Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up

Stop and smell the peonies on Darling Cashmere

Today's pick-me-up comes from a print I just ordered from the newest and cutest collaboration between Stephanie Sterjovski and Anna from annawithlove photography!

Stop and smell the peonies on Darling Cashmere
I love how they styled the print above--check the story for more inspiration!
Peonies and gold. They seriously nailed this one!

Check out the full story here, and order your very own print here!

XOXO,
R

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Zara Skort

So I made it home to the South safely! Phew, y'all!
We had such an amazing time seeing as many sights as we possibly could that it was slightly overwhelming--but more on that later!

When Paige and I initially planned the trip with Alana more than a month or two ago, I immediately started outfit planning. If you ask my friends, that's pretty much expected of me. Around that time the Zara skort had made its official appearance on the scene. I was head over heels for it. I was swooning over the asymmetrical cut in the front, but the simplicity and ease of them actually being shorts. So I obviously took the plunge and ordered it. I had been hanging on to it ever so dearly since its delivery date until the NYC trip. And in the meantime I even created an entire Pinterest board dedicated to outfit ideas.

Here are a few of my favorites with the skort in ecru!


Psst..looks like someone else shared the same brilliant idea I had by compiling favorite Zara skort looks!

This site has a less expensive version!

This is the look I chose to style my skort after for a daytrip in NYC. Simple, comfortable, and stylish at the same time! Plus it's rather difficult to go wrong with stripes.

The skort not only comes in ecru, but black, geranium, and bluish!
How would you style it?

XOXO,
R

Thursday, July 25, 2013

On Vacation Y'all!

Darling Cashmere

I am officially up North with two of my best friends through Sunday!
Our travels include NYC (insert hysterical girly squeals and giggles!), the [infamous] Jersey Shore, some day hiking and swimming in waterfalls (I mean..is this real life?!), along with lots of much-needed girl time and venti after venti of Starbucks!

Have a wonderful week, darlings!

XOXO,
R

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up on Darling Cashmere

Right after work today I am headed on a [long, Starbucks-filled, crazy singing and seat dancing] roadtrip with one of my best friends to visit another bestie in NJ! I am beyond excited, and plan to enjoy every little detail that comes our way for the next five days. I am looking forward to so many different things on this trip, and I hope to be able to soak up every bit!

XOXO,
R

Monday, July 22, 2013

Wedding Shoes

So I have officially found and purchased my wedding gown! It needs hardly any alterations, and I absolutely am in love with it! But now I am already thinking about the perfect wedding shoes.. Granted, the gown is long, some of the prettiest wedding pictures are of the shoes. Plus, I may or may not have a short getaway dress where the shoes will be on display!

I found these pretties while perusing the Internet. What do you guys think?!


Wedding Shoes on Darling Cashmere
So pink isn't one of our colors [anymore--see this blog post], but..they're pink! Enough said.

Wedding Shoes on Darling Cashmere
These jeweled heels are just to die for!

Wedding Shoes on Darling Cashmere
These hearts are not cheesy in the least!

Wedding Shoes on Darling Cashmere
Channeling Carrie Bradshaw in these beauties.

XOXO,
R

Friday, July 19, 2013

Getting Ready for NYC

Okay so I am pleased, stoked, honored, and just plain beyond excited to share that one of my dear best friends, Paige, and myself are taking a roadtrip to visit another bestie, Alana, up in NJ next week! Besides the obvious excitement of best friends being reunited and some incredible girl time, I will add that she lives just one hour from the big city.
New York City, that is!

So clearly we are taking a full day (which means taking the earliest possible train over that morning) to visit everything and anything on the island of Manhattan. This will be my second time there (and Paige's first time) so I am clearly not the pro at city visiting that I wish I was. With that said, I need your help!

Calling all NYC locals and frequenters:
Where should we go? Where should we visit? What should we do? What should we eat?

I would love and appreciate all tips and local secrets!

Getting Ready for NYC on Darling Cashmere
Despite my MAJ excitement, I haven't gotten very far on my plan of attack for the city. In fact, I've only marked down Flower District. Is that even the correct area?! Sometimes Google searches can be so misleading..

XOXO,
R

Thursday, July 18, 2013

My Wedding Planning Notebook

Wedding Planning Notebook on Darling Cashmere


Creating your own wedding planning notebook is a huge task despite all of the many DIY and wedding websites and resources there are out there. Although the Mr. offered to get me an Erin Condren planner as a birthday present, I decided that I really needed to just create my own and tailor it to my needs and to the details of our special day.

