August 25, 2015 |

Basket Love

New Darlings - Living RoomNew Darlingsrug c/o West Elm | pillow c/o Boho Pillow | vintage LIFE magazines | Urban Outfitters mug

Since posting our living room makeover (which you all have been so sweet about!), we’ve gotten a few emails and comments about our plant baskets.  The two above in the first photo are from Ikea and Home Goods. We’ve also found some pretty great ones at some local thrift stores too, like the magazine one in the second photo. We have baskets in every room in our apartment. We’re slightly obsessed. They’re perfect for storing blankets, magazines and books, laundry, housing plants….the list goes on! Here’s a little round up of some of our favorite baskets on the web!

 

BASKET LOVE:
[Click through to see some of our favorites]

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August 21, 2015 |

Quiet Mornings

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Most of the time it feels like we’re all working for the weekend, counting down the days until Saturday arrives and we’re free of responsibilities…well at least for the most part. Everyone always talks about “weekend indulgences”, how it’s a time for comfort and relaxing and we couldn’t agree more, but what about the weekdays?  As we get older we’re realizing the value of time and the importance of creating a calm morning routine before rushing off to work, checking emails or conquering that never ending to-do list.

As someone who quickly wakes up, checks their phone, hits the shower, and then gets straight to work, I’ve been waking up earlier to give myself an hour of quiet time each morning.  Rob has always been better with this…making time to read articles or check his favorite music blogs over a hot cup of coffee. I’m the opposite and will sleep as long as I can and then rush out the door. This isn’t really ideal and leaves me with an anxious feeling, which isn’t the best way to start the day.

Lately, I’ve been setting time aside for a warm cup of tea and curling up with a good book each morning.  It’s the perfect way to relax and set the tone for the day.   We’re currently both reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  We’re only about a quarter of the way in, but the author’s perspective on a simplified and organized lifestyle is really inspiring.  One of the concepts discussed in the book revolves around touching each of the items in your home individually and asking, “Does this spark joy?”  That really resonated with us and got us to think about all of the items we have tucked away in draws and closets.  Each day I look forward to reading this a bit more.

Most mornings I’ve been reaching for soft and cozy knits to lounge around in.  This jumpsuit from Aerie has definitely become a favorite. I’ve been loving their soft intimates and all the amazing things they’ve been doing with the AerieREAL campaign. We’ve both been admiring the direction the company has been going in with their unretouched ads, positive message on embracing all body types, and feeling comfortable in your own skin.  It also doesn’t hurt that they have a ton of comfy basics for easy going days.

Slowly but surely, we’re embracing quiet and calm mornings during the week.  We always make time to sit down and have breakfast together on the weekends and unwind, while our favorite records spin in the background, so it feels good to incorporate a little of that easiness into our weekday routine before all the “hustle and bustle” begins. :)

Hers: jumpsuit and bralette c/o American Eagle, Essie nail color in “Meet Me At Sunset”, Madewell jewelry, Elizabeth and James glasses


August 18, 2015 |

Living Room Makeover with West Elm

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We are so excited to finally share our living room makeover! We’ve been working with the amazing team at West Elm, since May, designing our new space.  For us, the living room is one of our most used rooms in our home.  It’s where we hang out with friends, have movie nights, spontaneous dance parties, and binge watch Netflix.  We knew that moving in to the location that we’re in meant sacrificing a bit of space.  This living room is a little smaller than our last (see our first apartment here), measuring about 10 x 12 feet.  After going back and forth a bit and weighing out all of our options, we decided to start from scratch and create the living room we always dreamed of.  We loved each of the pieces in our old place individually, however it never truly felt like it all came together for us.  So we sold some of our old furniture, gave a few pieces away to friends to enjoy, and started with a clean slate.

We really wanted our new space to feel fresh and airy, yet still cozy and inviting.  Since moving out west, we have been so inspired by the desert boho style and all the neutral tones.  We definitely embraced that with with this room, bringing in a lot of wood furniture and plant life.  We’ve always been big fans of 50s and 60s furniture design and of West Elm’s mid century line (we have it in our bedroom and spare room/office) so we figured we why not incorporate it into the living room as well?  We chose an indigo blue as the accent color, bringing in various shades, to keep an organic and earthy feel.

New Darlings - Living RoomUrban Outfitters accordion side table | West Elm kilim rug, floor lamp, sofacoffee tablelambskin pillow | Shibori pillows by One Fine Nest and Boho PillowDesign Books and SucculentsNew Darlings - Living RoomWest Elm floor lamp | Anthropologie and Standard Wax candles
West Elm lambskin pillow | Shibori pillows by One Fine Nest and Boho Pillow

After a few ideas for above the sofa went sour, we had the idea of creating these floating wooden shelves.  We wanted something just simple and clean to hold some of our favorite treasures. Luckily two of our best friends, Cody and Andrew, (owners of The Perspective Shop — coming soon) are super creative, so we recruited them to help us. Even though we had to drill into brick, it turned out to be a lot easier than we thought.  With just one plank of wood, some stain and sandpaper, we were in business in just a few hours! We brought along our ‘War Is Over’ print from our old place and filled our shelves with candles, keepsakes, and of course a plant or two.

