Friday, July 18, 2014

Ethereal Wedding Dresses

Although my wedding has officially taken place (twice--more on that here and here), I will always have "wedding brain". I just recently came across these gorgeous white gowns and I just have to share. I revel in proper etiquette, but that doesn't always mean tradition. In fact, I wish most of the traditional wedding aspects would fall by the wayside (bouquet and garter toss, groom not seeing the bride before the ceremony, etc.). With that said, I am all about different and unique wedding dresses. Sure, taffeta and organza looks great--but I adore seeing a non-traditional and personal approach to the wedding day look like these beauties:

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What are your favorite non-traditional bridal looks?

XOXO,
R

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Backyard Blooms

If you are the least bit familiar with Darling Cashmere or my Instagram then you know I am a complete sucker for fresh flowers. Trader Joe's and the local farmers markets are truly my best friends on the weekends. I'll take bunches of peonies, ranunculus, tulips, hydrangeas, or a bright mixed bouquet anytime.

For the 4th of July weekend, though, I decided to do a little backyard rummaging. The bright red crocosmia caught my eye immediately, and I knew it would make the perfect start to a red, white, and blue arrangement. I gathered several stems of that, then headed over the field by our house for some white queen anne's lace. Finding blue flowers proved a bit more difficult, but I knew I had several vintage blue mason jars stashed away that would complete the look.

It took several attempts to get the arrangement just right on all sides, but I was quite pleased with the turnout, and it was an easy decoration that smelled fantastic for the long, holiday weekend!

Tips on arranging garden blooms can be found on Style Within Reach's blog!

XOXO,
R

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Floral Pants

 These pants! I just can't even get enough. They are comfy and loose, but dressy at the same time. I wore them for a dinner and dessert date with the girls downtown with another new obsession, my panama hat, a cotton muscle tee, and lacy bralette. They're the perfect transition piece to dress up--I paired them with a crisp, white button-up for church the previous Sunday and they looked fantastic! 
 
Panama Hat / Sunnies (similar) / Jeweled Muscle Tee (need thislove) / Black Lace Bralette (similar) / Bag (love this / Madewell) / Lily & Laura Bracelets via Moon and Lola / Reece Blaire Bracelet c/o / Wide-leg Floral Pants (I had a seamstress sew the legs up) / Wedges

XOXO,
R

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bahamian Honeymoon

After an incredible wedding celebration, the Mr. and I headed off to a weeklong honeymoon on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas! From the first few minutes in the air through our last taxi ride back to the airport we had an amazing experience. Literally everywhere we turned there was luxurious beauty--the gardens and blooms, the clear, blue ocean, and even the tasty cocktails! I didn't take nearly as many photos as I had planned--I was too busy just spending time with my hubby and relaxing after a long year planning our wedding!
 Darling secret: This was my first time on a plane, and I totally loved it! I now shamelessly claim to be a pro flyer haha!
 First glimpse of some incredible tropical islands!
 Our first celebratory drinks!
 Some major cheesing on our balcony--my Mr. has become quite attached to his new straw hat.
 Oceanfront is a must!

 We did a bit of exploring along the beach and came across loads of snails!
 
We woke up early to get spots under the tiki huts--they were perfect for needed shade in the Southern Hemisphere sun and some cover during afternoon storms.
 The airlines were a bit rough with our luggage. Busted suitcase straps and even a broken toothbrush!
 I stuck a shell in my bag to bring home (very likely that it was illegal), but later it tried to escape! It turns out that it was a little snail!
 An ice cream selfie before breakfast!
 A breezy early afternoon at the pool--with tables in the water and a swim-up bar!
It was wonderful to spend so much time taking it easy--I read through 4 books (with a mojito in hand, of course!).
 The view from our boat as we headed out to snorkel! And oh my--snorkeling is much more difficult than one would think!
 This gifted monogram cover-up was one of my favorite honeymoon essentials!
 A little peak at some of the gardens at the resort
 The chic, white oversized chairs were just calling my name!
A little Mr. and Mrs. selfie before a fancy Parisian dinner!
Seriously had the best dinner date at La Parisienne!
 
 The kitty cats were all over the island and were as sweet as can be--but I made a bestie on the very last day! We cuddled all afternoon under a pavilion by the pool!
 At our resort coffee spot--they had pastries, cookies, ice cream, and delicious lattes!
Leaving Great Exuma held mixed emotions for me. I was sad to leave such a gorgeous island and break from reality, but I was excited to come back home to our friends and family--and McDonald's!

XOXO,
R