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Clive Christian Perfume Imperial Majesty
$215,000 for 16.90z, the bottle
The bottles is adorned with a five carat brilliant cut white diamond and an 18-carat gold collar.

no.1 christian clive
No. 1 Pure Perfume by Clive Christian
You can find Clive Christian Fragrances at Neiman Marcus

ralph lauren notorius
Ralph Lauren Perfume Notorious
Available at Harrods

Limited Edition Angel Mugler Show Superstar
Limited Edition Angel Mugler Show Superstar
$3,000. 14.2 fl. Oz. Eau de Parfum
Shown in the deluxe, limited edition bottle, adorned with elegant Swarovski® crystals, created in France by Brosse celebrated glassmakers. Available at Neiman Marcus.

expensive perfume
Caron Perfume Poivre
$2,000 (2.2 oz bottle)

expensive perfume
Chanel No. 5
$1,850 (15.2 oz bottle)

Baccarat Perfume Bottle Les Larmes Sacrées de Thebes
$1,700 (0.25 oz).

Hermes Perfume Faubourg
1,500 (1 oz bottle)
Shown in a limited edition St. Louis crystal bottle, only 1,000 limited-edition bottles were released.

expensive perfume
Annick Goutal Perfume EAU D’hadrien
1,500 (3.4 oz bottle).
This fragrance is the creation of Annick Goutal an award-winning pianist. Shown in limited edition bottle. You can find Annick Goutal fragrances at Neiman Marcus.

Joy jean patou parfum
Joy Baccarat Pure Parfum, Limited Edition
Only 50 limited-edition inscribed Baccarat Pure Parfum bottles are created each year for Jean Patou Joy. Available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus.

expensive perfume
Shalini Perfume
$900 (2.2 oz bottle)

expensive perfume
Jar Perfumes The Bolt of Lightening
$765 (1 oz).
Created by famous jeweler Joel Arthur Rosenthal, also known as JAR. Rosenthal also designed the bottle. JAR Perfumes can only be found at specific JAR boutiques ( Bergdorf Goodman in NYC and the exclusive JAR boutique is in Paris).

most expensive perfume
Guerlain 180 Year Collectors Set
18 iconic Guerlain fragrances, from Eau de Cologne Imperiale, composed for Empress Eugenie in 1853, to the House’s newest scent, Cruel Gardenia, created in 2008. Retails at Neiman Marcus

[ Fragrance 101 ]

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Read MoreDecember 27, 2010 9:58 pm - Posted by Kristy

woman perfume

“Perfume puts the finishing touch to elegance – a detail that subtly underscores the look, an invisible extra that completes a woman’s personality. Without it there is something missing.”
Gianni Versace.

Fragrance Strengths

The intensity of a fragrance is determined by the amount of the actual perfume oils. A perfume with a higher concentration of perfume oils will have a longer lasting and more pure scent.
Perfume………………… 15% – 30%
Eau de Parfume ……… 8% – 15%
Eau de Toilette ………. 4% – 8%
Eau de Cologne …….. 2% -5%
After Shave …………… 4%
Splash Cologne ……… 1% – 3%

Take Notes

Understanding Fragrance Composition
A fragrance generally has three notes or levels, with each scent evolving into the next. The notes begin with the lightest and evolve into the strongest. Often the strongest note or the base note starts off unpleasant, however it improves with time. The middle note helps to cover the base note untill it has “matured”. Some fragrances such as a splash may only have a top and or middle note.

Top Note / Head Note
Fades in about one minute / Lightest scent (fruity, citrus)
This is the initial impression, it sets the stage for the middle and base notes.

Middle Note / Heart Note
Fades within 30 – 45 minutes / (florals, spices)
This is the body of the fragrance with a discernible aroma. The middle note acts as a bridge between top note and base note.

Base Note/Bottom
Fades in 3-5 hours / Heaviest scent (Musks, woody notes)
This represents the true personality of the fragrance, and has the most stability and staying power. The lasting power depends on strength of the fragrance.


Proper use and application for a full body fragrance experience.
Layer your fragrance to assure depth and character of a fragrance on your skin. Layering refers to applying different forms of the same fragrance family, i.e., body wash, body splash, lotion and perfume. When you use a variety of body products and fragrances with different scents, they may not mix well together, creating an unflattering result. Ideally, you would layer a fragrances from the same brand/scent, however if you know the notes that compose your fragrance, you can better choose complimentary body products.

