Our 2017 Christmas Photos


Christmas, Outfits

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So I completely forgot I never even posted a full blog post about my Christmas photos. We sent out our Christmas cards a bit last minute so I didn’t want to ruin the surprise for friends and family as a lot of them read my blog. However, I still want to share these here. Especially a funny one where Boone is trying to eat my purse:) I guess better late than never, right? I hope you enjoy.

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January 9, 2018

A Look Back at 2017


Goals, Lifestyle

Can you believe it’s already 2018? I still cannot, and don’t know how the time went by so quick. So much has happened in 2017 that it would be a shame not to share and document it. One of the main reasons I love blogging is it’s kind of a personal journal that other people get to read as well. However, it forces me to stay on track, keep it updated and document big milestones like this which I think I wouldn’t have done if I didn’t have this blog. Shall we get started?
Highlights of 2017:

1. Made a big move
This year I moved to Charlotte, NC all the way from Boston, MA and it has been the best decision so far. I am loving the weather, people and delicious southern food. I will be posting more about my apartment and places I love since I have only been here for a few months. It was the scariest and the biggest decision of my life, but also one of the best. 

2. Spent a full year with Boone, our Bernese Mountain Dog.

This was exactly 4 months apart (such a cutie)

We got Boone in August, 2016 and it has been a roller coaster with this pup. It was a first time that I ever owned my own dog (puppy at the time). He has brought so much happiness and just daily joy. Even through all of the chewed up shoes, couches, and even my blogging camera – I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel like Boone brought me and my boyfriend, Mike, closer together too. We had new responsibilities that we had to share, and of course a new schedule. Whenever people ask me if they should get a dog or a pet, I always say yes. It’s a little tough when they are little but so so worth it.

3. January 5, 2017 was a full year mark of living in Boston. 
It was a lot of fun living in Boston. The convenience of traveling, eating out and shopping is not comparable. Beautiful architecture, fun places and a big mixture of different people has helped me see a new world and get a different perspective. Met so many great people and some that we still stay in touch with as good friends. Boston was a great head start to my career, and I will forever be grateful for this opportunity. As mentioned before I did move a little after that, but I will never forget Boston. 
2017 has been a big roller coaster with lots of ups and downs. Maybe even more downs than ups, but failures are the best lessons and what truly makes us who we are. I don’t want to go into too much detail as this blog is an “escape” from the real life into this perfectly happy place. However, it is important for me to be real with you guys because there’s nothing I love more than connecting. 
Areas of Improvement from 2017:

I think starting in 2017 I have set so many goals for my self in different aspects of my life that at the end I was spreading my self too thin. I had a full time job, a new puppy, moved to three different place during the year, got promoted, tried to post every day and read over 60 books a year that at the end of the year I realized I haven’t hit my goals. As much as it stings and uncomfortable to talk about, it’s good to reflect and see what worked and what didn’t. 

1. Blogging full time and working full time is a lot of work. I am not complaining as I love both my job and blogging, however, doing both can be overwhelming. I almost never had free time or even a day to just stay at home, unplug, and do nothing. I would try to work 70 hour weeks during the tax season + try to post everyday to Instagram and at least 3 times to my blog. At the end, I ended up burning myself out and not posting anything at all for 2 months out of 2017. Lesson learned is that we need time off and that setting unrealistic goals will lead to burn out. I should have posted less but more consistent. 

2.  I feel like so much time has been wasted on a lot of things that don’t truly matter. Some of them were the comparison game (which is the thief of joy), not accounting time for mindlessly scrolling through social media and emails, and of course spending time on relationships that don’t bring any value or didn’t matter as much. 
3. Setting yearly goals is great, but without quarterly reflections, and even weekly reflections, it’s hard to reach them. The biggest struggle I have with goals is that I hate to change or alter them. If I set a goal to read 60 books a year I would go above and beyond to reach it. Even if it meant losing sleep, having less free time, or eating lunch at my desk. The lesson learned is that it’s okay to change goals or adjust them as you go through the year. Sometimes we don’t account for life changes, and work load. 
This is a really big and unusual post for me, so I will be wrapping it up here. 2017 was a great learning year for me and I will be writing a new “goals for 2018” post here this week. I will make a separate page for it to track my progress so it holds me accountable. I hope this post helps you see that even though I try to portray my Instagram feed and blog to seem always happy and positive, real life is far from that. No one is perfect and we all have our own set of struggles, goals, and improvements. Biggest advice is to not compare yourself to others. It’s a waste of time, and a thief of all joy. Life is happening right here and right now, enjoy it. 
Do you have your 2018 goals set yet? If so, let me know. I would love to hear them. 
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January 2, 2018

