Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sunnies Style

Even though the weather isn't warm enough to try out all of the new Spring trends, at least the sun is shining--perfect for a gorgeous pair of sunnies!
Sunnies Style on Darling Cashmere
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The tropical print Wayfarer lookalikes from Forever 21 are beyond fun, not to mention completely affordable. You could pair this print with a laid-back afternoon stroll outfit or with your LBD for a funky twist!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up

I am absolutely smitten with this adorable art print from The Wheatfield!

The quote is from Alice in Wonderland

Daisy: What kind of a garden do you come from? 
Alice: Oh, I don't come from any garden.
Daisy: Do you suppose she's a wildflower?

Wheatfield Print on Darling Cashmere
Find inspiration from the out-of-the-ordinary moments in life.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter Dress

I am in dire need of a brand-new Easter dress. Well, okay..that may be a slight exaggeration. I think I just really need something gorgeous and spring-like to help put me in the right mindset for the coming season. Has anyone else noticed besides me that it's not exactly Spring weather over here in NC (Kidding. I am quite sure that everyone has noticed.)

Here are a few stunning dresses that have recently caught my eye:

Coral Dress on Darling Cashmere

Lace Dress on Darling Cashmere

Embroidered Dress on Darling Cashmere

Valentino Dress on Darling Cashmere

I saved my favorite for last. Isn't that Valentino lace and mesh dress in pastels just gorgeous?!

The plan is to find time this week and do some major Easter dress searching. Fingers crossed I find a winner!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Hope It's Sunny!

Happy Weekend!

Happy first official weekend of Spring! I hope it's sunny where you are!

This gray weekend I have lots of naps scheduled in plus a little Easter dress shopping--fingers crossed I find something cute!

What are your fun (or restful) weekend plans?


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Style at Home Details

Decorating a space (any space--large or small!) can be a daunting, yet exciting, task for any of us. Trust me--I love style and decor (I have a Pinterest board to prove it), but find myself overwhelmed by the many details and ideas that come together to make a place your home.

The home decor projects can be especially fussy when you are trying to please not just yourself--but your significant other or roomie! Try and find a middle ground and be sure to compromise.

Here are some stylish decor details that are inspiring me lately:

Style at Home Details on Darling Cashmere
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Mirror: I just recently purchased the Threshold Starburst Mirror from Target for my office, and it quickly became a favorite (my coworkers will agree). I sometimes find excuses to walk by my office doorway and peer in at its gorgeousness up on my wall. Mirrors instantly add depth and style along with the illusion of a larger space for those in cramped quarters.

Trinket Box: I love the Imperial Blue Box I spotted on Biscuit Home. What a gorgeous addition to any table (coffee, side, beside, entryway..I could go on!). It's an adorable catch-all that you don't have to tuck inside a drawer.

Vase: Anthropologie continues to impress--in your closet and also in your home. I wouldn't even need to put fresh flowers in this gorgeous Rose of Sharon Vase with the lush colors and delicate flower.

Coasters: These fun Gold Polka Dot Coasters are a quick way to add pretty (and useful!) objects to your side table and add pizzazz to a girls night or soiree!

Tray: Another catch-all that you may choose to leave empty with the intricate Tobacco Leaf design. Sport this tray on your coffee table filled with your favorite personal collection--matchboxes, gorgeous rocks and gems, or buttons.

Plush Pillow: I love the look of mismatched pillows in different shapes, sizes, patterns, and textures. This is one of my favorite pillows--it is so soft and adds just the right amount of luxurious vintage to your cozy nook.

Mercury Lamp: Not too long ago I had a major score at Marshalls and picked up a distressed mercury glass lamp similar to the one pictured above. The neutrality of the mercury glass allows you to change up the look of any room without having to switch out your lamps every time. Add a bright shade in a pattern or solid to bring the room together.

Candle: A room is hardly complete without a gorgeous candle. Anthropologie is my go-to for gorgeous candles that smell heavenly. Capri Blue in Volcano is one of my absolute favorites! If the jar isn't see-through, I hang on to the lovely container even after the candle has had its last burn.

Art: With Etsy and a vast array of online printables there are numerous options for framed art. The Inslee print "Girlfriends" above is a special one to me--I gave my best girlfriend this print on her birthday as it is an almost perfect depiction of us. If you like the look of vintage and eclectic, check out your local Goodwill and Salvation Army for some cool, detailed frames. Don't be discouraged if the frame is chipped or not in the color you were looking for--that's where spray paint and your trusty DIY skills come in!

What are the home decor details that are inspiring you?


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Trends

Happy first official day of Spring! You may or may not have noticed that I mention Spring in most all of my recent posts--I'm beyond excited, to say the least.

To celebrate this special day (yes, I have chosen to completely ignore that the daily high is not even 60°F) I am showin' a little shoulder and donning floral and my bright cobalt skinnies!

Thanks to Fashion Week we have so many new trends on the horizon for this season!
Spring Trends on Darling Cashmere
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1. Statement earrings in gorgeous brights!
2. Black and white contrast from head to toe. I am so ready to expand my romper collection!
3. Flashy sunnies--I love this gingham print pair!
4. Gold and metallics. I just adore this precious kitty cat!
5. Bold stripes. I'd pair these cropped trousers with a bright blouse or a great large-print floral.
6. Colorful enamel stacks. Add a piece of flair to any outfit with a girly bangle or bracelet.
7. Comfy and oh-so-adorable orange sneakers with a dainty gold bow detail.
8. Floral! Try upgrading your floral pieces by wearing them in brights or with fun details like embellishments and beading.
9. Lace! I am a huge fan on lace. Wear lace all-over or in paneling or fringes.

How are you celebrating the first day of Spring?


