July 31, 2015 |

Soft and smooth skin

method - NewDarlingsmethod - New Darlings method-NewDarlings-02method-NewDarlings-04method - New DarlingsWe’re so excited to be working with method to help spread the word about their new foaming body wash.  We’ve been big fans of method’s home cleaning line for quite some time now.  Their products are all naturally derived and never tested on animals which is a big plus for us.  So we were pretty pumped to learn about the launch of their new body wash…which is foaming! Who doesn’t love some (okay, A LOT of) foam and bubbles?! 😉

We’ve shared a bit of our skincare favorites in the past, but we mostly concentrated on our favorites for your face…cleansers, moisturizers, etc… So we thought it could be fun to pull back that shower curtain and share some our favorite full body skin-care tips

EXFOLIATE
We’ve recently discovered the benefits of dry body brushing and yes, it is exactly what it sounds like…you brush your body with a dry brush before showering. It’s a great way to increase energy and blood flow, while also removing toxins and dead skin cells.  It takes just a few minutes before jumping in the shower.  Follow up with a moisturizing body wash and natural lotion afterwards.

CLEANSE + MOISTURIZE
Lately, our go-to has been method’s cucumber mint scent body wash, but you can’t really go wrong with any of them.  The fragrances are all so fresh and infused with aloe and vitamin E, which really helps if you’re a desert dweller like we are.  Since moving out west, our skin (and hair) has gone through many changes.  We were used to the humidity of the east coast, which wasn’t so fun with frizzy hair days but definitely made a difference in our skins’ texture and moisture.  We’ve learned body washes and lotions with extra vitamins, has been the key to keeping our skin moisturized and soft.  No dry patches here!

HYDRATE
This may sound like a given, but drinking a lot of water (about 2 liters per day) is one of the best  things we can do for our skin. It’s something we all know and hear constantly, but can be hard to do throughout our busy days.  We like to start off our mornings with a cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice.  It helps kick start the digestion system for the day and is really refreshing.  We always keep a water bottle with us on while we’re on the go, especially during the summer months, when the desert heat is at an all time high.

How do you guys keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful?

*This post is sponsored by method, which you can snag exclusively at Target through October.  As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help support this blog.

July 29, 2015 |

Nordstrom Favorites Under $50

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Little by little we’ve been settling in to our new place.  It’s ironic we snapped a few photos in our bedroom, because this is the room we’ve done the least amount of work to and decorating in.  However, it is nice to have a fresh and minimal space to retreat to at night.

We stopped in to Nordstrom the other day to scope out the anniversary sale and were pleasantly surprised to see all the goodies they currently have under $50.  We already shared our sale wishlist here, but we thought it would be fun to share some favorites under fifty! :)

NORDSTROM SALE FAVORITES: UNDER $50
[Click through to see some favorites for him + her!]

Hers: Nordstrom dressboots (similar), rings c/o Bella and Chloe, Urban Outfitters hat (similar here and here), vintage sunglasses (similar here), Essie nail color in “lollipop”
Home: West Elm bedding and side tables, Ikea lamps


July 28, 2015 |

Our Favorite Cookbooks

New Darlings - Favorite CookbooksPhoto details: Kinfolk cookbook, Amelia Mancini tea towel

We both come from families who love to cook.  With Cuban and Sicilian heritage, a lot of our family gatherings revolve around food.  Since being married, we have both taken recipes that have been passed down to us and incorporated them into our weekly dinner routines. Every now and then, it’s fun to mix things up and try something new from a cookbook.  For us, dinner is always a special time where we can “unplug” from social media, television, and stressors of the day.  With daily schedules that change often, it’s not always easy to find the time to cook a healthy meal, but it’s definitely something we try to make a priority.  Here are some of our favorite cookbooks that can be found on our shelves and in our cupboards.

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July 20, 2015 |

The Art of Shibori

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image via: juniper & fir

It’s Monday! With a new week comes new projects and inspiration!  Since moving in to our new place, our obsession with interior design has been rekindled.  We spend most mornings flipping through our favorite home design books and surfing Pinterest for inspiration.  Slowly but surely our new place is coming together and we’re making some exciting choices with the aesthetic and color story in our home.  We can’t wait to share everything we’ve been up to!

Lately, we’ve been obsessed with shibori: the ancient japanese dying technique.  Indigo hues have been stealing our hearts, along with these fun designs and patterns.  We love how it can apply to home decor as well as fashion.  Here are some of our favorites:

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Follow along with us on Pinterest to see more of what we’re currently loving.

July 17, 2015 |

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The big Nordstrom anniversary sale is here! Every year we wait for the sale to roll around to stock up on some great fall essentials.  It may be hard to think about cold weather clothes when temperatures are currently reaching 113 degrees, but it really is the best time to snag a deal and get some awesome basics (like skinny jeans and ankle boots) that you’ll wear all year round.  We’re especially loving their selection of classic bags.  Here are some of our favorites for him and her, along with some home accessories we have our eyes on! :)

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The sale runs through August 2nd.  Happy shopping! :)

July 16, 2015 |

Brunch at St. Francis

New Darlings - J.Crew - MadewellNew Darlings - J.Crew - MadewellNew Darlings - St. FrancisNew Darlings - St. FrancisNew Darlings - St. FrancisSt. Francis Restaurant St. Francis RestaurantNew Darlings - Madewell SunglassesNew Darlings - St.FrancisOn Sunday we met up with our friends, Cheyanne and Diamond for brunch at St. Francis.  Our list of favorite local spots in Phoenix, just keeps growing! It was our first time visiting St. Francis, but the restaurant is owned by Chef Aaron Chamberlin, who also owns Phoenix Public Market (which we’re big fans of), so we knew we were in for a treat!

