March 8, 2016

THE NORMAL DINER



Hello! It's Tuesday evening and I'm just sitting down to watch my favorite show -- Fixer Upper! I've had a few long, but amazing couple days over here (from Phoenix, to San Fran, Napa and back again), and I'm already missing the hustle and bustle of one of my most favorite cities. It rained almost the entire time I was in Northern California, so I didn't get to snap as many photos with my "real" camera as I had hoped, but I did get some great shots on my iPhone and a few on my DSLR that I'm excited to share soon. In the meantime, the weekend before I headed to the City, Scott and I skipped our usual brunch spot and headed down to The Normal Diner in Tempe for some Sunday breakfast and a little time in the sun on such a beautiful day!



The Normal Diner has a bit of a funny past, despite calling themselves "normal" -- up until a few years ago this spot was an IHOP attached to an old and outdated hotel that catered to visiting parents of ASU dorm-living kids. The entire thing was painted an icky, peachy pink and -- anyways, back to the point -- a couple years ago they closed down the hotel and restaurant and completely re-did them both. Today, both the restaurant and hotel (the Graduate Hotel) are super cool and very Mid-Century Modern in design. The restaurant is open to the public, and is a super sweet spot for Sunday brunch (not very busy there, either!).









Our brunch was delicious, and Scott may have dowsed his in hot sauce (as he usually does!). After filling up on omelettes, potato mashes and lots of black coffee, we headed out to snap a few photos in from of their now iconic coffee wall (and sip on more coffee in the process).







While it's been feeling like spring around here for a couple of weeks now, the past few days have felt like an Arizona winter all over again -- chilly, breezy and a little rainy too. I know that it will be warming up in a few days, though, so I'm trying to savor it while I can. 





The next few days are going to be pretty busy around here, but all good things -- another exciting event with work and a few fun projects to complete together. I've been keeping a honey-do list for Scott lately, and it keeps getting longer and longer -- a want him to build a bench for in front of our bed, a mini hanging ladder, a skinny entry table and more. I have a feeling he's going to be busy this spring, ha! I'm been kind of obsessed with home decor lately, in fact, I've been pinning like crazy to my Home Sweet Home board! Ok -- be back soon, friends! Have a great week! xoxo


Outfit Details:
Norstrom Utility jacket (similar)

March 2, 2016

WINTER FARMER'S MARKET



Heading to our local farmer's market is my favorite way to spend a Saturday morning, especially in the fall and winter months. There are tons of different markets in the greater Phoenix area, but our very favorite is the one in downtown Gilbert. On most Saturday mornings, Scott, my mom and I all try our very best to get down to the market around 9:30am to pick up veggies, the occasional plant or bunch of flowers, and usually an iced coffee (or two!) together. Going to local farmer's markets was something that my mom and I always did growing up together, so I love that we all get to experience this weekly routine together as a family now.












Outfit Details:
Madewell Scarf (similar!)

Now that the spring and summer months are almost upon us, our farmer's market trips may start to dwindle, but I will always love getting up early to soak in the sights, sounds and tastes of our local market -- especially those Proof Bread chocolate croissants that I desperately miss eating (GF since October!). In other news, not too much has been going on around here -- Scott and I both have had pretty busy weeks at work, and during the evenings we've been doing our best to make dinner at home and go on a nice two mile walk in our neighborhood before hitting the hay. I haven't been sleeping great lately, so I've been watching a lot of late-night home improvement tv shows (Fixer Upper & Rehab Addict are my favs) and also drinking more and more coffee to combat those tired mornings. On Friday I'm headed to San Francisco for a work trip, so I'm excited to be heading back to one of my most favorite cities -- the one where Scott and I spent our honeymoon, that is. :)

Do you have a local market that you love checking out on the weekends? If you're local to the PHX area, let me know your favorite market and which vendors to visit!
-Chelsea xo