Arizona Bucket List: Jerome 

Jerome, Arizona is a unique city on the side of a mountain just two hours outside of Phoenix. Jerome is considered the “Largest Ghost Town in America” and it fits the name! To get to the city you drive up the side of Cleopatra Hill, a steep mountain with a gorgeous view overlooking Sedona. When you get to the city, it is full of one of a kind shops, from the cutest hole in the wall coffee shop, to a year round Christmas store there are tons of fun shops to visit! Jerome also plays up it’s Ghost Town reputation with restaurants that host a wide variety of ghost related decorations. There are a variety of cute restaurants to eat at on your visit, the Vaqueros Grill and Cantina for example, hosts Mexican cuisine with a flare for the dead. Vaqueros also showcases handmade jewelry and local artwork from Arizona, making it a must see location!

My husband and I chose to eat at the Asylum Restaurant, a restaurant named because it was once an Asylum for the town. The Asylum Restaurant is at the top of the mountain giving you a stunning look at the Arizona landscape! The food was fantastic, and everything inside was beautifully decorated to fit the town theme and style! Another plus to this restaurant is that it couples as a hotel, if you are willing to stay in  rooms with the ghosts of the Asylum, this is the hotel for you!

My favorite attraction in Jerome is the Gold King Ghost and Mine Town. There is an array of old train cars, trucks, Volkswagen buses, and other antique equipment. We spent almost 2 hours wandering through all the antique equipment, tools and automobiles enjoying the memories of old. There is also working mining equipment that you can witness in action as you round out your trip to the Ghost and Mine Town.

If you are looking for the small town charm that America was built upon, Jerome is the place for you. I have no regrets spending the day in Jerome touring its unique charm! The next time you are in Arizona make sure you stop by Jerome!

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Inside the Cutest Coffee Shop in Jerome!

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View from Jerome

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View from our table at the Asylum Resturant

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Because all small towns need cute cups!

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My favorite antique truck in Tiffany Blue!!

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Fall Jackets Options this Season

The weather in Arizona is finally starting to cool down, so I am looking to find the perfect jacket for the cooler weather! I wanted to share with you some of the adorable jackets I am dying to get my hands on!

I am really going for styles that will transition well into the winter season. The winters in Phoenix range from the high 50’s to mid 60’s making jackets an easy look to carry over. The focus today is on two of my favorite boutique shops.

The first shop is Closet Candy Boutique. Absolutely one of my favorite stores! I’ve been dying to get my hands on this jacket. It’s the Ready for Take Off Jacket in the color chocolate. Its the perfect fall/winter jacket and is the perfect accessory to a plain white tee or a cute dress. Pair it with these adorable boots from Closet Candy and you have an amazing outfit!

One of my other favorite shops is Modern Vintage Boutique. This chic boutique sports a unique jacket I can’t wait to try out! I also adore this Faux Leather Cognac jacket! I love the lighter look for pumpkin patches, hayrides, walks in the desert, and everyday attire. It’s a beautiful jacket for fall!

The final option is the Sequins Sleeve Cargo Jacket. It ties two of my favorite things together, jackets and sequins! This is a unique and bold choice to pull off and I highly recommend you try it. This look will transition your style into the holidays seamlessly. Because, as we all know, sequins are the perfect addition to any holiday look!

I can’t wait to show you what I decide on! Let me know which item you think I should get below!

 

–Kayla

5 Things to Look for in a Photographer

One of my favorite hobbies, if you can call it a hobby, is getting professional pictures taken. I love the excitement of putting together a cute outfit, finding an adorable location, and getting pictures that will last a lifetime.

I thought I’d revisit our engagement pictures, and I just fell in love with them all over again! My expectations have grown over the years to expect better quality pictures and more candid poses. I am currently on the hunt for a good photographer to do Horse Shoe Bend in Northern Arizona. Today I am going to share with you 5 things I look for in a good photographer.

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My favorite “posed” photo. 🙂  Photo Credit: Jennifer Conrad Photography

 

Experience: If they have been to that specific location before, they will know how the lighting works, best angles to hit, and where the best scenic areas are. I look for photographers who are experienced in the area I want the photos taken. It takes a lot of the pressure off you to know where to line things up.

Quality: When you are looking for a photographer, make sure you for consistent quality. Zoom in on the photos, do they look fuzzy or are they clear as day? Make sure they have produced consistently superior quality photos or you could be at risk for getting fuzzy and ‘not quite right’ photos.

Price: There is absolutely no reason to overpay. I support paying a fair price for good pictures. But there is a fine line between a photographer who charges an appropriate price and one that is going to overcharge you. Make sure you read the fine print of the contract. Are you getting rights to the pictures? An online gallery? Do you have the ability to print the pictures on your own or do you have to order through the photographer? Make sure you know all the details of how the photographer works before you book the session.

Style: There are very different styles photographers choose. Some have a darker edge to their photos, some are natural light photographers, and some are studio photographers. Does their style fit what you are looking for? If you are looking through their photos and are saying, wow these are too dark, or too overexposed, or I don’t like how these photos are too posed, this is probably not the photographer for you. You want to go through their gallery saying, “Wow! I would love to have photos like this!” That moment is when I know I’ve found my style.

Reviews: Some photographers have reviews on their pages, others have comments under photos, and some have tagged pictures on Instagram. Take the time to research your photographer. Do clients seem happy with their pictures once they receive them? Is the photographer delivering their end of the bargain in a timely manner. Make sure you look into what others have said. It can save you a lot of headache in the future!

After you go through these five steps, you should have a gut instinct about which photographer will fit your style and needs. If you are unsure, it’s best to keep looking until you are confident with your decision! I am so excited for my next session and can’t wait to see yours as well!

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