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Desert Loom Trunk Show at Vida Moulin
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Birdytell Delivers Love and Thoughtfulness Throughout Phoenix
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El Panzon y Frida – Scottsdale, AZ

Desert Loom Trunk Show at Vida Moulin

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Tiffany Egbert is a Phoenix-based ‘jack-of-all-trades,’ as she dabbles in everything; whether it be graphic design, photography, macrame maker, vintage seller, and now….painter. Her brand- Desert Loom, initially launched with woven tapestries and vintage clothing, but now she’s switched the focus to handmade macrame and the abstract paintings. She recently hosted a trunk show at Vida Moulin, which featured her fluid paintings. She recalls, “I’ve been creative my entire life but had never really painted up until March of this year. I had been having more interest in creating handmade things since the majority of my creative work up until two years ago had been primarily digital and I just needed something more tangible. I initially learned how to weave and then I learned macrame and finally, most recently I discovered fluid painting.”

The local boutique was the perfect place for Tiffany’s work, as it just has that earthy, bohemian vibe. The space is curated by Chantell Moulin Nighswonger, and features women’s clothing, accessories, home decor, and gift items from independent brands from all over the globe. She also has some select vintage pieces thrown in the mix, as well as a DIY Succulent Bar, and DIY Bar- where you can style a vintage camo jacket with cool patches and such.

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Tiffany, on what inspired her to expand into painting: “I was on YouTube looking for a tutorial on how to do paper marbling so that I could create a cool background for a design project I was working on and this suggested video on fluid painting popped up. I watched it and was mesmerized and ended up watching the majority of this entire youtube channel where these two artists were doing fluid painting demos. After doing a bit more internet research, I decided I needed to try it and I bought myself a little resin kit for my birthday, which was in March. I used up the entire bottle of resin in about a week and was hooked. I knew I had to do more. I had remembered something called the 100 Day project and thought maybe I could do some sort of 100 Day painting project. It turned out the official 100 Day project started about 2 weeks from this time so I decided to go for it and created 100 fluid painting in 100 days. It was pretty ridiculous and totally worth it.”

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

She explains her creative process further, “The materials are acrylic paint mixed with resin and I generally paint on canvas or custom cut wood boards. It’s fluid painting so there are actually no brushes involved. You basically mix your paint and your resin into cups and then pour each individual color onto your canvas row by row. Then you hold the canvas in your hands and move it around to move the paint around. The resin hardens within about 45 minutes, so you have to work somewhat quickly which is actually nice you can’t really over think it. After you do your pouring, you take a torch and pop all the little air bubbles so that it has a super smooth finish. When you are all done you completely cover your piece and leave it for about 24 hours so that the resin cures. When I started my paintings were pretty random. Now I’ve got it down to a bit of a science and am able to have pretty good control of the paint even though I’m not using brushes. Sometimes the materials don’t behave like you expect them to and you get surprising results, which is usually pretty fun and make’s it kind of magical. It’s kind of like it’s not completely up to me how it turns out. I like that.”

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

“Every piece is one of a kind. I couldn’t even replicate one of my own pieces because again I have a good amount of control but sometimes the materials like to make their own decisions. I think because of my background in design I’m able to see balance and color in a special way which really helps me out in creating these pieces…Because I have a ton of artwork on my hands after doing the 100 Day project, my pieces are currently priced pretty reasonably. The pieces are priced by size from $75 for a 1’x’1 to $300 for a 3’x3’ circular piece.”

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Desert Loom, Vida Moulin, Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Event

Find Tiffany on Instagram HERE and HERE. Be sure to also check out her Desert Loom website.

Vida Moulin is located at:

1568 Bethany Home Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85014

HOURS:

Monday: 12-7pm

Tuesday-Friday: 11-7pm

Saturday: 11-6pm

Sunday: 11-5pm

 

 

Birdytell Delivers Love and Thoughtfulness Throughout Phoenix

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

“A little birdy once told me…. ”

Lisa Morrow was five when she moved to Arizona. For a while, she traveled around; but always found herself back in Arizona. She’s always had a fondness for the state, as well as entrepreneurship and creating. She owned a coffee shop in Phoenix for a bit until becoming a parent. She then got her Master’s in counseling, and worked as a crisis counselor. It was during that time that she realized how disconnected and lonely people were, especially since technology has gotten more prevalent in our daily lives. It had her thinking about how to connect the future as our society becomes more plugged in.

