SO TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF

Today I’m bringing back one of my all-time favorite blog features: the one where I get to learn all about y-o-u! If you’re new to Design Darling, here’s how it works: I’ll leave my answers below, then you’ll copy and paste the questions into a comment so we can all read each other’s!

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Something you’re looking forward to this summer: arriving on Nantucket… today!

Best gift you’ve ever given: I gave my sister Reilly one book every month for a year last Christmas with a little note inside each cover about why I thought she’d love each one!

Blog(s) you’re loving lately: A Dash of Details and Dallas Wardrobe

Your go-to never-fail recipe: Guacamole and/or my grandfather’s Hollandaise

The trip you’re daydreaming about: So many… Australia, Maine, Miami, Palm Springs, South America!

Something you’re looking forward to this summer:

Best gift you’ve ever given:

Blog(s) you’re loving lately:

Your go-to never-fail recipe:

The trip you’re daydreaming about:

Looking forward to reading everyone’s answers! xx

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  1. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Going to Paris next month for my best friends wedding!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I gave my friend a pair of Shoes

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: tacos – healthy and delicious

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: I’m fantasizing about visiting one of my besties in India next year and see my friends as well!

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  2. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Moving to North Carolina with my best friend from college!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: As a thank-you for my college education, I had my last name legally changed to my great-grandfather’s, as he & my great-grandma were the ones who raised me.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Wife Life & Nicole Loher

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: My great-grandma’s shrimp creole

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Visiting Disney again this fall–I love feeling like a kid again!

  3. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Getting ready for a fresh, new school year.

    Best gift you’ve ever given: A beach-themed gift basket stocked with fresh towels, sunnies, a good read and an adorable tote to put it in!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Evergreen and Ivy by Bess Pearson and The Londoner by Rosie.

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Ensalada Caprese- Just cut up a baguette into 1 inch slices and top with a sliver of tomato, a chunk of mozzarella, a basil leaf and a dash of balsamic vinaigrette. This is such a great recipe for entertaining!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Going back to Switzerland for the fresh, mountain air and Swiss dinners with family.

    Thanks for reading, keep up the great work!

  4. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Going to Vancouver next month for my best friends wedding!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I gave a boyfriend one square foot of land in Scotland so he could officially be a “Lord”

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Spicy shrimp tacos – healthy, quick, and delicious

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: I’m fantasizing about visiting one of my besties in Alaska next year, dying to get back to New York and see my friends as well!

    Love this post!

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  5. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: a trip to Orlando next month.

    Best gift you’ve ever given: a homemade cookbook of family recipes

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: WearWhereWell and Frassy

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Amaretto Cookies (recipe on my blog)

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Italy or Paris!!

    I have enjoyed reading everyone’s posts!

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  6. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: We just got back from South America… before we went I would’ve said that! However, I am really looking forward to volunteering at a place that helps people with disabilities play sports this week.

    Best gift you’ve ever given: All the books I’ve given my brother… we love discussing them together!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Paris in Four Months, Making Magique (highly recommend), and Gal Meets Glam

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Pumpkin cupcakes (recipe is for bars, but I prefer them as cupcakes). Link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/pumpkin-bars-recipe.html

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: So many… Provence, Tuscany, Prague, Istanbul, Charleston.

  7. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: sailing off the coast of Kennebunkport with my boyfriend

    Best gift you’ve ever given: rare/hard to find records

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Little Blonde Book by Taylor Morgan and hello-october.com, the sister blog to her amazing YouTube channel .

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: homemade pasta! It’s so fun to make and tastes much better than store bought.

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: visiting my mom in South Carolina, and having her take me to Charleston, I’ve always wanted to go!

    P.S. You should absolutely come to Maine! It’s beyond beautiful here in the summer and we’d love to have you! 🙂

  8. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: My first wedding dress fitting, eek!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Oooh, that’s tough. I think my Mom’s front row Bon Jovi tickets. She was SO happy!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Sally’s Baking Addiction. Good LORD.

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Peanut butter Oreo Nutella cheesecake mousse pie. Yep.

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Past or future? My fiancé are taking an autumn road trip right after our wedding in October. I’m most looking forward to seeing Wyoming and Oregon!

    🙂

  9. I love when you have this!

    – Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Going home! I’ve been in Italy all summer so I can’t wait to get back and see my friends and family!

    – Best gift you’ve ever given: I gave a good friend (and book lover) a copy of my favorite book for his birthday when he thought no one would remember

    – Blog(s) you’re loving lately: The Man Repeller, always!

    – Your go-to never-fail recipe: Pasta with pesto and sun dried tomatoes!

    – The trip you’re daydreaming about: Florence this coming week!!

    Thanks for posting this Mackenzie! XO!
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  10. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: A long & relaxing weekend in Santa Monica with my hubby & son.

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Photo book & Minted picture collage for my parent’s 60th birthdays.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Other than Design Darling? Luella & June and House Seven

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: grilled chicken with the perfect chicken marinade. http://www.simply-significant.com/2015/07/chicken-marinade.html

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: France….{daydreaming}

  11. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: after a three week trip to Italy, a week in Austin, and 4 days in New York.. I’m looking forward to being home!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: an espresso machine for my husband’s Christmas gift.. he uses it daily

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: A Lonestar State of Southern, Monika Hibbs, Ashley Brooke Designs, and Gal Meets Glam

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: http://www.happilyeverstrader.com/2014/03/life-changing-recipe-healthy-mexican.html

    a yummy, healthy Mexican casserole.. healthy food that visitors won’t consider bland!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Lake Louise in Canada, South Africa, San Fransisco

  12. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Finally enjoying a beach day

    Best gift you’ve ever given: A grill along with a a year subscription to meat club

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Love & Zest

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Roasted chicken

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: South Africa or Argentina

  13. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: I’m moving back to college this fall, and my younger sister is getting my old room! I’m super excited to help her decorate the space with all of her stuff!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: We lost my mom’s favorite Christmas CD that we used to listen to every year when we were younger, so I used the track list to buy all of the old songs on iTunes so she could have the disc with all of the songs covered by the artists she liked from her original album.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: I’m pretty loyal to The College Prepster, Design Darling, and Dallas Wardrobe. Also spending more time reading Gal Meets Glam than I used to!

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Boston and Maine! I’m already excited for Autumn in New England!

  14. This is so cute! i love it! 🙂

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: My first EVER! art show in Maine this summer! So excited and nervous!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: At a friend’s bridal shower, I gave the bride two little custom paintings that gave a nod to her husband’s naval career, and a list that she and I came up with in high school, ten years earlier, (when she met her groom) of what she wanted her wedding to be like. It was pretty accurate!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Design Darling (of course!), Mark D Sikes, Design Sponge.

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Quiche Lorraine, Corn Chowder, or breakfast burritos.

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Going to a new place for a vacation every year in efforts to travel the globe!

  15. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: working towards my dream of self employment by pushing my Jamberry consulting and hand lettering projects!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Newsies soundtrack to my sister Sam

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: this one! 😉 and Instagram’s blogs on tumblr

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: taco chip dip – no one makes it like my mom!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Honeymoon to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland!

    Yay!

  16. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: So much! Either white water rafting and camping this weekend or seeing a pro tennis tournament in a few weeks!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: A binded book of family recipes, all in one place, for my mom!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Cup of Jo, Bower Power, Aspiring Kennedy, The Everygirl

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Pasta and olive oil with whatever veggies I can find to saute (I love red onions, red peppers and green peppers together!)

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Croatia!

  17. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: right now — currently studying abroad in Cambridge, England!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Virginia state gold necklace to my mom, since this is the state where we’ve made the most memories.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: College Prepster, Something Delightful

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: crockpot chicken with pesto, chicken broth & a ranch packet!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: London this weekend!

  18. Something you’re looking forward to this summer:
    driving cross country to California
    Best gift you’ve ever given:
    I can’t narrow it down, I’m an awesome gift giver
    Blog(s) you’re loving lately:
    Hello Gorgeous & Lauren Conrad
    Your go-to never-fail recipe:
    baked ziti
    The trip you’re daydreaming about:
    California dreamin’

  19. I’ve always loved these posts! And this is a good one.

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Hopefully quitting my job, fingers crossed. I want to move on to new things!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: For my boyfriend and I’s 2 year anniversary I gave him 730 m&ms (730 days), a list of 24 of my favorite memories (24 months), a pair of shoes (2 years), and 1 watch, for all of our time spent together. I made cute illustrated tags for each and he loved it! I had to pat myself on the back for that one 😉

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: My favorites are always Cupcakes & Cashmere, Gal Meets Glam, College Prepster, your blog, of course 😉 , and Bows and Sequins!

