Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of buzz about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale around the web and it’s easy to see why. Today the sale opened to the public and a few items we had our eyes on have already sold out. Every year when the sale rolls around we like to pick up a few essentials we’re running out of…mostly beauty and grooming items like beauty blenders, perfume, cologne, etc… It’s also a great time to save on some bigger ticket items like boots and denim. Here’s some of our favorite #Nsale picks for him & her:
We finally got a chance to check out Provision Coffee, a local coffee shop in town, the other day. It’s been on our list for quite some time now and we are so happy we finally went! We were a little upset it took us so long to try it out, as our friend used to be a barista there and we never got to visit him at work before he moved to California. Anytime we bumped into him, he always had positive things to say about the place. Well, we finally took his advice and grabbed some coffee and pastries there. We took refuge from the sun inside their bright white space, with big open windows. We love the outdoors, but this time of year, you just need to escape the heat a bit, and relax in the AC as much as possible. We both ordered honey vanilla lattes, which were perfect to sip on while chatting about the upcoming week and admiring the pretty finishes in the coffee shop. We were loving those hanging geometric light pendants!
We’ve mentioned it once before, but prior to moving to Arizona, we weren’t really “shorts people”. We’ve just never been huge fans of summer style, but little by little we’ve eased our way into it. Simple tanks, denim shorts, and open toe shoes are kind of my uniform these days. It’s easy, comfortable, and let’s face it — the least amount of clothes you can wear next to a bathing suit. I recently picked up a few of these tanks from Madewell in different colors while my mom and sister were in town, and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing them quite a bit. Accessories usually play a bigger role when putting together outfits in the summer…gold bangles, pendant necklaces, and watches. Cluse’s new marble face watch is becoming a favorite…just when I thought the marble obsession couldn’t grow anymore, I was wrong. Haha! I always love their simple approach to timepieces. Check out more of their styles here.
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We still can’t believe its been a month since we’ve been back from our European trip with Princess Cruises. Thinking back, the whole trip still feels like a dream and we’re already talking about going back, especially to France! We only spent one day there, but it was enough to completely suck us in and we can see ourselves spending a few weeks there to explore the entire country. We’ve been saying that for quite a while now, but one of these days we’re hoping to make it a reality!
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Getting back into the swing of things around here, means getting back into the routine of cooking. Cruise ship life has really spoiled us. 😉 Around this time of year, during the summer season, we always love making cold pasta salad. It’s one of the easiest things to whip up before a big week ahead and is perfect for lunch or as a side dish for dinner. Plus, its nice and refreshing with a big glass of iced tea. Growing up, our families would always make this for BBQs or anytime we had an outdoor party. It’s become such a summer staple and something we enjoy doing together. There are so many different variations on this recipe, but here’s a look at how we like to make it.
What you’ll need:
-1 lb of pasta — we like to use farfalle or fusilli
-1/2 red onion
-red wine vinegar
-roasted red peppers
-fresh mozzarella balls
-parmasean-romano blend grated cheese
It’s a pretty easy recipe to throw together, so much so that it feels a little funny to write out instructions, but here we go…
1. Boil pasta till al-dente. After draining, put in the fridge for an hour or so to chill.
2. In a large bowl mix in baby spinach, sliced red onion, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers and black olives with a little olive oil.
3. Now add in your pasta! Mix with more olive oil and red wine vinegar. Top with as much black pepper and grated cheese until your heart’s content! Mix again, then serve and enjoy!
Speaking of summer staples, we’ve been pretty obsessed with Banana Republic’s summer styles lately. We’re pretty casual with our day-to-day looks, especially around this time of year in AZ, so shorts (that look like skirts) and tailored button downs are great for staying comfy and cool, while still feeling pulled together and polished. We were both never really shorts people before moving to the desert, but hey there are just some things you gotta go with, so you don’t feel like you’re about to melt. This blue striped tee (for her) and effortless button down (for him), would be perfect for a 4th of July cook out, with some pasta salad, of course! 😉 Scroll through below to see some of our current favorites from Banana Republic. They’re currently having a 50% off sale, which is a pretty nice deal too.
We are also SO glad to finally be enjoying this table in our new place. If you follow along with us onInstagram, you may have read a little about the story behind it here. It was hand-made by our dear friends Leah & Matt from Tremaine Ranch. They are both so talented and sweet. If you are looking for a custom piece, definitely check them out. 🙂
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We’re a little pillow obsessed over here…there’s no denying that! One of the biggest questions we get asked about with home decor is about our pillows and where to find indigo, mud cloth, and shibori prints. There’s a lot of places selling them nowadays, but some bigger retailers can be really over priced! We love searching on etsy for pieces like these…you can usually snag a better deal and you get to connect with some independent business owners. Here are our top three favorite etsy shops for pillows, throws, and blankets!
Monica is a local business owner in Arizona, and one of the sweetest people! She has a lot of variety in the different prints she carries,
and some with a great pop of color.
MAE WOVEN If black and white patterns are your thing, this shop is perfect! Amelia has a ton of black and white mud cloth pillow options,
along with some great baskets and throws.
