Petite Pintucked Flutter Sleeve Top // Similar White Skinny Jeans // Cognac Camera Crossbody Bag // Similar Tortoise Sunnies // Similar Gold Wedge Sandal // Petite Albion Ring
Spring in Arizona is more like summer in most places with the weather already in triple digits. I guess you’ve lived in Arizona long enough if you’re wearing jeans when it’s 90 degrees out. I was so excited when I saw this blush color blouse on sale at Ann Taylor a few weekends ago. They sold out of the blush color but they do have the navy option available in all sizes. This top is only $30 on sale and totally worth it. Get 50% off your purchase (including sale items) now through Monday by using the code ‘Mystery50’. I’ll link some similar styles at the end of the post. I was also excited to find a pair of white skinny jeans that aren’t see-through, stretchy, and reasonably priced at Marshalls. I’ve been searching for a long time for the perfect white skinny jeans. The jeans I’m wearing are by Level 99. I’ve never heard of the brand before but really love these jeans. With the very popular blush color that’s in style right now, white jeans pair perfectly with blush.
Exactly 6 years ago, I had everything packed up into my car and started driving west with my sorority sister, Whitney. Our destination was Scottsdale, AZ. I had only been to Arizona once before during spring break with my family in high school. The only thing I remembered was the mall (Fashion Square), getting sunburned by the pool, seeing all the stars in Sedona, and feeling a little carsick from the Pink Jeep Tour. Little did I know I would return several years later. I always thought I would move east to New York or Chicago after graduation. When I accepted a job offer in Arizona, it was supposed to be a temporary place, stay for 2 years and move back to Chicago type thing. 2 years turned into 3, 3 turned into 4… and you get the idea.
Over the last 6 years, I’ve slowly lost my Chic-aaa-go accent (still a little upset about that), discovered my love for hiking, furthered my love for food (have you seen my Insta account?), have gotten in the best shape of my life, experienced several firsts from camping to going to the Super Bowl, and learned to not stress so much. Most importantly, I don’t think I’ve truly been happy until about 2 years ago. I now believe that everything happens for a reason and while it’s important to have goals, there are several paths to get there. Everybody’s journey is different.
If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, make sure you follow me!), you would have noticed some tasty food pics lately. With so many new restaurants popping up, I try to go somewhere new each time and I love supporting local restaurants. Here are the ones I’ve tried and recommend!
I’ve seen yummy taco pictures from here in my Instagram feed and have had it bookmarked for a while. Crujiente means crunchy so on their menu, you’ll find a few starters (their chips & guacamole is delicious), crunchy tacos, and street-style tacos. They’re not a traditional Mexican restaurant so you won’t find any beans or rice here. They also have a pretty large cocktail menu.
I’ve tried their Sandia salad, 36 hour beef short rib taco, pork belly taco, blue crab taco, fresh fish taco, and ahi poke taco. My favorite is probably the ahi poke. Think marinated ahi on top of a thin and crispy taro root. The pork belly is also really tasty. They don’t do combos, it’s more of a tapas style. 3 tacos plus an appetizer usually fills me up. I’ve been twice now and both experiences were great!
How many of you have clothes in your closet that you’ve had for years but haven’t worn in the last year? I’m definitely guilty of this. I still have clothes that I’ve had since college (over 5 years now) that no longer fit and I haven’t touched since, thinking that I may need it one day. Recently, I’ve been cleaning out my closet and selling everything on Poshmark or at a local consignment store. Those shoes that I’ve worn once because they hurt my feet? Sold. Those shorts that are way too big on me? Sold. That dress I wore to formal once but haven’t worn since? Goodbye.
I first discovered Poshmark when I was looking for a pair of shoes that I had in black. I had bought them a few years ago and did a Google search hoping to find something similar. I came across the exact pair I wanted in my size on Poshmark. Even better, they were only $11! Not only can you sell your clothes on Poshmark, you can buy items that you missed out on or search for gently used clothing. For example, I recently purchased a pair of super cute Joe’s Jeans shorts for $25 with shipping and a Nike 3/4 Thermal Zip I almost bought at the store for $18.
Camelback Mountain is probably one of the most popular hikes in the greater Phoenix area. Almost 6 years ago, a few of us decided to hike Camelback Mountain (the Echo Canyon trail) in the middle of the day in July. I think this may have been my first time hiking and I was not prepared. I had one water bottle with me, which I easily went through before the half-way point. I struggled and had to stop and wait for my friends. Since then, I have sworn off hiking Camelback.
Fast forward 6 years, I love hiking and try to go as often as possible. I also go to HIIT workout classes 5 times a week and have been in the best shape of my life. I finally decided it was time for me to conquer Camelback Mountain… it was now or never! Anna and I had a good pace going the whole time although my legs definitely felt like spaghetti towards the end. The 360° view of the Valley from the summit is unbeatable and totally worth it.