After graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in communication, Ashley LaRae earned a specialized degree in visual communication from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She has since worked as a consultant and wardrobe stylist, touring with musicians such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and The Dream, as well as worked with professional athletes, designers, photographers and magazines for independent films, commercials, fashion shows and books. Services she provides to clients include everything from personal shopping and personal packing to wardrobe styling for artistic and commercial projects, editorial writing, costume designing, fashion workshops and public speaking. Combining her knowledge, skills, contacts and passion, LaRae created StylePHX, a website incorporating fashion, music, athletes, places, arts and events.
Where were you born ?
Salt Lake City
How long in Phoenix:
Since junior high
Wardrobe stylist and founder of StylePHX
Top Shelf Mexican Restaurant (Their Pollo Fundito is to die for.)
Stingray Sushi (in downtown Scottsdale and at Biltmore Fashion Park). Their happy hour menu gets me every time!
Best Ethnic Food:
Tasty Kabob Persian Cuisine in Tempe
La Torretta in North Scottsdale. I don’t even need to order their food … their bread and butter alone make this my favorite Italian place.
Best place for late night dining:
Philadelphia Sandwich Company on Scottsdale Road (It’s open 24 hours!)
Pazookie at Oregano’s
Best place for a romantic date:
Gondola ride at Hyatt Regency Resort at Gainey Ranch
Best Sunday brunch:
Maizie’s Café and Bistro in central Phoenix
The W Scottsdale
All-around favorite spot in Phoenix:
Old Town Scottsdale (for shopping, dining, people-watching)
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Depends on what part of town they need to stay in – but the Valley Ho, W in Scottsdale and Hotel Theodore all have great vibes.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Old Town Scottsdale (Studio Joy Li and Amy Inc) and Old Town Glendale (Pink House Boutique)
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Depending on the price and longevity of the piece, I like Moda Fina’s selection of beautiful high-end watches. But, for the person who’s looking to mix and match a variety of watches, Francesca’s Collection has a great selection of fun, trendy watches (with multiple boutiques around the Valley).
The Sanctuary on Camelback
Favorite Charity Event:
Phoenix Suns Celebrity Shoot Out at U.S. Airways Center (Who doesn’t like to see celebs making a fool out of themselves on the court every year?)
Favorite Cultural Event:
Jazz/blues festival in downtown Glendale
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Best Aspect of Phoenix:
The outdoors, bike riding, hiking, rock climbing … we get to enjoy our weather for about eight months out of the year!
Mastro’s City Hall in Scottsdale ... Best steak I’ve ever had, not to mention just about everything else on the menu.
Nello’s Pizza in Tempe
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Amenzone in Scottsdale. The owner, Amen, will keep you motivated and whoop you in shape in NO time.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
The Driver Provider is a local company with a great staff.
Phoenix Art Museum. Right now they have the “Fashion Independent,” “Theatre de la Mode,” “Living for Art,” and “Pure Photography” exhibits … all of which I like.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix