DALLAS RECOMMENDATIONS?

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Will and I are headed to Dallas to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family and I can’t wait! It will be my first time flying with Rory so getting there should be an adventure in and of itself. ;) This will be my longest trip to Dallas yet and I’m looking forward to having a few free days to get to know Will’s hometown better. Since you’ve all been so helpful in the past with recommendations for Austin and Atlanta, I would LOVE any tips you have about where to eat, shop, explore etc. in Dallas!

P.S. I’ll still be posting every day this week — stay tuned for a Design Darling promo code starting Wednesday as well as my favorite sale finds on Black Friday!

HOLIDAY SPARKLE

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is this week and that we’re fast approaching the end of the year. December is going to be non-stop mayhem: a press preview for the pop-up shop and Will’s company holiday party followed by ten days of pop-up shop fun (not to mention lots of holiday packing, shipping, and wrapping!). I’ve already shared my picks for what to wear to a holiday party (I can’t wait to share which dresses I’ll be wearing for my own festivities!) so now it’s time to chat about the fun little details. Bring on the holiday sparkle!

goodnight macaroon pearl jewelry

9-10 mm White Cultured Freshwater Pearl Studs  //  Gray Marl Color Block Boyfriend Wool Coat

Royal Freshwater Cultured Pearl Diamond Earrings  //  Fuchsia Pink Boyfriend Coat

Omega Mabe South Sea Pearl Earrings  //  Pink Lapel Collar Wool Cape Coat 

Diamond Ruby Akoya Pearl Earrings  //  Lapel Collar Wool Stripe Oversized Cocoon Coat

You’re already familiar with Goodnight Macaroon’s assortment of affordable clothing but they’ve just introduced a collection of fine pearl jewelry that’s perfect for holiday accessorizing (and gifting!). Each listing includes details about that particular pearl’s quality, luster, and surface, so you know for example whether you’re paying for an AAA pearl (exceptional, mirror-like reflection with a blemish-free surface) or an A pearl (good, clear reflection with a very slightly blemished surface). No matter what your budget, a pretty pair of pearl earrings is a must-have for women of all ages and a thoughtful gift she’ll wear for years to come! And for the next week, use code DESIGNDARLING to save 20% on your purchase site wide!

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*Thank you to Goodnight Macaroon for sponsoring this post!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE GIRLS

Sometimes it’s just as hard to answer the question “what would you like for Christmas?” as it is to decide what to give someone else. Whether you’re browsing for your own wishlist (or, you know, emailing this post to your significant other), here are a few goodies picked with the stylish 20-something in mind:

christmas gift ideas for twenty something girls

one (the comfiest sweater there is)  //  two  //  three (for big things in 2015)  //  four

five  //  six (more affordable version here!)  //  seven  //  eight

nine (visual euphoria)  //  ten  //  eleven  //  twelve

thirteen  //  fourteen (still can’t get enough)  //  fifteen  //  sixteen

seventeen (see mine here!)  //  eighteen  //  nineteen  //  twenty (recently worn here)

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P.S. For more gift ideas, browse all gift guides here and check out bonus picks here!

AMY STONE INSTAGRAM PRINTS!

SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE.

Amy is one of the most talented people I know and I’m so lucky to call her one of my best friends. She has the most unbelievable eye for color and composition — when we travel together, I sometimes feel like we’re in different destinations because her photos look that much better than mine. I so admire her dedication to capturing the little things in life, whether it’s a brightly painted door, a miniature pineapple, or a striped cabana on the beach. Her Instagram is a feast for the eyes and I’m so happy to share that we are now carrying eight prints of her photographs exclusively at Design Darling!!!

amy stone instagram prints design darling

Whether you collect all eight for a gorgeous gallery wall, gift a few to your girlfriends for Christmas, or just pick one up to prop on your nightstand, I hope you’ll hop over and take a peek at her pop-up! I’ll be saving one of each for chez moi. :)

P.S. There are lots more new arrivals right here!

OUTFIT: BARBOUR JACKET

I don’t know how I grew up on the east coast without a Barbour jacket but now that I have one, I completely understand what all the fuss is about. We’ve officially reached the point in the season where you’d have to be insane to leave your apartment sans jacket, gloves, scarf, hat, boots, two pairs of socks, etc. What I’m loving about my new Barbour is that the silhouette is pretty tailored on the outside (and much warmer than my beloved field jacket) but leaves ample room for layering underneath and pairs well with all my existing winter accoutrements.

j.crew rory leather booties

club monaco pom pom hatdesign darling barbour jacket

tuckernuck barbour jackets

navy barbour jacket

Club Monaco pom pom hat (similar)  //  Navy Barbour Beadnell wax jacket ℅ Tuckernuck  //  Annabel Ingall small Isabella tote  //  BDG jeans  //  J.Crew Rory ankle boots

Bundle up, babes! This is just the beginning…

*Photos by Anabella Veress