Key to the Good Life: Host With the Most

With its roots entrenched in the art of hospitality, urbAna is more than a store – it’s four local destinations where entertaining meets elegance. “Our whole idea is that we are the first place you think of if you are hosting or being hosted,” said Ana Wells, who owns urbAna with her husband, Brian. We […]

Hot Designer Collab = Cool Looks for the Coyotes

If you are familiar with Doni Nahmias designs, you are likely a follower of uber-cool, emerging luxury fashion, an Arizona Coyotes hockey fan, or both. Or perhaps you stumbled upon the NAHMIAS brand after learning of the young designer’s inspiring story and his will to never give up. Regardless, the NAHMIAS brand and its genesis […]

Key to the Good Life: Traditions and Superstitions

Every year, people around the world celebrate Lunar New Year. Known as Spring Festival, it is the most important holiday in several Asian cultures and dates back at least 3,500 years. In 2024, Lunar New Year falls on Sat., Feb. 10, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on Feb. 24. Legend has it that […]

Key to the Good Life: Homemade for the Holidays

If you’ve ever built a gingerbread house with a child or prepared a holiday feast for family, you know that food is embued with emotion. Here, five Valley women share treasured holiday recipes that any home cook can make, with love. Erin Goodnow Creamy Mexican Chicken Casserole Erin Goodnow is the owner of Going Ivy, […]

Key to the Good Life: First Impressions

First impressions do matter. And with fall’s cooler weather, it’s a good bet you’ll be flinging your front door open more often. Fortunately, Traci Chandler, the owner of Oh, Sugar! Events + Paperie, shared some curb-boosting tips to put your best house forward. Fall Finesse A wreath is a timeless way to add style to […]

Key to the Good Life: Summer Lovin’

Turn up the heat with beach, mountain and cruise vacation styles   Waves for DaysVitamin SEA is always a good idea Gold Chain One-Piece | $275  Same Los Angeles, Daydream Sunglasses | $89  Muse Apparel, Phoenix White and Black Linen, Cashmere and Silk Knit T-Shirt | $1,500 Dior, Scottsdale Classic Awning Striped […]

Key to the Good Life: Spring into Self-Care

Experiences, tools and products to nourish mind, body and spirit For the Mind Ease into it – mindful experiences that soothe Find Your Flow Wellness Journal / $35  Papier, Sound Bath Meditation Classes  Group and private sessions; prices vary  Shanti Sound, The Witch Kit / $49 Small ceremonial smudging kit HOTWORX 24-Hour […]

Key to the Good Life: Gifts & Glitz

To Please a Lady These holiday picks will certainly delight   Gentleman’s Favorites  The perfect additions to a man’s routine   Kids Picks Destined to become daily favorites   Janod Big Cooker Reverso | $279.99 The Gift Shop at Children’s Museum of Phoenix Cooper Cowboy Doll and Clementine Cowgirl Doll | $48 each Arcadia […]

Art Out Loud: Mesa Arts Center Lives, Breathes and Grows in All Forms

By Zenobia Mertel, Contributing Writer A world-class cultural haven is living its mission out loud, showcasing an intersection of arts and community in the heart of downtown Mesa. Situated on a 7-acre campus, Mesa Arts Center welcomes more than 450,000 guests a year as the largest comprehensive arts campus in the Southwest.  Yet there’s more. The […]

Rejoice! Boyce! Visiting the Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Wondrous is the best word to describe the peaceful, well-manicured and extensive landscape of Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Wallace Desert Garden. Located 60 miles east of Phoenix on Route 60, BTA offers visitors an unmatched experience in an exceptional setting.  The arboretum was founded in 1924 by William Boyce Thompson, a mining magnate who recognized […]