March 2012

Steve Madden - Madden Girl polka dot pumps

Desperately in need of practical shoes, I set out to find the perfect pair of black flats last week. As you know I tromp around Scottsdale, camera in tow, so I can show you all the great new stuff I find in stores. For obvious reasons, doing this in high heels is not a good idea. I love you guys and all, but I get cranky when my feet hurt…

Anywho, I’m shopping away with laser-like focus for a stylish pair of black flats, and then I saw these.

Are you kidding me ?

How was I supposed to resist these Madden Girl polka dot pumps with red heels ? It’s just not fair.

There was an internal debate going on in my head, for close to 10 seconds. I’d re-count it for you, but you’ve probably had the same debate yourself when you’re trying to resist a pair of shoes you love and you know how it ends… The bad girl inside your head always wins, because she can come up with 25 reasons why these really are PRACTICAL.

That bad girl is crafty…

She’s also no match for Steve Madden. And because of this, I will not be attending the Steve Madden personal appearance at Dillard’s in Scottsdale on April 14, from 2 to 3:30 pm.

I’m not getting my photo taken with him and I most certainly do not need a free Steve Madden t-shirt and tote bag or a look at all the new Spring shoes Steve Madden has to offer.

So, if you guys could just go for me, there’s details on the calendar to the right…

And if you see me sneaking around with my camera, wearing these shoes, you’ll know the bad girl won again.

Don’t judge.



Scott Barnes - Body Bling Tinted MoisturizerPersonally speaking, since I’ve lived in the desert, my skin has never been more pale and untanned. It’s those darn SPF police, patrolling the streets of Scottsdale with giant warning signs, “DO NOT GO OUT IN THE SUN UNLESS YOU WANT SKIN CANCER !”

Sheesh, people, I get it. But then I look down at my pasty white legs and realize I might as well be living where it actually snows in the winter. Horror of horrors.

And since I’m too busy ( read: lazy ) to haul my ghostly white self to a spray tan salon, I need a quick DIY solution.

I wanna glow like J Lo.

Jennifer Lopez in Vogue magazine

And since we look exactly the same, like really we could almost be twins, all I need is a little help in the bronzy glow department.

After extensive research into why she looks better than me, I discovered her healthy bronze glow is not even real. She only looks that way because of makeup artist Scott Barnes and his Body Bling bronzer.

This stuff is the bomb-diggity ! You apply it after you shower, no special gloves needed – just use your hands – and rub it in to all the exposed areas that show with whatever you’re wearing. You don’t need to put it all over your body or underneath your clothes, so you don’t waste product or have to worry about it rubbing off on your new Dolce & Gabbana blouse or your favorite Hello Kitty yoga pants.

It doesn’t streak, it’s natural looking and the best part ? It lasts until you shower again and easily washes off ! If you accidentally apply too much in one area, you can just take a towel and buff it out a little. Then wash your hands. Seriously easy-peasy.

There are 2 formulas; I’ve used them both. The Original formula is darker; since I have olive skin I used that first and it was perfect for me without making me look like I just spent 2 months in Tahiti.

If you do want that look, feel free to use the whole darn tube.

The other formula is the Platinum for lighter skin, in case you’re a real blonde. ( You know who you are…) I found that it’s a great solution for your upper areas like your neck and arms if you just want a little healthy color -  it’s got a bit of a rosy glow to it on my skin. If you have both formulas, you can mix them, for your own customized bronzy, rosy J Lo-y glow.

Scott Barnes Body Bling Tinted Moisturizer has just become available at all Dillard’s locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale and online. It sells for $42 for a 4 oz. bottle or you can try a mini 1 oz bottle for just $8 to see if you like it.

Scott is going to be at Dillard’s in Scottsdale Fashion Square for a personal appearance on Saturday, April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. You can meet him; he’ll be signing his book, About Face, and introducing Body Bling to Scottsdale so we can all be bronzed glowing goddesses all year long !

Scott Barnes - About Face book

And the SPF police can just move along now… and take your signs with you.

p.s. Stay tuned for details on how to win a set of Body Bling for yourself, coming soon from Scottsdale Fashionista !




Hey Phoenix ! Cast your vote for fashion blogger Ashley Murphy in this street style contest !

March 26, 2012

Local Phoenix fashion blogger, Ashley Murphy of is a top 25 finalist in LifeStyle Mirror’s Street Style contest. If you’re not familiar with Ashley, she has incredible style and a flair for mixing bright colors and accessories. In a quick scan of her latest blog posts, her individual style leaps off the page and [...]

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Our favorite spring looks from Karen Kane’s fashion show in Scottsdale !

March 25, 2012

There was an amazing turn-out yesterday for designer Karen Kane, who made a rare personal appearance at Dillard’s in Scottsdale Fashion Square. Debuting her “Made in the USA” spring collection, over 250 show attendees were treated to a first look at Karen’s “Mesa Blues” line, inspired by her hometown of Santa Barbara. The show featured [...]

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Sneak peek: Karen Kane fashion show at Dillard’s in Scottsdale today !

March 24, 2012

Designer Karen Kane’s Made in the USA collection will be presented today in a fashion show at Dillard’s, Scottsdale Fashion Square. The designer is making a rare personal appearance to preview her collection in Phoenix, where she has a large fan base and will be meeting and greeting customers before and after the show. Dillard’s [...]

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Pack your bags; it’s safari time with Jimmy Choo !

March 23, 2012

The Spring runway shows were filled with bold tribal prints and new exotic animal prints; they never really go out of style. And we may be a little partial to desert colors, but we love the spicy new looks from Jimmy Choo’s Safari collection. Here’s our top 10 ! 1.Gail leopard print sandal, $1095. 2. [...]

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Ready to shop for Spring dresses ? On your mark, get set, go…

March 21, 2012

March 20 might be the first day of spring, but fashionistas know it doesn’t really count until you’ve added at least one new spring dress to your wardrobe. Today we’re sharing a few delicious little numbers we’ve seen in some of our favorite Scottsdale stores, so spring can officially begin ! Donna Ricco, Belted satin [...]

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Today’s little bit of lovely: Butterfly print shorts from Ted Baker

March 19, 2012

With spring’s arrival, there’s no shortage of fun new prints. Florals, polka dots and colorful stripes are plentiful, but we seriously fell in love with these at Ted Baker the other day. The Butterfly printed shorts are something a little different, and yes, we think they’ll fly off the shelves because what don’t they go [...]

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Plan a seaside escape to Phoenix Art Museum’s new fashion exhibit “The Sea” !

March 17, 2012

Featuring fashions inspired by the sea, the latest exhibit from Phoenix Art Museum highlights the sea’s influence on fashion design from the 1800′s up until 2012. The capsule collection includes over 80 pieces and focuses on 3 themes: sea life, working at sea and playing by the sea. Here are some of our favorites… Seaside [...]

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Get your spring wardrobe in mint condition with this week’s hot color trend !

March 15, 2012

One of Spring’s new, pretty pastel colors we’re seeing in stores now is this refreshing shade of mint. It’s a great complimentary color for pastel pink, yellow, blue and lavender -  and it blends surprisingly well with dark shades like chocolate brown and navy too. Here are some of our favorite minty fresh picks from [...]

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