Friday, February 26, 2016

.Boho Floral Dress.

Dress, c/o Hallie Jane Boutique // Sandals, Nordstrom // Hat, Nordstrom {can't stop wearing!} 

Kennedy: Bow, c/o Everly Avenue  // Pacifier Clip, c/o Loved By Sophia Claire

I'm not typically the kind of gal that runs around town in a hat! The only hat you'd catch me in, is my baseball cap I throw on when working out (once a year haha) or running errands. Hats tend to intimidate me! I've never felt like I was "cool" enough to pull off the look. Well that all changed when I crossed paths with this beauty at Nordstrom a couple weeks back. I was just looking around really quick when I tried this hat on for fun. I immediately fell in love! It wasn't until I noticed the price, $16 that I knew I was getting it. I figured for that price, I could bring it home and give it a try. I'm happy to report that I've worn it almost every single day since!! Forget the mom bun, bring on all the hats :)

Out of all the outfits I have worn this hat with, I think my favorite is it paired with this dress! It's almost like the two were made for each other. It gives off a boho vibe that I love for spring. I also adore the loose fit of this dress. I wore it for a family day at the beach paired with cognac sandals. I also think it would be adorable paired with mules or booties for a date night! 

*Fit details* 
I was personally a little hesitant about ordering this dress. I'm always between a small and medium. I was afraid that if I ordered a small it would be too short, but if I ordered a medium it would be too baggy. I talked to the sweet girls over at Hallie Jane and I went with a medium and it fits perfectly! So if you're on the fence, feel free to shoot them an email & they'll be happy to help!

Hope everyone has a fantastic Friday & weekend. Tyler and I are headed up the coast for a dear friend's 30th birthday party. It will be the first time we leave Kennedy for 24 hours and I'm totally having mixed feelings. I'm sure a tear or two will be shed, but I am looking forward to spending quality time with Tyler. I'm really excited about the drive up. I've always been a fan of road trips. There's something about a handsome man to your left, a yummy coffee in your hand, and great music on. Speaking of coffee, if you have any recommendations for good coffee shops in the Laguna area, I'd love to know :)

Xo, Kayla 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

.Pink Ombre Tunic.

Tunic, c/o Haute as Ice // Pants, Old Navy {everyone needs these!!} // Sandals, Nordstrom // Sunnies, Karen Walker c/o Ditto // Bracelets, c/o Heart Tribe, J.Crew, c/o Inpink 

Kennedy: Bow // Jeans {not online, love these shorts!} // Sweater // 

If only you could have been a fly on the wall watching Tyler try to take these photos!! It was pretty comical. He was holding Kennedy and she was trying to steal the camera the whole time!! She is one little curious girl :) I'm just thankful that a couple turned out and I have a helpful fiance!

Since it feels like spring/summer here in SoCal pretty much all year long, I have never been someone that followed the rule of no white this time of year! I have had my eyes on these jeans for a couple weeks, but waited till they went on sale. I was able to snag them for $19 last week & have been wearing them non-stop ever since! I used to be someone that would spend upwards of $250 on jeans once a month! That was back before baby, now all my money goes to bows and cute little outfits ;) But if I am being completely honest, these jeans feel just as nice. They don't get baggy with wear, they are soft (like your fav sweats soft), and they're very flattering! 

I love them even more paired with this ombre tunic from Haute As Ice! The different shades of pink are so cute and I love the fit. I'm always on the hunt for tunics to add to my wardrobe. Besides dresses, they are pieces that I love to wear the most. Keeping up with Kennedy has me on my toes most days, so I really live for comfort while keeping it cute! 

Totally of topic, has anyone watched Parenthood?! I know we are late to the party, but we have been binge watching it on Netflix the past two weeks. We can't get enough!! I told Tyler I wanted to be a Braverman last night ;) We have been watching 3 episodes a night when Kennedy goes to bed. We cry happy and sad tears at least every other episode. It's such a good show and I highly recommend if you're looking for something new to watch! 

Xo, Kayla 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

.The Perfect Polka Dots.

Tunic, c/o Shein // Pants, c/o Miss Match {call 619-223-5500 to order } // Necklace, c/o Harper & Jewels {15% off with code: dream15 } // Purse, Michael Kors // Fur Pom Pom, c/o The Shopping Bag // Flats, c/o The Shopping Bag {ADARLINGDREAM for 20% off } // Bracelets, J.Crew, c/o Harper & Jewels {15% off with code: dream15} , c/o Heart Tribe // Sunnies, Nordstrom

Kennedy: Bow, c/o Everly Avenye // Moccs, c/o Sophia Baby

If you took a glimpse into my closet, you'd see a lot of polka dots! Big polka dots, small polka dots, colorful polka dots, etc. You get the picture, I love them!! I can't say no to them. Even when I'm trying to mix things up and avoid them, I end up with a dressing room full of them. The heart wants what it wants, I can't help it!! So when I saw this tunic on Shein, I knew I had to have it! I've worn it so much since I got it in the mail. It's one of those classic pieces I love to have in my closet! It's going to get a lot of wear well into spring!

