Monthly Archives: July 2013

Scottsdale: Saturday

Good morning sweat box! We woke up and got our daily caffeine fix at Village Coffe Roastery. Dirty Iced Chais and a pistachio muffin. Both of which we’d all vouch for. There was a small shelf for the locals to store their coffee mugs (kinda like beer mugs being kept in lockers in beer halls of Germany). Cool location, great coffee, definitely gave us some energy! photo 1photo 2photo 3 Next up : SPIN! One of the first times I visited Scottsdale – Kates exposed me to this exercise phenomenon called Spin. But down here, they do it WAY differently than I’ve been used to. The room is black, blacklights, concert-volume mixed pop music, and everyone is 110% balls to the wall. You leave dripping with sweat, feeling like you just scaled a mountain and conquered world peace after 60-minutes. We took spin at the Madison Improvement Club. Screen Shot 2013-06-30 at 10.32.51 PM It’s a swanky spin/yoga boutique with a modern health cafe on the inside. You even have the option to preorder your food before your class so it’s ready and waiting for you to inhale afterwards. Yesterday was Orange Theory and today was Spin… let’s just say our thighs and quads were on FIRE. Like literally on fire. The music was excellent, the instructor faced us and called people out over the eardrum blasting noise to “sprint! sprint! spring!” At the end of the class, on a normal, non-Hell temperature day, they open up the front wall to a gorgeous view of Camelback Mountain. We were thankful they kept the doors closed this time around. photo 1 copy 2photo 3 copy 2 photo 2 copy 2photo 4 copyphoto 5photo Our refueling took place at a great place in Old Town Scottsdale called Chop Shop. Are you getting the theme of a Scottsdale visit? Workout, REALLY hard, and eat at REALLY awesome restaurants! Cardio, fuel. Spin, brunch. It’s a cycle (ha!) and we love it! At Chop Shop I had the Zen Bowl: scrambled eggs, spinach, mushrooms, onions, white cheddar and brown rice. Ah-may-zing. We dined outside under the misters and gradually live was returned to our legs. photo 1 copyphoto 2 copy photo 3 copyphoto 4
After refueling, we ran a few errands. Katie dropped her iPhone and completely shattered the screen. Is this a sign she’s on it too much? ūüėČ

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It was time for a dip in the pool. Two hours of pool to be exact. After we cooled down, we showered, made a few drinks for the road and headed to Fashion Square Mall to get the heck out of the heat. The drinks were not, in fact, for the road but instead for a little adventurous shopping. We had a few dressing room dance parties, and enjoyed the latest in POS checkout technology. #nerd

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Something that lights my heart on fire when I’m with these girls is we always make friends where we go. ¬†One stop at Fashion Square was to LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. ¬†The moment we walked in, we were greeted by a young man who inquired what brought us in. ¬†He told us about himself, how he’s a ballet dancer, and recommended tons of products to us! ¬†I told him I really wanted to get a great facial mask and also something to tame down my insane long locks in this heat. ¬†He recommended, and I purchased, Mask of Magnaminty¬†and Sea Spray¬†for my hair. ¬†The whole place is well done with a beautiful font and the way they display their products. ¬†The masks look like they’re displayed at a salad bar on ice. ¬†The large wedges of soaps reminded me of the enormous wheels of Gouda cheese in Amsterdam. ¬†I fell in love with Lush today after I read their We Believe statement.

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After we exhausted all that Fashion Square had, we drove to Scottsdale Quarter to continue our night. A stop at the Apple Store allowed us to get Kate’s a new iPhone and also allowed a little time for Carley to change the backgrounds of multiple devices to showcase a really hot picture of Hugh Jackman.

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Dinner took place at True Food.  Another Scottsdale staple Рincredibly healthy, organic spot.  You can order anything and everything on the menu and be 110% satisfied.

