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February 14, 2017 |

Valentine’s Day 2017

New Darlings Valentine's Day Lifestyle Blog

Oh, Valentine’s Day.  We can’t believe we’ve celebrated 13 of you now.  I remember being in our late teens and celebrating with chicken fingers and fries, eating in bed and watching movies all night.  Life was pretty simple when we were dating and carefree.  We spent so much time laying around and daydreaming about our future.  It was pretty amazing actually.

New Darlings Couples Lifestyle Blog Old Photos Valentine's Day

[a few pages out of our photo albums above]

Well, the future has arrived for us.  All the thoughts and plans of one day running off to a new city, settling down somewhere and having our own house have finally come to be.  It definitely wasn’t as easy as the thoughts we had in our teenage brains back in 2005, but we made it here together.  Valentine’s Day might be the most important day for some, a special date night for others, and just a silly made up holiday for the rest.  We definitely don’t go all out every year.  We celebrate love in a lot of ways and we try to keep each other guessing on special date nights and surprises, so Valentine’s Day doesn’t necessarily always fall on the 14th for us.

This year we’ll be traveling back to New York on the day of love.  How fitting that all those daydreams of one day running off and living in our dream house have finally come true and we’ll be going back to where it all started instead of celebrating in our new house.  Part of us is wondering what the heck were we thinking booking a trip on the night of Valentine’s Day, but realistically we are just so excited to know that we can go visit all of our old, favorite spots back home, spend time with our new baby nephew, enjoy a bit of cold weather, and most importantly, remember when we first fell in love.  New York is flooded with memories for us.  Our first date at the park, that middle point between our two houses where we used to meet on early spring days, the parking lot where every one in town would meet on Friday night and we would just laugh and be silly until we were the last ones there.

We’ve definitely come a long way.  It hasn’t always been easy.  We constantly think about the conversations we had when we were seventeen and the one’s we have now.  So much has changed, but at the end of the day we are still here…growing up together…watching things evolve…and pushing each other to be the best versions of ourselves we could be.  Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, we hope you are all making memories you can be proud of, falling in love with someone or something or some place because when you look back and reflect on the past, you’ll appreciate all the little things you never thought mattered.

February 10, 2017 |

Weekend Links: 12

Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone had a nice week! We’ve been tidying up around here and getting ready for NY on Tuesday. We became an aunt and uncle for the fourth time this week, so we will be heading back east to meet our new nephew. We’re looking forward to some family time and catching up with friends in the midst of the craziness that is fashion week and all the snow!

Later today our contractor will be coming by to help us plan out a few things for the kitchen and bathroom, get an estimate, and all that jazz. Some tile samples we ordered came in today and we’re getting really excited about putting our mark on this place and seeing it evolve. We recently found this pre civil war era oil painting at an antique shop in town, and we knew we had to have her. Little by little this place is starting to feel like home. Also, Henry is not over this being held cuddly stage (he’s been so lovey dovey lately), so what else can we ask for on a Friday afternoon? 😉

Here’s a few links from around the web we bookmarked this week…

1 – Thinking about exposed beams in your home? This round up will leave you swooning.

2 – Feeling stressed lately, maybe for more reasons than one? Here are 8 ways to keep calm and your anxiety at bay.

3 – We’ve been seeing Ross Cassidy’s collaboration with CB2 pop up all over the web this week. If minimalism and Japanese inspired home decor is what you crave, then this collection is definitely for you.

4 – These baked beet chips are on our list as one of next week’s side dishes. Yum!

5 – We rounded up a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him & her, in this post.

6 – Is your place (and brain) feeling a little cluttered? Look no further.

7 – Excited to dive into this interior design book this week.

8 – A new favorite sweater (for her), to cozy up on the couch or grab brunch in.

9 – The best mens sneakers to wear with any outfit.

10 – Capri? Yes please! Here are 5 destinations that will have you booking your next vacation in a snap!

