Insta-Lately

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Happy 4th of July Weekend, Darlings!  I hope you are having a blast celebrating with friends and family!  Here’s this week’s round up of Insta posts…

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I wore this LBD to dinner at one of our FAVE Palm Springs spots, Birba, last week.  I found the dress randomly at Nordstrom Rack and had to have it!  It is so soft and comfy!

Dress (Similar HERE) // Heels (old but similar HERE) // Clutch (old from Neiman Marcus but similar one I love HERE) // Watch c/o (Special Edition but similar HERE)

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My neighbor has some serious door game!  I have a few favorite welcome mats for you to shop HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.
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Palm Springs has no shortage of fun bars and fabulous craft cocktails.  Bootlegger Tiki is high on my list of “Must Trys” for any visitor.  Be sure to try the Moorea Fizz (above) or the Pod Thai…swoon!

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Another great way to enjoy a Palm Springs cocktail?  Poolside!  I do love a great Moscow Mule in the Summer….

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Lattes and Macarons are a staple in my life.  These are from an adorable French Cafe in Palm Desert, Clementine.IMG_0173

Rosé all day!  Check out Appetito Cal-Italian Deli for the most amazing shrimp arancini and ricotta gnocchi.
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I have an obsession with Havaiana flip flops.  I first discovered them over 10 years ago living in Huntington Beach.  I literally have 1 pair that I bought in 2005!  This pair is my newest obsession in purple/hot pink.  I also love THESE, THESE, THESE, and THESE.IMG_0291

Stripped Bikini for the win!  This one was found on sale at Ted Baker for under $25 (seriously).  Check out THIS ONE that I love just as much!IMG_0304These Toms wedges are already on their 3rd Summer but I am still getting questions about where I found them!  I purchased mine at a local board shop in Lake Arrowhead, LeRoy’s.  The style is still available and check out this fun Black and White version!

As always, thank you for reading!

XO, Niki

Weekend Getaway Packing for 2

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I just love a long, Holiday weekend!  The excitement of getting out of town and escaping this Palm Springs heat has me planning my outfits days in advance.  In all fairness, anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am a horrible procrastinator when it comes to packing despite daydreaming of the perfect looks.  For this weekend’s getaway I not only had to pack for myself but for my BF as well…yikes!  Packing for men seems so much easier, am I right???  I have learned (over many months of packing for quick trips) that getting into a packing routine really helps to keep me focused and engaged in the process…no matter how last minute it is!

Music – I love to create a playlist of music for my trip and play that while packing.  Something about the vacay vibes coming thru my phone gets me in the right frame of mind to narrow down outfits.  Some current faves include: Are You With Me by Lost Frequencies, The Girl From Ipanema, and Empire Ants by Gorillaz.

Wine – Seriously, how do people actually pack for a trip without a glass???  I am currently obsessed with Rose (okay, I’m always obsessed with Rose…) and Malbec.  This bottle of La Finca is from Trader Joe’s and under $5!

Take 1 Thing Out – Yes, this sounds crazy coming from me but seriously, do you need 3 sweaters for a 2 night trip?  Trust me.  Take 1 thing out at the last minute, you don’t need it.

For our upcoming trip we pulled outfits for the BF from Paul Fredrick, a very East Coast prep brand that offers dress shirts that transition from day to night as well as key pieces for every man.

Look 1: Shirt // Shorts // Sandals

Look 2: Shirt // Tie // Pants // Shoes

Since we are heading to the beach this weekend I decided to keep with a tropical feel in my looks.  H&M has been having the most amazing sales and I have scored a few fun pieces for under $20!

Bikini (Similar HERE) // Pineapple Tee (Watermelon version HERE) // Espadrilles // Palm Dress

My Look: Tank (Similar HERE) // Shorts

Save 20% and receive free shipping at Paul Fredrick just in time for the 4th!

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

*This post first appeared on TheDarlingNiki.com*

Color

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I had so much fun shooting this look with Brooke (be sure to check out her fun Michael Kors look from the day) from The Trapped Fashionista at the most colorful hotel I ever did see, The Sagauro.  I have a slight obsession with effortless sundresses and maxi dresses during these sultry Summer months and this Forever21 gem is a recent fave.

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Dress (similar HERE and HERE) // Belt (Similar) // Wedges (Old but Similar HERE) // Clutch // Sunnies // Watch // Necklace (Similar)

Easy, Breezy

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I’m obsessed with the easy, effortless look of the dressy boxer short.  I first fell in love about a year ago with this pair from Artisan de Luxe and have continued the love affair now that the temps haven’t dipped below 90!

I obviously love wearing these casual shorts with basic sandals and comfy tanks during the day but have shifted them to date night by simply adding a sexy shoe and dressier top.  Be warned: more posts with these little gems are sure to follow!

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Tank (Nordstrom Rack but similar styles HERE and HERE) // Shorts (also from the Rack but love THESE and THESE) // Wedges (Old, Similar HERE) // Hat // Watch // Bag (Similar HERE)

Pattern Play

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I often struggle when shopping to not pick up yet another black dress.  After years of living out of suitcases and bouncing between my house, my friend’s homes, my boyfriend’s place I have gravitated to the easy to pack and effortless to match color. I have spent years trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe and have slowly started amassing a collection of colorful Summer dresses.  This newest addition was a recent find at Nordstrom Rack for under $40.  I love the boho feel of the fabric and this is my first cold shoulder silhouette which I am already loving!

