After landing a position as a spokesmodel for Eastman Kodak in her early 20s, Anicia Bragg moved to New York City to expand her knowledge of the arts, television, film and design, eventually also working with Barbizon Modeling School and teaching thousands of high school students how to “dress for success.” Her eye for fashion, style and decor, and aptitude for making stylish clothing designs eventually led to a career as an image consultant and now she collaborates with some of the most talented designers and professionals in the industry. Also, as the founder of a special events/production company and designs, Bragg has coordinated celebrity galas, VIP parties, weddings and award ceremonies. And she has also served as vice president of a high-profile real estate development company. Bragg’s design and styling firm is ABRAGG Design in Phoenix, and she is also the editor for “Indulge with AniciaB,” a design philosophy blog.
Where were you born ?
How long in Phoenix:
Lifestyle Expert-Editor, “Indulge with AniciaB” (www.indulgewithaniciab.com)
Durant’s, Mastro’s Ocean Club, Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse
Pearl on Drinkwater in Scottsdale
Best Ethnic Food:
Desert Jade Restaurant
L'Amore — 32nd Street and Lincoln, Scottsdale. Family-owned and operated, a locals’ hangout. Bring a big appetite.
Best place for late night dining:
Philadelphia Sandwich Company located in Old Town Scottsdale, open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. And the place everyone goes to after the clubs — the 24-hour 5 & Diner on 16th Street in Phoenix.
Tammie Coe Cakes, downtown Phoenix
Best place for a romantic date:
The Melting Pot
Best Sunday brunch:
The Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Blue Martini Lounge, Famous for its seven-nights-a-week happy hour, live band and DJ (favorite martinis there are the Down and Dirty and 007).
Best place for a power business meeting:
Any Starbucks or Capital Grille at Biltmore Fashion Park
All-around favorite spot in Phoenix:
Biltmore or Kierland Commons. Shopping, restaurants and all-around fun.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Arizona Biltmore
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Fashion Square and Biltmore Fashion Park are on Camelback Road and only a five-minute drive apart
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
E.D. Marshall Jewelers, Molina Fine Jewelers, Moda Fina Fine Diamonds & Jewelry
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. Celebrities like Britney Spears and Pamela Anderson have been spotted there.
Favorite Charity Event:
Phoenix Dream Center, offering a place of healing and hope for at-risk children, homeless and the needy families of our community.
Favorite Cultural Event:
The Phoenix Symphony, offering a variety of music and concerts in the downtown Symphony Hall, as well as concerts in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott and throughout central Arizona.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Desert Botanical Garden, open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Mastro's Steakhouse — elegant fine dining. Live music and dancing. A great place to dine on a Friday or Saturday night.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
The Village for the social scene, Life Time Fitness offers 24-hour access, rock climbing, racquetball courts, activities for the kids and the best spinning classes in town.
Massage Envy — reasonable prices and locations all around the city.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Raymond Rodriquez (www.phoenicantowncarservices.com) Mr. Rodriquez drives for a high-profile clientele and knows the best places to go. He is friendly, courteous and prompt.
Heard Museum has 10 exhibition galleries and is open 364 days a year.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Four Corners Monument, the only place in the United States where four states intersect at one point: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado