An Interview with Paige Poppe

Paige Poppe Artist Interview

Recently, I had the chance to meet one of my favorite artists, Paige Poppe. I’d been following Paige for quite some time on Instagram, and with each post I fell more and more in love with her watercolor work. Paige beautifully captures everything I love about my home state of Arizona, from the cacti to the vibrant and numerous colors of the desert.

Paige Poppe Arizona Artist

After months and months of Instagram stalking, I finally met Paige at the Phx Flea in November (and bought my new favorite wall art). She’s so sweet and talented, and I knew I had to interview her for the blog.

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Phoenix, Arizona Travel Guide

A complete guide to eating, drinking, and activities to do in Arizona!

I currently live in Chicago, but I grew up in the gorgeous 48th state of Arizona, and visit about once a month. AZ is quite a stranger to most people who haven’t been there — many people I talk to imagine cacti, tumbleweeds, and dirt. And while Arizona does have all of that, it has a lot more to offer, and it’s a lot prettier than people think. I’ve lived in quite a few cities in AZ — Tempe, Flagstaff, Gilbert, and Scottsdale. Each city in Arizona has something different for everyone, and I wanted to highlight the best things to do in Arizona, especially if you’re vacationing there. If you currently live in AZ, you might learn about something you didn’t know before!

Arizona Travel Tips

I’ve broken everything out by general geographic area, but know that the Phoenix metro area is surrounded by multiple freeways, so nothing is too far away.

I’ll be updating this list frequently, so be sure to check back if you’re planning a trip! Also feel free to give me a shout if you’re visiting Arizona and have more questions; I’m more than happy to brag about this amazing state!

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Why You Should Host a New Year’s Brunch

How to set New Year's Resolutions -- and how to keep them.

Setting the stage for a New Year is a detailed process that takes dedication and hard work. Creating New Year’s Resolutions (and sticking to them) is quite difficult in my opinion, and while it’s always exciting to think of what’s to come in the next 365 days, it can also be daunting.

While I’m fully up to the challenge, I’ve found that bouncing ideas off of people who I love and respect helps a lot in holding me accountable and creating realistic goals in the first place. For these reasons, I put together this colorful New Year’s Day Brunch!

How to set New Year's Resolutions -- and how to keep them with a fun New Year's Day BRUNCH!

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2016 Wrap Up and 2017 Goal Setting

2016 Wrap Up and 2017 Goal Setting

2016 was a year for the books (and kind of a terrible one for the world overall… why did you have to take Bowie, 2016?!). While I’m bummed about a lot that happened this year, I can’t help but feel thankful for all the good things that happened in my personal life. 2016 was, for me, an incredible year of growth and change that I never could have seen coming. For example…

I got a new full-time job that I love.

I travelled over 14 times to places like San Francisco, Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York.

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I wrote some of my favorite blog posts to date, like…

This Galentine’s Day post

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This Beach Bachelorette Party post

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This DIY floppy hat tutorial (and people MADE THEM!!)

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and this Friendsgiving post!

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I moved to a new apartment in a great neighborhood in Chicago.

I started dating Idan

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I bought a guitar and started guitar classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, my goal from last year.

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2016 was the perfect impetus to propel me into 2017 with new, realistic goals. I have some concrete plans, and will have all of these done by this time next year. Really. I will…

  • Shoot one roll of film per month (I already bought the film so I have no excuses).
  • Partner with more brands that I love and want to spread the word about.
  • Continue guitar classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music — guitar repertoire here I come!
  • Add more percentage to the money I put into savings each month so I can start saving for bigger things — a condo, a car, a big trip, etc. #adulting
  • Read 20 books (this year I read 15 and I think I can do better). Also, you can follow my reading list in real time here.
  • Work out at least 16x per month.
  • Complete another Whole30 challenge (starting halfway through January! Who wants to join me?)

This is a lot. I know it is. BUT, I’m stubborn and determined, AND 2017 won’t know what hit it.

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What were some great things that happened to you this year? What are your goals for 2017?

The 6 Best Books I Read In 2016

The 6 Best Books I Read in 2016
Image via Charlotte Love

As I’ve mentioned before, reading is one of my favorite activities. I love being transported into another world or another person’s life. As a child, I almost exclusively read to keep myself busy, and was definitely the kid with the flashlight under my covers late at night just so I could figure out what happens in the latest Magic Treehouse story.

This habit hasn’t changed–in fact, it’s only gotten worse, as it’s quite common for me to miss my bus stop because my thoughts are consumed by a book. This year, I covered over 14 books (and counting!)! While it’s impossible it pick a favorite, I do have 6 of the best ones (in my opinion) that I wanted to share with you. Enjoy!

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Link Love Vol. #32

I love this time of year. Even though Chicago has decided it’s winter (wahh), the Holidays bring me so much happiness. Last night I went to see It’s a Wonderful Life at the Chicago Symphony, and it was one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen. I didn’t NOT cry like a baby…

What are you doing for the holidays? Anything special going on from now until New Years? I’d love to hear about your plans and your holiday traditions!

Today I’m shooting a few things with Taryn, including a fun little project for Paper Source, and a post I’m doing about my absolute favorite camera for traveling. Stay tuned for that!

Here are this week’s links:

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So what if you’re not into the holidays? So what if you are? Man Repeller forgives you either way.

Gilmore Girls spoiler alert: this Editor recounts her complicated relationship with Rory Gilmore. Don’t click if you haven’t watched through the most recent season!

6 workouts you’ll be obsessing over in 2017 (I just tried Lagree and I can attest that its awesome).

I just put this book on my list–I need to add some self forgiveness into my life and I think this will do the trick!

This is a great read: what this Editor learned from 38 years of surrounding himself with confident people.

I just got this incredible book as a Secret Santa gift (thanks Samantha!) and it’s the perfect coffee table book for your goal-oriented gal pals.

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Dress found here.
Dress found here.

It’s been a minute! Sorry about that — Thanksgiving and all the sales afterwards really got the best of me. I’m in NYC this weekend for a wedding, but here are links nonetheless! Enjoy!

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This is actually super helpful for girls who just moved to a new city.

HALLELUJAH, you can finally download movies and tv shows from Netflix.

This photographer is creative and talented AF.

This is awesome: how New York has changed over the past 100 years in photos

Everything you should be doing in your 20s to stay healthy for your 30s.

The best Ikea hacks (so far) of 2016 are muy impressive.

Katie took a trip to Denver, CO and wrote all about it — and now I want to go back!

I put together a menorah DIY tutorial for you! Check it out and share with your Jewish friend. ;)

Better late than never: Tiny Prints included my Friendsgiving table setting in their inspiration board! Bookmark for next year!

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P.S. My 2016 gift picks for guys, gals, your parents, plus stocking stuffers

DIY Menorah Tutorial

DIY menorah tutorial–Happy Hanukkah! Tutorial by Love Always, Audrey

Happy (almost) Hannukah! I’m so excited for chocolate gelt, latkes, and lighting candles. To me, lighting the Hannukah menorah reminds me of the responsibility I have to bring more light into the world–I hope it inspires you as well!

I put together DIY instructions for you to create your own menorah! Please see directions and important safety info below! Happy Holidays!

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