ONE FINE NEST
This was the first shop we found when we were searching for indigo and shibori print pillows for our living room.
Since then they’ve add some great blankets too.
This past weekend was one of those really good, soak it all in, don’t want it to end weekends. Nothing particularly spectacular happened, but that’s what we loved about it so much…the specialness in the simplicity. We joined some friends at happy hour on Saturday to say farewell to a friend who’s leaving for the UK, and on Sunday we made a little picnic for brunch by the pool in our complex, then cranked up the record player, sang to our plants, and were a couple of home bodies. We’ve been getting used to our new place and settling in since being back from our travels. It was nice to indulge in the weekend a bit, cook some of our favorite meals, and have some one on one time together. It reminded us of our dating days, when we used to just hang out at one of each others’s houses, listen to music for hours on end, dance around and share stories. It’s hard to explain that moment when “our” song comes on and we both lose it with what are probably the most pathetic dance moves of all time, but finding time to be silly should be at the top of our list every weekend.
As many of you probably know by now, we share a pretty similar style. We’ve realized more than ever lately how alike we are and often we unintentionally match. It must be the twelve years we’ve been together, because the amount of times we’ve stepped out of the closet to realize the other is in a matching chambray or leather bag has become a real thing around here. We recently embraced the matching by picking out his and hers watches from Movado. We have been huge admirers of the brand for quite some time and were so excited to add a couple to our collection. Their Heritage Series is a nod to one of their 1950’s pieces, and we are pretty obsessed with the updated vintage design. Take a peek at the collection here.
Happy weekend! We’re looking forward to getting some r&r after a busy week (that kind of kicked us in the butt), gathering with friends at a little get-together, and a whole of lot of closet organizing. Here’s a peek at some links we bookmarked this week:
It’s no secret we love adding plants to our indoor spaces. Every room in our apartment is full of everything from small cactus and succulents to hanging plants and indoor trees. We’re not exactly sure where our love for bringing the outdoors in began, but thinking back on it a bit, it most likely had something to do with our love for the 60s & 70s, along with vintage home decor. When looking back on old photos of our parents from the 70s, their homes were always full of potted and hanging plants (and a ton of macrame). They add character, purify the air, and bring so much positivity. We love the watering routine. Waking up in the morning and grabbing the watering can is usually the first thing we do when getting out of bed on the weekends, after getting the coffee brewing of course. One of us makes breakfast, while the other is making their way from room to room trying not to forget any plants. We have so many tucked away in each corner, on every shelf, even in the bathroom. Basically, the more plants, the better.
So, how do we take care of them? This is probably one of the most asked questions we get and fear not, we will share all we know about indoor plant care. We never really had green thumbs, but we picked up some tips and tricks along the way, learned what worked and also what really didn’t work and are pretty proud of some plant babies that have been with us for several years now.
So let’s dive in!
WHAT PLANTS ARE RIGHT FOR ME?
This is probably the first thing you should ask yourself when creating your own indoor jungle. Every plant is different and it may sound silly, but considering your lifestyle is the best way to choose which plants to bring in your home and how to hang/display them. We work from home most of the time and thankfully have a lot of natural light in our apartment. If you travel a lot or are gone for most of the day and don’t like keeping your curtains open, low light plants will be a better option for you. Here are a few of our favorite indoor plants that are relatively easy to take care of:
-Fiddle Leaf Fig trees
-Monstera Deliciosa/”Cottage Cheese Plant”
WHERE SHOULD I BUY MY PLANTS?
We are constantly finding new nurseries and plant shops in Phoenix. If you’re local, Berridge Nursery, Dig It, Camelback Flowershop, and The Bosque are some of our favorites that we definitely recommend. There are also some big box stores like IKEA, Home Depot, and Lowes, that have some great options. For bigger purchases like a Fiddle Leaf Fig or large cactus, we like to stick to some more of the local specialty nurseries. In our experience they last longer and continue to thrive more quickly, and you’re more likely to find something a little different and unique. That doesn’t mean that you won’t have luck at Home Depot for example, just our own experience with it. We do pick up succulents here and there at our local Home Depot and still have a ZZ plant from IKEA that is going strong with very little care.
HOW SHOULD I TAKE CARE OF MY PLANTS?
So this will be different for everyone, and especially dependent on the type of plants you have and where you live. In Arizona, the air is VERY dry, so our watering routine may seem a little different. Here’s what works for us…
Leafy Plants: All of the leafy plants in our home (Fiddle Leaf Fig, Philodendrons, Pothos, Snake plants, Fishhook/String of Bananas, Monstera, etc…) we water once a week like clock work. Once on Sunday morning and a little misting in-between during the week (to create a humid environment for them) has done the trick. If you see a plant getting a little droopy here or there, give it a good soak. We saw this happen with our Monstera Deliciosa/”Cottage Cheese Plant”, (which can be a little temperamental). We put it in our bathtub gave it a little shower and it perked right back up. Side note: We’ve noticed those plants in particular really don’t like to be moved often. They get used to where they are in your home and will react to a change in light and/or location.
