September 2017 – Modern Luxury Scottsdale (Pgs. 28 & 131) |
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Honored and thrilled to be named one of the “Women of Style: 5 Valley Trendsetters You Need to Know” in Modern Luxury Scottsdale Magazine!
The funny thing is at first I didn’t want to do it because I had just retired from modeling (and embracing stepping OUT of the spotlight) and even with running several businesses with my husband, Dr. Alan Christianson, there is still a part of me that feels I’m not special enough to highlight. (Being very vulnerable and transparent here). Additionally, I argued that I wasn’t about ‘luxury’ – I’m about purpose, glamour and vintage….but I don’t focus on brand names. (Case in point I’m always selling my designer things – or buying them on consignment – because I feel GUILTY for spending too much money on myself when I feel it can go towards others who need it more)!
But then I look at our annual donations….or I look at the time I spend volunteering and then I chill out a little. And really, what’s wrong with wanting to feel beautiful when you are lifting others up???
And the irony is, ALL of the women of style who are featured have big hearts, are in charge of amazing organizations or businesses that serve others….and they happen to look good doing it. So yes, it’s an honor and a privilege to stand along-side the women in this issue. Thank you Modern Luxury Scottsdale for selecting women who “wear” compassion…and fabulous shoes!
Our son has all of the words from Hamilton memorized. He LOVES Hamilton. And I love that he loves history, musicals, and something out of the box.
Early this year it was announced that Hamilton would come to Arizona in another year or so….however, I was unable to get tickets. So I began searching for other places to see Hamilton (because I’m not the kind of girl that gives up easily). Chicago was too far and too expensive just to see a show. So was New York.
San Francisco was better, but then I found out it was coming to Los Angeles….a 1 hour plane ride or a 6 hour drive. Easy. But still more expensive than seeing it locally.
So we made our son a deal. If he could get a 3.5GPA the 2nd semester of his new, challenging school, then I would take him to see Hamilton in LA for his birthday. (He didn’t know I already purchased tickets as soon as they went on sale. (Good thing too because they sold out within the hour!)
Because we are trying to give presents that are experiences instead of things, he was perfectly fine that spending the day in LA was his present.
We started off at brunch. Then went the La Brea Tar Pits. Followed by the LA County Museum of Art. Then walked around Hollywood Blvd. Wandered into a farmers market and found delicious street food for lunch. We saw Hamilton. Met some of the cast from Hamilton (the only time I could get a photo of him smiling!). Followed by the Griffith Observatory. And then dinner at a cool British pub on Sunset Blvd. It was quite the day!
Happy 14th Birthday Ryan!
Tote: India Hicks
Whenever someone says “sale” or “60% off” it immediately piques my interest. I recently bought this India Hicks tote bag at 60% off.
And I have to say that it is coming in handy in all kinds of situations!
In San Diego it was the only bag I needed.
And when we were remodeling the clinic after the flood the size was perfect for carrying architectural plans, floor and counter samples, and paint swatches.
The quality is surprisingly nice. And even though I have a love/hate relationship with direct marketing companies and how they are structured, I do have a few products I love from some of those companies. So yes, I want to support my friends who distribute with these companies. But I also love being pleasantly surprised when those products are better than expected. So far I feel the products from India Hicks are better than expected. (Except for the soap – I’m not a fan of their fragrance. Jewelry and purses though are great!)
The fall India Hicks collection is gorgeous! What is your favorite item?
I love that these gorgeous flowers arrive in a box! It’s like a present within a present.
We’ve had the craziest 2 weeks at the clinic.
Flooding….renovations…. resignations ….. moving ….rescheduling…. emergency room visit ….it’s been a doozy! So I wanted to get a special little something for the team because they have gone above and beyond for our patients – especially with all of the craziness happening. This beautiful boxed bouquet 💐 is just what the doctor ordered! (Or, Dr’s wife) And normally I wouldn’t get them sugar, but at least macaroons are gluten-free. 🙂
Bonus: The box makes it easy to transport when you’re ready to take it home from the office.
Thank you Flower from Lover for the incredible gift. The ladies at the clinic loved it!!
PS – Because it has been so crazy, pretend I had time to style my hair. 😉