New Darlings Living RoomWall Hanging ArtThis wall hanging piece was actually the last piece we added to the room.  We usually keep things pretty minimal, but felt that corner needed an extra “something”, so we quickly whipped up this wall art and are so happy we did! We love the texture it adds to the space, with the cotton piping and brass bells.  It’s quickly become one of our favorites and has inspired us to create more pieces for our home. Cue the DIY posts! 😉

New Darlings - PolaroidsMid Century Coffee Table &  Printed RugWest Elm kilim rug, coffee table and basket tray | Kinfolk magazines

We really wanted to make sure that anywhere we looked in the room, was a piece we loved or that brought joy.  The room is full of some of our favorite books, meaningful postcards and notes, and little souvenirs we’ve picked up along the way. We decided to fill the terrarium on the coffee table with our polaroids.  It’s a fun alternative to traditional picture frames and is always a conversation starter when friends are over.

New Darlings - Living RoomNew Darlings - Living RoomOne of the things we were immediately drawn to with this place was the great light that pours in.  Our living room and bedroom both have these huge floor to celling windows that let in the most beautiful sunshine throughout the day, so we wanted to take full advantage of it and create a plant wall.  We’re constantly visiting our local nursery and bringing home new plant babies. There’s just something about having plants in our home that makes the space feel full of life and warmth.  Together with Cody and Andrew, we made these hanging shelves to create homes for some of our plants.  We love the varying heights of the shelves mixed in with our floor plants.

Midcentury Chair and Stump Side TableWest Elm tree stump side table and mid century chair | Anthropologie matchbook | Standard Wax candle
 One Fine Nest shibori pillow | Ikea sheepskin

This leather accent chair is one of our favorite pieces in the room.  Its mid century design immediately drew us in and we love how the black leather creates a nice contrast to the tan and wood pieces in the room.  Although we didn’t have too many options with how the room was laid out, we are pretty happy with its placement in relation to the couch.  It really creates a good flow when entertaining.

New Darlings Living RoomUrban Outfitters ladder | West Elm media console and coffee table

We’ve been in our new home for about a month and a half now and it feels so good to have this room complete.  In the past, we would constantly be moving furniture around, switching out accent pieces, and changing color palettes, but we’re happy to say we haven’t had that urge with this room.  We can’t wait to share this space with family and friends!

Check out our feature over on West Elm’s Front + Main Blog to read more!  

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*This post was made in partnership with West Elm, a company we love.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help support this blog.

August 13, 2015 |

French Grocery

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A few weeks ago we tried out the French Grocery in Phoenix.  We have been meaning to go for quite some time now and are so happy we finally did! It’s a family owned grocery/cafe with everything from wines and cheeses to the sweetest desserts and lattes.  We went in the evening and snacked on some macarons, which had to have been the best macarons we’ve tried in Arizona yet! If you stop in, we definitely recommend the orange-creamsicle and espresso flavors.  So good! We couldn’t resist taking a few home with us. 😉

This day, as many of the days in AZ have been lately, was pretty muggy and humid. We’d like to think we’re not alone when we say, we’re ready for summer to be over.  Hello fall, where are you?! Anyone else ready for thermals, cozy sweaters, and boots? It probably doesn’t help that we already want to start listening to Christmas music.  I know, I know…it’s still only August. Haha.

Thank you to our friend Kandis, for snapping these photos.  If you are looking for a photographer, definitely check out here work here.  She is so talented and one of the nicest ladies you’ll meet!

His: Topman button down (similar), jeans c/o Dstld Denim, Zara shoes (similar)
Hers: Madewell top (similar), bracelet and rings, Free People jeans and hat (similar), sandals and tote c/o Urban Outfitters, Essie nail color in “Lollipop, Mac lip color in “Russian Red”

August 11, 2015 |

Over the Weekend

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Last weekend was pretty busy.  We met up with some friends for breakfast on Saturday morning, caught up on life, and discussed some future projects.  Then we all headed over to the West Elm Summer Sizzle Pop Up Shop in Scottsdale.  A few of our friends set up shop there for the day, so we stopped in to see them and some other local artists.  It’s always a treat to stop in to these West Elm events.  We love how they support smaller, local businesses and welcome them in.  We spent the rest of Saturday and most of Sunday wrapping up a little project we’ve been working on, since May.  We can’t wait to share it all next week! We’re so excited!

This week we’re looking forward to getting some work done and enjoying some time in our new home.  We’ve been out and about so much lately that it feels like we haven’t had time to really appreciate the space.  We’re thankful to be so close to so many great shops and restaurants but this week we’re looking forward to just laying low, cooking some meals at home, and cuddling up on the couch.

Hope everyone has a great week!

