Monthly Archives: September 2013

Wild For Origami Owl

I think it should be obvious by now that I am a self-proclaimed jewelry addict.  As many girls it started at a young age. I am not much of an earring fan which leads me to a very deep necklace collection.

I was introduced to Origami Owl by my sweet friend Lisa.  I became fascinated at the story behind this beautiful jewelry collection.  The company started by a 16 year old girl with a dream to purchase her very fist car. Her dream became a reality that is now Origami Owl.  The best part about this great company is that it’s all customizable. No necklace is the same and they’re interchangeable!!! I am so obsessed with mine and literally cannot go anywhere without someone asking me about it.  I love that each piece carries a unique story. I look forward to ordering more for my friends and family!phillip lim, phillip lim pashli, banana republic blouse, halogen wedges. ray ban aviators, amy black, amy's vintage closet phillip lim, phillip lim pashli, banana republic blouse, halogen wedges. ray ban aviators, amy black, amy's vintage closet phillip lim, phillip lim pashli, banana republic blouse, halogen wedges. ray ban aviators, amy black, amy's vintage closet phillip lim, phillip lim pashli, banana republic blouse, halogen wedges. ray ban aviators, amy black, amy's vintage closet phillip lim, phillip lim pashli, banana republic blouse, halogen wedges. ray ban aviators, amy black, amy's vintage closet Shirt-Banana Republic, Shorts-Old Navy (last seen here, here), Shoes-Halogen, Bag-Phillip Lim, Sunnies-Ray Ban, Necklace-c/o Origami Owl, Rings-Vintage

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xoxo,

AVC

What’s Up Autumn?

Don’t these pants just scream Fall? My sister Annie got them for me from a thrift store in San Fran. They have no tag and look very handmade which is even cooler in my book.  I am loving trousers right now and feel very anxious for Fall to get here so I can bust them out.

IMG_5785 IMG_5787 IMG_5796 IMG_5794Belt/Pants-Vintage, Boots-Urban Outfitters (similar here), Top-Bellatrix, Glasses-Amazon (similar here), Necklace-Vintage/Nordstrom Rack, Rings-Vintage/Nordstrom, Bag-Halogen

IMG_5800 IMG_5789 IMG_5792 IMG_5798xoxo,

AVC 

You Know What it is, Black & Yellow

Happy Tuesday!

It is beginning to cool off here in Phoenix.  Dapper Fellow & I went on a bike ride this weekend for the first time since May. This is a big deal people! Since we were riding bikes and it was quite windy I went with a more practical look. I NEVER wear my hair up (if you haven’t noticed that already) but I didn’t want to fight the never winning battle with the wind.  I re-discovered this vintage leopard scarf and thought it added the perfect touch to an ordinary top knot.IMG_5813IMG_5822IMG_5830 

IMG_5809Shirt-Eight Sixty, Shorts-Marc by Marc Jacobs, Shoes-MIA, Sunnies-Ray Ban, Scarf-Vintage, Watch-Betsey Johnson, Bracelet-BCBG

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xoxo,

AVC

Best Dressed at the 65th Emmy Awards

Hey babes. I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  On Sunday I was able to attend an Emmy viewing party thrown by the fabulous Chic Spy! If you haven’t been to her site, be sure to check it out for the latest in everything Chic. We chatted over appetizers and ooooo’ed and awwww’ed at the dresses (and sometimes boo’ed). Here are my fav looks of the night:

heidi klum best dressed at the emmy

Heidi Klum seems to always get it right.  It’s hard to go wrong with a body like that though.  She is stunning in this Versace gown. The detailed beading and neckline are BEYOND. I personally feel like she was the best dressed of the night.  65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals I would love to meet this spicy Latin someday. Her energy and personality always shines through in her Red Carpet looks. I love this body hugging Vera Wang lace dress on her. The look was complete with her gorgeous custom made Lorraine Schwartz Emerald jewels.

Christina hendricks best dressed at the emmys Christina Hendricks shined in this elegant number by Christian Siriano. It is difficult to tame those bad boys she has up top, but this dress was the perfect balance of sexy and chic.  I also LOVE her simple curly bob!

Julie bowen best dressed at the emmys

Julie Bowen’s Zac Posen trumpet-style dress was a definite showstopper! I don’t like pink that much, but this shade is subtle and so sophisticated on her.  I hope you all watch Modern Family.  They won best comedy and the speech given by the creator of the show was so on point. :)

“I cannot begin to express to you how surreal this ride has been, because none of us grew up feeling like winners,” said Modern Family creator Steven Levitan. “So thank you to the bullies, to the popular kids, to the gym teachers who taunted us, who rejected us and who made fun of the way we ran. Without you we never would have gone into comedy!”

Did you watch the Emmy’s? Who were your favs?? I would love to hear about them!

xoxo,

AVC

 All images are from E! Online

Instagram Friday

TGIF!!!!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Friday.  Here is my Instagram roundup for the week:

2 From Left to Right: A darling belated bday card from my girl Nicki <3  I am the one on the right:)  My OOTN for Dress to Death. My girls, gonna miss you Ashley! Prints on prints on prints. Snakeskin is taking over my closet!3 One of my fav quotes right now.  My new restaurant’s sign is up!

1From Left to Right:  BFF and I are ready for fall. OOTD with my vintage trousers. My Phillip Lim for Target haul. Brunch with my boo at the delicious Central Bistro.

