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I’ve been dying to find a way to style this crazy yarn jacket. It’s clearly a jacket you would see a rave or festival gal wear, which is definitely not me, but I do love a good statement coat. I am obsessed with this look because it really highlights the 70’s vibes I’ve been going for, while also highlighting my two new designer pieces I picked up last weekend.  Recently, all I’ve been picking up when I go to Nordstrom/ Nordstrom Rack is Rebecca Minkoff, she has been pulling all my love strings, so of course I bought the purse and shoes pictured, they’re a perfect pairing. I will link what I can for this outfit. Garments that I buy, do sell out quickly and/or find second hand.

Jacket: Nasty Gal ( I couldn’t find my exact coat, but I did find a coat similar with the shag texture.)

Tee: Free People

Pants: Everlane

Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Living my best life,

Arizona

How I turned a pair of old jeans and craft store flowers into a show stopper

My work holiday party was coming up and I knew that I had to have one of the best looks, since I work in fashion. I was brainstorming what I wanted, and I stumbled upon the thought of 3D floral pieces. I looked all over ASOS trying to find 3D floral embellishments and there was nothing I liked. NOTHING. Not to mention they wanted $200+ for their cute occasion wear.

It’s no surprise to the people who know me, that I’m obsessed with Red Hot Chili Peppers and there are these pants that flea used to wear when they played shows that I’ve always admired.

Talk about some cool pants. I decided that I was going to make these pants but with flowers. I hit up dollar tree and Joann’s and purchased so many flowers, they probably thought I was planning a wedding. I don’t know how to use a sewing machine.. I only know how to use a needle and thread and this definitely made my work 10x longer, but 9 hours and an anxiety attack later, I had exactly what I had envisioned.

The perfect floral pants!! Now, these may look pretty on the outside, but it’s a thread MESS on the inside. I’m not a fashion designer and I didn’t go to school for fashion, I’m just a gal with crazy ideas. They were made with love and I was so excited to wear them and show my staff!

Here are a few pictures from the holiday party and the official debut of the pants.

Unfortunately my pants slowly lost a total of 6 flowers throughout the night.

Outfit details:

Shoes: Target

Bodysuit: Buffalo Exchange

Pants: Good American with my floral touch

Living my best life,

Arizona

Balenciaga in black

While in Fortworth, there was a Balenciaga archive at the Kimbell. Forgive me for some of the photos I took, the museum kept the room very dark so everything looks brown? I decided to make the photos in black and white. I also took these on my iPhone so it’s safe to say this isn’t A+ work. I’m super into fashion so this was very exciting for me and I hope you guys are just as hyped on it as I was. The looks are all from the 60’s and were out on display.

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The museum showed rough sketches, and a little bit of background on Balenciaga. It was really cool seeing his work before his death, instead of all these sock tennis shoes every famous person ever wears.

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Hope you guys enjoy!

Living my best life,

Arizona

Magnolia: Fixer Upper

I did way too many fun things while I was in Texas so today you’ll get a double post!

I don’t know anyone who isn’t a huge Chip and Jo Gaines fan. They are very popular in my household, so it’s a no brainer when an opportunity arises  to go to their flagship store, Magnolia. Luckily, my Aunt lives not too far from Waco, so it’s a double win, see some family and then live the fixer upper life. I visited Magnolia about two years ago and Chip and Jo weren’t as big as they are now. There were some things that were the same but a lot of new added parts. If you’re obsessed with Fixer Upper, you came to the right place.

I was super lucky to go on a sunny day and the high was 73. If you’ve ever been to Texas you know that place is hot as hell. Magnolia was WAAAAAY busier than the last time I was there, but it makes sense because the Gaines family rose in popularity. If you’ve watched the show, you know Jo has a great eye for design and the store definitely reflects that.

She staged everything to where I wanted to buy every single item in the store. Let me tell you, the prices there are OUTRAGEOUS. You’re better off buying their Target line. With all the great scenery you know it was time for a photoshoot. I took pictures everywhere to show off my outfit and outfit details. I will list the brands and items below.

Outfit details:

Jacket: Urban Outfitters

Top: Vintage

Jeans: American Eagle

Shoes: Coach

What’s your favorite reality show?

Living my best life,

Arizona

My shopping haul 11-2

So I’m currently in Texas visiting family and am in the works of taking really fun pictures for my post next week! I’ve been a little MIA, but not to worry, I have a shopping haul of things I purchased yesterday! I’m excited about my new things, but also nervous about how I will fit this in my luggage on the way back home. Guess I’ll have to wear it all.

So here I am in all my glory, fresh off the plane. This is my beautiful aunt who I am obsessed with. It’s safe to say our style was complimented everywhere we went.

The first place we went to was Buffalo Exchange Dallas. This is obviously one of my favs because the real housewives probably sell here as well as the rich college students! I walked out with the CUTEST pair of Coach shoes.

Are you dying over the 3D flowers???

The next place we went to was an outdoor mall with my two fav places. Free People and Anthropologie. Yes. Yes. And yes. Burry me there and make my ashes into a sweater. Kidding.

1st was Anthropologie, I got these super cute Pilcro and the letterpress pants with slits up to the thigh. I also got this striped sweater tee. You may see a theme, I am currently curating my style to be 70’s AF. It’s a look honey. I will definitely post an outfit with these pants, I’m waaay too excited to style these.

Last was Free People (MY ABSOLUTE FAV).

I picked up an embroidered 2-piece set and this onesie that is the most boxy thing I will ever own. These may not be the most practical for winter in Seattle, but I’m still excited to wear them. I’ll make it work!

Alrighty, I’m getting back to my last night in Texas, ya’ll!!