Cactus: We keep an eye on these and just water them when the soil feels dry. This is usually every two to three weeks and probably one of the easiest ways to bring some greenery into your home.
Succulents: These were the most difficult for us to take care of, because we wanted to baby them, but we are getting better remembering not to over water them and just let them do their own thing with a bit of misting in between. We’ve read and heard all different opinions on this, but in our experience, the more we left the succulents alone, the better they did. They require adequate light, but not direct sunlight, so don’t put them too close to a window. If they look almost bleached in color, they’re getting too much sun. We keep our succulents (and small cactus) on a shelf opposite a window in our living room. So far, so good.
Ferns: We have a Staghorn Fern (pictured on the bench in the photo above), which is such a fun and unique looking plant with fuzzy leaves. We water it twice a week but if you live in a more humid climate or have your fern in the bathroom once a week should be alright. Ferns make perfect bathroom plants!
When purchasing new plants, we always like to repot them a week or so after bringing them home, just so they don’t get “shocked” in their new environment. This was something we started doing the last year with our plants, and it has made a huge difference. Thankfully, we haven’t had to replace one yet. After your plants get acquainted to their new home, take them outside to be repotted.
WHAT ARE SOME DIFFERENT WAYS TO DISPLAY PLANTS? Macrame and beaded hangers, ceramic pots, baskets, the list goes on. We like to use a mix of terra-cotta pots and basket throughout our home. Baskets are an easy way to being a boho touch to any space. We’ve gotten lucky with finding great ones at thrift stores, even one for around $5 in Palm Springs on our last trip there. When using baskets be sure to pick up a plastic tray/floor guard. This will protect your baskets and floors from any damage when watering. Terra-cotta planters are always a nice classic go to, and can easily be found at any local nursery. We’re fans of the white washed look too, plus its a simple weekend project to do with friends. Some sites like CB2 and Crate and Barrel have some sleep solid ceramic pots, for a more modern look. A lot of online stores are also selling plant swings now, which a great way to add a variety of heights and create depth with your plant displays.
Below are a few of our favorite planters from around the web:
Last but not least, mix up the textures and sizes of your plants when creating your indoor jungle. Create a vignette that looks effortless, yet still cohesive with a nice flow. Mix a large floor plant with thicker leaves, a softer airy plant, and possibly something with a bit more structure like a snake plant. There’s really no right or wrong way to do it, as long as it brings you joy and don’t forget to sing to your plant babies!
So we may have just gotten home from more than half a month of travel, but we know it’s only a matter of time before we get the itch to hit the road again. We’ve surprised ourselves with how much traveling we’ve actually done in the past eight months: ten different states across the USA, and we even were able to explore the Mediterranean and Caribbean. With each trip we’re getting a little smarter about how we travel.
Up until a few months ago we were rolling around the same luggage from high school and it wasn’t until one of our bags actually got stuck in the belt at the airport on our way to SXSW, that we realized it was time for an upgrade. Think about that sense of panic that sets in when you’re the last one waiting at baggage claim and there’s not a bag in sight. Yes! Well now imagine a sweet older lady coming over to you and telling you that they actually have your bag pulled aside. Sigh of relief, right? Wrong. Then you hear, “There was a bit of a problem.” You walk over to an office where your luggage basically looks like a torpedo went through it, with a big hole in the middle, and white dust all over it. (Looking back, we really wish we took a photo of it all, but we were too busy frantically stuffing everything into one suitcase and throwing away damaged clothes and toiletries, while trying to catch our ride from the airport.) Somehow it felt off a belt, got stuck in the belt, got run over on the runway…who knows, we never got the full story. Thankfully, we’ve been able to test out, and fall in love with (Can you fall in love with luggage? Well, we’re guilty of it!), the collection from Away. Before leaving for Europe, we were able to get our hands on their carry-ons, and we won’t lie, we were a bit giddy rolling through the airport with all four wheels! Haha. It’s the little things right? Well, today they just released their complete luggage collection, with medium and large size options.
The whole luggage set fits inside one another, just like those cute little Russian nesting dolls you may have had growing up. 😉 The carry-on fits in the medium, and the medium fits inside the large. This is a major plus for us, as we are in an apartment, and every inch of storage and closet space counts!
Here are the exact specs and all the details on each size:
-The Carry-On: 38L capacity / 7.2 lbs. / 21.7” H x 13.7” W x 9” D
-The Medium: 62L capacity / 8.5 lbs. / 25” H x 17.5” W x 10.5” D
-The Large: 86L capacity / 9.9 lbs. / 28” H x 19.5” W x 12” D
We spoke a little about it in our packing post for Europe, but in case you missed it and are considering some new luggage, heres a few reasons why we love Away:
-flexible and durable
-removable and washable laundry bag
-four swivel wheels
-built-in USB ports and chargers for the carry-on model
Away has generously offered our readers $20 off with the code: NEWDARLINGS20 from now through 6/30!
These will be perfect for any summer adventures you may have planned! Happy travels!
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.