Fragrances rise so they should be applied from the ankles up. Apply perfume to the pulse points — ankles, behind the ears, back of the knees, bosom, inside the wrist and inside the elbows — to extend wear. Don’t forget less is more.

Shopping for a fragrance

When you are shopping for a fragrance, let the person at the counter help you. They are around fragrances all day and generally know them well. Most fragrance counters will have coffee beens available. Smell the coffee beens between samples to clear the nose and increase sensitivity. It is similar to cleansing your palate with sorbet between courses. When you think you found one you like, spray a little on your wrist and wait about an hour. You want to allow the fragrance to “dry down,” so that you know how the base note will smell before you make a purchase. If you are shopping for someone else, take a list of fragrances that they like or have purchased before – this will help the associate at the fragrance counter identify the common notes, and help you choose a fragrance with similar scent qualities.

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Read MoreDecember 18, 2010 2:54 am - Posted by Kristy

body wash, shower

If you are like me, you probably love all the perfumed body products, like the products from Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Work. The fragrances are so lovely, especially when you layer the shower gel, lotion and body spray. Unfourtunatly, if you have dry skin, you may need to trade your favorite fragranced shower gel for a body wash better suited for dry skin.

When you are looking for a body wash for dry skin, look at the ingredients listed on the back label. Ingredients are listed from the greatest to least amount contained in the product. If the first two ingredients are water and sodium laurel sulfate, then that is what makes up most of your product. Sulfates are used in many cleansers and shampoos, they are detergents and help products to foam up. Unfortunately, they can dry the skin by stripping the protective lipids from the skins surface. However, products that use sulfates in combination with conditioning agents and emollients will help to prevent the skin from becoming too stripped. If you have dry skin, choose a body wash that has an emollient or moisturizer as the second and/or third ingredient. Look for ingredients like petrolatum, cocoa butter, jojoba butter, and natural oils. Most Cleansers will have some sulfates, the trick is to find a shower gel that has sulfates lower on the list of ingrediants. There are products that have sulfates as the third or fourth ingrediant.

olay body wash, dry skin
Olay Body Wash plus Body Butter Ribbons
I like Olay Body Wash Plus Ribbons jojoba butter. Jojoba butter is a nice moisturizer and although it is half way through the list of ingredients, Petrolatum and Mineral Oil are in the top three ingredients before any sulfates.

shower gel
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti Aging Body Wash
Water,Petrolatum and Mineral Oil are the top three ingredients before any sulfates. Olay Total effects contains niacinamide which helps to prevent skin from losing water, and also helps to stimulate circulation in the skin. Studies have shown that it also improves the appearance of wrinkles, skin discolorations and reduces redness and improves skin elasticity.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash
Natural oils and emollients, to help replenish skin’s natural moisture. It’s lightly fragranced, soap free, dye-free and hypoallergenic so it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin

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Read MoreDecember 15, 2010 12:50 pm - Posted by Kristy

yoga studio scottsdale

Yogalution™ is a brand new yoga studio in Scottsdale and they are offering FREE yoga classes with a donation!! It gets better, a percentage of the donations made are then donated to different charities!!


Yogalution’s™ vision is to maintain an intimate and sacred environment for people to grow in their physical and spiritual practice and pay what they can and want. Then they will be donating a percentage of all donations to a different charity every six months and during that time as a community we will outreach to the organization.

yoga scottsdale

This small and special yoga studio tucked away in the heart of Scottsdale located on a beautiful ranch, surrounded by serene desert. Escape to tranquility, surrender to calm, retreat to peace. Small group classes and private sessions available. Offering basics, Vinyasa flow beginner to advanced levels, and heated power. Stay tuned for additions such as family, kids, prenatal, meditation, ashtanga, yin, deep stretch and restorative. The schedule will constantly be evolving…

yoga scottsdale

Yogalution™ provides a fusion of classes from the athletic, energetic heated power/flow class to the meditative healing restorative class.

yoga studio scottsdale

5% of all donations are allocated to a charity within our local community. Do some yoga and give back at the same time.

yoga studio scottsdale

6207 N. Cattletrack Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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Read MoreDecember 13, 2010 8:05 am - Posted by Stephanie

celebrity esthetician stephanie willis
Stephanie Willis and Leslie

Photo’s by 944 Magazine. Photography by Joseph Greenbaum
View full gallery of photos of the Paradise Valley Skin Klinic event at

mark ried
Leslie and award winning stylist Mark Ried

lisa forester, mark reid
Celebrity Makeup Artist Lisa Forester and Mark Reid

Dr Daniel Shapiro
Dr Daniel Shapiro


Melissa Rein

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Read MoreDecember 12, 2010 6:31 pm - Posted by Kristy

 celebrity esthetician Kristy Harris and Stephanie Willis
Kristy Harris and Stephanie Willis

We had a great time at the grand opening of the new G-Star store inside Scottsdale Fashion Square. While your out doing your holiday shopping, be sure to stop by and check out the incredible fashions by G-Star.