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Shrimp Scampi or Baked pasta, yum!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: EVERYWHERE, duh. But if I had to narrow it down: Costa Rica, Peru, Alaska, Seattle, Italy, and back to Paris and London. (that wasn’t really narrowed down…. #wanderlustisoutofcontrol)

  20. Something you’re looking forward to this summer:

    I’m on the last 3 days of our vacation in weekapaug Rhode Island, so I’m not looking forward to going home, however, we’re trying to adopt a new dog and I’m really looking forward to that!

    Best gift you’ve ever given:I guess it would have to be the 2week trip to Italy I gave my daughter when she was 16. Recently I gave my other daughter a big gift certificate to rent the runway so she could get dresses to wear to the 10 weddings they’re going to this year.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately:yours and Pigtown design

    Your go-to never-fail recipe:Summer pasta with fresh corn, tomatoes and basil.

    The trip you’re daydreaming about:Italy again! Although I’d also love to go to Spain. But what I’d really love to do is go around the world trying all kinds of health and Beauty regimens from mineral springs, to canyon ranch, to medi spa in Slovenia, to mud baths etc etc etc.

    Looking forward to reading everyone’s answers! xx

    Andrea

    On Jul 22, 2015, at 6:55 PM, Design Darling wrote:

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer:

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    Looking forward to reading everyone’s answers! xx

  21. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: My twin babies learning how to walk! They’ve been standing up and holding on to things for awhile; I know they are so closing to taking some steps! I can’t wait to hold their little hands and take walks around the neighborhood!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: A gluten-free chocolate angel food cake to my husband. He was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease, and he was missing the ability to have this cake on special occassions (it’s a big part of his childhood and it was our wedding cake). He is so happy that I have learned to make everything gluten-free for him!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Mackenzie Kendall and Chronicles of Frivolity

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Coconut Lime Green Beans

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Rosemary Beach, Seaside, Seagrove…basically everything along 30A, We just moved to Alabama from Florida, and I am missing the beaches and sub-tropical weather!

  22. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Madison Farmers’ Market each Saturday!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I got my boyfriend pig butchering classes (so Wisconsin). The experience was incredible (as was the pork we took home).

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: La Petite Fashionista and The Pumpkin Spot

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Sea Salt Caramel Talenti Gelato, store bought. 🙂

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: We’re planning a trip to Spain! Can’t wait to see Barcelona!

  23. Something you’re looking forward to this summer:

    Farmer’s Markets, open windows and fresh air, more daylight hours, concerts in the park, and trying new gelato flavors

    Best gift you’ve ever given: cash

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Classy Girls Wear Pearls

    Your go-to never-fail recipe:
    Simple, yet delicious. Fill with ice cream, or other favorite filling, top with chocolate sauce.
    Ingredients
    Puffs

    1 cup water

    1/2 cup butter or margarine

    1 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

    4 eggs

    Directions

    1 Heat oven to 400ºF. In 2 1/2-quart saucepan, heat water and butter to rolling boil. Stir in flour; reduce heat to low. Stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until mixture forms a ball; remove from heat. Beat in eggs, all at once; continue beating until smooth.
    2 On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by slightly less than 1/4 cupfuls about 3 inches apart. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool away from draft, about 30 minutes.

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Greenwich, CN, Manhattan, South Hampton, Palm Beach, Cumberland Island, GA

  24. Love these posts when the come around, and love that you do them to get to know us readers. 🙂

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Enjoying my new apartment! My boyfriend and I just got our first place together in San Francisco (we’ve been living here for five years, but its our first as a couple). So excited to take advantage of all the close-by eats in the Sunset and slowly decorate!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: When I went to Harry Potter World, I brought back my cousin Professor McGonagall’s wand for his birthday. He was so excited!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Corals + Cognacs, The College Prepster, and Design Darling!

