Girls Staycay | Featuring The Andaz Scottsdale

Girls Staycay | Featuring The Andaz Scottsdale

The Andaz Scottsdale is such a sweet little place. Nestled close to one of Arizona’s most well-known mountains, it has unparalleled views of some of natures best work.

Girls Staycay | Featuring The Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Girls Staycay | Featuring The Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Mckenna and I decided on the Royal Palms in Phoenix for our little girls staycay. There are so many beautiful resorts in the area, but we especially love Royal Palms because of how beautiful it is. It’s so charming and quaint, it literally feels like you’re in Europe! I honestly forget that I’m still in Arizona, and I really don’t live far from the resort.

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!

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!

Health Conscious Phoenix/Scottsdale Food Guide

Health Conscious Phoenix/Scottsdale Food Guide

When I had to leave my green-juice-filled, walks on the beach, endless restaurant options happy state of mind, to come to the desert, I was worried about many things. But one of my main concerns was what the hell I am I going to eat in ARIZONA….

Fast forward three years later and I can personally vouch for this dry, unfairly hot, desert town. There are some great spots all over the valley that keep me full, happy, and healthy. There are so many great options that fill my body, soul, and Instagram feed.

Launching Bumble Bizz at Olive & Ivy

Launching Bumble Bizz at Olive & Ivy

Hey guys!  I’m excited to announce that Bumble has done it again and they are releasing a new part of their app called Bumble Bizz. Bumble Bizz specializes in allowing users to make business connections. I think this is so cool, especially because Bizz is staying true to Bumble’s roots. Just like the dating service Bumble offers, women make the first move. Bumble is continuing to put women in the power seat.

Restaurant Overview | Featuring ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

Restaurant Overview | Featuring ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

I recently partnered with BumbleBFF and Hotel Valley Ho to host a girls staycation in Scottsdale, Arizona.  As a part of the staycation Hotel Valley Ho hosted us for a dinner and brunch over the course of our stay at their restaurant, ZuZu. Which offers a modern twist on classic fare. The restaurant had such a nice ambiance that features live music on Friday and Saturday evenings that gave all the good vibes throughout the night.

Hotel Overview | Featuring Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Overview | Featuring Hotel Valley Ho

Who doesn’t love a good staycation?? I know I do, and Hotel Valley Ho knows how to do it right! Hotel Valley Ho is mid-century modern and contemporary hotel located in Downtown Scottsdale, Arizona. It is such an interesting hotel because of its unique architectural design and historical roots. John B. Mills, Robert Foehl and his wife Evelyn, opened the hotel way back in 1956 and built the hotel with the belief that “the important thing is to make your guest feel wanted” and from experience I can tell you that they still take that belief seriously today!

Bumble BFF Queen Bee

Bumble BFF Queen Bee

Hey everyone! In case you haven't heard, I recently took on a role with Bumble & BumbleBFF as their Phoenix Bumble Queen Bee! This is SO exciting because BumbleBFF stands for so much that I believe in. They are all about women empowering other women and helping women build a hive of ladies to take over the world!

Tucson 23 | Featuring JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

Tucson 23 | Featuring JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

This past weekend we made a little trip out to Tucson for some of the world's best Mexican food. We let the JW Marriott Starr Pass spoil us a little, and we stuffed ourself every hour on the hour with delicious food!

Did you know thatTucson is home to the most authentic Mexican food north of the border?? Most of these restaurants are found found within a 23-mile area that includes the City of South Tucson, downtown and lower midtown. At these restaurants (many are actually family-owned and decades old) the settings are casual and ingredients are fresh. And most have been around a VERY long time.  

Date Weekend | Featuring JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Date Weekend | Featuring JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Last week we had a "date weekend" at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. We were LONG overdo for some down time, and a "date NIGHT" just wouldn't suffice. This property SCREAMS romance. Think: desert meets Old Hollywood. I love an environment that allows you to wear your Yoga pants OR dress to the nines! Either one will do. 

Lincoln + Bar 1936 | JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Lincoln + Bar 1936 | JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Yesterday I attended a fabulous (by any foodie standards) event at the JW Marriott Resort. It's literally just a couple of miles from my home, but it feels like a vacation the minute you pull up. 

The event was held outside at Bar 1936 and then later taken inside to a private dining room inside Lincoln. Lincoln is known for its locally-sourced, modern cuisine while Bar 1936 is know for its uniquely crafted cocktails and sharable, tapas-style plates. 

Easter Weekend | Mountain Shadows Resort

Easter Weekend | Mountain Shadows Resort

On Easter weekend my little family and I packed up and headed down the road for a "staycation" at Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley, AZ. Since I'm not from here, I had NO idea that this place has MAJOR history. It's ICONIC, and not just to Arizona. It's known all over the U.S. 

Scottsdale / Phoenix | Where To Eat

Scottsdale / Phoenix | Where To Eat

Phoenix has SO MUCH great food to offer any palate. I'm so happy to be sharing my favorite local spots with you guys. Make sure to constantly check back for updates. 

Why You Should Juice Cleanse | Featuring Kaleidoscope Juice

Why You Should Juice Cleanse | Featuring Kaleidoscope Juice

If you want to really make a change in 2017, I recommend reading this post. 

First Watch In Arizona

First Watch In Arizona

At the crack of dawn every single morning you can find their employees in the kitchen slicing fresh fruits and veggies, baking muffins, whipping up French toast from scratch and even making their own juices!

The Pei Wei Test Kitchen

The Pei Wei Test Kitchen

Pei Wei is rolling out some new menu items soon and we got a sneak peek of several of those dishes today. We were blown away by how fresh the ingredients were and the innovative spin they put on traditional Asian dishes. Honestly, if we were blindfolded we would have never known we were at a fast/casual restaurant.