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California Pools Celebrates 25 Years

California Pools & Landscape will celebrate 25 years as Arizona’s leader in turnkey pool and landscape design at its Pool and Landscape Design Center, March 23, 9 a.m.—6 p.m., 4320 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1, less than a mile from Chandler Fashion Center.

The celebration will include one-day-only special pool pricing, a completely remodeled backyard design center, giveaways, fun for the children and informal design and pool-financing seminars by California Pools & Landscape professionals.

Locally family owned and operated, California Pools & Landscape are backyard experts in designing and building pool, pas, ramadas and all outdoor structures and landscapes. During its first quarter century, the company has completed more than 25,000 pool, spa and landscape projects to fit clients’ lifestyles and budgets.

Outstanding customer service and reputation for quality are widely recognized company signatures. California Pools & Landscape has had no complaints, ever, from the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and is BBB A+ accredited — with outstanding online reviews.

“I am excited to celebrate and share our 25 years of success with our customers, employees and the local community,” says Jeremy Smith, president of California Pools & Landscape. “Please join us March 23 to celebrate — and, perhaps, help you build your backyard dream.”

Founded by Mike and Joan Smith, the award-winning California Pools & Landscape offers the comfort, assurance and service of a large company — but with the hands-on care of a family business. Please see more at www.calpool.com or follow us on www.facebook.com/californiapools or www.twitter.com/calpool.

 

TOPMAN/TOPSHOP

TOPMAN, TOPSHOP Arrive At Nordstom In Chandler Fashion Center

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 describe them is the Urban Outfitters of Britain.

The Hipster Trend

TOPSHOPThe hipster trend is hot right now, and I love it. Most of the true hipsters out there, though, are probably cringing seeing their once original look become totally mainstream. In the hipster culture this is considered a tragedy because the original point of the look was daring to be different and now it may have become everything they fought against. Well, whether they like it or not, they became trendsetters, and I think they should embrace it. I understand that they may feel like they are selling out, but in my opinion, copying is the highest form of flattery.

The only difference between American hipsters and British hipsters (and Urban Outfitters verses TOPMAN/TOPSHOP) is that, well, they’re a little more British. All that means is some of the clothing and accessories are a little more formal or have a little more of an edge to it. I love that because it makes the trend a bit more wearable for me, personally, and attracts to a wider audience.

Girls

TOPSHOP is your shop and is located on the second floor of Nordstrom.

Here’s what to expect: A lot of nice skirts or dresses paired with hipster pieces, such as large headphones, chunky boots, oversize graphic sweaters and funky jackets, to name a few. Also expect some edgier stuff like bold makeup and black leatherette/lace.

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Guys

TOPMAN is your shop and is located on the first floor of Nordstrom.

Here’s what to expect: A lot of suits, dress shirts and blazers in funky colors and denim, both casual and formal. They also seem to be keen on the knit pompom hat. That confuses me a little bit, but, hey, those oversized glasses came back and are now hugely popular, so who knows.

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Pulling It Off

Unfortunately, I can’t rock this look as much as I would want to. If I tried it, you might as well put a giant sign on me that read poser in bold, black letters.

This is another one of my rules that I think everyone should know: Be aware of your look and which looks make you appear as though you are trying way too hard. If you’re still in love with the look, though, like me with the hipster trend, you can add little touches of it. For instance, I just bought a pair of Versace sunglasses that are 90 percent high-fashion but also have a slight hipster undertone.

TOPMAN/TOPSHOP at Chandler Fashion Center

Regardless if you’re looking for a couple of pieces or a full look, TOPMAN/TOPSHOP is well worth browsing in. The line at Chandler Fashion Center officially hits the floor on September 10, and Nordstrom is hosting a fashion and styling event on September 15. The event takes place all day and includes exclusive merchandise, TOPMAN/TOPSHOP stylists to help you get the look, a gift with purchase and a sneak preview/free application of the TOPSHOP makeup line. There will also be a live DJ from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event is perfect for people who want to sport the look but don’t know where to start.

For more information about TOPMAN/TOPSHOP at Nordstrom, visit nordstrom.com/topshoptopman.

 

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor To Open New Concept Store At Kierland Commons

A new Ann Taylor concept store will celebrate its grand opening Friday, August 17, at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale. This will be Arizona’s second Ann Taylor concept store; the first opened last summer in the Chandler Fashion Center.

These concept stores are part of the brand’s effort to promote its recently revamped collection, which initially launched in the fall of 2009. Since it’s beginning, Ann Taylor has prided itself on offering iconic, classic American style for the modern working woman. However, throughout the decades, Ann Taylor has adapted to meet changing needs and emerging styles.

“The new Ann Taylor is chic and stylish with a more fashion-forward direction to address the needs of today’s modern working women,” says Lisa Axelson, head designer and a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). “Our new concept stores are a reflection of our new fashion direction. They are light, modern, feminine and designed to showcase the full Ann Taylor collection while making our client feel comfortable and welcome.”

