All American Girl

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A little late to the whole, “what I wore for the 4th” party this year…sorry about that guys!  As you know from my last few posts we spent the holiday weekend relaxing in San Diego and escaped to Coronado Island for an All American 4th complete with parade, block party, and fireworks over the Bay.  The day was a ton of fun but exhausting since we brought our fur baby, Sarge, along.

This year I decided to buck the overly obvious trend of American pride and wore this Denim and Supply look that was sooooo comfy!  I still had pops of Red and Blue and brought along patriotic straws for everyone at the bar.

Top (On Sale!!!) // Shorts (Under $50!) // Sandals (Sold out but love these too) // Sunnies (Old but cute style HERE) // Flash Tats // Watch // Earrings (c/o Articulate Fashions)

Pops of Pink

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Another look at our 4th of July weekend in San Diego.  I loved our little neighborhood in South Park plus the amazing Pacific views in Ocean Beach.  We had to stop for donuts on our way out of Palm Springs, they are a road trip must!

I wore this casual look to dinner at Station Tavern in South Park.  I found the jellies at a little shop in Palm Desert and for $9 had to have them.  Childhood flashback, anyone???

Tank (Similar HERE) // Jeans // Clutch (Similar HERE and HERE) // Necklace (Similar) // Jellies (Love THESE, THESE, and THESE)

Beach Vibes

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Good Morning!  After a crazy week back to work I am FINALLY getting around to posting my July 4th weekend looks!  We decided to escape the Palm Springs heat and headed to San Diego for some beach time and 4th of July fun!

We left town pretty early on Friday and got to Ocean Beach in time for lunch.  If you haven’t been, OB is a quintessential California beach town: pier, main street with eclectic restaurants, kitschy shops, and a laid back vibe that is contagious.  After taking the pup to dog beach for his very first time (he was a little nervous about those waves) we grabbed a bite to eat at Tower Two Cafe (holy fish tacos!!!) and checked out the shops.  Dreamgirls Boutique caught my attention with their colorful tassel necklaces (as seen on my Insta) and boho inspired pieces.  We ended our afternoon with almond lattes at Jungle Java before heading to our AirBNB for the weekend.  More on the weekend coming soon!

Tee // Shorts // Flip Flops // Bikini Top // Sunnies (Old but love THESE from the same brand) // Bag (Similar HERE) // Watch

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

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

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