Phoenix Fabulous Weekend

Living in Tucson as wonderful as it is, sometimes I get a little antsy and feel the need to see something besides cactus,  desert homes that are typically built low, and the color  brown, meaning lots of dirt, clay whatever you want to call it.   Phoenix is 100 miles away and whenever I go I am satisfied with “getting away”.  This particular trip my husband and I enjoyed some of our favorite visits along with quite a few new ones too! Here are some hi-lites! We started out on Friday having lunch at Postino’s which is now a regular spot for us. It has a laid back vibe and great service.016 During lunch all wines and champagne are $5.00, great selections.   I love the Bruschetta to accompany the wine and with  so many choices for toppings such as burrata, bacon, arugula and tomatoes, or Warm Artichoke Spread you can’t go wrong. All are  displayed on a plank board like little soldiers waiting to be devoured.017 Later on that day we went on the Westward Ho Hotel Historic Tour which is located downtown Phoenix. 041 This was a famous hotel in the 30’s thru 60’s and the celebrities who visited included John F Kennedy, Del Webb, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and the list goes on.  The hotel currently is Senior Housing.  Our tour guide was Chef Dennis who now lives at the Westward Ho, used to be a chef on the Super Chief Rail Way. 005 He captivated us by telling us stories not only about the heyday of the Westward Ho along with Architecture but also his days on the Super Chief as a chef. 033 He cooked for Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Betty Davis.  Jimmy Carter was considered the kind one of the three. He repeatedly commented on the good ol days of quality, elegance and class on the railway.032  Another interesting story he told us about the Westward Ho was that during prohibition a tunnel was built in the basement that connected to the Judges house across the street, so booze was freely going to and fro and no one got caught.  Speak Easy was running at full capacity underneath the Westward Ho and connected money was funding the hotel and it was the place to be!  Chef Dennis gave us a private tour of his quarters at the end of the tour and to my delight he had the most charming well appointed small space  with tons of memorabilia of the Westward Ho. 045  He also had a green thumb with luscious plants scattered thru out his flat.047 When I revealed I was a Wardrobe Consultant he was proud to show me  his Burberry Coat from 1970 that was in mint condition.  I left the tour with a wealth of information and a respect for Chef Dennis with his rich well lived life.  I think to myself it’s all what we make of our lives– we have the control. Before heading to bed, Steve and I shot a few games of pool in our lobby – we stayed at the Aloft hotel a sister hotel of the W- great location for downtown.072 The next day we headed off to the Phoenix Art Museum which never leaves me disappointed. 009083I wore my Brocade skirt and my Prada Navy Patent 078 Ankle Strap Shoes- I love dressing up when going to the museum. I was particularly excited to view the Modern Spirit  Fashion of the 1920’s Exhibit which displayed early Coco Chanel designs, along with learning what the 1920’s fashion was all about:  Raised Hemlines, Un- Corseted Silhouettes,  Bobbed Hair, and lots of Skin showing. index It was defined as the Modern Spirit!  It was a wonderful day at the museum while we also viewed the Western Gallery and a new Japanese Exhibit. Famished and next on the list was a new restaurant to try – Dick’s Hideaway.  We entered a cave like atmosphere, sat down at the 10 seat bar and watched the chefs prepare New Mexican fair  that soon enough we were chowing down ourselves. dicks hideway It was a cool atmosphere, great food, good prices , I can’t wait to go back! With tummy’s full one of our intentions was to get Steve a new suit so we headed off to My Sister’s Closet Consignment Shop- a huge operation in Phoenix with many locations. header-logo  he scored – that is an understatement. He walked out with 2 Designer Suits $40.00 each,  4 dress shirts- one french cuff, 2 Cashmere Sweaters and a new Watch . Men– this is a great place to shop with a limited budget for designer and quality items. Ladies there is a store for you too, I refrained myself this trip! Victory for Monica! Back to one of our favorites spots  for dinner: the St Francis on Camelback salad  We have always sat at the bar outside and enjoy conversing with the bartenders.  The ambiance is warm and on a wall outside they play an old Julia Child Cooking Show in black and white. Classic! My meal was exceptional and I plan on re-creating it at home.  I had Grilled Salmon over Quinoa with Avocado, French Radishes and Carrots.   I highly recommend this restaurant- two thumbs up!st francis Before heading back to Tucson we made our usual pilgrimage to Ikea stocking up on tea lites, pots for the garden, place mats  and whatever strikes us at Ikea.  Fortunately for Steve no major furniture, redesign projects in the near future. Until our next visit to Phoenix———–  I am home with a Happy New Year ahead of me in Tucson.


