May 3, 2016 |

Goodnight Macaroon Spring Favorites

New Darlings - Goodnight Macaroon - Lace Eyelet DressNew Darlings - Goodnight Macaroon - Lace DetailsIt’s not often that I really fall in love with a new clothing company. Just like our favorite restaurants and coffee shops, I have my go-tos that never fail. I know what fits, what styles they carry, and when I’m looking for something specific, where I can find it. I recently came across Goodnight Macaroon, and have found myself browsing on their new arrivals section quite a bit lately. They carry classic, yet on-trend pieces at a pretty great price point.  They also have a fun section on their blog, showing how to recreate celebrity outfits with links to their pieces and some other brands as well. Things like that are always a plus for me.

New Darlings - Goodnight Macaroon - Lace Dress - Leather HandbagTemperatures are heating up over here and I’m already finding myself reaching for easy, light weight dresses. This little lace eyelet dress has become a new favorite and one that I see myself wearing over and over again. I love it’s simplicity and classic look. A while back, we mentioned incorporating more staple pieces into our closet that we can wear for years to come. What’s more classic than stripes, denim, and a simple sundress? The pieces below are all part of their 50% off flash sale happening today and tomorrow.

New Darlings - Goodnight Macaroon Spring FavoritesNewDarlings-GoodnightMacaroon-07NewDarlings - Goodnight Macaroon Dress - Lace detailsHere’s a look at some of my favorites for spring. Everything is pretty versatile and can be worn during the day with sandals, then dressed up for a date night with booties and some jewelry. The army green jacket and slouchy sweater are some of my favorite light weight layering pieces for the season.

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NewDarlings-GoodnightMacaroon-03 dress c/o Goodnight Macaroon | bag c/o LiveFashionable | boots and sunglasses c/o Madewell

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Thank you to Goodnight Macaroon for sponsoring this post. As always all thoughts & opinions are our own.

May 2, 2016 |

Cultivate Festival with IZZE

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This past weekend was the Chipotle Cultivate Festival here in Phoenix, and we had the privilege to work alongside one of the featured partners for the event, IZZE.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the event, the Cultivate Festival brings in some great musicians and mixes that in with some top notch cooking presentations by some of the world’s best chefs. (Do names like Aaron Sanchez and Amanda Freitag ring a bell?)  It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday in Phoenix.  We had just gotten back from our San Francisco trip, so it was nice to get thrown back into town in the best way possible.  Our friend Cheyanne met us at the event and we had a blast wandering all over the festival grounds.  We ate some tacos, took a ton of photos, and danced a bit in between.  It was an absolute pleasure to get to hang with the lovely ladies from the IZZE team who kept us from ever feeling thirsty with some of our favorite IZZE flavors.
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April 27, 2016 |

Celebrating 3 Years

NewDarlings + ExpressToday is our three year wedding anniversary and we are so lucky to be celebrating in the beautiful city of San Francisco. When you have been with someone for almost twelve years, you might think these anniversaries lose their charm, but that could not be any more untrue. We still celebrate our dating anniversary, but our wedding will always be the most important day to us. It was 2013 and we were planning two of the biggest moments in our life at the same time.  READ MORE

April 21, 2016 |

Little Kitchen Nook

New Darlings - Dining Room Kitchen Nook - Boho Mid-century styleNew Darlings - Dining Room Kitchen Nook - Boho Mid-century styleNew Darlings - Dining Room Kitchen Nook - Bar cart styleWe always have so much fun reading up on home decor, discovering new websites and books on inspiring spaces, new and old trends and great finds. Recently, we made a few small updates in the dining room/breakfast nook area of our apartment, that have made a big impact on the space.  A few small additions are really making it feel more homey.

We shared a peek into this room a while back, but there was still a lot that just felt unfinished. We are renting, so there is a limit to the amount of work we can (or should) do in each room.  Thankfully, for us, the walls were painted a great shade of white (we opted out of the traditional accent wall), which makes the room feel bright and airy, and was a great starting point for us. There wasn’t a light fixture when we moved in, so we hung this chandelier from West Elm and added Edison bulbs.

