February 11, 2011

Mesa Alleyway

Lately I've been thinking about all the little hidden gems that we have around town. There are the pretty historic buildings, quirky shops and restaurants, and other little landmarks that make the area what it is. Even though though Phoenix has my heart, I am a Mesa, Ariz. native, and I sometimes like showing off the town I grew up in. Now, for those of you that aren't from the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, and Phoenix are all connected, and if you drive ten or fifteen minutes one way you are more than likely able to end up in a different town. I know this isn't how many city areas are, so I am thankful for being so connected to so many great towns.

Cardigan: J Crew
Button-up: Levi's
Bracelet: gift from Le Mode Accesories
Belt: Vintage/used to be my mom's
Jeans: Levi's
Shoes: Burlap TOMS

Last week Scott and I went to downtown Mesa to do a little antique shopping. I went into it planning on finding a pretty vintage broach to give my cousin to wear on her wedding day (or whenever she wanted really), and ended up coming out with not one, but two vintage broaches!

Downtown Mesa has some really amazing exposed brick buildings. It may sound nerdy, but I totally dig the aesthetics of exposed brick, and love how it gives off this city feel (even in a small town, and by small town I mean Mesa has around 500,000 people living in it).

While Scott and I were in downtown Mesa we definitely felt like we were in some small town elsewhere. Growing up I traveled, A LOT, and I've spent plenty of time in teeny, tiny towns across the West coast. I've always found them interesting, as they always seem to have something special about them. Some of my very best thrifted finds have been from small town thrift stores, and some of my favorite coffee shops are in super small towns. I really adore the small town life, but honestly don't know if it's for me. I just love my city too much.

What are your thoughts on small towns? Do you find them charming, or just boring?


  1. I love downtown Mesa. I spend a ton of time working for the Mesa Arts Center and Antique Plaza is great.

  2. I spent 8 years living in a tiny town (think 7, 000 people) and while it was great to be a kid there, I really feel like I thrive in big cities. When I graduate, I have my sights set on NYC or London. Maybe even Montreal (my favourite) but I'd have to brush up on my French!! xo

  3. I love small towns and I love love love your cute little outfit! You're such an expert at layering! I'll have to check out Mesa, do you have any suggestions on where to go? Good places for thrifting and whatnot?

  4. Psttttt...I want your shoes. I love all the little gem's you find! I wish I had more time to share California with the world!

  5. love this outfit. I have the burlap TOMS as well, they are incredibly comfortable, but the back of mine started to wear so quickly! :)

  6. three cheers for mesa.

    i think small towns are charming for a few hours, and then they just get boring. (i lived in snowflake, AZ for a couple years).

    great outfit, too!

  7. I love that exposed brick wall! So charming. And your outfit is just so cute, love your Toms.

    Hah to me, your town doesn't sound so small. El Centro has a population of 40,000 (which is where I was born.) I now live in Imperial, which has significantly less people (but is like 6 miles away from El Centro.) I guess I like small towns, just not mine. Since I've never actually lived in a big city, I hope to be able to move to one (San Diego) within the year.

  8. Sarah- That's so awesome!

    Anon aka Emily- I just adore you!

    Biscuit- Awwh, thanks dear! I really love "Into the bungalow," and the antique plaza off of main!

    Cal- I wish you did too! Make time pretty lady!

    Jenn- So did mine! One of them has a straight slit in it!

    Angela- I agree, they can be like that!

    Cara-Mia- I know, Mesa is actually pretty big haha but their downtown is small, and homey! :]