Usually Sundays are our days to “get everything done”…run our errands, do laundry, and get things in order for the week ahead.  So, it was refreshing to catch up with friends over some tasty, local food in a beautiful space.  The restaurant was built in 1955 by architect Harold Ekman, and later transformed by Wendell Burnette.  We loved the mix of old charm and modern accents; just think exposed brick and lots of natural light shining in while you enjoy a spread of flatbreads, fingerling potatoes, and an array of eggs cooked three different ways.  We were definitely indulging, but I guess that’s what the weekends are for, right?! 😉

Thank you so much to Chef Aaron Chamberlin for the warm hospitality and amazing brunch. We’re already thinking about our next visit!

His: J.Crew button down (similar), jeans c/o Dstld Denim, shoes c/o Muk-Luks, bag c/o ONA Bags
Hers: Madewell tank, tote, sunglasses (similar) and necklace, jeans c/o Dstld Denim, shoes c/o Quipid

Photos by: Cheyanne Paredes, with a few of own mixed in.

July 14, 2015 |

Songbird

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If you follow along with us on instagram or snapchat, you’ve probably seen we just moved in to a new apartment! Slowly but surely, we’re getting settled in to our new place and are getting acquainted with the neighborhood.  The last two weeks have been a little chaotic, so yesterday it was nice to get out and just have a coffee date.  We threw on some favorite new threads from Bridge & Burn and out the door we went!

One of the things we love most about Phoenix is the abundance of coffee & tea shops.  When we moved out of New York, everyone joked…”good luck finding good coffee…good bagels…good chinese food”.  The list goes on! But there are so many great locally owned shops here and we can’t seem to get enough of them!

Yesterday we tried out Songbird Coffee & Tea House for the first time. The cute little yard in the front is so charming and the bright green accents really drew us in.  We were pleasantly surprised with their abundant tea list, (which you don’t see too often) as most places only cater to coffee.  Our drinks of choice were: jasmine green tea and a classic latte.  Afterward, we walked around town a bit, as it was surprisingly comfortable out for summer in Phoenix.  It was a pretty sweet little afternoon.

His: button down c/o Bridge & Burn, jeans c/o Dstld Denim, Zara shoes (similar), bag c/o ONA Bags, Ray-Ban sunglasses
Hers: dress c/o Bridge & Burn, hat c/o Lack of Color, Hinge heels (similar here and here), Madewell ring and bracelet, Urban Outfitters necklace

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June 29, 2015 |

Lou & Grey

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LOFT recently launched their new brand Lou & Grey, which is a more comfortable and casual line, with soft knits that are perfect for every day.   If you follow along with us on instagram, you’ve probably seen some of my favorites by them that I’ve been wearing lately.  I was immediately attracted to their easy, yet stylish approach to fashion.  They’ve designed some great pieces that you really don’t have to think about, which makes getting dressed (especially during these hot days) super easy.  Below you could take a peek at what is currently on my wish list. :)

New Darlings-Lou&GreyHers: dress, sunglasses, sandals c/o Lou & Grey, Mac lip color in “Ravishing”

*This post is sponsored by Lou & Grey.  All thoughts and opinions are our own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

June 28, 2015 |

Saturday Brunch

New Darlings - Chestnut Fine Foods New Darlings - Topshop DressNew Darlings - BrunchJust a few iPhone photos from brunch at Chestnut on Saturday.  Can’t wait to go back to this place. It was the perfect way to kick off the weekend!

His: J.Crew button down (similar), jeans c/o Dstld Denim, Zara shoes (similar), Ray Ban sunglasses
Hers: Topshop dress (similar) and bag (similar), Steve Madden sandals (similar), Madewell sunglasses


June 18, 2015 |

Phoenix Public Market

New Darlings-Free People Maxi Dress-Straw HatNew Darlings-LemonadeNew Darlings-Phoenix Public Market-6New Darlings-Phoenix Market BagNew Darlings-Phoenix Public Market New Darlings-Phoenix Public MarketNew Darlings-Summer DetailsNew Darlings-Lack of Color HatWe had so much fun over the weekend! We’re finally getting settled back in after our trip to New York and getting some things ready for our move.  We’re only moving across town, so it’s not as stressful as when we made the move from NY to AZ two summers ago, but we definitely have a lot more to pack up this time!

It was so nice to have the whole afternoon to ourselves and visit one of our favorite spots for lunch, Phoenix Public Market.  When we are home, we are always finding projects to work on or things we need to do.  These lunch dates are our favorite way to de-stress and have conversations about all the fun things we want to do in the upcoming months.

Hope everyone is having a great summer so far and staying cool in this heat! :)

 

His: Urban Outfitters button-down, jeans c/o Dstld denim
Hers: Free People maxi dress (similar here and here), Lack of Color hat, Apolis Market bag, sandals c/o Bryr Clogs, jewelry c/o Tiffany Kunz, Nars lip color in “Schiap”, Free People sunglasses (similar here and here)

 

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