OOTD: Sweater Weather

Outfit of the Day

Despite our short winters, there are few staples we love more than a chic sweater! The new Auberey Side Slit Top combines the cozy appeal of a rich knit sweater with unique details and a flattering fit that make for a statement top that speaks for itself. Add simple jewelry, great denim, and a pop or color to complete your new favorite ensemble. 

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Bunky Welcomes Lomas Brand, Q+A with Founder Sean Feeney

We are thrilled to introduce independent apparel line Lomas Brand to the Bunky Boutique men's section! You can expect high quality and seriously soft everyday essentials such as flannels with modern fits, an updated Letterman jacket, and pieces for seasonal layering such as flannels and work shirts. We love the expertly tailored designs and approachable style.

Lomas was born in southern California (San Diego, to be exact), where the small team behind the independent label continues to design, source fabrics, print, and market in-house.

Check out the collection below along with our Q+A with Lomas Brand owner + founder, Sean Feeney.


Q+A with Lomas founder and 3rd generation Phoenician, Sean Feeney

1.) What makes you enthused to be partnering with us at Bunky and having The Lomas Brand in the shop? 

Sean Feeney: I remember when I first walked into Bunky and on display were just these unique styles and cuts from up and coming brands I'd never come across. The styles were clean, timeless but at the same time very fashion forward.  The entire store had an overall cohesive vibe to it that really struck a chord with me.  I remember thinking "this place is nailing it." So every time I was in town visiting thereafter I would frequent the store and I noticed that though the products would vary, that cohesive and stylish vibe would never waiver. That to me said a lot about the owner (Rachel) who at the time I didn't know.  To put it in simple terms Bunky had earned my trust as a customer. So when I started my brand, Bunky immediately became a top target for me to get my brand into.  Looking at it now and actually having a presence in Bunky is a surreal feeling, one that leaves me incredibly humbled.  Humbled because a store I admire and trusted for its style, admires my brands' style enough to give it such a large presence in Bunky.  As a creator of a clothing brand that is the highest compliment you can receive. Partnering with Rachel and Bunky leaves me so enthused because I know that this partnership is based off of a mutual vision and understanding of style.   

2.) Tell us about your Phoenix roots:

SF: I'm a 3rd generation Phoenician.  I grew up in Central Phoenix and attended Brophy College Prep. My dad founded and owned Feeney's Bar and Steakhouse on 12th Street and Maryland.  My parents ended up selling it in the mid 80's but the new owners kept the name and its actually still there today as Feeney's.   As a kid, my friends and I were always skateboarding through Central and Downtown Phoenix hanging out at Cowtown Skateboards on Camelback and Central.  A funny story, when we were young we would skateboard all day, often times skipping meals.  One particular day we were hanging out in Cowtown and Trent (the owner) overheard us talking about how hungry we were, though we didn't have any money.  Next thing we knew he took the change out of the cash register and gave us enough so that each of us could get a $.99 hamburger from Dairy Queen next door.  He was (and is) forever a legend in our group of neighborhood friends haha.  My parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and 13 of my 16 cousins all still live in Phoenix so I guess you could say my roots are very much embedded in the Valley. 

3.) Where do you pull inspiration from for your designs and the brand as a whole?

SF: Professionally, my inspiration when creating a piece comes from the challenge of finding a balance between - less being more and nothing not being enough- if that makes sense haha. That inspiration stems from growing up idealizing guys like professional skateboarder Jamie Thomas and world renown surfer Rob Machado, who actually lives locally in Solana Beach/Cardiff and I've had the pleasure of meeting a few times.  Their influence in the mid to late 1990's era of skateboarding and surfing apparel style I guess you could say mesmerized me.  In those days I thought brands like Zero, Toy Machine, and Vans were so cool.  If you go back and look at this era you'll find it was a time of simple, stylish looks that symbolized a lifestyle that represented skateboarding, surfing, a love for just living out your passion, whatever it may be. The style wasn't so much about flash but rather it took a simple logo and put it on a contrasting solid color garment and what you got was this clean and balanced, eye catching final product.  Growing up immersed in this era, I think that look just inherently comes out in my collections' designs.  As I got older my idol became Yvon Chouinard and the clothing brand he founded, Patagonia.  Yvon made Patagonia reflective of himself on a stage for everyone to see.  His passions, his cares, his standards for clothing, even his own personal story.  He inspired me to do the same, which if you're a private person like I am, is a very difficult thing to have to do.  Patagonia inspired me to never use cheap material. They've taught me the importance of the material used and the lasting effect that reputation can have on your brand.  

