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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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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

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

Bloguettes Brunch

Hello November! Time is flying over here. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend a brunch thrown by some of the coolest girls in town, otherwise known as the Bloguettes.  Started by two young, female entrepreneurs Sakura and Lorena, the Bloguettes purpose is to create a resource for bloggers, creatives, and entrepreneurs.  They hold workshops all across North America where they teach people the importance of digital presence for their individual brands or companies.

They also throw fun happy hours and meet-ups to encourage local Phoenix creatives to stay in touch and meet new people.  Last month they invited a group of us to attend a beautiful influencer brunch.  It was a beautiful setting, everything from the furniture, the food, great company, to the darling props.  I basically wanted to hang out there all day. :)

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xoxo,
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.

hotel valley ho poolside poolside essentials Hat-Forever 21, Shoes-Tory Burch, Bag-Vintage

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

 

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

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

 

“We’re not in Kansas anymore!”

It’s been awhile since I have blogged or even logged onto my website.  I told myself when I started this bad boy 3 years ago that I would never allow writing and sharing with you all to become an item on my to-do list.  Sometimes life happens and unfortunately my little passion project tends to get the backseat.  And boy did life happen this past month.
I attended a funeral for someone who was very near and dear to me.  I have only been to one other funeral before so this was really new.  The pain from a death like this was something way bigger than I could have imagined.  It very much crippled me and made normal routine events and tasks seem oddly difficult.  I  don’t think you ever get over the death of a loved one and I am realizing that is ok.
One thing that kept popping in my head over the past month is how “we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Life is tough and real and serious and sad and scary and it hurts.  I have obviously known this for awhile now, but every time life happens I am reminded how precious it truly is.
So, I can sit here and be sad & fight the process or I can face life head on with all it’s experiences, challenges and scariness.  I choose the latter.  I am so thankful for my amazing little life.  Every circumstance good or bad makes me stronger, wiser and more compassionate of others.  I am grateful for that.  I am happy to be alive, to live in a beautiful place with my favorite people and to feel real love all around me every single day.  My goal for 2015 is to focus more on the content in my posts rather than a quick outfit recap. I want to dream bigger, be better and share more of my heart with all of you.  So without further adieu, Black is back. :)

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xoxo,
AVC

RIP Kyle Baker. I will forever miss you <3

Shades Of Blue

photo 4 photo 1 infinity horse scarf photo 2 Shoes-BP, Pants-Fire (similar here), Sweater-Rubbish (old, but I love these), Sunnies-Ray Bans, Bag-BP, Scarf-Etsy

floral jeans frenchi sweater photo 3xoxo,
AVC

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