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Top 5 Northern Arizona Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Northern Arizona Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Northern Arizona Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Enchantment Resort

525 Boynton Canyon Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336
This resort combines luxury with rugged grandeur inspired by Native American culture. The adobe casita-style accommodations offer world-class comforts amid the Sedona red rocks.

Hassayampa Inn

122 E. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301
For nearly a century, the Hassayampa Inn has been a place to escape the stresses of busy urban life, a place for a romantic getaway, and an oasis dedicated to restoring balance within the picturesque setting of Northern Arizona.

Jerome Grand Hotel

200 Hill St., Jerome, AZ 86331
As the highest public building in the Verde Valley, the views from the hotel are breathtaking. The Jerome Grand Hotel was featured on “Zak Bagans Paranormal Challenge” on the Travel Channel in 2011.

L’Auberge de Sedona

301 L’Auberge Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336
L’Auberge is rated one of the Top 50 Hotels in the U.S. by Conde Nast. AAA Four-Diamond luxury accommodations in 89 meticulously appointed guest rooms and cottages in distinctive settings, including creekside, hillside, spa and garden cottages, the Lodge and the Creek House. Enjoy creekside dining at L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek.

Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa

2250 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Guests will immediately appreciate the influence of Spanish and Mediterranean motifs, exotic decor and rich furnishings decorating the 77 rooms.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Handcrafted, Custom Furniture - Scottsdale Living Summer 2012

Adorn Your Home With Unique, Custom Furniture

One-of-a-Kind Finds: Adorn your home with these pieces of unique, custom furniture.

Veranda Settee

Veranda Settee, Feathers Fine Custom Furnishings & Fabrics

The Veranda Settee is French-inspired and gracefully reflects the history and art of its time. Each piece is meticulously hand-carved and upholstered by the craftsmen in the Feathers design and manufacturing studio.

Feathers Fine Custom Furnishings & Fabrics
15330 N. Hayden Rd., #110, Scottsdale
(480) 905-1396

Sunset Bed

Sunset Bed, Parnian FurnitureWith beautifully crafted sunburst inlay woodwork, the “World’s Most Expensive Bed,” starting at $38,000, also boasts two LED touch light switches, built-in iPad holders, charging stations, pop-up and swivel TVs and computer monitors, gold and stainless steel detailing and more.

Parnian Furniture
16219 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale
(480) 991-5166

Western Dream

Western Dream, Hidden Hollow StudiosFrom personally selected alder, mahogany and pine, this hand-carved bed was crafted by the father-son team, Dennis and Greg Malicowski. It captures the romantic essence of contemporary Western design.

Hidden Hollow Studios
1121 S. Wilbur #8, Mesa
(602) 463-0938

Heritage Entertainment Center

Heritage Entertainment Center, Stone Creek FurnitureHandmade in Phoenix, this entertainment center is made with handcrafted corbels. It can also be modified to fit specific television dimensions as well as sized to fit your unique wall space — an option you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Stone Creek Furniture
7000 E. Mayo Blvd., #1030, Phoenix
(480) 451-3100

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

Fit Over 40, Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

Fit Over 40: Lifestyle Adjustments For A Healthier You

Fit Over 40: Lifestyle adjustments can give you the beach body of a 20-something.

Being buff is tough, especially after you turn 40. But a few adjustments to your exercise and nutrition habits will help you rock it like Rihanna at the beach this summer.

“Many people at 40 disqualify themselves from so much because of their age,” explains Adam Petropolis, district fitness manager at Mountainside Fitness. “There is not a certain age where everything is automatically downhill from there. The body can and will adapt and evolve regardless of your age. Obviously younger individuals have a different hormonal make-up than somebody turning 40, but that doesn’t mean 40-year-olds can’t achieve the best physiques of their lives.”

But before the first crunch, squat or spinning class, 40-somethings need to start at the dinner table.

“For 40-year-olds, I preach that which I have been following for years – a healthy diet,” says Dr. Burt Faibisoff, a surgeon with Four Peaks Plastic Surgery in Tempe. “It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself to look and feel better.”

One of the reasons 40-year-olds fall into unhealthy nutritional habits is lifestyle changes.

