March 22, 2015 |

west elm + Etsy + New Darlings

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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.

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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! :)

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March 11, 2015 |

Everyday Make-Up Essentials

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Thought it was about time to share some favorite make-up essentials.  Below are some of my every-day go to’s for a soft and feminine look.

-Estee Lauder ‘Double Wear Light’ Stay-in-Place Makeup – Love this for full, long lasting coverage that still feels light, without clogging pores or acne-prone skin.

-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.

-Mac 150 Brush – Big fluffy brush perfect for blush and/or applying setting powder.

-Dior “Diorshow” Mascara – This is best mascara hands down! The brush is huge and gives great volume and length.

-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.

-Mac 266 Angle Brush – Use this to tight line your lids with a dark shadow or potted liner.  Perfect for filling in brows too!

-Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Roman Holiday” & Dior ‘Addict’ Gloss in “Bed Roses” – Fun everyday pink shades that are perfect for spring and keep your lips moisturized all day!

March 9, 2015 |

March Must Haves

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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!

February 13, 2015 |

Cross My Heart

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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: Topman jeans, vintage Ralph Lauren button down, watch c/o Barren Arden
Hers: Vintage dress, Mac lipstick in “Russian Red”, Essie nail polish in “Fiji”

Photos by: Cadence Meeks

February 5, 2015 |

New Darlings + AEO

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We recently collaborated with American Eagle for their new Denim 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!

His: Plaid button down and jeans c/o American Eagle Outfitters, Topman chukka boots (similar), Timex watch
Hers: Top and jeans c/o American Eagle Outfitters, Free People hat (similar), Urban Outfitters boots (similar), Essie nail color in “Lollipop”, Bobbi Brown lip color in “Monday to Sunday”

This post is partnership with American Eagle Outfitters.  All opinions are our own.

January 26, 2015 |

Hair Essentials

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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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Follow along with us on Pinterest for more hair & beauty favorites!

January 22, 2015 |

San Diego, CA

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For a few months now, we have been itching to take a trip to southern California.  With work and other commitments, we always found a reason to put the trip off, but finally last week, we decided to just go!  So early Saturday morning, we loaded up the car, stopped for some coffee and tea, and hit the road for San Diego!  The five hour drive was half the fun! It was nice to have some alone time, singing along to some of our favorite songs and chatting about the most random things.  We found ourselves in some pretty funny conversations over those hours, laughing way too hard, reminiscing about “old times”, and pulling over to snap a few photos along the way.

We tried to cram in as much San Diego as we possibly could.  We filled those two and half days with a ton of amazing food, coffee shops and boutiques!  We even squeezed in an afternoon at the San Diego Zoo and some time in La Jolla by the water.  Oh, and some pizza in Little Italy, which was definitely the closest thing to “NY style pizza” we’ve experienced since living out west!  San Diego is definitely one of the most beautiful places we’ve been to.  Although we’re not really beach people, there’s something about the fresh, crisp air that rolls off the ocean and we couldn’t get enough if it.  It felt so good to just be able to walk hand in hand down the streets and explore the city together.  It was a much needed getaway in what has felt like a crazy start to the new year.

Thank you so much to everyone who offered us recommendations, via instagram, on places to eat and visit!  We checked out so many of them and now have some favorites to go back to on our next trip to California!

His: Outfit 1: Urban Outfitters buffalo plaid button-down (similar), Levi’s jeans (similar), boots c/o Minnetonka
Outfit 2: CPO button-down, Top Man jeans (similar), watch c/o Daniel Wellington, Top Man boots (similar)
Outfit 3: J.Crew button-down, sweater (similar), Levi’s jeans (similar), Herschel Supply Co. back-pack, Timex watch

Hers: Outfit 1: Urban Outfitters dress, crystal pendant necklace, Elizabeth and James eyeglasses, watch c/o Daniel Wellington, bangles c/o Tiffany Kunz
Outfit 2: top c/o Black Swan, Urban Outfitters shorts, opaque tights, Hinge booties (similar), Free People necklace
Outfit 3: Free People hat, color-block sweater c/o Betty and June, Free People  jeans, Sam Edelman booties, Madewell bag, Nars lip color in “New Lover”

January 14, 2015 |

Welcome Chicken + Donuts

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His: H&M plaid button-down (similar here and here), Koto jacket (similar), Levi’s jeans (similar), J.Crew chukka boots (similar)
Hers: Urban Outfitters poncho (similar), Free People tank and jeans, Jeffrey Campbell shoes (similar), bag c/o Wessley NYC, ring c/o Tiffany Kunz, Mac lipstick in “Russian Red”

Photos by: Hannah Minkner

January 11, 2015 |

Rituals

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Hers: Hat & top c/o Pepa Loves, Nordstrom leggings, Free People socks
Theirs: Urban Outfitters terrarium, Cold Picnic hanging wall planter (similar here and here), Urban Outfitters printed pillow, West Elm throw, West Elm yellow & bubble knit pillows, Crosley record player

January 5, 2015 |

Greenhouse

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New Darlings-GreenhouseRewind to a few days before New Year’s Eve. The sun was just coming up, we could see our breath in the air and there was frost on the cars. We were meeting up with our friend Breea, who snuck us into her “secret greenhouse”. It was completely sealed up because of the temperature drop here in Arizona. We wandered around for a bit, exploring the grounds, dodging tractors and the groundskeepers. Laughing and shaking at the same time, we crawled under the tarp and entered a beautiful wonderland of greens, pinks and reds. The colors were breathtaking! Hummingbirds zipped by our ears while petals adorned the ground beneath us. Despite being a bit chilly, we could have stayed there all day, getting lost in the rows and rows of plant life that surrounded us. It was the perfect way to spend a morning.  Our teeth were chattering and we had to hold each other close to stay warm, but definitely didn’t mind that one bit!

His: Levi’s denim jacket (similar), J.Crew button-down (similar), Levi’s jeans (similar)
Hers: Free People hat (similar), Urban Outfitters dress (similar here and here), Donna Karen tights, Urban Outfitters boots (similar), necklace c/o Tiffany Kunz, Nar’s lip color in “New Lover”

Photos by: Breea Guttery

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