July 29, 2016 |

An Ode to Summer Denim

New Darlings - Summer DenimCurator tee (similar) | Urban Outfitters jeans

I think I might have found my go-to pair of jeans for the summer. Yes, its already almost August so maybe I’m a bit late, and its pretty hot to even be thinking of denim, but I love a good pair of jeans no matter the season.  One of the biggest things I realized when moving from the east to west (it seems I’m noticing more and more differences lately, especially in fashion) is the dark to light tones in dressing.  East coast is all about dark moody tones, and lots of black (which I do love), but there’s something so calming and youthful about the lighter tones that seem to fill everyone’s wardrobes in Arizona and California.  I can’t help but think of the calming vibes of the desert, and fashion in the 70s with relaxed makeup looks and undone hair.  There’s something that really draws me in about the whole aesthetic, yet goes against everything I knew about getting dressed and “putting yourself together” for the day. I’m trying to find a nice balance lately. I’ve been loving lighter denim these days, along with a looser fit, which has been really nice for the warmer weather. I put together a few favorites from around the web (with all budgets in mind), that can go great with a basic tank or tee. Check them out below:
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July 27, 2016 |

Loungin’ at Home with Express One Eleven

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July has been pretty jam packed over here.  We feel like we haven’t been able to share quite as much as we would’ve liked to.  We kicked off the month with some family in town for the week of the fourth of July, we headed to Palm Springs with some friends shortly after that, and then had more family in town last week.  It dawned on us today that we haven’t really had too much time alone this month.  It’s been a bit overwhelming for us homebodies.  As we have briefly mentioned on some of our social media channels, we are in the early stages of house hunting, so we just really haven’t had any down time to recharge our busy brains.  There is nothing new to report on the housing situation.  We have our eyes on a few homes, but aren’t getting our hopes up and trying to stay realistic through this early process.  We’ve made a promise to each other that this last week of July will be for recharging, date nights, and TV marathons.  It’s definitely been tough to turn off our minds lately as there has just been so much going on, but we have really been enjoying getting back to basics.

When we first started dating, movie dates (whether at home or at a theater) were a big thing for us. It took us forever to pick out a movie to watch, but somehow that was half the fun.  We simply loved the relaxed days together…the time to zone out and get immersed in a story, then we would spend hours chatting about it afterward. It feels more and more important lately to make time for little dates, even at home, like that.

Comfy clothes that we can lounge around at home in or throw on some sandals and sneakers with, and not feel underdressed for brunch are some our favorites. We’ve been loving Express’ new One Eleven collection lately.  The collection is filled with soft, comfortable, basics that have been the perfect summer staples.  Their bodysuits and shorts (for her) and henley tees with joggers (for him), have been our weekend wardrobe go-tos.  They’ve been the perfect pieces paired with denim for these hot summer days galavanting all around town with our family, and being cozy enough for late afternoon Netflix marathons at home.  We’ve been obsessed with Stranger Things (on Netflix) and The Night Of (on HBO) lately, and quite frankly we are trying to figure out why we continue to creep ourselves out with these types of shows.  We just can’t help it!

What are you guys watching this summer?

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July 22, 2016 |

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of buzz about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale around the web and it’s easy to see why. Today the sale opened to the public and a few items we had our eyes on have already sold out. Every year when the sale rolls around we like to pick up a few essentials we’re running out of…mostly beauty and grooming items like beauty blenders, perfumecologne, etc…  It’s also a great time to save on some bigger ticket items like boots and denim. Here’s some of our favorite #Nsale picks for him & her:

WOMEN’S CLOTHING

MEN’S CLOTHING

ACCESSORIES FOR HER

ACCESSORIES FOR HIM

BEAUTY

SHOES FOR HER

SHOES FOR HIM

 

July 19, 2016 |

Coffee Time with Cluse Watches

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sunglasses c/o Raen | Madewell shoes, tank, and necklace | Free People shorts | bag c/o LiveFashionable
watch c/o Cluse | Estee Lauder lipstick in “Defiant Coral”

We finally got a chance to check out Provision Coffee, a local coffee shop in town, the other day. It’s been on our list for quite some time now and we are so happy we finally went! We were a little upset it took us so long to try it out, as our friend used to be a barista there and we never got to visit him at work before he moved to California. Anytime we bumped into him, he always had positive things to say about the place. Well, we finally took his advice and grabbed some coffee and pastries there.  We took refuge from the sun inside their bright white space, with big open windows. We love the outdoors, but this time of year, you just need to escape the heat a bit, and relax in the AC as much as possible. We both ordered honey vanilla lattes, which were perfect to sip on while chatting about the upcoming week and admiring the pretty finishes in the coffee shop. We were loving those hanging geometric light pendants!

