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October 19, 2017

Last weekend I enjoyed an amazing overnight staycation at the newly renovated Mountain Shadows and had an INCREDIBLE time!

For starters regarding my wonderful getaway, please consider that Mountain Shadows literally stands at the heart of Paradise Valley, Arizona, between Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain. We always hear location, location, location. Well, Mountain Shadows location is absolutely PERFECT and beautiful!

I also must share some Mountain Shadows unique history. The original Mountain Shadows Resort opened in January of 1959 and earned its namesake because of  the amazing silhouettes cast by Camelback and Mummy Mountains every afternoon. Still happening today! There is wonderful history sprinkled throughout this beautifully renovated Icon and the staff is very proud to share historical and current details. The original resort welcomed celebrities, locals and international travelers, which is still the case today!

I was so excited to see the sleek renovations up close, that I requested a brief tour of the beautiful property. There is so much to take in, like two 75′ pools with the most stunning views of Camelback Mountain!  The grounds are sensational and the architecture is mid-century modernism with a contemporary design. Every detail is stunning.

When I  checked into my stylish mid-century guest room retreat, if I hadn’t made plans I would have loved to stay there all night! However I decided a little relaxation next to one of the serene pools was in order. Ok, so seriously, the  pool really does have the most amazing views of Camelback Mountain. I relaxed, enjoyed a specialty cocktail and watched Camelback Mountain change colors as the afternoon went on. This really is something everyone should experience at least once! SO Gorgeous!

A little later, I headed back to my amazing room again to prepare for dinner. I was so relaxed and happy when I headed out for an highly anticipated dinner at Hearth ’61. Ok, more of your history lesson darlings: 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!

Walking into Hearth ’61 is a unique experience. It’s an Open Kitchen with a sleek exhibition kitchen (always entertaining to see incredible dishes being prepared right before you) Living Room and Bar. Renowned Chef Charles Wiley did not disappoint us! First we all shared creative, small plates.

We sampled one another’s delicious choices and everything was perfectly paired with crafted cocktails. I thoroughly enjoyed the Two Wash Ranch Organic Half Chicken and my dinner companion loved the Niman Ranch tenderloin of beef. We were in heaven!

A little later, I slipped off to my amazing and comfortable retreat, where I slept like a baby. The bed was so comfortable, with the softest top quality bedding. The bathroom was light and bright with every exquisite pampering detail fulfilled.

I enjoyed a light breakfast from room service in the morning and soaked in the serene views before checking out. Heading to the front desk, I noticed they had a yoga class happening on the lawn. I can’t wait to return to try this and so many other fun happenings, which residents can participate in!

Right now,  Mountain Shadows has a few great things happening for you (your friends, me, my friends, family, etc!)!

There is the Grand Opening Package where you can take advantage of their celebratory guest room rates to complete the grand opening experience. You’ll save 20% off the prevailing room rate, receive $100 resort credit, welcome amenity, and daily breakfast for two! Sounds so great, I may have return soon! Cancellation of reservation must be 48 hours prior to 4 p.m. on day of arrival (local hotel time) to avoid penalty charges or forfeiture of deposit. Reservation must be guaranteed with a credit card. Valid for reservations between November 1 – December 30, 2017

DO THIS! I promise you won’t be sorry! : )

More fun facts– there are incredible happy hour weekdays from 3-6pm at Hearth ’61… Free Flow nights every Thursday at 6pm…Starlight Cycle starts on Oct 20th, there’s great live music, a fun class called Paddle into the Sunset and SO much more! Be sure check out all of Mountain Shadows Fall Events here.

If you don’t have time for a fun overnight staycation like mine, I seriously encourage you to just stop by, check the stunning architecture out, possibly have lunch, a cocktail and soak in the stunning experience of Mountain Shadows!

I loved every detail and thank Mountain Shadows for hosting me so graciously!

xo

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October 12, 2017

I was invited to a private cocktail party recently and wanted to wear something beautiful (don’t we all?) so I chose a black romper with an overskirt (great look this fall) and heels. With any evening look, the accessories are the final touch that make or break an outfit. I decided to wear only two pieces of jewelry to keep my look elegantly simple.

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September 7, 2017

I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own.

I am SOOO excited right now because… IT’S FINALLY TIME FOR 2017 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK!! I arrived in the city last night and if you can’t tell, I’ve been looking forward to this exciting event for the past year! There is so much going on, so much to see and do, that honestly, I’m a little overwhelmed.

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In order to focus, focus, focus, I’ll begin with the planned first steps of my long awaited trip (no pun intended).

Fact: I will be walking all around The Big Apple every day (and night) for the next week. I’ll be attending amazing shows, fabulous parties and visiting incredible show rooms. So while I want to be super stylish, I also want to be comfortable and able to smile from morning until night. (So important with my many upcoming client meetings and first impressions!)

Ok, so here’s my secret weapon. I use Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step High Heel Relief Insoles and Extended Comfort Insoles for Flats (because they work)! These insoles really provide me with all-day comfort. For those of you who are true Shoe Fashionistas, you understand this means I can now wear my most stylish heels and flats longer without that dreaded foot pain!

Total score!

Before I took off on my exciting trip, I went to my local Target to stock up on my travel needs. First on my list were the new Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step Insoles (MOST IMPORTANT)! I easily found the Dr. Scholl’s section by the footcare aisle, near the pharmacy. With these incredible products, I no longer have to sacrifice comfort for glamour.

Now a little bit of educational information about the insoles and inserts I bought for “THE TRIP” and why they work!

First off, I chose the Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step High Heel Relief Insoles because they give all day comfort (and relief) when I’m wearing fabulous heels that are 2 inches high or over. Their ultra-soft gel arch actually takes the pressure off the ball of your foot! These insoles are specifically designed to rebalance your foot, helping to relieve the pain caused from high heels. I will be wearing these insoles every day this next week while striding around New York City! Before discovering this great secret, I ALWAYS used to get terrible foot pain after a short time in any heels, sound familiar? Now there is no more hobbling and grimacing for this Bubbly Blonde while trying to be fashionable!

Truth: I actually consider these insoles to be one of my greatest Beauty Secrets.

This week, when I’m not in my heels (or hotel slippers!) I will be wearing darling flats fitted with Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step Extended Comfort Insoles for Flats. These amazing insoles provide non-stop comfort and support for 16 hours and also provide superior shock absorption and cushioning. They are specifically designed for flats, work shoes, casual shoes and sneakers (I keep these in my sneakers at all times for extra support while working out!). So over the next few days in NY, when I “cheat” on my sky-high heels, I will be wearing my (now super comfortable) flats with a genuine smile on my face.

If you don’t want a full length insole, a great item to consider from Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step line is the Ball of Foot Cushions for High Heels. These smaller cushions pinpoint high heel foot pain and relieve the ball of foot pain caused by high heels. These magical little babies also provide cushioning, absorb shock for all day comfort and prevent your toes from scrunching, while also keeping your feet from sliding forward. Who knew?!

I’m so happy to share one of my best fashion secrets with you and believe that if you try these amazing products, you will love your high heels or flats like never before! When you see my posts this week about New York Fashion Week, you’ll know the amazing little beauty secret tucked inside my shoes!

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Why not look fabulous and be comfortable too? This combination works for me!

*Available in Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step Line are: High Heel Relief insoles, Ball of Foot Cushions for High Heels, Clear Cushioning Insoles for Flats, Extended Comfort Insoles for Flats, Hidden Arch Support for Flats and Gel Heel Liners. Right now you can also get 10% off using the Cartwheel app! Find out more here.

xo