Savers Closet Remix

savers arizonaOne of my favorite things to do in the new year is a good closet sweep.  Believe it or not I actually enjoy cleaning out my closet and getting rid of things. I will admit, sometimes it is difficult to part form some items, but in the end you will be thankful you haven’t kept that unworn blouse you “may wear someday.”  Plus it makes room for the new items I have been swooning.

Here are some helpful questions I ask myself when cleaning out my closet:
“Have I worn this in a year?”
“Is this something a woman in their 30’s would wear?”
“What would I wear this to?” -and give yourself 30 seconds
“How many times would I wear this in a year?”

Since I was in a teenager I have donated and shopped at Savers. If you have read my blog you know Savers is my all time favorite thrift store.  By donating with Savers you are not only recycling unused goods, but you are helping preserve the landfills of America.  Savers/Value Village  actually keeps 650 million lbs of reusable items out of landfills annually.  It is a great feeling to drop off the old items and an added bonus you can recycle them to people who need them.

Thrift stores are meant to be a treasure hunt so I don’t always purchase items after donating, but in the new year I like to grab a few key pieces to intermix into my wardrobe.  I wanted to show you all how easy it is to not only pick up thrifted items, but then incorporate them into your already fabulous wardrobe.   Below are some looks I put together from “new to me” items I purchased on my recent  Savers trips.

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Top-Savers, Dress-Savers, Shoes-Vince,  Sunnies-Sunglass Spot, Clutch-Vintage Gucci

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Jacket-Forever 21, Patches-Savers (I took these patches to a tailor and had them sew them onto my jacket for an updated look, Shirt-Savers, Jeans-Rag & Bone, Shoes-Adidas

saversSilk Blouse-Savers,  Jeans-Levis via Savers (I actually took out the hem in these jeans for an updated exposed hem look, Bag-YSL, Shoes-Dior,  Sunnies- Ray Ban

savers thrift arizona Dress-Forever 21, Shoes-AGL, Silk Scarf-Savers, Purse-Dooney & Bourke via Savers, Vest-Levis via Savers

savers of arizona Hat-Forever 21, Dress- Savers, Vest-Savers, Sunnies-Forever 21, Boots-Walmart, Socks-Hunter

savers thrift Velvet Turtleneck-Savers, Dress-Nordstrom, Shoes-Steve Madden, Purse-Ralph Lauren via Savers, Sunglasses-Forever 21

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Blouse-Nordstrom, Blazer-Savers, Shorts-Target, Shoes-Zara, Bag-Liz Claiborne via Savers

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Shirt-Nordstrom, Jumper-Savers, Shoes-Vince, Bag-French Connection, Sunnies-Forever 21

I hope these looks inspire you to check out your local Savers next time you are looking for an affordable way to remix your closet.

<3

Amy

Downtown Baby

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*pics by Hazelleyez Photography

Bisbee, AZ

Bisbee, AZ has been on my radar the minute I discovered The Shady Dell’s website. I knew I would enjoy this one of a kind vintage RV park, but had no idea how darling the entire town was. We arrived just before sunset and got greeted by the park manager, full of energy who reminded us of a cartoon character. I am not a big camper and was not expecting much from the amenities department, but boy was I wrong. Our little trailer was equipped with everything we needed. I love how much of it seems untouched and preserved for the full affect. Between old cars, abandon stores, and the coolest locals it’s a must see if you’re ever in the Southern Arizona area.

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xoxo,
Amy

Sonoita, AZ

If you head 40 mins south of Tucson you will come up on these beautiful rolling hills surrounded by mountains which is Sonoita, AZ. A small town home to over a dozen vineyards. A few of my favorites are Callaghan, Flying Leap, Dos Cabezas, and Canelo Hills. Both times I have been to Sonoita it has rained just before sunset. From endless Blue skies, to storms, then rainbows and killer sunsets. sonoita wine tasting wine tasting sonoita sonoita arizona sonoita wine tasting FullSizeRender (9) IMG_1255 IMG_1252If you ever get the chance to travel Southern Arizona and visit some of these vineyards I recommend staying at the Hacienda De Sonoita. It’s a charming b&b on 40 plus acres.