I wore this bold little number to dinner with the BF earlier this week at a charming spot, Europa Restaurant.  The quaint inn and restaurant are off the beaten Palm Springs path but happen to be in my new neighborhood (convenient, right?) so we met friends for martinis and a delish meal.  Must Try: the Dirty Martini (ask for bleu cheese olives, if they have fresh cheese they will hand stuff them for you….I die a little).

What is your favorite sundress silhouette?

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Dress (Similar styles HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE) // Cage Heels from Nine West (old but I love THESE, THESE, THESE, THESE, and THESE) // Bag (New Versions HERE and HERE also love THIS ONE) // Necklace (Similar HERE) // Watch // Bangle (Similar HERE and HERE) // Bracelet c/o Bavna (Similar HERE and HERE)

Chic

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Two weeks ago the BF and I received an invitation to dine at a new Palm Springs eatery, Chi Chi, located at The Avalon Hotel.  I am never one to turn down an invitation that includes cocktails and delish food so I immediately sent my RSVP!

I received this MK maxi dress a week before our dinner and fell in love with the full skirt and high slit silhouette.  It was the obvious choice for such a chic evening paired with simple sandals and a black & white Selma.

Our dinner was simply delish!  The Pisco Sour cocktail that welcomed us was the ideal compliment to the balmy evening and I LOVED the zucchini/goat cheese croquettes.  We chose to sit poolside but the revamped indoor space offered a modern take on a mid century lounge that we will for sure be returning to enjoy!

Thanks so much to the fabulous team at Avalon and F10 Creative for the fabulous evening!

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Sandals // Bag (Similar HERE and HERE) // Sunnies (Similar) // Watch // Dress

Color

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Brooke and I had so much fun shooting this very colorful look at the Saguaro pool and it only seemed fitting to share it with you on this bright and sunny Saturday.  Enjoy!

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Shorts // Cover Up // Hat (Similar) // Swan // Sandals

Life Lately…

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I receive emails and comments via social media and the blog almost daily asking about something I am wearing or a location of a photo.  I thought it was only appropriate to do a recap of life lately!

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These fabulous pool floaties are from a local spot here in Palm Springs, Khool Pool.  Who doesn’t love a pool full of swans, ‘Mingos, and Donuts?

Donut Floatie // Swan Floatie // Flamingo Floatie (+ I love the ‘Mingo floating drink holders HERE) // Ice Cream Sandwich Floatie

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The response I got to these Gucci sunglasses was unreal!! I bought this specific pair about 3 years ago at a small boutique in my hometown of Lake Arrowhead.  I found similar styles HERE, HERE, and HERE

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This bag was a gift from Crimson Boutique inside The Riviera in Palm Springs.  It is from a great brand, My Other Bag, that designs canvas bags with images of designer handbags (like this Kate bag).  It is my favorite beach/pool tote!  I also love THIS and THIS design.

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This dress is from the Michael Kors Summer 15 collection and is soooo comfortable!  It is not available in stores for another few weeks but I found a similar style HERE.

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Mixing and Matching my bikinis is the easiest way for me to expand my Summer swimsuit collection without breaking the bank.  This top and bottoms are both from a surf shop in Redlands, Leroy’s and are from O’Neill.  I love:

THESE // THESE // THIS // THIS

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I drive past this adorable pink palace almost daily on my way to work and FINALLY got a photo in front of it!  For those of you who asked, it is located on the mini golf course at Boomer’s in Palm Springs…yup, I’m 7!

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The Ace Hotel and Swim Club is the hipster, chic way to pool.  My fellow blogger (and world traveler) Jennalogic and I spent an afternoon sipping these Desert Facial cocktails and taking in the views.

Hat (I also LOVE this style) // Sunnies

As always, thanks for reading and don’t forget to send me your questions about what I’m wearing!

XO, Niki

Blue…

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A few days ago Brooke (from The Trapped Fashionista) and I got together for a little blogger collab at one of my favorite spots in Palm Springs, The Saguaro.  The color found all over the hotel is an amazing back drop to resort perfect fashion.  We shot 3 looks that I promise to share with all of you over the next few weeks, including this all white look.

I am not typically a fan of all white on me.  It’s not the most flattering/forgiving look and then there is that whole trying not to get a stain on myself thing…not as carefree as I like to be when I’m dressed and ready to enjoy my day!  Despite my hesitation with head to toe white looks I am obsessed with key white pieces mixed with color and pattern for Summer, perfect for the high temperatures and resort vibe of Palm Springs.

Must Haves:

1. White Skinny Jeans – They will easily transition from casual daytime to date night chic all season long.

2. White BF Cutoffs – Effortless and in my opinion more of a fashion forward statement than traditional cutoff denim.

3. White Handbag – A white bag pairs with anything and everything you will be wearing this Summer including basic black.

What are some of your favorite Summer pieces?

XO, Niki

Jeans // Tank // Sandals // Bag // Sunnies (Similar Style HERE) // Necklace // Watch

Wine Tasting

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Hello there my Darlings!  I’m sure those of you who follow me on Instagram have already seen this outfit but I am FINALLY getting around to blogging this look from last weekend.  The BF and I decided to do a bit of wine tasting at a local Temecula winery we love, Wiens. I, of course, had to find the perfect wine country (weekend) look for the afternoon…breezy dress, espadrilles, and hat.  After our round of wine we stopped at the most adorable little spot outside of Anza (yes, it’s a real place) for some yummy ice cream cones and spectacular views.

What is your go-to weekend look?

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Dress (Similar) // Espadrilles // Jacket // Hat // Sunnies (Similar) // Necklace (Similar) // Bag // Watch

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