We’ve mentioned it once before, but prior to moving to Arizona, we weren’t really “shorts people”. We’ve just never been huge fans of summer style, but little by little we’ve eased our way into it.  Simple tanks, denim shorts, and open toe shoes are kind of my uniform these days. It’s easy, comfortable, and let’s face it — the least amount of clothes you can wear next to a bathing suit. I recently picked up a few of these tanks from Madewell in different colors while my mom and sister were in town, and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing them quite a bit. Accessories usually play a bigger role when putting together outfits in the summer…gold bangles, pendant necklaces, and watches. Cluse’s new marble face watch is becoming a favorite…just when I thought the marble obsession couldn’t grow anymore, I was wrong. Haha! I always love their simple approach to timepieces. Check out more of their styles here.
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July 7, 2016 |

Lourmarin + Aix-en Provence, France

NewDarlings-FranceNewDarlings-France-12NewDarlings-FranceNewDarlings-FranceNewDarlings-FranceNew Darlings - France - Travel BlogWe still can’t believe its been a month since we’ve been back from our European trip with Princess Cruises. Thinking back, the whole trip still feels like a dream and we’re already talking about going back, especially to France! We only spent one day there, but it was enough to completely suck us in and we can see ourselves spending a few weeks there to explore the entire country.  We’ve been saying that for quite a while now, but one of these days we’re hoping to make it a reality!

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July 1, 2016 |

Weekend Links: 02

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1 – Paul Simon may be calling it quits and we are so bummed that we never got a chance to see him live.

2 – It’s officially summer and when it’s too hot to go outside…we Netflix.

3 – Just discovered this blog and love Joanna’s recipe for pink lemonade popsicles — perfect for the 4th of July!

4 – Brought home a few new pothos plants this week. Check out our indoor plant guide, incase you missed it.

5 – Although our patio in this new place is small, we’ve been thinking of ways to make it a useful yet dreamy space for us. These outdoor spaces are really giving us a lot of inspiration.

6 – We are going to see Kevin Morby and if you aren’t listening to him…you’re missing out!

7 – Looking forward to reading this book, recommended by a cousin. It’s a fictionalized retelling of Hemingway’s life with his first wife.

8 – These shoes came in the mail yesterday and we are so excited to break them in.

9 – We’ve been trying to be more consistent with our work routine and heading to the gym. This is a fun workout to mix things up.

10 – We were already obsessed with Trader Joe’s, but this list completely validated that obsession.

June 30, 2016 |

Summer Style

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-1 lb of pasta — we like to use farfalle or fusilli
-baby spinach
-black olives
-olive oil
-1/2 red onion
-red wine vinegar
-roasted red peppers
-fresh mozzarella balls
-parmasean-romano blend grated cheese
-cherry tomatoes
-black pepper

It’s a pretty easy recipe to throw together, so much so that it feels a little funny to write out instructions, but here we go…
1. Boil pasta till al-dente. After draining, put in the fridge for an hour or so to chill.
2. In a large bowl mix in baby spinach, sliced red onion, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers and black olives with a little olive oil.
3. Now add in your pasta! Mix with more olive oil and red wine vinegar.  Top with as much black pepper and grated cheese until your heart’s content! Mix again, then serve and enjoy!

New Darlings-Banana Republic-Summer Style-4New Darlings-Banana Republic-Summer Style-20New Darlings-Banana Republic-Summer StyleNew Darlings-Banana Republic-Summer Style Speaking of summer staples, we’ve been pretty obsessed with Banana Republic’s summer styles lately. We’re pretty casual with our day-to-day looks, especially around this time of year in AZ, so shorts (that look like skirts) and tailored button downs are great for staying comfy and cool, while still feeling pulled together and polished. We were both never really shorts people before moving to the desert, but hey there are just some things you gotta go with, so you don’t feel like you’re about to melt. This blue striped tee (for her) and effortless button down (for him), would be perfect for a 4th of July cook out, with some pasta salad, of course! 😉 Scroll through below to see some of our current favorites from Banana Republic. They’re currently having a 50% off sale, which is a pretty nice deal too.