Living my best life,

Arizona

A 12 hour trip to Portland, OR.

I finally got an appointment with a tattoo artist I’ve been wanting to do work with. Whenever she opens her books she always gets booked immediately, so when I saw the opportunity I went for it. Two weeks from when she booked me, I was headed to Portland! Portland is a 3- 3.5 hour drive from Seattle WITHOUT traffic. Luckily we left in time to not get stuck in a ton, but boy is it an exhausting and boring drive. For those familiar with I-5, it really isn’t a scenic view anywhere you go, but I wasn’t in search of a pretty view, my mission was to get to PDX and back in one day. We left Seattle at around 8 am and made it to PDX at 11:30.

I pull up to Cowgirl Tattoo located in the Belmont neighborhood and it was really secretive and not flashy at all. After talking to Lily (the owner) she said it was her mission to make her tattoo shop a safe space for her clients. Often times when you go into an all male tattoo shop you feel judged and quite frankly many can be super rude. So, she doesn’t want to draw those unwanted “douche” customers to her studio, which I respect. When I walked in, her shop was literally my dream place, the perfect mix of simple art work and cowgirl chic.

I didn’t get a ton of pictures since she told me she was still in the process of finishing the decor. When I go back I will post updated renovations. Lily was a kind human who actually donates a part of your payment to animal non profits. I got a tattoo for my mom. I’ve been wanting a mom tattoo, but never wanted your typical heart with a mom banner across it. I wanted it to be special and something that reminded me of us. My mom and I used to always joke around and call each other heifers so this tattoo nails us to a T. I am absolutely obsessed with it and I can’t wait to work with Lily in the future.

Of course after an hour of getting a tattoo it was time to eat. Luckily Belmont isn’t too far from the Hawthorne district, which is where one of my fav Mexican food places is and they like to pack the HEAT. It also doesn’t hurt that Hawthorne is full of all the most amazing secondhand stores. Now, when I say I love this place it isn’t just because the food is good, the interior design in this place is me AF. If you know who designed it, send them over to decorate my home.

Por que no is vibrant and fun. Immediately when we got there, there was a huge line. No surprise. They had the sweetest gal ask if we wanted drinks while we waited. Having a Jarritos and Margherita in hand def makes the line speed by. I ordered 3 tacos ( al pastor, carne asada, and pescado), which not to anyones surprise were delicious and SPICY. Heather ordered the pescado and camarones tacos, she likes seafood. we shared some chips and guac, which actually tasted like avocado. I hate when places jack the guac up with lemon. I get it you’re trying to preserve the green color, but GAH DAMN thats a lot of citrus, just another great thing about Por que no.

Of course I did a ton of shopping, but I could talk about shopping all day. If you got time to kill, shopping and eating is probably the best thing to do in Portland.

Living my best life,

Arizona

The dinner of my dreams @ The Shambles

Firestone Walker brewing company and one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle, The Shambles put together a dinner where each course would be accompanied by a beverage that paired well together. While at the dinner I documented my eating experience. I will go into depth of what each plate is, but please forgive some of the blurriness in the photos for I gradually became a bit more intoxicated throughout the night. I present to you, a food journal on the “Jeffers drops acid” dinner.

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I casually strolled in 15 minutes late because I was rushing from work to the dinner and sat down to the candied almonds and marinated olives placed on my plate. I unfortunately missed the other appetizer which was Wagyu Beef Arancini with Romesco Sauce

 

 

Next was Hors D’oeuvres, which was one of the most beautiful dishes I’ve seen in my life.

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This dish included an in-house charcuterie, with special treats and flat bread (which was also made in-house) There was an array of meats and cheeses and even in-house mustard! When I say everything was made there, I mean it. The dish was pretty and tasted even better.

We were then served salad.

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Now this isn’t your typical leafy green salad. It had roasted stone fruit which I’m pretty sure was an apricot, haricot vert (thin green beans), hazelnuts, and burrata (cheese). The dish was sweet, tart, nutty, and rich, a perf combo.

Next, was the pasta dish.

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This has hand-cut tagliatelle, salumi bolognese, tomato confit, and grana padano. Im not the biggest fan of the salumi I’ve had prior but it worked in this pasta dish because it gave it good earthy tones.

Right when you think you can’t eat anymore, the main course comes out. Bring on the meat.

That’s right, not one meat dish, but two. The one pictured on the left is a dry-aged pork chop, smoked cauliflower puree, salt plum jus + mostarda. The picture on the right is Dry-aged wagyu top round, chimmichurri, and black garlic. These dished were accompanied by blistered shishito peppers and as pictured in the right photo crushed potatoes. At this point I was more than stuffed.

We had an intermission to digest and while we were waiting for the dessert, they brought out this..

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Now let me tell you I am always down for a charcuterie plate, so you know I had to eat this. It had in-house honey, compote, and crackers and was accompanied by the holy grail of cheeses.

Now I knew there was no way in hell I was going to be able to squeeze the dessert in my tummy and started to see everyone look like they were ready for bed.

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They brought out the last dish and trust me it’s the last. It was a peach cobbler, with shortbread streusel, and white chocolate pretzel ice cream. Yes, of course I ate this, no regrets, it was delicious.

After this dinner I don’t think I was hungry the next day because I was full of the best food I’ve had in my life. If you’re in the Seattle area, The shambles is a must. After the dinner we got to tour the restaurant and see all the meats they were aging in-house.

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Inside the kitchen of The Shambles

Now this isn’t a restaurant if you’re vegan or vegetarian, this is a place if you want to indulge. The food is amazing and as I am writing this I’m trying to plan when i should go next.

See you on the next food adventure!

Living my best life,

Arizona