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Sourdough stuffing!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Getting back to Dallas and seeing Austin for the first time, and my next trip ti Europe!

  25. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: I am starting medical school this week!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I always love surprising my mom with unexpected gifts for Christmas. One of my favorites was getting her the Michael Kors purse she really wanted and having it be a complete surprise!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: College Prepster – all day every day

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Pesto over angel hair pasta + caprese salad

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: A winter break cruise to the Caribbean with my boyfriend and friends.

  26. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Hopefully going to the beach before I have to go back to school!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: My sister is a fluent French speaker, spent 6 months in Luxembourg and loves all things French. She’s very classy and not a huge partier. For her 21st birthday I got her a stainless steel collapsable shot glass that said “Salut” on it. It was perfect for both the occasion and her personality!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Amy Believes In Pink, TCP

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: classic spaghetti!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: My semester abroad in Europe! Have to wait until spring 2017….

    xx,
    Allie
    allaboutaph.blogspot.com

  27. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: A weekend trip to SF for my friends’ engagement party

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Couples cooking class with my boyfriend — we both loved it

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Summer Wind

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: pineapple fried rice

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: I am dying to go to Japan!

  28. I love when you do these!!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: It’s tied between a first edition Russian translation of A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh to a friend for his graduation, and a replacement set of lost Kate Spade earrings that were four years old (hard to track down!) for a friend’s 21st. The best gifts are those that demonstrate a deep personal knowledge, and a little effort!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: One Fine Day

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Gooey Butter Cookies– I won a cookie bakeoff with them!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Looking forward to being with my family at one of our favorite resorts in the Northeast next month. Exotic locales are lovely, but nothing beats being with the people you love.

  29. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Finishing summer school and not having school for three weeks!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Really nice headphones for my cousin. He is a drummer and had been saving up to buy them so I got them for him for his birthday, completely surprised him.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Catalina Creative and Savvy Home.

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: My grandmother’s secret chocolate cake recipe. It has been passed down from generation to generation and I am the only one in the family that has it.

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Greece, Italy, Australia.

  30. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: We went to Montego Bay, Jamaica last week. I had been looking forward to relaxing for a while and it was wonderful!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: (I LOVE your idea!) The most recent one that comes to mind is a personalized address stamp that has a skyline of Austin. I gave it to my aunt for Christmas. She always sends me snail mail and I love seeing that stamp on the envelope!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Camille Styles, Extra Petite, Hannah Brencher, This is Glamorous (weekend playlist), Maskcara, Barefoot Blonde, The Hunted Interior

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: My mom’s chicken enchiladas. They are seriously the best I’ve ever had and they’re so easy to make!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Going to Milwaukee for my cousin’s wedding in August and we’ll stop in Chicago. Looking forward to exploring new places!

  31. Oh I really like this!!

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Going for a trip to the Cote D’Azur in September. I’ve had a surgery on my back a couple of weeks ago so we can’t go during high season. But I’m really craving some French Sunshine.

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Last summer I went shopping with my 12 yo niece. We had the best time and I just loved to see her smiling face. Not only because of the clothes but also because of just being together (seriously, she is a mini-me).

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: my favorite Dutch blogger neginmirsalehi.com and Katies Bliss

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: During summer: a nice salad or Pasta Pesto – In winter: cooked pears and any Dutch potato stew (with kale, sour krout etc.). It is amazing and warming and yumm especially when it’s cold.

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Taking a road trip to the USA – East Coast, starting in Washington D.C. up to Boston with stops in Balrimore, Philladelphia, New York, Nantucket, etc.

    Enjoy Nantucket!

  32. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Family coming to see us in our new city!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: The watch I gave my husband for our engagement.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Chronicles of Frivolity // Corals & Cognacs

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Mexican Casserole

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Europe!

  33. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Seeing Florida Georgia Line with one of my good friends from home!
    Best gift you’ve ever given: I sent my Mom flowers from my brother and I out of the blue because she was having a really tough week. She was so surprised and I think it really turned her week around.
    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: The Financial Diet!
    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Banana Bread (my secret family recipe!)
    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Paris!

