April 18, 2014

RUST & RED








TGIF! It has been one long week and I'm so excited for a nice relaxing weekend. I've spent most of today listening to my teen angst playlist on Spotify (Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Minus The Bear, The Strokes, etc.) sipping on hot coffee, ice coffee, and some more hot coffee, and also taking in all of the beautiful spring light we have filling our office today now that our giant windows have been uncovered from their dark shades. Anyways, Scott and I been obsessing over the new The Original Chop Shop location in Chandler and have found ourselves there more often this week than I would care to admit. Not to far away from the shop is this beautiful rust red wall - which looks very Southwestern, if you're asking me! Red has always felt like my color, even though I don't wear it often. I love how it makes my hair pop, and how it can brighten up any outfit or design. Anyways, with the hot, hot heat on the horizon, I have a feeling that you'll be seeing me in a variation of this outfit all summer long. Time to add a few more freckles to those pale shoulders of mine! Have a lovely weekend, friends! 

Outfit details:
Madewell scarf
Madewell blouse
Vintage turquoise ring
Madewell tote
Gap jeans
Sam Edelman booties

April 16, 2014

THE SAN MARCOS









Now that spring has rolled around, the resorts in the Phoenix area are overflowing with spring breakers, tourists, snowbirds, and couples and families escaping that last bit of snow. On a slow going Saturday, Scott and I visited the San Marcos Hotel and Resort in downtown Chandler to enjoy a bit of the resort life. Built in 1912, the San Marcos was influenced by the design work of Frank Lloyd Wright, a close friend of the Dr. AJ Chandler who not only constructed the hotel, but was also the founder of the town that holds his namesake. Opening in 1913, the hotel housed the greatest celebrities of its time (and later), including Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, President Hoover and Christian Dior. Today, the hotel remains as busy as ever and is a popular spot to stay at in Chandler. It's also known as a local paranormal hot-spot, and throughout the years the hotel's staff has received phone calls from rooms and extensions that no longer exist, spotted a ghostly woman floating around the hotel, and heard moaning from empty areas of the building. If you're ever in the area, the San Marcos is certainly a place not to be missed! 

Ok, I'm out after a long day of work and a very fun evening photoshoot with a few talented gals at another amazing resort!

Do you have any favorite local haunted spots in your area?

Outfit details:
I HEART Ronson dress via Jcpenney
Handmade copper bracelet
Sam Edelman Petty boots

April 14, 2014

SPRING IN THE CITY



Happy Monday, friends! Today zoomed by and I can't believe it's already time to go to bed. Well, after I watched The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season premier, that is! ;) Last week I had two days off during the week, so Scott and I took full advantage of our rare time off together and went down to Phoenix for some coffee, vintage shopping, and time spent in the city. On our way out to a local vintage shop, Modern Manor, we made a stop at one of our favorite local coffee shops - Copper Star Coffee. This sweet shop is tucked inside a refurbished gas station, and has the best tropical muffins this city has ever seen. Their ice coffee isn't too bad either! It was a warm day out, but this floral kimono and my strappy sandals did the trick of keeping me cool during our downtown adventures. 

We have a busy week ahead of us, and I've got something really exciting and very summery lined up for Wednesday! Can't wait to share more details and maybe some sneak peeks soon! I just may post a few hints on my Instagram, so follow along and stay tuned!

Outfit details:
Nordstorms BP kimono
Madewell tshirt
Madewell The Transport Tote
American Eagle high-rise jeans
Crown Vintage sandals via DSW

April 12, 2014

HERITAGE SQUARE



Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix is one of my favorite places. Back in the late 1800's, it was a thriving family neighborhood with some of the quaintness homes in town. Today, its tiny brick streets are lined with hip restaurants, bars, and the coolest coffee shop in a restored carriage house. Oprah's favorite pizza restaurant, Pizzeria Bianco, is even close by! Earlier this week Scott and I took a walk through the square, taking in the beautiful spring day we were having, and sipping on some delicious drinks together. I pulled out an old favorite floral blouse for the occasion, and paired it with a new pair of sandals that I've been holding on to until it really felt like sandal season. Anyways, I hope you're all having a nice weekend so far! I've been busy working from home all day, but I did get in a coffee shop date bright and early this morning. Tonight, Scott and I have plans to finish up our painting that we started in our home earlier this week, and then I went to get a good two mile run in. We've been running every night the past few evenings, and I've been feeling so great about the progress I've been making. Have a great evening, friends!

Outfit details:
Blouse: old online shop
Jeans: American Eagle
Flats: Crown Vintage sandals via DSW

April 10, 2014

SPRING IN THE SHADOWS



While the other parts of the country are enjoying a cool and breezy spring, us Phoenix folks are having what we like to call, "Summer: Part 1." Throughout my 25 years of living in this state, I've learned that the only way to keep cool during our blazing spring and summers is to hide in the shadows of the city streets. On Tuesday, Scott and I spent some time in downtown Phoenix reminiscing about our old stomping grounds, and checking out some of our favorite old buildings that we hadn't taken a peek at in awhile. This old brown and boarded up hotel is one of them. You may remember it from one of my  past outfit posts, but it's a beautiful piece of Arizona's 103-year-young history, and from what I hear, it's being protected by the city from potential buyers who would demolish it and build a set of high-rise condos in its place. It's a hidden gem in downtown, nestled safely between the ballpark and the basketball arena, and is the perfect place to hang out in front of on a sunny, spring day. Now, where's the iced coffee? ;)

Outfit details:
Dress: Jcpenney
Bracelets: Kate Spade
Sandals: DSW