Giving Back

Want to make a difference this holiday season? With over 150 Valley nonprofits championing worthwhile causes, one of the best ways to support our community is to give of yourself. Taking the time from your busy schedule to volunteer will be greatly appreciated. At random, we’ve selected some of the many organizations that will be grateful for your help.

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Entertainment

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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Shop Talk

From a family-run atelier in Rome to an iconic global brand, FENDI represents impeccable craftsmanship and superior creativity. To fully appreciate the handbags and accessories, visit the newly-redesigned FENDI Boutique located in Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park.

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Fashion

The ultimate in self-expression, each of these little luxuries has been selected because it resonates on a personal level, capturing someone’s spirit and style. Find the perfect match for each of the nine personalities identified right here.

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Holiday

First introduced in the 19th century, an advent calendar was used to mark the 24 days prior to Christmas. As a child I remember the countdown; each day, beginning on the first of December, I’d peel open one flap on the 25-day calendar and retrieve a chocolate. I could barely contain my excitement knowing that the best holiday on the planet was one day closer. After falling into obscurity, advent calendars have made a comeback. Appealing to all ages, the selections now include European chocolates, exotic fragrances, rare teas, luxe beauty products and even socks. Here are some of our favorites.

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Escapes

Travel has become more than just an enjoyable getaway, but a means by which to explore one’s interests and passions. Why and where we choose to visit varies from person to person. From history and cuisine to discovering the world’s best beaches and unique hotels, these are motivators that come up frequently. But recently, there has been increased interest to travel for the visual arts.

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Shop Talk

If you’re lucky enough to score an invitation for a holiday dinner party, the rules are really simple. Be charming, dress appropriately, don’t talk with your mouth full, offer to help in the kitchen — and come bearing gifts. Here are eight gift suggestions guaranteed to get you invited to all future get-togethers.

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Around Town

More than 1,000 Valley philanthropists, leaders and supporters of the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo gathered on October 5 for an unforgettable outdoor celebration. In keeping with this year’s theme, ZooFari: An Island Soirée, guests traded in their gowns and black ties for tropical-chic attire.

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Community

It’s mid-October and the desert temps finally have begun to cool down. The night air is crisp, pumpkins are everywhere and in everything and seasonal activities, festivals and events are happening all around the Valley. To usher in Fall, here are some ways to get into an autumn mindset.

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Escapes

From the grand to the obscure, many countries celebrate the fall season. Across cultures and continents, the festivities often include themes of light, color and food. The nature of many of these festivals is rooted in the ancient world, when the harvest was of central importance.

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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

Art lovers, mark October 25 on your calendar. That’s the day Scottsdale Public Art’s Local Light will begin to place light-based installations in Old Town and a larger-then-life rabbit sculpture will be dedicated at its permanent home on Marshall Way.

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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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