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?!

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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??

frances // local fav

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a while ago i learned that phoenix actually has a lot to offer in the way of fun boutiques and interesting eateries. this past weekend i forced my family to drive thirty minutes to find frances, a local boutique that offers a variety of items, with the majority made by local vendors! the shop is beautiful and has so many things you could spend hours just looking through it all.

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some of my favorite vendors featured at frances are jars of buttons, keep it wild co. and citizen home decor. we bought things for us family and friends in this shopping trip! i think there is something really special when giving a gift and saying “this was made in arizona” because you are giving a small piece of your town to someone else.

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then I found a white wall and couldn’t help but take pictures in front of it because macklemore made me do it 😉

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what are your favorite local places??

tempe arts fest // OOTD

hello everyone!

long time no talk. how have you been? today i had the pleasure of attending the tempe arts festival. i love this festival and have gone a few years in a row! this year i got to drag my friend katelyn and we made a photoshoot out of it!

I attend a lot of markets throughout the year but this one is probably my favorite (also probably like the biggest!) so many artists come together to share their talents!

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then of course we had to take some obligatory #ootd pics!

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katelyn’s outfit details: 

dress: old navy

shoes: birkenstocks

watch: fossil

sunglasses: target

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my outfit details:

top: forever 21

jeans: lucky brand

shoes: birkenstocks

neck tie: nordstrom

jacket: vintage

sunglasses: urban outfitters

then of course when you find a cotton candy stand… you buy the cotton candy and have a photoshoot!

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finally i stopped by to see citizen home decor and picked up this adorable wood hanging for my room. high quality items and high quality people so make sure you check them out!

I’ve been loving a lot of new things so stayed tuned for a new what’s WEIRDD video coming to my youtube channel!

-katie