Monthly Archives: January 2013

Instagram Thursday From SF

Hello loves! Happy Thursday! Dapper Fellow and I are alive and well in SF! We are having the best time! Here is my Instagram roundup for the week!!!8ece604e5b4611e2a31922000a1fbcdc_7 2d2956ec5dcf11e294f522000a9f30b8_7 ee29561e5df511e28efa22000a1fbd9c_7 ba377e485e7311e2867a22000a9f1266_7 349f0cec5eaa11e28f2522000a9f148e_7 9cb24ed8602c11e2ab4322000a1fa430_7 b3e11ee25ebd11e2b97522000a1f97e9_7 e20b784060c411e2b0f722000a9f18db_7 b3179e1e5f2611e292a022000a1faf61_7 69d3e6925ce511e28dc022000a1f8c21_7 d5a69bae604511e2892d22000a1fb72b_7 7ac6c5c6605711e285f622000a1f8e95_7



Stripes & Leopard

Heylo my lovlies! Hope you’re having a fantastic week!!! As of this afternoon we are SF bound so be sure to follow me via Instagram to keep up to date on all the details of our trip!! This outfit is what I wore to the PHXFW event this past weekend! A great event that I ended up showing up late to because of work, but that didn’t stop me from catching up with all my fav PHXFW ladies, Abbei and Lauren!!! :)leopard jeans and leather

french connection clutch, stripes and leopard

mixed prints

blue ring, ray ban sunglasses

Shirt-Bobeau, Jacket-Halogen, Jeans-Current Elliot (last seen here), Necklace-BP, Sunglasses-Ray Bans, Shoes-Halogen, but DIY, Ring/Bracelets-Nordstrom, Clutch-French Connection

current elliot leopard jeans

french connection clutchhalogen leather jacket

Don’t forget to enter my fabulous Hearts Giveaway! Good luck!



Black & Bow’d

Today’s look is a classic black on black winter go-to for me if I am getting dressed up. I live in black blazers and this vintage one with the gold buttons has been such a practical, wearable piece.  When wearing all one color I like the idea of mixing textures together. This will create more depth for your black on black look.  vintage black blazer

kate spade bow bracelet

alexander mcqueen bag

Shirt-Realitee, Blazer/Belt-Vintage, Shoes-House of Harlow, Skirt-Halogen, Purse-Alexander McQueen, Bow bracelets-Kate Spade, Bow Necklace-Vintage, Link Bracelet-Groopdealz, Sunglasses-Ray Bans, Tights-Spanx

black and gold

kate spade bow bracelet

pave bracelet, vintage bow necklace

alexander mcqueen black pursexoxo,


Best Dressed at the Golden Globes

I didn’t grow up watching awards shows, but over the past few years I have totally gotten into them, mainly for the gorgeous gowns. This year did not let us down. I was literally FREAKING out at how gorgeous some of these ladies looked.  My best dressed list is only women. Call me sexist, but I don’t get all that excited about a Calvin Klein suit vs a Tom Ford suit. A guy in a suit looks great to me, no matter if it’s from a sought after designer or from Banana Republic.  Guys look good in suits. Period. Below you will only find my girl crushes :)

Anne Hathaway in Chanel-Ok so I read that she had to lose a ton of weight for Les Mis and she does look boney skinny, but girlfriend rocks her adorable pixie and body tight cream Chanel gown. She kept jewelry simple, but it works for her. She looks Flawless.  anne-hathaway-chanel-golden-globes-h724

Claire Danes in Versace-Claire literally just had a baby.  I can still see her awkward face in “Little Women” or the highly popular 90’s sitcom “My So Called Life.” She is still bringing it! I love the red wrap gown with her big blonde hair! Her jewels are Lorraine Schwartz.

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen-I have little words for this dress. It made me jump off the couch. Best dressed in my opinion for the evening. She is such a babe and wears this amazing, timeless, sultry gown sooooo well. I feel like this dress was made for her. It speaks for itself so little hair and makeup is needed and that is how you see Kate on most days!BAiFJShCUAAc4Ha

Jessica Alba in Oscar De La Renta-This girl is bananas. She is so stunning and this color orange could not be more perfect for her skin color. I love the loose curls to one side and the gorgeous diamond statement necklace.  The material of this gown is so delicate and that furry clutch is a perfect addition! Love her in this! jessica-alba-oscar-delarenta-golden-globes-h724

Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli-This little nugget always seems to look fabulous. I love how grown up and sophisticated she looks.  Her loose hair and minimal jewelry looks fab with her sun kissed skin!hayden-panettiere-roberto-cavalli-golden-globes-h724

Now onto the worst dressed of the Golden Globes…I honestly cannot believe people don’t have a friend, hair stylist, stylist, boyfriend to tell them that they don’t look good. I also noticed a trend of which some celebrities thought it was prom night…Big no no at the Golden Globes! I was very disappointed that one of my favs is included in this list, Zooey Deschanel. :(

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Did you guys watch? What were your favorite gowns?

