Neither of us have actually ever been Black Friday shopping. The lines and the rush are a bit much for us especially after the big meal on Thanksgiving. However, we are all about online shopping from the comfort of our home, with a cup of tea in hand and cozy slippers on. Here are some of our favorites for him and her this holiday season, along with some of the sales we’ll be checking out this weekend.
When we first met in October of 2004 in New York, we connected so deeply on trips to the local park, taking silly photos of each other, and enjoying the smell of the cold, autumn air. When the weather finally cools down here in Phoenix, we feel so thankful to be able to continue our old traditions. With the temperatures ranging from the 40’s to 70’s, we love to get up early, bust out our sweater collection, and spend as much time outside as we possibly can.
Over the weekend, we did just that! We packed a small breakfast, brought along our ukulele and polaroid camera and just enjoyed a calm morning. It’s moments like these that we treasure, and with Thanksgiving just a few days away, we’ve been reflecting a lot on what we have to be thankful for. We have such a supportive family, talented group of friends and a sweet little home that we couldn’t be more thrilled with. Some days can seem like a roller coaster, but it’s nice to always have one another to lean on and cuddle with at the end of a long day.
In the spirit of giving and the holidays, we’d like to put a little spotlight on Sackcloth & Ashes. If you don’t already recognize the name, Sackcloth & Ashes is a blanket company created by Bob Dalton, that is dedicated to giving back to the community. For every blanket that you purchase, they donate a blanket to your local homeless shelter. Definitely check them out, and help give back during this holiday season.
Lately, we’ve been all about cozy days spent inside, cuddled up under our favorite blankets together. Here are some comfy items we’re loving right now. Follow along with us on Pinterest for some more mood boards and his & hers items we’re currently swooning over.
Weekends off together are ideal, but sometimes having a random Tuesday off is a really fun treat. The weather in Phoenix has been great as of late. Chilly mornings and extremely comfortable afternoons remind us why it’s so great to live here. Any time we have the chance, we head to the downtown area and explore. We started off the morning by wandering around some of our favorite shops. We couldn’t help but swoon over some of the holiday decor that already seems to be adorning shop windows. Lately we can’t stop talking about Christmas and decorating our tree! We’re definitely trying to hold out `till Thanksgiving night to transform our apartment into a winter wonderland!
Later in the day, we headed to our favorite hair stylist, Nate Champion at Kustumz Hairshop, for a little trim. Bangs in your eyes and an unruly beard aren’t the most desirable, when it comes to hair. (Ironically, we took these photos before our haircuts. Go figure!) We ended the day by catching a showing of Gone Girl at our local theater. We recently finished reading the book and had to check out the film. About a month ago, we started a little book club of sorts, between just the two of us, where we mostly read on our lunch breaks at work and then later excitedly report back to each other to see what chapter the other one is up to. (“Did you get up to the part where she…?” “Can you believe….?!”) It felt good to not have an agenda for the day, split a large popcorn and just spend an afternoon being silly together. Who knew Tuesdays could be so fun?
Every few months we get the itch to drive up north to Flagstaff, AZ. We love waking up while it’s still dark, taking our coffee and tea to go, and making playlists for our two hour drive up from Phoenix. Everything about the drive gets us excited; the views, feeling the temperature drop, and the fun conversations we always seem to have. When we arrive, we always take a minute to just breathe the air and enjoy the brisk breeze. This was our first autumn trip up to Flagstaff, so we just stood in awe and got all giddy by the colorful leaves all over the streets. There was a fall festival going on, so we really were able to soak in all the fall spirit! We walked around downtown for hours, grabbed a bite to eat, and met a sweet older couple, who recommended some great spots for future hikes! On our way back home, we couldn’t help but stop at this beautiful wooded area we spotted from the road. We pulled over, and spent an hour or two exploring the beauty around us. We sometimes feel like we’re gypping ourselves, as we have taken quite a few trips up north since living here and there are so many other places to see, but we can’t help it! Flagstaff, we love you.
It’s been a long time since we’ve just hung around the apartment on the weekend. Lately we have been running from one thing to the next and while we take pride in staying organized and focused on future projects, we’re learning it’s important to remind ourselves to slow down a bit. We’re constantly jotting things down in our planner and making to-do lists. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with day to day activities, especially with the holidays right around the corner. This weekend we tried to completely unwind. We checked out from the outside world and social media and just tried to take it easy. We slept in, ate cake for breakfast, and stayed in our pajamas `till noon! We cozied up under warm blankets and danced to our favorite records. We had originally planned to take a little weekend trip out west, but sometimes it’s nice to just to hunker down at home and recharge for the week ahead!
We are so excited to be hosting Urban Outfitters‘ Fall Fashion Event, Thursday November 6th! We’ve had so much fun over the last few weeks, planning and organizing the event with the amazing UO team! We’ll be styling some of our fall favorites for men and women. Just like any good party, there will be drinks and treats, along with some fun raffles and giveaways! So come hang out with us, bring a friend, it will definitely be a fun time!
Location: Urban Outfitters – Scottsdale Fashion Square
7135 E. Cambelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ
A big part of our relationship has always revolved around music. Over the years we have created endless playlists and collected some of our favorite albums that each have a special meaning to us. In our decade-long relationship, it’s so fun to go back to a certain year and remember what we were doing, where we were going, and what we were listening to. It’s amazing how just a hint of a certain tune can immediately revive a memory. There are so many songs that take us back to a particular moment in our relationship; our autumn nights in New York with Modest Mouse, roasting marshmallows while Van Morrison plays in the background, or a warm summer drive with the windows down singing along to some early Beatles.
After dinner the other night, we took a walk to one of our favorite record shops downtown. We still get excited flipping through countless albums and feeling that film of dust on our fingertips, which immediately makes us wonder where each of these records have been before. This time around, we were lucky enough to find a few gems by Simon & Garfkunkel and Van Morrison. Although the two have no relation at all, there’s something special about holding each album, one a little more weathered than the other, and feeling a bit of nostalgia set in.
One of our favorite fall traditions has always been pumpkin picking. Both of our birthdays are in the fall and it’s always been a fun and festive time for us. This year we were happy to continue the tradition and go to the pumpkin farm with two of our good friends, Chelsea and Scott. The four of us partnered up with Minnetonka Moccasin to style one pair, two ways. We were even lucky enough to have our friends Kandis and Dan, make the trip out from California to spend the day with us, catch up, and graciously shoot some photos.
We all bundled up in sweaters, boots, flannels and button downs for a fun day ahead of us. There’s something about dressing in cozy sweaters and boots that immediately gets us in the fall spirit! We kept it comfy and casual on our search for the perfect pumpkin!
We headed to Schnepf farms and were so surprised by how big the grounds were. They had a huge pumpkin patch, rides, fresh kettle corn, a petting zoo, even a corn maze! Our autumn-loving hearts melted. We are always anxiously awaiting this season…the shorter days and longer nights, cozy layers, chai tea and pumpkin everything! We have always had a soft spot for this season, so it was really special to share it with new friends and take in the beauty around us.
In addition to Minnetonka’s #MyMinnetonka instagram contest, they have generously offered to gift one lucky reader their choice of any pair of shoes from the Minnetonka Moccasin website.
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Be sure to check out our feature on the Minnetonka blog, here.
Happy weekend! We’re heading out early today for a fall adventure up north! We have our tea and coffee ready, iPhones updated with our favorite songs and some cozy sweaters to keep us warm. We really can’t wait to take it all in and enjoy the autumn scenery.
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.