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5 Phoenix Pumpkin Spa Treatments

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We can thank Starbucks for our obsession with pumpkin spice lattes, but the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg mixture has now extended far beyond our dreams thought possible. To celebrate October, you can not only sip on the favorite fall drink, but you can also head over to a number of Phoenix spas for an equally delicious and relaxing facial, peel or massage that uses the pumpkin enzyme.

 

Fall Beauty Product Picks

Beauty Editor Diane Aiello touts her favorite fall picks, including natural and organic standouts for head-to-toe glow.
 
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1. FRESH-FACED GLOW
As a huge fan of cream blush, I am always on the lookout for new and amazing formulas, and Kjaer Weis Cream Blush fully delivers. The organic formula contains no artificial ingredients or parabens and glides on the skin effortlessly thanks to jojoba and gardenia extract to create a beautiful, fresh-faced glow. Available in seven shades; it comes in a stunning refi llable compact. $54. kjaerweis.com.
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2. FELINE EYES
Charlotte Tilbury is the makeup artist master of the “feline fl ick” (a k a cat eye). Made famous by the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and even Kate Moss, this sexy style works on everyone. Her Fine Line Shodo Pen, modeled after Japanese calligraphy, makes it as easy as ever to achieve the perfect technique every time, leaving you with smoldering bedroom eyes. $29. beautylish.com.
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3. GOOD & RECHARGED
I admit I am somewhat of a sunscreen snob. I’ve used paraben-free, organic luxury brands for years, but I can’t deny my love for Alba Botanica Sunscreen. And now on those days that my skin looks a little lackluster, its latest SPF 15 addition to the Good & Healthy formula, powered by leafy greens, has tons of antioxidants and helps recharge all skin types, from oily to dry or sensitive. About $10. Whole Foods.
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4. BOOST & LIFT
One of the early signs of aging, along with wrinkles, is sagging skin. That’s why I adore Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Serum. The supercharged formula blends natural ingredients like rose water, mango butter and milk thistle to support skin’s resilience, provide an instant lift and smooth wrinkles. Plus: no icky synthetics, fi llers or fragrances.
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5. GLUTEN-FREE BEAUTY
We’ve become so conscious of gluten in our diets but often forget our beauty products might be a culprit of hidden gluten as well. Even if you aren’t ready to go gluten free with all your beauty loot, a great place to start is swapping out your body wash, shampoo or conditioner. JASON now has a full range of personal care products that are also paraben- and sulfate-free. $10-$16. Whole Foods.
 

Top 10 Halloween Costume Ideas for Adults and Kids

Halloween will be here before you know it, and with it comes a full range of new costume inspirations. This year was all about good and evil. From popular criminals such as Walter White and the “Orange is the New Black” cast to superheroes such as Captain America and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there is a costume for every spooky soul out there at any age. Get in the Halloween spirit and check out our top five picks for adults and for children.

 

For the Adults

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“Orange is the New Black”

Ladies, throw out that old black witch costume sitting in your closet and go for something a little more orange this Halloween. Thanks to the hit TV show “Orange is the New Black,”a prisoner’s uniform never looked so chic.

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Walter White

For those men who have a tendency to break the rules, we challenge you to be Walter White this year. This HazMat suit and Mask costume is the perfect ode to the hate-to-love character from “Breaking Bad.”

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“The Walking Dead”

Nothing says Halloween like rising from the dead. Pay tribute to the scary holiday with your best Rick Grimes and Michonne impressions from “The Walking Dead.”

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“Game of Thrones”

Whether you plan on conquering your enemies or traveling to a great city on Oct. 31, you will definitely need these perfectly replicated costumes. For all the “Game of Thrones” fans, this is your chance to live like one of your favorite characters.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Halloween is all about fantasy —step into an alternate universe and save the day as a character from the popular Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy.”There are many guardians to choose from, such as Gamora or Star-Lord.

For the Kids

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“Frozen”

While the movie has been out for almost a year, kids just can’t seem to “Let It Go.”They’ve memorized the songs, now your children play the beloved characters from Disney’s “Frozen”this Halloween, from Olaf to Elsa to Anna and more.

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Maleficent/Sleeping Beauty

Play up your bad side as Maleficent or be the sweet and innocent Aurora from the popular rendition of Sleeping Beauty that came out this year. Whichever side you choose, your child is sure to be noticed while trick-or-treating.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

There’s no need to be afraid this Oct. 31 as long as the Ninja Turtles are on the streets. Let your child show their martial arts skills as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael or Donatello.

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Superheroes

Some of the more well-known superheroes will certainly take the stage this Halloween. Kids, get your spidey-senses going as The Amazing Spiderman or shine in red, white and blue as the great Captain America.

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“The Lego Movie”

Another popular movie among the kiddos this year was “The Lego Movie,”which featured some hilarious and memorable characters. Girls can dress up as ninja Wild Child, while the boys can play Emmet, the construction worker.

 

 

Phoenix Fashion Week Recap: Part Two

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The Rocky Gathercole finale brought Avant Garde to Phoenix. Photo by Steve Yap.

 

The final night of Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort was all about drama and sparkle. Almost every collection that hit the runway had sequin embellishments and fashion-forward details. It was a fashionable night to remember, and we’re giving you all the designer highlights straight from the runway.

 

 

Chic Shoes for a Cause

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Every woman deserves to be noticed when she enters the room. That is exactly what shoe designer Mary-Alice Malone wants her brand Malone Souliers to do: make luxury footwear for the self-aware and unapologetic woman.

“How amazing to see a woman come alive when she steps into a pair,”Malone says. “Her body language emerges, and rather eloquently, hips sway in confident energy, and her inherent power, reassuringly sexy.”

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Malone knows what a woman wants when it comes to shoes. Malone Souliers, which is the French word for “shoes,” makes quality, comfortable footwear that brings out the best in each and every woman. Each pair is devoted to cut, lines, balance, color and shape for an overall stunning shoe. You can find everything from kid suede, lizard and snake to patent accents in a pair of expertly-detailed Malone Souliers shoes. 

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“With Malone Souliers, design is an ethereal process, wholly based on ‘making,’individually technical, and stubbornly specific,”Malone says. “We continue to hope that tells.”

Despite its French name, Malone Souliers is a London-based brand that takes inspiration from the city’s creative energy. Malone studied at the London College of Fashion, where she honed in on her talent and decided to start her brand.

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Drawing from the resigned sexiness of women in the 50’s and their powerful confidence in the 70s’, Malone Souliers also produces shoes that make a woman comfortable in her own skin and demand the spotlight.

“Both periods were about craft,”Malone says. “It was important to return to craft, and Malone Souliers is stuck - and sticks - there.”

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You can see the new luxury shoe brand’s Fall collection and meet the designer at Saks Fifth Avenue Phoenix this Oct. 16-19. In honor of its 15th annual campaign to fight women’s cancers, Saks Fifth is hosting this year’s Key To The Cure, benefiting cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute. Come and support a great cause while admiring the one thing that represents a woman’s confidence and strength: a really quality shoe. Get a peek at the Malone Souliers collection at http://malonesouliers.com.

 
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