Travel with blondewalk: Phoenix

Travel to Phoenix - blondewalk

The Valley of the Sun aka Phoenix is named after the 325+ days of sunshine each year. The weather alone convinces many Canadians to visit the State or even purchase a second home there. In saying that, Phoenix can experience some pretty hot (sometimes unbearable) days during the summer. In our opinion, the best time to go is between October and May.


For us, every trip to Phoenix includes multiple trips to My Sister’s Closet. This high-end consignment store offers the best selection of pre-loved luxury brands at a fraction of their regular cost. For those shoppers who do not like searching for good “finds”, then this store will change your view on second hand retail. Some locations also have a men’s store, Well Suited and furniture store, My Sister’s Attic.

My Sister's Closet
My Sister's closet

For all of your top shops, Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale is the place to be. From Barneys and Burberry, to Anthropologie and Crate & Barrel, this is a one-stop-shop for all of your fashion and decor needs. And with many trendy food establishments, the area surrounding the mall is definitely worth exploring.

Fashion Square


While most of our time is consumed with shopping (while the men golf), eating or relaxing by the pool, Phoenix does offer many great events throughout the year. Below is a list of a select few that we recommend attending:

  • January: Barrett-Jackson car show
  • February: Waste Management golf tournament
  • April: Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Barret Jackson
Waste Management Golf Tournament


Olive & Ivy located in Scottsdale by Fashion Square has perfected brunch, lunch and dinner – hard to believe, we know! They offer a mix between Mediterranean and Italian style dishes including delicious pastas, flatbreads and ample fish/meat creations. Our top choices include the freshly baked cinnamon rolls, beet salad and margherita flatbread. The patio ambiance is serene and includes comfortable seating and fire pits. Reservations are essential!

Olive & Ivy - blondewalk
Olive & Ivy - blondewalk
Olive & Ivy - blondewalk
Olive & Ivy - blondewalk
Olive & Ivy - blondewalk
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