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Barrett Jackson Fashion Gala

Last week I was privileged to attend the 43rd Annual Barrett Jackson car show‘s Fashion Gala event.  It was an amazing experience that I was thrilled to be a part of via Phoenix Fashion Week who never disappoints.  The Fashion Gala is the official kickoff of the week full of events.  I have been to Barrett Jackson before, however I haven’t been to this Gala Event. The best part of it all was our behind the scene access!!!IMG_6057Arie Luyendyk barrett jacksonArie Luyendyk barrett jacksonArie Luyendyk barrett jacksonIMG_6086IMG_6083IMG_6090IMG_6099IMG_6089IMG_6100IMG_6105IMG_6118

photo 1 photo 2photo 3Brie and I had a blast snapping pics and taking it all in.  There was always something going on and the celebrity shots were seriously an added bonus. :) Frankie Muniz and Billy Baldwin were my personal favs!!!!We also had a blast hanging with the gorgeous Brittany Brannon, she was such a gem!!!

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The night ended with a rockin performance by Bret Michaels. I can’t wait until next year!brett michael's barrett jackson performancexoxo,

Fashions by: 
Elevee Lifestyle
Michelle Hebert
Doux Belle
Ted Baker
Accessories by: Karla Media Designs (headpieces), Lana May (jewelry)
Styling by: PHXFW Style Team
Hair/Makeup by: ROLFS

Thank you to the following photographers for taking such fabulous runway photos:  Trudgephoto Photography, Steve Yap Photography, and Almanza Photography for taking such great photos throughout the event!



7 FAM Private Holiday Trunk Show

seven for all mankind scottsdaleLast night I had the opportunity to attend a private Holiday Trunk Show at the 7 For All Mankind store in Scottsdale Mall.  Not only was most of the store on SALE, but they also made the cutest most DELICIOUS custom cookies in the shape of denim pockets. (I may have had 1.5) :) The Scottsdale 7FAM knows how to throw a shin dig, right down to the small details.

I ran into two of my fav blogging babes Latisha & Alyssa.  It was so much fun catching up with them, sipping champagne, and of course trying on some of the hottest holiday pants ever!!!!!!

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Have a great weekend!!!




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

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Have a wonderful Tuesday!



Dress To Death

dress to death, scottsdale fashion, amy blackYou may remember my post a few weeks back promoting the 1st “Dress to Death” fashion night out event hosted by the lovely Bri Bridge.  Dress to Death is a fashion networking event intended to bring together fellow fashionistas.

September’s featured brand will be After Hours Agenda the hottest new tee trend that began in AZ and is spreading like wildfire across the globe. Live models will be showing AHA’s latest designs throughout the night, and the brand will be available for purchase, along with some must-haves from other AZ boutiques.

The best dressed attendee will receive fashionable giveaways and gift cards for local shopping.  Holler!  I am so excited to be judging the Best Dressed contest with  Cassidy Doller!!!


I can’t wait! I hope to see you there! Monday Sept 16th from 7pm-11pm at American Junkie!



My Morning With Kendra Scott

Last week I had the pleasure of spending the morning at the Kendra Scott store at the Scottsdale Quarter. I had never visited the store before and was anxious to check out all the gorgeous gems in person.  Kendra is primarily known for her Color Bar.  The Color Bar is designed for you to be able to pick and chose what item you would like and then create what stones to put in your piece.  It is very interactive and easy to use. There are so many different choices, but in true Amy Black fashion I picked and committed to the first combination I chose.  :)kendra-scott-scottsdale-quarter-store-front 77ac1a44158811e3a61a22000a9e06f0_7 CB_howto_for_print k3 k1


Stay tuned next week where I am sharing an exclusive peak at Kendra Scott’s new Fall line!




30 Isn’t Old, It is GOLD!

Hey there!

It’s official, I am about to turn 30 tomorrow! With every birthday I feel like I learn more, understand more and attempt to do more.  I am more aware, more transparent, more reasonable, more loving, more vulnerable, more caring and MORE FUN!!! Cheers to 30 reasons I am stoked to turning 30:


