Leather Jacket


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I have been dying for cooler weather just so I could wear my new leather jacket.  In all fairness, it’s still not really cool enough but I am over waiting…I live in Palm Springs after all!  The leather on this Michael Kors jacket is soooo soft (it’s acosta lamb leather) and the fit is perfect for layering with loose tanks.  What’s your favorite Fall wardrobe piece?

PS – How amazing is the art at the Archangel Gallery here in Palm Springs?  Be sure to check it out the next time you are here.

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Jacket // Tank // Jeans // Mules // Bag // Earrings c/o Articulate Fashions (Similar HERE and HERE) // Lipstick – MAC St. Germaine

*Photography by Miranda Rose (website coming soon)

Denim x Merlot


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How fun is this Merlot faux wrap dress?!  I have worn it a few times already and each time pair it with a different footwear option that totally changes the feel.  These booties are right on trend for Fall with the lower heel, rich chocolate color, and pointy toe.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

XO, Niki

Dress // Jacket (Old but similar HERE) // Booties // Bag // Watch // Sunnies

Lace Up


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Lace Up

I have been drooling over lace up flats for a few months now, ever since the mega-bloggers (ahem, Sincerely Jules and Hello Fashion Blog) started sporting theirs.  I have to admit, I struggled to find a pair for under $200 for a while.  Sure, I’d love to snag that yummy Aquazzura pair in pink but for $650 I can think of many other things I need (hello, rent???).  I finally found the TopShop pair at Nordstrom for under $50 and I LOOOOOOVE them.  It has been so hot in Palm Springs I have yet to wear them but prepare yourselves for the onslaught of lace up flat OOTD posts coming soon to a blog (and Instagram feed) near you!

Thanks for Reading!
XO, Niki

Places I Love: The Amado


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TGIF!!!  I get a lot of questions from all of you about places I post on my Instagram.  In light of the weekend (yay!) and the crazy amount of photos popping up on my feed this week I wanted to share a little gem that I love (and spent the week at) here in Palm Springs, The Amado.

I first came across the 5 unit AirBNB rental a little over a year ago and fell in deep love.  Like, the kind of love that leaves you a little sad when you are apart and elated when you are reunited, kind of love.  I was writing a weekly blog for Palm Springs Life and interviewed the crazy talented proprietor and photographer, Jaime Kowal, about The Amado and knew I had to experience it for myself. IMG_1963IMG_1847

Unit 5 is my favorite, offering 2 bedrooms and a full kitchen plus a full wall of windows overlooking the pool and yard.  This is now my second stay and I am ready to move in forever.IMG_1864 IMG_1825

I adore the mix of Mid Century Modern design coupled with a desert chic feel.  The pillows and art (all Jaime’s photography) provide perfect pops of color and great Instagram worthy backdrops.IMG_1839

Yup, I made breakfast in the white and stainless steel kitchen every morning.  This  Sweet Potato Hash + Over Easy Organic Eggs is a Fall favorite of mine.IMG_8247 IMG_1842 IMG_1841

The Amado’s succulent game is on point.IMG_1863 IMG_1893 IMG_1973

Every turn provides another gorgeous view and new perspective.  (How major is this vintage patio set???)IMG_1858 IMG_1894

Obligatory #FromWhereIStand photo…just in case the rest of these photos don’t make you want to stay. IMG_8228

I think Sarge was pretty comfortable…

If you are new to AirBNB click HERE to join and get a $25 credit for your first trip.

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

*All image taken by The Darling Niki*

Color Crush: Merlot


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Color Crush: Merlot

Now that Fall has finally arrived I am seriously crushing over the rich shades of Merlot, Burgundy, and Wine.  These Michael Kors suede heels may be my next purchase…

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Bag // Heels // Jeans // Tank // Plaid Dress // Maxi // Dress // Watch // Hat // Keychain

Fall Floral


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For a brief moment this week it started to feel like Fall.  The triple digit heat finally let up and we even had some rain…shocking, I know.  Since that little vacation from our Indian Summer hasn’t lasted too long I have been all about finding ways to incorporate a few Autumn pieces into my desert wardrobe.  This floral top screams Spring/Summer when paired with bright whites and pastels but is easily transitioned to Fall paired with a faux suede skirt and cognac wedges.  Voila!  Now all I need is a Pumpkin Chai and the season can begin!

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Skirt (Under $50!) // Blouse (Nordstrom Rack find but also love THIS and THIS) // Wedges // Watch // Bracelet (Similar HERE) // Bangle (Old but similar HERE) // Ring (Sold Out but I am currently drooling over THIS THIS and THIS) // Bag /// Phone Case (In Love with THIS, THIS, and THIS) // Cuff // Nail Polish // Lipstick – On Hold by MAC

Photography: Brooke Butler



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Heaven in a little plastic cup, Great Shakes in Palm Springs is seriously a must!IMG_1559

Labor Day brunch.