“Usually, income is rising, which causes more meals to be eaten out of home,” says Kevin Shepard, certified personal trainer and nutritionist at DC Ranch Village Health Club. “This causes an increase in calorie intake. With rising income there might be more travel. Any travel usually causes an increase in calorie intake. For some, life is accelerating. With this life acceleration, people tend to place healthy eating on the back burner. This leads to increased calorie intake. Basically, people at this age eat too much, and they are not exercising enough or have enough muscle mass to burn the calories.”

To control how much you eat, Shepard suggests buying a food scale.

“Learn correct eating portion size,” he says. “There really is not one food choice that should be excluded, just don’t each as much of it. You have to learn to eat less of everything.”

With the food scale, Shepard suggests buying a body weight scale and — not obsessing over your weight — but checking your weight weekly or bi-weekly.

“You’ll gain 10 pounds before you gain 15 pounds, and if you monitor your weight regularly you will know this,” he says. “Usually weight gain after age 40 is fat weight due to muscle mass loss. Eat quality protein food choices, fruits, salads, and vegetables.”

Once 40-somethings have their food consumption in order and are ready to get their bodies back into belly-baring condition, many are turning to cosmetic surgeons to give them a jump start.

“The goal for many patients is to maintain the slender and fit look,” Faibisoff says. For women (in their 40s), it’s breast enlargements and lifts, plus liposuction. Men want to get rid of the belt of fat around their mid-section, particularly the area below the belly button and love handles.”

When it comes to getting fit or staying fit, Petropolis stresses the importance of learning from experts.

“Exercise is a science, and it’s ever-evolving as new research comes out,” he points out. “This can be especially dangerous with men who remember the exercises they did for high school football and try to jump right back into those. The ego can get the best of men in this scenario.”

Petropolis says that if exercise is not your area of expertise, it’s wise to invest in a personal trainer to get you started.

“If you want the latest and most up-to-date methods, work with somebody whose job it is to be educated in such things,” he says. “Once you finish with a package, you should have a much greater understanding of exercise and specifically strength training.”

Fit Over 40

Mai Ling Chan, 40, is the mother of two boys, ages 16 and 13. To stay fit, she does strength training at Mountainside Fitness. “Working out three times a week is part of my life now,” she says. “I love how strong my heart is and how much my body can do. And my kids are so very supportive of me. They even help to make dinner on the nights I am a little later at the gym.”

For more information about staying fit over 40:

Mountainside Fitness
11611 E. Sahuaro Dr., Scottsdale
(480) 889-8889

Four Peaks Plastic Surgery
1492 S. Mill Ave., #201, Tempe
(480) 968-2945

DC Ranch Village Health Club
18501 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale
(480) 502-8844

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

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

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

Date Night: Sushi Bars

Sexy Sushi Night: Date Night At Sushi Bars

Sexy Sushi Nights: When the only thing fishy is your food — not your date’s behavior. Take your next date night to one of many sushi bars throughout Scottsdale.

Eating sushi is a lot like dating.

“Think about the first time you went out for sushi – and a typical first date,” says Stephen Stromberg, executive chef at Sapporo in Scottsdale. “Both take a little courage at first, but the adventure is (usually) well worth it.”

So, it makes sense that sushi is a top dining choice for first dates of all ages. But how does one plan the perfect sushi night?

Dare to discover

Sure, California and Las Vegas rolls are staples for many of us. But, why not show your date you are open to new things by stepping outside of the sushi comfort zone?

“Always look for items that are custom to the venue,” says Stromberg, whose own menu includes the MT Roll, a salmon soy paper roll invented by, and named after, their own sushi chef, Mikel Tan; along with a signature Scottsdale roll bursting with spicy scallops.

Make it hot, hot, hot!

Not all first dates are created equal – some are certainly hotter than others.
Sushi is the same way.

While adding a dollop of spicy mayo or wasabi to your favorite roll can certainly spice up the date, why not indulge your taste buds, together, in a culinary adventure by really turning up the heat?

“Be her renegade Romeo by ordering your Juliet a roll with jalapeño and spicier versions of standard ingredients like tuna and yellowtail,” Stromberg says.

Sapporo carries more than half a dozen hot options, including the Surf’n’Turf roll, which marries crab, filet mignon and tabasco sauce into a mouth-watering menu stand-out. Also popular is the Fuji roll, which is topped with spicy yellowtail, making it as visually hot as it tastes.

Pick pairings with passion

“Innovate while you libate,” adds Mike Hanley, bar manager at Sapporo. “Don’t settle for a martini simply shaken or stirred — order it frozen and share tastes!”

