January 31, 2011

Copper Star Coffee

The weather in Phoenix has continued to be amazing lately, perfect for sitting outside sipping iced coffee. Recently Scott and I made a trip to Copper Star Coffee, a coffee shop in Phoenix that is set-up in an old gas station.

Cardigan: Banana Republic
Shirt w/lace bottom: Last Chance
Necklace: Gift from Marie of The Blue Balloon
Jeans: Levi's
Boots: Steve Madden

Shirt: Thrifted/vintage
Jeans: Levi's
Shoes: Bass

The inside of the shop is fairly small, but is very cozy. I love all the exposed brick, and the coffee bean bags on the ceilings (you can barely see them).

Copper Star also has the cutest signs outside their shop. I would love to have this giant coffee cup painting in my home!

I'm not sure If I've mentioned it before, but Scott has two younger brothers. In the above photo Scott looks so much his youngest brother Dylan that it's not even funny. Their family truly has some strong genes!

MMM iced coffee!

Lately my days have consisted of: class, homework, reading (a ton!), making plans for Valentines Day, listening to Caged the Elephant, lots of meals at home, making new friends, blogging loads (for myself and ASU), learning to use my camera in manual mode, and dreaming of a summer trip to Seattle.

Big thank you to Scott for taking such lovely photos. I am so lucky to have such a great photographer!

January 30, 2011

Smoothie Adventure V 2.0

Smoothies have become an every other day occurrence around here. Our most recent endeavor included grapefruit, blueberries, bananas, ice and OJ.

The grapefruit was a big hit, and even better because it came from a tree close to my home.

Do you have smoothie mix-in suggestions for Scott and I?

January 29, 2011

Giant Coffee, Take 2

Recently Scott and I went Giant Coffee in Phoenix to try their much talked about honey vanilla latte.

To me, Giant is so aesthetically appeasing. I really dig the modern/raw style they have going on in the shop. I also really enjoy the vibe, and enjoy going there for the occasional latte or pour-over.

Scott got a pour-over coffee, and I got a iced, non-fat honey vanilla latte.

The iced honey vanilla latte was very sweet, but oh so tasty. I'm usually not a person that is into sweet coffee drinks, but for this one I can make an exception.

See all the honey at the bottom?

When we go out for coffee, Scott and I usually share. I'm generally an iced coffee person, and he is usually a hot coffee person, so we like to share and get the best of both worlds. I am so thankful to have him to share coffees with (and kisses, hugs, and life of course).

What do you usually order at coffee shops? Are you an iced, or hot person?

January 28, 2011

An interview with Jill of Spill Art, and "Inspired by We Love Colors"

Last week I had the opportunity to have lunch with Jill Fressinier of Spill Art. Fressinier, who was accompanied by her daughter Juliette, invited my boyfriend Scott and I to lunch at Engrained, a restaurant on the Arizona State University campus that is focused on sustainable dining and serves locally grown food. Fressinier’s husband, Jerome, is the executive chef at Engrained. For two hours we all chatted about Fressinier’s art, her collaboration with We Love Colors, her family, and the amazing food that Jerome was bringing out for us to try. To say that Scott and I were more than impressed with the lunch and our chat with Fressinier would be an understatement. Here is what I learned during our lunch meeting.

(Jill, Juilette, and myself)

Fressinier teamed up with WLC in 2009 to create an “Inspired by We Love Colors” line. Soon after she said was sent loads of WLC tights of various colors, and was given full reign of what she wanted to paint on them.

Fressinier said she was drawn to WLC because of all the bright colors that they offer.

“No one else offers those colors,” Fressinier said.

With this line, Fressinier said she decided to create one-of-a-kind, hand painted patches that she could attach to each pair of tights (or the socks and arm warmers she offers). Fressinier, who prefers to paint with acrylic paints, said she enjoyed having the tights, along with the other items, as a platform to put her art on.

“All of their products are fabulous,” she said.

Fressinier pointed out that since the patches are only lightly attached, they can be taken off once the tights, or whatever item the patch happens to be on, have ripped, and can be sewn onto another item from WLC (or wherever someone wanted it to be).

When asked about WLC as a company, Fressinier responded with how on top of things they are, and what a great company they are.

“I love the way they operate,” she said.

Fressinier also mentioned how great it has been to work with Cara Chronis of WLC. There was numerous times throughout our lunch where we wished she could have been there to talk more about WLC, and also the inspired line with us.

