What’s In My Bag?

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Friends ask me all the time why I’m always carrying such large totes instead of smaller clutches.  The answer is honestly, I LIVE out of my purse!  Of course there are times when I don’t need to tote my life around and choose a cute little bag (like me new one from Neiman’s).  USWeekly is doing a #WhatsInMyBag giveaway on social media and I thought, what better time to share???

photoMy Goyard tote is typically full of all these items…sad, but true!

A pair of Havaianas Flip Flops is pretty much always on hand just in case.  You never know when a pair of heels may start to pinch or a stop at the beach may occur!  My Hobo Lauren wallet is a staple.  It holds all my cards, cash, business cars, and can easily transition to a clutch if may daytime look transitions to the evening.

My tablet has started traveling EVERYWHERE with me!  Since there are times that blog ideas come to me at the most random time it’s a life saver!  A notebook is always on had as well to jot down notes for work calls or brainstorm future posts.  I love reading and still frequent the library for a new read each week.  The book of choice is almost always on hand for those quiet moments at a coffee shop.  This week’s read? A Room With A View.

My ear buds for my iPhone are a God send!  I take the train quite a bit between LA and San Diego and these little guys allow me to listen to music, watch Netflix, or have a hands free convo on my iPhone.  Never leave home without them!  Sunnies are also never forgotten!  These Chanel glasses have been a staple in my life for about 4 years now and if it’s not these it’s one of my many other pairs!

Other must haves include my Eos lip balm to fight the chapped lips of the dry weather, my Pacifica roll on fragrance from Kitson, lotion (this one is from The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma and smells like heaven!), and Advil! I always have my portable phone charger with me for those emergencies, there’s never an outlet when you need one!  This particular one was part of the Coachella Music Lounge gifting suite.  Kind Bars or almonds come everywhere with me, I get all kinds of HANGRY (READ: so hungry I become angry) if I’m hungry, no one enjoys that!  My favorite is the Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt for a little sweet snack that is still healthy and full of protein.

Oh, and that blue butterfly on my keys?  That poor little guy has been on my keys since I was in my early 20s (and was a favorite distraction of my friends baby who is now 9!) and used to be the prettiest blue leather from Coach.  Now it’s just a discolored version of it’s former self that I can’t bring myself to part with.

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

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Today kicks off my favorite sale of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  This is the ULTIMATE in Fall wardrobe stock up sales and I have some of my favorite picks for you!

Marc by Marc Jacobs Satchel  Original: $438 Sale: $292.90

Marc by Marc Jacobs Satchel
Original: $438
Sale: $292.90

Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Studded Bag Original: $295 Sale: $196.90

Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Studded Bag
Original: $295
Sale: $196.90

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Tory Burch “Eloise” Riding Boot Original: $495 Sale: $299.90

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Steve Madden Pointy Toe Heels Original: $129.95 Sale: $89.90

Nike Free Training Shoe Original: $110 Sale: $72.90

Nike Free Training Shoe
Original: $110
Sale: $72.90

BLANKNYC Quilted Faux Leather Jacket Original: $148 Sale: $98.90

BLANKNYC Quilted Faux Leather Jacket
Original: $148
Sale: $98.90

Rag & Bone Jean Chamberlain Jacket Original: $242 Sale: $159.90

Rag & Bone Jean Chamberlain Jacket
Original: $242
Sale: $159.90

Tildon Scoop Back Shift Dress Original: $59 Sale: $38.90

Tildon Scoop Back Shift Dress
Original: $59
Sale: $38.90

JOA Floral Sequin Body Con Skirt Original: $98 Sale: $64.90

JOA Floral Sequin Body Con Skirt
Original: $98
Sale: $64.90

Halogen Seamed Leather Pencil Skirt Original: $248 Sale: $164.90

Halogen Seamed Leather Pencil Skirt
Original: $248
Sale: $164.90

Halogen Embellished Cashmere Sweater Original: $148 Sale: $98.90

Halogen Embellished Cashmere Sweater
Original: $148
Sale: $98.90

 

What To Wear To Opening Day at Del Mar

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It’s that wonderful time of year yet again, Del Mar Racing season!  Tomorrow marks the official Opening Day of the races and you better believe that big hats, stunning dresses, and dashing men will abound tomorrow!