New Darlings - Kitchen Open ShelvingNew Darlings - Kitchen NookWe scored this John Vogel dining table on sale a while back when we were still living in our old apartment, and were so happy that it fit perfectly here in our new space. One day, down the line, when we’re in a bigger place (or make the transition to a house) we’d love to have a larger, rectangular version of this table.  The legs are just so pretty and something you don’t see very often.  It’s probably obvious we love mid-century design, but unless you’re a super savvy estate sale goer or are constantly hunting on Craigslist, it can be difficult to find some great vintage items at a good price. Phoenix has some amazing vintage furniture shops (see some of our favorites here), but before we discovered them we found some nice vintage-lookalikes on Overstock, which is where we found these dining chairs. We’ve had them for over two years now and they’re still going strong. The seats are super easy to wipe clean too, which is always a plus (and something we think about when buying furniture).

New Darlings - Cow Hide Rug - Avarcas SandalsOne of our favorite parts of this little nook is the rug. The living room and kitchen/dining area are all pretty close to each other, so we didn’t want it to feel confusing to the eye with too many patterns and prints going on. We found so many pretty shag rugs with different patterns and designs, but thought it might have been too much, so we opted for a neutral camel and beige cow hide inspired rug from Loloi. We found them a while back when we were shopping for pillows. They have such a huge selection of rugs, pillows and throws for all different rooms and styles. The design we chose from their Grand Canyon Collection is somewhat simple, but we feel it really pulls the room together, making it feel cozy and complete. We love it.

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To finish off the space, we added some plants and this cool cactus skeleton from our friend’s local flowershop, around the hanging print. We love the texture it adds to the space. Our family back east always joke around with us about how much we’ve really embraced “desert style”. Although we don’t see a huge southwestern influence in our decor, always mixing in different elements and styles, we definitely love all the plant life and natural tones the desert has to offer.
You can see some other home + design posts here:
Office Refresh | Leather Furniture Favorites | Living Room Makeover
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April 19, 2016 |

The Frye Company – Hautelook Sale

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Today begins the The Frye Company flash sale on HauteLook! We’ve always been fans of their boots and leather goods, and now you can save up to 55% off + free shipping through Friday (4/22).  HauteLook has been one of our go-to places to to shop for higher end items at a discounted price. Each day they feature new sales with items at up to 75% off, which is a pretty sweet deal, if you ask us. :) We snapped a few photos the other day in some of our favorite Frye pieces before heading out to dinner with friends! You can check out more about The Frye Company flash sale and HauteLook here. Happy shopping!

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April 13, 2016 |

Leather Furniture Favorites

New Darlings - Boho Midcentury Living RoomWe’ve always been fans of the classic look of leather furniture. Before moving in to our new place, we had planned what pieces we were going to bring along from our old apartment as well as some new purchases.  On the top of that list of new purchases was our leather sofa.  It was a piece we had both wanted for quite some time and we’re happy to say it’s still one of our favorites in our home. When we moved in and finished setting everything up, I was that nervous (maybe slightly OCD) person who cringed when a guest plopped themselves on the couch or chair in our living room. I had visions of scratches and deep rips setting into the furniture. “Did they have keys on their jeans or maybe a big ‘ol fancy belt buckle that would destroy the new furniture?” It was pretty comical and a bit neurotic, to say the least. Now almost a year later, the leather is aging beautifully, showing wrinkles and distress marks that only add character to the pieces.

