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Staycation at Mountain Shadows
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Desert Loom Trunk Show at Vida Moulin
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A Market Off Mill Celebrates Grand Opening

Staycation at Mountain Shadows

Doorway at Mountain Shadows resort in Arizona

Nestled against the reigning silhouettes of Camelback and Mummy Mountain, in the heart of Paradise Valley, lies Mountain Shadows. The resort first opened its’ doors in 1959, and gained instant success through the likes of international clientele, Hollywood stars, and traveling families alike. Over the years, the resort changed developers, including Del Webb and Marriott. In 2004, the resort officially closed. In 2014, it was bought out by its’ present day developers- Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development Corp., who decided to rebuild it from the ground up. The resort was reintroduced earlier this year.

I took advantage of the low summer rates, and booked my staycation. Upon my arrival, I handed over my car to the valet and made my way through the incredible wooden doors with sleek mountain designs on them. Check-in was a breeze, and before I knew it, I was comfortably taking in the atmosphere in the Immerse room. It was such a bright, contemporary room with hints of mid-century modern features throughout. The walk-in shower was roomy, and featured full-size bath amenities by Red Flower. The king-size bed was cozy, with plenty of outlets within reach. The reason why the room is named Immerse is that there is a luxurious soaking bathtub that overlooks Camelback Mountain. The balcony, which overlooks a good-size portion of the surrounding mountains and desert landscape, was oh-so-lovely in the evening and morning. Take a tour of the room by checking out the slideshow below.

I had dinner and breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant- Hearth ’61. The restaurant was named after the year of the Paradise Valley’s incorporation- 1961, as well as the hearth of the stone oven in the kitchen. Most of the ingredients for their dishes are sourced locally, and the waitstaff is exceptionally courteous and knowledgeable of the menus.

Hearth '61, Mountain Shadows, Arizona, restaurant, food

Beluga Lentil Soup + Noble Bread

Hearth '61, Mountain Shadows, Arizona, restaurant, food

Banana Ricotta Pancakes + Vanilla Latte

Scroll down further to see more photos from my stay.

Mountain Shadows, Arizona, hotel, lobby

Mountain Shadows, Arizona, hotel, pool area

Mountain Shadows, Arizona, hotel, lounge, retro-inspired

Mountain Shadows, Arizona, hotel, lounge, retro-inspired

Mountain Shadows, Arizona, hotel, hospitality

Have you guys stayed there? Tell me about your experience in the comments!

Mountain Shadows is located at:

5445 E. Lincoln Dr.

Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

WEBSITE

** I received a complimentary room upgrade and waived resort fees in exchange for an honest review. **

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

 

 

A Market Off Mill Celebrates Grand Opening

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market Off Mill (or AMOM) held their Grand Opening celebration a couple months ago. It is a shared space concept that was created by Shanel Smith. Smith originally had a traveling and online boutique called Obsessed, which she started 2.5 years ago. It was a creative outlet for her to sell her repurposed vintage tees, along with other clothing from up-and-coming designers from around the country.

After doing that for some time, she felt that she wanted to plant some roots in the community. She explains further, “I knew that I needed to settle down and begin creating a solid foundation for myself, and I knew I couldn’t have done that with the traveling boutique so I begin exploring options for a retail space. To be honest, I was a little scared of pursuing that on my own, so my sister gave me the idea of having other small business owners join me and making it a shared space.  And so AMOM was born on a Sunday night sitting around the dinner table.”

She found a quaint space off Mill Avenue, and enlisted the help of several local makers to join her in the venture. Along with selling her Obsessed brand, the other makers include: Slather Botanicals, Emerge, Keep It Wild Co., Southwest Leggings, Adam Rabbit Jewelry, Bearded Lads, BÄRA, Knee Deep Denim, Iconic Cocktail Co., and Burn Candle Company. “As a small business owner, it is hard to work with other people because you feel like a lot of the people who are “helping” do it with intentions of benefitting themselves.  Sometimes it’s hard to find people who really want to help small businesses grow….well I wanted to change that.  With AMOM I wanted my fellow small business owners to know that this truly is about them, it is about helping them grow and bringing more attention to their brand and awareness to the community about small companies who previously were online only or a pop-up-shop.  This is not a business venture for myself, but a business venture for all small businesses in Arizona.  I want this to be a place they can come and grow,” Smith explained.

The Grand Opening celebration was well-attended. It was so great seeing such a welcoming community that supports small businesses. Guests were treated to cocktails (and mocktails) by Matt and Kaylee- the duo behind the famous-all-over-Phoenix Iconic Cocktail Co. Passed bites were served by Honey Bears BBQ, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to savor due to diet restrictions; however, I could tell that guests enjoyed them, as plates were empty in a matter of minutes. For dessert, there were beautifully decorated cactus cookies, succulent cupcakes, and small cakes in a cup- created by Lisa’s Boxed Kakery. Those little cake cups pack so much flavor in such a small bite!

Follow A Market Off Mill on Facebook and Instagram to check out when their workshops are, as well as other announcements.

Scroll down to see more photos from the event.

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

A Market off Mill, Tempe, Arizona, shop local

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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