Monday, July 28, 2014

Scottsdale Travel Guide on Afar.com

Scottsdale Travel Guide on Afar.com by Katarina Kovacevic

I'm really excited to announce that I'm working with Afar.com as their Local Scottsdale Expert! My first task was curating the Afar Guide to Scottsdale, a comprehensive travel resource on all of the best hotels, restaurants and activities in the Sonoran Desert. The guide includes content and tips written by me as well as AFAR magazine journalists and there's also some great user-generated recommendations. Check it out!
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Style Jaunt TV: Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale


I'm reaching in to the archives yet again for Throwback Thursday with a visit to the Saguaro hotel episode of Style Jaunt TV. The colors! The food! The hair! I hope you'll enjoy the trip down memory lane to one of the coolest hotels in Scottsdale.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Travel Beauty: Birchbox for JetBlue

Travel Beauty: Birchbox for JetBlue by Style Jaunt

I was doing a bit of research for an assignment last week and came across an article titled 7 Awesome Airlines That Make Flying a Pleasure. It's basically a roundup of airlines that offer nice perks without hefty price tags. Unsurprisingly, JetBlue made the cut thanks in part to their new Mint class, which features lie-flat seats on transcontinental flights starting at $599. 

I'm sure the comfortable seats are pretty amazing, but I'm kind of geeking out over the fact that every passenger in the Mint section gets a Birchbox of travel-sized beauty products to use in-flight. There are separate amenity kits for men and women, and the featured products change regularly throughout the year. Included in the first round is a Wash and Stain Bar from The Laundress, Hand Cream Pomade from Baxter of California, "They're Real" Mascara from Benefit Cosmetics, Reviver Dry Deodorant Swipes and more.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Interview with Beth Cochran on SuccessLAB

In Pursuit of a Passion...How to Trust the Journey with Katarina Kovacevic on SuccessLAB

Writing is my job. But more than that, it is my passion. I guess I never realized just how much I had to "trust the journey" when I decided to become a full-time writer, until I did this fun interview with Beth Cochran of SuccessLAB. In fact, I still do! But I think with a little self-reflection and a lot of hard work, anyone can fulfill their life's passion no matter what it is. If you're a writer, a media entrepreneur, or just someone who's looking to make a career change (big or small), join me and Beth for this 30-minute podcast: In the Pursuit of a Passion...Trust the Journey.

And stay tuned over the next few months as I announce a new and very exciting step in my entrepreneurial journey. I hope you'll come along for the ride!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Photo Tour: Dining in Scottsdale

There was a lot of good eating on my trip to Scottsdale. If you've never been, then you may not realize just how great the local dining scene is. Seriously, I wrote an entire book about it once! A few snaps from some of my favorite spots that we ate our way through:





Super Chunk Sweets & Treats: One of Scottsdale's newest specialty shops. Super Chunk is the delicious brainchild of Country Velador, executive pastry chef at two of the city's most iconic stops, Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz World Wine Bar. Country and her husband Sergio designed the entire store around that patterned wallpaper. Try: The Chocolate Bacon Corn, made from bacon that's cured specially for Super Chunk!





FnB Restaurant: One of my favorite restaurants in all of Greater Phoenix! FnB always rates at the top of my list of recommendations when friends ask me where to eat in Scottsdale. You've probably seen Chef Charlene Badman's dishes featured in top magazines like Food & Wine. I love that everything at FnB is served family-style and meant to be shared. Try: ANYTHING! Badman's veggie-focused menu changes regularly and no one makes vegetables taste as delicious as she does. And, if you can, snag a bottle of frontman Pavle Milic's own wine.




Barrio Queen: Besides being a fantastic chef, owner Silvana Salcido Esparza is just an all-around awesome person. I always make sure to get my fill of quality Mexican food whenever I'm back in Arizona and Barrio Queen more than satisfied my craving! Try: The agua frescas and tableside Barrio Guacamole, taco trio with cochinita pibil, relleno, and carne asada chorizo azul. A little churro never hurts, either.




Other delicious visits that you won't regret? Sweet Republic for house-churned ice cream using dairy from a local farm, Food Truck Caravan, and Citizen Public House, where you'll find my favorite salad, The O.G. Chopped.

PHOTOS BY: Me!
MORE INFO: Experience Scottsdale

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Style Jaunt TV: Hotel Palomar in Phoenix


On Travel Tuesday, I thought it would be fun to share a bit of a throwback to one of my first Style Jaunt TV episodes of the Hotel Palomar in Phoenix. Check out some of the more recent travel videos - from Zagreb, Croatia and beyond - on the Style Jaunt TV YouTube Channel.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Photo Tour: Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert

One of the things I miss most about Arizona is the desert landscape. The luxury of wide-open space is nice of course, but more than that I miss the colors. You see almost every shade in the spectrum on any given day: blue skies, green cacti...red, orange and purple sunsets. It's pretty remarkable.

The Sonoran Desert just feels special, too. Considering it covers a portion of Arizona and northwest Mexico, and just a small part of California, you definitely get the sense that you're seeing and experiencing things you can't elsewhere in the world. Take the Saguaro cactus, for example. Did you know that it only grows in the Sonoran Desert? There is literally no other place in the world where the Saguaro grows naturally. That's insane!

(By the way, keep this in mind the next time you see the Saguaro used in the logos of other destinations, which shall remain nameless. It's not factually accurate!)

On my recent visit to Scottsdale, I hit the trails of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve with the experts at Arizona Outback Adventures. I've been on a number of excursions with their team over the years and I can safely say that they're the best tour guides in the area. Check 'em out for hikes in the Scottsdale area, even kayaking adventures or backpacking trips to the northern reaches of the state.

Here are a few choice shots from our early-morning hike:

Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert, Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert, Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert, Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert, Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

PHOTOS BY: Me!
MORE INFO: Experience Scottsdale