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. 🙂
Each season we try to start a littler earlier with checking a few gifts off our shopping list and every year we fall victim to the same go-to gifts for our loved ones. We’ve been trying to think outside the box a little bit and find some useful and fun gifts those close to us. We’ll be sharing a series of gift guides over the next few weeks and thought we’d kick things off with some gift ideas for the “go-getter” in your life. Think: the one who loves being outdoors, into music and all the new gadgets, the one who’s always ready for anything, the adventurer.
We’ve been carving out some time early each day to embrace the quiet, brisk mornings with our doors and windows wide open. The chill when stepping out of bed when our bare feet hit the hardwood can sometimes be a bit shocking, but once we’ve thrown on some cozy clothes and have gotten ready for the day, the lower temps are pretty calming. We still can’t believe we live here. It really feels like we found a special piece of the country tucked away in Phoenix. Our neighborhood is pretty quiet, with the occasional rooster or chicken exercising their vocal chords each morning (I guess you could call some of our neighbors “urban farmers”) and we welcome their clucks while prepping our morning brew.
Last night we drove back from Joshua tree (that place was such a dream!), picked up a pizza to-go on the way home, curled up, and watched The Santa Clause by the tree. As much as we look forward to Christmas day, the build up and little traditions carried out during the holiday season is our favorite. The music, movies, gift giving…just call us Clark Griswold. We love it all!
Father’s Day is coming up and we thought it would be fun (and hopefully helpful) to share some gift ideas. We both have a tough time shopping for our dads…it feels like they have everything they need and they are both kind of work-a-holics. So what can you get them that would feel like a little indulgence or special treat, while still being thoughtful along with a hand written note? Usually around any holiday there are a ton of gift guides floating around the internet and they all have a similar feel. Our dads couldn’t be any more different from one another…one likes sports the other likes cars. One is a little more handy around the house, and the other enjoys the outdoors. One goes to work with a suit and tie each day, and the other works with his hands. So with our very different dads in mind we rounded up a few our favorite items from Jack Spade, that will hopefully give you a few gift ideas for your dad too! They have a great selection of classic pieces, for every type of guy. We may or may not have focused on some travel essentials for them, that would be perfect for when they visit AZ…hint, hint. 😉 (Hello, dads trip!!)
Father’s Day gift ideas:
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The holidays are the most wonderful time of year…there’s no denying that, but they can also be the craziest time of year. Luckily we haven’t had anyone setting the christmas tree on fire or electricuting the cat, like the Griswolds in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, but from last minute gifts to preparing a big meal, it’s definitely easy to get overwhelmed. We recently put together a little holiday survival kit with Hanes, to get you through this busy season, stay relaxed and prepped for all the holiday parties.
Mini Baby Powder: Baby powder is such a great multi-purpose beauty product. It’s obviously nice for after showers and baths, but its perfect to freshen up your hair and skin too. Kind of like a dry shampoo and shine powder in one. Plus it smells great.
Red Lipstick: Mac’s “Russian Red” and Kat Von D’s “Outlaw” are great festive shades that last all day.
Tights: Black tights and a printed dress is always a fool-proof holiday look. Around this time of year, you can’t go wrong with sheer styles to complete an outfit; these from Hanes are a long time favorite.
NuMe Curling Wand: The best curling wand, hands down. The largest barrel is great for creating, soft, loose curls with big volume.
Cologne: Some favorites that are always on rotation are Commodity Goods’ “Wool“ scent and “L’Homme” by YSL.
Watch: Be on time for all the holiday parties with a classic time piece. The Metropolitan from Timex is pretty cool. It has built in bluetooth, calories and steps trackers, and also syncs to your phone. We’ve been having fun playing around with it.
Comb: Always keep your hair in place with a good quality comb. There are so many beautifully crafted ones that fit in your pocket, while you’re on the go. We have a few of these Kent combs that have lasted for years.
Festive PJs: Comfy PJs to curl up by the fire with while watching a holiday movie and a hot cocoa in hand is the best. You really can’t go wrong with anything plaid this time of year.
We both shared the same tradition as kids…opening up our stockings last to see a little surprise on Christmas morning. One thing we always wait til the last minute for around the holidays are stocking stuffers. Sometimes we end up throwing in a few candy canes, a gift card or two, and some chocolates. While those all are fun treats, we wanted to come up with some stocking stuffer ideas that were a bit more useful and thoughtful this year. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas, all small enough to fit in a holiday stocking, while still making a big impact. 🙂
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–Ornaments: We just picked this one that holds a polaroid picture with the year on it.
–Polaroid film smartphone printer: This thing is too fun. There have been so many times we’ve forgotten our polaroid camera, and wished we had the physical photo to display in our home and for memories. This printer connects to your phone over wifi and prints photos from your camera roll in polaroid form.
-Camera/phone accessories: like this fish eye lensand portable charger.
-Bring the outdoors in with this miniature bonsai tree kit.
-Holiday decor: Love this snow globe picture frame as a gift or to decorate in your home with a family photo.
-More candles…because you really can never have too many and P.F. Candle Co’s Teakwood and Tobacco scent is so good. 🙂
We can’t believe it’s already the last day of November. We just put our Christmas decorations up and are in full holiday mode. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas and Cyber Monday sales from around the web, to get you started on your holiday shopping. Cozy slippers (for him and her), sweaters, and small accessories are always some of our go-to gifts.
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We hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving with their family and friends. We had a great holiday celebrating with some friends at our place, eating a lot of turkey, and ending off the night roasting marshmallows around a fire pit in our yard.
Today we are decorating around the house and skipping the lines in the stores, doing a little Black Friday shopping online. 🙂 Below is a round up of some of our favorite sales that are happening this weekend, along with some favorite gift ideas!
We recently collaborated with American Eaglefor their newDenim X line! They have the perfect amount of stretch and a ton of versatile washes for daytime wear to fancy date-nights. This weekend we kept things simple and casual for strolling around town and stopping at some of our favorite vintage shops. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, sweet little gifts and date-night outfits have been on our minds. We can’t get enough of red and pink and heart-shaped everything! Head over to the AEO blog to see some of our favorite gift ideas for him and her and what we have planned for Valentine’s Day!
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.