On a personal side, my inspiration comes from my dad.  He came from very little and left home when he was really young but determined his own future by relying on himself.  Him and my mom raised my two older siblings and I with the understanding that they would provide for us a loving home and a great education, everything else was up to us.  So when I started The Lomas Brand I looked to relying only on myself.  I took my life savings I'd stored from 8 years in sales and self funded this venture.  Everyday my inspiration when I wake up is knowing there is no safety net below to catch me if I fail, no one else's money on the line but my own to lose, and the success of this venture falls entirely on my shoulders.   The best advice my dad has ever given me came from his days owning Feeney's: "Sean - A Miller Lite tastes the same anywhere you go, but its the way you treat people and the pride you take in your craft that makes them come back." 

4.) Tell us about the materials your source:

SF: The reputation for quality and comfort of the items in my brand's collection is one of the things I'm most proud of to date. The material an item is made with is as critical, if not more critical, then the aesthetics of that certain piece. If you think about it, as a consumer, you only get to see the way you look in an article of clothing at most lets say 10% of the time whether that is through a mirror or in a picture.  But you feel that item's comfort and fit 100% of the time while you wear it.  And part of style is looking effortless and confident and that is directly derived from feeling comfortable in what you are wearing. That is why the months prior to opening for business I spent tirelessly researching, sampling, washing/drying, sewing different fabrics and blends of fabrics to determine which ones would be used in the collections.  Its no coincidence that the biggest brands in the business like Patagonia follow this same formula.  

5.) What is a quirky or unique tidbit about yourself?  

SF: Not a lot of people know this but The Lomas Brand is actually the second clothing brand I've started.  The first one I started when I was 16 called Revival Clothing Company.  It was just t-shirts and I sold them out of my backpack in high school.  I had NO clue what I was doing but literally took out the yellow pages and found a beat up t-shirt printing place in South Phoenix and somehow made a few t-shirts on a shoe string budget.  My mom recently found one of the shirts in their attic and sent it to me.  I now have it framed in my work studio to remind myself that I'm following a dream I set out to conquer almost 15 years ago.  

6.) What kind of items have you picked up from Bunky over the years?

SF: Bunky is my go-to place to get gifts when I'm in town. In my family there is a running joke about how I am a last minute Christmas shopper.  Last year a few days before Christmas I stopped into Bunky and got my sister's gift, my brother's gift, a tree ornament for a tree decorating party I was going to, and a necklace for a girl I had been dating at the time. So, needless to say I'll be back doing that same thing again this coming Christmas haha. 



Styling: Layer the Lomas Henley under the Manchester or Costa Flannel, PHX Fitted Hat (Left). Pair the Classic Shirt with the Workman Overshirt, AZ Love Fitted Hat and Leather Travel Wallet (Right).


Fall in Phoenix means Movies in the Park

While most people around the country prepare for the great winter hibernation, we Phoenicians will be graced by the best 5 months of the year! Instead of settling into a snow bunker, we get out our "winter' attire we have been longing for since March and spend as much time outdoors as possible. 

In between late morning hikes and plenty of patio dining, hit up some of the free movie-in-the-park showings around town. Grab your light sweaters, a blanket to spread out on and a picnic dinner. Oh, and don't forget a fun new outfit!  

Movies in the Park 

  1. Tempe: Kiwanis Park on Friday evenings throughout October
  2. Phoenix: Biltmore Fashion Park on Friday evenings Oct. 21- Nov. 11
  3. Downtown Phoenix: Cityscape on Friday October 14, November 11, December 9
His: a standout graphic pullover + lightweight scarf to spread out on! 

