February 13, 2015 |

Cross My Heart

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We recently overheard a conversation between an older couple talking about how “dating is dead”.  They were referring to the fact that the majority of young people go from hook-up to hook-up rather than the traditional date.  Being out of the dating game for quite some time, we aren’t necessarily sure if this is true, but we couldn’t imagine a world without dates…specifically ice-cream dates.

Last weekend, we went on a little date to the Sugar Bowl in Scottsdale.  It’s the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth and has been around since 1958!  With the old-school decor, arcade, and the best vanilla milkshake around (in our opinion), there’s really nothing not to love!  With our schedules getting more and more busy these days, we’re finding it’s important we set aside time to do the things we love and to make sure we always have a date-night (or day) thrown in each month.  It was so nice to just stroll around Old Town, take in the hints of spring, and joke around over a sweet treat together.  Back in New York we used to check out old diners from the 50s and the Sugar Bowl was so reminiscent of that.  There’s something charming and romantic about being in a place that is so clearly from a different time.  We’ve always been fascinated by the music, clothing and culture of years past.  (That probably explains our obsession with Midnight in Paris.)

It felt pretty appropriate that on this particular day we were sporting some threads from our friends’ vintage shop, Meek Vintage.  They sell vintage clothing ranging from the 1930s-1980s and have some pretty fun housewares and textiles, too (like this printed rug, we’re swooning over).  They’re running a flash sale this weekend on their instagram page, so be sure to check it out!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! TGIF!

His: Topman jeans, vintage Ralph Lauren button down, watch c/o Barren Arden
Hers: Vintage dress, Mac lipstick in “Russian Red”, Essie nail polish in “Fiji”

Photos by: Cadence Meeks

February 5, 2015 |

New Darlings + AEO

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We recently collaborated with American Eagle for their new Denim X line!  They have the perfect amount of stretch and a ton of versatile washes for daytime wear to fancy date-nights.  This weekend we kept things simple and casual for strolling around town and stopping at some of our favorite vintage shops.  With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, sweet little gifts and date-night outfits have been on our minds.  We can’t get enough of red and pink and heart-shaped everything!  Head over to the AEO blog to see some of our favorite gift ideas for him and her and what we have planned for Valentine’s Day!

His: Plaid button down and jeans c/o American Eagle Outfitters, Topman chukka boots (similar), Timex watch
Hers: Top and jeans c/o American Eagle Outfitters, Free People hat (similar), Urban Outfitters boots (similar), Essie nail color in “Lollipop”, Bobbi Brown lip color in “Monday to Sunday”

This post is partnership with American Eagle Outfitters.  All opinions are our own.

January 26, 2015 |

Hair Essentials

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We’ve received a few emails and very sweet comments on instagram regarding hair care! We figured it was about time we share our favorite products, for both guys & gals!

-Sulfate-free Shampoo & Conditioner: Shampoos & conditioners containing sulfate strip your hair of it’s natural oils, can irritate your scalp and cause frizziness.  Also, if you want to protect your color and/or hair treatment (such as keratin hair treatment) your stylist will suggest one of these shampoos & conditioners.  Burt’s Bees is a great go-to of ours.  Pureology is another favorite, but can be a bit pricey. (Amazon usually has good deals on buying both together at a discounted price.)

-Hair Masks: Deep conditioning can help transform dry & damaged hair immensely! One of our favorite hair masks to do is a coconut oil treatment.  It’s 100% natural and organic and easy to find at your local food store.  Leave on for about two hours, while you clean the house or catch up Netflix! Another long time favorite is Macademia Natural Oil Deep Hair Repair Mask.  It smells amazing and makes your hair super soft! You can also use this in place of conditioner in the shower once a week.

-Brushes & Combs: All brushes are not created equal and our vanities drawers are filled with several!  Paddle brushes are great for blow drying long hair to get out moisture.  Then go over in sections with a round brush to create volume.

