With a new year, comes a new perspective. Something we both decided we really wanted to be conscious of this year is sharing more of those “in-between” moments here on the blog. We chatted a bit about it as far as our home renovation and projects go, but the same goes for fashion and our everyday outfits. Here’s a look at an outfit I wore yesterday for meetings in the city and then lunch and shopping with friends. It was sooo much colder than I remembered NY winters to be, but a few layers kept me warm while running in and out of cabs. READ MORE
Our trip to Joshua Tree was just what the doctor ordered. We just went through a pretty long, thorough, house buying process, it’s the holiday season, and we’ve been working our butts off lately. A trip to the Joshua Tree Casita with our friends Tim & Merrill was the perfect retreat. If you haven’t been to Joshua Tree, we highly recommend it. We’re not sure why it took us so long to visit. There is just enough to do there to not feel like you’re the last man on earth, and there is so much open desert and sky to just turn off that ol’ brain of yours and get to relaxing.
We love traveling. It’s a huge part of our lives and something that is very important for us to experience together. Last year, we made the big decision to leave our 9-5 jobs, and go all in with our marketing/photography business, blogging full time. It was probably one of, if not the scariest decision we have ever made, but (in the end) it has been incredibly rewarding. We mentioned a bit about our work transition a while back here. We were in the middle of a two week road trip and we were suddenly overwhelmed with positivity and a feeling of “Wow, we are in our car, working from the road together, and this needs to keep going”. Lately, we’ve been thinking of this moment a lot. We recently took a mini road trip to Joshua Tree and on the ride over we had a few flashbacks to that fall road trip a year ago and it felt good…it just felt like validation that we are where we are supposed to be and doing what we love. After a full year of being full time freelancers together, we are still traveling together in the same car that kick started this crazy, beautiful journey. We always laugh about when it was time for us to buy a new car in AZ. Our old car, Arthur as we liked to call him, was feeling pretty tired from the desert temps (he was a New Yorker at heart), and a reliable vehicle for long trips was pretty important to us. At the time, we didn’t know how monumental that choice would be, but it turned out to be a pretty big deal. It wasn’t the easiest experience for us…we don’t know too much about cars, and going into a car dealership without a ton of knowledge about the process (particularly the financing aspect) can be pretty daunting.
Not too long ago we packed up our sweaters and jackets and spent a four day weekend in Grand Rapids. We hadn’t been there since last fall for ArtPrize, so we were excited to visit again this time of year and see what was making the city buzz. We found it at the Grand Rapids’ Art Museum (GRAM) with Iris van Herpen’s Transforming Fashion exhibit, which was our first stop while we were in town.
If you follow along with us on snapchat, you might have seen a bit of our museum tour, featuring Iris van Herpen’s work. It was the first fashion exhibit for the museum, which was really exciting because the pieces have such an incredible range with architectural elements. The collections range from 2008 to 2015, made up metal gauze, faux leather, foil, cotton, and various 3-D printed materials. The museum highlighted 18 pieces from van Herpen’s most recent lines, along with some of her shoe designs, and 27 pieces from a solo exhibition she did in the Netherlands. Each piece was truly remarkable to see in person. The amount of detail that went into each look blew us away. The way she pulls inspiration from her surrounding environment and plays with soft vs hard elements really drew us in. Urban Outfitters sweater | Yellow 108 hat
Can you believe the piece above was made from the ribs of children’s umbrellas and industrial boat yarns?! The museum has a hands-on “touch material” section where visitors are able explore to some of the more untraditional materials she used in her work. We really loved this addition of the exhibit because we felt like kids in a candy shop while walking through each collection. Every piece is so visually appealing, intricate, and pleasantly unusual that you can’t help but want to get up close and touch each dress, to further experience her craft. During our visit we learned that the exhibit would be making it’s way to Phoenix pretty soon. We can’t wait!