His: a standout graphic pullover + lightweight scarf to spread out on! 

Hers: Bring extra cozy accessories like this chunky knit cardigan and light scarf in case you get chilly

Hers: Bring extra cozy accessories like this chunky knit cardigan and light scarf in case you get chilly

Get Cozy + Creative with our New Cocktail Mixer

We are so excited to introduce our exclusive cocktail mix, locally crafted with love and dreamed up by the great minds (and tastes) of Iconic Cocktail Co. + the Bunky team. Part of our latest collection, Cozy Cactus by Bunky Boutique, this mix is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. With hints of spice from fresh jalapeno and ginger, this is the perfect thing to warm you up from the inside out! 

Each 4 oz. bottle is stamped with a "made by" date and guaranteed to be bursting with fresh and intense flavor. The delicate balance of sweet and spicy (credited to fresh ginger root and jalapeno) is a proven crowd pleaser. Pick up a bottle for yourself and for the at-home mixologists on your gifting list! 

Ingredients: filtered water, pure cane sugar, whole ginger root, ginger juice, ginger pulp, ancho, jalapeno

Hot toddy with unsweetened apple cider, bourbon and our exclusive Chili Ginger mixer

Hot toddy with unsweetened apple cider, bourbon and our exclusive Chili Ginger mixer

Need beverage inspiration? Get inspired by these twists on seasonal classics: 

  • Hot Toddy: Unsweetened apple juice, lemon, whiskey/bourbon + mixer
  • Spicy Mule: Ginger beer, lime, vodka + mixer
  • Spicy Paloma: Grapefruit, lime, tequila + mixer
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate: Prepared hot chocolate + mixer (spirit optional)
  • Mix with soda water for a grown-up soft drink
  • Add to hot tea with lemon for brew that clears the head & boosts metabolism!

Have a great recipe you would like to share? Let us know in the comments!

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This Season's "It" Color: Oxblood

Color we are falling for: Oxblood

Richer than crimson and more versatile than maroon, oxblood truly is a timeless fall colorway. The color's alluring intensity and how it complements a wide range of skin tones and hair colors make it a favorite for styling. Pair an oxblood blouse with an equally bold leather mini or your favorite skinny, or skinny-straight denim (check out the Riley High Rise and Liza Skinny).

Along with complementing a variety of complexions, oxblood can be styled with both black and brown (chestnut, cognac to be specific). We love pairing an oxblood blouse or dress with edgy add-ons such as a leather jacket or moto boots. 

Accessorize your oxblood apparel with gold tone jewelry and metals. Go bold with pieces like the Argyle Necklace,  and Bison Pendant, or dainty with pieces like the Gem Stone Mala and Crystal Gemstone Pendant.


  • Dressy
    Pair with skinny jeans, pumps, and a moto-style jacket that hits at the waist. 

  • Sultry
    Style the "Penny" with simple jewelry like a dainty, long necklace, and a chunkier shoe, such as heeled booties or block heel sandals. 

  • Casual Cool
    Add a pop of oxblood to your look with our favorite Boyfriend Tank. Don't be fooled by this easy layering piece; the flattering fit and extra coverage in back has made this a quick favorite at Bunky!
Your Fall Denim Guide

We love a good sundress and dreamy summer days, but it is hard to beat the styling possibilities that the cooler months bring! Check out our fresh denim arrivals from customer favorite label, Level 99, and find which style is best for you. 


  • The Skinny Jean

Every girl needs a pair! This style is perfect for pairing with booties and tucking into riding boots in the cooler months. Dress them up with a strappy, minimalist heel! 

Pair with the Forest Cardigan and Boyfriend Tank with a statement necklace, like the Morganite Mala


  • The High Rise

Do not confuse these with your mother's jeans. We love how this timeless style elongates the figure and highlights the waist! Pair with a tucked in blouse and nude, pointed toe flats or heels to really visually lengthen those gorgeous legs!  
Choose a cardigan or jacket that hits at the low hip to contrast the high rise denim, and keep accessories simply and light. 

