Category Archives: Travel

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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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

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!

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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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?
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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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AVC does Las Vegas

what to wear in las vegasIt’s true, I am heading to LV tomorrow morning with 7 of my gf’s. Follow all the details of our trip via Instagram & Twitter <3 No one does Vegas like we do!!!

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Have a great weekend!



Vacation Recap

“Guess who’s back? Back again. Amy’s back, tell a friend!” It’s me! I am back after a full week of a relaxing fun vacation.  Dapper Fellow and I started the week by heading up north to Flagstaff, AZ for my family reunion.  Most of my fam live in the midwest so I am not able to see them as much and the days went by waaaay too fast. We had so many laughs, good times and made wonderful, precious memories.

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IMG_5006 My cousin Megs. <3 her

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IMG_4990 Dapper Fellow and my daddy. <3

IMG_5033 Pops owning the grill

IMG_5028 This picture is ironic because the face I am making is the one usually on DF. Haha-I got ya!!!

IMG_5049 Yup!! My Fam!

IMG_5059 My whole fam minus a few<3

IMG_5002 Deer came up to the deck at dinner

IMG_5106Beautiful Sedona

IMG_5081 We took an off-roading jeep tour with these crazy Wildcats. :)

IMG_5100 DF and I 7000 feet up!!

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We left Northern Arizona and then headed to Laguna Beach to celebrate DF and I’s 2 year Anniversary.  <3

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IMG_5166 Angels vs Yankee game w/friends!

IMG_5144I love driving on the coast. Heading up to Newport

IMG_5169On our last day E came to meet me for breakfast. Such a great ending to a fabulous week! <3

It’s amazing what a week off can do for you! I feel so refreshed and ready to take on the week! I look forward to catching up with you all!!!



Mini Mexico Moments

Happy Tuesday loves!

Here are a few more pics from my Mexico getaway. I think it’s safe to say we consumed every fruit possible from the beach vendors. I am still full from tortillas, ceviche, oysters, tacos and beer.  I enjoyed it so much that I am already planning a trip back. See you in a few weeks Mexico…m1 m2 m3


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San Fran-Round 4 + Hearts Giveaway Winner


It is only suitable that today’s outfit features another fab Hearts product! This outfit is what I wore when Dapper Fellow and I took the ferry from Alameda to SF. It was a warm day, but with the breeze it was very chilly! Perfect for this awesome Bolivia Beanie!  What I love about SF is how well they do layering. They really take it to a whole new level. How do you like to layer?

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IMG_3472IMG_3486I am so excited to announce the winner for my Hearts Giveaway necklace!!!! Nikki from Bedazzles After Dark! Nikki encompasses Cali chic in her style and I know you will love her blog as much as I do! Congrats Nikki!!! Thanks for all who participated. This was the best giveaway response yet for AVC!!! :)

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San Fran-Round 3

Today’s look was the outfit I wore during our only cold day in San Fran. We couldn’t believe how warm it got.  The weather had said high of 50’s during the time we were there, but the reality was clear skies, warm sun and no scarfs/fur needed. These photos were taken in Union Square, across the street from where we stayed.  This was also the same day that Dapper Fellow floated off to Nike never never land & I ended up in a Zara cloud for hours! :)

san francisco fashionhe Westin St Francis forever 21 bootsfaux leather sleeved jacketMarc by marc jacobs dress 

Jacket-Q, Dress-Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boots-Forever 21 (old), Jeans-Jolt, Bag-McQueen, Sunnies-Ray Bans, Faux Fur colar-Nordstrom

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Last few days to enter in my Hearts giveaway…Enter here if you have not already. Winner will be announced Friday, January 25th!!! Hope you have a fabulous day!



San Fran-Round 2

Good Morning loves! Today’s look is what I wore wine tasting on our first day in SF.  My best friend from college lives in Alameda and after she picked us up from the airport we headed to do an afternoon tasting.  Rockwall winery is in an industrial docking area that doesn’t look like your typical vineyard.  It is located on the water and the view into San Fran is so unbelievable!  Dapper Fellow who isn’t even a big fan of wine tasted a few! It was a perfect afternoon!rockwall winery

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Leggings-H&M, Boots-Carlos Santana, Shirt-Vintage, Jacket-Q, Bag-McQueen, Sunnies-Ray Ban, Scarf-Urban Outfitters

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All of these pictures were shot by Annie and with my iphone! I can’t imagine the sunset with my DSLR…<3