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August 14, 2018

Last week I enjoyed an amazing one night stay at Mountain Shadows and had an INCREDIBLE time!

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In case you don’t know about this beautiful resort, here goes:

Mountain Shadows is in the heart of Paradise Valley, Arizona, right between Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain. The original Mountain Shadows Resort opened in January of 1959 and earned its namesake because of the amazing silhouettes cast by Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain every afternoon. There is wonderful history sprinkled throughout this beautifully renovated Icon and the friendly staff is proud to share historical and current details. The original resort welcomed celebrities, locals and international travelers, which is still the case today! The grounds are beautiful and the architecture is mid-century modernism with a contemporary design. Every detail is well thought out and absolutely stunning.

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Imagine my surprise when my room key opened to the beautiful Presidential Suite with the most amazing views of Camelback Mountain and an oversized wrap around balcony with plenty of comfortable seating!

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I enjoyed the serenity of the suite, a gorgeous sunset from the balcony and honestly did not want to leave for dinner at Hearth ’61 downstairs!

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A little more Mountain Shadows history: In 1961, Paradise Valley, Arizona officially became an incorporated town. Residents of Paradise Valley (or PV to the locals) have always been very proud of their town’s quality of life. Hearth ’61 honors the town’s origins with its special name. I love that!

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Walking into Hearth ’61 is a unique experience. It’s a sleek, Open Kitchen (always entertaining to watch incredible dishes being prepared right before you) a Living Room and Bar. Our dinner was prepared perfectly and every dish was incredibly delicious.

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After dinner, I slipped off to my amazing and comfortable (Presidential!) Suite, where I slept like a baby. The bed was so comfortable, with the softest top quality bedding and the bathroom had my every exquisite, pampering detail fulfilled.

The next morning I enjoyed a light breakfast in the suite and soaked in the balcony views before checking out. I can’t wait to return and am so happy this is close to home – such a wonderful escape!

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Here are some specials Mountain Shadows has going on right now:


  • Arizona residents can enjoy a fee-free stay starting from $119 on select dates, now through August 31. Enjoy a modern guestroom with the $32 resort fee waived (requires deposit of one night’s room and tax).


  • Save up to 20% off the prevailing rate when booking suites. Requires a non-refundable deposit of 1 night’s room and tax at time of booking. Must be booked within 14 days of arrival. Reservation cannot be canceled or modified without penalty.


  • Book two nights and they will include a third night free. Requires deposit of one night’s room and tax | cannot be changed, canceled or combined with other offers | 3rd consecutive night only


  • Check-in and enjoy unlimited rounds of golf at The Short Course during your stay, along with complimentary Ping rental clubs. Available now to August 31. Please reserve tee times at time of booking to guarantee availability


  • Start the day right with breakfast in Hearth ’61 or Rusty’s after a restful night’s sleep. Includes a maximum $20 breakfast credit per registered adult, per night. Excludes room service orders. Gratuities and alcohol excluded. Cannot be combined with other offers. Subject to availability, some blackout dates apply.


  • Save 15% on your stay when you pre-pay. Requires full pre-payment of room and tax at time of booking. Reservation cannot be changed or canceled and is non-refundable. Based on prevailing rates. Not valid with any other offer. Blackout dates apply.

*Thank you Mountain Shadows for sponsoring this post


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July 16, 2018

Last weekend I did a staycation at Royal Palms Resort & Spa which is nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain with beautiful cobblestone pathways winding throughout the property. Every inch of Royal Palms is thought out, they pay exceptional attention to detail. There are only 119 rooms, casitas and villas at Royal Palms making it extremely romantic, feeling like you have stepped into an enchanting Mediterranean escape.

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Entering valet we were greeted and welcomed with champagne. Checking in was quick and easy, and we were escorted to our room by a very nice bellman. The resort provides three employees for every guest and a Conference Services Manager for each group. The staff is highly trained in gracious service, attention to detail and flexibility.

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A little bit of history on Royal Palms, Royal Palms offers guests the rare opportunity to enjoy rich amenities of a Resort all within the walls of a storied estate.

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The Estate’s rich history dates back to 1929 as the winter home of Delos Willard Cooke, a New York industrialist and financier, his wife Florence, and son, Chauncey. Read more about their story here.

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That night we enjoyed a candlelit dinner at T.Cooks. It was too hot to sit outside but would be such a great experience with Camelback Mountain views and inviting fireplaces in the fall and winter. T. Cook’s has received the highest restaurant ratings from both national food critics and local Phoenix, Arizona foodies for its select seasonal dishes, organic specialties and elegant surrounding; creating an experience where guests “choose their adventure” whether it be a classic three course meal or a sampling of tastes and platters amongst the group.

Nestled within a den of rich earthen colors, high-vaulted ceilings and panoramic views, the timeless T. Cook’s offers unparalleled ambiance for a Phoenix, Arizona restaurant. Mimicking the Mediterranean architecture and atmosphere of the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. With ingredients hand selected by Executive Chef Todd Allison, their award-winning chefs create tempting menus featuring a wide variety of intriguing dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.

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The next morning I took my time before heading to the Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort – where I would be having a wonderful deep tissue massage! The Alvadora Spa has eight treatment rooms which are steeped in Mediterranean beauty, and many spill into private indoor-outdoor courtyards. Recently honored with the 2018 Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Award.

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Royal Palms Resort was such a great escape and a step into a Spanish Meditteranean world! Offering romantic getaways to the ALVADORA SPA, a full-service salon, Fitness centre, whirlpool spa, swimming pool, private cabana services, poolside cafe offering a variety of your favorite poolside fare, and world class dining at T. COOK’S AND THE MIX UP BAR – Royal Palms is a magical place.

