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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Stripes


Romper: BDG (sold out // similar here) | Sneakers: Converse (here) | Tote Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (sold out // simlar here) | Statement Necklace: Panacea (here) | Birthstone Ring
Jared (old // similar here) | Lip Color: Bobbi Brown's "Rose Brown" (here)

Remember how I said I love rompers in my last post? Well, the proof is in the pudding because here I am sharing another romper look. This BDG romper is fairly inexpensive (less than $60!), lightweight, and absolutely perfect for a hot -- and humid -- summer day like this one was. 

Since I was wearing this ensemble during my time in Boston (click here to see more of what I was up to in Massachusetts), I had to make it realistic for a day of sightseeing and exploring the city. So, I wore a pair of white Chuck Taylor Converse (best investment ever!) and used a tote bag with a crossbody strap to hold all of my necessities for the day. As you have probably already realized, or will definitely soon realize, I wear my birthstone ring nearly everyday because I have a soft spot for meaningful jewelry (I received this ring from my parents for my 10th birthday). That being said, my ring doesn't need much explanation. 

What does deserve some discussion, though, is my necklace. If you were to ask me what my jewelry weakness is, I would respond with, "statement necklaces" every. single. time. My friends make fun of me for it, but just look at how much one accessory dresses up this entire look. I especially love this Panacea necklace because of how many colors it has in it. Despite the funky design, it actually goes with tons of outfits and is WAY less expensive than some comparable necklaces out there. Okay, rant over -- for now. 

Tell me all about what you like to wear on fast-paced trips in the comments below! I'd really like some new ideas for my next vacation. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Go Green


Romper: Adelyn Rae (here) | Sandals: BP. (old // similar here) |  Crossbody Bag: Tory
 Burch (here) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (here) | Monogram Necklace: Baublebar (here) | 
Bracelet: Tai (here) | Lip Color: Bobbi Brown's "Rose Sugar" (here)

I love a good romper. There's truly something to be said about a single item of clothing that is comfortable and chic at the same time. Think about it: how many times have you worn a romper and gotten an insane amount of "You look so nice!"s, followed by you thinking to yourself, "Uhhhh…I'm actually wearing this because I was too lazy to find two pieces of clothing that would work well together today"? Of course, aloud you say something like, "Oh my gosh! This old thing?! Thank you so much!" Seriously though, please tell me I'm not the only one who feels this way! 

Well, one thing's for sure: Adelyn Rae's kelly green romper fits the "comfortable and chic" bill. I wore this outfit on a day trip to Cape Cod with my family (click here to see more of my vacation) and it was perfect for three reasons. #1: I don't know about you, but when I travel I do not have even a millimeter of spare space in my suitcase. Rompers like this one are perfect for trips because they take up less room than two-piece ensembles while still looking stylish. #2: You'd think an Arizona girl like me would've been able to handle Massachusetts heat without any difficulty, but I couldn't. I absolutely hate being hot, so I'm always on the hunt for clothing that keeps me cool without exposing every square inch of my body. #3: Can we just take a minute to talk about how fabulous the details of this romper are? The lace embroidery, unique back, and beautiful color are what sealed the deal for me. Together, they created a darling summertime look for exploring the beach town. 

In outfits like these, where there is one piece I want all of the attention focused on, I love wearing understated and feminine accessories. I received Baublebar's monogram necklace as a graduation present and I'm still shocked by the amount of outfits it goes with. Because my necklace was on the larger side, I opted for a more delicate bracelet by Tai along with my diamond studs (I guess now is as good a time as any to find out that I'm a chronic metal-mixer). I finished off my look with a versatile black bag by Tory Burch, black and gold sandals, and a pair of round, tortoiseshell Ray-Ban sunnies. 

Share some of your favorite rompers with me -- a girl can never have too many. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Summer Travel Journal

Since I launched my blog toward the end of the summer (and since I want The Blogueuse to double as my personal diary), I thought that a fun way for you all to get to know me a little better would be through a look at how I spent my summer. Soooo, here ya go!