Birdytell was largely born out of a moment of frustration. Lisa kept getting asked, “What do your kids/husband want?” as it neared the holidays. “I’m going to be buying all these gifts, and trying to take care of all these needs, and I won’t have time to spend with my children because I only have a few days off to do what I love to do… It’s the idea that we are purchasing things, but we don’t really know people very well anymore…There’s got to be a way for people to be more thoughtful to one another. I think there are ways to connect with people through celebration, and even connect them within their community. All these feelings just bubbled up in this moment while I was at the office… I just started thinking about how we can know and connect each other better and do that through celebration,” Lisa explained.

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

So one day, she came home and told her husband about the idea. “I wanted to eventually leave my job and start this whole team and company, and he was very supportive. The next morning, he said, “you’ll have to come up with a name,” Lisa was telling me. “I just didn’t want the word, ‘gift’ in the name. I wanted it to be something sweet and a little more meaningful, like a ‘little birdy told me…’ So the husband wrote ‘a little birdy told me,’ and changed the configuration of the words. He came up with ‘birdytell.’ I love birds so much, but it had nothing to do with that. It was just a phrase that came to mind. It’s like if a little birdy could tell you a little bit more or remind you that we want to be thoughtful…People have a deep need to connect and the intention is there..there’s just a mismatch of how it plays out. So if you just had a birdy to tell you, then we could all be a little more thoughtful, so it’s a play on that.”

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Throughout the years, entrepreneurship has risen in Arizona, especially in the Phoenix area. Due to that, Lisa thought that the community would be a perfect start for this bespoke business. She found a quaint office space in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale, based upon its vicinity to the different communities around Phoenix. She wanted to source everything as thoughtfully as possible. “We wanted to know the people that made the items in person. We didn’t want things coming in boxes. If we were going to buy products, we wanted to support small businesses. We want to champion people that are trying to create great things and make their dreams come true. We also do things that don’t make sense. We don’t ship. We’ve had to turn away business, as it doesn’t fulfill the experience of us really wanting to be something special and unique.” With that being said, they only hand-deliver within a 25-mile radius of the Phoenix Metro area. They also give their clients a choice of stopping by the Scottsdale office to pick up the gift.

As far as vendors are concerned, they offer quite an assortment, though they are always on the hunt for new and exciting brands. “We encourage vendors to come in, or we go meet them. We can talk a little bit about market needs/desires. Or have you thought about making this or that. That dialogue really helps shape our business and connect with people and understand their products better… We want to create collaboration instead of competition, so we try to take a few items that would be unique to an experience. We can fit people in different places where they can shine, and are unique.”

Seriously, who wouldn’t want a cute box of goodies from local artisans?! Birdytell offers most of my favorite local brands, including:  Paige Poppe, MAME Soy Candles, Oxford Dogma, Ruze Cake House, Iconic Cocktail Co., Teaspressa, M+A Naturals, Crooked Cactus, Iron Root, Enlightened Candles, Boyfriend Candles, Burn Candle Co., XO Confections, The Simple Farm, Black Rock Engraving, Citizen Home Decor, Stone Grindz Chocolate, Tea Time Scottsdale, wooden toys made by a 2nd generation toy maker, Fynn Baby, Be Good, See Salt, Passport Coffee, Bluehouse Coffee, Lafayette Avenue Ceramics, American Mule, Happy Tails Barkery, and Lua Skincare.

The curated gifting experience had a soft launch during Mother’s Day of last year, and has had an amazing response.

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Be sure to check out their Instagram, “We feel like we can tell a visual story better, and celebrate more people that way. We try to highlight makers every week, as well as show new things that we have.”

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

“There’s something lovely about getting a gift that’s been made by, hand packed by, and handwritten by people in their own community. It’s just this nice circle… We’re all here for you on your special day.”