View full Gallery of photos from the grand opening of Raw by G-star at
Photography: Joseph Greenbaum

Raw by G-Star Scottsdale
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ, 85251
Follow G-Star Scottsdale on facebook

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Read More 6:29 pm - Posted by Kristy

parlor pizzeria

I just recently visited the Parlor restaurant on 20th street and Camelback in Phoenix. It was fantastic! With talented chef Jared Porter I knew I couldn’t go wrong. Chef Jared came from some of the biggest named restaurants in town, Olive & Ivy, Asia de Cuba, LGO, Fiamma, Vincent’s, Michael’s at the Citadel, and Zinc Bistro.

the parlor

I sat on their quaint patio and that was very enjoyable with the wonderful music selection. I ordered the organic beet salad which I LOVED and can’t wait to go back order again, as well as try something new! I absolutely loved the decor, it is so retro and vintage. The Parlor opened in January 2009 and is the hip place to be! The pastas on the menu are made in house by hand from scratch and the entrees are all made from local ingredients. They are also known to have the best pizzas in town. I would definitely name this restaurant one of the best places to go on a date and best place to have lunch with the girls, and now one of my favorite restaurants!

the parlor pizzaria in phoenix

Click Here for the menu

the parlor
1916 E. Camelback
Phoenix, Az

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Read MoreDecember 10, 2010 8:17 am - Posted by Stephanie

Jessica Simpson, Celebrity Esthetician Stephanie Stock
Stephanie & Jessica Simpson

When it comes to boots, the Jessica Simpson collection rarely disappoints. Whether you’re looking for casual flat boots or a sexy high heel, you can find a pair of Jessica Simpson boots to fit your style.

[ Jessica Simpsons Christmas CD: Happy Christmas ]

It’s all about the boot

jessica simpson boots
Alany – Tobacco
Slip into simplicity with this style from Jessica Simpson. Alany features a rugged brown leather upper with a zipper detail and subtle western flair. This knee boot is finished off with a 4 inch block heel and 3/4 inch platform.

jessica simpson boots
Anne – Black
This boot has a cuffed top and layers of slouchy, supple leather. 4.4 inch stacked heel, 0.7 inch platform.

jessica simpson boots
Capry - Espresso
Pound the pavement in this relaxed leather boot from Jessica Simpson. The Capry has a slouchy, vintage feel with double buckles for a touch of freshness. 2.8 inch stacked heel.

jessica simpson boots
A touch of faux fur adds a new dimension of luxury to any outfit. The supple leather Chelo boot from Jessica Simpson is lined with faux fur for a fashion-forward look with a cozy feel. 2.1 inch heel.

jessica simpson boots
You can find Jessica Simpson products at Nordstroms and Macy’s

Shop the full Jessica Simpson Collection.

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Read MoreDecember 9, 2010 5:43 pm - Posted by Kristy

robert black

Robert Black, former owner of Ford Robert Black Agency and Doreen Picerne, philanthropist and fashionista have brought red carpet Couture to Arizona. Fashion by Robert Black is a vintage boutique, with unique vintage dresses, shoes and jewelry. Located in downtown Scottsdale Arts district, Fashion by Robert Black now occupies the landmark White Hogan building on East First Avenue.

Shop one of a kind vintage jewelry at a trunk show hosted by fashion icon Robert Black at Shapiro Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin Klinic. The Friends and Trends Holiday Soiree is this Tuesday, December 7th, 5:30 – 8pm.