Frozen Passion Mango Martinis, which are blended with vodka, rum and mango and passion purees and poured atop a raspberry liqueur, and Sapporo Slushes, which are made with vodka, fresh-squeezed juices and simple syrup, are among the most popular drinks for first dates.

Also, choose drinks that are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

For example, Sapporo’s Purple Dream is layered by ingredient into a glass and brought table-side so the guest can play mixologist, stirring the ingredients together into a perfect purple blend.

One last tip for a sexy sushi night — ditch the chopsticks!

“In Japan, it’s customary to use one’s hands to eat rather than chopsticks,” Stromberg says. “A perfect excuse to feed each other!”

Readers' Pick logoSapporo Scottsdale
14344 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 607-1114

Other sushi bars to check out:

Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar
(480) 315-9800
Sushi Brokers
(480) 515-5000
Stingray Sushi
(480) 427-2011
RA Sushi
(480) 990-9256
PURE Sushi Bar & Dining
(480) 355-0999
Geisha A Go Go
(480) 699-0055

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

Drinking & Diving: 5 Best Pool Bars

Drinking & Diving: 5 Best Pool Bars

Here they are — the best five pool bars in Scottsdale to show off, cool down, and drink up.

Talking Stick Resort Pool Bar

What Guests Love Most

Talking Stick Resort, Pool Bar

Guests love the entire pool experience that we offer at Talking Stick Resort. Guests can soak up rays in one of many lounge chairs surrounding the pool, or they can rent one of our 11 private cabanas. In addition to exclusive seating for parties, some of our cabanas offer enhanced services and amenities, such as a poolside massage. Each cabana is also assigned a personal attendant to meet guests’ needs, ensuring that the AAA Four Diamond Service Talking Stick Resort is known for extends beyond our hotel tower.

Guests can also dine poolside or go to the grill, which has bar seating for 12, as well as table seating for 30.

Signature Drinks

We have two delicious drinks that are huge sellers for guests relaxing poolside. They are our seasonal Fruit Mojito and the Stoli Ginger Lemonade – Stolichnaya Vodka and Cointreau, shaken with fresh lemonade and topped with a float of Ginger de Canton Ginger Liqueur, garnished with a lemon wedge.

Recipe: Fruit Mojito

Fruit Mojito, Photo: M. Allan SchanbacherIngredients:
½ oz. of simple syrup
1 ½ oz. Bacardi Silver or choose from one of the Bacardi Rums
Fruit flavors: Bacardi Torched Cherry, Bacardi Artic Grape
or Bacardi Dragon Berry
Fresh mint and lime wedge
First pour ½ oz. of simple syrup in a tall glass, add sprig of fresh mint, and muddle with a plastic or wooden muddler.
Then add Bacardi Silver (or one of the fruit flavors). Add ice, and top with Club soda. Garnish with a lime and a mint sprig.

Upcoming Events

We are so excited to announce the launch our new pool party series called RELEASE!, which will feature amazing drink specials and some of the region’s hottest DJs. The RELEASE parties will take place every Saturday and Sunday this summer beginning May 28 and 29, Memorial Day weekend until Sept. 1 and 2, Labor Day weekend. They’ll run from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The DJs will preform from 1 – 5 p.m.

This is the perfect pool bar to … relax and rejuvenate while having your every need attended to.

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 850-7777

Hotel Valley Ho
OH Pool Bar + Cabanas

What Guests Love Most

Hotel Valley Ho, OH Pool Bar

People who come to the pool love the fun atmosphere — whether it’s a laid-back weekday or a weekend in the summer with live music.

Signature Drink

Miami Vice: People love the frozen, fruity blend of strawberry daiquiri and pina colada. It’s so refreshing!

Recipe: Miami Vice

Miami Vice, Hotel Valley HoStrawberry Daiquiri Ingredients:
2 oz. Cruzan Light Rum
3 oz. Daily’s Strawberry Daiquiri mix
Splash of fresh pineapple juice
Directions: Blend all ingredients with ice until slushy.

Pina Colada Ingredients:

2 oz. Cruzan Light Rum
3 oz. Daily’s Pina Colada mix
Splash of fresh pineapple juice
Directions: Blend all ingredients with ice until slushy.

Pour the Pina Colada into a 16-oz glass, then pour the Strawberry Daiquiri on top. Garnish with an orange wheel and a cherry.