If you’re a bit behind the game and still need a last minute hat, don’t you worry!  We have picked a few faves from Del Mar Hat Co. to ensure you look your most fabulous track side!

If you are still looking for the perfect dress check out Blended Industries in La Jolla for adorable options!

 

 

Beach Babe.

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I think one of my favorite aspects of Summer is the laid back vibe.  Heels are unnecessary and getting dressed up is reserved for special events.  Sandals are perfectly acceptable for any adventure the day may bring and a simple side braid is a go-to hair style.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore dressing up, heels, and all things girly but it is nice for a few months to just be casual and comfy!  

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Tank & Turquoise Necklace: Nordstrom, Gold Cuff & Beaded Bracelet: Paperdolls Boutique, Germany Bracelet: Forever21, Sandals: Charlotte Russe, Pants: Diane’s Beachwear, Sunnies: Juicy Couture, Clutch: Neiman Marcus

Summer Breeze.

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I’m such a fan of backless dresses, there is something so sexy about them!  This dress didn’t jump out at me initially but after seeing the fit and gorgeous back I had to have it!

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Dress & Cuff: Paperdolls Boutique, Sandals: Charlotte Russe, Necklaces: Forever21 & Gorjana, Germany Bracelet: Forever21, Sunnies: Juicy Couture, Bag: Neiman Marcus

The Darling Turns 1!

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I can’t believe it has already been a year since I started this crazy, wonderful, fun adventure of blogging!  I really don’t know how I got the idea in my head to create a blog about my personal style but I am so happy every day that it happened!

As I’ve looked back over the past 12 months there have been some blog posts that make me cringe, some that bring back amazing memories, and some that make me want to revisit items from my closet!  I am so thankful for my friends who have helped me with random OOTD photos the last 12 months and who have put up with my interrupting the day for a photo shoot!  I have pulled some of my favorite looks from the past year and want to know which one you like best!

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Now that I have put my friends and loved ones through enough photographer assignments I am excited to announce I will be working with a new photographer and am looking forward to having fun with locations, colors, and angles.  I am also working on some fashion giveaways and collaborations to keep the Darling interesting!

I hope you all enjoy following my fashion adventures.  I’m so thankful for all of you and look forward to the continued success of my “passion project”!

4th of July Sales!

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I love the 4th for many reasons,  not the least of which is the sales!  Here is an initial list of some great Summer savings, please keep a look out as I will update as more sales are announced!

Koolaburra – Save 60% on select styles

 

 

San Lorenzo Oahu - Take 15% off all Red, White, and Blue items

Poppi Boutique – Take 20% off thru July 3rd

July Obsessions

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Welcome to July, Darlings!  I have a few obsessions to share with you this month that are pure perfection for the balmy Summer weather!

From Top: A perfect denim vest to pair with skirts, dresses, and loose pants, throwback to the 90s jellies, Flamingo obsession tee, sandals that channel a trip to the Amalfi Coast, a vintage Baja Hoodie as a beach cover up, light colored ankle booties with EVERYTHING!

Nature.

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Forgive me for posting this a few weeks after the fact, I kind of forgot about the pictures I took while experience the Palm Springs Aerial Tram.  I have to admit that although this day was AMAZING the OOTD is not one of my faves!  It was 113 degrees in Palm Springs and I was recovering from food poisoning, I would have been much more comfortable in my PJs had that been an option!  I channeled my inner flower child with a boho floral head wrap and simple cut offs.

Please forgive the selfie photo, I recently had my photographer move away and am in the market for a new one…if you know anyone who is interested!

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Shorts: Forever21, Tank: Velvet, Sandals: Charlotte Russe, Necklace: Paperdolls Boutique, Bracelet: Gift, Headband: Coachella Gifting Lounge, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Sunnies: Juicy Couture

Flowy.

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I am really a sucker for a flowy top!  The throwback to the 1970s hippie style is right up my alley!  I found this little top in Palm Springs for $10, talk about a great deal!  It is supposed to be more of a cropped style but given my feelings on a woman over 30 baring their tummy I wore it with a higher maxi skirt.  I’m now on the hunt for printed and colorful maxi skirts to wear for the summer….let the hunt begin!

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Skirt: Michael Stars, Sandals: Charlotte Russe, Bracelets: Paperdolls Boutique, Sunnies: Juicy Couture, Necklace: Gift from Hawaii, Bag: Goyard

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