Stop #1: Chicago, Illinois 

My sweet mama and I spent nearly a week in the Windy City at the end of May. We decided to take a mother-daughter trip to celebrate my high school graduation and get some quality time in before I move to Texas and begin my college career. Neither of us had been to Chicago before, and we had the absolute best time exploring the city together. 

My favorite part of the vacation was definitely seeing a show at The Second City -- you guys, I seriously got an ab workout from laughing so hard! Of course, we spent WAY too much time shopping on Michigan Avenue, saw Millennium Park (and The Bean), ate our weight in deep-dish pizza, visited the John Hancock Observatory, and were cliché tourists at Navy Pier. We even fit some culture in on an architectural boat tour and by seeing Million Dollar Quartet.

What I Want to Remember: "I forgot…I need to look at something else." | Uber | The Downpour | "But! Mrs. O'Leary…" | Slumber Parties  

Stop #2: Waimea, Hawaii

At the beginning of June, five of my very best friends and I spent a week in a house we rented on the Big Island of Hawaii to celebrate our surviving the craziness of high school, graduations, and futures. How many girls are able to say that?! Not many -- I am truly beyond grateful for this trip, these gals, and all of the memories we made. 

Throughout the week, we spent a fair share of our time being beach bums and trying to get bronzed (or, in my case, burnt to a crisp). We also went to a luau, hiking, and snorkeling off the shore of Kona. Oh, and want to hear a super weird coincidence? On our first day at the beach, we happened to set up our little "camp" not too far from another group of recent high school grads who were also on their senior trip. We ended up hanging out with them a couple of times, too, which was a great time and the source of many laughs.

What I Want to Remember: "Malaho!" | Ed Sheeran | "You guys, I stole their aloe." | Daddy | "We got a 1+1 over here!"| Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Stop #3: Austin, Texas

Orientation: the most stressful, exciting, nerve-wracking, and fun three days of my life thus far. Okay, so that sentence is definitely an exaggeration, but you get the point. My dad and I arrived in ATX on Sunday afternoon -- just in time to go to a dinner held by the place where I'll be living my freshman year. After the dinner, I explored Austin and UT with some new friends (who rock, by the way). I even got to sleep in my future room that night! 

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were filled with typical orientation activities: I listened to lots of speakers, attended a multitude of presentations, met some of amazing people, registered for my fall classes (EEEEP!), participated in more "get-to-know-you" activities than I knew existed, and got to learn tons more about my major. I had the greatest time! I was lucky enough to have my dad be able to stay in Austin the entire time, which was great because we were able to grab some meals together and I could relax in his hotel room between events (I was in a different dorm than most students were because of the college I'm in, and it was a lot farther away from the orientation activities). 

What I Want to Remember: Amy's Ice Cream | Graffiti Park | "You guys again?" | Werewolves | 7-Eleven Runs | "All of our friends already left."

P.S. I apologize for the lack of photos in ATX. I was having WAY too much fun to be taking as many pictures as I usually do -- but don't worry, you'll see more than your fair share of Texas photos over the next four years!

Stop #4: Kā'anapali, Hawaii

{click here to see more of this look}

Every year, usually around the beginning of July, my family goes on a big family vacation together. This year, we went to Maui. I'm the kind of girl who would take a lazy, lay on the beach type of vacation over a sightseeing one any day, so I was in Heaven. But, since we were on the island for two weeks, we also found some time to go on a few adventures and not spend every second working on our tans -- or, once again, burns. 

Some of my favorite outings were going swimming at Twin Falls, zip lining, and seeing the Iao Needle. I also loved the luau we went to in Lahaina. Crazy side note about the luau: the tables were randomly assigned, and my family happened to be seated with a family from Austin! Both of the parents graduated from UT, so we had plenty to talk about. 

