Vintage Levis

Happy Friday!!
Every girl needs a good pair of cut off shorts. No matter what the age or body type shorts are a must in the summer.  It seems that every year the shorts keep getting shorter and shorter in the stores and a few years back I decided I would steer clear of them and cut old jeans to make and style my own. (I have done this to more than half of the shorts I own) Even if DIY’s aren’t your thing this is the easiest thing for anyone to do. It becomes really fun when you cut, fray and style a pair of old jeans from a thrift store because there is little to no investment, these were $7!!!!!

Levi’s are hard to find so I felt like I scored with this pair from Savers.  I simply cut them and allowed them to fray naturally.  I would wear them, then wash them, wear them, and wash them, even when they didn’t need to be washed I washed them because that’s what gets them frayed the fastest.

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AVC

Spring Fashion w/Savers

Oh hello there! Remember me? It’s been awhile friends and I am so glad to be back in the blogosphere.  Just in time for Spring fashion trends with Savers.  This week I will be styling several looks with different pieces I purchased from my local Savers. Savers has always been a favorite thrift store of mine. My love for thrifting began shopping at Savers in high school and continued to Vancouver when I went to college and then shopped at Value Village, their Canadian store!

Let’s talk Culottes!  No, you’re not having flashbacks of your 3rd grade teacher.  Culottes are back yo, or at least I like wearing them.  Not something for everyone I realize, but the key thing I found when styling them is to pair them with a heel to elongate your legs.  The pants speak for themselves so the rest of the outfit is simple with classic touches.  My favorite piece of this look is the VINTAGE FERRAGAMO purse!!!! It was love at first sight.  :)

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AVC

Singh Farms

One of the best things about living in a large city like Phoenix is that I am constantly discovering new gems right in my backyard.  I heard about Singh Farms last year from a girlfriend and I had no idea what to expect.  Truthfully, I have never been impressed by a lot of the Farmer’s Markets in the Phoenix area. That was until I visited Singh Farms. The craziest thing to me is that this farm is 3 miles from my home and the minute you enter into it you feel like you’re in a different state.  It is a lush, secluded hideaway that offers fresh produce, fruit, homemade breads, locally raised eggs as well as fresh roasted coffee!! Honestly, what else do you need? If you are ever in the Phoenix area, Singh Farms is a must see!

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AVC

“We’re not in Kansas anymore!”

It’s been awhile since I have blogged or even logged onto my website.  I told myself when I started this bad boy 3 years ago that I would never allow writing and sharing with you all to become an item on my to-do list.  Sometimes life happens and unfortunately my little passion project tends to get the backseat.  And boy did life happen this past month.
I attended a funeral for someone who was very near and dear to me.  I have only been to one other funeral before so this was really new.  The pain from a death like this was something way bigger than I could have imagined.  It very much crippled me and made normal routine events and tasks seem oddly difficult.  I  don’t think you ever get over the death of a loved one and I am realizing that is ok.
One thing that kept popping in my head over the past month is how “we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Life is tough and real and serious and sad and scary and it hurts.  I have obviously known this for awhile now, but every time life happens I am reminded how precious it truly is.
So, I can sit here and be sad & fight the process or I can face life head on with all it’s experiences, challenges and scariness.  I choose the latter.  I am so thankful for my amazing little life.  Every circumstance good or bad makes me stronger, wiser and more compassionate of others.  I am grateful for that.  I am happy to be alive, to live in a beautiful place with my favorite people and to feel real love all around me every single day.  My goal for 2015 is to focus more on the content in my posts rather than a quick outfit recap. I want to dream bigger, be better and share more of my heart with all of you.  So without further adieu, Black is back. :)

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AVC

RIP Kyle Baker. I will forever miss you <3

My Favorite Season

It’s beginning to feel a little more like Fall each day.  Granted, it will be a high of 88 degrees today. Haha.  But at least our evenings are cooling off a lot. We are nearing my favorite month of the year, November.  There is nothing I love more than Fall fashion, College Football, Thanksgiving and spending time with my family and friends.  November is also the beginning of my big yearly transition, switching my Americano’s from iced to hot, I know…exciting things going on over here!

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AVC

 

Bicycle Wall

Finding original and artistic backgrounds in my own city is one of my favorite things to do.  Whenever Maria and I get together to shoot we always have the best time discovering Phoenix’s uncommon treasures like this mural, street sign wall, and colorful wall. I was thrilled to stumble upon this crazy bicycle wall in Tempe while having breakfast with a girlfriend last month.  This wall is one side of a locally owned boutique, Here on the Corner.  This boutique is stocked with items from local designers and is a must see in Tempe!

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AVC

Regal Republic

I am always thrilled to work with local Arizona brands.  Anyone can screen print a tee, but when there’s meaning and purpose behind it I am even more ALL IN!

Regal Republic is a new clothing line from Mesa, AZ.  The founders are all AZ natives and these guys are killing it in their unique street wear.  Ironically, right around the same time that RR contacted me I was having a conversation with my sister Annie about the word regal and how chic it is.  RR states, “Living in the Regal state of mind means always living in a rich and fulfilling state where you are on top of the world.” How perfect is that?!

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Polkas

I am always looking for great go-to, polished looks that I can plan in my head and just know that the outfit will work out.  I am always on the go and do not have the time I would like to play dress-up and have fun experimenting in my closet.  I grabbed this Old Navy skirt last month when they were having their big Fall sale and it is the perfect addition to my fall wardrobe.  I can’t wait until winter when I can pair it with tights or a chunky knit sweater.

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AVC

Summers Last Breath

I am itching for fall.  It is by far my favorite season.  Not only because of the fashion. My favorite holiday is in the fall, Thanksgiving. I love college football, crisp nights, drinking non-iced Americanos, the list goes on…But in true Phoenix fashion we have still managed to keep some 101/103 days.  I picked up this vintage romper earlier in the summer. I love the jersey material and fun tropical print.

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AVC

Summer To Fall

We have at least another month before our temps drop here in AZ, but I am getting so impatient browsing the newest chunky knits, autumn hues and of course my favorite fall/winter accessory…hats! I snagged this Old Navy hat over labor day weekend.

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AVC

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