It’s pretty obvious we love our hats around here. Our hat wall has gotten a little out of control lately with everything from straw fedoras to floppy wool favorites. With temperatures on the rise, we’ve had to trade out some of our favorite black hats to ones with lighter hues and more breathable fabrics. Here are some of our top picks for spring & summer hats to help accessorize with, and hide a bad hair day…or two!
The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is here! We’re pretty excited because you can get up to 40% off so many items for Women, Men, Kids and Home. Yesterday we stopped by one of our favorite locations at Scottsdale Fashion Square and it was already so crowded, with everyone trying to scoop up all the great deals. It was a little too overwhelming for us, so last night we shopped online, cozied up on our living room sofa. We leave for New York in about two weeks, and we’ve had our eye on this bag that would be the perfect carry-on! We put together some of our favorites below for men and women. Just click on the photo to go directly to the product page.
The sale runs through May 31st, with FREE shipping. Happy shopping!
Braids…the obsession continues! From french braids and fishtails, to weaving ribbons and flowers through each strand, it’s a trend that just keeps growing. With summer right around the corner, I’m eager to master some of these pretty styles to keep hair pinned back during those hotter months. Above are some styles that have recently caught my eye.
Follow along with us on Pinterest for more hair inspiration!
July will mark two years since our move to Phoenix, AZ! Right now, at this point in our lives, we really couldn’t imagine ourselves living anywhere else. It has been such a great transition for us from NY, and we still enjoy soaking up every bit this city has to offer us. The quiet desert landscape has been so refreshing, yet still has a bit of city life we adore. We’re always on the hunt for new places to explore, coffee shops to try out, and places to bring friends visiting from out of town. It’s been such a treat for us to have friends and family visit and show them some of the popular places around town and some hidden gems as well.
With some exciting trips coming up in the next few months, we’ve been following along with Jessica and Krissy of Tastebuds Travel. They have a YouTube show presented by Ford, where they travel to different cities across America and give everyone the inside scoop on some must-see local spots. We were inspired by these lovely ladies to share some of our favorite local spots in Phoenix with all of you! So if you find yourself in Phoenix one day and are looking for some places to check out in between swooning over all the mountain views and desert landscape, here’s some places that rank pretty high on our list.
– LUX CENTRAL Start off your morning in Central Phoenix by taking the light rail or biking to Lux Central. Grab a latte, green tea, or espresso shot…whatever it takes to lift those heavy eyelids and order yourself some breakfast. We usually like to keep things simple, grabbing a pastry or acai bowl with fresh fruit, but on the weekends we can’t resist their Farmer’s Market Scramble, with some bacon and hash browns on the side. At night Lux, has a full bar with some of the best bartenders around…friendly and creative with their spirits, they’ll mix you up a tasty and unique cocktail.
–MODERN MANOR Next up, time for some thrifting! Eames, Harry Bertoia, Arne Jacobson…is your heart fluttering yet?! It’s no secret we have a weakness for mid-century style furniture and pieces from the past. Modern Manor is hands down our favorite place to go treasure hunting in Phoenix. They have furniture, dinnerware, and decor pieces dating back to the 1940’s. We have literally spent hours in here, figuring out if we had room for another sofa or chair in our apartment, because we fall in love with every piece. Their pieces are in beautiful condition and the guys who run the place are pretty nice too, which never hurts! If you have a bit of a furniture addiction, the way we do, follow along with them on instagram. They update often with new arrivals!
– PIZZERIA BIANCO + HERITAGE SQUARE Voted the best pizza in Phoenix, Pizzeria Bianco will surely satisfy your pizza craving. Moving to Phoenix from NY, good pizza was something we were immediately on the hunt for. The thin crust and their charming patio with lights strung from above gets us every time. This is one of our favorite places to go on a date-night. If you don’t want to take our word for it, even Jimmy Fallon loves it. It’s located in Heritage Square, which has been around since the late 1800’s. The cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings will make you feel like you’ve stepped into the Victorian era.
Check out Tastebuds’ latest episode, presented by Ford, on their trip to Austin. This definitely got us in the mood to plan a trip to a new city! We’d love to hear about some favorite places in your own home towns. Share them with us in the comments!
We teamed up with our friends over at Urban Outfitters for a fun little giveaway in celebration of Spring! The weather lately has been (surprisingly) lovely with a bit of a breeze and we have been taking full advantage it! Our weekends have consisted of throwing on a sundress (for her) and button-down (for him), grabbing our bags and camera, and we’re off to explore the city!
With some exciting trips planned for the months ahead and busy weekends, totes have been a great go-to and a no-brainer for spring days out & about. Urban Outfitters has generously offered to gift one lucky reader their own Oversized Vegan Leather tote, which is now sold out online! It has a short and long adjustable strap, with multiple compartments inside. It also comes with an extra clutch/accessories pouch which is always a plus!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS: To enter you must be a resident of the U.S. Enter the giveaway below. Additional entries will go to those who share on other social media outlets and “like” New Darlings on Facebook. You have until Friday, May 15th to enter. Good luck!