Upcoming Events

Live music poolside from Matthew Thornton on Friday, July 6. DJ Mr. P-Body spins every Saturday July through September, plus Sunday, July 8 (Fourth of July weekend) and Sunday, September 2 (Labor Day weekend).

This is the perfect pool bar to … unwind at.

Hotel Valley Ho OH Pool Bar + Cabanas
6850 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 248-2000

Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club

Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club, poolWhat Guests Love Most

The uniqueness of the venue. We are a small oasis in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Where else can you kick off your heels and dip your feet in the pool while sipping a frosty margarita with friends?(Without having to pay for a hotel room.)

Signature Drink

People love pitchers of the Chinito. The combination of fresh fruit, ginger and vodka in an iced pitcher seems to cool people off in the summer heat.

Recipe: Chinito

Chinito Pitcher, Spanish Fly


Canton Ginger Liqueur
Ginger beer

Mix ingredients together, and serve!

Upcoming Events

Every weekend is an event at Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club. We do happy hour Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with two-for-one drinks and half-priced appetizers. We have our weekend pool parties every Saturday and Sunday.

This is the perfect pool bar to … meet all of your friends and have a great time.

Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club
4341 N. 75th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 949-8454

Scottsdale Resort Palapas Pool Bar

Scottsdale Resort Palapas Pool BarWhat Guests Love Most

Palapas covered bar with misters and the games on TV. There is plenty of comfy seating in our new lounge chairs and outdoor sofas and fire pits.

Signature Drink

Our Premium Strawberry Collins is a great, hot-day treat. The drink features No. Ten by Tanquery with strawberry puree, premium organic agave nectar and fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

Recipe: Premium Strawberry Collins

Premium Strawberry Collins, Photo: M. Allan Schanbacher

1.5 oz No. 10 by Tanquerey
.5 oz Strawberry puree
1 oz lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar

Shake and strain over ice. Add 1 oz of soda water and give light stir to incorporate.
Garnish with mint and lemon twist.

Upcoming Events

We have a daily happy hour featuring $4, 100% agave margaritas and $3 Bud Light drafts from 3 – 6 p.m., seven days a week.

This is the perfect pool bar to … enjoy the sunshine with a local brew or a premium hand-made cocktail in hand.

Scottsdale Resort Palapas Pool Bar
7700 E. McCormick Pkwy.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 991-9000

The Phoenician Oasis Pool Bar

The Phoenician Oasis Pool BarWhat Guests Love Most

It is exclusive to resort guests, providing the centerpiece to the expansive, eight-pool complex, while serving as an iconic destination within The Phoenician.

Signature Drink

Prickly Pear Margarita, made with Herradura Anejo Tequila, Cointreau, and Prickly Pear Puree; sweetened with lemon and lime juices. It offers an indigenous twist on the classic cocktail and can be served frozen or on the rocks with a salted rim, if preferred, and a lime garnish.

Recipe: Prickly Pear Margarita

Prickly Pear Margarita, The Phoenician

2 oz. Herradura Anejo Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
1 tbsp. Prickly Pear Puree
To the top: lemon and lime juice (sweet and sour mix)
Lime garnish

Can be served frozen or on the rocks.

Upcoming Events

Live entertainment featuring a solo guitarist will be offered on select weekends (Exact Dates: July 1 and July 7; September 1 and September 2).

This is the perfect pool bar to … experience AAA Five Diamond luxury within a lush tropical setting, nestled at the base of sun-capped Camelback Mountain.

The Phoenician Oasis Pool Bar & Grille
6000 E. Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 941-8200

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

Must-have summer accessories, Photo: Cory Bergquist

Poolside Pairing: Must-Have Summer Accessories

From bedazzled sandals and bodacious hats to vivid cover-ups and vivacious towels, these must-have summer accessories will help you stand out from the poolside crowd.

