November 19, 2015 |


New Darlings - Milkbraids
You guys have been so sweet on instagram about different hairstyles I do, so I thought it was finally time I shared a little tutorial on one of my favorite (and easiest) hairstyles.  With the holidays right around the corner, we all could use a quick hairdo to get us out the door faster, while still looking pulled together.  I used to be intimidated by this hairstyle, but it has definitely become a go-to and is perfect for “second-day” hair. There’s a lot of hair tutorials floating around the internet, but I thought I’d share the approach that works best for me, and hopefully some of you as well. :)


What you’ll need: elastic hair ties, bobby pins, hair spray

Step 1: Separate your hair into two equal sections. I like to just do this with my fingers verses a comb, to avoid a harsh looking part.

Step 2: Start to braid your hair loosely and secure with a small elastic tie.  I like to put the hair in front my ear and start the braid pretty low down.  I’ve found that if you start too high up and braid too tightly, it makes the next few steps a bit harder.

Step 3: Repeat the braid on the other side and pull out strands/whispy pieces to frame your face (if desired).  This gives the style an overall softer look.  I find it easier to pull out these little pieces early on, rather than when everything is already bobbi-pinned.

Step 4: Once both sides are braided, lightly pull them apart starting at the top, working your way down.  This creates fuller looking braids.

Steps 5 and 6: Wrap around one braid at a time, pulling it up from your ear and then around the crown of your head.  Where the braids lay will be different for each person depending on the length of their hair.  I like to pull mine over and rest them right above where my bangs start on top of my head.  I’ve seen other people do this a little more forward on their forehead, too. Once you get it in position, pin with bobby pins.

Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 with your other braid, wrapping it toward the front of your head.  Don’t forget to tuck in the ends (where your elastic ties show) under your other braid.

Step 8: Add a little hair spray and you’re ready to go!

Hope this was helpful! Please let us know if there’s anything else/other styles you’d like to see. :)

You can see some other hair and beauty posts here:
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November 17, 2015 |


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We headed to one of our favorite coffee shops the other day for a little afternoon pick-me-up.  We got the usual, green tea and a latte, plus this pretty amazing Nutella pastry. Oh man, we’ve been on a Nutella kick lately. Rob tried Nutella for the first time this week and has been seeking it out everywhere we go. Haha. It was such a pretty day out, so we brought our treats outside and sat on the patio.  It was a bit windy, but we’ve been embracing every chance we get to be outside lately, layered up in flannels, scarves, and fall accessories.

We usually keep things pretty simple when it comes to accessorizing.  Neither of us have ever been ones for flashy jewelry or super bold prints.  Classic pieces that can transition into our everyday wardrobe, as well as be dressed up for a fun date night or holiday party are our favorite.  Lately we’ve been loving styles from Cluse watches.  They focus on simplicity and the beauty of minimalism which we’re huge fans of.  I remember a few years back when big chunky jewelry was really popular (maybe it still is?) and everyone was stacking up their bracelets and watches.  It never really appealed to me.  I like the idea that simple doesn’t have to be plain or boring. Kind of a “less is more” approach. :)

Check out their site to see some more of their styles.  For the most part their watches are unisex, so you can share with your significant other, which is always a plus for us when shopping. :)

His: Urban Outfitters shirt | jeans c/o Dstld Denim
Hers: Madewell shirt | scarf c/o Everlane | watch c/o Cluse | Estee Lauder lipstick in “Defiant Coral”

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November 12, 2015 |



West Elm chair, desk, lamp (old — similar here and here) | etsy prints: Bearded Man print by depeapa
Coney Island print by SophieBlackall  | cb2 clock

The next room we’re looking to tackle around here is our office/guest room. We’re thinking of replacing the futon/sleeper sofa, getting a new bookshelf, and maybe a little area rug.  Here are some favorites office furniture pieces, along with some fun desk accessories for your work space.


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November 9, 2015 |

Coffee Dates

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In the two years we have lived in Phoenix, it feels like it is constantly evolving.  New places are popping up all over the place and the best thing about it…they are good!  Back in April, Desoto Central Market opened it’s doors and we find ourselves there quite often.  They have a little bit of everything, so it doesn’t ever matter what time of day it is…we always find something!

Our go-to is usually some Tea & Toast and then a little outdoor time on their awesome patio. Yay for November in Phoenix!

Happy Monday everyone! :)

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His: button down and jeans c/o Gap | Clarks boots (similar here and here) | Garrett Leight sunglasses c/o Framed Ewe
Hers: sweater and jeans c/o Gap | Nisolo shoes (similar here and here) | Target hat (similar here and here) | watch c/o Daniel Wellington | Madewell bag (old — similar here and here)

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November 8, 2015 |

November Must Haves: Mad for Plaid

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Every year around this time plaid seems to take over our closets and home. We love it…everything from flannels to dresses to blankets and pajamas. Something about this print always feels festive.

Here are some of our favorites:

November 6, 2015 |

Denim Denim Denim

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jeans, shirt, bootsbag c/o Madewell | Urban Outfitters sweater (older style — similar here and here)
Estee Lauder lipstick in “Defiant Coral”

Happy Friday! Somehow this week has turned out to be way busier than we planned, but it’s the weekend so we can’t complain.  We’re looking forward to seeing the Rangers vs. Coyotes play on Saturday for our first hockey game of the season.  When we lived in New York, we used to buy from a season ticket holder and split the hockey season with him, which was so fun.  It will be great to experience a little bit of that fall tradition here in Arizona.  It’s been unusually chilly here these last few days, so sweaters and hockey are just what we need to embrace the change in seasons.