Have a fabulous weekend!

xoxo,

AVC

 

Men’s Medium-Phillip Lim x Target

In true shop-a-holic fashion, I rushed to my local Target to scope out the Phillip Lim x Target Collection.  I had seen a good portion of the collection online before heading out, but I really didn’t know what to expect.  I swooped this camo tee in the Men’s section.  If you don’t do this yet START NOW! There is something about a Men’s Medium that looks amazing on every girl.  :) phillip lim for target camo, phillip lim for target, camo phillip lim shirt, tory burch sunglasses, targetstyle phillip lim for target camo, phillip lim for target, camo phillip lim shirt, tory burch sunglasses, targetstyle phillip lim for target camo, phillip lim for target, camo phillip lim shirt, tory burch sunglasses, targetstyle

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Shirt-Phillip Lim x Target, Shorts-Jolt (love these), Shoes-Vince Camuto, Sunnies-Tory Burch, Bag-Halogen, Necklace-Nordstrom Rackphillip lim for target camo, phillip lim for target, camo phillip lim shirt, tory burch sunglasses, targetstyle phillip lim for target camo, phillip lim for target, camo phillip lim shirt, tory burch sunglasses, targetstyle

xoxo,

AVC

 

No Rookies Here

Are you guys as excited as I am for the graphic tee making a huge STATEMENT this fall/winter??? I am not mad about that at all. This “Rookie tee” I swooped up at Forever 21.  When I first saw it I laughed and thought, “Rookie??? No Rookies here!”  But then I thought about how this simple word is in fact who I am.

I am in the process of opening not 1, but 2 restaurants this year.  This isn’t something new for me, buuuuuut I am still considered very new to the process. Something I have been trying to work on this year is being ok with not knowing it all.  When your attitude is gracious and your heart is humbled, you ARE a better person. Period. As much as I pride myself on being really damn good at what I do, I’m reminded that we are all just rookies…trying our best to figure it all out. :)IMG_5743 IMG_5745 IMG_5756

Shirt/Sunnies-F21, Shorts-Thirfted, Shoes-MIA, Necklaces-Nordstrom Rack, Rings-Vintage/F21 (cross ring)IMG_5757 IMG_5760 IMG_5746

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

xoxo,

AVC

Make-Up Monday

Every girl loves getting dolled up for an occasion. Truthfully, makeup has never really been my thing. I am more of a natural, less is more type of girl.  It wasn’t until my 20’s that I began to experiment with eye shadow and liner.  I will never be a Kim K type of make-up wearer, but hey, I am learning to experiment!

Although, I have my basic, usual  routine I love any chance to be glammed up by a make-up artist.  Maria is a friend of mine who recently started a company called Blush by Maria, specializing in skin care and makeup application.  I was so excited to get glammed up for a wedding we attended earlier this month and SOOOO happy with the application and how long it lasted.  Maria was very informative and actually taught me some tricks throughout the process.   If you or anyone you know lives in the Phoenix area I encourage you to reach out to Maria for any up and coming events or parties! Everyone deserves to feel like a queen now and then right?

blush by maria, amy's vintage closet

I hope you’re having a wonderful Monday! Don’t forget! Tonight is the Dressed to Death Fashion Event I am judging tonight!!! Hope to see you there!!! :)

xoxo,

AVC

Black & White

IMG_5687IMG_5704IMG_5698IMG_5702Tank-Asos, Blazer-Lovemarks (last seen here), Necklace-Groopdealz, Rings-Vintage, Sunnies-Forever 21, Shoes-c/o Just Fabb, Bag-Phillip Lim

IMG_5718IMG_5707IMG_5722I love a good Black and White combo.  The clean contrast of light and dark is perfect for any season.  I could have easily paired this tank & skirt combo with a solid blazer/jacket, but instead decided to incorporate a printed colorful blazer.  How do you spice up ordinary plain outfits?

 xoxo,

AVC

Instagram Thursday

Hey hey hey!

Is it just me or has everyone and everything been non-stop lately?  The end of Summer is always a hectic time, but this year especially I am finding it difficult to stay above water.  I am looking forward to the remaining of September being pretty low key. Last weekend Dapper Fellow, my mom and I went to San Diego. We stayed downtown at one of my fav SD hotels, the US Grant! My mom and I swam in the La Jolla Rough Water Swim. This was a first for both of us and let me tell you…it was INTENSE! It was such a special event to share with my mom and I think she is going to convince me to do it again next year. :)t 1) Hello Gorgeous shirt from Old Navy.  2) We checked out the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station.  It was amazing! 3) I met a Pommy named Leo while walking downtown SD. 4) Wearing Dapper Fellow’s hat.

t15) Amazing chandeliers at the US Grant. 6) An awesome quote that has been on my mind lately. 7) #ootd ALL Old Navy, killing it! 8) Chess at the Pannikin in La Jolla, CA. t2 9)  Stripes and Leopard #ootd 10) My new Origami Owl necklace c/o Lisa 11) Snakeskin is going to be sooooo huge this fall, picked up these Donald Pliner sneaks this week. 12) My <3 and I <3t413) Starbucks’ new Squash croissant 14) THE CUTEST King Charles puppies. 15) Junkyard diving 16) Mom and I just before our race started.

I hope you have a wonderful day today!

xoxo,

AVC