April 27, 2011

The Westward Ho

As my time of attending school in downtown Phenix begins to dwindle down I feel the need to reflect on some of the wonderful sites I have had the pleasure of seeing over the last few years. One of them is a historic building across the street from my school that has quite the story behind it.

Cardigan: JCrew; Vintage Camera Scarf: c/o Oh, Little Rabbit; Shirt: Levi's; Rose Camera bag: c/o Jo Totes; Moccasins: Minnetonkas; Coffee: Iced coffee via Starbucks

In 1928 the Westward Ho opened as the tallest hotel and building in Phoenix. In 1978 the hotel closed its doors, and re-opened in 1981 as a assisted living center. A shot of the hotel appears in the opening scenes of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, Psycho. I have read rumors that the hotel pictured in the movie wasn't actually the Westward Ho, but instead the Jefferson Hotel that still stands today. However, I feel confident in saying the WH was featured in the movie. I remember seeing the film for the first time during a movies in the park event in Central Phoenix, and thinking how cool it was to see a building that I look at every day featured in such a famous film.

On another note, the sweet husband and wife team that run the Oh, Little Rabbit shop sent me this pretty hand printed scarf. It has the loveliest print of a vintage duaflex esque camera on it, and and even features the company's name as the manufacture on the camera (such a cute detail). The couple that resides in the beautiful Northwest hand prints their sweet designs on t-shirts, accessories, journals, and home goods. All of their items are unique, and are printed on only the best fabrics (my scarf is made by American Apparel).

I really love my scarf, and the kindness and creativity behind Oh, Little Rabbit. If you haven't seen them around the blogosphere yet, I highly suggest you check out their shop for some inspiration, and a peek at their lovely designs.

This is an outfit I wore to class. I was staying late this day to take photos at an event that was happening in our building. My Jo Tote was the perfect bag to carry around all of my school/purse things, and my camera. I seriously love being able to carry everything in one bag and not have to worry about my camera getting messed up from my other things hitting it.

This week I am still in crunch mode for school, working on projects consistently, making time to eat and sip iced coffee (a must), and getting ready to go to Cottonwood for the weekend to see my parents (they're there on business) and celebrate my upcoming birthday with them! I still can't believe I'm going to be 23 next Monday! Geez!

What are you up to today? Do any of the buildings in your town have a fun history behind them?


  1. Aw, good luck with your projects girl! And have such an amazing birthday! I am turning 23 in May :) So excited!! We are old grandmas now...hehe ;) You look beautiful as ever Chels. I love this cardigan so much. I get so excited everytime I see you wear it. Hope you're well!! xx

  2. I LOVE that scarf girl!!! You are so cute!!

  3. have a great bday!!! your scarf is so cute :)

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  4. such a fun scarf! i love it. :) and your bday is coming up - soooo exciting!!!! happy early bday, friend :)

  5. I love the scarf! What a great find.

    My neighborhood is really historic, too and I love reading about other areas. I had no idea AZ had so much involvement in preservation of historical buildings. Keep 'em coming!

  6. Love the scarf, love the bag, love you! : )

    I did the same thing when I left my college town - I got really nostalgic and took a bunch of photos and I am so glad I did. Afterward, the city boomed and now nothing is the same.

    But how exciting that you are moving on to the next phase of your life and education! I can't wait to follow your adventure in grad school.



  7. Such a cute look on you...love the camera on your scarf! Lovely blog too...so glad I stumbled upon it! I hope all of crunch week in school goes well!

    Liesl :)

  8. AH! I LOVE that scarf! Soooo awesome!!

  9. You're adorable! Love the scarf. I'm now following, from busy bee lauren! Hope you have a lovely evening and stop bye soon :)


  10. Love that nail polish! I'd love to know who makes it!