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

The holiday season is soon approaching. If you are local to the Phoenix area, what better way to show your love, or appreciation of your friend or significant other, then to get them a personalized or curated box from Birdytell.

Birdytell, curated gifting, phoenix, arizona, gifting

Thank you, Lisa!

 

El Panzon y Frida – Scottsdale, AZ

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

The story of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s love is a tale of twists and turns; of passion and drama. They were an odd pair, as Diego was twice Frida’s age, portly, and masculine; while Frida was fragile and sensitive.

Restauranteurs Luis Montaño and Veronica Fernandez were inspired by the duality of the famous couple. Hence the name- El Panzón y Frida. El Panzón is Spanish for potbellied. They used that inspiration as a guide when designing the interior and creating the menu. Everything in the restaurant has a duality- something very masculine, and something very delicate and feminine.

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

I love how the restaurant just fills with natural sunlight, brightening the industrial-meets-rustic interior in all its’ glory. The owners really took the ‘duality’ into consideration when combining the tile with the concrete, the wood with the brick and pressed tin. I feel that the flower motif that was stenciled in and is seen throughout the space, contributes to the decor’s femininism.

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

Executive Chef Paulina Martinez has always been inspired by the arts, especially while spending her youth painting with her grandmother in Sonora, Mexico. She went on to study culinary arts at GLION Institute of Higher Learning in Mexicali. After spending time immersing herself in the world of hospitality, food styling, fine dining, and other various aspects of the industry, she eventually found herself in Scottsdale, AZ.

I’m so glad that she was chosen to help with the creation of the artsy dining establishment. The restaurant is branded as a place that serves international and New American cuisines, yet if she can’t find a certain ingredient, she’ll just substitute for a Mexican ingredient. She creates dishes that are largely inspired by Frida’s paintings. “I would describe the menu has very intense.”

Since I’m vegetarian, with some exceptions of dairy and salmon, there’s unfortunately not a whole lot of meat-free options on the menu, however, there are a couple options that I HIGHLY recommend. The House Gyozas ($10) are inspired by Frida’s flower crowns, and just happen to be my favorite dish. The little flower-like dumplings are stuffed with sweet potato, carrots, and beet puree; while floating on a punchy citrus soy sauce. Edible flowers are sprinkled on top as a sweet finishing touch to the exotic dish. I usually have to ask for bread to dip in the sauce once the gyozas are gone, as I can’t stop eating it. I also love the Classic Tomato Soup ($8). Chef Paulina really took this childhood classic and amped it up by adding goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, and pesto. It hit every taste bud at exactly the right time. I usually wash everything down with the iced green tea, which is steeped at the table. The tea and coffee are locally sourced from Passport Coffee– a company based in Scottsdale. Their wines are boutique, and beers/cocktails are craft.

They’ve recently added brunch to their menu. It’s available Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. You guys, you MUST try the Amaretto French Toast ($10). Have you ever seen such a beautifully-plated dish, that it makes you almost burst into tears? Welllll…. I almost did. Chef just puts her whole heart into her cooking and plating. She also adds her signature edible flowers as a finish to the dish. Its’ flavors include amaretto, lemon curd, micro mint, and I also tasted some cinnamon as well.It is probably the best French toast I’ve ever tasted. I also suggest getting the French Pressed Coffee, as it was the perfect accompaniment.

Chef tells me about her most popular dishes. “The Grilled Octopus ($14) is remarkably popular, as it takes time to prep and cook it, but it’s worth it. The Sea Bass Ceviche ($11) is a very colorful dish. The Bone Marrow ($16) is a messy, eat-with-your-fingers rustic dish… We use techniques and dishes from all over the world and make it our own.”

I do think that if Frida and Diego were around today, they’d approve of this concept!

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

Huge shout-out to all the wonderful staff! You guys are always so friendly and welcoming!

 

El Panzón y Frida is located at:

7323 E. Shoeman Lane

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480)659- 1544

@elpanzonyfrida

#PyF

 

Have any of you visited the restaurant? If so, tell me in the comments, what were your experiences? Favorite dish(es)?

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