We hope you all had a great week! We’ve been taking full advantage of the time difference here, waking up a bit earlier, and browsing the good ol’ internet under piles of blankets. Here are some of our favorite links from the week. Check them out below!
1 – Our most played song this month has definitely been this one.
2 – As spring creeps up on us, we are loving these light jackets for him & her.
Greetings from New York! We’re back on the east coast, spending time with family and friends in some chilly weather. We took the red eye, which is never a fun flight and arrived early yesterday morning, so we’ve just been taking it easy, adjusting to the time difference, and getting some bonding time in with our nephews. We’re heading into the city for some fun today, but here’s a look at some photos we shot before leaving Phoenix. I haven’t worn a heavy print like this in a while (as I’ve been pretty partial to neutrals lately), but I couldn’t pass up this pretty feminine blouse. Blush pink is one of my favorites, and the soft florals with all black felt like the perfect mix for these early Spring-like days in Phoenix. READ MORE
Oh, Valentine’s Day. We can’t believe we’ve celebrated 13 of you now. I remember being in our late teens and celebrating with chicken fingers and fries, eating in bed and watching movies all night. Life was pretty simple when we were dating and carefree. We spent so much time laying around and daydreaming about our future. It was pretty amazing actually.
[a few pages out of our photo albums above]
Well, the future has arrived for us. All the thoughts and plans of one day running off to a new city, settling down somewhere and having our own house have finally come to be. It definitely wasn’t as easy as the thoughts we had in our teenage brains back in 2005, but we made it here together. Valentine’s Day might be the most important day for some, a special date night for others, and just a silly made up holiday for the rest. We definitely don’t go all out every year. We celebrate love in a lot of ways and we try to keep each other guessing on special date nights and surprises, so Valentine’s Day doesn’t necessarily always fall on the 14th for us.
This year we’ll be traveling back to New York on the day of love. How fitting that all those daydreams of one day running off and living in our dream house have finally come true and we’ll be going back to where it all started instead of celebrating in our new house. Part of us is wondering what the heck were we thinking booking a trip on the night of Valentine’s Day, but realistically we are just so excited to know that we can go visit all of our old, favorite spots back home, spend time with our new baby nephew, enjoy a bit of cold weather, and most importantly, remember when we first fell in love. New York is flooded with memories for us. Our first date at the park, that middle point between our two houses where we used to meet on early spring days, the parking lot where every one in town would meet on Friday night and we would just laugh and be silly until we were the last ones there.
We’ve definitely come a long way. It hasn’t always been easy. We constantly think about the conversations we had when we were seventeen and the one’s we have now. So much has changed, but at the end of the day we are still here…growing up together…watching things evolve…and pushing each other to be the best versions of ourselves we could be. Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, we hope you are all making memories you can be proud of, falling in love with someone or something or some place because when you look back and reflect on the past, you’ll appreciate all the little things you never thought mattered.
Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone had a nice week! We’ve been tidying up around here and getting ready for NY on Tuesday. We became an aunt and uncle for the fourth time this week, so we will be heading back east to meet our new nephew. We’re looking forward to some family time and catching up with friends in the midst of the craziness that is fashion week and all the snow!
Later today our contractor will be coming by to help us plan out a few things for the kitchen and bathroom, get an estimate, and all that jazz. Some tile samples we ordered came in today and we’re getting really excited about putting our mark on this place and seeing it evolve. We recently found this pre civil war era oil painting at an antique shop in town, and we knew we had to have her. Little by little this place is starting to feel like home. Also, Henry is not over this being held cuddly stage (he’s been so lovey dovey lately), so what else can we ask for on a Friday afternoon? 😉
Here’s a few links from around the web we bookmarked this week…
1 – Thinking about exposed beams in your home? This round up will leave you swooning.
2 – Feeling stressed lately, maybe for more reasons than one? Here are 8 ways to keep calm and your anxiety at bay.
3 – We’ve been seeing Ross Cassidy’s collaboration with CB2 pop up all over the web this week. If minimalism and Japanese inspired home decor is what you crave, then this collection is definitely for you.