Have a wonderful Monday!



Savory Sunday’s-The Parlor

Yesterday Dapper Fellow and I did a little pre-SF shopping. As dinner time rolled around I suggested we go to The Parlor, a restaurant I had been to before, but he had not.  When making suggestions to Dapper Fellow about restaurant choices it goes something like this…”Is it good?” “Is it foo foo?” “Is it expensive?” “Will I like it?” All of which are valid concerns.  I am much more adventurous when it comes to trying out new things or tasting something I had never tried before and he likes what he likes. Which makes cooking for him very easy.  :)  In the 1.5years we have been dating I have seen this guy’s taste buds grow immensely.  He recognizes ingredients, has become adventurous on his own, and samples things without me begging him.  This may not sound important, but it is such a big deal to me.  Growing up in the restaurant business everything is always centered around food. Being able to share a good meal with someone and talk about it is special. The flavors of the meal, conversation and the quality time combined is priceless.

The Parlor-(a beauty parlor turned pizza parlor) did not disappoint.  A comfortable, hip, upscale modern pizzeria spot that grows it’s own vegetables and herbs. When you walk up to the front door the planters are along the side of the building and my heart, no joke, literally started to race.  It is very difficult to find this sort of fresh eating practice in Phoenix.

the parlor phoenix

The menu is lovely and offers the perfect variation of apps, salads, pizzas, sandwiches and pastas.  Typically when ordering food I always get the special of the night or whatever the server recommends. No one knows the menu better than the staff that works there.  We ordered the following:

Mac & Cheese: Hand Made Cavatelli / Shropshire Crema /Pancetta Breadcrumbs

parlor mac & cheese

Swiss Chard Salad: Swiss Chard/Brussels Sprout Leaves / Shaved Root Vegetables / Citrus / Feta / Hazelnut Pesto (You may have seen this on my Instagram. This is the best salad I have ever had!)

swiss chard salad

A Small Salsiccia-Schreiner’s Parlor Blend Sausage /Grilled Radicchio / Sage / Saba. (The Food Network named this pie Best in Arizona!!!)

the parlor phoenix review

Small Pappardelle Bolognese- Rustic Meat Sauce / Pecorino / Rosemary Oil

Pappardelle Bolognese

The portions were perfect. Not too big and not too small.  Needless to say we still took a lot of food home. Thanks for the wonderful service and welcome from Nick the manager and your amazing food Parlor! In our family when we find a place we like a lot we call it a homerun! Dapper Fellow agrees and says we will be back very soon!



Preppy to Chic

Hello lovelies!

I am not sure when it fully happened, but I know it was early in my first year of college that I began to love accessories.  Growing up as many girls born in the 80’s decade I was very drawn towards anything preppy.  This was before Forever 21, H&M, Zara, Cotton On, and Franchesca’s.  It was The Limited, Gap, 5-7-9, Abercrombie and Fitch, Holister, and Claires days. *sidenote (Gap was good then and is good now. They will always be a good go-to in my opinion)  All of those stores at the time were very preppy. It was my time of collared shirts, khaki pants, sweater vests, Doc Martins, jellys, and Airwalks.  The style was simple then and we had little options. This was before internet shopping was normal.  As far as accessories, it was all sterling silver, charm bracelets, lockets, and anything Tiffany’s!!!

So somewhere from my bootcut khaki’s and Doc Martin wearing days I got accessorized through my new friend Ebay.  It started with my love for Guatemalan friendship bracelets and literally the rest is history. In my early 20’s it wasn’t unusual for my bangles to be up to my elbows. Ridic I know.

My outfit today is compiled with 3 main preppy pieces- a white collared shirt, blazer and skinny jeans.  By adding a gold floral statement necklace, spiked gold flats, cocktail ring, and 3 bold bracelets this ordinary preppy outfit has a little edge to it.  One thing I think everyone strives for is originality.  We may love and own the same items, but it’s how you wear them, combine them that truly shows who you are.  What do you guys do to spice up ordinary looks?



Jeans-Jolt, Shoes-Sam Edleman, Bag-Alexander McQueen, Shirt-Eight Sixty, Ring-Nordstrom, Bracelets-Tory Burch/Forever 21/Kate Spade, Necklace-Nordstrom Rack, Sunglasses-Ray Bans, Blazer-Rubbish



IMG_3426Don’t forget to enter in my Hearts giveaway here!