Here’s a round up of some of our favorite leather furniture pieces with a mid-century flare…

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April 12, 2016 |

In the City

New Darlings - Uber Drive PartnersAs we continue to travel more, we find ourselves flying to different cities for work or leisure vs road tripping (even though we’ve been dreaming of getting back on the road, possibly driving up to the PNW…we’ll see). Flying is great, and we always try to stay at a hotel or airbnb that’s close to where we’ll be exploring, but sometimes you just need to drive to that restaurant that’s on the other side of town or beat the heat on the way back to your hotel. Uber has been a life-saver for us on many of our trips and even locally in Arizona.  Phoenix doesn’t have the best public transit system, although they have been talking about extending the light-rail — keep your fingers crossed for us! 😉

Coming from New York, we were used to cabs and subways, but Uber seemed a bit taboo to us. We went from never using Uber, to relying on it quite a bit this last year…getting around in new cities each month or catching a ride home from the airport at 2am, when we didn’t want to bother our friends who had to wake up early the next day.   It’s become a part of our travel routine and a positive part of each trip, knowing we can easily request a ride and maybe even get inspired by some of the driver-partner stories on the way to our next destination.

NewDarlings-Uber-08Uber recently reached out about partnering together, and pairing us up with a female driver-partner so we could learn more about the company and what being a female driver is like.  We were matched up with Paige, a Houston native who is now an Uber driver-partner in LA.  Because we weren’t in the same city, we didn’t get to meet up and chat over coffee and donuts, but we were both pretty excited to begin exchanging emails with her,  discover more about the company, and hear a bit about her life in LA.  It took us back to those days in elementary school, writing to our pen-pals in other places…sharing what we enjoy doing in our spare time, what our jobs are like (or back then what we were learning in school that week), personal goals, and what we love about our cities.

NewDarlings-PaigeLewis-UberPaige grew up in Houston, TX, but quickly found herself living all over the U.S., traveling at a young age pursuing music. Shortly after graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, she had some big music opportunities come her way, and began performing all over her home state.  Now residing in LA, she fills her days performing for crowds, hiking mountains under the sunshine, driving with Uber, and traveling quite a bit for the non-profit organization Project Prayer Box, which she founded back in 2013.

Before starting with Uber, Paige was traveling often between Texas and California.  After releasing her fourth studio album, “One Good Day”, she received an amazing opportunity to write and perform with an upcoming artist in LA. Although her days were filled with excitement and allowed her to continue to create music, the schedule seemed pretty daunting.  She found herself flying back to Texas one week out of each month to perform and make money.  The frequent trips continued to pile on, ultimately giving her the push she needed to make the big move. Although, “…the weather alone, might have been worth it”, she said, “the rigorous performance and travel schedule became exhausting and I began looking for alternative sources of income.”  That’s when she figured she’d give Uber a try.  Her roommate had recently began driving with Uber, and she figured “why not?” She was on the road in a matter of weeks.

New Darlings - Phoenix Palm TreesPaige has been with Uber for a little over a year and a half now, a seasoned driver of sorts, but she did admit her first drive was slightly intimidating. The first day of any job is always a bit nerve-wracking.  She recalls, “I was literally sitting in my car, received a ‘request’, and then went to pick up a stranger! I was extremely nervous at first, but over a thousand rides later, it’s now an exciting experience to pick up a passenger, not knowing what their story might be.” Each day is new and exciting, which is what we all look for when going to work each morning. There are new people, new stories, and new locations. Everything from job interviews and auditions, to stories about dogs falling in avocado trees and adorable couples, with each ride she’s greeted with a new tale.  Paige explained the process to us a bit too, which was pretty cool.  We request rides all the time, but to hear a bit about what it’s like from the driver’s point of view was interesting. They truly have ultimate flexibility with their schedules, choosing when to turn the app on and if they want to accept a ride or not.

For women who are looking for additional, and/or flexible income, while pursuing their dreams, Paige couldn’t recommend signing up with Uber more. Learn how to sign up here, and be sure to check out Paige’s amazing project while you’re at it, too!

