Arizona fashionistas bound to go insane tomorrow!

As they hit the #sidewalk it’s #christmasinjuly $10 vintage blow out, in the Fashion by Robert Black boutique in Scottsdale. Fashionistas everywhere else will be crying themselves to sleep, because they missed it.

Their vintage price tags will be slashed to pennies on the dollar, from 8am-1pm. Tons of ‪#‎vintagedresses‬ will be sold for $10 #offtherack in an effort to make room, for their new fall inventory. You will also get 25% off most in-store purchases (may even be off entire boutique so ask an associate for more details)

Are you going to snatch up that rare piece for $10? If so please share a photo of your steal below in a comment. I’m so excite to see what they have to offer, I mean this is Fashion by Robert Black were referring too…for more information, address and to check out photos of their amazing boutique click here.

FASHION: Salon Series (1) at Phoenix Art Museum Phoenix

Glamour in the post-WWII era. Roberto Cappuci, Emilio Pucci, Shuberth, Simonetta…

Luckily I was in Arizona for a visit during the same time that the Phoenix Art Museum hosted their Salon Series: History of Italian Style | La Dolce Vita; which was led by Curator of Fashion Design, Dennita Sewell, of the Arizona Costume Institute.

The curator explained very interesting facts about the American bailout of the Italian Fashion Industry, which I had never heard about before. She also shared some great stories about Hollywood’s influence on Fashion, along with some great photos from vintage fashion magazines and newspapers.

Read more about this event here.


The Parlor Pizzeria Phoenix AZ

Meh, i’ve experienced better….to bad the delicious food had to suffer the wrath of the horrible service on more than one occasion! On one of our visits our server brought us the wrong Pizza, which was a build your own. We ordered 3 items on each of our pizzas, both were ladden with Jalapenos; which one would hope would garner a check back at least one time during the meal. But no matter how much extra heat was packed on by the clueless chef, the server didn’t return until at least 15 minutes after someone else took another 15 minutes to bring me a refile of iced tea. I understand that if the refill was free it wouldn’t be a priority, but the pizza for one was $9.00, my salad was $12 (a horribly unseasoned ceasar salad that tasted like it was dressed in plain mayonaise) and my sisters pizza was $14, so we didn’t expect such a horrible experience. There wasn’t a warning on the build your own pizza menu that made us aware that by ordering jalapenos on our pizza it would be served suicide style. This day in particular only had a handful of patrons too. Our server not only sucked majorly, but he lacked the traits of a mediocre server, poor guy, poor parlor. If his section is the only one open next time, i’m goin to california pizza kitchen or mama mia’s, maybe even le grand orange.

Even with the horrible and pretentious servers I definitely recommend the Funghi pizza, as it is a blend of roasted wild mushrooms, Goat cheese, truffle oil and chives (but I have them hold the chives). Its a tad bit oily, but very tasty. The spinach salad made with applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes, white cheddar, avocado, hard boiled egg and topped with a white balsamic vinaigrette is fabulous as well! A great appetizer to start the meal off right is the caponata bruschetta made with sweet & sour eggplant, roasted peppers, pine nuts, currants and an herbed ricotta spread.

The parking is hard to come by during meal times, so if you can wait; I recommend enjoying this restaurant after popular meal times.

the parlor pizzeria
1916 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Gallo Blanco Cafe & Bar Phx AZ

It was great from the very first time….fish tacos while lounging by the pool, but even better when we experienced the restaurant full service. Eating at the Gallo Blanco Cafe & Bar for a sit down dinner was definitely much better than just sampling the food at the pool. It is my favorite American-Mexican restaraunt. The food has an american twist on the old favorites. The fish taco is topped with guacamole and pico de gallo. The house salad is made with romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, Cotija cheese, pumpkin seeds, orange, jicama, and tortilla strips finished with a citrus vinaigrette and tastes absolutely delicious! I wanted to order another one. The savory taste of the roasted pumpkin seeds left my mouth singing with joy. I can’t wait to eat it again…..soon.

