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July 14, 2015 |

Songbird

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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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May 16, 2015 |

Tastebuds Travel

July will mark two years since our move to Phoenix, AZ!  Right now, at this point in our lives, we really couldn’t imagine ourselves living anywhere else.  It has been such a great transition for us from NY, and we still enjoy soaking up every bit this city has to offer us.  The quiet desert landscape has been so refreshing, yet still has a bit of city life we adore.  We’re always on the hunt for new places to explore, coffee shops to try out, and places to bring friends visiting from out of town.  It’s been such a treat for us to have friends and family visit and show them some of the popular places around town and some hidden gems as well.

With some exciting trips coming up in the next few months, we’ve been following along with Jessica and Krissy of Tastebuds Travel. They have a YouTube show presented by Ford, where they travel to different cities across America and give everyone the inside scoop on some must-see local spots. We were inspired by these lovely ladies to share some of our favorite local spots in Phoenix with all of you! So if you find yourself in Phoenix one day and are looking for some places to check out in between swooning over all the mountain views and desert landscape, here’s some places that rank pretty high on our list.

– LUX CENTRAL
Start off your morning in Central Phoenix by taking the light rail or biking to Lux Central.  Grab a latte, green tea, or espresso shot…whatever it takes to lift those heavy eyelids and order yourself some breakfast.  We usually like to keep things simple, grabbing a pastry or acai bowl with fresh fruit, but on the weekends we can’t resist their Farmer’s Market Scramble, with some bacon and hash browns on the side.  At night Lux, has a full bar with some of the best bartenders around…friendly and creative with their spirits, they’ll mix you up a tasty and unique cocktail.

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Next up, time for some thrifting! Eames, Harry Bertoia, Arne Jacobson…is your heart fluttering yet?! It’s no secret we have a weakness for mid-century style furniture and pieces from the past.  Modern Manor is hands down our favorite place to go treasure hunting in Phoenix.  They have furniture, dinnerware, and decor pieces dating back to the 1940’s. We have literally spent hours in here, figuring out if we had room for another sofa or chair in our apartment, because we fall in love with every piece.  Their pieces are in beautiful condition and the guys who run the place are pretty nice too, which never hurts!  If you have a bit of a furniture addiction, the way we do, follow along with them on instagram.  They update often with new arrivals!

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– PIZZERIA BIANCO + HERITAGE SQUARE
Voted the best pizza in Phoenix, Pizzeria Bianco will surely satisfy your pizza craving.  Moving to Phoenix from NY, good pizza was something we were immediately on the hunt for.  The thin crust and their charming patio with lights strung from above gets us every time.  This is one of our favorite places to go on a date-night.  If you don’t want to take our word for it, even Jimmy Fallon loves it. It’s located in Heritage Square, which has been around since the late 1800’s.  The cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings will make you feel like you’ve stepped into the Victorian era.

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Check out Tastebuds’ latest episode, presented by Ford, on their trip to Austin.  This definitely got us in the mood to plan a trip to a new city!  We’d love to hear about some favorite places in your own home towns. Share them with us in the comments!

 

His: Urban Outfitters button-down (similar here and here), Levi’s jeans, Ray-Ban sunglasses, bag c/o ONA bags, Urban Outfitters shoes
Hers: Nordstrom jacket, Free People tunic (similar here and here), tote c/o Madewell, shoes c/o BC Footwear, necklace c/o Tiffany Kunz, Madewell sunglasses

 

This post was sponsored by Ford.  All opinions are our own.

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April 23, 2015 |

Madewell: Opening Event at Kierland Commons

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We arrived early on, but it seemed the party was already in full swing, with sweet treats being served, glasses being raised in “cheers”, and some shopping going on, all with some great music spinning in the background (Best Coast remixes? Yes please!).  The store looked amazing, with every new handbag and sandal style in stock (my weakness).  It was so fun to meet the staff and chat with everyone there.  We really enjoyed hearing about all the current concepts and seeing the new spring & summer trends.

Here are some top picks from their new collection that I can’t seem to take my eyes off of:

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April 7, 2015 |

Easter Weekend in Flagstaff

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We headed up north early Friday afternoon to meet our Airbnb host and check in early to our downtown loft which quickly became our home away from home for the weekend.  This was our first time using Airbnb and couldn’t have been more pleased with our experience.  Our host was absolutely amazing and greeted us with chilled wine and even Easter baskets set up in each room.  It was really sweet and super thoughtful and the set the tone for a perfect weekend.

On our last little getaway (to San Diego) we left our camera in the hotel room almost the whole trip.  We were a little better this time, pulling out our cameras to capture some special moments.  We were pretty happy our new camera bag from ONA arrived just in time for this trip.  It’s such a beauty and has so many compartments.  Can’t wait to see how the patina will age over time and develop character. We filled it up with all the essentials and even remembered to bring our polaroid camera this time, which is always fun.

