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

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

 

Buffalo find of the week: 8-20

I plan to post my favorite find from Buffalo Exchange each week. I don’t have a set day, since something wonderful comes into Buffalo daily, but I will do my best to be consistent. I’m excited for this section of my blog because when I find something cool, I am OBSESSED. I hope you all get excited and love the things I find as well.

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This week I found this amazing handmade blouse that reminds me of worry dolls, which are most common in hispanic families. These little dolls originated in Guatemala and are often given to children. The legend has it, that if something is worrying you, you tell the doll your worry and the doll then absorbs your worry so you won’t have to worry about it anymore. Each doll will only hold one worry, which is why you usually have many dolls. My Mom always gave me these as a kid and I have been infatuated with them ever since. They are a nostalgic piece of my childhood that I want to keep forever. I actually collect them and have
too many.

 

IMG_3379I wish there was some kind of label within the garment but all that remains is a ton of thread that has been carefully knotted in order to hold all the thread together. Another piece I picked up this week was this adorable purse. The purse is made of recycled saris from India, which I think is kind of the coolest thing ever. I love a good straw beach bag and it definitely helps that they’re the bag of summer. I definitely find myself planning an outfit around a bag sometimes. I love the vibrant colors and the amount of stuff I can fit in this bag, you could call it a Mary Poppins bag for sure.

 

 

Hope you guys found these items to die for! Im currently in a transitional phase in my style and these items are def nailing the idea. Stay tuned for more of my fav pieces!

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All photos were taken on a Cannon Rebel T3I by Heather Evangelista

Catch you guys tomorrow on a new post!

Living my best life,

Arizona

Hotter Than Hell: I wish..

It’s summer in Seattle, but it’s still cloudy and gloomy. This is both a curse and a blessing. Im thankful for the low temperatures because it is easy to layer and throw on that statement jacket that completes your outfit. You can take an outfit from casual to chic with just a few details. I want to share my go to pieces that can elevate your outfit in an instant.

First off, when getting ready in the morning, I try to pick one statement piece that I want my outfit to highlight and revolve. In this case it was this super cute Brandy Melville “Hotter than Hell” tee. The tee has a cute bubbly 70’s font, and if you didn’t know, the 70’s and 90’s are in full effect in fashion right now. The tee is pretty basic, so it was easy to style around.

I grabbed my favorite pair of Good American jeans, which have 6 grommets on the bottom and an option to lace a bow through. I decided to remove the bow so it wouldn’t be too busy in the ankle area. Now, if you haven’t tried on a pair of Good American’s, you are missing out. Khloe Kardashian nailed the fit of curvy women, being that she is a curvy gal herself. I always struggle to find jeans that fit my body since I have a small waist and a huge butt. The key to a dreamy pair of denim is all in the spandex content! Good American can retail from $100- $200, but check your local Nordstrom Rack and trust me you’ll find a pair for under $50.

My shoes are studded white booties by Dolce Vita. I love these shoes because they’re business in the front, party in the back. A classic pair of white shoes always make an outfit look chic.

This jacket is by Free People and let me tell you, it is a dream! I love the oversized fit and FP definitely knows how to make a boxy fit. It is in a baby pink (millennial pink) color and if I could make my whole wardrobe this color, I would! The details on the jacket were definitely a selling point. I love how its in a moto style but canvas material, leather can definitely weigh you down. Are you dying over the lace up sides?

Now, once you have your basics together, the accessories are key to making a look, A LOOK. I started out with this DOLLSKILL hat that is subtle yet fun. The moons rotating around it, give it character. I love throwing on a hat, especially when my hair is frizzy because of all the moisture in the air. I decided to throw on all my statement rings, I love a good turquoise! If you have the bling, flaunt it. I’ve collected all these rings second hand from consignment stores. Sterling silver and any stones can get pricy at full retail, but if you have a Buffalo Exchange around you, check the jewelry case! They are always stacked with good rings. My favorite thing to wear with almost every outfit is a good ascot. I rarely leave the house without a handkerchief/ scarf around my neck. The one I’m wearing in the photo I stole from my dad and is just a basic black bandana. Tan from Queer Eye would agree that tying an ascot around your neck elevates a look. Lastly, to tie this southwestern vibe together I grabbed my favorite cow hide and pony hair bag. This bag is by Primecut in Portland, they are ethically made and hand dye all their shearling themselves. They just recently got picked up by a huge retailer, so they may have a small selection at Anthropologie. It is always important to support a small business first, before heading to the masses.

All these photos were shot by a dear friend and wonderful photographer Karya Schanilec in Wallingford, Seattle.

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