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April 10, 2016 |

Dear Weekend

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His: Topman shirt | jeans c/o Dstld Denim | shoes c/o Nisolo
Hers: Urban Outfitters shirt | jeans c/o Dstld Denim | shoes c/o Nisolo | Warby Parker glasses | Madewell necklace | bag c/o Live Fashionable

This past week came and went so quickly. Usually we’re counting down the days till the weekend, but this week was a little different. We worked together on some fun photography projects (can’t wait to share!) and got a pretty good rhythm going over the course of the last few days, which can sometimes be hard to do. There’s a pretty amazing feeling that comes over you when you tackle a big to-do list or a “scary” project that shakes you a bit…when you complete something and aren’t left feeling totally exhausted or searching for more hours in the end.  This was one of those weeks where everything fell into place. We worked hard together, listened to one another, and felt over the moon about sitting down to dinner at a normal hour. (6:30 dinners don’t always happen over here.) We’re learning it’s important to celebrate those tiny victories in life and that its ok to be proud of yourself when you work hard. We listened to the rain fall in the dark Friday night, cuddled up on the couch. It was the first time it rained in Phoenix since January. (Pretty crazy!) It was such a peaceful way to welcome in the weekend. We’ve been filling the last few days with bike riding, dinner dates with friends, and playing some music at home. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend, before Monday rolls around again. :) Oh and if you haven’t watched it yet (or seen our tweets) and are looking for something to watch on this cozy, gloomy day…go check out 11.22.63, we cried like babies. It will make you feel all the feels!

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April 7, 2016 |

Ways To Graze

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Good Mood tee c/o Sub-Urban Riot | jeans c/o Madewell | Warby Parker glasses
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Snacking in bed or even having any food in the bedroom was something that was considered a big no-no in my house growing up. I remember one night, my sister snuck a bunch of candy bars upstairs and we watched Nick-at-Night all night together (when I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched were still on), thinking we were real rebels…like we got away with something huuuuugge! We hid the candy wrappers in my Barbie house that morning, before heading downstairs to breakfast. (The Barbie house always seemed to be the decoy for everything, like when I spilt nail polish remover on my carpet and bleached the rug…just put the doll house over it, no one will ever know. Yeah, sure. Hah) What rule breakers we were. 😉 Anyway, my mother found the candy wrappers the next morning and wasn’t too happy. Eating belonged in the dining room, bedrooms were for sleeping, laundry needed to be put away promptly, and you had to made sure not to mess up the vacuum marks going into a room after it was cleaned. Everything had a place and every room had a purpose. This probably accounts for my over-neatness, each room always needing to be organized before going out, and doing a deep cleaning every Sunday, but let’s face it — sometimes it’s fun to just lounge around, snack in bed and binge watch House of Cards on Netflix.

We’ve never been huge fans of subscription boxes and were always hesitant to try them with so many of them floating around the web, but Graze has been one that we find ourselves using over and over again. Back when we were road tripping to Nashville, we found the need for some simple to-go snacks that were also healthy. Being in the car for hours on end, just passing vast desert land, you get pretty hungry. We love to indulge in a good `ol bag of chips just as much as the next person, but we wanted something that we didn’t feel guilty munching on quite a bit. Graze has some pretty great snack options, that we find ourselves reaching for daily. There’s no artificial flavors, or colors, no high fructose corn syrup, and no trans fat, and they still some how taste amazing.  Our favorites are the “Anytime Energizer” and “Dark Rocky Road” (dark chocolate, cranberries, and pecans? Yes, please!). I like that they’re small enough to throw in my bag when we’re on the go, or incorporate into our breakfast each morning.  The berry granola and lemon drizzle flapjack bars are perfect for that. Graze is giving all of our readers their first sampler box for free, when they when they subscribe. Use code: DARLING, when you visit graze.com/us and click on “have a special code? enter it here”. Happy snacking!

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Thank you to Graze for kindly sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are 100% honest & completely our own.

April 5, 2016 |

April Must Haves

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Every month there are a few items we find ourselves reaching for over and over again.  Here are some light weight fabrics, easy shoes, and some beauty + home products we’ve been loving lately…

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