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Fall Fashion Shoot Behind the Scenes

Behind The Scenes: Fall Fashion Photo Shoot [PHOTOS]

Herve Leger, RED Valentino, Michael Kors and more — with such fabulous clothing, shoes and accessories from both Nordstrom and Astor & Black, Scottsdale Living teamed up with a fantastic group of people last Thursday, August 23, and camped out for the day at Talking Stick Resort’s Orange Sky for its Fall 2012 issue’s fall fashion photo shoot.

And the nearly two-month process paid off. The models from JANI Model Management, Michael, Trisha, Sheniece, Nemi, Michael and Nick, looked incredible in their respective outfits; the hairstylist and makeup artist, Randee Miller and Joanna Avillar for Mane Attraction Salon, respectively, stunningly transformed the models; Katie McEndoo of Astor & Black provided and styled the men into a seemingly Mad Men-inspired look; and Kira Brown complemented the dresses with fitting shoes and accessories — all from Nordstrom at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Not to mention the location was a beautiful backdrop to it all. The location, Orange Sky, couldn’t have been more perfect with its sleek, chic lounges and private dining areas; and let’s not forget about that view from its outdoor patio — especially during sunset.

Scottsdale Living would like to thank the team, including the photographers (Mike Mertes Cory Bergquist and Glory Shim) who captured the jaw-dropping images that will grace the pages of Scottsdale Living’s Fall 2012 issue.

Keep an eye out for it in October. We’re sure it will be difficult to miss on the stands at AJ’s and Bashas’ throughout the North Scottsdale and Paradise Valley area.

In the meantime, check out more of these behind-the-scenes photos of our fall fashion shoot on our Facebook:

Fall Fashion Behind the Scenes

Mom Caves, Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

Mom Caves Provide Women A Place Of Refuge

From special spaces to Pinterest parlors, “mom caves” provide women a place of refuge.

In France from the 17th to early 19th century, like-minded individuals gathered to engage in enlightened conversation, exchanging ideas and thoughts in art, literature music and philosophy. These gatherings, called salons, were hosted by French women and wives with means within rooms called parlors.

Compare this to the 21st century, and surprisingly not too much has changed — except, possibly, the topics discussed. Gatherings are still hosted by women, but the rooms in which they are held are now known by a different — albeit more masculine and seemingly Neanderthal — name: the mom or woman cave.

Mom cave designed by Jamie Herzlinger; Photo: Laura Moss“You would think in the 21st century, we would have evolved a little bit further than this,” says Jamie Herzlinger of Jamie Herzlinger Interiors in Scottsdale. “It has taken a long time in a really odd way that the woman’s parlor has now come back into being a woman’s cave.”

Instead of the word “cave,” Herzlinger suggests this space is an “incredible retreat” and a refuge that reflects one’s taste.

“I think ‘cave’ is really the wrong word to use for the woman,” Herzlinger says. “Do you think of a Christian Louboutin and a fabulous Chanel suit in a cave? No, absolutely not.”

And these spaces specifically for women aren’t an uncommon addition to Scottsdale residences’ homes. In fact, every project Woman cave designed by Susie Crouch.Herzlinger takes on — and her interior design firm works on anywhere from six to 10 projects a year — has a place for the woman to retreat.

“It has come full circle, and I get asked more and more to do these rooms that reflect these women’s personalities solely,” Herzlinger says. “Everyone needs a room to hide out, be by yourself. Have a coffee, have a cocktail, have a tea, have something, but it’s yours. In the midst of chaos, everybody does need their own space. This room is now being identified.”
Todd Raisanen of TraVek, a design-build, home remodeling company in Scottsdale, agrees, adding that these rooms are a relaxing getaway where women can “recharge their (mom) batteries.”

These woman/mom caves have several purposes and uses. According to the TraVek team, the spaces they’ve built have been, more or less, rooms women have wanted for crafts, hobbies and spas.

“They are rooms with lots of closets or cabinet space, lots of countertop space and a work area for their sewing machines or scrapping or jewelry-making — whatever it may be. The women go here to just relax, work on their hobbies.”

Mom cave essentials include a television; desks, tables or computer areas; and comfortable seating, “so the girls can hang out,” Herzlinger adds. But what’s important is that this room reflects one’s taste and personality.

“You know how people say they have an alter ego? Their room is their alter ego,” Herzlinger says. “It’s like looking at a woman in blue jeans and finding out she’s wearing the hottest, sexiest La Perla underwear. That’s her alter ego — which is actually taking a physical space in the house.”

Herzlinger goes on to add that there are as many styles for women’s rooms as there are shoes in the Barney’s shoe department.

“It runs the gamut, and it has everything to do with total individuality, and it has nothing to do with the overall theme of what exists in the house,” she adds.

While it may be apparent the differences between the man and woman cave, two similarities exist: one, they’re both used to relax; and two, men and women occupy their respective rooms to take part in their hobbies.