-Protect: Before blow drying hair it’s important to use a hair protectant, especially if you’re going to go over it again later with a styling tool (like a straightener or curling wand).  The Moroccan Oil line is great for this.  Their protectant spray and volumizing mousse never fail!  You can also add a bit of their smoothing serum on the ends of your hair to help with split ends and create a sleek look! Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum is a great alternative, that will save you a few bucks. :)

-Filtered Shower Head: Last but not least, invest in a filtered shower head! It’s one of the best things we did (for our hair, haha).  Once we moved to Arizona, we saw a big difference in our hair… it was definitely dryer, which led to more split ends.  We purchased a filtered shower head a while back and don’t know how we never used one before.  The filter removes up to 99% of chlorine and chemicals from your shower water and leaves our hair super soft & healthy!

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January 22, 2015 |

San Diego, CA

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For a few months now, we have been itching to take a trip to southern California.  With work and other commitments, we always found a reason to put the trip off, but finally last week, we decided to just go!  So early Saturday morning, we loaded up the car, stopped for some coffee and tea, and hit the road for San Diego!  The five hour drive was half the fun! It was nice to have some alone time, singing along to some of our favorite songs and chatting about the most random things.  We found ourselves in some pretty funny conversations over those hours, laughing way too hard, reminiscing about “old times”, and pulling over to snap a few photos along the way.

We tried to cram in as much San Diego as we possibly could.  We filled those two and half days with a ton of amazing food, coffee shops and boutiques!  We even squeezed in an afternoon at the San Diego Zoo and some time in La Jolla by the water.  Oh, and some pizza in Little Italy, which was definitely the closest thing to “NY style pizza” we’ve experienced since living out west!  San Diego is definitely one of the most beautiful places we’ve been to.  Although we’re not really beach people, there’s something about the fresh, crisp air that rolls off the ocean and we couldn’t get enough if it.  It felt so good to just be able to walk hand in hand down the streets and explore the city together.  It was a much needed getaway in what has felt like a crazy start to the new year.

Thank you so much to everyone who offered us recommendations, via instagram, on places to eat and visit!  We checked out so many of them and now have some favorites to go back to on our next trip to California!

His: Outfit 1: Urban Outfitters buffalo plaid button-down (similar), Levi’s jeans (similar), boots c/o Minnetonka
Outfit 2: CPO button-down, Top Man jeans (similar), watch c/o Daniel Wellington, Top Man boots (similar)
Outfit 3: J.Crew button-down, sweater (similar), Levi’s jeans (similar), Herschel Supply Co. back-pack, Timex watch

Hers: Outfit 1: Urban Outfitters dress, crystal pendant necklace, Elizabeth and James eyeglasses, watch c/o Daniel Wellington, bangles c/o Tiffany Kunz
Outfit 2: top c/o Black Swan, Urban Outfitters shorts, opaque tights, Hinge booties (similar), Free People necklace
Outfit 3: Free People hat, color-block sweater c/o Betty and June, Free People  jeans, Sam Edelman booties, Madewell bag, Nars lip color in “New Lover”

January 14, 2015 |

Welcome Chicken + Donuts

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His: H&M plaid button-down (similar here and here), Koto jacket (similar), Levi’s jeans (similar), J.Crew chukka boots (similar)
Hers: Urban Outfitters poncho (similar), Free People tank and jeans, Jeffrey Campbell shoes (similar), bag c/o Wessley NYC, ring c/o Tiffany Kunz, Mac lipstick in “Russian Red”

Photos by: Hannah Minkner

January 11, 2015 |


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Hers: Hat & top c/o Pepa Loves, Nordstrom leggings, Free People socks
Theirs: Urban Outfitters terrarium, Cold Picnic hanging wall planter (similar here and here), Urban Outfitters printed pillow, West Elm throw, West Elm yellow & bubble knit pillows, Crosley record player

January 5, 2015 |


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New Darlings-GreenhouseRewind to a few days before New Year’s Eve. The sun was just coming up, we could see our breath in the air and there was frost on the cars. We were meeting up with our friend Breea, who snuck us into her “secret greenhouse”. It was completely sealed up because of the temperature drop here in Arizona. We wandered around for a bit, exploring the grounds, dodging tractors and the groundskeepers. Laughing and shaking at the same time, we crawled under the tarp and entered a beautiful wonderland of greens, pinks and reds. The colors were breathtaking! Hummingbirds zipped by our ears while petals adorned the ground beneath us. Despite being a bit chilly, we could have stayed there all day, getting lost in the rows and rows of plant life that surrounded us. It was the perfect way to spend a morning.  Our teeth were chattering and we had to hold each other close to stay warm, but definitely didn’t mind that one bit!

