Learning To Sail

If you know me you probably know how much I adore being on the water. A lake…the ocean…in a pool. I live for warm afternoons floating on a boat with the sun shining down. The love of the water runs deep…my grandpa and my uncle also have this deep affinity for it as well. Growing […]

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year

I have been nominated as a 2021 Woman of the Year candidate by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! So, what exactly does that mean? Great question! The Man & Woman of the Year competition is a 10 week philanthropic challenge to raise money for blood cancer research, therapies, and treatments.  That same research doesn’t just […]

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Once Upon A Cline: Wedding Update

Wow, it’s been a while. My last wedding update was 4 months ago and after a second lock down, venue hunting, and countless moments of feeling like I would never be able to write this post here goes: WE HAVE A NEW VENUE!!! As you may remember, our wedding and original date were cancelled back […]

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Life In Santa Barbara…So Far…

I am literally sitting on my front porch, looking at the ocean as I write this post. That isn’t meant to be a braggy comment but more of a kick off to this post about how much I am in love with life in Santa Barbara. It’s been almost 2 months since the move and […]

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How I Became A Covid Bride

For months all I have heard from friends and family as I expressed my ever present concern over my Fall 2021 wedding was: “Don’t worry, that’s so far away!” “Your wedding will be fine, but the poor people getting married in 2020!” “Why are you so worried? That’s so far away!” (PS, never say things […]

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A Love Letter To Palm Springs…

Dear Palm Springs, Wow, what a ride it’s been! Like any relationship we have had our ups and our fair share of downs but the good has always outweighed the bad. You have brought joy, tears, friendships, opportunity, and plenty of heat! When I moved here back in 2014 I was a young woman who […]

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All About the Botox and Envē California Aesthetics

Let’s get real for a minute you guys. As I have gotten older (hello 39 knocking on the door) I have realized how important keeping myself feeling and looking young is. My family has naturally crepe prone skin that just honestly doesn’t age very well. I have been good over the years about facials, dermaplane […]

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3 Things I have Learned Since Launching My Blog

It has been 7 years since I launched The Darling Niki and to say things have evolved along the way is totally an understatement. When I arbitrarily decided to launch a blog/Instagram back in the Summer of 2013 the blogging world was brand new. There were no “How to launch your blog in 5 easy […]

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My favorite Covid purchases

Since the world came to a screeching halt in March, and I have been comfortably camped out at home for most of the last 5 months, the things I once used daily have quickly become obsolete. You too? Raise your hand if your car, bras, jeans, and heels are all things you remember being super […]

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Traveling During Covid

I will be the first to admit that the idea of traveling during a global pandemic was not my idea of fun but sometimes life has some unexpected plans. In early July I found myself having to make a trip to Santa Barbara for a few days and immediately started researching. Over the course of […]

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