of the mouth, neck cords and more.
A lesser known use for Botox is sweat reduction. Many people have excess sweating from their armpits, and Botox can be used to dramatically reduce sweating for a year with one treatment.

What are the costs of botulinum?

Botulinum is often priced by the unit. Typically, a full treatment will cost around $400 and last for three to four months.

Van Dyke Laser & Skin
5206 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Paradise Valley
(480) 948-5045

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012


Move Over Moms, Dadpreneurs Are Taking Over

For years, mompreneurs have made headlines for their hard work balancing the challenges of being both a mother and an entrepreneur. Now moms are facing a little competition — and it may even be from their own husbands. The competition? Dadpreneurs.

As fathers to young children, dadpreneurs also face the challenges of running their own businesses.

Dadpreneurs: Steve Lopez, Clean Air CabAs an expression for his love for cars, Steve Lopez began his career as a professional race car driver. However, after realizing that “(his) voice wasn’t being heard,” Lopez made the decision to take his passion to the next level.

With sustainability and automobiles as two passions in Lopez’s life, he also recognized the necessity for transportation in the Valley. With this knowledge, Lopez established Clean Air Cab.

Lopez looks at Clean Air Cab as a way to give back to the community.

“It’s not money, not a coupon, not advertising … it’s cleaning your city … and helping to grow the community alongside the company,” Lopez says.

However, Lopez’s main concern does not fall with his thriving business, but instead, with his three young children. Although he finds it tough to be a dadpreneur, Lopez makes an effort to be home each night for dinner.

“I would much rather be the father who reads my kids a book at night than be kissing their cheeks once the lights are off,” he says.

Dadpreneurs: Joseph ScarpLike Lopez, Joseph Scarp, founder of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties, shares similar views when it comes to being a dadpreneur.

In 2001, Scarp found himself in an office where competition overtook the healthy business atmosphere. Soon after, Scarp established Phoenician Properties, where sharing is key and the business was built upon referral.

The business quickly rose to success and partnered with Better Homes and Gardens, now giving the company the combination of names to “help it grow as a national brand,” Scarp says.

One of the upsides to balancing being a father with being an entrepreneur is having the business make a positive impact on his children.

Dadpreneurs: Dr. Jain, Rejuvena Health and AestheticsDr. Suneil Jain is a naturopathic physician and the owner of Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics. The practice focuses on offering services that uses natural products.

“If someone is coming in for an aesthetic procedure, we help them to go on a diet through holistic routes,” Jain says.

Not only does Jain practice healthy eating and lifestyles at his office, but he also implements them into his kids’ lives — as his “4-year-old knows the importance of eating healthy and drinking water,” Jain says.

Balancing fatherhood and running a successful business is difficult, but between the two, Scarp gives his children priority.

“There is nothing better than coming home at night and having two smiling faces … (kids) are the true meaning of unconditional love,” Scarp says. “(Also), there’s not a rulebook where it says when you have a parent-teacher conference or it’s snack day at preschool.”

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For more information about the dadpreneurs mentioned in the story:

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties
5111 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 155
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 663-1400

Clean Air Cab
1600 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 390-9003

Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics
9977 N. 95th St., Ste. 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 540-9068


Stella Bella, Kristen Provvidenti's Makeup Line

Stella Bella: Battling Cancer, One Eye Shadow At A Time

Kristin Provvidenti has come a long way since 2005. That year, her mother passed away from liver cancer. Just a few years later, Provvidenti began the battle with cancer herself.Stella Bella's Kristen Provvidenti

While going through chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer, Provvidenti experienced a common side effect from the treatments – extremely sensitive skin. The sensitive skin made it difficult for her wear makeup, due to the chemicals in the products.

Provvidenti decided to put her experience as a paramedical makeup artist to work. For seven months during her chemotherapy, she kept herself busy by creating a makeup line that people with sensitive skin could use. Provvidenti named the line Stella Bella, after her late mother.

Provvidenti found that bismuth, an irritant to the skin, was an ingredient in many “all-natural” mineral makeups.  So when she created Stella Bella, Provvidenti developed a truly natural, bismuth-free makeup line. Stella Bella is a “cleaner” product to apply to the skin, according to Provvidenti.

Provvidenti sells her Stella Bella products both online and at Salon Boutique, where she offers “custom blending sessions.” These are personal sessions where either Provvidenti or tone of her employees finds a matching shade of makeup for a customer’s skin.

Stella BellaStella Bella is currently marketed through email, Living Social, and customer referrals. It is easy to see why customer referrals work for Provvidenti because she places an emphasis on a customer’s experience. Provvidenti understands a woman’s need for “normalcy” when undergoing cancer treatment.

“Anyone who is touched by the makeup… that’s my favorite thing,” she said. “When I can take someone and make them feel good about themselves, that’s the best part.”

A major part of being a woman is feeling confident in one’s own skin, Provvidenti said. Cancer can take away much of that confidence – including the ability to wear makeup.