We of course made some time to stop into some favorite coffee shops: Madcap and Rowster Coffee. We spent a few good hours at Rowster one afternoon, catching up some work and people watching out the window. It was the perfect cozy afternoon, with leaves swirling around outside the coffeeshop, warm drinks, and a few sweet treats. We were befriended by a sweet old man who shared with us how he only uses Facebook to spred positivity, and does so by sharing pictures of burgers and Russian roses on his feed. He happily showed us a few. 😉
We were so glad we were able to grab a bite with Tieka from Selective Potential, and her husband Eric one night at Donkey Taqueria. It was so nice meeting in person after following each other on social media for quite some time and what better way to get to know each other than over guacamole and quesadillas?! 😉 They were both so sweet and we’re always down for hanging with another married couple! We can’t wait to show them around Phoenix one of these days!
Dinner at Sovengard our last night in town was simply incredible! If you ever find yourself in Grand Rapids definitely check it out. It is such a beautiful place with as equally well-crafted food. We spent the whole dinner “oohing and ahhing” over the decor and flatware, in between declaring our love for their tempura fried squash and apple butter. So good! We caught a movie after dinner and then headed back to the hotel for a quiet evening. It was nice taking it easy for a few days, just the two of us. Now we’re back home and ready for the holidays! Well, sort of. 😉
On our last day in Portland we woke up early, grabbed breakfast at the beautiful and delicious Maurice café, and strolled through the colorful leaf lined streets before heading to the airport. We really wish we had more time there with all the amazing people we met, but it just gives us another reason to visit again real soon. Take a peek below at the video we made from our time there with all the awesome makers. We also managed to snag a few clips of our friend Vincent, who is usually behind the camera. 😉 We love creating these videos to look back on and to share with you all — let us know what you’d like to see more of in the comments and be sure to subscribe to see what’s next!
A few years ago, when we were moving from our first apartment here in Phoenix to our second, we put on our matching “Burn” tees and moved our life from one place to another. Shortly after that move, we decided to make our blog a full time commitment and left our traditional jobs for full time photography and marketing. “Burning bridges” is about moving forward, taking chances, and doing something on your own. We made that decision together and now in 2016, we had the opportunity to visit Portland, OR with the brand that celebrates “bridge burners” and inspires us to make bold moves. Bridge & Burn have been friends and partners of ours for years. They make beautifully designed, detailed, and fitted apparel for men and woman. Erik Prowell started the brand in 2010, opened up the Bridge & Burn Flagship store in 2013, and is a great friend and inspiring human being. If you are lucky enough to live in Portland, you definitely need to stop in and say hello to the team at B&B. We were extremely grateful to have the opportunity to visit the store a few weeks ago, tour the city with some of Portland’s finest and get a chance to see the amazing work that these people are doing. Our trip started at the ACE Hotel where we stayed for a few nights. It’s in a great location with access to some of the best shopping and eating in town. We were definitely spotted walking across the street to have brunch at Maurice’s a couple times in our short stay there. It’s that good! The Bridge & Burn team surprised us with the sweetest gift basket upon arrival with some other great local brands, such as Wood&Faulk, Jacobsen Salt, Minoux Jewelry, and Shwood Eyewear. Everything is locally made, plus the teams behind these brands are equally as kind as they are talented, which made us fall in love with their work and craftsmanship even more. We’ll be giving away a similar gift basket at the end of the post, so don’t forget to enter below. 🙂 Welcome to one of the prettiest workshops and design spaces in Portland: the home of Wood&Faulk andMinoux Jewelry. Matt and Kristen share the bright and open place in PDX, where they create beautiful leather goods and handcrafted jewelry. We loved learning about their stories and how each of them got started in the industry: Matt being a DIY blogger turned designer and manufacture, and Kristen who has a passion for using recycled metals to create environmentally friendly jewelry. It was crazy to see so much creativity under one roof. We stopped at the Shwood workshop and got a peek at what happens behind the scenes there with Eric, the founder and designer of the company. He started Shwood Eyewear with a single pair of sunglasses he hand-carved out of a piece of wood, along with lenses he found from a second-hand shop in town. It was really incredible getting a look at the various natural materials they now use in their designs, while still managing to keep a hint of the original design elements. We also had the pleasure of working on a fun little project together: a hatchet, which came in handy for chopping wood for the fire pit at the coast later that night. Thinking we’ll definitely be stealing a few design tips from Prince Coffee Shop. We loved the rustic style with brass accents. Dinner on the coast with everyone was truly magical. We couldn’t have thought of a better way to end off the night. Big thanks to Jacobsen Salt and Karl Holl from Let Um Eat for the delicious spread. Tuna tacos and the tastiest toast with pickled onions and hazelnuts definitely hit the spot.
