WEEKEND READING

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{New art prints}

1. Ali and Patrick have become good friends of ours in Dallas and their wedding photos make me so happy!

2. An interview with one of my favorite creatives.

3. BRB stealing all of Julia’s hair secrets.

4. Hello, perfect striped sweater.

5. How to style your kitchen.

6. If this isn’t the perfect summer weekend, I don’t know what is.

7. Love this fall look on Kate.

8. So many beautiful new art prints in the boutique.

9. The perfect faux fur vest (under $100!).

10. The ultimate end-of-summer bucket list.

BACK TO THE CLASSICS

It’s been four years since I graduated from college and yet I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of that back-to-school mentality. September always feels like a bit of a clean slate, a chance to buckle down after a few months of summer fun, and a reason to reinvest in wardrobe staples that will carry me through the next two seasons. Today’s outfit features items I have worn or will wear dozens of times in my daily life and on the blog: the perfect striped button-down (fitted, but not clingy), my favorite clutch, my go-to skinny jeans, and a great pair of pointed toe flats. I topped it off with a new tortoiseshell necklace that was a little outside my comfort zone (um, the word “choker” isn’t really in my lexicon) but that I love in person.

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skinny jeans and pointed toe flats

shirt  //  necklace  //  clutch  //  jeans  //  flats (love the new fall colors)

Do you love back-to-school season as much as I do? What’s been your favorite fall buy so far?

WALLPAPERING OUR POWDER ROOM

One of the projects I’m most excited to tackle in our new house is wallpapering our powder room. When I was in high school, I babysat for a family with black and white toile wallpaper in their powder room and always thought it was such a fun and unexpected detail. Since we painted all our walls white before we moved in, I think the powder room off our living room is the perfect spot for a pop of color and pattern!

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I love the green trellis and little blue chairs! Here are a few of the wallpaper options I’m loving that I think might work for us.

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{Ropes reverse wallpaper}

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{Little Lanin wallpaper}

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{Canton persimmon blue wallpaper}

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{Hive wallpaper}

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{Canton cobalt blue wallpaper}

Do you have a favorite?!

MY FAVORITE PAIRS OF SKINNY JEANS

I can’t tell you how excited I am that fall is finally in sight. I don’t think I could have prepared myself for how hot this first summer in Dallas would be but let’s just say it surpassed my expectations. (Though I’d still take a Texas summer over zero degree winters on the east coast!)

As I’m sure you’ve noticed if you’ve read Design Darling for a while, I’m definitely most comfortable in skinny jeans. If the occasion doesn’t call for a dress or skirt, chances are I’m wearing jeans. I’ve amassed quite the collection of skinny jeans over the years, from my shoestring budget college days (when I swore by these) to the occasional splurge now (these are my current favorite pair) in my mid-twenties. I really don’t think it’s possible to own too many pairs of flattering denim so I’ve gone back to some of my favorite outfit posts to share my very favorite pairs!

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{Rag & Bone skinny stretch jeans, $198}

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{DL1961 Florence jeans, $178}

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{Old Navy Rockstar jeans, $35}

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{Acne Studios Skin 5 jeans, $230}

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{Lilly Pulitzer Worth jeans, $158}

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{BDG twig jeans, $69 $39}

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{J Brand Maria jeans, $189}

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{DL1961 Emma jeans, $158 $110}

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{Henry & Belle micro flare jeans, $149}

I threw in that flared pair at the end just in case you’re not a big skinny jeans fan. 😉 I hope that helps with your fall shopping!

P.S. Looking back through your own blog archives? Terrifying. Posting pictures of yourself on the internet really doesn’t get easier with age…!