Welcome to a three part blog post on Sedona, Arizona. I recently visited Sedona for the first time on a fun-filled, five day vacation with two of my best friends. We stayed at the Enchantment Resort which is tucked away in majestic Boynton Canyon in Sedona. As our car rolled through the entrance, I was at a loss for words to describe the beauty of this area and the resort. Red rock formations loomed over me as I took the above picture from the balcony of my room. I must have been walking around wide-eyed in amazement for about the first hour after I arrived.
Besides the majestic red rock formations, Sedona is also known for its art culture and so we decided to take a day off from sightseeing to visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. The village consists of over 45 specialty shops that feature art galleries showcasing beautiful ceramics and glassware, hand crafted rugs, jewelry, and more.
The village is modeled after Spanish Colonial architecture with stucco walls, ironwork, archways, tiled roofs, and colorful tilework. Water fountains and vibrant flowers seem to appear at almost every turn.
Even if you aren’t a shopper, this is a wonderful place to just take in the scenery and have lunch or dinner in one of the restaurants. Or…you can always pose with a whimsical art sculpture.
The dress I chose to wear for our shopping day was a very comfortable tee shirt dress by Michael Stars. The dress is semi fitted so you keep cool in the warm Sedona afternoon and I love the midi length. A pretty, intricate lace detail adorns the upper straps in the front of the dress and then flows over onto the back of the dress. The sandals are by Cob Hill and offer a feminine take on the gladiator sandal. The laser-cuts are eye catching and there is plenty of support and cushion in the footbed which is much needed for a day of shopping.
There were many beautiful jewelry stores in the village, but one jewelry store caught my eye right away. The Caravana Jewelry Company is a Sedona based jewelry company that creates jewelry that is beautiful, unique, and fun to wear. I immediately fell in love with the silk wrist wraps as soon as I walked in the door. The wrap consists of two dyed silk ribbons and a metal (either silver or copper) button which holds the ribbons in place. You simply wrap the ribbons around your wrist and then then slip the loop over the metal button and you have one of the most colorful and comfortable pieces of jewelry to wear. You can either leave the ribbon ends out or tuck them under. It feels like your wrist is getting a big hug.
What I especially enjoy about this wrap is that it truly is a piece of art that you can wear. You can also create an entirely different piece of jewelry just be changing out the ribbon colors. Mix and match the ribbons or even wear the ribbons as a necklace. I purchased an extra set of ribbons and a lampwork glass and bronze acorn pendant. The artist who creates these acorn pendants is Diane Sepanski. Diane takes acorn tops from beautiful Oak Creek that runs along the village and casts them in bronze set atop a glass acorn. Each acorn is beautifully unique and this pendant looks great with either set of ribbons.
We ended our shopping excursion by eating dinner at the Oak Creek Brewery & Grill located in the village and which I highly recommend. With my good friends by my side and my silk wraps, metal button, and acorn pendant in tow, I was ready to call it a successful shopping day!
Stay tuned for more posts on the Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa, red rock formations, sweeping vistas, and the Grand Canyon.
Until the next post, stay stylish and comfortable.