4 – These baked beet chips are on our list as one of next week’s side dishes. Yum!
5 – We rounded up a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him & her, in this post.
You guys have most likely heard about Jo Malone London…the company is one of those cult beauty (and home) favorites and we were so excited to visit their location here in Phoenix for the first time the other day. We’ve never been ones for big Valentine’s Day celebrations or gifts (last year we got our baking on!) and with one of our goals for the new year being to experience more together, an afternoon at the Jo Malone London Biltmore Fashion Park boutique was perfect. Now, you may think that sounds silly, because it’s pretty obvious we do spend a lot of our time together, but towards the end of the holiday season we realized just how little time we devote to trying new things together for date nights, weekend outings, or even just a different restaurant. Hey, we all fall into our routines, right? So we decided that it would be fun to each pick one new thing to do every month together. A trip to the Jo Malone London boutique, complete with hand massages and learning about their fragrances felt like the ultimate indulgence for a pre-Valentine’s Day outing together. READ MORE
How sweet is this old photograph of Rob’s grandparents? It’s from their dating days back in Cuba. The joy on their faces is enough to make even a stranger feel love and when we asked his grandpa to send over a few old photos (to have in our home), this one immediately brought a smile to our faces. It’s photos like these that remind us why we love documenting everything so much. It’s so special to have these memories to look back on and share years down the road. Can’t wait to have this framed, along with a few others. 🙂
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d share a few fun gift ideas that would be perfect for any guy or gal in your life. 🙂
It felt like we were getting a dose of east coast weather for a few days there and this coat, has become my go to for the chillier evenings here in Phoenix. It’s such a classic shape, which I feel like Sézane is quickly becoming known for. I paired it with one of their printed blouses, a tight ballerina-esque bun, and some comfy heels. READ MORE
It’s been a while since we shared our favorite links from around the internet. The holiday season and moving into the new house kind of kept us from our typical browsing sessions, but it’s good to be back at it. We’ve definitely been leaning towards more home design and renovation links, so our apologies for being a bit heavy on it, but it’s pretty much consuming our days lately. We are really excited to see the place coming together and we’re happy to share the whole process on here. Thank you guys for all the comments and feedback as we make our way from room to room and make this house our own. Hope you all have a great weekend!
1 – This song has been echoing through our walls all day lately and we were lucky enough to have caught them in Phoenix the other day. So good!
2 – All the lighting options over at Schoolhouse Electric have gotten us so excited to spruce up our home.
3 – Our Shop section has been updated with some of our current favorites for him, her, home and beauty. Check it out!
Lately we find ourselves browsing the web for some interior design inspiration at night, bookmarking different tile companies, vintage shops, and etsy finds. It’s something we enjoy doing when we have a little down time. We often think about who the original owners of this house were and what the street looked like. While watching Miracle on 34th Street on Christmas morning, we had a good chuckle with each other…our house was built 17 years before that movie was made. Just a little crazy. 😉 We love it though. The idea of so many families here, parties, and love…hopefully. Who knows?! There can be some crazy stories about this place too for all we know, but the idea of making this house our own, a safe haven, a comforting little place for us to retreat to after a long day, makes us so happy. READ MORE
We’ve been buried in home decor books, pinning to our home boards, moving furniture around daily and trying to give this sweet old lady of a house the best layout we can give her. It’s been a month and a half since we moved in and we are slowly figuring things out. When we moved in the night before Thanksgiving, we knew it would be full holiday mode for a while before we even got to the “normal” home style, so when we took down all the Christmas decorations a few days ago (that wreath was the last to go — it still smelled so good!), it was the first time since we moved in that we got to take a really good look at our Tudor. Our sofa has been moved to three different places since we moved in, and we’re thinking the third time was a charm. Our living room is a narrow rectangular shape, so we are trying to create an intimate seating area that allows for conversation without having to yell across the room. Bigger isn’t always better, and we found out quickly that we’d rather have a functional space than a space that just holds a lot of our things.
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.