Weekend in LA

Happy Monday!!!  This past weekend was such a whirlwind in the best possible way.  For anyone who doesn’t know, I am a huge fan of The Eagles and had never seen them live.  A few months ago Chris came home from work and told me they were playing in LA for two nights so we […]

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How I Plan My Photoshoots

A lot of things have changed since launching The Darling Niki over 5 years ago including how I approach my photography.  In the beginning it was me, an iPhone 4S, a willing buddy at any random spot we found (haphazardly snapping photos), and the Instagram Valencia filter (I shudder…).  Today my photography is a careful […]

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Travel Guide: Las Vegas

Once upon a time I traveled to Vegas so often the running joke was that a billboard with my picture welcomed visitors to the city and that I was the unofficial mayor.  That was roughly 10 years ago and clearly lots of things have changed since my Vegas socialite heyday (but I still have a […]

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How I Edit My Photos

One of the questions I have been asked a lot lately is how I edit my photos for Instagram and the blog.  Before I dive into my process let me clarify, I am not a professional photographer and go with what feels right for me.  I recently decided to play around more with presets and […]

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20 of My Favorite Items from Trader Joe’s

Last week I shared an Instagram of 5 things I always grab at Trader Joe’s and it was one of the highest engagement posts I have had in a long time!  It seems that I am not alone in my love affair with TJs and everyone has at least 1 favorite items from the grocery […]

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5 Sneakers I am Loving Right Now

You know that sneaker trend that you have been seeing all over your social media feed? Ya…it’s not going anywhere anytime soon and I’m not all that mad at it!  Let’s be real for a minute, I love sexy heels as much as the next gal but they typically aren’t all that comfortable and are […]

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Darling at Home – Progress Tour

Happy Thursday!!!  I have been excited to share our new home with all of you for a while now.  We moved in almost a year ago and have slowly been working on making it just right with furniture, plants, and art.  I would say at this point it feels about 90% finished with the Master […]

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Summer Date Night

During the peak of Summer heat I find myself struggling with looking chic and sexy for a night out without sacrificing comfort.  Let’s face it, no one wants to put on skinny jeans when it’s over 100 degrees at dinner time…am I right?  So, what do I put on to feel date night ready? A […]

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Summertime.

Hey there, darlings!!!  I have to say, this Summer seems to be flying by…am I right?  I have been spending as much time as possible up in Lake Arrowhead avoiding the nasty Palm Springs heat, playing on the lake (aka my favorite pass time), and working on a little renovation project.  For those of you […]

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C H E E R S!!! To 5 Years of Darling!

It has been 5 years since I decided to start this blogging journey, can you believe it???  Back in 2013 I was struggling to find myself after leaving hotels and searching for something new.  Somehow in talking to a friend I jokingly said “maybe I should be a stylist” (as if it’s that easy) which […]

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