The tacos are served on a taco party tray…its a fiesta in itself. I had the fish tacos, which for this day was Ahi tuna-lucky for me, porque es mi favorita; but on a sour note-when the server announced the fish in the fish taco, not the noted menu item, she never announced the price increase. I didn’t mind paying the extra $2.00 but she should have disclosed the price increase  too. The tacos are on soft shell, which tasted homemade, but this time they tasted store bough (not so fresh). The red cabbage is an american twist gone great! I normally don’t enjoy the white sauce on fish tacos, but i think this one might have had a citrus twist and i didn’t mind it at all. The ahi tuna was lightly seared to perfection! It was bright red and melted in my mouth!

The sides are served ala carte here, which is very american. The beans were great with the tortilla strips, which tasted like they were made in house. I also liked the roasted tomato salsa, it was so spicy and flavorful, not much tomato, just how i like it! One thing I definitely didn’t enjoy, but got the joke (green tomatoes instead of red tomatoes are definitely american) was the rice made with green tomatoes. It was a cross between soft, fluffy and hard sticky rice (that from the bottom of the pan when you leave the pot on the stove and then scrap it) served mixed with a tomatillo salsa made with too much onion…..very weird and not tasty at all! That was one taste of rice, where once is enough, next time i’ll just have to order two salads and more tacos!

The guacamole ala americano, served with their thick tortilla chips, was really just halves of an avocado and a citrus salsa, which had grapefruit slices in whole slivers. A little too much onion and fruit for me, but it was still tasty. I’ll definitely order this again.

The sangria was a little cup of heaven. It was perfect. Not too sweet, not too much liquor, not too bitter and laden with diced fruit. Our service was great as well! There was always a server around; asking about the food, with a keen understanding of knowing when not to interupt. That is superb service, they are around and available, but not hoovering. The decor is very fun. We sat in the window at a tall table with a perfect view of the uptown high rise buidlings. Our meal was served up with a beautiful backdrop, spanish music enveloping the room and a delicious twist on the food I grew up with, making it exactly the way I wanted it, I just wish the spanish rice brought me home.

Gallo Blanco Cafe & Bar
401 W Clarendon Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013

W Hotel Scottsdale AZ

What a phenominal resting place, and an even better party place. Oh my luxuriously comfortable bed! I could have slept all day. Only wish the light wasn’t peeping through the bathroom window at the crack of day (especially after partying all night, then going for a late night swim after the club was closed 24hr pool for guests is awesome!). The shower was great, but the sink was HORRIBLE. I shouldn’t have put on my clothes until after I brushed my teeth, because the square shallow sink splashed all the water back up every time I rinsed.

They have a nack for making it up to you when their service lacks. We paid for our room a month before, asked for adjoining rooms but when we arrived, they didn’t have one reserved for us. Since it was my birthday, sister mentioned it and asked why they would promise one, if they only have three of the type. I happed to walk up at the time, said it was okay and I was chill with it. They upgraded us to a bigger room, delivered half a dozen chocolate covered strawberries and gave me all the wrist bands I needed (7- normally $25 each) , for the 944 magazine party held roof top at the pool. It was probably the fact that I didn’t over react or act like a jerk, I killed them with kindness, as always, and they delivered! I will definitely stay there many more times.

The club is very scottsdale and trendy with house music. I like the fact that the pool is open 24 hrs. We sat on the stadium seats and people watched. Luckily 944 had lots of stuff going on too.

I think this place is great for the price and the rooms are so much fun! If your a vouyer this is the place for you. If your a partier this place is for you (your VIP at the club and the security doesn’t act in their normal douche bag demeanor when they see your band) only complaint is when the security doesn’t see your wrist band, they are A – – – – – – S the biggest kind. They act like they work in Beverly Hills or Hollywood and the world is trying to steal their star. So if your looking for a place to party and sleep, stay here, but remember if you leave the hotel, upon your return, hold your hand up high at the door and your all good.

W Hotel
7277 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251