  34. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: I can’t wait to visit my fiance in Santa Monica (he’s there for 13 weeks for work)

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I gave my dad maroon Adidas tennis shoes with his college class year embroidered on them (Gig ’em Aggies!!)

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: The Miller Affect and Gal Meets Glam

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Meatloaf and goulash

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: My honeymoon 🙂

  35. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: My first trip to Los Angeles, CA! So excited

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I gave my mom a perfume set.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Your’s and fromroses.uk.co

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: banana, spinach, a dash of cinnamon smoothie!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: How long can I make this list? … Australia, Brazil, England, France, Spain, South Africa and so much more!

  36. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: I just moved to California at the beginning of the summer and it’s been a rough transition. I’m super excited that my best friend is visiting this weekend and my sister the weekend after!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I got my boyfriend 49ers versus Vikings (we’re from Minnesota) tickets for a game at the new Levi Stadium, which is down the street from us!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Murphy’s Law and Stephanie Sterjovski!

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: stir fry!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: I agree with you: Australia!

  37. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: A beach trip with all my cousins from all over the country in North Carolina!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: My parents threw a big celebration party for their 25th wedding anniversary. My gift to them was a homemade iMovie slideshow of photos from the past 25 years. There was not a dry eye in the house, including me!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Elements of Style – I’m moving into a new apartment soon and her blog is always a great place for decor inspiration, even if some of it is way out of budget

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Summer Corn Salad – http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/corn-salad-recipe

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Too many – Santa Barbara, Charleston, Tuscany, Fiji, Sydney

  38. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Sitting by the pool and day drinking!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: My husband a bound book of all the emails we sent to each other for the three months before we met. (We met on OkCupid.) The book was over 200 pages!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Franish, Pink Peonies, PBFingers

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Carrot cake

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Greece! Hopefully next year!

  39. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Having my parents come visit me and my husband in CA…we just moved there from Philly last month!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: My best friend just had a baby, and I bought him a step-stool that is a puzzle of the letters of his name 🙂

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Living Lou and Style Me Thrifty

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Dijon salmon with Isreali cous cous and roasted veggies

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Being a new CA resident….San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Abroad, I’m dreaming about Greece and Australia!

  40. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: A Nantucket trip with friends

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Skydiving

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Stripes & Sequins; Sequins & Stripes

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Kale Citrus Salad from the Pioneer Women – literally the BEST salad I’ve ever had

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: South Africa in December!

  41. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: MOVING to Statesboro to finish my Fashion Design Degree!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: My Nikon D7000, it’s literally been the most beneficial and inspiring gift ever!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Something Delightful + Gingham & Grigio

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: My Lean Stir-Fry with Pre-Grilled Chicken, Squash, Zucchini and Asian Marmalade

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: My first appearance at New York Fashion Week! Whether as a volunteer, spectator or designer, that’s all I think about!

  42. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Getting ready for college! I cannot wait for my first weekend!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: This is a hard one, but probably the watch I got my boyfriend. He wears it all the time!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: TCP and The Fashion Newcomer

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Lemon Bars!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Going to Paris, France and, hopefully, taking an internship down in Disney World!!

  43. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Having a picnic while listening to the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra play music from Billy Joel and Elton John.

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I bought my mother tickets for Mannheim Steamroller when they came to town December 2013. She grew up listening to their Christmas music with her father so it was so special to have that night with her.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: SummerWind! She’s a fun girl with a classic sense of style.

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: A tomato water “beurre blanc” pasta that I found on Pinterest. Dice a brunch of ripe tomato and salt. While the salt pulls the liquid from the tomatoes, boil water for angel hair pasta. Mice (I use a press) a few cloves of garlic in oil and butter. Add all the water from the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Slowly melt in a half of stick of butter. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and top with the diced tomatoes and fresh basil!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Eating my way through Italy!

  44. I love this!

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: a trip to Table Rock Lake with my closest friends

    Best gift you’ve ever given: A collage of photos of all the hockey boys my Grandma housed (she was a billet mom) over the years.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: The Golden Girl Blog and Annie Reeves

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Good ‘ol queso. I don’t think you can mess it up if you tried!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: St. Lucia and hiking the Gros Piton Mountain

  45. Posts like this are so fun 🙂

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer:
    Continuing to explore Dallas! I’ve been interning here all summer, and I love it. I’m really going to miss it when it’s time to go back to school. I’m also visiting a friend in Austin in a few weeks – I can’t wait!

