Neighborhood fave, T.Cook's gets a new chef!

Neighborhood fave, T.Cook's gets a new chef!

T. Cook’s has been the go-to dining destination for more than two decades and Valley foodies have a whole new reason to visit now that Chef Alex Robinson has taken over as executive chef, bringing with him an exciting take on Mediterranean cuisine that combines his California sensibility with French techniques.

At 33, Chef Alex has worked in some of the country’s best five-star resort kitchens including The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago; Four Season Resort Jackson Hole, Four Seasons Hotel Denver, Four Seasons Hotel Boston and Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.

Spa Overview | Featuring The Phoenician

Spa Overview | Featuring The Phoenician

Other than the services, this beautiful spa (who recently went through an insane renovation) offers a sauna, steam, hot tub and resting room and obviously the gorgeous rooftop pool I mentioned earlier. I AM OBSESSED with this spa. I am going to be doing a full roundup of Phoenix spas asap, but I can tell you right now, this one is up there!

Packing for Napa

Packing for Napa

Napa is one of my favorite places to visit. And depending on what time of year it is, it’s so fun to pack for! I love visiting when the weather is on the warmer side, but not too warm! So, spring and fall end up being the perfect time for me to go. But even in the summer, the nights can be brisk. So I always recommend packing a layer or two. Soft, light and flowy sweaters are perfect for any time of year and can easily be taken off. Even though the weather is cold in the winter, it’s still NAPA and it’s still magical, just remember to pack accordingly.

I’ve put together a little packing guide so that you don’t forget a thing.

Resort Overview | Carneros Resort & Spa

Resort Overview | Carneros Resort & Spa

Carneros Resort and Spa is hands down, one of my favorite resorts in the valley. It is truly one of the “finer things in life”… the service and staff are incredible, the rooms and beds are luxurious, and mostly importantly, the food and wine are OUTSTANDING. Carneros is home to 100 cottages, suites, and residences. All surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and scenic vineyards.

Benihana “Be The Chef”

Benihana “Be The Chef”

I love to cook but honestly, I’m just not that great at it. My two worlds collided on this day when one of my very favorite restaurants taught me to cook their signature meal!

Women Supporting Women

Women Supporting Women

2018 was a big year for women. In a lot of ways, it may have been the best year in the history of women – ever. Last year brought increased attention to the Gender Gap in the workplace, breaking through the Glass Ceiling, pay inequality and of course, the #metoo movement. The result is that women continue to encompass more and more leadership roles within executive teams, company Boards and politics, there is a spotlight on unequal pay and there’s accountability and consequence for bad behavior from powerful people that abuse that power. Much of this attention focuses on men behaving badly and there’s no denying that it can be difficult as a woman to feel like you’re on a level playing field sometimes. When men behave badly in a professional setting, it can range from simply being over-patronizing to downright predatory. But in my opinion, there’s another issue at hand, one which can be just as damaging for women that isn’t often discussed because it’s, put simply, harder to pinpoint. And that is when women fail to support other women.

Overview | PALO VERDE SPA & APOTHECARY at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Overview | PALO VERDE SPA & APOTHECARY at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Early morning strolls through the grounds of the Andaz are necessary. It’s so peaceful with beautiful 360 views of various mountains and desert terrain, it makes for a tranquil little exercise!

Spa Overview | Featuring Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

Spa Overview | Featuring Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

Right down the road from my house is a very relaxing place nestled within Camelback Mountain called Sanctuary Resort. It is truly an experience of a higher level of luxury and glorious renewal… and no doubt lives up to its name, Sanctuary. This beautiful Scottsdale luxury resort begs to you let go and reconnect to yourself. Something I’ve been having trouble finding lately.

"Influencer"

"Influencer"

I truly think it’s amazing when people open themselves up for the greater good. They share their whole body, mind and soul with you knowing you can take it and do whatever you want with it. These people are saints. They want change and I think that’s fantastic. Honestly, I love it. Stretch marks, mental health, underweight, overweight. Share TF out of that guys. It’s important. I, too, share my struggles, the ones I want to share and how I want to share them. God knows this year has been the hardest one of my life. There are times that I literally scream and cry. And this is how I choose to share that, by telling you later. When I feel stronger. 

Hotel Overview | Featuring Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Hotel Overview | Featuring Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

We recently had the luxury of staying at Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and it was such a DREAM. Half Moon Bay is a small city on the California coast and is a total dream for nature lovers. The coastline has lots of paths for hiking and biking and the water is great for surfing and boating.

Hotel Overview | Featuring Hotel Yountville

Hotel Overview | Featuring Hotel Yountville

This past week my little family and I got to spend some time at Hotel Yountville and it was so amazing. We really had the best time exploring the area and spending time together. The hotel is tucked away in in the heart of Napa Valley. We had the most breathtaking views of Wine Country. I mean, we were definitely in the most prime location, we were surrounded by more than 400 wineries. It was so hard to leave.

Last Minute Christmas Gifts That Will Arrive By Christmas!

Last Minute Christmas Gifts That Will Arrive By Christmas!

Anyone else finding it hard to believe that Christmas is only 4 days away?? This year has totally flown by.

Well, for all of you last minute shoppers out there... I've put together a few last minute gift guides! All of these gift ideas will arrive by Christmas so long as you order by the end of today, 12/21!

Spa Overview | Featuring Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Spa Overview | Featuring Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

If you guys have been following along on Instagram then you probably saw that I recently had the most luxurious spa day at Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess here in Arizona.

Spa Overview | Featuring Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Spa Overview | Featuring Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa

I recently got the chance to be completely pampered at the luxurious Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa here in Phoenix. Royal Palms is nestled at the base of Arizona's Camelback Mountain, between downtown Scottsdale and the Biltmore corridor, and is only 7 miles from Phoenix International airport.

Hotel Overview | Featuring Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa

Hotel Overview | Featuring Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa

This past weekend we got to stay at one of our favorite resorts, Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona. We love visiting Sedona, especially during this time of year. It was a much needed getaway for our family. We definitely all came back feeling refreshed.