Friday, March 15, 2013

Mint Wedding Inspiration

Oh my has seriously been nearly a week since my last post. I am still trying to find the balance between work, friends, time with the Mr., qt with the Lord, wedding planning, and blogging (throw sleep in there somewhere!). I have a feeling that I will fail many, many times along the way, so apologies ahead of time!

I have been continuously working on my Wedding Planning Notebook post so be on the lookout for that one in the next couple weeks. There are so many tidbits of information and links I want to share with you, but I haven't even secured the first vendor yet--so I know I have a lot to add and rearrange.

Speaking of vendors, the Mr. and I took our first little trip to visit a ceremony and reception venue yesterday. I may or may not divulge wedding specifics until close to our date (which is looking like June 2014 eek!), but the venue was great! It was pretty much everything we could have expected: rustic, natural, historic, and a blank slate perfect to add our personalities and wedding touches to!

At first, our wedding colors were blush pink, nude, and all things metallic--chosen, of course, by yours truly. But when the Mr. got wind of that we did a rush web visit to Loverly to find some wedding color inspiration (basically for anything other than pink). Easy enough, we decided on yellow and mint green (little does he know I am totally incorporating metallics along the way)!

Below is some of my mint wedding inspiration thus far thanks to our technologically advanced world and awesome websites like LoverlyWedding Chicks, and Pinterest (I could go on..I've added tons of sites to my favorites tab)!

Mint Wedding Inspiration on Darling Cashmere
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If you're planning a wedding or event, where is your inspiration coming from?

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Classic: Pointy Toe Flats

The Classic: Pointy Toe Flats

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone is not having as much trouble as I am adjusting to the Daylight Savings time change. It seems even though I went to bed early Saturday night, I was up late last night and still lost that hour!

I had a wonderful weekend relaxing, enjoying time with family and the gorgeous sunny weather--we even broke out the grill tools and had an impromptu Sunday afternoon cookout!

Speaking of sunny weather, pointy toe flats are the perfect transition shoe from those chilly Winter months to the warmer Spring days ahead. You can almost always find me donning a pair of these whether I am in the office, on a dinner date with the Mr., or spending a weekend afternoon with my girlfriends (if you are a follower on Instagram then you know too well)!

This Spring season, in addition to the tried-and-true pastels, brights and neons are in to stay for a while! Spice up your shoe shelves with playful flats accessorized with bows, metallic studs, and even a pop of neon on the toes!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!
There are less than two weeks left until Spring so break out your bright-colored knits for their last go-rounds before you switch out your closets to tanks and sleeveless tops!

Here are a few ways I plan to brighten my weekend:
wFinally put together my wedding planning notebook
wMake a little Stella & Dot purchase--a special treat for myself!
wSpend an afternoon at the dog park with my precious Prince Cashmere
wTake an extra long snooze Sunday afternoon to make up for Spring Forward
wDo some pre-Spring cleaning and organizing around the house

What are your fun plans for the weekend?

PS don't forget to set your manual clocks forward one hour Saturday night!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring Pastels

Less than two weeks left until the official first day of Spring! I am positive that you are just as excited as I am!

It may be warm where you are, but we are still fighting for upper 50's as our daily highs here in North Carolina (eek, should I even be complaining considering what the Midwest is experiencing?!). I am ready for showing off cute pedis, strappy sandals, flowy floral dresses, and, of course, the tried-and-true classic favorite: Spring Pastels!

Here are a few of my favorite Spring Pastels for this upcoming season!

Spring Pastels on Darling Cashmere

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For more color inspiration check out the Pantone Spring 2013 Fashion Color Trend Report!

What Spring 2013 fashion trend are you dying to try out?
PS Check out Glamour for some wearable Spring 2013 trends straight from the runways!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Craft and Wine Night

This past weekend my girlfriends and I got together for an incredibly fun night of wine, crafts, dancing, more wine, and a surprise engagement party for yours truly!

Most of the girls did some sort of decor project using empty wine bottles, which is always fun, but I had my eye on this DIY post on one of my favorite blogs, The Painted Arrow, from a while back and couldn't wait to try it out myself.

Items used:
-Fine Point Metallic Sharpies (came in a pack with gold, silver, and bronze, but I didn't use bronze this time)
-Fine Point Black Sharpie
-Porcelain latte bowls from Anthropologie (purchase here!)

After I created my designs they were put in the oven at 350°F for 25 minutes to "cure" the porcelain.

Here are some snapshots of my progress from start to finish..

Wine: where it all began..

One of the more simple DIY projects I have done and it was a complete success!

Even though the little "v" marks I made are not uniform in size,
I think it looks pretty cool!

I have a mild obsession with gold, so this is my favorite of the two!

Here are the finished bowls
It was late at night so this isn't the best lighting, but they are super cute--
even the Mr. agrees!

PS Today is a very special is my best friend Paige Donham's birthday!
I am a very lucky gal to have Paige as one of my absolute closest friends. We work in offices right beside each other, so it is such a blessing to come to work each day and be greeted by such a warm and friendly face. I am thankful for her beyond words!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Life Lately

February was a pretty fabulous month, to say the least.
Here is a little insight to my life lately via snapshots..

Delicious local and organic breakfast from Over Easy in downtown Asheville
(the morning after getting ENGAGED!)

Picking up some rich truffles from one of my favorite Asheville spots,
French Broad Chocolate Lounge

One of my many birthday treats from the sweet gals in the office

Japanese for my birthday din!

Still wondering why I didn't snag these beauties up from T.J. Maxx?

Fell in love with this sweet vintage-inspired piece at Francesca's

The perfect start to a wonderful day with my girlfriends this past weekend:
Rise and shine mimosa!

Thrift and vintage store shopping all afternoon on Saturday
before ending the day with an OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons mani!