Saturday, May 25, 2013

You Make Me Feel Like Dancin'

 Yummy sampler plate for lunch yesterday at Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant

 The talented Angelina Ramirez at her weekly Wednesday show at Gallo Blanco

Flamenco Por La Vida's show is amazing and will make you want to learn flamenco!

Gizmo chillin' this morning on the record player

Memorial Day weekend is turning into a pretty busy couple days for me, so I thought I would take advantage of the tiny amount of free time I have today to put up an outfit of the day post. Today, in order, I have an Insanity workout to do, weekly shopping at the Phoenix Public Market, a day at Phoenix Comicon, visit with my husband's family (they are here from CO) and a dear friend's birthday party to attend this evening. And, I am desperately trying to squeeze in a flamenco and hip hop dance class today, which is day 2 of the Adult Dance Workshop being held at 5th Row Dance Studio

Knowing my crazy weekend, I only purchased day 1 and 3 of the 3 day workshop, and now am sad that I am more than likely going to miss out on the fun of day 2. I used to dance when I was younger, but it has been a looooong time since I have tried to attend a class or practiced in any way, shape or form. Yesterday was a blast, learning flamenco from Angelina Ramirez of Flamenco Pro La Vida and trying my (weak) skills at hip hop with Raquel Fagan. Both ladies are amazing dancers and I can't wait to go back for more tomorrow!! Oh, yes, back to the OOTD post....


Sunglasses: Versace (gift from my mom)
Dress: H & M
Necklace: Gift (from my mom years ago)
Belt: Thrifted
Purse: Vintage (on sale tomorrow, click on the"SHOP" link above!)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Cocktail ring: Silpada

My lovely friend, James H. of Aspex Photography  joined me on the rooftop deck of the Artisan Lofts to take advantage of the lighting and amazing views. With the Phoenix temperature on the rise, I chose this long and loose, grey H & M dress to keep me cool. And how could I possibly put together any outfit, without a few vintage accessories? This beige, vintage bag is too cute, the perfect size and goes with everything. I have been buying vintage purses like a crazy woman and justifying the purchases as items for my Etsy store. Sigh, is it wrong that I feel I should test the product before passing it on to the customer? I think not! So, please look for this purse for sale tomorrow at my Etsy store, Naked n Hungry, along with a few other amazing, vintage finds. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Stone Grindz, Straight from the Jar

Food trucks galore at the Phoenix Public Market

 This coconut butter is so flavorful and creamy!

 Healthy and delicious, Oh So Cookie Dough is a favorite

The natural and raw chocolate bars will satisfy your sweet tooth

Sunglasses: Prada
Dress: Fletcher by LYELL
Belt: American Apparel (on sale here)
Vintage purse: Etienne Aigner (thrifted)
Gold leather bracelet: Phoenix Public Market Vendor
Gold and coral bracelet: gift
Amber poison ring: Vintage (thrifted)
Vintage boots: Zodiac

Since moving to Central Phoenix, just north of downtown, I have become quite spoiled. With many locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurants, bars, art galleries and shops within walking distance or a quick light rail ride away, it is hard not to be out and about every day. One of my favorite bi-weekly stops is the Phoenix Public Market, a local, community gathering of produce vendors, food trucks and artists selling their wares. Every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning, my husband and I make our way to Central and McKinley to stock up on fresh veggies, cheese and nut butters for the week. Yes, I can eat a whole jar of almond or peanut butter in one week....don't judge! And, anyone that knows me can tell you of my lifelong cheese obsession, so a weekly resupply is necessary. 

That being said, it should be no surprise that one of my favorite vendors is Stone Grindz, selling raw nut butters, raw chocolate and raw superfood bars. The first time I saw their booth at the farmers market, I was thrilled because they were the first to sell nut butter that I had seen. Morgan and I picked up an cashew butter and coconut butter that first visit and have shopped from them every Saturday since. Having the world's biggest sweet tooth, my husband is especially in love with their raw chocolate bars. The flavor is unreal and doesn't have that sugary sweet taste typical of conventional chocolate bars. Just pure chocolaty goodness! My pick is the coconut butter which is delightful on bread, but I am guilty of eating it with a spoon straight from the jar. So if you in the Phoenix area, please support the wonderful vendors at the Phoenix Public Market and stop by the Stone Grindz booth for a sample. You will find their samples phenomenal and the owner, Steven to be super friendly to chat to. Thank you, Steven, for letting me take a couple shots of your tasty products!