Summer favorites:

New Darlings-Banana Republic-Summer StyleWe are also SO glad to finally be enjoying this table in our new place.  If you follow along with us on Instagram, you may have read a little about the story behind it here.  It was hand-made by our dear friends Leah & Matt from Tremaine Ranch. They are both so talented and sweet. If you are looking for a custom piece, definitely check them out. 🙂

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 Thank you to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support this blog.

June 29, 2016 |

Top 3 Etsy Shops for Indigo + Mud Cloth Pillows

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We’re a little pillow obsessed over here…there’s no denying that! One of the biggest questions we get asked about with home decor is about our pillows and where to find indigo, mud cloth, and shibori prints.  There’s a lot of places selling them nowadays, but some bigger retailers can be really over priced! We love searching on etsy for pieces like these…you can usually snag a better deal and you get to connect with some independent business owners. Here are our top three favorite etsy shops for pillows, throws, and blankets!

BOHO PILLOW
Monica is a local business owner in Arizona, and one of the sweetest people! She has a lot of variety in the different prints she carries,
and some with a great pop of color.

MAE WOVEN
If black and white patterns are your thing, this shop is perfect! Amelia has a ton of black and white mud cloth pillow options,
along with some great baskets and throws.


ONE FINE NEST
This was the first shop we found when we were searching for indigo and shibori print pillows for our living room.
Since then they’ve add some great blankets too.

You can see some other home + design posts here:
Office Refresh | Our Kitchen Nook | Living Room Makeover

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June 28, 2016 |

Find Time

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Hers: romper c/o Aritzia | watch c/o Movado | Sephora lip color in “Petal”

This past weekend was one of those really good, soak it all in, don’t want it to end weekends. Nothing particularly spectacular happened, but that’s what we loved about it so much…the specialness in the simplicity. We joined some friends at happy hour on Saturday to say farewell to a friend who’s leaving for the UK, and on Sunday we made a little picnic for brunch by the pool in our complex, then cranked up the record player, sang to our plants, and were a couple of home bodies. We’ve been getting used to our new place and settling in since being back from our travels. It was nice to indulge in the weekend a bit, cook some of our favorite meals, and have some one on one time together. It reminded us of our dating days, when we used to just hang out at one of each others’s houses, listen to music for hours on end, dance around and share stories. It’s hard to explain that moment when “our” song comes on and we both lose it with what are probably the most pathetic dance moves of all time, but finding time to be silly should be at the top of our list every weekend.

As many of you probably know by now, we share a pretty similar style. We’ve realized more than ever lately how alike we are and often we unintentionally match. It must be the twelve years we’ve been together, because the amount of times we’ve stepped out of the closet to realize the other is in a matching chambray or leather bag has become a real thing around here. We recently embraced the matching by picking out his and hers watches from Movado. We have been huge admirers of the brand for quite some time and were so excited to add a couple to our collection. Their Heritage Series is a nod to one of their 1950’s pieces, and we are pretty obsessed with the updated vintage design. Take a peek at the collection here.

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June 24, 2016 |

Weekend Links: 01

New Darlings - Summer - Bike Ridingromper c/o Aritzia | J.Crew bag (similar here and here) | sunglasses & sandals c/o Madewell

Happy weekend! We’re looking forward to getting some r&r after a busy week (that kind of kicked us in the butt), gathering with friends at a little get-together, and a whole of lot of closet organizing. Here’s a peek at some links we bookmarked this week:

1 – Loving this Mid-Century Planter DIY from our friend, Ashley’s archives.

2 – Thinking it’s time we finally buy his & hers birks.

3 – We saw this movie during the week, and it was equally sad and funny. Definitely check it out if you have a movie night on your weekend agenda!

4 – Can’t wait to try out this recipe.

5 – Loved this peek inside Cult Gaia’s LA Pop-Up shop. The bold colors and plants had us dreaming of Palm Springs.

6 – Arizona was the hottest place on Earth last weekend, and we’re hoping that never happens again.

7 – The year is more than half over, but it’s not too late to visit some place new.  Revisited this article recently and it made us want to hop on a plane right away.

8 – If you follow along with us on snapchat you might have seen our new favorite lens that we can’t wait to start shooting with.

9 – Slightly obsessed with this summer lookbook by Melanie Abrantes. It has us reminiscing about summer rooftop BBQs back in NY!

10 – Listening to this song on repeat lately.

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