The Best of Barcelona

With its cosmopolitan feel and relaxed pace of life, Catalonia’s seaside capital offers iconic architecture, an unbeatable climate, endless beaches, sizzling nightlife, delectable cuisine and stylish hotels. The city dates back over 2,000 years, yet Antoni Gaudí’s surreal buildings and futuristic high-rises blend beautifully with Roman ruins, World Heritage landmarks and Gothic churches.

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Albert Adrià’s ENIGMA

After eight years of building a food empire, Albert Adrià has opened the doors to the final, and perhaps most elusive attraction in his Barcelona-based culinary theme park. Welcome to the magical and secretive world of Enigma.

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A Tribute to James Galanos

A Tribute to James Galanos is Phoenix Art Museum’s hommage to the late American designer (1924-2016). Based in Los Angeles, Galanos was one of the few to have had a successful career as both a fashion designer and Hollywood costumer. Perhaps best known as First Lady Nancy Reagan’s preferred designer, Galanos produced couture-quality ready-to-wear garments for a celebrity clientele over the course of five decades.

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Building Hope

As the saying goes, there’s no place like home. Yet for many Valley families having a roof over their heads remains a dream. That’s where Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona (HFHCAZ) comes in.

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Wine + Dine

As part of their “Flavors of the World” series, Omni Hotels & Resorts have partnered with Food & Wine Magazine to host a three-day culinary experience devoted to the Rioja region of Spain. The Discover Rioja Weekend is scheduled for September 8-10 at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale.

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Health

A recent study at the University of Edinburgh suggests that exposing skin to sunlight helps to reduce blood pressure, cuts the risk of heart attack and stroke and even prolongs life. Knowing the benefits of sun, the Valley sure is a great place to be. However, living in the desert does come with some unique health risks.

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Save The Date

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation invites you to kick up your heels and raise a glass in celebration of Wine Women & Shoes. Break out the Manolos and  Jimmy Choos to sip Barolos and Chards on Saturday, September 16 at Chateau Luxe, Phoenix.

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Fashion

Wish you could wear jeans every day of the week, even to the office? That is a reality this season as Barneys’ Fashion Director Marina Larroudé rounds up the best seven pairs to wear Monday through Sunday. From relaxed cropped cuts for errands on the weekend to sleek silhouettes that could pass for trousers, these are her top Fall 2017 jeans to buy now right now. Read on for her styling tips as she breaks down seven looks from head to toe.

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Picture Perfect

A picture speaks a thousand words. By freezing one moment in time, photography has the power to document, engage, edify, move and inspire the viewer. A photographer seizes that split-second to record what the lens sees and, much like a painter, adds his artistic spin to capture the underlying story. And when a photograph successfully communicates a story, it can alter perceptions and even change lives.

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Pacific Lodgings

Cabo San Lucas, a city at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, is among Mexico’s most colorful and popular tourist destinations. With its ocean backdrop, vibrant marine life, powdery beaches, dramatic waves and coastline studded with lavish resorts and tony timeshares, the city beckons scuba divers, snorkelers, boaters, fishing enthusiasts and other revelers looking for immersion in la buena vida. Thanks to temperate climes and its close proximity to the West Coast—about two and a half hours by plane from Los Angeles and Phoenix—the city has become a favorite vacation destination for Americans and others in search of sun, fun and relaxation. So popular is Cabo that many people have invested in second homes there.

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Sel: A Winning Recipe for Fine Dining

When asked to describe his restaurant Sel ( the French word for salt), Chef Branden Levine explains that it’s much like its namesake condiment, “It is global, simple and delivers a punch.”

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Industrial Arts

The works of Philip C. Curtis are a mainstay of Phoenix Art Museum. His paintings of ethereal, surrealist-inspired figures using a stark, desert-tone color palette are beloved companions who have long held their treasured place in the Ullman Gallery. Visitors now have a chance to see a the artist through a new lens. 

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At The Movies

In the past, this time of the year was reserved exclusively for big-action films, with musclemen and comic book heroes dominating the summer screen. Not so much anymore: the choices are more varied. Here’s a look at some of the standouts that await you this summer at Valley theaters.

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Beauty Packaging

People usually say it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but when it comes to our most coveted beauty products, their stunning facades are of equal appeal as the divine serums, scents and candles within. Behold our favorites and be prepared to clear a prominent space on your dresser for these beauties.

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Best of the Best

There’s no denying it: we’re in for a long, hot summer. No doubt you have planned an out-of-town vacation, but why not also treat yourself to some local R & R? You could be sipping a margarita poolside before you can say “airport security.” These luxurious resorts are ready and waiting, offering superior service, acclaimed dining, renowned spas and great summer rates.

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Summer Reads. part two

Whether it’s on a vacation to a remote locale or lazy days by the pool, these new page-turners will help you beat the heat.

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Out Of This World

We’re all familiar with iconic images seen ‘round our world; The Eiffel Tower overlooking Paris, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Christ the Redeemer atop Rio de Janeiro and The Great Wall of China, just to name a few. You’ve no doubt either visited these recognizable sites or have placed them at the top of your must-do travel itinerary. Well, here are six unique spots to add to your list that are downright whimsical and deserve your consideration.

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Yeohlee Teng – A Cut Above

Yeohlee Teng has been at the helm of her eponymous womenswear line for over 35 years. Keenly intelligent, soft spoken and remarkably down-to-earth, she approaches fashion from a design standpoint. Teng’s purpose is to clothe, enhance, engage, empower and entertain. Her requirements are that fashion have a function, adhere to a standard in aesthetics, be fun and, most of all, succeed as clothing. Teng accomplishes both checklists with ease.

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Summer Reads, part one

Whether it’s on a vacation to a remote locale or lazy days by the pool, these new page-turners will help you beat the heat.

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