 

February 8, 2017 |

Jo Malone London

You guys have most likely heard about Jo Malone London…the company is one of those cult beauty (and home) favorites and we were so excited to visit their location here in Phoenix for the first time the other day. We’ve never been ones for big Valentine’s Day celebrations or gifts (last year we got our baking on!) and with one of our goals for the new year being to experience more together, an afternoon at the Jo Malone London Biltmore Fashion Park boutique was perfect. Now, you may think that sounds silly, because it’s pretty obvious we do spend a lot of our time together, but towards the end of the holiday season we realized just how little time we devote to trying new things together for date nights, weekend outings, or even just a different restaurant. Hey, we all fall into our routines, right? So we decided that it would be fun to each pick one new thing to do every month together. A trip to the Jo Malone London boutique, complete with hand massages and learning about their fragrances felt like the ultimate indulgence for a pre-Valentine’s Day outing together. READ MORE

February 6, 2017 |

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

How sweet is this old photograph of Rob’s grandparents? It’s from their dating days back in Cuba. The joy on their faces is enough to make even a stranger feel love and when we asked his grandpa to send over a few old photos (to have in our home), this one immediately brought a smile to our faces. It’s photos like these that remind us why we love documenting everything so much. It’s so special to have these memories to look back on and share years down the road. Can’t wait to have this framed, along with a few others. 🙂

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d share a few fun gift ideas that would be perfect for any guy or gal in your life. 🙂

FOR HIM:

 

FOR HER:

February 1, 2017 |

Ruffles + Print

It felt like we were getting a dose of east coast weather for a few days there and this coat, has become my go to for the chillier evenings here in Phoenix. It’s such a classic shape, which I feel like Sézane is quickly becoming known for. I paired it with one of their printed blouses, a tight ballerina-esque bun, and some comfy heelsREAD MORE

January 20, 2017 |

Weekend Links: 11

It’s been a while since we shared our favorite links from around the internet.  The holiday season and moving into the new house kind of kept us from our typical browsing sessions, but it’s good to be back at it.  We’ve definitely been leaning towards more home design and renovation links, so our apologies for being a bit heavy on it, but it’s pretty much consuming our days lately.  We are really excited to see the place coming together and we’re happy to share the whole process on here.  Thank you guys for all the comments and feedback as we make our way from room to room and make this house our own.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

1 – This song has been echoing through our walls all day lately and we were lucky enough to have caught them in Phoenix the other day. So good!

2 – All the lighting options over at Schoolhouse Electric have gotten us so excited to spruce up our home.

3 – Our Shop section has been updated with some of our current favorites for him, her, home and beauty.  Check it out!

4 – Emily Henderson’s kitchen renovation is absolutely stunning and we’re hoping our future kitchen reno looks half as good.

5 – We saw this movie on Monday night and it definitely opened up a big conversation about growing up and the people who had an impact on us.

6 – One of everything from this new arrivals section, please!

7 – Nothing makes a new house feel more like home than adding some framed artwork to your walls.

8 – The Citizenry spotted 2017’s Top Decor Trends and they have our full approval!

9 – This home is everything.  We’re so inspired by this clean, Scandinavian style.

10 – If you’re looking for a new blogger to follow, our dear friend Olivia is doing amazing work over at Livvy Land.

January 18, 2017 |

OUR KITCHEN: THE PLAN

Lately we find ourselves browsing the web for some interior design inspiration at night, bookmarking different tile companies, vintage shops, and etsy finds. It’s something we enjoy doing when we have a little down time. We often think about who the original owners of this house were and what the street looked like. While watching Miracle on 34th Street on Christmas morning, we had a good chuckle with each other…our house was built 17 years before that movie was made. Just a little crazy. 😉 We love it though. The idea of so many families here, parties, and love…hopefully. Who knows?! There can be some crazy stories about this place too for all we know, but the idea of making this house our own, a safe haven, a comforting little place for us to retreat to after a long day, makes us so happy. READ MORE