I did want to share a couple sizing tips with you since it can be a little scary ordering from over seas. Make sure you always read the exact measurements on the specific item you're ordering. This is so important since everything runs extremely different! If you pay close attention to the measurements you should be happy with your purchases. I can't stress this enough. Just an example, this top is listed as a dress, but I'm not quite sure who could pull this off as a dress! Also, I'm 5'6 and wearing the small. Feel free to email me if you have any more sizing questions!! 

Since starting A Darling Dream, I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of different companies. Something that always stands out to me is quality! When you order something online it can be scary. I know, personally, if I am going to spend my hard earned dollars on something, I expect the quality to be top of the line! Anything less just kind of bums me out. When I received this necklace and this bracelet from Harper & Jewels in the mail last week, I was blown away! Guys, the quality is amazing!! It is comparable with a couple well known stores that we love to drool over their pieces, but can't bring ourselves to always pay over $100 for a necklace!! Not to mention both of these pieces are gorgeous!! I highly recommend grabbing a piece or two from Harper & Jewels if you're looking to add some sparkle to your wardrobe. You can use the code: dream15 to take 15% off your purchase too!

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!!

Xo, Kayla

Friday, February 12, 2016

Mommy & Mini, Valentine's Day Style Red.

{Photo Credit: James Nicolau Photo Website // Instagram}

Sweater, c/o The Shopping Bag // Leggings // Flats, c/o The Shopping Bag 

Dress, Carters // Bow, c/o Everly Avenue // Moccs, C/o By Sophia Baby

Happy Friday, friends!! I'm back with our final set of photos in our Valentine's Day photo shoot series. Speaking of Valentine's Day, I'd love to know what fun things everyone has planned. We are going to keep it pretty low key this year. We are going on a very rare baby free date night tonight!! I have no idea where we are going yet, but I'm hoping it involves some sort of cheese plate. I'm really looking forward to spending a little quiet time with Tyler!! 

We are also taking Kennedy to Supercross this Saturday for the first time. Tyler's dad manages a team so we are going to support and cheer them on. I can't wait to see her take it all in! If you're in the San Diego area and going tomorrow, you should come say hi!! 

I had a couple questions on Snapchat about the dress Kennedy is wearing here. I had originally bought it at Christmas time on crazy sale! I think I paid $5 for it! Got to love when Macy's marks things down and lets you use a coupon! I was able to find it a couple places online still so I linked it up above for you! I wish I knew what size she'd be wearing this Christmas because I'd love to buy it again and tuck it away.

Hope everyone has an amazing holiday weekend filled with lots of love and champagne!!

Xo, Kayla 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

.Mommy & Mini, Valentine's Day Style Pink.

{Photo Credit: James Nicolau Photo Website // Instagram}

Sweater, c/o Pink Blush // Tulle Skirt, c/o Bliss Tulle // Shoes, c/o Prima Donna //Necklace, similar option here & here {under $20 and so cute!} // Bracelets, c/o Heart Tribe here & here

Bow, c/o Zozu Baby {obsessed!} // Moccs, c/o Sweet N' Swag // Bracelets, c/o Heart Tribe

Watching Kennedy take these pictures was the highlight of my year so far! Her little personality was just killing all of us. I was crying from laughing so hard and because I just love her so much. These days you really don't know what you are going to get when it comes to doing a photo shoot or just snapping pics of her on my phone. One day she is haming it up and others she's just too busy to give me the time of day and/or mean mugging me :)

As luck would have, that day she was all about it! She was growling, screaming with excitement, laughing, playing with the balloons, and just putting on a show!! A huge, huge thank you to our photographer James and his wife, because I know they are the reason it went so smoothly!! They are basically magic and always get the best smiles from her. If you're in the San Diego area, you have to book a session with them!! Seriously, Easter's coming up! Think about how cute your mini would be dressed up with bunny ears on!! Every time we shoot with them, I treasure the photos because I know one day soon she won't be this little anymore and I'll always have these to look back on to remember that little smile!

We all know how I love to twin with Kennedy! I mean, we usually have coordinating outfits 5 out of 7 days a week. But, thanks to Heart Tribe jewelry, we took twinning to a whole new level. I have been showing little sneak peeks of our mommy and me bracelets on Instagram & Snapchat since the day I got them. I have been wearing mine non-stop! The mix perfectly with all my other sparkling pieces that frequent my wrist! I love that you can personalize the tassels to be any color you want! Kennedy loves hers as well! She loved them so much, she wanted to munch on them ;) #teethingproblems. These are her first piece of jewelry and I can't wait for her to continue to wear them over the years since they are stretchy! If you're looking for the cutest way to twin with your mini, you have to check out Heart Tribe! You can follow along with her them on Instagram here.

Xo, Kayla

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P.S. check back tomorrow for our take on Mommy & Mini, Valentine's Day Style Red!