Around Town

The second annual Wine Women and Shoes, presented by PetSmart, was held at Chateau Luxe on September 15. Hosted by the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Auxiliary Board, the fundraising event included wine, shopping, a sit-down gourmet luncheon and fashion show.

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Fashion

Now that the triple-digit temperatures are behind us (fingers crossed), we can turn our attention to dressing for cooler weather. For the final installment of our series Fall Fashion 2018, we have chosen to review the Best of Saks runway show at last week’s Key To The Cure event.

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The Arts

The i.d.e.a. Museum’s new exhibition, Far Out: Our Solar System, highlights artwork, hands-on activities and popular cultural media. This will help visitors imagine that they are on a spaceship, blasting off from Earth, traveling to the other planets that make up our solar system.

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Giving Back

Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure celebrated its 20th anniversary on October 5 with fabulous fashion and a Friends and Family shopping opportunity to support cancer research. Many of the Valley’s smartly-dressed women arrived bright and early to learn about the research being conducted by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), savor a breakfast buffet accompanied by champagne, participate in a raffle of exclusive designer items and enjoy a fashion show featuring the Best of Saks Fall/Winter 2018. Each guest received a lip gloss and eye mask from partner Trish McEvoy.

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Escapes

There is a natural splendor to Malibu’s coastline that has captivated photographers since the rise of the surfing culture in the ‘60s. It exists in the curve of each wave, in the city’s quintessential SoCal architecture and in the laidback lifestyle that comes with a stay on California’s iconic Golden Coast.

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The Arts

Swimsuit? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Three books, because you couldn’t choose just one? Check. From complicated meditations on motherhood to dark thrillers that still slot perfectly into a beach bag, here are 14 books to put on your summer reading list.

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Health

Gone are the days of slathering on oil and baking in the sun for hours. From a health standpoint, we all know that overexposure to UV-rays can change the texture and weaken the elasticity of the skin causing premature wrinkling, uneven skin tone and even cancer.

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Beauty

It’s good to shake up your beauty routine every once in a while. If you’re relying on the same go-to products and tools on the daily, you could be passing up some game-changers. Read on for my picks of the ten beauty essentials you didn’t know you needed — until now.

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Escapes

There is no denying it; we are in for a long, hot summer. No doubt you have planned a vacation, but why not treat yourself to a few extra days at one of the Valley’s five-star resorts. Picture this: you could be sipping a margarita poolside before you can finish saying “airport security.” Luxurious properties are ready and waiting, offering superior service, acclaimed restaurants, renowned spas and great summer deals.

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Around Town

On Saturday, April 28 more than 600 philanthropists, community leaders, Garden donors and members gathered for the 32nd Annual Dinner on the Desert, Desert Botanical Garden’s major annual fundraiser. The $450,000 raised will be used to support Sonoran Desert field trips for students, care for the Garden’s world-class plant collection and the important conservation efforts of our field botanists.

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Taste

The Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week ( ARW) is just days away. Channel your inner foodie and book reservations at some of the Valley’s premiere restaurants. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a dinner out, schedule a long overdue get together, revisit a favorite spot or finally try that restaurant on your wish list.

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Fashion

The Met Gala is an annual philanthropic event for the benefit of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum (a.k.a.“The Met”) Costume Institute. Marking the grand opening of the annual blockbuster fashion exhibition, The Gala celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute show, setting the tone for décor and inspiring the attendees’ choice of formal attire.

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Escapes

As much as you’re looking forward to a well-deserved vacation, traveling can be stressful. You have to book a flight, select a hotel, update your passport, make land arrangements, pack appropriately, find a local restaurant that’s off the radar, exchange currency, brush up on foreign language expressions…the list is endless. Thanks to technology, there are now apps to assist you with just about anything you may encounter. Here are some of our favorites.

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Taste

Here are two-dozen Valley restaurants offering Mother’s Day dining that will easily make mom feel relaxed, pampered and catered to on her special day. Check the websites for full menus, pricing and hours of operation. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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The Arts

Opening on May 4 in the Norton Family Photography Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum will present To Be Thirteen: Photographs and Videos by Betsy Schneider, a rich and nuanced portrait of a group of Americans whose lives began at the turn of the millennium and who are now coming of age in a tumultuous social and political climate.

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Around Town

On March 17, supporters of Arizona Opera gathered at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia to attend Luncheon on the Rhine. Described as a “Golden Afternoon,” the Saturday event proved to be just that with donations topping almost 85-percent over previous years.

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Contemporary Art

Beginning on February 24, Phoenix Art Museum will host the exhibition, Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, celebrating the career of the Dutch fashion designer. Renowned for her use of 3-D printing, van Herpen is widely considered one of contemporary fashion’s most progressive creators, and is a favored designer of style icons, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Björk, Cara Delevingne among others.

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Fashion

There’s jewelry—and then there are statement pieces that make a long-lasting, emotional impact. If you’re looking for the latter, Barneys New York has you covered.

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Around Town

On December 2, Ryan House hosted their annual White Christmas Gala. Held in the Gold Room at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, over 230 guests enjoyed hearing the theme-tune “White Christmas,” which was written by Irving Berlin poolside at the Arizona Biltmore.

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Beauty/ Health

If you thought you were spoiling yourself with your monthly massage sessions, think again. Hotels around the world are taking pampering to an extreme new level of luxury with ridiculously indulgent spa treatments so over the top, they’re practically – and in some cases literally –  gilded. We rounded up the most lavish, luxury-drenched spa treatments from five-star hotels around the globe because it’s never too early to start vacation planning. Some are nearby in California, others in frequently visited spots abroad, while those in exotic locales are best suited for your wish-list.

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