GIVEAWAY time! So, what’s in the box?
Lovingly Gift Wrapped by Parcel Portland
A few weeks back we had the pleasure of partnering with Jaguar on a fun shoot up North, in celebration of their new XE model. We made our way up the winding Arizona state route 89A, through Sedona up to Flagstaff for a day trip where we were surrounded by lush greenery and towering red rocks. We had such a fun time putting our own spin on their cheeky and not too serious approach to style.
Oh man, Seattle! You really took us by surprise. It’s not that we didn’t expect you to be great. We did! We just didn’t expect you to be that great. From the minute we landed at Sea-Tac Airport to our last minute shopping in Ballard, our trip was jam-packed with good times. The weather was perfect, with hints of fall everywhere. We hadn’t walked so much in a long time, and it felt sooooo good to be outside in the fresh air. The best part about this trip was being able to reconnect with our dear friends, Vincent and Cheyanne.Somehow, we always end up meeting with Vincent in random cities (Austin, San Francisco, and now Seattle) and we’re not complaining. It’s always unplanned, but we don’t mind a single bit as we find ourselves laughing nonstop when we’re all together. We were pretty happy to see our fellow Phoenician (now a PNW transplant) Cheyanne, as well. She moved just a few weeks ago, and is still learning the ins and outs of the city herself, so it was a treat to introduce the two and explore all the must-see places on our list.
COFFEE & DRINKS: Elm Coffee Roasters– We didn’t do our usual coffee shop crawl this trip as we tend to do while traveling. Seattle really kept us outdoors most of the time, but we made a few stops into Elm, and enjoyed a cortado and espresso tonic. Starbucks Reserve: Roastery & Tasting Room – It’s described as the “Willy Wonka of coffee” and definitely not the Starbucks you’re thinking of. Upscale décor, premium, limited time coffee blends, and really fun to watch the roasting process on a large scale. So glad we stopped by for a quick drink. Tavern Law– We were looking for a place to grab drinks after a tasty dinner at Oddfellows on our first night in town, and we ended up here. Our bartender, Link, was the nicest guy. We had some great drinks and deep conversations. Milstead & Co. – Our last stop before heading back to Phoenix. We walked here from Gas Works Park and enjoyed some caffeine before our flight.
FOOD: Cafe Flora – This place was just a few steps from our Airbnb. Came here for breakfast a couple times and left extremely full. Great portions, loved their roasted potatoes and eggs. Oddfellows Cafe & Bar – Hits the spot for just about everything you’d want to eat or drink. We came twice for dinner (it was that good) and drinks in our short visit. Wish we had time for a third. Try the “Ode to St. Anne”. Molly Moon’s Ice Cream – vegan ice cream with a bunch of locations scattered around Seattle. Our favorite was the honey lavender flavor. Homegrown – Stopped in to Melrose Market and got some sandwiches at Homegrown. The Chicken Pesto was the remedy to a growling belly. The London Plane – Super photogenic, delicious brunch, and lots of flowers. Loved the Pioneer Square area. Hello Robin – Dessert after dinner at Tallulah’s. Ice cream sammies are great! Tallulah’s – Loved the vibe here and the roasted chicken.
SHOPPING: Moorea Seal – Just a short walk north of Pike Place Market. We were lucky enough to meet Moorea on our visit. She owns and curates this beautiful shop and is such an inspiring woman. Check out her new book,52 Lists for Happiness. Trove Vintage – Curated vintage selection in the Ballard area. We first heard of it from our friends over at Local Wanderer, and we’re glad we took their advice and headed over there. We even scored a retro magazine rack for our (future) house. The Palm Room – Plants everywhere! We were mesmerized by the selection of greenery. Prism – Loved seeing our friends fromBridge & Burnwell represented in this shop in addition to so many other great west coast brands. Glasswing – One of our favorite shops in Seattle. A little bit of everything (with brands like Apolis, Bizu, Ace & Jig, etc.), and a clawfoot tub filled with Aesop goodies. Elliott Bay Book Company – Huge selection of books with two levels, loved the Little Oddfellows Café in the back. Would definitely be our place to unwind if we were locals. Totokaelo – A little pricey, but this place was minimal perfection with quite the shoe selection. Everyday Music – Conveniently located in Capitol Hill. Loved roaming around their large selection of vinyl, cds, and video. I’m sure if we lived in the area, we’d spend all day there. Nube– The perfect place to pick up a souvenir that screams Seattle without those cheesy airport vibes. Cards, bags, candles, and more US made goodies.