THE “IT” BOOTS THIS SEASON


Fashion, Outfits

OTK boots, also love these and these| Express black ruffle dress (on sale, only $36!) | Hat | Mac Lipstick | Bracelet | Watch | Necklace the samesimilar | Tory Burch Handbag

I have been wearing these boots over and over again! I was not quite sold on the trend of OTK (over-the-knee) boots until I tried them on for myself. They go with quite literally anything and look so slimming. If you are petite like me (I am only 5’3″) then you will love these as well. Anything that gives me a little bit of height, I will take it. Really, go compare my Instagram (@darlinglittlethingblog) photos to where I am wearing booties and these OTK boots. It’s a world difference. Okay, now I am going to stop sounding like an infomercial and give you some useful tips here.

Does one size fit all?
Unfortunately not, and when I buy my boots I always have to look at the shaft size. This is because most boots don’t fit my calves right so I always look for stretchy material. This is important if you want your boots to be comfortable and stay in place. I would say the stretchy material would be perfect because they hug you in all the right places and will stay put all day long.

Does suede hold up well?
From personal experience suede does require a bit more care but I actually prefer suede over leather now. Or velvet, so pretty and definitely a trendy material this year. I think suede looks more elegant and definitely a lot more comfortable.

Block heel or stiletto?
Depending on the look you are going for, choose one or the other. I think the stiletto heel gives a bit more beautiful silhouette, but a block heel is more casual. I wanted my OTK boots to be more casual so I can wear them around town or out to dinner. Block heel is also a lot more comfortable.

I hope these tips were helpful to you and let me know what your favorite pair of boots is!

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December 12, 2017

GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE MEN (Boyfriend Approved)


Christmas, Fashion, Guides, Outfits

1. Jack Black Travel Set | 2. Canvas and Leather Weekender Bag (25% off with code: FORHIM (Black)| | 3. Bose Headphones, and these are on SALE! | 4. Smathers & Branson Wallet | 5. Vineyard Vines Gingham Classic Tucker Shirt | 6. Nike Running Shoes | 7. J.Crew Socks (his favorite), also loving these | 8. Monogrammed Wallet | 9. Vineyard Vine’s Vest (his exact one)


Happy Monday everyone! I had so much fun writing today’s post with my boyfriend, Mike, to truly help you guys out on the gift hunting. Some of the items I tagged, Mike already owns and loves. Like the Vineyard Vines vest is constantly on repeat.There are so many great deals out there right now, so make sure to check out my favorite items picked below. I made sure to pick as many as possible to have a wide range of items as well as price points. Hopefully that’s helpful for you. I can’t say what I am getting my boyfriend here for Christmas because he occasionally reads my blog. But I will share it with you guys after Christmas for sure. So be on the lookout.

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December 5, 2017

MY FAVORITE JEWELRY


Fashion, Guides, Outfits
Rocksbox (use code “darlinglittlethingblogxoxo” for 1 month FREE | Kendra Scott Necklace (c/o) | Kendra Scott Earrings (they are so so cute) (c/o) | Gorjana Beaded Bracelet (c/o) | Cardigan | Boots | Expess Double Layer Satin Cami | Jeans | Tory Burch Tote 

Happy Monday!!! Today is a very special post because I am featuring one of my favorite jewelry designers – Kendra Scott. Her jewelry is truly unique, feminine and always trendy. I all my jewelry from Rockbox. I have worked with them before and they never disappoint. The way it works is you get set up with a personal stylist by filling out a survey. Then you receive your set, and you can always say if you want some items more than others. Try your pieces, match with your outfits, wear it and if you decide you don’t like it, simply return it. If you do fall in love with your jewelry like I did, then you simply keep your piece and apply $21 monthly fee towards your purchase. 
Better news is you can get your Rocksbox set first month FREE by using code “darlinglittlethingblogxoxo“. They constantly add new collection, but hurry as some of the good pieces might sell out fast. Sign up and thank me later. 
Hope you guys had a great weekend and ready for the short week. I am so excited to be done with work this Wednesday. 
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November 21, 2017

FAVORITE FRINGE SCARF


Fall, Fashion, Outfits
Outfit Details: Free People Scarf | Treasure and Bond OTK Boots (under $85) | Tory Burch Tote | Jeans | Basic White Tee