His: Urban Outfitters short sleeve button down (similar), long sleeve button down, jeans c/o Dstld Denim, shoes c/o Minnetonka Moccasin, Timex watch
Hers: Madewell tee and tote, Urban Outfitters jeans (similar), Steve Madden sandals, Elizabeth and James glasses, Mac lip color in “Russian Red”

July 31, 2015 |

Soft and smooth skin

method - NewDarlingsmethod - New Darlings method-NewDarlings-02method-NewDarlings-04method - New DarlingsWe’re so excited to be working with method to help spread the word about their new foaming body wash.  We’ve been big fans of method’s home cleaning line for quite some time now.  Their products are all naturally derived and never tested on animals which is a big plus for us.  So we were pretty pumped to learn about the launch of their new body wash…which is foaming! Who doesn’t love some (okay, A LOT of) foam and bubbles?! 😉

We’ve shared a bit of our skincare favorites in the past, but we mostly concentrated on our favorites for your face…cleansers, moisturizers, etc… So we thought it could be fun to pull back that shower curtain and share some our favorite full body skin-care tips

EXFOLIATE
We’ve recently discovered the benefits of dry body brushing and yes, it is exactly what it sounds like…you brush your body with a dry brush before showering. It’s a great way to increase energy and blood flow, while also removing toxins and dead skin cells.  It takes just a few minutes before jumping in the shower.  Follow up with a moisturizing body wash and natural lotion afterwards.

CLEANSE + MOISTURIZE
Lately, our go-to has been method’s cucumber mint scent body wash, but you can’t really go wrong with any of them.  The fragrances are all so fresh and infused with aloe and vitamin E, which really helps if you’re a desert dweller like we are.  Since moving out west, our skin (and hair) has gone through many changes.  We were used to the humidity of the east coast, which wasn’t so fun with frizzy hair days but definitely made a difference in our skins’ texture and moisture.  We’ve learned body washes and lotions with extra vitamins, has been the key to keeping our skin moisturized and soft.  No dry patches here!

HYDRATE
This may sound like a given, but drinking a lot of water (about 2 liters per day) is one of the best  things we can do for our skin. It’s something we all know and hear constantly, but can be hard to do throughout our busy days.  We like to start off our mornings with a cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice.  It helps kick start the digestion system for the day and is really refreshing.  We always keep a water bottle with us on while we’re on the go, especially during the summer months, when the desert heat is at an all time high.

How do you guys keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful?

*This post is sponsored by method, which you can snag exclusively at Target through October.  As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help support this blog.

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July 29, 2015 |

Nordstrom Favorites Under $50

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Little by little we’ve been settling in to our new place.  It’s ironic we snapped a few photos in our bedroom, because this is the room we’ve done the least amount of work to and decorating in.  However, it is nice to have a fresh and minimal space to retreat to at night.

We stopped in to Nordstrom the other day to scope out the anniversary sale and were pleasantly surprised to see all the goodies they currently have under $50.  We already shared our sale wishlist here, but we thought it would be fun to share some favorites under fifty! :)

NORDSTROM SALE FAVORITES: UNDER $50
[Click through to see some favorites for him + her!]

Hers: Nordstrom dressboots (similar), rings c/o Bella and Chloe, Urban Outfitters hat (similar here and here), vintage sunglasses (similar here), Essie nail color in “lollipop”
Home: West Elm bedding and side tables, Ikea lamps


July 28, 2015 |

Our Favorite Cookbooks

New Darlings - Favorite CookbooksPhoto details: Kinfolk cookbook, Amelia Mancini tea towel

We both come from families who love to cook.  With Cuban and Sicilian heritage, a lot of our family gatherings revolve around food.  Since being married, we have both taken recipes that have been passed down to us and incorporated them into our weekly dinner routines. Every now and then, it’s fun to mix things up and try something new from a cookbook.  For us, dinner is always a special time where we can “unplug” from social media, television, and stressors of the day.  With daily schedules that change often, it’s not always easy to find the time to cook a healthy meal, but it’s definitely something we try to make a priority.  Here are some of our favorite cookbooks that can be found on our shelves and in our cupboards.

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July 20, 2015 |

The Art of Shibori

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image via: juniper & fir

It’s Monday! With a new week comes new projects and inspiration!  Since moving in to our new place, our obsession with interior design has been rekindled.  We spend most mornings flipping through our favorite home design books and surfing Pinterest for inspiration.  Slowly but surely our new place is coming together and we’re making some exciting choices with the aesthetic and color story in our home.  We can’t wait to share everything we’ve been up to!

Lately, we’ve been obsessed with shibori: the ancient japanese dying technique.  Indigo hues have been stealing our hearts, along with these fun designs and patterns.  We love how it can apply to home decor as well as fashion.  Here are some of our favorites:

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Follow along with us on Pinterest to see more of what we’re currently loving.

July 17, 2015 |

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The big Nordstrom anniversary sale is here! Every year we wait for the sale to roll around to stock up on some great fall essentials.  It may be hard to think about cold weather clothes when temperatures are currently reaching 113 degrees, but it really is the best time to snag a deal and get some awesome basics (like skinny jeans and ankle boots) that you’ll wear all year round.  We’re especially loving their selection of classic bags.  Here are some of our favorites for him and her, along with some home accessories we have our eyes on! :)

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The sale runs through August 2nd.  Happy shopping! :)

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