We often change up our skin care routine, guilty of always getting sucked in to a new product or regimen. However, we always find ourselves going back to the same few products that work best. Everyone has different skin care needs and skin types, so what works for us may not be the best fit for you, but we figured we’d share some of our favorites.
Cleanse: We like to keep things simple as far as cleansers go. A few months ago we tried out Lush products for the first time (we know, we know…what took us so long, right?!) and became immediately obsessed. Fresh Farmacyhas been our go-to by them. Its very gentle and soothing with ingredients like calamine, chamomile, and elderflower.
Deep Clean + Exfoliate: The Spin for Perfect Skin brush has helped to keep our skin clear of any blemishes and black heads. With the occasional pimple here and there this has been a lifesaver. It has different brushes, one for normal use, one for exfoliating and even a body brush. This has recently made its way into our daily morning routine. Use code: “XONEWDARLINGS’ for 70% off all face and body brushes by Vanity Planet.
Moisturize: We’ve tried a TON of moisturizers, but we always find our way back to Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream for sensitive skin. It’s all natural and doesn’t clog our pores. As far as eye creams go, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is an all time favorite. Dab a little around your eye area before bed to fight any signs of wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. A little goes a long way!
For the Gentleman: So, we both share all the skincare items listed above. Yes, it comes as no surprise that men can use wrinkle eye creams and pink facial cleansers too, but you can’t forget to take care of the beard! There are so many beard oils and lotions on the market. Honest Amish Beard Balm is a great all natural and organic leave-in conditioner with a great woodsy smell!
Problem Areas: The down side to having very sensitive and fair skin, is that even the smallest blemish leaves a mark or scar. Keihl’s Dark Spot Solution has hands down been the best product to fade those marks. A little bit in the morning and night, is all you need. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but lasts such a long time! It also comes in a nice glass bottle and who doesn’t love pretty packaging?
Do you have any skincare items you can’t live without?
We can’t believe it’s the end of another month already. April feels like it went by really quickly, but we had a lot of this month so it’s easy to see why! Here are some instagram photos that never made it to the blog and some April highlights:
Spent Easter weekend up north with some great friends & dyed some eggs.
Had some early morning dance parties!
Caught up on some reading. (We need some new book suggestions, leave your favorites in the comments, please!)
Brought some new plant babies home to our apartment.
Got our weekends together back, filled with so many coffee dates and early morning walks!
Celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary at one of our favorite pizza places!
It’s kind of crazy to look at the calendar and realize that today marks two years since we walked down the aisle and became husband and wife. It’s amazing just how fast two years can fly by and how exciting each of those 730 days have been. After dating for almost ten years, we didn’t think life would change too much after marriage…that anything would feel that different. We (naively) thought we experienced it all and knew everything there was to know about one another. We’re happy to say we were wrong.
Since saying “I do”, we have moved across the country, changed jobs, and moved in to a new place. We’ve had our share of ups and downs, adventures and some pretty great surprises. It’s weird, yet fascinating how you can continue to learn something new about the other person each day. It’s comforting to know that no matter how cranky you might be, your best friend is there for you being patient and listening. It’s incredibly amazing how you can love the other person more and more each day, even when your heart feels so full you think it’s impossible to feel more than you do at that very moment.
Here’s to many, many more years of laughter and adventure!
Thank you to Artifact Uprising for these sweet prints and to all the amazing photographers we’ve worked with these past few years. You have helped us create beautiful memories.
We arrived early on, but it seemed the party was already in full swing, with sweet treats being served, glasses being raised in “cheers”, and some shopping going on, all with some great music spinning in the background (Best Coast remixes? Yes please!). The store looked amazing, with every new handbag and sandal style in stock (my weakness). It was so fun to meet the staff and chat with everyone there. We really enjoyed hearing about all the current concepts and seeing the new spring & summer trends.
Here are some top picks from their new collection that I can’t seem to take my eyes off of:
We’re probably not alone when we say, Pinterest sucks us in on a daily basis. Some mornings we can spend hours scrolling through our feed, cozied up with a cup of hot tea or coffee in hand. We’re always finding new DIYs, inspiring spaces, or a new fashion trend to try out. Lately we’ve been obsessed with home interiors. Fresh, bright spaces with natural wood accents have been catching our attention. If you share similar taste, you’d love this book on Ray & Charles Eames. It’s a great introduction to their design and career, with some beautiful imagery. We picked it up a while back before moving in to our current place and find ourselves flipping through it quite often. Here are some favorites spaces we’ve been swooning over lately.
We are Robert and Christina: husband and wife, photo takers, adventurers and best friends. We like to laugh too hard, dance all night, and explore together. Here is a little glimpse into our lives in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.