Tasty Monsoon

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I’ve been droolingly (a word?) following the Instagram account of Tucson’s Monsoon Chocolate and finally had to visit the place this week. Monsoon Chocolate encompasses both a chocolate factory and a petite cafe, located at 234 E. 22nd St., which opened earlier this year. The place is at the corner of 4th Avenue and 22nd Street–a short drive south from Armory Park. While its website is under construction, you can buy Monsoon’s chocolate bars, wrapped in stunning artful wrappers, and bon bons at the cafe, and also find its goodies around town at places like The Loft Cinema, for one. A specific shout-out to the Mesquite White Chocolate bar, which features ground mesquite pods from the San Xavier Cooperative Farm. It is very unique in taste and color, it is vintage Tucson and a great desert-themed gift for the upcoming holidays.

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Tucson Shopping Isn’t Always Bad

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I was telling a new friend, recently, that I write a blog about shopping and fashion in Tucson, to which she replied, “There’s shopping in Tucson?” LOL, right?

I know we all say that and it’s seriously frustrating to find anything cool here. BUT, there are many exceptions and honestly, you have to have an open mind. I think you all know I work at Posh, which is my first favorite place for unique finds and the best resale designer bags. Seriously, you would be AMAZED what is brought in each week!

Whimsy and W boutiques also have beautiful, chic offerings.

And I write a lot about Stein Mart, which is what I’m shouting out today. Right now, it is chock full of beautiful holiday dresses, jumpsuits (two I’ve bought here now and get tons of compliments on..), and many shiny, blingy items with SLEEVES! Which, thank you, me and my rosacea arms appreciate! Plus, a healthy selection of obnoxious Christmas apparel and accessories for your next ugly sweater party! Tons of drapey sweaters and sequin leggings, even. Sure, my teens call it the old lady store, but I just really don’t think you can make a blanket statement like that…They’re just much more judgmental under the age of 18.

Allure of the Maltese Cross

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I’m always on the hunt for jewelry with the Maltese Cross. Introduced by the Knights of Malta in the 1500s, this symbol has not only endured for centuries but has found a place on bracelets and necklaces by Chanel, Versace, Kenneth Jay Lane, Yves Saint Laurent and firefighters everywhere. The original cross’ eight points represent virtues such as love, sincerity and justice and faith–all ideals the knights hoped to achieve. You can find stunning versions on Etsy and a treasure trove when the Gem Show comes to town, this winter!

Saguaro is a Style Star

 

 

The Saguaro cactus has exploded onto the home decor scene, especially at Hobby Lobby. Wall prints, stationery, laundry bags and more–all imprinted with happy little cactus depictions—seem perfect for a teen room remodel! They are also a nice little diversion from the entire region of Christmas accessories that are quietly plotting their takeover of the store.