    Best gift you’ve ever given:
    I got my friend an espresso machine for her birthday.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately:
    Almost Makes Perfect

    Your go-to never-fail recipe:
    Cake mix cookies! Super easy, and you can make them in any flavor. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about:
    Florence, Italy. I’d like to study abroad next summer, so hopefully I can make this dream a reality!

  46. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: moving back to Miami and starting a Master’s in Materials Science and Engineering!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: the Evelyn Henson original elephant painting I just sent my best friend for her birthday (she’s obsessed with elephants and this is the latest elephant themed gift. I had previously given her an elephant Stella & Dot travel jewelry organizer and matching makeup bag, and then one of the Katie Kime elephant ice buckets from your shop, which she adored!) or the painting I made for another friend that I gave her with a bracelet that says “Live your dreams” as a graduation present (she just moved back to Anchorage, so I wanted to give her something really special since I don’t know when the next time I see her will be)

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Design Darling (obviously), College Prepster, Adventures in Fashion, Northern Style Exposure, and Gal Meets Glam

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: if I’m looking to impress or make something really special, Lavender Lemon Macarons; for the quick something to whip together for a potluck, Marbled Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake (it’s so good)

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Going to Barcelona Spain to see Gaudi’s architecture in person (next year hopefully!!)

    1. My husband just graduating with his Ph.D in Materials from UF! It was so much work, but he’s so happy with the opportunities it afforded him afterwards aka his dream job 🙂

  47. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Exploring all the amazing things there are to do in DC, my home for the summer while I’m interning.

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I love spending way too much time picking out perfect presents for people, so I’m not sure how to choose my favorite gifting success. Maybe the Smathers & Branson belt I got my boyfriend for his graduation. It’s embroidered with golden retrievers that look exactly like one of his dogs, and I had to search all over the internet to find his size.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: District of Chic, Damsel in Dior, Broma Bakery, Salt & Wind, Design Darling 😉

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Crazy Cake. It’s a recipe from the Great Depression that makes the absolute easiest and most delicious chocolate cake that just happens to be vegan without any special ingredients! A quick Google search turns up a million versions of the same thing. Also, (literally) anything from Deb at Smitten Kitchen.

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: I’m dying to visit Spain and Portugal—though I’d certainly “settle” for a little visit to Nantucket!

  48. Love this!

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Moving to Chicago – I love fresh starts!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Plane flying lessons to an ex-boyfriend. We all have Top Gun dreams somewhere.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: The Blonde Abroad is full of travel tips and swoon-worthy destinations

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: This amazing mushroom ravioli with garlic sun-dried tomato cream sauce

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: I have Greece and Turks & Caicos coming up this year – so excited!

    xo,
    Rachel
    Wayfaring Rachel

  49. Something you’re looking forward to this summer:

    Best gift you’ve ever given:
    I gave my mom tickets to see her favorite band The Eagles for their reunion show at the Forum

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately:
    gh0st Parties, and Career Girl Daily

    Your go-to never-fail recipe:
    Mediterranean Quinoa Salad or Queso

    The trip you’re daydreaming about:
    Croatia!! And the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

  50. Ooh I love these type of posts (:

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Well I guess I’m not looking forward to it anymore, but I just got back from a trip to Paris and Santorini. It was the trip of a lifetime!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I gave my mom a painting from France the last time I went there that she still treasures.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: AnnieReeves.com

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: I make this Mediterranean chicken with red onions, tomatoes, feta and basil that’s an easy go-to weeknight meal.

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Since I was able to cross off Santorini from my list earlier this month, my next dream trip would have to be Ireland!

    – Kelsey

  51. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: arriving on Nantucket… today!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I gave my sister Reilly one book every month for a year last Christmas with a little note inside each cover about why I thought she’d love each one!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: A Dash of Details and Dallas Wardrobe

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Guacamole and/or my grandfather’s Hollandaise

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: So many… Australia, Maine, Miami, Palm Springs, South America!

