24 Hours in Lake Arrowhead

There is nothing quite as special this time of year as a quick trip home to Lake Arrowhead.  This past weekend Chris, Sarge and I hopped in the car and made a mad dash for cooler weather (it was 118 degrees when we left Palm Springs at 5pm and 80 degrees when we parked on […]

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Palm Springs Festival Season Kicks off with Garden Jam

Can you all believe we are only a month away from the start of Festival Season (yes, that is a real thing) here in Palm Springs?!  While most people are familiar with Coachella and Stagecoach many may not know that here in the desert, us locals like to kick off the season with the much […]

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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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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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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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