When asked about Fressinier’s future with WLC, she said she hopes to continue their work relationship for many years to come.

“I hope to work with them for a long time,” Fressinier said.

Fressinier has been a self-proclaimed artist since 1988, painting away with all kinds of media since then. She is also a wife, and a mother of two. Fressinier and her family spent the greater part of the 90’s and early 2000’s living in Florida, and California where they owned and operated two different coffee shops/art gallery venues. Today she lives with her family in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she continues to create for herself and for her own “Inspired by We Love Colors” line.

To learn more about Fressinier and her “Inspired by We Love Colors line,” as well as to purchase a pair of her one-of-a-kind creations, check out the line’s Cartel shop at: http://inspiredby.welovecolors.com/

Jill and our sporting our We Love Colors:

And here is a peek at our amazing lunch:

Vegan apple carrot soup.

Teriyaki chicken sushi.

Sushi + bread basket + iced tea + crab cake of sorts

Brownie and madeline dessert.

Pear plus cream sauce and other fruits.

A big thank you goes out to Jill, Jerome, and Juliette for treating Scott and I to such a wonderful lunch, and for also talking with us for so long.

Another big thank you goes out to Cara from We Love Colors for putting Jill and I in contact.

Hope you enjoy the article! Don't forget to check out Jill's shop, and We Love Color's site of course.

January 27, 2011

Winter Fun Video

Earlier this month Scott and I took a day trip to Flagstaff, Arizona. We decided to bring along Scott's new Flip camera so we could take a little video while we were out in the snow. Here is what we shot:

This was so fun to shoot! Hope you enjoyed!

Liberty Market Breakfast Date V 2.0

On MLK Day Scott and I went to Liberty Market, one of our most favorite breakfast spots.

Since this was our last day before we went back to school, we figured we needed to celebrate with a little breakfast date (something we may not get to do much while we are in school).

Liberty Market has been one of our favorite restaurants for awhile now. They have amazing breakfast dishes, great coffee, yummy sandwich and pizza, and an overall awesome atmosphere. They are always playing great music in there i.e. death cab, postal service, etc., and all the staff is very friendly.

For breakfast Scott and I both decide to get yogurt with dried fruit and granola. I also got a berry scone, and he got a side of wheat toast.

The scones at Liberty Market are my favorite. They are always so moist, filled with berries, and served with the yummiest cream and jelly.

Scott and I both really liked our food, and were completely stuffed when we left. There were so many people at Liberty Market this morning, but it still felt like one of the coziest places. If I could, I would spend every morning sipping coffee and having a little breakfast at LB. If only I lived closer!

Have I mentioned that they have really great house coffee? Well, they do. I usually have two or three cups when I'm there (oh my!).

Having a yummy breakfast date is one of my most favorite things. When I eat a good breakfast I always feel great throughout the rest of the day. I know I've said this before, but I am truly a breakfast/early morning person. I just adore getting up early, having a cup of coffee, and eating a good meal in the morning.

Are you a morning person?

January 26, 2011

Hot Coffee Mural

One of the things I love about Phoenix is that there is always something new to discover. After Scott and I's coffee date at Giant Coffee the other day we decided to scour the area for a nice place to take photos. Well, we didn't end up having to look too far, as we found this wonderful mural on the backside of the building.

Sunglasses: Ray Bans; Cardigan: Frenchi; Long tank top: AA; Necklace: gift from my mom; Jeans: Levi's; rings; from my grandmother and Scott; Boat shoes: leopard Sperrys; Bag: Coach

Finding this cute mural was like a little blessing for the day. I absolutely adore it, and have plans to come back in the future for more cute photos.

My outfit this day was pretty comfy and casual. Scott and I were running errands, and the weather was warm. It was so nice to have a iced, non-fat honey vanilla latte to cool me down though.

Lately Scott and I have been cutting back on our coffee dates. However, with the semester in full swing, I see many more in our near future.

Since Scott and I have opposite schedules, I do see many solo coffee dates in my future as well. Every other day, in the middle of the day, I have over an hour and a half break that leaves much time to get sleepy before my next and last class. I'm pretty lucky though because I have three coffee shops directly surrounding my school, so my options are pretty open. If you're wondering what they are, we have two local shops, Fair Trade at Civic Space Park, and Royal at the Market, and then we have a Starbucks that is connected to the campus's dorm rooms.

Do you have any neat coffee related murals in your area? I absolutely love antique coffee murals and signs!

What is on your to-do list today? Coffee perhaps?