January 11, 2017 |

The Current State of Our Home + Living Room Inspiration

We’ve been buried in home decor books, pinning to our home boards, moving furniture around daily and trying to give this sweet old lady of a house the best layout we can give her.  It’s been a month and a half since we moved in and we are slowly figuring things out.  When we moved in the night before Thanksgiving, we knew it would be full holiday mode for a while before we even got to the “normal” home style, so when we took down all the Christmas decorations a few days ago (that wreath was the last to go — it still smelled so good!), it was the first time since we moved in that we got to take a really good look at our Tudor.  Our sofa has been moved to three different places since we moved in, and we’re thinking the third time was a charm.  Our living room is a narrow rectangular shape, so we are trying to create an intimate seating area that allows for conversation without having to yell across the room.  Bigger isn’t always better, and we found out quickly that we’d rather have a functional space than a space that just holds a lot of our things.

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January 1, 2017 |

Year in Review: 2016

Woah! What a crazy year 2016 was!  I’m sure we say that every year, but 2016 was filled with so many ups and downs, along with quite a few tests. So much was jammed packed into the last twelve months and if at the beginning of the year you told us we would do any of the things we did, particularly buy a house, we most likely would have let out a big chuckle and smile politely at you. 2016 has taught us to have faith in ourselves, trust our instincts, not be afraid to work hard and take risks, dance a little crazy even if you have just one go-to dance move, sing that ridiculous song at karaoke, open up to friends more, share more with each other, surround ourselves with positivity, and just welcome in friendships and love.

Last year on New Year’s Day we made personal lists of goals for the new year. We never really make resolutions…it was more of a list of things to challenge ourselves with, surprise trips to see our families, to have a certain amount of money saved for a rainy day, dream trips…things like that. It was really interesting to open them up yesterday morning and see what was important to us and on our minds just a year ago. We read the lists off to each other, taking turns, going item by item. Some things made us laugh pretty hard, others made us nostalgic, and some just inspired us to push harder in 2017.

Looking back, here are a few of our favorite moments…

In 2016, we…

…traveled to Austin for SXSW and met our good friends Vincent and Denny.
bought a house!!! It took some time and a lot of ups and downs, but we are so happy to call this little tudor our home!!
…hit the seas for our first cruise together to the Carribean.
…celebrated 12 years together and 3 years of marriage! Woah!
…experienced a crazy blizzard with family back in New York.
…worked on a fun apartment tour with the Domino crew and were featured in their new book!
…took a mini road trip to Palm Springs with some friends and stayed at an awesome dome airbnb.
…welcomed Henry into our family! That little munchkin has brought so much joy to our lives.
…explored the Iris Van Herpen exhibit in Grand Rapids.
…had family visit from the east coast!
…continued our pumpkin picking and pumpkin carving tradition with friends and the pups!
…spent some time on the Oregon Coast with the Bridge & Burn crew and a few other amazing folks! See our Portland travel video here.
…did our best mime impressions in matching body suits. Hah!
visited the Joshua Tree Casita with long time IG friends, Tim and Merrill. Love them!
…spent an afternoon at Mount Lemmon with Ben Sasso and shot some fun, windy photos.
…explored Seattle after wanting to visit for SO long! We were lucky enough to spend our time there with a few friends (Vincent and Cheyanne), who were pretty much the best tour guides and travel buddies we could have asked for.
…hosted a fun trunk show with Coach.
…started a YouTube channel. We’re looking forward to sharing more videos on here, so be sure to subscribe! 🙂
…embarked on a Meditterrean Cruise and visited Italy, France, and Spain! It was a trip of a lifetime and we couldn’t have been more grateful to have explored those places together and meet some incredible people! Hope we can visit again real soon!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thank you so much for following along and sharing in this crazy journey…it really means a lot to us! Can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us!

You can see past year in reviews here: 2015 and 2014

December 31, 2016 |

New Year’s Eve!

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