Shops that Sizzle: Citrine Natural Beauty Bar

citrine natural beauty bar
Last week, I finally had the chance to take a tour of the new UNION shops at Biltmore Fashion Park, a unique open air shopping concept within Biltmore Fashion Park that houses 18 different shops. If you haven’t stopped by yetI will just say this: there are loads of goodies for your holiday shopping. And I don’t mean generic cashmere sweaters either; I mean precious mementos and thoughtful presents by local retailers that truly make one of a kind gifts.

One of my favorite shops to check out was Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, a space where you can pick up all-natural beauty products from lines like Kai, Apothic LA, Jane Iredale and more.

citrine natural beauty bar
citrine natural beauty bar phoenix
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citrine natural beauty bar phoenix
citrine natural beauty bar

Aside from the organic skincare and makeup goodies, what you’ll definitely want to try is the custom perfume bar where yes, you can blend your very own perfume. They also carry Scotch Naturals, an all-natural non toxic nail polish line (who knew such things existed?!)  that promises long lasting color, without the harmful chemicals typically found in nail polish.

You can find Citrine at the UNION shops at Biltmore Fashion Park.

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Weekend Things

postino's phoenix

Postino’s bruschetta…need I say more? We went out for a friend’s going away party Friday night and let’s just say the wedding diet was blown….

wedding earrings

Started shopping for pretty, sparkly things to complete my wedding day look.

nordstrom anniversary sale

Hit the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, an annual favorite! Though I’m pretty sure I’m the only one living in the desert who stocks up on tights mid-July…

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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Kitchen Entertaining at…Kohl’s

I went to Kohl’s this week. (Pausing for your reaction.)

I know, I never shop there. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve entered into Kohl’s a total of two times in my life. The first was when the store first opened in Arizona. I remember it vividly because the anticipation was huge; people lined up to get in at 6 am and for weeks before the opening, I remember hearing that The Great Kohl’s would soon open its doors in our desert. My mom and I went with great anticipation. We went, we saw and I looked at her and said, “Feels like a giant Mervyn’s to me.”

This week, however, I was a little early to a meeting and the Kohl’s was next door so I decided to stop in. I’ve been on the hunt for some new glasses and lo and behold, there was a giant sale on all Food Network kitchen items.

food network dinnerware

food network kitchen entertaining

Maybe it’s the Bride to Be in me, but I’m suddenly obsessed with collecting all sorts of cute entertaining dinnerware.

The woman in front of me was as well and she stocked up on $500 worth of goodies.

As for me? My total savings was $114. I scored a condiment set and a 16-piece glassware set for a whopping $27. Total steal.

Kohl’s, I may be having second thoughts about you. At least for kitchen items, that is.

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Happy 100th Birthday, Arizona!

Today, Arizona is celebrating its centennial. And though I may pick on AZ at times (hey, we all pick on our loved ones, right?) it’s been my home for almost my whole life and I couldn’t be more proud.

arizona sunset

Arizona has the best sunsets

It sucks to travel the world and meet those who have little understanding of how beautiful our state is and how amazing the people are. The media just loves to perpetuate stereotypes that I’m not even going to get into, this is a fashion blog, after all. But, there are definitely some fabulous things about living in Arizona that the rest of the country should be jealous about.

1. We Love Style

shopping scottsdale quarter

120 degree weather and heat waves be damned, there is totally a hot shopping scene around here! Prada and Stuart Weitzman just opened at Scottsdale Fashion Square not to mention, we recently welcomed a Barney’s New York too. But it isn’t just high-end shopping that’s a plenty; there’s tons of independent boutiques too. Tempe is chock-full of fast-fashions for the college set and Downtown Phoenix has its own burgeoning fashion scene too. Forget shorts and tanks, there’s definitely desert style around here.

2. We Love Food Festivals

scottsdale dining restaurants culinary scene

The majority of the year, it’s absolutely beautiful out. Which is probably why there are so many great outdoor food festivals. One of my favorites, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, is just around the corner. And did you know there is also Arizona Cocktail Week, multiple Arizona Beer festivals, Arizona Restaurant Weeks and more? There is plenty to fill up on to keep us busy year round.

3. We Love Pool Parties

hotel valley ho pool scene

Hotel Valley Ho pool

There are pool parties and then there are Arizona pool parties and let’s just be honest, we’ve got tons of practice on how to do it right. If you’re thinking of hitting the pool this spring, check out this list of some of Arizona’s Best Swimsuit Shops.

4. We Love Spring Training

scottsdale stadium spring training

Scottsdale Stadium

Speaking of spring, did I mention Spring Training? I may not be a baseball fan myself, but the Valley is overrun from tourists spanning the entire country to catch a few games for a reason. The weather, the entertainment and all is just lovely.

5. We Love Our Neighbors

las vegas sin city strip view

Sin City, Baby!

It’s a quick 5-hour or less drive to sunny Los Angeles, San Diego beaches or dancing the night away in Sin City. Seriously, could we ask for any better neighbors than this? (Speaking of Sin City, check out this guide on What to Wear to Las Vegas if you’re planning a trip.)

6. We Love the Outdoors

hiking camelback mountain arizona

Conquering Camelback

While I’m personally not a hiker, it would be a lie to say Arizona isn’t known for and absolutely loved for the beautiful weather and chance to go exploring the outdoors. From a Saturday morning Camelback Mountain hike to horseback riding, running the canals and more, outdoor adrenaline junkies can easily get their fix here.

Really, the list could go on.

By the way, if you’re looking for some cute memorabilia to show your love for Arizona, check out Jaimee Rose’s blog for some cute picks today.

What’s your favorite part about living in Arizona?

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