Last Saturday we had the pleasure of meeting up with our friend, Vince, at one of our favorite coffee shops, Lux. It was the perfect way to kick off the weekend, talking about life and sharing our creative directions. We spoke about photography, blogging and future endeavors. Its always a treat chatting with friends about things like this and always leaves us feeling deeply inspired. We feel pretty lucky to have found people who share common goals and passions, and who can influence each other creatively. Oh, and who also share a love for chambray shirts! Very important! We can’t forget that!
We’ve been waiting to share these photos for a while now. About a month or so ago, our friend Kristine asked us if we would like to help her out with a project for Royal Coffee Bar and of course we accepted! Even though we’ve been living in AZ for two years now, we’re still discovering new places and embracing recommendations from friends. The Royal Coffee Bar & Roasting Company has been one of them. The coffee culture in AZ is something that is growing rapidly and we’ve been lucky enough to become friends with some talented baristas. Royal Coffee has four different locations in the valley, each a bit different and unique in design. It’s been fun to discover all these new places together and have somewhere you know you’ll be sure to run into some friends, who will also happen to make you a perfect latte. Definitely a plus!
It’s always a treat when the April Shopbop& East Dane Friends and Family Sale rolls around. It comes at the perfect time in spring, right before vacations and fun trips in the sun. They have some really cute swimsuits and travel bags for both him & her that we have our eyes on. Everything is 25% off right now. Here are some favorites, that we may just have to scoop up! Make sure to use code SPRING25 at checkout.
Over the weekend we spent some much needed time with friends in Flagstaff. Now we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Any time we get the chance for a little weekend trip, we feel we should be traveling somewhere new, but we frequently find ourselves back in Flagstaff, AZ. It’s so convenient, just over two hours from Phoenix, and there’s something that feels like home there. It’s a small city with a strong sense of community that’s infectious.
We headed up north early Friday afternoon to meet our Airbnb host and check in early to our downtown loft which quickly became our home away from home for the weekend. This was our first time using Airbnb and couldn’t have been more pleased with our experience. Our host was absolutely amazing and greeted us with chilled wine and even Easter baskets set up in each room. It was really sweet and super thoughtful and the set the tone for a perfect weekend.
On our last little getaway (to San Diego) we left our camera in the hotel room almost the whole trip. We were a little better this time, pulling out our cameras to capture some special moments. We were pretty happy our new camera bag from ONA arrived just in time for this trip. It’s such a beauty and has so many compartments. Can’t wait to see how the patina will age over time and develop character. We filled it up with all the essentials and even remembered to bring our polaroid camera this time, which is always fun.
Although we’ve been to Flagstaff a few times already, this experience was entirely different. It was the first trip which actually felt like a real vacation in a while. The four of us explored Buffalo Park and checked out the little shops and restaurants downtown. We cooked meals together and played games till the early hours of the morning. The weather was chilly, but perfect. On our last night we bundled up and gathered around a fire in the yard and roasted marshmallows. The weekend couldn’t have been any better. It was so nice to have some down time with friends who really feel like family. The days flew by and we were a little sad to come home, but that just means we need to start planning the next trip!
We will be hosting an Etsy Pop-Up Shop on Saturday March 28th at west elm Scottsdale here in AZ! The event will take place from 1:00-6:00pm. There will also be some amazing local donuts served by Welcome Chicken + Donuts, so if you have trouble resisting baked goods (like we do), RSVP here and please join us!
west elm and Etsy…together!? It’s like a dream come true! We’ve always been fans of west elm’s designs and home esthetic and then throw Etsy into the mix, it’s perfect! We spend way too many nights searching through Etsy’s unique and one of a kind pieces. We’re so excited to be working with so many local creatives in the community. We started planning the event with west elm back in January and we can’t believe it’s now just a few days away!
We hand-picked ten of our favorite local Etsy sellers who will be setting up at west elm to share and sell their artwork, home goods, and more! Here’s a little sneak peek at some of our favorites that you’ll find at the pop-up shop.
You can read more about the event and the artists, on the west elm blog. Be sure to RSVP on west elm’s Facebook page. Spread the word, bring your friends, and snack with us while we all help support local artists! Hope to see you all there!
-Beauty Blender – Great for applying liquid foundation and makes a little bit of product go a long way.
-Nars Blush and Bronzer Duo – Comes with bright pink blush in “Orgasm” and bronzing powder in “Laguna“, which is great for contouring. Love that the blush has a bit of shimmer to it, so there’s no need for a separate highlighter. When using matte blushes, Mineralize Skinfinish by Mac in “Soft and Gentle” is a great choice for highlighting the tops of cheekbones and the bridge of your nose.
-Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette – This palette is full of neutral matte tones that are perfect for everyday wear. Love using the color “Crave” as an eye liner and “Venus” for highlighting the brow bone and inner corners of the eye for a bigger, brighter look.
Although some of friends back east are still battling the snow and colder temps, the weather here in AZ has quickly shifted to sunny days with highs in the 80s! This weekend we spent as much time outside as possible and we realized it’s time to pull out the lighter layers and sunnies! We’re all about light blue hues and neutral tones this month. We’re loving these denim basics from Madewell and J.Crew lately. Pair them with easy sandals or sneakers, and a cute drawstring bag, and you’re ready to go!
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: Topmanjeans, vintage Ralph Lauren button down, watch c/o Barren Arden
Hers: Vintage dress, Mac lipstick in “Russian Red”, Essie nail polish in “Fiji”
We recently collaborated with American Eaglefor their newDenim 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!
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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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.