Happy Monday friends! This was my casual outfit for exploring. I cannot tell you enough good things about these boots. I wasn’t sure if I am going to keep them since OTK are really just a trend now. However, after I tried them on I am never taking them off. They are SO slimming, and so comfortable. Also, loving the block heel since it dresses down the whole look, plus very comfy to walk in. This scarf was the perfect detail, and it’s so so warm. You guys have to get one. I know I will bring it with me on the plane next week (I will tell you where I am traveling later), because you can use it as a blanket. It is a little bit on the pricier side, but I don’t mind it at all. Definitely a great buy and I know I will get my money worth with so many looks planned ahead. Any who, this exact color combo is backordered for a little, but it would also make a great gift. Just saying 🙂

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend as much as I did. This weekend my boyfriend and I made a quick trip to Blowing Rock North Carolina, and we both loved it.  It was a true fall there with crispy, colorful fall leaves and breathy weather. Next time we will make sure to bring our athleisure because it’s such a great place for a hike. We did take a few outfit pictures down there, and I will be sharing it here over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

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October 31, 2017

HOW TO CURL FINE HAIR


Beauty

If you only knew how many times I have googled “how to curl fine hair” to only find out another trick that didn’t work. I have done such an extensive research on this and I think I finally got the process down. If you have fine hair, that is stick straight and just won’t hold a curl then get yourself a cup of coffee or tea and let’s get right to this. This post is a bit longer then usual, but I wanted to include as much detail as possible.
My Hair History:
For as long as I can remember, I have always had very thin and fine hair. It is normally very flat, and gets greasy very fast. I used to wash my hair every other day to avoid the greasiness and I know, I know it’s super bad for your hair. So while it did help get rid of the greasiness my hair looked dry and the ends would always look dead on the second day. Then I found out that the greasiness can actually be caused by product built up. I found out about it after visiting the Aveda salon and then a very nice lady at Nordstrom told me the same thing. So that brings me to my next point.

Step 1: Start with clean hair (clarify)

This step is very important. First, you want to make sure you use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of all the product build up. The one I have been using for a while now is of course the Dry Bar Clarifying Shampoo, and it works wonders. You will see results after the first use, but it is also a bit pricey. So recently Maple Holistics reached out to me and sent their Degrease Natural Shampoo. I have tried it twice so far, and it really works well with “degreasing”, although I see it more as a clarifying shampoo. It does exactly what it says, and on top of that it is very affordable. You can also look for them in store here. However, the cool thing about their site is their free sample program. All of their products are 100% natural (which is the biggest thing I look for), so you really have nothing to lose.
After I use a clarifying shampoo, usually once a week, then I put on this conditioner. It’s so moisturizing and gives the right amount of volume boost. When you put your conditioner on make sure to avoid putting any on your roots. Also, sometime mid-week use the clarifying shampoo once, and this volumizing shampoo right after. Then finish it off with a light conditioner. This way you still get rid of the product built up on your scalp, but don’t over dry your hair.

Step 2: Add heat

Now take this advice with a grain of salt. This is what has been working for me, but it might not work for someone with different type of hair. So after I wash my hair, I towel try and let it air dry for like 20-30 mins. Add no product in, and avoid using any heat during this time. Then lightly brush it to get all the tangles out and add this daily repair product. It has no particular scent to it, but makes your hair soft and tangle free. It also adds a little bit of shine and that healthy smooth look. Now after this step, I flip my hair over and blow dry it. I know this step might not work for someone with frizzy hair, it would make it more frizzy. However, if you have stick straight hair and looking for some volume, this step is very important. It will add so much more volume and a little easier on your hair than using a round brush.
Normally, I like to wash my hair at night and only style it in the morning. I don’t know what it is, but my hair always holds a curl better the next day rather than straight after blow drying. So the next step is to add some texture to your hair. If you have fine hair, then make sure to use a lot of this texturizing spray. Divide your hair into two sections and thoroughly spray it with the texturizing spray. It helps to give hair a nice texture to it, which is what you need to hold a curl. Oh and if I don’t forget, I usually use this heat protectant spray too.