The new Ann Taylor boutiques, designed in partnership with S. Russell Groves architects, are inspired by a modern, contemporary home feel that can provide an intimate shopping experience that is both chic and inviting. Such accessories as modern-tufted furniture, elegant crystal chandeliers and flattering backlit mirrors serve as the focal points for the stores’ shoppers. New wardrobe niches allow for a broader assortment of products than previous Ann Taylor stores.

“The shopping experience is better on many levels,” says Andrew Taylor, style director for Ann Taylor. “For one, curated fashion presentations and expert styling services add to the new store experience and make shopping easy. At the front of the store, Lisa Axelsons’ favorite looks of the season greet the client and help with wardrobing and styling ideas.”

In addition to the wardrobe niches, a private lounge area features a touchscreen monitor that provides access to the Ann Taylor website. Such accessibility to the brand’s website allows shoppers to view and order the complete product assortment outside of the particular store they are in, including additional fashion and wear-to-work styles, a broader assortment of shoes and petites, and online exclusives.

“The key fashion message is complemented by shop-in-shop destinations, including the Career Chic shop, a petites shop and an accessories shop,” Taylor says. “Dedicated stylists are also on staff and available for both walk-ins and appointments to help clients put together perfect individualized looks for any occasion.”

Ann Taylor locations throughout Arizona:

  • Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., in Chandler
  • Biltmore Fashion Park, 2582 E. Camelback Rd., in Phoenix
  • Scottsdale Fashion, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., in Scottsdale
  • La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr., in Tucson

For more information about Ann Taylor, visit anntaylor.com.

Kona Grill opening new location

Kona Grill Opens Third Location In The Valley

By Noelle Coyle and Janet Perez

Despite the sluggish economy, restaurants continue to open or expand in the Valley, and Arizona native Kona Grill is no exception. Originally founded in Scottsdale in 1998, the restaurant has expanded throughout the United States, with locations in Missouri, Nevada, Indiana, Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan, Louisiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas and Florida. In June, it came back to its roots with the opening of a new location in Gilbert, and there are more plans for growth on the horizon. The Gilbert location joins two other Kona Grills in the Valley at Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chandler Fashion Center.

The new Gilbert restaurant opened at SanTan Village, one of many recent outdoor lifestyle malls built in the Valley. Kona Grill’s interior includes many of its signature features, including soft lighting, a granite sushi bar and a 2,000-gallon saltwater aquarium filled with exotic fish.

Like its decor, Kona Grill’s menu is an inspired combination of American comfort food and Pacific Rim ingredients.

The appetizers exemplify this philosophy with onion rings served with a pineapple chipotle and spicy mustard sauce; blackened catfish or macadamia nut chicken tacos; calamari with a spicy aioli dipping sauce; and Kahuna Bites, beef sliders seasoned with onions and thyme. I was disappointed to see that one of my favorite Kona Grill appetizers is no longer on the menu, a spicy salmon sashimi paired with sour cream and avocado and wrapped in a flour tortilla that is then flash-fried. Here’s hoping Kona Grill brings that delight back.

Kona GrillThe dinner menu abounds with baby back ribs, pizzas, macadamia nut chicken, lemon grass crusted halibut and sweet chili-glazed salmon. The pizza toppings run the gamut of exotic from regular pepperoni to shitake mushrooms and goat cheese. The macadamia nut chicken might sound simple, but it features a shoyu cream sauce and a pineapple-papaya marmalade.

A special treat is the Big Island Meatloaf. If you’re expecting it to be just like Mom used to make, you’ll be in for a surprise — unless Mom hails from Hawaii. The meatloaf is made with sweet Italian and Andouille sausage with a mushroom ragu. The dish is topped off with white cheddar mashed potatoes and wok-tossed vegetables.

If you’re in the mood for steak, Kona Grill provides with 6 and 10-ounce filets, and a 20-ounce, bone-in rib-eye.

Now for me, the real attraction to Kona Grill is the sushi. I love sushi, but I realize not everyone shares my enthusiasm, so with its full-complement of non-sushi dishes, friends and I can go to Kona Grill and both be happy.

The basic rolls and sashimi are handled well at Kona Grill, but it’s the restaurant’s specialty sushi dishes that are a real delight.

Called Kona Rolls, my favorites are the spider roll, deep fried soft-shell crab with crab mix, avocado and cucumber wrapped in seaweed and soy paper, and topped with a sweet eel sauce; and the Sunshine Roll, spicy salmon with cucumbers wrapped with rice and seaweed, and topped with fresh salmon and thinlysliced lemon. Of the chef’s specials, I’m a fan of the Volcano, a dish made of baked crab, white fish and yamagobo (pickled burdock plant) and topped with motoyaki sauce, sriracha and eel sauce.

The Asian-fusion philosophy doesn’t extend to the dessert menu. The goodies there are strictlyall-American with fudge brownies, apple crisps, banana pudding and even a root beer float. The one exception is the crème brûlée, in which the traditional custard is infused with fresh passion fruit.