Retailers have remembered our demand for comfy and cute during the pandemic by flooding the stores with tons of loungy, matching short sets this summer that are perfect for post-pool, post-beach relaxation. The T-town choices are everywhere, from Target to TJ Maxx. Online options, on Steinmart.com (yep, it’s still alive online) and boutiques such as Red Dress Boutique are even more stylish. Definitely a trend to stock up on!
When Tucson finally gets a cool store – one that has been in Phoenix for years – you have to embrace it.
That’s exactly the case with at home, the new home decor warehouse that took over the Target behemoth on Broadway. (And thank God? Like we need another vacated store that sits empty in this city!)
It’s definitely worth a visit, or many. Tons of wall posters–and when I say tons, I mean millions. The choices are never-ending! Numerous rows of artificial plants and also some small treasures like these monogram jewelry holders. Furniture, indoor and outdoor, storage, mirrors, and some decorative pieces you may not be able to find at HomeGoods or T.J. Maxx.
If you need a housewarming gift, your gift basket starts here.
I think these are the most adorable Tucson-themed post cards! Super retro and could be used in themed gift baskets or as funky holiday cards or even just to actually send as a postcard. Made by RetroTrek, www.retrotrek.com, you can find the 60-cent cards at The West gift shop at Craycroft and River. The West is a fun little place. Besides gifts, it also doubles as a knit shop, so the volunteer ladies who work there are definitely a kick. I think every time I buy something there, one of them always says, “Oh…..how nice dear!”
I’m totally into the velvet blazer this holiday season and not just because Town & Country editor Stellene Volandes is wearing a stunning blue version in this month’s magazine. This is the coolest thing to wear, in my opinion, if you choose to forgo the cocktail dress. Here are some stylish ways to wear it:
I’ve been droolingly (a word?) following the Instagram account of Tucson’s Monsoon Chocolate and finally had to visit the place this week. Monsoon Chocolate encompasses both a chocolate factory and a petite cafe, located at 234 E. 22nd St., which opened earlier this year. The place is at the corner of 4th Avenue and 22nd Street–a short drive south from Armory Park. While its website is under construction, you can buy Monsoon’s chocolate bars, wrapped in stunning artful wrappers, and bon bons at the cafe, and also find its goodies around town at places like The Loft Cinema, for one. A specific shout-out to the Mesquite White Chocolate bar, which features ground mesquite pods from the San Xavier Cooperative Farm. It is very unique in taste and color, it is vintage Tucson and a great desert-themed gift for the upcoming holidays.
The Saguaro cactus has exploded onto the home decor scene, especially at Hobby Lobby. Wall prints, stationery, laundry bags and more–all imprinted with happy little cactus depictions—seem perfect for a teen room remodel! They are also a nice little diversion from the entire region of Christmas accessories that are quietly plotting their takeover of the store.
In a search to find the cause of her daughter’s eczema, Amanda Saffer found a new pursuit of her own: Wellness.
“We were trying to understand the underlying condition that was causing her so much discomfort,” recalls the Tucson mom of two. “Many doctors told us it was genetic and to rub a little cortisone cream on it, never addressing the root problem.”
Saffer conducted her own research, finding clinical studies that link certain foods with eczema flare-ups. She also consulted a naturopathic doctor, who ran several tests and found her daughter did have food sensitivities. An elimination diet helped “pinpoint the culprits” and her eczema began to diminish. Saffer herself noticed brain fog, exhaustion and a touch of the blues after age 40. A naturopath found that she was low in several vitamins and minerals and wasn’t eating properly. “A few tweaks and about 30 days, I was back to feeling like myself…,” she says.
Her new namesake company, Amanda Saffer Wellness, is what has emerged from her quest for answers. “It was the knowledge I had learned and my unquenchable search for more that propelled me into enrolling in the largest nutrition school in the world, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and it’s been a worthwhile journey ever since.”
As a health coach, Saffer now offers options from a pantry reboot to healthy cooking demonstrations to more in-depth wellness sessions. She recently created a healthy eating guide for one of her college-bound clients. Her new website, AmandaSafferWellness.com, also offers healthy recipes and a blog where she tackles topics such as sugar intake and self-care.
“Nutrition is my hot-button,” Saffer says. “So many diseases are linked to a poor diet, and it’s amazing how making just a few tweaks to your diet can help you feel so much better.”
Saffer especially has some take-home ideas for multi-tasking moms, whom are often the last to take care of themselves:
- Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day, and the rest will fall into place. That could mean making a list and prioritizing your day.
- Take 10 to 20 minutes to get outside for a walk or take in the sunshine.
- Take a relaxing Epsom Salt bath.
- Watch your sugar intake, eat healthy fats for brain health and reduce processed food from your diet.
“We all have our struggles, no one is perfect, and…so many of us feel the exact same way,” Saffer says. “I have met with so many clients…who share the same exact ailments. And every time, it seems to boil down to the fact that we are not taking proper care of ourselves, not eating or sleeping well and are flipping exhausted. I know how good it feels to feel well again, what it takes, and I’m excited to share that knowledge with others.”
If you ever watched Sex and The City, you’ll remember that Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda would always meet for brunch or breakfast in these simple little diners where they would dish about their love lives and eat. That, essentially, is Bisbee Breakfast Club, an unassuming little diner with delicious comfort food that now has multiple locations in Tucson, Mesa and Bisbee.
Kind staff, yummy pancakes and bacon and one very tasty, grilled cheese sandwich greeted us at our first visit there and now, it just doesn’t seem like a proper weekend unless we eat there. Plus, I love the little nods to Tucson at the Sunrise and Swan location.
A few years ago, my friend J was wearing the most elegant, simple, flattering black maxi dress to school drop-off. I demanded to know where she found such a perfect dress and to my surprise, she said Soma Intimates! Yeah, the bra store at La Encantada!
I immediately bought the same dress and have since gifted it to others. It’s my favorite. I wear it at least once a week, no joke. It has a built in bra…..magic. And, the rest of it hides everything I don’t want to see. It can be dressed up or down and is so forgiving, I actually don’t think I need to diet on the days I wear it. My dress-gifted friends also tell me they wear the dress all the time.
So, the Tucson store may not have as many options as the website. I recently checked and found several maxi dresses, ranging in price from $54.99 to $89.99. But, you must read the product description to make sure the dress carries these magic words: “Removable cups for soft support and modesty.”
One of the best hostess/housewarming presents I ever received was a basket of luxurious hand soap, a candle and monogrammed hand towels. It was like someone finally guessed the staples that we all really need, but sometimes don’t buy for ourselves….like socks. I have since copied her and always gift these same personalized towels, which are actually napkins that you can buy at Tuesday Morning for $4.99. Which, by the way, I also buy in bulk for my own guest bathroom. Of course, you can buy more expensive versions from Etsy and Ballard Designs, but in a pinch, these are amazing.