Instagram Thursday

6bf270ba591611e29cc222000a9f38cc_7 The rumors are true..this stuff is the shiz.

dc1c186457cc11e2a07422000a1fab83_7 A night out with my other half <3

aa1ab1625ab611e2942f22000a9f140e_7 So excited to be featured on NY Times Fashion & Style section again

1ef1e5905a7711e2ad1322000a9e28e6_7 Snagged these awesome gold Starbucks accessories after Christmas

34aa8fe857c711e28c8422000a1f931c_7 Our friend Mark from Details Matter came into town for the weekend

1577fc5a59e311e2ac5122000a9f14f8_7 Loving these neuro drinks!

08f76eda56b311e2b5c422000a1f9a53_7 Mod About You-All time favorite color

6f58aafa57bb11e292fc22000a1f9806_7 My pups cuddling

2743c896596711e2b85522000a9e28f2_7 I am officially back in school-taking 1 class this semester

5ebbb764576111e2893322000a1f9ca0_7 Essential armwear

bea1b87c562611e2ab6822000a1fb191_7 Who doesn’t love bright flowers in the middle of winter

7c2f72a4578911e291e622000a1f9d57_7Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles-BELIEVE the hype

9a512f6656cb11e28c3c22000a1fb85a_7Vintage bow necklace, Change bracelet, and handmade owl ring

Wow that week flew by. One of the things I gave Dapper Fellow for Christmas was a trip to San Francisco to see his favorite basketball team play.  We leave next week and I have been attempting to get ahead so I can feel comfortable leaving mid-week. We are going to be laying low this weekend. What do all of you have planned?



Hearts GIVEAWAY!!!

New Year, New Giveaway! As a token of my gratitude to all of you amazing readers and friends I have teamed up with my FAVORITE sustainable line Hearts for a sweet ass giveaway! Hearts has shown AVC nothing but love from the start! Their line launched this fall and you guys are going to looooove their stuff. Ck them out here!

Today my giveaway includes:

1 Hearts Woven Together Necklace ($48.00 value)

hearts woven necklace


This amazing necklace is a handmade sunset of delicate glass beads is given depth through the chunky weaving and braiding this statement piece presents. It is soooo gorgeous and I may just have to order my own!

To participate in this giveaway all you have to do is follow

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Get 2 BONUS ENTRIES each for the following:



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In addition to this fab necklace Hearts will be offering all of you $25 off for your order.  Just use the code AVC25

* Minimum purchase of $50. Promo code expires 2/28/2013*

Please comment below with your number of entires.

Good luck ladies!



Fur Cape Type of Day

Good Morning Loves!

I know we are only in the first week of 2013, but this year has started off so great.  Each year I feel like my resolutions goals are more focused and more attainable and that feels so good.  Dapper Fellow and I have quite the lineup for fun events and trips planned.   So many blessings to be thankful for and so many awesome memories to look forward to!

Today’s outfit is centered around this amaze cape/fur number that my AMAZING sister Norma gave me for Christmas. It is so cozy and perfect for winter days! I realize fur may be something that is a little much for some, but this piece is perfect for that exact person. Subtle and warm, but fashionable! It is perfect for weekend wear!

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Sweater-Tarnish, Pants-Old Navy, Boots-Urban Outfitters, Bracelets-Forever/Nordstrom/GroopDealz/The Rack, Shirt-Thrifted, Bag-McQueen, Sunnies-Tory BurchIMG_3405 IMG_3407 IMG_3411 IMG_3410 IMG_3403



Artistrepreneurs-The Digital Armory

artistpreneur amy blackI was recently asked by the greatly talented James Korte from The Digital Armory to participate in a blog series titled “Artistpreneurs.”  The series showcases young artists/entrepreneurs….get it? Artistpreneurs! James is an expert web designer and video editor who resides in Ohio. His talent runs deep as he excels at nearly everything he does.  His company has grown tremendously over this past year and his work is highly recognized within the industry.  He also is my cousin who I grew with for most of my childhood.  Whether it was running through the woods of our cabin’s in Michigan, going on nature hikes with my dad, fishing on the lake or spending Thanksgiving at each other’s houses I always looked up to Jim and his brother Kyle. As adults we aren’t able to see each other near as much as we would like, but we are about to have a kick-ass family reunion and a cousin trip to Vegas this summer and I can’t even wait :)

The list of other participants in this project are out of this world inspiring and I feel very honored to be included in this group. You can ck out The Digital Armory website and my feature here!

Happy Monday kids!