1. 9 heart-shaped recipes for Valentine’s Day.

2. 12 easy ways to save money on your next vacation.

3. 17 bottles of rosé to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

4. How yummy does this grapefruit cocktail look?

5. I love this neckline.

6. There’s an eighth Harry Potter book coming this summer!

7. These destinations aren’t on your bucket list — but they should be.

8. These shorts arrived this week and they’re super flattering in person.

9. This gingham peplum tank is $25. We all need it.


From Design Darling this week:

My new one-piece swimsuit

Olivia Palermo for Nordstrom

What I wore in St. Thomas

Wedding Wednesday: engagement party dresses

Stepped outside my comfort zone with this tassel top


The third stop on our trip with Princess Cruises was a day in St. Maarten. You might remember that Will and I went there after Christmas last year so I was pretty excited when I saw that one of the excursions offered was a boat ride to St. Barth’s to explore a totally new-to-me island for the day! It wound up being my favorite day of the entire trip as 1) it’s absolutely gorgeous there, 2) there are so many stylish little families that make for amazing people-watching, and 3) I got to speak French to our cab driver and waiter, which always makes my day to use what I studied in college.

This tassel top was a little outside my comfort zone but I fell in love with it the second I saw it online and knew I had to have it for the trip! I wore it with skinny jeans here just to save some room in my suitcase but I actually think I’d like it more with high-waisted flared jeans in either dark blue or white. (Any favorite high-waisted flares you’d recommend?)

apiece apart tassel top

design darling white tassel top

white tassel top

apiece apart white tassel top

apiece apart galisteo wabi tassel trim cotton top

tassel top  //  straw hat  //  sunglasses  //  pearl studs  //  skinny jeans  //  navy espadrilles

Also, I’m pretty sure hats are going to be my new best friend. It was pretty windy the day that Ali took these photos for me and the straw hat totally saved me! I think I’ll be needing a more wintry option for concealing bad hair days when I’m not at the beach. The only thing is they’re a little annoying to pack in your suitcase and Ali and I are both pretty short so it’s hard to wear them without feeling you’re going to bump into things at the airport. Oh well! As my Grandy would say, “for style, you have to suffer.” :)

If you’re looking for a more affordable tassel top, I recently added this one to my closet and I’m loving this one that popped up on Shopbop last week.

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One of Will’s mom’s friends (and our realtor!) is generously throwing us an engagement party here in Dallas in a few weeks and my mom, dad, Grandy, sister, cousin, and cousin’s boyfriend are all coming to town! I’m SO SO SO excited for them to get here and can’t wait for everything we have planned: showing them around Dallas (Grandy and my cousin Emily have never been!), trying on wedding dresses for the first time (OMG!), and maybe even checking out bridesmaids dresses since I’ll have my maid-of-honor and one of my bridesmaids in tow!

But of course I’m getting ahead of myself because 1) I haven’t even asked my bridesmaids yet (though these two already know what they’re in for haha) and 2) I have no idea what I’m wearing to the engagement party, let alone to our 2017 wedding! There are going to be so many wedding-related events to dress for and I’ve been bookmarking little white dresses for weeks now… Of course I don’t have to wear white for every single occasion but it’s definitely fun to shop for since most of the dresses I purchase are for other people’s weddings and therefore as far away from white as possible. :) Here are a few of the options I’m considering for ours but I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

























I always love Rent The Runway for special occasions and fell in love with this one but I’m also tempted to splurge on something like this or this. (And if money were no object, I’d totally be wearing this.) Tell me your favorite in the comments!

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Ali snapped these photos on an early morning in St. Thomas with Princess Cruises. We were racing off the boat (the stop for iced coffee was non-negotiable haha) to make it to our excursion for the day: swimming with dolphins! This was a total bucket list item for me and I’m so glad Ali and I got to experience it together. The dolphins were all so smart and lovable — they totally had me missing my puppy for some reason! I bought the cheesy touristy photos from our excursion but Ali and I are both smiling so hard in the pictures that we look borderline crazy so I’ll just save those for my personal file. 😉 This day was definitely one for the books!

design darling hot pink romper

st. thomas princess cruises

hayden reis middy tote

design darling st. thomas

design darling pink romper

swimming with dolphins st. thomas

design darling hayden reis bag

st. thomas boats

adelyn rae crepe romper nordstrom

romper (under $100)  //  sunglasses  //  pearl studs  //  tote bag  //  sandals

If you’re considering ordering this romper, definitely order a size down as I had to cinch mine quite a bit to keep it from looking too baggy. And if you’re looking for a roomy new tote bag for beach days or boat rides, this Hayden Reis middy tote is a great pick as it’s made of durable sailcloth and fits all the warm weather necessities. And better yet: it can be monogrammed!

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Oh happy day! Everyone’s favorite fashion icon Olivia Palermo just debuted her first collection for Nordstrom’s in house line Chelsea28 today and my online cart is filling up fast. How good are the pieces in these sneak peeks from Town & Country?




The navy blazer, the poplin top and skirt set, the bow striped sweater… There are so many pieces I’m coveting and it’s clear the girl can do no wrong in my book. Thankfully she’s signed on for several future collections as well so we’ll have plenty to look forward to in seasons to come! Shop the full Olivia Palermo for Chelsea28 collection here!