<3 Amy

Apple Annies

Although it may be October, it’s hardly Fall yet here in Arizona. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t embark on some fun Fall activities right? After some research the best Apple picking I found is in Wilcox, Arizona, at Apple Annie’s Orchard. Apple Annie’s is located about 3 hrs Southeast of Phoenix. The drive is beautiful and the apples are not running out anytime soon. apple annie orchard apple annie apple picking apple picking arizona FullSizeRender (5) where to apple pic apple picking phoenix apple pickingarizona apple pickingApple Annie’s is family owned and operated and is open until October 31st. Stay tuned later this week for some more Arizona spots you don’t want to miss this fall.

xoxo,
AVC

Arizona Inn

arizona inn tucson arizonaA few weeks ago I headed about an hour and a half south from Phoenix to the beautiful, Arizona Inn.   I have been to this property a handful of times, but never had the chance to stay in one of the darling suites.  The luxury Inn has 92 casita-style rooms that spread over 14 acres of gardens, fountains, flowers and lawns in the heart of mid-town Tucson, Arizona. It is the perfect mix of desert succulents and beautiful florals.  One of the things that has always drawn me to this one of a kind hotel is the history of it.

arizona inn desert oasis arizona inn flowers arizona inn courtyardArizona Inn has been family owned and operated since its creation in 1930 by Isabella Greenway. Isabella was Arizona’s first congresswoman, how bad ass is that?  She also was besties with Eleanor Roosevelt who was a frequent visitor at the Inn. (John Wayne would stay here too) After 8 decades this world-renowned resort is still fulfilling Isabella’s original promise of a desert oasis filled with privacy, quiet and sunshine.

arizona inn style arizona inn poolThis place is also very special to me because it was where my grandmother use to stay every year while she visited my mother and her siblings at UofA. That’s the beauty of historic pieces and places, the memories & the stories that they keep decade after decade.  I hope you have the chance to experience this gem for yourself someday. AZ Inn is located at:

2200 E. Elm Street
Tucson, Arizona 85719
Make your reservation today at: 1-800-933-1093

Have a great rest of your week!

<3  Amy

 

 

 

Marfa, Texas

Shortly after Christmas I got the opportunity to take a road trip through New Mexico & Texas with my girlfriend Ashley. I have been fascinated by Marfa, Texas since first hearing about it. I was living in San Diego managing a restaurant in a high touristy area and one of my customers who was visiting from Europe told me about his recent trip there. He had killer style and told me if I was into fashion and the arts that it was the place to go. Then began the googling…oh my gosh this places looks awesome!!! If awesome to you means small, ghost townish, one street, literally one stop light.  And you’re comfortable seeing the same people at all the same places because there just aren’t that many.  It almost felt like a time warp. Pretty awesome if you ask me. I will share more about what we did in the town of Marfa later next week, but for now here are some shots of us getting into town. The Prada store is actually in Valentine, Texas so it was our first stop. No, it’s not actually a store, but there are shoes and bags inside. Read more here.welcome to marfa marfa texas prada what i wore to prada installation FullSizeRenderIf you get the chance to head to Marfa definitely do it. There isn’t a direct airport which makes it hard to get to, but it’s about an hour outside of El, Paso which is an easy flight. I hope you have a great day!

Amy

Western Wear

I couldn’t wait to soak in all the desert landscape at Tanque Verde Ranch.  I found this long fringe number that I still had not worn and knew it would be perfect.

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Dress-Savers, Hat-Target, Necklace-Loft, Boots-Sole Society

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xoxo,
Amy

Tanque Verde Ranch-Part 2

One of my favorite activities we did at the Tanque Verde Ranch was the Breakfast Ride.  The ride will take you through the beautiful rolling hills of the desert as you make your way to the Old Homestead.
Upon reaching the destination, indulge in a freshly cooked breakfast prepared right in front of you. The famous blueberry pancakes were definitely a highlight. If pancakes aren’t your thing (I am concerned) they have delicious ranch style eggs, bacon and fresh juice.  It was a great halfway break to refuel and head back on the trail.

IMG_7073 IMG_7080 IMG_7083 IMG_7087 IMG_7081TVR is running an all inclusive Spring Break Special in the next few weeks that is the perfect getaway for couples as well as families.  I really love the all-inclusive option because it allow each guest to fully experience life at the ranch.  There is something about dining with the other guests and getting to know where each person is from that creates a lasting cultural dynamic to each person’s experience.  If anyone has any specific questions regarding our stay and experience as always feel free to email me.  I have one more post to share with you guys from our stay that will be popping up later this week. Wishing you a blessed day!

Amy Black

Valentine’s Day

I have always loved Valentine’s Day. As a kid I can remember the candy and as I grew up I looked forward little surprises from my dad. In college it was all about my glamentines. Then we opened Jimmy & Joe’s, my family’s pizzeria’s.  I have managed all of them at one time and Valentine’s Day is one of our busiest days of the year. Now, I know what you’re thinking “V-day? really? for a pizza place?” Well, it’s true and a lot has to do with offering these bad boys below.  That’s right people we make heart shaped pizza’s all weekend.

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Considering the busy day and weekend, Dapper Fellow and I normally stay in and try and do something fun and relaxed together. Last year we cooked lobster tails for the first time and had champagne.  This year we have friends coming into town so we decided for an early v-day dinner. We tried a new restaurant in our neigborhood called Ticoz that we both enjoyed.

What are you doing this weekend for Valentine’s Day?

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xoxo

A