Koolaburra.

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As a girl who grew up on the Central Coast of California, frequenting the celebrity enclave of Santa Barbara was almost a weekly trip.  Finding brands that represent the casual and effortless vibe of the coast while still keeping some style is always a mission of mine which is why I became so excited when I discovered, Koolaburra.  The shoe line with an almost cult-like celebrity following had me drooling at the Coachella Music Lounge Style Villa and I was fortunate enough to receive a pair of the “Deven” sandal (which is the same sandal Jennie Garth snagged)!

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It was a tough decision to pick these white leather, mini wedge sandals but I’m in love!  They also come in black and tan if white isn’t really your thing.

Celebrities including Whitney Port, Shanae Grimes, and Jessica Lowndes were given pairs of Koolaburra’s as part of the #Coachellaburra gifting lounge at Ingleside Inn.  A few of my other favorites include “Roquel” and the “Venus II”.

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Day to Night

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This past weekend I was introduced to an amazing new brand, Artisan de Luxe.  The boho-inspired line was part of the gifting suite at “Music Lounge” at the Ingleside Inn during Coachella Weekend 1.  Artisan de Luxe features colorful prints and casually cool pieces from wide leg pants to dresses and tops.  I picked up a pair of the “Ashley” shorts in teal/fushia that are perfection for Palm Springs.  I had some fun dressing these up for a night at the Ace and down for a casual afternoon lunch.  Check out the entire Artisan de Luxe line for men & women HERE.

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Shorts: C/O Artisan de Luxe

Day Look – White Tank: Hanes, Flip Flops: Havaianas, Tote: Goyard, Necklace: C/O Forever21, Hat: Nordstrom, Sunnies: Gucci

Night Look – Tank: Paperdolls Boutique, Necklace: Forever21, Cuff: Paperdolls Boutique, Heels: Nine West, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

#DarlingFestivalFashion

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It is that magical time of year in the Coachella Valley.  The time of year where hotels from Palm Springs to Indio play host to the A list celebs and all their besties, where brands like H&M and Forever21 host drool worthy invite only events, and music lovers from across the country all meet.  Yes, Coachella officially kicks off this Friday but the fashion fun will begin as early as Thursday with parties, celeb DJs, and BBQs.  Palm Springs Style has put together an impressive guide to the weekend’s festivities just in case you want to see where the A list will be hanging.  And if you really want to try your luck at rubbing elbows with the “In Crowd” Ingleside Inn has partnered with PSS to giveaway 2 passes to Saturday’s “Music Lounge” event!

Now, the important question.  What will the fashionistas be wearing this year???  I have put together some fun options to keep you fashionable all weekend long!

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Coachella Inspiration: Stone Cold Fox, Essie Nail Color, Steve Madden, No Rest For Bridget, Paperdolls Boutique, Billabong

For more inspiration check out the Coachella Style Guide that PSS has put together.

I will be keeping my Instagram (@TheDarlingNiki) updated with Coachella Street Style all weekend long!  If you want to have your look featured tag your IG photos with #DarlingFestivalFashion and be sure to tag me!  I will be featuring my faves on the blog next week!

Hippie Chic

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Call it my excitement for the impending take over of the desert for Coachella.  Or maybe it’s just time to try something fun and different with my personal style.  Whatever it may be I put together this hippie/boho/Coachella ready look for dinner at King’s Highway at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club the other night.  After some rain it was oddly chilly in Palm Springs which made a sweater and jeans necessary!

PS – If you are attending Coachella or just coveting the festival fashion I will be putting together my personal guide to the best of Festival Fashion later this week!  Stay tuned…

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Sweater: Billabong, Tank: Paperdolls Boutique, Jeans: 7FAM, Belt: Gap (mens), Neckaces: Paperdolls Boutique (arrow), Gorjana & Griffin (circle), Heels: Nine West, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Location: Caliente Tropics Hotel

Friday, I’m In Love.

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Happy Friday, Darlings!  I actually spent some time in Lake Arrowhead today and had yummy sushi with a friend.  It’s been so long since I’ve actually hung out up here, I keep running away to the warm weather!  Newsflash: It’s still chilly up here!!!!  Oh, and if you are familiar with this teeny tiny town be sure to check out the newly re-vamped Starbucks inside of Jensen’s!

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Jeans: 7 FAM, Tank: Abercrombie & Fitch, Sweater: Leroy’s Boardshop, Boots: Nine West, Tote: Goyard, Sunnies: Target, Watch & Necklace: Charming Charlie, Midi Rings: H&M

#ThrowbackThursday

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Sometimes, I really am blonde!  These photos were taken almost 3 months ago during my birthday weekend in Huntington Beach and I forgot to post them!  The back story: I was getting ready for dinner and just finished blow drying my hair when I got a text to come down to the beach for “the awesome sunset”.  No make up.  Hair not straightened. Threw on some clothes.  The outcome?  The Darling does Hippie Chic!!!!

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Jeans: Paige, Tank: Forever21, Flip Flops: Havaianas, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Sunnies: Gucci, Hair Scarf: Hermes, Necklace: Gorjana & Griffin

Basic Black

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It was only a matter of time before I was drawn back into the black section of my closet.  It’s so easy to wear an all black outfit and feel pulled together.  A few nights ago we tried a new restaurant in Palm Springs, Appetito Deli, located near The Ace.  To say the food at this new eatery was delish is simply not doing it justice!  The gnocchi is made from ricotta instead of potato and literally melted in my mouth!  Okay, enough about the food and back to the clothes.  I wanted to be a bit more dressed up without REALLY getting dressed up, ever have one of those days?  I paired a simple black sundress with strappy black heels to accomplish the look I wanted.

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Dress: Paperdolls Boutique, Necklaces: Paperdolls Boutique, No Rest For Bridget, Forever21, Heels: Steve Madden, Bracelets & Watch: Charming Charlie, Bag: Chanel

Location Cred: The Curve Hotel Palm Springs

Neutral.

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I somehow forgot to post this outfit from a few weeks back!  I was having lunch in Palm Desert with some friends from an old job and it ended up being a LOT warmer than I was expecting so the scarf was a bit unnecessary!  These gladiator sandals have made quite a few appearances this year on the blog, they are so comfortable and have so much personality, I adore them.

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Tank: TJ Maxx, Jeans: Paige, Sandals: MTNG (old), Scarf: Burberry, Earrings: Nordstrom Rack

Location: Hard Rock Palm Springs

Nautical Navy

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Like I said a few weeks back, navy is having a moment!  I actually bought this dress almost 2 years ago while working for a women’s boutique in Lake Arrowhead.  The initial purchase was to wear on 4th of July while working but it has since become a warm weather staple for me, especially when traveling!  I was in Newport & Balboa last week for the day and threw this little number on for an afternoon strolling around Balboa.

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Dress: Eight Sixty, Sunnies: Gucci (my go-to glasses), Necklace: C/O Paperdolls Boutique, Earrings: Kate Spade, Bag: Chanel

Spring Has Sprung.

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Happy 1st Day of Spring, Darlings!  Now, I can hardly complain about the “Winter” us California’s have had but I am still thrilled that warmer weather and longer days are upon us.  Part of my New Season Resolution is to break away from boring black and incorporate more color into my wardrobe.  What do you think of the colorful new look???

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Shorts: Forever21, Tank, Necklace & Clutch: Paperdolls Boutique, Sandals: Target, Sunnies: Gucci, Sweater: Foreign Exchange, Earrings: Kate Spade

Location Cred: Newport Beach Strand

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