Although we’ve been to Flagstaff a few times already, this experience was entirely different.  It was the first trip which actually felt like a real vacation in a while.  The four of us explored Buffalo Park and checked out the little shops and restaurants downtown.  We cooked meals together and played games till the early hours of the morning.  The weather was chilly, but perfect.  On our last night we bundled up and gathered around a fire in the yard and roasted marshmallows.  The weekend couldn’t have been any better. It was so nice to have some down time with friends who really feel like family.  The days flew by and we were a little sad to come home, but that just means we need to start planning the next trip!

His: Urban Outfitters plaid button down (similar), Topman denim jacket (similar here and here), Topman jeans (similar), camera/messenger bag c/o ONA, J.Crew chukka boots (similar), Topman button down, Ray Ban sunglasses
Hers: Madewell tank, Madewell printed top, Nordstrom military jacket (similar), Free People hat, Urban Outfitters jeans, Nordstrom heels (similar), oxfords c/o Zuzii, Madewell toteRay Ban sunglasses, Dior lip color in “Bed Roses”

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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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

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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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December 8, 2014 |

Moonage Holiday Food Drive

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Our friends, Kelli and Tyler recently opened their own gallery space, Moonage, here in Tempe, AZ.  It’s been a dream of theirs to own their own shop and create a place for local artists to display and sell their work. Yesterday we finally had the chance to check out the finished space and take a few photos, of course! They have such an array of art pieces, from amazing paintings & prints to the cutest little terrariums and unique jewelry pieces.  We had so much fun trying on all the pieces and chatting with Kelli and Tyler about their new venture!  They are so dedicated to bringing the local art community together and that is definitely something we can get behind.  Oh, and if you love David Bowie as much as we do, you’ll definitely need to check out their amazing selection of Bowie paintings!

We’re happy to announce that on Sunday, December 14th, we will be hosting a holiday fundraiser at Moonage from 1-4pm. When Kelli and Tyler asked if we would like to host an event at their new space, we immediately began talking about a holiday fundraiser. It is something we have always been passionate about and are so excited to finally see it all come together.

We have teamed up with Tempe Community Action Food Bank to spread some holiday cheer.  There will be local artist giveaways, food and entertainment, all celebrating and giving back to the community.  Bring 5 canned and/or non-perishable food items to be entered in raffles with some amazing giveaways by featured artists!  Please spread the word, bring a friend and help brighten some hearts this holiday season!  For more info & to RSVP to the event, click here and follow along with Moonage on instagram.

Moonage is located at 1020 S. Mill Ave Suite C in Tempe, AZ 85281

His: button-down c/o Everlane, Levi’s jeans, Bed Stu shoes
Hers: tee and scarf c/o Everlane, UO high waisted jeans (on sale!), boots c/o Lulu*s, watch c/o Daniel Wellington, cuff c/o Tiffany Kunz, Mac lip color in “Russian Red”

Thank you so much to Natalie Allen, for snapping these great photos!

November 26, 2014 |

I Got This Feelin’

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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.

His: CPO button-down, Urban Outfitters cardigan (similar), Levi’s jeans, watch c/o Arvowear, backpack c/o Jesslyn Blake, J.Crew boots
Hers: cardigan c/o Urban Outfitters, Anthopologie tee, jeans c/o LuLu*s, Target hat (similar here and here), Urban Outfitters boots and necklace, Mac lipstick in “Capricious”
More: Urban Outfitters candleblanket c/o Sackcloth & Ashes, Luna ukulele, Instax camera c/o Urban Outfitters

Photos by: Natalie Allen

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October 19, 2014 |

I’ll Be On The Water

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Since moving to Arizona, we’ve gotten a little bit more adventurous–challenged ourselves and haven’t second guessed everything as much.  We’ve become more in touch with nature and all the beauty this place has to offer.  About a week ago, we went canoeing!  It may not be that crazy to some, but neither of us had ever been before and we were beyond excited to try it out.   It was a little scary at first, getting out onto the water–pushing the canoe in, paddling away from the land, and feeling the slight current take us.  It took a little while to get the hang of it, and find our balance, but once we did, we didn’t want to get out!  This state was the perfect backdrop for our first time canoeing–the mountains surrounding us, a little bit of a breeze coming off the water, and the ever so delicate peacefulness.  It truly was a dream of a morning!

His: Urban Outfitters button-down (similar), Levi’s jeans (similar), J.Crew boots, watch c/o Arvowear
Hers: Free People top (similar), AG jeans (similar), Urban Outfitters boots, Free People hat (similar), watch c/o Daniel Wellington, necklace c/o Samantha Wills, bracelet c/o Tiffany Kunz

Photos by: Kandis Marino

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