3 Phoenix Hot Spots, 3 Amazing Ways To Wear Sweats

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When you think of the ol' American West, you imagine a kind of rugged glamour: the open desert, the mountains, and the outlaws and cowboys and cattle ranchers who made up its colorful history. Although much of the landscape is now as urban as NYC, there are still places where hip coffee shops and buzzy restaurants are interspersed with horseback riding trails and cowboy bars. Places like Phoenix.
To get a tour of the city by a true local, we tapped Caitlin Lindquist, whose blog, A Little Dash of Darling, showcases not only her killer outfits but also her city's charm. A recent transplant herself (she moved from San Diego a year ago), Lindquist lets us tag along as she visits the city's most scenic spots — all while sporting her favorite sweats by Old Navy. She dishes on how she styles her sweats, reveals her favorite stops for coffee and macarons, and even tells us where we can find real cowboys in Phoenix, ahead.
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What I Love About This City
"My husband and I moved to Phoenix about a year ago after graduating law school, and it's been fun getting to know our new city by exploring and finding new locations to shoot. And, being in the desert is really cool — it's just such an amazing backdrop to the city."

My Favorite Hidden Gems
"You have to check out Cartel and Lux for coffee (I'm addicted) and Essence Bakery for its yummy macarons. But, if you're looking for an authentic Western experience, head up north towards Carefree. They have horseback riding and a little line-dancing bar there where the real cowboys go."
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First Stop: Downtown Phoenix's Art District
"If you head to the core of downtown, you will find the creative art district of Roosevelt Row, where colors come alive. You can tour galleries or wander the streets to see funky murals painted by different artists along the historic neighborhood buildings. Some are white with flocking birds painted on them, and then some are really crazy and colorful, like this one. A market Art Walk is also hosted on the first Friday of every month, so you can shop local vendors and eat from your favorite food trucks as you go from mural to mural."

How I Style Jogging Pants
"Here, I dressed them up a bit with a heel, but there are so many different ways you can style them — from polished to feminine to edgy. It helps if the pants have some visual interest, too — I love the two zipper side pockets. Details like that make sweats more stylish."

Roosevelt Row Arts District, 1202 North Third Street, Phoenix; 602-772-0083.
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To Add A Cool Factor
"It's funny, wherever I go, I tend to buy a hat. I have this growing collection, and my husband always reminds me, 'You don’t need any more hats!' But, I have always loved the effortlessly chic vibe a hat brings to an outfit, like this felt fedora from Topshop. I thought that since the Art District is so casually cool, the hat would bring a bit of an edge to my outfit, matching the area."
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Staying Active Around Town
"I have a really cute peach beach cruiser that I thought would be fun to ride around the Art District. But, for exercise, I love to road bike when it cools down in the winter months. The desert can get pretty chilly, but I am used to how cold it can get, as I grew up in Park City, Utah, where skiing and snowboarding were my usual modes of activity. Phoenix has some really awesome hikes and trails to explore, though, too."
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Second Stop: The Desert Botanical Garden
"I really recommend visiting. The cacti are amazing — it's crazy that such a big plant has such a tiny root. Near the garden, there is also a cool cave in Papago Park where you can watch the sunset. If a good view is what you are looking for, a short drive away is Camelback Mountain, where you can hike to the top to get a 360-degree view of Phoenix."

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix; 480-941-1225.
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Where I Like To Shop
"One of my favorite local boutiques is this shop called Stephanie's on the Phoenix-Scottsdale border. She carries a great mix of on-trend brands like Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang."
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How My Style Has Changed In Arizona
"Since it’s so hot here, I tend to wear a lot of loose tank tops, shorts, and dresses. Anything that breathes is my best friend. But, no matter what I wear, I love to add 'a little dash of darling.' Even if I'm doing an edgier look, I tend to add in a bit of femininity. Like with these sweatpants — the tuxedo stripe adds some interest, and the embellished sweater and glitter oxfords make it a little darling.

On Pairing Sweats With Chanel
"This Chanel bag was a gift from my parents and my husband when I graduated law school. It was my first Chanel and marked an accomplishment, so it has special meaning to me."
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Third Stop: Enchantment Park
"There’s a little train track that goes around the whole park and a really cute carousel. It's a great place to bring kids, but it also makes for a casually fun date night location, which is kind of what I went for with this outfit."

Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 West Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix; 602-254-1200.
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How I Wear Sweats On A Date
"I like to slightly scrunch my sweats, so I looked for a pair that was a little bit looser on top and tailored at the bottom. For this relaxed look, I kept the jewelry minimal with delicate necklaces and bracelets. And, to slightly dress it up, I added a bright green clutch."
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My Favorite Jewelry
"I'm wearing a gold Cartier watch here that I stole from my mother, but it's literally the most beautiful watch. I wear it every single day and pray I never have to give it back. Another cherished piece I don't get to wear as often as I'd like is a $20 gold coin my grandfather had made into a necklace, which he gave to me for our wedding. I also have a tanzanite ring I got as a prize after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro when I was 11. So, it’s a memento from our African adventures but also marks my accomplishment of making it to the top of the mountain."
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