Thursday, June 27, 2019

Summer Staycation at The Fairmont Princess Scottsdale

Happy Thursday! I hope you all are having a great week. For father's day, my family and I went to the beautiful Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale. Even though we only live twenty minutes away, we definitely felt like we were on vacation. The resort was breathtaking and very kid friendly. For summer this year, they are running a superhero theme which is so much fun! My boys love superheroes and they definitely felt right at home at the hotel.  There are so many reasons why we enjoyed staying here, I wanted to share some highlights of our staycation.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a AAA 5 Star Diamond Resort and the ultimate desert oasis. There are 6 different & amazing  pools at the resort and the newest Sunset Beach pool with 9,000 square feet of white sand.  There is also an adult only pool and a relaxing innovative spa and fitness center. It is also home of the two 18-hole championship golf courses and one which is the home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix open. There is definitely no shortage of fun here.

The Fairmont has something for everyone, which is hard to find especially with young kids. Our favorite pool was the Splash pool since my boys loved the slides. They also had a fun interactive DJ booth for the kids that had different competition to keep the kids engaged. Some of the activities included: a dance competition, hula hoop competition as well as super hero trivia. My boys loved & participated in all the activities. The best part was the bubble party. They were literally filled with bubbles and they loved every minute of it. If only they had that every night before bed, bath would be a piece of cake. Another fun activity that the Fairmont offers is the zip lining. My son and I had never zip lined before. After this experience, I can't wait to try zip lining in other countries. The experience was amazing and the staff was so friendly and kept both of us at ease. Unfortunately, my youngest, Ashton was unable to partake in the zip lining since there is a weight requirement.  We will definitely be back and hopefully next time, Ashton will be able to go on it.  I definitely recommend doing trying the zip line. Not only does Fairmont offer daytime activities but they also offer activities at night. At dusk, the beach side pools have movie night for the kids and each night is a different movie. The kids also loved hanging out at the Trailblazers which is a Kid's Club that offer variety of activities from going on a nature walk to a stimulator, the world biggest Pac Man, arcade games, Xbox, ice hockey and pool table just to name a few. A must stop for kids!

Our room had the perfect backdrop of the Sonoran desert. We stayed in the Sunset Beach Suites which are easily accessible and close to one of our favorite pools.  The balcony was one of my favorite part of the room.  It was the perfect place to sit and catch the sunrise and sunset each night. One of my favorite thing about this hotel is the hospitality and service we received. Not only was everyone very nice and friendly, but the resort gave you such a feel that you were a vacation away from home. Even though we live only 20 minutes away from the resort it felt like vacation here. We were able to sneak in some spa time while the kids were at the TrailBlazer's Family Adventure center which is essentially a Kid's Club packed with fun. Although, I didn't have enough time to book a treatment, the amenities at the spa was amazing and they offer numerous treatments and wellness services. I highly recommend stopping by there, they also offer different fitness classes as well. Next time I'm there, I definitely trying the aerial yoga which I've been wanting to try for so long.

We also dined at the Bourbon Steak house at the resort which is owned by Micheal Mina which is one of my favorite chefs. The food definitely did not disappoint. One of my favorite dishes was the sea bass that I ordered with black bean sauce. It was so good and their fries and dipping sauce is seriously to die for. I definitely recommend checking out this restaurant if you stay at the Fairmont.

Overall, our stay at the Fairmont was absolutely perfect & amazing! From the marvelous and friendly staff to the beautiful grounds and amazing pools. There is also no shortage of fun and activities here. If you are looking for a family friendly resort or just a place to unwind by the pool or spa. I highly recommend staying here to experience luxury and all the comforts of home.  I promise you will create memories here that will last a lifetime.

Thank you to Fairmont Princess for a fun filled summer staycation! We can't wait to come back. 


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Shopping at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale



Photography: Nicole Bowman Photography

Happy Thursday! I hope you are having a great week. This past weekend was very busy and a lot of fun. I celebrated my birthday and had the best weekend at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale. It was so much fun shopping and learning more about the stores. I've highlighted some of my favorite stores which include Etch Salon, Z Gallerie, Johnny Was & Alex and Ani. For all the stores, that I visited make sure to check it out on my Instagram Story saved under the Highlights (Kierland)

Johnny Was was one of my favorite stores because not only is it boho chic, but the colorful patterns and textures are amazing. The hand crafted silk materials are so delicate, soft, and unique. Not only is the kimono reversible, but it has the amazing hand stitched embroidery which makes it truly one of a kind. I absolutely love the silk kimono that I tried on at the store. It's perfect for the dressing up or down. It's definitely on my wishlist. It's also great for wall art and decor as well. I love the beautiful patterns and materials. I felt amazing in it and definitely would recommend this store if you are looking for something fun, unique, and whimsical to wear. The colors are vibrant and it's such a great place to shop this summer.

Etch salon looks absolutely amazing and stylists are super friendly. What sets this salon apart from others is the education and training that each of the stylists have to do. I also love the unique products that they used and can't wait to try them at home. My stylist, Alexis was amazing and did exactly what I wanted and more. If you've been following me on my Instagram, you know I am a total boho chic girl and I wanted to create a look that went with my style. I also wanted to do a fun fishtail braid and Alexis did not disappoint. She really brought my vision to life. Not only was she quick, but was amazing in showing me what products she used to re-create my look. It's definitely a salon to check out. Not only do they specialized in styling, but also color and haircuts. I got so many compliments on my hair and I wish that I could recreate this look at home.

Another fabulous store to I visited is Z Gallerie! I am seriously obsessed with everything in the store. I also learned to play with textures and different colors and accessories such as pillows, lamps, and a centerpiece allows you to create an entirely different look. I definitely recommending stopping by Z Gallery if you need major inspiration for your home and decor. Even if it is to pick up an accessory or statement piece to accent your look. After visiting this store, I now have so many ideas of what I want to create for my bedroom and living area.

Alex and Ani is such a fun store to visit to accessorize any of your outfits. They carry such a variety of pieces and it's perfect for gifts or treating yourself to something special. I love that pieces are made in the USA. Not are they quality pieces, but I love the variety that they offer. I selected  the "evil eye" and I am in love with my necklace to ward off bad vibes. I've been on the hunt for an "evil eye" necklace and this one was perfect. The best part about the necklace it is that you can adjust the length, which makes it more versatile to wear. What type of jewelry do you love to wear? If you are a jewelry lover, I definitely recommend stopping by this store.

I had so much fun connecting with other bloggers at this event and learning about the different brands. If you are ever in Scottsdale, I totally recommend hitting up these stores and visiting Kierland Commons. I promise there is something for everyone here.

Thanks for stopping by! What are your favorite stores and brands? Also, a special thanks to Mandy for setting up this event.  Have a great day and an even better weekend ahead!!!
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