Magazine article Sunset

Phoenix for Girls: One Mom, Two Teen Daughters, and Three Manicures Equals Vacation Happiness

Magazine article Sunset

Phoenix for Girls: One Mom, Two Teen Daughters, and Three Manicures Equals Vacation Happiness

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Traveling with my daughters used to be easy. They would gamely explore anything, as long as there was the promise of ice cream at the end. But when Anjelica, 12, and Natalia, 15, each hit middle school, they rebelled. All they wanted to see in a new city was ... the mall. Overnight, I became an earnest guidebook-toting frump. During a recent trek to Phoenix and Scottsdale, though, I decided to spiff up my image and walk a mile in my daughters' Hollister Co. flip-flops. I proposed a girlie itinerary that included pampering at one of the area's legendary spas, browsing for vintage bargains, and (legally) checking out downtown Scottsdale's burgeoning nightlife scene. And just so the girls wouldn't think I'd completely turned over a new parenting leaf, I also snuck in a culturally enlightening museum visit. A car is the best way to get around town, but luckily my two are still too young to drive.

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1 Buffalo Exchange

To distract my daughters from thoughts of the mall, as well as to save my wallet, we headed to Buffalo Exchange. Founded in Tucson, the clothing resale chain is vintage nirvana for teens and 20-somethings hoping to put together a buzz-worthy look. During our visit, we scored 7 for All Mankind jeans for $42, Guess jeans for $18, plus some retro-style belts. 10-8 Mon-Sat, 11-6 Sun. 730 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; www.buffaloexchange.com or 602/532-0144.

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Natalia: A- "Designer stuff at good prices."

Anjelica: B+ "I liked their weird shoes."

2 Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

The spa at the august Arizona Biltmore Resort now offers a Teen Spa Menu that includes facials and pedicures, allowing mothers and daughters to bond in pursuit of beauty. We splurged with 30-minute manicures, given to us side by side in the subdued elegance of the spa's salon. Afterward, we let our nails dry as we rambled through the resort's manicured gardens and the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired buildings. …

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