March 7, 2017 |

Doughnuts with Pure Growth Organic

We have made some big changes to our diets over the last year that have made a big impact on our bodies, skin, and even how we sleep. We cut out beef and pork, and put a larger emphasis on veggies and fish while using organic ingredients when cooking at home. Phoenix has some amazing restaurants that are vegan and vegetarian friendly, and although we eat chicken and fish, these places have become some of our favorites because of their fresh and organic ingredients. One of our favorites is The Coronado and on top of their incredible potato and cauliflower tacos, they make the best pastries! We’re definitely snackers around here, so when our families heard about the changes we made to our diets they were a little shocked. Haha. We took a stab at baking our own doughnuts at home with some fun toppings from Pure Growth Organic recently, and we’re embarrassed to admit they were gone in two days! Read on for the recipe and more about some of our favorite organic snacks. READ MORE

November 26, 2016 |

North Italia

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One of our favorite things to do when we travel is highlight our favorite restaurants and coffee shops, so we figured why not do it in our own city? North Italia has been one of our go-to spots when we’re in the mood for some modern-Italian cuisine in Phoenix. They have everything from various pasta dishes (the strozzapreti is our fav!), crispy calamari, and garlic truffle bread for a nice dinner together to grilled cauliflower, the chef’s board, and seasonal pizzas for an afternoon brunch. We visited the restaurant earlier this week and snapped some photos with all the goodies we’ve been loving.

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They just launched their Secret Cocktail Menu and boy is it good! Plus, what’s a mid-week brunch without a cocktail or two, especially during the holiday season, am I right?  😉  Ask about the Little Hot, Little Dirty Martini. It has a modern edge to the timeless classic with vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, calabrian chile paste, Castelvetrano Olive Juice.

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The decor in this place is just so perfect. With a mix of Italian farmhouse and modern Scandinavian vibes, we’ve been taking notes for our future kitchen. Of course the greenery everywhere was just the icing on the cake. But speaking of cake…

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His: Urban Outfitters shirt | ASOS jeans | Timex watch | Nisolo boots
Hers: H&M shirt (similar) | Urban Outfitters jeans | Moreea Seal necklace
Madewell flats & bag

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It’s impossible not to go home with left overs, because you’re going to want to try a bit of everything. We’re a bit partial to the tiramisu. If you need any convincing it has chocolate espresso beans on top, enough said. 😉

Can’t wait to share some more of our favorite spots around town with you guys!

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Photos by: Willow Greene

August 26, 2016 |

St. Francis Summer Cocktails

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“You wanna go where everybody knows your name…” Anyone remember that song? Any Cheers fans out there? I used to watch that show on Nick-at-Nite a lot as a kid. Kind of strange now that I think of it…a show about a bar on Nick-at-Nite, but I guess that’s a whole other topic. Anywho, I always just loved how everyone was together on that show. How it was a place people gathered after work, after a bad day, or to share in good news and a smile. Many of the places around Phoenix are like that. It may sound cheesy, but over the last few years we found a few favorite spots we can count on for a good laugh, amazing food, and unique cocktails.

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His: J.Crew shirt | Topman jeans | oxfords c/o Nisolo
Hers:  bag c/o LiveFashionable | Aritzia dress (similar here and here) | glasses c/o EyeBuyDirect | shoes c/o Bed Stü

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The other day we stopped into St. Francis for a late lunch/early dinner and had the pleasure of trying out their new market menu, which featured some summer cocktails by our friend and their head bartender, Titus Fauntleroy. We were lucky to stop in on a day where the owner, Chef Aaron was in the back cooking up some fresh dishes as well. We were really in for a treat with the both of them there.

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One by one colorful dishes of crispy okra, melon gazpacho, and wood fired flatbreads were brought out to us. Once we started to dive into everything Chef Aaron joined us, told us a bit about the dishes, and we caught up on life and business. It’s always a pleasure getting to chat with him, whether it is about his son starting school and our house hunting or diving into his restaurant plans and ideas for new menus. One thing we always find ourselves fascinated with is his home garden and gardening skills. We always chat his ear off about it, and he’s so generous to share his tips and tricks that he’s learned over the years. The amount of fruit trees and vegetable beds he has is impressive and the fact that he continues to keep it thriving in a desert climate is so admirable. A home garden has always been a dream of ours…one day we’ll get there. Not sure if we’ll be producing a watermelon a day, like someone we know, but baby steps. 😉

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We met Titus way back when we first moved to Phoenix, at an instameet. It’s kind of crazy how you can meet people nowadays, but technology and community are powerful things…it really blows our minds repeatedly. It can be hard to hard to find genuine people, especially as you get older and get exposed to more in life, but man, Phoenix truly is a special place.  We are so lucky to call Titus our friend, and it’s a major bonus that he is a wizard behind the bar at one of our favorite restaurants in town.  He wears a lot of hats, and wears them well, bartender being one of them. He’s always coming up with something new and exciting to complement a dish. Plus, he’s the guy to go to when you’re having a holiday party.  Not only will he show up in the snazziest, festive suit around, he knows exactly what a bar cart should be stocked with to keep the night going.