Fashion by Robert Black
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm
Monday- Closed

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Read MoreDecember 6, 2010 4:31 pm - Posted by Kristy

peoria sports complex

Saturday December 10th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Festival of Cheer in Peoria at Peoria Sports Complex offers fun things to do for the entire family. Celebrating cultures, families, and holidays around the world. Tickets are only $5 for children, $7 for adults and $20 for a family pass of four. Children six and younger may enter for free. Free photos with Santa, Kids’ Play Land with twenty tons of snow, crafts, Cultural performances, dance and songs all included in admission.

ice skating phoenix

Ice Skating in Downtown Phoenix!!
NRG Ice at CityScape, a skating rink at Patriots Square Park in downtown Phoenix, is open to the public through mid-January.
Kids will enjoy one of the short “Skating with Santa” sessions, which take place at 6 and 8 p.m. every day through Dec. 22. After some time on the ice, each child will have an opportunity to talk with Santa about his or her Christmas wishes. Visitors can bring their own skates or rent them on-site.

November 27th-December 17th
Monday-Friday 3pm-11pm
Saturday 3pm-11pm
Sunday Noon-9pm

December 18th-January 1st

January 2nd-January 15th
Monday-Friday 5pm-11pm
Saturday & Sunday 3pm-11pm

Located at 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Admission is $10 per person.

For more info call 602-772-3909

junie b. jones play

Junie B. Jones Play at Tempe Center for the Arts now through December 24th.
Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells!
This play, based on three of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, recreates the world of intrigue that is Room One. Recommended for age five and older. Ticket prices are $20-$25 and can be purchased on the Tempe Center for the Arts website.

Nutcracker Ballet at Ballet Arizona in Phoenix at Symphony Hall, December 10 through December 26th. Don’t miss this classic and magical performance!
Tickets available at Prices range from $17-$121.

holiday activites

December 11th is Wigwam’s Annual Tree Lighting where the transformation of the resort’s front lawn to a winter wonderland of holiday music, hot cocoa and house-made cookies, trolley rides, letter writing to the troops and a special visit from the North Pole. A grand holiday tree featuring hundreds of sparkling lights will light up the evening event.

December 18th, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast with Santa at Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd. A holiday to remember featuring a hearty breakfast, each child is welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and receives a holiday candy cane. Mrs. Claus will share some of her favorite holiday stories.
$25 for Adults, $12 for children 3-12 and under 3 complimentary. For reservations please contact 623-856-1094.

Saturday December 11th is Holiday Harmony Snow & Glow is at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The annual tree lighting and toy drive feature live performances and interactive booths. There are snow and sledding areas. Santa Claus drops in for visit. Food and drinks, including a cash bar for those 21 and older, available. Admission is free, but donations of unwrapped toys are requested. E-mail with questions. 480-312-0217.

DEC. 15 from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. is Winterfest at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. FREE!
Tons of imported snow create a play area, complete with two snow slides. Activities include hay rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, holiday crafts, a live Nativity scene and a rock-climbing wall. 480-824-7200.

DEC. 10 and 17 Holiday Music and Festivities from 6-8 p.m. at Scottsdale Quarter, 15169 N. Scottsdale Road. Hot chocolate with Mrs. Claus, live radio broadcasts and snowfall. High-school choral groups perform at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. FREE! See website for school groups and dates. 480-483-4012.

The last year for ‘The Christmas Carol’ at The Herberger Theatre is December 4th -24th, located at 222 E. Monroe St. in Phoenix, Admission: $28.50-$70.50. Call 602-252-8497 for details.

DEC. 18th and 19th 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. is the Winter Wonderland Express at The Enchanted Island Amusement Park located in Phoenix, 1202 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix. The amusement park is transformed into a snow-filled wonderland. Take the C.P. Huntington train to the snow area and play in tons of the white stuff or take a ride on a sled. Santa Claus visits hot cocoa and candy canes are included. Free. 602-254-1200,

Science of Snow Week DEC. 27th through JAN. 1st 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday at The Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, 600 E. Washington St.
It’s snowing at the museum! Experience the science of snow, with themed activities and live demonstrations, including how to make snowflakes, how snow forms and what causes it to snow. Kids can also play in the snow. Free with general admission. $12, $10 for age 62 and older and ages 3-12, free for members and age 2 and younger. 602-716-2000.

Tempe Market Place lets it snow twice nightly beginning November 26th through December 24th at 7pm & 8pm! Come join the holiday fun!

christmas activities

Saturday December 11th, 7 p.m. at The U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix is the 19th Annual Christmas Mariachi Festival showcases stellar performances by some of the finest Mariachi groups in the world, including Latin Grammy Award winner Ana Bárbara, as well as Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles and Mariachi Sonido de Mexico. Tickets sold at Ticket Master, prices from $40-$75.

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Read More 10:31 am - Posted by Stephanie