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I always get the Chicken Chopped Salad. ¬†There’s something about the way the manchego cheese, marcona almonds and jicama mixes together that it takes me to my happy place every time. ¬†We split the Vegetable Crudit√©s starter – it was like a wonderful garden on ice with fabulous dipping sauces. ¬†Really cool presentation – we were impressed.

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Katie is friends with a manager and she brought us these delicious honeydew melon vodka cocktails (which we of course, cheers’ed). ¬†The back end of the restaurant near the outdoor restroom held this garden, sink washing station that caught my eye in the setting sun. ¬†Love True Food, always have, always will.

photo 2-1photo 2-2The end of the evening brought us to a 3-story Restoration Hardware, because let’s be honest, you know there’s going to be some good stuff in there. ¬†I only fell in love with 75% of the store. ¬†Carley tried out many chairs and we decided this one most resembles her walk-on role in Game of Thrones and thus she had to buy it ($15,000 later….).

photo 3-2As we walked up the flight of stairs, I marveled at these hanging chandeliers inside of bird cages, hung by thick shipyard rope.  I need a big house, with tall ceilings, so I can properly hang them. #wishfulthinking

photo 1-2We made friends with the gentleman that greeted us at the entrance, named Brian. ¬†He took us on the Grande’ Tour of the store and priced out different couches we laid on. ¬†We, of course, knew at this time they were out of our price range but we laughed and he enjoyed chatting with us. ¬†He looked up prices on his iPad and we walked through all the different rooms, quickly falling in love with every duvet and medieval spoon we found. ¬†We bid Brian a good evening, bought a few little trinkets, and made a swift stop at It’Sugar¬†candy shop for some pineapple gummi bears and chocolate covered oreos.

The evening ended with another hilarious round of Cards Against Humanity.

Loving this adventure,

xo

 

Listening to.

 

 

 

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Scottsdale: Friday

Carley got in Thursday late night – we spent the evening hours giggling and catching up. ¬†On Friday morning, we woke super early to catch Katie’s favorite Orange Theory class at 6:45 with Jesse. ¬†I can see the attraction, he was HILARIOUS. ¬†Think Will & Grace + muscles + fabulous smile + high-energy fitness. ¬†It was somewhere between the second circuit and the side planks when Carley leaned over and said something along the lines of, “You two are insane for liking this.” ¬†Needless to say, we were extremely sweaty, spent and ready for some refueling.

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Breakfast took place at Daily Dose. ¬†We settled on Micheladas. ¬†Served as a iced glass of lime juice, a Mexican beer, and a small carafe of tomato juice. ¬†Kind of like a beer-garita or sorts. ¬†We weren’t entirely impressed. ¬†Decisions couldn’t be made on what to order, as everything looked good in our deliriously hungry and sore state of mind, so we decided to share the Banana Bread French Toast, The Hangover Sandwich and the Breakfast Nachos. ¬†All of which were delicious and most of which we brought home as leftovers.

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After our refuel session, we grabbed a few supplies at Costco.  A weekend with your girlfriends requires a few staples.  For example, large glass bottles of vodka.  The one on the right was purchased, we plan to empty it.

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As we walked around Carley began to feel the muscle burn that Orange Theory brings. ¬†She spent a bit of time lounging in agony. ¬†At Costco… and at home.

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We hightailed it home, changed into swimsuits, made a cocktail and beelined for the pool. ¬†There wasn’t any laying in the sun, there was strictly underwater lounging… it was hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. ¬†Later into the evening, Scott treated us to Oregano’s. ¬†We needed to get out of the apartment as the AC isn’t working properly and we were going slightly stir-crazy. ¬†It worked out well because a trip to Arizona is.not.complete without dining at Oregano’s. ¬†We shared the Vino Bambino salad (UNREAL) – and Uncle Ray’s Sausage & ‘Shrooms pizza. ¬†Entire confection. ¬†Totally satisfied.

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After dinner, it was time to doodle in Paper by FiftyThree and laugh at the good fortune of having close friends.

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Sleeplessly sweating,

xo

Dreaming of.

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