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This was the Simple Thymes cocktail: vodka, thyme simple syrup, and fresh squeezed grape juice. He suggested pairing it with the fried okra, which was from a local farm at South Mountain. It was so light and fresh for these hotter days.

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Many of you have asked for suggestions on places to check in AZ and we’re looking forward to sharing a more formal list of our favorites, but until then…if you’re looking for somewhere to start, grab yourself a cocktail at St. Francis.

Happy Friday!


June 30, 2016 |

Summer Style

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-1 lb of pasta — we like to use farfalle or fusilli
-baby spinach
-black olives
-olive oil
-1/2 red onion
-red wine vinegar
-roasted red peppers
-fresh mozzarella balls
-parmasean-romano blend grated cheese
-cherry tomatoes
-black pepper

It’s a pretty easy recipe to throw together, so much so that it feels a little funny to write out instructions, but here we go…
1. Boil pasta till al-dente. After draining, put in the fridge for an hour or so to chill.
2. In a large bowl mix in baby spinach, sliced red onion, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers and black olives with a little olive oil.
3. Now add in your pasta! Mix with more olive oil and red wine vinegar.  Top with as much black pepper and grated cheese until your heart’s content! Mix again, then serve and enjoy!

New Darlings-Banana Republic-Summer Style-4New Darlings-Banana Republic-Summer Style-20New Darlings-Banana Republic-Summer StyleNew Darlings-Banana Republic-Summer Style Speaking of summer staples, we’ve been pretty obsessed with Banana Republic’s summer styles lately. We’re pretty casual with our day-to-day looks, especially around this time of year in AZ, so shorts (that look like skirts) and tailored button downs are great for staying comfy and cool, while still feeling pulled together and polished. We were both never really shorts people before moving to the desert, but hey there are just some things you gotta go with, so you don’t feel like you’re about to melt. This blue striped tee (for her) and effortless button down (for him), would be perfect for a 4th of July cook out, with some pasta salad, of course! 😉 Scroll through below to see some of our current favorites from Banana Republic. They’re currently having a 50% off sale, which is a pretty nice deal too.

Summer favorites:

New Darlings-Banana Republic-Summer StyleWe are also SO glad to finally be enjoying this table in our new place.  If you follow along with us on Instagram, you may have read a little about the story behind it here.  It was hand-made by our dear friends Leah & Matt from Tremaine Ranch. They are both so talented and sweet. If you are looking for a custom piece, definitely check them out. 🙂

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May 2, 2016 |

Cultivate Festival with IZZE

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This past weekend was the Chipotle Cultivate Festival here in Phoenix, and we had the privilege to work alongside one of the featured partners for the event, IZZE.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the event, the Cultivate Festival brings in some great musicians and mixes that in with some top notch cooking presentations by some of the world’s best chefs. (Do names like Aaron Sanchez and Amanda Freitag ring a bell?)  It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday in Phoenix.  We had just gotten back from our San Francisco trip, so it was nice to get thrown back into town in the best way possible.  Our friend Cheyanne met us at the event and we had a blast wandering all over the festival grounds.  We ate some tacos, took a ton of photos, and danced a bit in between.  It was an absolute pleasure to get to hang with the lovely ladies from the IZZE team who kept us from ever feeling thirsty with some of our favorite IZZE flavors.

April 7, 2016 |

Ways To Graze

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Snacking in bed or even having any food in the bedroom was something that was considered a big no-no in my house growing up. I remember one night, my sister snuck a bunch of candy bars upstairs and we watched Nick-at-Night all night together (when I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched were still on), thinking we were real rebels…like we got away with something huuuuugge! READ MORE

March 21, 2016 |

Easy Pinterest Recipes for Dinner

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Scouring pinterest for recipes is one of our favorite uses for the website.  Sure, we add outfit inspiration and dreamy pictures of vacations, but 9 times out of 10 the reason we go back and look at our pins is for a recipe we had saved. Everything on there looks so delicious, but there are definitely some recipes that haven’t turned out quite right. 😉 Working from home has been a blessing, but it’s also been way too easy to get carried away on a project and then before we know it, it’s dinner time and we’re rushing to put a meal together.  We’re all about easy meals that taste good and are healthy, so we thought we’d share some dishes we’ve been loving lately, that are pretty quick to whip up during the week. READ MORE

January 12, 2016 |

New Year, New Goals

New Darlings - Pique TeaA new year means new goals, new routines, and perfecting some old ones too. We’ve never been ones for new years resolutions, but as we get older we like to set new goals to keep ourselves healthy and happy.  READ MORE

November 17, 2015 |


New Darlings - Coffee and pastriesWe headed to one of our favorite coffee shops the other day for a little afternoon pick-me-up.  We got the usual, green tea and a latte, plus this pretty amazing Nutella pastry. Oh man, we’ve been on a Nutella kick lately. Rob tried Nutella for the first time this week and has been seeking it out everywhere we go. Haha. It was such a pretty day out, so we brought our treats outside and sat on the patio.  It was a bit windy, but we’ve been embracing every chance we get to be outside lately, layered up in flannels, scarves, and fall accessories.


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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