Cover Up (old but cute styles HERE and HERE) // Bag Goyard (Love THIS and THIS) // Hat IMG_1567

We had so much fun at Hacienda Cantina with Brooke, my cousin + her friend, and the BF!

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I finally made the long trip (all the way across the street) to see the 2015 mural at The Ace Hotel and Swim Club.  Clearly I jumped for joy over seeing it.

Shorts // Sandals // Hat // Tee // Sunnies IMG_1343

Jeans // Bag (also love THIS one) // JacketIMG_1244

Lipstick // Dress (also love THIS style that is on major sale) IMG_1233

Tank // Skirt (Under $20!) // Mules (Under $40!) // Bag

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Lake Life


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I can’t believe it’s already Labor Day Weekend!  Seriously, when did that happen???  With the prospect of Summer coming to an end (I say prospect because like in good California girl I know that we have at least 2 more months of gorgeous weather in store for us) we finally got up to Lake Arrowhead, CA where my family lives.  I have to confess, though it’s hardly a confession to my friends, I am UH-BSESSED with being at the lake and being on a boat.  It’s my happy place and truly makes me feel totally at peace.  Thanks to our good friends we got to spend Sunday cruising around Arrowhead, drinking Bloody Marys, and soaking up the perfect mountain sun.

The lake is one of those places where make up and getting dressed up is obsolete.  Living there in the past I would roll out of bed, throw on my bikini and shorts, put a hat on and off I went!  The Denim & Supply tunic I wore over my bikini an effortless way to still feel chic (bonus: it’s on sale!!!).

After spending hours on the water I got to thinking about my upcoming Labor Day and the essentials to survive:

  1. Patriotic Bikini – Judge all you want but my Billabong Red, White, and Blue bikini makes 3 appearances each Summer and it always signals a long weekend.
  2. A Huge Tote – I love my LV for pools, beaches, and boats but some may opt for something slightly less expensive.  Whatever you choose make sure it can hold a towel, sunblock, hat, and wallet.
  3. Sunblock – I mentioned a few weeks back that I swear by Australian Gold for my sun protection.  I also adore Maui Babe Bronzing Lotion to amplify my color…plus it smells so yummy!
  4. Easy Cover Up – Whether lounging poolside, partaking in a day on the beach, or relaxing on a lake a cover up that can quickly take you inside for a cocktail or lunch is a must.  I also love cut off shorts and an easy tank (like those from Daydreamer LA)
  5. Bloody Marys – I am a self proclaimed Bloody Mary connoisseur.  I don’t really feel like it’s a Summer celebration until I get my hands on a spicy, well garnished Bloody.  At home (or on the boat) I enjoy mine in fun plastic cups with kitschy straws (like THESE and THESE) and plenty of snacks on top.  I always use Tito’s Vodka and Mrs. Ts Bold & Spicy Mix.

What are some of your Labor Day essentials?

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Cover Up (on sale!  Also love THIS) // Sandals (old but love THESE, THESE, and THESE) // Bag (more options HERE and HERE) // Bracelet (gift from Hawaii but similar options HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE) // Sunnies (also love THESE)

Rosé cest vous plâit!


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Wine tasting is one of my favorite weekend activities (next to coffee in bed, shopping, and brunch).  We are fortunate to live just a few hours from Temecula’s wine country with more than a dozen adorable tasting rooms and vineyards.  Wiens is our favorite stop with it’s charming barrel room, outdoor patio, and delish rosé, Cab, and sparkling.

I think my love of wine and wine tasting began while growing up on the Central Coast of California in the middle of the Santa Ynez Valley and near Paso Robles.  Wine is a way of life there!

I have a few fashion rules I always follow when wine tasting…

  1. Comfort is Key – I often see women walking all over the grass and dirt in wedges or even worse, heels.  No.  Just no.  Wine tasting is the perfect time to wear those adorable flat sandals or gladiators.
  2. Flirty Sundresses For the Win – Jeans or shorts are just not comfortable after a few hours of heat and a few tastings.  I prefer maxi dresses or flowy sundresses with a denim jacket (in case it cools of suddenly)
  3. Just Say No To A Clutch – It’s one more thing you have to hold and keep track of.  Opt for a crossbody or shoulder bag for hands free tasting!
  4. Hats Are Chic – And a great way to keep from getting too much sun on the face.  I usually opt for straw styles in the Spring/Summer and wool fedoras in the Fall/Winter.

As always, thanks for reading!

XO, Niki

Dress (Super old but cute styles HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE) // Sandals // Glasses // Necklace (Similar HERE and HERE) // Bag // Watch // Nail Polish (Mani & Pedi)


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