Step 3: Curl

Now that we have nice texture in our hair, brush it out. Make sure it is free of tangles and looks smooth. Then take one inch or so of your hair (less for tighter curls) and wrap around this curling iron. Now, don’t use the clip part, just wrap your hair around the barrel starting from the root and work your way down. Also, don’t twist your hair before you wrap it around the barrel. Lay it flat, it will have a more defined curl and hold longer. Start from the roots, just wrap twice and hold for like 2 second, then wrap one more time but slide your hair down and hold for another 2 seconds, and so on until you reach the ends. This helps define a nice bouncy curl without making it look like a noodle. haha I don’t know if that makes sense, maybe I will put it on my Instastories if you guys want to see it.
Viola, there you have your curls. At this point I like to brush them out or sometimes just separate with my fingers. Photo below is what it looks like after brushing.
Usually, I don’t use hair spray if it’s just for one day. So say I curl my hair for blog photos, then I will finish it off with the texturizing spray again. I try to avoid using a lot of product in my hair, it just makes it look greasy. But the texturing spray doesn’t, only holds it well. The one I recommended above also acts as a light hairspray. However, if I am going out that day or want to make sure my curls don’t fall and stay put all day, then I will spray some hair spray on it. I just don’t like to leave it on for two long, so usually I would wash it off after I get home.
Hopefully you found these tips useful and would love to try it out. If you do, let me know or tag me on Instagram @darlinglittlethingblog and I will like your picture. Also, please let me know if you guys want to see a video on this or just an Instagram story. Comment that down below.

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October 27, 2017

FALL DECOR IDEAS FOR THE HOME


Decor, Fall, Home, Organization
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Being a millennial and living in today’s day and age, it is really hard not to spend too much time on social media. Even though Pinterest is not really a social media, I love finding inspiration and new ways of doing traditional things with a new spin. For example, finding fall decorations for your home is so tempting. I live in an apartment still, so I try not to go overboard with decorations as it’s only temporary. Also, decorating is quite expensive, but after looking at all of these inspiring fall decor ideas, how can you not want the same? I have given in, and decorated our front door. I think it looks really cute considering it’s only like 50 sq.ft.

One frustrating thing about Pinterest is most of the time you can not find the same item if you want to purchase it. At least I have that problem like 98% of the time, please tell me I am not alone. Above, I have linked all similar items I was able to find so you can recreate the look. I think my favorite one is that mudroom. Cannot wait to have my own, but lusting over gorgeous mudrooms for now will do. I hope this inspires you to decorate your space as well and if you do, tag me (@darlinglittlethingblog) so I can like your photo.

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October 24, 2017

TEXTURED BLOUSON


Fall, Fashion, Outfits
Outfit Details: White Sweater (best quality and only $30) | Tory Burch Riding Boots (affordable here) | Banana Republic Jeans (SO comfy, I swear I wear them everyday) | Necklace | Hermes Bracelet 

This weekend I did a fun giveaway, so stay tuned for the winner to be announced tomorrow. I wore this sweater over the weekend, it’s comfy and easy to dress up or down. Loving this classic casual, yet put together outfit. When I mentioned this white sweater on my Instagram stories, so many of you have bought it. Not even kidding, I was answering DM messages for like an hour about the size and fit.

Sizing: This white sweater I wore in medium. I wanted that slouchy oversized look, and since it’s white I didn’t want it to be snug. It looks flattering, but I did have to size up. For the burnt orange sweater I went with a small. It is still pretty slouchy, but more snug around the arms. Plus the fun blouson sleeves complete this fall ensemble.

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October 24, 2017

FALL LUST LIST WITH SHEIN


Fall, Fashion

Details: Mules | White Top | Maroon Dress | Cross Body Handbag | Celine Dupe | Chloe Dupe | Pink V-Neck Sweater | Jean Jacket | Jean Skirt | Pearl Embellished Sweater | Gingham Skirt

Happy Thursday everyone! Sorry for a late post today, but I think this is a good one. I also have a fun giveaway planned for you tonight, so be sure to check it out on my Instagram (@Darlinglittlethingblog).   

Now, let’s get to more exciting stuff here! I bought from Shein multiple times and they never really disappoint. The Pink Crossbody Chloe Dupe that you all love so much, see this post, is also from Shein. The quality is there for the price and they have the trendiest pieces ever. All of the items linked above are my favorite, and I already have so many outfits planned with them. But I don’t want to spoil it for you just yet. If you buy one thing from this post, make it this gorgeous Pearl Embellished Dress. It’s absolutely perfect for the upcoming holidays and you can get away with wearing it at the office as well. Which is amazing because I love to get more transitional outfits that I can wear out and about as well as to work.

Hopefully you enjoyed this post and let me know which is your favorite. I love talking to you guys and hearing your input.

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October 19, 2017