Hotel Valley Ho Pool Life

My main reason to encourage a great staycation starts with the pool life! I was on swim team at age 4 and never looked back. I love the fact that the Valley Ho offers two different pools for your convenience. The OH pool has a DJ at the pool and is very fun and lively, while the OHasis Pool serves as a quieter and relaxing alternative.  Upon arrival we noticed that no one as at the OHasis Pool so we opted for rest and relaxation.  It was easy to feel right at home.

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Our second day at the resort happened to be on a Sunday. HVH offers Recovery Sunday’s where they offer several different packages to encourage guests to recover and relax. Sounds good to me! we ventured over to the other OH pool to relax in a cabana and their huge comfortable lounge chairs. It was a Sunday so it wasn’t crowded and we had such an amazing spread of fruit and veggies to enjoy between dips in the pool.  hotel valley ho scottsdale FullSizeRender (3) hotel valley ho poolsideIf you ever get the chance to visit Scottsdale or are simply looking for a place to get away for the weekend I highly recommend Hotel Valley Ho.  Thank you for such a memorable weekend and taking such good care of us. We will be back soon!

xoxo,
Amy Black

 

Hotel Valley Ho Staycation

Last week it was my b-day and we stayed in town at The Hotel Valley Ho. Only 8 miles from our house, but it felt like we were somewhere else.  If you haven’t noticed yet, from my Instagram I love a good staycation. We have some of the best resorts in the country so why not take advantage of them in your own city!
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We decided to dine at their restaurant called, Zuzu for dinner.  The modern, comfortable restaurant had a great variety of menu items. We had the Caesar Salad, Burrata, Cornish Hen, and Beef Stroganoff. I couldn’t decide which item I enjoyed the most. Every dish was incredible. The Burrata had every ingredient I am currently obsessed with, Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula, w/grilled Levain Bread topped with Basil Pesto plus Balsamic drizzle.
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burrata,

Zuzu serves brunch inside and on the shaded patio with a Bloody Mary + Mimosa Bar open 9am-3pm.  Cannot wait to try them next time for brunch. How cute is this patio?
poolside views

After a satisfying dinner and an even better night’s sleep I headed to the VH Spa for Vitality + Health.  I arrived early because this was my first spa experience and I wanted to soak it all in.  I was greeted by friendly staff members and shown where I could relax in the women’s lounge. The smell, the music and the lighting was everything I had pictured a spa experience would be. I opted for the HydroPeptide Facial. This facial increases brightness, tones and delivers a supreme level of hydration. I felt like a new woman afterwards.

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xoxo,
Amy

 

PinkBlush Boutique

Hey babes!

Super excited to share with you a new online boutique called PinkBlush that I have been working with that has some awesome, fashionable pieces that are ridiculously affordable. I immediately fell in love with this bell sleeved black little number, I look forward to pairing this dress with high boots in the fall and winter! (maybe even with tights)

*FYI*   —-   The best part about this online boutique is that they actually offer a fashionable maternity line with some of the same patterns and styles! I know from girlfriends who have been pregnant that it can be a challenge to find cute, fashionable maternity dresses.  Perfect for all you mamas!!!

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AVC

Summer Playsuit

Staying cool is always my first priority when getting dressed during the Summer.  I got this River Island playsuit on super sale last season and am finally getting the chance to wear it.  It has an open back (as seen here on my Instagram) which is perfect for these 110 degree temps.  Although I normally wait until fall for the Miu Miu’s to come out I thought they were the perfect embellished match.

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AVC

photos by Maria Hazel

Gingham

I am loving all the Gingham popping up all over. I have been watching some pieces online, but came across this Gingham beauty at my local Savers. Dresses are perfect for AZ Summers, anything light and breezy! :) I also paired it on Instagram with a tie here!

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xoxo,
AVC

 

Venice, CA

I recently took girls trip to LA LA land. It was perfect break from the heat to relax and enjoy some sunny beach weather. While visiting I was able to spend the day in an area I hadn’t been before. It’s hard to believe I have been to LA dozens of times and never spent time in the amazing, eclectic, lively beach city they call Venice. amys vintage closet arizona amy black arizona fashion misguided dress misguided slit dress misguided babe misguided babes arizona fashion bloggers free people hat free people girl how to style a hat zara sandals amys vintage closet arizona amy black arizona fashion misguided dress misguided slit dress misguided babe misguided babes arizona fashion bloggers free people hat free people girl how to style a hat zara sandals amys vintage closet arizona amy black arizona fashion misguided dress misguided slit dress misguided babe misguided babes arizona fashion bloggers free people hat free people girl how to style a hat zara sandals

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xoxo,
AVC

LGD

We all have a few perfect LBD’s that are a quick, guaranteed go-to. I now have found the perfect LGD (Little Grey Dress) from Forever 21 and only $12.90. Yeah, I know that price is ridiculous and that’s exactly why I purchased it in 3 colors. This bad boy is so comfortable. The lightweight jersey cotton is  just enough coverage and very breathable which is a Non-negotiable for me in the Summer.  Stay tuned later this week for the others :)

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xoxo,
AVC

 

*all photos by Maria Hazell

 

The Glam App

Last week I attended a party for The Glam App. The Glam App is beauty on demand. With the push of a button, The Glam App delivers beauty experts
to your front door. Offering services that range from a blow dry, to make up applications, or just a simple polish change there’s no need to leave your house, when we bring the salon to you. I mean, does it get ANY easier to get ready!?

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AVC

 

 

*pics by Audree

 

Kissy Kissy

Hello loves!

June is in full swing in AZ and it is hot hot hot!!!! In my efforts to take a mini escape from the heat I am sharing an unseen post from much cooler months. :) I feel so lucky to have met such AMAZING Arizona women through blogging. Audree, from Simply Audree Kate is one of those special gals.  We recently got together for the launch of the Glam App (more to come on that this week) and it reminded me of a shoot we did earlier this year that I hadn’t posted. Insert monkey holding hands over eyes emoji here…It’s true, life gets busy and sometimes things are better late than never people.

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AVC

 

*all pics taken by Audree

 

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