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How have I lived in Palm Springs as long as I have without shooting in front of That Pink Door???  It’s almost a crime.  Brooke and I drove by and hopped out for an impromptu shoot in front of the famous house.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

XO, Niki

Dress // Chambray // Converse (old but cute pink ones HERE) // Sunnies (Similar HERE) // Watch // Bag // Necklace (Similar HERE)

Vacation Round Up

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Peace Out, Palm Springs!  The new car got it’s first official road trip!!!

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We spent our first night in Mammoth at Sierra Nevada Resort and Spa in one of their super charming Spa Suites.  I loved the HUGE cozy bed and heated floors in the bathroom.IMG_0663 IMG_0666 IMG_0689

Our second day of vacation was spent driving from Mammoth to Lake Tahoe.  The drive isn’t too long (about 3 hours) and takes you thru the Eastern Sierras.  Mono Lake was one of the first stops for us.IMG_0694 IMG_0699

We stopped in the most charming town along Highway 395, Bridgeport, for a dipped ice cream cone and coffee.  How adorable is this place?!?IMG_0705 IMG_0706

We finally make it to South Lake Tahoe where it was cold and rainy!  We had lunch at Blue Angel Cafe with Sarge (look at that face!) before my mani appointment near Heavenly.  After the pampering I met up with the BF for a quick beer and warming up at this fire pit.IMG_0707 IMG_0713 (1)

Yes, I actually took this photo on our drive from South Lake up to Incline Village.  It is literally the eye of the storm!IMG_0717

I secretly enjoyed the cool weather and being able to curl up in a sweater with my morning coffee.

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Our AirBNB in Incline Village, NV.  We seriously could not have asked for better hosts!IMG_0750 IMG_0752 IMG_0753

If you ever find yourself in Incline Village DO NOT miss Bite!  Chris found the self described “American Tapas” restaurant on Yelp ahead of time and we were blown away!  The cocktails were amazing and the food was out of this world!!! We even had to order 2 rounds of the Lobster Sliders….I’m drooling just remembering how delish they were…IMG_0827 IMG_0946

A friend lives in Tahoe and told us we had to try Alibi Ale Works before we left.  We popped in for a quick beer before heading to a BBQ that some friends were throwing and it was worth the stop!  They brew a handful of their own beers in house and offer an environment where customers are encouraged to bring in their own food and play board games while sipping on unique ales.  IMG_0837

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A lunch stop at Freshie’s in South Lake for a pint (or 3) of Pliny.

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After our massages and a dinner we spent our night back in Mammoth drinking and playing Scrabble.  Yup, we are getting old and I’m not even upset about it!IMG_0883

Oh. My. Carb. Overload!!!  Schat’s Bakery is right up my German girl alley!  I could not help myself and picked up donuts, biscotti, croissants, coffee….sooooo good!

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Confession: I had never gone horse back riding.  I have always wanted to try but it was never something my city loving, party girl friends were up for.  Thank goodness for the BF thinking of such a fun and unique vacation activity!  I was a little nervous but the guides at Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit and my horse, Badger, quickly put me at ease.  The hour ride was over way to quickly for my liking but I can’t wait to get out for my next ride! IMG_0892

Last full day of vacay!

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Sarge had so much fun on our trip!  I think the last day, hanging out at Mammoth Brewery really did him in!IMG_1031IMG_0929 IMG_0930 IMG_0931

Before leaving Mammoth we did one last stop at Schats (obvi) and drove just outside of town to Twin Lakes where we enjoyed coffee, pastries, and this perfect view.IMG_0932

I know I took forever to get all the posts from our vacation up so thank you for being patient!  We had such an amazing trip and enjoyed every moment of being in Northern California.  It was a little bitter sweet to come back to the heat and to reality but we have already begun planning next year’s trip (eek!).  I hope I was able to give you all some great recommendations if you are planning a trip to Mammoth or Tahoe!  Be sure to check out my other vacay posts for a few more recommendations HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

XO, Niki

Easy Like Sunday Morning

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In my book Sunday is meant for a few things:

1. Brunch

2. Football

3. Bloody Marys (see how those go with brunch and football?)

4. Effortless Style

Since it’s Sunday it only seemed fitting to share this uber casual look from our first morning in Mammoth.  I am a sucker for Havaiana flip flops and never travel without mine, even to chilly locations, you just never know when you will need them! Looking back at my cozy hoodie and leggings I’m a little bummed it is supposed to be 120 degrees today…guess it’s time to crank up the AC!

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Leggings // Hoodie // Hat (This one belongs to the BF but I found a few I love HEREHERE, and HERE) // Bag (Love THIS and THIS also) // Flip Flops // Sunglasses

Sarge’s Collar: Harry Barker

All Natural

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Yes, I am still posting photos from our vacation last month.  I really intended to be better about having these posts all up within two weeks but oh well, the longer I drag these on the more vacation reminiscing I get to do!

