November 9, 2015 |

Coffee Dates

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In the two years we have lived in Phoenix, it feels like it is constantly evolving.  New places are popping up all over the place and the best thing about it…they are good!  Back in April, Desoto Central Market opened it’s doors and we find ourselves there quite often.  They have a little bit of everything, so it doesn’t ever matter what time of day it is…we always find something!

Our go-to is usually some Tea & Toast and then a little outdoor time on their awesome patio. Yay for November in Phoenix!

Happy Monday everyone! 🙂

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His: button down and jeans c/o Gap | Clarks boots (similar here and here) | Garrett Leight sunglasses c/o Framed Ewe
Hers: sweater and jeans c/o Gap | Nisolo shoes (similar here and here) | Target hat (similar here and here) | watch c/o Daniel Wellington | Madewell bag (old — similar here and here)

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August 13, 2015 |

French Grocery

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A few weeks ago we tried out the French Grocery in Phoenix.  We have been meaning to go for quite some time now and are so happy we finally did! It’s a family owned grocery/cafe with everything from wines and cheeses to the sweetest desserts and lattes.  We went in the evening and snacked on some macarons, which had to have been the best macarons we’ve tried in Arizona yet! If you stop in, we definitely recommend the orange-creamsicle and espresso flavors.  So good! We couldn’t resist taking a few home with us. 😉

This day, as many of the days in AZ have been lately, was pretty muggy and humid. We’d like to think we’re not alone when we say, we’re ready for summer to be over.  Hello fall, where are you?! Anyone else ready for thermals, cozy sweaters, and boots? It probably doesn’t help that we already want to start listening to Christmas music.  I know, I know…it’s still only August. Haha.

Thank you to our friend Kandis, for snapping these photos.  If you are looking for a photographer, definitely check out here work here.  She is so talented and one of the nicest ladies you’ll meet!
His: Topman button down (similar), jeans c/o Dstld Denim, Zara shoes (similar)
Hers: Madewell top (similar), bracelet and rings, Free People jeans and hat (similar), sandals and tote c/o Urban Outfitters, Essie nail color in “Lollipop, Mac lip color in “Russian Red”

July 28, 2015 |

Our Favorite Cookbooks

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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 16, 2015 |

Brunch at St. Francis

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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 |


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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 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

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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)


April 16, 2015 |

Coffee Talk

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His: UO button down (similar), Topman jeans (similar), Topman chukka boots (similar), watch c/o Tmbr.
Hers: Madewell top, AG jeans (similar), UO sandals (similar here and here), Madewell tote (similar here and here), jewelry c/o Tiffany Kunz, watch c/o Daniel Wellington

April 13, 2015 |

Royal Coffee Bar

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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! 🙂

His: American Eagle chambray (similar), Topman jeans (similar), Bed Stu shoes (similar), Timex watch (similar)
Hers: tee c/o Black Swan, Free People jeans (similar), boots c/o BC Footwear, Free People necklace, Target hat (similar here and here)

Photos by: Kristine Morgan

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

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