Must-have summer accessories, Scottsdale Living Summer 2012

1. OKA b. Shoes, Madison (cherry), $30, oka-b.com
2. Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color (Sugar Blossom), $32, barneys.com
3. FlipOut Sandals (robin blue), $24.99 (flip flops) + $9.99 (Open Heart show jewelry), flipoutsandals.com
4. Deux Lux Beach Tote, $68, everythingbutwater.com
5. KKINI, Yellow Egyptian Cover-Up, $90, exquisiteswimwear.com
6. Silver-Plated Sea Glass with Charms Necklace, $24, justbeachyjewelry.etsy.com
7. Vestal St. Jane Sunglasses, $59, sunglassgarage.com
8. Jessica Simpson “Swirl Bow” Floppy Hat, $48, nordstrom.com
9. Leather 3-Wrap Seashell Bracelet, $58, justbeachyjewelry.etsy.com
10. Beach Bunny Large Beach Towel, $59, beachbunnyswimwear.com
11. La Mer Brazil Beach Stones Chain Wrap Watch, $185, lamercollections.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012 Cover Image, Photo: Cory Bergquist

(Left) Madison Aker is wearing the Paperbraid XL Brim Hat from San Diego Hat Co., $84, exquisiteswimwear.com or sandiegohat.com; and, the Betsey Johnson French Pastry Sliding Triangle Top and Flirty Skirted Hipster Bottom, everythingbutwater.com. Photographer: Cory Bergquist; location: Hotel Valley Ho.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012, Backyard Living

Sandy Beaches, Resort-Inspired Pool Spaces Transform One’s Backyard

There’s No Place Like Home: Sandy beaches, resort-inspired pool spaces and more transform one’s backyard

All sweating aside, it’s never easy to stay cooped up indoors all summer despite how luxurious the air conditioning feels in contrast to the blistering 100-plus-degree temperatures outside.

Consider adding a built-in trampoline; Photo: French Accent LandscapingAs families are looking for more alternatives to stay active while staying cool in the heat of summertime, many are turning to their own backyards. Rather than getting a case of cabin fever, Valley residents are investing in the backyard of their dreams, perfect enough to call paradise.

Rising trends of staycations, or vacationing at home, are resulting in families learning to embrace the warmer temps and creating landscapes of peaceful escapes and kid-friendly retreats.Peaceful water features accent the surrounding landscape; Photo: French Accent Landscaping

“Homeowners’ mindsets are shifting,” says Christophe Martelly, president of French Accent Landscaping. “They are adapting their landscape to suit their lifestyle. They wish to experience their yard purely as a place for enjoyment, and what better way to do that than in your own backyard?”

When creating a space that everyone will love, start by recognizing exactly what is needed and how your family will be spending their time outdoors. Thinking beyond simple water features and blooming cacti, Martelly has incorporated several solutions for families searching to stay active while keeping cool.Add a poolside beach for both relaxation and play; Photo: French Accent Landscaping

“For families with small children, beaches near the pool are a great way for hours of safe fun. For active kids and teenagers, we now install in-ground trampolines, mini-tennis courts and badminton spaces. As for the adults, yoga pads and spaces for exercising are more commonly seen.”

Christophe Martelly, president of French Accent Landscaping, on his yoga pad.For something the entire family can enjoy, Martelly noted that many local residents are incorporating plenty of seating in the shade, as well as herb gardens, fire pits, misters and resort-inspired pool spaces. Additionally, Stephen Ramey, chief operating officer of Today’s Patio, says, “A lot of our customers look to create specific use areas in their backyards. They like having an area for dining and entertaining, and another area for casual conversations,” adding that, “people want to feel like they are in their living room even when they are outside.”

Artificial grass serves as a maintenance-free accenting element; Photo: French Accent LandscapingLooking at your property as an opportunity and an investment rather than a challenge will take the chore out of yard work. Even then, there are plenty of options to incorporate low maintenance plants and accenting features in your yard.

“Artificial grass is a dominant trend in Arizona landscaping,” Martelly says. “It’s pet-friendly, kid-friendly and chore-friendly. Perfect in in-formal and formal landscapes, artificial grass not only reduces our water-use footprint, but requires no mowing and little upkeep.”

Another popular trend in Valley yards, according to Martelly, is the use of LED landscape lights.

“LED lighting fixtures use less power, last up to 10 times longer than traditional lights and remain cool to the touch, thus, safer when used around children.” Incorporate both ground level lighting and spotlights for a space that can be enjoyed even after dusk.

As no Arizona home would be complete without some sort of water feature, it’s important to remember that safety is always key. Pool fences are great for children of all ages and should always be utilized. Additionally, many families have been looking toward the alternative of splash fountains and misters with which to keep cool. Martelly advises that, with any water feature, installation of re-circulation is a must.

“Controlled at a flip of the switch, re-circulating streams avoid the many hazards of pooling water.”

