The NYLON Guide To Scottsdale, Arizona


What to do, where to eat, where to shop

When thinking of the wonders of the United States, some people think of the skyscrapers in New York City or Chicago. Others think of the picture-perfect beaches of Florida, or the lush vineyards of northern California. Not me. Before moving to the U.S. 11 years ago, I romanticized the American Southwest—the mountain ranges dotting the desert terrain, cacti the size of single-story houses, and the hazy landscapes depicted in Georgia O'Keeffe paintings. It was, of course, a simplistic vision of an entire region, whose history of hardships I knew nothing about yet.

But the allure of the area is one understood by many. When I told my American friends that I was going to Scottsdale, Arizona, a few months ago, I was met with, "I've been wanting to go there for so long," proving that it wasn't just my foreignness that led me to glamorize states like Arizona and New Mexico. Credit millennials' current obsession with O'Keeffe, succulents (and all other houseplants), and the Southwestern-hacienda and Art Deco décor, and it's easy to see why places like Sedona, Palm Springs, Marfa, and Santa Fe are suddenly seeing a rise of visitors from that demographic.

Having made my way to Scottsdale in November, I can say that this dreamy desert destination exceeded all expectations I had previously conjured up. You can't help but feel small and insignificant in contrast to the expansive sands, towering mountains, and the wild and rugged desert landscaping untamed by the man; it's humbling and freeing. 

Should you make your way to this oasis, one that also managed to seduce the great Frank Lloyd Wright, here's where you should stay, eat, drink, and shop, and what you should do.

Photograph courtesy of Mountain Shadows.

Where to Stay
Mountain Shadows: One of the newest (and most stunning) accommodations in Scottsdale, Mountain Shadows, which derives its name from the shadows cast by the breathtaking Camelback Mountain (it serves as the property's backdrop), is where Hollywood royalty like John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor stayed in the '60s. Having reopened just last year after a 13-year hiatus and a giant renovation, this Paradise Valley property is a minimalist's dream with exquisite rooms that boasts see-through showers, free-standing bathtubs that overlook the impressive landscape, individual balconies and private patios, and stylish furnishings. If your trip extends to the end of the weekend, check out Hearth '61, the property restaurant that one Sunday a month features a guest chef, a local supplier, and a winery or a distillery coming together to create a paired four-course dinner and conversation. I caught the Mumm vs. Mumm Napa one, and it was something special.

The Scott Resort & Spa: Fact: You will want to photograph every single corner of the perfect lobby and outdoor area of this recently renovated desert sanctuary that combines the colors and feel of old Havana with Southwestern decor and New Orleans' knack for flair. From the wood, leather, and wicker detailing and furniture to the lush indoor plants, Bauhaus-inspired bar, palm print bathroom wallpaper, and lagoon-like pool, The Scott is what I imagine Cuba looked like during its heyday—that is, if you added lots of millennial touches. Make sure to spend at least one dinner at The Canal Club, the onsite restaurant that specializes in traditional American cuisine with a contemporary Cuban twist, where I had the best El Floridita outside of Havana

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa: The fashion-forward types should check out this sophisticated property, known for its Instagrammable main pool and surrounding cabanas. If you can get away from your stylish bungalow-style rooms, check out the spa that offers ingredients from a local botanist in its natural healing treatments.

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



Photos courtesy of American Apparel

The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.