We snapped a few photos the other day on our way to meet friends for dinner.  It was actually cold enough to layer up in true fall fashion, with some classic denim and brown accents.  It’s no secret one of my go-to shops is Madewell. Their denim is some of my favorite (high rise please!) and I love how they’re always giving back with their national denim recycling drive, turning old denim into housing insulation through Habitat for Humanity. The denim truck is heading to LA for the first weekend of November, but you can donate jeans all year round! If you bring in an old pair of jeans to recycle at your local store, you’ll get $20 off a new pair…pretty awesome, right? Their goal this year is to collect 40,000 pairs of jeans! We cleaned out our closet and brought a few pairs in. We couldn’t resist picking up a few goodies while we were there.  Bags, boots & sweaters are currently 20% off.  (Use code: “FALLREVAMP” for online.)

Their denim recycling drive got us thinking about the holidays and ways we could give back.  Each year we like to try to give back and/or participate in a charity event.  In years past we’ve participated in Adopt-A-Family, collected food for our local food bank, and contributed to Toys for Tots.  We’re still thinking of something special for this holiday season.  What are some of your favorite ways to be charitable during the holidays? Please share them with us! :)

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November 4, 2015 |

Gap Afternoons at the Park

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Arizonans! How great is this weather? We can finally open our windows, bust out those sweaters, and spend time outside.  We’ve been home a lot lately.  The apartment we moved into back in July is really getting put to use.  We have spent way too much time in our office, adding so many events to our calendar, and now finally we’re in the heart of fall and we are so excited about it.

We recently partnered with Gap on their campaign to feature some fall looks centered around the holidays and togetherness.  It was pretty fun mixing and matching some new styles from Gap with some go-to favorites from our own wardrobe, for a day at the park together. Bring on all the sweaters, layers, and boots please!

Here are some of our current favorites from Gap’s fall collection:
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His: shirt and jeans c/o Gap | boots c/o Ugg | Garett Leight sunglasses c/o Framed Ewe | bag c/o ONA bags
Hers: sweater (borrowed from the guys) c/o Gap (love this one too!) | boots c/o Ugg | Nordstrom jacket (similar here and here) | Moscot sunglasses c/o Framed Ewe

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November 2, 2015 |

GROWop: Handmade + Found

Bridge and Burn tee via GROWop | jeans c/o Dstld Denim | watch c/o Timex
vintage shirt via GROWop (love this one too!) | jeans and bag c/o Madewell | Nisolo shoes
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One of our favorite places in Phoenix is, GROWop.  GROWop is a beautifully curated vintage boutique located in the heart of the arts district downtown and just so happens to be owned by our friends, Josh and Kenny.  We recently spent an afternoon just hanging out at the shop.  Every time we visit (which is probably too often — haha), Josh shows us his favorite new pieces and we always end up styling some looks together.  He was nice enough to snap some photos with us, let us try on a bunch of great items, and caught us up on his (super exciting) future plans.

GROWop not only carries a great selection of vintage, but also a wide range of new, american-made items, including one of our favorite brands: Bridge and Burn. From buttons and shirts to candles and magazines, they have a little something for everyone.

Below are some current favorites from the shop:

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Levi’s jacket | Jungmaven tee via GROWop | watch c/o Timex | Garrett Leight sunglasses via FramedEweNewDarlings-GROWop
vintage pullover via GROWop

We couldn’t be more excited about the future for these great people.  In February, Josh and Kenny will be opening up a new store here in Phoenix,  Phoenix General.  We cannot wait to see this place that Josh has been telling us about for months.  We’ve seen the layout, inspiration boards, and products lists…all which have us giddy for opening day!

We feel so lucky to have met such amazing friends here in Phoenix, who are also incredibly talented. When you see people close to you doing great things, you can’t help but feel inspired and full of happiness. :)

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November 1, 2015 |


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We’re so excited to be hosting (and photographing) another event with our friends over at west elm. If you follow along with us on instagram or saw our living room makeover post here on the blog, it’s pretty clear we’re huge fans of the company’s furniture and design aesthetic, but what we love most is how they’re always finding ways to give back.  This holiday season they teamed up with the ASPCA on a creative way to help animals in need.

On Thursday, November 5th, we’ll be at west elm’s Scottsdale location, taking complimentary holiday photos of you and your pets! For every photo taken in-store and tagged using #westelmxaspca that day, west elm will donate $1 to the ASPCA.  Plus, all attendees will also receive a 20% off promotional code for, to order their personalized holiday cards. It’s kind of a win-win…free photos of you and your furry friends, plus a great way to give back during the holidays.

New Darlings - ASPCA West Elm Event
Don’t want to stop there? Get an early start on your holiday shopping (or decorating) with some of the cute ASPCA inspired designs.  The team at west elm created some adorable tea towels and felt ornaments featuring some of the coolest pets of instagram.  We’re kind of obsessed with Cookie of PS.NY!

Here are some of our favorites:

*Event Details*
Thursday, November 5th
west elm Scottsdale
15279 N Scottsdale Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85254
RSVP on Facebook here!
Be there or be square! 😉

New Darlings - West Elm ASPCA

His: Urban Outfitters shirt | jeans c/o Dstld Denim | watch c/o Timex
Hers: Urban Outfitters shirt | Free People jeans | Estee Lauder lipstick in “Defiant Coral” | watch c/o Timex

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