His: Levi’s denim jacket (similar), J.Crew button-down (similar), Levi’s jeans (similar)
Hers: Free People hat (similar), Urban Outfitters dress (similar here and here), Donna Karen tights, Urban Outfitters boots (similar), necklace c/o Tiffany Kunz, Nar’s lip color in “New Lover”

Photos by: Breea Guttery

January 1, 2015 |



When 2014 began, we decided we would be big travelers this year. We’d see more of this beautiful country and have some great stories to go with it.  At the start of the new year, we immediately took a trip up to northern Arizona.  We couldn’t believe how diverse this state was.  We’d only been living in Phoenix for 6 months, and had no idea what “going up north” was all about.  Quickly, we found out.  Driving through Sedona, seeing the red rocks, doing some hiking, and then continuing our drive up to Flagstaff.  We couldn’t wipe the grins off our faces when we saw the snow.  Being born and raised New Yorkers, we realized we knew very little about this new home of ours.  It was around this time, that we decided we would spend as much time as we could getting to know our current state before being the travelers we thought we’d be this year.  It took some time, but after a year and half, we definitely feel at home here in Phoenix.  We’ve decorated and re-decorated our home; making little adjustments to make it feel right.  We’ve made lifelong friends, shared some truly special moments, and have started little traditions that we know will be carried over into the years ahead.


Looking back on the year, there are some pretty memorable times. In 2014 we…
enjoyed the amazing views from the top of South Mountain
met so many talented creatives at Phoenix instameets
found a new “Christmas house” here in Arizona
finally ran a holiday food drive to help our community, which we were so excited & proud of!
hosted a fall fashion event at Scottsdale Urban Outfitters
flew back to NY to be part of a very special wedding with family & friends
had a few picnics here and there
celebrated our 10th year together!
explored the beautiful woods of Flagstaff
found the perfect pumpkin with our dear friends, Chelsea & Scott
had Netflix movie marathons cozied up in our living room
went canoeing for the first time (thank you Kandis & Dan for making that happen)!
danced around this apartment of ours way too many times not enough ;)
stepped into a boxing ring for a friendly match


Every year has it’s own special meaning to us.  We’ve been together for a long time, but we never feel like we’ve done it all, which is definitely a good thing.  We continue to challenge ourselves and each other and set new goals each and every year.  We want to thank those of you who have come into our lives this year. We know we have made lasting friendships and created some of the most amazing memories yet.
Here’s to 2015!  Happy New Year!


His: CPO button-down, Levi’s jeans, H&M blazer (similar), J.Crew belt
Hers: Dress c/o Lulu*s, Mac lipstick in “Russian Red”
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December 28, 2014 |

Pre-holiday Date Night

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It’s so easy to get carried away with the holidays.  We find ourselves rushing around and constantly seeing our “to-do” list grow into a small booklet.  One thing we tried this year was to fit in a special date night just for us.  It was the perfect way to regroup, get a little dressed up, and spend some (much needed) time together in the midst of all the craziness.  We sat outside, under the starry sky, and enjoyed chatting about our favorite Christmas moments from our decade-long run of holidays together.  We hope you all had a happy holiday!

His: Urban Outfitters cardigan (similar) and button-down (similar here and here), Levi’s jeans, Bed Stu shoes
Hers: Dress, jacket and heels c/o Lulu*s, watch c/o Daniel Wellington, Free People sunglasses (similar), Mac lipstick in “Russian Red”

December 19, 2014 |

A Gift for the Hostess

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The holiday rush is in full effect!  With gifts for your significant other wrapped and ready under the tree, holiday cards mailed out and stockings hung, sometimes it can be all too easy to forget a hostess gift `till the last minute.  Finding a hostess gift can sometimes be a challenge, but it’s a really sweet way of showing gratitude.  A lot goes into hosting a holiday or even the smallest of gatherings, so it’s always nice to show up with a little something to say “thank you” with.  Here are some our favorite ideas for the “hostess with the mostess”!

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