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

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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

A day at the pumpkin patch

Besides eating pumpkins, I do enjoy a good pumpkin patch. When living back in California, my family and I would always go to the corn maze and get lost, but then reward ourselves with Del Taco. So when my friend recommended we go to a pumpkin patch I was 100% down. It was fun hanging out with friends and going on a day where all the kids were in school. We basically had the entire farm to ourselves. The farm we were at had an Alice in Wonderland themed maze which was pretty darn cute! The maze lasted about 20- 30 mins, which was the perfect amount of time. There is nothing worse then wondering when the heck you’ll get out of there.

Another thing we couldn’t turn down was heading into the pumpkin patch and looking at all the pumpkins small and large grow on the vines. It’s definitely strange being the only people on the farm but, man did we take advantage of that.

 

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 All photos were taken on my iPhone and edited by me in Snohomish County

Outfit details include:

Top: Dazey LA

Pants: Madewell

Shoes: Converse

Ascot: Lucky Brand

Backpack: Cleobella

Living my best life,

Arizona

Heart and Seoul

I left North America for the first time in my life in March. My homegirl Victoria and I crossed the Pacific to Seoul, South Korea. My childhood friend was studying abroad and I thought it was the perfect excuse to push myself out of my comfort zone and travel out of North America. I left not knowing the language at all but knew the people I’d be with knew some so I’d be alright. Now, this isn’t a blog post about all my experiences and things that I did in Seoul because that would be an entire novel. I want this post to reflect my trip via film. The people I met are unforgettable and I am forever grateful for the new friends that I have gained. Some of which I am still in contact with. I want this post to show the raw moments that we had.

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All photos are developed film taken by Sophie and Ellie in Seoul, South Korea

So I leave you with this, the one Korean word I learned the entire time I was there,

Gamsahamnida! 감사합니다

Arizona

How I Pack for Disneyland

I leave for Disneyland in 5 days and thought it would be a good idea to post how I pack for Disney, let me tell you.. it’s a Challenge. Honestly, packing a suitcase/ bag for any kind of trip is a struggle for me, it would be so much easier to just bring my closet with me everywhere I go. Everyone always asks me, “How many times have you been to Disneyland?” To be honest I have no idea, a lot of times! Living in California, I had an annual pass and my family and extended family are Disney fanatics so we would go all the time. Disneyland is a special place for me because I love rides and it’s overall just a magical place.

I will be in Disneyland for two days, which is plenty for me. I start to get overwhelmed by all the teeny boppers and misbehaved children that by the end of two days i’m ready to come home to my own bed. Going for two days is also great because I can pack light.

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Anaheim will be in the 80’s while I’m there, thank god. Seattle was raining today and I’m already over it. Although it will be in the 80’s, Disneyland can drop in temperature quite a bit by the time it hits 10pm so it’s good to pack both jeans and shorts.

Here is what I packed:

  • A pair of jeans
  • A pair of shorts
  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • 2 fun graphic tees
  • Disneyland pullover
  • Disney head accessories (A must.)

It’s hard to be super fashionable in Disneyland, when you’re on your feet all day and usually walk an average of 8 miles a day. I’m always so conflicted when packing for Disney because I want my outfits to be on the cutting edge of fashion and then realize that I want to be comfortable. The most important part of going to Disneyland is going to be the bag you bring and the contents within. Hopefully, I can help give tips and tricks on what to bring into the park, also, who doesn’t love a good “What’s in my bag?” post.

The key to having a successful Disney trip is stocking your bag with all the goods. First off, many don’t know that you can bring your own food into Disneyland, you don’t have to pay the outrageous prices for food. I like to bring snacks because sometimes I get hungry waiting in a line and don’t want fried food or ice cream, so it’s convenient to pull out some popcorn and snack in line. Another thing many don’t know is that Disney let’s you bring in empty water bottles and there are places you can fill it up for free, instead of paying $4-6 for a Dasani or SmartWater multiple times a day. Another important thing to have is toiletries that are important to you. I have bangs so no matter where I go, dry shampoo and a comb are a MUST. If I’m going to be outside in the sun all day, I know these bangs will get greasy, so a comb and dry shampoo go in the bag. I also get allergies whenever I’m back home in California and constantly deal with migraines in my everyday life, so packing tissues and Advil are always a plus for me. I’m that friend who always has different chapsticks, so you can count on me to be loaded with the lip moisturizers. Disneyland can get windy and if you’re screaming on rides chapstick is a life savior. Lastly, I always carry a light sweater in my bag because you never know when the temperatures will change, so being able to bust out a sweater when it starts to get chilly is great. Most importantly, pack your Disneyland ticket and payment methods. I prefer to have a card holder when i’m traveling so I don’t have every coffee stamp card I’ve ever owned with me, weighing down my bag. Your Disneyland ticket is so important to have quick access to, these tickets will be your way into both parks and the way you’ll be able to obtain/ use fast passes.

Hope you guys found this helpful or just enjoy reading my posts!

Living my best life,

Arizona

About me.

IMG_2547I just recently graduated college and decided I needed something to fill this empty void in my life and have always had a passion for food and fashion. One of my dearest friends Karya introduced me to the influencer and blogging world and I was willing to give it a try. Now this isn’t  a blog solely meant for the purposes of making it big or trying to make money off it. This is just me sharing my love for food and clothing as well as welcoming you all in to the exciting and strange life of Arizona.

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I am a manager at a resell store in Seattle. I have worked there for 3 years now and it’s a wonderful company and allows me to express myself through clothing. I have always been had an eye for clothing and trends since I was younger, and maybe that has to do with my Aunt who I have been obsessed with since I was younger and was bright eyed and bushy tailed as she would swipe her credit card for a $200 pair of jeans. When I was younger I thought she was insane for paying that much money but I now understand that you have to pay money for quality things… or maybe it’s just a matter of shopping smart which I plan to share my tips and tricks on eventually.

IMG_E6289I have always been a huge fan of food, all foods and as I have gotten older become a wine connoisseur. I can thank this passion to my mother who always makes me try crazy things and raves about food, it’s her favorite past time. I hope that one day when I’m in my 40’s ill be as cool as my mom and also be in a weekly wine club. Who knows, maybe i’ll start one now. Food is not only captivating to me because of the flavors and the dances it make me do as I eat, but also because it’s a form of art. Don’t get me wrong, I love indulging in a fine dining meal, but I also love a good piece of fried food.

 

 

On this blogging journey I hope to share my eats and OOTD’s as I float around the Puget Sound and take vacations. in the meantime here is 10 fun facts about me:

  1. IMG_4083Yes, my name is Arizona, like the state.
  2. No I am not from Arizona. I grew up in Sacramento, CA and am currently  living in Seattle, WA.
  3. I work with 2nd hand clothing because I care a lot about the environmental impacts that fast fashion has on the Earth.
  4. My favorite movie is Karate Kid.
  5. I have 6 tattoos and possibly counting (don’t tell my family)
  6. My favorite color is mustard yellow, which also happens to be my favorite condiment.
  7. My favorite brand is Samantha Pleet
  8. I am a middle child and have two brothers.
  9. My favorite food  is fried chicken.
  10. The place I want to travel to most is Thailand.

I’ll see you on the next post.

Living my best life,

Arizona