SIGHTSEEING: Gas Works Park – It was our last day in town and we couldn’t leave without checking out this park for ourselves. The park was built on an old coal gasification plant site. The weather was a perfect Seattle overcast, and we loved the views of the city from the grassy hills. The Fremont Troll– We finally got to meet The Fremont Troll! Dream come true. 😉 Kerry Park – Before arriving at Kerry Park, we walked over to Molly Moon’s to grab some ice cream to enjoy while watching the sun set over the city. There was a full moon and everyone gathered around with their cameras to capture the shot. This had to be one of our favorite moments from the trip. Volunteer Park Conservatory – We spent an afternoon here with our friend Vincent. The cactus room made us feel right at home. More photos to come! Pike Place Market – We didn’t know whether to put this place in “food”, “drinks”, “shopping”, or “sightseeing”. There is a bit of everything at Pike Place Market, and although it was packed with tourists (including us), it is definitely worth checking out everything going on there. Gold Creek Pond – We raced here before sunset for the incredible views with Vincent and Cheyanne. We were the only people around and it was perfect for a few photos together.
Big thanks to our friends Vincent and Cheyanne for being perfect tour guides, the best dinner dates, and for snapping a few photos of us. Looking forward to the next reunion! 😉
We never thought we’d be frequent flyers. We used to watch Up in the Air and think George Clooney made it look so cool, but we were the frantic ones showing up to the airport late, not being able to get our boots off, then getting on the plane and feeling restless. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves. Most of that has changed. We really picked up our travel game this past year. We’ve averaged about one trip per month and although we are definitely not as cool as Clooney, we are heading in the right direction. Showing up at the airport now feels very comfortable. We know exactly where to check in and about how much time we need to get through security and we usually find ourselves at the gate with a little bit of time to spare. (Who would have guessed it?!) We still get sweaty palms as we take off, but after that we sit back and enjoy the flight.
We have learned to embrace the time we have in the air, with a few tricks we picked up along the way to make flying much smoother, i.e. always carry on when possible, dress in layers, wear easy slip-on shoes, bring headphones to pass the time on the flight. We recently partnered with Delta on our trip to Seattle. It was our first flight in a few months and we soaked in the quiet three hour trip, with lots of cookies and movies. Usually we find ourselves using flights as time to catch up on emails, edit photos, etc., but this time around it was nice to unwind and take advantage of Delta’s New Free In-Flight Entertainment. It’s pretty cool that they’re now offering movies and TV episodes directly on your phones and laptops. We split our time between When Harry Met Sally and catching up on old Veep episodes.
We’re looking forward to a few more trips in the upcoming months, before the rush of the holidays. We’re dreaming of colorful leaves and possibly some snow. We’ll see where the road, or sky, takes us.
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Thank you to Delta for partnering on this post. As always all opinions and thoughts are our own.
We’ve been home from Tucson for about 24 hours and soon will be boarding a flight to Seattle, for a mix of work of leisure. We have been wanting to visit the city for so many years now, and are so excited to finally be taking a trip. It was a little last minute and unexpected, but sometimes that’s the best way to travel. (Or at least that’s what I’m telling my prone-to-planning self.) We will be shooting some fun content, along with seeing some friends while we’re there. It’s amazing how blogging and photography has brought us close to so many kind and talented people, that we might have otherwise never met. We’re looking forward to catching up with those we’ve missed and exploring the city.
Any Seattle recommendations? Food, shops, sightseeing? Please share them with us!
We’ll be sharing bits and pieces of the trip on Instagram while we’re away, if you’d like to follow along. Also, poll time…IG stories or Snapchat? Now that some time has passed with the IG update, what’s everyone feeling?
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.