Scoring Shoes on Ebay

Shopping for shoes on Ebay is one of the easiest ways to go about getting designer shoes at a fabulous price.   All you need to know is what designer you want and your size.  For example my husband loves Tsubo’s ; a sporty mens shoe.  Since he knows he is a 9.5 he just types in Men’s Tsubo’s 9.5 and voila up pops up a stream of at least 15 choices.  He bids on the ones he wants, rarely is there any bidding wars, the auction ends and 2 weeks later he has his shoes delivered to the front door.  Victory!  Also, there are so many auctions that have Buy Now if you agree with the price of the seller you just click the button and you win automatically. Victory!

In today’s Ebay Market I personally believe it is a buyer’s market , not a seller’s market.  There are so many people selling that rarely are there  bidding wars which means the price doesn’t move so you always get a great deal. Some of my favorite designer’s are: Stuart Weitzman, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Vince Camuto, Joan and David, Bally, Giuseppe Zanotti, and  Prada.

One of my lovely clients decided to do some shoe shopping on Ebay.

She particularly loves Cole Haan’s, they fit her foot well and she knows she is always a size 8 when it comes to Cole Haan.

She was looking to build her shoe wardrobe and also replace a pair of booties that her dog Jack decided to eat, chew and destroy. Jack is lucky Melissa has such a forgiving kind heart!

Let’s just say Melissa’s Ebay shopping was a total success and her average price per shoe was $20.00.  She bought 11 pairs.  What a deal!

1.  2 Pairs of Cole Haan Black Booties- Avg Retail Price $250

2.  The Cole Haan Line Up- Avg Retail Price $200-$300

3.  Donald Pliner Line Up- Avg Retail Price $200- $300

4.  Cole Haan, G Series and Naturalizer – Avg Retail Price $100-$250

The  Grand Shoe Showcase!

 Good Job Melissa, as I always say “You can never have enough shoes!”

Shoes that Speak

1.  Vintage Cowboy Boots from a Clients Closet

2. AAAHHHH Valentino Red Patent Bow Pump from a Clients Closet

3.  Christian Louboutin Classics- Impulse Buy in Chicago

4.  Naturalizers can you believe it???  Clients Closet

5.  Cole Haan Yellow Suede Dreams!  Clients Closet

6.  Anne Klein Satin Slingback.  On my way to the Arizona Theatre 2008

7.  Stephanie working on a photo shoot struttin her stuff – she has an amazing boot collection! The model’s aren’t so bad either!

8.  Antonia wearing  Matisse boots from my collection for an  incredible fashion shoot I will never forget.  So much fun and incredible talent that day.  Photography: Stephanie Lew, Makeup: Khara Williams, Hair: Mayra Gomez, Stylist: Monica

9.  Circa 80’s Chanel Lace ups  received on my Birthday 2010. Yes there is a story behind these shoes- another time. Photography: Brittney Christy

10.  H&M cheapie knockoffs- I love them! Photo :Stephanie Lew

11.  Birgit Kollhoff Cream Elegant Ankle Heels that I purchased from my consignment store Timeless at least 15 years ago.  So thankful I take care of my shoes! Photo Brittney Christy

12.  Gucci Loafers from Buffalo Exchange and mischief in the background! ( Steve Negri)

13.  Mr Negri wearing Ferragamo Black Loafers

14.  Vintage Brocade Low Heeled Pump circa 60’s from Neiman Marcus via Buffalo Exchange

15 .  Vince Camuto Camel Booties from Dillard’s purchased from Jimmy in the shoe dept. Photo: Brittney Christie

16.  Isabel Toledo  Black and White Platform Heels ( Prada wanna be’s) Bid 6x’s on Ebay before I was the winner!

17. Katie’s Evil Black Boots on a Photo Shoot by Stephanie Lew