Darling Dishes: My Ultimate Bourbon Cake

Last year I stumbled across a recipe on Pinterest for Rum Cake that I couldn’t wait to try.  I made it for a dinner with friends and it was good but our group tends to enjoy bourbon much more than rum.  Fast forward a few weeks and we had another dinner planned so I pulled […]

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3 Days in San Diego

This year for my birthday Chris and I decided to escape Palm Springs in favor of San Diego.  We made a long weekend of the trip and had no plans other than relaxing.  So, how did we fill the day?  Check out our itinerary + favorites from the weekend! Saturday Check into the Kimpton Solamar […]

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24 Hours in San Diego

Happy Friday!  Can you all believe it’s the first weekend of 2019?  I have (finally) started digging out of the Holiday haze and finding a routine.  Just before Christmas we took a quick trip to San Diego to celebrate an early Christmas with Chris’s kids.  We booked a stay at The Kimpton Palomar and even […]

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I’m Engaged!!!

Wow, that still feels so crazy to type…I’m engaged!  As any of you who follow me on social media know, Chris proposed a few weeks ago (November 27th to be exact).  I have been blissfully letting every single emotion set in before sitting down to write this post.  Chris and I talked about how much […]

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5 Thanksgiving Recipes You Need to Try This Year

^^ The apps and dessert table from our Friendsgiving. ^^I always head to our local Dollar Tree when looking for inexpensive candles and vases to decorate our table. Our tables (we did a DIY stain) // Blankets ^^Chris did 2 different turkeys: one grilled and one he smoked…so good! Thanksgiving has always been a favorite […]

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Life Updates

You guys!  It has been FOREVER since I have sat down to write a post for all of you…I’m sorry!  With Thanksgiving just around the corner (can you believe it?!) I have some fun new Holiday content coming your way but thought it would be fun to catch you all up on life! Chris and […]

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The Look I Will Be Living In All Fall

You know that one outfit that you find yourself wearing over and over again because it checks all the boxes?  It’s stylish.  It’s comfortable. It’s appropriate for nearly every occasion. And best of all, it makes you feel good?  This is that outfit for me.  I have been drooling over Ulla Johnson since I discovered […]

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How to Transition to Fall When It’s Still Hot

Raise your hand if you scroll through Instagram and get a little jealous of everyone pulling out sweaters, blanket scarves, and booties.  I know I do!  As a lover of Fall (hello pumpkin everything) one of the most difficult things for me living in Palm Springs is the total lack of the season.  I sit […]

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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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