I started by doing what I always do when researching anything..opened up Google!
My first search brought up this amazingly helpful post by a darling girl named Katherine.

After spending an afternoon printing some resource documents and tables that I thought I would need I started organizing them, and then took the Mr. on a shopping trip to Staples.

I love the look of the Martha Stewart line, and chose a white textured binder for this project. Unfortunately, I was not able to find and purchase all of the cute tabs that Katherine had from her post, but I found some tabs and dividers that would do the trick.

Dividers:
1. Important
2. Budget
3. Ceremony
4. Reception
5. Guests
6. Attire
7. Photography
8. Miscellaneous

Within each divider section I used colorful card stock three-hole-punched with sticky tabs added to each to create my subsections.

Below are links to the worksheets I used.

1. Important
      -Timeline (I actually created my own based on these two: Real Simple Checklist and pages 1-5 from Wedding Templates)
      -Vendors
            -Vendor Contact List
            -Venue Research
            -Flower Worksheet (page 25 Wedding Templates)
            -Music Worksheet (page 32 Wedding Templates)
            -Rentals Worksheet (pages 37-39 Wedding Templates)
            -Wedding Stationery (pages 57 & 56 Wedding Templates)
            -Vendor Information (pages 47-51 Wedding Templates)
      -Wedding Party
            -Wedding Party Contact Sheet
            -Maid of Honor Checklist (I chose not to have a MOH, so this went to my two bridesmaids)
      -Day Of
            -Timeline and Outline (I created my own based on these two: Real Simple and Bridal Guide)
            -Day-of Checklist (page 18 Wedding Templates)
            -Emergency Kit Checklist (I created my own based on these two: page 21 Wedding Templates and Emergency Kit)
            -Wedding Day Checklist (all items and decor to be brought to the ceremony and reception--I found this Wedding Essentials list to be helpful)

2. Budget
      -Budget Worksheet (an additional option is found on pages 13-16 Wedding Templates)
      -Although I did not include this in my notebook, you may find this Splitting the Wedding Tab article helpful

3. Ceremony
      -What to Ask Your Wedding Officiant
      -Officiant Contact Information and notes
      -Ceremony text
      -Ceremony Worksheet (page 17 Wedding Templates)
      -Music selections
      -Seating set-up diagram (include reserved seating)
      -Decor details (include pictures and instructions)
      -Program (draft, order details, and actual copy)
      -Contracts

4. Reception
      -Timeline
      -50 Tips for the Perfect Reception
      -Toast information (who and when)
      -List of people to thank
      -Decor details (include pictures and instructions)
      -Music Play/Do Not Play List (page 31 Wedding Templates)
      -Music Worksheet (page 32 Wedding Templates)
      -Menu
      -Beverage List
      -Cake
      -Guest book/canvas information
      -Favor information
      -Send-off details
      -Contracts

5. Guests
      -Guest List (I created mine as an Excel document)
      -Guest List Tracker (multiple copies of page 28 Wedding Templates)
      -Guest hotel information
      -We are not offering welcome baskets for our out-of-town guests, but if you are, here are a couple great articles to help: Welcome Basket Ideas and Wedding Welcome Baskets

7. Photography
            -Contract
            -What to Ask Your Photographer
            -Must-take Wedding Photo Checklist
            -Any props (to be used for engagement session and wedding day)
            -List of everyone needed for photos (broken down into names and roles)

8. Miscellaneous
      -Registry
      -Rehearsal
      -Honeymoon

I have a feeling that along the way I will be updating my notebook and possibly doing a reorganization overhaul, but I will be sure to do a revised post in the coming months!

I hope that you find this useful, and you can relax for a week or two knowing you have got the first part down (other than the proposal, of course!). Let me know if I can be of any assistance--I would absolutely love to help!

Just some of my supplies. PS the green book is Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married, and was an engagement gift from a dear friend that I highly recommend!

XOXO,
R

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up


What a mantra. Sometimes I really just want to throw on something completely unpolished and un-put-together (definitely just made that a word..) in the mornings for work, but then I remember this little saying. Well, and this.

XOXO,
R

Monday, July 15, 2013

Home Inspiration: The Living Room

And here I am again..back to rifling through my welcome home Pinterest board for some serious inspiration. I need it. Bad. I am craving to do a major home makeover, but with the wedding budget taking the last bit of my savings, I need some simple tricks to rejuvenate our space!