Another thank you goes to James H., of Aspex Photography, for shooting my outfit of the day pics! We had a great time in downtown Phoenix, by one of the many murals. There were a couple other groups doing photo shoots at this location at same the time....fellow bloggers, I wonder? Thank you all for reading my little blog! Have a wonderful Thursday and safe holiday weekend!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Rooftop Views and VANELi Shoes

Before the weather here in Phoenix gets a wee bit too toasty to be taking pictures in the middle of the day, I called in a favor to my good friend and photographer, James H. of Aspex Photography. Lucky for me, the one thing I know about men is that bribing them with food always works....So, after the promise of a tasty lunch at The Vig Uptown, I got a Thundercats are go on my little photo shoot

 Pineapple Sunday Martini and Prada Sunnies

Smoked salmon with capers, pita and chive-lemon cream cheese

Sunglasses: Prada
Necklace: Vintage
Dress: Voir Voir
Belt: Vintage
Cocktail ring: Forever 21
Convertible Bag: Kooba (My Sister's Closet)
Shoes: VANELi (thrifted)

 I picked this outfit to feature one of my favorite dresses and this sliding gold vintage belt I recently thrifted. The large neutral-toned, floral print allows the dress to be mixed with neutrals or bright accessories. Gold heeled VANELi's seemed appropriate on a bright Phoenix afternoon and the Prada sunnies were a necessity. Another favorite of mine that made it into this outfit, is my black patent leather Kooba bag that is convertible. It can be carried as a clutch (as shown), with a short black strap for over the arm or a long chain and black strap for over the shoulder. Gotta love an investment accessory that gives you variety in styling!

Thank you for reading Naked n Hungry, and I hope you have a wonderful day! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Congratulations and Gnocchi

 My OOTD Friday for a day of fun and my sister's graduation
Purple silk top: thrifted
Statement necklace: gift from my aunt
Pencil skirt: Ann Taylor Loft
Bag: Vintage
Silver and turquoise ring: Vintage
Shoes (pictured below): Etienne Aigner

My sister's graduation from University of the Incarnate Word

Dr. Adrianna Dimando, after receiving her Doctorate in Pharmacy

 Blackened salmon with a southern pesto and mashed potatoes

In the lobby of our hotel before heading to Bar Rojo, looking sleepy after a long day

Vintage bag and beverage at Bar Rojo

Cheers! Go Spurs Go!!

Pan seared gnocchi with Gorgonzola cream sauce

Mimosas with Tabasco sauce!

 Camille said her thickly sliced bacon looked more like pork chops

Day 2 of my San Antonio vacation with one of my best friends, Camille, was a success. Although we did some sightseeing, including walking through the historic plaza of La Villita, the focus of our day was my little sister's graduation from University of the Incarnate Word with her Doctorate in Pharmacy. I am so proud of my sister, Adrianna, for all of her accomplishments and hard work. It is, however, incredibly hilarious and  amusing to me that my sister can now be referred to as a doctor, when she looks so young (she is 26) and still gets looks from bartenders as though her ID is fake. So for her special day, despite the hot, Texas humidity, I wore a thrifted purple silk blouse and pencil skirt. The chunky stone necklace and vintage clutch  really made the outfit complete. 

After the graduation ceremony, Camille and I headed to a great San Antonio spot, called Josephine Street Cafe. This local's restaurant is know for it's fresh seafood and amazing steaks. I love that you can order any fish on the menu and order it blackened, grilled, fried or any way you like it. An after dinner drink at Bar Rojo was the perfect end to a long day. The large, modern bar inside the Grand Hyatt San Antonio offered a great cocktail menu and the opportunity to watch that evening's Spurs game. OK, so one drink turned into another, and before you know it Camille and I find ourselves hungry again and eagerly anticipating Saturday's brunch.

