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Downtown Phoenix Roosevelt Row: art galleries, murals, Arizona cultural arts district. Little white Miffy dress!

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I’m not the tanning type, but it’s nice to be able to wear a little Miffy white dress in the depths of winter! No wonder Phoenix, Arizona is a popular travel destination for Canadians.

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White dress with pink bunny: Miffy fashion collaboration, from TwoPercent Hong Kong
Fuzzy ankle boots: Liz Lisa, from Hong Kong
Bone bead hair clip: gifted by SassyNPunk
Eyes faux fur purse: Hyoma by Izzue, Hong Kong

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For the second half of my press trip, I stayed in the ultra-mod Westin Downtown Phoenix hotel. Big fan of their courtyard and South American Province restaurant, which served me six types of ice cream and sorbet!

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At Civic Square Park, I met up a Downtown Phoenix Ambassador. These orange-jacketed friendlies act as concierges and tour guides.

We started with almond milk lattes at Fair Trade Cafe. The coffeeshop’s dedicated to humanitarian causes, and has vegan and vegetarian snacks on the menu.

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We continued with a tour of the Roosevelt Row Arts District (RoRo). Every First Friday of the month, the galleries open up to art-walkers.

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New works are constantly beautifying the district. This “Peritoneum” ASU installation was recently moved to the unused lot on Roosevelt & Second Street.

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Outside: functional benches. Inside: waves of color.

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The “Ro2 Lot: Neighborhood Mural Project” turns temporarily vacant spaces into public art installations. Locals gathered to plant gardens and paint walls together.

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Phoenix’s big walls are ideal canvases for artists. At 3rd St and Roosevelt, Lauren Lee painted “Three Birds.”

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Day of the Dead is a popular theme. Lalo Cota’s mural brightens Golden Rule Tattoo, at 2nd and Roosevelt.

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Scenes from the Cats musical celebrate the Valley Youth Theater on 3rd.

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Lalo Cota and Breeze painted this lady on Angels Trumpet Ale House, a gastropub committed to craft beer.

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Across the street is FilmBar, a chill space to have drinks, listen to music and watch artsy films.

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Back to the Westin Phoenix Hotel, to soak in my free-standing tub overlooking the city. In the evening, I Gothed up with my friends… wait til you see where we nightcrawled.

Do you like to gallery-hop? Did you expect Phoenix to have so much vibrant, public art? Tons more Arizona travel blogs are on the way.

PS: Thank you to Phliss for interviewing me about JGoth, dark fashion and TV hosting — for Vampire Freaks and Alteria Motives.

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46 Comments

  1. Posted January 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Omg your legs look aaaammmmaaaazzzzing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    omg its adorable!!!!

  3. Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Your outfit is so kawaii!!! *pout* I’m jealous :3

  4. Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    they are super cute! :D

  5. Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Love!!

  6. Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    loving this

  7. Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    hey La carmina!

  8. Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    ヽ(=^゚ω゚)^/ ハニャ〜〜

  9. Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Lookin’ good, as usual! ^^ What is that piece of art you’re standing in front of in the first pic?

    • Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:16 am | Permalink

      It’s a work inside the Westin Phoenix downtown hotel!

  10. Posted January 24, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    awesometastic outfit!

  11. Posted January 25, 2013 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Looks like AZ has a pretty wicked scene.

  12. Posted January 25, 2013 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Cool art in photo 1. Hugs and Piece ;-)

  13. Posted January 25, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I really like your style!!!

    xx

    http://victimorprotagonist.blogspot.com.es/

    • Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:16 am | Permalink

      Thank you dear!

  14. Posted January 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    The murals are stunning! It seems like its kind of warm in Arizona? I hope you’re having a fun time there.

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    • Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:17 am | Permalink

      I was very relieved to get some sun hehe. It’s almost always warm there.

  15. Posted January 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    adorable outfit! great photos and location!

  16. Posted January 25, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    CUTEEE

  17. Posted January 25, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    thanks i like

  18. Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Cute!!

  19. Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Have a great wknd!!

  20. Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Looking good, girl! :D

  21. Posted January 27, 2013 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Love all these pictures!

  22. Posted January 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    swank hotel
    thanks for the photos

  23. Posted January 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    So cute! I love the dress!! xD and the 7th photo is definitely my favorite!

  24. Posted January 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    yet u look spectacular! !!!!

  25. Posted January 28, 2013 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    wowwwwwww

  26. Posted January 28, 2013 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Digging your city guides and look forward to Tokyo

  27. Posted January 28, 2013 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Pretty

  28. Posted January 30, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Pretty woman
    Very nice

  29. Posted June 24, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Cant believe you are in my town?!!!

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