Mindset

Presents to buy, meals to cook, parties to plan, family to see, airports to travel in, runny noses to wipe… the list goes on. 

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Around Town

On November 18, the 58th annual Heart Ball welcomed a sold-out crowd of over 800 attendees. Held at The Phoenician Resort, the black-tie event was themed Infinite Hearts in recognition of the infinite possibilities for healing.

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Design

When it comes to Christmas, no city does it better than New York. During the holiday season, the town sparkles and everything seems magical. Window shopping is irresistible with displays that are a testament to the creative vision and painstaking effort put forth by retailers. Here are some of the engaging examples now on view. 

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The Arts

Forget the traffic jams, the long lines at the malls, the endless wrapping, decorating and cooking. Instead, get back to basics this holiday season with music, dance, singing and laughter. Guaranteed to get you in the spirit, here are some things to see and do around town.

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Fashion

Saks Fifth Avenue’s most talented tastemakers have let AZL in on the must-have fashion trends for men this fall. These style experts recommend well-considered investment pieces to build on the basics that most gents already have in their closet. 

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The Arts

A groundbreaking and unprecedented retrospective of seminal Italian-born American artist and architect Paolo Soleri is now on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

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Around Town

The Heard Museum hosted its annual fundraiser, Moondance, on October 28. The evening celebrated the Museum’s gallery expansion completed in the past year as well as honoring Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday.

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Escapes

It’s a four-day weekend.  Who says you have to spend it prepping, cooking, baking and cleaning?  This year for Thanksgiving, start a new tradition and head out of town.  Here are five great destinations that will let you enjoy the holiday and give thanks for a well-deserved break.

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Profile

For nearly 25 years Richard Laugharn has been designing exquisitely beautiful frames in his workshop at Fine Art Framing. The Tempe-based company, which Laugharn founded in 1993, has built a national reputation for its custom frames that combine traditional craftsmanship with modern design and the highest conservation standards. His clients include artists, collectors, galleries and museums throughout the country.

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The Arts

Tosca is the quintessential opera, with all the best characteristics of this larger-than-life art form: passionate but tender love, jealousy, betrayal, evil lust, noble self-sacrifice, torture, death and heart-wrenchingly beautiful music.

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Save The Date

The Independent Woman Luncheon has become one of the premier philanthropic events in the Valley, celebrating the contributions of creative, successful women as they support the arts and educational programming at Phoenix Art Museum. In years past, the event has featured high profile speakers like interior design legend Alexa Hampton, HGTV star Sarah Richardson and tastemaker Carolyne Roehm.

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Fashion

Working for Barneys New York can sometimes leave one in the odd predicament of actually having too much good stuff to choose from. In what might be one of the most challenging stories of all time, we pressed five of our merchants to make and share the tough decision of which designer handbag they choose to buy for themselves this fall. Bags were scooped up by the handful for deliberation, but only one each was allowed to make the cut for our shoot. Read on to find out which bags are swinging from these extra-discerning shoppers’ arms this season.

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Mindset

With Thanksgiving just three weeks away, holiday 2017 has just begun. Holidays mean “more” for everyone. More family and friends, more food and wine, more shopping and celebrating, more decorating and entertaining – all wonderful, exciting things according to the songs, movies and books of the season. But with that, comes more stress. 

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Around Town

On October 14, more than 600 Valley philanthropists, leaders and supporters of the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo gathered for an unforgettable evening at Rendez-Zoo, An Evening of Conservation and Cuisine.

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Fashion

Originally created to provide protection from the elements, boots have become a fashion staple. Ever since Parisian couturier André Courrèges created the Go-Go boot in the ‘60s, we were sold. A good pair of boots is a wardrobe investment, able to ground any look. A great pair goes one step further, making a bold fashion statement of its own. Here are five groupings to complement your fall 2017 wardrobe.

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The Arts

The first mid-career survey of Sheila Pepe, an under-recognized artist best known for her immersive crocheted structures, is currently on view at Phoenix Art Museum. Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism reflects on the artist’s remarkable body of work to date, with a focus on the artist’s engagement with feminist and craft traditions that counter our notions of recognized or accepted forms of art-making. Because Pepe’s works are often site-dependent and site-responsive, they pose a critical challenge to traditional boundaries of museum display, an essential feature of her sculptural practice.

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Around Town

The 58th annual Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon was held recently at the Phoenician Resort in the Camelback Ballroom.  The traditional fall gathering of Heart Ball Committee members and guests featured the first glimpse of the Heart Ball invitation, official committee photos and a festive luncheon. 

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Fashion

The final installment of our three-part series on the Fall 2017 runway collections, here are the last four design houses for your consideration: Alexander McQueen, Akris, Derek Lam and Co. Each label has created fresh, innovative pieces that may be an excellent addition to update your existing wardrobe.

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Giving Back

Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure celebrated its 19th anniversary on October 6 with fabulous fashion and a Friends and Family shopping opportunity to support cancer research. Many of the Valley’s best-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 mimosas and enjoy a fashion show featuring the ETRO Fall Collection 2017. Also, each guest received a stylish pillow courtesy of ETRO and a lip and cheek color pencil from partner Trish McEvoy.

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