Pair with the Plaid Snap Blouse or Striped Pullover (below) and flats. The keyhole detail on the Snap Blouse draws the eye up, while the muted color palette of both tops allows for a bright accessory to finish the look! 


  • The Skinny Straight

A more relaxed fit through the calf and ankle. This is a great style to pair with pumps or worn cuffed with sneaks and a cool t-shirt tucked in the front for a casual look. Only 2 left! 


Pair with a cool graphic tee, moto jacket and sneakers for a laid back look with the perfect amount of edge. 

Bunky Boutique is turning 9!

Join us in store Saturday, September 24th to Celebrate!

We are celebrating our 9th (!!) year of Bunky with the launch of our latest collection,
Cozy Cactus by Bunky Boutique. We are so excited to share this festive new collection with you, our amazing customers! 

The Cozy Cactus collection is a specially curated selection of apparel for men, women and children, fine artisan-made jewelry, housewares, gifts, and apothecary available in very limited quantities and exclusively at Bunky Boutique. These items have been designed and hand selected by our owner, Rachel, in conjunction with very special local artisans. 

The Cozy Cactus collection radiates the festive energy and warmth of the Arizona fall season we know and love in our beloved desert home. 

 

The collection will be available in store and on bunkyboutique.com starting
Saturday, September 24th at 10AM as part of our 9 year anniversary. 


These items will be available in very limited quantities. The Cozy Cactus jewelry collection is composed of handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces. All products are available on a first come, first served basis. 


In the meantime, you can preview and preorder items from the Cozy Cactus collection on bunkyboutique.com:

Hand poured Prickly Pear soy wax candles by local maker Galeana 39, part of the Cozy Cactus collection ($30).

Hand poured Prickly Pear soy wax candles by local maker Galeana 39, part of the Cozy Cactus collection ($30).

Cozy separates like the Women's Ribbed Long Sleeve Top ($39) feature our exclusive "Prickly Pear" or "Barrel Cactus" designs

Cozy separates like the Women's Ribbed Long Sleeve Top ($39) feature our exclusive "Prickly Pear" or "Barrel Cactus" designs

Seasonal inspired treasures to mix, match and stack. Shown: "Cactus Stack" bracelet set, $20

Seasonal inspired treasures to mix, match and stack. Shown: "Cactus Stack" bracelet set, $20

Find unique gifts like our amber Cozy Cactus Growlers, $10 

Find unique gifts like our amber Cozy Cactus Growlers, $10 

Our exclusive batch of Prickly Pear Beard Oil, created by local makers Verano Bathery, features organic and natural essential oils and desert aromas for a nourishing tonic!

Our exclusive batch of Prickly Pear Beard Oil, created by local makers Verano Bathery, features organic and natural essential oils and desert aromas for a nourishing tonic!

Handmade tic-tac-toe pieces ready to play! Tic-Tac-Toe boards and playing pieces will be available in store and online

Handmade tic-tac-toe pieces ready to play! Tic-Tac-Toe boards and playing pieces will be available in store and online

Customer Favorites are back in Fresh New Colors!

Did you miss your size in the must have Lacey Bralette, Boyfriend Tank or Cortelyou Jogger? Stress not- these Bunky favorites are back in fresh new colors!

The Cortelyou Jogger in "Cosmic Night" paired with the "Dainty Cami," "Free Spirit Racer," and "Quadrablend Bralette"

 

  • Lacey Bralette
    A romantic little lace bra perfect for layering under flowy tops and backless blouses, as well as a favorite for lounge and sleepwear. Now available in "Amethyst."
  • Boyfriend Tank
    his essential tank features a flattering, relaxed fit and pocket detail and is available in new "peppercorn" colorway. Layer and love all season long!
  • Cortelyou Jogger
    little sporty with all the right cinching and paneling for a look that is as cool as these babies are comfortable! We love the street chic look that is so in right now and dressing the Cortelyou up or down! Now available in "Granite" and "Cosmic Night."
Seasonal Recipes with Giant Coffee: Gluten Free Spiced Apple Blondies

Alison's spiced apple blondies paired with a hot mocha. Cozy!