After an evening in our hotel room spent searching Yelp for the perfect Saturday brunch spot, Camille found Tre Trattoria Downtown, located in the gorgeous Fairmount Hotel. The menu looked small but perfectly constructed, including many homemade staples with a twist.  A great example is the french toast Camille ordered. It was made with caramelized bananas and nutella chantilly. And my gnocchi with Gorgonzola cream sauce was incredible! The pan seared texture made this the best gnocchi I have ever had in my life. Seriously. So with bellies full, and a mimosa smile, we headed out to shop and see what other fun San Antonio has to offer. 

Happy Thursday all....only one more day until Friday!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

San Antonio Shenanigans

 Bread and tapenade from Barrio Cafe 

Me and Camille enjoying a cold one at Durty Nelly's 

Shot of the Hilton Palacio del Rio from Durty Nelly's

 True story at Dick's Last Resort

Hat the waitress made in honor of Camille's first time at Dick's Last Resort

The one and only Alamo, San Antonio, TX

 Gorgeous old tree inside the Alamo courtyard

 And it's branches....

Archway inside the Alamo gardens

 Me beside the beautiful greenery of the Alamo gardens

 Cannon inside the Alamo

 Lobby of the Menger Hotel

Me inside the Menger's beautiful lobby

I love the antiques inside the historic Menger Hotel, San Antonio

Vibrant colors in a painting by local San Antonio artist in the Menger lobby

 I purchased a tasty cigar from Club Humidor inside the Menger Hotel

A miniature display of the hotel

My trip from Phoenix to San Antonio started off right last Thursday, with a stop at the new Barrio Cafe inside Sky Harbor International Airport. A quick two hour flight later, and Camille and I were safely in the beautiful and humid city of San Antonio, TX. After checking in to our hotel, The Grand Hyatt, we made a night of walking the famous Riverwalk. Our first stop was to Durty Nelly's Irish Pub for a cold beer and jalapeno poppers. Our waiter suggested we head to Dick's Last Resort for good time. For those that have not experienced the pleasure embarrassment of this sarcastically themed restaurant and bar, just know that it is called Dick's for a reason. A perfect example can be seen in the lovely hat made by our waitress for my friend, since it was Camille's first time to the restaurant. 

The next morning, I am proud to say that the first thing we did was work out at the amazing facilities in side our hotel. It was a necessary evil after all the alcohol and bar food calories from the prior evening. The rest of our morning was spent at the Alamo and historic Menger Hotel, which houses a white glove style restaurant and many unique shops. All in all, a great start to a mini girl's vacation. I hope you had a lovely weekend and that your week is starting off well!! Thank you for reading Naked n Hungry:)!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Lions and Tigers and Airplanes, Oh My!

Happy Thursday lovely folks!

 I need this Mutant Gizmo!

 View from out table at Pane Vino

 Best crab cakes ever at Pane Vino

 Pacific sea bass and horseradish potatoes

 House made fettuccine with shrimp at Pane Vino

Surprise birthday dessert for my husband to end a perfect meal at Pane Vino

 Best ginger ale from eat, Las Vegas
 Last meal of eggs over easy with chili, black beans, peas, feta and sauteed bananas

 Bathroom at the Art Factory

Random artwork at Bar Bistro inside Art Factory

I am getting ready to fly to San Antonio, TX for a few days of girl time with my bestie, Camille. She and I have been planning a girl's trip for forever. So, when my sister let me know that her graduation from Pharmacy school and bridal shower were this weekend, it seemed like a great excuse to show my friend the city I grew up in. Sadly, with all the wonderful restaurants and places I look forward to seeing when I reach my hometown, I can't think of anything else besides the flight required in order to get me there. Sigh, I know it is silly and not at all rational, but  I do have an awful fear of flying. Before flying, I look up all the wonderful statistics that prove flying is the safest mode of transportation. In the past, I have even taken classes on getting over your fear of flying, airplanes and the science of flight, all in hope that the knowledge I acquired would help get me over my irrational fear. But, no. Instead, I plan on getting to the airport a bit early to enjoy an adult beverage with my girlfriend. Yes, she too, is scared of flying. What a wonderful pair we will be in just a few short hours...

In an attempt to keep my mind of the flight (I leave in 2 hours), I am clearing out my camera and iPhone of pics from my Vegas trip two weeks ago and sharing the fun pics with you all. These are all the random photos that did not make it to the blog or Instagram, so I hope you guys enjoy!