The TraVek team says men typically like to have a place to hang out with their buddies, with the room equipped with a smoking area and/or bar and between two and four large TVs, Herzlinger adds, to watch the game. It’s a place to raise a ruckus and not disturb the rest of the house, the TraVek team says.

As for the look of the room, Raisenan says man caves are more expensive; they’re darker and noisier, so you may have to soundproof. Women caves, on the other hand, have brighter colors and are quieter, he adds.

Herzlinger agrees and says women’s rooms are light and interesting, and usually include a 42” TV.

“The look is more feminine with more pastels and neutral color palettes,” Herzlinger adds. “These rooms are much more about comfortable seating and small tables to put down your glass of wine.”

Whether you decide to use the space to start your next DIY project found on Pinterest, or invite your girlfriends over to enjoy a glass of Chardonnay and catch the latest episode of “The Real Housewives of (take your pick),” the space is yours to transform — so have fun with the design of it, and more importantly, with what you do in it.

For more information about woman or mom caves:

Jamie Herzlinger Interiors
4400 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(602) 795-3824

7641 E. Gray Rd., Ste. H
(480) 367-1171

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

Botox, Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

More Men Jump On The Botox Bandwagon

Botox continues to rank as No. 1 non-surgical cosmetic procedure, with men jumping on the bandwagon as well.

It continues to be the No. 1 non-surgical cosmetic procedure, with nearly 5.7 million procedures in 2011 — Botulium Toxin Type A, or Botox.

And in 2011, Dr. Suzanne Bentz, medical director of Red Mountain Med Spa, and Dr. Jennifer Linder, a board certified dermatologist with a practice in Scottsdale, have both reported that Botox is consistently popular among their clients.

“Botox is the most requested non-surgical cosmetic procedure at Red Mountain Med Spa,” Bentz says. “Our Botox client base has increased steadily each year since our medical spas opened seven years ago.”

Among this increase of patients include men, who are reportedly more comfortable with the idea of Botulium injections.

Bentz says although men total about seven percent of the Botox user population, it’s becoming more acceptable. At Linder’s practice, the percentage of her male patients has increased by about a third.

Both doctors agree people are very satisfied with Botox, and Bentz attributes this satisfaction as the reason for the increase. Linder adds that this is also an easy way for people to feel good about themselves.

“It let’s them feel fresh; it lets them feel youthful in the workplace,” Linder says. “It gives them that mental competitive edge for both men and women.”

And this urge to gain and maintain that competitive edge is an attitude both the older and younger generations have adopted.

“The Baby Boomer has always been a steady customer for Botox,” Bentz says. “However, we are also seeing patients in their late 20s and early 30s starting to use Botox as a preventative measure. Keeping a youthful, refreshed appearance is also important to patients seeking work in a competitive job market that seems to favor younger applicants over older, more experience candidates.”

Aside from competitiveness in the workplace, Linder says her clients use Botox to look as healthy as they feel.

“People really do care about their overall health and wellness,” Linder says,” and that’s why they turn to Botox because it takes years off. And if it’s done well, you can’t tell that someone has done Botox.”

Plus, she says in the long term, it’s been shown to be preventative; Botox not only treats wrinkles, but also prevents new wrinkles from forming.

Areas patients focus on the most include the area between the eyes, or the “angry elevens,” as well as the horizontal lines across the forehead and the crow’s feet between the eyes.

Other uses for Botox include:

  • Diminishing upper lip lines;
  • Prevent downturn or frowning to the corner of the mouth;
  • Reducing the appearance of vertical neck lines;
  • Preventing sweating in the hands, feet and underarms;
  • To alleviate headaches;
  • To reduce acne.

But patients weren’t always comfortable with injectables.

In the past, Linder says, the No. 1 reason people were hesitant to do Botox was because they were afraid they were going to lose their expression. “But when Botox is done well,” Linder says, “you just look more rested; you still show expression.”

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 2011 Statistics on Trends in Facial Plastic Surgery, 41 percent of patients were concerned about the results, more than how much it would cost, which comprised 31 percent of patients.

The key is finding a board certified physician. This is a step some people fail to take, especially when they’re trying to save a dollar or two.

“If the price sounds too good to be true,” Linder says, “it probably is. Shopping for the best price is not always the smartest thing to do.”

One thing to avoid? Botox parties. These may sound fun at first, but mixing alcohol with Botox may take a turn for the worst, especially in the wrong hands. This is something both doctors frown upon.

“Using Botox in a party setting can be dangerous, as often it is combined with alcohol, poor judgment and inexperienced or questionable medical professionals,” Bentz says.