As local homeowners are altering their yards to reflect their wants and needs of staying cool while remaining active, Martelly sums up the recent evolution, saying, “Homeowners want to unwind outside with dinner, congregate with family and friends and experience their yards purely as a place for enjoyment.”

For more information about transforming your own backyard:

Today’s Patio
15500 N. Greenway Hayden Loop, Scottsdale
(480) 367-9700

French Accent Landscaping
36879 N. 38th St., Cave Creek
(602) 482-8211

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

KKINI, Michaela Cawley

KKINI Designer, Michaela Cawley's Must-Have Summer Items

KKINI swimsuit and fashion designer, Michaela Cawley, knows a few things about how to stay stylish during the scorching summer months. Here are some must-have, poolside items you’ll find in her beach bag:

KKINI Michaela Cawley Must-Haves

1. Lucy Love Glamour Sunhat, $31, dianesbeachwear.com 6. KKINI Rose Shimmer String Bikini, $143, sirenecollection.com 
2. Jimmy Choo Luisa black aviator sunglasses, $365, jimmychoo.com 7. Native Union Retro POP Handset for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android phones, $34.99, nativeunion.com
3. Aspen Thrift Cut-Off Jean Shorts, $185, brooklyndenimco.com 8. J.Crew Sardinia Wedge Espadrilles (color: bright sun), $118, jcrew.com
4. Nomadic Thread Society Terry Cloth Lined Towels, $98, freepeople.com  9. Sirène Beach Tote, One and the Same, $10, sirenecollection.com
5. Illamasqua Nail Varnish (color: grab), $22, illamasqua.com

For more information about Michaela Cawley and her KKINI line, visit kkini.com.

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 redmountainmedspa.com or jenniferlindermd.com.

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

Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

From Dusk ’til Dawn: Your Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

Same bar, same bartender, night after night — what’s the fun in that? Whether you’re planning a memorable evening or more interested in creating a scandalously forgettable night, try something new (with someone new) with this nightlife guide as your source.

From theaters and comedy clubs to bars, clubs and the live music scene, this Scottsdale nightlife guide covers it all:

Entertainment Venues:

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.
(480) 850-7777
The Comedy Spot Comedy Club
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
(480) 945-4422
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
4720 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 483-1664
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St.
(480) 499-TKTS (8587)
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St.
(480) 248-2000
The Saguaro
4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
(480) 308.1100
Studio Movie Grill
15515 N. Hayden Rd.
(480) 991-3106
Casino Arizona
524 N. 92nd St.
(480) 850-7777
iPic Theaters
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 483-3232
iPic Theaters, Scottsdale Nightlife Guide
Stand-Up, Scottsdale! Comedy Club
6820 E. 5th Ave.
(480) 882-0730

Bars & Clubs:

Scottsdale Nightlife Guide W Scottsdale
7277 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 970-2100
Jackrabbit Lounge
4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd., #100
(480) 429-4494
Spanish Fly
4341 N. 75th St.
(480) 949-8454
7340 E. Shoeman Ln.
(480) 970-5000
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., #F-230
(480) 483-3232
4312 N. Brown Ave.
(480) 265-6989
7340 E. Indian Plaza
(480) 970-1112
Mabel’s on Main
7018 E. Main St.
(480) 889-5580
El Santo
7301 E. Butherus Dr.
(480) 949-8454
The Mint
7373 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 947-6468
Salty Senorita
3636 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 946-7258
7540 E. 1st St.
(480) 421-0500
Tea and
Champagne Lounge
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 588-2244
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

Live Music Venues:

Culinary Dropout
7135 E. Camelback Rd., #125
(480) 970-1700
Chaser’s Nightclub
8005 E. Roosevelt St.
(480) 945-4985
World Wine Bar
7137 E. Stetson Dr.
(480) WINE-004 (9463)
Old Town Tavern
7320 E. Scottsdale Mall
(480) 606-8113
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide The Venue Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
(480) 945-5551
Martini Ranch
7295 E. Stetson Dr.
(480) 970-0500
5th and Wine
7051 E. 5th Ave.
(480) 699-8001
The Rogue Bar
423 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 947-3580
The Roxy Lounge
7443 E. 6th Ave.
(480) 970-1222
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
(602) 716-2222
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Center Stage Bar at Hyatt Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch
(480) 444-1234

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 flemingssteakhouse.com.

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

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012