Feb 232012
From the Editor - March 2012

Greetings and welcome to the March 2012 issue of Southwest Flair Magazine online. Spring is just around the corner and there are lots of exciting southwest events coming up to celebrate! Two major fashions weeks are happening this month: Aspen Fashion Week and Fashion Week El Paseo in Palm Springs (be sure to check out celebrity designer Mark Zunino who has dressed everyone from Liz Taylor to Angelina Jolie). Trunk shows and MIM Rocks Fashion in Phoenix are all coming up as well and you won’t want to miss these [Read More]

Feb 232012
Monica Matocha - Houston Singer/Songwriter, Designer

HOUSTON, WE HAVE NO PROBLEM! MONICA MATOCHA TRANSCENDS HER TEEN POP PAST AND EMERGES AS A POWERHOUSE SINGER/SONGWRITER ON HER DEBUT SINGLE, 'IMPOSTOR' While many underground artists are masquerading as the next icon of pop music, one has broken through the pack with a single that is sailing through the U.S. Pop and Independent Artist Charts. Keep an eye on Monica Matocha (pronounced Ma-toke-uh), because unlike the title of her soaring song, she is no "Impostor.”       Monica Matocha, twenty, is a young heart that is muscling her way to the [Read More]

Feb 232012
Mindful Breathing, Meditation and Stretching!

Mindful Breathing, Meditation and Stretching! By Kirstie Bender Segarra The practice of asana, more commonly known as “yoga” in the West, has increased in popularity to such a degree, that even in a small town like Taos, we have several yoga classes offered at yoga studios, spas, galleries, private homes and at UNM-Taos. My earliest memories of yoga are my mother stretching on our living room floor when I was a little girl in the 70’s. As a tomboy and pure sports enthusiast I wouldn’t go there—it is not cool [Read More]

Feb 232012
Aspen Fashion Week 2012

Aspen Fashion Week 2012 Aspen, CO (February 2012) – Aspen, home to winter luxury, announces the 4th Annual Aspen Fashion Week (AFW) will take place from March 11th to 14th, in various locations around the town. Aspen Fashion Week is a destination fashion event designed to showcase and market winter resort, ski, sportswear  and technical outerwear in the home and playground of the most stylish mountain town. With daily après ski fashion shows, in-store events, evening presentations and late night fashionable soirées, Aspen Fashion Week will continue to be the [Read More]

Feb 232012
National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show Heats up Albuquerque

National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show Heats up Albuquerque Thousand of “fire eaters” set to enjoy world’s largest spicy foods show Albuquerque, NM – The 24th annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show is prepping for a sizzling weekend of gourmet foods, sauces, spices, sweet-heat treats and rubs at Sandia Resort and Casino March 2-4, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Show highlights will include cooking demonstrations, exciting new exhibitors, the release of “Dave DeWitt’s Chile Trivia” book and a special exhibit devoted to New Mexican grown super-hot chile peppers. Award-Winning [Read More]

Feb 222012
MIM Rocks Fashion

(PHOENIX, AZ) MIM Rocks Fashion PHOENIX FASHION WEEK KICKS OFF 2012 WITH “MIM ROCKS FASHION” MARCH 1 Spring into Style with Global Fashion & Music Runway Show presented by TEAM Investments Inc. PHOENIX, ARIZ. (February 24, 2012)  Phoenix Fashion Week kicks off its 2012 series of events next week by teaming up with the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) for the second-annual “MIM Rocks Fashion” spring showcase fusing the heart-pounding sights of a high-energy runway production and the transformative sounds of globally-focused music. Presented by Valley real estate firm TEAM Investments [Read More]

Feb 222012
Olin Dodson's New Book: Melissa's Gift

Olin Dodson's New Book: Melissa's Gift In August 1990, a solitary, unmarried man received a phone call from a stranger who informed him that he was the father of an eleven-year-old child. She lived in a small town in Costa Rica, where he had visited years earlier, with her mother—and she was suffering from the incurable disease known as cystic fibrosis.   Melissa’s Gift recounts Santa Fe psychotherapist and public speaker Olin Dodson’s complicated and ultimately extraordinary relationship with his daughter. Written with elegance, beauty and power, Melissa’s Gift is [Read More]

Feb 222012
De-Stress With Pranayama

De-Stress With Pranayama By Dr. Rita Khanna           In Yoga, breathing is considered a very important process as it is the most vital means of absorbing Prana into the body. The Shastras explain how Prana gives consciousness and life to every creature which breathes. According to Taittiriya, Brahmana and Maitri Upanishads and Shiva Swarodaya, the breath is referred to as the vehicle of Brahman or cosmic consciousness. Even the Bible implies that man was given consciousness and life through the breath: “The Lord God formed man [Read More]

Feb 222012
Scottsdale Shows Its Green Side

Scottsdale Shows Its Green Side   As a premier travel destination located in one of the world's most delicate natural environments, the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale has a deeply rooted commitment to sustainability and green practices. Going green is no longer just the "in" thing to do – it's an economically and socially responsible way to help communities and travelers do their part while visiting, too! In addition to preserving one-third of the city's land to create Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve in 1995, Scottsdale also is the nation's first city to [Read More]

Feb 222012
Yoga Vacations in New Mexico

Yoga Vacations in New Mexico Practicing yoga is a fulfilling, life-changing experience and where better to fully experience the beauty and vigor of yoga than in enchanting New Mexico? The scent of fresh pine and sage permeating the senses, gazing up to deep blue skies while practicing your poses. Plateaus, mountaintops or fresh running rivers and streams, New Mexico can offer an exhilarating backdrop for your yoga practice or vacation. There are numerous ways to include yoga on your next visit to New Mexico: You can drop-in on most classes [Read More]