While we were in Incline Village, NV our AirBNB host was playing at The Hyatt Lake Tahoe.  On a quick side note, can I even tell you how amazing our AirBNB hosts were??? If you are ever in Tahoe check out where we stayed. Anyway, back to the Hyatt.  The hotel is GORGEOUS!  It is situated right on the north shore of Tahoe and has a floating dock bar as well as the beautiful Lone Eagle Grill where we had wine and listened to music.  Definitely check it out on your next trip!

The weather while we were on vacation was much cooler than I am used to!  I loved getting to pull out my cozy sweaters and jackets for a few days, like this BCBG sweater I got on major sale last year.

As always, thanks so much for reading!

XO, Niki

Jeans // Sandals (Sold Out but cute ones HERE and HERE) // Necklace (Similar HERE) // Clutch (Old but similar HERE and HERE) // Watch // Sweater (Sold out but I’m loving THIS, THIS, and THIS for Fall)

A Shift

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I am seriously in love with this yellow clutch a friend gave me a few weeks back.  I have been using it non stop; everywhere from Palm Springs to Mammoth and Tahoe.  I wore this little number to drinks with Brooke from The Trapped Fashionista at Villa Royale.  If you have been following the blog for a while you may recognize this patterned shift dress.  I found it at Nordstrom Rack 2 Summers ago and it just feels so Palm Springs I find myself defaulting back to it pretty often.  My shoes and necklace are also Nordstrom Rack finds…seriously, the cutest stuff!!!

What is your to to Summer outfit?

As always, thank you for reading!

XO, Niki

Dress (Old but similar options under $60 HERE, HERE, and HERE) // Wedges (on sale!) // Clutch (Similar HERE and HERE) // Necklace (Similar HERE)  // Ring (sold out but I am IN LOVE with this one) // Watch

Summer Essentials

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I have worn glasses since I was 9 years old.  As soon as I hit high school I begged for contacts just to be able to wear cute sunglasses like the rest of my friends.  All these years later I am still a die hard contact lens girl but have been told I should invest in a great pair of glasses and a fabulous pair of prescription sunglasses to give my eyes a little rest.

Being the fashionista that I am I was a little skeptical that stylish prescription shades existed.  Then I found Salt City Optics, offering only RX shades, offering styles ranging from functional to fashionable with brands like Kate Spade, Retro Super Future, Oakley, and Elizabeth & James.

As I plan for a few more weeks of sun, fun, and poolside afternoons I had to put together a list of my summer essentials.  So, what is on my list?

  1. Von Zipper “Wooster” Sunglasses 
  2. Mix and Match bikini
  3. Classic caftan for poolside days and balmy nights
  4. A dressy sandal
  5. An oversized tote with a bit of a nautical vibe
  6. SUNSCREEN!  I swear by Aussie Gold because of it’s non greasy feel and yummy scent

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Summer Essentials

Bikini Top // Bikini Bottoms // Caftan // Sandals // Tote

As a follower of The Darling Niki, Salt City Optics is giving you an exclusive discount of 25% off!  Use promo code: SunEssentials25

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

*This post first appeared on The Darling Niki*

B&W in Mammoth

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TGIF!  I can’t believe I have already been back from our vacation for a two weeks!  I still have so many pictures to share from our time in Northern California.

This look was actually from our first night in Mammoth Lakes.  We left Palm Springs at 110 degrees and humid only to arrive in Mammoth to 60 degrees and rainy.  Thankfully I packed some cool weather pieces including my nylon moto jacket from 2 years ago.  It’s light weight and easy to pack but works well for drizzly days.

I kept most of my week’s looks neutral and basic to make packing easier (more on that subject coming next week).  I love pulling black, white, and grey into one outfit for a clean and minimal look.

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Jeans // Tank (from Nordstrom Rack, Similar HERE) // Jacket (Old, Similar Style HERE) // Espadrilles // Bag (Love this option as well) // Scarf (Similar HERE) // Watch // Lipstick:  St. Germain by MAC

Lake Life: Kings Beach

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Sarge had so much fun during our week long trip to Mammoth and Tahoe!  Despite the lack of dog friendly spots in Tahoe we managed to find a few places to take him (including Tahoe Brewing) including our lunch at Steamers in Kings Beach.

Kings Beach is definitely the most “granola” of the spots around the lack we checked out.  Eclectic shops and restaurants scatter the main street in town mixed with SUP and kayak rentals.  There is also the most adorable mini golf spot in the middle of town…they seem to be in high demand as we found 3 during our trip in and around Lake Tahoe.

Despite how sunny and warm it looks these photos were taken the day after a pretty crazy rain storm.  We spent all day driving from Mammoth to Incline Village in rain, thunder, and lightening!  The day we spent in Kings Beach was a little chilly and super windy which is why I had to dress for Fall.  Truth be told, I kind of cherished the few hours of cool weather!

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Jeans // Sandals (Sold Out but similar HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE) // Top // Hat // Bag // Sunnies // Scarf (old but similar HERE and HERE)

Last Days: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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If you are like me and have put off shopping this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, never fear!  I have rounded up a few of my favorites that are still available to transition you straight into Fall.

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Fringe Heels // Jeans // Poncho // Booties // Dress // Bag // Coat // Skirt // Flats

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