We are so grateful for our friendly neighbors, Giant Coffee! Aside from serving up specialty Four Barrel Coffee and organic teas, Giant slings some pretty amazing pastries; all made from scratch from the best-of-the-best ingredients. For the third installment of Seasonal Recipes with Giant Coffee, we sat down with baker Alison, who has won our heart over the past few months with her ever-changing assortment of gluten free baked goodies!

It is a lovely late summer morning at Giant. The kind of morning when the rain clouds hover lazily and you savor every moment of the fleeting early morning calm. The smell of warm spiced apples fills the building. 

"baker's accessories"

Alison's warm and approachable demeanor matches the day and the classic baked blondies she has baked for us. Her style is simple with a twist, just like her baking style. It is all about the small details; her tastefully cuffed denim and relaxed cardigan. Outside of work she loves to accessorize with long layering necklaces and rings, but at work the only accessories that leave the house with her are her two tattoos on either forearm; a whisk and a rolling pin. Perfectly simple with a look that is rustic chic. You half expect to spot some stray flour dotting the designs.

The baker has been with Giant for almost a year now. Hailing from Missouri, Alison moved to the valley to attend Le Cordon Bleu's pastry school in Scottsdale. She fell in love with Arizona, and once Alison's mother joined her out here, the deal was sealed.

When asked what she enjoys about baking at Giant Coffee, Alison noted the creative freedom she has experienced at the Phoenix coffeehouse, specifically how she can take recipe inspiration she finds elsewhere and add her own twist to fit the Giant culture. You can always find a muffin, scone and cake in the bake case (while they last, of course!), but the flavors and ingredients change with the seasons.

We are not the only ones appreciating the expanded gluten free options, either. Quite frequently the baristas will hear a satisfied customer state, "I had no idea this was gluten free!" after enjoying a pastry.

  • A tip for gluten free baking: a high quality flour is essential. Instead of purchasing a mish mash of flours to combine, as gluten free baking typically calls for, find one quality flour blend to ease the baking process and yield a product with a better texture and taste.

What about those hours? We asked Alison how she manages the strict schedule of a baking career.
"I wake up at 4AM, and if I sleep in it is never past 5AM. Wake up early, and do it everyday, even on days off. If you need extra sleep, go to bed earlier. And shower at night!" 


Necessary side profile

Let's talk about these blondies...

Rustic in appearance and with a satisfyingly dense, crumbly nature, these GF Spiced Apple Blondies are made with the best ingredients possible, and boast a delightful baked apple topping. Alison attributes the crumbly texture to the lack of gluten, though these are simple to make "regular."

Why apples?
They are a go-to for Alison because they are available year round, but especially perfect for fall because their cozy nature we tend to associate with warm cinnamon and crisp fall air.

Why she loves this recipe
Aside from the incredibly moist cake and perfectly spiced flavor that balances seasonal flavors and year round appeal, Alison enjoys making these blondies because they are sophisticated, yet easy to whip up. She also notes these would make great lunchbox additions for kiddos and adults alike. Or, make one day ahead of a potluck, thanksgiving breakfast or holiday brunch for an unexpected treat that is still festive and delicious.

Get creative
This recipe can act as a base for experimenting with seasonal ingredients and flavors. Add cranberries in winter or cherries and dark chocolate in the summer, or swap the apples for pears or sliced peaches.

A lovely hot Mocha. Thank you for the perfect pour, Shannon!

Per recommendation, we paired our spiced blondies with an expertly crafted Mocha.