What I Want to Remember: "Your umbrella is breaking!" | The Paddle Boarding Disaster of 2015 | Shrimp Tails | Lucy Hale | "This is what you named Darby after?" | Boogie Boarding

Stop #5: Boston, Massachusetts 

{click here to see more of this look}

Since one of my sisters, Chloe, is a rising high school junior, my parents thought that a fun way to kick off her college search process and have one last family trip together before I leave for college would be to go to Massachusetts at the end of July. Boy, were they right! It wasn't my parents' first time in Boston, but neither my sisters nor I had been before. We had an amazing time in the city together; there is so much to do and see. 

While we were there, we walked the Freedom Trail, ate approximately a billion cannoli in Little Italy, went to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, explored Boston Common, went to a Red Sox game, took a day trip to Cape Cod, visited Harvard Square, and, of course, looked at a couple colleges for my genius of a sister. By far one of my favorite memories of the entire vacation is pictured in the first photo of this section -- it started POURING rain while we were walking around Beacon Hill without umbrellas. We had to run through the rain to take cover under an awning at an apartment complex. I know it sounds crazy that that was my favorite memory, but we were laughing so hard afterwards. The worst part is that we had been carrying around umbrellas the whole day, but ditched them in our hotel rooms right before we went to Beacon Hill…of course. 

Boston was the perfect destination to end my summer adventures. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to have a final trip with my family before I leave for UT. Next stop: Texas! 

What I Want to Remember: Bacon Street | "I'm perfectly relaxed; I told you to call an Uber." | Pedro Martinez | "I'm a hunter and gatherer." | Lord Farquaad | Adil & The Bug

Comment below to tell me all about the highlights of your summer!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Currently Drooling Over...


For this month's segment of CDO, I think it's only appropriate that I share my #NSALE picks (seeing as Nordstrom is practically my second home and all). I bought a few of these goodies for myself, but some of them will just have to remain on my wish list -- for now. Comment below to tell me all about your favorite Anniversary Sale items; I'd absolutely love to hear! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beachy Keen


Dress: Roxy (sold out // similar here) | Sandals: Tory Burch (here) | Necklace: Kate Spade 
(here) | Birthstone Ring: Jared (old // similar here) | Wrap Bracelet: Tory Burch (sold out // 
different colors here) | Earrings: Kate Spade (here) | Lip Color: Clinique's "Mystic" (here)

There are few things in this world that I love more than getting all dolled up after a day at the beach…and Maui. So, put the two together, and you have one very happy Darby. Roxy's breezy baby doll is the perfect LWD for evenings at the beach, which makes sense because, well, the brand is dedicated to beachwear. I'm especially obsessed with the embroidery on this dress as it makes the summer staple one-of-a-kind. 

Can I get an "AMEN!" to how much accessories add to an outfit?! But really, this look showcases one of my all-time favorite summertime color combinations: turquoise and white. Kate Spade's fun studs are probably what I like best about this ensemble; they are simple yet have such a unique color. Plus, what girl doesn't want more attention drawn to her face? I've had Tory Burch's wrap bracelet for a while now, and it's surprisingly versatile. If you're in the market to splurge a little on a quality piece of statement jewelry, you'll get your money's worth. Kate Spade's dainty (and reversible!) necklace adds the perfect finishing touch. It draws from the gold in the earrings and bracelet, while still having its own little personality. Yes, I did just personify a necklace. No, I'm not at all sorry 'bout it. 

Last, but certainly not least, let's talk about how awesome these Tory Burch flip-flops are. Obviously, it is of the utmost importance to wear shoes that are easy to take off when you're near the water -- hellooo, long walks on the beach! Plus, the neutral color goes with nearly everything in a summer wardrobe.

Comment below to tell me all about your favorite evening beach fashions! Oh, and check out my Summer Travel Journal if you're interested in seeing more of my time in Hawaii.
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