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: picnics in the park

    Best gift you’ve ever given: CD of several Corvettes revving their engines – not something I would want, but my grandfather adored it and spent HOURS on Christmas listening.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: A Spoonful of Style http://www.aspoonfulofstyle.com

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Apple Pie – perfect way to use apples after going picking

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: trying to get out to Chicago in October

  52. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: A weekend trip to Charleston to see my family and celebrate my friend’s wedding!

    Best gift you’ve ever given:

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Lark and Linen, Luella and June, and The Everygirl

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Guacamole, Smitten Kitchen’s caramel apple mosaic tart, and Sequin and Stripes’s carbonara

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Botswana, Maldives, London (again), and Mexico

  53. That sounds lovely; have a wonderful weekend! I’m trying to pull a last-minute Nantucket trip together and am using your guide as my counsel. Can’t wait to hear how it goes 🙂

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: A trip to my family’s house in Annapolis for our annual crab feast this weekend!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: A vintage pendant from my father’s alma mater combined with two tickets to one of his school’s basketball games.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Keep It Chic

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Homemade cherry pie. I also have a mean sangria recipe 😉

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Austin, Providence, Avignon, Lisbon, Marrakech, Granada and Istanbul – there’s too many destinations to choose from!

    xx

  54. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: A trip to the cape with my friend Allie and her family.

    Best gift you’ve ever given: All the gifts I gave last Christmas. It was my first year “on my own” and it felt good to spend my hard earned money on those I love.

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Love and Lemons

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Shrimp pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Christmas in Maui with my family…in 2016. So impatient.

  55. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Finishing my first semester of interior design grad school!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Not sure if it’s the BEST, but one of the most useful was this funny little eyeglass holder that I bought for my dad (found here: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/eye-glasses-holder)

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Verily and Darling Magazines’ blogs always have great and thoughtfully-written articles! And A Lonestar State of Southern for colorful outfit inspiration!

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Salmon! The Pioneer Woman has a foolproof recipe (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/07/pams-day-of-deliciousness/) and I like to cover the top and bottom in lemon slices for extra flavor. Goes perfectly with grilled veggies!

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Seaside, Charleston, Spain! Anywhere with a pretty beach that I can paint later 🙂

  56. I love this series, Mackenzie!!

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: a Cabo trip in just a few weeks!!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: My favorite tradition ever – my 3 best friends and I give each other a really nice dinner for Christmas every year instead of gifts. It’s the best!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: corals + cognacs, Turquoise & Teale

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookies

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: any and all things tropical!

  57. I love these get to know you’s, they’re so much fun!

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Going to London next month with my family!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Probably this coffee mug I made for my mom that has a picture of our dog, that I drew, on it. I gave it to her last Christmas and she uses it like everyday!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Apart from yours, I have been loving History In High Heels and Prep Avenue

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Hands down the Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie recipe

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: I have so many too! But currently it would have to be Italy! I have never been and just looks stunning and the food looks amazing too!

  58. Such a fun idea!

    Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Going to Montana with my family.

    Best gift you’ve ever given: Not sure but probably a fun experience, my favorite kind of gift to give!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: History in High Heels and Fashionable Hostess

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: Fish tacos are so easy, customizable, and delicious.

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: Always dreaming of Europe… London, Ireland, Prague, Paris, Italy, and Spain again.

    -Charlotte
    http://www.charlottebharris.com

  59. Something you’re looking forward to this summer: Continuing my weekend trips to Nantucket! Also hosting a BBQ for my cousin later this summer (i do not throw parties) so looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

    Best gift you’ve ever given: I gave my dad – who is nearly impossible to buy gifts for – neon blue and green Nike Frees this past Christmas, thinking it could be a huge miss…he never takes them off, talks about how much he loves them and really thinks they’re so cool. Always good to see a gift be a huge hit!!

    Blog(s) you’re loving lately: Gal Meets Glam and Dallas Wardrobe

    Your go-to never-fail recipe: I have a great green smoothie that I love – always hit the spot. Don’t have a good crowd pleaser…should probably find one…

    The trip you’re daydreaming about: I need to get myself to Napa!!!