Giant uses organic whole milk by default in their lattes, resulting in a beverage that is smooth, rich and balanced the whole way through. Alison recommended this pairing because simply, chocolate pairs well with everything. We can't argue with that. Giant's specialty chocolate comes from 21 Blackbirds. It is a dark chocolate with the perfect balance of bitter and sweet cocoa. The chocolate paired harmoniously with Four Barrel's Frendo blend. We loved the rich flavor and feel of this beverage and its smooth finish. 

Alison touched on the importance of your coffee + pastry pairing, and picking flavors that compliment one another as opposed to overpowering. Ask your barista for a pastry pairing from the daily selection with your next cup!


Gluten Free Spiced Apple Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups gluten free "1 to 1" flour (such as Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 apple cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon raw/turbinado sugar

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350F & grease or line a 9"x9" pan with foil, set aside
  • In a medium sized microwavable bowl, melt butter. While butter is melting, measure the brown sugar into a large bowl.
  • Once butter is melted, pour over sugar and mix, then add eggs and vanilla & mix well
  • Combine and mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then add to butter mixture and mix until smooth
  • Pour into prepared pan, lay apples on top of batter in even layers
  • Sprinkle with 1tbspn of raw/turbinado sugar
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until middle is no longer jiggly
  • Let cool COMPLETELY before cutting!

Variations:

  • Substitute equal parts all purpose flour for the gluten free flour
  • Omit apples and replace with 2/3 cup organic pumpkin puree and 2/3 cup chocolate chips and/or chopped pecans, fold into batter before pouring into prepared pan

 Thank you, Alison for sharing your time and these goodies with us! As for what is on the Giant baking agenda?
"[I will make] Pumpkin pie soon...I love using pumpkin! And expect something festive the week of Halloween..."

YUM!


Baked goods: Alison Kincaid
Venue: Giant Coffee
Interview: Rachel Malloy
Photos: Rachel Cary

OOTD: Happy Cactus + Cardinal Colorways

Outfit of the Day

Fall arrivals from customer favorite Chaser Brand are in and ready for season styling!
We are doing the happy dance over this "Cactus Season Tank!" Paired with new Level 99 denim and an extra dose of color for this cheery outfit of the day.

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The new Open Back Tank, a Bunky staple, is now available in a sultry Crimson colorway. This airy tank pairs perfectly with the Quadrablend Bralette and denim. Add your favorite military jacket over the ensemble when the temperature drops!

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Painted Desert: New from Spiritual Gangster

This time of year in the desert is truly a treasure; nightly lightning storms, gusts of cool air, refreshing showers and the most breathtaking sunsets. It Is almost like our harsh climate is reminding us why we call Phoenix home after returning from our summer vacations.

We love how these dreamy graphics mimic the colors of our painted desert. Perfect for easing into the fall season, these pieces work great on their own with shorts and denim and layered under your favorite military jacket or flannel come the cooler months.

Trinkets for the Trail

Although summer is going strong here in the valley, we cannot deny gradual hints of the Fall season approaching! The days are growing shorter, the mornings are cooling (even if it is by only a couple degrees), and fantasies of crisp Fall air are stronger than ever!

Get into the mood for Fall with our "trinkets for the trail," perfect mementos and gifts for end of summer adventures and the cabin escapes to come. The new Bird Call Necklace features a hand painted birdie and a handsome, sturdy rope to wear as a necklace. Simply spin and listen for birds to chirp back to you! Display the Backpacking 5x7 Print on your desk for adventure inspiration, even in the most unlikely of places :) Coffee, hot chocolate, comforting soup or an ice cold bowl of cereal go great in the Icons Camp Mug, Cheers! Never forget trail notes when you keep your "Thoughts + Observations" Pocket Journal Set handy. These come in a set of 2, so you can have a back up or share with your travel partner! ($12). Woodsman Beard Balm keeps yours (or the hubby's) facial hair in check, smelling nice & well conditioned! Who doesn't love an outdoorsy man? Round out the Fall experience with the scent of Whiskey! Seriously, if this scent could be any closer you would be intoxicated. All natural soy wax and oils are blended to harmoniously create a candle that mimics the sweet burn of whiskey. The recycled glass container makes a lovely vase or container once you are finished burning! $30