the art of ice cream // local fav

welcome to instagram heaven ladies and gents.

this weekend myself, katelyn and cheyenne decided to take in the art of ice cream experience in scottsdale and boy do we have instagram content for the next year.

what is the art of ice cream you may ask. well good question because we weren’t 100% sure when we decided to go. essentially it is 7-ish rooms filled with interesting art inspired by ice cream. throughout your tour you are able to sample different forms of ice cream and are encouraged to take pictures. for reference, the three of us took about an hour to go through the entire thing (keep in mind we stopped in each room and even went back to some to get better shots).



the first room featured an ice cream boxing ring with some cute cone gloves.

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second was a “popsicle” room ft. this cool spray painted wall (ps. how ADORABLE are my friends? serious professional models here)





the third room featured a (deeper than i thought) ball pit. this was really the only “activity” in the exhibit and we actually ended up coming to this last as there were a bunch of kids playing in it the first time.






upstairs was my 70s DREAM. the pictures from this room were probably my favorite because of the yellow tones that came from these pictures; also there was so many different photo opportunities. (not gonna lie i was kinda waiting for austin powers to join us).


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next was… the milkshake room. we got offered vanilla milkshakes when we walked in and honestly… im here for it. this was more like the corner of a room but they got all their bases covered. the top picture of katelyn reminds me of the quote “kiss the boys and make them cry”. (ps. here is a link to the song, because i know you’re going to be looking it up anyway.)


last room upstairs was a sprinkle/ice cream basketball court type thing with a small bowling alley (there wasn’t any hoops and you couldn’t touch the bowling stuff but we danced HARD in this room because as we walked in they bumped some vintage JT).


you finish off by getting some ice cream (cup or cone) and looking at some cool wall art ( like these sprinkle lips!)

at a cost of $25 a ticket i think we would all agree it was totally worth the money for us! we had fun trying all the ice cream and walking around getting some killer instagrams. i think this would be a cute place to bring kids until 10 because of the ball pit and sugar buzz! just keep in mind, if you aren’t a kid or you are an adult who doesn’t care for taking a bunch of pictures this probably isn’t the experience for you!

are you a cup or a cone kind of person?? let me know!

header image by @ckwendt


around flagstaff // local fav

well hello there.

this past weekend katelyn and i ventured to flagstaff for a quick day trip. we just finished our finals (woo!) this week and winter break has officially begun.

apparently day trips to flagstaff aren’t as common as i thought but never the less i dragged Katelyn from her home at 8am and we had deep meaningful conversations for two and a half hours up the mountain! we first stopped at steep leaf lounge which, tbh is the real reason i wanted to go to flagstaff.


(i got a a pumpkin chai latte with almond milk and katelyn got an iced peach white tea and we both indulged in macarons)




after steep we went to find katelyn’s sister, steph. we went to lunch at trail crest brewing company.


i had french fries and french onion soup which was nice, but katelyn and steph’s meals were not stellar so maybe skip this place when you go.

i then told steph: “bring me to your trees” because driving up seeing all of the pine trees and the muted greens made me so excited! she brought us to the north side of campus (but literally there were trees freaking everywhere) and we parked and messed about with the camera (see below).







once we felt we had collected a sufficient amount of instagrams we dropped steph back at her dorm and carried on back downtown to shop at a place called shoes and such which has not only adorable clothes but great deals!













we met up with some friends and then finished the night by driving home! although it was a short trip, it was nice to be able to get away for the day and get to some real fall weather!


west elm phoenix opening party

west elm just opened a new store in phoenix and i was SO happy i got to go to support my friends at Citizen Home Decor, Scott and Chelsea, as their stuff is actually going to be sold at this new location! how amazing is that?!



of course i brought my ride or die, katelyn with me! we love going to events that support local artisans! (we’re basically citizen home decor’s fan club at this point)



we finished the night at flower child and both katelyn and i got the earth goddess bowl! it had the most amazing flavors and i was surprisingly stuffed by the end.




what’s on your west elm wish list?? katelyn and I both picked up these glasses but my next purchase will for sure be along the lines of this.

worth takeaway // local fav

remember how i said arizona had some pretty cool things going on? well worth takeaway is our next stop in this mini series! i came upon this place when we took a very democratic vote at work to go here for lunch! although out offices are in tempe it was well worth the drive to downtown mesa; which is exactly why i took my family here!

in an easy to miss location, worth takeaway is an adorable little cafe with many sandwiches to choose from, fresh locally made sodas, and amazing housemade chips!


since meat isn’t my thing I opted for the veggie on greens, a side of chips and the lime soda. all of which were AMAZING. the flavors in this “salad” are crazy and it is actually super filling! plus can we please take a moment for how adorable the sticker on the cup is? yes, we did just become best friends!



my parents went the more “traditional” route both getting sandwiches. my mom got the cuban and my dad got the weekly special, their take on a hoagie (my dad also got the on tap root beer). they both loved the sandwiches and were impressed by how fresh everything was! they were also basically stuffed for the rest of the day.

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i’m loving exploring all that phoenix has to offer; where should i go next??