Insta Lately

Hey guys! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend, I sure did!  I feel like we crammed so much into the 2 days we had together that I woke up this morning exhausted!   I have been running around like a crazy person for the past few weeks and haven’t had an opportunity to shoot any new looks…I’m sorry!!!  so today I am sharing a roundup of recent posts on Instagram (@thedarlingniki) for all of you who have asked questions.


Last week we spent a few days at The Chateau at Lake La Quinta.  Chris worked while I slept in, drank coffee, sat at the bar with my laptop, and napped (sorry babe!).  It was nice to get into a different space to focus my energy on the blog and work.

Dress (last seen HERE) // Sandals (old but love THESE) // Headwrap (old but similar HERE)


Oh, I also drank Dirty Martinis at the Melange bar…complete with bleu cheese stuffed olives.

Dress (sold out, short version HERE and last seen HERE) // Hat


On Saturday morning we took a Desert Jeep tour into the San Andreas Fault.  Honestly, when Chris told me where we were going I was SO scared and had this Hollywood version of what the fault would look like…lol.  It was so cool to see the fault, learn more about the topography of the Valley, and go inside of a natural palm oasis.  I would HIGHLY recommend booking a Jeep tour of your own if you are ever in the Palm Springs area. We did the Signature Tour in case you were wondering.

Tee // Shorts // Sneakers // Hat (similar HERE) // Necklace // Bandana


So. Much. Fun.


We finally made it up to Idyllwild, about 90 minutes from Palm Springs in the local mountains.  I have been hearing about this quaint town since my Sophomore year of college when I made friends with a girl who grew up there.  She would always tell as stories that started “This one time, in Idyllwild…” lol.  I can’t believe it has taken me 15 years to finally see where all those stories took place!  The town is honestly so cute! We had brunch a The Gastrognome, one of the local spots with a beautiful patio and total mountain town vibe.  We didn’t have too much time to spent but are already planning a return trip for a weekend of art, yoga, and wine.

Skirt (old but similar HERE) // Tank // Necklace // Bag


How cute are these aviators??? Urban Finesse was doing an Instagram giveaway and I won them!  They are so fun and a great alternative to classic aviators.

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Popsugar sent me this July Must Have Box to try and I am beyond excited for all the goodies it came with!  The subscription box is shipped monthly and is only $39.95!  Each box is valued well over $100 and features curated items around a theme.  The July box that I received is all about a Retro Summer and included this Sunnylife swan floating drink holder, cute House of Pom emoji napkins, a Michael Stars skinny scarf, and so many other Summer perfect essentials.  You can still score your own Must Have box HERE and get $5 off with promo code SHOP5!

XO, Niki

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