1) I am not 20
2) I have solidified my major core values, likes and dislikes.
3) I know what works and what doesn’t work with my hair.
4) I can successfully file my own taxes (thanks E) :)
5) I am in LOVE with a wonderful man who makes me smile everyday.
6) Cheap shoes are not even an option anymore.
7) My taste buds are snobby. Some may think this is a bad thing, but I remember the days when Ramen, Spaghetti with canned tomato sauce, and easy mac was the norm. Woof! Gone are those days.
8) It is not uncommon for me to cry daily. I am moved by the smallest things and feel my emotions so much more intensely than I ever have before.
9) I officially have the travel bug. Although this is always something that I have been into, the locations for travel have changed. Dreaming of Europe in 2 years & Hawaii with my Dapper Fellow. <3
10) I don’t care who likes or dislikes me. Ok, maybe this is one I am still working on :) This year especially I have come to an acceptance that all I can do is be the best that I can be and the people who don’t care to stick around for the ride aren’t people I want to be associated myself with.
11) I have a job that brings me joy EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Who can say that?
12) My mom has become one of my best friends. This relationship wasn’t always easy for us, but these past few years have felt like dream. She is one of the greatest women I know and I look up to her every day.
13) I buy fewer impulse, cheap, bargains and find myself saving and only purchasing investment pieces. 
14) I am the exact opposite of cool and I embrace it.
15) I am not afraid of much.
16) I am learning the importance of keeping my mouth shut. LEARNING is the key word. :)
17) Whether it’s eating a meal, going to a movie, or just exploring around my city. I feel comfortable hanging out alone.
18) I love cooking. Not so much the cleaning, but I have really gotten more experimental with my cooking and feel very confident in the kitchen.
19) I am no longer terrified of having a child in my future. 
20) I know what it means to set “healthy boundaries”
21) I understand the meaning of real friendship. A lot of shit goes down in your 20’s. You cry, fight, see each other at her worst, but hopefully you come out on top, recognizing how important each of your roles are for one another’s life. My girlfriends are the absolute BEST!
22) Remember all those annoying things that your parents do? Yeah, I definitely do all of those things.
23) Although I had an amazing time in college, living in the real world is so much more gratifying.
24) I know what true happiness feels like and I am there now.
25) I don’t have all the answers and that’s ok.
26) I can’t wear the majority of cut-off shorts sold in stores and am forced to make my own.
27) I understand the value of sleep
28) I realize the importance of knowing when to splurge and when to save. 
29) I know the importance of saying “I’m Sorry”
30) I have created a very self-assured, eclectic style that I take pride in. 
The best part of this birthday is that I have an entire new decade to learn, grow, love and develop more! That itself is so powerful and I cannot believe I am as blessed to be in this life of mine. God, you’re far too good to me and I am grateful for every single day!

Instagram Thursday’s

Greetings from SF! I have only been here 1 night and am having the best time with my sista Annie.  Here is my week via Instagram…b3 The gorgeous Ashley from Golden Divine. My gfs Krystal, Jessie and I having an epic pool day. My new amazeballs ankle booties from Kohls. “Keep your beautiful imagination and your exquisite humor!”b2 I love a good Drybar experience. Dinner in Olive and Ivy’s private room. The perfect setting for Ashley’s going away party.  Black on Black on Black for a day full of errands.b1 Quayeyeware, so hot right now. Bombass eagle necklace. Night out with my B-licious.  New obsession-Sprouts Strawberry bars! :)

bI love this quote. It keeps me going when it’s easy to feel defeated.  Z Cafe, is a fab restaurant I just discovered. Love their sandwiches. Impromptu date night with my boo. W Scottsdale’s warning for our Labor Day stay! LOL

I hope you’re all having a blessed week. Stay tuned tomorrow for me to talk about turning 30! It should be a good one! :)




THE Ankle Boot

Hey Tuesday! This week is a short one for me. I leave tomorrow night for San Francisco to celebrate my b-day.  I am looking forward to relaxing and being with my girlfriends.  We are heading up to Sonoma for the weekend and I cannot even wait.  I ordered these booties in hopes that they would arrive before my trip.  I hate the anxiety of waiting for a package. Am I right? Anyways, they came this morning and I immediately put them on! The height is perfect and the gold hardware…RIDICULOUS.  What do you think? I ordered these from Kohl’s, which was a first for me.  They are a knockoff of the Chloe shoe seen here. Not too shabby for $24 bucks.  Also check out more reasonable versions here and here.

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Make yourself a great day today!




Instagram Thursday

Hey Hey!!!

It’s been a minute since my last  Instagram Thursday! I seriously don’t know where the summer went.  The last 3 months have been a complete, yet awesome whirlwind.  Lot’s of mini vay cays,  pool days,  DIY’s, concerts, baseball, dinners with friends, and of course NEW SHOES!!!! I’ve recapped some of my favorite pics capturing the last few weeks…insta 4I am in the process of making shirts for my pizzeria that have this amaze statement on it. Cubbies are in town! My new favorite shoes from Piperlime! So comfy and the black and subtle white go with ery’thang.  One of my DIY flower headbands I have been making. 

insta 3 I haven’t worn these bad boys yet, but I can’t wait.  I really like cool statement t’s and this one has that extra girly touch. My new fav pool accessory.  Iced Americano, yes please.

insta 2 Relaxing at the W. Love these Jolt shorts. I started swimming again, I am training for the La Jolla Rough Water Swim next month w/my mom.  Another beautiful AZ sunset!

insta 1 We went to the Fitz and the Tantrums concert with my fam and it was awesome! Definitely check them out.  My weekend obsession, all things Chop Shop.


Purple sky, no filter. Flowers from Pike’s Place Market.  Lazy Saturday with my best. Amazing little slipper flats!




Tropical Print

Happy Wednesday ya’ll! It is safe to say that I have a new favorite print. Whether it’s a dress, hat, or shortsuit, if it’s tropical print it is coming home with me!  I swooped up this blouse at Goodwill last month and have been wearing the shizzzz out of it.  I normally avoid blouses for work, but the polyester blend along with the predominant black color made it doable for me to rock.  My sweet baby Phil is also making his debut today…Isn’t he lovely? :)IMG_5343 IMG_5351 IMG_5339 IMG_5352

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