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*Thank you Royal Palms Resort & Spa for sponsoring this post*

Here are some great specials that are going on Royal Palms now:

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From now through Aug. 31, Alvadora is offering:

Summer Spa Deal for Arizona Residents (Available Mondays through Thursdays)

20 percent off all spa treatments.

Must show proof of Arizona residency.

Alvadora Custom Scrub ($125, 50 min., Available Daily)

This full-body exfoliation leaves the skin feeling refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated. Choose from Neroli Sugar Scrub or Turquoise Sage Salt Scrub.

Alvadora Custom Massage ($125, 50 min., Available Daily)

This massage uses various pressure and techniques customized to fit your specific needs. Upon request, aromatherapy can be added to enhance the spa experience.

Alvadora Custom Facial ($125, 50 min., Available Daily)

The perfect facial personalized for a one-of-a-kind experience whether the skin needs a hydrating, clarifying, rejuvenating or calming treatment.

Summer specials cannot be combined with other discounts, promotions or special offers. To book an Alvadora Spa experience, visit www.royalpalmshotel.com or call 602-977-6400.

From now through Sept. 20, guests can enjoy the lowest rates of the year starting from $179/night, which is up to 65 percent off high season rates of $499/night.

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Royal Summer Retreat

Starting from $229 per night

Includes $50 T. Cook’s dinner credit, resort fee and parking (over $100 value).

Valid Stay Dates: May 16 – Sept. 20

2-night minimum length of stay.

Booking Code: RPSUM


*Offer subject to availability. Two-night length of stay required. Cannot be combined with other special offers, discounts or group room rates. T. Cook’s dining credit valid for dinner only. Package components cannot be redeemed for cash or credit if not used. Offer is nonrefundable and non-transferable. Blackout dates apply.

Arizona Residents Offer

Up to 25% off our Best Available Rate (starting from $179 per night)

Stay 1 or 2 nights, receive 15% off

Stay 3 or more nights, receive 25% off

Must show valid Arizona driver’s license upon check in

Booking Code:  AZRES (for 1 or 2 nights). AZRES1 (for 3 or more nights).

Valid Stay Dates: May 16 – Sept. 20


*Offer subject to availability. Cannot be combined with other special offers, discounts or group room rates. Offer is nonrefundable and non-transferable. Blackout dates apply.

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July 10, 2018

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pantene. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hey everyone, as you may have noticed I’ve been super busy this summer traveling to some really beautiful and far away beach destinations. As much as I adore everything about traveling to the beach (salt water, tropical breezes, white sands and the natural beauty) these very things can easily wreak havoc on my locks. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to become a “Fashion Don’t” and lose confidence if your hair isn’t looking its best and let’s not even mention the take away travel photos! This is where Pantene comes to the rescue!

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Being a beauty, fashion and travel blogger, I need to make sure that during (and after!) all seaside adventures, my hair looks healthy, shiny and feels great. Sometimes in the past, this has been a challenge!

I honestly believe this incredible new hair care line has saved my hair this summer! While at first glance, it might seem unusual that activated charcoal is a main ingredient, the surprise is that the charcoal is what helps creates the hair magic! This amazing product line consists of a fantastic shampoo and conditioner, which makes my hair care packing a breeze.

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Side note: Pantene has always focused on healthy, beautiful hair for all and since the discovery of the benefits of pro-vitamin B5 in the 1940’s, their scientists have studied all hair types to constantly uncover the nutrients hair needs to be healthier and more beautiful, inside and out. Pantene is a proven longstanding and trusted company that really cares about everyone’s hair!

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So, about Pantene’s Charcoal Collection: this shampoo and conditioner contains Pro-V nutrient blends, which improve hair’s health from the inside out. I’ve never really thought about this, but unlike skin, hair does not have a built-in purification system. If we go three or more days without washing – well, this is when scalp oils, styling products, dry shampoo and dirt build up. Sometimes this build up can result in hair gaining 4% of its own weight and this is NOT what I want for my hair!

Pantene’s latest collection addresses this hair challenge by using activated charcoal (a purifying ingredient!) that is regularly used in health and beauty products – to detox hair by actually attracting impurities like a magnet (I love this!) all while releasing antioxidants to help hair look refreshed and clean with renewed body and shine. I told you, the activated charcoal is the starring ingredient!

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Here is a more in-depth description of these products.

Pantene Charcoal Collection Shampoo: A purifying, nutrient-infused shampoo with a Pro-V blend of activated charcoal, pro-vitamin B5, antioxidants and is free of silicone, parabens and dyes. The activated charcoal cleanses your hair and scalp to help remove dirt and impurities. For women with an oily scalp, this product helps to reset the balance leaving hair refreshed.
Pantene Charcoal Collection Conditioner: A renewing cream rinse that is also Pantene’s first ever silicone-free conditioner that rinses out quickly, leaving the ultimate clean-feel for renewed fullness and shine. This nutrient-rich, lightweight conditioner is also free of parabens, dyes and contains pro-vitamin B5, along with activated charcoal and antioxidants. Using this particular conditioner after shampooing is highly recommended for best hair results.
Another huge plus is that these two products smell AMAZING, very fresh and clean! Trust me, you will love them!

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I believe that when your hair looks and feels great, it adds personal confidence and helps you feel unstoppable in all you do.

The new Pantene Charcoal Collection will be available for purchase at Target in mid-July. That’s coming up!

Thank you Pantene for sponsoring this post