Health

Brace yourselves…October signals the official start of weight gain season and it has come bearing no mercy. By now we’re all too familiar with the stereotypical weigh-gain pattern of the holiday season, that’s old news. What is unknown is why it needs to be that way. People tend to gain around seven pounds each holiday season, a staggering fact attributable to several factors.

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Fashion

Continuing our three-part series on the Fall 2017 runway collections, here are four additional design houses for your consideration: Prada, Altuzarra, Carolina Herrera and Stella McCartney. Each has managed to deliver exciting new fashion pieces while remaining immediately recognizable to their signature style.

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The Arts

Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon from the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection is now on view in the new Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery at Heard Museum. One of the most significant Native American artists of the 20th century, T.C. Cannon’s multifaceted works continue to resonate almost 40 years after his passing.

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Entertainment

These days you can’t walk into a restaurant, checkout line or elevator without being bombarded by sports. From scores, news and stats to the latest athletic exploits, the world of sports has encroached upon our everyday existence whether we like it or not. If you’ve got more than a passing interest in this field, you’ll understand these phrases already, but, if you’re like the rest of us, and you think a “charge” only comes into play when it’s related to credit cards, read on.  

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Community

Before there was Rendez-Zoo, there was ZooFari. The original black-tie fundraiser for the Phoenix Zoo invited guests to roam the trails, stopping at various spots along the way to enjoy food, cocktails and music. Many took the fun to an elevated level and embellished formal attire appeared; tuxedos, each with a tail, were spotted among animal print dresses.

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Fashion

There’s something about fall fashion that draws me in every time. It’s when the A-list designers pull out all the stops, creating new looks presented in new ways. The term “trends” sends a shiver down my spine, knowing that in the blink of the eye what’s “in” will be “out.” I prefer to review all the exciting options, then select items that will refresh my existing wardrobe while staying true to my personal style.

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Mindset

Our bodies are a biological miracle of balance engaged in a constant search for homeostasis or internal equilibrium. But when we apply the concept of “balance” to the entirety of our lives, what does it mean? A sense of inner peace and calm? Contentment with the moment? Feeling harmonious with our environment? Whatever it signifies for you, balance is essential for functioning at our full potential. Like dancers or athletes, we all continually move in and out of balance throughout our years. How smoothly we make those transitions can vary.

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Datebook

It may be October, but in the Valley it doesn’t look or feel like fall. While we’re waiting for the temps to cool down, here are some ways to get into an autumn mindset.

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Community

On August 19, more than 300 guests attended Valley Youth Theatre’s ( VYT) annual fundraiser, VYTal Affair. The themed event, Soirée in the Swamp, was chosen to complement the company’s opening production of the 2017/2018 season, Shrek The Musical.  

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Beauty

It used to be that a facial mask was only available in the privacy of an exclusive spa. After cleansing, skin analysis, steaming, exfoliation, extraction and massage, the aesthetician would whip up a recipe suited to treat the client’s specific skin condition. 

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The Arts

Now on view at Phoenix art Museum, Infinite Light can only be described as a visual poem in the form of a long, single sentence. Narrating the sequence of photographs is a rich, varied intonation of color that, as it flows, unfurls in the colors of the Tibetan prayer flags. Emanating from views of monks, holy spaces, nature and art, the deep blues and purples of twilight skies swell and burst into saturated, pulsating reds before they melt into soft, leafy greens and rich golden-yellows. The colors ebb and flow in the rarified mountain air, and in their totality come to compose a unified poetic expression, a visual love letter to Tibet.

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The Arts

Forgotten for centuries after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and then rediscovered over 250 years ago, POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION features nearly 200 artifacts, including frescoes, mosaics and precious items belonging to the residents of ancient Pompeii.

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Health

Thanks to leading specialty store Saks Fifth Avenue, wearing glasses has never been more fashionable. So when Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park opened its new optical boutique last month, I jumped at the chance to schedule an appointment.

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Fashion

With a nonstop Fashion Month schedule approaching, Barneys tapped five international style experts to make the “what-to-wear” aspect of the next few weeks a breeze.

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Community

Saks Fifth Avenue has teamed up with Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) for the 2017 Key To The Cure campaign. Now in its 19th year, Key To The Cure is Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual fundraising and charitable initiative to fight cancer. This year, Women’s Cancer Research Ambassador Jennifer Lopez will act as the face of the campaign, and Missoni will design the exclusive, limited edition t-shirt.

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Fashion

Manolo Blahnik opened his first shoe store in 1973 on Old Church Street in the fashionable Chelsea district of London, where it remains today. With a unique sense of precision and proportion, the Manolo Blahnik signature style is easily recognizable: the spindly heel that flares subtly at the base and the elongated pointy toe, with its ever-so-slightly rounded tip.

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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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Design

It’s a common tale told by homeowners living in areas punctuated by dramatic terrain. When asked what drove the decision to purchase a particular property, they respond “the views.” And that is just what happened when a couple checked out this residence in 2012. In the market for a larger second home and nature lovers, they were immediately captivated by the lot’s expansive views of Camelback and Mummy Mountains.

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Giving Back

The Board of Visitors, Arizona’s oldest women’s charitable organization, has been raising funds for more than 100 years to support nonprofits in the greater Phoenix community that serve the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly.

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