“The disease takes over so much of your life. You no longer have a voice. Being able to wear makeup and feel confident gives you some control back,” Provvidenti said of the importance of Stella Bella.

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stella Bella has become involved in the Pink Out, where a high school football team in the Valley wears pink in order to raise money for the cause. Stella Bella will also be giving away custom blending sessions to two cancer survivors.

Free of cancer for two years, Provvidenti is aware that cancer made a huge impact on life. “You don’t ever come out (of treatment) the same person,” said Provvidenti. “You’ve changed forever.”

More Stella Bella photos:

 Stella Bella Logo, Mixing Powder Stella Bella Mixing Jar Lipstick & Mixing
 Lipstick & Mixing Tools Applying Makeup at Stella Bella

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If You Go: Stella Bella

9689 N. Hayden Rd., #46
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(623) 806-9705



Independent Living, Q&A with Vi at Silverstone

Transitioning A Parent To Independent Living, Care Facilities

Coming to terms with moving a parent into independent living, a care facility can be personal and enriching

The decision to move a parent from their residence into a retirement facility is not easy to come to terms with. However, at Vi at Silverstone, a resort-style living facility in Scottsdale, the change is made easier. Gail Rankin, executive director of Vi at Silverstone, discusses how the transition is both a personal, yet positive life decision.

Q: How does one know if his or her parents are in need of a facility?

A: Without community, we are targeted towards independent living. We offer an enriching lifestyle for older adults. They are making (the decision to move into a facility) for themselves, without all the emotions and trauma of someone who is looking for a nursing facility.

Q: What are the different options available?

A: We are a continuing care retirement community. We offer 25 different floor plans for independent living. We also have a care center on site, offer assisted living, a memory support unit for (people) with Alzheimer’s, and also a skilled nursing unit.

Q: What amenities should one look for in a facility?

A: I think that in our case, residents who choose this lifestyle really need to find a fit for them. They need to find a community that offers things that are important to them. We offer a full-time fitness instructor, gourmet dining, three dining venues, a bank on premises, salon and spa, housekeeping services, all maintenance. They enjoy a very enriching lifestyle. It is very much resort-style living.

Q: What are the costs for a parent to stay at your independent living facility?

A: They can start as low as $3,000 and range to $5,000 per month for independent living. This includes a meal a day, housekeeping, and maintenance. It’s a very worry-free lifestyle. (People) are able to enjoy their life without the burden of home ownership.

Q: What factors should be considered when making the final decision to move a parent into an adult care facility?

A: One of the benefits of making a decision for yourself is that you can find the best fit for you. We offer many opportunities for residents to make connections. It’s a very personal decision, but they need to do their homework. Most of the people that we see are very well informed. There’s the Arizona Department of Health Services, FAQs, and surveys of care venues to look at.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?

A: The folks that come to us for independent living are looking for a life-care contract. They want to be in a community to enjoy the things that they’ve always enjoyed.

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Vi at Silverstone

23005 N. 74th St., Scottsdale
(888) 719-0942




National Bank of Arizona Video Contest, YouTube

National Bank Of Arizona Holds Contest For Business To Win $10,000 Prize

The National Bank of Arizona is holding a contest for all Arizona businesses – with the winner taking home a cool $10,000.

The contest is titled “Arizona’s Next Great Business,” and any Arizona business can submit a video application to prove how it has made an impact on the Arizona community.

National Bank of Arizona

To enter, a business must upload a 90-second video to YouTube that explains how it has made a difference in Arizona – by creating civic pride, impacting the quality of life for Arizonans, redefining technology, or establishing energy efficiency.

The business must also explain how it plans on utilizing the grand prize.

“The biggest challenge of a business is to get the word out about them,” says Alycia Perry, vice president of National Bank of Arizona’s Internet and Interactive Channels.

Perry adds that other challenges include the need to redefine, reinvent and “how to keep innovating as you move forward.”

With the $10,000, a business will have the opportunity to make improvements – by purchasing supplies, establishing a budget for a new employee, or investing in new technology.

Perry says that the contest is a way for both National Bank of Arizona and Arizona businesses to put themselves into the social media world and public eye.

“Looking at what is going on with the economy, there’s been such negative press and a gloomy outlook,” she says. “We looked at this as an opportunity to promote businesses facing challenges.”

By having the contest entry be a video submission versus a written application, Perry says National Bank of Arizona believes that it is a better outlet for businesses to break into social media.

National Bank of Arizona’s social media campaign has grown immensely this year. Its goal is to raise awareness about the company by reaching out to customers and letting them know that National Bank of Arizona is a full-service bank.

The social media campaign has included sweepstakes, giveaways on Facebook and other contests that drive customers into a National Bank of Arizona branch to claim their prize.

Submissions for “Arizona’s Next Great Business” will be accepted through Oct. 30. More information on entering the contest can be found on National Bank of Arizona’s Facebook page.

Online viewers can vote for their favorite company’s video Nov. 2 – Nov. 16, with an official announcement of the winner on Nov. 23.