Home Inspiration on Darling Cashmere
Some curtains can be pricier than others, but what a difference the mismatched panels make in this room!

Home Inspiration on Darling Cashmere
Wire shelving is certainly a less inexpensive path to go on, and it can look incredible if you just style it right!

Home Inspiration on Darling Cashmere
I love how Julia from Gal Meets Glam keeps it simple. There isn't a whole lot happening on top of this table, but it was carefully put together and it looks divine!

Home Inspiration on Darling Cashmere
Keep the couch classic and neutral, then add your favorite mix of pillows and textiles. This is a quick and easy way to update any room!

How do you spice up your home without spending a fortune?

XOXO,
R

Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Weekend

Happy Weekend from Darling Cashmere

I hope you have a fabulous weekend full of flowers, bright colors, and sunshine!
I will be spending mine working a little bit on Saturday and most definitely relaxing on Sunday.
Hoping to get a little time outside and I may even make this delightful little drink to sip on!

XOXO,
R

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Seafoam Maxi + Chambray


Maxis are everywhere. Buy them as a dress or buy them as a skirt. Try with pleats, a see-through overlay, or even with embroidery!

I saw this maxi on the racks and fell in love with the color. Even with the satin fabric, which feels a little heavier than some of the popular sheer skirts, the color just made it seem so breezy and cool. There are so many ways to wear a maxi, but for this particular day I chose to pair it with my all-time favorite Chambray button-up!

For more ways to wear chambray, check out this blog post!

XOXO,
R

All photography by Anchor and Veil Photography.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up on Darling Cashmere

I found this on Pinterest and it instantly spoke to me.
I just crossed off the book Kisses from Katie from my Summer Reading List, and the quote sounds a lot like one I highlighted in one of the chapters.

On the subject of Kisses from Katie, you should definitely and absolutely read this book. I literally was on the verge of tears (joyful tears and tears of hurt just thinking about the struggles that others face daily) every moment while reading. I had a hard time putting the book down--I was just so involved in the [true] stories and lives of those described. It is a must-read.

XOXO,
R

Monday, July 8, 2013

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

So with an afternoon of wedding dress shopping under my belt I may not be an expert--but I can certainly share a few tips and tidbits I learned!

1. Do your research. Maybe this goes without saying since we are all women of the Pinterest generation and more than likely definitely have our dream day planned to the nines, but seriously. Do your research on pricing and styles--especially styles that are flattering for your body type. Save photos of your favorite looks on your phone or print them out (okay, so I am personally recommending you save them on your phone and save some trees!) to show your consultant and the special guests you bring that day.
Wedding Dress Shopping Tips on Darling Cashmere

2. Set a budget..and stick to it. Setting a budget is hard. And sticking to that set budget is even harder. But you certainly don't want to have a certain budget, try on a dress that's double that (not including those pesky alterations costs), fall in love, and have to turn it down. You will compare every dress to that one and find yourself perpetually disappointed. Look for ways to save money--shop for a used gown, try the gown with less additions (beadwork and layers), or even try out a sample sale.

3. Shop early. This is one of those things (like most, actually) on your wedding planning checklist that you really cannot and should not wait until the last minute for. This day can end up being really fun and bring you and those in your wedding party just that much closer in time for the big day. Giving yourself enough time to make appointments, shop around, order, and get custom-fitted your gown will bring you a peace of mind like no other.

4. Bring supportive company. Wedding dress shopping can be slightly stressful, even with all of the stars aligning for your special day. Trust me, I was stress sweating (this is a real thing, ya know) on my way to the first bridal boutique. Stressed about what, you ask? Not a clue--just a natural reaction, I suppose. Bring the girls (and guys?) and family that will be honest with you, but in the nicest possible way. You don't need to go home from shopping with a brand-new body-hating complex because of a comment your snarky future sister-in-law made (psst..this is not personal experience--my future sister-in-law is quite sweet!). Limit your entourage to just a few, if possible. If everyone wants to be included, let them know you'll bring them back for one final look once you've chosen your top dress contenders.