For more information about Botox, visit or

Jennifer Linder, M.D.
6710 E. Camelback Rd., #220, Scottsdale
(480) 946-7939

Red Mountain Med Spa
8550 Shea Blvd., #120, Scottsdale
(480) 991-4159

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

Russell Skall, Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

In The Kitchen With Russell Skall, Fleming's Corporate Executive Chef

From Sullivan’s Steakhouse and the Princess Resort, to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and currently overseeing more than 60 locations as corporate executive chef of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine, Russell Skall is no stranger to the kitchen.

Adept at creating and maintaining efficient kitchen workspaces across the nation, this executive chef is no different in the kitchen that matters most — the one within his Scottsdale home of 12 years.

A gut reaction

When Skall moved back to Arizona with his family in 2000, it was the kitchen space in his home that needed an essential remodel. After three months of renovations, the kitchen — which Skall designed himself — was complete, notably with an island and a pull-out cutting board and preparation table.

With a kitchen island, “everything is within reach,” Skall says. “It makes it nice and easy.”

For instance, the trash can is kept tucked away inside the island, out of sight. And all of the utensils are stored in the island’s drawers. Plus, the island helps promote efficiency, Skall says, making it easier to move around the kitchen.

But it isn’t just about efficiency for Skall. The kitchen’s island is a great way to socialize with your guests. And for Skall, who hosts gatherings all the time, including his daughter’s wedding (held in their backyard), this is important.

“People want to be in the kitchen,” he says. It’s a community area where everyone gathers around the island and mingles, he adds. In fact, every Christmas, Skall and his neighbors have a Christmas block party — and of course he’s the cook for it all.

Down to Earth

But the fact that Skall knows his way around his home kitchen isn’t surprising. What is surprising, however, is how familiar and comfortable the kitchen looks and feels. A plethora of cooking books line the walls; photos of his kids drown his refrigerator doors; and the size of the kitchen is just big enough — not pompously large, but sized just right. And brand names? Skall is more concerned about the quality of the food, not the name engraved on the utensils, cookware and dishware used in the meal-making process.

To ensure his dishes for the family are created with the freshest ingredients (even those he wouldn’t find at the stores he frequents, including Whole Foods, Sprouts and Safeway), Skall not only shops for organic foods, but he also cultivates his own herbs.

“I grow whatever I can’t find at the store that season,” he says. Currently, his garden consists of dill, mint, thyme, parsley, oregano and rosemary.

Skall even composts his food in his own backyard.

“Composting is great for the home,” he says. “You can compost anything organic. If it doesn’t break down, you can’t compost it.” It’s a way of thinking green, he adds.

Waste not

Skall seemingly has two rules in the kitchen: One, have fun while you’re cooking because “that’s the way cooking should be.” And, two, the way to go about that is to, “Open up your cupboards, and go through your fridge; mix and cook with what you already have,” he says.

For instance, for Skall’s Red Rice & Farro Salad (a salad he whips up during visit), he doesn’t follow the recipe verbatim. Instead, he adds chicken and creates a marinade with what he has laying around, which includes olive oil, curry, thyme, salt and pepper.

Heating up

Although Skall designed the kitchen, he says there is just one small change he would make — replace the electric stove with a gas stove or an induction heat stove.

“Gas is such a better way of cooking,” he says. “You can control the heat (with gas) versus the electric (stove).”

With an induction heat stove, you can adjust the cooking heat instantly and with great precision; plus, it leaves the kitchen and the stovetop much cooler. Plus, “It’s really safe for the kids,” Skall says.

Red Rice & Farro Salad


2 oz. Calamata olives, rough choppedRussell Skall
6 tbsp. arugula, rough chopped
6 oz. farro
3 tsp. kosher salt
3 ½ oz. red pepper, ¼’’ dice
3 ½ oz. celery, ¼’’ dice
3 ½ oz. carrots, ¼’’ dice
1 ½ tsp. minced garlic
6 cups water
2 oz. Sundried tomatoes, rough chopped
3 oz. Marinated artichokes, rough chopped
1 cup red rice
¾ cup olive oil
4 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Black pepper, café grind
3 oz. Goat cheese, crumbles
3 oz. Cranberries, dried


1. Wash red rice and drain, place into a sauce pot with 4 cups water and 1 tsp. salt, bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer, and cook for 30-35 minutes and tender. Drain and cool down under cold water.

2. Place farro, 2 cups water and 1 tsp. in a sauce pot and bring to a low boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover the pot, and cook for 18-20 minutes until the farro is cooked. Drain and cool under cold water. Place both grains in a medium mixing bowl.

3. Cut the onion, red pepper, celery and carrot into a 1/4” dice, then add to the mixing bowl with the minced garlic.

4. Rough chop arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and olives, then add to the mixing bowl.  Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, remaining 1 tsp. Kosher salt and goat cheese crumbles. Toss all ingredients well, then place into a container.

Note: Salad is best if made the day before. Eat within four days.

For more information about Russell Skall or Fleming’s, visit

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine
6333 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 596-8265

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012