OUTFIT: FIT AND FLARE DRESS

Within the past few months, I’ve been paying more attention to the clothes and shoes that make me feel good. Which silhouettes flatter my body type? Which shoes make me stand taller? I’ve realized there are some pieces that never feel quite right on me (and tend to sit in my closet until I’m ready to face the facts…) and other items that make me feel like the best possible version of myself. One of those magically transformative pieces? The fit and flare dress. I’d like to collect one in every color, fabrication, and pattern under the sun. They make me feel girly, slender, and more confident than anything that clings to my hips or legs. This patterned dress from Nordstrom is one of my newly acquired favorites…

fit and flare sweater dress

hexagon print dress

clove honeycomb fit and flare sweater dress

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blue black fit and flare dress

Clove honeycomb pattern fit and flare sweater dress  //  Ray-Ban sunglasses  //  Tom Ford Flamingo lipstick  //  Essie Fiesta nail polish  //  Alice + Olivia heels (available here in black, similar navy styles here)

This is actually a heavier knit than I expected, which makes it a perfect little sweater dress for fall. And I love the hexagon print — smaller on top to slim the waist and bigger at the bottom as it flares out. Shop more of my favorite fit and flare dresses from Nordstrom here:

*Photos by Bekka Palmer. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. Thank you for supporting the partnerships that make Design Darling possible!

SO TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF

Let’s play another round of everyone’s favorite game, shall we?! I love a good old fashioned reader questionnaire and can’t pass up a chance to get to know you as the awesome community of girl-crush-worthy women you are.

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Best gift you’ve received: A trip to Paris with my grandmother when I graduated high school. Magnifique!

Last book you read: The Hunger Games. I finished the first book in three days and can’t wait to get my hands on the sequels! #betterlatethannever

Something on today’s to do list: Make a grooming appointment for Rory #badmom

Something you’re really good at: (according to Will) self-motivating, spontaneous adventuring, and taking advantage of living in New York (new restaurants, museums, dog parks, friend dates, real dates, etc.!)

Something you’re really bad at: Keeping my apartment tidy (but like, really, really, really bad at)

Now it’s your turn! Copy and paste the below and leave your responses in the comments. I’ll be reading all of them thinking how cool my readers are with a huge smile on my face like the big creeper that I am.

Best gift you’ve received:

Last book you read:

Something on today’s to do list:

Something you’re really good at:

Something you’re really bad at:

BECAUSE IT’S THURSDAY AND YOU DESERVE IT.

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Have you had a moment to peek at this week’s new arrivals in the boutique? If not, let me draw your attention to the newest Design Darling pillows in three color-coordinated combinations (cobalt + navy = so hot right now). Or how about a hot pink recipe binder in time for Thanksgiving prep? This one’s for the California girls. And last but most certainly not least, everyone needs a bright green miniature windowsill planter. Check out these and more right here and shop to your little heart’s content. One for you, two for me…

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK FOUR

It’s week four of the one room challenge and I’m a leeeettle overwhelmed at how much has to happen in the next two weeks to be ready for the big reveal. Let’s start with what’s happened in the first four weeks in case you need a refresher.

Week one: before pictures

Week two: new sofa, new rug, book tower

Week three: new armchairs and pillows, new dresser for TV

And here we are in week four. This week was a bit lacking in progress since I was in Charleston all weekend but, with a couple late nights (Will, you are the ultimate good sport!), we managed to assemble the new bar cart, decide on a coffee table, and move in new lamps. I hope you dig it as much as we do!

Week three:

one room challenge week three

Week four:

vintage chesterfield sofa

We are both obsessed with this bar cart. It’s actually a two piece tray table from West Elm that’s available as a mirrored tray top and matching X leg base. We saw it in their Chelsea store in the city and instantly knew it was perfect for Will and Mike’s space. I had a 15% off coupon (and may or may not have used my long-expired student ID for an extra discount… shhh) so it wound up being a pretty good deal. I think it looks like it could be a $1,000+ piece from Ralph Lauren so I was pretty pleased! Both the scale and shape are to die for.

Week one:

one room challenge week 1 bar cart

Week four:

west elm mirrored bar cart tray table

As you’ll recall, the coffee table has been quite the subject of debate since we started this challenge and I wish I had a more exciting conclusion. But we were having a really hard time finding something that was JUST right for this room so we decided to save money on this one and order this plain white option from Target. Is it our favorite piece in the room? No. But the price was right and it’s brighter than what was there originally… so we’re going to go with it and accept that it’s one of the few pieces in the room that we’ll probably have to replace in a couple years. Truthfully I think we’re both excited to just have this crossed off our to do list so we can move on to the fun stuff.

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Speaking of fun stuff, how killer are these Jana Bek brushstroke lamps? I’ve been following Jana on Instagram for about a year now and I just adore her bright and colorful style. I knew we had to work her hand painted lamps into this space and luckily Will loved them as much as I do. (You’ll be able to shop them at Design Darling soon!) Jana describes them as an “instant heirloom” and I just love that mentality. And of course you can’t go wrong with navy and white.

west elm malone campaign dresser

So next week I’m hoping we’ll have made some major progress on the gallery wall. All the art pieces have been arriving one by one and I am so excited to see how it all comes together. Between pieces Will already owned and works that we’ve purchased together, I know it’s the start of a collection that we both really love and intend to stare at for many years to come. Art is really the icing on the cake in any space and I’m so excited to gussy up these off-white walls and turn them into something special.

Peep my fellow challengers’ spaces below — and let me know which spaces are your favorites so far!

Abby M. Interiors             

Because It’s Awesome

Bijou & Boheme

Chinoiserie Chic

The Decorista

Design Chic

The Design Daredevil

Design Darling

Design Indulgence

Design Manifest

House of Turquoise

Jana Bek Design

Jill Sorensen

Maddie G. Designs

Mimosa Lane

A Piece of Toast 

The Pink Pagoda

Stone Textile

Waiting on Martha

The Zhush

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CHARLESTON WEEKEND RECAP

This weekend was such a blast. Thanks to my friend Chassity of Look Linger Love and the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, a bunch of blogger friends  — Amy, Amy, Carly, Caroline, Grace, Jamie, Mary — and I were flown down to the Holy City to soak in beautiful architecture, delicious food, and wonderful company. It was such a treat to spend three days in a new-to-me city with some of my favorite people on earth. I already can’t wait to go back!

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A walking tour through the historic district with Bulldog Tours

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Pit stops for outfit pictures were necessary (I wore this top, these shorts, this bag, and these shoes)

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The most exquisite lunch at Chassity’s home

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Piled onto Chassity’s porch swing!

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Dinner and drinks at the Croghan family’s gorgeous home

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Clearly telling a very captivating tale (wearing this dress [sold out, also love this and this] and these earrings)

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Sunday brunch at our hotel, the Mills House (wearing this sweater — only $59 with code TGIFALL)

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Then Amy, Carly, Grace, and I headed home, which went something like this: two hour delay, freezing in the airport (doing things like this to pass the time…), sitting next to a screaming baby on the flight, and full-blown winter in New York when we finally landed. I know I speak for all four of us when I say we would have rather rerouted the flight back to sunny Charleston. Many thanks to Chassity and Molly and Julia of Charleston CVB for an unforgettable weekend in your beautiful city!!!

*Photos by Gray Benko, lots more on my Instagram!