5. Decide on dress code and theme. Before you go to your first appointment and your brain becomes fuzzy and clouded by all the chiffon and satin, be sure you know the formality of your dream day. Are you getting married outside beside a converted rustic barn? If so, a tulle ballgown or dress with a cathedral train may not be the best option for your location. What time of the year is your wedding? If your wedding is in the dog days of Summer, it may not be the wise choice to go for a layered dress with a high lace neck. Your perfectly perfumed self may not smell so flowery after an hour of dancing the night away under all that weight..
Wedding Dress Shopping Tips on Darling Cashmere

6. Schedule an appointment. Depending on your bridal salon of choice, most have consultants ready and waiting to spend a strategically planned hour with you finding the dress of your wedding fairytale. If you want the attention (let's be honest, who doesn't?) of a salesperson for your visit, then be sure to book ahead. In fact, you may want to take some of that vacation you have been banking to go during the week. Shopping during the week versus weekends can make all the difference--especially when it comes to mirror space. Just be sure to save some of that vacation time for the honeymoon!

7. Bring the details. Details, details, details. Aren't those the very things that make you and your day of love and commitment the most special and unique? Most of us don't have the shoes or the jeweled headpiece we plan on wearing down the aisle, but you can bring some similar pieces that you fancy. If you know you'll be wearing flats, then bring your trustiest pair, but if you know you want to wear heels, go ahead and bring your favorites. From my experience, you definitely want to bring nude undies and a strapless bra, and, believe it or not, a light robe. There will be plenty of time between the bunches of dresses your consultants bring where you'll want to be comfortable and chat with your guests. And if you are shopping at a discount store, you may be on your own looking through the rows and rows of white, so wearing an easy robe may be the perfect go-to instead of changing back and forth into your clothes.
Wedding Dress Shopping Tips on Darling Cashmere

8. Trust yourself and be true to you. First of all, try on more than one. The first dress may fit like a glove and be just what you were looking for (and under budget, hey!), but try on a few more just for good measure. And just because your bridesmaids, mother, and mother-in-law love the silky mermaid gown you tried on, that doesn't make it "the one". Your vision may be more in line with the lace sheath you tried on three dresses ago. So stick with your number one because you are ultimately the one that needs to love it.

Any tips you might have on wedding dress shopping? I'd love to hear!

XOXO,
R

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fourth of July DIY Projects

Happy Fourth of July!
Today is marked with many, many things--most notably our freedom, of course!
Independence Day is celebrated in so many fun ways these days--cookouts, pool lounging, baseball games, fireworks, and strategically coordinated outfits in red, white, and blue!

With all of these events in mind, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite Fourth of July DIY projects:

1. Ribbon drink stirrers!
And for those of us that aren't DIY savvy, they are available for purchase on Etsy. Click the "via" link below the picture.
Fourth of July DIY Projects on Darling Cashmere

2. Sparkle skewers
Spice up your snacks with a little tinsel!
Fourth of July DIY Projects on Darling Cashmere

3. I Love This Land banner!
How perfect is this free printable--and so chic too!
All you need is some twine or rope (in gold!) to string this up.
Fourth of July DIY Projects on Darling Cashmere

4. Patriotic stripes on wooden utensils!
Just grab some painters tape, a paintbrush, and some primary-colored paint!
Go for red and blue Sharpies for less clean-up time!
Fourth of July DIY Projects on Darling Cashmere

5. Drink decor
What an easy way to dress up your cute paper straws! Find the free printables on the via link below!
Fourth of July DIY Projects on Darling Cashmere

What DIY projects are you working on for your 4th soiree?

XOXO,
R


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up via Darling Cashmere

Happy short week to ya workin' women!
This quote is so refreshing. So timeless.

Stay stylish, ladies!

XOXO,
R

Monday, July 1, 2013

How to Wear Chambray

Madewell Chambray via Darling Cashmere

I am in love with chambray. Absolutely, 100% in love. I wear it pretty much weekly--just ask my coworkers. The buton-up above is one of my serious favorites. It has such an easy boyfriend fit and the color is perfect. It is basically a neutral, and you can pair it in so many different ways.

Here are a few of my favorites (some worn by a few gorgeous bloggers I follow!):

1. With stripes--I love these yellow shorts!
How to Wear Chambray via Darling Cashmere

2. With polka dots

How to Wear Chambray via Darling Cashmere

3. With your brights
How to Wear Chambray via Darling Cashmere

4. Pair it with your florals--a floral pencil skirt is super fun too!
How to Wear Chambray via Darling Cashmere

5. With your classic white denim!
How to Wear Chambray via Darling Cashmere

How do you wear your chambray?

XOXO,
R