Feb 222012
Restaurant Weeks Return to New Mexico

Restaurant Weeks Return to New Mexico March 4 through April 1, 2012 2012 Event Now Welcomes Daytime Diners with Special Prix-Fixe Lunches   The most delicious weeks of the year are back, with even more ways to experience the incomparable cuisine of Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Taos. New Mexico’s third annual Restaurant Weeks, March 4 through April 1, 2012, introduce the “Let’s Do Lunch” program, giving daytime diners the opportunity to feast on two- or three-course prix-fixe lunches as well as dinners. Santa Fe Restaurant Week kicks off [Read More]

Feb 222012
Inspiration: In the obvious and in disguise

Inspiration: In the obvious and in disguise an editorial by Sherry Bryant Inspiration sometimes comes in the obvious and sometimes in a disguise. Sometimes it comes in someone we admire so much that we cannot see beyond that to the true message and it is banging on us on the head as we think, oh I admire her so, I wish I could be like that. Well duh, we can be, and that is what admiration is trying to tell us and it is right in front of us but [Read More]

Feb 222012
Fashion Week El Paseo™ To Present a Week of Glamour and Runway Thrills

Fashion Week El Paseo™ To Present a Week of Glamour and Runway Thrills The 7th Annual Event (March 16-24, 2012) Will Feature Numerous Exciting Highlights PALM SPRINGS, CA (February 22, 2012) — Palm Springs Life has announced an exciting schedule of Fashion Week El Paseo™ events and highlights for the seventh annual glam fest on March 16-24, 2012. Fashion Week El Paseo™ presents the best of West Coast design and is the premier consumer-driven fashion experience showcasing the newest collections by top designers, as well as fresh cutting-edge style by [Read More]

Feb 202012
Trunk Show to Benefit the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center

Trunk Show to Benefit the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center Cave Creek, Arizona – A fine jewelry trunk show featuring Italian gold, diamonds, gemstones and designer silver jewelry, will be held on March 23, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM to benefit the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center.   During the fund-raiser, which will be held at the Cochise Geronimo clubhouse at the Desert Mountain Club, participants will enjoy wine tasting featuring wines from Argentina and California, gourmet food, a silent auction and raffle prizes including jewelry, [Read More]

Feb 162012
Artist Turns Her Kisses into a Masterpiece

Artist Turns Her Kisses into a Masterpiece at the Scottsdale Arts Festival 42nd Scottsdale Arts Festival March 9–11, 2012 Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Outdoors at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – The Scottsdale Arts Festival is known for showcasing thousands of works of art in every imaginable style, but Texas artist Natalie Irish is sure to turn heads this year with her eye-popping celebrity portraits created with lipstick and hundreds of her carefully planted kisses. Irish will [Read More]

Feb 162012
Joines/Dalton to Show at Galveston Arts Center

Sharon Joines Wharton County: This Alluvial Land   Scott Dalton So Close, So Far: Daily Life and Cartel Violence in Cuidad Juarez   GALVESTON, Texas: Galveston Arts Center is pleased to present two exhibitions in conjunction with Houston’s FotoFest 2012, the 14th International Biennial of Photography by Texas-based photographers Sharon Joines and Scott Dalton. The exhibitions will open during the March 10th ArtWalk and remain on view through April 15, 2012. Curator Clint Willour will lead a gallery talk with the artists beginning at 6:30 pm during ArtWalk. The event [Read More]

Feb 142012
Actress Mariel Hemingway, Healthy Leaders, Unveil National Wellness Week™ Pledge

Actress Mariel Hemingway, Healthy Leaders, Unveil National Wellness Week™ Pledge: 7 Simple Steps to Healthier Living Gearing up for Wellness Week 2012 in March, spas, gyms, wellness businesses launch nationwide movement to inspire Americans to take charge of their health Washington, DC (February 9, 2012) – Gearing up for March 2012 Wellness Week™, actress Mariel Hemingway joined national policymakers on Capitol Hill today for the unveiling of the National Wellness Week Pledge, a set of seven simple yet vital steps Americans can take to lead happier and healthier lives. Taking [Read More]

Feb 132012
Fashion Week El Paseo™: Mark Zunino’s Runway Show

Fashion Week El Paseo™ Announces Mark Zunino as 2012 Designer of the Week Mark Zunino’s Runway Show Will Dazzle Audiences on March 24, 2012   PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 4, 2011) — Palm Springs Life magazine has announced that Mark Zunino, the couturier who reinvigorated the Nolan Miller label, will be designer of the week at the seventh-annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ in Palm Desert. The West Coast’s most anticipated fashion event unfolds March 17-24, 2012, in the Big White Tent on El Paseo, the Coachella Valley’s most fashionable shopping [Read More]

Feb 132012
Funky Finds Spring Fling: Shop for Unique Hand-Crafted Goods

Shop for Unique Hand-Crafted Goods by Local Artists, Crafters & Designers Fort Worth, Texas, March 10 & 11 – The 4th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling is a free two-day indoor event that will showcase the work of over 115 talented artisans. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase unique hand-crafted items, including accessories, clothing, pet goods, home dècor and much more. WHEN: 10am-5pm, Saturday, March 10 and 11am-4pm, Sunday, March 11 WHERE: Will Rogers Memorial Center, Poultry Barn, 3409 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76104 ADMISSION: Free! The family [Read More]

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